Welcome to the 4th Quarter
I am often inspired by moments. A simple smile. A picturesque view. A simple song. A good laugh with family...and seeing a community coming together to celebrate.
All of the above are moments that made me pause this week.
This time of year can create such a mad rush of closing bells towards the end of the quarter, intermittent weather patterns, busy family schedules, and the Ides of March in our own lives. It is so important to pause and reflect so that life doesn't pass us by without each of us recognizing a genuine smile, the beauty of a blue sky or slow motion snow, laughing about silly things with your loved ones, or hearing a song that causes you to slow down.
As the fourth quarter begins, it's important to remember why you started, and how you want to finish, The closing of one quarter and beginning of the final push is an opportunity to finish strong and set yourself up for success in the future. Students, this is your chance to demonstrate all that you have learned and accomplished throughout the year, and to showcase your growth and development as a student. We have accomplished much this year, and pushing forward through the finish line is always the goal. Stay focused, stay motivated, and stay positive, and remember that every effort you put in now will pay long term! You have come this far, and you have the ability to achieve greatness - let this fourth quarter be the beginning of many memorable milestones!
4 E Exploration Day
Tuesday marked on of the busiest days of the calendar year. A ton of people made our 4E Exploration Day happen. I am very appreciate for our counselors for their work in organizing the Senior Capstone Day, The ACT, ASVAB, Auburn Career Center trip, and Lake Erie College trip. We had over 1,100 students moving and every staff member assisted along the way. I am also appreciate for our transportation staff, and all of our parents for their flexibility as we scheduled for the day to align to our mission and district success plan. We are looking forward seeing the fruits of this labor pay off! In a similar note, celebrating time with families the night before was very special with our Family Fun Night! We look forward to making this annual event twice a year during Halloween and the day before the 4E Exploration Day.
The Schedule for Next Week
2023 Senior Handbook
Dear Parents/Guardians of the Class of 2023,
Congratulations to the Class of 2023. In a few short months your son/daughter will be an Alumni of Chardon High School. Staff members are diligently preparing for the 150th Commencement Exercise on May 27, 2023.
In an effort to communicate the responsibilities of this solemn event, we have enclosed the necessary information for every graduating senior and their families in this booklet.
The graduation booklet contains all instructions, deadlines and expectations that our students must follow in order to meet the requirements of graduation. It is essential that the senior class maintain the level of maturity and responsibility they have shown this past school year.
Please review this information with your child and help us emphasize the importance of setting a positive legacy for the Class of 2023. Please know how much we appreciate your flexibility, and patience as we plan and create meaningful experiences for your children.
Hilltoppers in the News
Will Vucetic's is heading to State!
Will Vucetic will be wrestling in the OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament for the second year in a row. His qualification came through a grueling two-day North Canton Hoover Division I District Tournament where Will placed second at 165 pounds. He opened day one of the tournament with a 49 second pin and followed that with a 6-2 decision over a returning state placer in the quarterfinals. Saturday morning's semifinal match saw Will give up the first two points, however he then went on a 9-0 run the rest of the way, securing a spot in the district finals. The semifinal win automatically qualified him for the state tournament. His finals match pitted Will against another returning state placer. He dropped the match 5-1, but will take his 38-9 record to the Schottenstein Center at Ohio State this weekend as he marches toward an All-State medal. Congratulations Will!!! Go Toppers!!!
Charlotte Jons Makes Chardon History as OSDA POI STATE Champ!
Article by Kelly Misch:
Chardon High School junior and Ohio Speech and Debate Association three-time high school State qualifier and 2023 national qualifier Charlotte Jons completed seven rounds of competition in this weekend's OSDA state tournament, culminating in a thrilling finish as the STATE CHAMPION in the Program Oral Interpretation event.
Among 1,000 Ohio high school students competing at the state level this weekend, Charlotte was one of 53 competing specifically in POI. The tournament was held March 3-4 at Austintown Fitch High School in Austintown.
Charlotte combines prose and poetry around a central theme for the POI event each year. This year, her POI speech was centered on what Charlotte describes as "the need for dark humor in our current society".
She stated, "The speech explores the Sad Clown Paradox as well as the phenomenon of comedians using laughter to overcome personal struggles."
A CHS pioneer in OSDA competition, Charlotte has paved the way for Chardon as a sole member of the school's speech and debate team. She has been competing since her days at Chardon Middle School with annual high achievement, including placing sixth in the 2022 State tournament and earning a Special Distinction mark this school year — an award that only 18% of speech and debate competitors nationwide earn in their high school years.
Serving as Chardon's longtime OSDA coach is Amy Roediger — Charlotte's mom — who is a seasoned speech and debate coach and an award-winning Mentor High School chemistry teacher.
The Chardon Board of Education looks forward to recognizing Charlotte for her State championship win and stellar 2022-23 season at an upcoming board meeting.
Congratulations Hilltalker! Way to represent and talk your way to the top!
Watch Charlotte on a previous podcast.
Art Pieces of the Week
Principal's Podcast: Preview-The Addams Family
"They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, they're all together ooky... the Addams Family!" Adapted from Charles Addams' cartoons, The Addams Family features the Addams, a rather eccentric family with a taste for all things gothic, as they receive some very shocking news; their daughter is in love... with someone NORMAL! The play kicks off with the Addams inviting the Beinekes over for dinner after Wednesday Addams, a gothic and odd young teen, and Lucas Beineke, a young teen crazy about Wednesday, fall in love. The families are certainly in for an interesting night, complete with a seemingly fun little game after dinner. What could go wrong? Will the Addams be angry when they find out a member of the Beinekes, the normal and bland family from Ohio, has proposed to a member of their family? What hidden secrets will be revealed? Come join the Chardon High School Drama Program for a night of fun, music, and laughter to find out!
March 16th - 18th at 7:00 pm
March 19th at 2:00 pm
Online ticket sales
In-person ticket sales :
Monday March 6th- Wednesday March 8th at Park from 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Monday March 13th - Wednesday March 15th from 4:30 - 6:00 pm
*On show dates, in-person sales will start two hours before the show.
CHS Choirs performed at the (OMEA)
On Friday evening, March 3rd, the CHS Choirs performed at the (OMEA) Ohio Music Education Association Large Group Event at Mentor High School. Chorale (class B mixed) and Treble Choir (class C treble) participated in the event. The 8th-grade boys joined Chorale and the 8th-grade girls joined the Treble Choir for the performances. The choirs were directed by both Mr. Streiff and our student teacher from CWRU Mr. O'keefe.
The choirs did a wonderful job in their preparation and performance! The ratings range from 1 being the strongest performance to 5 being the lowest. Chorale received the top rating of a 1, receiving straight 1's from all three of the judges for their performance. Chorale received a 2 on sight reading but brought home a composite score of a 1 for the day. Chorale performed some diverse and powerful tunes; Ubi Caritas (Gjeilo), TaReKita (Esmail), and Soon-ah Will Be Done (Dawson). Treble Choir received a 2 from the performance judges and had a strong showing with a 1 rating on the sight reading portion. The treble choir performed several beautiful pieces and an interesting complex and fun tune from Malaysia; Hold Fast to Dreams (LaBarr), Ikan Kekek (Hang Tan), Shadow River (Hagenberg). Congratulations to our CHS choir students on their outstanding commitment to excellence through performance.
This is an adjudicated event providing an opportunity for feedback and to grow our musicianship through performance. The event consists of performing three pieces for three judges. One of these pieces is from a required list of literature to choose from, the other pieces provide a varied presentation. Once the ensembles have performed they head to the Sight Reading Room. During this time, the students are given a new piece of literature to learn with 5 minutes of preparation. They sing using the solfege system to develop their understanding of pitch within the new piece and within minutes are expected to sing the piece without accompaniment.
Topp-notch A cappella
On Monday, March 6th the CHS pop a cappella group Topp-notch A cappella visited and performed at Chardon Middle School. The ensemble of 9 singers, performed for all 8 lunch periods throughout the day. The middle school students really enjoyed the tunes that were shared! There was lots of clapping along and smiles.
The ensemble performed Set Fire to the Rain (Adele), She's Got A Way (Billy Joel), and Viva La Vida (Coldplay). The students finished the day, by visiting the 6th and 7th-grade choirs. Topp-notch A cappella served as wonderful ambassadors for CHS and the Chardon choral program.
4E Focus: Hilltopper Alumni in the News
This past week, Kent State University of Theatre Department put on a production of the Broadway musical Urinetown. CHS Alumni Olivia Nelson was cast in the lead female role as a freshman, one of only two freshmen in the production. Olivia did an amazing job carrying the role of Hope Cladwell. As always Olivia shared her powerful vocals with the audience that often give you chills. Hope Cladwell finds the positive in the world around her and challenges the other characters in the show to dream and live into a world where everyone can live to their full potential. Olivia is a proud part of the KSU musical theater program. Great job Olivia!
CHS Alumni Kirstin Henry has also been making a splash as an actress since graduating from Kent State University's Musical Theater Program. Kirstin completed a run of the musical Guys and Dolls this fall in Florida, playing the lead role of Sarah Brown. Kirstin is currently on the road with Paw Patrol Live and will be performing at Playhouse Square this week. Keep up the great work Kirstin!
CHS Alumni Ethan Peterson is pursuing a musical theater degree at Penn State University. Ethan is playing the lead role of The Baker. Very proud of Ethan for his accomplishments!
Chardon Rotary Scholarship
The Chardon Rotary Scholarship Application is available to students who live in the Chardon local school district that demonstrate a commitment to school and community service. Rotary will award up to 7, one time scholarships of $2,000 each. The attached application is due April 5, 2023 and can be emailed to: email@example.com. the Chardon Rotary Scholarship Application, for students who live in the Chardon local school district that demonstrate a commitment to school and community service. Rotary will award up to 7, one time scholarships of $2,000 each. The attached application is due April 5, 2023 and can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Topper Bistro Lunch Menu
Attention Senior Parents
Dear Senior Parents/Guardians,
My name is Marijana Benjamin, and I am the mom of a CHS senior. I am also the chair of After Prom. Time is going so fast in our kids’ senior year! I am inviting you to be a part of this year and get involved in their After Prom event. Join me and some other wonderful parents to plan a fun and special After Prom event just for our seniors and their guests. We will be decorating the school, planning casino and other games, and organizing refreshments.
We need a lot of help! Here is a sign up genius where you can choose how you are willing and able to sign up. This is only for the planning, and a sign up genius for the actual event will be coming out in April.
We will begin our planning and decorating workshops on March 13th. We will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:00pm in the school cafeteria up to the event. I welcome any time you are able to give to help!
It has been my privilege to be chair of After Prom for the past 6 years! This year is extra special. I sincerely hope that you join me in making our kids' final high school days memorable!
440-829-7309 (call or text)
Follow After Prom on Facebook, Twitter @CAfterprom,
Instagram (ChardonAfterProm), and our website
Link to the Sign up genius for planning our After Prom event: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0544ABA728A0F49-planning
A message to all parents:
We are a parent group that supports Chardon High School students with various grade level events.
Currently we are planning a junior event and a senior after prom event. Looking to the future we need people to lead the organization and head various committees. You can do this with a friend!
Come and see what the Parent After Prom Organization is all about at our next meeting! We meet the second Wednesday of every month at 7pm in the High School media center (Next meetings: March 8th).
Contact us to join or if you have questions or need more information: email@example.com
Follow After Prom on Facebook, Twitter @CAfterprom and
2023 Spanish NYC Trip Parent Meeting
There will be a mandatory parent / participant information meeting for the upcoming Spanish New York City Trip on April 4th @ 7:00 pm in the CHS cafeteria. A representative from the tour company, R & E Tours, will be there to give important information about the trip and answer any questions.
THE FINAL PAYMENT is due by April 4th. This may be paid to R & E Tours online via OUR TOUR WEBSITE (click here), by mail or brought to the meeting on April 4th.
Please make sure you have turned in your 2 permission slips to Mrs. Niedzwiecki as well.
Please contact Mrs. Kristen Niedzwiecki with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
R & E Tours Trip Dates: April 20-22, 2023
7620 Buchanan Ct Total Cost: $501.00
Mentor, OH 44060440-953-TOUR (8687)
Have a beautiful weekend with family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal