The Week in Reflection: 3/19
Spring into Beauty
The beauty of Spring is on the horizon. The birds are beginning to chirp, blossoms are seeking the warmth of the sun, and the weather is dawning into a new season. Welcome to the beauty of this short season in Northeast Ohio. Embrace this time, brace for the Spring showers for the April and May flowers will bloom shortly.
Living in this region, we become accustomed to the highs and lows of the weather, but there is one weather pattern we can control...our personal weather.
Every day, we walk our routines with our words, deeds, and behaviors. We, in turn, carry our own weather. Although newly retired, Mr. Armelli always is a perfect example of this mantra. He stood outside in the rain, snow, and sun exclaiming to ALL: It's a beautiful day!
Now, more than ever--carrying our own feelings about our autonomy, our place in this world, and connectivity to others need to rise to the surface of those things that we can control.
We are finally in Spring! We are finally at Spring Break. Take time to re-energize and focus on the long and winding road that we will face as we close out the quarter on March 26th, and begin the fourth quarter on April 6th. We got this!
National Honors Society
Over the last two weeks, a faculty panel and the NHS advisors spent hours reading applications, essays, reviewing teacher recommendations, and reviewed hundreds of transcripted courses from the applicants.
Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to Chardon High School’s Chapter of National Honor Society. All students had a minimum of a 3.5 GPA, had to demonstrate leadership and service through voluntary contributions to the school and community, and had to be a student of good character as determined by their teachers here at Chardon High School.
Induction into our Chapter of NHS will take place on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 7:30 PM. Details about who may attend will be announced prior to the start of spring break.
As soon as the plan is approved, we will share details with all of you.
Class of 2023
Class of 2022
Scouts Earn Prestigious Medal of Merit-- Core Values in Action
In the summer of 2020, when the unexpected occurred during Newbury Boy Scout Troop #99's backpacking trip in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest, the courageous scouts, including three Chardon High School students and one West Geauga High School School student, rose to the occasion, putting their many years of learned skills to use and gaining experience in the uncharted territory of a real-life emergency situation.
Chardon High School students Anthony Baioni, Jake Gabanic and Ryan O’Reilly, together with WGHS junior Nicholas Cochran and two of the troop’s adults, had hiked about four miles into the forest’s Dolly Sods Wilderness on July 17 when one of the adults experienced an accidental fall, resulting in a broken leg.
In response, half of the six-member crew hiked the four miles back out of the trail to reach a cell signal in order to contact emergency medical services while the remaining half of the group tended to the injured adult, providing wilderness first aid to stabilize the injury.
Several hours later, all six troop members reunited deep in the forest — now with EMT personnel on-hand and ready to travel together on foot while carrying the injured party on a stretcher for eventual vehicle transport to a local hospital.
“The entire process took just over nine hours, most of it in the dark,” said Troop #99 scoutmaster Phillip Baioni in a March 16 email correspondence with Chardon Schools. “We finally got out of the woods just after 12:30 am. The boys were outstanding during this event. Each of them had a role, and they carried it out without complaints.”
Phillip added that at all times one or more members from the troop were helping carry the stretcher, and the trek traversed very rough terrain.
“We are very proud of our son Jake, his cousin Anthony, and Ryan and Nick,” said Robert Gabanic in a March 16 email correspondence with Chardon Schools.
Robert, who serves as a committee member in the troop said the scouts showed great courage and were able to use many of their Scout skills they have learned and worked as a team.
The scouts’ heroic efforts were formally recognized by the Boy Scouts of America's Lake Erie Council during the Court of Honor ceremony held on March 15. Each of the four scouts and the two adults from the trip earned the Medal of Merit for Meritorious Action Award.
“Between the initial hike, traveling to get help, and transporting the injured scout, some members hiked more than 14 miles that day,” said Lake Erie Council service and growth team leader Kevin Wassie.
Kevin explained that this award is presented to those who have performed an act of service of a rare or exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others.
“We had to navigate streams, fallen trees, and rock formations,” added Phillip. “At times the trail was no more than two-feet wide with slopes on either side covered with dense vegetation. I am extremely proud of these boys. We train for emergency situations, and when it counted, their training paid off.”
Kelly A. Misch
Chardon Local Schools
Schedule for Next Week
Yearbook: Student Communication
Hi! Our names are Owen, Steve & Jacob; we are members of the 22-person yearbook staff headed by our adviser, Mr. Chenoweth. You probably receive lots of school emails these days, but this one is special because it’s from us – the students who are working hard to make our school’s yearbook. We know this has been an unusual year, but we are sending you this message to let you know how excited we are about this year’s book! The 2021 yearbook will be unlike any other book, ever. It’s going to be different, but it’s going to be ours, together. We are including so many of the unique memories and stories from this year:
Going to State in multiple sports and winning the State Title in football
Filming the production Phoneheads under the direction of Mr. Streiff & Mr. Lichtinger
Virtual Homecoming Court
Imagine in 20 years, your student pulling their 2021 yearbook off the shelf and showing their kids what an unusual time in history we lived through. For everyone that has purchased a yearbook, thank you! It’s going to be the best book yet! If you haven’t purchased, it’s not too late. You can still order the book at http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A06316400. Order your student’s yearbook today to guarantee a copy.
The Yearbook Staff
CHS Principal Podcast: Brittany Adams (Food Drive)
Art Piece(s) of the Week
Jenna Toutant's "Chaos Behind the Eyes" won "Best in Show" at Stella's Art Gallery. Thanks to NH for the article and Stella's Art Gallery for submitting the link our way:
Images of the Week
Students in our Service Learning Cohort continue serving the needs of families during their field service experiences.
In a similar light, the same students took their talents back to the classroom to update the block windows in Room 101! Go Toppers!
Chardon Online Store
First, the main website link that has the two tabs in the black line that runs across the screen – www.chardonathletics.org
The link to the State Gear - https://chardonathletics.org/main/otherad/contentID/53388400
The link to the Chardon gear - https://chardonathletics.org/main/otherad/contentID/53393100
Each page has a click for questions that will take you to the “other” page and each page has an email link to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking back at all of the phenomenal work that our students and staff have accomplished this year (during a pandemic) is quite impressive. I cannot express (in simple words) how grateful I am for the extraordinary students that we educate at Chardon High School.
Spring provides us the opportunity to transition into a new season of growth. With such a LONG winter, we are all ready and optimistic for the weather to change, and for new growth to spring from the earth. Long winters can often create a lull and lethargy to our energy--not to mention a ton of yard work.
Throughout the long winter, the one guiding light each day are the students. They are kind, humorous, compassionate, and engaging. We truly have amazing students at Chardon High School!
Take time this weekend to refresh, unplug, and spend time outside. I am looking forward to some personal time with my family---together!
Have a weekend with family and friends
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