Life in the Fastlane
Life in the Fastlane.
This is probably the best phrase, song, and way to describe the past week.
Beginning with last weekend, Bob Francis and I were asked to fill in for coach to run JV Baseball. It was invigorating for Bob and I to work with the boys. They were able to see us in a different lens and we swept Aurora at Munson.
A graduate reached out to me regarding filling in last weekend and it really made me pause. Coach Goshe wrote, "see a need, fill a need." As I reflected, it reminded me of ALL of the countless ways that each of us have stepped in so support one another. Pandemic year, or not, our staff have worked intentionally to support and guide our students throughout so many unknowns this year.
Another principal (in our league) noted to me last week that we have such amazing students who are so kind and giving of themselves.
A guest to our district stated to me that our families are so thoughtful, committed, supportive, and welcoming.
Our core values have not been communicated in so many words this year, but the actions of those clear words have. It is those simple examples (from this week alone) that reminds me that taking a moment to get out of the fastlane can help each of us pause and be reminded of our purpose.
Ferris Bueller, in the classic film, said it best- "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” There are so many moments that have passed by, and so many moments upcoming. With all of the moving parts that connect to the end the school year-- and with the countless decisions being made on a moments notice--pause, show gratitude, and celebrate the little things inside of each moment. Don't allow your life in the fastlane --make you lose your mind.
Senior Events Update
Sent to Seniors and Families on Wednesday
I have never experienced a year that was so malleable and filled with adjustments, restrictions, and change. The amount of pivoting and flexibility has been extraordinary by our teachers, students, and families. Has it been perfect, no. What has been perfect this year? Have we been intentional, yes.
Every decision that we have made has been scrutinized and reviewed countless times by internal and external administrators at school and in our county. Throughout every decision, the focus has and always will be what is in the safest interest of the students, and follows every expectation set forth by our district and current health orders.
As I write to you today, I can now share that our prom, after prom, and graduation plans have been approved by the health commissioner and superintendent. There are so many more details that we need to plan for now that the first plan has been approved. These details will be communicated in our senior class handbook that we will publish as soon as we complete those details.
Prom: Saturday, May 15, 2021 (6:00-11:00 pm) at La Vera Party Center
After Prom: Saturday, May 15, 2021 (11:30 pm-2:30 am) at Chardon High School
Graduation: (APPROVED DATE) Saturday, May 29, 2021 (7:30 pm) at Chardon Memorial Field
We appreciate your patience, support, and thoughtfulness as we continue to work collaboratively with our students to create a meaningful closure to their high school experience. Please note that the Week in Reflection is the predominant communication sent out each Friday that is filled with weekly highlights. As we transition closer to these events, separate communications will be sent out via ConnectED.
Enclosed are the safety plans that were approved by Geauga Public Health today:
Prom After Prom Graduation
*Chardon High School will follow the most current health order and recommendations at each event.
Thank you for all that you do to support your children,
Douglas Murray, Principal
AIR Test Information
As we enter deeper into April and May, we are continuing our preparations at Chardon High School for the upcoming AIR exams. The AIR exams are end-of-course exams mandated by the state of Ohio, and students (grades 9-12) earn graduation points regarding their results. HB64 created opportunities for school to extend the dates for these dates. However, Chardon High School will still administer the US History exam for the purpose of attaining graduation seals for all students on the permanent pathway particularly in the class of 2023. Students will take the AIR exams as described below. Here are a few AIR End of Course Testing updates that you need to know.
A Message for Online Students Regarding the AIR Tests
Dear Parents/Guardians of Online Students (aka: Blue Model)
I wanted to take this opportunity to explain some important information regarding upcoming AIR End-of-Course assessments that will be administered in-person at Chardon High School for all students, including virtual students. The AIR tests are end-of-course exams mandated by the state of Ohio. Please note the following dates and tests below:
April 28, 2021 RED Day 7:20 - 9:20 ELA 8 Part 1 ELA II Part 1
April 29, 2021 BLACK Day 7:20 - 9:10 ELA 8 Part 2 ELA II Part 2
May 10, 2021 RED Day 7:20 - 9:50 Math 8 Algebra I Geometry
May 12, 2021 RED Day 7:20 - 9:50 Science 8 Biology
May 14, 2021 WHITE Day 9:45 - 12:00 US History US Government
To best equip you for which tests your son(s)/daughter(s) are registered for, please refer to your child’s schedule. We have taken all necessary precautions to distance students and maintain current safety protocols. On testing day, please wear a mask and bring a fully charged chromebook. Students will be directed to the testing location upon arrival and can leave when their testing ends with transportation provided by parents or guardians. Online classes will proceed corresponding to the day’s schedule.
If you have questions about testing, please contact Dawn Tupaz (Chardon High School Counselor) at 440.285.4060 or email her at email@example.com.
CHS Principal Podcast: Blue Model Student, Melody Wilkinson
After Prom is Seeking Assistance
Chardon After Prom is getting ready for the big event on May 15-16! We need help with decorations to make this event special for our seniors. Come and join us on Mondays and Wednesdays anytime from 6-9pm in the high school cafeteria! For more information call Marijana Benjamin at 440-829-7309 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Art Pieces of the Week
Multimedia Design Presentation: SGT Spencer Kalavity, of the Ohio Army National Guard
Students in Multimedia class were privileged to have SGT Spencer Kalavity, of the Ohio Army National Guard, ask them for their help to get the message out about the opportunities available from the Ohio Army Reserve. Kalavity spent time with the students sharing his passion for the Reserve and all it has to offer the right person. Students recorded his words, resulting in the attached video.
News Herald Article: Chardon High School teachers create Forensic Science and Literary Crime Drama class
Students in Chardon High School's Forensic Science and Literary Crime Drama class are learning more than just 'whodunit' — they are learning the how, the why, and the ways technology and science are put to use in the pursuit of catching violent criminals.
Jill Carpenter, a Chardon High science teacher with a specialized interest in forensics, joined forces with her fellow teacher and friend Holly Mihalek, who teaches English and theater classes, to create a course that merged both of their disciplines. (Read More)
Geauga Growth Partnership
GGP’s strong focus on Youth Workforce Development as a key strategic priority for our organization is helping to support the development of our local youth. We are thrilled to be able to offer the GGP Summer Internship Program this year, please share with your Juniors and Seniors! In its 9th year, GGP's Summer Internship Program offers Juniors and Seniors in High School the unique experience of learning about potential career pathways, while gaining workplace skills and earning wages.
Become a GGP Intern this Summer! Application Period Now Opened!
See attached for more information and the application packet
GGP will host a Student and Parent Q & A on April 6th at 7:00 pm
Click HERE to register for the Internship Q & A
Please forward to your students, if you need more information or have questions please email email@example.com
Virtual Job Fair
Geauga Growth Partnership is pleased to announce that we are partnering with Ohio Means Jobs to offer a Virtual Job Fair for students who are seeking employment. This job fair will include 25 local employers who are seeking to hire now! This is a great opportunity for students to connect with local businesses, obtain employment and potentially get started on a career path!
OhioMeansJobs Geauga and Lake Counties are sending this personal invitation for you to participate in the Spring Virtual Job Fair, scheduled for May 4th, 2021 from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm.
Virtual job fairs are an innovative and stress-free way to match talent to a company’s hiring needs. Our vendor host, Premier Virtual has created a user-friendly platform utilizing this advanced technology. Unlike traditional job fairs, virtual career events provide easy access to Northeast Ohio companies that will be participating in the event. You will have the flexibility to attend virtually, text/chat/video with hiring recruiters, and inquire about part time, full time, seasonal and internship employment opportunities without a crowd of job seekers or the hassle of waiting in line!
Prior to attending: You’re invited to watch the “How To Navigate a Virtual Job Fair” video: Premier Virtual Candidate Training - YouTube
Registration opens on April 16, 2021!
How do you participate?
Register to create a profile that will include your resume, work experience, skills, and other credentials that will be viewed by local companies seeking quality candidates like you.
Jobs Seekers Register Here: Premier Virtual Job Seeker Registration
Step 1: Click on the provided link, click Register, enter your Email Address
Step 2: Enter Name, Required Resume (PDF), create Login Password, click Create an Account
Step 3: Complete the host questions (if required) and click Register
Step 4: Create your Job Seeker Profile
Step 5: On the day of the event, click Enter the Lobby to see participating companies
Premier’s system is secure and requires minimal information to get started. You may register early, but keep in mind, the job fair will not go live until the morning of Tuesday, May 4th.
If you have additional questions, please contact:
Lisa Sprowls Katherine Nakoski
Career Instructor Workforce Specialist
4H Food Drive Reminder
SOAR: (SENIORS) Student Opportunities in Aviation Repair
CRT is hosting a Co-Op for graduating seniors in the month of June. The program is titled “SOAR” – Student Opportunities in Aviation Repair. We first ran the program in June of 2019. We had planned on running the program again this past year but had to scale back based on the environment caused by Covid19. We are back on track for this year and excited to get this started again. The application process is open through next Friday, April 16th and we have room for a couple more graduates.
Here is the link for students to apply:
This program is designed for graduates that are looking for opportunities and exposure to technical career fields. This is not designed as an alternative to college. The career paths these participants will gain exposure to are highly technical, well paid career fields and many of the folks in these career fields do obtain industry recognized credentials, Associate and Bachelor degrees while working full time.
What to Expect:
Each week the Co-Op will spend a portion of their experience working in entry level positions on our shop floor, while also having the opportunity to shadow and learn about the four career paths listed above. In addition, we will have extra-curricular activities provided for the group where the Co-Op’s will connect with their peers and share their experiences in a fun and structured setting.
Throughout the four weeks we will provide formal, intentional soft skill training designed to help prepare the co-op for whatever career path they may choose. We will have representatives from local Community and State Colleges on hand as well to discuss blended learning programs with the group such as certificate or degree programs that can be obtained part-time while working in a full-time capacity. CRT supports a culture of continuous learning and employees who have been with the company for more than one year will be eligible for tuition reimbursement in their chosen fields.
Chardon Restaurant Week: Enjoy Tonight and Tomorrow
Upcoming LEAF Virtual Sessions
Alternative to a 4-year College - Skilled Trades
Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
If college isn't for you, and you love working with your hands, learn about career opportunities in the skilled trades, apprenticeships and other vocational postsecondary options that will get your future started.
Alternative to a 4-year College - Military Enrollment
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
If college isn't for you, learn about career and educational opportunities in the United States military branches that will get your future started.
Alternative to a 4-year College - Manufacturing Careers
Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
Did you know many local manufacturers will pay for tuition reimbursement and training? Get your future started in the new high tech world of manufacturing. Take a virtual tour of a manufacturing facility with Alliance for Working Together (AWT).
Register for a LEAF Virtual Session HERE
Have a beautiful weekend with family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal
Shoutout to Maddie Russo who couldn't believe that I wrote all of this each week :)
Upcoming LEAF Virtual Sessions