I think I can. I think I can
The Little Engine That Could is an American folktale that became widely known in the United States after publication in 1930 by Platt & Munk. The story is used to teach children the value of optimism and hard work.
One of the key lines from the book is I think I can, I think I can.
Throughout the week, this mantra crossed many of our minds at CHS. With the power outage Sunday into Monday, we faced sporadic wifi issues to kick off the week along with administering several AIR and MAP tests, adjusting on the fly to our schedules, aligning senior events, and going to school events...we all were stretched to the max. A good marathon for adults certainly has benefits, but many students and staff alike are longing for the finish line. We will get there, but the mantra needs to change from I think I can to I know I will.
There are so many events that have either happened this week, this weekend or leading into next week that is important to read these details carefully. Make today great!
Schedule for Next Week: BACK the REGULAR SCHEDULE
Big Ideas for the Week
A Guide to Senior Events
In order to promote a healthy, safe, enjoyable evening for all students, the following procedures will be in place for the school dance. We encourage families to discuss these rules together.
EXPECTED STUDENT BEHAVIOR
2021 Chardon High School Honorarians
Congratulations to Jesse Decipeda and Catherine Condon who were nominated by their peers to lead the class of 2021 into Chardon Memorial Field at our 148th Commencement Ceremony.
2021 Commencement Speaker: Denise Hagan
Denise Hagan, a proud Chardon graduate, wife, mother, entrepreneur, and owner of D is for Delicious will speak to the Class of 2021. Her energy, passion, and creativity started as an elementary school teacher. Her journey with her family lead her to decorate her life with giving, sharing, and educating. She never dreamed D is for Delicious would outgrow her home and take her on one of the most rewarding adventures of her life. We can't wait to share her with the senior class and their families!
SENIOR Chromebook Collection
It is hard to believe that we are closing out the 2020-2021 school year. We have many things to be grateful for and accomplishments to celebrate this school year.
During the days of May 20-21 (Seniors) students will need to turn-in their Chromebooks & Chargers. School Fees may be assessed according to the condition of your device or failure to return a charger.
May 20-21, 2021 Seniors Chromebook Collection (Learning Center)
The task includes:
ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES 8-11
WILL KEEP THEIR CHROMEBOOK
OVER THE SUMMER
Chardon Reads: Summer Reading Program
Modeled after “One Book, One City” and “One Book, One School” programs active around our country, the faculty at Chardon High School aims to promote literacy and foster a sense of community by adopting a “Chardon Reads” program of our own. In keeping with the mission of the Chardon Local Schools, “high achievement for all students, where learning is our most important work,” a summer read is required. A faculty team selected Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven for the required summer reading.
According to the International Reading Association (2009):
“Adolescents entering the adult world will do more reading and writing tasks than any other time in human history. They will need reading and writing to cope with the flood of information they will find in the world as it exists. They will also need to use literacy to feed their imaginations so that they can create the world of the future. In a complex and diverse world, their ability to read is crucial, and therefore, it is essential not only to help them survive, but also to help them thrive.”
We want to encourage ALL people in the community to read the summer reading book as well. If family, friends, teachers, and community leaders also read the book, they can encourage thoughtful discussion and motivation among the students. Additionally, the Chardon Library will include a community book discussion in their summer schedule as well as have copies available for checkout.
Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven - From amazon.com:
Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination. It's a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you knew, others who may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie's five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his "meaningless" life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: "Why was I here?"
Students will learn of any expected summer reading assignments for The Five People You Meet in Heaven from their current (2020-21) ELA teacher (or the Guidance Office if transferring into CHS).
In ADDITION to The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Honors/AP English, AcaDec, and Spanish III students should complete the following reading:
Traditionally, English honors and AP students have additional summer reading; however, due to the shortened summer break, they will only be reading the all-school read this year. The traditional summer reads may be incorporated into book clubs throughout the year.
Academic Decathlon (HUM100):
The Sea-Wolf by Jack London (available in PDF form free of charge via Project Gutenberg )
Feel free to join the following Google Classroom for some Spanish summer fun!
Class code: fwrso7r
CHS Principal Podcast: The Finish Line with Boys and Girls LAX 2021
As we transition to the last few weeks of the school year, it is important that parents/guardians review any outstanding school fees prior to the end of the year. I appreciate you going through Infinite Campus and administering payments throughout the year. Every year that fees are not addressed they can add up to a fee total that can be overbearing. By the end of the senior year, the district must close out all fees that are remaining. Please review any outstanding fees and make payment by the end of the school year for grades 8-11. Senior parents will receive a personalized communication to close out the year prior to graduation practice.
Chardon High School can hold transcripts upon graduation to a post secondary institution for non-payment of fees, and will begin to do so in the 2021 school year.
Please review the statement and continue to use Infinite Campus to review and pay fees. If you need access to Infinite Campus, please go to the Chardon Schools website under the resources section to learn more about access information to Infinite Campus and paying fees online.
If you have questions about your invoice, please contact Erin Koehler, Chardon High School Clerk at 440-285-4057 X. 1441 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Biden administration recently announced more than 30 million children will get nutrition assistance over the summer as a result of the American Rescue Plan. Under the Universal School Meals Program Act, nutrition assistance over the summer would be made permanent for all children regardless of income.
17 students from Chardon High School are being recognized for community service as National Award earners and as inspirations for other students to get involved in their community. Our 4th Annual National Community Service Awards connect student service activity to the UN Global Goals. This year we have additional recognition for students working toward a world of Zero Hunger and Zero Waste.
Student volunteers at Chardon High School have invested 1,328 + hours in community needs with the most student effort for Zero Hunger.
This award program has been designed to elevate and expand the awareness of youth leaders contributing time and talent to drive positive progress toward global issues.
Congratulations to Student Awardees at Chardon High School
Ambassador Awardees: Brittany Adams
Honor Awardees: Samantha Brown, Taylor Cox, Marijke Mendeszoon
Merit Awardees: Lauren Alexander, Abby Atchley, Emily Browne, Julia Carter, Quentin Fedak, Chris Gehrke, Anna Gerstner, Derek Mardula, Katie Snyder, Jacob Stephans, Claire Suszynski, Paige Yamamoto
Zero Hero Awardees: Brittany Adams, Samantha Brown, Emily Browne, Julia Carter, Taylor Cox, Tate Farinacci, Chris Gehrke
Images of the Week
AP Physics C students are competing in build challenges now that the AP exam is over... these challenges incorporate many of the concepts they have examined throughout the school year. Last week students had had a class period to design their egg drop cage and test prototypes using 10 sheets of paper and 1 meter of tape. On Friday, they had 20 minutes to build their contraptions and then we dropped from the top of the visitor bleachers (6 m). Winners eggs survived without cracking!
Student in Biology went outdoors for a lesson on population diversity and sampling techniques. They identified plant species in quadrants and used calculations extrapolated that to the entire front field of the school.
Due Today: Sumer Youth Advisory (Class of 2022/2023)
Leadership Geauga is excited once again to offer the Youth Institute program to high school students who will be a junior or a senior during the 2021-2022 school year. Eligible students must live in Geauga County or attend a school located in Geauga County. Some of the benefits of the Youth Institute include:
1. Taking the Strengths Quest Talent Assessment
2. Meeting students from other schools
3. Meeting Geauga County business leaders & learning more about Geauga County
4. Mentoring & career exploration opportunities
COVID has limited our ability to come onsite to answer questions about the program and recruit students, so we are asking the local schools to distribute the attached flyer to their students.
If you have specific questions about the program, please do not hesitate to reach out to any one of the following individuals:
· Pam Carson, Interim Director, Leadership Geauga @ email@example.com,
· Glen Peck, Co-Chair Youth Institute & Leadership Geauga Board Member @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Apply online at www.leadershipgeauga.org
CHS Musical Review
Monday, May 10th, the CHS Drama department presented their "LIVE Musical Revue" for a limited audience. This was in lieu of our spring musical. The students featured 14 solos/ duet from various musicals. These students have been preparing since February and have all grown throughout the process. This was an outstanding evening with very memorable and touching performances. The "LIVE Musical Revue" can be viewed on BoxCast.
CHS Choir Department
Congratulations to the CHS Choirs on an inspiring spring choir concert! The concert was held in the CHS gym on Wednesday, May 12th. The mass ensemble of 105 singers, featured the members of the 8th-Grade Choir, Women's Choir, and Chorale. The concert celebrated the music of the Broadway stage. The group made our gym sound like a fine concert hall with their powerful singing and teamwork. The students persisted with vocal excellence even considering the breathing and articulation limitations present with masks. The song selections ranged from old classic shows, such as Oklahoma, A Chorus Line, Sound of Music, and Annie to current box office hits such as Hamilton, Wicked, Lion King, and Dear Evan Hansen. We had a supportive and socially distanced audience. This was certainly a highlight of our choir year together. Great job singers!
Crescendo Club Tag Day Fundraiser
Crescendo Club Tag Days fundraiser is going on this week through Saturday. Our goal is to raise $11k for the music programs at Chardon Schools. Due to Covid-19 we are doing a virtual fundraiser this year via GoFundMe.
Please join us in making a difference! We are raising money to benefit the Crescendo Club of Chardon School System, and any donation will help make an impact! We have been able to do so much through your generosity as it benefits our school's music program from Kindergarten all the way through High School!!
Some of our accomplishments through the years have been helping those talented children have instruments to use that might not otherwise be able to have access to them, providing educational field trips to expand the children's experiences in this field of arts, we have been able to purchase educational tools and equipment to help the teachers do their job in providing the best lessons possible, and we have been able to purchase marching band, band, and choir uniforms for our growing group of young adults making the most of their high school years.
Each month, the board of the Crescendo Club and the music teachers meet to discuss the state of the organization and approve monetary requests. These meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month. Visit www.chardoncc.org for more information and to view our meeting minutes and future agendas.
We appreciate your support. TAG Days is one of our major fundraisers for the year and directly supports our music programs. Thank you!
Board of Directors:
Tom Siko - President
Jennifer Squires - Vice President
Gina Piotrkowski - Secratary
Holly Schultz - Treasurer
Parents, students, or relatives can view our video and donate at bit.ly/tagdays2021
An important point for parents: many employers offer matching grants for donations to non-profit groups.
Andi Mann sets new WRC meet records in the 1600 and 3200. Mackenzie Morrison does likewise in the discus. Toppers were lighting it up!
Caden Dawson led the Toppers at the WRC meet with a win in the 300H as well as teaming up with Karl Dietz, Zak Mueller, Anthony Zampino, Jack Sweet, and Daniel Pettyjohn on the winning 4x2 and 4x4 relays
Celebrate the little things this weekend with your family and friends because these days are the most precious to cherish with your children!
Douglas Murray, Principal