Class of 2022: Parting Words
During the last year or so, after your parents first realized that the rest of your life had inexplicably sped past, they tried not to be obvious. But maybe you noticed. In spite of all that you were going through in school, sports, and even at work, your family tried to slow the calendar, stop the clock. They were trying, of course, to hang on to you.
The very thing that they committed to year’s ago- rearing, raising, training you for independence- your parents now began to fear. I’m sure some may have been emotional; they may have been firm, or even built walls between you. Every sign that indicated you had learned and matured and were ready to face the world only reminded them how young you seemed.
But your parents couldn’t run from the truth. You were leaving and the day was coming soon. Some of your parents may have been so desperate to hang on that they couldn’t even exult in your growth and progress. Why, you ask, a lot of it was due to your maddening independence, that I-can-do-it-myself attitude that reminded both of them so much of their own adolescence, or even that look that asked, “Why do you have to know everything?” or “What does it matter to you?” may have cemented in their aching heart the truth: You had become your own person.
It’s what they had wanted. But, your time together this year went by too quickly. There may have been days when they didn’t want it at all. Yet, throughout all the fights over applications, and deadlines, your parents knew that this was for the best. It’s time. And maybe from their perspective, there will never be a good time. Your parents have realized that the longer they hang on to you, the more they protect you from the real world. If you don’t jump in, you’ll never find yourself. And so they must nudge you from the nest.
Seeing you leave for college or your career may remind them of the first time they let you go in the water. Only this time they are not going to be at arm’s length, ready to grab as you panic. They will not stand by with reassuring words that say, “I’m just seeing if you can float alone.” For this is the real thing. Your parents will let you go; you will be on your own, and they will back away.
The other metaphor that may come to mind is your first time on two wheels. Mom or dad ran along beside, reaching, adjusting, holding the seat, helping you gain momentum and speed. Soon you were on your wobbly way, unable to turn, riding through puddles, over curbs, slowing to painful, tumbling stops before leaping up to try again.
Now they will give your two-wheeler one last shove and watch. No more running alongside. You had enough of that. You won’t admit it, but there will be times when you whirl around expecting your parents to be there. They won't be, and you will think twice about calling, about asking to be bailed out of a jam.
There will be bumps and bruises and as much as they would like to protect you from them, your parents will walk away to see you grow. You may be swindled, maybe even endangered because of your own innocence. Your parents could intervene, could warn you, or could slow you on a headlong path to believing someone because “he seemed like a great guy, or she seemed like a great girl.” They could urge you to let time be the test of relationships, to think twice, even three times, before investing in anything. But you must learn from your own mistakes.
Your parents and teachers know because they have been there. We all have gone against our own better judgment, so why shouldn’t you? Even I knew better, or should have. I have been told enough times by my own parents. But some things you must learn on your own. You may fail, and you will kick yourself and wonder why you forged ahead. There will come a time that you will know that your life was shaped by the lessons you could learn only from your own mistakes.
Graduates of 2022, I am at an age, where I finally can realize the wisdom, encouragement, and love that a parent gives to a child. As a parent of two beautiful daughters--the love shared between parents to their children is never a superficial root that may drive you away from their love, but a permanent foundation that grants you the opportunity to blossom into an adult. You must realize that as you transition into a new chapter of your life, your parents, brothers, sisters, and even your friends are going through the same transition. I know that your parents are so proud of you. Even through the good and bad times of this year, you have grown in such a way that radiates the beauty of every one of you.
Graduates, look around. You are so gifted and talented. Your class emulates success. Academically, athletically, socially, and within the community, Your parents, and teachers have watched you grow daily and we are so proud to honor you today in your accomplishments. Many people state that you are the future. You are more than that. You Are The Strength Of Today.
Forever in my heart,
Schedule Next Week
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May 23 8-11 Finals (Schedule)
May 24 8-11 Finals (Schedule) Senior Grades Due
May 25 8-11 Finals (Schedule)
May 26 8-11 Finals (Schedule) End 4th Quarter - last day for students
May 27 Last day for Teachers/ 8-11 Grades Due/
May 27 Graduation Rehearsal * 10:00 AM
Class Picnic–Munson Township Park 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Baccalaureate (Chardon Methodist Church) 7:00 pm
May 28 Graduation - (Chardon Memorial Field) Saturday 1:00 pm
May 29 Graduation Rain Date (Chardon Memorial Field) Sunday 1:00 pm
During the last week of school, student in grades 8-11 will report to school each period. The only sections that are not mandatory to report to is study hall, and few already assessed mixed courses. All study halls will be supervised as regularly scheduled. Breakfast will only be served during exam week. Furthermore, transportation will run at regular times for those students that need morning and afternoon transportation. All students in grades 8-11 will either be in class for the end of the year closure activities, project presentations, tests for the quarter, or final examinations. The school day begins at the regularly scheduled times, and concludes at 11:30 AM. The time placed aside for these courses allows each student to best prepare for last classes with their teacher for this quarter. There are some very important reminders to how grades are assessed for the end of the year:
GRADE DETERMINATION - The final grade for a course is determined by GPA in all grades 8-12:
A -- 3.50 or above B -- 2.50 to 3.49 C -- 1.50 to 2.49 D -- 0.50 to 1.49
In order to pass any course a student must have attained each of the following:
1. Have a grade average 0.5 or above
2. Pass three out of five grades for a year-long course
3. Pass two out of three grades for a semester course
4. Pass one of the last 2 grades of the course (the fourth (4) nine weeks and the final exam)
On the day scheduled for each subject’s midterm/final exam, the teacher will give a final test or conduct some other type of final assessment learning experience. Students are expected to attend their exam period unless prior arrangements are made and confirmed. Failure to do so will result in a failing grade on the midterm/final. The final exam/assessment will be weighted as 1/3 of the final grade for a semester course or 1/5 of the final grade for a year-long course. Teachers will record an Incomplete grade as an F if the student fails to make up the work by an agreed upon deadline.
GRADING POLICY - The Chardon Board of Education adopted the following grading scale for all students.
A 90 -100
B 80 - 89
C 70 - 79
D 60 - 69
INCOMPLETES - Incompletes, as stated by board policy, that are recorded on report cards must be changed within three weeks after the grading period has ended unless prior arrangements have been made.
Each quarter grade the following points are earned.
4 points for an A 3 points for a B 2 points for a C 1 point for a D
To determine the final course grade the points for each quarter and the final exam are added together and then averaged. The final grade for a course is determined by the average of the points earned.
Eligibility : Your work this quarter allows you the ability to play this fall. Be certain to understand this policy.
Senior Handbook: Highlights from the Guide
A Guide to Senior Events (full document)
Because commencement exercises are conducted in a formal, ceremonial fashion, it is mandatory that all seniors be in attendance for rehearsal. *Seniors who do not attend rehearsal will not be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony. Rehearsal is scheduled on Friday, May 27, 2022, at Chardon Memorial Field beginning at 10:00 am.
Because there is so much organizing to be done to make the ceremony a positive experience, we need to have the cooperation of all students involved.
Seniors are reminded that it is necessary to pass the last nine weeks and/or the final exam plus have a passing average in a course to receive credit. Failure to meet these requirements in courses required for graduation will result in being ineligible for a diploma in May. Students will not be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony. Further clarification is found on page 107-108 of the Student Handbook.
Graduation exercises will be held at Chardon Memorial Field on Saturday May 28, at 1:00 p.m. Each graduating senior will receive eight tickets to be issued at commencement practice on Friday, May 27, 2022. It will be up to you or your senior to reach out to other students/parents if you are in need of extra tickets beyond the original eight tickets.
If you are planning on attending a college or trade school please do not forget to request your final transcript on Naviance. This will notify CHS where to send your Final Transcript that is needed to enroll in the secondary school you plan to attend in the fall. To do this follow these steps:
1. Go to https://www.naviance.com/ and log in
2. Click the tab "Colleges I'm Applying to"
3. Scroll to the bottom of the page to "College that I'm Attending"
4. Click the arrow and find the college you are attending and click it
5. Press the update button once your college is listed as the college you are attending.
6. We will send your Transcript to your college once they are finalized, and we review that all fees have been paid for.
Guidelines for Proper Attire
Because, in a formal ceremony, all participants are dressed in some type of specific regalia or uniform, proper attire is to be worn by all potential graduates during any of the graduation exercises. To be dressed properly, please note the following:
After graduation ceremonies, caps and gowns are yours to keep as a memento of the occasion. Any student not participating in graduation ceremonies will receive a refund of cap and gown payment.
That attire shall be as follows:
Girls: Red cap and gown with one tassel.
Appropriate dress, suit, or skirt and blouse underneath.
Appropriate dress shoes. Remember, we are on turf. (No tennis shoes or flip flops)
Boys: Black cap and gown with one tassel.
Appropriate dress shirt with tie.
Appropriate dress slacks (No jeans of any type).
Appropriate dress shoes. (No tennis shoes, flip flops, high heels (turf).
Students not dressed in proper attire will not be permitted to participate in the formal graduation ceremony on commencement day.
NOTE: Students will be permitted to wear only one tassel with their cap and gown during the formal ceremony. No flowers, signs, jewelry or other additions are permitted on cap and gown.
As a courtesy to the graduates and special guests, we will ask members of the audience to take pictures from their seats only.
Baccalaureate services are by definition religious in nature. Designed by graduates, this ceremony is a non-denominational religious service at a local Chardon church. This voluntary activity will be held Friday, May 27, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. at the Chardon United Methodist Church, 515 North Street, Chardon, Ohio.
G-TV - Chardon Graduation Video DVD
G-TV will tape your commencement ceremony. If you would like to purchase a DVD of the ceremony an order form is available in the main office or here.
Graduation Day Photos - 2022
Pastor Photography will be at your graduation to take a picture of you as you receive your diploma.
Orders can be placed online atwww.pastorphoto.com.
Shipping is FREE with online ordering (US Postal Service) – use coupon code GRAD2022. Orders may be placed atwww.pastorphoto.com.
Senior Class Picnic Sign-up: Parent Volunteers
The graduating class of 2022 will have their Senior Picnic at Munson Township Park on Friday, May 27 from 12:00 - 3:00pm. There will be a DJ, volleyball, basketball, tennis, cornhole games, prizes, food & MORE! IT'S GOING TO BE AWESOME!!
Students are encouraged to bring volleyballs, basketballs, and other sports equipment.
All we need for this to be a PERFECT DAY for Seniors is good weather and AMAZING PARENT VOLUNTEERS to help with this event!!! The more the merrier! Even if you cannot attend, any food or donations you can make will be wonderful.
The school is providing the hotdogs, hamburgers, buns, veggies & fruit, and plates, napkins & silverware as well . They also have a grill for us to use that day.
Donations such as restaurant gift cards, movie passes, gas cards, goodies for college, and any other prizes are greatly appreciated. Your help will make this final send off before graduation day SO SPECIAL and FUN!
Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!
-2022 Senior Moms Picnic Committee
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 8-12.
Chardon High School can hold transcripts upon graduation to a post secondary institution for non-payment of fees,.
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
Art Piece of the Week
Images of the Week: Spring Concert
English Department Summer Reading for Honors, AP, and Academic Decathlon
There is no all school read this year. Only these classes will have summer reading.
English IH: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
English IIH: Choice Book
English IIIH (302): TWO Book Club Book Choices
AP Language and Composition: Choose one book by Malcolm Gladwell. Please get the most updated edition.
Outliers: The Story of Success OR
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference OR
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
AP Literature and Composition: TWO Choices from List
Academic Decathlon: (Link for free options below)
Wieland; or, The Transformation, An American Tale by Charles Brockden Brown
2022/23 Curricular Theme - The American Revolution and the New Nation
Letters and Assignments:
English I H Summer Reading 2022
English II H Summer Reading 2022
ENG 302 Summer Reading Letter 2022
AP Lang Summer Reading Letter and Assignment 2022
AP Lit Summer Reading Letter 2022
Community Flyers (NEW)
Mr. Murray’s YouTube Page
The Hilltop Echo (School Newspaper)
Video Announcements: Link for the Morning Announcements
Week in Reflection: This is the Weekly Publication for Parents/Students/Staff
Chardon High School: Program of Study
Chardon High School Bell Schedule; Google Document of our bell schedule
Chardon High School Student Handbook
Teacher Resources for CHS Students
Student Acceptable Use Policy (All Students Must Sign)
Chardon High School Google Calendar
Chardon Athletics Sports Calendar
Have a beautiful weekend with family and friends! Next week is the FINISH LINE!