It is that time of the week when I quote a song. The best one that comes to mind is David Bowie's Under Pressure.
Now that the beat is in your head and you are throwing that bass guitar around and questioning whether you are singing David Bowie or rapping Vanilla Ice...let's begin.
It has been been a pressure filled week and it is so important to pause at the end of all of the communications, tasks, meetings, and plans to take a deep breath. It is important to reflect on all of the positives and ways that those we encountered where influenced by our care.
In constant contact with information, I stumbled upon an obscure study from the University of Arizona that indicates that men and women average around 15-16,000 words a day. When you think about it, that is a ton of communication. The question is how have we used our words to influence, create kindness, and positively impact others versus cause stress, frustration, or sadness. Our words matter and our reflection of our words matter. Sometimes, the best words are no words. We become active listeners. So, since I used many words last week in the introduction... reflect on the power of your words this week...
I will pause, take a breath, and actively listen. Be You, Be Kind, BeLIEVE! The finish line is just around the corner.
AIR Testing: May 10-14
As we enter into the week of May 10-14 , we are transitioning to the last administration of the 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.
May 10, 2021 … RED DAY Mathematics … Grade 8, Algebra I, and Geometry
May 12, 2021 … RED DAY Science … Grade 8 and Biology
May 14, 2021...Special Schedule Social Studies... American Government and American History
Please take the time to understand the schedule for next week. Transportation will run at the regular times.
May 14th: After the AIR Testing/Map Testing, school is dismissed. There are no classes after the testing schedule. Students are dismissed at 12:00 pm. Transportation will still run at the regular hours.
A Guide to Senior Events
Important Links for Seniors
Prom/After Prom Flyer
Prom Ticket Sales (Online Only)
After Prom Ticket Sales (Online Only)
Parent Letter: After Prom
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 Talking Track 2021
Chardon Avenue Construction Update
The City of Chardon announced this week that the Chardon Avenue Project is set to begin. Setup work will occur on Monday, May 3, and construction will begin on Wednesday, May 5.
Anticipate potential traffic delays beginning on Monday, May 3.
Project Information: https://www.chardon.cc/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=170
For the latest, sign up for City of Chardon alerts at: https://www.chardon.cc/List.aspx
CHS JUNIOR WINS 3RD PLACE IN GCBA LAW DAY ESSAY CONTEST
May 4, 2021 -- On April 30, Chardon High School junior Morgan Fisher was a guest at the Geauga County Bar Association's luncheon at Guido's in Chesterland where she was recognized for her essay winning third place this spring in GCBA's Law Day Essay Contest.
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Drive -Thru Food Distribution
Photos: courtesy of Emily Spangler
CHS Drama is excited to be back on stage! Even though things look a little different this year, the show must go on! With the use of masks and face shields, the night of senior-directed one-act plays will be performed in front of a limited audience on Friday, May 7 at 7pm. Cast members have a limited number of tickets they will distribute that can be exchanged for seating at the door for $5.
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 email@example.com
Art Piece of the Week
Art Piece of the Week: A Focus on a mother's love
Happy Mother's Day!
After everything you've done for me — the opportunities you've handed me, the countless mood swings you've endured from me, the life you've given up for me — I'm supposed to send you a card with flowers, and that's supposed to be enough?
Flowers, cards and massage gift certificates do not get my point across. Taking you out to dinner won't do it justice. Buying you balloons isn't going to inflate my point. All of it seems so… trite.
A Hallmark card won't ever be able to explain exactly why I love you.
Exactly why I'm proud to call you my mom. Exactly how grateful I am for you.
Instead, I'll just tell you.
I'll tell you exactly why I respect you, not try and fit it into some two-by-two-inch card.
I will tell you exactly what I should say every day of every month of every year. I'll tell you exactly why I love you.
Happy Mother's Day to all of our CHS Moms!
Douglas Murray, Principal