Looking back at this week, it is hard to recall when it started and when it ended. The day turned into night in a blink of an eye each day. It feels as though we were modeling fall spots with working 2-A Days. I cannot even begin this Week in Reflection without recognizing our custodians, maintenance team, support staff, and on site contractors. It was their efforts that allowed our staff to even get into the building this week. On Monday, we welcomed back our staff. Seeing their faces and feeling the energy was truly a moment to stop and reflect. The amazing work of our teachers came in to finish all of the details inside the building. So, what's the step counter for the week? 85,114! The reality of being exhausted changes when you see students on opening day!
I cannot tell you how much I love opening day. The students were exactly like our staff. Hugging each other, excited, and even a little anxious with the feeling that we all get when we start a new year. Inside of months of planning, the operation pushed play. I was moved by the leadership of our upperclassmen guiding students who felt lost. It was at that moment, that I felt the rush of why we do what we do.
We love our kids, our community, and our purpose is open the door to learning, thinking, and serving. Without a doubt, the beginning of the year always can provide each of us ways to refine--but, our staff was absolutely jumping in. The bell rang and the halls where clear.
I am so proud of our staff, and our students. They are leaders and understand our purpose.
Purpose: It is a word that I say from time to time. It allows reflection, action, and a depth of questioning. We all have a purpose, and we are helping kids along their journey to find their purpose. Likewise, collectively as a school, we have a shared purpose in or mission, vision, and core values.
The short week that we had was good practice to the routines that we will model next week as we enter a full week. In this edition of the shortened Week in Reflection, some of the topics are good to review inside of the Family Reference Guide to prepare for as we enter next week. The video enclosed will give a brief highlight of the week and the upcoming full week.
Schedule For Next Week
August 21nd White Day Schedule - 10th Grade Meeting during Topper Time
August 22rd White Day Schedule - 11th Grade Meeting during Topper Time
August 23th Red Day Schedule - Late Start with Periods 2, 4, 6 Picture Day
August 24th Black Day Schedule - Periods 1, 3, 5, 7
August 25th Regular White Day Schedule
School Picture Day is Wednesday
All students received a picture packet on Wednesday. If your child has misplaced the order form, there are more in the office. Families can order in advance here. Please enter school code: 99745 All students (ordering or not) will have their photo taken to update Infinite Campus.
Topper Bistro Lunch Menu
Please note that when using a credit card or e-check payment to pay for your student's meals via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal, a 3.5% convenience charge will be added to your payment.
If you would like to avoid the convenience cost, payments can be made via check at your student's school building or mailed to the Chardon Local School District, Attn: Treasurer's Office at 428 North Street, Chardon, OH 44024. Cash is also an accepted method of in-person payment, but please do not mail cash.
Friday Night Football is Back
Week 1 is upon us! The Hilltoppers re-open a historic rivalry to begin the 2023 season. It has been several years since the 'Toppers battled the Wolverines. Tickets are posted on the West G ticketing site. Click on the image below to be redirected to the hometown ticketing site.
Chardon After Prom
Parent Volunteers Needed!
Chardon After Prom raises funds through concession sales at CHS football, soccer, and basketball games. Those funds are used to: (1) host our annual After Prom event, (2) provide scholarships for seniors, (3) host other grade-level events (in 2023, we hosted a Drive-In Movie night for Juniors), and (4) fund other school activities/needs benefiting CHS students and teachers.
We are in need of volunteers to staff our concession stands this fall. Here are the links to sign up:
Our first meeting of the year is Wednesday, August 23 at 7:00 pm in the CHS Media Center. If you are unable to make this meeting, but would like to join our email distribution for future meetings and volunteer opportunities, contact us at email@example.com. Future meetings and open leadership positions are posted on our website.
You #TopperUp'd This Week!
This week's Hilltopper who embodied what is means to #TopperUp is Vinny Valletto! While I was walking the building this week, Vinny stopped what he was doing in Mr. Fronk's class to share with the entire room that he wrote his first essay on the core values of Chardon High School. He was so proud of himself (as was I) and he continued to recite the core values with his eyes closed in front of his peers. I am so proud of Vinny! He is one young man who isn't afraid to be himself, he can connect with may students, has a wonderful personality, and has worked with intentionality to reflect on his growth and leadership. Way to go, Vinny! Way to #TopperUp
This was a concise communication after the first week. Stay tuned each week for continuous coverage of CHS updates!
I want to share one more lesson before I close this reflection. It is a lesson on treasuring every single moment this year as a parent and student. You see, I along with many of my fellow teachers and parents are in the midst of sending a child to college. The emotions that one feels is hard to express. These moments at Chardon High School, whether big or small, joyous or challenging, weave together the tapestry of growth that will forever be a part of your child's journey. Embracing each experience while you are in the moment. Hold onto these memories, let them shape you, and nurture the good times and more challenging experiences. With every moment, you're painting a portrait of that experience of being a Hilltopper, and by embracing the beauty in every second, you're ensuring that this masterpiece of their life is one filled with moments that tell a story of love, learning, and endless growth.
Have a beautiful weekend with your family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal