What's Our Why
For almost eleven years, I have served on the administrative team in Chardon. I love every second of what I do at Chardon High School and I am deeply humbled at the direction we are moving. Every day is a new experience for us with 1,125 students and 80 staff members in the building and a new day to get better and be better. The focus on our mission is the heart of our daily decisions through a lens of our core values. We have accomplished so many extraordinary tasks that build upon and refine the treasured traditions and outcomes of being a graduate of Chardon High School. The image above is a reference to our why, our how, and what we do to accomplish our goals to assist every student to their individual purpose.
Working each day with a compass and a purpose drives the standards that we teach and the climate that we create at Chardon. We have something special here...and it didn't happen by chance nor are we going to lose it. We are a family, and a community of learners. Leadership is organic. Leadership is intentional, shared, and reciprocal. The teachers work so well together and the students share in the construction of their learning. It is hard work that truly prepares students for the 4E's that we preach: Employment, Enrollment, Enlistment, and Entrepreneurship.
Teaching is my passion. My purpose is to serve and inspire others to find theirs in any capacity that I can encounter students and staff. Our teachers encapsulate so many roles each day. They are not only licensed educators--they are counselors, caretakers, facilitators, leaders, guides, planners, collaborators, statisticians, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters; a vessel of knowledge and experiences who serve and are often underappreciated.
As Walt Whitman wrote, "Happiness, not in another place but this place...not for another hour, but this hour." Living for today and preparing for tomorrow allows us to seize today's goals and plan for tomorrow's outcomes. It takes many hands to make this work every single day.
Just yesterday, the state of Ohio released the 5 Star Report ratings. We are very proud of the intentional work that our teachers and students put forth into our core value focus of Achievement! There is ton to unpack inside of this report; Dr. Hanlon and Dr. Klein will certainly continue to share our achievements from last year and our continued focus of our mission of High Achievement for All students in presentations to the board and community. In summary, the work of our teachers at Chardon High School and in the district was top tier! Like any good educator, coach, or parent would share--- stay the course and continue to refine areas that will make us better...and that is our goal. With our district mission, vision, and building values--we will do that while continuing to emphasize on educating the whole student and building strong relationships!
In the noisy world that we live in, it is important to celebrate these victories, refine areas of identified growth, and accomplish the goals that we set forth without being swayed by the noise. When we collectively work together on our mission, values, and vision--we create the outcomes we all desire. Let's continue to stay focused on our purpose and the outcomes will be many to our shared goals.
Congratulations, CHS and all of our schools! Let's keep climbing!
2023-2024 School Profile
What we like to share when the state report card comes out is our school profile that compliments the areas that aren't directly measured in the reporting system. This school profile will provide you more data in the areas of our whole story beyond the measures of an end of course exam.
State of the Schools Presentation
On Wednesday, September 13, Chardon High School hosted the annual State of the Schools presentation in collaboration with the Chardon Area Chamber of Commerce. As the host of this event, CHS administrators were so moved by the exceptional leadership of our students and staff members who share all of the ways that we connect our students to the 4E's: Enrollment, Employment, Enlistment, Entrepreneurship. We are so appreciative of all the staff members and student representatives that highlighted all of the great work happening at Chardon Schools!
Agenda that was covered:
Presentation: Dr. Michael Hanlon - State of the Schools
Panel Presentation: 4 E’s and Community Connections
Gallery Walk/ Networking
Administration: Dr. Michael Hanlon
Chardon Early Learning Center: Sarah Bednar, Kristen Sironen
Chardon Middle School: Nikki Diehm, Brent Hilston, Julie Kenny, Mary Pat Martin, Students
Chardon High School: Tracey Britt, Kim Butala, Jason Hall, Dawn Weaver, Al Herner,
Dan Chenoweth, Rob Mizen; Students
Munson & Park: PBIS representatives
District-wide Promethean IFP, MakerSpace (C3)
Chardon High School C.R.E.W, Engineering, CCP, AC4P, HMM
Chardon Middle School STEM/Lego MindStorms, Junior Achievement, Archery/PE,
Chardon Early Learning Center PK & KDG programming
Munson & Park: PBIS
The Schedule for Next Week
Voted by the class of 2024, the following seniors will represent their class on Homecoming Court. On Friday, September 22, we will present the court during a 5A (Topper Time) assembly. We will crown both the queen and king prior to the Homecoming game.
Homecoming 2023: Grades 9-12
The Executive Student Council is proud to present, Once Upon A Time as the theme for this year's Homecoming. The grade level officers have been working on this event since July and are excited to organize a fun-filled week with raffles, themes each day, welcoming our alumni, and celebrating this year's dance.
Dance Details for Grades 9-12
Chardon High School Homecoming 2023
Theme: Once Upon A Time...
Saturday, September 23rd at 7:00- 10:30 PM
CHARDON HIGH SCHOOL
151 Chardon Avenue, Chardon, OH 44024
EXPECTED STUDENT BEHAVIOR Students will follow all applicable school rules as outlined in the CHS Student Handbook. Students will show respect and be courteous towards all students, faculty, and chaperones. Sexually explicit/provocative dancing is strictly prohibited. No excessive public displays of affection. Any student or guest suspected of being under the influence of any controlled substance, or in possession of tobacco or any controlled substance, is subject to removal from the dance, emergency expulsion, and criminal prosecution. No 8th graders or guests over the age of 20 may attend the dance. CONSEQUENCES Students violating the CHS Dance Code of Conduct will be given one verbal warning. With their second warning, they will be asked to leave the dance. There will be no refunds given for students asked to leave before the end of the dance. Removal from the dance may affect future school disciplinary action, and/or school dance privileges.
Dance Guest Form (ALL NON CHS GUESTS)
9-12 students--Your Student ID is your passcode
Tickets are on SALE beginning on Friday, September 2 (7:00 AM)-September 16 (6:00 PM). No tickets are sold after those hours--nor at the door.
Spirit Week is HERE!
Dress Up! Enter Raffle! Win prizes!!
You #TopperUp'd This Week!
Heintz and Hot Dogs are a match made in heaven. Once again, we are blessed with a Heintz brother on the grill at 6:45 AM on game days to perfect the classic Topper Dogs. As Zach took the title for years as the master chef, his brother, Jacob, grab the keys to the truck to haul in the tradition to the student lot. Kuddos to Jacob for being recognized with the You #TopperUp'd this week recognition. He deserves it for promoting nearly three decades of traditions throughout the year! If you want to help sponsor a Topper Dog Day, let us know!
Topper Ticket Recipients this Week
Art Piece of the Week
Images of the Week
Friday Night Highlights
Topper Bistro Lunch Menu
K-12 Monthly Pledge Contest
Student Leadership Opportunity! Would your K-12 student like to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at a Board of Education meeting? Student leaders gain practice at public speaking; meet the Superintendent and Board President; and earn a Portrait of a Hilltopper certificate. Enter our monthly contest today for a chance to win!
Link to: https://bit.ly/leadthepledge23
After Prom Message : (Topper Parent Organization)
Volunteer to help raise funds benefiting CHS students
There are many opportunities to volunteer at the concession stand this fall. Proceeds from concession sales are used to fund After Prom, student scholarships, Athletic Boosters donations, and other schoolwide needs benefiting CHS staff and students. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Football Concession Sign-Up
Girls Soccer Concession Sign-Up
Have questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial Aid Night/FAFSA night
A plan to simplify the FAFSA has been years in the making since 2020 when the Consolidated Appropriations Act was passed to streamline the process. Those changes are finally going into effect.For the 2024-2025 school year, the FAFSA filing season will open in December, two months later than in previous years. (The Education Department said it plans to return to an Oct. 1 start date next year.)
Because of these changes, Chardon's Financial Aid/FAFSA will not be scheduled until December 2023. When the release date for the new FAFSA has been confirmed, this date will be advertised and shared with parents and students.
What's new about the College Financial Aid Process
Kent State University Office of Pre-College Programs
There is an upcoming graduating senior event facilitated by Kent State University Office of Pre-College Programs in partnership with the Office of Admissions, Financial Aid, and Honors.
Apply In A Flash
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 | 6 PM | Virtual
RSVP here for the link.
Chardon HS will be attending the NEOCCF College and Career Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Kent Campus of Kent State University in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MACC). Representatives from approximately 100 colleges and universities, as well as career preparatory organizations, are expected to attend.
Students will be departing Chardon by bus at 8:00 am and will return around 2:00 pm. The cost of the trip is $15 to be paid prior to the day of the event. Students and chaperones will attend the college fair, tour the Kent campus, and have lunch in one of the dining halls on campus.
Please use this form to sign up. All payments need to be made to Mrs. Koehler (the lady in the window). Permission slips can be picked up by Mrs. Giddings' desk in the Guidance department and will need to be turned in the day before the event as well. Only the first 40
Chardon Local Schools partners with PublicSchoolWORKS to offer the Stay Safe. Speak UP! student safety and bullying prevention program. This 24/7, confidential reporting tool is available to students, parents, staff and the community. Visit the link to learn about 3 easy ways to report and bookmark access to the tool.
Link to: https://bit.ly/chardonnewssssu
Ohio Law requires that students under 18 years of age possess a work permit for NON-SEASONAL (school year) employment. Forms are also available in the Student Services Office or Main Office. After the parent/guardian, employer, and physician complete and sign the permit, the completed permit should be forwarded by the student to the CHS Main Office along with a Proof of Age document. The CHS Main Office processes the work permit via the State Of Ohio website.
Remind Directions: Mobile Device Notifications from Mr. Murray
Have a beautiful weekend with your family and friends! I will not be able to head to the football game this week to make a highlight video and photos as I will be hosting the Chardon High School Class of 1973 for their reunion on Friday and Saturday.
Douglas Murray, Principal