The Beauty of Fall
The Autumnal Equinox falls on Saturday, September 23. Fall is a time that generates so much beauty in Northeast Ohio. We had such a beautiful summer, and we are longing for a wonderful fall. We have officially entered fall, and soon the wind will change and leaves will boom with color. Just as the meteorological season has quite a story...so do we.
Life is full of opportunities. These moments come and go and we have to ask ourselves --do we ever seize the opportunities? More than ever, we have to take the time to seize opportunities before they are taken away. Autumn is an opportunity to pause and reflect on all of our blessings that surround us. It an opportunity to give thanks, and it an opportunity to prepare for the "weather" whether we want to or not.
How has the first full month been for you? Are you still on track for your goals? Have you built the capacity for success? Questions like this are meant to make you pause. Whether you are a parent, student, or teacher reading this---you might have to reflect on your purpose and your place in the story. Without a doubt, the last four weeks have been an adjustment for all of us with settling into the new routines of a school year.
In school, we have bells to create start and end times--but the fluidity of life constantly flows for parents, teachers, and students. I have lived inside of bells my whole life- but, what matters most to my story is how I spend my time between the bells; more importantly, how I spend my time with the priorities that I have established. Time is inevitable- how we use it matters so much in every quarter--especially the first quarter.
Students, many of you are on point. You have adapted and created new habits along the way. Take this Autumn to refine, re-fuel and re-set timelines and priorities toward those areas in your life that are not only strengths but also your weaknesses. Make the time to refine one area of your life that you want to be more successful in...the quarter ends next month. Look in the mirror and see your beauty and share your gifts in and out of the classroom. Live your Purpose!
Parents, you sacrifice so much for your children. As they grow older, many of them develop both a natural and unnatural independence. Take this Autumn to remind your children of their self-worth, and your unconditional love for them. They need you more than ever in this everchanging world.
Teachers, you are the extensions of the family. You spend so much time with students helping them along their journey. Take this Autumn to build your self-efficacy. Many times more than not, you are the catalyst that can change a child's world. Keep up your great work and take time for yourself! WE APPRECIATE YOU!
Homecoming Football Game Details
Friday, September 22
Chardon Memorial Field
Kenston at Chardon
Gates open 5:30
TICKETS: Chardon Hilltopper Ticket Link
$7 Adult/$5 Student
Senior citizens, pre-school children admitted free of charge
LIVESTREAM: Chardon Hilltopper Livestream Link
The livestream will be a G-TV broadcast. There is a $10 fee
HOMECOMING PARADE?COURT INFORMATION
5:30 Homecoming Parade, begins in front of CHS
6:35 Homecoming Court Introductions, Chardon Memorial Field
We are expecting a large crowd for this game. It is recommended to arrive early and purchase tickets in advance. We are also working with Kenston's administration to facilitate the student section, which will house both schools' student sections and bands. The north/scoreboard bleachers are reserved for this evening. The Chardon Crazies have shared with us that it will be a Jersey-out. Please join us in living our core value of Community. Together, we will empower the "Toppers to victory!
We are requesting your assistance in ensuring that children are supervised adequately during this event. In addition, we appreciate you speaking with your children, if they are attending the games, concerning expected behavior, respect for property, and the rights of others to attend a game without experiencing inappropriate behavior. Students under 12 years old need to be supervised at the game. Likewise, patrons and guests may not bring in basketballs, footballs, or other athletic equipment to the game. This is to maintain safety and security throughout the game.
We appreciate you modeling these expectations and look forward to seeing you Friday Night!
CHS Principal Podcast: Executive Student Council Presents Homecoming
Homecoming 2023: Grades 9-12 (Tickets CLOSE at 2:40 PM)
I have opened the tickets until 2:40 PM. No tickets will be sold after this time.
Homecoming Court Videos
Images of the Week
Homecoming Week photos compliments of Rebecca Fullerman
Schedule for Next Week
Parent Teacher Conferences: Thursday, September 28
Welcome to the Chardon High School parent teacher conferences scheduling system.
Our first Parent Teacher Conference is Thursday, September 28.
Please select your conference (or conferences) below, then press "Submit." You will be asked to select the event and then enter your names and email. The system will then send you a link to choose your appointment time(s). From that link you may add or change times. Please note, all dates for conferences are listed for the school year. Please select the conferences under September 28th date to meet teachers next week.
Senior FAQ Meeting
Your Chardon High School Counselors invite parents and students to attend a Senior FAQ on Thursday evening, September 28th from 6-7 pm in the HS media center. Grab a cup of coffee and a pastry while the school counselors answer questions about graduation requirements, college applications timeline, Common App, Naviance, FAFSA and scholarships and more! Please email Mrs. Hillman with any questions!
You #TopperUp'd This Week!
Brayden Gierman is one of the coolest kids around. He recently participated in the Marji Gesick race--- an extreme endurance mountain bike race that known for its challenging terrain and difficult conditions, including steep climbs, technical descents, rocks, roots, and unpredictable weather. The race offers different distances, including the 100-mile Marji Gesick, the 50-mile Grinder, and the 50K Half Marji. Brayden finished the MG50 last year in 13 hours, this year he became the youngest person to finish the MG100 at the age of 14. Way to #TopperUp, Braydon!
Emma McCartney has dominated on the volleyball court for the last four years. We celebrated her 1000 kill as a hitter last week. Emma is a tremendous leader and teammate who will be an outstanding representative of Chardon when she reports to Northern Illinois in the Fall. Emma is currently recovering from an injury she sustained early this season, but she is certainly deserves her recognition for #TopperingUp
The Hilltopper Volleyball program would love to give a #YouTopperUp'd recognition to all of the sponsors that have supported their program this year! We are very grateful for the continued support of our community members, their business and community connection, along with the countless support of all of the athletic programs each year.
Topper Ticket Recipients this Week
Art Piece of the Week
Digital Art and Design students learning about Logo Design and Product Placement!
Logo's by Sadie Kuhnle (11), Zarielle, Casper (11), Samara Ward (12), Teagan Koehler (9), Jacob Householder (12)
Topper Bistro Lunch Menu
To order a senior tribute in the 2023-24 yearbook, please click on this bar and complete and return this form no later than Friday, April 12, 2024.
SENIOR PICTURE SUBMISSION DEADLINE for the 2023-24 yearbook is Friday, January 26, 2024.
Requirements for your senior picture:
Options for submitting your senior picture:
Note: Digital submissions are strongly preferred and recommended in order to preserve quality of the photos.
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 email@example.com.
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
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.
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! Make and capture memories!
Douglas Murray, Principal