The Week in Reflection: 9/23
The Beauty of Fall
The Autumnal Equinox fell on September 22. 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 three weeks have been an adjustment for all of us with the new routines.
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!
I wanted to take a moment to thank our Executive Student Council, Members at Large, Mrs. Korenke, and Dan Chenoweth for all of their leadership, planning, and flawless execution of Homecoming week. Major shoutout to the Senior Executives who modeled leadership all week, and demonstrated to all grade levels what it takes from start to finish. The school was decorated beautifully and many hands came back this morning to prepare school for normal operation.
We had 730 students at our school on Saturday. From 7:00 to nearly 11:00 PM, our students had a blast on the dance floor, playing corn hole, drinking nearly 300 gallons of water, and enjoying King Kone!
National Merit Scholarship Program: Commended Students
Of the 1.6 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores (calculated by doubling the sum of the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Test scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. In September, these high scorers are notified through their schools that they have qualified as either a Commended Student or Semifinalist.
In late September, more than two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT® receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Commended Students are named on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year and is typically below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists in their respective states. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit® Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. Congratulations to Mackenzie Shuman and Charlotte Herbruck for being recognized as commended students!
The Schedule for Next Week
Save the Date: FAFSA NIGHT (September 26 at 6:30 PM)
This is an exciting year for you and your son/daughter but along with that comes many questions and decisions. We are here to help guide you through this process. The guidance office is hosting a FAFSA night to assist with this process and answer questions about the process.
Financial Aid Night will be held September 26th at 6:30 pm in the presentation area of the media center. A LEAF representative will be explaining the FAFSA process and will break down the various types of financial aid available.
Student Activities Resources
Extracurricular activities provide a channel for reinforcing the lessons learned in the classroom, offering students the opportunity to apply academic skills in a real-world context, and are considered part of a well-rounded education. At Chardon High School, we provide several opportunities for our students to get involved. Check out the lists below, or click on the link provided.
Parent Teacher Conferences: Wednesday, September 28
Welcome to the Chardon High School parent teacher teleconferences scheduling system.
Our first Parent Teacher Conference is Wednesday, 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.
CHS Topper Bistro Lunch Menu
8th Grade Dance! Lights Out Frights Out --October 29
We have amazing parents! Our 8th grade parents are very connected to their kids and are planning an extraordinary event for the 8th grade class! See below for details. If you are interested in helping out or have questions, please contact Amanda Jonovich (440) 382-7904 or Jessica Rivera at (440) 478-3988. The cutoff for donations is Oct 3rd if parents want to be entered into the basket drawing. However, donations are welcome beyond this date.
The goal is to have our 8th Grade Executive Student Council Officers aligned to assist and have fun with this great event.
8th Grade Flyer
Work Permit Instructions
Obtain an application for a minor work permit in the school office.
Student will return the completed form with one of the valid forms of ID. Mrs. Sprinzl will process the application.
Please allow 24 hours turn around on work permits.
Meal Benefits Applications 2022-23
Did You Know? Estimates show that many eligible families do not complete the MEAL BENEFITS form each year, leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars on the table.
Benefits for Each Approved Application:
Deadline: October 3, 2022
Friday Night Highlights
Friday Night Photos
Click on the photo of Trevor and Delaney to see more
Resources and Links
Have a beautiful weekend with family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal
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