The Week in Reflection: 9/24
The Beauty of Fall
The Autumnal Equinox fell on September 22. Fall is a time that generates so much beauty in Northeast Ohio. Lately, we could feel the brisk reminder of summer waiving goodbye...and wow, it came with a fury on Wednesday! 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!
Event Date Saturday, October 9, 2021
Time 7:00 PM-10:00 PM
Location Chardon High School
Cost $35 (All tickets are online) starting 9/27
The Executive Student Council is proud to present- Homecoming 2021! This event is the first time grades 9-12 have been to a dance in nearly two years. This event will be held outside to maximize airflow during dancing. To accommodate this event, we are renting a large tent that will be set up in the front yard next to the entrance of the school. The main school hallway, cafeteria, and restrooms will be open for students while the music and dancing will be outdoors.
We are recommending that all guests bring shoes that are comfortable once the dancing begins. Facial coverings are recommended indoors. They are not required while outside.
Guest Form: Students who are NOT enrolled in Chardon High School must complete this form. (Due 10/8)
EXPECTED STUDENT BEHAVIOR
No 8th graders or guests over the age of 20 may attend the dance
National Merit 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 Daniel Brill, Morgan Fisher, and Theodore Jons for being recognized as commended students!
Financial Aid Night: Monday, September 27th 6:30 pm (LGIR)
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 27th at 6:30 pm in the LGIR at the Chardon Middle School. A LEAF representative will be explaining the FAFSA process and will break down the various types of financial aid available.
Parent Teacher Conferences: October 6- 4:30-8:30 PM
On Wednesday, October 6, Chardon High School will conduct our first parent teacher conference session. This evening will take place from 4:30-8:30 PM. As we continue to create opportunities for our families to meet their busy schedules, this session will be hybrid: providing both online google meets or in-person sessions. My secretary, Jen Sprinzl, is working on the system for parents/guardians to sign up for time-slots. The times for the evening will be in ten minute intervals with a buffer time built between for our teachers to transition from family to family. The system should be LIVE by next week. The first half of the evening will be virtual providing the most flexibility for families, whereas the second half of the eveing will be in person. Parents and Guardians are asked to wear masks for in-person meetings. Once we are able activate the site, we will send a separate email. Once a parent/guardian signs up for a time and submits the form, an email will be sent back directly to the email address that signed up for conferences with further directions, times, and links to the Google Meet if you are choosing the virtual route. Thank you for patience as we build this system throughout this school year.
Art Piece of the Week
Acrylic and spray painted self-portrait by Kelly Morris
Images of the Week: AP Bio
Students in Mrs. Tekavec's AP Biology course are in a speed dating lesson about cell organelle. For those taking notes, an organelle is a subcellular structure that has one or more specific jobs to perform in the cell, much like an organ does in the body. Among the more important cell organelles are the nuclei, which store genetic information; mitochondria, which produce chemical energy; and ribosomes, which assemble proteins. Great fun in class on Thursday!
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.
Annual Update Reminder
Thank you for all families that have completed the annual update. For those that need to complete this task, enclosed are the directions.
The Annual Update must be completed by ALL Chardon Local School District households. If you registered this past spring or summer, you are asked to complete the Annual Update. This ensures that you have created your Parent Portal Account and that we have the most accurate information for your student.
The window to complete the Annual Update will be open between 9/7/2021-11/30/2021. Every student must have an Annual Update completed online each year. Changes in residency, custody and medical conditions or medications require additional documentation. The Annual Update cannot be completed on paper. If you do not have access to a computer or you need assistance, please contact the Board of Education office at 440-285-4052.
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We are proud to announce that Chardon High School has received GreatSchools.org’s inaugural College Success Award - Gold!
As a recipient of the College Success Award in 2019, and 2020 our school received the first-ever College Success Award - Gold distinction for our multiyear track record of preparing students to enroll and succeed in college. Chardon High School is among 1,770 high schools in 26 states to receive the Gold Award.
Now in its fourth year, the College Success Award program evaluates public schools based on data that show how well our school prepares students to succeed after graduation, including whether they enroll in college, are ready for college-level coursework, and persist into their second year.
We applaud the hard work of the entire Chardon High School community — including students, parents, teachers, and others that aspire to help our students succeed in college and beyond.
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Have a beautiful weekend with family and friends,
Douglas Murray, Principal
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