Opening: Choose Your Response
This week was another opportunity to grow at Chardon High School. It is hard to believe that we are rounding third and heading home at the end of a quarter. We have accomplished many tasks since the start of school and we are just three weeks away from the end of the quarter. The building administration had the opportunity to begin formal observations with teachers this week. All three of us were so impressed with the depth of dialogue, engaging lessons, focus on goals, and the connections to state standards that demonstrated the data shared a few weeks ago when we discussed the star rating system of the report card.
As we spent most of our time indoors this week, we all felt the change in the air at the book ends of the day with the transition to Fall. When you reflect on our area in northeast Ohio, it can be easy to reactive to the change in seasons. Some love this time of year, some want summer to stay, and some are ready for winter. There are times where we all wish we could control the weather. The one thing that we learn over time is to prepare for, and choose our response to the weather. This transitions to my main point to the opening of the Week in Reflection---Choosing our response to the events that we face in life determines the outcomes that we face in life.
Our choices are one thing that we can control. Our actions emulate our choices, and our character defines our lives. This mantra helps define our purpose. I am a big advocate of empowering students, and adults all of the time.
One of the biggest questions that our children asked at an early age was "why!?" Why does this happen, Why does this do that, or Why are we going here...to a simple-- why does why, why!
Asking probing questions enhances our curiosity throughout life. Many years ago, you chose Chardon as a place to live. You valued the beauty, community, safety, opportunity, and education. There are many other factors that played a role in your decision to choose Chardon Schools, and you entrust us in preparing your children for college, career, and life readiness.
We are at the dawn of the first finish line. Take the time to discuss where your son(s)/daughter(s) are during the first quarter, and the ways that we can continue to support their learning. Our teachers are committed to serve, assist, and guide your children in any way possible. Make sure to reach out to them if you ever need anything. The more they know--the better that they can respond.
I want to thank Brandi Giddings, Dan Chenoweth, and the members of the Executive Student Council for planning and executing a flawless Homecoming weekend.
Their attention to detail from July through yesterday morning was so well planned. We welcomed over 700 students to CHS for an incredible evening and the work they put in to make our school polished for this morning took a crew hours after they danced the night away.
Extraordinary planning, and leadership!
Video of parade
Pictures from the dance.
Pastor Photography- Homecoming Parade
Pastor Photography- Homecoming Game
The Schedule for Next Week
You #TopperUp'd This Week!
Big time shout out for #TopperingUp to Will Francis for his continuous friendship and kindness he displays to everyone at Chardon High School. Furthermore, a special way to #TopperUp to Trevor Wascovich who clearly won best dancing all night long at Homecoming. Trevor absolutely loved the night and won everyone over with Cotton Eyed Joe!
Mrs. Vujaklija is instrumental to the leadership of our football team outside of the field. She, along with several other moms, mentor these young men regarding the importance of giving back to the community. In this #TopperUp entry posted on (X), she shares "CHS Football players delivered 130 cookie kits to the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital today. Thank you to all the people who provided some career education to our team today. Thank you Chardon, Ohio for helping the boys meet their goal!". Way to #TopperUp team and our Hilltopper Moms!
A Huge Shout-Out to Madame Dalton and Senora Fisher!
I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to the fantastic moderators of the Spanish and French Club for their dedication and passion in organizing an unforgettable trip to El Patron last Wednesday.
Your tireless efforts in creating a memorable cultural experience for our club members are truly appreciated.
Merci beaucoup! ¡Muchas gracias! Way to #TopperUp
Topper Ticket Recipients this Week
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 Timothy Meleski and Thomas Wilkinson for being recognized as commended students!
Chardon High School is excited to offer the PSAT/NMSQT on Monday, October 16th at 8:00 am.
It's important to note that this day is designated as a Professional Development Day for our teachers, which means students will not have regular classes on that day. This will be the only opportunity for PSAT testing at Chardon High School.
The PSAT/NMSQT provides valuable benefits for students, including practice for the SAT, a chance to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program, and insights into their college readiness. If you're a 10th or 11th-grade student interested in taking advantage of these opportunities, please make sure to register in advance using the form provided below.
Who: 10th and 11th Grade Students
Where: Chardon High School
Date and Time: Monday, October 16th, from 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Cost: $18, which will be added to your school fees.
PSAT Registration Form
Don't miss out on this optional practice assessment opportunity and the benefits it offers for your future education and scholarship opportunities!
Parent Teacher Conferences II: Wednesday, October 11
Welcome to the Chardon High School parent teacher conferences scheduling system. It was great to see all of you who attended our first conference on September 27th. Our second Parent Teacher Conference is Wednesday, October 11th.
Please select your conference (or conferences), 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 October 11th date to meet teachers on that day.
Senior FAQ Presentation
Chardon High School Counselors presented to parents and students yesterday for the Senior FAQ in the HS media center. Enclosed is the slideshow of the presentation. Please email Mrs. Hillman with any questions!
Art Piece of the Week
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.
CHS Principal Podcast: S5 E4 Capstone Project, Sub Zero Project- Clara Giddings
Kent State College Fair
On Wednesday, October 27th, a group of Juniors and Seniors attended the Northeast Ohio College & Career Fair 2023 on the Kent State University main campus. Students had the opportunity to explore future opportunities offered by a wide variety of colleges and organizations at the fair. Over 80 colleges and universities were in attendance from throughout Ohio and the surrounding Midwest. In addition to the college fair, students attended a financial aid presentation, received a tour of the campus, and enjoyed lunch at a campus dining hall.
Be on the lookout for other college and career experiential opportunities throughout the school year!
Photo Credit - Brandi Giddings
Crazy for a Cure
Come out and support the Chardon Girls Volleyball Team on Thursday, October 5 as they raise awareness for breast cancer.
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