I want to open this Week in Reflection with gratitude. The world in which we live in can feel disconnected, and torn at times. We can become very reactive to moments and situations each day we encounter. In a world of constant contact and pressure lives our kids who spend a third of their day with adults and peers. Our students are great, and our staff love working with your children. It is hard to reflect upon the passion, compassion, and time placed in class, and student activities...being at school from sun up to sun down allows me a comprehensive view of the lives of our students and the adults they work with. It is all about connections. It is all about trust, and it is all about generational community values and kindness.
It was awesome seeing so many families over the week at school events, and at the Geauga County Fair last weekend. We all cherish the small moments that we have with our families. Making memories is so important with the time we have with our children. This Week in Reflection is packed with tons of things our students encountered over Labor Day weekend along with preparing for the week to come.
Geauga County Fair
Earlier in the week, I asked students to share some of the awesome events, competitions, and experiences they participated in during the 200th Geauga County Fair. We have a ton of students involved in Fair Boards, 4H, and skill competitions. It was amazing walking around to see all of the great things our students participated in. Enclosed are some images that were shared with me. The recognition and awards they received were many! We are so proud of them! Enclosed are a few examples of the accomplishments of our students.
The Schedule for Next Week
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
Event Policy: 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.
Coming Soon! Spirit Week (September 18-22)
You #TopperUp'd This Week!
Topper Ticket Recipients this Week
Congratulations to all of the students who received Topper Tickets this week for modeling our values at Chardon High School!
One of the small ways that we can recognize these students is to post their names in this newsletter, commend them with a ticket for monthly raffles, and being consistent with modeling the ways each of us can continue to nurture the little things at CHS.
Art Piece of the Week
Images of the Week
Boxcast Viewing- St. Francis v Chardon [$10]
Friday Night Highlights
Tackle the Stigma Initiative
by Senior Rebecca Fullerman
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. In an effort to break the stigma and raise awareness, Chardon High School’s Hilltopper Minds Matter Club (branch of national Our Minds Matter organization) is planning a “Tackle the Stigma” initiative. At the football game this Friday night - Sept. 8 (7pm at Chardon Memorial Field) six community agencies will be present with information regarding mental health and suicide prevention. Additionally, the Hilltopper Minds Matter students are motivated to raise funds for the Geauga County Friends of the LOSS Team. To do so, they are selling themed t-shirts and have a raffle fundraiser.
If you or someone you know needs support, help is only a quick call away.
24/7 Hotlines Answered by Trained Counselors
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
Our next After Prom meeting is Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00 pm in the CHS media center where we will continue to discuss where we should focus time and funds for the 2023-24 school year. Join us to provide your input and learn about the many ways to volunteer with our organization. We still have leadership positions to fill. For more information, visit our website.
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 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
US News Ranking
Not only is Chardon High School known and well-respected locally, but we are regularly recognized, nationally. With the support of our staff, the students of CHS have again been recognized by the US News & World Reports with a Silver medal for the 11th year in a row. The award was based on 6 components: graduation rate, college acceptance rate, AP tests taken, average SAT/ACT scores, average AP scores, and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP course.
Remind Directions: Mobile Device Notifications from Mr. Murray
The mighty eagle is quite striking to see soaring. Their presence, eyes, and awareness makes them an indelible part of our country.
Monday is a day where we pause and reflect on patriotism. The last several years have been very trying for all of us. Through good and difficult times we must look to the sky and see the eagle soaring and be reminded of its vision, courage, and perseverance.
It is hard to even fathom that over a generation of learners have crossed the halls across of our nation never fully experiencing our response as a country to the events of September 11, 2001. Most of us can recall where we were, and who was around us that day. As you come together this weekend with your family and friends-remember, recall, and embrace the little things in front of you...for they matter the most- family.
Have a beautiful weekend with your family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal