Reflection is an important act that regardless of your profession or role, is something that we all need to take part in regularly. On a daily basis, the interactions we have, the actions we take, and the decisions we make, likely have an impact on someone else, ourselves, or otherwise that we may never be aware of. Personally, reflecting was not something that I had always done. Nowadays it is all that I do. Lucky for you [eye-roll intended] my thoughts come once a week in this newsletter. However, as a student in high school and growing up, the only time that I felt like reflecting was on Sunday mornings. Little did I know that reflecting once a week would begin a journey for me.
As a teacher, for many of my beginning years, colleagues would ask for my thoughts on a lesson that I had taught, or my principal would discuss an observation with me and ask me to reflect on my lesson. But other than those experiences, reflecting was not something that I could say I did on a regular basis--besides on Sunday. I was not intentional about it and did not fully realize the importance of doing so for many years. No single event transformed me into a reflective learner--but a culmination of many things: teaching, coaching, working, and children. My eyes began to open to a much bigger world and my place within it.
In 2003, I began to write more and I modeled this for my students as they began to journal, I made sure that every assignment had a purpose of engagement and my students began to blossom as readers, thinkers, and writers. It was that year that I was nominated to speak to the students at Commencement.
From that point forward, almost everything that I did was reflective. I became very involved in community engagement while reflecting on each experience as an opportunity to grow as a person. It just became my thing.
In order to bring our best selves into our classrooms each day, we (students and staff) must evaluate our own practice and use a reflective process to grow as people. We also need to help each other develop these skills. It is important that we model reflection and provide different ways for our children to reflect as well. Not only will we help them build their skills, become self-aware and develop a greater understanding of their interests and needs, but we will also provide them with learning experiences that will benefit them in the future regardless of where their education takes them or which careers they pursue later on in life.
Looking back, it is hard to reflect upon the tens of thousands of printed pages from the Week in Reflection this year. It is a daunting novel, with a true beginning, and the 149th finish line on Saturday. Notice it doesn't have an ending. It allows for new stories to develop from the class of 2022 while the rest of the student body writes their story. I really love and appreciate all of our students for who they are, where they are, and where they are going. Use this summer to reflect on your story and your place in this shared experience.
Reflecting is important for all of us because it’s how we evaluate our actions. We can explore who we are, whether looking at the qualities and traits that we convey to others, our behaviors, and how we interact with other people. It’s important that we continue to understand ourselves and work on bringing our best selves to our families every day and to those with whom we work. When we work on this together, we will have it become a regular part of our daily practice and will continue to grow. I believe in all of you and my hope is that you take this summer to regroup, re-energize, and renew your purpose!
Auburn Career Center Ceremony
Congratulations to all of our Auburn Career Center seniors who graduated this week from their programs! We are so grateful for all of the work that the students, and staff member put forth this year at Auburn! SO many students earned awards, and notoriety!
A Guide to Senior Events (full document)
Seniors are reminded that it is necessary to pass the last nine weeks and/or the final exam plus have a passing average in a course to receive credit. Failure to meet these requirements in courses required for graduation will result in being ineligible for a diploma in May. Students will not be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony. Further clarification is found on page 107-108 of the Student Handbook.
Graduation exercises will be held at Chardon Memorial Field on Saturday May 28, at 1:00 p.m. Each graduating senior will receive eight tickets to be issued at commencement practice on Friday, May 27, 2022. It will be up to you or your senior to reach out to other students/parents if you are in need of extra tickets beyond the original eight tickets.
If you are planning on attending a college or trade school please do not forget to request your final transcript on Naviance. This will notify CHS where to send your Final Transcript that is needed to enroll in the secondary school you plan to attend in the fall. To do this follow these steps:
1. Go to https://www.naviance.com/ and log in
2. Click the tab "Colleges I'm Applying to"
3. Scroll to the bottom of the page to "College that I'm Attending"
4. Click the arrow and find the college you are attending and click it
5. Press the update button once your college is listed as the college you are attending.
6. We will send your Transcript to your college once they are finalized, and we review that all fees have been paid for.
Guidelines for Proper Attire
Because, in a formal ceremony, all participants are dressed in some type of specific regalia or uniform, proper attire is to be worn by all potential graduates during any of the graduation exercises. To be dressed properly, please note the following:
After graduation ceremonies, caps and gowns are yours to keep as a memento of the occasion. Any student not participating in graduation ceremonies will receive a refund of cap and gown payment.
That attire shall be as follows:
Girls: Red cap and gown with one tassel.
Appropriate dress, suit, or skirt and blouse underneath.
Appropriate dress shoes. Remember, we are on turf. (No tennis shoes or flip flops)
Boys: Black cap and gown with one tassel.
Appropriate dress shirt with tie.
Appropriate dress slacks (No jeans of any type).
Appropriate dress shoes. (No tennis shoes, flip flops, high heels (turf).
Students not dressed in proper attire will not be permitted to participate in the formal graduation ceremony on commencement day.
NOTE: Students will be permitted to wear only one tassel with their cap and gown during the formal ceremony. No flowers, signs, jewelry or other additions are permitted on cap and gown.
As a courtesy to the graduates and special guests, we will ask members of the audience to take pictures from their seats only.
Baccalaureate services are by definition religious in nature. Designed by graduates, this ceremony is a non-denominational religious service at a local Chardon church. This voluntary activity will be held Friday, May 27, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. at the Chardon United Methodist Church, 515 North Street, Chardon, Ohio.
G-TV - Chardon Graduation Video DVD
G-TV will tape your commencement ceremony. If you would like to purchase a DVD of the ceremony an order form is available in the main office or here.
Graduation Day Photos - 2022
Pastor Photography will be at your graduation to take a picture of you as you receive your diploma.
Orders can be placed online atwww.pastorphoto.com.
Shipping is FREE with online ordering (US Postal Service) – use coupon code GRAD2022. Orders may be placed atwww.pastorphoto.com.
As we transition to the last few weeks of the school year, it is important that parents/guardians review any outstanding school fees prior to the end of the year. I appreciate you going through Infinite Campus and administering payments throughout the year. Every year that fees are not addressed they can add up to a fee total that can be overbearing. By the end of the senior year, the district must close out all fees that are remaining. Please review any outstanding fees and make payment by the end of the school year for grades 8-12.
Chardon High School can hold transcripts upon graduation to a post secondary institution for non-payment of fees,.
Please review the statement and continue to use Infinite Campus to review and pay fees. If you need access to Infinite Campus, please go to the Chardon Schools website under the resources section to learn more about access information to Infinite Campus and paying fees online.
If you have questions about your invoice, please contact Erin Koehler, Chardon High School Clerk at 440-285-4057 X. 1441 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
English Department Summer Reading for Honors, AP, and Academic Decathlon
There is no all school read this year. Only these classes will have summer reading.
English IH: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
English IIH: Choice Book
English IIIH (302): TWO Book Club Book Choices
AP Language and Composition: Choose one book by Malcolm Gladwell. Please get the most updated edition.
Outliers: The Story of Success OR
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference OR
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
AP Literature and Composition: TWO Choices from List
Academic Decathlon: (Link for free options below)
Wieland; or, The Transformation, An American Tale by Charles Brockden Brown
2022/23 Curricular Theme - The American Revolution and the New Nation
Letters and Assignments:
English I H Summer Reading 2022
English II H Summer Reading 2022
ENG 302 Summer Reading Letter 2022
AP Lang Summer Reading Letter and Assignment 2022
AP Lit Summer Reading Letter 2022
Art Pieces of the Week
Image of the Week
Mrs. Newman's Mythology class compared and contrasted one aspect of three different culture's myths for their final. Students researched creation myths, sun gods, air gods, afterlife, etc. They chose which medium or genre in which they wanted to present their information. Students made posters, created Google slide presentations, wrote short stories, and painted watercolors.
Pictured here is Katie Schuler's watercolor paintings of the afterlife of three different types of mythology. From top to bottom: Land of Reeds (Egyptian), Valhalla (Norse), and Elysian Fields (Greek).
Video of the Week: C.R.E.W.
After Prom Message
Thank You from Chardon After Prom
Thank you to ALL of the parent & student volunteers who helped to make After Prom 2022: Game Night a huge success! Whether you worked the concession stand, helped with decorations or volunteered at the event on Saturday, your contributions are greatly appreciated. Thank you to Mr. Murray, Mr. Higham and the CHS custodial staff for accommodating us in so many ways. Thanks to Dave Jevnikar & G-TV for capturing the night (Click here for event photos.) Thank you to our many sponsors and donors for their generosity. A special thanks to our event emcee, Greg Jahnke, and the following chair-people: Elizabeth Fullerman & Cathy Gehrke (prizes), Shari Carr (games), Diane Pirnat (refreshments), Lisa DeMore & Tiffanie Petti (cafeteria decor), Gina Piotrowski & Kelli Brickman (bathroom decor), Laurie Organiscak (back hall decor), Mary Pat Martin (back gym decor), Wendy Bartolovich (gym entry decor), and Kathi Tierney (gym decor.) Thanks also to our decorating workshop regulars - Laura Snyder, Cori Bruce, Renee Kalis, Liz Tilton & Kristan Quinn - and to our gym ceiling crew: Joe Schultz, Tim Hatridge, Quentin Fisher, Dave Duchon & Kevin Cataldo.
After Prom Needs You!
Many of our After Prom volunteers are "retiring" this May as their youngest child will be graduating from CHS. We are looking for the next round of parents to bring new energy and ideas to our organization. In addition to hosting After Prom, our committee funds scholarships and other student engagement activities that benefit all CHS students. You don't have to wait until your student is a junior or senior to start volunteering for After Prom. The money that we raise in the 2022-23 school year will be earmarked for the next 4-5 years of After Prom events.
After Prom has the following roles to fill for the 2022-23 school year:
Concession Supplier: Stock concession stands with necessary supplies
Concession Chairs for (1) Girls' Soccer, (2) Boys' Basketball & (3) Girls' Basketball
Event Co-Chair: Oversee planning & execution of the 2023 After Prom event with Marijana Benjamin
Secretary: Take minutes at monthly meetings and handle all correspondence
Have questions about these positions? Want to be added to our email distribution? Call us or email at email@example.com.
Images of the Week
In the images below, you can see the progress photos of Mr. Hauber's Painting students finishing their 'Paint the Plow' contest mural. The plow will be getting picked this week to be on display at the Geauga County Fair and then used by ODOT next winter.
Community Flyers (NEW)
Mr. Murray’s YouTube Page
The Hilltop Echo (School Newspaper)
Video Announcements: Link for the Morning Announcements
Week in Reflection: This is the Weekly Publication for Parents/Students/Staff
Chardon High School: Program of Study
Chardon High School Bell Schedule; Google Document of our bell schedule
Chardon High School Student Handbook
Teacher Resources for CHS Students
Student Acceptable Use Policy (All Students Must Sign)
Chardon High School Google Calendar
Chardon Athletics Sports Calendar
Your Required Schedule for Next Week
I am going to miss seeing your smiling faces, your humor, and all of the daily visits this summer. I do work all summer, so if you are in the area--stop by and say hello! Have a beautiful and restful summer! Let us know how we can continue to support you while you are away from the day to day operation of school!
Be YOU! Be Kind! Be Blessed!
Douglas Murray, Principal