If you walk into my office you will see a chalkboard behind my desk that has my personal mission statement written not only for myself, but for those who enter. I truly believe in the power of actionable words. The power of words cannot be unheard, or seen. They can heal, and they can hurt. They can encourage, and discourage. Without a doubt, words are a priceless tool that we all have the ability to control.
The words that I wrote years ago (on that board) have not changed. However, the actions between the words have evolved during my time as an educator. I truly believe in the power of a life filled with purpose and intentionality.
The last line on the chalkboard is "finish what I start."
Students and staff know that I preach the "finish line." More recently, students have been hearing me asked them how they are striving for high achievement. As an educator and coach, I believe that the standard is the standard, and we must model and refine ourselves throughout the process to the finish line.
We must maintain our focus through the finish line with being mindful of our personal well-being. Our students need to believe that failure is not an option.
We are nearing the first mile marker of the year. On Friday, October 20, the end of the quarter completes. It is essential that students reach out to their teachers during this upcoming week to maximize on their educational goals for the quarter. Take the time this weekend to touch base with your son(s) and daughter(s) regarding assessments and checkpoints inside of Infinite Campus.
Chardon Community Cares
Over the last several months many families have been touched by the loss of a family member, or friend. Loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for students and families. Sometimes it may not be apparent for weeks or months that a student is struggling with grief.
Our school district is fortunate to have a number of professionals trained to help with the needs of students and families during difficult times like this. In addition, our local community has numerous agencies and emergency services available to provide support. We encourage you, as parents, to feel free to use these resources.
I typically enclose the week in advance for review each week. There are several important events coming up that benefit families to prepare for in advance to the week.
October 11: Parent Teacher Conferences (Second Session) Sign up here
October 13: No School
October 16: No School (PSAT Test) 10th and 11th grade (Sign up here)
October 20: End of the Quarter
October 24: Teachers Post Grades/ Picture Re-Takes
October 31: Halloween (Students may dress up) Family Fun Night- No HMWK/ Activities end by 4:30 pm
As shared above in the calendar, 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!
AP School Honor Roll
Chardon High School has earned a place on the College Board's AP School Honor Roll for the 2022-23 school year! The AP School Honor Roll recognizes schools that have done outstanding work to welcome more students into AP courses and support them on the path to college success. It takes a significant schoolwide effort—dedication from teachers, counselors, administrators, students, and parents—to make AP access a priority.
Special thanks to Mr. Hurlbut, who is our AP Test Coordinator
College Fair at JCU
The annual Northeast Ohio Suburban College Fair will be held at John Carroll University on Thursday, October 12, 2023 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We have attached a flyer that you may wish to print to promote the event at Chardon High School. More detailed information about this event can also be found here.
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.
You #TopperUp'd This Week!
Adriana Arnold, a dedicated employee at Maggie's Donuts in Chardon, demonstrated her generous spirit this Wednesday when she surprised students and staff by bringing in a delightful batch of extra donuts to share. Her thoughtful gesture brought smiles and warmth to the building, fostering a sense of community and bringing extra smiles. Adriana, along with the awesome people at Maggie's Donuts, #TopperUp'd and spread joy to everyone that was around.
Topper Ticket Recipients this Week
Art Piece(s) of the Week
Images of the Week
Sources of Strength
On Friday, September 29th, the Chardon Choir Department hosted its second annual "Chardon Sings Day". This event is sponsored by the Chardon Crescendo Club Music Boosters. 8-12th grade students in the Choir participated in a 90-minute choral masterclass with guest Clinician Dr. Lisa Wong, Director of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, and the College of Wooster. It was an insightful morning as the students further developed their ensemble and musical interpretation skills and perspectives. The ensemble developed the piece "Wide Open Spaces" by Sarah Quartel for their upcoming concert. It is always fun to sing in a large group and this inspirational event allows all of the CHS choir students to make music together and learn from one another and our clinician. In the afternoon, Dr. Wong led the 5th-7th grade singers in a workshop, assisted by 40 CHS choir mentors.
The CHS Choirs will be presenting their Fall Choir Concert on Tuesday, October 10th at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held at Mayfield United Methodist Church in Chesterland. Doors open to the audience at 7:00 p.m. The choirs will be presenting a variety of beautiful music, including "Wide Open Spaces". The program will feature the 8th grade choir, Treble Choir, Chorale, Chamber Ensemble, and Mass Choir. The concert is open to all who love music.
T-Shirt Sales Fall Play
It's officially Fall, and that means the Drama Program is busy with preparations for the Fall Play. This year, our show is Radium Girls, a historical drama set in the 1920's documenting the bravery of a group of women who sued powerful radium companies for life-altering damages incurred by radium poisoning as they aided the war efforts. We look forward to sharing their powerful story with you this November.
If you are in the cast, crews, are a proud supporter of someone on the cast or crews, or just think having a CHS Drama shirt with glow-in-the-dark ink would be really cool to have, follow the link to buy your t-shirt!
T-Shirt Sale Information:
Start: Friday, 10/6/23 at 6:00 a.m.
End: Friday, 10/20/23 at 11:59 p.m.
Short Sleeve Price: $11.40 + processing fee
Long Sleeve Price: $16.40 + processing fee
The show will run on November 9th, 11th, and 12th. Ticket sales will begin Friday, October 27th.
Topper Bistro Lunch Menu
Friday Night Highlights/Photos
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.
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.
Class of 2024 Parents: A Message from Chardon After Prom