We Give Thanks
The last three months have gone by like a whirlwind. The older we get the faster time seems to go by. What is great about my job is watching kids grow and mature. It is a joy to watch our kids grow up even when we all want the time to slow down.
Just the other day, the year 2019 popped across my desk. It is sad that 2019 will live married next to a word. Two years have passed and we are about to embark into another year. It becomes natural for us to think about all of the frustration, adjustments, and difficulties we connect to when speaking about an invisible virus.
I am not downplaying the virus, but I would like to highlight the gratitude that we have for our students, staff, and families for the resilience, creativity, and ability to adapt. In this special edition of the Week in Reflection, we share our gratitude to our Chardon community.
“The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.” This is a quote from a gratitude journal by Mary Davis, a long-time advocate for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and leader of the Special Olympics International. Over the course of the last two years, in a time of continuous transition, it has felt difficult to be grateful at times. Yet, when we stop and focus on the small beauties around us, gratitude becomes abundant, yielding even more beauty.
I am grateful for all of the beauty I see in the small moments of life at Chardon High School. I am grateful for the teachers who I see taking time to work with students in the early morning hours or at a library table during learning labs. There is beauty in their hard work, dedication, and in the learning process. I am grateful for the school counselors who I see talking with students on a daily basis, problem solving, supporting, and listening. There is beauty in the relationships and trust they are building. I am grateful for the students who I see leading and lifting up other students. There is beauty in their young leadership and unity. I am grateful for all of the supporting staff throughout the building, who with their presence and hard work, provide a safe, supportive environment where students can learn and grow. They are beautiful people.
Most of all, I am grateful for the moments when I get to talk with students, support parents, and work alongside some of the best educators in Ohio. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the Chardon community because it truly is a beautiful place.
Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving, filled with moments of gratitude and beauty!
Thanksgiving is a time when we take stock of what we have accomplished over the past year and give thanks to all the wonderful people in our lives who have helped us along the way.
Mostly recently, this time of year also means the Chardon Hilltoppers are playing deep into the high school playoffs! So, what is better than family, friends, food, and football in Ohio?
It is easy to get wrapped up in daily obstacles, work dynamics, or an overloaded email box. As a result, many people find themselves obsessing over what they could have more of. Because of this, we often forget to be grateful for what we do have and to reach out to the people who we really are thankful for. Thanksgiving always causes me to hit the pause button and remind myself and anyone who will listen to be thankful for what we have is more fulfilling than recounting what we may want.
Every moment of the day is a blessing, including moments with you! So, I want to take a moment to personally thank all of you, my fellow Chardon High School family members, for everything you have done to make this year one we can all be proud of.
With that, Happy Thanksgiving!
- Mr. Higham
Thanksgiving gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the simple things of life. It is important to take the time to reflect on all of the beauty of the semester. Every single day provides for us an opportunity to give, to learn, and to serve. I am forever grateful to the friends that I have as I walk down each hallway. It is easy to call the staff at CHS my friends. The teachers and staff members energize me with their passion for learning and love of our students. I love my staff, and I am forever grateful for their gifts that they provide our students.
One of the best parts of my day is interacting with students. It is hard to believe that we are almost at the halfway point of the school year. We have such wonderful students! I truly love their kindness, energy, creativity, and leadership. I am so grateful for the beauty they give to the Chardon community. I am a better man just by working beside each of them. From sitting with our eighth graders to meeting with our seniors-- I love spending my time with each of them--even with a little more space between us.
I am grateful for the support, encouragement, and assistance that our parents have provided not only me, but to our teachers, coaches, and community. This year has aged all of us, but is through your energy that gives me fuel to get through the events we experience every new day. You continue to model servant leadership to each of us!
Most importantly, I am grateful to my beautiful family that sacrifice so much to be with me. They haven't seen me a ton, but they know how much I love them. My wife is truly my best friend. She is beside me at many events, and has been hard on her not to be able to go to all of the events of this school year. I am blessed to have our daughters at Chardon, and I look forward to sharing many memories with them through their years in our district.
Thanksgiving is an opportunity to give thanks to the simple things in life: family, friends and familiar fellowship. Let this day be a reminder of how the simple things in life are the strongest reminders of why we work, why we give, and why we serve. Have a beautiful week with your family!
Topper Club Awards
Our core values recognize Achievement as an essential benchmark of the learning that transpires every day at Chardon High School. We have extraordinary educators that prepare our students for college, career, and life readiness. Our students refine their learning in the classroom and demonstrate their abilities in so many skill sets in extra-curriculars, service, and clubs.
It is our goal that every single person at Chardon will graduate finding his/her purpose. The programs and experiences that students experience at Chardon from grades 8-12 expose them to opportunities to achieve this purpose. More importantly, the relationships that they develop are paramount in their development. Every student matters to us. Taking the time to celebrate achievement collectively provides us the motivation and encouragement to push and strive for success ---so that every student will find their outcome after walking across the stage to further education, immediate employment, enlistment into our armed forces, and even delving into becoming a young entrepreneur. Today, although done via video, we will celebrate many moments of achievement.
Being a part of the Topper Club is an extraordinary accomplishment. Our students being recognized in this presentation have maintained a GPA of 3.75 or higher. Looking throughout the slideshow today, we are seeing the future leaders of our ever-changing world. Together, we are witnessing the development of engineers, doctors, lawyers, educators, chemists, advanced manufacturers, cosmetologists, medics, leaders, and philanthropists who see the good in others and respond to the needs of others. We are grateful for their leadership and look forward to the many ways that they will serve our school in the present and the future.
Congratulations! Students may pick up their award in the office on Monday.
Fall End of Course Exam: US Government/ Make-up tests
On December 8 and December 9, Chardon High School will be administering the end-of-course exam for the US Government(Regular/Honors), along with testing students who need to complete previous tests. It is also a scheduled faculty meeting. However, to deploy all of the important tasks that need to be completed--we are going to implement the following schedule:
December 8, 2021: Late Start For Grades: 8, 9, 10, AP Gov, 12 -End-of-Course Exam (Reg/ Hon Gov+ Make-ups)
December 9, 2021: Late Start for all grades
On Monday, December 20, we are using a Regular Red Day Schedule for anyone implementing a midterm.
On Tuesday, December 21, we are using a Regular Black Day Schedule to counterbalance anyone implementing a midterm.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Dec 2, 2021
4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Mr. Murray's Highlight Video
OHSAA Football State Round 1: Division 3 Region 9
Chardon v Millersburg West Holmes Friday, 11/26 7:00pm
Twinsburg Tiger Stadium
10270 Ravenna Rd, Twinsburg, OH 44087
$10 student/$13 adult
Topper Nation, PLAN TO ARRIVE AT 6:00 to avoid traffic congestion
Mr. Murray's Photos of the Week
Opening Night for Girls Basketball
Art Piece of the Week
The Chardon Service classes, Interact, Actively Caring for People and the National Honor Society will have a virtual fundraiser for Jeremy's Kids. Last year's Chardon Service Learning class developed an amazing website on Weebly and a GoFundME link. Last year we raised almost $10,000.00. We helped 13 families totaling 77 people. The need in Geauga County this year is even higher and we have been handcuffed as to the way we can get donations. Please consider donating to this excellent cause and help make a child have an amazing Christmas.
The Chardon High School Basketball team will be selling Moe's dinner kits for $36.99 each . The team gets $9.25 back per kit !
The dinner pick up is Thursday, December 9, 2021 from 5:30-6:15 pm in front of the school main entrance .
The kits serves 4-6 people and includes 2 proteins , queso , tortillas , lettuce , beans , cheese and sour cream . Portions of the meal can even be frozen for another time . So let’s all get the boys off to a great start to the season with supporting this delicious meal kit from Moe's .
Please click on this link.
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Resources for Families
Resources for Families
General Quarantine Letter
Weather Related Information
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
Remind101 Text Message: https://www.remind.com/join/chs21-22
Twitter- Follow @chs_dmurray @chardonhs @toppernation @chs_AP_Higham @mrs_bondi
Have a beautiful, restful, and grateful week with your family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal
The Week in Reflection will return on December 3, 2021