Happy Thanksgiving Topper Families!
It is probably an understatement to say that 2020 has been an interesting year. We have celebrated great accomplishments as a school community with our unique 2020 Commencement Ceremony, outstanding academic achievements, and our most recent success on the football field. These accomplishments through a pandemic continue to prove that we are Chardon Strong! In Chardon, we are also resilient. We have persevered through Emergency Remote Learning, Modified Schedules, and Social Distancing. Throughout all of this, I continue to have the blessing of coming to school each day with great students and teachers.
When we come to this Thanksgiving Season, we often reflect back on all the things we are thankful for. This year, I am so much more aware of these things. I am thankful for the simple things like Clorox Wipes and Toilet Paper. I am thankful for the important things like the essential workers who have often risked their health and safety to protect and serve us. I am thankful for those who have made sacrifices for the betterment of all. In my professional life, I am thankful for being awarded the OASSA Assistant Principal of the Year award. While my name was on this award, it is an award for all the teachers, students, and families that I work with. In my personal life, I am thankful for my wife, Katie, and my son, Anderson who continue to support me at home.
While 2020 has been a very different and interesting year, I am thankful for all these blessings. As we enter this holiday season, it is my wish that all Chardon Families continue to have a safe and loving holiday season with their families. Chardon is strong and we will overcome all of this through our strength.
Happy Thanksgiving Toppers!
Thanksgiving will look and feel a little different for us all but I pray you find a way to celebrate and are surrounded by good vibes, good people and good food.
To the Chardon community, thank you for all the love, kindness and support you have shown me throughout the years.
To my family, words cannot express how thankful I am to have you in my life. Your love and support are endless and motivating. You are my rock!
In this festive season, I hope you are surrounded by the love of your family and dear friends. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Wow. Did we end last school year yet... did we begin this year yet? What a period of time that we have been living in. The best advice that I constantly remind myself is E+R=O. The event of this year has impacted all of us . I hope that you feel that our response to it has lead to the best possible outcomes that one could ask for given the parameters that we are facing.
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!
Remember WHY we started. Forged in Values, We will transcend these times.
I think it important to see how far we have come from. This is a clip from our first faculty meeting---the first time that we saw staff since March 16, 2020.
Faith. Hope. and Love.
MaxPreps Ohio High School Athlete of the Week Award: Vote Now
* Drew Fetchik, Chardon Football
Senior quarterback completed nine-of-14 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns and carried the ball 19 times for 87 yards and a touchdown as the Hilltoppers beat Columbus De Sales 31-28 in double-OT in the OHSAA D-III state final.
50/50 Model Returns for Next Week
The same model that we have implemented for the last two weeks continues on Monday, November 30th. Please review this document if you need more clarity.
Monday, November 30th: Periods 1, 3, 5, 7 (black schedule) (A) Students at School/ (B) Students at Home
Tuesday, December 1st: Periods 1, 3, 5, 7 (black schedule) (B) Students at School/ (A) Students at Home
Wednesday, December 2nd: VIRTUAL FOR ALL STUDENTS Periods 1-7
Thursday, December 3rd: Periods Topper Time/Circuit, 2, 4, 6, (red schedule) (A) Students at School/ (B) Students at Home
Friday, December 4th: Periods Topper Time/Circuit, 2, 4, 6, (red schedule) (B) Students at School/ (A) Students at Home
Important Winter Sports Update
The next edition of the Week in Reflection will on December 4, 2020
Have a beautiful Thanksgiving with your family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal