Topper Talk

News from Chardon Schools 10.15.19

TINY TOPPERS ART GALLERY

View the District's newly released 2019 Quality Profile HERE (or click the image to the right).


As a member of The Alliance for High Quality Education, Chardon Local Schools, along with more than 85 other school districts throughout Ohio, annually releases a comprehensive, community-oriented companion report to the State's School District Report Card. This report, called a Quality Profile, captures examples of student successes and learning opportunities that do not appear on the state assessments.

Academics, the arts, athletics, extracurriculars, student support, community support, and more are all shared with you within the Quality Profile to demonstrate the value of a Chardon Schools education.


We invite you to share the 2019 Quality Profile with community members outside of the District who would like to learn more about our students' and staff's achievements, experiences, and community involvement.

NOVEMBER 2019 ELECTION DAY FACTS

Election Day - November 5

Early Voting - October 8 - November 4

EARLY VOTING & ELECTION DAY VOTING HOURS: HERE

Change in Election Day Polling Location? Find out HERE

Questions about WHERE or WHEN to vote? Contact Geauga County Board of Elections at 440-279-2030 OR visit https://boelections.co.geauga.oh.us/

A DAY IN THE 2019-20 LIFE OF CHARDON SCHOOLS...

  • Chardon High School
  • Chardon Middle School
  • Tiny Toppers Integrated Preschool
  • Munson Elementary
  • Park Elementary

CHARDON HIGH SCHOOL

A WORD ON FACILITIES
by Hannah Holbert


In this VIDEO, Chardon High School Senior Hannah Holbert, 18, now in her fourth year at CHS, shares her own personal story of the accessibility/navigation challenges she faces on a daily basis in the high school building.

FACILITY TOURS

Who: Open to the Public -- ALL Community Members are Welcome

What: Guided Tours of the CHS Facility with Opportunity for Q&A

Where: 151 Chardon Avenue (44024)

When: (2 remaining tour dates to choose from)

  • Saturday October 19th 9:00AM - 10:30AM
  • Saturday October 26th 1:00PM - 2:30PM

Why: Get an Inside View of the Facility Challenges Facing CHS


Questions About Upcoming Tours? Call the Board of Education office at 440-285-4052 or send an email to facilities@chardonschools.org.

WALKING & WORKING WEDNESDAYS

October 9 marked the final Chardon High School Walking & Working Wednesday chapter of the season as a change in weather is certainly in the air!

On October 9...

  • Chardon's School Resource Officer, Derek Carlson, showed us around the police station
  • each student mailed out a letter
  • we hung up our air quality science study papers around town
Thank you Chardon Police Department and Officer Carlson!

~Mrs. Amanda Bunker, Chardon High School Teacher

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Congratulations to the Chardon High School Girls Cross Country Team on its

WRC Championship Win!

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CHARDON MIDDLE SCHOOL

"Nature Scopes! Brought to you by the Geauga Park District and the Foundation for Geauga Parks. In order to encourage exploration and interaction with nature, volunteers brought binoculars for our fifth graders." ~Miss Kristin Burt, Chardon Middle School Teacher
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Congratulations to the CHARDON MIDDLE SCHOOL 7th Grade Football Team on its win over Riverside on October 14 to complete an undefeated season!

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Congratulations to the CHARDON MIDDLE SCHOOL Girls Cross Country Team on its

WRC Championship Win!

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Congratulations to the CHARDON MIDDLE SCHOOL Boys Cross Country Team on its

WRC Championship Win!

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Fun with Puns

"A must-share from a student who had the situation under control."

~Mrs. Cher Culliton, English Language Arts Teacher

Chardon Middle School

TINY TOPPERS INTEGRATED PRESCHOOL

Students participated in the Great Lakes Apple Crunch on October 10. This was the culmination of our apple themed week. During apple week, students had the opportunity to taste RED, YELLOW and GREEN APPLES and vote on the one they liked the best!

Other activities included:

  • using apples to stamp artwork
  • ring toss
  • button toss
  • measuring height using apples
  • obstacle course

A special thank you to Miss Kim and Miss Kelly for coming to help us during the day!

~Ms. Andrea Ryan

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PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

"The Chardon Fire Department was so great with our kids today (October 14)! They gave us a tour of the fire house, let us on a firetruck, gave us a safety talk, and sent us home with great resources to use at home and at school. Thank you for keeping our community safe!"

~Mrs. Kathryn Tyson, Grade 1 Teacher

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MUNSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

"We enjoyed having Mark, The Bug Guy in our classroom today (October 8)! We learned a lot about bugs." ~Ms. Michelle Burress, Grade 3 Teacher
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WHOOO DO YOU KNOW in CHARDON SCHOOLS?

STAFF STAR OF THE WEEK

Mr. Gregory Ridgeway

Head Mechanic

Expertise

I've been a bus mechanic for about 30 years. This is my first year with Chardon Schools.

A Day in the Life

I'm responsible for the maintenance and repair of the district's buses, vans and maintenance vehicles.

What I Like Best About My Role

I really enjoy the variety of doing different repairs almost every day.

Favorite Book

"The Dark Tower" [series] by Stephen King

Favorite Movie

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Hobbies

  • cooking, mostly in my smoker
  • fishing
  • deer hunting

Favorite Food

Chicken Scampi

Most Valued Life Advice

My mechanic mentor told me to not work my life away. His motto was, Work to Live, don't live to work.

TOPPER TEACHER OF THE WEEK

Mr. Christopher Aurand

Grade 5 English Language Arts (ELA) and Social Studies Teacher

Chardon Middle School (previously taught at Hambden Elementary)

Teaching Experience

  • 7 years teaching, of which 5 years have been in Chardon Schools

Coaching Experience

  • Football - This is my first year of coaching 7th grade football at Chardon. On October 14, we finished out the season undefeated at 8-0. Previously, I coached varsity football at Woodridge Local Schools for four years.
  • Track/Field - This is my third year coaching track and field at Chardon. The field events that I coach are the shot-put, discus, and weight throw.

Coaching Highlights

  • had a state qualifier in the weight throw last year during indoor season

  • had a second athlete to qualify for regionals in discus

What I Enjoy Most About Teaching...

  • growth my students make over the course of the school year
  • providing the support my students need in order to be successful
  • making connections with my students and knowing I had a positive impact on their lives

What I Enjoy Most About Coaching...

...is the opportunity to be part of my athlete’s successes. When competitions don’t go as planned, having the chance to mentor my athletes becomes a rich memory for me.

Advice for Today’s Students...

Embrace failure, you will fail more times in life then you're successful. However, those who learn from their past failures will become successful. This who don’t, are doomed to repeat their mistakes.

Favorite Book

"Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card
Hobbies

  • fishing for bass when I can get out on our boat
  • I’m big into reading, usually, I read for an hour a night
  • playing video games, normally, I am into racing, strategy, and platformer games
  • walking in the parks with my wife

BOND ISSUE 21 FAQs of the WEEK

Has the District completed architectural plans for the project?

  • No. The District is using ThenDesign Architecture in Willoughby as a pre-bond issue consultant to assist with general project planning and estimation. The actual architectural design process will begin following approval of the bond issue and will start with the selection of an architectural firm using a Qualifications-Based Selection process as required by Ohio law.
If there aren’t any designs completed, how is it possible to know how much the project will cost?
  • The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and pre-bond consultant, ThenDesign Architecture, are experienced in school construction in Northeast Ohio. They have access to actual square footage costs of recently-completed projects (See the OFCC website HERE for more information), as well as industry standards for school construction costs. This information is used to develop a cost projection model for the master plan. Using this cost model along with the square footage found in the selected master plan, it is possible to develop a cost projection for the master plan.
How are costs controlled to ensure the project comes in on budget?
  • Ohio Revised Code controls the award of public bids to guard against cost overruns.
  • There are several phases to the design process for a school building including: Pre-Design; Schematic Design; Design Development; Construction Documents; and Bidding. During each phase, the design professional and construction professional will complete a project estimate and revisions to the design will be implemented to ensure that the project aligns with the overall project budget. This built-in “GPS” allows for early corrections in the project so that the costs of construction match project estimates.

MORE FAQs: HERE

Questions? The District invites you to ask Facilities/Bond Issue 21 questions via email at facilities@chardonschools.org or call Superintendent Michael Hanlon at 440-285-4052.

NOTES of GRATITUDE...

  • "...to Chardon's School Resource Officer, Derek Carlson, for speaking to my classes today (Oct 14) about Internet safety."

  • ~Mrs. Patricia Pinckard, Chardon Middle School Teacher


  • "...to all who made the October 10th Title I parent meeting a success. Wonderful turnout and great conversation about how we can ensure high achievement for all students where learning is our most important work. Including a shout out to the Chardon High School student volunteers who gave up time in their evening to check parents in for our literacy event." ~Dr. Kelly Moran, District Curriculum Supervisor

  • "...to Mrs. Amanda Bunker (and students!) for allowing us so many cool glimpses into this season's Walking & Working Wednesdays! We've so enjoyed reading about the adventures and community connections." ~Topper Talk


  • "...to Fast Kids and all of Topper Nation for your neverending support. Today (October 12), the Topper ladies all showed up wearing pink socks and sported pink ribbons [SEE PHOTO BELOW] in their hair at today's WRC meet. As a stage III survivor, Pinktober always bring mixed emotions." ~Coach Julie Cole, Head CHS Girls XC Coach
"Today (October 12), the Topper ladies all showed up wearing pink socks and sported pink ribbons in their hair at today's WRC meet. As a stage III survivor, Pinktober always bring mixed emotions." ~Coach Julie Cole

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS...

CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS

Who: Open to the Public - Students, Parents, & Community Members

What: "Crucial Conversations" - learn more HERE

Where: Chardon High School gymnasium (151 Chardon Avenue)

When: Tuesday October 15 6:30PM - 8:30PM

Why: Learn About Issues Impacting Teens

Questions? Contact Joan Blackburn at joan.blackburn@chardonschools.org

CHOIR CONCERT

Who: Open to the Public - Free of Charge

What: "Please Stay" - presented by CHS Choirs

Where: 7747 Mayfield Road (Chesterland - at the corner of Mayfield & Caves Rds)

When: Wednesday October 16 at 7:30PM

Why: In support of the Crucial Conversations event held one day earlier, the October 16 "Please Stay" choir program is inspired by the need & opportunity to find mental health for ourselves and our community. Please consider attending this introspective and uplifting musical event to support our 130 fine CHS singers.

Questions? Contact Fritz Streiff at fritz.streiff@chardonschools.org

VOLUNTEER FAIR

Who: Open to the Public - Teens (14 & Up) & Adults

What: Volunteer Fair

Where: Geauga County Public Library - ADMINISTRATIVE CENTER BRANCH (12701 Ravenwood Drive - 44024)

When: Saturday October 19th 9:00AM-12:00PM

Why: Learn how you can make a difference in your community via service opportunities right here in Geauga County.

Questions? Contact Judy Lasco at 440-285-7601 ext 2550 OR send email to help@geaugalibrary.net

HALLOWEEN PROGRAMMING


Geauga County Public Library

View Events HERE

COMMUNITY SERVICE STORIES...

STAY TUNED for an upcoming Topper Talk edition featuring...


  • Chardon Middle School's Water for South Sudan Project Results
  • Chardon High School's Shantytown Event & Chicago Homeless Shelter Overnight

IMPORTANT DISTRICT DATES

OCT 21..Board of Education - Regular Meeting 6:30PM

NOV 11..Veterans Day

NOV 27..NO School for Students (Conference Comp Day)

NOV 28..NO School (Thanksgiving Break)
NOV 29..NO School (Thanksgiving Break)

Chardon Local Schools

OUR MISSION: High achievement for all students, where learning is our most important work.