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News from Chardon Schools 10.08.19

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Chardon Middle School - Girls Cross Country

"This [above] is part of our pre race ritual where we all put our hands in, and we give them the last bit of motivation to get out there! I generally tell them to enjoy the race, pass as many as they can, we know we can handle this course, and show everyone out there who we are. Then we do the "CHARDON"! cry on a count of three. These pictures were before each race at the

Woodridge Cuyahoga Valley National Park Invitational."

~Coach Mary Pat Martin


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


The Tiny Toppers learned about Community Helpers during the week of September 30. The students had several visitors detail how their careers provide services to the community.

Nurse Cassie talked about doctors' office visits and the students got to ask questions about being a nurse. The Chardon Fire Department and Emergency Medical Team gave the students an opportunity to learn about the tools on the trucks as well as see a fireman in full gear. Dr. Rosplock visited the classrooms discussing the importance of washing hands to keep germs away. Students also got to explore some of the tools of the trade.

Chardon Fire Department visits Tiny Toppers.


October 7 marked the exciting culmination of Mrs. Joanne DeShetler's Book Project for her Chardon High School English I Honors students with Park Elementary's Kindergarten students. Last month, the older students were paired up with the younger students to gather basic biographical information on the Kindergartners -- taking notes on all their favorites and hobbies.

Since that first meet, each CHS student has been busy writing, illustrating, and assembling a fiction story that incorporates his/her Kindergarten pal as the main character. At the big unveiling on October 7 in Park Auditorium, the CHS students introduced the books to their Kindergarten pals, read them the books, and then gifted them the books to take home as their own.

Story titles included:

  • The Christmas Tomatoes
  • Henry and Pikachu's Quest for the Wiffle Ball
  • A Fallen Kingdom of Melons
  • Pink and Blue Flowers
  • Stormy Weather
  • The Fun Fall Sleepover
  • The Dashing, Flashing Lack of Flavor
  • The Missing Pig
  • The Silver Unicorn

+ many more!

A Chardon High School student in Mrs. Joanne DeShetler's English I Honors class reads the story she made for a Kindergartner at Park Elementary.


Third grade Munson Elementary students in Mrs. Michelle Burress' class recently "traveled" - via virtual reality trip - to Washington D.C.!

The virtual reality trip was made possible by the use of Google Expeditions® kits, which include high-technology goggles that enable teachers to take students on guided, virtual reality cultural field trips without leaving the classroom. Since Mrs. Burress' class had recently read a story regarding National Monuments, she chose the Washington D.C. expedition to go along with that new material.

Cool Fact: The Google Expeditions® phones, charging carts, and cables were funded by as a result of a successful campaign set up by Mrs. Burress.

Munson Elementary Grade 3 Teacher Mrs. Michelle Burress' students take a virtual reality trip to Washington D.C. via Google Expeditions®.


In support of the Water for South Sudan global initiative to create access to and monitor safe drinking water for rural areas of South Sudan, Chardon Middle School Grade 6 students smile proudly on October 2 with the day’s accumulated Stall the Teacher coin donations for the drinking water initiative. Stall the Teacher is CMS’ fun-spirited incentive for sixth grade students to donate high quantities of coins to Water for South Sudan, resulting in their teachers being “stalled” as they total their classrooms’ donations each school day.
(L-R front to back row) Jordyn McKimmy, Maria Medved, Adeline Timko, Jarod Butler, Lauren Casalina



On October 3, 22 students from Chardon High School's MultiMedia and Newspaper classes attended the Ohio Scholastic Media Association workshop at Kent State University. The students were able to choose from over 50 sessions to attend. Topics included legal and ethical situations, copyright law, finding story ideas, using big data to tell a story, grammar mistakes and how to avoid them, photo issues, interview techniques, and fake news.

"Students, Mr. Lichtinger, and I came away with several fresh ideas and tools to apply to the CHS school newspaper and video announcements."

~Ms. Victoria Eby, Media Specialist at Chardon High School

Of the 22 students who attended the October 3 OSMA workshop were the following seven Hilltoppers (L-R): Colin Downs, Robbie Frank, Halle Landies, Steven Jackson, Ellie Evans, Kirsten Beard, and Jenna Goodwin.

"We had the wonderful opportunity to play UNO with some lovely ladies at The Residence of Chardon! We then ate our healthy packed lunches at Mel Harder Park, and we finished up our trip with some King Kone." ~Mrs. Amanda Bunker, Chardon High School Teacher

Chardon High School students from Mrs. Amanda Bunker's class spend time on October 2 playing Uno at The Residence of Chardon, an assisted living facility.

Chardon Schools has Bond Issue 21 on the November 5 Ballot

FAQ: What is the difference between a bond issue and an operating levy?

By law, funding for school buildings and other capital improvements is separate from funds used for general operating expenses. A property tax-based bond issue is the most common way to pay for building projects. An operating levy is also a property tax, but can only be used to pay for day-to-day operations of schools, including educational resources, utilities, salaries, benefits, etc. Thus, none of the funds generated by the most recent operating levy can be used to build new buildings.


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

Chardon High School:  decaying of copper solder joints and fittings slowing the sealing off of water.


"Fresh Sage's apples are served in our school cafeterias every day!"

~Chardon Food Service Department



Mr. Mark Wilhelm

Maintenance Staff Member & Painter

Overview of Experience Serving the Chardon School District

  • 5 years in the Custodial Department
  • 20 years in the Maintenance Department

Favorite Part of My Job

Improving the schools and facilities by making them better for the students and staff - whether it's lining a field for fall sports, prepping a field/track for spring sports, all the summer projects, painting and getting the facilities ready for another school year.

What is Most Important to Me in the Work Environment

That we all work together.

Favorite Book(s)

Currently I enjoy reading my granddaughters' books to them. Frozen is a big hit.


  • going on walks in different parks with the company of my oldest grandaughter
  • exercising

Favorite Food

Whatever my wife cooks!

Favorite Season

Really I like them all, but I think spring wins. With the end of the winter comes spring sports. It goes by so fast though.


Mrs. Asha Dinko
Grade 3 Teacher, Munson Elementary

Overview of Teaching Experience

This is my 15th year teaching. I have taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades with 10 years off to raise my boys. All of my years teaching have been in the Chardon School District. I have taught at Maple Elementary, Hambden Elementary, and Munson Elementary.

When did you know you wanted to be a teacher?

I knew that I wanted to be a teacher in junior high and high school when I started babysitting. I really liked playing with the kids and helping them with their homework.

Favorite Aspects of Teaching

My favorite thing about teaching is helping kids believe in themselves. It is such a joy to see them develop their strengths and take pride in themselves. I also love that the kids make me smile and laugh every single day!

Favorite Children’s Book

The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen

I read this with my third graders every year at Christmas time. It always reminds me of

how naturally compassionate kids are.

Favorite Subjects When I Was an Elementary School Student

I always really enjoyed reading and social studies. I guess that’s why I love reading historical fiction with my classes.


My favorite things to do are spending time with my family and friends; reading; and visiting new places.


  • " Chardon Middle School PTO for helping us with our Water for Sudan fundraiser. Cutting, hanging, and selling all the water drops. You rock!"
    ~Ms. Kathleen Haeberle, Chardon Middle School Teacher

  • " my former student Anna Tiber [now a fourth grader] who recently taught my class about monarch butterflies. We saw five hatch today and then released them! AMAZING!" ~Mrs. Leigh Ann Ferguson, Munson Elementary Grade 2 Teacher

  • " Mr. Rob Mizen and Mr. Scott Brown for your leadership and dedication to our students. Our Chardon High School students will gain a better understanding of homelessless as they spend the night out on the turf." ~Mr. Ryan Bandiera, Guidance Department on the Shantytown Experience Held on October 6

  • " my former student Makenna Ricketts [now an eighth grader at Chardon High School] for being our Mystery Reader on October 4! I had her in class when she was a fifth grader at Munson." ~Mrs. Leigh Ann Ferguson, Munson Elementary Grade 2 Teacher

  • " all community helpers that make Chardon a great place to live and learn!" ~Tiny Toppers and Ms. Andrea Ryan, Chardon Schools Special Education Supervisor

  • " Munson Fire Department for your visit to Munson Elementary. Safety first! We always learn so much when our Chardon first responders come to teach us about fire safety and prevention."
    ~Dr. Kelly Moran, District Curriculum Supervisor

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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


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 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


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 Chronic Facility Challenges Facing CHS

Questions? Call the Board of Education office at 440-285-4052 or send an email to


"Congratulations Jenna Oriani on your first Varsity PAT!"
~Chardon High School Principal Doug Murray

"Chardon Middle School Cross Country Boys and Girls Teams bring home team champion plaques from the Legends!" ~Coach Mary Pat Martin

"Karl Dietz [CMS Boys Cross Country] broke the Legends course record with a 10:38 two mile." ~Chardon Middle School Lacrosse Club

Cool Fact: Eighth grader Karl Dietz also holds the records on Chardon's and Mayfield's home courses.

Congratulations CMS Girls & Boys Cross Country Teams on your Legends Championship!
Karl Dietz, Grade 8 Chardon Middle School

From the Desk of Ms. Hoffmann, Head Nurse

Interested in Learning About Substitute School Nurse Opportunities in the Chardon School District? Contact Ms. Janice Hoffmann at

"New this year is the substitute nurse license that a nurse with a Bachelor's Degree and clear background check can apply for to become a substitute nurse. The information is on the ODE website HERE."


OCT 9....Title 1 Parent/Guardian Info Mtg 6:30PM - RSVP HERE

OCT 11..NO School for Students (NEOEA Day)

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)


Election Day - November 5, 2019

Early Voting Begins - October 8, 2019

Questions about where or when to vote? Contact Geauga County Board of Elections at 440-279-2030 or visit

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