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Chardon Schools Monthly Newsletter - 11.05.2020 Edition


On Oct. 8, Maple School joined 1.7 million participants from OH, IL, IN, MI, MN and WI in the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch. Participants in this celebration of National Farm to School Month purchase regionally grown apples for a multi-state "collective crunch" event at noon. Maple School Hilltoppers crunched on Sage's apples and also practiced their apple words, including "slice", "core", and "seeds".
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Staff News...

Mrs. Andrea Ryan, Tiny Toppers Preschool Supervisor, presented the Governor's Imagination Library Program to the Bainbridge Civic Club earlier this fall. The Bainbridge Civic Club donated $1000 to the program. More about the program.

TINY TOPPERS CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN...

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MAPLE - KINDERGARTEN

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Outdoor Kindergarten Storytime with Mrs. Ridgeway

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Kindergarten Literacy Centers for In-Person Students


"Growing each day at Maple-K - learning and refining newly acquired skills in our literacy centers."

~Kelly Moran, Ed.D., Maple-K Principal and District Curriculum Supervisor

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Chardon Fire Department's Fire Safety Visit Live Streamed

by Blue Model (Virtual) Kindergarten Teachers

MRS. KLEMBARA and MRS. KINGZETT

(l to r) Mrs. Klembara and Mrs. Kingzett, Maple K Virtual Teachers [photo credit:  Pastor Photography]

Maple-K Hilltopper Aidan,

while in his virtual learning environment,

enjoyed the live-stream of the Chardon Fire Department’s

fire safety visit to Maple School.


"Aidan loved the firemen today. Thank you Mrs. Klembara for the live event!"

~Aidan's Mom

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Chardon Fire Department - In-Person Fire Safety Lesson Visit

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MAPLE - K CELEBRATES HALLOWEEN...

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Munson's Reading Corner...

OUR PRINCIPAL is A FROG! by Stephanie Calmenson

Mrs. Suszynski's 1st-grade students embarking on their first novel study of the year...

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DRAGONS LOVE TACOS 2: The Sequel by Adam Rubin

Bella is immersed in a book during independent reading time in Mrs. Turk's second-grade class...
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MUNSON ELEMENTARY CELEBRATES HALLOWEEN...

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Hilltoppers Never Quit - Munson's 1st Snowman of the Year

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Park Hilltoppers logo

With Mother Nature on their Side...

The welcome weather in September and October paved the way for Park Elementary to hold some classes outdoors.
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PARK ELEMENTARY CELEBRATES HALLOWEEN...

Park Elementary students in Halloween costumes [photo credit:  G-TV]
Chardon Middle School Hilltoppers logo

START WITH HELLO WEEK


In partnership with the Sandy Hook Promise, CMS took part in Start with Hello Week,

an annual event held in September and designed to create a culture of inclusion and

connectedness within a school community.

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5th GRADE SCIENCE with MS. BURT...

Introduction to Science: SCIENTIFIC TOOLS

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SCIENTIFIC METHOD/ENGINEERING

Students testing to see how their towers (spaghetti/marshmallow models)

would weather an earthquake (aka Jello shake-table).

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NATURE SCOPES PROGRAM

Identifying biotic and abiotic factors

in the ecosystem surrounding Chardon Middle School.

The Nature Scopes program is made possible by

Geauga Park District and The Foundation for Geauga Parks.

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CMS CELEBRATES HALLOWEEN...

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CREATING...

PRACTICING...

Mrs. Bunker's students had the opportunity to learn about voting and complete a practice ballot on Election Day.
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SERVING COMMUNITIES...

CHARDON SERVICE LEARNING CLASS


MOBILE FOOD PANTRY - SEPTEMBER

  • helped pack over 4,000 pounds of produce delivered by Greater Cleveland Food Bank
    to Gearity Professional Development Elementary School in University Heights
  • distributed the free produce to the Gearity school community
  • made possible by the Greater Cleveland Food Bank's School Market program, an initiative developed to reach more children and young families at risk of hunger

Thank you to the amazing Chardon High School students who helped pack our food for our CH-UH Gearity School Market on Oct. 8!

~Mrs. Heather Higham
Gearity Professional Development Elementary School Guidance Counselor

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COMMUNITY GARDEN - OCTOBER - PHASE I

  • initial phase of building a community garden
    (adjacent to Chardon High School's tennis courts)
  • students digging, rototilling the land, and building raised beds
  • once completed in 2021, the project is designed to serve the school community, both staff and students
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CELEBRATING...

[photo credit:  G-TV]
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Way to go, Hilltopper!

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The Auburn Career Center's A.M. construction students recently held a

"Parade of Horses."

Students designed and built saw horses to use in their program.

As part of the event, a judging panel of ACC staff members

recognized 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th place winners.

Congrats to all four ACC students, including

HILLTOPPER EVAN WOLCOTT, GRADE 11,

who took 2nd place!

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Certified Production Technician Program...

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Chardon Local Schools is excited to announce its debut of the Certified Production Technician program for Chardon High School students.

The CPT course offering is a Career-Based Intervention locally spearheaded by

Auburn Career Center’s Superintendent, Dr. Brian Botempo,

and operated as a partnership with

Chardon Local Schools,
Cardinal Local Schools and Painesville City Schools.

[FULL ARTICLE]

“We recognize that manufacturing is the foundation of our community,

and our district looks forward to continuing to partner with area businesses

in order to build future opportunities for our students."

~Superintendent Mike Hanlon

CHS & CMS ATHLETICS...


Our December 2020 Topper Talk will feature recognitions for the Hilltopper Fall Athletics Season. Meanwhile, enjoy browsing through the athletics photos links below.

Pastor Photography & G-TV Fall Season Photo Links

CHS - Individual - available for purchase from Pastor Photography

CHS - Team & Band - available for purchase from Pastor Photography

CHS - Action - FREE DOWNLOADS courtesy of Pastor Photography

CHS - Action - FREE DOWNLOADS courtesy of G-TV

CMS - Team & Individual - available for purchase from Pastor Photography

CMS 8th Grade Football Action - FREE DOWNLOADS courtesy of Pastor Photography

TOPPER CONGRATULATIONS CORNER...

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  • CHS seniors BRENDAN SARBACH and JEFFERY FLETCHER on qualifying as
    National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists for the 2020-21 school year; and
    NOAHH MUNOZ, ZOE SHIVE and JACOB STEPHANS
    on earning recognition as National Merit commended students. FULL ARTICLE
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  • CHS seniors, Mary McCauley and Cade McDevitt, on being named student liaisons to the Chardon BOE for the 2020-21 school year. Mary and Cade made their BOE presentation debut via Google Meet at the October 19 board meeting.

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  • Mr. Ryan Bandiera, CHS Assistant Principal, on being named the 2020-21 Ohio Assistant Principal of the Year by the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators.

    "Ryan is an outstanding member of the leadership team at Chardon High School and continually applies his leadership skills to improving programs and opportunities for the students in our school district. We are proud of his many contributions and congratulate Ryan on this well-deserved recognition."

    ~Superintendent Mike Hanlon


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  • Dr. Kelly Moran, District Curriculum Supervisor and Maple-K Principal, on securing a
    $1.1 million Ohio Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant for Chardon Schools to use for literacy professional development, family engagement, and interventional support for grades K-3 over the next four years. DISTRICT NEWS ARTICLE
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  • TINY TOPPERS PRESCHOOL, on earning the BRONZE AWARD for implementing
    Tier 1 Early Childhood PBIS
    [Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports].
    The school will be starting Tier 2 training this school year.

  • MRS. ANDREA RYAN, Tiny Toppers Preschool Supervisor, on presenting to the regional PBIS coaches on Oct. 1 as part of the PBIS Award Winning Schools event.


"ANDREA has created an outstanding preschool program

and their PBIS implementation is fantastic!"

~Ms. Linda Elegante, Chardon Schools Director of Student Services

BEYOND THE HILLTOP


Congratulations to Chardon High School senior, ETHAN PETERSON, who competed in the Shining Star CLE Top 10 solo-singing competition on Sept. 13 with an especially thrilling conclusion to the event. Ethan was named the first-place winner. FULL ARTICLE

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NATIONAL PRINCIPALS MONTH (October)

In honor of National Principals Month (October), Chardon Schools would like to extend a note of appreciation to our principals for all they do year-round for students and staff, including this extraordinary year when you are all rising to every additional occasion for which your expertise is needed and valued.
(l to r in photos below):
  • Mrs. Andrea Ryan - Tiny Toppers Preschool Supervisor
  • Dr. Kelly Moran - Maple - Kindergarten Principal
  • Mr. Mathew Prezioso - Munson Elementary Principal
  • Ms. Rhonda Garrett - Park Elementary Principal
  • Mr. Timothy Velotta - Chardon Middle School Principal
  • Mr. Adam Tomco - Chardon Middle School Assistant Principal
  • Mr. Doug Murray - Chardon High School Principal
  • Mr. Doug Higham - Chardon High School Assistant Principal
  • Mr. Ryan Bandiera - Chardon High School Assistant Principal
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TOPPER STAFF MEMBER OF THE MONTH

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MRS. HEIDI MARKS

MAPLE SCHOOL & MUNSON ELEMENTARY

Current Positions in Chardon Schools

  • Recess Aide at Maple School every day
  • Latchkey Supervisor at Munson Elementary M/W/F afternoons

Years of Service in Chardon Schools:

  • currently in 12th year

Generations of Hilltoppers

  • Graduated from Chardon High School.
  • Husband of 30 years, Paul (District Maintenance), graduated from CHS.
  • Our 3 amazing children, David Hannah and Jeremy, are CHS alums.
  • I have lots of family members and friends who are CHS alums.
  • My dad, mom, brother, and stepdad are all in the CHS Hall of Fame.

Life as a Hilltopper

I have lived in Chardon my entire life so I have always been and always will be a Hilltopper. I love the school and community spirit. My favorite Hilltopper motto is "Never quit."
As a Young Elementary School Student

My favorite recess activities were swinging and kickball. And my best memories are when my dad would arrive on the fire truck to teach fire safety.

Favorite Book

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis

Favorite Movie

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Hobbies

  • making flower arrangements/crafting
  • spending time with family and friends
  • going for walks

Valued Life Advice

  • Always be giving, kind, loving, and respectful.
  • Don't change who you are for someone else.

TOPPER FACULTY MEMBER OF THE MONTH

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MR. BRENT HILSTON

CHARDON MIDDLE SCHOOL

Teaching Career

  • in 16th year of teaching overall
  • taught for 10 years in Hickory, North Carolina
  • A veteran teacher told me during my first year teaching how fast the years go by...she was right!
  • CMS STEM Elective Courses - Grades 5, 6, & 7 (current teaching position)
  • CMS Robotics Club (current advisory position)
Years of Service in Chardon Schools
  • currently in 6th year
Rewarding and Meaningful Work
  • Teaching multiple grade levels, I enjoy working with the same students over multiple years and seeing their growth.
  • I am grateful for the opportunity to develop academic relationships with students and to see their academic growth over a long period of time.
  • Being a middle school teacher is an opportunity to help students on their journey of discovery.

Memories from My Own Middle School Days

  • In 7th grade, I wanted to become an FBI special agent. I really enjoyed my science classes and loved problem solving. Also, it was the 90’s and I was 13, so I was very much into the TV show The X-Files. I saw working for the FBI as an interesting and exciting way to combine all those interests. I even created a scale model of the J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building in Washington D. C. for a social studies project.
  • My favorite middle school teacher was my 7th and 8th grade science teacher, Mr. VanDellen. He had the talent of taking any topic and making it fun and engaging. Mr. VanDellen had a hands-on activity or experiment for every topic we studied. His class was also my first experience doing animal dissections, which got me very interested in biology. I did not realize it at the time, but he was one of the early influences on my later decision to become a science teacher.
  • One of my favorite memories from middle school was playing on my school’s soccer team in 7th and 8th grade. I am not much of an athlete now, but I enjoyed the camaraderie of being on an organized team and the friendships I made. Playing soccer created a stronger connection to my school outside of just going to classes.

Hobbies

  • hiking, playing guitar, video gaming, disc golf

Favorite Books

  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkien

  • The Dude and the Zen Master by Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman

  • Dune by Frank Herbert

Pets
  • a large collection of house plants, if that counts

Most Treasured Life Advice
  • You can never know for certain where life will take you, or even what will happen tomorrow. Put in the work and do your best, but be prepared for life to have other plans. Allow yourself to go with the flow of life.

  • “If you try to swim by grabbing and holding onto the water, you will sink. Instead, relax, lay back, and you will float.” ~Alan Watts

Mr. Hilston in action at CMS...

4E'S JOURNEY - MRS. SAM HARDESTY, CHS '15

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Mrs. Hardesty's Story...

CHARDON HIGH SCHOOL - FAVORITE MEMORIES

  • CHS Yearbook - 3 Years - 1st sales experience (business ads)
  • Golf Team
    Another female student and I joined the Men's Golf Team. The following year, there were five women on the Men's Team. In 2016, the year after I graduated, the Women's Golf Team was established.
  • Miss Fisher gave me the freedom to explore and lead, molding me into the community leader I am today.

ENROLLMENT

  • Lake Erie College
    Spring 2018 B.S. in Finance & Business Administration and Minor in Accounting
    Fall 2018 M.B.A.

EMPLOYMENT

  • State Farm, Steven Abbott's Agency
    Working for State Farm taught me how to set sales expectations and expanded my perspective on owning a business. I am no longer afraid of the word "no".

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

  • Entrepreneurship Competitions in College
    The competitions helped me with public speaking, confidence, sales, business planning and networking and opened my mind about starting my own business.
  • I started multiple businesses on the side, including a real estate investing company and a small business coaching firm.
  • I worked to build a client base for my husband Ian's web development and photography skills.
  • As we grew our photography client list, we created Hardesty Imaging LLC.
  • Starting a business isn't scary if you're confident in what you are providing to the client.

HARDESTY IMAGING ESTABLISHED: 2018

Our educational backgrounds in finance and business have helped us throughout the growth of our business. Ian has taken more of the technical side within the business while I take on the sales and business administration of the business. We knew our multi-media company was our career path when we went into work and it didn't feel like work. We enjoy what we do.

SPECIALTIES

  • Websites, Videos, and Photos
    for a split clientele of small businesses and wedding couples.

MILESTONES

  • Adjusting our mindsets to the fact that we can do whatever we want in this world.
  • Moving Hardesty Imaging to the Matchworks Building in Mentor in 2019.
  • Hiring an apprentice, Rada.
  • Membership in Chardon Chambers of Commerce.
  • Board member of Chardon Tomorrow.
  • Hardesty Imaging becomes a Better Business Bureau member.

HOBBIES

  • Ian and I enjoy our cat Vesper - she is a new addition to our family.

  • We also enjoy brainstorming for other business ideas and finding new ways to better serve our clients.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HARDESTY IMAGING

A Sampling of Hardesty Imaging's Recent Projects...

[all Hardesty Imaging photos are copyrighted]

[copyright:  Hardesty Imaging LLC]

NOTES of GRATITUDE...

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HILLTOPPER CUSTODIAL TEAM...

THANK YOU to our dedicated HILLTOPPER CUSTODIAL TEAM working hard behind the scenes to keep our facilities clean and sanitized for students and staff. And a special note of gratitude for their extra, ongoing measures in response to the pandemic.

~Chardon Schools Administrative Team

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The JUNCTION AUTO FAMILY has been an exceptional community partner with the Chardon Schools. We are excited about the potential of this generous donation to assist us in making some needed improvements at Memorial Field. Our sincere appreciation to
Cliff Babcock and the entire Junction Auto Family.

~Superintendent Mike Hanlon

FULL NEWS ARTICLE

[Contest details below.]

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The Board of Education would like to let ALL CHARDON STAFF MEMBERS know how much we appreciate your incredible extra efforts this year.

~Mrs. Madelon Horvath, Mrs. Karen Blankenship,
Mr. Keith Brewster,
Mr. Paul Stefanko, and Dr. Guy Wilson

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Thank you MRS. HORVATH, MRS. BLANKENSHIP, MR. BREWSTER, MR. STEFANKO and DR. WILSON for the delicious pizza and salad lunch and cookies on Oct. 8 during regular lunch periods for all district staff members. Your thoughtfulness was very much appreciated by all.

~Hilltopper Staff



Thank you to CHARDON SCHOOLS

who donated 100 pumpkins so that every Broadmoor School preschool student

could receive their own.

Attached to each pumpkin was a note of kindness from the

CHARDON NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY.

~Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities

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So lucky that I got to host Ms. Janelle Stuart (Guidance Department) in my classes recently to talk to 7th graders about stress and anxiety management.

~Mrs. Nikki Diehm, 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher


Special thanks to CHARDON SCHOOLS FOUNDATION for providing our students access to robotics equipment! It's only our 2nd meeting in 2020-21, and Chardon Middle School Robotics Club students are already jumping in to solve the 8+ challenges in the official Lego space mission.

~Mr. Brent Hilston, CMS STEM Teacher


Thank you RW SIDLEY, INC. for donating 200 cinder blocks for the Chardon Service Learning community garden project.

~Mr. Rob Mizen, CHS Chardon Service Learning Class Adviser

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Chardon Middle School recognized Unity Day, Oct. 21, in a special way thanks to

MRS. JULIE DOUGLASS.

She facilitated activities to promote acceptance & inclusion in our school and to help prevent bullying. Hilltoppers made their mark by adding their personal leaf to the

CMS Tree of Kindness!

~Ms. Janelle Stuart, CMS Guidance Department

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I have the pleasure of getting CHARDON HIGH SCHOOL HELPERS MASON and MIA for the Maple School kitchen during breakfast and lunch. Mason and Mia help me deliver breakfast every morning. ~Ms. Libby Savel, Chardon Food Service Team


We appreciate MISS LIBBY (SAVEL) and all our CHS CAFETERIA HELPER FRIENDS so much! Thanks for making us smile!

~Mrs. Jenny Maheu, Maple-KDG Teacher



Shoutout to the CHARDON VIRTUAL TEACHERS and VIRTUAL STUDENTS for their perseverance during this new learning platform

as they meet the many challenges of online learning.

~Ms. Rhonda Garrett, Park Elementary Principal

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Our new percussion storage is pretty epic!

Thanks to Chardon Band alumna, BRIGIT MORGAN (CHS '20), AND HER TEAM,

for all the time, hard work, fundraising, and careful thought!

~Ms. Tracy Paroubek, CMS Band Director

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Thank you so much to

Hilltopper parent MRS. LORRIE BEIL and

Hilltopper grandparent MRS. GLORIA KORITANSKY

for making all of our instrument covers for the CMS and CHS band students!

We wouldn’t be able to make the music without you!

~Ms. Tracy Paroubek, CMS Band Director

FULL ARTICLE

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Tiny Toppers PreK wants to thank the CHARDON FIRE DEPARTMENT for being great Community Helpers! We love our hats, coloring books and stickers.

~Mrs. Andrea Ryan, Tiny Toppers Preschool Supervisor

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Oct. 12 was awesome thanks to the CHARDON FIRE DEPARTMENT!

We appreciate you teaching us about fire safety!

~Kelly Moran, Ed.D., Maple-K Principal

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Thank you

GEAUGA PARK DISTRICT and THE FOUNDATION for GEAUGA PARKS

for the Nature Scopes program!

~Ms. Kristin Burt, CMS Fifth-Grade Science and Math Teacher

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Thank you MRS. BUNKER

for teaching important life skills!

These are the things our kids need to know.

I am almost 30 and had never seen a ballot or

even slightly knew what to expect from going to the polls for the first time.

~Mrs. Lorrie White

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LOOKING AHEAD at the DISTRICT CALENDAR...

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BOARD of EDUCATION - MEETING REPLAYS

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Chardon Local Schools

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