News from Chardon Schools 9.17.2019
Thank you Jake Leonard for sharing your photos (above: L&R) from Friday night's Varsity Football game against Alliance. Above all else, we thank Jake for his service. Jake, a graduate of CHS Class of '17, is currently ENLISTED in the Air Force. His hobbies include freelance photography. The District wishes him the very best in his endeavors.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2019 OBSERVANCES in the District included...
CHARDON HIGH SCHOOL
Miss Heather Biernacki's English class (True Voices) was out in the hallways towards the end of the period on Wednesday September 11 posting positive notes on lockers.
"This is part of the Pay It Forward movement honoring those lives lost and those forever changed 18 years ago by spreading kindness."
~Miss Heather Biernacki
CHS English Language Arts Teacher
Also as part of MISS BIERNACKI'S TRUE VOICES CLASS...
"This month, students are reading “Channel of Peace: Stranded in Gander on 9/11”. In this book, Kevin Tuerff describes how touched he was by the kindness strangers showed him and the 6,000 other stranded passengers who couldn’t fly into the US on September 11, 2001. He began the Pay It Forward 9/11 movement the next year as a way to both honor those who lost their lives and to celebrate the good in the world."
Chardon High School Principal
BEHIND THE SCENES - PULLING BACK THE CURTAIN - BOND ISSUE 21
Throughout the Fall, Topper Talk will be sharing photos, videos and testimonials that give you a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges the Chardon Local School District experiences due to its aging and deteriorating buildings.
Chardon High School: PIPE LEAKS
- Mr. Chris May, Chardon Lead Maintenance shares his expertise & up-close footage of wastewater line deterioration seen only within the tunnels under Chardon High School
- Mr. May also provides coverage of additional leaks visible only when in the tunnels
A GLIMPSE INTO THE STUDENTS' DAYS
CHARDON HIGH SCHOOL
Walking & Working Wednesdays No. 2
"We had a wonderful time walking to Giant Eagle where we learned about jobs, found items and compared prices! Did you know that Chardon Giant Eagle sells between 800 and 900 lbs of fresh meat everyday?!"
~Mrs. Amanda Bunker
Chardon High School Teacher
BOOK CHAT WITH THOMAS ADAIR
by Mrs. Leigh Ann Ferguson
Munson Elementary Grade 2 Teacher
"Thank you THOMAS for giving our first BOOK CHAT this year. You got a lot of readers excited about The Kingdom of Fantasy by Geronimo Stilton!
Book chats are an opportunity for kids - who absolutely loved a book - to share about it with the whole class:
- Tell a little bit about the book (without spoiling the best parts)
- Explain why they loved it
- Read a short passage that was especially meaningful to them
Book Chat gets other kids excited about the book and models a love of reading. After a child or I book chat about a certain book, it flies off the shelf. I usually end up purchasing more copies of the book just to satisfy their desire.
Thomas did such a great job!"
SPECIAL VISITOR for Park Elementary. . .
MYSTERY READER with Kindergarten Students...who could it be???
(Friday September 6)
"Every Friday I have a Mystery Reader come and read 1 or 2 books to our class. It is always a pleasure when I can snag SUPERINTENDENT MICHAEL HANLON to be our first Reader for the year. He read "Try a Little Kindness: A Guide to Being Better" by Henry Cole.
Dr. Hanlon, Dr. Moran and Dr. Klein have all been visitors in my class! The Mystery Reader program gives the students' parents a chance to sign up during open house for the Friday that works best for them. I encourage parents to read to the class for 20 minutes and then join the class at lunch. This open classroom and cafeteria policy gives parents a chance to explore their child’s world. It also allows parents a chance to see their child in a working school setting."
~Mrs. Amy Ridgeway
Park Elementary Kindergarten Teacher
SPECIAL VISITOR for Tiny Toppers...
"The Geauga County Public Library FUN BUS Came to PreK today!"
~Ms. Kristen, Tiny Toppers PreK Teacher at Maple School
Q: What is the FUN BUS?
A: Let the library come to you. Can’t get to a library? No problem.
- The library is alive and active throughout Geauga County, wherever patrons happen to be.
- The Geauga County Public library's mobile program includes two Bookmobiles (one of which is the “Fun Bus”) and a Lobby Stop Vehicle
- The mobile library often makes “celebrity” appearances at festivals, schools, day care centers, Amish farms, and other community centers.
- Fun Bus helps people check out materials so that they don’t need to travel to a building.
COOL FACT: Mobile Services checks out over 300,000 items annually.
That’s a lot of reading!
SPECIAL VISITOR for CMS Students...
~Mr. Brent Hilston
Chardon Middle School STEM Teacher
TOPPER TALK TEACHER OF THE WEEK:
MR. EDWARD MULLALY
- Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education
- Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction
When did you know you wanted to be a teacher?
- I took a career planning course in college, and all the tests came back with educator as my number one career.
Currently Teaching: Grade 2 at Park Elementary
Total Number of Years Teaching: 24
I was a substitute for two years. Then I taught Title I for three years and finally landed a job in Chardon teaching 1st grade then 2nd grade the following year until now. I have been teaching in Chardon for 19 years.
One of Mr. Mullaly's greatest hopes/goals for his students:
For them to love to learn and be the best they can be. I hope they enjoy coming to school and have fun learning new things.
I enjoy golf, tennis, and ping pong when I am not grading papers.
Favorite Children's Book:
Any book by Bill Peet, but I especially love "No Such Things".
[Bill Peet's website: The creatures in this book are "an assortment of make-believe creatures dreamed up many years ago"(in the 1940's).]
STAFF STAR OF THE WEEK:
MS. MICHELLE COON, School Bus Driver of Bus #9
I travel north Chardon both east and west of Ravenna Road.
At what time does your workday begin?
I do not have to start work until 6:30am!
# of Runs per Day: 3
- Chardon Middle School morning route
- Chardon Middle School afternoon route
- Chardon High School afternoon route
# of Years Driving for Chardon:
This is my 6th year.
Favorite Parts of the Job:
- I LOVE to be outdoors and see the sunrise in the morning
- + see all the beauty Chardon has to offer
- I love spending the summer with my daughter.
- Another fantastic perk to this job is getting to know the kids!
- I have met some absolutely wonderful people in Chardon!
I love the Bible and inspirational books or anything with a dragon!
- I love to hike
- Being outside hearing birds
- Learning about flowers
- Drinking tea
- Playing baseball
- and yes - Powerwashing!
BOND ISSUE 21 FACT CORNER
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 May 2018 operating levy can be used to build new buildings.
For additional FAQs, visit: Facilities Master Plan
The District invites you to ask Facilities/Bond Issue 21 questions via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Superintendent Michael Hanlon at 440-285-4052.
Voter registration must be completed by October 7 in order to be eligible to vote in the November 5 General Election.
Early voting begins October 8.
COMMUNITY SERVICE HIGHLIGHTS
Interact Club, Actively Caring for People, and National Honor Society:
On Sunday afternoon, Mr. Rob Mizen and Mr. Doug Higham, among others, donated their time to coordinate an effort for three CHS groups to tackle the overgrown courtyard. Students from Interact Club, Actively Caring 4 People, and National Honor Society joined forces on their day off from school and rejuvenated the courtyard by pulling out weeds, clearing dead branches, digging and more.
THANK YOU to all of these service minded students (& staff members!) for providing the courtyard with its needed TLC!
PERFORMING ARTS: CHS Hilltopper Marching Band w/Topperettes & Majorettes
Hilltopper Marching Band, including Topperettes and Majorettes, took Stewart Field on Saturday September 14 as only one of nine marching bands that performed at Solon's 13th Annual Show: Band Together. The District is incredibly proud of these talented students!
Friday the 13th AND a Full Moon?
HILLTOPPERS: "No problem."
Congratulations Chardon Hilltoppers for scoring 35 points in the football game against Alliance on 9/13 before lightning forced the teams to end the game. Game was not a forfeit -- official final score was Chardon 35 and Alliance 0.
[photo credit: Carrie Garland NEWS HERALD]
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INFINITE CAMPUS 2019-2020
PARENTS/GUARDIANS: Please log in to Infinite Campus via the Parent Portal to complete the following for each child:
1) Pay School Fees - Instructions
2) Annual Update - The window to complete the Annual Update will be open between August 1, 2019 and September 30, 2019. Each student must have an Annual Update completed online each year. After logging in to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal, on the bottom left toolbar, click "More" then select "Online Registration" to complete the annual update for each student. This update must be completed EACH school year for ALL students - returning students and recently registered new students. Questions? Call the Board of Education office at 440-285-4052.