Fifth Grade Parent Night at Chardon Middle School

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Chardon Middle School will be hosting a Fifth Grade Parent Night on May 22nd from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. There will be a presentation in the LGIR (large group instruction room) followed by a question and answer session where parents will be able to address any questions or concerns they may have about their student starting 6th grade in the fall of 2017-2018. CMS administrators and school counselors will cover the following topics: Introduction of administration and school counseling staff; Basic information of CMS; What to expect as a middle school student; Sixth grade schedules; Extracurricular opportunities at CMS; Code of conduct and technology; Locating important information at CMS; Recommendations for parents of middle schoolers; Important upcoming dates. We look forward to meeting our incoming sixth grade families!

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Augmented Reality Sandbox:  Student’s at Hambden Elementary have been busy playing in the sandbox. But it’s not out on the playground, it’s in the classroom. Chardon is one of the first districts in the area to have an augmented reality sandbox, where student can see real sand transformed into varying altitudes on a map. The digitally enhanced sandbox (connected to a computer screen) allows students to move the sand around, thereby changing the topography of the map. Bright colors show the various topography of the sand. Students can can pile the sand to create mountains or make indentations for a lake or river. Researches who developed the sandbox say there’s just no better way to teach how topographic contour lines work, or how water flows over a landscape, than building whatever terrain you can imagine, and then seeing the contours and the water react in real time to any changes you make. This year, the sandbox is being used as part of the after school STEM program at Hambden. Next year’s plans included sharing the sandbox with the other Chardon elementary schools and also building our own, with help from tech savvy staff members.

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