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Thank You Chardon School Board
January is School Board Recognition Month in Ohio and Chardon Local Schools joins districts across the state to say thanks to our local leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for our children and public schools. As elected officials, they are an important voice of our community, serving first and foremost in the best interest of Chardon schoolchildren.

Even though we are making a special effort in January to show appreciation to our board members, we realize their many contributions reflect a year-round commitment. These public servants sit through meetings, read detailed reports, listen to parents’ concerns, and do the hard work to benefit the students and the community at large. They bring a variety of skills and backgrounds to their task, and they take their responsibilities seriously. And the whole community benefits from their vigilance in providing good schools. Heartfelt thanks to Chardon Board of Education members Karen Blankenship, Sheldon Firem, Madelon Horvath, Paul Stefanko and Guy Wilson.

This year the Chardon Middle School Guidance Department is piloting a program called MindUp, which focuses on teaching students about mindfulness. Mindfulness is simply a method of mental training, where you maintain a moment-by-moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and surrounding environment. The MindUp curriculum is a science-driven, evidence based curriculum consisting of 15 classroom lessons designed to improve learning, drive positive behavior, and increase focus, empathy, optimism, and compassion.Students in 6th and 7th grade will be participating in the curriculum during advisory time once a week in the cafeteria. We are hoping to start with about 10 students who are referred by their parents, teachers, and counselors. You can learn more at MindUp!

Kindergarten Information Night
Is your child ready for kindergarten? How do you know? Kindergarten is an exciting and unfamiliar time for parents and students, and Chardon Schools is here to help. Parents and guardians of children entering kindergarten in Fall 2017 are invited to attend a special Kindergarten Information Night on February 1, 2017 to learn about the Chardon’s Kindergarten program, meet the principals, teachers, fellow parents, and begin the registration process. Join us at 6:30 PM in the Chardon Middle School Large Group Instruction Room (LGIR) at 424 North Street.

Attention Parents of Sixth Grade Students
Your child is required by state law to have both a meningococcal and a Tdap immunization before the start of 7th grade. It is not too early to immunize your child to be in compliance for next year. Chardon Middle Schoool nurse, Lori Strickland is accepting these immunizations records now. If you have any questions or concerns, please email [email protected] or call the school at (440) 286-0457.

Pictured In Top Left Photo: Dan Best, a Geauga Park District Naturalist, recently visited fifth graders at Maple School with the star dome to teach the students about astronomy using their Naturescope binoculars.

Pictured In Bottom Left Photo: Students in Brent Hilston’s 6th grade Science class use energy cars to measure the effects of gravitational potential energy on speed.

Pictured In Right Photo: When Mobil Ed’s STEAM Museum visited Hambden Elementary students loved taking turns on the Bike Generator. As students pedal the bike, they convert their kinetic energy into electricity, first illuminating low-power LEDs until finally creating enough power to light halogen lamps at the top of the tower!

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