CREW Open House Invite
Community members, businesses and organizations are invited to attend the Chardon High School CREW open house at CHS on April 4 5:30-7:30p.m. to learn how the school’s one-of-a-kind CREW career-based program collaborates with local businesses and organizations to produce skilled and certified workers.
Through a variety of courses, the CREW guides CHS students on a journey of investigating career pathways and acquiring job skills for post-graduation success while helping to fill the skills gap that is occurring in our community.
Since its inception in 2020, the program has quadrupled in enrollment and has been featured multiple times by local news channels as a pioneer in job skills training and career certifications. In addition, the CREW presented the program, as a selected guest speaker, to the Ohio School Boards Association’s Capital Conference and Trade Show in Columbus last November.
Questions regarding the April 4 open house are welcome and can be directed to a CREW faculty member — Kim Butala at firstname.lastname@example.org, Tracey Britt at tracey.britt@chardonschools.
Science Olympiad Vaults to State Qualification
The Chardon Middle School and Chardon High School Science Olympiad Division B and C teams, respectively, completed a stellar 2022-23 season earlier this month, both emerging as qualifiers for the Ohio Science Olympiad state tournament on April 29 at The Ohio State University. Congratulations to all team members; head coaches Emily Tusick and Gordon Burgess; and assistant coaches and parent volunteers on this outstanding achievement.
The Division B and C teams placed second and seventh, respectively, at the Northeastern Region 1 regional contest held March 4 at Baldwin Wallace University. Twenty-three individual medals were earned in all by Chardon — 18 by Division B and five by Division C.
This year’s state qualification builds on a long-running history of success for Chardon Science Olympiad — with 2023 marking the 27th consecutive year and 25th year that Division B and Division C, respectively, will compete at the state level.
The Chardon Board of Education will recognize the two teams’ 2022-23 achievements at a board meeting later this spring. For a detailed listing of the 2023 regional medals earned by the Chardon Science Olympiad teams, visit the district news page at https://www.chardonschools.org
ACADEC Clinches 28 State Medals
Chardon High School’s Academic Decathlon team impressed at the State tournament held at John Carroll University March 10-11, in all hauling 28 well-earned medals back to Hilltopper town. The 20-member team likewise shined in virtual regional contests earlier this year, garnering 26 regional medals, including 10 gold.
Chardon ACADEC operates under the dedicated leadership of Coach Allen Herner — advisor to the team since the 2010-11 school year, leading the team each and every year to State-level competition beginning with his first season. In Hilltopper tag-teaming spirit, CHS science teacher Dr. Rebecca Schneider was at the helm for the team’s 2023 State tournament journey.
Coach Herner stated, “Dr. Schneider took on a substantial workload in getting our students to the State competition and advocating for them while there. I can’t imagine the event being such a success for our students without her.”
The Chardon Board of Education recognized the Chardon Academic Decathlon team for its 2023 accomplishments during the student recognition segment of the March 20 regular board meeting.
Band Festival Honorees
Chardon seventh-grade students Lena Bielata, Olivia Kennedy and Daniel Mowry and eighth-grade students William Beil, Mykaela Cox and Brooke Parrish — earned the honorary distinction of selection for the Ohio Music Education Association District VII Middle School Honors Band Festival 2023 held at Mentor High school Feb. 23-24. The students were among 100 Northeast Ohio students in seventh- and eighth-grade chosen for this prestigious musical experience.
Day one of the festival was devoted to students rehearsing as a large ensemble while the culminating event on day two was the ensemble’s impressive concert guest conducted by Bowling Green State University director of bands Jon Waters. Highlights included selections from Harry Potter, Anthem of an Era, Music Speaks, and Ghost Lights, which featured special audio and visual effects.
Hilltoppers Olivia and Mykaela participated as clarinetists, while the instrument of choice for Lena, Daniel, William and Brooke was the oboe, baritone saxophone, French horn and alto saxophone, respectively. The students attended the honors festival under the leadership of Chardon Middle School band teacher Michelle Watson and Chardon High School band director Melissa Lichtler.
Chardon Early Learning Center Pepper Germs Experiment
Munson Elementary One School One Book Assembly