Student Artwork Earns U.S. Capitol Showing
Chardon High School senior Kelly Morris’ Chardon Square drawing has earned first place for the Ohio 14th congressional district in the 2021 Congressional Art Competition and will be hung in the U.S. Capitol in honor of her prestigious achievement.
An excerpt from The Congressional Institute president Mark Strand’s Dec. 3 congratulatory letter to Morris states that the organization marvels at the creativity and thought-provoking artwork from the nation’s high school students and that they are grateful for Morris sharing her artwork through this competition.
Morris will receive a winner packet that includes a certificate recognizing her achievement for placing first in her congressional district’s competition, congratulatory letters from some of The Congressional Institute’s leaders, and a book that exhibits all of the first-place winners for the 2021 Congressional Art Competition.
If the pandemic conditions allow for it, The Congressional Institute will be holding an in-person reception to honor Morris along with the competition’s other 2021 first-place winners from around the country.
Park Winter Concert
Park Elementary second- and third-grade students took the Park Auditorium stage on Dec. 7 to showcase their winter singing concerts for live audiences of families and friends.
Students, led by music teacher Samantha Puterbaugh, sang a festive selection of winter-themed songs, including K. Reinhert’s “My Very Own Snowman” performed by the third-grade classes and customized to mention our favorite snowy town — Chardon.
Mrs. Puterbaugh, a Chardon High School alumna, is in her ninth year of teaching with Chardon Schools and holds music classes for approximately 700 Hilltopper elementary students each week. Together with her second- and third-grade students, Mrs. Puterbaugh has dedicated 320 minutes of in-class time over the course of an eight-week period in preparation for the winter concerts.
Alphabet Wedding Event
The Chardon Early Learning Center’s Kindergarten classes hosted an academic wedding ceremony in the school’s gymnasium on Dec. 3 for the marriage of the alphabet letters Q and U played by Kindergarten students Leah Schaedlich and Colton Jameson, respectively.
The event, designed as a fun and fancy activity to reinforce learning that the two letters are always united in the English language, was officiated by school coordinator Andrea Ryan and was complete with a runner-adorned aisle, congratulatory signs, and a display of colorful cupcakes for later enjoyment by all. District special education supervisor Ryan Bandiera served as the ceremony’s ring bearer.
As a recording of Pachelbel’s Canon played in the background, attending Kindergarten students and staff arrived at the ceremony dressed as the other letters of the alphabet and brought non-perishable food donations as gifts. The donations were later distributed to the Pilgrim Christian Church food pantry in Chardon.
Educational assistant Anne Paul strummed the guitar and led the attendants in singing the school’s Tiny Toppers Promise Song for both the processional and recessional. The song, written by Miss Paul, provides a friendly tune for students to promise to always be kind, safe and do their best.
Head Custodian Retires
Chardon Middle School head custodian Teresa Lesler has retired, effective Dec. 8, after serving the school district for over 27 consecutive years and a collective total of over 30 years.
“Chardon Local Schools wishes Mrs. Lesler the very best in her new chapter and is grateful for her dedication to students, staff, and the care of our buildings for so many years,” said communications director Kelly Misch.