Chardon Schools News

Hilltalker Invitational Debut

Chardon High School sophomore Charlotte Jons captures a fun selfie during the history-making Chardon Hilltalker Invitational tournament held on Jan. 8 — a virtually conducted event that hosted 400 Ohio students and 20 events and represented Chardon’s first-ever hosting of a speech and debate competition.

Chardon High School student Charlotte Jons, who as a freshman was the school’s 2020-21 — and Chardon’s first-ever — Ohio Speech and Debate Association state qualifier, is now a CHS sophomore and still going strong as a speech and debate trailblazer for Chardon.

Charlotte, an OSDA competitor since she was a sixth-grade student at Chardon Middle School, most recently made history competing and assisting with Chardon’s first-ever hosting of a speech and debate tournament. The Chardon Hilltalker Invitational, which was conducted virtually on Jan. 8, hosted 43 Ohio schools, in all comprising approximately 400 high school and middle students and 20 events.

“This is a big win for the school,” said Charlotte. “I placed seventh in my event, Program Oral Interpretation. It was a day of wins.”

The CHS speech and debate team’s soft launch in 2020-21 was made possible by the leadership of school principal Doug Murray and Charlotte’s mom, Amy Roediger.

Mrs. Roediger is a seasoned OSDA speech and debate coach at Mentor High School where she teaches chemistry. With her many years of experience as a coach, Mrs. Roediger has helped pave the way at CHS for this new opportunity for Hilltoppers.

Students interested in learning more about the CHS speech and debate team are encouraged to contact Mr. Murray at

Organizational Meeting


Treasurer/CFO Deb Armbruster administers oaths of office on Jan. 10 to (from top, l to r) newly elected board members Mr. Todd Albright and Mr. CJ Paterniti, and to returning board members Mrs. Karen Blankenship and Mr. Keith Brewster who were appointed board president and board vice president, respectively, at the organizational meeting held that evening at Park Auditorium.


The Chardon board of education commenced the new calendar year with returning members Mrs. Karen Blankenship, Mr. Keith Brewster and Dr. Guy Wilson and newly elected members Mr. Todd Albright and Mr. CJ Paterniti. The board’s annual organizational meeting, which was held on the evening of Jan. 10 at Park Auditorium, included oaths of office and 2022 appointments.

Mr. Albright and Mr. Paterniti, who were elected via the Nov. 2021 general election, were officially sworn in by Chardon treasurer/CFO Deb Armbruster during the meeting. Both members are serving four-year terms that run through Dec. 2025. Mrs. Armbruster also administered oaths of office to board members Mrs. Blankenship and Mr. Brewster after they were voted in by fellow board members that evening as board president and board vice president, respectively, for the 2022 calendar year.

To view board member bio summaries, additional role appointments for the 2022 calendar year, and upcoming meeting dates, visit the board of education page of the district website at

School Board Recognition Month


Personalized crayon melts and thank you cards from Chardon Middle School were among the appreciation gifts Chardon board members received from the district’s schools at the Jan. 10 regular board meeting.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted issued a proclamation on Jan. 1 recognizing January as School Board Recognition Month. This annual tradition serves as a formal acknowledgement of the important, year-round contributions of Ohio school board members to public schools.

Chardon Schools Superintendent Michael Hanlon emphasized this special recognition during the district’s regular board meeting, which was held on Jan. 10 at Park Auditorium following the board’s organizational meeting.

“Each year, we take time out to thank the members of our board for their commitment to public service and the recognition that the work of a board member is largely voluntary in nature and that each of our members is committed to working to continue to promote positive learning experiences for our students and to the building of strong schools within our community,” said Dr. Hanlon.

Chardon Schools board members Mrs. Karen Blankenship, Mr. Keith Brewster, Mr. Todd Albright, Mr. CJ Paterniti and Dr. Guy Wilson, as well as Dr. Hanlon and treasurer/CFO Deb Armbruster, were recognized by the district’s schools with tokens of appreciation displayed at the Jan. 10 meeting table, including handmade artwork and cards from students.

In addition, Chardon High School seniors Morgan Fisher and Sebastian Marker expressed their gratitude for board members past and present during their student liaison presentation that evening.

Meanwhile, Park Elementary School students have been busy rehearsing a “Thank You” song under the leadership of music teacher Mrs. Samantha Puterbaugh since their Jan. 4 return from winter break. The district looks forward to airing this student-produced audio recording for board members at the next regular board meeting, which will be held on Feb. 22 at 6:30pm.

Career Assessment Opportunity

Chardon High School offers the ASVAB Career Exploration Program assessment for students in grade levels 10-12. This year’s assessment will be held on Jan. 28 at 8:00am.

The ASVAB CEP, which is a robust career aptitude assessment that goes beyond English language arts, math, and science knowledge to look at mechanical, automotive, electronics, and spatial understanding, is encouraged for students who are unsure of the career they wish to pursue as well as for students who are planning on college, technical school or the military. The career assessment aids in helping students explore their interests and identify their strengths.

Students interested in participating in this assessment are asked to reach out to the high school guidance department to register. Parents/guardians with questions for the guidance department can reach out via email directly to their student’s guidance counselor or by calling 440-285-4060 during school hours.

To learn more about the ASVAB CEP assessment, visit

Munson Elementary Homework Club

Kudos to the 10 Munson Elementary homework club students in teacher Mrs. Melanie Elliott’s class (l to r) Rae Baker, Wyatt Adair, Anthony Sharaba, Mijo Kucinic, Harper Burbol, Harper Hazen, Jacob Filla, Jackson Brown, Stephen Belt and Nathan Kelling who completed all of their December homework assignments.

CELC Fundations

Chardon Early Learning Center teacher Ms. Katherine Kotora’s Kindergarten student Marlee Winkfield takes a moment to flash a proud smile and a peace sign after using Fundations® letter tiles to spell the consonant-vowel-consonant word “yes” in class on Jan. 13.

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