Community Garden Project
Chardon High School’s Chardon Service Learning Class, advised by teachers Rob Mizen and Scott Brown, embarked this fall on the initial phase of building a community garden adjacent to the school’s tennis courts.
Thus far, the project has CSL students actively involved in digging and rototilling the land and building raised beds. Special thank you to community partner RW Sidley, Inc. for the generous donation of 200 cinder blocks for the garden beds.
With a change in weather imminent here in Chardon, the project will be on hiatus during the winter and then resume in the spring. Once completed in 2021, the fenced community garden will be open to the school’s students and staff.
Topper Staff Members of the Month
Chardon Schools’ first Topper Talk newsletter publication for the 2020-21 school year, set to be published in November, will highlight Topper Talk staff members of the month, Heidi Marks and Brent Hilston. Topper Talk, the district’s monthly electronic newsletter for the school community, debuted the staff members of the month feature during the 2019-20 school year.
The district is proud to have Mrs. Marks, now in her twelfth year of service with Chardon Schools, currently serving as a recess aide at Maple School and a latchkey supervisor at Munson Elementary. Mrs. Marks is a lifelong resident of Chardon and a Chardon High School alumna.
“I have always been and always will be a Hilltopper,” she said in a recent interview. “I love the school and community spirit. My favorite Hilltopper motto is ‘never quit.’”
Chardon Middle School STEM teacher Mr. Hilston, always easy to spot wearing his classy hallmark bow ties, began his teaching career 15 years ago in Hickory, North Carolina. His career includes the past five years and counting with Chardon Schools. Mr. Hilston currently teaches CMS STEM elective courses for grades five through seven.
“The most rewarding and meaningful part of teaching is getting to see the growth in my students,” said Mr. Hilston in a recent interview. “I enjoy working with the same students over multiple years, and I am grateful for the opportunity to connect with them and see their academic growth over a long period of time”
To learn more about Mrs. Marks and Mr. Hilston and also read about additional exciting updates from the schools, Chardon Schools invites you to subscribe to the Topper Talk electronic newsletter by emailing our Communications Director, Kelly Misch, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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