Science Olympiad Team Advances to States for 25th Year
Congratulations to the Chardon Middle School Science Olympiad Division B team on its outstanding achievement in placing seventh in the SO Northeast Ohio Regional Tournament on March 6, thereby qualifying the team for the State tournament for the twenty-fifth consecutive year.
The 2020-21 CMS Division B team comprises students in grade levels six through nine.
Results from the regional tournament, an event that was conducted virtually, included Chardon team members placing in the top six in the following six events: second place in Crime Busters (Chelsea Stanish and Sadie Kuhnle); third place in Density Lab (Alex Monkiewicz and Noah Badovick); third place in Reach for the Stars (Stanish and Jillian Morrison); fifth place in Disease Detectives (Morrison and Kuhnle); sixth place in Circuit Lab (Badovick and Stanish); and sixth place in Fossils (Seianna Coon and Cash Johnson).
Chardon Schools is immensely proud of all members of the Division B team — students, coaches and volunteers — and wishes them the very best at the State tournament, which will be conducted virtually via Ohio State University on April 10.
Boxing with Parkinson’s Program Spurs Documentary
Chardon High School seniors Tate Farinacci, Haydn Haueter, Owen Vokoun and Liam Downs demonstrated stellar community service and multimedia initiative this past grading quarter through the collaborative creation of a succinct and impactful documentary on the Geauga County Department on Aging’s Boxing with Parkinson’s program.
Boxing with Parkinson’s, which serves the county’s residents and takes place right here in Chardon, is a non-contact, boxing-style fitness program designed to increase physical mobility and flexibility in individuals who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
The four Hilltopper students were first introduced to this program as CHS juniors through their Chardon Service Learning class, a multi-faceted community service-oriented course led by advisors Rob Mizen and Scott Brown. The advisors formed a partnership with the Department on Aging during the previous school year, offering students unique opportunities to assist on-site with the boxing program.
The recent documentary made by Tate, Haydn, Owen and Liam was released to YouTube in late February and is both informative and heart-warming, featuring interviews with the Department on Aging’s supervisor Sandy McLeod, as well as local Boxing with Parkinson’s program participants.
Most notably, the students’ media project showcases testimonials of the positive impact the program has had on members of the community and is intended to illustrate the need for the program’s continuation and financial support.
Community members are welcome to view the students’ video at https://bit.ly/CHS_
Papermaking Builds on Resources Lesson
A novel experience was gained on March 4 when paper — more traditionally a means to an end in art class — was the focal point for a third-grade art project at Munson Elementary. Hilltoppers in Jeana Hardman’s class had the opportunity to make their own paper with art teacher Beth Stickley, building on their recent science lesson on resources.
“Students had learned about renewable and non-renewable resources through a science curricular unit with their teacher Mrs. Hardman,” said Mrs. Stickley. “With this new knowledge in mind, in art class, we first viewed an animated clip about how trees get turned into paper. We saw examples of bleached paper versus raw or unbleached paper and discussed which was better for the environment.”
What followed in class was a hands-on, multi-step process of tearing up paper into small pieces, soaking the paper in water, and then pouring the oatmeal-like pulp mixture through a four-part framed screen and deckle they had assembled.
After gently lifting the assembly out of the water, students carefully removed the deckle from the screen, thereby creating the edge of the paper. Next, students flipped the pulp — still on the screen — onto old towels and pressed with their hands to remove water from the pulp.
“The pressing facilitates the bonding of the pulp fibers,” explained Mrs. Stickley. “We kept flipping the paper and used a rolling pin to get more water out of the pulp.”
When students removed the bonded material from the screen, they placed it on a rack to dry and marveled at the time and resources involved in making just a single sheet of paper.
Award-Winning Author Visits Hilltoppers
Park Elementary teacher Natalie Whiting’s third-grade students were in for a literary treat on March 11 when Ellen Potter, an award-winning author of children’s and young adult books, visited the class virtually through a Google Meet session.
Having recently been introduced to Potter’s series opener titled “Big Foot and Little Foot”, the Hilltopper students were already a bit acquainted with the author’s writing style and had prepared questions for her prior to the visit.
“She talked about her inspiration to be a writer and tips for being a writer, and then there were about ten to fifteen minutes where my students asked questions,” said Whiting. “It was great. Her tips were to read a lot, read carefully and re-read; create characters that feel alive and interview them; and revise.”
Among the students’ questions for the author were inquiries about her inspiration for writing, whether the author has a college degree in writing, and if the author liked to read when she was young.
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