Chardon Schools Foundation is Thankful for Community of Generous Sponsors, Donors and Fundraiser Participants as it Awards Fall Grants

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With gratitude to its community of generous sponsors, donors and fundraiser participants, Chardon Schools Foundation is thrilled to announce that it has awarded $10,055 in grants to Chardon Schools for the 2019-20 school year and beyond. The educational grants are centered on the areas of reading, advanced design and printing, technology, and science.

At the elementary school level, Kindergarten parents who attend the upcoming February 2020 Title I literacy event, Chardon Loves Reading Literacy Night, can look forward to receiving literacy-building game materials for home use with their Kindergarten student.

Chardon Middle School will soon be equipped with two Cricut die-cutting machines plus supplementary materials for advanced design and printing use by students in all Art, Science and STEM classes, as well as in various clubs and student council. 

Also at the middle school, fifth-grade Technology classes will gain 30 new Spheros spherical robotics. These innovative hands-on devices can be programmed by students for speed change and various other performance properties, thereby providing tangible experiences in coding while encouraging collaboration in the classroom.

Eighth graders enrolled in Chardon High School’s Computer Science Discoveries course will be provided with the opportunity for student-led development of computer programs through the use of Adafruit Industries’ Circuit Playground hardware. The electronic devices, which can be tethered to students’ Chromebooks, utilize the same hardware inputs and outputs found in smart devices and can be programmed using several languages.

The high school will also receive 20 new document cameras strategically installed and integrated with the school’s recent implementation of the GradeCam online grading application. The versatility of these cameras also makes them suitable for classroom strategies to boost student interaction with educational content. For example, the cameras can be implemented for dissections in a science class, studying live animals in close range, microscopic studies, showing time-lapse photography and more.

Non-profit organization Chardon Schools Foundation hosted its Fall Grants Review meeting on November 6th wherein several Chardon Schools teachers and students presented requests for specific educational grants. Seated at the head of the table are (l to r) Chardon High School Class of 2012 graduate and Science Olympiad Division B Head Coach Emily Tusick and CHS sophomore and Science Olympiad participant Daniel Brill jointly presenting on the merits of Science Olympiad as part of their grant proposal for the science program’s 2019-20 textbooks and building materials.

For the 2019-20 school year, a significant portion of Science Olympiad’s textbook and building supply costs will be funded by Chardon Schools Foundation. The District’s Science Olympiad program is a team-based extracurricular endeavor in which students in grades six through twelve compete in 23 events pertaining to various scientific disciplines.

Chardon Schools Foundation, a non-profit organization run exclusively by community volunteers, has helped fund creative and innovative educational grants to teachers in the Chardon Local School District since 1989. Grants are reviewed and awarded each Fall and Spring. The Foundation hosts two community fundraisers each year, the Online/G-TV Auction in March and the Firecracker 5K in July. Stay tuned for March 2020 Auction details coming soon. 

You can also support the organization’s mission by sending a donation to Chardon Schools Foundation, PO Box 838, Chardon, Ohio 44024 or online through their website at Chardon Schools Foundation

Top Center: The Chardon High School Drama Department’s production of The Westing Game, directed by Brandon Lichtinger, performed three shows for the community earlier this month. Pictured here are (l to r) junior Autumn Reese, senior Kenny Leach, junior Bryan Hofacre, senior Robert Frank, and senior Kyle Nelson sharing a stage scene of collective pondering. Bottom Left: Chardon High School teacher Rob Mizen’s Chardon Service Learning Class students, including (l to r) senior Mikhail Hall and junior Sarah Boggs, help to package 4,000 pounds of food from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank on November 14 for distribution to Gearity Professional Development Elementary School in University Heights. Earlier this year, Gearity was added to Cleveland Foodbank’s School Market Program, an initiative developed to reach more children and young families at risk of hunger. Bottom Center: Kayden Hosler, an ambitious second-grade student in Jennifer Turk’s class at Munson Elementary, has a spectacular, self-imposed goal to learn how to play the violin. In response, he has been given the opportunity by the school’s occupational therapist, Deborah Turek-Koers, to practice his finger isolation skills while using a violin, an activity he looks forward to each week. Bottom Right: Chardon Middle School English Language Arts students in Shannon Monsman’s class, including (l to r) Jayne Fullerman, Abrielle Allen, Elaine Lin and Riley Stumph, engage in a brainstorming session to categorize cyclic patterns as the class embarks on its Patterns of Change curricular unit.

CHS Graduate Returns for a Visit

Chardon High School Class of 2017 graduate Jake Leonard takes a brief pause from his own photography during a November 11 visit to Park Elementary’s Veterans Day assembly. Leonard is currently enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he serves as a network management technician. 

Chardon High School Class of 2017 graduate Jake Leonard spent time visiting all five Chardon Schools as a photographer during his one-week military leave earlier this month. Leonard is currently enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he serves as a network management technician. In his spare time, Leonard is a freelance photographer specializing in nature scenes, candids of the human experience, and more. During his November 11th Veterans Day assembly visit to Park Elementary, Leonard spoke to the school’s students about his role in the U.S. Air Force.

Leonard is an example of the success of CHS’ mission to prepare graduates for the 4E’s – Enlistment, Entrepreneurship, Enrollment or Employment. Chardon Schools thanks Leonard for the time he spent this month sharing his photography talents in the District’s classrooms and is deeply grateful for his service to the country.

Pictured In Cover Photo: Jennifer Maheu’s Park Elementary School Kindergarten students have been busy dressing up their turkeys in hopes of sparing them from their dreaded Thanksgiving fate. Pictured here is student Michaela Camino’s disguised turkey, including Camino’s reflection on what she herself is grateful for this Thanksgiving.

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