CHS OSDA Debut Yields State Qualifier
The CHS speech and debate program came onstream this year as a result of the collaborative efforts of school principal Doug Murray and Mentor High School chemistry teacher Amy Roediger who is a seasoned speech and debate coach at MHS. With her many years of experience as a coach, Roediger, who is also mom to Jons, helped pave the way at CHS for this new opportunity for Hilltoppers.
A self-described “public speaking bug” with a love for theater and acting experience that began at age five, Jons is no stranger to speech and debate, having competed in OSDA events since the sixth grade. Therefore, it came as no surprise that although the CHS team this school year was a one-student team consisting of Jons, it was a strong and mighty team at that.
Jons, whose favored area of speech and debate study is humorous interpretation, competed in 14 speech and debate tournaments this year where she performed the speech called “I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew” by Dr. Seuss. This year, her first year as an OSDA high school competitor, culminated in her advancement to the state novice tournament that was held on March 13.
Virtual Student Stars in Podcast
Hilltopper Melody Wilkinson was the featured guest on Chardon High School’s April 15 Principal Podcast, an episode that delved into the day in the life of virtual learning.
Wilkinson, a sophomore with a rolling grade point average of 4.0 whether she is an in-person or virtual student, is currently enrolled in the school’s 100-percent virtual Blue Model program, an optional 2020-21 school year instructional delivery model developed in response to the pandemic.
During the April 15 podcast led by the school’s principal and assistant principals, Wilkinson discussed life as a virtual student, including a higher degree of self-reliance required with virtual learning coupled with opportunities for in-class collaboration via Google Meet breakout rooms with her peers. She described her experience of virtual learning as having its ups and downs and that one of the benefits she enjoys most is learning from the comforts of home.
In terms of how she spends her free time, Melody discussed staying connected socially with her friends through online games and regular phone calls and texts. In a forward-looking moment, she shared she will possibly transition back to in-person courses in fall 2021 and gave a grateful shoutout to her parents who she said have been so supportive of her throughout the pandemic.
High School Celebrates NHS Inductees
Congratulations to the 53 Chardon High School students — 19 juniors and 34 sophomores — who were inducted into the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society on April 6 during an audience-limited event that also honored the school’s current 70 NHS members, including recognition of senior cord recipients.
NHS, a nationwide organization, recognizes students who have an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher and are role models of the four pillars of NHS: Scholarship, Leadership, Character and Service. At CHS, NHS members are also looked upon to bolster the roles of the school’s required Peer Tutoring program.
CHS math teacher Scott Brown, who shares the school’s NHS advisory role with CHS science teacher Rob Mizen, noted that he is impressed with the NHS members as they have found ways to serve our community during the pandemic.
“Their efforts and compassion are truly admirable,” added Mr. Brown. “The new inductees have demonstrated patience and creativity, which will serve them well as they continue on their path of servitude.”
A full listing of the inductees, well as the newly introduced 2021-22 NHS officers, can be found via the news page of chardonschools.org.
Stellar Finish for Science Olympiad Team
The unstoppable Chardon Middle School Science Olympiad Division B team advanced this spring to the State tournament for the twenty-fifth consecutive year and had much to celebrate at the conclusion of the 2020-21 season, placing tenth overall out of 42 teams at the State contest held virtually in April. The CMS SO team comprises students in grade levels six through nine.
The top-ten individual Hilltopper placers at the State tournament included: Sadie Kuhnle and Noah Badovick (fourth in Crime Busters and seventh in Food Science); Seianna Coon and Cash Johnson (sixth in Dynamic Planet, ninth in Fossils, and tenth in Meteorology); Kuhnle and Jillian Morrison (seventh in Heredity and tenth in Disease Detectives); Morrison and Chelsea Stanish (seventh in Reach for the Stars); Stanish and Badovick (ninth in Machines); and Alex Monkiewicz and Badovick (tenth in Density Lab).
Congratulations to the entire CMS team of students, coaches and volunteers on their hard work as they shined yet again for another brilliant season.
Earth Day Field Trips
In celebration of Earth Day 2021, Chardon Schools virtual and in-person students engaged in novel online and in-classroom activities on April 22, cultivating a reinforced appreciation for Earth much as they would in a non-pandemic school year but without needing to leave the classroom.
At Maple School, Tiny Toppers kindergarten students in virtual teacher Rebecca Klembara’s class donned their self-decorated Earth Day hats and took a virtual field trip, an online adventure that included learning about a farm that produces over one million strawberries each year.
Virtual field trips were also a hit with in-building classes as well. For example, at Park Elementary, Juliet Peterson’s third-grade in-person class was treated to an online excursion hosted by the Nutrients for Life Foundation.
“Our class was able to visit farms located in Virginia, Kansas and Iowa,” said Mrs. Peterson. “We virtually voted with students across the country to name a new baby calf that was just born. The winning name was Buddy.”
Mrs. Peterson added that her class also enjoyed reading about Earth Day and writing about ways they can help our planet, including the reuse and recycling of materials.
Hanlon Submits Funding Plan Testimony to State Senate
Chardon Schools Superintendent Mike Hanlon was one of several members of the dedicated Cupp-Patterson workgroup to submit testimony to the State Senate on House Bill 110 on April 27. The Senate Primary and Secondary Education Committee is holding hearings for HB 110 following the passage of the plan by the House (70-27) on April 21.
Following two years of research and development of the Fair School Funding Plan by members of the Cupp-Patterson workgroup, the proposal was first introduced as a standalone bill in 2019 and passed the House in late 2020 with strong bi-partisan support. In this year’s new General Assembly, the bill was reintroduced as HB 1 and is now implemented into HB 110, the state’s biennial budget proposal.
Dr. Hanlon, who has a career of over 23 years as a school superintendent, including more than seven years in Chardon, has served as a co-chairperson of the Distribution subcommittee for the Fair School Funding Plan workgroup for the past 3.5 years.
The full two-hour hearing can be accessed in the Ohio Senate’s Primary and Secondary Education Committee archive located on the Ohio Channel website at http://ohiochannel.org.
CMS Builders Club Donates to Rescue Village