Chardon Schools News

Auburn Teams Advancing to National Contests

Together with their respective Auburn Career Center teams, Chardon High School juniors Charlotte Kurtz and Savannah Bryant are advancing to national contests in June after earning first-place standings with their ACC teams in the Ohio Family, Career and Community Leaders of America state competitions held in March. Ohio FCCLA state winners were announced via Zoom on April 20.

Kurtz is part of a three-member team from ACC’s Architecture Project Management program that claimed the gold medal in the FCCLA Interior Design state competition.

Bryant competed as part of a three-member team from ACC’s Culinary Arts program. The team earned a silver standing and first-place overall for Culinary Team Level 3 in the FCCLA state contest.

The Culinary Arts team’s achievement marked the first time in ACC history that the school’s Culinary Team Level 3 placed first. The competition included several skill-related tasks such as timed chicken fabrication (cutting the eight standard pieces), cooking a French omelette, making Hollandaise sauce, and showcasing knife skills.

“The Auburn students that participated in FCCLA did exceptionally this year,” said Cayley Volpin, Career Development and Enrollment Specialist at ACC.  “We are very proud.”

Grant Grows School Libraries

School libraries at both Munson Elementary School and Park Elementary School grew by leaps and bounds in a virtual sense this school year through the addition of over 250 electronic-book titles licensed from Follett School Solutions, a license fully funded by Chardon Schools Foundation.

The CSF grant for the licensing — which covers both fiction and nonfiction titles for all grade levels (1-3) at the two schools — was in response to a grant proposal presented by Chardon elementary school media specialists Sheryl Skufca and Angelica Rohrich at the Foundation’s November 2020 grant review session. This was one of two book-related grants awarded by CSF this fall to the district’s elementary schools.

During their grant proposal in November, Ms. Skufca and Ms. Rohrich described their pursuit of the grant for the licensed eBooks as part of the schools’ ongoing missions to promote student reading both in and out of the classroom and ensure library-access continuity for students during the pandemic and beyond.

“We’ve had over 800 eBook checkouts since we first introduced them,” said Ms. Rohrich. “The eBooks have been a great tool and resource for our students.”

CSF is a non-profit organization that has been funding grants for creative and innovative classroom projects in all of the Chardon Local School District schools since 1989. To learn more about the Foundation, visit

CHS Junior Places in Essay Contest

Chardon High School junior Morgan Fisher took the initiative of competing in the Geauga County Bar Association’s Law Day Essay Contest this spring. The end result saw Fisher as a featured guest at the GCBA’s luncheon at Guido’s in Chester Township on April 30 where she was recognized for her essay winning third place in the writing contest.

Chardon High School junior Morgan Fisher earned third place in the Geauga County Bar Association’s annual Law Day Essay Contest held this spring.

In addition to a certificate of recognition, Fisher was awarded a third-place cash prize of $200, and her Chardon High School advisor – Casey Ptasznik – received a $100 donation for school supplies.

The GCBA hosts the Law Day Essay Contest each spring to create awareness of Law Day – May 1 – and stimulate interest among students in the Constitution and the rule of law. This year’s essay topic posed the following question:  How has the pandemic impacted the rule of the law?

“It is so interesting to see how the things that we learn in school are directly related to the real world,”said Fisher. “Also, I am very thankful to have such amazing teachers that have powered through this year, despite the challenges of the pandemic. Through COVID-19, many things have changed within government, and many of our rights guaranteed through the Constitution have been compromised in order to ensure citizens’ safety.”

Mrs. Ptasznik said Fisher is a wonderful student very deserving of this win.

“Morgan is always asking questions and wanting to learn,” added Ptasznik. “She takes the content we learn about in government to the next level. She is passionate and has strong viewpoints but is incredibly compassionate.”

Maple Kindergarten students learn about the life cycle of butterflies


Maple Kindergarten students in Mrs. Maheu’s class, including (l to r) Nora Soldat, Henry Brock, Ainsleigh McCummins and Chase Jacobs, look on in awe as they observe the latest growth of caterpillars in their classroom, part of a curricular unit on the life cycle of butterflies.