February 27, 2020
Educational Visioning Sessions
Chardon Schools is thankful to the 112 members of the community who participated in the Educational Visioning Sessions facilitated by ThenDesign Architecture on Feb. 22 and 26. The two events, to which invitations were extended to the entire community in the weeks prior, yielded outstanding community discussions and an excellent reset point for the school district as Chardon Schools begins discussions around its long-term facilities needs.
At the district’s Educational Visioning Session held at Munson Township Hall on Feb. 26, (l to r) Chardon Middle School seventh-grade student Kayla Robinson and Chardon High School eighth-grade student Rae Kawalec lend their voices and insights to a gathering of approximately 70 community members, with the students discussing their breakout group’s input on strengths and challenges of Chardon Local Schools’ facilities.
Of the two sessions’ combined 112 participants, 86 percent were residents of the Chardon Local School District, 33 percent were school district employees (some of whom are also district residents), 16 percent were Chardon Schools students, and 14 percent were non-residents (includes parents and/or employees). All registered participants were accepted to participate in the sessions and received their first choice session.
Chardon Schools looks forward to sharing results with the community of input collected from both visioning sessions.
Online Auction Goes Live March 7
Chardon Schools Foundation’s annual online auction is in full swing with well over 230 items for the public to bid on in support of educational grants for creative and innovative classroom projects in Chardon Local Schools. The Foundation is a non-profit organization that has provided approximately $500,000 in grants since its establishment in 1989.
Recent classroom projects made possible by CSF at Chardon High School have included Pi-Top computers that students build and program, Academic Decathlon study materials and competition fees, lighting for theater classes, and virtual reality field trip equipment, while the Chardon Middle School has benefited from Spheros robots and Lego Mindstorm kits for the robotics club, Breakout EDU problem-solving kits for brainstorming and team-building purposes, materials for an extracurricular book club, and funding for Internet safety speaker Jesse Weinberger.
Among the recent CSF-funded elementary school projects are Orff xylophones for music class, CreoPop pens for art class, cameras for journalism projects, and Skype author visits. Tiny Toppers Preschool, now in its second year of operation, was brought under the eligibility umbrella for funding as of fall 2019, and CSF looks forward to grant proposals from the preschool in the near future.
With the goal of continuing its mission to provide educational grants throughout the district, CSF volunteers have been hard at work once again to ensure the annual online auction continues to speak to a variety of interests by including such listings as restaurant gift cards, sports memorabilia, massage and salon gift certificates, jewelry, sporting event tickets and packages, family adventures, summer camps, housewares, theater passes, local artwork, and so much more.
The online format of the auction is designed to provide convenience for all members of the community, allowing for 24/7 bidding at their leisure without requiring the commitment of attending a formal event. The auction can be accessed at www.csfauction.org where open-to-the-public bidding is currently in progress, and new items are added daily.
In keeping with tradition, the final hours of the auction will be televised live beginning at 5:30pm on Mar. 7 via Geauga-TV on Channels 1020 and 1025. This live broadcast is always a fun walk back in time, reminiscent of the telethon era and providing entertainment with on-air visits from special guests. The fast and furious bidding will continue with boards introduced, revisited, and then closed with the final boards closing sometime between 10:30pm and 11:00pm.
The Foundation is deeply grateful for the incredible support of local businesses, organizations and individual community members who have so generously contributed their time, talents and financial resources by providing gift baskets and gift cards to make this year’s event possible, all in support of Chardon Schools students. Special thank you to this year’s auction sponsors, Middlefield Banking Company, Pastor Photography and Preston Superstore.
Auburn Career Center Hosts Parent Day
Auburn Career Center hosted its Annual Parent Visit Day on Jan. 31, opening the doors to approximately 300 parents, grandparents and younger siblings.
“Parents get to experience a day in the life of their Auburn student,” said Cayley Volpin, ACC Career Development and Enrollment Specialist. It’s meant to be engaging, hands-on, and a chance for our students to show off the skills they have learned so far in their program – whether it’s cooking their favorite dish, showing off their welding ability, or giving their parent a brand new hairdo.”
Among this year’s visitors was Jennifer Gilles who visited her son Logan Gilles, a Chardon High School student enrolled in ACC’s Mechanical Technology Applications program.
“He showed me some of the things he’s been working on and even made me a spur of the moment Mom souvenir,” said Jennifer. “Logan recently designed and welded together a rocket stove, and he’s currently becoming familiar with and continuing to familiarize himself with how to operate a Bridgeport milling machine and Fusion 360, a computer-aided design system.”
Director of Technology Achieves National Certification
During last month’s Ohio Educational Technology Conference, Chardon Schools’ Director of Information Technology Bill Nells was recognized by the Council on School Networking on his achievement of becoming a Certified Education Technology Leader. Nells is currently one of only 36 Ohio information technology directors to achieve this prestigious designation.
CETL certification, which entails a significant amount of content area study and the passage of a rigorous examination, speaks to the value of educational technology leaders as not only being able to put the technology into practice and troubleshoot but also in being the leaders of the direction of technology for their district in order to advance student outcomes.
Nells’ recent CETL achievement was also recognized by Superintendent Michael Hanlon at Chardon Schools’ Feb. 18 board of education meeting.
“Being an educational technology leader requires a diverse set of skills, including an overall understanding of existing and emerging technologies, as well as an understanding of how these technologies can be leveraged to transform the educational environment for students,” said Hanlon. ““We are fortunate to have Bill on our district staff and commend his commitment to continuous improvement and lifelong learning as demonstrated by this achievement.”