Chardon Schools News

National School Counseling Week

In celebration of National School Counseling Week Feb. 7-11, Chardon Schools recognizes the year-round dedication of its Hilltopper counselors (l to r) Erika Barnett at the elementary schools; Heather Biernacki, Nikki Hetrick, Tim Hurlbut and Dawn Tupaz at Chardon High School; and Kate Collins, Karin Hillman and Janelle Stuart at Chardon Middle School. (staff photos: Pastor Photography)

In celebration of National School Counseling Week 2022 (Feb. 7-11), Chardon Local Schools recognizes the year-round dedication of its Hilltopper counselors:  Mrs. Erika Barnett at Chardon Early Learning Center, Munson Elementary and Park Elementary schools; Mrs. Heather Biernacki, Mrs. Nikki Hetrick, Mr. Tim Hurlbut and Mrs. Dawn Tupaz at Chardon High School; and Mrs. Kate Collins, Mrs. Karin Hillman and Ms. Janelle Stuart at Chardon Middle School.

NSCW, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association the first full week of February each year, was created to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school guidance counselors in school systems across the nation. School counselors have a tremendous impact on helping students achieve school success and planning for a career.

Reading Unit Sparks Deep-Sea Art Project

(l to r) Deep-sea shark and squid tempera paintings created by Park Elementary third-grade students Giuliana Grampa and Aislinn Moreno Coria I, respectively, through a class art project aligned with Wit and Wisdom’s “The Sea” reading unit.

Park Elementary and Munson Elementary third-grade art classes wrapped up a three-day art project last month, a tie-in to the third-grade Wit and Wisdom English language arts non-fiction unit titled “The Sea” and recent lessons on exploration. In art class with Mrs. Stickley, students used liquid tempera paint, oil pastels and embellishment materials to create unique, vivid deep-sea paintings with dimensional features.

In their ELA classes, students were engaged in writing about either a squid or shark and that choice determined which critter they would draw for their art projects.

Mrs. Stickley taught the students about painting their drawing diagonally on paper to illustrate movement and creating lighter colors at the top of the page to simulate the shining sunlight and darker colors near the bottom. Using their fingers dipped in paint, students also added air bubbles to the water, while use of wavy yarn or crinkled paper simulated the appearance of moving seaweed.

“I am so impressed with these,” said Park Elementary third-grade teacher Mrs. Whiting. “Thank you to Mrs. Stickley for working with the third-grade team on this project.”

Lunar New Year Cultural Learning

Waving their colorful handmade paper fans, Mrs. Haines’ second-grade students at Park Elementary dance the “Jasmine Flower Fan Dance” during music class with Mrs. Puterbaugh on Jan. 31 while accompanied by an educational video on the Lunar New Year and fan dancing.

Munson Elementary and Park Elementary music classes studied Lunar New Year celebrations around the world with music teacher Mrs. Puterbaugh last month. Students learned about the cultural celebrations through watching videos of dragon and lion dance performances and doing their own dragon dance.


Students also learned about fan dancing and created their own fans to move along in class with the “Jasmine Flower Fan Dance” song.

Virtual Field Trips with History Colorado

Second-grade students at Munson Elementary ventured on virtual field trips with History Colorado via the big screen in their classrooms last month. The in-class field trips on Jan. 20 and 25 were made possible by the generosity of the Munson Elementary PTO.

Second-grade Hilltoppers have been studying the history of the American West in their Wit and Wisdom English language arts module, including “The Buffalo are Back” and “Plains Indians”.

“This learning opportunity with History Colorado was perfectly timed for our students,” said second-grade teacher Mrs. Ferguson. “The students learned about all of the ways the Ute Tribe used the buffalo. It was such an interesting presentation hosted by History Colorado.”

CMS PTO Hosting Parent Prom

The Chardon Middle School PTO is hosting a “Light Up the Night” parent prom on Apr. 9 at LaMalfa. Community members are invited to attend this adult-only event complete with dinner, dancing, a silent auction and raffle, and games. The event is the PTO’s spring fundraiser with proceeds supporting new opportunities for middle school students and increased engagement for families.

More information, including tickets and sponsorship opportunities, can be accessed at All event tickets can be ordered through that link with payment made either online or by mail to Chardon Middle School 424 North St. Chardon 44024. PTO contact information is listed on the online form.

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