Chardon Schools News


Envirothon Shines at Regionals

Chardon Black team: (front row, l to r) seniors Gracie Duchon and Georgia Riendeau, sophomore Jennifer Kogovsek, and freshmen Dominic Iskra and Kayla Schneider; and Chardon Red team (back row, l to r: seniors Katie Snyder, Lauren Alexander, Morgan Fisher, Jessica Zalar and Charlotte Bennett)

The Chardon High School Envirothon, advised by CHS science teacher Dr. Rebecca Schneider, competed in the Envirothon Area 2 regional contest held on April 28 at Kent State University at Salem. Out of 35 teams, the Chardon Red and Chardon Black teams finished second and twelfth, respectively. Chardon Red now advances to the state competition at Lake Erie College in June.

Chardon Red team members are seniors Katie Snyder, Lauren Alexander, Morgan Fisher, Jessica Zalar and Charlotte Bennett, while the Chardon Black team comprises seniors Gracie Duchon and Georgia Riendeau, sophomore Jennifer Kogovsek, and freshmen Dominic Iskra and Kayla Schneider.

The Envirothon incorporates STEM principles and is an environmental and natural resources conservation problem-solving, teambuilding and leadership experience for high school students. At the regional event, teams rotated through five stations, consisting of multiple choice and hands-on questions in the areas of forestry, soil, wildlife, aquatics, and this year’s current event topic — waste to resources.

Envirothon students are challenged to develop critical thinking skills to create inventive solutions to the complex local and global environmental and natural resource issues facing the world today.


Administrative Professionals Appreciation

In honor of National Administrative Professionals Day on April 27, Chardon Schools recognized its 21 administrative professionals with an appreciation video and news release on the district news page at chardonschools.org. (from top row, l to r): Christa Barto, Corine Casalina, Michelle Jokinen, Lisa Loncar, Dana Shutty, Amanda Addair, Kim Avery, Brandi Giddings, Kristen Koehler, Tina LaCasse, Alyssa Smalley, Jennifer Sprinzl, Lisa Bross, Elaine Cressman, Nancy McFaul, Diana Norris, Jennifer George, Sandy Henderson, Maureen Liechty and Mary Anne Sobecki. (photo n/a: Tamra Bell) photos: Pastor Photography

The district’s administrative professionals are at the front lines of communications, overall serving as the first face of the district and keeping the pulse of their school building or department to ensure operations run smoothly.

There’s more — our school and/ departmental administrative professionals process student fees, transcript requests, registrations, student annual updates, staff contracts, and incoming and outgoing mail. And more — onboarding new hires; updating Infinite Campus, calendars and handbooks; reporting attendance; ordering supplies and equipment; reserving facilities for the community; ensuring staffing and sub assignments for each day; coordinating board meetings and off-site events; and managing our BoardDocs site for board of education meeting agendas and policies.

In our schools, administrative professionals are also the creative producers of their buildings’ newsletters and yet know when to put everything on hold to give a tissue when a child’s feelings are hurt, lend a calm voice when a parent is upset, or dispense sage advice to a co-worker when it’s needed.

To learn more, visit our district news page at chardonschools.org where you’ll find an April 27 detailed news article and link to an appreciation video in honor of our 21 administrative professionals for National Administrative Professionals Day 2022.


Student-Led Pledge of Allegiance

In a demonstration of student leadership and support for her school community, third-grade Park Elementary student Kyrstynn Nash led board of education and community members in the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the regular board meeting on April 25.

In a demonstration of student leadership and support for her school community, third-grade Park Elementary student Kyrstynn Nash led the board of education and community members in the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the regular board meeting on April 25. Board president Mrs. Karen Blankenship then thanked Kyrstynn on behalf of the board and administration and presented Kyrstynn with a certificate of appreciation.

Earlier this spring, the district sent out a communication to families inviting students to enter a contest to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at a 2022 regular board meeting. Families indicate on the form which meeting dates would potentially work with their schedule, and each month, the district randomly selects a student from the list. The initiative is already a success with many entries.


Collection Drive Success

The Chardon High School eighth-grade Arthur Holden Leadership Institute program, advised by CHS science teacher Mrs. Amber Yeager, ran a collection drive March 14-18 for Sub Zero Mission, collecting over 277 items to help the homeless stay warm during the winter months. The Sub Zero Mission, located in Painesville, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to collect gently used and new hats, coats, gloves, boots, sleeping bags, new socks, tents and other warming items in support of those in need during the cold winter months.

“We would like to thank everyone who donated to our service project,” stated Mrs. Yeager.

The AHLI program, made possible by the generosity of Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and Lake County YMCA, is offered at both CHS and Chardon Middle School each year to enrich student leadership and character development through an exploration of math and science literacy in a three-year experience that begins in the sixth grade. Students study a different natural resource at each grade level — water, soil and energy, participating in educational field trips and hosting community service projects.


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