NTHS Inducts Auburn Students
Congratulations to Chardon High School juniors Charlotte Kurtz and Connor Rozic who were both inducted into Auburn Career Center’s chapter of the National Technical Honor Society during the Feb. 3 ceremony at ACC.
ACC’s chapter of NTHS was established to create enthusiasm for scholarship and community service, as well as promote leadership and encourage the development of character in all ACC students. To be eligible for membership, a student must achieve and maintain an overall grade point average of 3.25 and a GPA of 3.5 for all ACC classes.
“Charlotte is enrolled in ACC’s Architecture Project Management program and is an extraordinary student who places detail in all that she encounters,” said CHS Principal Doug Murray during a recent interview. “She manages rigorous coursework at both CHS and ACC.”
Connor is a student of ACC’s Production and Welding Technology program.
“He (Connor) is a very dynamic young man who balances his time between ACC, Advanced Placement courses and Wind Ensemble,” said Murray.
Charlotte and Connor now join NTHS second-year members Matthew Kloski, Katarina Schneider and Alex Zaccarine in the honor society. CHS seniors Matthew, Katarina and Alex were inducted into NTHS in Jan. 2020.
“Matt, a student in ACC’s Automotive Technology program, is continuing his excellence from off the field as a member of the 2020 Division II State Championship in football to thrive inside the lines of school,” said Murray. “He is a purposeful worker with a great personality.”
Murray said Katarina manages College Credit Plus coursework throughout her program work at ACC and is a natural leader who continues to impress her teachers and peers. She is enrolled in ACC’s Criminal Justice and Security program.
“And Alex will be the first to say hello and the last to say goodbye,” said Murray. “He has such a genuine personality and charisma. People flock to his kindness. In the classroom, Alex is so meticulous and creative.”
Alex is a student of ACC’s Architecture Project Management program.
“We are so proud of this prestigious recognition of our ACC students,” added Murray. “At Chardon High School, we have many students representing the 4E’s of Enrollment, Employment, Enlistment, and Entrepreneurship. We are so blessed with great kids from great families.”
Foundation Funds Pear Deck® Subscription
During these extraordinary times, Chardon Schools remains grateful to non-profit Chardon Schools Foundation for continuing to fund educational grants for the district’s schools.
In addition to making available the usual fall and spring grants review sessions, this past fall, the Foundation generously offered an opportunity to the district’s educators for additional funding to cover projects supporting the unique instructional formats implemented for the 2020-21 school year.
One of the proposed opportunities that received CSF funding approval is a subscription to Pear Deck® for Chardon Middle School.
Pear Deck® is an interactive presentation tool designed to work in conjunction with Google Slides. The web-based application, which was already tried-and-true by CMS faculty as part of an earlier free trial subscription, is useful in many subject areas.
Melissa Efantis, a sixth-grade English Language Arts teacher at CMS, recently shared how Pear Deck® has been beneficial in her classrooms.
“Labeling parts of speech doesn’t have to be boring,” said Efantis. “Pear Deck makes it come alive and allows the teacher to follow each student’s progress as they work. I am so very appreciative of the Chardon Schools Foundation grant which allows us to use Pear Deck.”
CMS Principal Tim Velotta explained during the fall grant proposal that Pear Deck® is an engaging program that works well as a SMART® Board alternative especially during the pandemic for both in-person instruction while maintaining social distancing and also for virtual instruction as it aims to replicate what students experience in the live classroom.
“Thanks to the Chardon Schools Foundation making an exception to the fall grant process, we purchased the pro version of Pear Deck® for all CMS teachers,” added Velotta. “These are fantastic online learning tools.”
CSF’s ongoing mission since 1989 is the funding of creative and innovative classroom projects for Chardon Schools classrooms. In total, CSF provided over $13,000 in educational grants to the district between May 2020 and Nov. 2020.
Art Foundations Course Inspires Holiday Gift
“The Blue House” was painted in acrylics by Chardon High School freshman Megan Robie in the fall during Art Foundations class taught by Christina Blaschke. Megan modeled the painting after her real-life home – to be painted blue someday soon – and it served as a gift for her mom and dad this past holiday season.
Art Foundations, offered to students in grade levels 9 through 12, is an introductory course that offers the basics in design, drawing, painting, pottery and printmaking. The course is designed for the student who wishes to develop a basic understanding of the elements and principles of art using a variety of basic media and technical applications.
At the freshman level, it is through Art Foundations that the development of a student’s portfolio begins. CHS art courses can also be taken for personal enjoyment and artistic expression.