Chardon Schools News

Students Honor Local Veterans

With an American flag in hand, Park Elementary principal, Rhonda Garrett, provides the introductory segment to a Veterans Day video produced by music teacher Samantha Puterbaugh together with the school’s third-grade students. The full video can be viewed at the following link:

Each year, Park Elementary students, staff and community members highly anticipate the school’s Veterans Day assembly, an event complete with students singing songs and reading poems of gratitude while local veterans – relatives and friends of the students – share their military history at the microphone. This tradition has been enjoyed at 111 Goodrich Court in the school’s auditorium for the past 26 years.

This year, in compliance with COVID safety protocols, principal Rhonda Garrett and the school’s music teacher, Samantha Puterbaugh, instead put together a touching video with the third-grade students outdoors. The young Hilltoppers embraced veterans virtually in song through this digital format.

“The third-grade students and I were proud to honor our veterans through the song “Thank You, Soldiers”, said Puterbaugh. “We enjoyed making music together outdoors on a beautiful November day.”

Maple Kindergarten student Charlotte Thomas concentrates as she creates numbers from Play-Doh for counting practice.

The community is invited to view the video at

“Veterans Day is the day we celebrate the soldiers who died in the wars, and we honor the soldiers who are still alive,” said Nathan Baggott, a third-grade student at Park Elementary.

CHS Celebrates Homecoming King and Queen 2020

Chardon High School is thrilled to recognize seniors (l to r) Jesse Decepida and Mary McCauley on being voted as the school’s Homecoming King and Queen for 2020.

Congratulations to Chardon High School seniors Jesse Decipeda and Mary McCauley on being voted as the school’s 2020 Homecoming King and Queen. The coronation took place via the school principals’ podcast on the morning of Nov. 13.

CHS is also thrilled to announce the following seniors as 2020 Homecoming Court members: Angelo Ferrante, Louisa Piotrkowski, Ethan Peterson, Abby Frania, Evan Ash, Anna Gerstner, Ashley Zmarzly and Jake Ryan.

The Chardon community is invited to meet the entire Homecoming Court by viewing the following assembly video made possible by G-TV. This video was shared with the CHS community as an alternative means to commemorate this important annual event while adhering to COVID safety protocols:

Superintendent Hanlon Testifies as Proponent of Bill

As a member of the Cupp-Patterson School Funding Workgroup, Chardon Schools Superintendent Michael P. Hanlon testifies before the Ohio House Finance Committee on Nov. 10 in support of a sHB 305, which is designed as a Fair School Funding Formula to improve funding to Ohio schools.

Together with colleagues, Chardon Schools Superintendent Michael P. Hanlon, Jr. was in Columbus on Nov. 10 for the opportunity to testify before the Ohio House Finance Committee in support of a substitute version of House Bill 305.

Created in 2019 by the Cupp-Patterson School Funding Workgroup, HB 305 is designed as a Fair School Funding Formula. HB 305 was the culminating result of the Cupp-Patterson School Funding Workgroup’s dedicated efforts to develop a new and improved formula for funding Ohio schools. The workgroup is sponsored by Rep. Robert Cupp and Rep. John Patterson and comprises 16 members of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, including co-chairpersons of the Distribution Subgroup, Superintendent Hanlon and Trimble Local Schools Treasurer Jared M. Bunting.

The Nov. 10 event at the Ohio Statehouse marked the bill’s seventh hearing thus far. sHB 305, a modification of HB 305, has been accepted by the Ohio House Finance Committee.

For access to the Nov. 10 testimony in support of sHB 305 and the full list of proponents who testified that day, please visit The hearing was broadcast live by the Ohio Channel with a replay available at

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