Jeremy’s Kids Success

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Chardon High School is deeply grateful to the many students, staff and community members who so generously supported the 20th annual Jeremy’s Kids Christmas fundraiser in memory of CHS teacher Rob Mizen’s son Jeremy who tragically died at the age of six in 1999 as a result of a car accident on Christmas Eve. This year’s Jeremy’s Kids initiative raised approximately $8,355. Using those funds, nearly 60 Chardon High School students from the school’s Interact Club, National Honor Society, and Actively Caring for People (AC4P) club gathered together at the Chardon Walmart on December 13th to collectively shop for holiday presents for approximately 15 local families in need. The students shopped under the leadership of both Rob and CHS math teacher Scott Brown. Thank you to the Chardon community for supporting this special annual community service project in honor of Jeremy.

Park Students Travel the World

Mrs. Tyson’s Park Elementary first-grade students (back row, from left) Thomas Corbett, Teagan Carpenter, Giuliana Grampa; and (front row, from left) Sage Nichols and Luke Chongris enjoy role-playing the traditions of Saint Lucia Day during an in-class “trip” to Sweden, part of a week-long journey to learn about holiday traditions around the world.

On a mission to learn about holiday traditions around the world, Park Elementary’s first-grade classes spent time “traveling” to Sweden, England, Italy, Germany and Mexico via visits to correspondingly themed classrooms at the school during the week of December 16th.

“Students were especially excited to taste a traditional holiday treat in each country,” said first-grade teacher Katie Tyson.

For example, while in Sweden, students sampled Lussekatter, also known as saffron buns, and drank hot cocoa. In addition, students fashioned a wardrobe for Saint Lucia played by Teagan Carpenter, a student in Tyson’s first-grade class.

The visit to Sweden was culminated by a Saint Lucia Day quiz via Kahoot! Learning Games. This quiz engaged students in a fun review of facts they had learned during the visit to Sweden, posing questions about Sweden’s flag, as well as Saint Lucia Day traditions and where the holiday takes place.

“Fittingly, our very own Saint Lucia, Teagan, won our Kahoot game,” said Tyson.

Mystery Reader Visits Tiny Toppers

Mystery Reader Linda Elegante (third from left), who serves as Chardon Schools Director of Student Services, visits with Katherine Kotora’s Tiny Toppers Preschool class on December 16 to share the story Grumpy Monkey with students, including (l to r) Gwen Smith, Aiden Wilkinson, Vinny Raphael and Hayden Scanlon.

Katherine Kotora’s Tiny Toppers Preschool students were treated to a Mystery Reader visit from a friendly and familiar face, Linda Elegante, on December 16th. Elegante serves as Chardon Schools’ Director of Student Services, and her office is located at Maple School, the same site as the preschool.

Elegante read the book Grumpy Monkey to students and shared yummy cupcakes decorated to look like silly monkeys.

“Grumpy Monkey is a great book about dealing with feelings, especially when you may feel a bit grumpy,” said Elegante.

  • Top Left: Santa visits with six members of Chardon High School’s Girls Swim Team, (l to r) senior Sarah Bennett, freshman Stella Parrish, junior Campbell Tierney, freshman Keeley Sneek, sophomore Gracie Duchon, and junior Morgan Debevec, at the Ned Reeb Invitational 2019 held earlier this month at The Ohio State University.
  • Top Right: Park Elementary third-grade student Brooklyn Broadbent is all focus as she skillfully hula hoops with her peers to the song Christmas Don’t be Late (also known as The Chipmunks Song) during the school’s holiday singing concert on December 12th.
  • Bottom Left: Under the direction of Choir Director Fritz Streiff and Band Director Melissa Lichtler, Chardon High School’s massed choirs and wind ensemble commence the closeout of the school’s phenomenal December 12th holiday concert at Mentor Schools Fine Arts Center.
  • Bottom Center: Munson Elementary first-grade student Owen Harvey (l) stands proudly next to Guest Reader Angel Harvey (r), Owen’s mom, as she reads the story The Gingerbread Man to Owen and his peers in Jennifer McClintock’s class on December 13th.
  • Bottom Right: A jovial Principal Santa waves to the camera on December 13th during his highly anticipated visit to Chardon Middle School’s PTO-sponsored Holiday Shoppe for students and their families.

Pictured In Cover Photo: Chardon High School is deeply grateful to its students, staff and community members for their generous support of the Jeremy’s Kids Christmas Fundraiser, now in its twentieth year, an initiative that raised approximately $8,355 this year to fund presents for about 15 local families in need this holiday season.

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