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Kindergarten student Juliette Ryks writes equations to help solve word problems in Jenny Maheu’s class on Nov. 15.

Kelly Misch, 440-285-4052, ext. 409

American Education Week

Established in 1921, American Education Week recognizes the significant contributions made by faculty, support staff, parents, guardians and community members who partner together to promote student success in the public school classroom and readiness to soar in the post-graduation world.

“In the Chardon Local Schools community, we are all Chardon Hilltoppers working toward one common goal – high achievement for all students where learning is our most important work – and we are grateful for the countless ways in which our staff, student families, board and community members collaborate to fulfill our critical mission,” said Superintendent Mike Hanlon on Nov. 15, the week’s kickoff date. “Each and every person plays an integral role – it is a true team effort.”

Park Teacher receives grant

Park Elementary first-grade teacher Robyn Lannon was generously awarded a $1,000 educational supplies grant by Kinetic by Windstream during an outdoor ceremony held on school grounds Nov. 11. The event, which was led by Kinetic regional field marketing operations consultant Shawna Cossin in conjunction with the Chardon Chamber of Commerce, was well attended by several Kinetic staff members and Chamber members, as well as Chardon Local Schools board president Madelon Horvath.

The grant opportunity was made possible by a Park Elementary family nominating Mrs. Lannon as “an incredible asset to Chardon Local Schools” in Kinetic’s Nominate Your Favorite Teacher Back-to-School contest.

At the contest’s end, Mrs. Lannon was then chosen by Kinetic as one of 16 teachers in the same number of states to receive one of the $1,000 grants.

Over the past 16 years and counting, Mrs. Lannon has demonstrated her dedication to the education of students in the Chardon community. For over nine years, she served as a children’s librarian, working with toddlers, elementary school students and teens at the Chardon Public Library. Mrs. Lannon is now in her seventh year with Chardon Local Schools where she has taught the fourth- and fifth-grade levels and most recently the first-grade level.

The Chardon Chamber said the nonprofit couldn’t have been more thrilled to have been asked to facilitate the presentation and that its members are thankful to Kinetic for honoring such a wonderful teacher and community member.

Godfrey’s success

The Chardon High School Drama Club’s production of Eric K. Hatch’s “My Man Godfrey” hit the ground running at Park Auditorium on opening night, Nov. 11, and continued its success throughout that weekend’s performances.

CHS Drama director Brandon Lichtinger said after a year’s absence, students were delighted to be treading the boards of good old Park Auditorium once again.

For the full cast and crew list and action photos, visit the district’s news page at

Psychologist honored

During the second week of November, schools throughout the United States celebrate National School Psychology Week to highlight the important work school psychologists and other educators do to help all students thrive.

In honor of that week, Chardon Local Schools recognized the district’s four psychologists on Nov. 12: Joan Benedejcic, M.Ed. at Chardon Early Learning Center and Chardon High School; Emily Ringler, Ed.S. at CELC, Chardon MIddle School and Park Elementary; Jessica Westlake, Ed.S. at CELC; and Meghan Wozniak, Psy.S. at CELC, CHS and Munson Elementary.

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