Chardon High School junior Madelynn Rosipko and Chagrin Falls resident Gilbert Brundjar share dance moves and smiles at the school’s Eighth Annual Heart 2 Heart Senior Dance at Park Elementary School on Feb. 21.

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Students, seniors have Heart 2 Heart

Through a collaboration with University Hospitals and the Geauga County Department on Aging, Chardon High School’s Chardon Service Learning students hosted 100 local senior citizens for the school’s Eighth Annual Heart 2 Heart Senior Dance on Feb. 21. The dance was held at Park Elementary School’s auditorium.

To commence, Chardon VFW Post 6519 members conducted a color guard ceremony coordinated by Alan McBride, followed by a soulful rendition of the National Anthem by CHS junior Ethan Peterson.

CHS Class of 2016 alumnus Dominic Ferrante served as the event’s disc jockey. Mr. Ferrante, who is currently in his senior year of college at Bowling Green State University and working at a PBS station, is one of the pioneers of CHS’ Annual Heart 2 Heart Senior Dance. With Mr. Ferrante at the microphone and spinning tunes, CHS CSL students and senior citizens danced together, played cards and engaged in conversation.

Many of the students noted how they enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect at the dance with senior citizens they had gotten to know earlier in the month at a book club event hosted by CHS and the Department on Aging.

While lunch was served at the Annual Heart 2 Heart Senior Dance, Park Elementary second-grade students arrived and sang. Afterwards, the young students made individual rounds to the tables to present handmade Valentine’s Day cards and read poems to the senior guests of the day.

“The party was a celebration of life and a means of connecting generations,” said Chardon High School Principal Doug Murray. “The event hallmarks our core values in action. Simple words cannot express what this day means to our students within the leadership curriculum taught by Robert Mizen and Scott Brown. Moments like this epitomize what servant leadership is all about.”

Geauga-TV has nearly 70 photos of the dance available for public viewing and free downloading at

Fifth-graders welcome space aliens

Fifth-grade science classes at Chardon Middle School held “Welcome to Earth” parties last month, wherein students presented their recently completed space alien projects to their peers and enjoyed themed snacks.

In the weeks beforehand, as a tie-in to the class’s recent curricular units on space and life science, the fifth-graders were assigned a research project wherein each student was asked to choose a planet of the solar system for researching. With this acquired knowledge in mind and using art materials of their choice, each student designed an alien featuring three adaptations to enable the alien to survive life on their home planet.

Students then presented their alien creations at the Welcome to Earth parties via letters to the president, newspaper articles or slideshow presentations. Following the presentations, students mingled and enjoyed space-themed treats.

BOE recaps available online

As of January 2020, the Chardon schools will be providing video recaps to the public for all future regular board meetings.

The second of these videos is now available online via BoardDocs for the Feb. 18 regular board meeting and can be accessed under that meeting date. To locate BoardDocs, visit the Board of Education link at Community members can also continue to access complete agendas of the board meetings via the BoardDocs page.

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