First-grader Ryan Tortorea, from left, and third-graders Olivia Fisher, Ava Rellinger and Daniella Tennis give a special greeting for their peers at the start of the school day on Feb. 8 in celebration of Kindness Month at Munson Elementary School.

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CMS celebrates Kindness Month

Chardon Middle School students and staff are celebrating Kindness Month. As part of the month’s festivities, the school’s mental health team assigned “top secret” missions to students during their advisory classes the week of Feb. 8. Each student had lessons on kindness and then engaged in various kindness challenges throughout the week.

“The catch is that students are encouraged to keep their kindness acts top secret,” said CMS guidance counselor Erika Barnett. “At the end of the week, we reflected upon the acts done, but we also emphasized doing good simply because it feels good.”

Other CMS activities capturing the month’s theme included Kindness Spirit Week, organized by the school’s student council. CMS also encouraged families to make item donations in support of the school’s chosen community partner for the month of February – WomenSafe Inc., a domestic violence shelter in Chardon.

“We choose a different community service project each month,” said Lisa Bross, a member of the CMS main office team. “So far, we’ve held a food collection drive for the Pilgrim Christian Church Pantry. For the holidays we did video challenges to help our families in need for Christmas. We’re looking at possibly doing a community cleanup/beautification project next.”

Team wins 28 academic medals

The Chardon High School Academic Decathlon team earned a total of 28 medals in the Academic Decathlon of Ohio 2021 regional competition.

Over the last few weeks, the Chardon High School Academic Decathlon team has been competing virtually in the regional competition. After completing objective tests the first week of February, the regional competition culminated in a virtual speech and interview round on Feb. 6 wherein students met online with judges.

Academic Decathlon is offered as a humanities course at Chardon High School and meets regularly to study a targeted curricular theme in the areas of economics, social studies, science, language arts, math, art and music and competes in various academic events with other Ohio school districts. The major competitions for which the team spends many months preparing are the regional and state events. This year’s themed curriculum team members studied the Cold War.

“Students have been studying topics such as the economics of the Cold War, a science focus on the space race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union and the Cold War as represented in music, art and literature,” said Allen Herner, the CHS Academic Decathlon coach. “The team did very well picking up a total of 28 individual medals consisting of 11 gold, 11 silver and six bronze. The team garnered at least one medal in each of the 10 disciplines.”

Chardon receives vaccinations

Under Phase 1B of the vaccination roll-out, Geauga Public Health led Chardon Schools and St. Mary’s School in a scheduled COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Feb. 5 for adults working in the school setting.

“The nurses and staff with the Geauga County Public Health Department were fantastic,” said Assistant Superintendent Ed Klein. “They were well-organized and knowledgeable. The day went seamlessly. With the support of the staff of the Geauga County Public Health Department and the flexibility of our custodial, teaching and support staff, we were able to operate the vaccine clinic without closing the schools.”

District celebrates counselors

During the American School Counselor Association-sponsored National School Counseling Week (Feb. 1-5), Chardon Local Schools recognized both its guidance counselors and school psychologists who serve the district’s 2,800 students. 

Honored individuals include: Erika Barnett, Chardon Middle School guidance; Jessica Harmon (Maple Elementary School psychologist; Nikki Hetrick (Chardon High School guidance; Karin Hillman, CMS guidance; Tim Hurlbut, CHS guidance; Kyle Kovac, CHS guidance; Julia Pilla, CMS intern psychologist; Emily Ringler, CMS and Park Elementary School psychologist; Janelle Stuart, CMS guidance; Dawn Tupaz, CHS guidance; Meghan Wozniak, CHS and Munson Elementary School psychologist; Joan Benedejcic, CHS/non-public psychologist.

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