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Citizens Around the World
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Chardon Schools News

Award-winning Australian musical performer Seona McDowell recently visited Park Elementary School, where she performed her multicultural music at an all-school assembly and…

Citizens Around The World

Award-winning Australian musical performer Seona McDowell recently visited Park Elementary School, where she performed her multicultural music at an all-school assembly and then again in the evening for parents and grandparents. Ms. McDowell drew on her Australian, Irish and English roots, charming the audience with songs and stories that were witty, reflective and entertaining.

Park Principal Rhonda Garrett said the school’s theme for the year is Citizen’s Around the World, and she immediately thought about bringing back Seona, who had performed at the school more than 15 years ago. Her program was the perfect complement to the school’s theme, and the students and parents loved the lively show.

National Merit Scholar Honors

Congratulations to Rachel Loder, who has been named a semifinalist in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program, and Samantha Baierl, who was named a commended student in the same program. Rachel is the daughter of Mary and George Loder of Chardon Township, and Samantha is the daughter of Mindy and Mark Baierl of Munson Township.

About 1.5 million juniors across the country entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The 50,000 students with the highest scores are identified. Some 16,000 of those high performers were designated semifinalists, while the other 34,000 high performers were named commended students. Only semifinalists have an opportunity to continue in the Merit Scholarship competition and advance to finalist standing by meeting a number of additional requirements.

Music In Our Schools

Mark the calendar for Oct. 23 when the Chardon High School choirs perform at Mayfield UMC in Chesterland and on Oct. 24 for a combined seventh grade, eighth grade and Hilltopper Marching Band concert at the Chardon High School. Both concerts begin at 7 p.m.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Chardon High School parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for Oct. 10 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Every student deserves the opportunity to be successful. Being involved in your children’s education helps them succeed.

Registration forms are available on the Chardon High School website or call the main office and request one at 440-285-4057.

Hambden Celebrates 90 Years

Do you know the story of the bell at Hambden School? It’s originally from a Lake Erie Steamer that was wrecked. It took a while for the Hambden School Board to legally obtain it, and then it rang for years in the school until it disappeared in the 1980s. It mysteriously reappeared in 2001, and after being repaired, it was mounted indoors.

Read all the details at the open house/birthday celebration on Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Hope to see everyone there.

3rd-Grade Reading Guarantee

The ability to read is the foundation of learning. Research shows that children who are not reading at a third-grade level by the end of grade three will likely have trouble learning in all classroom subjects in higher grades.

Ohio’s new Third Grade Guarantee ensures that every struggling reader gets the support he or she needs to be able to learn and achieve. Schools will provide help and support to make sure students are on track for reading success by the end of third grade.

In kindergarten through grade three, schools will evaluate all children to determine if they are reading as well as they should be. If a child appears to be falling behind in reading, the school will immediately start a reading improvement plan, which will address each student’s unique reading problems. Schools will monitor the plan to make sure the student’s reading is improving. Schools also will work closely with parents to help create a remedy and for parents to be able to support the plan.

Except for students with special circumstances, students must meet a minimum score on the state reading test to move on to the fourth grade. In 2013-14, the minimum score for advancement is 392. This score must be attained either in the fall or spring administration of the state reading test.

If the student remains in the third grade, the school must provide a high-performing reading teacher and 90 minutes of reading instruction each school day. A student can still take fourth-grade classes in all other subjects, if the student is ready.

Schools can move students to the fourth grade in the middle of the year, if the student’s reading improves. Studies on Florida’s version of the Third Grade Guarantee show that students who remained in the third grade and received intensive reading instruction, improved dramatically in overall school performance in years following.

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