Chardon School News
January 19, 2023 by Staff Report

Chardon Schools looks forward to opening registration for parents and guardians with children entering prekindergarten or kindergarten in the 2023-24 school year...

Enrollment 2023-24

Chardon Schools looks forward to opening registration for parents and guardians with children entering prekindergarten or kindergarten in the 2023-24 school year. Beginning Feb. 1, parents and guardians can initiate the enrollment process online and learn about required documents via the district’s registration page at

A child must be 5 years old by Aug. 1, 2023, to enroll in kindergarten for the 2023-24 school year.

Information is forthcoming regarding a kindergarten orientation event and will be posted to the registration web page.

Questions regarding the registration process can be directed to the board office at 440-285-4052.

Community Invitation to Science Fair

Chardon Middle School invites the community to join the school at its annual event celebrating the work of CMS students in the arts and sciences. The 2023 Science and Fine Arts Fair is an open-house format event that will be held on Jan. 25 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on the second floor and in the cafeteria of the school building, 424 North St. The event will showcase the work of young scientists and artists in grades 4-7.

Community members are encouraged to attend the opportunity for an up-close view of the school’s judged science fair featuring a display of over 100 student-created experiments, research projects and investigations and a gallery showcasing seventh-grade students’ visual artwork. Event attendees will also have a chance to take in the talented sounds of over 20 student musicians and vocalists performing live in the cafeteria throughout the evening.

School Board Recognition Month

In honor of School Board Recognition Month, Chardon Board of Education members were showered with tokens of appreciation at the Jan. 4 regular board meeting. Gifts included student expressions of gratitude through signed cards, and each board member received a personalized Hilltopper clipboard and mug.

Superintendent Hanlon stated, “Each year, we thank the members of our Board for their commitment to public service. We recognize the work of a Board member is largely voluntary in nature and that each of our members is committed to promoting success for all students and to advocating our schools within the community.”

Donations to Veterans Non-Profits

Munson Elementary School presented $1,345.77 in checks in January to non-profits Geauga County Veterans Food Pantry and Sub Zero Mission. The charitable actions are a direct result of the generosity of Munson students and their families who contributed to the school’s Penny Wars drive held Veterans Day week this past November.

Penny Wars, one of several annual veterans-honoring events organized by the school, had record-breaking success this school year, with classrooms collectively raising a whopping $2,691.55 for the two local non-profits. First-grader Cody Mills and his family alone contributed well over $250, making him the school’s highest donor to the service project.

A Jan. 12 school assembly hosted the Geauga County Veterans Food Pantry. In attendance were the food pantry’s director Lynn Algeri, pantry supervisor Pam Wiech and IT/communications representative Chris Larker. Third-grader Ethan Ovanic had the honor of awarding Ms. Algeri and Ms. Wiech with Munson’s presentation version of the check during the assembly.

Relying exclusively on donations, the pantry serves approximately 4,000 meals each month to veterans, their families and families of deceased veterans.

Munson looks forward to awarding the second check to Sub Zero Mission at a later date. The non-profit is in the throes of their busiest season of the year, serving the homeless through the provision of hats, coats, gloves, boots, sleeping bags, new socks, tents and other warming items.

Power of the Pen Tournament

Chardon Middle School seventh-grade students Olivia Kennedy and Izzy Dean and Chardon High School eighth-grader Abrielle Allen represented the district well as they competed in the Power of the Pen Lake Erie District I Tournament at Lake Erie College on Jan. 9.

Congratulations to Izzy on earning first place overall in the seventh-grade tier.

Power of the Pen is a club that empowers young writers to develop a creative voice by engaging in writing tournaments and providing opportunities for publication. The district’s Power of the Pen members are advised by Chardon faculty member Mrs. Monsman.

Caroling for Cans Success

As Chardon High School’s National Honor Society members caroled door-to-door in the Woods of Burlington on Dec. 11 under the leadership of NHS co-advisor Mrs. Ptasznik, the neighborhood’s residents generously donated what amounted to hundreds of cans of food for delivery to the Geauga Hunger Task Force. CHS NHS is appreciative of this outpouring from community members.

The Caroling for Cans event has been an annual service project undertaken by the high school’s NHS chapter for well over 15 years.

Model U.N. Fall/Winter Conferences

Chardon High School’s 2022-23 Model United Nations team has been actively engaged in solving the world’s most pressing problems. Led by CHS MUN advisor Mrs. Niedzwiecki, the team has participated in two conferences hosted by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs.

Though a snow day hampered the first day of the Nov. 17-18 autumn conference held at Case Western Reserve University, the 18 participating delegates performed strongly the second day.
Participants in the winter conference held Dec. 7-8 at Lorain County Community College were seniors CJ Goodrich, Alexis Jahnke, Faith Kilfoyle and Sydney Murray; and juniors Skylar Duval-Lewis and Teagan Sprague. All six students represented the district well, with CJ and Alexis earning honorable mention awards in their representation of Hungary in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

The CHS MUN team’s next competition will be the Cleveland International MUN Conference held at St. Edward High School Feb. 15-17.

Hilltoppers Conquer Escape Room

The Chardon High School forensic science and literary crime drama class, co-taught by Mrs. Carpenter and Mrs. Mihalek, ventured on a field trip to Escapology LLC in Mentor on Dec. 9. Working in teams, students used their observation and deductive reasoning skills to solve the puzzles. All groups performed masterfully, escaping their rooms within the one-hour time limit.