Chardon School News
November 9, 2023 by Staff Report

Chardon High School welcomes the community to attend its second annual holiday craft fair Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chardon High School...

Holiday Craft Fair

Chardon High School welcomes the community to attend its second annual holiday craft fair Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chardon High School. The festive fair will host community and student vendors selling locally made items that include baked goods, crafts, apparel, jewelry, art and stationery. Hilltopper apparel will be available as well.

The initiative embodies the spirit of entrepreneurship and service leadership demonstrated by dedicated student leaders. The students look forward to participating in the event, where community, creativity and generosity converge.

While there is no set admission fee for shoppers, a goodwill donation is requested upon admission. All proceeds will go to Jeremy’s Kids whose mission is to provide holiday gifts for Geauga County families in need.

Interested vendors are asked to complete a registration form by Nov. 13. The cost of a vendor table is $25. The registration form, as well as additional information about the event can be found on the news page of the district website,

Questions may be directed to CHS Principal Douglas Murray at

Sources of Strength Training

Chardon Middle School and Chardon High School launched in-school training Oct. 2 and 3 for staff-nominated Sources of Strength student leaders. Sources of Strength is a national wellness program designed to help prevent suicide, substance misuse, bullying and violence. Nineteen seventh-grade students and 28 high school students with the guidance of school counselors, teachers and educational assistants kicked off the program through games, artwork and the sharing of positive stories.

The Sources of Strength program provides a positive strengths-based approach and is endorsed by the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce and funded for Ohio schools by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

The program serves as one component of a multi-layered support system offered by the district and is founded on an eight-point compass of signature strengths: family support, positive friends, mentors, healthy activities, generosity, spirituality, physical health and mental health. As the program progresses, student leaders will learn and share with other students how to identify and develop their strengths as well as understand the importance of asking for help from a trusted adult when needed.

Following a successful pilot of Sources of Strength at Chardon Middle School last school year, the Chardon Board of Education unanimously approved the program in May for launch in the current school year.

Scientific Explorations

Chardon Middle School fourth-grade science classes traveled to Lake Metroparks Environmental Learning Center at Jordan Creek Park in Concord Township in October. Themes for the learning experience included weathering, erosion and deposition.
Using the scientific method, Hilltoppers completed an experiment to discover what slows erosion. Lake Metroparks naturalists also led an outdoor walk wherein students observed first-hand how these processes affect nature within the area.

The hands-on, up-close adventure aligns with the fourth-grade science curriculum wherein students use the scientific method to explore the Earth’s surface, living things and their environments. During the field trip at Jordan Creek Park, Hilltopper students were able to draw real-life conclusions.