Chardon School News
November 16, 2023 by Staff Report

State of the Schools

Chardon Schools Superintendent Mike Hanlon was pleased to present on the district’s academic successes and growth, innovational programs, capital improvement projects and more at the Geauga Economic Leadership: State of the Schools event co-sponsored by Geauga Growth Partnership, Inc. and Kent State University Geauga on Nov. 3 at the KSU Geauga campus.

The annual event comprises school leader presentations, networking and breakfast, providing Superintendent Hanlon and neighboring school districts the opportunity to share and learn about each other’s progress and successes while also engaging in community conversations.

The State of the Chardon Schools presentation can be accessed from the district dropdown menu at

Leading the Science of Reading

Assistant Superintendent Ed Klein and Chardon Middle School Principal Adam Tomco attended the Association for Middle Level Education AMLE50 conference in National Harbor, Md., on Nov. 4 where they presented to fellow educators on CMS’ strides and successes with the science of reading.

The Chardon presentation explored how CMS has been building on tier I instructional success in implementing the science of reading in elementary grades to provide robust and consistent tier II interventions aligned with the science of reading.

The science of reading comprises an interdisciplinary, trans-continental body of scientific evidence pertaining to reading and issues related to literacy with the aim of improving academic outcomes.

Visit the district website to view Chardon presentation.

Book Vending Machine

Thanks to the Park Elementary PTO, the school gained an Inchy’s Bookworm Vending Machine last month, with students now excited to cash in their well-earned Topper Tickets for Inchy tokens in exchange for a book of their choice. Students earn Topper Tickets for taking responsibility, offering kindness and persevering.

In collaboration with the school’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) team, the Park PTO has been generous in funding student behavioral incentives such as the book vending machine.

PBIS, a program of the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce, is designed to enhance social, emotional, and academic outcomes for all students through a three-tiered approach focused on prevention of behavioral issues rather than punishment.

Park Principal Jill Makee stated: “We are grateful for the collaboration and support between Park PTO and the district’s PBIS initiative. Together, Hilltoppers climb to the top.”

Language Arts Live!

Chardon High School English language arts teachers Lynn Monaco and Bobby Goff welcomed volunteer guest speakers to their senior Advanced Placement Literature and senior Focus on College Writing classes on Nov. 6 for this year’s installment of Language Arts Live!

This year’s volunteer speaker panel included Jay Roessner who serves as a contract negotiator for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union #71 in Columbus; City of Cleveland Heights prosecutor and assistant law director Pam Roessner; Solon Manufacturing Co. marketing and brand manager Brianne Norcini; and Sherwin-Williams Co. associate director of research and development services Guy Wilson, Ph.D.

Mrs. Monaco stated, “I love this event each year for many reasons – one being the diversity of careers represented. Another is how the seniors have the opportunity to ask questions about preparing for their futures – whether it be resume writing, interview preparation or communication styles.”