Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Chadron Public Library Star Party Sept. 21st

Chadron Public Library Star Party



Data on Taking Challenging Classes

I published this article two months ago but Mrs. Watson and I revisited it in a recent Cardinal Cast episode. 

I've been reviewing ACT data from our students this spring and I thought I'd share this obvious correlation we see in scores every year.  For CHS, it is relatively known that Trigonometry has a lot of homework with high demands.  It's also relatively known, that completing our Trig course increases ACT scores for students.

Why?   Well, most of the other ACT subjects require students to be good readers with very good comprehension. Reading comprehension is a skill that can be developed, but it generally takes much more time than one semester.  Math is an ACT subject that tests a specific list of skills (mostly Geometry and Algebra concepts) which are generally taught by the end of Algebra II and then repeatedly practiced during Trigonometry class. This repeated practice generates a boost in the ACT Math score of about 4+ points, which in turns boosts the Composite score a few points.  So, in only one semester, students can greatly impact their ACT score!

Fortunately, most of our students complete both Geometry and Algebra II in high school which helps to introduce most tested math concepts.  My suggestion would be for college-bound students to take our Trig course to continue practicing skills with these topics to improve both their Math and Composite ACT scores. 

This spring I compared ACT scores of our 28 students that had completed Algebra II but no further math classes, versus the 23 students that went on and completed Trigonometry (I removed those students that had not completed at least Algebra II prior to testing).  The Trig students scored 6.3 points higher on the Math ACT test and 4.7 points higher on the Composite Score.  I've included a random sample of 25 of the students I reviewed just to show the general trend.  The scores highlighted in pink are below the math proficiency rating of the State. The green highlights indicate 'at benchmark' or above the general expectations of the State. 

Let me mention college benchmark scores in individual subjects on the ACT, like Math.  Most four-year colleges will require students to complete at least College Algebra for all students. However, if the ACT Math score is not at benchmark, the incoming student will have to take other preparatory classes first, like Pre-College Algebra or even Pre-Algebra.  For instance, Chadron State College places incoming freshman into math classes based on the ACT Math according to this scale:
  • Math ACT 19+ = College Algebra or other choice approved by advisor for major
  • Math ACT 16-19 = Pre-College Algebra required before completion of other required math
  • Math ACT less than 16 = Pre-Algebra before completion of other required math

So, scoring at least a 19 on the Math ACT will save an incoming CSC student hundreds of dollars and additional time to take prerequisite math courses in college.

If your student is serious about college, and would be interested in increasing their ACT score for better scholarship opportunities or to save money and time ...then encourage them to challenge themselves in high school by scheduling these 'harder' courses, like Trig!

Friday, September 13, 2019

Cardinal Counseling - 5 Bullet Friday

WELCOME TO 5 BULLET FRIDAY!

The Chadron High School Cardinal Counseling Department is excited to share our 5 Bullet Friday Newsletter for the 2019-20 school year!  Each week we will be providing readers with five facts, tips or tricks to help make the school year a success academically, emotionally, and socially! 

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1. Did you miss the Grades 9-12 College Financial Aid Meeting on Monday night? 

CHS College Financial Aid Meeting RECAP

NO WORRIES watch Mrs. Watson's recap HERE!

CHS Students and Parents, Are you ready to start thinking about COLLEGE?  Financial Aid?  SCHOLARSHIPS?!  Do you and your student know what a FAFSA is?  If not - no worries - we've got you! 

We held our College Financial Aid presentation Monday evening on September 9th at 6 p in the HS library.  We will host another one next year, as always all ages and grades are invited, would be a great event to start thinking about college and learn more!  

2. Want to Learn More About Earning College Credits While in High School?? 

Come to Parent Teacher Conferences Thursday Sept. 19th and join us at 5:30 in the HS Auditorium!

This Thursday, September 19th Chadron High School will host Parent Teacher Conferences and a special meeting in the HS auditorium from 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. for parents of students in all grades on how to earn, register for, and excel in dual credit and early entry college opportunities. 

Can't attend the meeting but Interested in learning MORE about earning college credits while in high school?  Check out Mrs. Watson's Facebook video titled EARNING COLLEGE CREDITS WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL HERE.

3. Transition to College Events!  

Our first transition to college event will be Monday September 23rd at 6 p.m. 11 & 12TH grade PARENTS ONLY.  We will provide a light dinner and daycare, please join us!  To RSVP email loni.watson@chadronschools.net

4. ASVAB Time

Here we GO! CHS will be giving the ASVAB to ALL JUNIORS this Wednesday September 18th at 8:00 a.m. in the Armory building at Chadron State College.  We will meet at take attendance AT the college this day!
  • The Department of Defense introduced the ASVAB (which stands for Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) in 1968. It was originally designed to predict future academic and occupational success in military occupations. However, extensive research indicates the ASVAB assesses academic ability and predicts success in a wide variety of occupations.

    The ASVAB CEP is used for career exploration and is given to high school and early post-secondary students. We will do a fun activity after taking the ASVAB to help predict and correlate ACT scores and explore possible strengths in certain careers. An enlistment version of the ASVAB is given primarily at Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS), and is used for enlistment purposes only.  If a student is interesting in extra preparation leading to the ASVAB they can find it here!
More Dates to Keep in Mind
  • September 20th:  Deadline for the October ACT Exam!  The October ACT will be hosted HERE at Chadron High School on October 26th!  To register you must go to www.actstudent.org and use a debit or credit card to pay for the exam.  If you are a free and reduced lunch student see Mrs. Watson for a fee waiver!  This is the BEST opportunity for seniors to increase their ACT score for college scholarships and a great opportunity for juniors to take an exam if they have not yet!
     
  • October 16th: PSAT!  Any junior who would like to be elibigle for the National Merit Scholarship must take the PSAT.  The PSAT is a great primer for the SAT, and even the ACT, but it's more than just a trial run. PSAT scores are used to identify National Merit Scholars and award merit scholarships. More than 3.4 million high school students (mostly juniors and sophomores) take this nationwide, multiple-choice test every year. The test costs $15, to sign up please see Mrs. Watson

5. Cardinal Cast:  Attendance

This week we discuss the importance of attendance on learning and growth.  We ALSO talk about the importance of putting family first and taking that trip, college visit, or family time when needed!  Also check out this week's two minute drill on random drug testing HERE.

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Readers, THANK YOU AGAIN for joining us! Whether you are from CHS or another school, If you find it worthwhile please continue to SHARE. THE. LOVE (and the link).

Thursday, September 12, 2019

P/T Conferences - Thurs. Sept. 19th

The high school Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Thursday, September 19th from 5:00-8:30 in the HS Commons.  

We hope to see you there!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Attendance Matters!

We need our student(s) in school and on time every day!

I recently saw this note: "The best predictor of student growth is Academic Engaged Time - how many minutes per week the student is engaged in quality instruction." 

Our school has been recognized for five consecutive years as one of the top 6 schools in the state ...so I’m confident that we provide quality instruction. But in looking at our daily attendance records ...I wonder just how much higher we could rank if our students attended school every day! About 6-8% of our students miss at least two days of school each month, that's the equivalent to missing a month of school per year!

I recently returned from a conference where I saw more research on the effects of attendance on student achievement. Here are a few notes on the topic:


"Teacher effectiveness is the strongest school-related determinant of student success, but chronic student absence reduces even the best teacher's ability to provide learning opportunities."

"Students who attend school regularly have been shown to achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance."

"Absenteeism in kindergarten was associated with negative first grade outcomes such as greater absenteeism in subsequent years and lower achievement in reading, math, and general knowledge."

"Students who eventually dropped out of high school missed significantly more days of school in first grade than their peers who graduated from high school."

"In many cases, the students with more absences have skill levels one to two years below their peers. While students from low-income families are more likely to be chronically absent, the ill effects of missing too much school hold true for all socioeconomic groups."

"Poor attendance affects achievement, graduation rates, and social-emotional factors like grit and perseverance, research shows."

NCES (National Center for Education Statistics) and Education Week
Adelman, C. (2006). The Toolbox Revisited: Paths to Degree Completion from High School Through College.
Romero, M., and Lee, Y. (2007). A National Portrait of Chronic Absenteeism in the Early Grades.
Kickman, G.P., Bartholomew, M., and Mathwig, J. (2007). The Differential Development Trajectories of Rural High School Dropouts and Graduates.
Allensworth, E., and Easton, J.Q. (2005). The On-Track Indicator as a Predictor of High School Graduation.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Cardinal Counseling - 5 Bullet Friday

WELCOME TO 5 BULLET FRIDAY!

The Chadron High School Cardinal Counseling Department is excited to share our 5 Bullet Friday Newsletter for the 2019-20 school year!  Each week we will be providing readers with five facts, tips or tricks to help make the school year a success academically, emotionally, and socially! 

1. Join LIVE Monday's at Noon for Cardinal Cast! Monday's Topic:  Does Your Student Need a Tutor???

Join Mr. Mack and Mrs. Watson LIVE on FacebookYouTube, or InstagramEVERY Monday at 12 p.m. MST! If you can't make the live stream DO NOT FRET we keep all the videos right here please hit SUBSCRIBE!  We are also on PODBEAN if you are driving in the car or mowing the lawn and want audio only :)

This week our topic will be: Does Your Student Need a Tutor? 
Hint, probably not....

2. Transition to College Events!  

The CHS Counseling Department is excited to bring you a BRAND NEW EVENT called Transition to College. 

The very first night (September 23rd) of our three part Fall series "Transition to College' will be for parents ONLY.  . 

Any junior or senior parent is welcome to attend!  Please RSVP by emailing
loni.watson@chadronschools.net or heather.barry@chadronschools.net

We will have a light dinner provided and daycare if needed! 

3. ACT & ASVAB Fast Approaching!

Here we GO for Fall testing season!  A few approaching dates to keep your eye on:
  • September 14th:  ACT Exam!  The September ACT will be hosted at Chadron State College.  Registration for this exam is past deadline, HOWEVER, we will host another ACT exam at Chadron High School on October 26th!  Registration for the October ACT is due by September 20th.  To register you must go to www.actstudent.org and use a debit or credit card to pay for the exam.  If you are a free and reduced lunch student see Mrs. Watson for a fee waiver!
     
  • September 18th:  All juniors will take the ASVAB. The Department of Defense introduced the ASVAB (which stands for Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) in 1968. It was originally designed to predict future academic and occupational success in military occupations. However, extensive research indicates the ASVAB assesses academic ability and predicts success in a wide variety of occupations.

    The ASVAB CEP is used for career exploration and is given to high school and early post-secondary students. We will do a fun activity after taking the ASVAB to help predict and correlate ACT scores and explore possible strengths in certain careers. An enlistment version of the ASVAB is given primarily at Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS), and is used for enlistment purposes only.  If a student is interesting in extra preparation leading to the ASVAB they can find it here!

4. CHS Schedule Change Requests COMPLETE

As we finish the third week of school we are officially SET with schedules and classes!  Schedule changes past this point will result in a withdraw failure unless requested by the classroom teacher. Remember, three weeks in a block schedule class equates to 6 weeks in a 45 minute class, meaning we have gone over QUITE A LOT of curriculum and material in each course!

If this point you are concerned about courses the discussion needs to go through appropriate teacher communication, we are in it to win it!

5. Are You Having a Hard Time in a Class?  With a Teacher?  With a Friend? 

What if we flipped the narrative, instead of adversity happening TO YOU what if it is happening FOR YOU.  What if this hard time is happening for you to gain experience and confidence to grow STRONGER.  Time to LEVEL UP CHS!
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