Monday, July 17, 2017

Important Start-of-the-Year School Dates

Here we go, another school year is about to begin!  :)

I hope everyone haa a great summer break. I've listed the important dates below for students and parents.  A parent or guardian must attend with the student to: iPad Orientation and the Fall Sports Meeting.

This year, we're conducting the required iPad orientation on two dates with the plans to bring in an exceptional speaker to address digital citizenship and online safety. iPads will then be handed out to students during the first three days of school for students who have attended the iPad orientation. Any student that has not attended an orientation with a parent/guardian will need to schedule an orientation with our Tech Office after the start of school.

We look forward to seeing you!

iPad Orientations (attend any one with a parent/guardian):
Monday, August 7 - iPad Orientation 6:00 pm
Tuesday, August 8 - iPad Orientation 6:00 pm
(All parents/guardians and students MUST attend one of these iPad Orientation meetings.  iPads will not be handed out at the orientation, instead, iPad deployment will be the first three days of school to those students who attended an orientation meeting with a parent.  iPads will not be handed out if orientation was not attended)

Fall Sports and New/Freshman Student Orientation:
Thursday, August 10 - 6:30 pm - High School Fall Sports Meeting - H.S. Auditorium

Fall Sports Seasons:

Monday, August 7 - Football, Volleyball, Cross Country, Softball and Girls Golf practice starts

Start of School:
Wednesday, August 16 - 1st Day of school - 1:30 dismissal
Thursday, August 17 - 1:30 dismissal
Friday, August 18 - 1:30 dismissal

HS Open House:
Tuesday, August 22- Open house, 6-7 p.m. Opportunity to walk through the school and visit with staff.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Chadron High Students Recognized with Top Honors at FBLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim

Two Chadron High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) teams finished in the top eight in the nation in their respective events during the 2017 National Leadership Conference on June 27 through July 3.

More than 12,000 FBLA members from across the nation and other countries, such as China, Haiti and Canada, as well as the U.S. territories, attended the event at the Anaheim Convention Center in California to enhance their business skills, expand their networks and participate in more than 70 business and business-related competitive events

While in the heart of Orange County, Chadron members participated in competitive events and state meetings, attended general sessions and received recognition.

Competing in Banking and Financial Systems, Keegan Shuck and Corbin Johnson took a 100-question objective test and received a score in the top 15, advancing them to finals.

In finals, the team is given a case study relative to their event. They must solve a problem in 20 minutes and perform a 7-minute presentation to a panel of judges. Out of more than 100 competitors at the conference, the team finished second in the nation, earning $600.

The Chadron Future Business Leader of America team of Keegan Shuck and Corbin Johnson finished second in Banking and Finance Systems at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Competing in Graphic Design, Aubree Noble, Brooklyn Stack and Hunter Hawk gave a 7-minute presentation of their interpretation of designing a family water park in semifinals. A panel of judges advanced the team into finals by choosing the team as one of the top two of their group. Finals consisted of fourteen teams out of over 100 teams and in the end the team finished fourth in the nation and earning $200.
The Chadron Future Business Leader of America team of Hunter Hawk, Aubree Noble and Brooklyn Stack finished fourth in Graphic Design at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

Alyssa Noble competed in Electronic Career Portfolio, an event where she digitally created and presented a portfolio of all her career goals, professional experiences, education and a resume. Alyssa gave her presentation in semi-finals, advanced to finals and finished as a top 12 finalist out of over 100 competitors in this event.

Daniel Smith competed in Business Law and completed a 100-question objective test. Greta Welch, Kaci Waugh and Alison Gardener also competed in Hospitality Management.

The Chadron FBLA chapter also earned recognition and honors with a Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit.
Ten members of the Chadron chapter of Future Business Leaders of America attended the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif. Pictured from left: Brooklyn Stack, Hunter Hawk, Aubree Noble, Alyssa Noble, Kaci Waugh, Alison Gardner, Greta Welch, Keegan Shuck, Corbin Johnson and Daniel Smith.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the premier student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

2017 Senior Exit Survey

At the end of each school year, Chadron High School contracts with LifeTrack Services, Inc. to conduct a confidential, non-biased senior exit survey. We just received the results for the graduating class of 2017. 57 seniors responded to the survey this year. I've included my notes in comparing these results to last year. 

Thank you to all of our seniors for providing this important information which helps provide focus for our efforts for continuous improvement of our school.

  1. Did you have a positive learning experience at Chadron High School?
    • Yes - 100%  Same as last year
    • No - 0%
  2. Was the counseling department helpful and supportive meeting your needs?
    • Yes - 100%  Higher than last year
    • No - 0%
  3. Did your teacher encourage you to continue your education?
    • Yes - 100%  Higher than last year
    • No - 0%
  4. Were enough elective classes offered for you to explore different career opportunities?
    • Yes - 82%  Same as last year
    • No - 18%
  5. Do you think you will be able to easily find a job that can support you?
    • Yes - 91%  Slightly lower than last year
    • No - 9%
  6. Did you ever experience significant harassment from other students?
    • Yes - 5%  Significantly lower than last year
    • No - 95%
  7. Chadron High School provided a safe learning environment?
    • Excellent - 86%  Higher than last year
    • Good - 12%  
    • Average - 2%
    • Below Average - 0%
    • Needs Improvement - 0%
  8. Chadron High School maintained a drug-free environment?
    • Excellent - 32%   Higher than last year
    • Good - 35%        Higher than last year
    • Average - 25%
    • Below Average - 5%
    • Needs Improvement - 4%   Significantly lower than last year
  9. Chadron High School provided a strong foundation in the use of technology?
    • Excellent - 70%  About the same as last year
    • Good - 26%  
    • Average - 4%
    • Below Average - 0%
    • Needs Improvement - 0%
    • No Response - 0%
  10. Teachers generally held high standards and demanded quality work?
    • Excellent - 83%  Significantly higher than last year
    • Good - 16%
    • Average - 1%
    • Below Average - 0%
    • Needs Improvement - 0%
  11. My teachers were knowledgeable about the curriculum being taught?
    • Excellent - 83%  Higher than last year
    • Good - 17%
    • Average - 0%
    • Below Average - 0%
    • Needs Improvement - 0%
  12. I was challenged to experience academic growth each year?
    • Excellent - 84%  Higher than last year
    • Good - 12%
    • Average - 4%
    • Below Average - 0%
    • Needs Improvement - 0%
    • No Response - 0%
  13. Rules were enforced consistently and fairly?
    • Excellent - 63%   Higher than last year
    • Good - 28%  
    • Average - 7%
    • Below Average - 0%
    • Needs Improvement - 2%
  14. What area(s) do you plan to pursue immediately after high school? (mark all that apply)
    • 4 Year College - 77%  Higher than last year
    • 2 Year College - 11%  same
    • Voc./Tech School - 2%  lower
    • Work Full Time - 9%  lower
    • Work Part Time - 4%  same
    • Military - 4%  lower
    • Other - 0%
    • No Response - 0%
  15. Overall, how would you rate Chadron High School as a learning environment?
    • Excellent - 89%  Significantly higher than last year
    • Good - 7%        Lower than last year
    • Average - 4%
    • Below Average - 0%
    • Needs Improvement - 0%

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Last Day of School - Monday, May 22nd (11:00 dismissal)

Monday, May 22nd will be the last day of school for students. We'll dismiss students at 11:00am and host the annual free school/community picnic at 11:30am on the West side of the high school. Please join us.

Students will need to check-out of all of their classes, returning books & iPads and pay all lunch/library/iPad fees.

We encourage students to be prepared for payment of fees necessary to check out of school. 

Common fees include:

  • $19 iPad charging cord (missing/lost or exposed wires)
  • $19 iPad charging block (missing/lost)
  • $49 iPad fee (broke/cracked screen)
  • $325-$400 iPad replacement (missing/lost/broke iPad)
  • Library fees (lost books)
  • Lunch fees (negative lunch balance)
  • Fees for any missing uniforms or other equipment

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Free Community Picnic Monday, May 22nd @ 11:30a

Help Us Celebrate The End Of An Outstanding School Year!

Chadron Public Schools cordially invites community members, students and parents to attend the End Of The Year School Picnic on Monday, May 22nd at the practice field located West of the high school!

Hamburgers and hotdogs will be served starting after the 11:30am dismissal, and lasting until supplies run out.

Free Will donation will be accepted to cover food costs. Please bring your own chairs or grab a piece of the lawn. Please call 432-0700 if you have any questions.

Have a great summer!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mrs. Bird Retiring At The End Of This Year

2017 is the last year for Chadron High art teacher, Patty Bird, before she retires. Mrs. Bird has been a teacher for CPS for fifteen years. 

When she first started teaching for CPS, she began at the middle school full time, teaching art for fifth through eighth graders and industrial technology for seventh and eighth graders and then later began switching between the middle school and high school. Before she taught at CPS, Mrs. Bird taught for two years at Alliance High School, Emerson Elementry and Grandview Elementry, three years at Sandy Creek Jr./Sr., which is located near Kearney, NE., and two years at Central Community College in Kearney, NE. 

After being part of the Chadron schools for so long, Mrs. Bird will miss the students and faculty a lot. Because Mrs. Bird was part of the Chadron Public Schools for so long, she had many opportunities to make memories that she will remember forever. Her favorite thing about Chadron Schools though, is that she had the privilege of "watching the 5th graders come into the Middle School so small and unsure of themselves. Then, having the privilege of watching them grow through 6th, 7th and 8th grades. And the best part is also having them as students again in High School where I can see them mature and become independent. I am able to see their accomplishments and share memories with them before they graduate and leave for work or college life."
She states the students' "humor, fun ways of making art, and attacking life are always the highlight of my day." She'll miss working with "kind, interesting, unique people with great ideas and humor." 

Although she's sad she's leaving, Mrs. Bird has a plan ready for after she retires. Her and her husband plan on moving to South Dakota in the Hills somewhere, because they both love it there. She will continue making art work, and in between all of this, she will be visiting her daughters in Chicago, Denver, and Montana while continuing to travel to places such as Scottland, Europe, Canada, Washington State, as well as many other places to continue expanding and learning more about her passion for art. 

~CHS Newspaper Class