Thursday, January 14, 2021

Chadron FFA Competes in 2nd Virtual Contest

 The Chadron FFA Chapter was represented well on Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 at WNCC (VIRTUAL) contest. Hopes were high for an in person event in Scottsbluff (where we routinely shine) but, it was not meant to be this time. However, a big congratulations goes to our members for stepping up and having the courage to compete anyway. Teams competed in welding, ag sales, floriculture and livestock management.  The welding team had four welds to create and take an online test. The welds were then shipped to WNCC for scoring.  The Ag Sales team had to administer an individual “zoom” sale call to a potential client and try selling a type of drone that best fits a given scenario and take an online test. Floriculture had two online tests that focused on horticulture concerns with the growing and marketing of flowers and ornamental plants, in addition to, usage in floral arrangement and design as well as plant identification. Students involved in the livestock management contest were able to work as a team but focused on multiple species (beef, horse, dairy, sheep, poultry-mgmt and evaluation, and swine). 

The FFA Chapter is rolling along with 3 of 4 teams qualifying and look forward to having more members qualify for state in the next two contests. (Submitted by Reporter Jalei Marcy)

2nd Place Ag Sales! 

STATE QUALIFYING Team (First time ever)

Luke Kahl, Ella O’Brien (11th), Emma Cogdill (3rd) & Kourtney Hawk (9th)

Floriculture takes 5th and state bound. Claire Ferguson (10th), Haylee Wild, Jalie Marcy (10th), and Mayzie Murdock.

2020-2021 Chadron FFA Officer Team: Kaylie Phillips, Luke Kahl, Kayley Galbraith, Garrett Glines, Ella O’Brien, Emma Cogdill, Jalie Marcy, Samantha Johns. (Leading the pack all competed)

2nd Place Livestock Management Team!-Samantha Johns, Ethan Johns, Kayley Galbraith, Kenli Boeselarger, Kaylie Phillips. STATE QUALIFYING Team

Welding-Dayton Richardson, Garrett Glines, Collin Brennan, Michael Matt.

**Scoring has yet to be determined**

12th Annual Oregon Trails Honor Band


Brendilou Armstrong, Jacee Bates, Maralee Rischiling, Kayley Galbraith, Johnathan Elliott, Michael Matt, Dylan Gieseler, Nathan Burch, Luke Kahl

These students participated in the 12th annual Oregon Trails Honor Band on January 11th. The event is hosted by Doane University and is conducted by Dr. Jay Gilbert.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

No School for Students Jan. 22, Feb. 16 and Mar. 26th

The Nebraska Department of Education is allowing schools to give some needed student breaks due to CoVid this year.  Therefore, Chadron Public Schools is planning no school for students January 22, February 16, and March 26th.  

January 22nd is our big wrestling tournament that normally happens in the Physical Activity Center at Chadron State College.  This year we cannot use the PAC facility due to the college's CoVid protocols.  Therefore, we will host the tournament as scheduled on January 22nd using both the middle school and high school gyms and all parking facilities. 

In addition, February 16th will extend a scheduled weekend break for students and March 26th is the day of our annual Quiz Bowl at the Middle School, so this helps with capacity.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Free Breakfast & Lunch for All Students Until the End of the Year


Updated Parent/Spectator Guide for CPS Winter Sports

It seems the guidelines for school activities change on a weekly basis. Here are our updated guidelines as of Dec. 14th.  The NSAA is requiring schools to follow the 25% capacity limits and limit attendance to households but will allow grandparents to attend. The NSAA requirements are in effect until January 4th.

Here is a portion of the December 14th guidelines sent from the NSAA


Friday, December 11, 2020

Anatomy & Physiology Class Lab - Urinary System

On Tuesday, December 8th, Mr. Bradley’s Anatomy and Physiology class performed a lab, to emphasize their recent studies in the urinary system. The lab, in which simulated urine was used,  was conducted to perform a urinalysis. A urinalysis is a test of urine used to detect medical issues, drug usage, and pregnancy. The class used the lab to examine the simulated urine and diagnose different “patients” with medical conditions, based on the symptoms these “patients” exhibited in their urine.

The tests the class performed included examining the physical characteristics of the simulated urine, testing for sugars, testing for proteins, and examining the simulated urine under the microscope. Examining the physical characteristics include testing the color, clarity, smell, and pH level of the simulated urine. Abnormalities in these characteristics helped the class diagnose “patients'', by matching abnormal characteristics with certain medical conditions. The second test, the Benedict test for sugar, involved adding a blue solution to the simulated urine and heating the urine. A positive reaction in this test entailed the solution turning from blue to orange after heating, showing the “patient” had sugar in their urine. The Biuret test for protein required the class to add a solution to the simulated urine. A positive reaction that meant protein was present in the urine involved the simulated urine changing from the original color to an orange color. Finally, the last test entailed microscopic observations. The students prepared slides of each “patient’s” urine and examined these slides for white blood cells, red blood cells, and crystals. Observation of these characteristics helped the student create a diagnosis for each “patient”. 

This lab helped the Anatomy and Physiology students gain a better understanding of the urinary system. Through this lab, the students examined abnormal symptoms and understood their importance, and were able to correctly perform tests and demonstrate their grasp on how the urinary system operates.

The setup for the Benedict test, after the blue Benedict solution, has been added. 

A positive reaction occurring while testing for sugar during the Benedict test.

A hypha found in the simulated urine, possibly indicating a fungal infection.

A crystal observed under the microscope in the simulated urine.