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

Friday, May 12, 2017

CHS Math Club Excels at Contest

Chadron Math Club competed at the West River Math contest in Rapid City this week.

Professors from the School of Mines and Technology write the tests and students come from South Dakota and Nebraska to compete.  The club prepares for the competition after school from the first week of February to the last week of April.  Although the high school curriculum has the graphing calculator integrated, for this competition no calculator is allowed.  This setting allows students with strong ability in mathematics to work challenging problems from a different perspective.  The students competed well with the following results.

Algebra I:  Maddie Stein was 5th and Lauren Collins was 1st.
Algebra II:  Cody Madsen was 3rd and Hunter Hawk was 2nd.
Advanced Math:  Coy Bila was 3rd and Chace Franey was 2nd.
Masters Exam:  Walt Mays was 3rd.

Back: Madison Stein, Lauren Collins
Front: Hunter Hawk, Coy Bila, Cody Madsen, Chase Franey, Walt Mays

CHS Graduation Live Stream

Use the following link on Saturday, May 13th for live streaming of the Chadron High School 2017 Graduation!

Chadron High School Graduation
Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Chadron High School Gymnasium
Class Motto: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Class Flower: White Rose
Class Colors: Black, Red & Silver
Class Song: "Brand New" by Ben Rector

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

CHS Graduation 1:00p May 13th

The CHS Graduation Ceremony will be streamed live (link coming soon)

 Chadron High School Graduation
 Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM

 Chadron High School Gymnasium
Class Motto: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Class Flower: White Rose
Class Colors: Black, Red & Silver
Class Song: "Brand New" by Ben Rector

Dates/Times of Year-End Events for CHS

Here's a quick list of the year-end activities!

Saturday May 6th @ 7:00p - Grand March is open to the public

  • Hosted in the CSC Student Center
  • Post Prom follows the dance in the Student Center

Sunday, May 7th @ 7:00p - Baccalaureate in Auditorium 

Monday, May 8th @ 7:00p - Honor's Night in Auditorium

Tuesday, May 9th @ 7:00p - Band Concert in Auditorium

Wednesday, May 10th - 9:00a School Start for Senior Checkout

  • Senior Checkout 8:00-9:00a
  • Graduation Practice 9:00a

Saturday, May 13th @ 1:00p - CHS Graduation in HS Gym

Monday, May 22nd - Last Day of School

Friday, April 28, 2017

CHS Prom Candidates Selected

Candidates for the 2017 Junior/Senior Prom at Chadron High School are: Marcus Burwell, Alexandria Nobiling, Daniel Smith, Danielle Johnson, Michael Gieseler, Kyla Parish, Keegan Shuck and Greta Welch.  

The theme of this year's prom is:  Get Your NEON! 

Prom is Saturday, May 6th at the Chadron State College Student Center. The grand march will begin at 7:00 p.m. followed by coronation.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

CHS Teacher, Willie Uhing Wins Distinguished Educator Award

Congratulations Mr. Uhing!!!

Chadron High School English teacher, Willie Uhing was recently named the 2017 recipient of the Freda Battey Distinguished Educator Award for Excellence in Teaching. A University of Nebraska - Lincoln committee of students and faculty awarded Mr. Uhing stating they were impressed with his reflection on teaching and his commitment to student learning.  Former CHS alum, Alida Johnson nominated Mr. Uhing for the award.

Mr. Uhing will be honored at a luncheon at the City Campus Union on May 5, 2017 at 11:30am. The Freda Battey family will present him with a beautiful school bell and a cash prizes for both himself and Chadron High School.  Mr. Uhing has been asked to give a short presentation of the focus of his teaching for this occasion.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Native American Parent Meeting May 9th @ 3:30p

We will be hosting a Native American Parent Meeting on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017. The meeting will be held in the Central Office of Chadron Public Schools and will begin at 3:30pm. We look forward to visiting with you about the education of our Native American students.

We're excited to introduce and share information about our newest CHS Club, 'Native Futures' which meets weekly.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

CHS Ranks #5 Best High School in Nebraska

We're proud to announce that Chadron High School has again been ranked as one of the top high schools in Nebraska by U.S. News & World Report for 2017!  

Chadron High School Ranks #5 Best HS in Nebraska

(From U.S. News & World Report online)
Chadron Senior High School is ranked 5th within Nebraska. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® course work and exams. The AP® participation rate at Chadron Senior High School is 25 percent. The student body makeup is 54 percent male and 46 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 24 percent. Chadron Senior High School is the only high school in the Chadron Public Schools.

Chadron Senior High School is recognized in the National Rankings and earned a bronze medal. Schools are ranked based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college. Read more about how we rank the Best High Schools.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Lacrosse in CHS PE Classes!

Thank you to Edison Red Nest III for sharing the history and knowledge of the game of Lacrosse during PE classes this week. Edison shared the origins of this tribal game played by Native Americans and how it was modified by European immigrants to North America to create its current collegiate and professional form.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Chadron High School Competes at the CSC Scholastic Day Contest

While 48 CHS students were in Lincoln and Omaha competing in events for the state FFA and FBLA conventions, another group of students were on the CSC campus Friday, April 7th competing in the annual Scholastic Day Contest. Chadron students did exceptionally well ...again! Chadron finished 2nd in a close race with Bridgeport in Division III team scoring.

Division III Team Scoring
1st 8.965 points  Bridgeport
2nd 8.625 points Chadron
3rd  8.152 points Kimball
4th 5.538 points  Ainsworth
5th 5.261 points Valentine
6th 4.85 points  Gordon-Rushville
7th 4.096 points Bennet County
8th 3.912 points Burns
9th 2.77 points Mitchell
10th 1.083 points Wright
NA O'Neil
NA Red Cloud
NA St. Francis

1st Walt Mays - Advanced Mathematics
1st Walt Mays - English Usage
1st Walt Mays - Vocabulary
1st Julianne Dickerson - Teaching Presentation
1st Sean O'Brien - Veterinary Sciences

5th Jay Milburn - General Science
6th Destiny Rhoden - Human Development and Family Life
6th Zach Swanson - Agronomy and Rangeland Management
6th Nate Watak - Consumer Issues
7th Teresa Gottwald - Business Communications and Vocabulary
8th Cassie Sloan - Literature
8th Michael Gieseler - General Anatomy and Physiology
8th Coy Bila - Trigonometry
9th Coy Bila - American History
9th Coy Bila - Physics
9th Sean O'Brien - Physical Education Sports Knowledge
9th Joe Ritzen - Physical Education Sports Knowledge
9th Kaylie Elliot - General Science
9th Jon Vahrenkamp - Algebra I
10th Anabel Gardner - Plane Geometry
10th Chance Nuno - World History

High School Physicals May 2nd

(From the School Nurses) Sports physical forms/letters went home with students yesterday (April 11th). Here is the note we attached. 

The High School sports physicals are scheduled for May 2, 2017 at 7am in the High School Gym/locker room area.  

Parents/guardians please fill in the Health History and sign permission at the bottom of physical form.  Please return completed form to school by April 21, 2017 along with $5 donation.

Your student MUST have the form signed and returned to receive a physical.

Three CHS Students Qualify for National History Day Contest!

Three Chadron High School students qualified for the National History Day contest in Washington D.C. which will be held this June.

Sydney Brown:  1st place individual website titled, The Hubble Space Telescope, she wins a scholarship to Nebraska Wesleyan. 

Lauren Collins and Grace Sorenson:  1st place group website and Honorable Mention NebraskaLand Foundation special award. Their title was, The Ghost Dance: Taking A Stand Against The White Man. 

Cathy Kaus and Mary Traphagan sponsor/teach the Chadron History Day students.

FFA Competes At State Convention

 Chadron FFA Results from the Nebraska State FFA Convention:

Ag Technology & Mechanics State Team placing 2nd (4 pts from 1st)Ribbons
Bucky Cattin Purple 2nd highest Individual
Michael Collins Purple
Joe Matt Red
Welding State Team placing 8th
Bucky Cattin (Arc) Purple 2nd highest Individual
Michael Collins (Mig) Blue

Natural Resources
Clark Riesen Blue
Agronomy State Team placing 48/115
Billy Tidyman Blue
True Thorne White
Nursery & Landscape Management State Team placing 11th
Joe Matt Blue
Hailey Watson Red
MiaKayla Koerber White
Tate Ryan Blue
Rachel Sauser-Smith White
Livestock Management State Team placing 8th

1st Poultry (National Qualifier)
Cody Madsen
Katie Lewin
Hunter Hawk
Beau Jersild
Drew Jersild
Ag Biotechnology StateTeam placing 5th
Hunter Hawk Blue
Megan Tidyman Blue
Kylee Garrett Red
Madison Cogdill White 
Meats Evaluation StateTeam placing 43/105
Cole Madsen Red
Cooper Wild White
MacKenzie Scoggan White
Senior Livestock Evaluation State Team placing 10th
Beau Jersild 16th/188 19th in Oral Reasons/188
Drew Jersild 26th/188 6th in Hogs/188
Kylee Garrett
Cody Madsen
LSE Senior Public Speaking
Hunter Hawk State Placing 5th highest Individual

LSE Employment Skills
Jacob Lemmon State Placing 8th highest Individual

Monday, April 10, 2017

Chadron FBLA Qualifies 7 for National Competition!

The Chadron High Future Business Leaders of America attended the annual State Leadership Conference in Omaha on April 6-8. While at the conference, students participated in a big business tour of Renze Display, listened to the keynote speaker, Hoan Do and attended a variety of workshops. But most importantly, Chadron students competed amongst all class levels in many different business competitions. This conference was attended by over 2,200 students and advisors this year. Chadron FBLA had a another year of success and brought home an abundance of awards. Seven students that placed at the state level are now given the honor to represent Nebraska at the 2017 National Conference in Anaheim, CA in June.

The national qualifiers are:
Alyssa Noble - Electronic Career Portfolio - 1st out of 22 Entries

Aubree Noble, Brooklyn Stack & Hunter Hawk - Graphic Design - 2nd out of 33

Greta Welch, Kaci Waugh & Alison Gardner - Hospitality Management - 2nd out of 50

Corbin Johnson - HealthCare Administration - 3rd out of 323

Other FBLA state honors are as follows:
Business Law (227 Students) Daniel Smith - 4th Place out 227 Students
Job Interview (367 Students) Spencer Margetts - Honorable Mention - Top 4%
Computer Gaming & Simulation Programming (11 Teams) Daniel Smith, Chace Franey - 4th Place out of 11 Teams
Business Calculations (428 Students) Corbin Johnson - Honorable Mention - Top 4%
Banking & Financial Systems (27 Teams) Corbin Johnson, Keegan Shuck, Greta Welch - 5th Place out of 27 Teams
Who’s Who in Nebraska FBLA Alyssa Noble
American Enterprise Project (12 Teams) Greta Johnson, Kaci Waugh, Jadyn McCartney - 5th Place out of 16 Teams
Gold Seal Chapter Award Entire Chapter Award
Entrepreneurship (63 Teams) Keegan Shuck, Spencer Margetts, Aubree Noble - 5th Place out of 63 Teams
Sweepstakes Award Entire Chapter Award
Personal Finance (389 Students) Keegan Shuck - 8th Place out of 389 Students
Business Achievement Award - Future Level Jadyn McCartney Lauren Collins Abby Gardner
All State Quality Member Jadyn McCartney Corbin Johnson Aubree Noble Brooklyn Stack Myia Hamaker
Community Service Award - Community Level Alyssa Noble Aubree Noble Myia Hamaker Kaitlyn Haug Hunter Hawk Corbin Johnson Jadyn McCartney Brooklyn Stack