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

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

NHS Spring Induction

Congratulations to the following students inducted into the National Honor Society on Monday, April 3rd:  Dana Dunbar, Kylee Garrett, Alpine Hickstein, Joe Matt, Sydney Brown, Abigail Hyer, Claire Margetts and Kellie Waugh.

Also, thank you faculty, staff and students for attending the ceremonies.

Friday, March 31, 2017

CHS Musical and Art Show This Weekend!

Performances for this weekend's Chadron High School Spring Musical:  Grease!

Friday, March 31 @ 7:00pm
Saturday, April 1 @ 7:00pm
Sunday, April 2 @ 2:00pm

The Chadron High School Art Show can be viewed during intermission of each performance in the library. 67 students will have over 140 pieces of work on display!

Tickets are $6 in advance or $8 at the door (5 and under are free)

Tickets are available at the high school office until 4pm today or from cast members.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Chadron’s Got Talent: Talent Show April 24th

On Monday April 24th the Wanderlust Cardinals will be hosting a Chadron High and Chadron Middle School Talent Show at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The cost will be $5 for adults and $3 for students K-12.
The Talent Show will work a bit like “America’s Got Talent.” Contestants will be eliminated in their high school and middle school categories each round, bringing the final round to three contestants each.  Prize packages will include cash, food gift certificates, movie passes, etc. for those who place in the top three. A cash prize for the People’s Choice will also be given.
Any high school or middle student (or groups) that want to participate can pick up a form in the middle school or high school office. They must be turned in with the $5 entry fee by Wednesday April 19th. A sound check for contestants will be held on Sunday April 23rd at 2 p.m. Please call Jill Paopao for questions and information.

The Wanderlust Cardinals are an international traveling group of high school students who will be traveling to Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and France in June.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

No School - Wednesday, March 22nd for Teacher Inservice

There will be no school on Wednesday, March 22nd for Teacher Inservice Training!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

It's A Big Deal Day - April 19th!

FBLA Students Excelled At American Business Competition This Week

On March 15th, twelve FBLA students ventured across the street to attend the first annual American Business Competition at Chadron State College. Since this was the first competition hosted by CSC, Nebraska Council on Economic Education and Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), attendance from other schools in the panhandle was not quite at the level they were hoping for. However, Chadron High and Hay Springs both showed up ready to compete. Students were given one hour to complete a 100 question test in each event. The top score received first place honors. The Job Interview event allowed only two students per school and they were put through the interview process with a prepared cover letter and resume. Round one interviews put the top two into final interviews. Both Chadron students Greta Welch and Corbin Johnson made the final round of interviews. 

        EVENT ----- 1st PLACE WINNER --- Chadron HS
  1. Accounting --- Hunter Hawk
  2. Business Calculations --- Corbin Johnson
  3. Introduction to Financial Math --- Kellie Waugh
  4. Business Communications --- Greta Welch
  5. Job Interview --- Greta Welch

District Speech Contest Today

Good Luck at District Speech Cardinals!!!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Important Upcoming Dates For Seniors

This is the time of year to start planning for the many year-end events. I thought I'd take the time to share those important dates and times.

Graduation will take place in the high school gym again this year. We do not reserve or block off sections of seats for families. Instead, parents/friends are welcome to enter the gymnasium when it opens at 11:00am and reserve up to 10 seats on the gym floor for the family of each graduating senior. There is additional seating provided in the bleachers.

Our seniors last day (May 10th), they will be asked to come to school to check-out starting at 7:55am. After the seniors complete the check-out process, they will all meet in the high school gym at 9:00am to complete a senior exit survey followed by graduation practice.

Here's the schedule of special events:

  • Kiwanis Program
    • Wednesday, April 26th at 1:45pm in the CHS Auditorium
  • Prom
    • Saturday, May 6th at 7:00pm in the CSC Student Center
  • Baccalaureate Program
    • Sunday, May 7th at 7:00pm in the CHS Auditorium
  • Honor's Night
    • Monday, May 8th at 7:00pm in the CHS Auditorium
  • Seniors Last Day
    • Wednesday, May 10th at 7:55am in CHS
  • Graduation Practice
    • Wednesday, May 10th at 9:00am in the CHS Gym
  • Graduation
    • Saturday, May 13th at 1:00pm in the CHS Gym

If you have any questions, please call the CHS Office at 432-0707.
Thank you!

~Mr. Mack

Monday, February 13, 2017

Walt Mays, CHS Senior is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist!

Chadron High School senior, Walt Mays is a National Merit Finalist!

About the National Merit Scholarship Program:

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

CHS Parent-Teacher Conferences Tonight! (Thursday, Feb 9th)

Chadron High School will host parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, February 9th from 5:00-8:30p in the Commons area. Sign in as you enter the main entrance, we'll help you find all of your student's teachers.  

We hope to see all of our parents!

Also, there will be no school on Monday, February 20th as it will be a teacher inservice day for the district.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

John Underwood - Life of an Athlete Program Feb. 20th 6pm

We are excited to announce that John Underwood will present a program for middle school, high school and college students, parents and anyone interested in pursuing a healthy lifestyle!  The two hour program will begin at 6:00pm on February 20th in the high school Auditorium. This program is free and everyone is invited!

Many of you know that Chadron High School began a Cardinals Committed club to promote healthy lifestyle choices including: chemical health, nutrition, sleep and character. The components of Cardinals Committed are based on the principles of John Underwood's Life of an Athlete.  Several years ago, several of our coaches and a couple of students attended John's training in Lake Placid, NY. Since that time he has presented in Chadron two different times for our students and staff.

I highly recommend anyone interested in living a healthy lifestyle to join us for this opportunity!
~Mr. Mack

"Lifestyle Matters: The Body and Brain Connection"

Who should attend?
Students, Parents and any concerned individual who wants to learn more.

February 20, 2017
Auditorium @ Chadron High School

John Underwood is the Director/Founder of the American Athletic Institute and a former NCAA All-American, International-level distance runner and World Masters Champion, is an internationally recognized human performance expert, specializing in chemical health, recovery, peak training and lifestyle impact on mental and physical performance. John will share the most recent and impacting brain science studies on social drug use and the effect on the developing brain.

For more information, please contact Monument Prevention Coalition at (308)635-6162, or

This project is supported in whole or part by Grant #93.242 under the Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success Grant for the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration Center for Substance Abuse Prevention through the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services, and by Region 1 Behavioral Health Advisory.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

CHS Senior Achieves Top ACT Score!

(Press release from the ACT News Desk)
Local Student Achieves Top ACT Score!
Walt Mays, son of Lucinda and Roger Mays and a 12th grade student at Chadron High School, earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2016, only 2,235 out of nearly 2.1 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 136. A student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take the optional ACT writing test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score.

In a letter to the student recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda stated, Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. While test scores are just one of multiple criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.”

ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges. Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.

Attention: ACT News Desk
NOTE: For more information about the student, please contact the student directly. For more information about the ACT and ACT scores, please visit the ACT website at