Friday, November 17, 2017

Chadron FFA Adds Three State Qualifiers at Leadership Contest

(Submitted by CHS FFA Reporter Billy Tidyman)
The Chadron FFA Chapter was represented well on Wednesday, November 15, at CSC where members competed in different speaking events. A big congratulations goes to our three state qualifiers: Hunter Hawk, who was district champion in Senior Public Speaking, Jake Lemmon, who was district champion in Employment Skills, and Renee Redfern, who placed second in Cooperative Speaking.

The team of Dadrianna Serres, Pamela Fisher, Garrett Glines, and Billy Tidyman was just short of qualifying for state, placing fourth in Ag Demonstration. In the Creed Speaking contest, in which first-year members recite the FFA Creed and answer questions, Emma Cogdill received a purple ribbon and Teagan Tidyman received a blue ribbon. Lance Cattin stepped up and competed in Extemporaneous Speaking, receiving a white ribbon. The Chadron FFA Chapter is off to a great start and we are looking forward to having many more members qualify for state.
(L-R, Pamela Fisher, Renee Redfern, Dadi Serres, Teagan Tidyman, Emma Cogdill, back-Jake Lemmon, Garrett Glines, Lance Cattin, Hunter Hawk, Billy Tidyman)
District Champions Jake Lemmon- Employment Skills & Hunter Hawk-Senior Public Speaking

2nd place Cooperative Renee Redfern         Creed Speaking Emma Cogdill & Teagan Tidyman

4th place Ag Demonstration: Pamela Fisher
Dadi Serres, Garrett Glines, Billy Tidyman

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Hate Has No Home Here - Yard Signs Available

Have you noticed the yard signs that have been appearing throughout Chadron?  Would you be interested in supporting this nonprofit effort to promote cultural respect, civility & acceptance?   

The 2-sided, weather resistant yard signs say Hate Has No Home Here in 7 languages: English, Lakota, Marshallese, Karen (largest refugee population at Job Corps), Amharic (language of Ethiopia), Arabic and Spanish.  They are being sold at-cost, which is $7.50/sign w/ stand or $6.50/sign only.  

Text  Cheryl Welch at (308)432-3519 or email for questions or to reserve a sign or two. We have had to place a 2nd order and they should be available by the end of the week. If they arrive soon enough, I will have them with me on Friday. Otherwise, I'm planning to sell/distribute them at the Bean Broker this Sat 11/18 from 10 am - noon.

We are also encouraging individuals to purchase signs for their place of worship, business, school or public places. Donations to help provide yard signs for families who otherwise couldn’t join this effort are also being accepted. Help us show that Chadron is a community which supports DIVERSITY & ACCEPTANCE.

Thank you!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Adv. Biology Dissects Frogs

(Submitted by CHS Junior, Peyton Beaver)
In Advanced Biology we are learning about amphibians. On Thursday, November 9th we completed a frog dissection. This dissection allowed the students to get a better understanding of the frog's anatomy.

In this dissection the students had to locate and remove certain body parts in the frog such as the liver, heart, lungs, gall bladder, and fat bodies which are spaghetti shaped structures. The first step in this dissection was to measure the frog and then compare that measurement to the rest of the class to get an average, our class average was 16.02 centimeters. The first cut we made was through the abdominal muscles when we made a large incision on the ventral side, the underside of the frog, if the frog was a girl there were hundreds of small black eggs lining her stomach. After removing the eggs from the female frogs the organs were then visible.

Some interesting facts about a frog that people don’t know are their tongue connects to the front of their mouth, they do have teeth, and also they have eardrums on the outside of their head just a little bit behind their eyes. By locating and removing the organs, the students learned where the internal organs are in relation to each other.

Monday, November 6, 2017

CHS Hosts - Apply to College Week!

This week CHS celebrates Apply to College Week.  On November 8th all seniors expected to graduate at the end of this academic year will be encouraged to apply for admission to at least one college or university.  The purpose of this week is to acquaint students with the college application process and to communicate the importance of applying to college. Check out the list of events.

November 6-8th CHS COLLEGE BINGO:  

Calling all Cardinals—students and staff!! Let’s play Blackout Bingo and win prizes!
Come grab a bingo card from the main office window, on it, you will see 25 squares, each with the name of a different college. At least one CHS staff member graduated or attended that school. Ask any CHS staff member if he or she graduated from the square combination. If you find a match ask the staff member to sign his/her name across the square. Try to find all 25 matches—a blackout – for prizes that include t-shirts, water bottles, sunglasses, and more college gear. Turn in your card to the Counseling Office before 3:45 pm on Wednesday. Have fun talking with staff members about their post-secondary education!

November 8th:  Official visit of Chadron State College with ALL Seniors!
8:00 a.m. - Senior Meeting in Auditorium
8:30 a.m. - Applying to colleges in auditorium with CSC/WNCC representatives
9:45  - Walk to CSC Ballroom
10:15 - CSC Admissions talk
11:00 - Advising Session w/ Professors in Small Groups
12:00 - Lunch on Campus
1:00 - Tour of CSC
1:45 - return to CHS. 

November 9th:  PRIZES GIVAWAY for College Bingo and College Trivia.

November 10th:  Eastern Wyoming  College Tour and Visit 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Circle of Light Fundraiser Kicks Off

Chadron Public Schools' classrooms are competing to raise money for the Circle of Light and the Future Healthcare Professions Scholarship. 

The Circle of Light is a program that gives financial assistance to patients diagnosed with cancer in our area. The Future Healthcare Professions Scholarship is a scholarship program for seniors interested in the healthcare profession. Both are aimed at giving back to our community.

The fundraising challenge ends November 30th and the winning classroom of each school receives a Subway party in December! 
Good luck and thank you for supporting Change for Changing Lives!!!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

One Acts Present "John Lennon and Me" Nov. 10-11th

The Chadron High one act team will be presenting “John Lennon and Me,” by Cherrie Bennett, on Friday November 10th and Saturday November 11th. The play tells the story of a young girl who suffers from cystic fibrosis and has spent her life in a children’s hospital. It is a touching story of her battle with an incurable disease while learning about friendship through humor and hardship.

Friday’s performance will also include a dinner theater, which is served from 5:30 PM-7:00 PM by the Cardinal Singers.  For $12 individuals will be served a chicken noodle casserole, a side salad, rolls, a drink, and dessert, and receive entrance to the performance of the play.  Tickets are available at the door or in advance from any cast member or by calling the high school office at 432-0707.  

The play will begin Friday at 7:00 PM in the high school auditorium, with desserts to follow.  Those wanting to simply watch the play may do so as well.  The cost for the play is $5, which also includes the dessert bar.  

Saturday’s performance of the play will include a performance with Gordon-Rushville, where both schools will be critiqued by judges as they prepare for district competition. The plays will begin at 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM, respectively, in the auditorium.  The cost is $6.  

No passes will be accepted either day as this is the one act team’s fundraiser.  

The cast and crew will be traveling to Gothenburg this year on December 1st to compete at districts.  

We hope to see you at the show!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Cracked ...Not Broken - Mental Health Advocate Speaks at CSC

I hope you consider joining Kevin Hines as he shares his story of hope and celebration of life. Kevin Hines is a mental health advocate, global speaker, best-selling author, documentary filmmaker and entrepreneur who reaches audiences all over the world with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (at 19 years of age), he attempted to take his own life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-four (less than 1%) to survive the fall and he is the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy around the globe.

On November 14th, a 7:00pm program will be open to the public at the CSC Student Center Ballroom. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.

Warning Signs for Suicide Prevention is a consensus statement developed by an expert working group brought together by the American Association of Suicidiology. The group organized the warning signs by degree of risk, and emphasized the importance of including clear and specific direction about what to do if someone exhibits warning signs.

Warning Signs for Suicide and Corresponding Actions

Seek immediate help from a mental health provider, call 9-1-1, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) when you hear or see any of these behaviors:

  • Someone threatening to hurt or kill themselves
  • Someone looking for ways to kill themselves: seeking access to pills, weapons, or other means
  • Someone talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide, when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person
Seek help by contacting a mental health professional or calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a referral if you witness, hear, or see anyone exhibiting one or more of these behaviors:
  • Hopelessness - expresses no reason for living, no sense of purpose in life
  • Rage, anger, seeking revenge
  • Recklessness or risky behavior, seemingly without thinking
  • Expressions of feeling trapped - like there's no way out
  • Increased alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawal from friends, family, or society
  • Anxiety, agitation, inability to sleep, or constant sleep
  • Dramatic mood changes
  • No reason for living, no sense of purpose in life
If you or someone you know is in a suicidal crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Warning Signs for Suicide: Theory, research, and clinical applications. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior (2006)
National Alliance on Mental Awareness:

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

National Honor Society Induction

Clark, Dominic, Kaylie, Zach, Sam and Logan
On October 23 the Chadron High School National Honor Society held their fall induction ceremony in the high school auditorium.

The six new inductees are: Zach Carattini, Kaylie Elliott, Dominic Nobiling, Clark Riesen, Sam Rischling and Logan Tiensvold.

NHS Officers
  President - Mark Taylor
  Vice President - Coy Bila
  Secretary - Claire Margetts
  Treasurer - Joe Matt

Members at Large
Seniors - Kat Dodd, Dana Dunbar, Kylee Garrett, Hunter Hawk, Alpine Hickstein, MiaKayla Koerber, Cody Madsen, Aubree Noble, Billy Tidyman

Juniors - Peyton Beaver, Sydney Brown, Abigail Hyer, Kellie Waugh

Monday, October 23, 2017

#dylanTUFF - Where To Make Donations

Chadron High School Junior, Dylan Waldron sustained multiple injuries last week in a single-vehicle accident while driving to school. He is recovering well in a Denver area hospital. There are many efforts underway to raise donations for the family's expenses.

Donations can be made to the Dylan Waldron Benefit Account at the First National Bank of North Platte.

In addition, join 'The Grill Crew' before this week's playoff game for a tailgate feed - $5 per plate. They will be serving hamburgers or hotdogs with sides from 12-2p this Friday, October 27th on the West side of the CHS Football Stadium prior to the kickoff of the playoff game versus Wayne.  All proceeds will go to the Dylan Waldron Benefit.

There are several other fundraisers planned as well with proceeds going to the benefit account.

Get Well Soon Brother!

Friday, October 20, 2017

'Seeds of Hope' Film Viewing and Donation Opportunity

Seeds of Hope
Monday, Oct. 23 6:30 pm
370 Chadron Ave.

The UCC Women's Book Club and our Marshallese friends invite you to come enjoy the NE Loves Public Schools film, Seeds of Hope.  

It explores how schools welcome and educate immigrant and refugee families as they start their lives over in America. Follow some of our own Chadron students and educators as well as other Nebraska newcomer students: the inconceivable trauma and tribulations of their past, the perseverance to succeed in the present, and their hopes for a brighter future through quality education.  

We will be serving dessert & beverages after the 34 min. movie.  A free-will donation will be accepted and all money will go toward helping with medical costs for our local Marshallese community.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Lunch Advisory Meeting - Wed. Oct. 18th @ 3:30p

Lunchtime Solutions is having a Lunch Advisory Meeting in the Chadron Public Schools Central Office conference room Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.  This meeting is an opportunity for students and parents to visit about our school lunch program and offer input to the breakfast and lunch programs.  We look forward to seeing you at this meeting and hearing from you!  

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A State Champion and a Runner Up Team Finish at State Golf

CHS Senior, Alpine Hickstein ties the all-class scoring record of 142 in the two-day state golf tournament winning the Class C Individual Championship ....... by 20 strokes!!!

Fantastic performances by Taurie Pourier, Aubree Noble, Kat Dodd, Madeline Pelton led to the team State Runner Up Trophy!

Congratulations to Coach Loni Watson and the Lady Cardinals!
Photo by Tye Pourier

Computer Applications Students Earn Certificates

(Submitted by the Computer Applications Class)
After a month of preparing for testing in the Computer Applications class, students were tested on various Microsoft suite apps to earn certification.

These students earned certification in one of the Microsoft suite apps.
Back Row: Aiden V., Justin J., Teagan T., Martin P.  Front Row: Jasmin M., Lucidity B., Dax B., Jessica C.B., Jiesinh S.

These students earned certification in two of the Microsoft suite apps.
Aiden V., Justin J., Martin P., Jiesinh S.

Jiesinh S. earned certification in three of the Microsoft suite apps.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Girls State Golf

Good Luck to our Lady Cards at the State Golf Tournament Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 9 & 10) in North Platte.

Tee Times for Monday:
11:38 #1 Ricki Hickstein 12 Chadron C-5 76 9:30 #10 Taurie Pourier 11 Chadron C-5 104 10:02 #10 Aubree Noble 12 Chadron C-5 107 10:10 #10 Katarina Dodd 12 Chadron C-5 108 11:14 #10 Madeline Pelton 9 Chadron C-5 133

Alpine Hickstein won her fourth individual district championship last week leading the Lady Cards to a District Runner-Up finish qualifying the team for the state contest.

Scoring updates of the two-day state tournament can be found here.

Monday, October 2, 2017

District Softball Suspended

Chadron joined many other districts across the state in having to suspend play for another day due to inclement weather!

Game #11 (Chadron vs Centural Central Valley) will resume at 9:00am tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 7th) at Hampton Field in Chadron. 

The winner will play in the Championship Game vs. Southern Valley which beat Chadron earlier today 10-8. 

We hope you can come support our girls softball team as they compete in the C-6 District Softball Tournament hosted here in Chadron. Both Hampton Field and the CSC Softball Field will be used during this seven team tournament.

The full bracket can be viewed here.

Chadron is the #1 seed and will play their opening game at 11:00am Thursday at the CSC Softball Field.

Good Luck Lady Cards!

No School Wednesday, Oct. 4th

There will be no school for K-12 students on Wednesday, October 4th for teacher inservice training.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Personal Finance - Paper Slide Show Challenge

Every semester, the Personal Finance class splits into groups to complete a paper slide show to reinforce the 5 Foundations of becoming wealthy. They have to write the script, make the slides and practice before the final video is made. This semester, although it was a tough decision,  the class voted on their favorite to be shared with everyone. 

Winners of the video being presented are Billy Tidyman, Katryna King and Kylee Garrett. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

District Students Lead Fundraiser for Kubo Family

Steve & Barb Kubo
(Update 9/26/17)  

'Penny Wars' Raises $2,814

​"​I wanted to take a moment to send out a quick and HUGE  THANK YOU to each and every person who made the Penny Wars Fundraiser a success! Without the help from the CPS staff,
​principals, ​
students, parents, and community members, we NEVER would have raised $2814 for the Kubo family. I know without a doubt that the money you all raised has not only lifted a piece of the  financial burden that they are feeling, but it has raised their spirits knowing that they have a community that is backing them in the battle the family is currently going through. Your efforts are appreciated more than you will ever know! Thank you!"

Jennifer Cattnach (Penny Wars Organizer)
Chadron High/Middle School
Physical Education and Health

Chadron Public School students at all four buildings are challenged to raise money to offset costs to the Steve Kubo family who are coping with medical treatments and expenses for a member of their family. Steve Kubo is a long time employee of Chadron Public Schools and works in all four buildings as well as drives bus for many of our student activities and field trips.

District students will start today with a fundraiser called Penny Wars. This will be a competition between the High School, Middle School, Intermediate School, and the Maintenance Crew. The Primary Building will be doing a Penny War between each of their classrooms.

For those of you whom have never heard of a Penny War, here are the rules. Each building or classroom will have a container for themselves as well as a container labeled for each of the other schools. The goal is to deposit as many pennies as they can in the next two weeks into their container. with each penny counting as 1 pt. towards their total. At the same time they can deposit any silver colored coins into the other containers of the other teams or classrooms. This will be a negative point value for whomever’s container they put it in. For example, if a high school student puts a quarter in the middle school bucket, that would be -25 pts. toward the middle school’s overall point value.

This competition will run for the next two weeks. At the end of the two weeks, the goal is to have more points than any other building or classroom. We would love to get parents and community involved in this great fundraiser. Hopefully you will see containers during Parent Teacher Conferences, feel free to stop in at any building to help contribute, and/or help your kiddo bring pennies or silver coins to their buildings!! 

ALL proceeds will be given to the Kubo’s to use however they need to as they go through this difficult situation.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

10th & 11th Grade Health Screenings - Sept. 26

(Letter from the CPS School Nurses)
September 20, 2017
2017-2018 Chadron Public Schools
Health Screenings
Dear Parents/Guardians:
We hope this letter finds each of you and your families enjoying the beautiful fall season!
We are writing to let you know the 2017-2018 Chadron Public Schools Health Screenings will be held on September 25 and 26, 2017.  The state of Nebraska requires students in 1st - 4th, 7th and 10th grades to complete a hearing, vision, dental and height, weight and blood pressure screenings.  Students in 8th and 11th grades will complete a hearing and vision screening.   These screenings are not only a requirement by the State of Nebraska but also very important in early diagnosis of potential barriers in a student’s ability to learn and grow!
If you do not want your child/ren to participate in the free screenings, you will need to come to the school and sign a waiver.  Due to the screenings being a state requirement, you will need to provide the school with screening results from your private provider (hgt, wgt, BMI and BP), eye doctor, dentist and hearing specialist by December 1, 2017.  
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Your School Nurses
Jenni Pyle RN-BSN

Patrick Jespersen RN-BSN

Homecoming Royalty & Attendants

Congratulations to our 2017 Homecoming King and Queen candidates!

The Queen candidates are: Kat Dodd, Alpine Hickstein, Dana Dunbar, and Kylee Garrett.

The King candidates are: Coy Bila, Sam Rischling, and Billy Tidyman. Please stop by Mrs. Girard’s room after school.

Also, Congratulations to our 2017 Homecoming attendants!!

Freshman attendants include: Kennady Stack, Allie Watson, Cobie Bila, and Sawyer Haag.

Sophomore attendants include: Savanna Sayaloune, Dawn Dunbar, Mikayla Wild, Trevor Berry, and Cooper Heusman.

Junior attendants include: Haley Mahr, Kellie Waugh, Keelynd Clinton, and Luke Tiensvold.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Parent-Teacher Conferences Sept. 14th 5:00-8:30p

The fall Chadron High School Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held Thursday evening 

September 14th
In the HS Commons

We'll host a Financial Aid Presentation at 6pm in the Auditorium for parents of juniors and seniors.

Advanced Biology Soil Experiment

(Submitted by CHS Junior, Chance Nuno)

In our Advanced Biology class, we experimented to find out if the quality of the soil or what type of soil was more conducive for plant growth.  We each tested four radish seeds, two in a rockwool cube, and two in soil.  Both were watered with a solution of water and nutrients.  The experiment was comparative and competitive.

We planted our radishes on the 23rd of August.  Many of our seeds sprouted on the 24th and 25th; however, some would remain dormant until the 30th and some even until the 1st of September.  Regardless, after the 25th came a weekend.  After the weekend, most sprouts had grown to an inch or more.  Mine, for example, was 1.25 inches.  We all observed, daily, our leaf color, which could vary from red and shades of green.  At this part of the experiment, we were observing daily and watering our plants.  Growth continued as usual until Labor Day Weekend.

Tragedy struck as the lights keeping our plants alive and healthy were turned off.  After we arrived to class, some plants were dead - despite our flawless 100% germination.  Their stems had changed color, and the plants had leaned over.  Sadly, some of our seeds that were originally dormant had just sprouted before the weekend - those had either grown or died.  However, over the weekend, the other seeds in their soil or soil substitutes had sprouted, and grown.  This is because plants gather nutrients during the day and grow during the night, and we introduced a very long night cycle to the plants.

The deaths did spell the end of our experiment.  With many plants dead, it seemed mostly pointless to continue the experiment.  We learned, through this experiment, that it mattered more what was put into the soil and how much light the plant received than what the plant was in with regards to soil.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

CHS Homecoming Schedule

Homecoming week is a fantastic opportunity to show Cardinal Pride, and the good news is that it's right around the corner! Don't miss all of the fun festivities taking place from September 18th to the 22nd!!!

Homecoming Kick Off/Burning of the C (Sept. 18)
Last year, Chadron High School tried something new with The Burning of the C, and we are happy to announce that we will be holding it again! It will take place Monday, September 18th, after the JV Football game. It will be burned in the high school parking lot and the dance team will perform.

Homecoming Dress-Up Days
Student Council voted, and here are the chosen dress-up themes for each day of Homecoming Week. Don't forget to put on a costume and show your school spirit!

Monday (9/18)- Movie Monday Dress up as your favorite movie character!
Tuesday (9/19)- Teacher Tuesday Dress up as a teacher in the school.
Wednesday (9/20)- Wilderness Wednesday Wear a costume of an animal, plant, safari tour guide, etc.
Thursday (9/21)- Nerd vs. Jock (Flare Out) Dress up as a nerd or jock (crazy sports apparel).
Friday (9/22)- Spirit Day! Put on red, white, and black Cardinal gear and get excited for the football game and dance!

Pep Rally (Sept. 22)
Friday afternoon (during school), students will gather in the High School gym for fun games and competitions organized by the Student Council. Stay tuned for more information.

Homecoming Varsity Football Game (Sept. 22)
The homecoming football game (Chadron vs. Gothenburg) will begin at 6:00 pm. Make sure to come and support your team! Also, during halftime, the homecoming court will be announced, and the king and queen will be crowned! Voting will take place soon.

Homecoming Dance (Sept. 22)
The homecoming dance will take place on September 22nd (after the football game) from 9:00 pm to 12:00 am. Admission is $5. For further information about dress please reference the posters hung around the high school. Come have tons of fun at the “Starry Night” homecoming dance!

We look forward to homecoming week and hope you plan on attending as many activities as possible!
Go Cards!