Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Chadron HS Recieves NFS Grant for Sawmill

Woodmizer LT15GO Sawmill
Chadron High School is one of two Nebraska schools to receive a grant of approximately $11,500 of sawmill equipment sponsored by the Nebraska Forest Service - An Affiliate of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Ainsworth High School is the other Nebraska school selected as a recipient.

Project Purpose: North-Central and Northwest Nebraska are some of the state's most heavily-forested regions. However, there is such a shortage of forest industry and forest product manufacturing in the areas that severe wildfires have occurred as a result of lack of management and timber harvest. NFS is working with the local schools to get students involved in forestry education and wood products manufacturing through FFA, the industrial technology and agricultural programs in an effort to increase student interest in the resources available in their own backyard and jumpstart the development of forest-based small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Nyle L53 Kiln

Chadron and Ainsworth high schools will each receive a Woodmizer LT15GO sawmill with the optional log loader kit and a Nyle L53 wood kiln. Included in the grant is training provided by NFS.

Monday, July 30, 2018

First Day of School - Wednesday, August 15th @ 7:55am

We're anxious to see all of our students after summer break!

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 15th and school starts at 7:55am for the high school.  We'll begin our day by having staff hand out student schedules in the Commons followed by a Back-To-School Assembly in the Auditorium.

The first week of school (Aug. 15, 16 and 17th) will all be 1:30pm dismissals to help students ease back into the school days as well as to provide time for necessary staff trainings.

See you all soon!!!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Fall Sports Meeting and iPad Training Dates & Times

The Fall Sports meeting for students and parents will by held Monday, 

August 6th at 6:30pm (for all student participants and parents).  

In addition, we will host two opportunities for the required iPad training on
Tuesday, August 7th at 6:00pm and on Wednesday, August 8th at 6:00pm.
These iPad trainings must be attend by the student and a parent/guardian
in order for the student to receive an iPad during the first days of school.
Additional iPad trainings will be available TBA after school starts on August 15th.

All meetings will be presented in the high school Auditorium.

The slideshow below contains information for new students and parents to our
high school. The slides are set to transition every 10 seconds or use the 
controls at the bottom.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Senior Exit Survey Results

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 2018. 43 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 - 95.6%  About the same as last year
    • No - 2.2%
    • No Response - 2.2%
  3. Did your teacher encourage you to continue your education?
    • Yes - 97.8%  Higher than last year
    • No - 2.2%
  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%  Same as last year
    • No - 6.7%
  6. Did you ever experience significant harassment from other students?
    • Yes - 6.7%  Slightly higher than last year
    • No - 88.9%
    • No Response - 4.44%
  7. Chadron High School provided a safe learning environment?
    • Excellent - 77.8%  Lower than last year
    • Good - 17.8%  
    • Average - 4.4%
    • Below Average - 0%
    • Needs Improvement - 0%
  8. Chadron High School maintained a drug-free environment?
    • Excellent - 15.6%   Lower than last year
    • Good - 33.3%        Same as last year
    • Average - 40%       Higher than last year
    • Below Average - 8.9%
    • Needs Improvement - 2.2%   Lower than last year
  9. Chadron High School provided a strong foundation in the use of technology?
    • Excellent - 51.1%  Lower last year
    • Good - 35.6%  
    • Average - 8.9%
    • Below Average - 2.2%
    • Needs Improvement - 0%
    • No Response - 2.2%
  10. Teachers generally held high standards and demanded quality work?
    • Excellent - 62.2%  Lower than last year
    • Good - 37.8%
    • Average - 0%
    • Below Average - 0%
    • Needs Improvement - 0%
  11. My teachers were knowledgeable about the curriculum being taught?
    • Excellent - 60%  Lower than last year
    • Good - 33.3%
    • Average - 6.7%
    • Below Average - 0%
    • Needs Improvement - 0%
  12. I was challenged to experience academic growth each year?
    • Excellent - 73.3%  Lower than last year
    • Good - 26.7%
    • Average - 0%
    • Below Average - 0%
    • Needs Improvement - 0%
    • No Response - 0%
  13. Rules were enforced consistently and fairly?
    • Excellent - 42.2%   Lower than last year
    • Good - 33.3%  
    • Average - 22.2%
    • Below Average - 2.2%
    • Needs Improvement - 0%
  14. What area(s) do you plan to pursue immediately after high school? (mark all that apply)
    • 4 Year College - 62.2%  Lower than last year
    • 2 Year College - 22.2%  Higher
    • Voc./Tech School - 0%  same
    • Work Full Time - 8.9%  same
    • Work Part Time - 4%  same
    • Military - 6.7%  Slightly higher
    • Other - 2.2%
    • No Response - 0%
  15. Overall, how would you rate Chadron High School as a learning environment?
    • Excellent - 77.8%  Lower than last year
    • Good - 17.8%        Lower than last year
    • Average - 4.4%
    • Below Average - 0%
    • Needs Improvement - 0%

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Last Day of School - Friday, May 18th

Friday, May 18th 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 (cracked screen)
  • $399 iPad replacement (missing/lost/broke iPad)
  • Library fees (lost books)
  • Lunch fees (negative lunch balance)
  • Fees for any missing uniforms or other equipment

Year-End Community Picnic Friday, May 18th

Help Us Celebrate The End Of An Outstanding Year!

Chadron Public Schools cordially invites community members, students and parents to attend the End Of The Year School Picnic on Friday May 18th 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 donations 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!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Just One Event Left For Seniors

CHS Events:

Graduation will take place in the high school gym.  We do not reserve or block off
sections of seats for families of our graduates. Instead, families of the graduates are welcome to
enter the gymnasium when it opens at 11:00am and reserve up to 10 seats on the floor for the
graduation ceremony for your families.  There is additional seating provided in the bleachers.

Here’s the schedule of special activities:

Prom Saturday, May 5th    7:00p CSC Student Center
Baccalaureate Sunday, May 6th    7:00p CHS Auditorium
Honor’s Night Monday, May 7th    7:00p CHS Auditorium
Seniors Last Day Wednesday, May 9th        7:55a CHS
Graduation Practice Wednesday, May 9th     9:00a CHS Gym
Graduation Saturday, May 12th    1:00p CHS Gym

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

Jerry E. Mack, Principal

CHS Graduation 1:00p Saturday, May 12th

CHS Graduation 1:00p May 12th

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

 Chadron High School Graduation
 Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 1:00 PM

 Chadron High School Gymnasium
Class Motto: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Class Flower: White Rose
Class Colors: Red, Black & Silver
Class Song: "Little Wonders" by Rob Thomas

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Chadron High Moves Up To #3 Best High School In Nebraska by U.S. News & World Report

The 2018 list of Best High Schools by U.S. News & World Report was just released and Chadron High School moves up from to the #3 Best High School in Nebraska from last years' ranking at the #5 spot.

"Chadron High School is recognize 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." according the the US News & World Report article posted today.

We congratulate the staff and students on all of the accomplishments of another successful year!

CHS Grads Visit the Primary School

The newest graduation tradition is to visit our Biggest Little Fans in the Cardinal nest at the Primary School.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

9:00am Start for HS on Wednesday, May 9th

Due to the senior check out process from 8:00-9:00, Chadron High School will begin classes at 9:00am for grades 9-11 on Wednesday, May 9th.  

Friday, April 27, 2018

CHS Junior, Claire Margetts Wins $500 Personal Finance Award

Claire Margetts
PALO ALTO, California, April 26, 2018- Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF), a non-profit committed to ensuring that ALL students leave high school with the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly complex financial world, is pleased to announce two students from Nebraska have received an Honorable Mention Award in their inaugural PAYBACK Challenge.

Congratulations to Andrea Jackson from Franklin Public School (Franklin) and Claire Margetts from Chadron High School (Chadron).

Each of the 150 national Honorable Mention winners (listed here) will receive a $500 award from NGPF to be used for educational purposes. NGPF will announce the ten PAYBACK Challenge Finalists next Thursday, May 3rd.

This essay contest attracted over 500 submissions from students in all fifty states. After playing the award-winning game, PAYBACK, students wrote a 250 word essay with the following prompt:

“How could you use the online game, PAYBACK, to have a conversation with your parent/guardian about paying for college?” 

Teachers from over 500 classrooms nominated the best student essay. NGPF staff then reviewed these essays, judging them based on the following criteria: 
● Indicates an understanding of key concepts learned by playing the game PAYBACK. 
● Addresses concerns their parents/guardians may have about this sensitive topic. 
● Takes a creative approach to engaging parents/guardians in a conversation about college. 

Each of the Honorable Mention winners will receive a $500 award from NGPF to be used for educational purposes. NGPF will announce the ten PAYBACK Challenge Finalists next Thursday, May 3rd. 

“Over 60,000 students played PAYBACK during the contest period,” noted NGPF Founder, Tim Ranzetta. “Reading through hundreds of essays demonstrated how PAYBACK spurred so many thoughtful conversations between students and their parents/guardians. We applaud the educators who provided their students with the opportunity to grapple with these challenging decisions BEFORE they leave high school. Congratulations to the winners and to all those who participated!” 

Here’s how a few students explained what they learned after playing PAYBACK: 

"After completing the game, I discussed strategic ways to lower college costs with my parents. I presented choices I made during the game, which spurred conversations of how to collectively save money."

"Payback serves as an excellent tool. It showed me that paying for college is not only possible but manageable, and moreover, help initiate the conversation that desperately needed to happen between my parents and myself. College doesn't have to be impossible."

"Payback is a simulation of the real college experience. It shows that college is truly a constant balance of focus, connections, happiness, and debt and that only with the right tools will one be successful."

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Student Anxiety Documentary at CSC April 30th

Parents are invited to attend a screening of the documentary "Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety". 

Screenings of the 56-minute documentary are Monday, April 30th at 1 PM and 7 PM at Memorial Hall on the CSC campus. Admission is free. To reserve seats, please call 308-432-6302 or email

Documentary webpage:

According to press materials, “Angst” producers Scilla Andreen and Karin Gornick have one goal with their 
documentary: to start a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Through candid interviews, 
“Angst” tells the stories of many kids and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and 
relationships, as well as how they’ve found solutions and hope.

Culinary Arts Students Get Restaurant Experience at Estes Park Resort

Three Culinary Arts 2 students took part in a daylong session of cooking techniques, learning career options, participated in banquet preparation and menu development. The opportunity came across with an invitation to bring Chadron Culinary 2 students to an newly formed resort/restaurant in Estes Park, CO. Students worked under Executive Chef Jacob Tew and Sous Chef Kristina Olsen, both are chefs at the Latitude 105 Alehouse Restaurant located inside the Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park.

The day began with the students preparing breakfast and lunch, including lessons on poaching eggs and making hollandaise sauce. During a break in the day, the hotel sales manager and executive chef counseled the culinary students on various career opportunities they would have in the hospitality industry. The Ridgeline was also hosting a 55-person banquet that night, so the students assisted with every aspect, from preparation to presentation.

Ending the day on a sweet note, the students worked with the Latitude 105 culinary team to develop the restaurant’s signature milkshake specials for the week ahead.

This was a true experience of a lifetime for these students to spend a day in the professional kitchen and learn more about the world of hospitality. “Working at the Ridgeline Hotel of Estes Park was one of the best experiences of my life” Paige Carratinni said. “Not only is my career choice now fully cemented in the culinary and hospitality field, but the interactions, connections, and memories I made in the kitchen are ones I will never forget.” Paige was joined by classmates Aubree Noble, Lindsay Tobacco and their instructor Brenda Budler.

Paige, Lindsey & Aubree

Monday, April 23, 2018

Chadron 2018 FFA State Convention Results

(Submitted by Billy Tidyman, Chapter Reporter)

After months of district competitions and team practices, members of the Chadron FFA Chapter put their hard work to the test while competing at the state convention during the week of April 3rd-6th 2018. The students left early on a snowy Tuesday morning and returned Friday evening after spending a busy few days in Lincoln. A total of 34 students competed in 16 different Career Development Events including: Ag Biotechnology, Ag Communications, Ag Mechanics, Agriscience, Agronomy, Environmental and Natural Resources, Farm and Agribusiness Management, Floriculture, Food Science and Technology, Livestock Evaluation, Livestock Management, Meats Evaluation and Technology, Nursery and Landscape, Poultry Evaluation, Veterinary Science, and Welding. Chadron students came home with 13 total team ribbons, and 36 total individual ribbons. The chapter had great success! There were over 7,000 members who descended upon UNL East Campus, Pinnacle Bank, Southeast Community College, and several downtown hotels to compete at state convention.

Ag Biotechnology placed 5th out of 24 teams with team members Hunter Hawk and Kayley
Galbraith both placing within the top eight, Madison Cogdill placing 15th, and Tate Ryan placing 17th all
out of 96 total students.
Ag Communications placed 6th out of 21 teams. Hunter Hawk placed first in the web design portion,
Michael Matt placed 11th in video design, Madison Cogdill placed 13th in opinion writing, and MiaKayla
Koerber placed 5th in journalistic writing. This was the first time our chapter had qualified for this event
and were district champions going into state.

In Ag Technology and Mechanics, the team worked together to place 15th out of 49 total teams.
Individually, Michael Collins placed 24th, Joe Matt placed 58th, Lance Cattin placed 84th, and Jacob
Lemmon placed 88th all out of 196 students.

The freshman Agriscience team placed 29th out of 107 teams. Allie Watson placed 89th, Emma Cogdill
placed 96th, Ella O’Brien placed 183rd, all out of 417 students. Kadence Wild also was also a member
of the team and helped to the team placing.     
The Chadron Agronomy team places 20th out of 109 total teams, with Drew Jersild placing 46th, Billy
Tidyman placing 51st, Cody Madsen placing 61st out of 430 students. Dadi Serres was also a member
of the Agronomy team and contributed to the overall placing.

The Environmental and Natural Resources team placed 63rd out of 105 teams with Tate Ryan placing
105th, Cole Madsen placing 196th, out of 416 students.  Alyeea Lopez and Shannon O’Rourke were
part of the team.

Farm and Business Management placed 25th out of 83 teams. The individuals who made up this team
were Drew Jersild who placed 36th, Clark Riesen who placed 83rd, Kylee Garrett who placed 137th, and
Cole Madsen who placed 162nd out of 326 total students.

Floriculture placed 39th out of 49 teams. The team was made up of Hailey Watson who placed 64th,
MiaKayla Koerber placed 71st, out of 195 students.  Krysta Dawson and Shannon O’Rourke were also
team members.

The Food Science and Technology team placed 10th out of 36 teams. The team was made up of Billy
Tidyman who placed 30th, Dadi Serres who placed 37th,True Thorne who placed 38th, out of 144
students. Pamela Fisher also contributed points as a team member. This was the first time our chapter
had qualified for this event and were district champions going into state.

In Livestock Evaluation: Senior Division, the team placed 26th out of 47 teams, with Beau Jersild placing
24th, Clark Riesen placing 63rd, out of 182 students. Dan Dunbar and Alexys Fernandez also competed
as team members.

The Chadron FFA Livestock Management team placed 3rd out of 49 teams. The team consisted of
Mackenzie Scoggan, Cody Madsen, Hunter Hawk, Katie Lewin, and Alexys Fernandez. The team won
the poultry division, placed third in Dairy, and 4th in Equine.

In the Meats Evaluation competition, the team placed 47th out of 108 teams, with Michael Matt placing
76th, True Thorne placing 189th out of 420 students. Lance Cattin was part of the team.

The Nursery and Landscape team placed 12th out of 24 teams, and was made up of MiaKayla Koerber
and Hailey Watson who both tied for 18th out of 96 students. Krysta Dawson and Alyeea Lopez were
also part of the team.

The Poultry Evaluation team placed 7th out of 23 teams, with Cody Madsen placing 9th, Samantha
Johns placing 35th, Mackenzie Scoggan placing 39th, out of 92 students. Katie Lewin was also a
member and helped with the team placing. This event was new to the state. Teams had to win the
district Livestock Management contest to be eligible to compete.

Veterinary Science placed 13th out of 36 teams with Samantha Johns placing 51st, Beau Jersild placing
59th, out of 144 students. Renee Redfern and Mackenzie Scoggan provided help to the overall team

The Welding team placed 16th out of 60 teams, with Dan Dunbar placing 9th out of 60 students in Arc
Welding, Joe Matt placing 12th out of 60 students in Oxyacetylene, and Michael Collins competing in
MIG to help out with the overall team standing.

In addition to the Career Development Events, our chapter had three students qualify in Leadership
Development Events. Hunter Hawk competed in Senior Public Speaking and placed third overall,
receiving a gold medal. Renee Redfern competed in Cooperative Speaking and placed in the top ten,
received a silver medal. Jacob Lemmon competed in Employment Skills and also placed in the top ten,
received a silver medal.

It would not have been possible to study for all of the events without the help of several volunteers such
as Lucinda Mays, Dave Carlson, Justin Madsen, Bailey Lupher, Jessica Hartman, John Cattin, and
Butler Ag. With so many students qualifying and competing all over town, Amy Hawk and Jim O’Rourke
road along and helped out as additional chaperones.
All in all, the Chadron FFA Chapter had a very successful year, and is sad to see it come to a close.
Young members within the group will have some large shoes to fill this coming year as 12 senior
members will be graduating and moving on. Many of these seniors have been members since freshman
year when the club was first getting started, and have been excellent influences by contributing to and
teaching the younger members. The chapter will be holding its annual celebration banquet on April 29th
as new officers will be taking over. This year has been a wild ride full of new accomplishments,
experiences, and memories.

Thank you Chadron FFA.

Submitted by Billy Tidyman
Chapter Reporter

Hunter Hawk awaits Senior Public Speaking Finals. He placed 3rd. He also placed 1st in Web Design in
Agricultural Communications.

Shannon O’Rourke, Aleeya Lopez, Cole Madsen, and Tate Ryan compete in Wildlife & Natural
Resources contest.

Seniors MiaKayla Koerber, Dadrianna Serres, Pamela Fisher and Billy Tidyman get ready for their
last state convention. Chadron FFA had 12 seniors who have contributed greatly to the successes
of the chapter.