Thursday, October 18, 2018

CHS Graduates Outscore State and National Averages Again on the ACT!


When looking at this data compared to other states, an important piece to interpret is the number (or percent) of
graduates who have taken an ACT. Nebraska has ranked very high each year with typically around 80% of
graduates that have taken an ACT prior to graduation compared to Eastern states that might have as few as
10-30%.  However, due to the new State testing changes, this is the first year that Nebraska will report on 100%
of graduates since all students are now required to take the ACT during their junior year. As you can imagine, if a
school (or state) has 50% of graduates take the ACT, chances are that they are high performing students. Whereas
states like Nebraska, where 100% of graduates take the ACT, will have a lower overall average.
So, this is the first year that all graduating seniors at Chadron High School took the ACT test due to the new State testing requirements that began when these graduates were juniors.
Here's a summary of our data with comparisons to trends from past years.
2018 National Average:    20.8
2018 Nebraska Average:   20.1 (first year that all graduates took the ACT)
2018 Chadron Average:  20.7 (first year that all graduates took the ACT)
Chadron High School Historical Trend of ACT Composite Averages
  • 2018  20.7 (first year that EVERY graduate took the ACT)
  • 2017  22.6
  • 2016  21.2
  • 2015  20.4
  • 2014  20.8
  • 2013   22.7
  • 2012   21.4
  • 2011   21.9
  • 2010   22.8
  • 2009   20.6
  • 2008   21.3
  • 2007   20.6
  • 2006   21.9
  • 2005   20.2
  • 2004   21.5
  • 2003   21.0
  • 2002   22.3
Of interesting note, last year 84% of Nebraska's graduates too the ACT. Again, this year Nebraska reported on 100% of graduates taking the ACT. Nebraska scored as the 5th highest
scoring state of the 17 states that have a 100% participation rate! Nebraska's average of 20.1,
narrowly trailed Wisconsin which held the highest average of 20.5.
Congratulations Nebraska!

Two years ago, ACT updated the 'college readiness benchmark scores', making minor changes to the English
and Science benchmarks. Benchmark scores are set through collaborative research with postsecondary
institutions nationwide to show student readiness for college-level coursework.
Percent Of Students Meeting All Four Benchmarks (English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science):
  • CHS   29%
  • State   22%
As you can imagine, we are very proud of the academic achievements we have been maintaining. We strive each
year to improve our system approach to student learning beginning in elementary grades all the way through our
high school classrooms.
A special thanks to all of our teachers and students for their efforts!!!
For parents or students specifically interested in ACT preparation, I'd encourage you to visit with our guidance office for materials and to utilize some of the many online test prep materials including the ACT Online Prep.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Physical Science Students Design Water Filters

Check out Mrs. Gregory's classroom blog. Mrs. Gregory is in her first year teaching Physical Science and Chemistry at Chadron High School.

Clean Water

Yes, I know it’s been a while. Trying to balance blogging about my class with planning for my class and grading for my class and cleaning up after my class is…. formidable! However, my physical science kiddos just completed a super neat project and I would feel like I’m short handing parents if I don’t tell you about it.
Physical science just completed a unit about types of substances, matter, and materials. I wanted to break of the monotony of typical, 40-point unit tests so I threw in alternative assessment. The focus of this assessment has been water: what materials pollute water and what materials can clean water. The kids kicked off the assessment with 30 (that’s right, 30!) whole minutes of writing about global water crises. The students researched what materials pollute water, what countries face the most debilitating water crises, and solutions to the global water crisis. I’m a huge writing nerd so reading about the kids’ research has been a joy for me.
The next part of this assessment was a Google Science Fair project called Dirty Campers. In this project, students designed a water filter that would provide water clean enough to bathe in using a variety of materials including activated charcoal, sand, filter netting, cotton balls, and kitty litter. The waste water for filtering came from the drainage ditch in front of the school. I don’t think the kids have ever really looked at the water before based on the disgusted looks on their faces. 🙂
After a test-run, students modified their design to make more effective filters. While not every student obtained crystal-clear water, all kiddos learned a little bit about the materials that can remedy water pollution. Below are some pictures from the experiment and recaps of the experiment written by students.

          From top, left to right: the materials, the wastewater, some initial designs, first round of filtered water collected, some reworked designs, second round of filtered water collected.

“In this experiment, we all made a filtration system using various materials and dirty water. What I did is gather cotton, sand, soil, pasta, and activated charcoal to proceed with constructing two different filters. The first time we got better results than the second. I can infer that charcoal does a good job of filtering water. In conclusion, I probably would never use this filter system.” -Brinnley H.
“We put in three cotton balls and 20 mL of sand, and potting soil. Ours worked the first time because the filter cleaned the water.” – Brianna L.
“We filtered 100 mL of dirty water. We could use a coffee filter, sand, soil, activated charcoal, cotton balls, and a netted filter. We used sand, soil, cotton balls, and a netted filter. Ours worked but would have worked better if we used more materials. -Dawson D.
“Throughout the world, water crises is a major problem. In physical science, we planned, designed, and tested our own water filters. We used a recycled plastic bottle, a rubber band, cotton balls, sand, activated charcoal, a net, pasta, and cat litter. Our group then poured 100 mL of dirty water into our filter. Even though we only got 50 mL of water back, our water was clean and has a pH of 7. All in all, our water filter worked well and it showed me that there are easy ways for places with no clean water to filter their water.” -Leila T.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Homecoming Royalty Candidates and Class Attendant

The 2018 CHS Homecoming candidates for royalty and class attendants were voted on by students today. Here are the candidates:

Freshman Attendants: Olivia Reed & Brinnley Hudson; Dawson Dunbar & Gaurav Chima

Sophomore Attendants: Emily Beye & Kadence Wild; Daniel Wellnitz, Zach Haug, & Jiesinh Sayaloune 

Junior Attendants: Madison Sandstrom & Allie Ferguson; Cole Madsen & Tate Ryan

King Candidates: Keelynd Clinton, Dom Nobiling, & Clark Riesen
Queen Candidates: Alexys Fernandez, Carstyn Hageman, & Haley Mahr

Friday, October 5, 2018

2018 Chadron HS Homecoming Activities

Chadron High School’s Student Council has been preparing for 2018 Homecoming since the beginning of the school year. Now that the celebration is right around the corner, they are excited to announce what festivities will occur during the week of October 9th through the 12th!

With no school on Monday, October 8th, the Homecoming activities will begin on Tuesday, October 9th.


Throughout the week, there will be a daily dress-up theme that gives students and staff the opportunity to show their Cardinal Pride. This year, Student Council will give out several Best Dressed prizes. Then, the group will choose the ultimate winner, who will be admitted into the Homecoming dance free of charge.

TUESDAY (Oct. 9): Decade Day. Students and staff are encouraged to wear clothes from one of their favorite decades (50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, etc.).

WEDNESDAY (Oct. 10): Color War. Each grade is assigned a different color:
  • Freshman - Yellow
  • Sophomores - Red
  • Juniors - Blue
  • Seniors - Green

Students will wear as much of their color as possible and try to dominate the school.

THURSDAY (Oct. 11): Meme/Vine Day. Students and teachers are challenged to recreate one of their favorite videos or posts on social media.

FRIDAY (Oct. 12): The dress-up theme is of course...SPIRIT DAY!!! Everyone is encouraged to wear Cardinal gear and colors to show their school spirit.


The last day of Homecoming, Friday, will be filled with many other exciting festivities!

First, the pep rally will be held in the High School Gym at 2:00. Student Council has planned fun games for the annual fall sports competition, the CHS dance team will also perform, and the Cardinal Mascot will make a special appearance.

Next, the Homecoming football game vs. Mitchell will be held at 7:00 pm. At half time, the Dance Team will perform and Homecoming royalty will be crowned.

Last, but not least, there will be a Homecoming dance at the High School Commons lasting from 9:00 pm to 12:00 am. Cost of admission is $5. The night will be filled with singing, dancing, and making awesome memories! (All out-of-school dates must be pre-approved by administration)

For more information about Homecoming week, follow Student Council on social media:
Instagram -
Facebook - Chadron High School Student Council
Twitter - @ChadronHS_StuCo

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

Monday, October 1, 2018

Parents: Help Stop Teenage Vaping and Juuling!

Parents:   We're hearing about an increase in student use of vaping products including Juul which looks like a USB device and comes in flavors including mint, mango, fruit medley and creme brulee.  I'm sharing the following video and information for your awareness of these products.  I hope you will take the time to be on the look-out for these dangerously addictive products.
~Mr. Mack

The flavored e-cigarettes with their trendy devices are luring teenagers into nicotine addiction without smoking a cigarette. The powerful dose of nicotine found in these products makes them extremely addictive.

“The tobacco industry is well aware that flavored tobacco products appeal to youth and has taken advantage of this by marketing them in a wide range of fruit and candy flavors. Their strategy is working too well, unfortunately,” - American Heart Association CEO, Nancy Brown

In reference to the rise in teenage use:  “These figures are particularly concerning because youth exposure to nicotine — whether it comes from a cigarette or an e-cigarette — affects the developing brain and may rewire it to be more susceptible to nicotine addiction in the future,” - FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb

Chadron Public Schools defines e-cigarettes as any vapor products or alternative nicotine products.  Use or possession of any vapor product or alternative nicotine product is prohibited and will result in student suspension. 
Examples of vapor products

No School for Students Wednesday, Oct. 3rd

We want to remind our families that there will be No School on Wednesday, October 3rd due to district inservice. Classes will resume at their normal times on Thursday.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Upcoming Testing Dates

Chadron High School will host the following testing dates for CHS students:

September 26th:  ASVAB 
The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) will be administered to ALL juniors during the morning of Wednesday, September 27th in the CHS auditorium. The ASVAB is a multiple choice tst, administered by teh Unites States Military Entrance Processing Command, used to determine qualification for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces.  Although the test is administered by the military, it is not a requirement that test-takers with a qualifying score enlist in the armed forces.  The ASVAB contains 10 sections:  General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Mathematics Knowledge, Electronics Information, Automotive and Shop Information, Mechanical Comprehension, Assembling Objects, and Verbal Expression.  Student scores are often used to correlate SAT and ACT scores as well as for career exploration and future transition planning.  Please have your student (junior) in the high school auditorium by 7:45 this day!

October 10th:  PSAT
The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a preparatory version of the SAT exam. You can only take the PSAT once per year, and most students take the test in both 10th and 11th grade. If you earn a high score on the PSAT your junior year, you could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship—$180 million dollars in merit scholarships are awarded to students each year! Testing your skills in reading, writing, and math, the PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long. Unlike the SAT, the highest score possible on the PSAT is 1520.  CHS students can take the PSAT on October 10th 7:45 a.m. in the HS library.  The PSAT exam is an optional test and is $16 per student due to the HS Office before exam date.  Please contact the Cardinal Counseling Office if you would like your student signed up to take this exam.  

October 27th:  ACT
The ACT college readiness assessment is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions.  The ACT consists of four mandatory sections:  English, Reading, Math and Science, and one optionally Writing assessment.  The four main tests are scored individually on a scale of 1-36, and a Composite score is provided which is the rounded whole number average of the four scores.  Chadron High School and Chadron Sate College offer multiple Saturday testing dates throughout the year.  Students can register for Saturday exams by going to and creating an account, tests are $42.50 an exam unless student is on free and reduced lunch (see counseling office for a fee waiver).  All juniors will be given a free ACT exam on April 3rd during the school hours.  These scores are vital for college admissions and scholarship opportunities.  The CHS counseling office recommends taking the ACT as often as possible for increased score opportunities.  The next upcoming test at CHS will be given October 27th and students must be registered online no later than September 28th.  

Thursday, September 13, 2018

CHS Teacher, Mike Sandstrom, Selected fro NHD Program

September 13, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mr. Michael Sandstrom, a teacher at Chadron Senior High School in Chadron, Nebraska is one of 114 teachers selected for a National History Day® program titled Legacies of World War I.

The program is a partnership between the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and National History Day.
Sandstrom will participate in webinars and discussions while learning about World War I with teachers from around
the world. As one of the selected teachers, Sandstrom receives free tuition, graduate credits, and materials for the
online program.

Each of the 57 National History Day affiliates could choose two teachers for this honor and the National History
Day program in Nebraska selected Mr. Sandstrom.

“As part of the commemoration of the centennial of The Great War, National History Day is proud to partner with
the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission to help teachers delve into the history of this global event,” said
National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “Sandstrom will learn about specific aspects of the war
he can take back to the classroom to ensure this piece of global history is not forgotten.”
This program is part of an educational partnership with the WWI Commission, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of
American History, National History Day, and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. This new
educational partnership will educate both teachers and school students about World War I through a series of more
than 100 teaching events nationwide. More Information about the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission can
be found here:

About National History Day (NHD): NHD is a non-profit organization based in College Park that seeks to improve
the teaching and learning of history. The National History Day Contest was established in 1974 and currently
engages more than half a million students in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Students
present their research as a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Projects compete first at the local
and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at
College Park. NHD is sponsored in part by HISTORY®, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the
National Park Service, and Southwest Airlines. For more information, visit

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Two CHS Students Selected as National Merit Finalists

The National Merit Scholarship Program has now determined which of the 16,000 semifinalists named in September have met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition.  

CHS senior standouts Abigail Hyer and Kaylie Elliott , have been selected as finalists for the National Merit Scholarship to be offered in 2019.  

The selection of some 7,500 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of finalists is now in progress.  To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists have to fulfill requirements to advance to Finalist standing. Each Semifinalist submits a detailed scholarship application, which includes essays and information about extracurricular achievement, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also have to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a school official, and earn SAT scores that confirm their qualifying test performance. From the Semifinalist group, a certain number of students, varying from year to year, advance to Finalist standing depending on the above criteria. By the conclusion of the competition, a select group of Finalists are chosen to receive prestigious National Merit Scholarships totaling nearly $35 million. Winners are the Finalist candidates judged to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous university studies. Scholarship winners represent fewer than 1% of the initial pool of student entrants, based on official statistics released by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Patriot Day - A National Day of Remembrance

Patriot Day happens every year and is observed as the National Day of Service and Remembrance. It lands on September 11th of each year in memory of the 2,977 killed in the September 11th terrorist attacks in 2001. A bill to make a national day of mourning on September 11th was introduced in the U.S. House on October 25, 2001, but it wasn’t actually declared as Patriot Day until 2002. Today, the American flag is flown at half-staff at the White House as well as at all U.S. government buildings. It is also encouraged that American flags get hung on the houses of Americans throughout the country. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

School Bus Safety Notes

Driving Safety - September 2018 Edition
Driving safety is a key exposure for school districts/ESU’s, and even though this topic is covered rather often, ALICAP would like to stress drivers safety again. Whether the school vehicle is driven by the traditional school bus driver or a special education teacher or a cheerleading sponsor or a maintenance worker, it doesn’t matter, all employee types need driving safety training.

Below are some driving safety notes and reminders to help get everyone started:
Drivers should be reminded to....
▪ Bring a positive attitude. A positive attitude is key in good defensive driving.
▪ Always wear your seatbelt.
▪ Clear the dashboard.
▪ Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
▪ Avoid other vehicles’ blind spots.
▪ NOT eat while driving.
▪ NOT use a cell phone while driving.
▪ If there are student passengers and they begin to get out of hand, safely pull over, and then handle the situation. Do not argue or attempt to handle the situation while driving.
▪ Reduce speed when visibility is of concern, and also use your headlights to help others better see you. Conditions may include snow, fog, frost or even bright sun.
▪ Be clear with all student passengers on the rules of the vehicle.

Passenger Rules need to be enforced for the safety of the driver and the safety of each passenger. Below are some suggested passenger rules.
Passengers should be reminded to....
1. Be on time.
2. Never run to or from the vehicle or bus.
3. Stand back from the curb until the vehicle or bus is stopped.
4. Never push or shove.
5. Stay in your seat.
6. NOT to yell or shout.
7. Keep all body parts in the vehicle at all times.
8. Always obey the driver.
9. Wait for the driver’s signal before crossing.
10. Always look both ways before crossing the street, and always use the crosswalk.

11. And if you drop something while you are outside of the vehicle, never go pick it up, ask an adult for help.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Picture Day!

Lifetouch will be here on Wednesday, Sept. 5th for picture day. Information packets for ordering prints can be picked up at the office or go to 
and enter Picture Day ID: CG518343Y0

Friday, August 31, 2018

HS Health Screenings - Sep. 6th

2018-19  Chadron Public Schools
Health Screenings
Dear Parents/Guardians:
Hope this letter finds each of you and your families off to a great school year!
We are writing to let you know that the mandatory school health screenings will be held on September 6th and 7th.  
The schedule will be as follows:
September 6th morning- High School (10th - 11th grades)
September 6th afternoon - Intermediate School (3rd - 4th)
September 7th morning - Primary School (K - 2nd)
September 7th afternoon - Middle School (6th - 7th)
This is a routine school day so we will be pulling your child’s class for a short time to complete a hearing, dental,
vision and height, weight screening.  Blood pressure screening is an optional screening and will be done if
time allows.  A current physical is required for incoming Kindergarten and 7th grade students so they will not be
participating in the height, weight and BP portion.  Incoming Kindergarten students are required to have a current
vision exam, they will not be completing that portion at this time. 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!
CAPWN Dental will also be completing dental screenings and/or treatments for ALL grades who’s permission slips (sent home the beginning of the year) were filled out and returned.
If you do not want your children 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, we will need you to provide the school with
documented results from your private providers for each area of screening by October 1, 2018.  
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Your School Nurses,
Abie Hyatt LPN, EMT-P
Jenni Pyle RN-BSN