Thursday, December 13, 2018

Student Council Christmas Door Decorating Contest


Mr. Nobling - Gov't

Mrs. Walker - Library

Mrs. Noble - Spanish

Mrs. Budler & Mrs. Carattini - FCS

3rd Place - Mrs. Lanphear - English

Mrs. Paopao - English & Fine Arts

Mrs. Girard - English

Mr. Matt - Computers

Officer Bauer - SRO

Mr. Mack - Principal

Mrs. Berry & Mrs. Williamson - Office

Mrs. Lindsey - SPED

Mrs. Watson - School Counseling

Mrs. Pyle & Mrs. Hyatt - School Nurses

2nd Place - Mr. Uhing - English

1st Place - Mr. Bradley - Math & Science

Ms. Hessler - Math

Mrs. Budler & Mrs. Noble - FBLA

Mr. Cogdill & Mr. Budler - Industrial Tech

Mr. Bach - Math

Mrs. Gregory - Science

Mr. Lecher - Science

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The 12 Recipes of Christmas

Our lovely ladies in the kitchen offered these easy recipes for family meal ideas for the upcoming break! Enjoy!
A Dozen Easy Family Favorite Recipes

Easy Creamy Chicken
4 boneless chicken breasts
1 can cream soup (cream of chicken, cream of mushroom or cream of celery)
Bake at 275 degrees, covered with foil, for 1 1/2 to 2 hours until the chicken is cooked
through. Serve over rice and or cooked vegetables.
You can also make this easy dinner recipe in the crockpot.
Just dump everything in and cook for 4-6 hours on low.

3 Ingredient Salsa Chicken
6 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless OR 6-8 chicken pieces
2 cups salsa
1 cup shredded cheese (Cheddar or Mexican Blend)
Place the chicken in a crockpot and pour the salsa on top.
Cook for 1 1/2 – 2 hours on high.
Place cheese on top and let it melt during the last 10-15 minutes.

3 Ingredient Sweet Pork Chops Or Ribs
4 pork chops (They can still be frozen.) OR 2-3 lbs. pork ribs
12 oz. bottle chili sauce
1 cup grape jelly
Grease the crockpot with oil cooking spray. Place the pork chops in the crockpot.
In a bowl, mix the chili sauce and grape jelly. Pour the mixture on the pork chops.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours (8 hours if frozen).
These pork chops or ribs will fall of the bone! Super Yummy!

3 Ingredient Beef Tacos
1 lb. ground beef
1 pkg. taco seasoning (or homemade)
1 can Rotel tomatoes and green chilis
Put all in a greased crockpot and cook for 5-7 hours on low.
Stir ever few hours to break up beef. (can be done before if you are gone all day).
Serve on taco shells. 

3 Ingredient Ritz Chicken
1 lb. chicken (boneless skinless), cut into strips
1/2 bottle of ranch dressing
1 sleeve of Ritz Crackers, crushed (generic is fine)
salt and pepper
Place the ranch dressing and the Ritz crackers in separate bowls.
Grease a 9×13 inch pan. Salt and pepper the chicken.
Dip the chicken in ranch dressing and then dip in the crackers.
Place in the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes.

3 Ingredient Creamy Chicken Tacos
1 can Rotel tomatoes OR 1 cup salsa
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 bar cream cheese ( 4 oz.)
Place the chicken and Rotel or salsa into a greased crockpot.  
Cook on low for 6-8 hours. 30 minutes before serving, place cream cheese on top.
No need to stir. Finish cooking 30 minutes.
When ready to serve, stir and break up chicken.
Serve with tortillas.

3 Ingredient Chicken Cacciatore
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts or 4-8 chicken pieces
1 bottle spaghetti sauce
2-3 cups vegetables like zucchini, mushrooms and onions
Grease the crockpot. Add the chicken and spaghetti sauce.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
One hour before serving, add vegetables and continue cooking.
Serve over pasta.

3 Ingredient Barbecue Meatballs
25 frozen fully cooked meatballs ( half 32 oz. bag) 
1 cup grape jelly
1 cup Barbecue sauce
Combine sauces in your crock-pot and stir until combined.
Add meatballs and stir until they are coated with the sauce.
Cook on high for 3 hours. Serve over rice.


3 Ingredient Dr. Pepper Pork
1 can Dr. Pepper
1 packet onion soup mix (or homemade)
2-3 lbs. pork roast
Grease crockpot and place pork roast in crock pot. Sprinkle pork with onion soup mix.
Pour the Dr. Pepper over the pork until it is almost covered in the crockpot. 
Cook on high for 4-5 hours.
Drain juice and shred and serve with BBQ sauce if desired on buns. 

Shells and White Cheddar
2 cups milk
2 cups shells
1 cup white cheddar cheese

In a medium saucepan, bring the milk and pasta to a simmer over medium heat.  
Cook for about 20 minutes, stirring often and making sure that the milk doesn’t boil.
Once the pasta is al dente, remove from heat and add the cheese.
Stir until melted. If you like it a little creamier, you can add a little more milk.  
Add salt to taste.



Easy Tuna Casserole
3 cups cooked macaroni
1 (5 ounce) can tuna, drained
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups French fried onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a 9x13-inch baking dish, combine the macaroni, tuna, and soup.
Mix well, and then top with cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 25 minutes, or until bubbly.
Sprinkle with fried onions, and bake for another 5 minutes. Serve hot.


Easy Sloppy Joe’s
1 lb ground beef
1 can condensed tomato soup
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbls chili powder
Cook and drain excess fat from ground beef.  
Add the soup and chili powder.
Serve on buns, baked potatoes, or tortilla chips.



Chicken Noodle Casserole
2 cups uncooked egg noodles
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
1 (10 oz.) package frozen peas and carrots
1 (10 oz.) package frozen corn
1 cup milk
1 (10 oz.) can cream of chicken soup
1 (10 oz.) can cream of mushroom soup
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 Tablespoon dried minced onion
2 Tablespoons melted butter
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning (optional)

Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
Boil egg noodles according to package directions. Drain water.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine all the other remaining ingredients.
Add cooked noodles to mixture. Gently stir to combine everything.
Pour into prepared baking dish. Cover with foil.

Bake 30 minutes or until heated through.
Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Tips for Talking to Teens about Dating and Relationships

Parenting a teenager is not always easy, especially when dealing with the topic of dating and relationships.  I thought the following provided some useful tips to encourage open communication when addressing this topic.

(Excerpts from https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/9-tips-for-talking-to-teens-about-dating-and-relationships-0227157)

For many, raising a teenager is the most intimidating chapter of parenthood. Discipline becomes increasingly difficult and may feel impossible to maintain. It’s tough to know when to set rules and when to give freedom, when to bend and when to stand firm, when to intervene and when to let live.
Communication is often one of the trickiest minefields to navigate. It’s a struggle to know what to say, when to say it, and how to say it. These conversations and decisions only become more challenging when the time comes for your teen to start dating. 
If you are a parent to a blossoming teen, consider discussing these crucial aspects of relationships with your child before he or she enters into a relationship:

1. DEFINE A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP

Be sure to teach your teen about the foundations of a healthy relationship. Explain that a healthy relationship comes from respect, mutual understanding, trust, honesty, communication, and support.
A relationship should consist of healthy boundaries that are established and respected by both partners equally. A good partner will accept you as you are, support your personal choices, and praise you for your achievements. A healthy relationship also allows both partners to maintain outside interests and friendships, and does not hinder the personal freedom of either partner.

2. DESCRIBE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ABUSE AND ASSOCIATED WARNING SIGNS

There are many different types of abuse your teen should be aware of before entering into a relationship. These include physical, emotional, sexual, financial, and digital abuse, as well as stalking.
  • Physical abuse occurs when a person uses physical force to harm another, but need not result in visible injuries to qualify. Hitting, kicking, pushing, biting, choking, and using weapons are all forms of physical abuse.
  • Emotional abuse can take the form of insults, humiliation, degradation, manipulation, and intimidation. Emotional abuse can involve forced isolation, coercion, or use of fear or guilt to control or belittle.
  • Sexual abuse involves any act that directly or indirectly impacts a person’s ability to control their own sexual activity and the conditions surrounding it. It can take many forms, including forced sexual activity, using other means of abuse to pressure one into an activity, and restricting access to condoms or birth control.
  • Financial abuse is a form of emotional abuse that uses money or material items as a means of power and control over another person.
  • Digital abuse is any form of emotional abuse using technology. A person may use social media, texting, or other technological means to intimidate, manipulate, harass, or bully someone.
  • Stalking is persistent harassment, monitoring, following, or watching of another person. These behaviors can be difficult for teens to recognize as abuse, as they may sometimes see it as flattering or believe the other person is engaging in such behaviors only out of love.

3. EXPLAIN THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LUST, INFATUATION, AND LOVE

Distinguishing between infatuation and love can be difficult for many adults; imagine how complicated it can be for a teenager who is experiencing many new feelings for the first time. Take a moment to explain to your teen that attraction and desire are physiological responses that can occur separately from emotions.
Make sure he or she understands that infatuation is not the same as love. Infatuation may give us butterflies, goose bumps, and that “can’t eat, can’t sleep” type of feeling, but it isn’t the same as love. Love takes time to grow, whereas infatuation may happen almost instantly.

4. TALK REALISTICALLY ABOUT SEX

While it may be tempting to skip this conversation, it’s in everyone’s best interests to talk to your teen about sex. Ask yourself whether you want your teen to hear this information from you or someone else.
On its website, the Mayo Clinic suggests turning the topic into a discussion rather than a presentation. Be sure to get your teen’s point of view and let your teen hear all sides from you. Discuss the pros and cons of sex honestly. Talk about questions of ethics, values, and responsibilities associated with personal or religious beliefs.

5. SET EXPECTATIONS AND BOUNDARIES

It is important to set expectations and boundaries you have now regarding your teen dating rather than defining them through confrontation later. Let your teen know any rules you may have, such as curfews, restrictions on who or how they date, who will pay for dates, and any other stipulations you might have. Give your teen an opportunity to contribute to the discussion, which can help foster trust.

6. OFFER YOUR SUPPORT

Be sure to let your teen know you support him or her in the dating process. Tell your teen you can drop off or pick up him or her, lend a compassionate and supportive ear when necessary, or help acquire birth control if that fits with your parenting and personal philosophies. However you intend to support your teen, make sure he or she knows that you are available.

7. USE GENDER-INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE THAT REMAINS NEUTRAL TO SEXUAL ORIENTATION

When you open the discussion with your teen about relationships and sexuality, consider using gender-inclusive language that remains neutral to sexual orientation. For example, you might say something like, “Are you interested in finding a boyfriend or girlfriend?” rather than automatically assuming your teen has a preference for the opposite sex. Deliver this language with genuine openness and love.
By opening up the possibility of being attracted to both genders right away, you will not only make it easier for your teen to be open with you about his or her sexual orientation, but you’ll likely make your teen feel more comfortable with his or her identity, regardless of who your teen chooses to date.

8. BE RESPECTFUL

Most importantly, be respectful when talking to your teen about dating and relationships. If you communicate with your teen in a gentle, non-obtrusive manner that respects his or her individuality, opinions, and beliefs, then your teen will be much more likely to do the same for you. This helps to create a healthy and open line of communication between you and your child and ultimately could improve your teen’s self-esteem.

9. KNOW WHEN TO ASK FOR OUTSIDE HELP

There is help available if you’re struggling to talk to your teen about dating and sexuality. In addition to our advice, there are numerous resources available online to help you start a constructive conversation. Additionally, if your teen is experiencing relationship problems and/or your talks about relationships aren’t going well, consider finding a family therapist who can help mediate the conversations and promote emotional intelligence and healthy behaviors. Teaching your kids what it means to be in a healthy relationship is simply too important of a message to leave to chance and may even save his or her life someday.
References:
  1. Sex education: Talking to your teen about sex. (2017, August 2). Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/sexual-health/in-depth/sex-education/art-20044034
  2. Types of abuse. Retrieved from http://www.loveisrespect.org/is-this-abuse/types-of-abuse

Friday, December 7, 2018

Parent Training - Real Colors Provided by CHS School Counselor

(From the office of the Chadron High School Counselor, Mrs. Loni Watson)

Parents- 

Please consider joining me for a Real Colors Parenting Workshop on January 9th from 6 - 9 p.m. in the HS library.  Real Colors is a dynamic workshop experience using a personality type test. The goal is to provide parents with the skills to:
  • understand human behavior
  • uncover motivators specific to each temperament
  • improve communication with students
  • parenting strategies for emotional and mental health
The basis of this workshop is the Real Colors® Personality Type Test: a user-friendly, intuitive tool that identifies four personality types common to all people—Gold, Green, Blue, and Orange.
It all begins with the Real Colors workshop, in which participants:
  • gain an understanding of the four colors (each corresponding to a personality type)
  • discover where they fall as an individual on the Real Colors spectrum
  • learn to recognize student characteristics of each of the four colors
  • discuss with fellow workshop participants what it’s like to be each color and how to most effectively work with students of various colors
From the very beginning, participants begin to see the world from a new perspective…and have fun doing it!  We will invite ANY parent interested PK-12th grade.  Please RSVP with loni.watson@chadronschools.net if you plan on attending.  The workshop will last the entire two hours but will be held at no cost!  We look forward to providing you with this workshop!