Thursday, May 30, 2019

Do you really want to increase your ACT?

I've been reviewing ACT data from our students this spring and I thought I'd share this obvious correlation we see in scores every year.  For CHS, it is relatively known that Trigonometry has a lot of homework with high demands.  It's also relatively known, that completing our Trig course increases ACT scores for students.

Why?   Well, most of the other ACT subjects require students to be good readers with very good comprehension. Reading comprehension is a skill that can be developed, but it generally takes much more time than one semester.  Math is an ACT subject that tests a specific list of skills (mostly Geometry and Algebra concepts) which are generally taught by the end of Algebra II and then repeatedly practiced during Trigonometry class. This repeated practice generates a boost in the ACT Math score of about 4+ points, which in turns boosts the Composite score a few points.  So, in only one semester, students can greatly impact their ACT score!

Fortunately most, most of our students complete both Geometry and Algebra II in high school which helps to introduce most tested concepts.  My suggestion would be for college-bound students to take our Trig course to continue practicing skills with these topics to improve their Math and Composite ACT scores. 

This spring I compared ACT scores of our 28 students that had completed Algebra II but no further math classes, versus the 23 students that went on and completed Trigonometry (I removed those students that had not completed at least Algebra II prior to testing).  The Trig students scored 6.3 points higher on the Math ACT test and 4.7 points higher on the Composite Score.  I've included a random sample of 25 of the students I reviewed just to show the general trend.  The scores highlighted in pink are below the math proficiency rating of the State. The green highlights indicate 'at benchmark' or above the general expectations of the State. 

Let me mention benchmark scores in individual subjects on the ACT, like Math.  Most four-year colleges will require students to complete at least College Algebra for all students. However, if the ACT Math score is not at benchmark, the incoming student will have to take other preparatory classes first like Pre-College Algebra or even Pre-Algebra.  For instance, Chadron State College places incoming freshman into math classes based on the ACT Math according to this scale:
  • Math ACT 19+ = College Algebra or other choice approved by advisor for major
  • Math ACT 16-19 = Pre-College Algebra required before completion of other required math
  • Math ACT less than 16 = Pre-Algebra before completion of other required math

So, by scoring at least a 19 on the Math ACT, will save an incoming CSC student hundreds of dollars and additional time to take prerequisite math courses in college.

If your student is serious about college, and would be interested in increasing their ACT score for better scholarship opportunities or to save money and time ...then encourage them to challenge themselves in high school by scheduling these 'harder' courses, like Trig!

Friday, May 24, 2019

CHS Teacher, Mike Sandstrom Named Nebraska History Teacher of the Year

Michael Sandstrom Named 
2019 Nebraska History Teacher of the Year

(Press Release, David Jespersen, Public Information Officer, Nebraska Department of Education)
Michael Sandstrom, an American history and civics teacher at Chadron High School in Chadron, Nebraska was recently named the 2019 State History Teacher of the Year, an award sponsored by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

The History Teacher of the Year Award highlights the crucial importance of history education by honoring exceptional American history teachers from elementary school through high school. The award honors one exceptional K-12 teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools, and U.S. territories.

Sandstrom believes civic competence and historical knowledge should have a prominent role in education. He makes history real and meaningful for his students by connecting them to their own local history and tying that to current events. "Students believe that they possess all the required information at their fingertips, but the power unleashed by the study of history does not come from the memorization of dates and random facts, " Sandstrom says. "My goal, every day, is to make history both relevant and challenging in the hope that they are better prepared for the 21st Century."

Sandstrom will receive a $1,000 award and Chadron High School will become a Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School and weill receive history books and educational materials from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Sandstrom will also be a finalist for the $10,000 National Histroy Teacher of the Year Award and will receive an invitation to the Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar, a weeklong program which offers teachers daily discussions with eminent historians, visits to historic sites, and hands-on work with primary sources.

Sandstrom will be honored with the award at the Nebraska State Council for the Social Studies annual conference on June 6. 

Mike Sandstrom is a 2008 graduate of Chadron High School and 2013 graduate of Chadron State College.  His wife, Sheyenne is a Second Grade teacher at Chadron Primary School.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Advanced Biology Studies the Nervous System

(Submitted by CHS Sophomore, Alexis Conboy)

When studying the nervous system, one must surely be in awe of its speed and power. The
Chadron High advanced biology class recently explored the nervous system, specifically the
nervous systems reaction times. In order to test the reaction times of the nervous system, a
series of experiments were conducted and the results were recorded in a graph. After all of the
data had been compiled, questions on the experiment were completed by the students to further
engage them and compare data compiled by other students

In the first experiment, students were to hold a meter stick approximately three centimeters
above the hand that was being tested. Then the meter stick would be dropped and the person
being tested would have to catch the meter stick as fast as they could. This would be repeated
for the opposite hand and person and recorded on a graph. The second experiment was the
same, only the person being tested had to close their eyes and the person dropping the meter
stick had to say go in order for the person to react. The third experiment would also be a
rendition of the first. The groups had to come up with their own experiment. One group
decided to test their reaction after having laid down on the ground for a few minutes. Another
decided to run up and down the stairs leading down to the central office a few times. The tests
conducted by the students were overall very creative.

After the experiments, students had to answer an assortment of questions. These questions
included “Which hand had the quickest reaction time?”, “Why may each person/hand have a
different reaction time?”, and “Were there any trends that could be identified in the data?”. All
of these questions allowed the students to become more engaged in the experiments. Not only
would they have to compile the data they would also have to draw conclusions and make
connections with their group’s data and the other groups’ data as well.

These experiments were ultimately very beneficial to the students of Mr. Bradley’s advanced biology
class. The tests were not only informative but engaging and fun for the students. The experiments gave
a more in-depth understanding of the nervous system while also providing an opportunity to make
connections and draw conclusions. The skills gained by experiments completed in this classroom will
not only be used in this classroom, but in other classrooms in school, and those “classrooms” that may
appear throughout life.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Link to Live Stream Graduation - 1:00 mst Saturday, May 11th

The link is also found on the homepage of

Class of 2019
Graduation Date: May 11, 2019
1:00pm MST
Chadron High School Gymnasium

Class Colors: Black, Red & Silver
Class Flower: White Rose
Class Song: "On My Way" by Phil Collins
Class Motto: "We grew together - now it is our freedom to go our separate ways and give what we can to the world." ~Unknown

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Summer Weight Room Hours for Student Athletes

A few times have changed to try and eliminate the congestion in the weight room. Most workouts can be completed in 40-45 minutes if done correctly and this schedule allows for almost everyone to have their own weight room time.  

6:00 am Weight room opens
6:30 am Football (Juniors & Seniors)
7:15 am Volleyball (All)
8:00 am Softball (All)
8:30 am Football (Sophomores & Freshmen)
9:15 am Weight room closed

"C" Club is again willing to award t-shirts to the individuals with 80% attendance. Attendance to a team/individual sports camp does count towards weight room attendance.

The Weight Room will open May 28th (on a Tuesday due to Monday being Memorial Day)
It will be open Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday & Closed on Fridays
The Weight Room will be closed Thursday, July 4th
The week of July 22-26 the weight room will also be closed. (NCA clinic)
Final day for the weight room will be August 1st.

Please encourage your athletes to attend the summer workouts. Inform them that lifting on a “game day” does not harm them. If they need examples I will gladly provide them or their parents the information.

As the summer weight room supervisor, my ultimate goal is for every athlete to improve at their sport(s) in addition for every team to be successful.

Jamie Slingsby
Health and Physical Fitness Instructor
Head Wrestling Coach
Assistant Football Coach
Chadron Cardinals High School 

CHS Graduation 1:00p Saturday, May 11th

CHS Graduation 1:00p May 11th

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

 Chadron High School Graduation
 Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 1:00 PM

 Chadron High School Gymnasium

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Chadron Wins Big at the 2019 CSC Scholastic Day Contest

Once again, Chadron High wins big at the Chadron State College Scholastic Day Contest!

Overall Team Standings (having met minimum number of tests)

  1. 16.160  Chadron High School   - Division III Winner
  2. 15.471  Hay Springs High School  - Division V Winner
  3.  15.127  Rapid City Stevens High School  - Division I Winner
  4. 14.096   Rapid City Christian High School  - Division IV Winner
  5.  13.582  Gering High School

19 CHS Students Placed in the Top 3!

First Place Finishers:

  • Micah Stouffer - Business Law
  • Dan Dunbar - Physical Education
  • Cole Madsen - Agronomy and Rangeland Management
  • Hannah Walker - Earth Science
  • Madison Sandstrom - Human Development and Family Life
  • Samantha Johns - Veterinary Sciences
  • Cody Hall - Algebra I
Second Place Finishers:
  • Abigail Gardner - Business Management Decision Making
  • Leila Tewahade - General Science
  • Micah Stouffer - Business Communications and Vocabulary
  • Patrick Rust - Business Information Systems
  • Charlotte Toftum - Business Law
  • Hannah Walker - General Biology
  • Michael Sorenson - Business Math
Third Place Finishers:
  • Hunter Parks - American History
  • Paige Carattini - Psychology
  • Mackenzie Scoggan - Equine Management
  • Shawn Garvin - Personal Finance
  • Morgan Rutledge - General Biology
Fourth Place Finishers:
  • Shelby Blundell - Accounting
  • Lauren Collins - Advanced Mathematics
  • Patrick Rust - Business Management Decision Making
  • Kayley Galbraith - World History
Fifth Place Finishers:
  • Grace Sorenson - American History
  • Michael Sorenson - General Science
Sixth Place Finishers:
  • Zachary Wordekemper - Physical Education
  • Samantha Johns - Algebra II
Seventh Place Finishers:
  • Kennady Stack - Plane Geometry

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Join me and many others that are adding a green ribbon to our email signatures during the month of May to promote awareness!

Jerry Mack, Principal
Chadron High School
Chadron, NE 69337

Twitter: jerry_mack

In addition, wear green on May 9th for Children's Mental Health Awareness Day!

Additional Information:
Promoting Student Mental Health - Online Article
Changing the Conversation About Mental Health - Online Article

Student Related Trends:
Juvenile justice.
Of the youth in local or state juvenile justice centers, 70 percent have a mental illness.
Mental illness in suicide.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death in students aged 10–24, with 90 percent of those dying by suicide having an underlying mental illness.

School drop outs.

37 percent of students aged 14 or older with a mental health issue drop out of school.

Schedule of Year-End Events

The busy days of year-end high school events is here! 

Check out the Chadron Public Schools Activity Calendar for all K-12 activities.

Here's a quick list of some of the high school programs:

Thursday, April 25 @ 1:40 - Kiwanis Honors Program in CHS Auditorium
Tuesday, April 30 @ 6:00 - MS/HS Vocal Music Concert followed by dessert bar fundraiser
Thursday, May 2 @ 7:00a - CHS Sports Physicals ($5 donation)
Saturday, May 4 @ 7:00 - Jr/Sr Prom at CSC Ballroom
Sunday, May 5 @ 7:00 - Baccalaureate in CHS Auditorium
Monday, May 6 @ 7:00 - Honor's Night in CHS Auditorium
Tuesday, May 7 @ 7:00 - Band Concert in CHS Auditorium (6:00 for 5/6th grade)
Wednesday, May 8 @ 1:00 - Seniors Checkout and Graduation Practice
Saturday, May 11 @ 1:00 - Graduation in CHS Gym
Friday, May 24 - Last Day of School for Students and Staff!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Chadron High School Ranks #6 Best School In Nebraska for 2019

We're proud to announce that Chadron High School ranks as the #6 'Best High School' in Nebraska for 2019 according to the newest release of the U.S. News & World Report rankings.

This marks the fifth consecutive year that Chadron High School ranked in the top six high schools in the state.  

Previous rankings include:

    • 2015  2nd
    • 2016  6th
    • 2017  5th
    • 2018  3rd
    • 2019  6th

(Excerpt from
Chadron Senior High School is ranked sixth within Nebraska. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® coursework and exams. The AP® participation rate at Chadron Senior High School is 19%. The total minority enrollment is 22%, and 37% of students are economically disadvantaged. 

2019 Rankings

Chadron Senior High School is ranked #2,518 in the National Rankings. Schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation and how well they prepare students for college. Read more about how we rank the Best High Schools.
All rankings:
2019 U.S. News & World Report State Rankings
#1  Elkhorn South
#2  Elkhorn High
#3  Millard North
#4  Bennington
#5 Millard West
#6  Chadron

Thursday, April 25, 2019

HS Sports Physicals - Thursday, May 2nd at 7:00am

The High School sports physicals are scheduled for Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 7am in the High School Gym/locker room area.  

Students can pick up a sports physical form from the office. We request that parents/guardians fill in the Health History and sign permission at the bottom of physical form.  Then return the completed form to the high school along with the $5 donation.

Your student MUST have the form signed and returned to receive a physical.

(From the School Nurses)
Chadron Public School
Sports/Extracurricular Activity Physicals

Any student that intends on participating in any sport or extracurricular activity for the 2019-20 school
year must have a current physical turned into the school.  The Chadron Medical Clinic providers are
giving an opportunity for your student to get the physical done at school.

Your student MUST have the form signed and returned to receive a physical.  If the form is not completed and signed by the parent/guardian, the student will not receive a physical. All physicals will be done in the High School locker room/concessions area (north side).

If, for a reason given by the medical provider, your student is NOT cleared to participate and needs
“follow up”, the school nurses will notify you.  If your student has a conflict with the morning that is
assigned for her/his grade, let us know and we will get them in on the other day!

The providers will NOT be completing club softball, baseball, boy/girl scouts or any other non-school
related physicals at this time.  

We are so thankful to our community providers and families for making this opportunity available for our
students.  If you have any questions/concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the school.
Hope to see your student/s there!

Thank You,

Jennifer Pyle RN-BSN
Abbie Hyatt RN-BSN

Chadron HS Will Have A 2:30 Dismissal On May 8th for Senior Checkout

As with a lot of events affected by weather this semester, CSC has moved Scholastic Day to May 8th ...the day of senior checkout.   We typically start this school day at 9:00a for grades 9-11 so we could have the time for checkout with seniors followed by graduation practice.    However, since a lot of our student body will be testing during the morning and Thursday has sport conflicts, we'll be moving the senior checkout to the end of the day.   (I told the seniors that they'll all be busy Friday helping clean house and getting ready for company for graduation! 😊)

Seniors will be asked to report to school at 1:00p and meet in the gym. They will conduct the Senior Walk at the Primary Building (wearing caps and gowns) followed by graduation practice at 1:45 (with the CHS Band, Cardinal Singers and Junior class officers) before the 2:30 checkout time with staff.  

Grades 9-11 will be dismissed at 2:30 (see bell schedule below).

Thank you for your continued flexibility!
~Mr. Mack

CHS - Wednesday, May 8th

2:30 Dismissal for Grades 9-11
Senior Checkout at 2:30

1ST BLOCK 7:55 – 9:30

2ND BLOCK 9:40 – 11:15

Lunch 11:15 – 11:58

3RD BLOCK 11:58 – 1:13

4TH BLOCK 1:20 – 2:30
Block 4A 1:20 – 1:55
Block 4B    1:55 – 2:30

*Seniors will report to school at 1:00p (meet in the gym)
 1:00  Senior Walk at the Primary School (wearing caps & gowns)
 1:45  Graduation Practice (Band, Cardinal Singers & Jr. Officers)
 2:15  Senior Exit Survey & Notes (in gym)
 2:30  Senior Checkout with Staff

CHS Graduation - May 11 @ 1:00p in the CHS Gym

Class of 2019
Graduation Date: May 11, 2019
Chadron High School Gymnasium

Class Colors: Black, Red & Silver
Class Flower: White Rose
Class Song: "On My Way" by Phil Collins
Class Motto: "We grew together - now it is our freedom to go our separate ways and give what we can to the world." ~Unknown

Vocal Concerts - Tuesday, April 30th

We hope you can join us for our spring concerts on Tuesday, April 30th!  The recent weather has created some changes, here is the update:

Tuesday, April 30th in the HS Auditorium

6:00p - Grades 7-12 Choirs including: 

  • 7/8th Choir
  • HS Choir
  • Cedar Street Singers

7:00p - Show Choirs
  • CHS Cardinal Singers featuring the CMS Jr. Cardinal Singers

A dessert bar fundraiser will follow in the HS Commons!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Fine Arts Planning Meeting May 1st

Everyone is invited to join us in a yearly strategic planning meeting for the K-12 Fine Arts program. 

Fine Arts Vision/Strategic Planning Meeting Wednesday, May 1, 2019 in Central Office Conference Room @ 5:30 PM.  
Everyone welcome to attend.  
~Dr. Winchester, CPS Superintendent

Last Day of School Moved to May 24th

Like many school districts in Nebraska affected by blizzards or floods, Chadron Public Schools will extend the school year by three days.

The last day of school for students and staff will now be Friday, May 24th.

Chadron Public Schools had 6 snow days this year, the most days used for at least 20 years.  In 2012, CPS had missed 4 days (two due to August fires and two for snow). 

Friday, May 24th will be an early dismissal for students and staff will check out during the afternoon.  Call the office if you have any questions.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Dental Hygienist Visit

(Submitted by CHS Senior, Mackenzie Scoggan)
On March 27th the Anatomy and Physiology class took a trip down to Main Street Dental. There we met with Kiya Stack. She talked to us about the occupation, the education needed, along with a tour of the office. She also showed us machinery that is used that helps detect any problems a patient may have.

Kiya explained the occupation very well. She described that any and all dental work is interesting and
always entertaining. Dental hygienists use many types of tools to do their job. They clean and polish
teeth with hand, power, and ultrasonic tools. Hygienists remove stains with an air-polishing device. They
polish teeth with a powered tool that works like an automatic toothbrush. Hygienists use x-ray machines
to take pictures to check for tooth or jaw problems. Some states allow hygienists with additional training,
sometimes called dental therapists, to work with an expanded scope of practice. Dental hygienists help
patients develop and maintain good oral health. For example, they may explain the relationship between
diet and oral health. They may also give advice to patients on how to select toothbrushes and other oral
care devices. The tasks hygienists may perform, and the extent to which they must be supervised by a
dentist, vary by state and by the setting in which the dental works.
Kiya was very open about what she did and loved talking about the occupation she was entering. She gave us many tips of how to get through college and he successful. Kiya loves that she given the opportunity to come back to Chadron to gain more experience in the field and was excited she was able to talk to all of us.