Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Public Officials Visit Chadron Schools

Congressman Smith visiting with CHS Seniors
 It has been quite the week with public officials visiting Chadron Public Schools. Monday, Congressman Adrian Smith stopped at Chadron High School to visit with our Seniors. Government teacher, Craig Nobiling, scheduled this opportunity for seniors to ask questions in regards to politics, legislation, and presidential elections.

Tuesday, Governor Dave Heineman, Senator Greg Smith, and Commissioner of Education Dr. Roger Breed flew into Chadron to visit with educators, students, parents, and other administrators to dialogue about what makes Chadron Public Schools successful. The Governor picked several schools to visit this fall to find success strategies that could be shared with other schools in the state. The group was also interested to hear what obstacles schools are currently facing in education.

Governor Heineman, Senator Smith, Comm of Education Breed, and Supt Dr. Winchester
We are proud to model our schools and the work that we do and are honored that our successes are seen across the state.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Good Luck in Post-Season Play!

The fall sports have ended the regular season.

Football: After upsetting Valentine last week, Chadron hosts Gothenburg this Wednesday (10/31) at 2pm for the 2nd round of the Nebraska Playoffs.
    Click here to view the full C1 Playoff bracket.

Volleyball: Chadron volleyball is having their best volleyball season in years with a 25-2 record at the end of regular season. Subdistricts will be played all in one night at Alliance High School this Tuesday (10/30). Chadron plays Gordon-Rushville at 4:00, the winner plays in the subdistrict championship game at 7:00.
    Click here to view the full sub-district bracket.

Good Luck Cardinals!!!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Cardinal Singers Debut Performance!

The Cardinal Singers will host their annual "Sweet Singsation" debut performance on October 26th at 8:00p in the CHS Auditorium.

Tickets are $6 per person, which includes an evening of song and dance followed by a dessert buffet. Tickets can be purchased by any member of the Cardinal Singers or at the high school office.

Chadron's Cardinal Singers are directed by Mr. John Marquez. Members include: Jenna Banzhaff, Kourtney Hageman, Jazzy McLain, Alex Lutz, Emmy Mills, Kodi Baumann, Tavia Passero, Jenny Van Vleet, Mikaela Hastings, Allie Johnson, Kodi Milburn, Ashley Trent, Taylor Strotheide, Michael Kruse, Zach Fankhauser, Jayden Stack, Jaycob Danielson, Seth Sloan, Caston Stack, Harlie Kennel, Aaron Gaswick, Tristan Moore, Logan Lembke, Dalton Maes, Jackson Dickerson, Murphy Churchill, Shay Chamberlain, and Kyle Baumann.

Halloween Safety Tips

(From School Resource Officer Chrisman)

Halloween is almost here again. It is an exciting time of year for kids of all ages.

Before you get your “SPOOK” on please help ensure that we all have a safe 
holiday, and follow the Halloween safety tips provided by the Chadron Police


  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their
          neighborhood rounds.
  • When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label
          clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats
          as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes
          are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you.
  • Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
  • Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
  • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
  • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing oncoming traffic.
  • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks. Never cross between parked cars
          or out driveways.
  • Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just
         because one car stops, doesn't mean others will!
  • Carry a cell phone for quick communication.
  • Teach children how to call 911 if they have an emergency.
  • Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful
  • A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on
         Halloween treats.

Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible
adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious

If you have any questions, please contact the Chadron Police Department or School
Resource Officer Aron Chrisman at 308-432-0510.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

SCIP - A Proven Success Story

SCIP - School Community Intervention & Prevention is a program we've used for years in our district to support families, school, and the community to support student behavioral and emotional health. It is designed to assist students experiencing difficulty in the learning environment.

How do we come together to support student success?

  1. School staff, peers or parents identify students exhibiting at-risk behaviors which interfere with their ability to learn.
  2. We provide alternative approaches in helping students deal with these problems.
  3. We provide a supportive system for students and parents to address problem areas both within and outside the school.
How are students referred to SCIP?

Students are often identified by teachers or administrators, but it is also acceptable for other students, friends, parents or even the student himself to ask to participate. Teachers are then asked to document the student's behavior in class and confidentially respond to the trained SCIP Team at the school.

Behaviors of concern may be indicators of more serious issues such as:
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Self-harm
  • Alcohol and/or drugs
  • Bullying
  • Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Gambling
SCIP is FREE to families!
The initial agency screening for the student provided through SCIP is always FREE to families. Donations and partnerships with local agencies and professionals make this possible.

Learn more about SCIP by contacting our school or at

Chadron's Got Talent!

Kodi, Elaine, and Michael
 Chadron definitely has talent!

Last night the Chadron Wunderlust Group hosted a Chadron's Got Talent contest for middle school and high school students. Wunderlust is a group of high school students that will be traveling to Europe in 2013 as an educational event with their sponsors Mr. McCarty and Mrs. Paopao.

Winners for the Middle School Division:

  • 1st - Claire Margetts
  • 2nd - Hailey Hallsted
  • Elaine Selby singing her original songs
  • 3rd - Kaylee Morsett - Piper
Winners for the High School Division:
  • 1st - Elaine Selby
  • 2nd - Michael Kruse
  • 3rd - Kodi Baumann
Overall Winner: Elaine Selby
People's Choice Award: Timothy Gibbons

Students would like to thank the following local businesses who donated prizes: Angela's, Mr. Movies, Big Bats, Pizza Hut, New Leaf, Bean Broker, Hencey Plumbing and Heating, Randy Bauer State Farm Insurance, Wahlstrom Ford, GMC of Chadron, Security First Bank, First National Bank of North Platte, McDonalds, Maurices, Straight Outta New York Pizzeria, Hub Cantina, Bomgaars, Chadron Lumber Company, Paris Fisher Auto Sales, Sears, Hairpin Corner, Hardware Hank, Mar-Bow Music.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Cross-Country Qualifies for State!

We'll recognize the cross country team and their parents at halftime of tonight's football game!  ~mack

(from Mr. Uhing)

Ogallala, Nebraska looked like a ghost town on October 11th as gunslingers from all over District 4 gathered for a historic Cross Country shootout.  The townsfolk closed down shutters, children relocated out of harms way, and the oldtimers predicted a battle for the ages.  When the dust settled, the Cardinals stood bleeding and bruised but not beaten sending eight runner’s to state competition.

The Boy’s team narrowly missed a State birth.  The entire team ran personal bests: Phil Duncan (17:22), Alec Burk (17:37), Robert Kouba (18:06), Thomas McClure (18:19), Weslee Jackson (18:28), Doug McCallum (19:34).  Punching their tickets to state were Phil Duncan 9th and Alec Burk 13th  

The girls team were District Runner-Ups Nicky Applegarth (15:10), Briley Hannaford (15:53), Kia Passero (16:05), Telli Morford (17:43), Veronica Parish (19:02) Kodi Baumann (19:34).  Nicky Applegarth 3rd, Briley Hannaford 5th, and Kia Passero 7th .  As runner-ups, the entire girls team will compete at state.

 Good Luck at State in Kearney, Nebraska, on October 19th!

Pictures of CHS Homecoming Week

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Join Us for a Skype Session with Nebraska Parents

Parents, please join us for an opportunity to Skype with a parent group (Nebraska Parents for Public Education - NPPE) at 6:00 Oct 16th!  We'll host the session in a high school classroom prior to attending the 7:00 Talent Show in the Auditorium. Read the following note from Dr. Winchester for more information.
(From Dr. Winchester, Supt.)
Saturday I meet with three parents (NE Parents for Public Education-NPPE) from the Omaha area.  I felt it was a very productive meeting.  Please read the information below about their group.  Like us they feel they need to collaborate with others so their concern for state funding for public education is heard.  Their main thrust is to fully fund TEEOSA.  They also understand the need to revamp Nebraska’s tax structure.  In sharing over coffee, we found we have many similar issues in a number of areas even though we are at two ends of the state, with a rural district and an urban district.  In my opinion we are more alike than different.
Their group (NPPE) is also meeting October 16.  We agreed to meet each other via Skype at 6 PM MT.  Please let other parents know about this group and the Skype collaboration on October 16.
If you need further info about the meeting, please contact me.
Many thanks.
~Dr. Winchester
Nebraska Parents for Public Education (NPPE)
Mission:  Through state-wide advocacy we will ensure a brighter future for Nebraska children by promoting the highest quality education in our k-12 schools.

Immediate objective:  Hold our state government to their commitment to restore $100 million funding for k-12 public education.

Background:  We have reason to be proud of our public schools. Nebraska ranks in the Top 10 in the nation in student achievement. We want to keep it that way. Nebraska’s public schools are entrusted with educating almost 300,000 K-12 students, 1 of every 6 Nebraskans, every year. Despite increasing enrollment, state aid for public schools was cut by nearly $100 million from FY2011 to FY2013, a staggering cut of 10.3%. By contrast the legislature found enough revenue to cut income taxes. 
Since the end of the recession in June 2009, the economy lost over 300,000 local education jobs. The loss of education jobs stands in stark contrast to every other recovery in recent years, under Republican and Democratic Administrations.

The impact of these cuts can be felt across the state. Nebraska schools lost 300 teachers and staff in school year 2011-12 and another 300 are expected to be lost in 2012-13. Communities such as Columbus and North Platte are facing a significant loss of state funding.

The national student-teacher ratio increased by 4.6 percent from 2008 to 2010, rolling back all the gains made since 2000. Further layoffs in 2011 and 2012 mean that the student-teacher ratio will continue to increase as we enter the 2012-13 school years. From Florida to Ohio to California, districts have faced teacher shortages, have cut preschool and kindergarten programs, and have shortened the school week and school year.  While Omaha hasn't seen cuts in the school week, there are districts in outstate Nebraska who have gone to 4-day weeks to save money.

These cuts are occurring at a time when schools face demands from parents, employers and civic leaders to bring more and more students to higher levels of academic proficiency, in large part because workers will increasingly need higher levels of educational attainment to thrive in the workforce. We must support the creation of an educated populace that is a sustainable workforce for Nebraska employers.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Girls Golf 4th Place at State Competition!

Congratulations to the Chadron Girls Golf Team on a successful season!

Chadron's team finished 4th at State.

Senior, Kelli Haynes - 5th Place Individual.

State Results at Quail Run, Columbus, NE:
Team Scoring: 1st - Grand Island Central Catholic (746), 2nd - Ogallala (751), 3rd - Norfolk Catholic (784), 4th - Chadron (794), 5th - Valentine (801)

Chadron: 5th - Kelli Haynes 87-88, 32nd - Cali Crile 101-103, Taylor Strotheide 106-100, Kortney Hageman 100-109, Haleigh Shuck 117-112

Chadron's Got Talent Contest! Tues - Oct 16th 7p

On Tuesday October 16th at 7 p.m. in the Chadron High School Auditorium the Wanderlust Cardinals (students traveling to Europe in 2013) will be hosting  Chadron's Got Talent! contest.  

To participate in this exciting event please complete a participation form that can be picked up in the high school or middle school office.  The cost for participants is $5, due with your application.  There will be two divisions of competition; grades 5-8 and grades 9-12.

Prizes from $100 in cash plus numerous gift certificates all the way to a $100 savings bond are available to the top three contestants in both the middle school and high school divisions!

Single events and group events will be accepted.  Contestants must have three, two minute performances prepared, as they could go through three rounds of competition.

Participation forms must be filled out and returned to your school office by Thursday October 11th.

Judges for the contest will be Jerry Mack, Collette Fernandez, and Mary Allberry.
Congratulations to the following homecoming royalty!

Freshman attendants:  

  • Murphy Churchill, Toni Doescher, Jayden Garrett, Tate Cullers, Alex Eisenbarth
Sophomore attendants:  

  • Sydney Blome, KayLeah Deines, Mikaru Hirose, Veronica Parish, Willy Cogdill, Vonsinh Sayaloune
Junior Attendants:  

  • Ashtyn Nelson, Tavia Passero, Cooper Cogdill, Nick Toof

And your 6 candidates for Queen and King are:

  • Ashlyn Eitemiller, Briley Hannaford, Taylor Strotheide
  • Chance Bila, Robert Kouba, Colby Riesen

Monday, October 8, 2012

Homecoming Week Oct 8-13

Homecoming week is always a fun time during the school year. The Chadron High School Student Council coordinates all of the themes and activities throughout the week. Here's the week's schedule:

Monday, Oct 8th 
Class Colors Day - Students wear colors designating grade.
Freshman - Brown, Sophomore - Grey, Juniors - Black, Seniors - Neon, Staff - Plaid

TBA Girls State Golf @ Columbus
5:00 JV Football @ Gering

Tuesday, Oct 9th
Harry Potter vs Star Wars Day

TBA Girls State Golf @ Columbus
4:00 F,JV,V  Volleyball vs Sidney @ CHS Gym
Jersey Auction will follow the volleyball games

Wednesday, Oct 10th
Would you still be my friend if I dressed like ...?... day

Thursday, Oct 11th
Super Hero Day

TBA Boys & Girls District Cross Country @ Ogallala
4:00 Freshman Football @ Douglas
6:30 Power Puff/Powder Puff @ CHS

Friday, Oct 12th
Spirit Day
(End of the 1st Quarter - Report Cards come out next week!)

12:20 Coronation and Pep Rally @ CHS Gym
7:00 Varsity Football vs Mitchell @ CHS Field
Showcase Royalty during halftime of game

Saturday, Oct 13th
10:30 JV&V Volleyball @ Valentine
Homecoming Dance 9-12 in High School Commons

Friday, October 5, 2012

New District Movie Trailer

Many of you saw the video I created using iMovie a couple of weeks ago, I was recently asked to create a similar one for our district. So I spent a few moments in each of the schools walking in and out of classrooms ... what a privilege! I used the same movie trailer theme to create this quick movie for our district.     I hope you enjoy it!

CHS National Honor Society Elects Officers

National Honor Society is a membership based on a student’s outstanding performance in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Scholarship requires the student to have a cumulative grade point average of 3.65. Service is defined through the voluntary contributions made by the student to the school or community. Leadership includes those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and someone who exemplifies a positive attitude about life. A good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern and respect for others, and maintains a good and clean lifestyle.

Congratulations to the following new 2012-2013 National Honor Society Officers:
President: Maggie Earney
Vice President: Jazzy McLain
Secretary: Briley Hannaford
Treasurer: Ashlyn Eitemiller

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Yearbooks Offered Through the Mail and Online

                                                      (From Mrs. Paopao)

CHS is offering a great way to pre-purchase the 2013 yearbook directly through the mail or online.

In a partnership with Jostens, our yearbook printer, CHS is offering a program for purchasing yearbooks from home.  This simple method will eliminate the need for students to bring money to the school and allow parents the opportunity to discuss purchase decisions with students at home.  Yearbook purchases will be made through the mail, Internet (, or simply calling a toll-free hotline, 1-866-1516.  Additionally, a special feature of this program allows parents the option of an installment payment plan.  The price will begin at $55.

In the middle of October, students will receive complete details on the 2013 yearbook, available accessories and ordering instructions.  This is the only way to pre-purchase the yearbook this year, so make sure to watch your mailbox for details.

Of course, there will be some extra 2013 yearbooks available for sale at the start of the 2013-2014 school year.  

For more information please contact Jill Paopao, yearbook adviser at or 432-0707.

Register for ACT Tests

(From the Guidance Office)

It's not too soon to register for the ACT! We recommend that students take the ACT as a junior. Students may take the test as often as desired, and colleges will accept the highest score on any ONE testing date (you cannot mix and match high scores from various testing dates).

Please register online at or stop by the Guidance Office. Please keep in mind that students may qualify for a fee reduction if they are eligible for Free/Reduced meals at school or participate in Upward Bound. You must now upload pictures!

Remaining test dates for 2012-13 are as follows:

  • December 8  - Register online by 11/2/12     (test site: CHS)
  • February 9    - Register online by 1/11/13     (test site: CSC)
  • April 13        - Register online by 3/8/13       (test site: CHS)
  • June 8           - Register online by 5/3/13       (test site: CSC)
We have booklets called "Preparing for the ACT" that can be picked up at the Guidance Office.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Girls Golf Team Qualifies for State!

Congratulations to the Girls Golf Team for finishing as the C-5 District Runner-Up yesterday at the Ogallala West Wind Golf Course!

Ogallala finished first on their home course followed by 2nd - Chadron, 3rd - Bridgeport. Other teams competing were: Kimball, Gordon-Rushville, Perkins County, Creek Valley, Dundy County-Stratton, Mitchell, Bayard, and Mullen.

Individually, Chadron senior Kellie Haynes won the tournament and is now Chadron's Four-Time District Champion! Other top 10 individual finishes for Chadron included 4th-Kortney Hageman, and 10th-Taylor Strotheide. Strong performances by the rest of the team included Cali Crile and Haleigh Schuck.

The Cardinal team is coached by Curt Holmquist. The team of will travel to Columbus for the state tournament on October 8th and 9th.

Good Luck Lady Cards!