Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Activity Physicals: CHS May 7, CMS May 8

2013-14 Activity Physicals

Chadron High School 
Current 9th, 10th and 11th grade students
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
7:00 am - 8:00 am
High School Locker Rooms (use front door)

Chadron Middle School 
Current 6th, 7th and 8th grade students
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
7:00 am - 8:00 am
High School Locker Rooms (use front door)

***Health forms may be picked up at the school office BEFORE MAY 7th.

Please fill out the Health History portion of the form before you arrive at your physical
Cost: $5 (No student turned away - contribution donated to the Chadron Schools activities fund)

Monday, April 22, 2013

CHS Sophomore Advances To National History Day Competition!

Chadron High sophomore, Veronica Parish, won the Nebraska State Competition for National History Day for her Senior Individual Exhibit titled:  God, Government and Roger Williams. The Nebraska contest took place this past weekend on campus at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln.

The National History Day contest will take place June 9-13 this summer.  Veronica is the daughter of Bruce and Alna Parish. She is sponsored by CPS teachers, Cathy Kaus and Colleen Harford.

End of Year Activities at CHS

I want to take this opportunity to ‘touch base’ on the many activities and events that will take place in the next few weeks for our students. There are not a lot of changes from how we’ve operated in past years but there are a couple of important notes.
Graduation will take place in the high school gym this year. We do not reserve or block off sections of seats for families of seniors. Instead, they are welcome to enter the gymnasium when it opens at 8:00am and reserve up to 10 seats on the floor for the graduation ceremony for their families. There is additional seating provided in the bleachers.

Senior's Last Day: As in the past, grades 9-11 will start classes at 9:00am on May 8th to allow for seniors to check-out from 7:55-8:55am.
Here’s the schedule of special activities:
  • Kiwanis Program   Thursday, April 25th 1:30p           CHS Auditorium
  • HS Muscal Fri, Sat, Sun April 26-28 7:00p CHS Auditorium
  • 6-12 Vocal Concert Thursday, May 2nd 7:00p CHS Auditorium
  • Prom                        Saturday, May 4th    7:00p           CSC Student Center
  • Baccalaureate         Sunday, May 5th      7:00p       CHS Auditorium
  • Honor’s Night           Monday, May 6th      7:00p       CHS Auditorium
  • 6-12 Band Concert Tuesday, May 7th 7:00p CHS Auditorium
  • Seniors Last Day     Wednesday, May 8th 7:55a      9:00 start for grades 9-11
  • Graduation Practice  Wednesday, May 8th 9:00a           CHS Gym
  • Graduation              Saturday, May 11th   10:00a           CHS Gym

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

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

CHS Musical - Les Miserables!

Les Miserables runs April 26-28, 7:00pm all three nights.  

Admission is 5$ for adults and 4$ for students and seniors , with a special preview Friday April 19th , 7:30 at the Bean Broker

Members of the CSC Music Department will be performing in the small pit orchestra.The cast is comprised of 35 energetic high school and middle school students.  The musical is set in 19th Century France post French Revolution. Focusing strongly on hope and compassion, the characters of the show rise above the circumstances they must endure. Chadron High School is the first high school outside of Lincoln/Omaha to perform this work. 

State Testing Underway!

So what has Chadron High School been doing lately? ...TESTING!

In case it's been a few years since you've attended high school, one of the biggest challenges faced by every school happens in the spring during required testing. These tests allow us to gather data used to track student progress as well as to make necessary curriculum adjustments. For our parents and other patrons (including State offices), it also serves as  one method used in calculating accountability of schools.

Chadron High School is a high performing school in the state as noted by a visit from the Governor and Commissioner of Education last fall. Our NeSA results (state accountability tests taken by juniors) posted by the Governor's office last year, showed Chadron High School ranking 3rd in Reading, 2nd in Math, 3rd in Science, but just missing the top 5 in Writing. These were ranked against all other class C-1 schools in the state.

There are two different tests taken by our students which are all completed online. Every freshman and sophomore will take the NWEA/MAPS exam in the subjects of: reading, language arts, math, and science. These scores are used to track individual student progress from year to year beginning in elementary and results will be mailed to each parent (these tests are not used for state comparisons/accountability). Every junior will take the NeSA (Nebraska State Accountability) exam in the subjects of: reading, writing, math, and science (these scores are reported for state accountability).

Every freshman and sophomore will spend an entire day (half one day, half another) taking their required four tests. Every junior will spend up to a half a day on seven different dates taking their four required tests. The NeSA exams taken by the juniors, are longer exams broken into two sessions (except Writing) for each subject.

For our school, it will take nine entire days of testing using multiple computer labs. As you can imagine, scheduling the necessary time to accomplish this task without the interruption of the many typical high school activities ... and snow storms ... can be difficult to find in our calendar. I believe Chadron was one of the first districts that 'protected' testing time by moving activities and athletic events to minimize conflicts. Examples include moving and attending Saturday track meets, and not scheduling assemblies or other presentations during this time.

Here's briefly what this year's testing schedule looks like:

  • Wednesday, February 6th - NeSA Writing (taken earlier in the semester)
    • Morning - Juniors Group A
    • Afternoon - Juniors Group B&C
  • Monday, April 8th - MAPS Testing
    • Morning - Freshman Group A
    • Afternoon - Freshman Group B
  • (Three snow days caused a reschedule April 9-11th)
  • Monday, April 15th - NeSA Reading Session 1
    • Morning - Juniors Group A
    • Afternoon - Juniors Groups B&C
  • Tuesday, April 16th - NeSA Reading Session 2
    • Morning - Juniors Group A
    • Afternoon - Juniors Groups B&C
  • Wednesday, April 17th - MAPS Testing
    • Morning - Sophomores Group A
    • Afternoon - Sophomores Group B
  • Thursday, April 18th - MAPS Testing
    • Morning - Freshman Group B
    • Afternoon - Freshman Group A
  • Tuesday, April 23rd - NeSA Science Session 1
    • Morning - Juniors Group A
    • Afternoon - Juniors Groups B&C
  • Wednesday, April 24th - NeSA Science Session 2
    • Morning - Juniors Group A
    • Afternoon - Juniors Groups B&C
  • Monday, April 29th - MAPS Testing
    • Morning - Sophomores Group B
    • Afternoon - Sophomores Group A
  • Tuesday, April 30th - NeSA Math Session 1
    • Morning - Juniors Group A
    • Afternoon - Juniors Groups B&C
  • Wednesday, May 1st - NeSA Math Session 2
    • Morning - Juniors Group A
    • Afternoon - Juniors Groups B&C
  • May 2nd and 3rd - Make-ups

Good luck to all our test-takers!!!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

CHS Student Wins Nebr. State Bar Essay Contest!

Congrats to Shoilee Rahman and her teacher Mr. Nobiling! 
Shoilee is the freshman daughter of Shafiqur and Rafia Rahman.
(I attached a copy of Shoilee's essay below)

Congratulations to the following students and teachers who have been named the winners of the 14th Annual Law Day Essay Contest, sponsored by the Nebraska State Bar Foundation and the Nebraska Supreme Court!

Student Name
Teacher Name
School Name
Shoilee Rahman
Craig Nobiling
Chadron High School
Daniel Reynoso
Melanie Chesley
Lexington High School
Bryn Carriker
Richard Smock
McCook High School
Linsey Armstrong
Nick Hegge
Logan View High School

Many of the contest judges commented that they especially enjoyed reading this year’s student essays.  Thank you so much for taking the time to encourage your students to participate in this law-related education activity.  We hope you are looking forward to next year’s contest and that you will participate in the 15th Annual Law Day Essay Contest.

Cindy Lilleoien
Law-Related Education Consultant
Nebraska State Bar Foundation
PO Box 95103 · 635 S. 14th St., #120
Lincoln, NE 68509
402-475-1042 · 402-475-7106 Fax


“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable….Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals,” said Martin Luther King, Jr. The words sacrifice, suffering, and struggle, and dedication truly define the civil rights movement in the United States. America saw sacrifice as fifty thousand African Americans gave up riding the buses in Montgomery, Alabama. It saw suffering and struggle when schoolchildren were attacked with dogs and hoses in the streets of Birmingham. And finally, it was a witness to dedication when civil rights activists marched from Selma to Montgomery in pursuit of protecting voting rights for African Americans in 1965. However, at the center of this era of obtaining civil rights for African Americans, was a leader named Martin Luther King, Jr. It is crucial that American citizens remember this leader and his contributions to racial equality in the United States. Held on the third Monday of January, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is perhaps one of the most important holidays observed in the United States.

Images of the civil rights era in the United States show that large masses of people gathered, not with weapons, but with the idea that if they all shared one common belief and chose not to abide by what authorities told them, they could obtain anything. This was the core mechanism of the movement Martin Luther King, Jr. was leading; nonviolent noncooperation. He drew inspiration from civil rights activists, such as Gandhi, and philosophers such as Henry David Thoreau. Dr. King and his method of nonviolent noncooperation can be viewed as an example for Americans today. What Martin Luther King, Jr. strived for was equality for African Americans. Issues regarding equality still remain, whether it is racial equality or gender equality. Today, Dr. King’s leadership and activism during the civil rights era can act as a guide when people deal with issues regarding equality. Not only do his contributions act as a guide, but they also act as a source of inspiration for those wanting to start a movement geared toward social change.

Human progress is a continuous process. In Dr. King’s famous speech “I Have a Dream,” he spoke of how even after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, which was a sign of progression, African Americans in the 1960s still didn’t enjoy the same rights as everyone else, which was a sign of digression. That was what Martin Luther King, Jr. built and progressed upon; obtaining equality for all races. Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day helps citizens understand the effectiveness of nonviolent noncooperation, remember Dr. King’s achievements, and it symbolizes progress of Americans in the past, the present, and the future.

Shoilee Rahman
9th Grade
Mr. Craig Nobiling
Chadron High School

Primary Sources:
Carson, Claybourne. “The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr.” New York: Warner
Books, 1998. Google Books. Web. 24 March 2013. <http://books.google.com/books?

Jr., Martin Luther King, “I Have a Dream.” Ben Franske, 28 August 1963, Audio. Internet Archive. Web.
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Secondary Sources:
“A Brief History of the Civil Rights Movement.” Cyberlearning World. Web. 24 March 2013. <http://

Brainy Quote. Brainy Quote, 2001-2013. Web. 24 March 2013. <http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/

PBS. PBS Online, 1997-2006. Web. 24 March 2013. <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/eyesontheprize/

“The Civil Rights Movement.” CNN Interactive. Cable News Network, Inc., 1997. Web.
24 March 2013.<http://www.cnn.com/EVENTS/1997/mlk/links.html>

Monday, April 15, 2013

Harlem Crowns vs. Chadron Public Schools’ Staff and Community

The world famous travelers known as the Harlem Crowns are coming to town to play in the Chadron Middle School Gym on Monday April 22.  The night’s events will begin at 6:00 with a pre-game of Chadron’s 5th grade girls vs. Chadron’s 6th grade girls.  The Harlem Crowns game of comedic basketball will begin at 7:00 with the Crowns vs. the staff of Chadron Public Schools and some community members.  

Advanced tickets are on sale for $9.  Tickets at the door will cost $10.  Children 6 and under are free.  Tickets are being sold at Chadron High by calling 432-0707 and by numerous students who are part of the Wanderlust Cardinals, a group of Chadron High School students traveling to Europe in May.

Twenty Chadron High students and adults are heading to Ireland, England, and France on May 25.  They will tour for eleven days before returning on June 4.  Traveling through the organization Education First (EF), the students will fly from Rapid City to Minneapolis, to New York City, finally arriving in Shannon, Ireland.  Once the group arrives in Shannon, they will meet their tour guide who will be with them the duration of the trip, and then travel to Killarney.  The four days the group spends in Ireland will have the group visiting spots such as The Ring of Kerry, Cahsel Rock, Blarney Castle, sights in Dublin like St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College.  The group will then travel by ferry to Holyhead, Wales.  As the groups makes their way to London, they will stop at Oxford and Stratford Upon Avon, the home of William Shakespeare.  In London, the tour will be highlighted by stops at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, and Windsor Castle.  On the last leg of the tour the group will travel by Eurostar to Paris, France.  Here, they will get to visit the Eiffel Tower, ride a boat down the River Seine, visit the Louvre, and Notre Dame Cathedral.  From Paris they will make the trip back home.

The Harlem Crowns began their existence in the mid-50s when a former Harlem Globetrotter by the name of Chico Burnell formulated a team composed of highly talented basketball players.

Chico Burrell was born in Harlem, New York.  He attended New York University and upon graduation he joined the Harlem Globetrotters.  Chico played with the “Trotters” for twelve years during which time he was an outstanding performer.  Chico blended his talents with such Harlem Globetrotter greats as Goose Tatum, Sweetwater Clifton, and Maquis Haynes.

After years of success with the Harlem Crowns, Chico Burrell retired and sold the team to a group of Northern California Businessmen.  One of the incumbent members on the Harlem Crowns, Herbert Scaife, is presently managing the team.  Herbert Scaife hails from Arkansas and resides in Oakland, California during the off season.

Members of the Harlem Crowns are chosen for showmanship as well as their ability to play above average basketball.  At the beginning of each season, approximately two weeks in October, a very organized training camp is held in a designated Northern California city.  Candidates and possible new additions are brought in from all over the United States.

The requirements for being considered a member of the Harlem Crowns are:

1.  To have former college basketball experience.
2.  To have good character and the ability to get along with others.
3.  To have basketball ability, the potential to be a showman and a knack for comic improvisations.

The Harlem Crowns play a regulation four quarter game against any opposing team furnishe by the sponsors.  There is never a dull moment during the game because of the zany acts and laugh-a-minute routines that are very numerous.

From California, eastward, the Harlem Crowns have staggered the comical imagination of spectators in places such as Canada, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado.

The Harlem Crowns have also taken their show several times abroad to places like Tokyo, Japan, the city of Manila in the Philippine Islands and Singapore.  They also venture south of the border in Old Mexico.

Monday, April 8, 2013

CHS Shines at Scholastic Day!

Despite many of our students absent for the state FBLA competition last Friday, Chadron High School had an exceptional showing at the Chadron State College Scholastic Day competition. Chadron placed 2nd among the Divsion III schools behind St. Thomas Moore of Rapid City. We had numerous students placing in the top 25% as well as medalists for finishing in the top 3 individual placings. Results listing the top 25% can be found at http://www.csc.edu/scholastic/results/ranking.php. Here's a list of our medalists:

  • Lane Chasek - 1st Advance Mathematics, 2nd General Anatomy and Physiology
  • Cole Dockweiler - 2nd Business Management and Decision Making
  • Devin Mitchell - 2nd Veterinary Science
  • Michael Kruse - 3rd Literature
  • Aaron Gaswick - 2nd World History
  • Brittany Kouba - 3rd Business Law
  • Abigail McFee - 2nd English Usage, 2nd Vocabulary
  • Logan Lembke - 2nd General Biology
  • Elizabeth Darnell - 1st Information Literacy
  • Dillon Vogt - 3rd Information Literacy
  • Cy Rayhill - 2nd Personal Finance
  • Matthew Dierksen - 1st Animal Science
  • Jessica Jersild - 2nd Animal Science
  • Alex Westerbuhr - 2nd Business Mathematics

Results From The FBLA State Convention

The Chadron High Future Leaders of America attended the annual State Leadership Conference in Omaha on April 4-6.  While at the conference, students participated in a big business tour of the Holland Performing Arts Center, listened to the keynote speaker, Gus Gustafson, and attended a variety of workshops.  But most importantly, Chadron students competed amongst all class levels in many different business competitions.  One of the biggest honors this year was the opening general session included our very own Taylor Strotheide, who sang the national anthem in front of 2300 students and advisors. Chadron was  also represented well by the local FBLA chapter as students took trips across the stage to receive their awards.  Veronica Parish and Allie Johnson placed 6th in Desktop Publishing. Veronica also received an honorable mention for FBLA Principles and Procedures. Our Partnerships with Business project also placed 6th and was completed by Ashlynne Noble and Kodi Baumann.  Kodi also made the semi final round of Job Interview and received an honorable mention.. Kaylee Gaswick, Peyton Hinn and Taylor Strotheide brought home 7th place honors for their American Enterprise Project. Spencer Eliason also received an honorable mention for Sports Management. Honors also went to Ashlynne Noble, Kodi Baumann and Kaylee Gaswick for qualifying for the All-State Quality Member and Ashlynne was Chadron’s representative for Who’s Who in Nebraska FBLA and received a plaque for that honor.  As a chapter, Chadron received the Sweepstakes Award also earning a plaque and the Chapter Gold Seal Award of Merit trophy.  The following is a list of the awards and accomplishments among members in attendance:

  • Desktop Publishing – Veronica Parish and Allie Johnson – 6th Place (out of 38 teams)
  • Partnership with Business  – Ashlynne Noble and Kodi Baumann – 6th Place (out of 7 projects)
  • American Enterprise – Kaylee Gaswick, Peyton Hinn and Taylor Strotheide – 7th  place (out of 14 projects)
  • Job Interview – Kodi Baumann – Honorable Mention (top 4% of 376 students)
  • FBLA Principles and Procedures  – Veronica Parish  – Honorable Mention (out of 180 students)
  • Sports Management – Spencer Eliason  – Honorable Mention  (out of  514 teams)

  • All-State Quality Member Award – Ashlynne Noble, Kodi Baumann and Kaylee Gaswick
  • Singing National Anthem at Opening General Session - Taylor Strotheide.
  • Chapter Sweepstakes Award
  • Chapter Gold Seal Award of Merit
  • Who’s Who in Nebaska FBLA Award – Ashlynne Noble

The Chadron High School FBLA chapter is sponsored by: Brenda Budler and Renae Noble.

Congratulations to all!!!

Wahlstrom Ford Drive 1 Event to Benefit CHS Auditorium

Wahlstrom Ford, in conjunction with Chadron High School, will be sponsoring a 'Drive One 4 Ur School' Event on Saturday, April 13th from 9 am - 4 pm.  The event takes place in the west parking lot of Chadron High.  

The event, sponsored by Ford, allows people 18 and over to test drive a vehicle.  After test driving a vehicle and filling out some simple paperwork, the school will receive $20.  This year’s organization that will be reaping the benefits of the Drive One event are the high school’s performing arts.  The money is being designated specifically to updates in the auditorium, particularly the stage’s curtains.  

Lunch will also be served from 11 - 1.  Hot dogs, chips, and a drink can be purchased for $2, with profits going to the organization as well.  

Join us and support the arts!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Chadron Rotary Club Donates To 1:1 iPad Initiative At CHS

On behalf of Chadron High School, I want to thank the Chadron Rotary Club for donating to our students with financial hardships.

The Chadron Rotary Club presented us with a check for $650 to be used for students who were unable to obtain iPads due to the financial concerns of purchasing insurance or paying deductibles. We have several options available for insurance with our iPads that families of students can choose to purchase. One of the most popular, is insuring the product for theft or damage which costs about $43 per year with a zero dollar deductible for accidental damage and a $100 deductible for theft.  Extended warranties on the internal workings of each device are already provided at no cost to the students.

Obtaining an iPad is at the option of the student and their family. All but about 12 students (9-12) have received a device from the school already. We're excited have the availability of this donation to offer opportunities to our students with needs.

So once again, THANK YOU!
We greatly appreciate the support from our community!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

College Credit Opportunities at CHS

We've been busy scheduling students for next school year. One of the areas of great interest is our opportunities available for students to obtain college credits while in high school. Certain restrictions apply that don't allow every student to be eligible. Most restrictions are based on grade (juniors or seniors), grades (3.0+ GPA), ACT score (20+ composite), or class rank (upper 1/3 of class).

Why offer college credits to high school students? There are numerous benefits for students, parents, and schools to offer these opportunities.

From the perspective of students and parents ... Affordability! While nothing is free, most of our college credit opportunities come at a much reduced cost.  We can assist families who qualify for free or reduced lunches to apply for ACE Scholarships that will pay for dual credit or regular college classes. While this scholarship covers the full cost of tuition, it does not cover the costs of fees or textbooks.  In addition to affordability, completing college credits while in high school can greatly reduce the time to complete a degree. Students who take advantage of these opportunities during both their junior and senior years of high school may even begin their first college year as a sophomore!

From a school perspective, assistance in the transition of students from high school to college will hopefully increase the success of retaining students towards degree completion. I look forward to placing a high school diploma into the hands of a student who already feels committed and successful in completing college credits.

Here's a brief list of the opportunities we have for our students to obtain college credits:

Advanced Placement

  • Courses offered at CHS: 
    • AP Calculus, AP Biology, AP US History, AP Literature, and AP Statistics.
  • Cost: 
    • Students must pay $89 to take the AP Exam.
  • Requirements: 
Dual Credit with WNCC or CSC
  • Courses offered:
    • CSC -  US History (two classes), College Algebra, Calculus I, Statistics, Personal Finance, Literature, Plant Science, Soil Science, Ag Economics.
    • WNCC - Basic Nursing Assistant, Medical Terminology.
  • Costs:
    • CSC dual credit classes: $50 per credit hour plus one-time $15 matriculation fee.
    • WNCC classes: half price tuition.
  • Requirements:
    • Must be a junior or senior
    • 3.0 GPA, or upper 1/3 of class, or 20+ composite ACT score.
Early Entry
  • Courses offered:
    •  Any CSC course available to incoming freshman.
  • Cost: 
    • Full cost of CSC tuition, half cost of WNCC tuition.