Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bungee Jumping Eggs!

The results of the final project in Algebra II are attached.  Students gathered data on the elasticity of rubber bands using an egg in a cheese cloth harness for weight.  After 7 test jumps the calculator was used to create an equation that can be used to predict the number of bands needed to safely bungee jump the egg from a significantly higher height.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CHS Hosts Student-Led Technology Conference

ipadcalc.JPGOn Friday December 19th, Chadron High School students will be taking part in a fun and innovative end of their semester.  They will be hosting and running their very own student-led technology conference.  

The idea came about when a student tech day was being highlighted on Twitter and teachers took note of it.  CHS successfully implemented a 1:1 iPad initiative for students in grades 9-12 in December of 2012.  Teachers have been attending technology conferences for several years and felt that students would benefit from their own conference by learning new ways to utilize technology as an educational tool.

The day will begin in the auditorium with a keynote speaker followed by four sessions throughout the morning.  Each of the four sessions will have seven choices of presentations for students to attend.  There are 20 CHS students who will be presenting to their peers concerning apps and websites that are used in the classroom such as organizing Google Drive, Prezi, Haiku Deck, Nearpod, Animoto, In Class, My Fitness Pal, Home Design, ACT prep apps, and even a graduate panel.

Cardinal Student Tech Conference 2014 - December 19th, 2014
Block 1
Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Block 4
Session 5




Crush the ACT

Shoilee Rhaman & Jayden Garrett

Ashley Trent

Ashley Trent
Crush the ACT

Shoilee Rhaman & Jayden Garrett






Lecher'sDrafting Cookies - Home Design

Nate Dodd & Sam Rischling
Google Drive

Seth Sloan
Drafting Cookies - Home Design

Nate Dodd & Sam Rischling
Google Drive

Seth Sloan

Tate Cullers
In Class

Sydney Blome
Programming for Math Survival

Alex Westerbuhr & Walt Mays
Programming for Math Survival

Alex Westerbuhr & Walt Mays
Mack'sPrezi, Pixar and Popcorn

Veronica Parish

Case Spencer
Prezi, Pixar and Popcorn

Veronica Parish

Case Spencer
Paopao'sInfinite Campus

Laine Riesen
Haiku Deck

Amrit Chima & Andrew Smith
Infinite Campus

Laine Riesen
Haiku Deck

Amrit Chima & Andrew Smith
LibraryBooks, Books, and more Books...

Tracy Witte
Graduate PanelGraduate PanelBooks, Books, and more Books...

Tracy Witte

Shay Chamberlain & Briitani Piontek

Makenzy Petty
Google Calendar

Mr. Paopao

Shay Chamberlain & Briitani Piontek

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Instrumental & Vocal Winter Concert is Dec. 18th

The 6th-12th grade instrumental and vocal winter music concert will be held on Thursday, December 18th in the high school Auditorium. The instrumental concert will begin at 6:00p.m. followed by the vocal music concert at about 7:30p.m. We expect another packed house, so come early to get good seats!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Upward Bound Celebrates End of Successful Semester

The Upward Bound Christmas Quarterly Meeting took place December 6th at the beautiful CSC
Sandoz Center. Approximately twenty six students from Chadron, Alliance and Crawford high schools attended along with office assistant Stephanie Stroup, Academic Advisors Heather Moore Sager, Lauren Stephens, and Tearza Mashburn. Director Maggie Smith-Bruehlman, the goddess of ceremonies, introduced the activities of the day starting with the “draw a Christmas scene on a paper plate while on your head” icebreaker organized by Heather Moore Sager. The winning artist was Audreanna Smith from Crawford HS.

The students who won the Yellowstone essay contest- Terra, Tia, Brittnay, Sara, Sierra and Serie provided a power point presentation that reflected their experience of Yellowstone. Each student commented on what impacted them the most during the trip, and expressed appreciation for the wonderment of Yellowstone. Several of the students who attended the UNL, Creighton, and Wesleyan college campus tour (Serie, Brittnay, and Sara) conveyed their ideas and thoughts on the trip, and which college they preferred.

Sara Polak, the director of the Sandoz Center gave a presentation on Mari Sandoz illustrating the hardships she endured growing up in the early twentieth century. Ms. Sandoz struggled to receive an education and didn’t obtain recognition for her writing until she was in her thirties.

During the appetizer lunch catered by CSC Dining Services, Christmas gift bags were distributed to each student. The gift bag contained UB water bottles, fun toys, candy and popcorn balls. Following lunch, Lauren Stephens conducted a Christmas carol practice session in preparation for Prairie Pines Retirement Community performance.

After a jolly ride in the People Mover over to Prairie Pines, the students set up in the Dining Hall. Lauren Stephens started the show off with “Name that Tune” by playing the first few notes of notable Christmas songs on her flute. The residents did well on the game and scored lots a chocolate can-
dy. Ms. Stephens entertained with a solo flute composition that was quite remarkable and impressive. The UB students did a great job singing the various Christmas songs followed by the Marshallese students singing a beautiful song sung in their native language. The Prairie Pines residents truly appreciated the Upward Bound students  along with the Christmas gift bags

Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

ACT Prep Offered During Lunch

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Financial Aid Night: January 13th

(Submitted by the CHS Guidance Office)

ALL SENIORS and SENIOR PARENTS are invited and encouraged to attend our financial aid night in the high school commons on January 13th at 6:30 p.m. 

Dinner will be provided and financial aid professionals from across the state will join us to discuss how to pay for college and set up personal sessions for filling out the FAFSA (Free-Application for Federal Student Aid). 

This meeting is incredibly important. If you’re a college bound senior, you will soon submit the FAFSA. Colleges will use your FAFSA results to determine how much they will award you in financial aid. To meet your college’s financial aid priority date, complete your taxes early. If you’d like to estimate your FAFSA results now, use the “college funding estimator” at

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Varsity Basketball Tonight! (No Passes Accepted)

(No Activity Passes Are Accepted)

Tonight (December 1st) Chadron will host Bridgeport in exhibition basketball games with all proceeds going to the Nebraska High Schools Sports Hall of Fame Foundation (Hall of Fame). Varsity girl's game begins at 5:30 with the varsity boy's following at 7:00 in the Middle School Gym.

The Nebraska High School Activities Association sponsors annual Jamboree Basketball Games each year. Results of Jamboree games are not counted into the school's regular season record, nor are they counted toward a school's wild-card point averages.

Come watch Chadron versus Bridgeport and support the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Break - Nov. 26-30

Happy Thanksgiving!  
There will be no school November 26-30th!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

College Application Week!

Seniors at Chadron High School will take a critical step in the college preparation process when they participate in a College Application event Tuesday, November 18 at the school.
The event is part of a pilot program of Nebraska’s College Application Week led by EducationQuest Foundation with help from college and high school representatives from across the state. Six Nebraska high schools were selected to participate in this first year of what will become an annual statewide effort to get all high school seniors to apply to at least one college.
“Through this program, we encourage all seniors to complete a college application – even those who don’t think college is possible,” EducationQuest Assistant Vice President Eric Drumheller said. “By going through the application process, students often realize the possibilities that college can offer and go on to pursue education beyond high school.”
Representatives from Chadron High School, area colleges and EducationQuest will be on hand to help students through the application process.
“Completing a college application can be overwhelming for many students – especially those who don’t get help at home,” Chadron High School Counselor Loni Watson said. “We’re excited to be part of a program that will encourage more students to consider postsecondary education.”
Nebraska’s College Application Week is part of the American College Application Week initiative sponsored by the American Council on Education. All states are now participating in the annual program. States that have participated in previous years are finding that as many as many as 79 percent who students who submit a college application go on to attend college.

Monday, November 17, 2014

CHS Students Attend Art Day

Five CHS students attended the annual CSC Art Day on November 10th.  They participated in demonstrations and classes on printmaking, glass, ceramics, mixed media, graphic arts and photography.  Mrs. Bird accompanied them for the day. It was exciting for them to also view the art shows in both galleries of Memorial Hall.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day!

Thank you to all of the Veterans and their families for the many freedoms we have due to your service!  Today we give thanks, thoughts, and prayers for all of those who have served us!

Thank you to the Chadron Middle School for hosting our annual Veteran's Day Program! Excellent job today!!!

Friday, October 31, 2014

English II Students Explore 'Lord of the Flies'

For the past two weeks, Room 106 has been filled with color. Students have critically explored and contemplated the novel, Lord of the Flies by William Golding. We used the “Note & Notice” signposts for close reading created by literacy expert Kylene Beers to create Mind Maps. Some of the signposts include: Contrasts & Contradictions, Aha Moments, Again & Again, and Tough Questions. These elements helped us analyze the novel more efficiently and allowed us to investigate the story in an exciting and creative way. We are proud of our diligent work over the past few weeks!

~Article Written by the Students of Mrs. Lanphear’s English II Class

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Costume Contest During Halloween Halftime!

What do you do when you have a playoff football game on Halloween? 

Have a costume contest at halftime!

The Chadron Booster Club is sponsoring a costume contest during halftime of our Halloween football game for all K-12 students.  Prizes will be provided in four categories.   Come support the Cardinals as they play Ogallala in the first round of the Nebraska State Football Championships your Halloween costume!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Chadron Will Host 1st Round Football Playoffs!

Chadron beat Ogallala 26-6 earlier this season.
Chadron (7-1) will host a first-round football playoff game against Ogallala (5-3) on Oct. 31st at 6:00pm.  This will be a re-match from the regular season when Chadron beat Ogallala 26-6 on October 10th.

This is the first year of the State's 16-team playoff bracket. Chadron ended the regular season ranked #5.
  (click here to view C1 Bracket)

Good Luck Cards!!!

2014 Class C1 Football Playoff Bracket
#1 Ashland-Greenwood (9-0), 46.0000 H
Friday, Oct 31st 7:00 PM
@ Ashland
#16 Central City (6-3), 40.3333
#9 Grand Island Central Catholic (7-2), 42.8889
Friday, Oct 31st 
#8 Wilber-Clatonia (9-0), 43.3333 H
#5 Chadron (7-1), 43.5000 H
Friday, Oct 31st 6:00 PM MT
#12 Ogallala (5-3), 41.0000
#13 Fort Calhoun (6-3), 40.6667
Friday, Oct 31st 
#4 Cozad (8-1), 44.1111 H
#3 Columbus Scotus (8-1), 44.1111 H
Friday, Oct 31st 
#14 Pierce (6-3), 40.6667
#11 Boys Town (7-2), 41.5556
Friday, Oct 31st 
#6 Kearney Catholic (8-1), 43.4444 H
#7 Norfolk Catholic (8-1), 43.4444 H
Friday, Oct 31st 
#10 Falls City (8-1), 42.1111
#15 Milford-Dorchester (6-3), 40.3333
Friday, Oct 31st 7:00 PM
#2 Boone Central/Newman Grove (9-0), 45.3333 H
Friday, Nov 7th 
Friday, Nov 7th 
Friday, Nov 7th 
Friday, Nov 7th 
Friday, Nov 14th 
Friday, Nov 14th 
Tuesday, Nov 25th 


State Cross-Country Results

Photo taken during Chadron Invite
Congratulations Kiya!!!

State bronze medalist, Kiya Passero leads the Lady Cardinal Cross-Country to a 5th place team finish.

Girls Results:
Kiya Passero (Jr.) - 3rd
Julianne Dickerson (So.) - 39th
Margreta Welch (So.) - 45th
Kyla Parish (So.) - 50th
Veronica Parish (Sr.) - 56th
Alison Gardner (So.) - 58th

Boys Results:
Joshua Hyer (Jr.) - 72nd

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cardinal Singers Present: Sweet Singsation

CHS Cardinal Singers Present: 
       Sweet Singsation

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 
7:00 PM in the high school Auditorium
Admission: $5
(Dessert in the commons following the performance)

Chadron Schools Compete in Recycle Bowl!

October 20th to November 15th Chadron Public Schools will participate in the Recycle Bowl!!  Please send your recyclables to school!!!

Chadron Participates in Nationwide K-12 School Recycling Competition

- Recycle-Bowl Competition Brings New Element to Waste Reduction in Our Community -

Keep Chadron Beautiful is pleased to announce that beginning this fall, schools within Chadron will compete in the Recycle-Bowl, a nationwide recycling competition for elementary, middle and high school students. Let’s rally our schools to win.

Last year more than 1,500 elementary, middle- and high-schools around the country, representing more than 900,000 students, participated in this fun and exciting race to collect the most recyclable material, and learn about waste reduction and environmental responsibility through in-school recycling.

Open to all public and private schools the incentive-based recycling competition runs from October 20 through November 15. Keep Chadron Beautiful, with help from students, will track and report how much material they collect for a chance to win prizes.

The schools will also compete with each other locally for a chance to win the aluminum can money, as well as bragging rights. Recycling bins will be placed both inside and outside of the schools. Students will collect Plastic #1 &#2, Cans, Corrugated Cardboard, Paper, Newspaper, Phonebooks, Printer Cartidges, Cell Phones, and Plastic shopping bags.

“Inspiring young people to recycle at school reinforces the importance of recycling everywhere, whether at home or on-the-go,” said Kelley Dennings, senior director of recycling, KAB. “And while students are becoming better recyclers, their school facilities are also increasing their capacity to handle and recover more recyclable materials, thus creating better and more efficient systems for reducing the school’s

More information about Recycle-Bowl can be found at The Recycle-Bowl competition is made possible with the sponsorship support of Nestlé Waters North America. For more information or questions about the local competition, please feel free to contact Keep Chadron Beautiful at 432-3805. For updates, visit our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @KeepChadBeaut.About Keep America Beautiful

Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations including state recycling organizations, Keep America Beautiful works with millions of volunteers to take action in their communities through programs that deliver sustainable impact. Keep America Beautiful offers solutions that create clean, beautiful public places, reduce waste and increase recycling, generate positive impact on local economies and inspire generations of environmental stewards. Through its programs and public-private partnerships, Keep America Beautiful engages individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. Its intent is to build and sustain vibrant communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound. For more information, visit and follow @kabtweet on Twitter.

Keep Chadron Beautiful is your local affiliate of Keep American Beautiful. For more information contact our office at 308-432-3805 visit our Facebook page or follow @KeepChadBeaut on Twitter.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Companion Animals Class

Jeanie Lambert, K9 Designs
(Submitted by Mrs. Moore, Companion Animals Instructor)
Wow! What an exciting year for Companion Animals.  We have had the opportunity for students to get hands-on learning with community members.

Our first guest speaker was Jeanie Lambert of K9 Designs in Crawford. Mrs. Lambert runs a grooming business.  We were able to see her equipment, talk about the changing expectations as a groomer, as well as, what it takes to run a small business. We learned about nail painting, coat dying, shampooing, and trimming.

Our second speaker was Roger Eaton.  He provides community dog training.  He demonstrated techniques with his dog "Freddy" and why it is important to have a properly trained animal.  Students asked a lot a great questions and were able to practice obedience skills using Freddy.

Our third speaker was in conjunction with Mr. Cogdill's Introduction to Agriculture class. Mr. Will White brought in his pair of (sister) ponies that he uses in parades. We were able to see his equipment, learn how he trained them,  how to hitch up the wagon and were able to even take a ride!  
Roger Eaton, Community Dog Training
We really appreciate community members taking time to help our students learn more about companion animals.

Will White Demonstrates Harnessing

Students enjoy a ride!

Picture Re-Takes are Wednesday, Oct. 15th

High School picture retakes are scheduled for next week Wednesday, October 15.  They will be set up and ready to go by 7:30am in the Auditorium.  New picture packets are available in the office.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Grades and the Guidance Office

(Submitted by CHS Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Loni Watson)

In my current role as a counselor and previous role as a core-area teacher, I am often amazed how many students tell me they wish they had given better effort in their first few years of high school. These students come to a realization (usually their senior year) of how important their grades are in future plans. Data in the 11th annual edition of NACAC's "State of College Admission" report (2014) shows that students' grades and the academic rigor of their course loads are the single most important factor in college admissions. College is not the only reason to work hard academically, employers are looking for workers who are dedicated, competent, reliable, and that take initiative, all of which can be earned during the course of high school. The habits you develop during your time at Chadron High School will help in discovering that working hard and pushing yourself in high school sets students up for success later in life.

There are a million excuses to what may lead to poor grades, but the truth is that with effort and attendance this can and should be turned around quickly. The teachers at CHS are some of the best I've had the privilege of working with and all CHS staff members want students to succeed. The guidance office is a GREAT resource for students who are struggling academically. Here's how we can help:

  1. Weekly Assignment Checks for ALL Students 9-12
    • If students are slipping in class or missing assignments they have likely spoken with us in the guidance office. If they continue to slip you can expect a phone call home and an action plan in place to get back on track.
  2. 5th Block (3:15-3:45) Assistance by both the Guidance Office and CHS Teachers
    • This time is in place for students to get help and/or to make up any missing work. If students are failing a class this is a mandatory study hall period.
  3. Contact Teachers and Guidance Office with Concerns
    • The guidance office at CHS is available to help with any academic or social concerns you may have. It's always best to first talk to your teacher with issues but remember you can call us at any point to discuss what we can do to help. We want to see you succeed and would love to be of assistance!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Mr. Cogdill and Ms. Moore Win Conservation Award!

Award Presented During Halftime Of Homecoming Game
2014 Natural Resources Education Award

The Upper Niobrara White NRD board & staff along with Robin Foulk of NRCS is pleased to recognize Jon Cogdill and Mari Beth Moore for their role in reviving CHS Future Farmer’s of America Chapter.  

In collaboration with Chadron High School Principal, Jerry Mack and Superintendent, Dr. Caroline Winchester, Cogdill and Moore have risen to the challenge to bring back the FFA chapter which has been idle for more than 50 years. All involved deserve to be commended for the time commitment and effort necessary to offer additional classes in agriculture and natural resources as well as allowing students the opportunity to compete in Range Judging, Land Judging, Envirothon and many other events including the Nebraska State FFA Convention.

Chadron High is setting the bar high and helping grow the next generation of leaders in Ag for Northwest Nebraska, congratulations to Jon, Mari Beth & CHS for receiving the NRD’s 2014 Conservation Award in Natural Resources Education!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

CHS Named By Newsweek As One Of America's Top High Schools for 2014

Congratulations to Chadron Senior High School!
Named by Newsweek as one of America’s Top High Schools for 2014!

"The well-deserved inclusion of Chadron Senior High School in Newsweek'coveted list of America’s Top High Schools is not only a great honor; it’s also a significant advantage for everything from staff morale boosting and student recruitment to parent and alumni fundraising. The list was published online recently.

Our rankings aim to identify the public high schools in the U.S. that do the best job of preparing students for college and overcome the obstacles posed by socio-economic inequality. Newsweek 2014 Top 10 High Schools. Beating the Odds America's Top High Schools for Low-Income Students."

Chadron High School was one of only three Nebraska schools making the National list.  Last April, Chadron High School was ranked the #2 Best High School in Nebraska by US News & World Report.

Chadron High School is the only Nebraska school to be named to both lists for 2014!

CHS Freshman, Aubree Noble Gets a Hole-In-One Today!

Today at the Valentine Girl's Golf Invite!!!
Congratulations Aubree!!!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Friday Homecoming Schedule

Friday, September 26th

11:00-11:40a   Chadron High School will host a school pep rally on Friday morning. This will allow all cross country runners and coaches the chance to participate before leaving for the Rapid City Invite (leave at 11:45).

1:30p  Access time for students to work with teachers will start immediately following the 1:30 dismissal. Students who are missing work due to activities, illness, etc. are asked to work with their respective teachers.

6:45p  Parent's Night for the Girl's Golf Team will take place before the football game.

7:00p  The Chadron versus Ogallala football game will kick-off.

At halftime, the following presentations will take place in this order:

  1. Homecoming Coronation
  2. Presentation of Conservation Award
  3. Performance by CHS Dance Team
  4. CHS Pep Band 
Saturday, September 27th

9:00p-12:00a  Homecoming Dance in the High School Commons

Friday, September 19, 2014

CHS Homecoming Coronation

Congratulations to the 2014 Homecoming Royalty:

Freshman Attendants: Kat Dodd, Brooklyn Stack, Ricki Hickstein, Cody Madsen and Coy Billa

Sophomores Attendants: Jaydn McCartney, Alex Nobiling, Kiana Wright, Joe Ritzen and Spencer Margetts

Juniors Attendants: Allie Johnson, Brooke Roes, Kiya, Passero, Jayden Stack, Harlie Kennell, and Simon Rischiling.

The Nominees for Homecoming Queen are: 
Jazlyn Wright, Lainie Reisen, and Veronica Parish

The Nominees for Homecoming King are: 
Willie Cogdill, Vonsinh Sayaloune, and Taylor Wild

Coronation will take place during halftime of Friday night's football game!

CHS will host a pep rally for all high school students at 11:00am on Friday, Sept. 26.

FFA - 'Birds of the Open Range'

Chadron FFA - Two teams qualify for State Range Judging Meet.

For only the second time in school history Chadron FFA students competed in the Western Panhandle Range Judging Contest held Tuesday in Box Butte County near Alliance. Several schools from the western Nebraska panhandle competed in the areas of plant identification, soil site identification and pasture management
all followed by a written test.

The contest is broken into three different divisions: junior, senior and adult. Each division is rewarded on their placing as an individual and as a team of four.

Chadron members placing in the top 25% in the junior division and earning a green ribbon were: Reed Harkin, Makayla Koerber, Hunter Hawk and Sean O’Brien.

Placing in the top eight and earning white ribbons were Drew Jersild and Cody Madsen.

Earning a red ribbon for fifth and sixth were Kylee Garrett and Beau Jersild.

Finishing second as a team and earning a blue ribbon was the team of Hunter Hawk, Beau Jersild, Drew Jersild, and Sean O’Brien.

Finishing Fourth as a team and earning a White ribbon was the team of Kylee Garrett, Makayla
Koerber, Cody Madsen and Clay Varenkamp.

Others that competed for Chadron in the event were Renee Redfern, Tyler Reitz, Joe Cattin, Dillion McGannon and Clay Madsen.

The two Chadron teams which placed at the district contest earned the right to a compete at the Nebraska State Range Judging competition held near Curtis Nebraska on September 25.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Ceramics Class Busy On Projects

Students in Mrs. Bird's Ceramics Class are working on hand built and wheel thrown clay objects.  This semester class covers different clay bodies, glazes, throwing techniques and hand building methods.  Alternatives to glaze are also explored as students complete 18 projects during the semester.

This Friday's Football Game Starts At 5:00 MST

This Friday's varsity football game in Broken Bow is scheduled for kickoff at 5:00pm Mountain Time (6p Central).  This will be an exciting matchup between two established programs. Chadron (2-1) and Broken Bow (3-0) both currently lead their respective districts.

Go Cards!!!

Friday, September 5, 2014

ACT Registration Deadline Is Sep. 19th

Students:  Just a reminder that if you have not yet taken the ACT or you wish to take it again.  Upcoming dates are approaching FAST.  The next testing date is on October 25th, 2014.

You must register by September 19th, 2014

The October test sites are both at CSC and the high school.

If you wish to register, please go to and create a profile.  Once you have created the profile, you may register for a test date.  Please don't hesitate to call the CHS Guidance Office if you need help!