Friday, March 28, 2014

CHS Sophomore Finishes 3rd In State Speech!

Congratulations to CHS sophomore, Shoilee Rahman in her 3rd place finish at the Nebraska State Speech Meet in Kearney this week!

Shoilee competed in the Class B Informative contest. Narrowly missing the top six finishers were CHS seniors, Jenna Banzahf (Poetry) and Logan Lembke (Extemporaneous).

The Cardinal Speech Team is coached by Mr. Joe McCarty and Ms. Katy Dobry.  Congratulations to all!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mr. Paopao Wins State Award!

We're very honored to share the announcement that our Technology Director, Eliu 'Uati' Paopao, was named the winner of the Excellence in Leading with Technology Award sponsored by the Nebraska Educational Technology Association.

The purpose of the Excellence in Leading with Technology Award is to recognize and honor an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in implementing technology to improve teaching, learning, or administration.

(The following is from the April 2014 publication of  NETA News)

Eliu Paopao is currently the Director of Technology for Chadron Public Schools. Nick Dressel, Chadron's Middle School Principal, describes Mr. Paopao as, "an exceptional leader." He goes on to say, "he always keeps student learning at the center of the conversation when talking about how to improve technology in the district." Nick gives Eliu credit as a positive change agent saying, "it is through his leadership and expertise that Chadron Public Schools has expanded how we teach and communicate with technology, not only within the walls of our schools, but also within the larger community of Chadron."

Willie Uhing, a teacher at Chadron High School, wrote, "Eliu 'Uati' Paopao is the single most important individual to Chadorn Public Schools. He personifies every positive educational virtue, modeling daily that no task is more important than a person in need. Uati's common sense approach and timeless dedication to staff and students is equally as imperative to the districts' success as his progressive and innovative approach to technology...nobody does it better!"

Eliu Paopao led a successful 1:1 iPad initiative in 2012-2013 and has been instrumental in helping to plan the Chadron Tech Conference for the past three years. He has presented at many conferences, including a NETA conference. Eliu's commitment to education and technology has been recognized by Jill Bramlet, Lead Evaluator for AdvancEd, BJ Peters, Technology Director for ESU 13, and by Sandy Roes, Chadron Public Schools Board of Education President, all who wrote letters for Eliu's nomination packet for this award.

Nick Dressel closed his letter of recommendation with, "His work on the development and implementation of the Chadron Tech Conference, his leadership on the Chadron High School iPad initiative, his willingness to share his expertise with others, and his efforts to expand the knowledge of the faculty and staff at Chadron Public Schools are just a few examples of the positive impact that Mr. Paopao has on the students, faculty, staff, and administration in the district."

Congratulations Mr. Paopao!

Serve Nebraska Week April 20-26

Get Involved and Give Back!
ServeNebraska Week
April 20-26, 2014

Join Nebraskans from Otoe County to Dawes, Kimball to Burt, and everywhere in between to get involved and give back by volunteering during ServeNebraska Week (April 20-26)!  This signature week of service is about inspiring, and encouraging Nebraskans to seek out creative ways to serve their communities.  Volunteerism spans all ages.  Anyone can volunteer!  It’s about working together, to meet our community’s needs and accomplish goals.  All Nebraskans are being called on to demonstrate the power of service in our state.  The week-long effort provides Nebraskans with the flexibility as to when they volunteer and for how long.  Our goal is to have participation statewide in all 93 counties.  Get involved and register today!

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Basic Nursing Students Practice Feeding Patients

Basic Nursing is one of our dual-credit courses through WNCC taught by Nicole Pourier. Every year during a patient-care unit, students practice feeding patients with disabilities. Our CHS staff volunteer to serve as patients, each with a specific physical or mental disorder.

This has provides a great learning opportunity and experience for our students interested in pursuing a career in nursing addition ... it often turns into a fun experience for our staff!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Three Cards Qualify For State Speech!

The Chadron Speech Team placed 4th at the B6 District speech contest on March 20th in Gering. Three Cardinals have qualified to compete in the State event next week in Kearney.

  • Logan Lembke (senior) - 2nd in Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Jenna Banzahf (senior) - 3rd in Oral Interpretation of Poetry
  • Shoilee Rahman (sophomore) - 3rd in Informative Public Speaking
Congratulations to the entire speech team and good luck at State!!!


Class/District: B-6  Location:Gering High School
Date: 03/20/2014
Humorous Interpretation of Prose Literature
1Alliance Collin Cox11 
2Gothenburg Dylan France10 
3Gering Keagan Heilbrun10 

Serious Interpretation of Prose Literature
1Gothenburg Abbigail Mazour12 
2Ogallala Madeline McQuillan12 
3Alliance Roger Bunnell12 

Extemporaneous Speaking
1Ogallala Phoebe Lockhart12 
2Chadron Logan Lembke12 
3Gothenburg Kayla Trevino12 

Oral Interpretation of Poetry
1Gothenburg Carlin Daharsh12 
2Gering Allison Baird10 
3Chadron Jenna Banzhaf12 

Persuasive Speaking
1Gothenburg Carlin Daharsh12 
2Gering Kali Rimington11 
3Ogallala Phoebe Lockhart12 

Entertainment Speaking
1Gothenburg Alayna Collins11 
2Gothenburg Dylan France10 
3Gering Gavin Hovseth11 

Informative Public Speaking
1Gothenburg Kylee Beyea10 
2Gering Isabel Wolf12 
3Chadron Shoilee Rahman10 

Oral Interpretation of Drama
Johnathon Boyd 
Megan Brady 
Hayley Grams 
Keagan Heilbrun 
Gavin Hovseth 
Torri Brumbaugh 
James Eastman 
Devan Hawkins 
Collin Potts 
Leah Potts 
Craig Berol 
Elijah Elmshaeuser 
Maylee Garcia 
Parker Reil 
Landon Trumbull 

Duet Acting
Johnathon Boyd 
Jenna Longmore 
Drake Langley 
Kayla Trevino 
Brooke Doggett 
Kali Rimington 

Team Scores:
1st place - Gothenburg (206)
2nd place - Gering (195)
3rd place - Ogallala (180)
4th place - Chadron (150)
5th place - Sidney (142)
6th place - Alliance (98)
7th place - Cozad (89)
8th place - McCook (82)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tis The Season To Be ..Testing!

The testing season is upon us. At the high school level, testing is done with multiple exams for every freshman, sophomore, and junior. Seniors have no required tests, although many take ACT tests in final preparation for college.

Freshman and sophomores take a test called, M.A.P. (Measure of Academic Progress) and there are four different exams taken over a two-day period. Exams include: Reading, Language Arts, Math, and Science. Results are mailed home showing historical progress for individual students in these areas from grade 5 through 10.

Juniors take a test called, NeSA (Nebraska State Accountability Test). Again, this test has four separate exams: Writing, Reading, Math, and Science. Each exam has two parts so we test on eight separate dates (one exam per day). Results are reported publicly and used by the State to show proficiency levels of schools and school districts. Results are also used by our staff to identify areas of focus for curriculum adjustments.

Testing Schedule

  • Freshman MAP - Mar 31 & Apr 1
  • Sophomore MAP - Apr 7 & 8
  • Junior NeSA Math - Apr 15 & 16
  • Junior NeSA Reading - Apr 23 & 29
  • Junior NeSA Science - Apr 28 & 29

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Mar 25th Cardinal Singers Performance

Chadron Cardinal Singers 
March 25, 2014 
7:00 PM - CHS Auditoriun 
Dessert Buffet - CHS Commons

Tickets will be available at the door.  
Ticket Price:  $5 
No Passes

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The New Marquee Is Being Installed!

The new CHS marquee is being installed today!  This project has been in the works for the past three years through fund raising
projects from our Student Council as well as a donation from the Pepsi Company.

The new sign has a digital screen for graphics and will allow for easier access to update events. Automatic programming features will allow for the sign to dim and shut off late at nights.

Thank you to the many students and people involved in making this happen for our school!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Speech Team Wins Conference Runner-Up Title!

Congratulations to the CHS Speech Team who are the 2014 Western Conference Runner-Up!  This is the highest finish at the conference meet in many years.

Placing for the Cardinals:

Poetry:  2nd Jenna Banzahf, 6th Ashley Trent
Entertainment: 5th Telli Morford
Extemp: 6th Caston Stack
O.I.D.: 5th Team of Aaron Gaswick, Walt Mays, Amrit Chima, and Harlie Kennell
Informative: 1st Caston Stack, 2nd Shoilee Rahman, 6th Case Spencer
Persuasive: 1st Shoilee Rahman

The CHS Speech team is coached by Mr. Joe McCarty and Ms. Katy Dobry
Good Luck in Gering next week for Districts!!!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Bird Feeder Experiment

Bird Feeders
Ever wonder how to attract birds to your back yard?  The wildlife science class during their bird unit designed an experiment to determine just that.  The class created five types of feeders to be tested.
  1. Bagel covered in peanut butter/shortening with fruits,nuts and an assorted seed mixture
  2. Cardboard tube with wooden sticks (each group decided which type of seed)
  3. Cheerios and grapes on a craft wire
  4. (3) different colored mesh (onion) bags enclosing store bought suet & seeds
  5. Bagel covered in peanut butter/shortening using ONLY a wild seed mixture
Students made predictions as to which feeder they thought would be the most popular.  Students are conducting observations and recording their findings. Each group will analyze the data, create a graph using an IPAD app, while comparing and contrasting the data from other groups.  

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wildlife Science Studies Enviornmental Pollution

Oil spills and the effects on birds

The impacts of environmental pollution are often difficult to see.  A major oil spill, however, provides dramatic evidence of potential impact to wildlife.  All forms of life are affected by such a disaster.    

Students in Wildlife Science examined some of the possible consequences of oil spills on birds.  Students examined how a feather reacts to water, oil, and cleaning. Students also examined the effect of an oil spill on an egg. In conclusion, students also examined how oil reacts to soap. The lab was an engaging success.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Local Businesses Support Pep Band Travel

On behalf of Chadron High School, I want to humbly thank several local businesses that surprised us Monday afternoon with a donation that will support our high school pep band travel to Lincoln for the Girl's State Basketball Tournament.

Very few Western Nebraska school's can afford to send a pep band to the state tournament due to the expenses of: driver, fuel, meals, tickets, and rooms. Expenses for a pep band are nearly twice the cost of sending a team to compete in the tournament. Through this generous donation, half of the expense for our pep band has been covered ...which came as a great surprise to us all.  

Not only is this a great experience for our band students, but it provides our basketball team with a supportive student section. We anticipate over 30 students will travel to play in our pep band!

Please help us thank these donors for their surprise gift:

  • Chadron Glass
  • A Posh Affair
  • Hinn's Mobile Homes
  • Chadron Motor Company
  • Dr. Devin Davis
  • Big Bat's
  • First National Bank of North Platte

Good Luck at State Lady Cards!!!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Lady Cards Win District Basketball!

Congratulations to the Lady Cardinal Basketball Team for their district championship and automatic qualifier to the Nebraska State Basketball Tournament!

They'll play Pierce this Thursday at 1:00mst at the Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln.

Click here for the state basketball bracket