Saturday, December 31, 2016

Second Semester Begins Jan. 5th

I hope everyone had a great break!  Teachers will return on January 4th for inservice training. 

Students will return on Thursday, January 5th for the beginning of the second semester with their new class schedules.

See you all soon!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Andy Pope Attains NIAAA Certified Athletic Administrator

(December 21, 2016)

Mike Blackburn

INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) is pleased to announce that Andy Pope, Activity Director at Chadron High School, has been recognized by this association as a Certified Athletic Administrator.

To earn this distinction, Mr. Pope has demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of the candidate's educational background, experience and professional contributions, as well as a rigorous, comprehensive written examination.

Andy Pope is one of an elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nationwide to attain this level of professionalism.

The NIAAA is a national professional organization consisting of all 50 state athletic administrator associations and more than 10,000 individual members.  It is dedicated to promoting the professional growth of high school athletic administrators and preserving the educational nature of interscholastic athletics and the place of these programs in the secondary school curriculum.

CHS Lip Dub 2016!

Thank you to Mrs. Paopao and all of the students and staff that helped create this fun video of CHS!  

Click on link below to view: 2016 CHS Lip Dub (Music credit: 'Can't stop the feeling' by Justin Timberlake)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Chadron HS ACT Scores - Highest In Four Years!

2016 CHS ACT Overview

When looking at this data, an important piece to interpret is the number (or percent) of graduates who have taken an ACT. Again, Nebraska ranks very high with 88% of 2016 graduates that have taken an ACT compared to Eastern states that might have as few as 10-30%.  As you can imagine, if a school (or state) has, say 50% of graduates take the ACT, chances are that they are high performing students. Whereas a state like Colorado, that is one of several states where 100% of graduates take the ACT, will typically have a lower overall average.
With that said, Chadron High School consistently has about 95% of graduating seniors that voluntarily taken the ACT.  This past year was no different. Here's a summary of our data with comparisons to trends from past years that I've managed to find. Click here for Nebraska's Key Findings
2015 National Average:    20.8
2015 Nebraska Average:   21.4
2015 Chadron Average:  21.2
Chadron High School Historical Trend of ACT Composite Averages
  • 2016  21.2
  • 2015  20.4
  • 2014  20.8
  • 2013   22.7
  • 2012   21.4
  • 2011   21.9
  • 2010   22.8
  • 2009   20.6
  • 2008   21.3
  • 2007   20.6
  • 2006   21.9
  • 2005   20.2
  • 2004   21.5
  • 2003   21.0
  • 2002   22.3

Demographics are changing.
  • CHS Demographic History (Percentages)

Black/African American
American Indian/Alaska Native
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
Two or More Races
Prefer Not To Respond

Percent Of Students Meeting All Four Benchmarks (English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science):
  • CHS   26%
  • State   28%

For parents or students specifically interested in ACT preparation, I'd encourage you to visit with our guidance office for materials and to utilize some of the many online test prep materials including the ACT Online Prep.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

CHS Senior, Brenna Hawthorn Wins NARD State Poster Contest

Brenna and CHS Art Teacher Mrs. Bird
Brenna Hawthorn's poster won the State Level of the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts 
Poster Contest.  The Theme was “We All Need Trees!” 

She will receive her Prize directly from the NARD office in Lincoln. Her poster advanced to the National Level competition, so Best of Luck to her!

Keep up the extraordinary work, Brenna. 
You are a very talented individual !

Thanks to the Nebraska Game and Parks and Bird Conservancy of the Rockies for the gift of the Bird Identification Book.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Game Night for CHS Students This Friday!


Friday, November 18th @ CHS from 8-10:30 pm

WHAT: A night of fun with Matt Ball Tournaments, Dodgeball, SpikeBall, Bag Toss, music and More!


Everybody’s doing it!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Students Attend CSC Art Day

Five CHS students attended the annual Chadron State College Art Day on Monday, November 7th. They participated in graphic design, printmaking, ceramics, mixed media, drawing, photography, and crafts workshops.

All workshops were conducted by CSC Instructors and Art Students.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

One Acts Presents 'Journey to World's Edge'

The Chadron High one act team will be presenting “Journey to World’s Edge - A Folk Tale in the Irish Tradition” by  Harry Michael Bagdasian and Ernest Joselovitz on Friday November 11th and Saturday November 12th. The story tells of a little girl’s struggle to fit into a world where she is different.

Friday’s performance will also include a dinner theater, which is served from 5:30 PM-7:00 PM by the Cardinal Singers.  For $12 individuals will be served lasagna, a side salad, bread, a drink, and dessert, and receive entrance to the performance of the play.  Tickets are available at the door or in advance from any cast member or by calling the high school office at 432-0707.  

The play will begin Friday at 7:00 PM in the high school auditorium, with desserts to follow.  Those wanting to simply watch the play may do so as well.  The cost for the play is $5, which also includes the dessert bar.  

Saturday’s performance of the play will include a performance with Gordon-Rushville. The plays will begin at 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM, respectively, in the auditorium.  The cost is $6.  

No passes will be accepted either day as this is the one act team’s fundraiser.  

The cast and crew will be traveling to Sidney this year on December 3rd to compete at districts.  We hope to see you at the show!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

FBLA will participate in Feed Nebraska this Friday, October 28th

 This Friday evening, October 28, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Students from Chadron FBLA will be participating in a "Trick or Treat for Canned Goods".  

There will be groups of FBLA members going around Chadron asking for food donations that will be given to local food pantries as part of the Feed Nebraska initiative.  Food items or donations can also be brought to Chadron High School during the next week.

Through the Center for Student Leadership, Nebraska FBLA promotes the Feed Nebraska project with the other career student organizations such as FCCLA, FEA, FFA, DECA, HOSA, or SkillsUSA. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Chadron TeamMates Presents: 'Go Big' Event Nov. 9th

TeamMates Mentoring of Chadron Presents:
'Go Big' Event

Wednesday, November 9th
Chadron High School Gym

Come and enjoy free refreshments and an inspiring talk by former Nebraska Blackshirt standout DeMoine Adams on the importance of building a CHAMPIONSHIP community!  There will be a raffle drawing for Husker items signed by former Huskers and the legendary former coach/TeamMates co-founder Dr. Tom Osborne.  All proceeds will go to the Chadron TeamMates Chapter Scholarship Fund.

DeMoine Adams is the Post-Secondary Education Coordinator for the TeamMates Mentoring Program. DeMoine also oversees all of the TeamMtates Central Office Scholarships and the Post-secondary mentoring program which is designed to work with students as they pursue their post-secondary education.

DeMoine is originally from Pine Bluff, AR and was a former UNL Defensive End standout Blackshirt form 1998-2002. He received Academic All-Big 12 and Academic All-American honors, was a three-time Brook Berringer Citizenship Team recipient, the 2002 Nebraska football Powerlifter of the Year, the 2002 Arthur Ashe award recipient, and the 2002 Fellowship of Christian Athlete of the Year. He received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from UNL and is currently pursuing his doctorate from the UNL. DeMoine also enjoys motivational speaking on his spare time helping youth become winners in life.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Published Video Contains CHS Footage

Diane Ravitch on public education

Nebraska Loves Public Schools produced this video of Diane Ravitch (National public education advocate) about the importance of public schools in the United States and why Nebraska's schools are one of the highest performing in the country.

The video contains background footage filmed in Chadron High School.

View more information and videos from Nebraska Loves Public Schools at their website.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

CHS Homecoming Activities - Oct. 17-22

Homecoming has arrived at Chadron High School at last! The upcoming week is to be filled with fun and Cardinal spirit.

Starting the week of homecoming, on Monday, October 17th, Junior Varsity Football will be competing with Scottsbluff at 6 p.m. Following the game will be the burning of the “C” in the CHS West parking lot. The jersey auction will take place in the high school gym after the burning of the "C".

Throughout the entire school week, students have the opportunity to show Cardinal pride and participate in the dress-up themes. The list of themes goes as follows-
  • Monday: Awkward Family Photo Day (This day can be interpreted a variety of ways. You could dress up in ugly sweaters seen in family photos or be “that kid” that always awkwardly stands out in family photos)
  • Tuesday: Duo-Day (Choose your favorite or funny duo and show it off! Ex: peanut butter and jelly, Hillary and Trump, Bonnie and Clyde, ketchup and fries)
  • Wednesday: Superhero vs. Villain Day (dress as your favorite villain or superhero. Ex: Cruella De Vil, Captain America, The Joker, Iron Man)
  • Thursday: Throwback Day (Choose your favorite decade and dress accordingly. Ex: 50s greaser, 70s hippie, 80s icon, 90s teen)
  • Friday: Cardinal Spirit Day, of course! (Dress in all your cardinal gear or the school colors of red, black, and white. You can be as creative as you want!)

On Friday, October 21st, there will be a pep rally at 1 p.m. in the high school gym. Guaranteed to be filled with fun competition and CHS spirit! Following the pep rally later that night, there will be a Varsity football game vs. Chase County at 6 p.m.

Finally, on Saturday, October 22nd is the dance! It is a semi-formal occasion, and all CHS students and approved dates are invited to attend (out-of-school dates must be approved at the office prior to Saturday). The homecoming dance will be from 9 p.m. to midnight in the high school commons. The ticket price is $5 at the door. Come enjoy a night filled with dancing!

Monday, October 3, 2016

CHS National Honor Society Elect Officers

On Wednesday, October 28th, the Chadron High School Chapter of National Honor Society members gathered for the first meeting of the 2016-2017 school year. Sponsors Mr. Willie Uhing and Mrs. Lorrie Bauer, called the meeting to order to discuss important information for the upcoming year. 

In the meeting, all members who were previously inducted were able to nominate/be nominated for officer positions. All members voted in the election of new officers. 

The 2016-2017 officers are: Spencer Margetts (President), Danielle Johnson (Vice President), Jadyn McCartney (Secretary), and Alyssa Noble (Treasurer). 

The next induction of new members will be Tuesday, November 1st, at 6:00p.m. in the High School Commons.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

FAFSA Completion Dates - Oct. 12-13th


EducationQuest Foundation, a free non-profit organization is coming to help you complete and file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

DATE:  October 12th & 13th 2016

LOCATION:   Chadron High School
Guidance Office

Please call EducationQuest at 800-666-3721 to setup an appointment.  Appointments are needed to receive assistance that day.


*FSA ID for parent and student – apply at
*Parent and student 2015 federal tax returns
*W-2’s and K-1 Form 1065
*Value of checking/savings accounts and investments *Amount of untaxed income:  social security, child support
*Student’s driver’s license number
*Student’s Social Security number
*Alien Registration Number of eligible non-citizens
*Parents’ birth dates
*Student’s birth date
*Parent’s date of marriage, separation, or divorce

*Email addresses for student and parent

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

10 Year CPS Budget Analysis

Knowing the many efforts of the district to be fiscally accountable to our patrons, I collected data from the past 10 years for my own analysis. What I found, was that the district has had very minimal yearly expense increases and works with the same total revenue as ten years ago.  However, the funding sources that provides revenue have dramatically changed.

What follows are my notes and opinions.  ~Jerry Mack

Chadron Public School District: 10-Year Budget Trends

2006/07 2015/16
Total Revenue 10,659,116 10,663,572 no significant change
Total Expense 9,424,313 10,569,473 1.2% avg increase per yr

Revenue Sources 2006/07 2015/16
State Aid 4,762,840 4,042,296 1.5% avg decrease per yr
Local Property Tax 2,868,369 4,878,925 7.0% avg increase per yr
Other Income 3,027,907 1,742,351 4.3% avg decrease per yr

It’s interesting when looking at the 10-year trends of the school district, that the total district revenue from last school year is almost identical to the amount from 10 years earlier. It’s assumed that most businesses and school districts would be very happy with only a 1.2% yearly budget increase over the past 10 years. The big issues are the decreasing and unpredictable changes in State Aid and the fact that ‘Other’ funding sources are decreasing, leaving Local Property Taxes to make up the difference.

For the following  illustrations, funding is lumped into three categories:
State Aid - based on a formula controlled by state legislation each year
Local Property Taxes - based on valuation of allowable local property
Other Income - federal programs, state program receipts, grants, etc.

In comparing the ten year revenue differences of the 2006/07 school year and the 2015/16 school year it needs mentioned again, the revenue amounts collected in these two school years (10 years apart) are almost identical. The difference is the decrease of both State Aid and Other funding made up by Local Property Taxes.  The increases in Local Property Tax, nearly exactly fills the void of lost revenue from State and Federal resources.
This graph shows the three funding sources for the total revenue of Chadron Public Schools for each of the past 10 years. The distribution of these funds have significantly changed.  There’s a decreasing trend in the amount of the budget being funded by both State Aid and Other funding sources (mostly federal programs). This decrease has been entirely replaced by Local Property Taxes.

Special Note: Chadron Public Schools has unique characteristics compared to other Nebraska districts due a large percentage of federal and state land located within the district which leads to untaxed property assets.
Chadron Public Schools’ expenses have increased over the past 10 years by a yearly average of 1.2%, much below the state average. Note the decrease in 2010-12 when CPS reconfigured buildings and classrooms to reduced many full-time positions in the district. The very minimal growth in expenses since are attributed to rising inflation costs of materials and services.

Despite any best efforts, it’s probably safe to say that the cost of education doesn’t get less expensive over time.  It would not be feasible to assume that the district can significantly reduce staff every five years without losing quality of education and needed services for students. In addition, there continues to be an increase in mandated (and unfunded) state and federal programs and the ever increasing cost of of inflation resulting in additional expenses for equipment purchases, facility repairs, technological upgrades, or other special service needs for students.

Concluding thoughts:

  • Despite the school district’s expenses increasing at only 1.2% per year, there has been no revenue increase over the past ten years.
  • Revenue amounts have not changed in the past 10 years, however, the distribution of funding sources has dramatically changed.
  • Local Property Tax has replaced the loss of State Aid and Other federally funded programs during the past 10 years.