Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Senior Exit Survey - Class of 2016

At the end of each school year, Chadron High School contracts with LifeTrack Services, Inc. to conduct a confidential, non-biased senior exit survey. We just received the results for the graduating class of 2016. 51 seniors responded to the survey this year. I've included my notes in comparing these results to last year. 

Thank you to all of our seniors for providing this important information which helps provide focus for our efforts for continuous improvement of our school.

  1. Did you have a positive learning experience at Chadron High School?
    • Yes - 96%  Slightly lower than last year
    • No - 4%
  2. Was the counseling department helpful and supportive meeting your needs?
    • Yes - 92%  Slightly lower than last year
    • No - 8%
  3. Did your teacher encourage you to continue your education?
    • Yes - 96%  About the same as last year
    • No - 4%
  4. Were enough elective classes offered for you to explore different career opportunities?
    • Yes - 82%  About the same as last year
    • No - 18%
  5. Do you think you will be able to easily find a job that can support you?
    • Yes - 98%  Slightly higher than last year
    • No - 2%
  6. Did you ever experience significant harassment from other students?
    • Yes - 17%  Same as last year
    • No - 82%
  7. Chadron High School provided a safe learning environment?
    • Excellent - 82%  Slightly higher than last year
    • Good - 12%  
    • Average - 2%
    • Below Average - 4%
    • Needs Improvement - 0%
  8. Chadron High School maintained a drug-free environment?
    • Excellent - 16%   Lower than last year
    • Good - 12%
    • Average - 29%
    • Below Average - 18%
    • Needs Improvement - 25%   Higher than last year
  9. Chadron High School provided a strong foundation in the use of technology?
    • Excellent - 75%  Higher than last year
    • Good - 20%  
    • Average - 4%
    • Below Average - 0%
    • Needs Improvement - 0%
    • No Response - 2%
  10. Teachers generally held high standards and demanded quality work?
    • Excellent - 63%  Same as last year
    • Good - 33%
    • Average - 4%
    • Below Average - 0%
    • Needs Improvement - 0%
  11. My teachers were knowledgeable about the curriculum being taught?
    • Excellent - 75%  About the same as last year
    • Good - 22%
    • Average - 2%
    • Below Average - 0%
    • Needs Improvement - 0%
  12. I was challenged to experience academic growth each year?
    • Excellent - 78%  About the same as last year
    • Good - 14%
    • Average - 8%
    • Below Average - 0%
    • Needs Improvement - 0%
    • No Response - 0%
  13. Rules were enforced consistently and fairly?
    • Excellent - 55%   Slightly higher than last year
    • Good - 25%  
    • Average - 14%
    • Below Average - 4%
    • Needs Improvement - 2%
  14. What area(s) do you plan to pursue immediately after high school? (mark all that apply)
    • 4 Year College - 67%  Slightly higher than last year
    • 2 Year College - 10%  slightly lower
    • Voc./Tech School - 10%  same
    • Work Full Time - 6%  same
    • Work Part Time - 6%  lower
    • Military - 14%  higher
    • Other - 0%
    • No Response - 0%
  15. Overall, how would you rate Chadron High School as a learning environment?
    • Excellent - 76%  About the same as last year
    • Good - 24%        Higher than last year
    • Average - 0%
    • Below Average - 0%
    • Needs Improvement - 0%

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May 20th: Community Picnic and Supt. of the Year Celebration!

Let's Celebrate!!!

Come join Chadron Public Schools this Friday, May 20th at 11:30a for a free community picnic to celebrate the end of a school year as well as recognizing Dr. Winchester who was recently named Nebraska's Superintendent of the Year.  The picnic will take place on the West side of the high school.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Advanced Biology Dissection Lab

Sean O'Brien, a junior in Mr. Bradley’s spring advanced biology class, is observed removing and examining the lung of a pig
(Submitted by CHS Junior, Alexandria Nobiling) Dissection is a very advantageous tool for students because it gives them a hands on way of learning. 

On April 5th and 6th, the Advanced Biology class dissected and observed the anatomy of a fetal pig. A pig is a great dissection species because the major structures in a pig are very similar to those in humans and thus it gives students insight on the internal and external structures of mammals. The students were given a detailed guide giving step by step instructions on how to properly perform the dissection. 

Throughout the process, students were asked questions about their individual pigs as well as comparing them to those around them such as “Is your pig male or female? How do you know this?” 

Tyler Westlake is identifying different features of the pig’s respiratory system to lab partner Gabe Ramos
At the conclusion of the two day dissection, all of the students were to correctly identify and label all internal structures of the pig based off of their new found knowledge. For example, the students had to label the pericardium, the membrane over the heart, and the dorsal aorta, which is the blood supply to the lower body.

Aside from dissecting the pigs, the students also took a closer look at the cells. They took samples from the lung, stomach, kidney, brain, tongue, and skin, and made a slide from each specimen to observe under a microscope. A microscope slide is made when a small, thin, sample of a specimen is placed on a rectangular piece of glass. Then, an eyedropper is used to place a drop of water on the specimen. Another piece of thin glass is placed over the top to vacuum seal the item and to prevent water droplets from affecting the image. The student then places the slide into the microscope and adjusts the image to get a clear view of the cells.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Chadron High Junior's Art Places In Federal Duck Stamp Program

Chadron High Junior, Brenna Hawthorn placed as a Top 10 Finalist in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Program! Of the hundreds of applicants, 36 were selected as finalists. Brenna's design with colored pencil finished in the top 10!  Brenna and her classmates in Mrs. Bird's art class designed work for the duck stamp program this year.

CHS Graduation Will Be Streamed Live Online!

Click the icon on the school website 

at www.chadronschools.org for the link this Saturday.

(Live stream will appear and be active Saturday by noon on May 14th)

Chadron HS Graduation

Saturday, May 14, 2016

1:00pm @ CHS Gym

  Chadron High School Graduation
 Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 1:00 PM
 Chadron High School Gymnasium
Class Motto: “You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so...get on your way!"   ~Dr. Seuss
Class Flower: Red Rose
Class Colors: Red, Black & Silver
Class Song: "I Lived" by One Republic

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

CPS Foundation Presents Check for National FBLA Competition

Rob Wahlstrom presents a check to the CHS FBLA on behalf of the CPS Foundation
A $2400 check was presented to members of Chadron High School's FBLA national qualifiers on behalf of the Chadron Public Schools Foundation.  Rob Wahlstrom presented the check to Corbin Johnson, Allie Johnson, Aubree Noble, Jayden Garrett, Brooklyn Stack and Hunter Hawk.  The national qualifiers will compete in Atlanta, GA  at the National FBLA Leadership Conference from June 28 - July 3, 2016.

CHS Math Club Wins Medals!

Chadron High School Math Club Competes at the West River Math contest at the School of Mines in Rapid City.  The team has been practicing before and after school since February.  The rules of the contest do not allow a calculator which gives advanced students another approach from that used in the regular classroom.  The Chadron team competed strongly with the following results:

Algebra I: 1st place - Abby Hyer
Geometry:  1st place - Hunter Hawk
Algebra II:  1st place - Coy Bila
Advanced Math:  4th place - Walt Mays

Friday, May 6, 2016

Date & Times of CHS End of the Year Events

Here's a quick list of the year-end activities!

Saturday May 7th @ 7:00p - Grand March is open to the public

  • Hosted in the CSC Student Center
  • Post Prom follows the dance in the Student Center

Sunday, May 8th @ 7:00p - Baccalaureate in Auditorium 

Monday, May 9th @ 7:00p - Honor's Night in Auditorium

Tuesday, May 10th @ 7:00p - Band Concert in Auditorium

Wednesday, May 11th - 9:00a School Start for Senior Checkout

  • Senior Checkout 8:00-9:00a
  • Graduation Practice 9:00a

Saturday, May 14th @ 1:00p - CHS Graduation in HS Gym

Friday, May 20th - Last Day of School

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

CHS Graduation 1:00p May 14th

  Chadron High School Graduation
 Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 1:00 PM
 Chadron High School Gymnasium
Class Motto: “You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so...get on your way!"   ~Dr. Seuss
Class Flower: Red Rose
Class Colors: Red, Black & Silver
Class Song: "I Lived" by One Republic

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Grades 9-11 Will Have a 9:00am Start on May 11th!

Next Wednesday, May 11th will be a 9:00am start for the high school grades 9-11.  Seniors will check out from 8:00-9:00am.

Seniors Last Day - Check-Out Schedule
(Adjusted Morning Classes)

Senior Check-Out 7:55a - 8:55a
Graduation Practice 9:00 - 10:00
Block 1 9:00 - 10:03

Block 2 10:10 - 11:15

Lunch 11:15 - 11:58

Block 3 11:58 - 1:33

Block 4 1:40 - 3:15
4A 1:40 - 2:26

4B 2:29 - 3:15