Thursday, August 11, 2016

First Day of School - Wednesday, Aug. 17th!

We're excited to see our students return from summer break!

The high school does not have a 'supply list' for students due to the variety of classes and the use of technology with student iPads.  It is suggested that students have writing utensils and a three-ring binder with loose leaf paper.  The teachers will share their individual class supply needs during the first week of school.

The first three days of school will have 1:30pm dismissals to acclimate students back into a school schedule as well as to provide some needed time for programs, meetings, and other preparations for students and teachers at the end of each day.

We want to remind students that teachers are available for help before and after school. Students will find this time is necessary for extra help with certain classes as well as a great time to seek assistance for any missing coursework.

Here's the bell schedule for our first day of school.


7:55 – 8:30   General Assembly

8:30 – 9:30      Block 1

9:35 – 10:35    Block 2

10:40-11:40    Block 3

11:40 – 12:20 Lunch

12:20 – 1:30    Block 4
Block 4a 12:20-12:53
Block 4b 12:56-1:30

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

iPad Orientation - Make-Up Dates

If you were unable to attend one of the three iPad Orientation programs held earlier in August, we have two more scheduled at 5:00pm during each of the first two days of school.

iPads will be handed out to students at 1:30p on the first days of school only to those students who have completed the iPad Orientation program with a parent/guardian (and returned the signature sheet).

The next two opportunities to attend the required iPad Orientations will be:

  • 5:00p  Wednesday, August 17th
  • 5:00p  Thursday, August 18th

The programs will be held in the high school Auditorium. Programs must be attended by the student and their parent/guardian.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Increasing Need for Technical and Skilled Training

At our Freshman/New Student Orientation, I mentioned our curriculum efforts to match student needs to the current job market trends.  Trends in the workforce indicate an increasing number of jobs requiring technical/skilled training and not a four year college degree.  In order for our students to be in a position to secure these high skilled, high demand and high wage jobs, we've been making efforts to create curriculum to teach career education supported by vocational classes.

The two videos that I showed highlighting the job market trends are linked below.

The first video, Reality Check - Guiding Your Children to Career Success is written and narrated by Kevin J. Fleming. It shows the data of the changing trends in the workforce.

The second video, Don't Follow Your Passion is by and is narrated by TV personality Mike Rowe, star of "Dirty Jobs".  It emphasizes the need for students to match their skills to a career.

The videos are intended to create thought for students and parents about the pursuit of technical and skilled training after high school as an alternate to pursuing a four-year college degree. Visit with our Guidance Office for more information.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

CHS Text Messaging Account Sign Up Directions

To sign up for Mr. Mack's Chadron High School text messaging account, follow the directions below.  This account will be used for any school reminders or schedule changes. An example would be to receive a text that Chadron High School has a late start or school closing due to weather.

You can remove yourself from the account at anytime simply by replying with "@leave" to any of the text messages.

Chadron High School uses many Remind messaging accounts for teachers and coaches.  All phone numbers are confidential, and cannot be viewed by any parties ...including myself. Check out the Remind website for more information.

To sign up:
Text to:    81010
Message:  @chsnote