Monday, September 24, 2018

Upcoming Testing Dates

Chadron High School will host the following testing dates for CHS students:

September 26th:  ASVAB 
The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) will be administered to ALL juniors during the morning of Wednesday, September 27th in the CHS auditorium. The ASVAB is a multiple choice tst, administered by teh Unites States Military Entrance Processing Command, used to determine qualification for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces.  Although the test is administered by the military, it is not a requirement that test-takers with a qualifying score enlist in the armed forces.  The ASVAB contains 10 sections:  General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Mathematics Knowledge, Electronics Information, Automotive and Shop Information, Mechanical Comprehension, Assembling Objects, and Verbal Expression.  Student scores are often used to correlate SAT and ACT scores as well as for career exploration and future transition planning.  Please have your student (junior) in the high school auditorium by 7:45 this day!

October 10th:  PSAT
The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a preparatory version of the SAT exam. You can only take the PSAT once per year, and most students take the test in both 10th and 11th grade. If you earn a high score on the PSAT your junior year, you could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship—$180 million dollars in merit scholarships are awarded to students each year! Testing your skills in reading, writing, and math, the PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long. Unlike the SAT, the highest score possible on the PSAT is 1520.  CHS students can take the PSAT on October 10th 7:45 a.m. in the HS library.  The PSAT exam is an optional test and is $16 per student due to the HS Office before exam date.  Please contact the Cardinal Counseling Office if you would like your student signed up to take this exam.  

October 27th:  ACT
The ACT college readiness assessment is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions.  The ACT consists of four mandatory sections:  English, Reading, Math and Science, and one optionally Writing assessment.  The four main tests are scored individually on a scale of 1-36, and a Composite score is provided which is the rounded whole number average of the four scores.  Chadron High School and Chadron Sate College offer multiple Saturday testing dates throughout the year.  Students can register for Saturday exams by going to and creating an account, tests are $42.50 an exam unless student is on free and reduced lunch (see counseling office for a fee waiver).  All juniors will be given a free ACT exam on April 3rd during the school hours.  These scores are vital for college admissions and scholarship opportunities.  The CHS counseling office recommends taking the ACT as often as possible for increased score opportunities.  The next upcoming test at CHS will be given October 27th and students must be registered online no later than September 28th.  

Thursday, September 13, 2018

CHS Teacher, Mike Sandstrom, Selected fro NHD Program

September 13, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mr. Michael Sandstrom, a teacher at Chadron Senior High School in Chadron, Nebraska is one of 114 teachers selected for a National History Day® program titled Legacies of World War I.

The program is a partnership between the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission and National History Day.
Sandstrom will participate in webinars and discussions while learning about World War I with teachers from around
the world. As one of the selected teachers, Sandstrom receives free tuition, graduate credits, and materials for the
online program.

Each of the 57 National History Day affiliates could choose two teachers for this honor and the National History
Day program in Nebraska selected Mr. Sandstrom.

“As part of the commemoration of the centennial of The Great War, National History Day is proud to partner with
the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission to help teachers delve into the history of this global event,” said
National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “Sandstrom will learn about specific aspects of the war
he can take back to the classroom to ensure this piece of global history is not forgotten.”
This program is part of an educational partnership with the WWI Commission, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of
American History, National History Day, and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. This new
educational partnership will educate both teachers and school students about World War I through a series of more
than 100 teaching events nationwide. More Information about the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission can
be found here:

About National History Day (NHD): NHD is a non-profit organization based in College Park that seeks to improve
the teaching and learning of history. The National History Day Contest was established in 1974 and currently
engages more than half a million students in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Students
present their research as a documentary, exhibit, paper, performance, or website. Projects compete first at the local
and affiliate levels, where the top entries are invited to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at
College Park. NHD is sponsored in part by HISTORY®, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the
National Park Service, and Southwest Airlines. For more information, visit

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Two CHS Students Selected as National Merit Finalists

The National Merit Scholarship Program has now determined which of the 16,000 semifinalists named in September have met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition.  

CHS senior standouts Abigail Hyer and Kaylie Elliott , have been selected as finalists for the National Merit Scholarship to be offered in 2019.  

The selection of some 7,500 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of finalists is now in progress.  To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists have to fulfill requirements to advance to Finalist standing. Each Semifinalist submits a detailed scholarship application, which includes essays and information about extracurricular achievement, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also have to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a school official, and earn SAT scores that confirm their qualifying test performance. From the Semifinalist group, a certain number of students, varying from year to year, advance to Finalist standing depending on the above criteria. By the conclusion of the competition, a select group of Finalists are chosen to receive prestigious National Merit Scholarships totaling nearly $35 million. Winners are the Finalist candidates judged to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous university studies. Scholarship winners represent fewer than 1% of the initial pool of student entrants, based on official statistics released by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Patriot Day - A National Day of Remembrance

Patriot Day happens every year and is observed as the National Day of Service and Remembrance. It lands on September 11th of each year in memory of the 2,977 killed in the September 11th terrorist attacks in 2001. A bill to make a national day of mourning on September 11th was introduced in the U.S. House on October 25, 2001, but it wasn’t actually declared as Patriot Day until 2002. Today, the American flag is flown at half-staff at the White House as well as at all U.S. government buildings. It is also encouraged that American flags get hung on the houses of Americans throughout the country. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

School Bus Safety Notes

Driving Safety - September 2018 Edition
Driving safety is a key exposure for school districts/ESU’s, and even though this topic is covered rather often, ALICAP would like to stress drivers safety again. Whether the school vehicle is driven by the traditional school bus driver or a special education teacher or a cheerleading sponsor or a maintenance worker, it doesn’t matter, all employee types need driving safety training.

Below are some driving safety notes and reminders to help get everyone started:
Drivers should be reminded to....
▪ Bring a positive attitude. A positive attitude is key in good defensive driving.
▪ Always wear your seatbelt.
▪ Clear the dashboard.
▪ Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
▪ Avoid other vehicles’ blind spots.
▪ NOT eat while driving.
▪ NOT use a cell phone while driving.
▪ If there are student passengers and they begin to get out of hand, safely pull over, and then handle the situation. Do not argue or attempt to handle the situation while driving.
▪ Reduce speed when visibility is of concern, and also use your headlights to help others better see you. Conditions may include snow, fog, frost or even bright sun.
▪ Be clear with all student passengers on the rules of the vehicle.

Passenger Rules need to be enforced for the safety of the driver and the safety of each passenger. Below are some suggested passenger rules.
Passengers should be reminded to....
1. Be on time.
2. Never run to or from the vehicle or bus.
3. Stand back from the curb until the vehicle or bus is stopped.
4. Never push or shove.
5. Stay in your seat.
6. NOT to yell or shout.
7. Keep all body parts in the vehicle at all times.
8. Always obey the driver.
9. Wait for the driver’s signal before crossing.
10. Always look both ways before crossing the street, and always use the crosswalk.

11. And if you drop something while you are outside of the vehicle, never go pick it up, ask an adult for help.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Picture Day!

Lifetouch will be here on Wednesday, Sept. 5th for picture day. Information packets for ordering prints can be picked up at the office or go to 
and enter Picture Day ID: CG518343Y0