Thursday, November 29, 2018

Chadron Schools Receive High Praise During Accreditation Review

(Submitted by Dr. Caroline Winchester, Supt.)

Proud of Chadron Public School’s (CPS) Family and Community

I am so proud of the CPS Family and Community.

Chadron Public Schools recently completed their AdvancED Engagement Review as part of the district’s accreditation process. While the official report will not be available for 30 days below are highlights of the findings.

The district’s Instructional Framework was noted as a strength.   43 classrooms were visited. The classroom learning environment observation tool called eleot showed scores significantly exceeded the AdvancED average.  The engagement review team leader said the eleot scores were the highest he has ever seen.

Another strength was Relationships throughout the system.  The team leader noted relationships were huge in all areas and the extensiveness of community partnerships and relationships was the highest he has seen in a district the size of Chadron.  Thank you Chadron Community for partnering with CPS to enhance and enrich learning for our students.

The third strength was System-wide Leadership.  61 of the 66 AdvancED Standards were found to be in the Impact Category.  Impact is about the embeddedness of the standards, meaning the standard is deeply ingrained in the culture and operations of the institution.

As one of the reviewers was leaving they said, “Chadron is a special place.”  And I couldn’t agree more.

Dr. Caroline B. Winchester, Superintendent

Chadron Public Schools

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Shop With A Cop Fundraiser Begins

The Chadron Police Department is starting their 14th annual Shop With A Cop fundraiser.  For those not familiar with this program, all donations are used to provide food, clothing or Christmas presents to our local school children who are less fortunate.  The younger students are escorted by a Chadron Police Officer to Christmas shop locally while the older students are provided with gift cards. This program has benefited hundreds of children and families during the past thirteen years.

There will be several opportunities to donate to this program through promotions the next few weeks, one method is to deliver a check made payable to, "Shop With A Cop" to the Chadron Police Department.   Staff at Chadron Public Schools will use Central Office as the drop off point for donated funds.

We thank the Chadron Police Department for the organization of this program as well as the community for their financial support!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Thanksgiving Break, Nov. 21-23

There will be No School Wednesday through Friday, November 21-23 for Thanksgiving Break!

We hope you have a great Thanksgiving with family and friends!

We'll see you on Monday, November 26!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Advance Biology - Snake Dissection Lab

(Submitted by CHS Senior, Nicole Scarrow)
Mr. Bradley’s Advanced Biology class dissected common water snakes on November 14, 2018.
  Students were to look into the body of the snake and identify organs that were located inside. They found
that the dorsal side of the snake looks just like their internal muscles and the bone found on their dorsal
side. After inspecting the dorsal side of the snakes students opened the mouth of the snake and discovered
where the teeth, tongue, Jacobson organ, and esophagus are located. In order to smell, a snake will use
their tongue to bring air particles to the Jacobson's organ in order to identify animals that have came
through the area. Finally, it was time to dig into the snake and identify the major internal organs.
By using the scalpel to slit the snake from the esophagus to the cloaca students dug out
the stomach, lung, fat bodies, heart, gall bladder, pancreas, and tried to identify the gender of their  
snake. A single lung on the right side on the inside of their body was found inside of their snake. This is
because the left lung is vestigial meaning that it is very small or minuscule. Instead of having a
diaphragm like mammals, the muscles located in their ribs help air enter and exit their lungs. Finally,
they found a clear membrane called mesentery that keeps all organs in place.

Advanced Biology Dissects Turtles

(Submitted by CHS Sophomore, Kennady Stack)
On November 14, 2018, the students of the Advanced Biology class dissected a turtle as a part of their reptiles unit. In this lab, students were paired up to dissect a painted turtle to learn about the adaptations and differences from amphibians to reptiles.

Students were first asked to remove the plastron, which is the bottom shell, to reveal the strong pectoral
muscles of the turtle. These muscles function like the human shoulder blade. Then the students
compared the liver and gallbladder to that of the bullfrog dissected during the amphibian unit. The liver
of the turtle proved larger than that of the frog, due to the greater demand for more efficient filtration. The
students were also directed to locate the stomach, cut it open, and compare that to the frog stomach.
This process was repeated for the lungs and kidneys, which was found to have significant differences.
For example, the lungs of the turtle had more alveoli, which are air sacs that aid in respiration. The
kidneys were more abundant in nephrons, which creates more efficient excretion. The intestines were
located and studied to understand the digestive system of the turtle. The students had an enjoyable
time learning about the adaptations of reptiles through this lab and will carry on this knowledge to their
next chapter: birds.

Monday, November 12, 2018

National Association Of School Nurses - Head Lice 101

Head Lice 101 What You Should Know
About Head Lice

Head lice are a common community problem. An estimated 6 to 12 million
infestations occur each year in the United States, most commonly among children
ages 3 to 11 years old. 1 Though a head lice infestation is often spotted in school,
it is usually acquired through direct head-to-head contact elsewhere, such as at
sleepovers or camp. 2

Head lice are not dangerous, and they do not transmit disease. 1 Additionally,
despite what you might have heard, head lice often infest people with good
hygiene and grooming habits. 3/4 Your family, friends, or community may
experience head lice. It's important to know some basics, including how to
recognize symptoms and what to do if faced with an infestation.

What are head lice?
Head lice are tiny, wingless insects that live close to the human scalp. They feed
on human blood.1  When checking for head lice, you may see several forms: the
nit, the nymph, and the adult louse.
Nits are tiny, teardrop shaped lice eggs that are often yellowish or white. Nits are also what you
call the shells that are left behind once the eggs hatch. Nits are attached to the hair shaft and
often found around the nape of the neck or the ears. Nits can look similar to dandruff, but cannot
be easily removed or brushed off.1

Nymphs, or baby lice, are small and grow to adult size in 1 to 2 weeks.1

Adult lice are the size of a sesame seed and appear tan to grayish-white.1

How are head lice spread?
• Head lice move by crawling and cannot jump or fly 1
• Head lice are mostly spread by direct head-to head contact-for example, during play at home
or school, sleepovers, sports activities, or camp 1
• It is possible, but not common, to spread head lice by contact with items that have been in
contact with a person with head lice, such as clothing (for example, hats, scarves, or coats) or
other personal items (such as combs, brushes, or towels) 1
• Head lice transmission can occur at home, in the community, or-very infrequently-in school. 2

What are the signs and symptoms of infestation?
Signs and symptoms of infestation include1 :
• Tickling feeling on the scalp or in the hair
• Itching (caused by the bites of the louse)
• Irritability and difficulty sleeping (lice are more active in the dark)
• Sores on the head (caused by scratching, which can sometimes become infected)
Finding a live nymph or adult louse on the scalp or in the hair is an indication of an active
infestation. They are most commonly found behind the ears and near the neckline at the back
of the head.1

Head Lice 101 What You Should Know
About Head Lice
Lice Lessons
What if my child gets head lice?
If you suspect your child might have head lice, it's important to talk to a school
nurse, pediatrician, or family physician to get appropriate care. There are a
number of available treatments, including new prescription treatment options that
are safe and do not require nit combing. Other things to consider in selecting and
starting treatment include:
• Follow treatment instructions. Using extra amounts or multiple applications of the same
medication is not recommended, unless directed by a healthcare professionals 5
• A 2016 study showed that 48 states now have lice that are genetically predisposed to
resistance to commonly used treatment.s 6
• There is no scientific evidence that home remedies are effective treatments. 7
• Head lice do not infest the house. However, family bed linens and recently used clothes, hats,
and towels should be washed in very hot water and dried on the high settings. 5
• Personal articles, such as combs, brushes, and hair clips, should be soaked in very hot water
for 5 to 10 minutes if they were exposed to someone with an active head lice infestations. 5
• All household members and other close contacts should be checked, and those with evidence
of an active infestation should also be treated at the same times. 5

Myths and facts about head lice
Myth: Only dirty people get head lice.
Fact: Personal hygiene and household or school cleanliness are not factors for infestation. In
fact, head lice often infest people with good hygiene and grooming habits. 3/4

Myth: Head lice carry diseases.
Fact: Head lice do not spread diseases.1

Myth: Head lice can be spread by sharing hair brushes, hats, clothes, and
other personal items.
Fact: It is uncommon to spread head lice by contact with clothing or other personal items, such
as combs, brushes, or hair accessories, that have been in contact with a person with head lice.1

Myth: Head lice can jump or fly, and can live anywhere.
Fact: Head lice cannot jump or fly, and only move by crawling. It is unlikely to find
head lice living on objects like helmets or hats because they have feet that are
specifically designed to grasp on to the hair shaft of humans. Additionally, a louse
can only live for about a day off the head.1

Myth: You can use home remedies like brushes, hats, clothes, and other
personal items. mayonnaise to get rid of head lice.
Fact: It is uncommon to spread head lice by contact Fact: There is no scientific
evidence that home with clothing or other personal items, such as combs,
remedies are effective treatments.7  Consult your healthcare provider to discuss
appropriate treatment options, including prescription products.

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Frequently asked questions (FAQs),
info/lags html. Accessed April 20, 2017
2. Pontius DJ Demystifying pediculosis: school nurses taking the lead Pediatr Nurs. 2014.40(5):226-235
3. Meinking T, Taplin D. Vicaria M. Iniestations. In: Schachner LA, Hansen RC, eds. Pediatric Dermatology, 4th ed. Mosby
Elsevier; 2011:1535-1583
4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epidemiology & risk factors parasites/lice/head/epi.html.
Accessed April 20, 2017.
5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Treatment http://www.cdc gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment html Accessed April
20, 2017.
6. Gellatly KJ, Krim S, Palenchar DJ, et al Expansion of the knockdown resistance frequency map for human head lice
(phthiraptera: pediculidae) in the United States using quantitative sequencing J Med Entomol 2016 1-7.
7. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Treatment frequently asked questions
head/gen_info/tags_treat html Accessed April 20. 2017,

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Veterans Day Program - Monday, Nov. 12th @ 12:30p

The annual Veterans Day program hosted by the CMS 8th grade class will begin at 12:30pm in the High School Auditorium and will feature the American Legion Honor Guard with the CHS Band

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Winning the Scholarship Game

CHS School Counselor, Loni Watson will host a Lunch & Learn for parents of 9-12th grade students titled "Winning the Scholarship Game: Tips for 9-12th grade parents on preparing for the post-secondary transition" 

This Lunch & Learn for parents will take place in the CHS Library from 12:00 - 1:00p on Friday, November 16th.  A meat and cheese tray (light lunch) will be available. 

Friday, November 2, 2018

CHS Hosts Business Lunch and Learn

(From the Cardinal Counseling Blog)
CHS Hosted Mrs. Brenda Rolleson for our first Lunch and Learn of the 2018-19 school year.  Mrs. Rolleson gave a history of her work with the Federal Bureau of Credit Unions which chartered credit unions across the country.  Mrs. Rolleson later spent time in Washington D.C. at the U.S. State Department working in foreign service.  Brenda lived and worked In Switzerland, Holland and Guatemala.   She worked with leaders including:  Madaline Allbright, President Clinton and President Bush.  Thank you Mrs. Rolleson for speaking to our students, what a career!