Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Free Breakfast & Lunch for All Students Until the End of the Year


Updated Parent/Spectator Guide for CPS Winter Sports

It seems the guidelines for school activities change on a weekly basis. Here are our updated guidelines as of Dec. 14th.  The NSAA is requiring schools to follow the 25% capacity limits and limit attendance to households but will allow grandparents to attend. The NSAA requirements are in effect until January 4th.

Here is a portion of the December 14th guidelines sent from the NSAA


Friday, December 11, 2020

Anatomy & Physiology Class Lab - Urinary System

On Tuesday, December 8th, Mr. Bradley’s Anatomy and Physiology class performed a lab, to emphasize their recent studies in the urinary system. The lab, in which simulated urine was used,  was conducted to perform a urinalysis. A urinalysis is a test of urine used to detect medical issues, drug usage, and pregnancy. The class used the lab to examine the simulated urine and diagnose different “patients” with medical conditions, based on the symptoms these “patients” exhibited in their urine.

The tests the class performed included examining the physical characteristics of the simulated urine, testing for sugars, testing for proteins, and examining the simulated urine under the microscope. Examining the physical characteristics include testing the color, clarity, smell, and pH level of the simulated urine. Abnormalities in these characteristics helped the class diagnose “patients'', by matching abnormal characteristics with certain medical conditions. The second test, the Benedict test for sugar, involved adding a blue solution to the simulated urine and heating the urine. A positive reaction in this test entailed the solution turning from blue to orange after heating, showing the “patient” had sugar in their urine. The Biuret test for protein required the class to add a solution to the simulated urine. A positive reaction that meant protein was present in the urine involved the simulated urine changing from the original color to an orange color. Finally, the last test entailed microscopic observations. The students prepared slides of each “patient’s” urine and examined these slides for white blood cells, red blood cells, and crystals. Observation of these characteristics helped the student create a diagnosis for each “patient”. 

This lab helped the Anatomy and Physiology students gain a better understanding of the urinary system. Through this lab, the students examined abnormal symptoms and understood their importance, and were able to correctly perform tests and demonstrate their grasp on how the urinary system operates.

The setup for the Benedict test, after the blue Benedict solution, has been added. 

A positive reaction occurring while testing for sugar during the Benedict test.

A hypha found in the simulated urine, possibly indicating a fungal infection.

A crystal observed under the microscope in the simulated urine.


Thursday, December 10, 2020

Chadron Qualifies 3 Teams at First FFA Contest


Chadron FFA performs well and qualifies 3 for state competition in their first district contest of the year which was held virtually December 9th, 2020 due to concerns with Covid 19.

State qualifiers

2nd place -Agricultural demonstration team 2 . “Genetic sampling in beef cattle”.

Members: Caden Galbraith, Ryan Bickel, Kadence Wild, Garrett Glines

2nd place: Kayley Galbraith -Extemporaneous speaking

2nd place: November Diers  Cooperative speaking, “ Electrical Coops”

Also competing and ribboning

3rd place Employment skill  Teagan Tidyman

4th -Agricultural demonstration team 1 “Restraint techniques in dogs for a clinical procedure”.

Samantha Johns, Ethan Johns, Hailey Lein, Fia Rasmussen

4th Connor Diers - Natural Resources “ Hydroponics “

7th- Kourtney Hawk , Jr.Public Speaking “ Stress in Agriculture”

8th-Grace Pyle Extemporaneous Speaking

4th - FFA Creed Speaking - Gabe Tidyman

10th FFA  Creed Speaking - Kenli Boeselager

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

CHS Students Place 3rd in the Nebraska Personal Finance Challenge

Congratulations to students in Mrs. Noble's Personal Finance Class!!!!

The Nebraska Personal Finance Challenge is a virtual competition that tests students’ knowledge against others across the state.  Chadron registered 8 teams of 4 students per team for the challenge.  Students competed with others across the state, testing their personal finance knowledge based on national standards set by the Council for Economic Education.

The competition took place November 16, and concluded December 4 and consisted of more than 185 teams. A cash prize for the top 3 teams in the state was awarded by the Nebraska Economics Council!  The Chadron team that placed 3rd was composed of Garrett Reece, Jarek Anderson, Kayley Galbraith and Elizabeth Harrison. Congratulations and Good Job!


1st Place Team: $30 per student - Hay Springs High School

2nd Place Team: $20 per student - Norris High School

3rd Place Team: $10 per student - Chadron High School

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

PPHD Safety Precautions for Winter Sports & Activities


November 30, 2020   For immediate release

For more information, contact: Kim Engel, Director, 308-760-2415, kengel@pphd.org

Safety precautions for winter sports and activities

Winter sports practices and activities have been happening for the past few weeks. As games and competitions are nearing, the Nebraska School Activities Association and the Governor’s Directed Health Measure outline the following requirements for student, staff, and attendee safety:

  • Participant households are only being allowed entry, they must sit as a household group at least six foot from other household groups. Attendees must also be on the school list to gain entry. Each school may have a specific limit. 

  • Masks are required, if anyone fails to comply they will be expected to leave.

  • There may be specific guidance from the host school, it is important that participants and attendees abide by that guidance.

  • Please respect the host school’s capacity requirements.

  • If anyone is experiencing any symptoms of illness, please do not attend.

Youth sports and activities are being encouraged to implement precautions as well. It’s important to remember, these safety precautions are critical for the continuity of winter sports and activities.

Unified Command confirms 153 more cases of COVID in the Panhandle since last reporting on Friday, November 27. Recoveries are available on the Panhandle dashboard at www.pphd.org. The investigations are underway, all close contacts will be quarantined.

All Ages: 153





Box Butte
















Scotts Bluff






Exposure Type



Close Contact




Under Investigation


March 2-November 30, 2020

  • Total Tests Conducted: 26,712

  • Positive: 5,992

  • Weekly Positivity Rate: 43.8%

  • Recovered: 3,504

  • Active Cases: 2,438

  • Deaths: 50

  • Active Hospitalizations: 67

  • Total Cumulative Hospitalizations: 390

  • Last week’s cases: 541

  • Doubling time (November 2-29): 27 days

Avoid the Three Cs:

  • Avoid Crowded Places – Avoid gathering in groups where you cannot maintain 6-feet of distance from others

  • Avoid Close Contact – Wear a mask over your nose and mouth or maintain 6-feet distance when you are spending more than 15 total minutes with people you don’t live with

  • Avoid Confined Spaces – Avoid enclosed spaces with poor ventilation

Testing information and access for the Panhandle area: 

  • You can sign up for the following free testing at Testnebraska.com or 402-207-9377:

    • Box Butte General Hospital in Alliance: Monday-Friday, 9-10am 

      • 212 East 24th Street   

    • Chadron Community Hospital: Mondays & Fridays, 7-9am

      • 821 Morehead Street (Old Hospital ER Entrance next to Wilson Park)

      • Other testing opportunities for symptomatic patients may be available through the hospital as ordered by your Primary Care Practitioner, call the hospital at 747-2466 with questions.

    • Gordon Memorial Hospital: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2-4pm

    • Regional West Health Services in Scottsbluff: Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays: Noon-3pm; Call 308-630-2100 for other testing opportunities for symptomatic patients.

    • Sidney Regional Medical Center: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays, 7-9:30am

  • Community Action Health Center in Gering: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays, 7-8am

  • Alliance Community Pharmacy in Alliance: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-6pm; Saturday-Sunday, 9am-5pm

    • For people experiencing symptoms, same day results. Call 308-629-1045 for appointment, fee is $125. 

  • Morrill County Community Hospital in Bridgeport: Daily

    • Call 308-262-1616 for testing, same day results, insurance can be billed.

  • Contact your local hospital or clinic for information on testing access.

Panhandle Public Health District, Region 21, 22, and 23 Emergency Management, and Scotts Bluff County Health Department are working as a unified command on this evolving situation. Essential updates will be regularly communicated to the public and community partners. 

The Panhandle COVID dashboard is updated weekdays at 4:30 pm MT and available at www.pphd.org. For the most up to date information from the CDC, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Panhandle Public Health District is working together to improve the health, safety, and quality of life for all who live, learn, work, and play in the Panhandle.  Our vision is that we are a healthier and safer Panhandle Community. Visit our website www.pphd.org.