Monday, October 23, 2017

Plans for fall break at CHS

     Many students and teachers at CHS have many plans during fall break next Friday October 27. Some plan to stay in Chadron while others plan to travel.
     Students like Taya Leija and Rachel Sauser-Smith are planning to sleep in on Friday. Rachel said she is going to sleep in because she does not get enough sleep during the school week. 
     Busy students like Camie Keim and Cody Madsen are going to be spending their fall break working. Cody is also going to be studying for his college classes. 
     Caleb Hill and Dallas Kelso are going to be active during their break. Caleb will be going for a run, and will also be attending a wedding in Crawford, while Dallas is going to be climbing the roof.
     Keelynd Clinton and Katie Lewin are going to be participating in school activities next Friday. Keelynd will be participating in playoffs in football Friday, and Katie will be traveling back home from FFA Nationals.
     Many students like Megan Kickland, Hailey Watson, and Trev Clements are going to be hanging out with their families. Trev plans to see his grandmother over fall break.
     There are going to be many CHS teachers travelling for fall break this year like Mrs. Maribeth Moore, companion animals teacher, is going to be returning seven of the FFA team to nationals.
     The CHS English teacher, Mrs. Rachel Girard, is going to be traveling to Lincoln for a wedding.
     Mrs. Brenda Budler, foods and personal finance teacher, is going to be travelling to Des Moines, Iowa, to visit her mother, brother, and sister in law.
     There will be teachers who will be busy doing school activities, like Mr. Mike Lecher, football coach and science teacher. Lecher will be coaching a football game in Chadron for playoffs. 

National FFA

    On Tuesday, October 24, 7 members of the Chadron FFA chapter will be on their way to the National FFA convention for the first time since the chapter has been restarted in Indianapolis, Indiana.
     To qualify for the exciting event, 4 members had to win both district and state competitions in Livestock Management. Hunter Hawk, Katie Lewin, Cody Madsen, and Beau and Drew Jersild made up the winning team. Due to other activities, two members of the team could not attend the National Convention, so Mackenzie Scoggan will fill their place.
     The Livestock Management competition is a combination of tests about a variety of different animals and equipment associated with the different species. At both districts and state, there are 6 different tests. The tests include, beef, swine, sheep, horses, dairy and poultry. Because the team won first place at the state convention, they are able to participate at Nationals. The National competition is different because only poultry will be tested. Throughout the competition, members of the team will be tested on a variety of materials. Of these included are, judging live birds, both meat chickens and laying hens. In addition they will judge the chicken carcasses, and different byproducts such as chicken nuggets. The team will also be required to make a presentation and give reasons on why they judged the chickens the way that they did.
     Members of the team feel that the competition will be a good learning experience. Because the Chadron FFA Chapter is only 5 years old, resources are more difficult to come by than for bigger, older chapters. Some bigger schools around the nation are able to have poultry classes, so the Chadron chapter is at a bit of a disadvantage. Adviser Mari Beth Moore, said that members of the chapter are constantly being pushed outside of their comfort zones and are fearless. No matter what, "They will do their best no doubt about it," said Moore.
     Over the course of the trip, the members will be involved in numerous exciting activities. They will be attending the opening ceremonies where they will get the opportunity to listen to Laila Ali speak. In addition, they are planning to attend a Rascal Flatts concert, view the Indianapolis 500, and participate in an escape room.

Chadron High's news art teacher

     Some of Chadron High's hardest problems are finding replacements for our retired teachers. When Chadron Highs art teach Patty Bird retired CHS had to find a replacement.  With some work, Chadron High found a fantastic replacement of Travis Hencey. 
     There are plenty of reasons why he was such a good replacement. He became a teacher because he likes working with kids. He enjoys seeing their creative side and seeing how their minds work.
Hencey went to Chadron State College from 2005 to 2009 for an art degree. Then in 2014 he went back to get his teaching degree. He graduated in 2015. His previous teaching experiences before he came to Chadron High was student teaching at Upward Bound for five years. Then he taught in Halos Riverside Public Schools K-12 for one year. His best experience in learning how to teach was at Upward Bound. It was the best experience because he got to teach and work with kids for the first time. He learned many new things. Hencey said, "It was nice to test things and to prove my theories."
As a graduate of Chadron High, it's not as weird as he thought it would be teaching with his former teachers. Enough time has passed, and he got to know them. They are different people than when they taught him. He said that a wall has broken down. "It is interesting seeing the same techniques used as they taught me with, but now I understand why they used them," he said.

Most Popular Halloween Candy

     One of the most common traditions during Halloween is the distribution and eating of candy. At Chadron High School candy is popular throughout the students and staff.
   The most popular candy through the halls is the Snickers candy bar. In a close second is a bag of skittles. Behind that was a package of Reese's. Mr Nobiling said, "They are the best because there is two in a package."
     The least popular candy throughout Chadron High is black licorice. It came with comments of "It is nasty," said Logan Tiensvold, and "That stuff taste like poop," said Mark Taylor.  The next least popular candy ended up in a tie between Mounds and Candy Corn.  The majority of people preferred chocolate candy over sweet candy.

Interact Dictionary Trip

     On Friday, October 20th, 24 members of the Interact club distributed dictionaries to third graders at reservation schools as one of their many service projects of the year. The members distributed dictionaries to six schools, Batseland, Wolf Creek, Lady of Lourdes, Porcupine Elementary, Pine Ridge Elementary, and Loneman, according to Interact club sponsor Roger Wess. Out of the six schools that the students attended, they were only able to personally distribute dictionaries to the third graders at the first two schools, as unforeseen difficulties arose at the other four. For example, Abby Hyer, the Interact secretary, said that at Porcupine Elementary "A funeral was occurring in the gym and caused school to be out of session for the day."
     Mr. Wess said that one of the major reasons that Interact does the dictionary trip is because it " students an opportunity to visit the school system on the Pine Ridge Reservation, which is literally a different culture. It is a way to have two cultures interact, and that is important." Although the trip is used to provide an educational tool to the students on the reservation and allow two cultures to mix, students who go on the trip enjoy interacting with the children. Claire Margetts, a member of Interact, said, "My favorite part is talking to all of the little kids because they are so sweet and a lot of them are very interested in the dictionaries." Abby concurred by saying, "It is also really fun to see the kids and to have a hands-on service experience."
     The process of distributing the dictionaries is quite lengthy. First, members walk into the classrooms and introduce themselves to the children, said Mande Wollesen, Interact treasurer. They also introduce their organization and explain to the students that the dictionaries are personally theirs to keep. Then, "Each member takes one and visits a kid at a table, and we talk to them about the dictionary," said Mande. After discussing the dictionary and its contents, the members discuss other things with the students to personally connect with them, such as what their favorite things to do are.
     The dictionary trip has a profound impact on the members who attend and inspires them to continue going on the trip. This year was Abby's third year on the trip. Jameson Margetts, a freshman members of Interact, said that he plans on going on the trip again, because, he said, "It was really fun."

Friday, October 20, 2017

A freshman's perspective on high school

     As we approach the second quarter of high school, freshman are learning the ropes of Chadron High. For many of them, they are liking and adjusting well to life as a high school student. In fact, Austin McCabe said, "I like all of it," referring to his favorite part of high school.
     High school offers more activities than middle school did. The students seem to appreciate that. Hanna Meier said, "My favorite thing about high school is that there are extracurricular activities for non-athletic people too." Many of the students are taking advantage of all the new activities as they are participating in many.
      The expectations the freshman had about high school were mostly completely different than they thought high school would be like. Hanna Meier said, "The middle school always told us we would have a lot of homework in high school. I figured we would be loaded with work every single night, but we were not." Madeline Pelton thought that high school would be "much harder" than it actually turned out to be.
     Compared to middle school, high school teachers have vastly different teaching styles. Austin McCabe said, "High school is more relaxed. The teachers do not rush you as much."
     Hanna Meier stated, "The teachers treat you more like adults here."
     As the school year continues, the freshman will continue to adapt and progress to being high school students.

National Honor Society New Members

   Six new members will be inducted into the National Honor Society on October 23rd at 7:00 in the high school auditorium. The new members include three seniors and three juniors: Logan Tiensvold, Zach Carattini, Sam Rischling, Kaylie Elliott, Dominic Nobiling and Clark Riesen. These students and the current members were selected by a group of Chadron Public Schools' faculty.
    "When I opened my letter and saw that I was accepted I felt great joy," said Clark Riesen, a new inductee. "I applied last year, but wasn't accepted. I become more involved in the community and became more responsible in my classes."
    NHS currently has a total of fifteen members, most of them seniors. To be inducted and remain a member, students must have a grade point average above 3.5 and be involved in school activities and volunteer in the community. The students in this group are some of the most involved teenagers in the Chadron Community.