Senior Parents and Students - There are tons of good opportunities in March for scholarships, check the MARCH folder below and make sure to turn in your finished work to the guidance office before the appropriate deadline!
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 standout Hunter Hawk has been selected as a finalist for the National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2018. 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.
Congratulations Hunter Hawk, CHS is very proud of you!
Seniors and Senior Parents -
There are some GREAT opportunities available for scholarships please make sure you are taking a look in the folders which are arranged by due date. New scholarships include Chadron Public Library, Student Council Scholarship, and National School Counselors Association Scholarship! March and April are HOT MONTHS for scholarship deadlines, please check the folders and fill out as many as you possibly can.
Dear CHS Parents,
Scheduling season is upon us! Every year at CHS we not only pick courses for the upcoming school year, but also create Personal Learning Plans when scheduling each student. The purpose of a Personal Learning Plan is to make high school as meaningful as possible for the student, and also to help map out the necessary coursework. Sophomore year lends to many pathways and options when selecting courses, and as parents I want to make sure you and your student understand the various options.
We have four options for earning college math credit while attending Chadron High School: AP Statistics, Precalculus (College Algebra), AP Calculus and Technical Math.
Technical Math: College level math course for students interested in a two year community college and/or technical school. Prerequisite: Algebra II. 3 college credits through WNCC. Will transfer to community college or tech school ONLY, not transferable to a four year college or university.
Precalculus (College Algebra): College level math course for seniors offered in the Fall for students heading to a four year college. 4 College Algebra credits through Chadron State College, transfers extremely well across 4 year schools. Prerequisite: Trigonometry
AP Calculus: Offered in the Spring also for seniors. Prerequisite: Trigonometry & Precalculus
5 college credits through Chadron State College, transfer extremely well across 4 year schools.
If your child has not taken Geometry and wants to take college math credits while in high school, sophomore year is the optimum time to double up in math. Recommendation are submitted by the Algebra I teacher for students who are identified with strong math skills and who may benefit from this scheduling choice. It is not our intention in making recommendations to put pressure on students to double in math if your student does not prefer that option. However, if your student chooses to double up in math their sophomore year, it will be with the understanding that they will take a math class their junior year.
Students who are not interested in taking a four year college math credit (College Algebra, AP Statistics or Calculus) should NOT double up in math their sophomore year and plan on taking Algebra II their junior year.
It is in BOTH the school and the student’s best interests to take a math course during the junior year. The junior year is that which students will take the state mandated ACT exam, which will also be used for college entrance and scholarship selection. Taking a math class the year of this exam (junior year) is one of the single most important scheduling decisions students can make to better their score.
Science course selection is very similar to math selection above. Students who are interested in pursuing careers in engineering, health professions, and other science heavy fields are encouraged to take as many pre-requisite courses as possible. Even though CHS does not offer dual college credit in the hard sciences, statistically students who see courses like chemistry, anatomy and physics have higher success rates in college in the fields in which these courses are required. For example, a student looking to pursue a degree in physical therapy would highly benefit from seeing chemistry, advanced biology, and anatomy in high school as many of these courses are required for their future college degree. Additionally we offer three dual credit courses in the health profession area that may be beneficial:
Basic Nursing - 4 WNCC Credits and CNA certification
Medical Terminology - 2 WNCC Credits
Medical Aid - 4 WNCC Credits and Medical Aid Certification
It can be hard to fit all of these courses into a four year plan, and not always possible. Science and math are just one example with multiple pathways, please think about your Personal Learning Plan in not only what courses you would like this year, but what courses you may benefit from and can fit into your schedule in the next three years.
Career and Technical Education
CHS has a LARGE variety of career related courses, I highly encourage sophomores to take a chance on a class that may help lead to a career choice. We have career academy classes in business, engineering, agriculture, and health professions. We strongly advise students who are interested in learning more about career options to consider spending a day job shadowing a local or regional professional. Chadron High School will formally excuse any days that students wish to spend job shadowing and/or on college visits with parent permission and advance notice. Please contact Mrs. Watson or Mrs. Berry with at least one week’s notice if possible on any of these excused days.
Please do not hesitate to call or email if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment to go over your students schedule and/or personal learning plan.
Chadron High School Counselor
Seniors - Make sure you get your Chadron State College and University of Nebraska applications and scholarships done TODAY as they will not be accepted after this date.
Parents of 9-12th grade students please join us on December 15th at 7:30 a.m. in the HS library as we enjoy some morning coffee and talk about the scheduling process at Chadron High School. Topics discussed will include: CHS counseling department scheduling meetings, 4 year plan development, course offerings, as well as dual credit and college class options. Please help us spread the word on social media, we hope to see you there!
The scholarship folder is filling up FAST at Chadron High School. We currently have 30+ PDF copies of local scholarships waiting to be completed! Please check out the 2017-2018 Scholarship Google Drive Folder. Please pay special attention to two HUGE scholarship opportunities due on February 1st: Susan Buffett and Virginia and Haven Smith.
On November 17th seniors at CHS and I sat down to talk about the amazing opportunity called the Susan T. Buffett Foundation Scholarship available only to Nebraska students. Please take some time to learn more about this amazing opportunity below:
Chadron High School Guidance Counselor