(Submitted by Carolyn Hinrichs, CHS Student Liaison)
Dear Students and Parents,
We are happy to provide you with the latest edition of the CHS Course Description Handbook.  The handbook outlines the requirements necessary to graduate from CHS.  It also contains course descriptions for the upcoming year.  Please remember that courses offered are based upon STUDENT REQUESTS.  If numbers are not sufficient, the class will probably not be offered.  Because we schedule based upon the “numbers”, it is imperative that you carefully select your courses, and be prepared to stay in those classes once you are given a schedule.   
The American College Testing organization recommends that “all high school students experience a common academic program, one that prepares them for both college and workforce training, regardless of their post-graduation plans.”  In other words, you need to develop skills for entering college and the workforce.  You can accomplish this feat by enrolling in a rigorous and varied class schedule.  
The CHS School Board adopted a new valedictorian selection policy in 2010.  Effective with the class of 2012, students with a 4.0 GPA AND two AP courses will compete for the honor of Valedictorian/Salutatorian.  Further details on the selection process are available in school board Policy 5127.1.  Please stop by the Guidance Office if you need more specific information regarding the policy.
So, how do you choose?  We recommend signing up for courses based upon graduation requirements, teacher recommendations, interests and abilities, past achievements and post-high school plans.  We would like you to utilize the career pathways recommended by the state, at www.nebraskacareerconnections.org.  Students have individual user ID’s and passwords and have already created Personal Learning Plans!  Please ask your student to show you their plan from last year! We will schedule individual appointments with each student, but ask that you review this document ahead of time and think about possible course requests.  In addition, appointments with parents are always available.  Chadron High School offers all vocational opportunities/courses without regard to race, color, national origin, sex or disability.
Lastly, have fun with the process!  While we want you prepared for your future, please don’t forget that high school is a time to explore new avenues………try your hand at Drafting, Culinary or Ceramics - you just might discover some hidden talents or interests.  Check out our new Ag offerings and new Scholarship Writing class!
Students who are planning to play college sports are strongly encouraged to visit early (and often) with coaches regarding NCAA/NAIA requirements.  Please feel free to stop by the Guidance Office at any time for assistance.  It is our pleasure to be of service to you in any way we can!

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Author: 
Mr. Mack