Thursday, December 15, 2011
Schools play an important role in helping middle school students learn how to manage their time. CMS offers our students opportunities during the school day and after school to get help on their assignments as well as daily planners to help them learn how to organize their school work. This year, CMS has also implemented Friday School. Friday school serves two purposes: first, it is an opportunity to finish homework assignments that have not been turned in and second, it is a consequence for not turning in assignments.
Obviously, parents also play a crucial role in helping their middle school students learn how to manage their time and find academic success. I know that our students' parents do the best that they can to help their students, but I also know that it can be difficult to talk to middle schoolers about school and academics. Below is a link from schoolfamily.com that provides some simple tips for parents to help them help their middle school students stay on top of their homework and learn time management skills that will help them now and in their future.
Helping Middle Schoolers Mangae Homework
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
|Students from CMS help load cans for the Caring for Sharing Food Drive|
The 5th grade class collected 758 non-perishable food items and won the "Golden Can", which is an award that is given to the class that collects the most non-perishable food goods during the Caring for Sharing Food Drive. In total, Chadron Middle School students collected 2,243 non-perishable food items, which were donated to the food pantry at Assumption Arena.
In addition to the Golden Can, the 5th grade class earned the opportunity to compete against the CMS faculty in a "Minute-to-Win-it" challenge. The competition will take place in the Middle School gym and is scheduled to begin at 12:40. The first round will last 15-minutes and include 4 challenges. At the end of the round we will give out our end of the 2nd quarter awards and then do a second 15-minute challenge round. All students (5th-8th grade) will be dismissed from the gym at 1:30.
We enthusiastically invite parents to come and watch the competition. We had a lot of fun playing the 8th graders in a basketball game during last year's competition and we expect to have a lot of fun with our 5th graders this year!
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Alex Sanders, Mikaela Hastings, and Jayden Garrett went on KCSR 610 AM radio on 11/30/11 as representatives for the 8th grade health class that started the effort to bring Mike Smith to CPS. In addition, their class has started a group called Helping Others Protect Everyone (H.O.P.E.) in an effort to provide peer support to students that are struggling with bullying and to strengthen our school community.
For information about Mike Smith's program go to www.mikesmithlive.com or just click on the link under web articles on this blog page.
11:17—12:46 lunch with middle school students
2:00 -3:00 Chadron Middle School (Grades 5-8) @ HS Auditorium
Monday, November 21, 2011
December 15th - 6th-12th Band and Choir concert @ HS Auditorium. Band starts at 6pm and Choir starts at 7:15pm.
Thank you to the CMS student council for their efforts in organizing the dance and to all of the faculty and parents that helped chaperon. It was a fun evening for our students!
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
We have a 1:30 dismissal on Friday, but due to the in-service, we will not run Friday School (1:30-3:20) for students that are missing work. All late work needs to be turned in by the end of the day on Friday to receive partial credit. Any work that is not turned in will receive a zero.
Monday, November 14, 2011
|Students at CMS Honor Veterans on 11/11/11|
8th grade students from Mrs. Kaus' 4th period social studies class paid tribute to our nations veterans on Veteran's Day last Friday. The students did a wonderful job of putting together the program and playing the role of Masters of Ceremony. The keynote speaker was Sgt. First Class Shawn Banzaff of the United States Army National Guard and his message highlighted the need to continue to honor and respect our Nation's veterans as well as those who are currently serving in the armed forces. He also talked about the humility that veterans display when they come back from war.
One especially touching moment was when the students paid tribute to the veterans of World War II. Sgt. Banzaff said, "..these men and women are just mom, dad, grandma and grandpa to us, but they saved the world." The Department of Veteran's Affairs estimates that 1,100 WWII veterans die every day and they take with them the living history of the war. It is crucial that we learn and record this history for the sake of posterity.
Thank you to Mrs. Kaus and her 4th period class for all of the hard work that they put into the Veteran's Day program; they did a fantastic job! Thank you to Sgt. Banzhaff for his excellent keynote address. And, especially, thank you to all of our Nation's veterans for their service and sacrifice.
Monday, October 31, 2011
CMS 6th grade student, Brooklyn Stack, thought the area around Chadron Middle School looked alittle trashy and decided to do something about it. So, she called on ten of her 5th and 6th grade friends to help clean it up on Wednesday, October 26th. After school, the students, Brooklyn's mother Jill, and Lorna Eliason spent 1hour 45 minutes picking up trash around the middle school and track. They also swept both front steps and sidewalk in front of CMS to create a better curb appeal.
Thank you for your leadership Brooklyn and for showing pride in our middle school. Also, thank you to Aubree Noble, Moriah Hastings, Alpine Hickstein, JashwaAlan Cummings, Cody Madsen, Jensen Lambert, Jake Lemmon, Cassie Boggs, Pamela Fisher, and Lance Cattin for taking pride in your school and volunteering your time to make your school a better place. Thank you to Keep Chadron Beautiful for providing supplies and equipment for the litter pick up.
1st Qtr. No Offense Pizza Party, a set on Flickr.
Chadron Middle School students that did not receive any offenses during the first quarter were treated to a pizza party last week during lunch as a thank you for their excellent behavior! There were 143 students that did not receive any offenses including 1st period and lunch period tardies!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Changes in Wrestling Schedule
- November 3rd @ Gordon Rushville - New Start Time is at 1:00
- November 15th @ Crawford has been cancelled
- November 1st - 7th grade sciences classes will take a field trip to the waste water treatment facility during their respective class periods.
- November 1st - 6th-12th grade choir concert at 7pm in the HS Auditorium
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
November 19th - 7th and 8th grade Girls' BB @ Valentine 11:00am- Bus leaves at 6:30am
- The Cardinal Effort Award, which is given to two students in each grade that have really put forth their best effort in their classes over the course of the quarter. This award is special because the students’ teachers select the award winners.
- Perfect Attendance Awards, which are given to students that have not been tardy to class or missed a single day of school over the course of the quarter.
- The Cardinal Citizenship Award, which is given to students that did not receive a single offense over the course of the entire quarter. This award includes a special lunch with principal!
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
This YouTube clip is a slightly altered version of Apple's Think Different ad that premiered in 1997. As I watched this clip, I could not help but think of how relevant its message is today given the turbulent, yet exciting times in which we live.
I truly believe that it is through education that we can live this message! But we have to be willing to embrace technology, embrace change, and take risks. Malcolm Forbes said, "Failure is success if we learn from it" and I believe that we can't allow the fear of failure to prevent us from trying new things. So I challenge all teachers and students to be BOLD, take RISKS, and CHANGE the world to make it a better place.
|Students paint trashcans during the CMS After-School Program|
Monday, October 3, 2011
An entire month of testing can become tiresome for students and teachers. However, the data that we collect this fall really does help us identify areas that we need to focus on to ensure that our students are strong in all of the standards strands. We also share the data with the students so that they know their areas of strength and the areas where they need to improve. Having this knowledge helps students become more self-aware and with this knowledge we help students set personal growth goals for the spring tests that they will take in March.
So, as we move through the month of October and you have conversations with your students about school, please talk to them about testing. Make sure that they are getting enough rest at night, that they are eating breakfast in the morning, and encourage them to do their best on all of the tests. It is important to remind them that everyone has areas of strength and areas where we need to improve and that these tests are not the end-all be-all of their academic career. It is one test that is give on one day and if they don't perform as well as they would have liked, encourage them to study hard and to give their best effort again in March.
As always, I sincerely thank you for the many ways that you support your student(s) and the school. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Chadron Middle School, Principal