Thursday, September 15, 2011

September Good News From CMS

 Good News From CMS
Dear Parents/Guardians:

It is hard to believe that we are already finished with the first 5 weeks of school and that we are at the end of the first mid-quarter!  With the end of the first mid-quarter comes Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Like last year, the middle school will offer two days of Parent-Teacher Conferences in the middle school gym on September 19th from 5-8pm and on September 20th from 2-6pm.  Please note that the middle school will dismiss school at 1:30pm on September 20th for conferences.  I believe that parent/teacher conferences are extremely important because it provides parent/guardians the opportunity to discuss their child’s academic progress with the classroom teachers.  I also encourage you to bring your student(s) to the conference because we want to stay focused on the ways that we can work together to help them be successful in school and they should be a part of that conversation. 

Fall sports are in full swing.  Volleyball and Cross Country have already had several competitions and football will have their first game against Torrington on Saturday, September 17th.  We are very proud of our student athletes and the positive way that they represent our school and our school district.  I know that they appreciate all of the support that they receive at school and at home.  Go Cardinals!

We are also very pleased with the recent release of the district’s NeSA Reading and Math scores.  District-wide, students at Chadron Public Schools performed very well.  The middle school celebrated our students’ success with a school-wide assembly on September 2nd.  Students were congratulated on their success and encouraged to keep up the good work.  When the assembly was over, each student received a frozen treat on their way out.  Again, I want to congratulate our students on their success and encourage them to keep working hard in the classroom so that they continue to grow and improve academically.

Speaking of testing, NWEA MAPs testing will begin on October 3rd and end on October 26th.  MAPs tests assess student progress in Reading, Language Arts, Math, and Science.  The tests that are given in the fall provide us with base data that we use in several ways.  First, it helps us assess our academic programs and gives us an idea of the specific academic areas that we need to focus on in the classroom.  Second, we use the data to place our students in classes that will ensure that they receive the support that they need to improve.  And third, we use the data to help our students set assessment goals.  It is extremely important that all students be present for testing because we do have a tight testing window and there are only a few make up days at the end of the testing window.

Thank you for supporting your student and the programs at Chadron Middle School and if you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns, please let me know.


Nick Dressel
Chadron Middle School, Prinicpal
On Twitter @NickDressel

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