Monday, November 21, 2011

December Good News From CMS

Good News From CMS

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Between mid-November and late January, Dr. Bill Roweton will access Mr. Hastings 6th grade math classes through remote video and audio equipment.  The sole intent is to enrich students enrolled in Educational Psychology, a course that Dr. Roweton teaches as part of CSC’s teacher education program.  Participating CSC teacher education students will work on observational skills, that is, “seeing” dimensions of the classroom context and student and teacher behaviors, all of which affect student achievement.  If you have procedural questions about the project, please contact Bill Roweton (432-5307 or or Mr. Dressel (432-0708 or

2010-11 Nebraska State Report Card Results for Chadron Public Schools has been released and once again our district has a lot to celebrate!  Our district has exceeded state and federal accountability requirements.  Please take a moment and convey to educators and students how much you appreciate their efforts!  The State of the Schools power point slide show can be viewed at:  Congratulations CARDINALS!

English, Science, and Math teachers have been busy working on curriculum alignment as part of our continuous school improvement effort.  The work that they have been doing includes curriculum mapping, standards alignment, and vertical curriculum alignment K-12.   Teachers in core content areas have also been working on setting NWEA goals with their students that include RIT score goals and a student self assessment.

MOA, the architect firm that CPS has contracted with for the proposed facilities rejuvenation project, released it preliminary plans to the public at a special Board meeting on November 7th.  “Safe, Warm, and Dry” is the phrase that we are using to describe the plan, which includes roof repairs and replacement, HV/AC upgrades and controls, air quality improvements, window improvements, and lighting upgrades.  If you have any questions regarding the plan, please feel free to contact Mr. Dressel at 432-0708 or

The first dance of the school year was held on Friday, November 18th, 2011 at the CMS gym.   The CMS Student Council planned and organized the dance that included a professional D.J. complete with lights and lasers! Students enjoyed and danced to music from various contemporary artists as well as some classic rock.  Thank you to the CMS student council for their efforts in organizing the dance and to the faculty and parents that helped chaperon.  It was a fun evening for our students!

8th grade students from Mrs. Kaus' 4th period social studies class paid tribute to our nations veterans at the annual Veterans Day Program on November 11th.  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.  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.  Thank you to Mrs. Kaus and the students from her 4th period class that organized the event 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.

7th and 8th grade students attended the Chardron High School One Act Play production of Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus during 9th period on November 22nd.  Thank you to Mrs. Paopao for allowing our middle school students to enjoy their production.  

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