Monday, January 28, 2013

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is a fun, non-competitive after-school program that promotes healthy lifestyles and self-esteem.  An innovative curriculum combines physically active games with lessons on healthy habits, teamwork, self-respect and goal-setting.  Girls on the Run is for 5th and 6th grade students and will be SO MUCH FUN!

5th and 6th grade girls that are interested should attend the informational meeting on WEDNESDAY, January 30, right after school in the Library.  In the meantime, checkout

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


CMS Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place in the Chadron Middle School gym on Wednesday, February 6th from 2:00-4:00 and the from 5:00-8:00 PM.  We will have a 1:30 dismissal on that day for conferences.  There will be a one-hour break from 4:00-5:00 so that teachers can get some dinner.  We hope that this schedule allows everyone time to visit with their student's teachers and, hopefully, it will reduce the long wait times that we experienced this fall.  

Also, The Chadron Middle School Scholastic Book Fair is coming up.  Mark your calendar for February 5 from 11:15-3:45 and February 6 from 7:30 a.m.- 8:30 p.m. The Book Fair will be held in the MS Gym.  Books can also be purchased online by clicking on the attached link from January 28 - February 6.   This is a great opportunity to purchase a wide selection of books, bargain books, posters, and other items. Chadron Middle School Students may register for the drawings and winners will be notified February 7.  The profits from the book fair will be used to purchase books for the Chadron Middle School Library.  Shop Online: Scholastic Book Fair - Chadron Middle School

If you have any questions, please call the school at 432-0708, or email Mr. Dressel at

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

7th and 8th Grade Boys' Basketball Travel Schedule

Date                Destination                 Dismiss           Depart                       Game Time       

7th Grade Boys Basketball

Jan 26              Valentine Tourney                               7:30 AM       CTZ      11:00 AM
Jan 28              Gord/@Rush.              3:00 PM            3:15 PM                     4:30  PM
Feb  7              Alliance                       1:45 PM           2:00 PM                      4:00 PM

8th Grade Boys Basketball

Jan 24              Alliance                       1:45 PM          2:00 PM                      4:00 PM
Jan 26             Valentine Tourney                              7:30 AM        CTZ      11:00 AM
Jan 28              Gord@Rush.               3:00 PM          3:15 PM                      6:00 PM
Feb 4               Scottsbluff                  1:00 PM          1:15 PM                      4:00 PM
Feb 5               Gering                         1:00 PM          1:15 PM                      4:00 PM

How Can You Combat the Flu?

We are seeing the flu in our area and more cases could be on the way. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a lot of great information on what influenza is, the signs and symptoms of the flu, how to prevent the flu, and what to do if you have the flu. Here are a couple of articles that may be helpful to our staff, students, and parents:

Frequently asked questions about influenza: 
Flu guide for Parents: 
Cover Your Cough Poster:

Hopefully these resources will be helpful information in knowing how to help stop the spread of the flu in our community. Officer Chrisman is also working on a computer program for staff from Safe Schools to learn more about fighting the flu in our schools. 

Thank you for your support for a healthier school system and community! 

Amanda Chytka, RN
Chadron School Nurse

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Jr. Wrestling Sign-Ups

Chadron Jr. Wrestling sign-ups will be held at the High School in room 101 on Tuesday, January 15thfrom 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Wrestlers will need a copy of their birth certificate and must be 5 or older. Cost to wrestle will be $35 for the first family member and $30 for each additional wrestler in a family. Practice will start Tuesday January 22th at the High School Wrestling Room at 6:30 for ages 7 and under and 7:30 for ages 8 and older. Sign-ups can also be done before the start of practice the first week. Contact John Cattin 308-207-5394 or Randy Cullers 430-2774 with any questions you may have. For more Chadron Junior Wrestling information check out the Chadron Junior Wrestling link on

Friday, January 4, 2013

Second Semester Begins

Happy New Year!  I hope that everyone had a great break and found some time to relax with family and friends.

Here are just a few quick information items for students and parents:

  • Chadron Middle School report cards will be sent home with students on Wednesday, January 9th.  Parents can check their student's final grades on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal on Friday afternoon.
  • The only early dismissal during the month of January is on the 18th.  It is a 12:00 dismissal for the Chadron High School Wrestling Invite, which will take place at the Nelson Physical Activity Center.  CMS will run Friday School on the 18th from 12:00-2:30.
  • Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled on February 6th from 2:00-4:00 and then from 5:00-8:00 in the CMS gym.  We have built in an hour-long break from 4:00-5:00 so that teachers can grab some dinner.  Chadron Middle School will dismiss school at 1:30 on that day.  The change in schedule is to help relieve some of the congestion that we experienced during the fall parent-teacher conferences.  
We are excited to have all of our students back at school and we are looking forward to an excellent 2nd semester!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New CMS Homework Folders - What Parents Need to Know

Dear Parents,

Homework completion is something that many students struggle with, especially in middle school.  There are a myriad of reasons for this (increased social life, athletics, extra curricular commitments and simply more homework).  The intent of Friday School is to give students an opportunity to make up their missing assignments, but we have found that the amount of time between 1:30 dismissals does not give students enough opportunity to make up work, especially in the months when there is only one 1:30 dismissal.  Therefore, we have instituted a this three tiered system that is intended to help students become more organized, keep parents informed about the work that their students are assigned, and hold students accountable for completing their homework assignments.

Below, you will find information about the homework folders that each student will have and need to bring home every night for you to sign off on.  You will also find the three tiered approach that the school will use when students do not complete their homework.  I am confident that with your help we will be able to help our students improve their homework completion and ultimately relieve some of the stress that comes when students have missing assignments.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Homework Folders:
  •  First period teachers collect completed homework sheets on the first day of the school wee
  •  First period teachers give students weekly sheet on the first day of the school week.
  • Students will fill out their planner at the end of every class period – they must show that it is complete before they leave the classroom.
  • Parents should ask to see their student’s homework folder and sign off om the homework sheet that they have seen the homework assignment sheet every night.
  • First period teachers make contact with parents on Monday when the sheets are collected if the sheets is not signed.
  • Students use this sheet as their admit slip when they are absent from school
Failure to Complete Homework

Step One: Guided Study Hall (G.S.H.)

  • Will take place during lunch recess, before school, and after school
  • Teachers will inform students when they need to attend G.S.H. and arrange a time for the student to come into their classroom to work.
  • Teachers will mark the students that must attend G.S.H. on the Friday School Spreadsheet.
  •  Teachers should check the list and make arrangements with each other in the event that the  student is missing work in more than one class
  • Failure to attend to G.S.H. will result in an offense
  • Teachers will notify parents when a student receives a 1st and 2nd offense
  • Teachers should remove students from list when they complete the missing work.
Step Two: Office Referral

  • Students who receive a second offense for not attending G.S.H. will be referred to the office via Infinite Campus.
  • The principal will meet with the student and inform the student that must attend GHS.
  • The student will call their parent to inform them that they are behind
  • Students will stay in GHS everyday until their homework is completed.
  •  Once the work is completed the teacher will take the students name off of the Friday School Spreadsheet.
  • Teachers will give students a 3rd offense if they do not attend GHS.
  • Teachers will notify the office via Infinite Campus and the student will be assigned to one day of ISS for violation of the school’s homework policy.
  • The principal will notify the parents that the student will be in ISS
Step Three: Friday School

  • Friday School will be assigned to students that have not completed their homework during G.S.H. or ISS.
  • Friday School will operate from 1:30 – 3:20 on early dismissal days.
  • Failure to complete missing work during Friday School will result in the student receiving a zero on the assignment.
Reward System: Drop Homework and Drop Test Tickets

  •  Students that are not referred to Friday School or ISS for missing work for an entire month will receive a drop homework ticket.
  • Students that are not referred to Friday School or ISS for missing work for an entire quarter will receive a drop test ticket.