Thursday, April 27, 2017

Native American Parent Meeting May 9th @ 3:30p

Native American Parent Meeting May 9th @ 3:30p

We will be hosting a Native American Parent Meeting on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017. The meeting will be held in the Central Office of Chadron Public Schools and will begin at 3:30pm. We look forward to visiting with you about the education of our Native American students.

Monday, April 24, 2017

CMS Dance - April 28th 6:30-8:30

The spring CMS dance has been rescheduled to Friday, April 28th.  The doors will open at 6:30 and the dance will end at 8:30.  Only CMS students are allowed to attend.

Friday, April 7, 2017

CMS Dance on April 13th Cancelled

The CMS dance that was scheduled on April 13th has been cancelled due to the number of students that will be out of town for Easter break.  We are looking at other dates in April and May to reschedule.

Friday, March 31, 2017

CMS Box Tops for Education Drive

Box Tops Drive
Ask your parents, grandparents, neighbors, aunts and uncles, cousins to save their Box Tops and bring them to Mrs. Summers in the middle school office. The Drive will run through May 2, but students, families and community members can bring them in at any time.  Funds generated from box tops will fund our student rewards program next school year.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Chadron’s Got Talent: Talent Show

On Monday April 24th the Wanderlust Cardinals will be hosting a Chadron High and Chadron Middle School Talent Show at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The cost will be $5 for adults and $3 for students K-12.
The Talent Show will work a bit like “America’s Got Talent.” Contestants will be eliminated in their high school and middle school categories each round, bringing the final round to three contestants each.  Prize packages will include cash, food gift certificates, movie passes, etc. for those who place in the top three. A cash prize for the People’s Choice will also be given.
Any high school or middle student (or groups) that want to participate can pick up a form in the middle school or high school office. They must be turned in with the $5 entry fee by Wednesday April 19th. A sound check for contestants will be held on Sunday April 23rd at 2 p.m. Please call Jill Paopao for questions and information.
The Wanderlust Cardinals are an international traveling group of high school students who will be traveling to Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and France in June.

*Submitted by Mrs. Paopao - CHS Wanderlust Sponsor

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Cast Your Vote for the Nebraska State Reptile

Like other states, Nebraska has state symbols (state bird, flower, fish, etc.). However, Nebraska does not have a state reptile, but this is your chance to change that.  Click on the link to vote for your favorite Nebraska reptile.

Your vote counts!

Monday, March 27, 2017


Spring Dental Days at Chadron Primary, Intermediate, and Middle School have been CANCELLED (March 28, 29 30) due to dental staffing changes and will not be re-scheduled.

Questions may be directed to Lorna Eliason at 432-0508 or

Thank you, Lorna Eliason

Lorna VB. Eliason
After School Program Director
Chadron Public Schools
551 East 6th Street
Chadron, NE 69337

Morning Marathon Club Information

Chadron Middle School Spring Testing Schedule


Below is the spring testing schedule for Chadron Middle School.  As you can see, spring testing is a very busy time and scheduling all of the required tests takes us most of the month April.  Student attendance is a key piece to helping testing run smooth.  Grade levels are scheduled for certain tests during specific blocks of time during the day.  When students miss their scheduled testing block, they have to make it up during the scheduled make up days, which means that they will miss class.  This is not ideal, but necessary to meet testing requirements.

There are several things that parents can do to help students be more successful on their assessments.

  1. Make sure that your child gets plenty of rest the night before the assessment. 
  2. Make sure that your child gets breakfast before coming to school.  Students will be able to eat breakfast at school, but if the assessment is scheduled in the morning, students will begin testing during 1st block and won't get breakfast until 9:15.
  3. Help your child get to school on time.  Assessments will begin right after attendance is taken at the beginning of first block and third block.
  4. Encourage your child to do their best.  Many students get nervous about testing, but I always tell them to just take their time and do their best.  There is really nothing more that we can ask.

Below is the testing schedule.  As you can see, Chadron Middle School will begin our spring NeSA and MAP testing on Thursday, March 31st with 5th and 8th grade NeSA Science.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Dressel at 432-0708 or by email at


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring Dental Days at CMS, CIS and CPS


Spring Dental Days at Chadron Primary, Intermediate, and Middle Schools include dental screening and Fluoride Varnish Treatments are scheduled for the following dates and times:

Tuesday, March 28, beginning at 3:30 PM in Room 129 at Chadron Middle School

Wednesday, March 29, beginning at 3:15 PM next to the school office, Chadron Intermediate School.

Thursday, March 30, beginning at 3:15 PM in the Library at Chadron Primary School 

After school staff will send home a reminder letter with students that includes all the dates and locations. Families are welcome to bring their students to any school location at the posted time. 

This service is available to all students/families that returned the participation forms at the beginning of the school year.  Children receive the services regardless of insurance coverage or ability to pay.

This FREE service is provided by the community Actions Partnership of Western NE, University of NE Medical Center, and the Chadron Public Schools K-8th grade after school programs. 

Questions may be directed to Lorna Eliason, After School Director, 432-0508 or

Thank you, Lorna

Lorna VB. Eliason
After School Program Director
Chadron Public Schools
551 East 6th Street
Chadron, NE 69337

Chadron Record: Progress in Education Edition

Thank you to the Chadron Record and Kerri Rempp for highlighting a few of the fantastic things that are happening at the Chadron Public Schools in the Progress in Education Edition of the Record.  Ms. Rempp provided .jpegs of the articles for  the Principal's Blog Pages, which are posted below.

Thanks again to the Record and Ms. Rempp for the coverage and for allowing us to publish the articles on our Blogs.

Monday, March 20, 2017

No School and 7th/8th Grade Quiz Bowl at 1:00 on March 22nd

There is no school on Wednesday, March 22nd for Teacher In-Service.  CMS will host a 7th/8th Grade Quiz Bowl at 1:00 that afternoon.  All are welcomed to Attend.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

5 CMS Students Qualify for National History Bee Finals

Bottom Left: Kennady Stack, Jameson Margetts, Forrest Parks, Aidan Dressel and Hannah Meier
Top Left: Garrett Reece, Gracie Jones, Hannah Walker, Nathan Burch and Cody Hall

10 Chadron Middle School students competed in the National History Bee Regional Finals in Denver, CO on Wednesday, March 22nd.  All of the Chadron students competed hard and 5 of our students qualified for the National Bee!  Congratulations to our National History Bee Finalists!

6th Grade - Forrest Parks (2nd place in the elementary division)
7th Grade - Garret Reece (Top 8 in 7th grade division)
8th Grade - Jameson Margetts (Top 8 in 8th grade division)
8th Grade - Hannah Walker - Overall score qualified her for nationals
8th Grade - Hannah Meier - Overall score qualifed her for nationals

Monday, March 13, 2017

Next Chapter Career Education for 8th Graders

Terri Lemmon, UNL 4-H Extension, has introduced Next Chapter, a career education program for 8th-11th grade students.  The program will be offered to all interested 8th graders on the 2nd Monday of the month during Cardinal Block.  Mrs. Lemmon and Mrs. Rogers are working on alternate days to ensure that every student has an opportunity to attend.

Below is information about Next Chapter.  The information includes: Parent Letter, Scope and Sequence and a sample lesson plan.  If you have any questions regarding Next Chapter, please contact Mrs. Rogers at or Mrs. Lemmon at

Parent Letter

Scope and Sequence 
Sample Lesson Plan

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Great Kindness Challenge

Chadron Middle School's Student Council is sponsoring the Great Kindness Challenge again this year.  Students are encouraged to dress according to the themed days (See Below) and post kind notes in other student's lockers.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

John Underwood - Life of an Athlete Program Feb. 20th 6pm

John Underwood - Life of an Athlete Program Feb. 20th 6pm

We are excited to announce that John Underwood will present a program for middle school, high school and college students, parents and anyone interested in pursuing a healthy lifestyle!  The two hour program will begin at 6:00pm on February 20th in the high school Auditorium. This program is free and everyone is invited!

Many of you know that Chadron High School began a Cardinals Committed club to promote healthy lifestyle choices including: chemical health, nutrition, sleep and character. The components of Cardinals Committed are based on the principles of John Underwood's Life of an Athlete.  Several years ago, several of our high school coaches and a couple of high school students attended John's training in Lake Placid, NY. Since that time he has presented in Chadron two different occasions for our students and staff.

This is an excellent opportunity and parents and students are encouraged to attend.  Below are the details about the presentation on February 20th.

Title: "Lifestyle Matters: The Body and Brain Connection"

Who should attend:  Students, Parents and any concerned individual who wants to learn more.

When: Monday, February 20, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 PM

Where: Auditorium @ Chadron High School

John Underwood Bio and Program Information: John Underwood is the Director/Founder of the American Athletic Institute and a former NCAA All-American, International-level distance runner and World Masters Champion. He is an internationally recognized human performance expert, specializing in chemical health, recovery, peak training and lifestyle impact on mental and physical performance. John will share the most recent and impacting brain science studies on social drug use and the effect on the developing brain.

For more information, please contact Monument Prevention Coalition at (308)635-6162, or

This project is supported in whole or part by Grant #93.242 under the Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success Grant for the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration Center for Substance Abuse Prevention through the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services, and by Region 1 Behavioral Health Advisory.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Spelling and Geography Bee Pictures, Participants and Results

Congratulations to all of our Spelling and Geography Bee contestants for qualifying for the school level Bees.  To qualify for the school level Bees, students must have one of the top three scores in their grade level on the written Geography and Spelling Bee tests.

A big high five goes out to our Dawes County Spelling Bee finalists: Lucy, Luke and Brendilou (school champ) and to our top three Geography Bee finishers: Aubrey, Caden and Aidan (school champion).  Aidan will take the online Geography Bee test to try to qualify for the State competition.

Geography Bee Contestants:
Front Row: Leila (7), Aubrey (5), Alivia (5), Aidan (6), Caden (6), Forrest (6), Cooper (5)
Back Row: Kade (8), Dawson (7), Dallas (8), Ella (8), Dalton (7)

Top Three Geography Bee:
Aubrey, Aidan (School Champion) and Caden

CMS Spelling Bee Contestants:
Front Row: Conner (5), Brendilou (7), Aidan (6), Cody (5), Lucy (5)
Back Row: Alexis (8), Gracie (7), Hannah W. (8), Hannah M. (8), Glenn (6)
Not Pictured: Luke (8) and Jacee (6)
Dawes County Bee Finalists:
Brendilou (School Champion), Lucy and Luke

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

CMS Parent Teacher Conferences

Chadron Middle School will host our spring Parent Teacher Conferences on February 9th from 2:00-8:00 in the CMS Gym.  To accommodate for PTCs, CMS will have a 1:30 dismissal on February 9th. 

If possible, we ask that 5th and 7th grade parents come to conferences between 2 PM and 5 PM and 6th and 8th grade parents come to conferences between 5 PM and 8 PM.  We understand that some parents have children in different grades at CMS and that work schedules may be not be flexible, so these are only suggested times.  All teachers will be available for conferences from 2 PM to 8 PM.  

CMS will run After School Program (Homework Help only) on February 9th from 1:30-4:00.  Students who are missing work and/or just need some help are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

CMS Boy's Basketball vs. Hot Springs Rescheduled

7th and 8th grade boy's basketball vs. Hot Springs has been rescheduled to Saturday, February11th at 9:30 and 11:00 in the CMS Gym.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Career Connections with UNL 4-H Extension

Terri Lemmon, UNL Extension Assistant for 4-H and Youth, met with 7th and 8th grade students to discuss the importance of career education.  Mrs. Lemmon discussed an opportunity for 8th grade students called 'Next Chapter', which is a career exploration program designed for 8th-12th grade students.  Information about Next Chapter can be found at the bottom of the page. 

Chadron Middle School and ULN 4--H Extension partner on many different activities and opportunities for our students.  They have been regular partners in the CMS After School Program and this year our partnership extended into the regular school day during Cardinal Block with the Entrepreneurial Investigation (ESI) program and now Next Chapter.  

We hope that Next Chapter sparks a lot of interest with our current 8th grade students and that the program can grow into something that will benefit students for years to come.  If you any questions about Next Chapter and/or 4-H, please contact Terri Lemmon using the contact information at the bottom of the post.

Terri Lemmon fron UNL 4-H Extension talks careers with
7th and 8th grade students

Panhandle Post Teacher of Month - Mr. Calkins!

Congratulation to Mr. Calkins, 5th grade Science and Social Studies Teacher at CMS, for being named the Panhandle Post Teacher of the Month.  Check out for the full article and pictures.

Friday, January 13, 2017

CMS Bell Schedule - January 20th - Noon Dismissal

CMS Bell Schedule
January 20th
Noon Dismissal

Block 1: 8:00-8:50 (50)

Breakfast: 8:50-8:58 (8)

Block 2: 8:58-9:48 (50)

Block 3: 9:53-10:43 (50)

7th/8th Lunch - 10:43-11:13 (30)

5th/6th Block 4: 10:46 - 11:30 (44)

7th/8th Block 4: 11:16 - 12:00 (44)

5th/6th Lunch: 11:30-12:00 (30)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Two CMS Students Place at State Entrepreneur Contest

Congratulations to Thomas Kaus and Rhett Cullers for taking 2nd and 3rd place respectively at the State Entrepreneur Investigation (ESI)  contest in Lincoln.  There were a total of 12 students from across the state who where selected to compete.  Good work boys!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Chadron Public School Student Response Protocol (SRP)

At the beginning of the semester, teachers introduced students to our new Student Response Protocol (SRP) from  This SRP has been adopted by the entire district in order to ensure all schools follow common language and procedures in the event of an emergency.  Copies of this poster have been posted around the school as a reminder of what to do when the school is in lockdown, lockout, evacuation and shelter.  We drill these situations throughout the school year to ensure that students and teachers practice what to do in the event of a school emergency.

Monday, January 9, 2017

CMS Students to Participate in State ESI Competition

From Left: Hannah, Jamison, Thomas, Mrs. Gremm, Rhett
and Katelyn
Five Chadron Middle School students will travel to Lincoln this week to participate in the State Entrepreneurial Investigation (ESI) Competition. Each of these students had to apply for entry into the competition and only 14 students from across the state were selected.

Congratulations to these students on being selected and good luck at state!

Go Cards!!!!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

6th and 7th Grade Health Screening

January 4, 2017
2016-2017 Chadron Public Schools
Health Screenings
Dear Parents/Guardians:
Hope this letter finds each of you and your families enjoyed the Christmas break!
We are writing to let you know the 2016-2017 Chadron Public Schools Health Screenings will be held on January  18 and 19, 2017.  January 18th will be 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades and January 19th will be 6th, 7th, 10th and 11th grades.  These are routine school days so we will be pulling your child’s class for a short time to complete a vision screening (provided by Lions Club), a hearing screening (provided by Lions Club),  dental screening (provided by CAPWIN dental) and Blood Pressure, Height, Weight and BMI (body mass index) screenings.  These screenings are not only a requirement by the State of Nebraska but also very important in early diagnosis of potential barriers in a student’s ability to learn and grow!
If you do not want your child/ren to participate in the free screenings, you will need to come to the school and sign a waiver.  Due to the screenings being a state requirement, we will need you to provide the school with documented results from your private provider (hgt, wgt, BMI and BP), from your private eye doctor the results of a vision screening, from your private dentist the results of a dental screening and from your private hearing specialist the results of a hearing screening by March 1, 2017.  
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Your School Nurses
Jenni Pyle RN-BSN
Patrick Jespersen RN-BSN

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Important Dates for CMS Parents in January

Happy New Year and welcome back to a new semester at CMS!  We are looking forward to a great 2nd semester and we can't wait to see the kids on January 5th!  Here are a few important dates for students and parents to be aware of:

  • January 5th - School resumes - No After School Program on 1/5 or 1/6
  • January 6th - 2nd Quarter Report Cards sent home with students
  • January 9th - Parents as Partners Meeting at 5:30 in CMS Library
  • January 9th - CMS After School Program Resumes
  • January 16th - 5th and 6th grade students - CSC MLK Day March and Speaker at 1:15 in Chicoine Center.
  • January 19th - NDE Safe Schools Audit 
  • January 19th - 6th and 7th Grade Health Screening (Afternoon)
  • February 2nd - CMS Spelling Bee at 3:30 in CMS Library
  • February 9th - CMS Parent Teacher Conferences from 2-8 in CMS Gym
Parents, please also note that we have three consecutive early dismissals in January:
  • 1:30 Dismissal on January 13th
  • 12:00 Dismissal on January 20th
  • 1:30 Dismissal on January 23rd.
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Dressel or Mrs. Summers.