Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Caring for Sharing Food Drive and Box Top Drive

Chadron Middle School will kick off our annual Caring for Sharing Food Drive on November 8th.  Students are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to school through December 8th.  All of the collected food items will be donated to a local food pantry.

In addition, this year we will also have a Box Top Drive in coordination with the food drive. Chadron Middle School uses box tops to fund our T.H.I.N.K. Cardinal Pride Positive Behavior Support Program. In the past we have also used the funds on playground improvements and playground equipment like balls and bins.  

The Caring for Sharing Food Drive and Box Top Drive is a grade level competition.  The grade that collects the most non-perishable food items and/or Box Tops will compete in the "Nothing But Net" games on December 20th, which is the last day of school for the semester.  This has been a really fun event that students and staff look forward to. Parents are welcomed to attend the games and we will also do end of the quarter student awards including Cardinal Effort, Perfect Attendance and T.H.I.N.K. Cardinal Pride.

The Caring for Sharing Food Drive and Box Top Drive are two of the three school-wide service projects that Chadron Middle School sponsors annually. As the holidays approach, both of these events are an excellent way for students and their families to help out their school and community.

Happy Holidays! 

Monday, October 30, 2017


CMS wrestling will attend the Scottsbluff Invite on November 4th instead of Valentine. Due to Football Playoffs, Valentine had switched their invite to Tuesday the Nov. 7th. with a 4:00 pm start and we would get home too late. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

CPS Food Service Director Wins State Health and Wellness Award

Congratulations to Brenda Fritzler, CPS Food Service Director, on winning the Service Award from the Nebraska Society for Health and Physical Education. Check out the link for the article.  https://www.panhandlepost.com/chadron-schools-food-service-director-wins-state-health-wellness-award-2/

Monday, October 16, 2017

Winter Sports Calendar and Meeting Dates

Student interest meetings or winter sports will take place on the following days:

  • Wrestling - October 17th after school in Mr. Fernandez's classroom.
  • Girls' Basketball - October 20th after school in the gym.

Winter Sports Calendar

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Red Ribbon Week Dress Up Days: October 23th-26th

Chadron Middle School will celebrate Red Ribbon Week on October 23rd-26th. Red Ribbon week is a national alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention awareness program that is celebrated by schools throughout the country. Part of Chadron Middle School's tradition is to have themed dress up days that go along with anti-drug slogans. Students are encouraged, but not required to participate.

Monday, October 23rd:      PJ Day (Dress up in Pajamas) "Put Drugs to Bed"

Tuesday, October 24th:      Blast from the Past (dress up in era/decade clothes) "Make Drugs History"

Wednesday, October 25th: Crazy Day (dress crazy) "Doing Drugs is Crazy"

Thursday, October 26th:   Spirit Day (dress in school colors) "Get RED of Drugs"

Friday, October 27th:        No School

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

T.H.I.N.K. Cardinal Pride Ticket Winners Week of October 2nd

Congratulations to our CMS T.H.I.N.K. Cardinal Pride ticket winners for the week of October 2nd. Keep up the good work kids!

The final drawing for the quarter will be during our end of the quarter awards assembly at 1:00 on Friday in the CMS gym. We will draw 3 tickets for the week and then 2 tickets for the end of the quarter prize. In addition, Cardinal Effort Awards and Perfect Attendance will also be awarded. Parents are welcomed to attend.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Traphagan Selected September UNWNRD Teacher of the Month

Mrs. Traphagan has been selected as the UNWNRD Teacher of the Month for September. The Chadron Chamber of Commerce sponsors the treats for the party! This is Mrs. Traphagan's 2nd year at Chadron Middle School and teaches 7th and 8th Grade Social Studies. In addition to her teacher duties, Mrs. Traphagan helped lead the creation and implementation of the T.H.I.N.K. Cardinal Pride Positive Behavior and Intervention Support program that started at CMS this year.

Congratulations, Mrs. Traphagan on a well deserved honor!

Mrs. Traphagan and the 8th Grade Block 4A Social Studies Crew

Mrs. Traphagan Accepting her Award

Monday, October 2, 2017

CMS 8th volleyball team takes Torrington Tournament Championship 9/30/17

CMS 8th graders took first place after going 3-0 in action Saturday at the Torrington, WY invite, which included 8 teams in their bracket. This was a repeat title as they triumphed last season in the same tournament! This year their wins came over Torrington, Scottsbluff and Gering (Gering was opponent in championship game for 1st place). Congratulations ladies!
Left to right back row:
Coach Jamie McLain, Leila Tewahade, Maralee Rischling, Macey Daniels, Tatum Bailey, Kalyn CoverFront Row:
Brianna Larson (Team Manager), Jacey Garrett, Nicole Cover, Brinnley Hudson 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Penny Wars - THANK YOU!

I wanted to take a moment to send out a quick and HUGE THANK YOU to each and every person who made the Penny Wars Fundraiser a success! Without the help from the CPS staff, principals, ​students, parents, and community members, we NEVER would have raised $2814 for the Kubo family. I know without a doubt that the money you all raised has not only lifted a piece of the  financial burden that they are feeling, but it has raised their spirits knowing that they have a community that is backing them in the battle that Barb and the family are currently going through. Your efforts are appreciated more than you will ever know! Thank you!

Jennifer Cattnach
Chadron High/Middle School
Physical Education and Health

Monday, September 25, 2017

September 25th - CMS Parents as Partners Meeting Agenda

CMS will host "Parents as Partners" meeting on Monday, September 25th at 6 PM in the CMS Library. All CMS parents are welcomed to attend. We would love to have your input!
Meeting Agenda:
THINK Cardinal Pride Fidelity Check
Progress made towards last year's goals
Ideas/Direction for the group this year

Friday, September 22, 2017

Road Construction is Almost Done, Now What?


Road construction is nearing completion and barricades should be removed sometime on Friday, September 22nd. I want to give a big HIGH FIVE to Fuller Construction for completing the project way ahead of schedule! I did not think that roads would be open until mid-October, so getting them back in the last week of September is a nice surprise! I'd also like to thank everyone for their patience during the road construction. Overall, I thought that traffic moved smoothly and it was great seeing so many of our students walking and riding bikes to school.

When Ann Street and 6th Street are reopened, we will go back to our regular drop off and pick up procedures. As a reminder to our veteran parents and as an introduction for our new parents, I've created the maps below to help illustrated what AM drop off and PM pick up should look like. Please note that the middle school parking lot will remain closed from 7:30-3:30.

In the AM, it is preferred that parents drop off their middle school students by the playground on Ann Street and turn east on 6th to Cedar. The other option is to drop students off on the north side of the building. If you need to park, please park east of the tree on the north side of the building. Drop off on the north side of CMS is a drive through and all drive through traffic must move east on 6th toward Cedar. There is no parking or student drop off on the north side of 6th street because there is a lot of traffic in the morning and afternoon.

In the PM, parents pick can their students up on Ann Street or park on the north side of the building to wait for their child. When backing out, please drive east down 6th street as to not cross traffic. Remember there is two-way traffic on 6th Street. Again, there is no parking or student pick up on the north side of 6th street because of the heavy traffic.

Thank you again for your patience during the road construction and if you have any questions about our regular drop off and pick up procedures, please contact me at 432-0708 or nichlas.dressel@chadronschools.net.


Nick Dressel
Chadron Middle School Principal

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Health Screening for 7th and 8th Graders

September 20, 2017
2017-2018 Chadron Public Schools
Health Screenings
Dear Parents/Guardians:
Hope this letter finds each of you and your families enjoying the beautiful fall season!
We are writing to let you know the 2017-2018 Chadron Public Schools Health Screenings will be held on September 25 and 26, 2017.  The state of Nebraska requires students in 1st - 4th, 7th and 10th grades to complete a hearing, vision, dental and height, weight and blood pressure screenings.  Students in 8th and 11th grades will complete a hearing and vision screening.   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, you will need to provide the school with screening results from your private provider (hgt, wgt, BMI and BP), eye doctor, dentist and hearing specialist by December 1, 2017.  
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Your School Nurses
Jenni Pyle RN-BSN

Patrick Jespersen RN-BSN

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

CMS Parent-Teacher Conferences

It's hard to believe, but we are already at the mid-quarter and that means Parent-Teacher Conferences (PTC)! CMS will host PTC on Thursday, September 14th from 2-8 PM in the CMS Gym. CMS will have a 1:30 dismissal on that day. The rest of the district will have a regular schedule. 

You may know that Mr. Kaus, Mrs. Skavdal and Mrs. Traphagan teach both 7th and 8th grade classes. Mrs. Hinman teaches 5th and 6th grade. In an effort to minimize wait times for these teachers we are asking that parents try to attend at the following times:

2:00-4:30 - 5th and 7th grade parents

4:30-5:00 - Teacher Dinner Break

5:00-8:00 - 6th and 8th grade parents

That said, we welcome and appreciate parent attendance at any time and teaches will be available from 2 PM - 8 PM. Please note that shared staff (Art and Music) will be available at CMS from 3:20-5:30 before they have to leave for CHS Parent-Teacher Conferences.

The school year is off to a great start and we hope to see all of our parents and students on Thursday.

*Friday, September 15th is a 1:30 dismissal district-wide.

September 8th T.H.I.N.K. Cardinal Pride Ticket Winners

Congratulations to Aspen, Kristin and Caden for winning the T.H.I.N.K. Cardinal
Pride Ticket drawing on Friday, September 4th! Keep up the good work!

Friday, September 8, 2017

September 1st T.H.I.N.K. Winners

Congratulation to Xander, Ryan, Gracie and Johnny for winning the T.H.I.N.K. Cardinal
Pride ticket drawing on September 1st! Keep up the good work!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Join CMS Remind101 text messaging service

If you haven't signed up for my Remind101 text messages, here's the information!

Throughout the school year, I send text reminders about schedule changes, school emergencies special events or school closings to anyone who has signed up for the service. If you'd like to add yourself to the list, text  "@chadaronms" to the number "81010".

If at anytime you'd like to remove yourself from this private text messaging service, simply reply "@ LEAVE".

Friday, September 1, 2017

CPS Students Featured in Humanities Nebraska Rapport Magazine

Three Chadron Public Schools students were featured in Summer 2017 edition of Humanities Nebraska Rapport.  Chadron High School students Grace Sorenson and Lauren Collins represented Nebraska during the National Endowment for the Humanities' Day on Capitol Hill. Eighth grader, Tyler Kaus, was recognized for receiving the Outstanding Affiliate Entry award at the National History Day competition.

Congratulations to Grace, Lauren and Tyler for this recognition and thank you for being outstanding representatives for Chadron Public Schools!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

CPS Dream Team Meeting - September 6th, 2017

“Dream Team” Master Planning Meeting 9/6/17 @ 5:30 PM in CO
($ are not a consideration at this time-we are dreaming)
All are invited to attend

Monday, August 28, 2017

CMS Book Fair Information!


Our school book fair is open online NOW through September 12th!

~ Order now before it closes ~

Benefits of shopping our ONLINE FAIR:

  http://www.echotape.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/bigstock-X-marks-the-spot-36107056.jpg Get your children the books they choose
  http://www.echotape.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/bigstock-X-marks-the-spot-36107056.jpg Fair sales contribute to school’s library
  http://www.echotape.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/bigstock-X-marks-the-spot-36107056.jpg Extended selection for YOUNG ADULT/MIDDLE SCHOOL!
  http://www.echotape.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/bigstock-X-marks-the-spot-36107056.jpg Books available for everyone to enjoy (preschool to adult)
  http://www.echotape.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/bigstock-X-marks-the-spot-36107056.jpg  Out of stock purchases available online
  http://www.echotape.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/bigstock-X-marks-the-spot-36107056.jpg Out of town supporters can buy books, support the kids & school
  http://www.echotape.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/bigstock-X-marks-the-spot-36107056.jpg FREE SHIPPING orders ship directly to school after the fair closing



CMS in Pictures - August 16th-August 25th

CMS Week in Pictures

T.H.I.N.K. Cardinal Pride Winners week of 8/21
enjoying their prize - Donuts with Dressel.
Congratulations to Maralee, Tony, Henry and Kolby!

Tiffany with her eclipse viewing box

Students enjoying the eclipse during the eclipse celebration on August 21st
Mrs. Traphagan, Mrs. Waugh, Mrs. Skavdal, Mrs. McCartney and Mrs. Connell
lead the student body in some cheers to kick off the new school year. 

Chadron HS Featured in New NELovesPS Film

CHS Featured In New NeLovesPS Film

Chadron High School is one of the featured schools in the new Nebraska Loves Public Schools film to be released this September. The film highlights the unique story of families from the Marshall Islands that have moved to Chadron and enrolled their children in Chadron Public Schools.

Click here to register for the film's premier on September 27th in the Student Center Ballroom on the CSC campus.


Join Nebraska Loves Public Schools, News Channel Nebraska and Chadron Public Schools for a live screening of the new immigrant and refugee documentary, Seeds of Hope, 12 p.m. September 27. The film features students and teachers from Chadron Public Schools and immediately following the film there will be a community conversation led by the school and film participants.

Watch the film trailer: seedsofhopefilm.org

11:30 AM - Doors Open
12:00 PM - Film Screening + Community Conversation


Created by Nebraska Loves Public Schools, Seeds of Hope explores how schools welcome and educate immigrant and refugee families as they start their lives over in America. Follow Nebraska’s newcomer students: the inconceivable trauma and tribulations of their past, the perseverance to succeed in the present, and their hopes for a brighter future through quality education.

In select theaters September 13, at iloveps.org September 15.

Special thanks to Chadron Public Schools for its support of this program. 

This film and its accompanying panel discussion are part of a special event series between News Channel Nebraska and Nebraska Loves Public Schools. The event is free and open to the public. The event will also bring together community partners to connect parents, teachers, and community members with the efforts to increase empathy and awareness for our families in our school communities. The goal of this event series encourages others to continue support for public schools.

Nebraska Loves Public Schools is made possible by The Sherwood Foundation. ©Nebraska Loves Public Schools, Inc. 2017

Join the conversation about public schools in Nebraska. Use #ILovePublicSchools when sharing on Twitter and Facebook.

Monday, August 21, 2017

CMS After School Program Begins on Tuesday, August 22nd

The Chadron Middle School After School Program will kick off the new school year on Tuesday, August 22nd. The CMS ASP runs from 3:30-5:30 Monday-Thursday and on 1:30 Fridays from 1:30-4:30. Click on the link for more CMS ASP information.

August 22nd - Open House

Chadron Middle School will host an Open House from 6:00-7:00 PM on August 22nd. This is a low key, informal event whereby students can show their parents around the school and parents can meet their child's teachers. THE PARKING LOT WILL BE OPEN and parents can use it to park during open house 😁. We look forward to seeing everyone!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

First Day of School!


We kicked off the 2017-18 school year with our welcome back assembly. We started by covering the basics, including our new T.H.I.N.K. Cardinal Pride program. In addition, We introduced the theme for the school year: Dream Big and G.R.O.W. (Goals, Resilience, Opportunity and Will). Next, Mrs. Traphagan, Mrs. McCartney, Mrs. Skavdal and Mrs. Waugh led the students in some welcome back cheers and we even had the Cardinal Mascot join us! Last, students were dismissed by grade level to get their schedules and then we started our regular 4 block rotation.

I want to thank everyone for their patience during drop off and pick up today. Overall, I thought that it went pretty smooth. Students were sent home with their back to school packets. Please get the forms signed and returned to the middle school office ASAP and no later than Monday, August 21st. Remember, students must have the eclipse form returned to school by 8 AM on Monday to participate in the outdoor activities on that day.

We had a great first day of school. The students were excited to be back and the faculty and staff were excited to have kids in the building again. Parents, thank you for the many ways that you support your children and the Chadron Middle School faculty and staff. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Nick Dressel
Chadron Middle School Principal

Friday, August 11, 2017


The City of Chadron will begin road construction at the intersection of 6th and Ann Street and roads will be blocked beginning on August 16th. The construction project will impact drop off and pick up at Chadron Middle School and Chadron Primary School. The map below shows the areas that will be blocked and suggested traffic routes. Also, please note that there will be no through traffic in the parking lot and the gate will be closed during school hours.

Closed Streets:
6th street from King to Chapin
Ann street from 5th to 7th

Recommend Drop Off Procedures:
Option 1:
Go South  on Chapin Street for drop off
Turn East on 6th street to Cedar Street to exit

Option 2:
Drop off students on Cedar Street using parking spots along the west side of football field
Students can access the middle School using the sidewalk by the bus barn

Recommended Pick Up Procedure:
Use parking spots on Cedar Street along the west side of football field

***Please be patient and safe, watching out for children and cars.****

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

CMS Parent Meeting Information and Slideshow


CMS will host two parent meetings - August 9th (5th Grade Orientation) and August 10th (6th-8th Grade). Both meetings will be held at 6 PM in the CMS gym. Families that have a 5th grade student and another student in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade do not need to attend both nights. The same information will be covered at both meetings.

I understand that families are busy and some may not be able to attend. I've made the slideshow available to everyone to ensure that the basic information is shared. I do encourage families to attend the meetings if they are able. There are often questions that address issues that I did not include and I will go into greater detail on some of the topics. (slides change every 10-seconds or use the controls at the bottom of the slides)

Solar Eclipse Viewing Information

Chadron Public Library Eclipse Info

Aug. 21st Eclipse Viewing Information

On Monday, August 21, 2017 Chadron Public Schools will host a Solar Eclipse Viewing and Sack Lunch for our students (we will provide viewing glasses).  A signed permission slip is REQUIRED for participation in this viewing, so please look for the permission slip in the packet of information sent home on the first day of school. We look forward to sharing this experience with our students!

Chadron, NE
Start of Partial Eclipse: 10:27am
Maximum Eclipse: 11:49am
End of Partial Eclipse: 1:15pm


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Chadron Middle School Fall Sports Start Dates

Chadron Middle School will begin official practices on the following dates:

Cross Country: August 7th - 6:30 AM and students should meet on the north side of the CHS football field. After school practice will begin on August 14th.

Volleyball: August 18th meeting and practice begins after school on August 21st

Football: August 21st meeting and practice begins after school on August 22nd.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Important Back to School Dates

I hope that everyone has had a fantastic summer break! Chadron Middle School is gearing up for another excellent school year and we are excited to see all of our students again. Below are some important back-to-school dates to keep in mind as August approaches. If you have any questions, please email Mr. Dressel at nichlas.dressel@chadronschools.net or call the Middle School office at 432-0708.
August 7th-11th - Students can drop off school supplies in their lockers. Please take advantage of this opportunity because we will have an all-school assembly on the first day of school at 8:00 in the gym. Students will not be allowed in the building until after the assembly is over.
August 7th and 8th @ 6 PM - Karen Hasse with KSB Law Firm will present information about cyber safety in the CHS Auditorium. Ms. Hasse is an excellent presenter with a ton of experience and I highly recommend that all parents and students attend one of the two presentations.
August 9th @ 6 PM- 5th grade student/parent orientation in the CMS gym. We will cover everything that students and parents need to know about CMS including communication protocols, how to access school information online and the T.H.I.N.K. Cardinal Pride Positive Behavior Intervention Support Program.
August 10th - @ 6 PM - 6th-8th grade student/parent orientation in the CMS gym. We will review communication protocols, how to access school information online and the T.H.I.N.K. Cardinal Pride Positive Behavior Intervention Support Program.
August 16th - First Day of school. Parents should drop off students on the playground (Ann Street) on the west side of the building by 7:55. We will have an all-school assembly at 8 AM in the gym where we will welcome back students, review CMS expectations and introduce the T.H.I.N.K. Cardinal Pride Positive Behavior Intervention Support Program. Students will receive their schedules at the end of the assembly.
August 16th-18th - 1:30 dismissal
August 21st - Solar eclipse celebration. Students will gather on the CHS practice field during the lunch hour to watch the eclipse.
August 22nd - First day the CMS After School Program. CMS ASP is from 3:25-5:30.
August 22nd @ 6-7 PM- CMS will host and Open House for students and parents. This is a great opportunity for students to show off their building and introduce parents to their teachers.
September 1st - 1:30 Dismissal

Friday, July 14, 2017

2017-18 CMS Recommended School Supply List for 5th-8th Grade

2017-18 Recommended School Supply List
5th/6th Grade Supply List
3 - Boxes of Kleenex
2 - Large Paper Grocery Bags (Book Cover)
1 - Roll of Duct Tape (Book Cover)
1 - Trapper Keeper
1 - Zippered Pencil Pocket
2 - 2” 3 Ring Binders (6th Only)
2 - Spiral Notebooks
3 - Packs of Loose-Leaf Paper (college rule)
2 - Packs of #2 Pencils
1 - Pack Erasers
2 - 2 Pocket Folders
1 - Assorted Color Pack Highlighters
2 - Black Dry Erase Markers
1 - Pack Red Pens (6th Only)
1 - Package of 3”x5” Index Cards (6th Only)

Physical Education Supplies (6th only):
White or Light Gray T-Shirt
Black Shorts
Tennis Shoes That Tie
7th/8th Supply List
3 - Boxes of Kleenex
2 - Large Paper Grocery Bags (Book Cover)
1 - Roll Duct Tape (Book Cover)
1 - Trapper Keeper
1 - Zippered Pencil Pocket
4 - 2” 3 Ring Binders
3 - Packs of Loose-Leaf Paper (college rule)
4 - Packs Binder Divider Pages
2 - Packs of #2 Pencils
1 - Pack Erasers
4 - Two Pocket Folders
1 - Assorted Color Pack Highlighters
1 - Pack Black and Red Pens
Inch/Centimeter Ruler w/ 3 ring binder holes

Physical Education Supplies:
White or Light Gray T-Shirt
Black Shorts
Tennis Shoes That Tie