Wednesday, October 10, 2018

End of 1st Quarter

It is hard to believe, but the end of the 1st Quarter is on Friday, October 12th. CMS will hold our end of the quarter awards assembly during Cardinal Block (12:08-12:45) on Thursday, October 11th. Two students from each grade will be awarded Cardinal Effort Awards and we will have our quarterly T.H.I.N.K. Cardinal Pride drawing.

Report cards will be sent home with students on Thursday, October 18th. Along with report cards, students will bring home their MAP goal sheets, which are intended to inform parents of their student's fall MAP scores and spring MAP goals. If parents have questions about grades, please contact the teacher. Mr. Dressel can answer any questions about MAP goals.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Parents: Help Stop Teenage Vaping and Juuling!

Published by Mr. Mack's Chadron HS Blog

Parents: Help Stop Teenage Vaping and Juuling!

Parents:   We're hearing about an increase in student use of vaping products including Juul which looks like a USB device and comes in flavors including mint, mango, fruit medley and creme brulee.  I'm sharing the following video and information for your awareness of these products.  I hope you will take the time to be on the look-out for these dangerously addictive products.
~Mr. Mack

The flavored e-cigarettes with their trendy devices are luring teenagers into nicotine addiction without smoking a cigarette. The powerful dose of nicotine found in these products makes them extremely addictive.

“The tobacco industry is well aware that flavored tobacco products appeal to youth and has taken advantage of this by marketing them in a wide range of fruit and candy flavors. Their strategy is working too well, unfortunately,” - American Heart Association CEO, Nancy Brown

In reference to the rise in teenage use:  “These figures are particularly concerning because youth exposure to nicotine — whether it comes from a cigarette or an e-cigarette — affects the developing brain and may rewire it to be more susceptible to nicotine addiction in the future,” - FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb

Chadron Public Schools defines e-cigarettes as any vapor products or alternative nicotine products.  Use or possession of any vapor product or alternative nicotine product is prohibited and will result in student suspension. 
Examples of vapor products

Monday, September 10, 2018

CMS Parent Teacher Conferences - Thursday, September 13th

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 13th 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. 

In an effort to reduce lines and minimize wait times 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 14th is a 1:30 dismissal district-wide.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

CMS Picture Day - September 6th


CMS school picture day is this Thursday, September 6th. Students were sent home with packets on Thursday and there are more packets available in the office if needed. Students should bring their packets/money on picture day.

Follow the link and use the code CG518342Y0 to order pictures online.

Thank you.

NASA@MyLibrary Program


Chadron Public Library will be continuing in the NASA@MyLibrary  program for another grant cycle! We are one of 75 libraries across the nation chosen to participate and we are looking forward to the next year. 

In October Chadron Public Library will be wrapping up this program year with a celebration of International Observe the Moon Night (IOMN) on Saturday October 20th, 2018. NASA's goal for IOMN is to promote interest in lunar studies and to get the public out observing the night sky.

I am writing you today for two reasons. If you are interested, or have students or colleagues that are interested in amateur astronomy, space science, or have a telescope, we would love to have you join us and share your excitement. Attached is a document that details IOMN and our plans for a fun and informal event.

The second reason for writing is that even if you are not able to participate, you can spread the word and help build excitement for this event (see NASA's cool save the date card). As always events are free to the public and open to all.

As part of NASA@MyLibrary, our goal is to host a high profile event that reaches a broad audience of adults and youth. However, NASA also wants us to make an effort to reach out to "underserved" audiences in our community. We are geographically remote and somewhat isolated; that itself makes us underserved, and as we plan and promote our event, we hope that you will consider encouraging your students to participate especially those who may not consider themselves interested in science.

Please contact me by email or phone at 308-432-0531 M-F. Also, we are planning to have volunteers from the Black Hills Astronomical Society join us that evening. Feel free to share this opportunity with those who may be interested. I'd love to have community members join us as volunteers and program leaders.

all the best,


Susan J. Rolfsmeier
Assistant Director
Chadron Public Library
507 Bordeaux St. 
Chadron, NE 69337
Phone: (308) 432-0532

Friday, August 31, 2018

CMS Student Health Screenings - September 7th

2018-19  Chadron Public Schools
Health Screenings
Dear Parents/Guardians:
Hope this letter finds each of you and your families off to a great school year!
We are writing to let you know that the mandatory school health screenings will be held on September 6th and 7th.  The schedule will be as follows:
September 6th morning- High School (10th - 11th grades)
September 6th afternoon - Intermediate School (3rd - 4th)
September 7th morning - Primary School (K - 2nd)
September 7th afternoon - Middle School (6th - 7th)
This is a routine school day so we will be pulling your child’s class for a short time to complete a hearing, dental, vision and height, weight screening.  Blood pressure screening is an optional screening and will be done if time allows.  A current physical is required for incoming Kindergarten and 7th grade students so they will not be participating in the height, weight and BP portion.  Incoming Kindergarten students are required to have a current vision exam, they will not be completing that portion at this time. 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!
CAPWN Dental will also be completing dental screenings and/or treatments for ALL grades who’s permission slips (sent home the beginning of the year) were filled out and returned.
If you do not want your children 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 providers for each area of screening by October 1, 2018.  
Please let us know if you have any questions.
Your School Nurses,
Abie Hyatt LPN, EMT-P
Jenni Pyle RN-BSN

Monday, August 27, 2018



Below is the assessment schedule for the Fall MAP Growth Reading, Math, Science and Language Arts tests. The data that we get from the fall assessments informs teachers of specific areas where students need intervention and enrichment.  The benchmark data also informs students when they set their annual growth goals with their teachers.

Friday, August 24, 2018

CMS Parents as Partners Meeting

Chadron Middle School will host the first of our monthly Parents as Partners meetings on August 27th at 6PM in the CMS Library.  This month, parents will be introduced to E+R=O, which is a concept that CMS students will learn about throughout the school year.  The slides that were used during the student learning sessions on 8/23 and 8/24 are below. We hope to see you on the 27th!

Monday, August 20, 2018

Classes on 8/20

CMS had another flood last night.  Two third floor, 5th grade classrooms, the band room and the girl's locker room were affected.  We will have a regular day of school today.  Mr. Calkins' and Mrs. Hinman's classes will rotate to unoccupied rooms throughout the day. All other classes will carry on as usual.

Thank you.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Dawes County Immunization Dates

Just a reminder that all students need to be updated on immunizations when they begin school. State law requires that students entering the 7th grade have an up-to-date physical and one dose of the immunization: Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis booster). To schedule an appointment at the Dawes County Immunization Clinic call (308) 432-8979.
Dawes County Immunization Clinic Dates:
August 21st @ 11-3
September 4th @ 3-7
September 25th @ 12=4
October 16th @ 2-6
October 23rd @ 12-4
November 27th @ 12-4
December 4th @ 2-6

Failure to meet these 7th grade requirements (physical and immunization) will result in the exclusion of your student from school. Please get these done ASAP.

Pictures from Summer Science Camp

Monday, August 6, 2018

Parent Meeting and Open House Rescheduled

It is with regret that CMS must reschedule the Open House from August 9th to August 14th from 5:30-7:00.  There was a roof leak that flooded both bathrooms and two classrooms on the 3rd floor.  We are in the process of replacing carpets and repairing the bathrooms.  Students should bring all of their school supplies to the Open House on August 14th and they can put their supplies in their lockers at that time.  Mrs. Rogers, Mrs. Summers and Mr. Dressel will be available to help students remember/find combinations and locker numbers.

Both parent-student meetings are still scheduled for August 9th. The 5th grade meeting will be at 5 PM and 6th-8th grade meeting will be at 6.  Although the building will be closed, 5th graders will get their locks so they can practice.  For those who cannot attend, I've included several slides below that highlight the main points of the meeting.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

CMS School Supply List

I've had some questions about the CMS school supply list. I recommend that you keep it pretty basic for the beginning of the school year and teachers will let you know specifics as we get into the groove of school. If you have any questions, please let me know.

All students need:
Paper (loose leaf and notebook)
6th-8th grade PE - Black shorts and white/gray shirt/socks/Sneakers that tie/towel/deodorant
5th graders don't need PE clothes, but they do need sneakers that tie.
Students are welcomed to decorate/organize their lockers with a couple of limitations in mind: No Tape of any kind and no writing/drawing. The school will provide locks and those are the only locks allowed.

I'm looking forward to the coming school year and having all of our students back in the building.

Mr. Dressel

Friday, July 13, 2018

Important Back-To-School Dates at CMS


Below is a list of important dates in August to be aware of.  If you have any questions, please call Mr. Dressel at 432-0708 or email him at

August 9th

  • 5 PM - 5th grade back-to-school meeting in the CMS gym and Open House 
  • 6 PM - 6th-8th grade back-to-school meeting in the CMS gym and Open House
August 15th
  • First day of school - 1:30 dismissal
  • All students report to the playground on the west side of the building.  No students will be allowed in the building before 7:55 AM.  Students will report directly to the gym when they enter the building for an all-school assembly. 
August 16th
  • 1:30 Dismissal
August 17th
  • 1:30 Dismissal
August 20th-30th
  • Regular, full-day schedule.  Classes begin at 8 AM and end at 3:25.  
    • When dropping kids off in the morning, please use Ann Street or drive through, heading east, on the north side of the building.  For the safety of our students, please do not stop on the north side of 6th street.  
    • When picking up kids after school, parents can use Ann Street or park in front of the school.  Again, for the safety of our students, please do not park on the north side of 6th street. 
August 31st
  • 1:30 Dismissal

Monday, May 7, 2018

End of the Year Events at CMS

Below is a list of end-of-year dates and events that are planned at CMS. Please call 432-0708 if you have any questions.

May 8th
6 PM - 5th and 6th Grade Band Concert
7 PM - 7th-12th Grade Band Concert

May 9th - Roll up Day
12:50 - 8th graders go to CHS for Orientation
1:00 - 4th graders go to CMS for Orientation
1:00 - 1:30 - current 5th, 6th, and 7th graders roll up and meet new teachers at CMS

May 10th and 11th
Author Nathan Hale @ CMS
8:30 AM - All school assembly on May 10th
The remainder of workshop with Mr. Hale will take place during the school with 6th-8th grade students.

May 14th-17th
8th graders work on graphic novels in groups (follow up to Nathan Hale workshop)

May 15th
7th grade Wind Cave Field Trip
12:00 8th grade band trip to Gordon-Rushville

May 16th
6 PM - 7th and 8th grade awards at CHS Auditorium

May 17th
2:30 PM - 5th and 6th grade awards in CMS Gym

May 18th - Last Day of School
8-11:20 - Cards Care Day of Service
11:30 - All-School Picnic - All are invited to attend.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Student Anxiety Documentary at CSC

There will not be a Parents as Partners meeting on Monday, April 30th. Instead, parents are invited to attend a screening of the documentary "Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety". Screening are at 1 PM and 7 PM in Memorial Hall's Auditorium. Admission is free. To reserve seats, please call 308-432-6302 or email

Documentary webpage:

Monday, April 16, 2018

7th Grade Health Requirements for the 2018-19 School Year

Chadron Public Schools Activity Physical Information

Chadron Public School
Sports/Extracurricular Activity Physicals

Any student that intends on participating in any sport or extracurricular activity for the 2018-19 school year must
have a current physical turned into the school.  Our Chadron Medical Clinic providers are giving an opportunity for
your student to get the physical done at school.

The High School Physicals are scheduled for Wednesday May 2, 2018 at 7am.
(Students that are going to be entering the 10th - 12th grades, fall of 2018)

The Middle School Physicals are scheduled for Thursday May 3, 2018 at 7am.
(Students that are going to be entering the 7th - 9th grades, fall of 2018)

Attached is the sports/extra curricular activities physical form. Parents/guardians please fill in Health History
and sign permission at the bottom of physical form.  Please return completed form to school by Friday,
April 20, 2018 along with $5 donation. Your student MUST have the form signed and returned to receive a physical.  
If the form is not completed and signed by the parent/guardian, the student will not receive a physical.
All physicals will be done in the High School locker room/concessions area (north side).

If, for a reason given by the medical provider, your student is NOT cleared to participate and needs “follow up”, the
school nurses will notify you.  If your student has a conflict with the morning that is assigned for her/his grade, let us
know and we will get them in on the other day!

The providers will NOT be completing softball, baseball, boy/girl scouts or any other non-school related physicals at
this time.  

We are so thankful to our community providers and families for making this opportunity available for our students.  If
you have any questions/concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the school. Hope to see your student/s there!

Thank You,

Jennifer Pyle RN-BSN

Patrick Jespersen RN-BSN

Friday, April 13, 2018

NASA INSIGHT 2018 Launch at Chadron Public Library

For Immediate Release [April 9, 2018]


WHAT: Don’t miss a fascinating planetary geology event! Chadron Public Library will be celebrating the upcoming Insight Mission to Mars launch. Dr. Mike Leite, Geosciences professor at Chadron State College, will talk about upcoming Mars missions and how student research is contributing to NASA planetary science and exploration. There will be some fun hands on activities including making edible models of planets and examining rocks similar to ones scientists expect to find on Mars. All ages are welcome, and space is limited.

WHEN: The event will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. (with extra time for questions) on April 24, 2018

WHERE: Chadron Public Library (downstairs)

WHY: Chadron Public Library is one of 75 public libraries selected to be part of the NASA@ My Library initiative to engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of NASA exploration and discovery. As a NASA@ My Library Partner, Chadron Public Library is offering free programs and activities for various age groups that explore NASA science and technology. The programs will be held between May 2017 and October 2018. More information about upcoming events will be available at and on the library’s Facebook page.

WHO: NASA@ My Library is led by the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, the Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science, and the Education Development Center. Funding comes from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate via cooperative agreement No. NNX16AE30A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed by NASA@ My Library do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

CONTACT: Rossella Tesch or Susan Rolfsmeier, 308-432-0531

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

POSTPONED - 4/3/18 7th/8th Track Meet in Scottsbluff/Gering

The MS track meet in Scottsbluff/Gering has been rescheduled for Monday, April 16th at 3:45 PM. Busses will leave at 12:30.

Monday, March 26, 2018

March 26, 2018

Social Studies: Chapter 18 Lesson 2 WWII

  • The Attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Nebraska Department of Education News Release - State Testing


 For additional information, please contact David Jespersen by phone (402-471-4537) or email (  
MARCH 22, 2018
The Nebraska statewide assessments in mathematics will have a different look this year. Beginning with the spring 2018 administration, The Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS) Summative-Mathematics will be replacing the NeSA-Math exam and will be taken in all grade levels three through eight.
Nebraska’s education assessment goal is to ensure that students are prepared with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed at the next level of learning. The NSCAS Summative-Mathematics assessment is more rigorous than previous math assessments and aligns to Nebraska’s College and Career Ready Standards for Mathematics.

The examination window is from March 19-May 4, 2018. The assessment will adapt dynamically based on each student’s ability and will include innovative, interactive question formats that engage students and enable them to demonstrate higher order thinking. As a result, it will provide deeper information about what they know.

As rigor and expectations for students increase, scores may initially seem lower than expected. This is an outcome of the bar being raised for college readiness in the state. It is expected that student scores will improve as higher standards and aligned instruction are incorporated into the daily classroom.

CMS Family Math Fun Night - March 26 @ 6PM

CMS will host a family math fun night on Monday, March 26th at 6PM in the CMS Gym. All middle school students and their families are welcomed to join us for fun, games and maybe a little math 😀. We hope to see you there.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

7th/8th Grade Track Meeting

7th and 8th graders who are interested in participating in Track, there will be a meeting on Friday, March 16th at 1:30 in the gym. Students are encouraged to attend the meeting, but attendance is not a mandatory condition for participation.  If you have questions about Chadron Middle School Track, please contact Coach Jamie McLain at

Monday, March 12, 2018

March 14th Nationwide School Walkout

Dear Parents,

On March 14, 2018 at 10 AM, there is a nationwide, 17-minute voluntary school walkout to show solidarity with the
victims of school shootings. Chadron Public School (CPS) students who choose to participate in the walkout will be
allowed to do so and parents are more than welcomed to join their child.

CPS is not organizing the walkout; however, school staff will provide student supervision during the walkout and we will
ask students to gather in specific locations to ensure student safety.

Middle School students who choose to participate will assemble on the playground.

Please contact your child’s principal if you have any questions.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Spring 2018 CMS Testing Schedule

Below is the spring testing schedule for Chadron Middle School. NSCAS (Nebraska Student Centered Accountability System) is the name of the new state test and it replaces NeSA. If you have any questions regarding the testing schedule, please contact Mr. Dressel at 432-0708 or

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

AdvancED Parent Survey


AdvancED is a world-wide school accreditation body that focuses on school improvement for public, private and Department of Defense school. Chadron Public Schools is up for our 5-year review next year. Staff, student and parent perception data is a critical piece of data that we use to help focus our school improvement efforts. The team that will visit next year also considers these perception data when determining areas of strength and areas for development for the district.

Below is a link to the AdvancED Parent Survey. Please take a minute to fill it out. Your feedback is very much appreciated. If you filled out the survey during the CMS Parent-Teacher Conferences, you do not need to do it again.

Thank you!

Survey Link:

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Strategic Planning for CPS Activities - Wednesday, February 21st @ 630

The Chadron community is invited to attend a strategic planning meeting to be held at Central Office on Feb. 21st @ 6:30p. The meeting will focus on CPS Activities.

This strategic planning meeting will be similar to the strategic planning meetings that were held a few years ago regarding Fine Arts. The results of those meetings were fruitful and ultimately led to more music and art opportunities for our students.

Monday, February 5, 2018

FEBRUARY 5th, 2018 - 7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball Game Postponed

7th and 8th grade Boys Basketball games have been postponed until tomorrow. 8th grade will travel to Scottsbluff and 7th grade will be @ home. Game times will be the same.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

CS Parent-Teacher Conferences - February 8th

CMS will host Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, February 8th 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. 

In an effort to minimize wait times we are ask 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.

6th grade parents, Mr. Fernandez sent home a letter explaining that he will be gone on that day. If you would like to speak with him, you can contact him at

We will also have computers/devices available for parents to take the AdvancED parent survey on that night. AdvancED is our district's accrediting organization and we are up for our 5-year school improvement review next fall. Part of that process includes collecting perception data from parents, students and teachers. We appreciate your participation in the survey.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018