Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Digital Devices in Teen Bedrooms

Taken from the June 3rd Marshall Memo

In this Education Week article, Alyson Klein reports on a 2019 Common Sense Media
study showing that teens’ attachment to their phones and tablets doesn’t stop at bedtime:
- 29 percent have devices in bed with them all night.

- 39 percent keep them within reach.
- 11 percent have their devices in the room but out of reach.
- 19 percent park them in another room.
- At least 36 percent say they wake up at least once a night to check their devices.
- 32 percent check their devices within five minutes of waking up.

Parents have a similar pattern, with 62 percent keeping technology within easy reach overnight,
but only 12 percent have smartphones or tablets with them in bed.

This flies in the face of the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation that
bedrooms should be a “tech-free zone,” and the National Sleep Foundation’s suggestion that
we should have a “digital curfew” at least 30 minutes before bedtime. For teens, ignoring these
guidelines means that many are grumpy and unfocused during the day in school. “Prioritizing
checking their phone over sleep, that is like the worst thing they could actually do,” says
Alaska middle-school principal Jethro Jones. He’s working on getting students to agree to turn
off their phones a half hour before bedtime and not checking them in the morning until they’ve
been up for 30 minutes. In his own house, the adults and four children all put their phones in a
charging station in the kitchen overnight.

“Many Teens Sleep With Digital Devices, Report Finds. Is That Why They Are So Cranky?”
by Alyson Klein in Education Week, May 29, 2019, https://bit.ly/2XmBWK4

Monday, May 20, 2019

CMS Celebrates Mrs. Himan and Mrs. McCartney

Thank you to all of the students, staff, parents and community members who celebrated Mrs. McCartney's and Mrs. Hinman's retirement with us yesterday afternoon. Congratulations Mrs. Hinman and Mrs. McCartney!!

Monday, May 13, 2019

CMS End of School Year Important Dates

May 16th:
  • Retirement Party @ 3:30 in the MS Library for Mrs. McCartney & Mrs. Hinman - All are welcomed to attend
  • Student Showcase @ 6PM @ CHS

May 20th:
  • 5th/6th grade awards during @ 12:10 in CMS Gym
  • 7th/8th grade awards @ 6PM in the CHS Auditorium

May 21st:
  • 8th grade locker checkout in the morning
  • Roll Up day in the afternoon

May 22nd:
  • 5th-7th grade locker checkout

May 24th:

  • Last Day of School

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Fine Arts Strategic Planning Meeting - 5/1/19 @ 5:30 in the CO Conference Room

Fine Arts Vision/Strategic Planning Meeting Wednesday, May 1, 2019 in Central Office Conference Room @ 5:30 PM.  Everyone welcome to attend.

Last Day of School Moved to May 24th

Like many school districts in Nebraska affected by blizzards or floods, Chadron Public Schools will extend the school year by three days.

The last day of school for students and staff will now be Friday, May 24th.

Chadron Public Schools had 6 snow days this year, the most days used for at least 20 years.  In 2012, CPS had missed 4 days (two due to August fires and two for snow). 

Friday, May 24th will be an early dismissal for students and staff will check out during the afternoon.  Call the office if you have any questions.

Rural Development Housing Programs

Monday, April 8, 2019

State NHD Results

CMS National History Day

National History Day is an educational program devoted to the learning of history.  
Last fall, students chose a topic related to the annual theme (“Triumph and Tragedy”). and conducted
extensive research using both primary and secondary sources.  After analyzing and drawing conclusions
about their topics’ significance in history, they presented their work in an original project.
The district contest was held March 1st at Chadron State College and on April 6th, the state competition
was held in Lincoln.

Those who competed at the State History Day competition:

Junior Division:
Jodean Chesley
Micaiah Fuller
Thomas Kaus
Blaine Tewahade
Makinley Fuller
Bradd Collins
Noah Brown
Thomas Smith
James Koerber
Lauren Rasmussen
Jace Lien

Those who qualified for National History Day competition:

Thomas Kaus 2nd Place Junior Individual Website
Polish Cipher War:  A Polish Triumph That Could Not Prevent a Polish Tragedy

Friday, April 5, 2019

New Social Studies Standards

What do you think our students should know about social studies?  The Nebraska Department of Education has released a draft of the Nebraska Social Studies Standards and would love to hear from you!  The standards provide the framework for what students are expected to know about social studies, and your feedback will help make improvements to the standards before they are adopted.  The survey should take less than ten minutes to complete for each grade level selected.    To complete the survey, use this link:  Social Studies Standards Survey.

Friday, March 22, 2019

CMS Spring Assessment Schedule


Below is the spring assessment schedule for CMS. As you can see, I tried not to schedule testing on Mondays and Fridays in an effort to improve student attendance during these assessments. Here are a few things that parents can do to help their children do well on these tests:

  • Optimize Brain Power by:
    • Ensuring that children get a good night's sleep the night before the assessment
    • Ensuring that children eat a healthy breakfast the morning of the assessment
  • Ease Anxiety by:
    • Helping children know what to expect - review assessment schedule with your child
    • Ensuring that children are present and on time to school on the day of the assessment
    • Encouraging children to relax, stay positive and to do their best
    • Reviewing test strategies

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Stand Up For Yourself - Training Classes

Would you like to learn how to stand up for yourself in uncomfortable or intimidating situations?
 Do you want to increase your skills in setting boundaries and responding effectively
to verbal or physical aggression?

Come join 88Tactical
in the
Chadron Primary School gym
and learn how to

**Fri. April 5  6:00 - 10:00 pm Basic Women’s Primal Self Defense  is a class for females age
12 and up  *$60/student *Class limited to 20 *Details below   (This is usually $80/class but local
scholarships from Indivisible Chadron provide 25% tuition/student.)  

**Sat.  April 6, 2:00 - 5:00 pm Youth Anti-Bully & Anti-Abduction is a class for 6-12 year old
girls and boys.  *$45/student *Class limited to 20 *Details below
(This is usually $60/class but local scholarships from Indivisible Chadron provide 25%

Register on line by 3/29/19: https://88tactical.com/ - Civilian Courses:
Combatives & Self-Defense -  Primal Self-Defense - BASIC WOMEN’S PRIMAL SELF DEFENSE
This is a community effort to empower our young people.  
Questions? Contact Cheryl Welch at 308-432-3519 or loswelchitos@gmail.com

The Basic Women’s Primal Defense is a 4 hour course taught by instructors with experience
in real world defense.  Students learn situational awareness and practice conflict de-escalation.
This course primarily addresses how to deal with verbal confrontations, but students also learn
some basic moves to defend themselves against a physical attack.  By course completion,
participants will have repeatedly used their newfound skills to assess danger, set boundaries,
and respond effectively to verbal and physical aggression. Students get the chance to use
full-force techniques against a staff instructor donning specially designed protective gear.

  • Respond effectively to verbal and physical aggression (belligerent people)
  • Describe and demonstrate levels of awareness and condition readiness
  • Demonstrate how to set boundaries, and control and maintain the “reactionary gap”
  • Demonstrate defensive strikes against an unarmed assailant
  • Describe and demonstrate what to do following an attack
Students must be at least 12 years old and have no significant underlying health issues.
The student or parent/legal guardian signing the waiver must have a valid government issued I.D.
The Youth Anti-Bully & Anti-Abduction is a 3-hour course taught by instructors with
experience in real world self-defense. The instructors will teach students how to deal with
bullies in a non-violent manner, and then transition to anti-abduction tactics. Students will learn
life-saving skills, assertive verbal and non-verbal communication, and situational awareness in a
fun, safe and engaging environment. By course completion, participants will have repeatedly
used their newfound skills to assess danger, set boundaries, and respond effectively to verbal
and physical aggression. Students use full-force techniques against a staff instructor donning
specially designed protective gear.
Children ages 6-12 with no significant underlying health issues.

Students who cancel less than 1 week prior to the start of a class will receive credit towards another class
or receive a refund if a replacement participant is found.  “No-Shows” will forfeit 100% of payments and
fees. 88 Tactical reserves the right to cancel any course offered due to insufficient enrollment, weather or
unforeseen circumstances. If this happens, all students will receive a full refund.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

In the Moment More, On Your Phone Less!

The health topic this month may be geared more towards older students, but it is an important and timely topic - Screen Time.

This month we encourage you to join us as we focus on taking a brain vacation from our phones and devices, especially with spring break coming up.  Let's clear the rubble that is clogging our path and put down those phones on this Spring break and be mindful of the present moment (or people) in front of us.

We hope you give it some thought!

Monday, March 4, 2019

2019 Read Across America Day

CMS 8th graders participated in Read Across America Day by reading to children at the Child Development Center, Head Start and the Chadron Primary School.

Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that call for every child in every community to celebrate reading on Mach 2, the birthday of the children's author, Dr. Seuss (http://www.nea.org/grants/read-across-america-faq.html).

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Regular Start Time @ CMS on 3/1

Both CMS boiler pumps are working and classroom temps are between 68 and 72 degrees. We have ASP today and a regular 8 AM start tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

CMS: 2-Hour Late Start and Modified Schedule for 2/28 and 3/1

Dear Parents,

We cancelled school today because when I checked classrooms early this morning, the building was about 40 degrees. We needed the day to plan an alternate schedule and to procure space heaters for classrooms. The second pump should be here on Friday, so hopefully things will be back to normal next week. Thank you for your understanding and support.

We are planning on having school tomorrow. We will run a 2-hour late start, but the gym, which is on a separate heating unit, will be open at 7:50 for students who arrive early. Breakfast will be served at 8:00 and we will keep the kids in the gym until the other students arrive. At 10:00, we will break students up into their instructional groups, send them to their lockers to get their supplies and classes will begin. The rest of the day will be a modified block and students will be concentrated into three classrooms per grade level so that we can focus our heat there. Below is the bell schedule that we will follow. Unless something changes, we will plan on running this schedule on Thursday and Friday.

8:00-10:00 - Gym open for students who arrive to school early
10:00-11:25 - Block 1
11:30-12:30 - Lunch (whole school)
12:35 - 1:50 - Block 2
1:55 - 3:15 - Block 3

Of course you have the option of keeping your child home if you don’t feel comfortable sending them to school with the current plan in place. I will excuse those absences, but your students will miss instruction. We only have five days until the end of the quarter and we want to make sure that our students have every opportunity to finish the quarter strong.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 432-0708 or by email at nichlas.dressel@chadronschools.net.

Thank you,

Nick Dressel
Chadron Middle School Principal
Twitter - @ChadronMS
Facebook - Chadron Middle School Official
Remind 101 sign up instructions (if you download the app you can open links)

  • Text @chadronms to the number 81010

2/27/19 NO SCHOOL at CMS

CMS has cancelled school on 2/27 due to heat issues in the building.All other buildings will start at the regular time.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Building Temp at CMS

Dear Parents,

One of the boiler pumps at Chadron Middle School failed sometime during the evening or early morning on 2/25. The other pump is working, so there is some heat is being provided to the rooms with most classrooms temperatures between 58-68 degrees. That said, the building is cold.

Right now we are planning on having school tomorrow. At the end of the school day on 2/26, I made an announcement letting staff and students know what was going on with the heat and I request that our students dress appropriately for the season and not to wear shorts or sandals. If we do have school tomorrow, please help reinforce the need for students to dress appropriately.

If school is cancelled, I will post the announcement on Twitter @ChadronMS, on the school's Facebook page, on this blog page and on Remind. Please check these sites for all school closure notices.

Thank you for your support,

Nick Dressel
Chadron Middle School Principal

Thursday, February 14, 2019

CMS Students Advance to Final Round of the Wonder League Robotics Competition

CPS Teacher, Wendy Mahr Wins State Extra Mile Award

Chadron Public Schools Vocal Teacher, Wendy Mahr will be awarded the Nebraska Association for the Gifted Extra Mile Award. Mrs. Mahr was nominated by colleagues for her dedication to gifted and talented learners in her classes throughout the years. Mrs. Mahr will be awarded during the NAG annual conference on Thursday, February 21, at the downtown Omaha Embassy Suites.

The Nebraska Association for the Gifted honors up to three individuals in the state each year who have made a significant contribution to Nebraska education through their work with gifted students. This could be a teacher, school administrator or community member. 

Mrs. Mahr teacher vocal music to students of the Intermediate, Middle School and High School. In addition, she teaches Music Theatre and Stagecraft classes at the high school but is most recognized as the coach of the Cardinal Singers!

Congratulations Mrs. Mahr!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Parent Teacher Conferences

CMS will host parent teacher conferences on Thursday, February 7th from 2-8 in the CMS Gym. CMS will have a 1:30 dismissal on 2/7 and the whole district has a 1:30 dismissal on Friday, 2/8.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Chadron Schools Adds Mental Health Provider

We are excited to offer mental well-being support for our students with the new addition of Dana Tewahade as our district's School Mental Health Provider!

Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) grants promote youth mental health awareness among schools and communities and improve connections to services for school-age youth. Chadron Public Schools was one of three Nebraska schools recently awarded the Project AWARE grant.

Mrs. Dana Tewahade will serve students Pre-K through 12th grade. She is a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner.  In addition to counseling, Mrs. Tewahade will provide training and education in mental health awareness for school staff, students, parents and community members. 

“I am thrilled to be able to promote awareness, provide direct counseling services and get our students connected with our community resources to support their mental well-being. ” commented Tewahade.  “It is an exciting opportunity to help strengthen our schools and community through education and destigmatization.”

Dana S. Tewahade
M.A., L.M.H.P., L.P.C.
Licensed Mental Health Practitioner
Licensed Professional Counselor

School Mental Health Provider 
for Chadron Public Schools
Educational Service Unit #13

Monday, January 21, 2019

Sign Up for CMS Text Message Notices

click this link or use the options below to sign up for Mr. Dressel's text messages and receive important school information or changes in the school's schedule.

1) Download "Remind: School Communication" from the App Store 

or, follow the instructions below.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Chadron Schools Band Fundraiser

(Submitted by Mr. Joe Rischling, CPS Band Instructor)

On January 26th, the Chadron Public Schools band will be doing their rib fundraiser.  Orders for the fundraiser can be made January 14th through January 21st. Orders can be placed by contacting current 6-12 band students or by calling Joe Rischling at 430-3595.  A rack of ribs will cost $25 and a half rack of ribs will cost $15. The ribs will be cooked and distributed at Assumption Arena on January 26th. All orders must be prepaid with checks made out to “Chadron Band Parents.”  

Money from the fundraiser will be used for equipment, music, travel expenses, meal expenses, summer music camps, and senior band scholarships.  Thank you for your support of the Chadron band program.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Families Financially Impacted by Federal Shutdown

If your family is impacted financially (even temporarily) by the partial government shut down, we encourage you to complete an updated lunch application to check for qualification for free/reduced lunches. Call or stop in the Chadron Public Schools Central Office 432-0700.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

2017-18 NSCAS Results

Results from the 2017-18 Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System (NSCAS), formally known as NESA, have been released. Our middle school students did very well and we are all proud of their hard work and performance!

Below you'll find CMS/State comparison charts that reflect average scale scores for each grade level and each assessment. More information can be viewed at https://bit.ly/2SIYrXw. All questions regarding the CMS results should be directed to Nick Dressel, Chadron Middle School Principal. He can be contacted at 432-0708 or nichlas.dressel@chadronschools.net.

*Please note that NSCAS science is only given to 5th and 8th grade students.