Friday, March 30, 2012

Chadron Middle School Hosts Scholastic Day Competition

The 7th grade team poses for a picture after their 2nd place finish
On March 28th, Chadron Middle School hosted its first scholastic day competition in at least 20 years!  The idea to host a competition at CMS originated last year when several of the coaches mentioned how great it would be to host the event.  This year's competition coincided with a district-wide teacher in-service,  so regular classes were not interrupted and the middle school faculty, as well as faculty from other schools in the district, could help run the event.

In all, 9 teams from Chadron, Mitchell, Gering, Hay Springs, Hemingford, Banner County, Crawford, Gordon-Rushville, and Bridgeport entered the competition.

The 8th grade team eats lunch before the Championship Round 
Gering and Hemingford's 8th grade teams made it to the championship game with Gering taking first place.  In the 7th grade division, our Chadron Cardinals made it to the championship game, but lost to a tough Mitchell team.

Thank you to the Chadron Middle School Scholastic Team coaches for organizing the day, to the parents that provided snacks in the hospitality room, to the awesome custodians at Chadron Middle School and Chadron High School, and to the Chadron High School administration for allowing the championship game to be held in their auditorium.

Overall, the event was a great experience and we hope that all of the students, coaches and spectators had fun and felt welcomed at our school.  We also hope that all of the schools that participated will join us again next year for what we hope will become an annual event.

Friday, March 23, 2012

CMS Spring Music Performances

CMS Mini Cardinal Singers 
Over the past two weeks, Chadron Middle School students have showcased their musical talents.  On Friday, March 16th, the Chadron Cardinal Mini Singers performed their rendition of Adell's Rolling in the Deep.  The performance was part of a fund-raising effort to help send the High School's Cardinal Singers to Kearny to perform at the Nebraska Rural Education Conference.  Other middle school performers included Brooklyn Stack, who performed a song and dance routine that she will use at the Stars of Tomorrow competition and Mikki Hastings who performed Think of Me from the The Phantom of the Opera.

On Thursday, March 22nd Mr. Rischling's 6th through 12th grade band classes held their annual spring instrumental music concert at Memorial Hall on the Chadron State College campus.  The concert was well attended and included musical numbers from the 6th grade band and the 7th/8th grade band.  All of the students did an excellent job!  The 6th grade Band really got the crowed going with their performance of the Chadron Fight Song and the video clip is from the 7th and 8th grade band's opening number.

Congratulations to all of the students on their excellent performances.  We would also like to thank Chadron State College and Dr. Lambert for allowing our students to perform at the college.  

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Chadron State College Junior High Science Fair Results

7th and 8th grade students from Chadron Middle School participated in the Chadron State College Science Fair on March 17th.  Students were required to complete a project for their science class and were allowed to choose it they wanted to enter their project into the science fair.  In total, 20 students from CMS submitted project into the science fair  and 5 students qualified for the State competition.  Congratulations to Shoilee Rhaman and Jayden Garrett for placing 1st and 2nd place and to Walt Mays, Allie Johnson, and Kaylee Garvin for qualifying for State!

Friday, March 16, 2012

CMS Scholastic Teams Invade Banner County!

8th Grade Scholastic Team (2nd Place)
7th Grade Scholastic Team (1st Place)

After weeks of hard work and preparation, the Chadron Middle School Scholastic Team invaded Banner County on Friday, March 16th for the their first scholastic competition of the season.  Both CMS teams had outstanding performances.  The 7th grade team took home the gold with a first place finish and our 8th grade team finished a close second behind a strong Sidney team.

Congratulations to both teams on a job well done and we look forward to seeing you all in action at our home scholastic competition on March 28th!

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

CMS Spring Testing Schedule

Dear Parents,

Below is the Spring Testing Schedule for CMS.  As you can see, we have a very busy testing schedule planned and it is important that our students are in school so that they do not have to miss regular instructional time to make up exams.

All students in grade 5-8 will take the NeSA Reading and Math tests as well as the NWEA-MAPS Reading, Language, Science, and Math tests.  However, only 5th and 8th grade students will take the NeSA Science test in the middle school.

Thank you, and if you have any questions, please let me know.

Mr. Dressel

Spring Testing Schedule

March  Mon. 26 Tues. 27 Wed. 28 Thurs. 29 Fri. 30

NeSA-R NeSA-R NO SCHOOL NeSA-S (5) 1:30 Dismissal

Part 1 Part 2 In-Service
April Mon. 2  Tues. 3 Wed. 4 Thurs. 5  Fri. 6 


Part 1 Part 2 Per. 1,9  Per. 2,6 Good Friday
April (NWEA) Mon. 9 Tues. 10 (Track) Wed. 11 Thurs. 12 Fri. 13 (Track)
3rd Floor Lab NO SCHOOL Merkel/Lang (5) Waugh/Read (8) Waugh/Lang (8) Merkel/Read (5)
Easter Monday

Library Lab Hoffman/Lang (6) Dobry/Read (7) Dobry/Lang (7) Hoffman/Read (6)

April (NWEA) Mon. 16 Tues. 17 Wed. 18 Thurs. 19 (Track) Fri. 20
3rd Floor Lab Make-Up  Science (7,8) Science (7,8) Science (5) 1:30 Dismissal
Per. 2,4,9 Per. 1,3,6,9 Per. 2,4,8 Make-Up
Library Lab Make-Up  Science (6) Science (6)
Per. 5 Per. 4,8 Make-Up

April (NWEA) Mon. 23 Tues. 24 Wed. 25 Thurs. 26 Fri. 27
3rd Floor Lab Mangas (Math) Make-Up Hanson (5) Hastings (6) Mangas (Read)

Library Lab Hinman (Math) Make-Up McCartney (7) Blum (8) Hinman (Read)

May (NWEA) Mon. April 30 Tues. 1 (Track) Wed. 2 Thurs. 3 Fri. 4 (Track)
3rd Floor Lab Make-Up Mangas (Lang) Make-UP Make-up 1:30 Dismissal
Library Lab Make-Up Hinman (Lang) Make-Up Make-up Make-up

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Press Release Regarding Bond Election Outcome

First, The Chadron Public School District would like to thank everyone for participating and for voting in the recent bond process and election.  A very special note of appreciation is extended to Cheryl Feist and the County Clerk’s office for their extra time and patience to make this as smooth a process as possible.  Our patrons were given the opportunity to make this decision.  The people decided.  The BOE and administration will now act and move forward on the people’s wishes.

An article entitled “A History of the Chadron Public Schools” said it well when it stated, “What has made the Chadron City [Public] Schools a leader among the public schools of northwest Nebraska? ….I believe it is all of these: the very spirit of cooperation so prevalent and the keen desire that our children shall have the best that the good life can offer.  All this has gone into the building of the institution know as the Chadron City [Public] Schools.”

In this same spirit of cooperation we will move forward TOGETHER acting on the desire of the public and continuing to offer the best educational opportunities for the children of the Chadron Public School District.

Please join with Board and the Administrative Team on March 26 at 5:30 PM in the Central Office Board Room for our next steps in Strategic Planning.

CMS 8th Grader Takes 6th at Midwest Spelling Bee

Every year nearly 100 of the best spellers from Nebraska and western-Iowa meet in Omaha to compete in the Midwest Spelling Bee competition, which is part of the SCRIPPS National Spelling Bee competition.  To qualify, students must win their district/county spelling bees.

This year, Shoilee Rhaman, an 8th grade student from Chadron Middle School, represented Dawes County.  Shoilee made it to the final round of 10 and ended up taking 6th place!

Congratulations to Shoilee on her outstanding achievement.

8th Grade Student Takes First Place in Online Scholastic Competition

Eric Lambert, an 8th grade student at Chadron Middle School, took first place in the American Scholastic Achievement League's online scholastic contest.  This was an international contest and students were tested in the four academic cores of math, science, social studies, and English.

Congratulations Eric and best of luck to the entire CMS Scholastic Team as the begin their season at Banner County on March 16th.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Upcoming Event/Activities at CMS

Up Coming Events/Activities:
March 7th – End of 3rd Quarter
March 7th – No CMS After School Program
March 12th – Beginning of 4th quarter
March 13th – CMS Lock Down Drill – 9:30 a.m.
March 16th – 1:30 Dismissal
March 16th – CMS Scholastic Team @ Banner County
March 17th – Science Fair @ CSC – 8:00am
March 21st – John Underwood “Life of an Athlete” presentation @ HS Auditorium – 1:30 p.m.
March 22nd – 7th and 8th grade Track Interest Meeting – 3:30 p.m.
March 26th – 1st day of MS Track Practice
March 26th – NeSA window Opens
March 28th – No School – Teacher In-Service
March 28th – CMS Scholastic Team @ Chadron Middle School
March 30th – 1:30 Dismissal
March 30th – CMS Health Screening Day
April 3rd – NEWA-MAPS Window Opens
April 6th-April 9th – No School – Easter Break 

March Good News From CMS Newsletter

March 5th, 2012
Good News From CMS

Dear Parents/Guardians:

End of 3rd Quarter
The end of the 3rd quarter is on March 7th.  All student work must be turned in at the end of the school day to receive credit.  We will also have our end of 3rd quarter awards assembly at 3:00 p.m. in the MS gym on March 7th.  Students will be dismissed from class at 2:55 p.m. and we will hand out perfect attendance awards and Cardinal Effort Awards.  Students will be dismissed from the gym at the end of the assembly. 
Lock Down Drill
Chadron Middle School will run a lock down drill on March 13th at 9:30 a.m.  Please do not pick up students during this time as no one will be allowed to leave and enter the building.

Read Across America Day/Dr. Seuss B-Day
On March 2nd, students from Miss Dobry’s and Mrs. Waugh’s 2nd period reading classes read Dr. Seuss classics to children at the Child Development Center, Chadron Primary School, and 4th graders at Chadron Intermediate School.  This was a great opportunity for our middle school students to be positive role models to the younger kids in the community and it was a lot of fun.  Check out pictures at Mr. Dressel’s blog page:

National History Day State Qualifiers:
On February 24th, thirteen 7th and 8th grade CMS students had their NHD projects qualify for the State competition, which will be held in Lincoln, NE on April 21st.  Pictures of some of the projects and links to the websites that qualified for State are posted on Mr. Dressel’s blog page:

Get Texts from the Principal
Remind 101 is free online software that allows Mr. Dressel to send school related information to parents via text message.  If you are interested in receiving text messages from the principal, please text the message @cmsprinc to (925) 304-6118.

NeSA Testing:
Chadron Middle School students will begin NeSA testing on March 26th.  It is very important that all of our students are in school during the testing window to ensure that we don’t have to pull them from their regular classes to make up the tests that they missed.  Thank you for your support.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Dr. Seuss B-Day

On March 2nd, 7th and 8th grade students from Miss Dobry's and Mrs. Waugh's 2nd period English classes celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday by reading Dr. Seuss classics to students at the Child Development Center, Chadron Primary School, and Chadron Intermediate School.  This was a great opportunity for our middle school students to be positive role models for younger kids in the community and, most importantly, it was a lot fun!