Tuesday, October 30, 2012

October 31st 1pm Dismissal Schedule for 10/31

In an effort to get all 9 academic periods in on October 31st, Chadron Middle School will follow the Schedule below on that day.  If you have any questions, please contact the CMS Office at 432-0708.

Thank you,

October 31st, 2012
1pm Dismissal Schedule

Period 1 - 8:00 – 8:40
Period 2 - 8:43 – 9:13
Period 3 – 9:16 – 9:46
Period 4 - 9:49 – 10:19
Period  7 -10:22 – 10:52
Period 8 - 10:55 – 11:25
Period 5 - 11:28 – 11:58 – 7th/8th Lunch
Period 6 - 12:01 – 12:31 – 5th/6th Lunch
Period 9 - 12:34 – 1:00

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

CMS Winter Sports Travel Schedule

Chadron Middle School Athletics
Winter Travel Requests & Departure Times 2012 - 2013

Date                Destination                 Dismiss           Depart                       Game Time      


Nov. 1             Gordon Invite @ Rush.11:15 PM       11:45  AM              1:00 PM
Nov. 3             Valentine Invite                                    6:00  AM               10:00 AM CTZ
Nov. 17           Alliance Invite                                      6:30 AM                 8:00 AM
Nov. 30           Torrington Invite                                 7:00 AM                11:00 AM
Dec. 3              Mitchell Invite            10:45  AM       11:00 AM               1:00 PM

7th Grade Girls Basketball

Nov. 8             Alliance                       1:45 PM           2:00 PM                      4:00 PM
Nov. 15           Scottsbluff                  12:45 PM          1:00 PM                      4:00 PM
Nov. 19           Gord@/Rush.              2:45 PM            3:00 PM                      4:30 PM
Nov. 27           Hot Springs                 2:30 PM            2:45 PM                      4:30 PM

8th Grade Girls Basketball

Nov. 19           Gord/Rush                  2:45 PM            3:00 PM                      6:00 PM
Nov. 27           Hot Springs                 2:30 PM            2:45 PM                      6:00 PM
Dec.  4             Gering                         12:45 PM          1:00 PM                      4:00 PM
Dec.  6             Alliance                       1:45 PM            2:00 PM                      4:00 PM

7th Grade Boys Basketball

Jan 26              Valentine Tourney                               6:45 AM       CTZ      11:00 AM
Jan 28              Gord/@Rush.              3:00 PM            3:15 PM                     4:30  PM
Feb  7              Alliance                       1:45 PM           2:00 PM                      4:00 PM

8th Grade Boys Basketball

Jan 24              Alliance                       2:00 PM          2:15 PM                      4:00 PM
Jan 26             Valentine Tourney                              6:45 AM        CTZ      11:00 AM
Jan 28              Gord@Rush.               3:00 PM          3:15 PM                      6:00 PM
Feb 4               Scottsbluff                  1:00 PM          1:15 PM                      4:00 PM
Feb 5               Gering                         1:00 PM          1:15 PM                      4:00 PM

Red Ribbon Week

Next week is Red Ribbon Week!  In order to celebrate a drug free lifestyle, the student council has planned the following dress-up days:
  • Monday 10/29 - Put drugs to sleep = Pajama Day
  • Tuesday 10/30 - Put drugs in the past = Dress from the Past Day
  • Wednesday 10/31 - Don’t let drugs confuse you = Opposite Day
  • Thursday 11/1 - Don’t let drugs make you crazy = Crazy Day
  • Friday 11/2 - Show spirit for a drug free life = Cardinal Pride Day

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Updated Winter Sports Schedule

7th Grade Girls  Basketball
Nov.  08 Alliance              Away   4:00  pm   
Nov.  15 Scottsbluff           Away   4:00  pm  
Nov.  17 Chadron Trny        Home   9:00 am
Nov.  19 Gordon/Rush.       Away   4:30  pm
Nov.  27 Hot Springs          Away   4:30  pm
Dec.  04 Gering            Home  4:00 pm
Dec.  06 Alliance           Home  4:00 pm
Coach: John Girard
8th Grade Girls Basketball
Nov. 08   Alliance                 Home     4:00 pm
Nov. 15   Scottsbluff           Home 4:00 pm
Nov. 17   Chadron Trny      Home 9:00 am
Nov.  19   Gord/Rush.         Away  6:00  pm
Nov.  27   Hot Springs        Away  6:00  pm   
Dec.  04   Gering              Away 4:00  pm
Dec.  06   Alliance             Away 4:00  pm
Coach:  Willie Uhing
7th – 8th Grade Wrestling
Nov. 01    Gordon Invite         Away 1:00  pm
Nov. 03    Valentine               Away 10:00 am ctz        
Nov.10     Chadron MS                Home 9:00 am     
Nov. 17    Alliance Invite        Away  8:00  am
Nov. 30    Torrington  MS       Away  11:00 am
Dec. 08     Scottsbluff MS      Away  TBA
Coach: Chuck McCance

7Th Grade Boys Basketball
Jan. 12     Valentine MS      Home 11:00am
Jan. 22     Hot Springs        Home 4:30 pm
Jan. 24     Alliance              Home 4:00 pm
Jan.  26    ValentineInvite   Away  11:00 am cst
Jan.  28    Gord/Rush.         Away  4:30  pm
Feb. 04     Scottsbluff         Home 4:00 pm
Feb. 05     Gering               Home 4:00 pm
Feb.  07    Alliance             Away   4:00 pm
Coach:  Don Matt  
8TH Grade Boys Basketball
Jan.12      Valentine HS       Home 11:00am
Jan.22      Hot Springs         Home 6:00 pm
Jan. 24     Alliance              Away  4:00   pm
Jan. 26     Valentine Invite   Away 11:00 am ctz
Jan. 28     Gord/Rush          Away  6:00  pm
Feb. 04     Scottsbluff         Away  4:00  pm
Feb. 05     Gering                Away  4:00  pm
Feb.07      Alliance              Home 4:00 pm
Coach: Jake McLain

Friday, October 19, 2012

1st Scholastics Meet Results

Congratulations to the CMS Scholastics Teams on an excellent first meet!

8th grade Scholastics Team took 4th place at Kimball Meet

7th Grade Scholastics Team took 3rd place at Kimball meet 

Halloween Safety Tips

(Submitted by Officer Chrisman, School Resource Officer)

Press Release

Friday 10/19/12

Contact Person; Officer Aron Chrisman 205   

RE: Halloween Safety Tips
Halloween is almost here again.  It is an exciting time of year for kids of all ages.  Before you get your “SPOOK” on please help ensure that we all have a safe holiday, and follow the Halloween safety tips provided by the Chadron Police Department. 
·       When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
·       Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives.  Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
·       Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
·       Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
·       Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
·       A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
·       If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
·       Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
·       Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
·       Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
·       If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing oncoming traffic.
·       Never cut across yards or use alleys.
·       Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks. Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
·       Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will!
·       Carry a cell phone for quick communication.
·       Teach children how to call 911 if they have an emergency.  
·       Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
·       A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
·       Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.

If you have any questions, please contact the Chadron Police Department or School Resource Officer Aron Chrisman at 308-432-0510. 

OFFICE  308.432.0510  308.432.0511       FAX  308.432.0513

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Jump Rope for Heart T-Shirt

(Submitted by Mrs. Linda Rischling)

This year we decided to do our own special *Jump Rope for Heart event T-Shirt*.  We are selling these for another way to support our event, the American Heart Association, and we will be giving half of the profit to our *Chadron Volunteer Fire Department*!

We would appreciate you taking time to check out the shirts.  They are red and available in short or long sleeve and youth and adult sizes.  An order form is attached and can be turned in to:  High School:  Angel Lindsey
                              Middle School:  Mary Lou Marshall
                              Intermediate & Primary:  Linda Rischling

Our event will be after school on October 24, at the NPAC.  If you or your
family have been affected by heart disease or stroke and would like to be
an honored guest at our event, PLEASE contact Linda Rischling at 430-4122
or linda.rischling@chadronschools.net

Thank you for supporting our kids, the Chadron Fire Department, and the
American Heart Association!

Linda Rischling
Elementary Physical Education
Chadron Public Schools

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

5th Grade Reader's Theater Mini Course Performance

5th grade students from Mrs. Hinman's Reader's Theater mini course class performed the classic children's story, Goldilocks and The Three Bears and Baba Yaga, a Russian folktale, for Mrs. Merkel's 5th period English class last Friday.  Each of the students in Mrs. Hinman's class had a speaking part and they all made character masks.

Congratulations to the students on their first performance and according to Maddy S., a 5th grader in the class, the paparazzi should be showing up soon!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Join Us for a Skype Session

Parents, please join us for an opportunity to Skype with a parent group (Nebraska Parents for Public Education - NPPE) at 6:00 Oct 16th!  We'll host the session in a high school classroom prior to attending the 7:00 Talent Show in the Auditorium. Read the following note from Dr. Winchester for more information.
(From Dr. Winchester, Supt.)
Saturday I meet with three parents (NE Parents for Public Education-NPPE) from the Omaha area.  I felt it was a very productive meeting.  Please read the information below about their group.  Like us they feel they need to collaborate with others so their concern for state funding for public education is heard.  Their main thrust is to fully fund TEEOSA.  They also understand the need to revamp Nebraska’s tax structure.  In sharing over coffee, we found we have many similar issues in a number of areas even though we are at two ends of the state, with a rural district and an urban district.  In my opinion we are more alike than different.
Their group (NPPE) is also meeting October 16.  We agreed to meet each other via Skype at 6 PM MT.  Please let other parents know about this group and the Skype collaboration on October 16.
If you need further info about the meeting, please contact me.
Many thanks.
~Dr. Winchester
Nebraska Parents for Public Education (NPPE)
Mission:  Through state-wide advocacy we will ensure a brighter future for Nebraska children by promoting the highest quality education in our k-12 schools.

Immediate objective:  Hold our state government to their commitment to restore $100 million funding for k-12 public education.

Background:  We have reason to be proud of our public schools. Nebraska ranks in the Top 10 in the nation in student achievement. We want to keep it that way. Nebraska’s public schools are entrusted with educating almost 300,000 K-12 students, 1 of every 6 Nebraskans, every year. Despite increasing enrollment, state aid for public schools was cut by nearly $100 million from FY2011 to FY2013, a staggering cut of 10.3%. By contrast the legislature found enough revenue to cut income taxes. 
Since the end of the recession in June 2009, the economy lost over 300,000 local education jobs. The loss of education jobs stands in stark contrast to every other recovery in recent years, under Republican and Democratic Administrations.

The impact of these cuts can be felt across the state. Nebraska schools lost 300 teachers and staff in school year 2011-12 and another 300 are expected to be lost in 2012-13. Communities such as Columbus and North Platte are facing a significant loss of state funding.

The national student-teacher ratio increased by 4.6 percent from 2008 to 2010, rolling back all the gains made since 2000. Further layoffs in 2011 and 2012 mean that the student-teacher ratio will continue to increase as we enter the 2012-13 school years. From Florida to Ohio to California, districts have faced teacher shortages, have cut preschool and kindergarten programs, and have shortened the school week and school year.  While Omaha hasn't seen cuts in the school week, there are districts in outstate Nebraska who have gone to 4-day weeks to save money.

These cuts are occurring at a time when schools face demands from parents, employers and civic leaders to bring more and more students to higher levels of academic proficiency, in large part because workers will increasingly need higher levels of educational attainment to thrive in the workforce. We must support the creation of an educated populace that is a sustainable workforce for Nebraska employers