Monday, September 30, 2013

Save The Date - Jump Rope for Heart

Join us in celebrating the 35th anniversary of Jump Rope for Heart by encouraging your child to participate in the CPS Jump Rope for Heart event on October 23rd @ 4 PM in the CSC NPAC arena. Visit to sign up today.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fall MAPs Testing Schedule for Chadron Middle School

It's nearly October and that means that it's time for the fall Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments. The purpose of taking MAP assessments in the fall is to get benchmark scores for our students in the areas of math, science, reading, and language arts.  When students take MAPs again in the spring, the benchmark scores allows us to measure academic growth of the course of the school year.

Once student have finished taking the fall MAP assessments, the students and their teachers will work together to create student growth goals and action plans to achieve their goals.  These goals and action plans will be mailed home to parents in December.

We only have 4-week window to get all 260 students in the middle school tested in all 4 areas, so it is a pretty tight window.  We really need all of the students in school on their testing days.  I have included a link to the FALL MAPS SCHEDULE so that parents are aware of which days students will be taking the assessment.

As always, CMS greatly appreciates the wonderful support that we get from our students' parents and if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.


Nick Dressel
Chadron Middle School Principal

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

5th Grade Fun Night!

Chadron Middle School held its annual 5th grade fun night on 9/20 in the CMS gym.  Students played games and completed a scavenger hunt that is designed to help them become more familiar with the middle school and our teachers.

Thank you to Mrs. Kaus and the CMS Student Council for organizing and hosting the event.  The students had a great time!

                                                               Opening Relay Race

5th graders get balloons tied to their legs for balloon tag! 
                                                  5th graders in action - Balloon Tag

The final round of balloon tag - 5 kids enter, 1 kid leaves!

5th graders work in teams to complete the scavenger hunt.

Monday, September 23, 2013

What's Happening at CMS

Week of September 23rd

September 23rd @ 4PM - Tax Modernization Hearing - Scottsbluff
September 24th - Cross Country @ Scottsbluff
September 26th - Cross Country 4PM @ Gordon/Rushville
September 27th - 1:30 Dismissal

Week of September 30th

September 30th - MAPS Assessment Window Opens
October 2nd - NO SCHOOL - Teacher In-Service
October 3 - 7th (4:30) & 8th (6:30) Grade Volleyball v. Gordon/Rushville - CMS Gym
October 5th - 7th & 8th Grade Volleyball 9AM @ Torrington
October 5th - Cross Country 9AM - Western Conference @ CSC

Friday, September 13, 2013

CMS Book Fair

The Middle School Scholastic Book Fair will be held during parent-teacher conferences on September 19th.  The books will be set up on the stage in the Middle School Gym.  There is a great selection of books for Middle School and High School students, as well as parents.  Come and check out the Book Fair.  Profits earned go toward new books for the Middle School Library.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

CMS Parent-Teacher Conferences

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Thank you for an excellent beginning to the school year!  I am very pleased with the work that has happened through the first quarter and I continue to look forward to working with all of the students, parents, and staff at Chadron Middle School.  I would also like to thank each of you for all of the support that you provide your students at home and for continuing to support the academic and extracurricular programs at school. 

With that support in mind, I would like to invite you the middle school’s parent/teacher conferences, which will take place on September 19th from 2:00-8:00 in the CMS Gym.  Teachers will have a break from 4:00-5:00 for dinner.

I believe that parent/teacher conferences are extremely important because it provides parent/guardians the opportunity to discuss their child’s academic progress with the classroom teachers.  I also encourage you to bring your student(s) to the conference because we want to stay focused on the ways that we can work together to help them be successful in school and they should be a part of that conversation. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at 432-0708.  Thank you again for all that you do to support your child and the school and I will look forward to seeing on September 19th.


Nick Dressel
Chadron Middle School

Monday, September 9, 2013

What's Happening at CMS

It is hard to believe, but mid-quarter is on Friday, September 13th!  School is back in full swing, routines and procedures and in place, and students are getting back into the habit of completing homework assignments.

Below is a list of upcoming events at CMS as well as district events:

  • September 10th @ 4:00 & 5:30 in CMS Gym - 7th & 8th Grade Volleyball v. St. Agnes
  • September 11th @ 5:30 in Central Office - Testifying training for tax modification hearing
  • September 12th @4:00 @ - 7th Grade Volleyball @ Crawford
  • September 13th - 1:30 Dismissal
  • September 14th @ 10:00 - CMS Cross Country @ Chadron Invite 
  • September 14th @ 9:00 - 7th and 8th grade Football @ Hot Springs
  • September 14th @ 8:00 - 7th Volleyball @ Gering
  • September 14th @ 8:30 - 8th Volleyball @ Sidney
  • September 19th - 1:30 Dismissal CMS ONLY for Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • September 19th @ 2:00 - CMS Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Conferences will go from 2-4 and then resume at 5-8.
  • September 21st @ 8:30 - 7th & 8th Volleyball @ Alliance
  • September 21st @ 9:00 - CMS Cross Country @ Alliance
  • September 21st @ 10:00 - 7th Football v. Torrington at CHS football field
  • September 21st @ 10:00 - 8th Football @ Torrington 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Bike Safety

Many middle school students choose to ride bikes to school, and with heavy morning and afternoon traffic around the schools, it is important that students are made aware of ways to be safe when riding their bikes.  School Resource Officer, Aron Chrisman, talked to 5th and 6th grade students about the importance of bike safety on Thursday, September 5th and Friday, September 6th.  The presentation focused on basic bike safety, the rules of the road, and biking gear.  Below are are a few things that he highlighted:

Rules of the Road:
  • Obey all traffic signs: Stop signs, yield signs, one way traffic, etc.
  • Obey all traffic lights
  • Go the same direction as the cars (Ride on the right hand side of the road)
  • Pay attention and look for cars
  • Use crosswalks and walk your bike across the road
  • Signal when turning and always use left arm 
    • straight out = left turn
    • bent downward (upside down "L") = stop
    • bent upward = right turn

  • Always wear a helmet
  • Make sure that your helmet fits and that it sits level on your head.
  • Make sure that your seat is at the right height (same level as the handlebars)
  • Wear bright clothes so that you can be easily seen by drivers
  • Make sure that your bike has reflectors
  • Use a flashing light 

General Safety:
  • Never wear headphones when riding
  • Never share a seat with another person
  • Never ride or allow others to ride on the handlebars
  • When riding in a group, ride single file
  • When passing, always pass on the left and yell "Left"
  • Look behind you before changing lanes
  • Use correct hand signals
  • Ride on sidewalks when allowed
    • When riding downtown, walk bike on the sidewalk.
  • Never talk to strangers and notify an adult if a stranger talks to you.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Chadron Public Schools Website gets a Makeover!

The CPS website got an extreme makeover and the new site is up and running.  You can check it out at  CPS tech has been working hard to get the new site up and we are very excited about the new look and all of the new features.

In addition to the new, attractive look, many changes have been made to the site to make it more user friendly. To start, the new site is mobile friendly!  You will see the mobile site layout if you access the site from your cell phone or mobile device.  You will also notice new, easy to read, buttons for access to school announcements, the campus portal, menus, and calendars.  There is a parent drop down menu where links to the handbook, registration, documents and forms can be found.  Parents can also access individual school information by selecting the 'Schools' drop down menu and choosing the school that they would like to browse.

Please take a minute to check out the new and improved site.  We hope that you find it user friendly and informative.