Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Change for Changing Lives Drive a Success

(Taken from Mrs. Uhing's Blog -

This year students from Chadron Public Schools and Sioux County Schools participated in our Change for Changing Lives Campaign in November.  Chadron Community Hospital’s Change for Changing Lives is a program that involves the participation of local schools in fundraising competitions to benefit our Circle of Light Program, a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance directly to local cancer patients.  The competition pits all classes within the school against each other to see which class can raise the most money within a month.  There is only one winning class within each school; the winning class receives a catered Subway party on the date of their choosing.  The winners from CPS were Ms. Larson, Ms. Motz, Ms. O’Boyle and the 5th and 6th grade class from SCS.  They raised a total of $1851.67 that will go to help assist local cancer patients and their families. 

We are so thankful for our partners at Subway and in the schools for making this such a success.  This is the second annual Change for Changing Lives Campaign and we raised twice the amount we did last year!

A little change can make a big change in someone’s life and we are very grateful to all our cancer warriors!

Big THANK YOU to Chadron Public Schools, Sioux County-Harrison Schools and all the students who raised money this year for the Change for Changing Lives campaign! The $1850  you raised goes directly to help cancer patients in our area through our Circle of Light Program. We would also like to thank Subway for partnering with us to provide our winning classrooms with a much deserved Subway party.  A little change can make a big change in our community!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Parent Training - Real Colors Provided by CHS Guidance Counselor

(Submitted by CHS Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Loni Watson)


Please consider joining me for a Real Colors Parenting Workshop on January 9th from 6 - 9 p.m. in the HS library.  Real Colors is a dynamic workshop experience using a personality type test. The goal is to provide parents with the skills to:
  • understand human behavior
  • uncover motivators specific to each temperament
  • improve communication with students
  • parenting strategies for emotional and mental health
The basis of this workshop is the Real Colors® Personality Type Test: a user-friendly, intuitive tool that identifies four personality types common to all people—Gold, Green, Blue, and Orange.
It all begins with the Real Colors workshop, in which participants:
  • gain an understanding of the four colors (each corresponding to a personality type)
  • discover where they fall as an individual on the Real Colors spectrum
  • learn to recognize student characteristics of each of the four colors
  • discuss with fellow workshop participants what it’s like to be each color and how to most effectively work with students of various colors
From the very beginning, participants begin to see the world from a new perspective…and have fun doing it!  We will invite ANY parent interested PK-12th grade.  Please RSVP with if you plan on attending.  The workshop will last the entire two hours but will be held at no cost!  We look forward to providing you with this workshop!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Chadron Schools Receive High Praise During Accreditation Review

(Submitted by Dr. Caroline Winchester, Supt.)

Proud of Chadron Public School’s (CPS) Family and Community

I am so proud of the CPS Family and Community.

Chadron Public Schools recently completed their AdvancED Engagement Review as part of the district’s accreditation process. While the official report will not be available for 30 days below are highlights of the findings.

The district’s Instructional Framework was noted as a strength.   43 classrooms were visited. The classroom learning environment observation tool called eleot showed scores significantly exceeded the AdvancED average.  The engagement review team leader said the eleot scores were the highest he has ever seen.

Another strength was Relationships throughout the system.  The team leader noted relationships were huge in all areas and the extensiveness of community partnerships and relationships was the highest he has seen in a district the size of Chadron.  Thank you Chadron Community for partnering with CPS to enhance and enrich learning for our students.

The third strength was System-wide Leadership.  61 of the 66 AdvancED Standards were found to be in the Impact Category.  Impact is about the embeddedness of the standards, meaning the standard is deeply ingrained in the culture and operations of the institution.

As one of the reviewers was leaving they said, “Chadron is a special place.”  And I couldn’t agree more.

Dr. Caroline B. Winchester, Superintendent

Chadron Public Schools

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

CMS Yearbooks Available to Order

Yearbooks are now available to order! This year, we are excited to announce that we are partnering with Josten's for the middle school yearbooks. This company provides us with a great yearbook and the ability to personalize your front cover! Yearbooks are available for $15.00 ($5 additional for personalization) until March 1st, 2019, when the price will increase to $20 (personalization will no longer be available).

To order your yearbook, please click on the following link OR contact Mrs. Dubs at the Middle School.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Thanksgiving Break - November 21-25

There is no school on Wednesday Nov. 21st -

Sunday November 25th for Thanksgiving Break.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 12, 2018

National Association of School Nurses - Head Lice 101

Head Lice 101 What You Should Know
About Head Lice

Head lice are a common community problem. An estimated 6 to 12 million
infestations occur each year in the United States, most commonly among children
ages 3 to 11 years old. 1 Though a head lice infestation is often spotted in school,
it is usually acquired through direct head-to-head contact elsewhere, such as at
sleepovers or camp. 2

Head lice are not dangerous, and they do not transmit disease. 1 Additionally,
despite what you might have heard, head lice often infest people with good
hygiene and grooming habits. 3/4 Your family, friends, or community may
experience head lice. It's important to know some basics, including how to
recognize symptoms and what to do if faced with an infestation.

What are head lice?
Head lice are tiny, wingless insects that live close to the human scalp. They feed
on human blood.1  When checking for head lice, you may see several forms: the
nit, the nymph, and the adult louse.
Nits are tiny, teardrop shaped lice eggs that are often yellowish or white. Nits are also what you
call the shells that are left behind once the eggs hatch. Nits are attached to the hair shaft and
often found around the nape of the neck or the ears. Nits can look similar to dandruff, but cannot
be easily removed or brushed off.1

Nymphs, or baby lice, are small and grow to adult size in 1 to 2 weeks.1

Adult lice are the size of a sesame seed and appear tan to grayish-white.1

How are head lice spread?
• Head lice move by crawling and cannot jump or fly 1
• Head lice are mostly spread by direct head-to head contact-for example, during play at home
or school, sleepovers, sports activities, or camp 1
• It is possible, but not common, to spread head lice by contact with items that have been in
contact with a person with head lice, such as clothing (for example, hats, scarves, or coats) or
other personal items (such as combs, brushes, or towels) 1
• Head lice transmission can occur at home, in the community, or-very infrequently-in school. 2

What are the signs and symptoms of infestation?
Signs and symptoms of infestation include1 :
• Tickling feeling on the scalp or in the hair
• Itching (caused by the bites of the louse)
• Irritability and difficulty sleeping (lice are more active in the dark)
• Sores on the head (caused by scratching, which can sometimes become infected)
Finding a live nymph or adult louse on the scalp or in the hair is an indication of an active
infestation. They are most commonly found behind the ears and near the neckline at the back
of the head.1

Head Lice 101 What You Should Know
About Head Lice
Lice Lessons
What if my child gets head lice?
If you suspect your child might have head lice, it's important to talk to a school
nurse, pediatrician, or family physician to get appropriate care. There are a
number of available treatments, including new prescription treatment options that
are safe and do not require nit combing. Other things to consider in selecting and
starting treatment include:
• Follow treatment instructions. Using extra amounts or multiple applications of the same
medication is not recommended, unless directed by a healthcare professionals 5
• A 2016 study showed that 48 states now have lice that are genetically predisposed to
resistance to commonly used treatment.s 6
• There is no scientific evidence that home remedies are effective treatments. 7
• Head lice do not infest the house. However, family bed linens and recently used clothes, hats,
and towels should be washed in very hot water and dried on the high settings. 5
• Personal articles, such as combs, brushes, and hair clips, should be soaked in very hot water
for 5 to 10 minutes if they were exposed to someone with an active head lice infestations. 5
• All household members and other close contacts should be checked, and those with evidence
of an active infestation should also be treated at the same times. 5

Myths and facts about head lice
Myth: Only dirty people get head lice.
Fact: Personal hygiene and household or school cleanliness are not factors for infestation. In
fact, head lice often infest people with good hygiene and grooming habits. 3/4

Myth: Head lice carry diseases.
Fact: Head lice do not spread diseases.1

Myth: Head lice can be spread by sharing hair brushes, hats, clothes, and
other personal items.
Fact: It is uncommon to spread head lice by contact with clothing or other personal items, such
as combs, brushes, or hair accessories, that have been in contact with a person with head lice.1

Myth: Head lice can jump or fly, and can live anywhere.
Fact: Head lice cannot jump or fly, and only move by crawling. It is unlikely to find
head lice living on objects like helmets or hats because they have feet that are
specifically designed to grasp on to the hair shaft of humans. Additionally, a louse
can only live for about a day off the head.1

Myth: You can use home remedies like brushes, hats, clothes, and other
personal items. mayonnaise to get rid of head lice.
Fact: It is uncommon to spread head lice by contact Fact: There is no scientific
evidence that home with clothing or other personal items, such as combs,
remedies are effective treatments.7  Consult your healthcare provider to discuss
appropriate treatment options, including prescription products.

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Frequently asked questions (FAQs),
info/lags html. Accessed April 20, 2017
2. Pontius DJ Demystifying pediculosis: school nurses taking the lead Pediatr Nurs. 2014.40(5):226-235
3. Meinking T, Taplin D. Vicaria M. Iniestations. In: Schachner LA, Hansen RC, eds. Pediatric Dermatology, 4th ed. Mosby
Elsevier; 2011:1535-1583
4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epidemiology & risk factors parasites/lice/head/epi.html.
Accessed April 20, 2017.
5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Treatment http://www.cdc gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment html Accessed April
20, 2017.
6. Gellatly KJ, Krim S, Palenchar DJ, et al Expansion of the knockdown resistance frequency map for human head lice
(phthiraptera: pediculidae) in the United States using quantitative sequencing J Med Entomol 2016 1-7.
7. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Treatment frequently asked questions
head/gen_info/tags_treat html Accessed April 20. 2017,

Lice Lessons educational initiative is made possible through a collaboration with Arbor Pharmaceuticals,

Veteran's Day Program - November 12th, 2018 @ 12:30

Please join Chadron Middle School as we honor our veteran's at our Annual Veteran's Day Celebration on November 12th, 2018 @ 12:30 PM in the CHS Auditorium. All community members are invited to attend.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, commemorating the end of WWI. In 1938, Congress passed an act making Armistice Day a national holiday. 1954, the act was amended, striking the work Armistice and adding the word Veteran's to create Veteran's Day, a day to honor all veterans.

Monday, October 29, 2018

CMS Students Learn about the Moon

Recently, students had the opportunity to learn about the moon.  Three stations were set up for students to learn about the moon and its surface.  The highlight of the program was the lunar disk on loan from NASA. The six Apollo missions that landed astronauts on the Moon returned a collection of rocks and sediment samples weighing 382 kilograms and consisting of more than 2,000 separate samples.  The lunar disk contained small samples of lunar material. Descriptions of the samples were discussed. Students were able to use a digital microscope to get a closer look at the samples.

Students worked together to classify different types of moon rocks.

A digital microscope was used to get a closer look at the lunar disk.

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