Monday, March 30, 2020

Google Classroom Resource for Parents


Mrs. Smith created a series of slides that you can access to learn more about Google Classroom. These slides may be especially helpful if your child is having a hard time logging on and you want to help them. Please follow the link to access the slides.

Google Classroom for Parents

Monday, March 23, 2020

60-days of Free Internet from Great Plains Communication (See attached Flier for Details)

Attached is a notice from Great Plains Communications regarding internet service. The short of it is families who are not current customers can get 60-free days of service! Read the attached flier for more information.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Nebraska Panhandle Schools will Remain Closed Through May 1st

Please note:
* The schedule for students to access the school to gather items from their lockers will remain unchanged.

*Food Service will begin on Monday, March 23rd from 11:00AM-12:30 PM. Food pick up sites are at CMS and CIS.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Congratulations to our CPS NHD State Qualifiers

Our buildings may be closed, but our students continue to achieve! Congratulations!

Congratulations to the following students who qualified for the State NHD contest:

Senior Group Websites:

1st Susan LaFlesche Picotte—Lauren Collins, Grace Sorenson

2nd Smallpox Vaccine---Gracie Jones, Alexis Conboy, Jameson Margetts

Junior Individual Websites

1st Rosetta Stone, Breaking the Barrier—Eliu Paopao

3rd John L. Sullivan---Uzziah Schwartz

Senior Individual Website

1st Kuklinski Breaks the Iron Curtain---Thomas Kaus

Junior Individual Exhibit

3rd Florence Nightingale---Jaelyn Brown

Junior Paper

1st Alexander Hamilton---Lucy Rischling

Senior Paper

1st Jacqueline Cochran---Maralee Rischling

Junior Documentary

3rd American Woman Pilots of WWII---Talon Jelinek, Myles Nesheim, Thomas Smith

Senior Group Documentary

1st Cassidy Nesheim, Jackson Smith

Senior Individual Documentary

1st Tyler Kaus

Special Awards

Great Plains Award-- Lauren Collins, Grace Sorenson

Military Award--Talon Jelinek, Myles Nesheim, Thomas Smith

Food Service Pick Up Begins on March 23

3/20 CMS Cardinal Cast - CMS Instructional Guide During School Closure

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Food Service Survey

We are trying to find out, how many families would like a grab-n-go breakfast and lunch.  Please take this one minute survey. Pending approval, we would like to start on Monday March 23rd.  Pick up times have yet to be determined. Please take the survey by the end of the day on Thursday, March 19th. Thank you.

Student Materials Pick Up

8th grade students can have access to the MS building today from 12:00-3:30 to pick up personal materials, materials for learning from home, and medications. The schedule for the other grades is listed below and will follow the same timeframe (12-3:30):
Friday - 7th grade
Monday - 6th grade
Tuesday - 5th grade

Students will be escorted individually (6' or more distances) to their locker and back so we can wipe down any touched surfaces.

Please contact the CMS office with questions (432-0708). Thank you for your support and patience in these unconventional times!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

3/17 Cardinal Cast -The District's Vision & Plan During School Closure

Access to Online Library

Need a new book? Follow the instructions below to access the Nebraska Cloud Online Library! 

Home Technology Survey


Below is a link to the the home survey to assess options to provide digital resources to students. Please complete this survey before noon on Wednesday, March 18th. Thank you.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Full Press Release from PPHD RE 2-week School Closure

From Dr. Winchester - School closed for next two weeks

After consultation with Panhandle Public Health District and COVID-19 Unified Command, it has been determined that Chadron Public Schools along with the other ESU 13 schools in the Nebraska Panhandle will be closed for the next two weeks.  The State of Nebraska has elevated the risk assessment this evening and schools are engaging in preemptive dismissal to try to decrease the spread of disease.

We ask that students and community members immediately begin engaging in social distancing.  There will be no practices or school activities during the 14 day period.  Unified Command and Regional West have asked that anyone who has traveled to areas with community transmission of COVID-19 to self-monitor and self-quarantine.  At this time there are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Panhandle.  Additional information will be forthcoming.

3/15 Notice

Chadron Public Schools will be open tomorrow (3/16) and remain open until directed otherwise by
Panhandle Public Health District. If your child is sick or will be absent, please contact your child’s school
and keep them home.
Our goals are:
(1) Keep students & staff as healthy (physically, emotionally, and mentally) as possible so we can remain
open as long as possible.

(2) Keep our health care system healthy-thus we need to do what we can to reduce the spread.

Friday, March 13, 2020

From Dr. Winchester, Superintendent of Chadron Public Schools

Chadron Public Schools will have classes Monday as scheduled. There will be no After School Program next week due to the extended spring break for CSC. We’ve been in contact with local, district and state officials and health departments regarding this dynamic situation. A press release with more information will be released Monday at 1:30pm.

Monday, March 9, 2020

3/9 - Coronavirus Update from CPS Superintendent, Dr. Caroline Winchester

Coronavirus Update 3.9.20

Dr. Matt Blomstedt, Commissioner of Education, held a Zoom meeting with Superintendents on Sunday.  A community case of coronavirus was confirmed in Fremont.  Fremont schools will be closed this week in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus. The Fremont case is unique in that there was a specific event where a number of Fremont students were potentially exposed and the school district was three days away from spring break. It was also shared that there have been no fatalities for anyone under the age of 10, and only one between the ages of 10-20. This includes China.

The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) created a website with Coronavirus resources  The emphasis continues on Prevention and Preparation.

Dannette Smith, CEO of DHHS, shared if people are sick, they need to stay home. The DHHS website is

The emphasis continues on Prevention and Preparation.  CPS teachers and administrators are working on strategies for continuing instruction in the event of a prolonged school closure.  NDE is encouraging innovative solutions to maintain a sense of normalcy for students and families.  If prolonged school closures become necessary, NDE will work with schools concerning rule and regulatory issues.

CPS policies are continuing to be evaluated and revised if needed.  Custodial staff continue to follow recommended procedures from the CDC.

Panhandle Public Health (PPH) continues to provide school districts with updates, information, and resources (  School closure decisions will be handled regionally and will come from PPH.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need more information.


Dr. Caroline B. Winchester

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Superintendent Letter on Contagious Illness - Prevention and Preparation


Dear Parents, Students, and Patrons:

We want to update you on Chadron Public Schools district plan regarding COVID-19 (commonly referred to as the coronavirus). Current Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance is emphasizing prevention and preparation.  As with any contagious illness, we are working closely with Panhandle Public Health District ( and will follow all guidelines they share with us.  The district is monitoring the developing information related to the spread of COVID-19.  To date, the district is unaware of any native cases of COVID-19 being confirmed in our state. In preparation, the district is reviewing its relevant policies and procedures so we will be prepared to respond to any outbreak of communicable disease that may occur.  We added a Pandemic Plan to the District Safety plan.  Should this situation interfere with the district’s ordinary operations or schedule, you will be provided notice in the customary fashion. 

Since this is the height of cold and flu season, Parents/Guardians, please make sure your emergency contact information is up to date. 

This is a dynamic situation and information will likely change moving forward.  We encourage you to remain informed about the spread of the coronavirus, and would recommend that you visit the CDC website ( further information as it develops.  We would also encourage you to use this opportunity to remind your students of the importance of getting rest and washing hands, especially during cold and flu season. 

As a best practice for overall health in cold and influenza season, the CDC recommends that individuals receive the influenza vaccination and engage in everyday, preventive measures to prevent the spread of germs and avoid illness, such as:

  • Wash hand frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth, and nose with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. The CDC recommends that individuals remain home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever without medication or signs of a fever (i.e. chills, feeling warm, flushed appearance).  
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately discard the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Take any antiviral medications prescribed to you as instructed.

Thank you for your attention.  Please feel free to contact me for further information and please pass this information along to others.


Dr. Caroline B. Winchester

Monday, March 2, 2020

Domino's Pizza Night Out a HUGE SUCCESS!

Chadron Middle School would like to send a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Domino's Night Out event. Domino's of Chadron donated 25% of all proceeds sold on the selected day and CMS received a check for $447! Domino's also tracked which classroom brought in the most classroom pizza slips. Mrs. Merkel's Block 1A class had the most and they get to enjoy a class pizza party. Thank you again to Domino's and all of the families who made this donation possible.