Chadron Middle School will complete fall MAPS testing on October 12th-22nd. We will try a new test schedule this year to take advantage of the block schedule. Each class will use two blocks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon to complete two tests in one day. Students in each class will be finished testing in two days, which is much fast than we've been able to do in the past. Please find the testing schedule below and if you have any questions, please let Mr. Dressel know
7th grade students will have health screenings on October 16th. The screening includes: height, weight, BMI, blood pressure, vision, dental, and hearing. The health screenings are required by the state. Please see the letter below from the school nurses for more information. If you have any questions please contact the middle school at 432-0708.
On Saturday, October 3rd, a blustery and chilly fall day, students in Mrs. Mahr's 5th and 6th grade choir class performed three songs at the Chadron Fall Festival. The students did an excellent job! Thank you to all of the parents for brining your student(s) to the performance. We hope that the kids had a great time.
The 5th-12 grade vocal music concert will take place on October 29th at 7 PM in the High School Auditorium. We are looking forward to some great performances!
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Below is some interesting information that compares Nebraska Public Schools to the rest of the United States. Nebraska public schools are out performing the rest of the nation on the NAPE, graduation rates, percent of students taking the ACT, ACT composite scores, average class sizes, and teachers with 20-years or more experience in the classroom. All of this data is good news for Nebraska students!
On September 24th, 5th grade students in Mrs. Dickerson's music class honored area veterans at the Honor Flight Send Off Celebration that was held at the American Legion in Chadron. Students have been working hard in music class to prepare the three songs that they sang: "Nifty Fifity", "Our Nation", and "Proud of Our Veterans." Our students did a fantastic job singing the songs and they were very respectful throughout the ceremony.
To support the effort of the Chadron Public Schools' Board of Education and the Office of the Superintendent, I thought I'd share this information. The Chadron School Board has been very active in educating the public as well as political leaders of the challenges in fairly funding schools across the state. The following is a summary of information sent to media outlets recently on behalf of our Superintendent with the support of our School Board.
September 2015 Submitted by Mr. Mack, Chadron High School Principal
Chadron Property Tax and School Funding Challenges
Last Friday, September 11th, marked the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania . To honor the men and women that died on that tragic day, 150 of Mrs. Mahr's choir students honored America by singing "The Star Spangled Banner" on the CMS Stage. Thank you, kids for doing such a good job!
On Friday, September 11th, 31 CMS 5th graders participated in the annual 5th Grade Fun Night. Students started the night with a scavenger hunt that is designed to help the 5th graders learn their way around the school. During the scavenger hunt, students work in teams of 3 and 4 to find things around the building.
Chadron Middle School will host Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, September 17th from 2:00-8:00 in the CMS Gym. CMS will have a 1:30 dismissal on that day to accommodate the conferences. Please note only the middle school has a 1:30 dismissal on that day. CMS, along with the rest of the district, will have a 1:30 dismissal on Friday, September 18th.
Highlights include: increased 5th grade reading scores for the second year in a row, 6th and 8th grade reading scores that exceed state averages, strong math scores, and science and writing scores that exceed state averages.
On August 25th, Chadron Middle School celebrated the official grand opening of its new playground with students, parents and friends. Students participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Chadron Chamber of Commerce and then enjoyed hotdogs, chips, and drinks before taking their parents into the school to show them around and meet teachers.
Picture day for CMS will be next Tuesday, September 1st. Lifetouch will take pictures again this year of all students and staff. Picture information packets will be provided for students to pick up at the office. Orders can also be placed online. If ordering with a packet, students should bring their completed packet and money on picture day and give it to the photographer.
Well, the first three days of the 2015-16 school year are in the books and I think that we had a great start! The Grab and Go Breakfast was a huge success! We had and average of 49.6% of our student body participate during the first three days, which is fantastic! I hope that the kids enjoyed the opportunity to grab a quick snack and that it helped sustain them during their morning classes.
Thank you for attending the back to school student/parent orientations this week. The turn out at all three meetings was spectacular! I hope that you found the meetings informational and that they helped get you and your child ready for the start of a new school year. I greatly appreciate your flexibility and patience in dealing with all of the venue changes as well as the hot and crowded rooms. If you any questions or concerns, please let me know.
The CMS gym floor is not finished, so we are going to begin the 5th grade orientation in the Primary School gym at 5:30. You can park on the east side of the middle school and enter the Primary School through the east door. There will be a 40-minute informational meeting and then students will pick up their locks and schedules before heading over to the middle school to check things out.
This dress code video was produced by Natron County School District, but it provides a good example of the Chadron's dress code guidelines too. If you have a chance, please watch it. Thank you!