Tiger Tales 2.0

Cheyenne Wells School District Re-5

Released May 14, 2019

|Composed by the Newspaper Club of Cheyenne County School District Re-5

Volume 1, Issue 5

This is your place to learn about all of the latest events and activities our students and school are involved in. If you need more information, please look at the school website www.cheyennesd.net or call 719-767-5656.

Kaci Chadwick

She was born on January 8, in Lamar, Colorado. Her sibling is Perry Chadwick. She enjoys playing sports and decorating cakes. You can find Kaci eating her favorite food, Chicken Alfredo and washing it down with a Dr. Pepper. The person she admires most is her mom because “she has made me the person I am today, supports, me with everything I do, and pushes me to do my best.” When asked to describe her class, she says they are different, outgoing, and complementary. When asked about graduating, she is excited to see what the future holds and is ready to graduate. In the future Kaci plans to go to college and play volleyball and get her Bachelor's Degree in Business. Looking back, her favorite memory of high school is being able to play sports with her best friends, seeing how far they made it in the seasons, and making friends throughout the year.

Jade Cozart

On a warm summer day, Jade Cozart was welcomed into the world. He was born on June 30, in Lamar, Colorado. His parents are Billie and Ray Cozart. Jade was quickly on the move so he could keep up with his older brother Jermiah. From a young age, Jade loved sports, especially wrestling and football. These passions developed into his hobbies once he was in junior high and high school. If Jade had to pick a favorite food, it would be hot wings and his favorite drink is Red Bull. When asked who he admires the most, he said Jason Hall because he is an all around good guy who is always fun to be around. If you know Cozart, he is not always a man of many words so it was no surprise when he described his class as interesting. Graduation day is fast approaching, however Jade feels that it is about time. His plans for his future are to become an electrician. Looking back at high school his favorite memory would be his senior year.

Morgan Cunningham

Tammy Smith and Mike Cunningham welcomed a baby girl on June 16 and named her Morgan. She has one younger brother. Morgan enjoys many things but does not have any hobbies. Morgan loves food and will eat anything but seafood. When asked who she admires the most, she said herself because there is only one of her. Morgan would describe her class as exciting and she is thrilled to graduate. In the future, she is not sure exactly what she wants to do; however, she is very excited to be graduating.

Shiloh Gribble

Shiloh Gribble was born in Lamar, Colorado on January 8. Her parents are Milton and Jennifer Gribble. She has two siblings, Zoey and Milton Jr. Her hobbies include reading, writing, drawing, and fixing electronics. When Shiloh needs to relax, you can find her enjoying her hobbies and her favorite food, oatmeal. Dr. Pepper is her drink of choice. Shiloh admires her mom the most. When asked to describe her class, she said it is "something else". Shiloh is not sure how to feel about graduating but in the future, she plans to attend college. In high school, her favorite memory was when she met her best friend, Ashley Sims.

Dallas Snow

On October 8, Dallas Snow was born. She was welcomed into this world by her mom, Anne White, in Canon City, Colorado. After Dallas, came three more girls; Erin, Casie, and Bailey. If Dallas has free time, you can find her doing one of her many hobbies: driving around while listening to music, playing pool, going to thrift stores, photography, and writing. Dallas' favorite food is breakfast burritos smothered in green chili and her favorite drinks are Monster and lemonade. When asked who she admires the most, she said her mom. Her mother has taught her about life and shaped her into the person she is today. She also admires Carmen Tarleton because she is a huge inspiration in her life. She has taught her that no matter what life throws at you, you just have to smile through it and stay relentlessly positive. When asked about her class, she says it consists of seven VERY different individuals. They all like very different things but get along great and work well together. She will forever cherish their laughs. Graduation day is a Red Letter Day for her because she will be the first person in her family to graduate. That achievement makes her feel overwhelmed with excitement and nervous for graduation. Looking back, Dallas will miss all the memories made. In the future, she plans to attend The University of South Dakota and major in nursing.

Madison Weed

Madison Weed was welcomed into the world on May 18, 2001. She was born in Colorado Springs to Greg and Angie Weed. Welcoming Madie home was her older sister, Baylee. A few years later another sister, Ella, joined the family. When Madie is not at school she enjoys being active, traveling, and going on adventures. Madie is not very picky. She enjoys a refreshing glass of water and if she had to pick, her favorite food is chocolate. When asked who she admires the most, she said her parents. She credits them for always setting a good example and supporting her no matter what. Madie said her class is unique because they are all different but get along well. She is feeling nervous and excited about graduation. In the fall, Madie will be off to attend Regis University to study nursing. Madie has had a wonderful high school experience being involved, trying new things, and making new friends.

What is a tornado's favorite game?


STUCO's Annual Community Service Project

By Clay Brown

A few weeks ago, the Student Council started working on the south side of the school. This area was formerly known as the Outdoor Classroom. They are going to pick weeds, redo the pond, and clean up the area. Their intention is to make a place where students can go to relax. Eventually, they want to add benches, tables, and expand the garden they made. Over the summer, each STUCO member will tend and take care of the garden for a week at a time. Next year’s STUCO members, including the newly elected officers Kyle Nelson, Taylor Spangle, and Brandon Noe, will help to continue the project. Hopefully in the years to come, this will be a great place for students to use.

Boa Consrictor has Entered the Building!

By Clay Brown

On Thursday, April 18th, the Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Opolsky, had her brother bring in a Caribbean Boa Constrictor for the elementary to see. It was in the Kindergarten room when he brought it in. He educated us about its habitat, prey, length, weight, and its lifespan. It was a really interesting thing to experience. After we learned about it, we were even able to touch it if we wanted to. Then after a thorough hand cleaning, the classes went back to their rooms.

State FBLA

The Cheyenne Wells Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) club has a long tradition of accomplishment. Over the years, the different events have changed but the success of our school has not. This success is not limited to a competition, it translates into the members future. "FBLA-PBA inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences"- mission statement. Because the focus of FBLA is future development there are a variety of different categories that students can compete in. Some of these include speech, broadcast journalism, social media campaigns, accounting tests, agribusiness, economics, and so much more. The variety of different competitions encourages students with different skill sets to compete.

At the district competition, 18 FBLA members went to compete in La Junta. After the long day, 13 of those members placed in the top five, many of them placing in more than one event. Those placings qualified the participants to attend the state FBLA conference in Denver from April 22 to 24. Many students did well in their events; however, we only had three students qualify to go to state. The team of Wyatt Ball, Preston Hernandez, and Taylor Spangle placed third out of all of the teams in management and information systems. In this competition, they will present different scenarios which can include how to keep businesses up to date on technology, ways to maximize profits, and effective ways to handle shipping. These students will hopefully be able to attend the National FBLA Conference in San Antonio, Texas from June 28 to July 2. Congratulations to all of the FBLA members.

Recycling With 7 Mindsets

The school has been doing The “Live to Give” Mindset and have been recycling trash as part of the 7 Mindsets. They also have been doing a paper about finding ways to volunteer 10 times. They would color a letter each time they volunteered and would explain what they did. This is a great way for children and people to help each other and help the environment. After students colored in the “Live to Give” paper, they turned it into their teachers. The students who completed and turned in their papers were tasked with taking the recycling to the recycle bins. They loaded it up on a Monday and made the trip across town. Of course since they were close, they did manage to stop and take a needed break at the park. After a little play time, the students, Mrs. Osborn, Mrs. Larsen, and Mrs. Bogenhagen, made the trip back. The experience was a memorable one for the students. Hopefully they will continue to "Live to Give". This is one of the many great mindsets we have in the school that everyone in the school is trying to live by.

By: Aliyah and Kallie

Elementary Track Meet

Elementary Field Day

On a cold May day, the annual elementary field day was held. Each student had to pick 2 field events and 2 running events. Kindergarten and first grade could pick from: long jump, softball throw, the 50 meter dash, the 75 meter dash, 100 meter dash, the 200 meter dash. Second and third grade could pick from the same field events but also high jump. The running events included the same choices with an addition of the 400 meter dash. Fourth and fifth grade chose from all three field events. The running events they had to choose from were the 50 meter dash, 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash and 400 meter dash. Each child was also part of a relay. Mrs. Noe had the students practicing for these different events the last few weeks in P.E. The practice paid off for the Tigers. They had many high placings and most importantly enjoyed themselves. The great experience was made possible by Mrs. Noe who organized it with the help of Kit Carson and Plainview. While the weather was not ideal, the day was still fun.

By: Kallie Ball and Roxy Unruh

Kindergarten and First Grade Field Trip

On May 1, two brave teachers and 36 excited students boarded the big yellow bus to Pueblo. The cold morning saw the bus leave town, followed by many parents who helped chaperone. The clouds cleared and it proved to be a good day to see the Pueblo Zoo. Once they arrived, students broke up into groups in order to see the zoo better. Many of the children loved seeing the zebras, tigers, and marine animals. They learned about different animal habitats, pet care, animal food, and other basic information on animals. There was a special treat set up for the students called “Animal Encounters”. They got to pet three animals including a three banded armadillo and a chinchilla. After a long day at the zoo, it was time to board the bus and head home. On the way home, the kids got to enjoy some ice cream. It was a great day and will be well remembered by all the students.

By Roxy Unruh and Aliyah Muth

Kindergarten Robots!

Are you interested in coding and robots? If so, you’re in luck because our kindergarten teacher got a grant for coding next year and a few Ozobots for the school. Ms. Opolsky went on April 8 to a training in order to figure out how to implement this technology. The training was provided by the BOCES in Limon. On Thursday, April 18, the kindergarten class made their own recycling paths which matched the 7 Mindsets "Live to Give" recycling activity. The children colored in codes that the bottom of the robot detected. There is a special sensor on the bottom of it, so they can read the color code and follow a certain path. While this was challenging for the students, many of them had fun using their brain power and problem solving. The fifth and sixth graders are now incorporating them into their writing. They wrote a mystery, recorded it, posted it on a class website, and then made a story map for the Ozobot to follow as the story is listened to. These have been a great addition to the amazing technology we have at the school.

By: Roxy Unruh

What did the tree wear to the pool party?

Swimming trunks!

The Second and Third Grade Field Trip

This year, Mrs. Larsen and Miss Ruch took the second and third graders on a field trip to the Denver Aquarium. They watched a shark presentation, got to take a tour of the aquarium, and saw a tiger.The second and third graders got to vote where they would go for their class field trip and they chose the aquarium. The classes’ favorite animals were the stingrays and manta rays which they got to feed and pet. They learned that there were a lot of sea creatures in the world. When they had lunch, they had to go on the bus because it was raining outside. On the way home, they got to do something special and go to McDonald's to get ice cream. A second grader was quoted at the end saying, “This is the best day ever!”

The next day however, would not disappoint for the students in second and third grade. Their teachers decided to expand more on their learning adventures and set up morning centers all about sea life. One center was about sharks and how they float and swim in the ocean. They completed a word search and a graphic organizer "All About My Field Trip". Another station was reading along with a book about marine biology on the EPIC app. The last station was manned by two 5th graders, Oaklee Mitchek and Aubry Carroll. They taught the different groups how to fold and make origami sharks and whales. After a long field trip, a day of reflecting on their adventure and learning was just what the students needed.

By: Aliyah Muth

Random Selfie Interviews

Do you know all 146 preschool - 8th graders, 35 high schoolers, or more than 40 staff members that are all part of Cheyenne County School District Re-5? Well in order to better know everyone involved in the district, we have started to randomly pick one elementary student, one junior high or high school student, and one staff member to interview every issue. Once the interview is completed, a selfie is taken of the interviewer and interviewee.

Random Selfie Interview

What is your name?

Oaklee Mitchek

What is your grade/age?

I am in 5th grade and am 11 years old

What is your favorite school lunch?

Mac and Cheese

What is your favorite part of school?


What do you want to be when you grow up?

I don't know yet but I would like to be a professional mermaid or/an artist.

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

Canada or Hawaii

If you could have a superpower what would it be? Why?

I would make the world a better place.

How do you make the world a better place?

To tell people to be who they are and spread lots of kindness

Our Selfie:

What is your name?

Tracie Ball.

What is your grade/ age?


What is your favorite school lunch?

Chicken noodles.

What is your favorite part of school?

The kids.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A nurse.

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?


If you could have a super power, what would it be?

Mind reading because you know what people are thinking.

How would you make the world a better place?

Being honest.

Our selfie:

Random Selfie Interview

What is your name?

Wyatt Gibbs

What is your grade/age?

10th grade

What is your favorite school lunch?

BBQ pork on bun

What is your favorite part of school?

All of it

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A U.S marine

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?


If you could have a superpower what would it be? Why?

Telepathy. To control people.

How do you make the world a better place?

Won’t Litter

Our selfie

How can you tell the ocean is friendly?

It waves.

High School Track

The track season is winding down. The team this year consists of five girls and eight boys for a total of 13; almost half of the high school. This year, like many, has been difficult because of the weather. This has also posed a problem with many of the athletes playing baseball. The Springfield track meet would prove to be a successful one for many of the athletes. For the girls, Reece Unruh placed 3rd in the 100 and 200 meter dash. Madie Weed placed 6th in the shotput and Kaci Chadwick placed 6th in the triple jump, 5th in the discus, and 7th in the high jump. The boys also had a tough meet. Quade Pelton placed 2nd in the high jump with a jump of 5'10", 5th in the long jump and 8th in the triple jump. Senior, Dawson Worley, placed 6th in both the discus and shot. Brandon Noe ran the long distance races for the Tigers. He finished 4th in the mile and 3rd in the 2 mile. Rounding out the placings was Evan Worley with a 6th place finish in the 300 meter hurdles.

May 4th was also a good outing for the Tigers. They traveled to the Tri League meet on the Saturday. Reece improved her time to take away a first place finish in the 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash. In the field events, Reece placed 3rd in the shot put with a throw of 32'2". Kaci would also find her way to the placings. She got 4th place in the triple and high jump. For the boys, they had a first place showing in high jump from Quade with a jump of 5'11". He also placed 4th in the long jump, and Kyle placed 5th. Brandon Noe placed first. He managed to beat out the competition in the mile with a time of 5:27:41. His two mile time was impressive and broke the old school record which was previously held by Dace Ball. Dawson had a good day throwing. He placed 3rd in the discus and 4th in the shot put. In the running events for the boys, Evan placed 3rd in the 300 meter hurdles and Kyle placed 6th in the 200 meter dash.

When asked about the season, Mrs. Chadwick said, "the season has been challenging at time getting quality practices in, but the athletes have improved this year and we are really seeing some personal records set."

State track takes place May 16-18 in Lakewood. On Monday, May 13, the qualifiers were announced for state. The top 10 in field events qualify and the top 12 in running events qualify. On the girls side, Reece Unruh will be running the 100 and 200. In the field events, Madie Weed will be throwing the shot put. As for the boys, Dawson Worley will throw the shot put, Quade Pelton wil long and triple jump, and Brandon Noe will run the two mile. Good luck athletes. We are proud of you.

What kind of hair do oceans have?


4th Grade Field Trip

In the last week of school, 4th grade is going to the the Denver Museum of Nature and Science Planetarium. They are going to City Park for lunch. Haven Rodriguez and Kallie Ball wrote a letter to Mrs. Chadwick, their teacher, asking if they could go to a planetarium and she said yes. What sparked that thought was they were studying space in science. So now they get to go on a very fun field trip.

The schedule is:

Bus time: 7:00 a.m

Planetarium: 10:00 a.m

Lunch at park: 11:00-1:00

Home: 4:00

By: Kallie Ball


Elementary, Junior High, and High School do NWEA. This is a national test that is taken three times a year; beginning, middle, and end. Since this test is used by schools all over the nation, we can see where our children rank in different subjects compared to the national average. The scores are used to get a baseline of where the children are and how teachers can best help the students. When the scores are broken down, teachers see where a student's strong point is and where he/she might need the most support. The tests they take vary by grade level, but can include language, science, reading, and math. The teachers look at these final scores to see how the students improved throughout the year. This data will also help teachers plan for their students next year. We saw a lot of improvement for the elementary students who have taken the tests. Many of them have been rewarded with notes home and extra P.E. for their efforts. The junior high and high school are gearing up to take their portion of the NWEA.

By Lily Fusselman

6th Grade Career Day 2019

On April 24, the 6th grade class went to Goodland for a career fair. This is an event hosted by Northwest Kansas Technical College. The purpose of this event is to get students to start thinking about their careers and explore the different options. "At the 6th grade level, college and career readiness is an academic standard. This event helps meet those standards," Mrs. Osborn said. Before the event, the teachers are sent a list of all the different booths they can visit. All of the different booths are manned by volunteers in that profession. After arriving at the college, they were greeted and told about the day with all of the other schools. That is when the adventure began. Some of the different places students visited were technology, photo editing, and gaming. Others visited carpentry, electricity, engineering, and welding. The students split up into groups to learn about different career paths. When asked about their experience, the sixth graders said that their experience was a positive one. After the career fair, and stress of planning their futures, the 6th graders ate lunch and had a quick play at the park before their return home. While 12 years old might be a little young to know what your future career might be, it does not hurt to gain knowledge about all the various jobs that are out there. It will be fun to see where this great group of sixth graders choose to take their futures.

Blast From The Past

Junior High Track

The junior high track season drew to a close on May 3. It was a beautiful day in Cheyenne Wells to end the season. With the home field advantage, the Tigers really clawed their way to not only their personal bests, but also their team best. Mr. Muth has been very impressed with the track athletes this year. Their drive and determination to set new personal records and be a team is very inspiring. Already this season we have seen many previous records broken and Friday would be no different. Some of these records had been set earlier this season and were broken on this last track meet. The girls team would dominate the competition and came out in first place. This group of dedicated athletes will undoubtedly be fun to watch in the future.

New Records Broken


New Record Previous Record

400 Carson Noe 1:01.94 Kendall Pelton 1:03.34

4x4 Blake Gilmore, Ty Scheler, Dace Ball, Kyle Eickleberry, Craig Smith, Kendall Pelton 4:25.

Perry Chadwick, Carson Noe 4:23.21


200: Paige Ryser 29.13 Skylar Ziegler 29.8

400: Paige Ryser 1:06.39 Shaylee Scheler 1:07

800: Paige Ryser 2:45 Rhiley Unruh 2:54

3200: Kaylee Gerstner 15:33 Kaylee Frank 17:04

100 Hurdles: Shaylee Scheler 17.64 Kea Martin 20.36

200 Hurdles: Shaylee Scheler 32.25 Kea Martin 36.35

Long Jump: Kaylee Gerstner, Savanna Worley 13'1 Karla Esquivel 12'7

Triple Jump: Kaylee Gerstner (Tied Record) 28'7 Kendra Noe 28'7

4x1: Kenzie Brossman, Kassadee Dickey 55.89 Skylar Ziegler, Sierra Williams 59.37

Savannah Worley, Shaylee Scheler Kendra Noe, Nikki Wilms

4x2: Kenzie Brossman, Makayla Brossman 2:03.14 Kenzie Brossman, Paige Ryser, 2:04.78

Kassadee Dickey, Paige Ryser Savannah Worley, Shaylee Scheler

Medley: Savannah Worley, Makayla Brossman 2:05.64 Kassadee Dickey, Kenzie Brossman, 2:08.81

Paige Ryser, Shaylee Scheler Makayla Brossman, Paige Ryser

Great job junior high! We are proud of you!

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High School Baseball

On the April 19, Cheyenne Wells Baseball team suffered two losses against Granada. The next game is going to be against McClave on the 26 of April, which was the last regular season game. The Tigers unfortunately lost this close game 6 to 4. The following week the boys went on to district play. On Monday, April 29, the Tigers drove to Granada to take on one of the best teams in the state. While the Tigers put up good effort, the loss lead to them playing the waiting game. After the rest of the games were played, the team learned that their RPI rankings would qualify them for regional play against Corner Stone Christian. The team played on Saturday, May 11, in Johnstown. They ended up losing, putting an end to their season.

By Aliyah Muth

Tiger Baseball Pep Rally

World Book Day

The school was invaded by cats, crayons, barn animals, letters, and even whales on stilts. Don't worry about this invasion though, it was only because elementary dressed in costumes. On April 18, the Preschool through 5th grade got to dress up like book characters. Each class picked a specific book, and the entire class made costumes. Mrs. Specht organized it and the teachers and students embraced the day. She also helped the teachers make costumes for the classes. It was a very fun day and a great way to celebrate reading.

Preschool: Clifford

Kindergarten: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

1st grade: Pete the Cat

2nd grade: The Day the Crayons Quit

3rd grade: Skippy John Jones

4th grade: Charlotte's Web

5th grade: Whales on Stilts

By: Kallie Ball

2nd Grade

The Day the Crayons Quit

3rd Grade

Skippy John Jones

4th Grade

Charlette's Web

5th Grade

Whales on Stilts


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

1st Grade

Pete the Cat

What kind of bow can’t be tied?

A rainbow!

Let's Celebrate!

We are lucky to have such great students and staff, so we would like to recognize them.

  • Congratulations to the seniors on their upcoming graduation
  • All of the elementary students on their performances during the track meet
  • Girls’ golf for placing at regionals and going to state
  • Brandon Noe who broke the school record in the two mile
  • Mr. Miller for receiving an award from CHSAA for his service to the students and sports activity program in the state of Colorado
  • Great job to all of the FBLA members for competing in the state competition.
  • Way to go Wyatt Ball, Preston Hernandez, and Taylor Spangle for placing 3rd in Management Information Systems at state FBLA
  • Wonderful job Shilo Gribble for placing in the top 10 in American Enterprise Project at state FBLA
  • The new high school STUCO officers are Kyle Nelson, Taylor Spangle, and Brandon Noe
  • Great year to the preschoolers who recently graduated
  • All of the amazing artwork we have in the school
  • The new Ozobots the school received
  • Way to go Ms. Opolsky and Mr. Geiger for receiving a grant that will teach coding next year
  • The wonderful track season
  • The baseball team making it to regionals

How do hurricanes see?

With one eye!

  • 5/10/19 track in Burlington
  • 5/11/19 track in Limon
  • 5/11/19 baseball regionals in TBD
  • 5/13/19 High School Honors Night
  • 5/14/19 Spring Sports Athletic Banquet
  • 5/15/19 5th and 6th grade field trip to Denver
  • 5/15/19 FFA Chapter Banquet
  • 5/18/19 - 5/23/19 Senior Trip
  • 5/23/19 Last Day of School
  • 5/25/19 High School Graduation
  • 5/21/19 4th Grade Field Trip to Denver
  • 5/22/19 5th and 6th Grade Science Fair
  • 5/23/19 Junior High Honors Night

*All events are subject to change

What you can look for in the next edition . . .

  • Field Trips
  • Honors Night
  • Athletic Banquet
  • State Track
  • Staff Farewells
  • Science Fair
  • Fun Day
  • Graduation
  • More Blasts From the Past
  • End of Year Awards

The Newspaper Club has some great ideas that they are excited to add each month so stay tuned.


The Newspaper Club has been asked if we would be willing to advertise for businesses. We would be willing to place small advertisements throughout the Tiger Tales for a donation. If you would like to learn more about this, please contact Ashton Mitchek for the paperwork.

Do you want to help celebrate our school?

This newspaper is compiled by our staff and students in their spare time to inform the public about our school and showcase what our students are doing. Our hopes are to release stories monthly to our readers, so please feel free to share this electronic source. Also, if you have any article ideas or if you would like to help, please let us know by contacting Ashton Mitchek at 767-5656 or finding a member of the Newspaper Club. We look forward to hearing from you.

Students who helped with this newspaper: 5th Grade - Roxy Unruh, Zoey Gribble, Lily Fusselman, Clay Brown, Aliyah Muth and Tennyson Jackson, and 4th Grade - Kallie Ball and Hannah Gilmore Editor: Ashton Mitchek. Reviewed by: Mary Jo Tallman, Kelsey Roberts, and Nancy Larsen. Also, we would like to thank everyone who contributed with information and pictures.

Thank you for all of your support.