News from School

Chatfield Student and Parent Update

CHS Band to Honor Veterans at Upcoming Concert

The CHS Band will be presenting their first concert of the school year to honor veterans in our community and Nation. The concert is scheduled for Thursday, November 10 at 7:00 pm. A reschedule date of Tuesday, November 15 has been set in case the concert conflicts with a playoff game for the volleyball or football team.

The Veterans Day concert features both the high school and middle school ensembles. The students will be performing a variety of musical selections fitting for the occasion. The concert will end with an Armed Services medley and veterans are encouraged to stand and be acknowledged when the band plays their branch's marchpast/song. The concert is a free event and all community members, especially veterans and their families, are welcome to attend.

Throughout the fall the CHS band has provided musical support and spirit for the volleyball and football teams. Beginning with the Western Days Parade, the band has also performed both indoor and outdoor marching programs.

Thank you for your support of music education.

Go, Gophers!

Eric Nelson

Principal, Chatfield High School

Key Upcoming Dates


T, November 8 - Election Day (no evening events)

W-F, November 23-25 - Thanksgiving Break (no school)


Th, December 1 - Last day of Trimester One

F, December 2 - Teacher workshop (no school)

M, December 5 - Trimester Two begins

December 23-January 2 - Winter Break (no school)

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8

Next week will be the first opportunity for some of our seniors to engage in voting. Click here for information about polling locations.

There will be no CHS evening events on Election Day.

Chatfield FFA Continues History of Success

Last week the Chatfield chapter of the National FFA Organization sent a team of students to the National Conference in Indianapolis. Chatfield FFA was named a 3-Star chapter for the sixth year in a row- the highest award a chapter can receive. The Crops team ranked Silver and Lillian Hanson, Josie Koenigs, and Ann Borgen all ranked Gold as individuals.

Row one (left to right): Ramie Johnson (12), Ann Borgen (CHS Class of 2022), Lillian Hanson (12), Josie Koenigs (12). Row two: Tim Willette (staff), Tadyn Burnett (11), Nevaeh Crowson (12), Abby Matzke (11), Ella Sexton (12), Megan Drogemuller (10), and Stacy Fritz (staff).

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Athletics Schedule for the Week of October 31

Tuesday, November 1st

7:30 Varsity Volleyball at Mayo Civic vs LaCrescent-Hokah

Thursday, November 3rd

7:30 Varsity Volleyball at Mayo Civic (with a win on Tuesday)

Friday, November 4th

7:00 Varsity Football Section Final vs Caledonia at Kasson Mantorville HS

Saturday, November 5th

TBD State Cross Country at St. Olaf College

Volleyball Advances in Sections

Athlete Profile: Tatum Allen

Last spring Tatum Allen (12) was part of the State Championship Chatfield softball team. Since then her focus has been of volleyball. She and Kara Goetzinger (12) have provided senior leadership to a very young team. Photo (left to right) Kara Goetzinger and Tatum Allen

Q: The success of the volleyball team has surprised some people after graduating so many seniors last spring. How did you approach the year knowing that so many people were going to need to step up into big roles?

A: We approached this year with an open mindset. Our team knew there would be big roles to fill but we as a team became determined on our own to fill those roles and make them even better. We set goals in the beginning of the year, that seemed impossible, to make us work harder and work together.

Q: What was the best moment of the season, so far?

A: The best moment for me was when we came back against Rushford-Peterson after losing the first two sets and won. It was a moment for our team when we realized that we can come back from anything if we just work together. We did not let those first two losses determine the rest of that game.

Q: You are always at the center of the student section for football games. In return, the guys are always an enthusiastic cheering section for volleyball. How much does that support from your classmates mean to you when you are competing?

A: We use the fans' energy to base off our own energy. With a smaller bench this year the fans have played a huge role in getting us pumped up and pushing us through that game. They put a smile on our faces and even our coaches’ faces which impacts our team hugely.

Q: Last June you were a part of Chatfield's state championship softball team. How has that success impacted your approach to your other sport?

A: The success from softball made me realize it's possible with any team. Our volleyball team is just as determined as our softball team was, which makes me excited to see where we go in the playoffs. Our team meshes so well together, which is so important when we play harder teams.

Six Chatfield Runners Awarded All Conference Honors

Six of the members of Chatfield's cross country team were awarded All Conference honors at the conference meet. Pictured (left to right) are Charlotte Oeltjen (10), Ella Bakken (10), Lexi Kivimagi (8), Gabe Erding (12), Aletta Strande (12), and Treyton Lanning (12).

Aletta Strande and Lexi Kivimagi will represent Section 1 and Chatfield High school at the Minnesota State High School League's State Meet on Saturday, November 5. Good luck to both of you!

Gopher Football to Play Caledonia for Trip to State

Tickets for the Section 1AA Championship game at Kasson Mantorville can be purchased online using this link. Tickets will also be sold at the complex but the lines are expected to be long.

Athlete Profile: Carter Daniels

Carter Daniels (12) played a significant role in last week's section victory over Goodhue. Carter is a tough-nosed defender with great instincts. He occasionally plays offense and always seems to contribute when provided an opportunity. This week I interviewed Carter and asked about football and being a big CHS volleyball fan. Photo by Sam Clemens

Q: On Friday you will be playing for a spot in the state tournament. How much does last year's championship success help you to prepare for another playoff run?

A: It motivates us to win state again and to prove to the people we didn't just get lucky. It also helps knowing how we were down a few times in state and fought adversity to come back and win.

Q:This year's team includes a large number of seniors. How do you try to develop your younger teammates so the tradition of winning continues after you graduate?

A: We are constantly pushing them in the weight room. We also have them on scout team and it makes them realize they're a part of this team and they know where they need to be.

Q: Last year you recovered a monstrous scoop and score in the state tournament. What do you remember most about that play?

A: I remember seeing Campbell [Berge] and Grady [Schott] chasing him down and I ran up to help them in case they missed him. As I was going to help I just happened to be at the right place and right time and catch the ball in perfect stride to score my first touchdown of the year.

Q: You are always part of the student section at volleyball games. What are the keys to having a great student section?

A: Be loud and have fun. The volleyball team is at our games to cheer and support us, so its only fair if we do the same to them.

Prior Information

Items below were included in earlier editions of News from School

These items are intended for reference purposes

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Fall Athletic Schedules

A listing of competitions for all levels can be found here. Be sure to check back frequently as events are frequently rescheduled due to weather. Streaming links can be found here.

Best of luck to our athletes in cross country, football and volleyball!

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Prep Bowl Date Change

"Prep Bowl participants will wait an additional week to play for a football championship after the Minnesota State High School League’s Executive Committee of the Board of Directors today approved the move to Dec. 2-3, 2022, for the seven-game series at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis" (MSHSL, 8/2/2022).

This change is the result of the NFL adding a Thanksgiving game to the Viking's schedule. The facility will not be ready for its normal Friday and Saturday dates for the football championship games.

2022-23 Daily Schedule

The daily schedule for M, T, Th, and F is found below. The Wednesday schedule will look almost identical but will replace the Access Time with a late start.
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About Chatfield High School

Chatfield High School is an incredible place for all students to learn and grow. CHS has enjoyed a long-standing reputation of excellence that is built on high expectations for our students and staff. It is our mission to create a caring and supportive environment where each student is inspired every day. We can do this best by knowing them as learners and individuals, recognizing their skills and motivations, and pushing them to excel. At CHS, students are encouraged to take ownership of their learning while exploring their interests and finding their passions.

The Chatfield Gophers are the reigning MSHSL Champions in Football and Softball.

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