Raymond Central Newsletter

December 2018

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From the Desk of Dr. Joel...

Happy December RC Nation,


Thanks to cell phone picture technology, I was sent a photo from December 2017 that showed the Joel family meeting with Santa at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo wearing sweatshirts. One year later we were all wearing winter coats and snow gear cleaning off the driveway. I hope the first week of December’s weather pattern is not indicative of what is coming for the remainder of winter.


Thank you to all stakeholders who participated in the AdvancED accreditation site visit process. A lot of work went into preparing for the visit and compiling district data for the external team to review. The AdvancED external site visit team was made up of a lead evaluator from Louisiana, an assistant evaluator from Omaha Public Schools, a team member from Florida and a team member from western Nebraska. Overall, the initial feedback came back positive in regards to the work we are performing through our district mission statement, core values, and collective commitments. It is always great to receive feedback in regards to the work we do on a daily basis and also feedback for continuous improvement. Thank you again for making Raymond Central a great place to live and learn.


As part of our continuous improvement process, the Board of Education utilizes a 360 Superintendent Evaluation. Raymond Central has worked collaboratively with the Nebraska Association of School Boards (NASB) to accomplish this task. Thank you for completing a brief survey that was sent randomly to administrators, staff, parents/guardians, students and community members as your voice is a pivotal component in the process. All survey data will be complied by NASB and then shared with the Raymond Central BOE before the December BOE meeting. The purpose of the 360 process is to provide the Superintendent with constructive feedback relating to their goals and performance each year as Superintendent. Keeping the process open and transparent is extremely important, please call the district office with any questions or concerns.


As a result of last year’s feedback from the 360 evaluation, Raymond Central is looking to create opportunities to partner with local stakeholders to be part of the strategic planning process. For this, Raymond Central is forming a community facility and maintenance committee. The purpose of this committee is to review the RC facilities strategic plan, growth patterns, and resources to better understand our needs as a district. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please email Cheryl Rieck (crieck@rcentral.org), district office executive assistant. The first committee meeting will held late January or early February.


Have a fantastic December. Go Mustangs!


Dr. Joel, Superintendent


Upcoming Vocal & Instrumental Concerts

The K-2 Vocal & 5th Grade Instrumental Concert will be Tuesday, December 4 at 6:30 PM in the High School Gym.


The 7th-12th Vocal & 6th-12th Instrumental Concert will be Tuesday, December 11 at 6:30 PM in the High School Gym

Yearbooks for Grades 6-12

To order a yearbook for grades 6-12 for this school year, please send payment to the high school OR you may order online at www.walsworthyearbooks.com, selecting Buy a Yearbook or Ad and then searching for Raymond Central.


Pricing is as follows:


$40 per yearbook until December 31, 2018

$50 per yearbook from January 1, 2019 to May 20, 2019


If you have multiple children in grades 6-12 and would like more than one yearbook:

$75 for two yearbooks until December 31, 2018 -- $80 after January 1, 2019 (use code 2Yearbooks online)

$110 for three yearbooks until December 31, 2018 -- $120 after January 1, 2019 (use code 3Yearbooks online)



Senior Ads and Business Ads


Have a child graduating in May 2019? Or own/manage a business that should be advertised in the yearbook? Pricing for both is as follows:


¼ page for $25

½ page for $50

Full page for $100


Both ads should be ordered and sent to Ms. Johnson by April 25th, 2019 to ensure there is adequate space.


Cash and check payments (payable to Raymond Central) can be given to Ms. Johnson or the office.


Contact Ms. Johnson at caijohns@rcentral.org or 402-785-2685 Ext. 210 with any yearbook or advertisement questions or concerns.


Second Chance Prom

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2018 Back to School Challenge - TeamMates

The Raymond Central TeamMates Mentoring Program is looking for enthusiastic, positive role models to make a difference in the lives of young people in our community. Matches in TeamMates meet once a week at school to play board games, work on projects, or simply to talk. Pay your mentoring experience forward and join the team. One visit a week can make a lifelong impact. If you enjoy working with youth or know someone who would be willing to give 30 minutes of his or her time once a week, visit Teammates.org to learn more and please contact Kristine White at krwhite@rcentral.org for information on how to become a mentor.

Important Dates for Activities in December

Monday Dec 3rd - District FFA LSE's

Friday Dec 7th - WR dual tourney home 5pm

Friday Dec 7th - State one-act @ Norfolk

Tuesday Dec 11th - 6th-12th Vocal and Winter Concert 6:30pm

Saturday Dec 22nd - Wednesday Dec 26th - NSAA moratorium: all gyms closed

Friday Dec 28th and Saturday Dec 29th - GBB/BBB Holiday tourney @ Lincoln Lutheran