The RPS Weekly Message

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Dear RPS Parent/Guardian,

This week’s message includes information on the following topics listed below:

District Music Festivals

March RHS Food Distribution

A Brand New Event - RPS 1st Grade Vehicle Day

Ralston Schools Foundation Heart of Learning Nominations

Final Day to Register for Kids’ Culinary Competition - Monday, February 27th

Pre-Kindergarten Enrollment for 2023-2024 School Year Now Open

Kindergarten Orientation Dates and Times

Ram Recognition

District Music Festivals

Save the dates as you don’t want to miss two nights of amazing performances. The District Vocal Music Festival is Thursday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm. Performances include vocal music students from Ralston Middle School, Ralston High School, and Sixth Dimension.

The District Band Festival is Tuesday, March 7th at 7:00 pm. This event brings together all the band students to perform for each other and their families. Scholarship presentations will also be presented to some RHS senior band students.

The District Vocal Music and Band Festivals will be in the gym at Ralston High School. You don’t want to miss either festival!

March RHS Food Distribution

Mark your calendars! Ralston High School will host its monthly food distribution on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. This event is in partnership with the Food Bank of the Heartland.

Families can start to line up in the Ralston High School main parking lot at 4:00 pm. The food distribution starts at 5:00 pm and concludes at 6:00 pm. The address for Ralston High School is 8969 Park Drive.

Ralston High School volunteers will direct individuals on where to park and help with the food distribution.

A Brand New Event - RPS 1st Grade Vehicle Day

Ralston Public Schools is excited about a brand new event just for RPS first-grade students. Vehicle Day is set for Friday, April 14th. This day will provide our first-grade students a chance to hear, see, and touch vehicles used in a wide variety of careers.

Local businesses will be able to showcase their vehicles and share with students a little about their job and how they help others in the community. Vehicle Day will be located in the parking lot on the west side of The Granary, 7401 Main St. in downtown Ralston. More information will be communicated to first-grade families as we get closer to Vehicle Day.

Ralston Schools Foundation Heart of Learning Nominations

It is that time of year to nominate a Ralston educator or staff member for the 2023 Ralston Schools Foundation Heart of Learning Awards.

An award recipient will be selected from each of the following areas:

• Secondary Teacher or Administrator (Grades 7-12)

• Elementary Teacher or Administrator (Grades PreK-6)

• Classified & Certified Support Staff (All levels)

• Ralston Schools Foundation Employee

The criteria for nominating an RPS educator or staff member includes:

• A current staff member of the Ralston Public Schools

• Exemplary excellence in education

• Outstanding leadership skills

• Exemplary contributions to the needs of students

• Notably high standards of performance

• Commitment to the students of the Ralston Public Schools

Please send a nomination letter (paper or email) stating the contributions this person has made to Ralston Public Schools and why you believe they should receive this recognition. Nomination letters will be accepted for individuals, not groups, and must also include the nominee’s name, building, and position.

Nomination(s) must be submitted by Friday, March 10, 2023. Please send your nominations by mail to Katy Core, Ralston Schools Foundation, 8545 Park Drive, Ralston, NE 68127, or by email at

Final Day to Register for Kids’ Culinary Competition - Monday, February 27th

The final day to register for the 10th Annual RPS Kids Can Cook competition is Monday, February 27th.

All you need to do is download and fill out the entry form attached to this newsletter and turn it into your school’s lunch room.

Two students from each school will be selected as finalists, and they will compete in the District contest at Ralston High School in the evening on March 9th. Finalists from each school will be notified on Wednesday, March 1st.

Questions? Contact the RPS Food Service Office at 402-898-3450 or

Pre-Kindergarten Enrollment for 2023-2024 School Year Now Open

Young children who live within the Ralston Public Schools boundaries are eligible to register for Pre-Kindergarten for the 2023-2024 school year.

To find out more information, please visit the District website HERE!

Space for pre-kindergarten is limited, so we recommend applying early. The registrar will contact you once your information and documents are processed to schedule a screener.

An approval letter that includes where your student will attend pre-kindergarten will be sent through the USPS in May.

If you need access to a computer, no problem! Each school and our Central Office (8545 Park Drive) will have one available.

Kindergarten Orientation Dates and Times

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Ram Recognition

Each week in Ram Recognition, Ralston Public Schools will highlight some good news happening across the District.

Ralston High School State Wrestling Champion

Congratulations to Dylen Ritchey on her undefeated season and triple overtime victory for a State Championship in the 135 pound weight class. Dylen is Ralston’s first Girl’s Wrestling state champion and the first wrestling state champion at RHS in the last ten years.

Congratulations is also in order for wrestler Oliviana Medina, who earned a fourth place finish at the State competition in the 120 pound weight class!

Dylen and Oliviana, Ram Nation is so very proud of you!

Ralston High School Cheer and Dance Team

Congratulations to the Ralston High School Cheer and Dance teams! They recently competed at the State competition.

The Cheer team placed fifth in the traditional routine and 11th in the Game day division. It was the first time the cheer team competed in the Game Day division.

The Dance team competed in the Class B Pom category and placed twelfth at state.

Way to go Rams!

Ralston Middle School FIRST LEGO League State Competition Results

Congratulations to our Ralston Middle School FIRST LEGO League who placed fifth in the robot game challenge and earned second place in Robot Design at the State competition. Nice job, Rams!

Ralston High School Football Player Selected to in Shrine Bowl

Congratulations to Ralston High School Senior All-Purpose Back/Cornerback Hudson Holloway on being selected to the South Squad for the 2023 Nebraska Shrine Bowl! Hudson, you will be a great representative for the Rams! (Photo courtesy Nina Kudlacz, RHS Yearbook)

Ralston High School Announces Valedictorians

Ralston High School is proud to announce the Valedictorians for the Class of 2023. Congratulations to RHS seniors Wilson Overfield and Janny Nguyen! They were both surprised with a visit by their families during the official announcement this week! Ram Nation is very proud of the both of you!