Longhorn Notes

A newsletter for the Kimball Jr/Sr High School Community

October 21, 2020

Longhorn Country

In this edition, we are highlighting Longhorn Country, our new ranch system at the Jr/Sr High School. We will also share information about our Students of the Month and Students of the Quarter.

Ranch System

This year, we wanted to create an environment where every student can belong. We realize not all students are involved in extra curricular activities and we also recognize that coming to the Jr/Sr High School as a 7th grader can be a bit intimidating. As we researched what other schools have done, we found many schools use a house system. Students are grouped by houses with a house name, crest, colors, etc. Through the year, students earn points for their house based on their academic progress, extra curricular activities and other accomplishments. Because we are Longhorn Country, we felt it more fitting to call our system by ranch names rather than houses.


Before school started, we reached out to seniors to see if there was interest in being a ranch manager (prefect for you Harry Potter fans). With over 160 students, we decided to create 8 ranches. The ranch managers then selected 8th-12th grade students for each of their ranches. In addition, each ranch was also comprised of at least two staff members. Because we wanted to create a special celebration for the 7th graders, they weren't placed in a ranch at the beginning of school.


During September, the ranches met to determine their ranch names, ranch brands, ranch chants and ranch colors. Mrs. Wheeler's Plasma Cam class then created brands for each ranch. Throughout the year, the ranches will have monthly challenges where their ranch can earn points. Our August challenge was Zoom Karaoke and our September challenge centered around Constitution Day. Each ranch was tasked with creating a poster representing the contents of our US Constitution.


On Tuesday, October 13th, we were ready to conduct our sorting ceremony called The Stampede. The 7th graders were seated in the center of the gym floor as each ranch made its entrance. Take a look at a couple of our ranches entering The Stampede:

After the ranch introductions, we began our ceremony. Each ranch manager took their turn welcoming their new 7th grade members to their ranch. Each student's name was announced and each student was 'branded' with their new ranch brand (don't worry parents - the brand was dipped in washable paint). Following their introduction, the 7th graders were then welcomed to their new ranch with their ranch chant. Here's a video with ranch manager Gideon Casimiro welcoming Jayden Buanteo to his ranch.
Below is a collage of pictures that were taken during the branding ceremony. Everyone had a great time!
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The Stampede wrapped up with our October ranch challenge - mummy races!

Ladies and Gentlemen...I'd like to introduce you to our Longhorn Country Ranches!!

Almosta Ranch

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The Almosta Ranch is led by ranch manager Gideon Casimiro. Their ranch colors are Maroon and Light Blue.

Hidden Valley Ranch

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The Hidden Valley Ranch is led by Corey Gardner. Their ranch colors are lime green and navy blue.

Blazing Pitchforks Ranch

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The Flaming Pitchfork Ranch is led by Christian Allen-Van Pelt. Their ranch colors are orange, yellow and silver.

Callow Cattle Ranch

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The Callow Cattle Ranch is led by Katie Heeg. Their colors are Pink and Silver.

Growling Grizzlies Ranch

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The Growling Grizzly Ranch is led by Samantha Bemis. Their colors are black and gold.

Buffalo Ridge Ranch

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The Buffalo Ridge Ranch is led by Melai Casimiro. Their colors are navy blue and gold.

Whispering Winds Ranch

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The Whispering Winds Ranch is led by Ashlynn Guzman. Their colors are blue and black.

Speed Goat Ranch

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The Speed Goat Ranch is led by Cole Henton. Their colors are turquoise and silver.

High School Students of the Quarter

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Our high school students of the quarter for the first quarter of the 20-21 school year are (left to right): Ethan Ratzlaff (Senior), Ashlynn White (freshman), Jessica Terrill (freshman), Roy Tarango Trevizo (junior), Trey Schindler (sophomore) and Meadow Vickery (junior). These students were nominated by their teachers because of their great attitudes and leadership. They have earned a lunch out with two teachers of their choice. They selected Mrs. Wheeler and Mr. Maas.

Junior High Students of the Quarter

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Our junior high students of the quarter for the first quarter of the 20-21 school year are (from left to right): Samuel Anderson, Aubrey Culek, Lexie Bryson, Trevor Fuss, Patrick Howard and Shaedyn Trussell. They were selected by their teachers because of the their great work ethic and positive attitudes. They have earned a lunch out with Mr. Brashear (our school guidance counselor) and the teacher of their choice. They selected Mrs. Heidemann.

Wolf September Student of the Month - Maria Burris

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Maria is the daughter of Paul and Rebecca Burris and is the youngest of six kids and an aunt of five nephews and three nieces. She likes to hunt, fish, read, spend time with family, and perform in her spare time. Maria has lettered in both band and choir, and has also participated in honor band and honor choir for three years, and is striving to letter and participate in honor bands and choirs this year as well. She also participated in speech her junior year. Maria has also been a recipient of the president's education award since fifth grade.


Maria grew up on the western slope of Colorado in a small town by the name of Crawford where she spent her childhood hunting, fishing and hiking in the mountains with her family.

Maria attends the Gering Church Of Christ and youth group at Evangelical Free Church. She plans to attend Chadron State College majoring in music education. She hopes to one day become a high school band director.


Maria would like her friends, family, teachers, and coaches to know that she is thankful for all of them and that she appreciates everything they have done for her to help her get where she is today.


Maria will now be eligible for the Wolf Scholarship.

Lions Club September Student of the Month - Christian Allen-Van Pelt

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Christian Allen-VanPelt is the son of Crystal VanPelt-Sieren and Chris Sieren. Christian has participated in a variety of activities throughout high school. He has been a starter on the football team for four years, serving as captain his junior and senior years. He was selected as All Conference Honorable Mention as a sophomore and All Conference Team as a junior. He played basketball for one year and ran track for three years. Christian has been a member of choir and show choir for four years. He has also been an active member of many student organizations including Kimball Prevention Collation and the Superintendent Advisory Board. Christian has served as a peer mentor to students at Mary Lynch Elementary for two years. Christian has been student council president for the last two years. He has worked to help create the new Longhorn Ranch project, serving as a student leader. Christian works hard to include the ideas of all students to build a fun atmosphere for everyone.


Christian is unsure where he wants to continue his education but plans to continue his football career at the collegiate level.


Christian will receive a $35 gift certificate from the Lion's Club and is now eligible for a $500 Lion's Club Student of the Month Scholarship to be presented yearly to one of the "making a difference" winners.

Now that our first quarter is in the books and I reflect back over the last 9 weeks, I am so proud of our teachers, staff, students, parents and community for all of the effort that has been made to keep us in school in-person. I can speak for all of our school community - we are tired of Covid and all of the extra precautions that go with it, but we are all willing to do what it takes to stay in school! While it has been far from a normal start to the school year, we are staying positive and looking forward to facing whatever challenges await in the second quarter! Go Longhorns!!
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  • Monday and Tuesday, October 26th and 27th - Volleyball Subdistricts
  • Saturday, October 30th - Junior High Wrestling @ Banner County at 9:00 am
  • Thursday, November 5th - Junior High Girls Basketball @ Bridgeport at 3:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 12th - Junior High Wrestling @ Hemingford at 10:00 am
  • Monday, November 16th - Junior High Wrestling @ home
  • Thursday, November 19th - Junior High Girls Basketball @ home at 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday-Sunday, November 25th-29th - Thanksgiving Break

Kimball Jr/Sr High School - Serving Kimball's Future!