Raymond Central Newsletter

March 2018

Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferences

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES . . . for the elementary students are scheduled for March 14 and 15. We will again be using the online system to sign up for conferences called www.ptcfast.com. Please register for one 15 minute conference with your student’s teacher. Dual household families should pick a time when all parents can be present. Registration will open on FRIDAY, MARCH 2. Please go to the link: https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Raymond_Central. Please be patient with the system as the site may need some time for processing your information. If you do not have internet access, please stop by the school office before or after school to use one of our computers to register. Internet access is also available at our local public libraries. We will also post the link on the www.rcentral.org website. A conference time and date will be assigned to families who do not sign up by Friday, March 9. Students from the same family may not have times/dates together. Assigned times will be open time slots left.

Work Scheduled to Begin on N-79 Raymond Road to Valparaiso

In March of 2018, N-79 will be closed and traffic will be detoured to North 14th Street utilizing West Raymond Road and County Road A allowing the contractor to work on grading, culverts, bridges and resurfacing. It is planned to have N-79 open to traffic by December of 2018. Remaining work will carry over into 2019 and will be performed under traffic-maintained conditions.


The Department of Transportation project manager is Robert Sanburn of Lincoln. Motorists can expect delays, reduced speed, and are asked to drive cautiously through construction zones.

Plant Sale Through Janet's Jungle

Raymond Central Public Schools will be hosting its sixth annual Plant Sale! All proceeds from the sale will be used to help fund guest speakers, authors and retreats for students.

Plants can be preordered March 12-April 6. All elementary students will have order forms/packets sent home Tuesday March 13. Orders may also be placed online at the following web address: www.janetsjungle.com. (RCPS is charged a processing fee for online orders.)

Orders can be prepackaged for a $5.00 fee per order form. Families may find this helpful if they are picking up multiple orders. Simply add $5.00 to the total and write “prepackage” below the total. Prepackaged orders will be in the lunchroom to pick up on Saturday, April 29.

The sale and pick up will take place Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 9am-2pm in the Valparaiso Elementary gym. Presold plant orders are guaranteed through 12noon. Plants not picked up will be considered a donation to the open sale.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kendra Carlson or Kris White at 402-784-3301.

Thank you for your support.


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From the Desk of Dr. Joel...

Is anyone else excited to see the cold, snow, ice and wind go away? It is never an ideal situation to cancel or delay the start of school, however, it is important that we provide time for road crews to complete the necessary work to ensure safe travel. Thank you for your support of keeping our students safe on the roads to and from school.


I would like to say THANK YOU to Ceresco students, teachers, and parents for making the most out of their day on Monday, February 19. Omaha Public Power District made it near impossible to determine when power was going to be restored due to issues with ice and wind. When the decision to have school was made, OPPD was reporting power would be restored by 10 AM. Since power did not come back until late afternoon, students and staff at Ceresco had school with no lights, access to technology, or a functional kitchen. As I spent time in the building that morning, both students and teachers were hard at work to ensure no instructional minutes were wasted. It was a day they will never forget and is another example of why Raymond Central is a FANTASTIC school district and one I am proud to be part of.


Once again our nation experienced a tragic incidence of school violence. I know our collective thoughts and prayers are with the students, parents, staff, and community members of Parkland, Florida. Raymond Central’s commitment to provide a safe environment for our students and staff remains a daily priority. In February, the Raymond Central Safety and Crisis Committee attended a Nebraska Department of Education Threat Assessment Workshop. The focus for the committee is to adopt the “I Love You Guys” K-12 standard response protocol. Our goal is to standardize the safety and crisis vocabulary so all stakeholders can understand the response and status of the event. For students, this provides continuity of expectations and actions throughout their educational career. For teachers, this becomes a simpler process to train and drill. For first responders, the common vocabulary and protocols establish a greater predictability that persists through the duration of an incident. Parents can easily understand the practices and can reinforce the protocol. As the district works towards adoption of the “I Love You Guys” protocol, it is important for us to carefully listen to students and emphasize that we are a caring school district and everyone has an important role in maintaining a safe school environment.


If you or your student see or hear something that needs to be reported, please do not hesitate to contact the appropriate school site. The Raymond Central administration and counselors are committed to keeping our students safe and are here to listen when issues arise.


Have a wonderful March,


Dr. Joel

Important Dates for March Activities

March 7th - Spring sports pictures 3:30pm - track, 3:45pm - Baseball

March 12th - District Speech @ RC

March 15th/16th - Malcolm Music Contest

March 15th - Baseball vs DC West - 1st game

March 17th - Track @ Doane - 1st meet

March 17th - Class C All State Honor Band

March 20th - FFA Alumni Article/Labor Sale

March 22nd - State Speech @ Kearney

March 24th - Regional DI @ RC

March 26th - NHS induction ceremony

High School Art

The Scholastic Art Awards of Nebraska, hosted by the Nebraska Art Teachers Association and the Omaha Public Schools, had almost 3,700 entries this year! Just over 30% were chosen by panels of local artists, art professors, and retired art educators. Raymond Central has two students with work in the art show: Thori Nelson won an honorable mention for her color pencil drawing titled Beautiful Diversity and Makenzi Isaac won a silver medal for her portfolio featuring digital photography with a theme of The Wonders of the World Around Us. An awards ceremony will be held in Omaha on February 24, 2018 in the Omaha Public Schools Teacher Administration Center.

Spanish Club Offers Help With Backpack Program

Haley Hain, Alexis Dubas, and Sydnie Blanchard packing backpacks for the Backpack Program.

SkillsUSA Members Visit Elementary Schools

The officer team of Duke, Logan, Taylor, Miranda, Emmett, Josh, and Jett gave mini STEM lessons to each grade and talked about SkillsUSA. Kindergarten-2nd grade focused on science while doing a food coloring experiment and 3rd-5th focused on technology/engineering by building lightbulb circuits. A fun time was had by all!

The More You Know

Traditions of Saint Patrick’s Day:

  • Shamrock shakes from McDonald’s

  • Irish Band Music

  • The snake

  • Corned beef and Cabbage

  • The Leprechaun

  • Shamrocks

  • Wearing green


Facts of Saint Patrick’s Day:

  • St. Patrick stood on a hilltop with only a staff in his hand and banished all the snakes from Ireland

  • Saint Patrick was not even Irish

  • At 16, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders

  • Saint Patrick died on March 17, 461

  • He was honored as the patron Saint of Ireland

  • The celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day with parades began in America

  • The first parade was in New York in 1762

Destination Imagination

Destination Imagination is in full swing for the 2017-18 school year. Starting this year, we are excited to offer sixth graders the opportunity to partake in Destination Imagination.

This year there are two teams that are putting their creative and problem-solving skills to work. There were several challenges to choose from: Scientific, Engineering, Fine Arts, Improv, Service Learning and Technical. These teams have been working on their team building skills as well as working with a budget. Each of the teams get to choose two team choice elements, that show off their interest, skills, areas of strength and special talents. Each challenge has two parts. Part one is the Team Challenge, where the team gives their performance in front of friends and family. Part two is the Instant Challenge, where the team gets a challenge and tries to come up with a quick solution in a short period of time.

The group of girls calling themselves team “Scarlet Guard” ` has chosen the Fine Arts challenge “Change of Tune.” This group of 7th graders must use music and lyrics to tell a story. In this challenge the team must create and present a two-act Musical that tells a story. At some point during their performance, the tune must change and provide a second act. This team has been working diligently on this challenge.

The second team that is being creative and putting their problem-solving skills to the test, is team “5 Musketeers.” This team has chosen the challenge: “Drop Zone”. In this challenge, the team must build a structure using only wood, glue, fishing line and/or latex free rubber bands. The structure has some strict guidelines that must be followed. During their eight-minute performance, free weights will be dropped from a certain height, to see if their structure can handle the impact without breaking under the force. This team has a couple of surprises, they have brought in a couple of Raymond Central 5th graders. This team has also been working diligently on their challenge.

On March 24, 2018, Raymond Central High School will be hosting our regional tournament. Please come and see what these students have accomplished. The competition will start at 9 am and continue through 4 pm. When a team qualifies for the next competition, which will be Affiliate Finals in Kearney at UN-K on April 7, 2018. If a team qualifies for the final step in Destination Imagination, that team will be able to participate at Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee. That competition will be held May 22-26, 2018.

If you see any of these following students, please wish them “good luck” in their upcoming competition.

Team Scarlet Guard

Jaden Kohl 7th

Aleyna Cuttlers 7th

Addison Kottas 7th


Team 5 Musketeers

Ashton Anderson 6th

Blake Richter 6th

Robert Ortiz 6th

Colten Wiese 5th

Caleb Redstrom 5th

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High School Counselor Calendar

March 6th Mini College Fair- JATC Electrical, CUNE, Creative Center, Bryan, UNMC, Northwest Missouri State, Marines

March 9th Deadline to register for April National ACT

March 10th 9-noon Seniors Scholarship Saturday worktime breakfast provided

March 15th Local Scholarships Due

March 21st Transition Fair- more details to come from Mrs. Benes and Ms. Osten

March 28th 8th grade Career Field Trip to UNL East Campus


April 2nd NO SCHOOL Easter break

April 3rd State ACT for juniors at RC (DO NOT MISS SCHOOL)

April 3rd Freshman College Visit

April 3rd Sophomore College Visit

April 3rd Junior High Health Fair

April 3rd Senior Field Trip

April 19th Mini College Fair- JATC Electrical, CUNE, SCC


May 12th Graduation

Dual Credit Registration for Fall 2018

Southeast Community College: Dual Credit Advantage program (options are online, Mrs. Newman- PreCal/Calc, Mrs. Evevoldsen - English Comp) and SENCAP courses (online or Mr. Carriker's courses). Registration will be during study hall in April.

UNL Nebraska NOW- Online only through UNL. Here is the link. https://admissions.unl.edu/specialized-information/nebraska-now/ Through this link you will be able to see the courses they offer. These can change each semester and may still be updated through this summer.


Peru State- online only. https://admissions.unl.edu/specialized-information/nebraska-now/ is the link to their information. They offer the basic general education courses.

John Baylor Test Prep for April 3rd ACT.

All juniors have been signed up for online John Baylor ACT prep. Emails with the link have been send to each student's Raymond Central email, last September. If you don't know the rcentral email you need to see Mr. Marsh. Your password for John Baylor Prep is mustangs17. This ACT Prep has over 10 video lessons in the subject areas regarding the test. Let me know if you have issues logging in once you have accessed the website. http://www.ontocollege.com/ is the link.

Teammates Mentor of the Month

March's Teammates Mentor of the Month is Barb Ohnoutka. She assists with the Pre-K program and has shared some insight on the Teammates program and her experiences with it. When asked what impact Ohnoutka has seen on students and mentors that have joined the program, she responded, "the biggest impact I've seen on the mentees is their improved social skills with peers and adults. I've watched mentees go from being the disrupt-er of the classroom or on the side-lines at recess, to appropriately interacting with their peers and improving in their academics. Mentors are inspired to be a positive role model through the Teammates Program. I believe that when a mentor has the opportunity to be around the mentee and their peers, it enlightens them to the social issues within a classroom and how valuable this program is to kids and Raymond Central."

Ohnoutka elaborated on how Teammates has benefitted her personal life by creating that opportunity to make a career change and become the Pre-K Para for Raymond Central.

Her advice to future mentors is to set aside those ideas to be ready to fix a child, "rather be the ears and heart that the kid needs. Find what the mentee wants to get better at doing and be the catalyst. Be attentive, nonjudgmental, consistent with meetings and you will see that they want to go from surviving to thriving."

Central Cooks

The Central Cooks prepare food throughout the week to sell to staff at the Junior/Senior High school as part of the Culinary class curriculum. The students deliver the food every Wednesday and collect the money. So far the students have made muffins, coffee cake, chocolate covered strawberries, and parfaits. The food items range anywhere from $2- $7. Many teachers have said that they love the time of day that the food comes, the service, and of course, the food.

Kindness Retreat

We are excited about a special day at Raymond Central Elementary on Thursday, March 8, 2018. We are hosting a daylong retreat for all Raymond Central 5th grade students that will focus on the value of kindness. Youth Frontiers, Inc. of Minneapolis will present the retreat. This nonprofit, nonpartisan organization has been delivering programs that improve school climate and strengthen student character for over 20 years. Their vision is to change the way young people treat each other in every hallway, lunch line, and classroom of every school in America by teaching such timeless values as kindness, courage, and respect. We are looking forward to a wonderful day of learning and building our school community. Funding for the Kindness Retreat is provided from the Raymond Central PTO, our annual spring plant sales through Janet’s Jungle and generous private donations.
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