Raymond Central Public Schools
From the Desk of the Superintendent...
On January 3rd, staff gathered at the Jr/Sr Campus to participate in Reunification training and state required Suicide Awareness Training. Both of these training sessions helped us to focus on how we can protect our students and keep them safe. Parents/guardians are probably aware that Raymond Central Public Schools (and most schools in the State of Nebraska) utilize the I Love You Guys standard response protocol (SRP) for crisis response. By standardizing the language and the practices during a crisis, it is easier for all stakeholders (law enforcement, emergency rescue, fire departments, other school personnel, etc.) to provide better support during an incident. Standard Response Protocol is a uniform, planned and practiced response to an incident. At the end of this message there is a poster that describes the five specific actions that could be deployed in response to an incident. If a circumstance should arise at the school that requires parents to pick students up in a formalized and controlled release, we would use a process called Reunification. Additionally, there is a poster at the end of this message that describes Reunification. Click on the links titled: Standard Reunification Method and Standard Response Protocol.
Kevin Kavan, former State Patrol Officer and currently the Safety and Security Director for Fremont Public Schools, assisted in presenting the I Love You Guys standardized reunification process. Raymond Central Public Schools has identified Sts. Mary and Joseph Catholic Church in Valparaiso as our district reunification site. Mr. Kavan led our staff through a brief role playing exercise that helped to create a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of personnel during reunification and how the reunification process should work. It is important that parents/guardians are aware of what they can expect from the District in a crisis response situation and to be aware of how you should respond as a parent/guardian during an incident.
There are a variety of facility and transportation upgrades that are in the works in Mustang Nation. As you know, we received a Clean Diesel grant which fully covered the cost of an electric bus and 50% of the charging station that was installed. The electric bus is anticipated to be delivered in mid February. Some patrons have expressed concerns to me regarding the safety of an electric bus. Omaha Truck Company hosted a seminar that included representatives from Thomas Bus and from Protera. Thomas shared data regarding EV buses and Portera did the same regarding the battery that is in the Thomas EV buses. We gained a lot of information and insight at this meeting. These EV buses have been on the road for many years in other parts of our nation. There are more than 30 million miles on these buses with not a single case of a thermal event. The Thomas bus uses a Protera battery which contains 20,000 separate cells within the battery to promote safety. The lifespan of the battery should exceed the life of the bus. This is the same battery that has been used in motor coach vehicles for years. These batteries are very different from those that might be found in electric cars. We are excited to get this electric bus in our fleet to evaluate the performance of the bus.
Some of the facility improvements that are being undertaken this spring and through the summer include: heat pump replacements in Valparaiso, keyless door entry at Ceresco and Valparaiso, replacement pager system in Valparaiso and Jr/Sr High which would allow for paging across all three campuses from the phone system, new carpeting in Valparaiso, replacing the sound system at the football/track field, adding solid surfaces to Ceresco and Valparaiso main playgrounds, upgraded lighting on Ceresco exterior, new stage mats in the competition gym at the Jr/Sr campus, and two new backboards, shot clock and safety straps in the competition gym.
As we move into the second semester, parents/guardians are reminded to keep a positive lunch balance in your child’s/children’s lunch accounts. You can use the online payment mechanism or you can send money with your child for their lunch accounts. Parents/guardians will be getting email and text reminders if lunch accounts are not in good standing.
Additionally, the free/reduced lunch forms can be accessed through our website under the parent tab or you can call the school office for a hard copy of these forms. We encourage families to apply as the school does receive a variety of federal support grants based on our free/reduced lunch participation.
Teammates Note from Secretary Lori Maxwell
In January, National Mentoring Month was celebrated, and now in February, it's Nebraska Mentoring Month. TeamMates is a program that matches screened and trained mentors with students in grades 3-12. The mentors and mentees meet once a week for 30-60 minutes at the mentee's school, building a long-term relationship that ideally lasts until the mentee graduates from high school. If you have any questions about mentor eligibility, please contact the TeamMates Central Office at (402) 390-8326, Kris White at (402)-784-3301 or (402)-665-3651, or Tasha Osten at (402)-785-2685.
On Friday, February 2, Raymond Central TeamMates mentors and mentees will be recognized at the Raymond Central Columbus Lakeview basketball game. If you see someone in a TeamMates shirt, thank them for their commitment and ask how you can become a mentor.
Here are some comments from mentors about their experience with TeamMates:
- "This is my fourth mentee… I feel more hopeful about young people after spending time with them."
- "I enjoy it; it makes me feel good, and I hope I am making a difference."
And here are some comments from mentees about being in TeamMates:
- "The TeamMates organization provides an important relationship in your life. My TeamMate mentor has helped me grow into the person I am today."
- "The best thing is being able to talk and play games."
In April, Raymond Central TeamMates will celebrate their graduating mentees with a special event, where scholarship recipients will also be recognized.
RC TeamMates Board Secretary and mentor
There is a lot happening on any given day at Raymond Central. It is easy to focus on what is happening right now, or next week, and fail to remember that today is built on a lot of yesterdays. Raymond Central has a rich history, and it is important to recognize that.
Recently, I was browsing senior yearbook photos which are electronically on display outside the Main Gym. Many of these pages include a class motto. Here are just a few samples:
To accomplish great things we must not only act but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. – Class of 1976
Do not follow where the path leads, but rather where there is no path and leave a trail. – Class of 1980
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed unless it is faced. – Class of 1982
The common theme in many of the class mottos includes a readiness, and willingness, to move forward and accept challenges. This is a heritage we should be proud of, and encourage in our current and future students.
Learning and growth are not passive experiences. True learning takes effort, persistence, focus, and consistency. Growth does not happen quickly or by chance. It happens through patient effort.
My desire is that students that will graduate this year, and in years to come, will enthusiastically embrace the challenges of life for which we are helping to prepare them. I hope the class motto of 2024 will be just as inspiring as those of past years. Even more, I hope they live out those ideals each day.
I want to express my thanks to the alumni of Raymond Central Public Schools. We should appreciate the path created by those that went before us. Their example can inspire us to reach for new heights.
Dual Credit Information Night
New courses in dual credit science are in the works! Make sure you can attend and learn more about all the current and NEW offerings.
We are hosting our annual Dual Credit/College Credit Night in the Raymond Central High School Commons. This will be on Tuesday, February 27th at 6:00 pm starting with the meal. Presentations will start at 6:30 pm. College Representatives from UNL, Doane University, Bryan College of Health Sciences, Southeast Community College and Peru State College have been invited. Information from Metro and Northeast CC will also be available.
RSVP is required so I can order food by Feb. 22nd. Please RSVP at this link:https://forms.gle/StfJi5sQLUt1641q9
If you want to explore what we already offer please see the School Counseling Landing Page on our website and check out the Dual Credit Opportunities.
We offer Dual Credit or College Credit courses starting in 10th grade for those who meet the qualifying standards per each course.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Congratulations, Dance Team!
Congratulations to the Competition Dance Team at two competitions in January. Below are the places they earned.
Ralston Competition - January 20th
Pom - 4th Place
Jazz - 5th Place
Heartland Competition - January 21st
Pom - 3rd Place
Jazz - 5th Place
- The HS Pops Concert has been moved to Thursday, February 22nd. It is still at 6:30pm in the HS Main Gym and is open to the public! This year's theme is "Decades Pop Tunes!
- Tuesday, February 6th is "All Are Welcome" Pep Band! 6-8 band students, Parents, Alumni, and Staff are welcome to join the HS band during the girls and boys basketball games. We'll play short, easier, fun songs, and all are welcome to come late / leave early. Join us if you can!
- 8 HS Students were selected to the Conference Honor Band on March 4th! They will participate in an all day rehearsal and concert with students throughout our conference. Congratulations to them!
- Bailey Skeahan, Flute
- Emma Pytlik, Flute
- Rosalie Tvrdy, Clarinet
- Marissa Jensen, Clarinet
- Lilly Bartels, Alto Saxophone
- Josie Hain, Tenor Saxophone
- Grace Reed, Horn
- Robert Ortiz, Euphonium
- Stay Tuned for our upcoming music concerts:
- HS Pops Concert: Thursday, February 22nd
- 6-8 Spring Concert: Thursday, April 25th
- HS Spring Concert: Tuesday, April 30th
- 3-5 Spring Concert: Tuesday, May 7th
Blood Drive Information
Raymond Central is hosting its second blood drive of 2023-2024 with Nebraska Community Blood Bank. NCBB is the local supplier of blood in our community and is partnered with many hospitals in Southeastern & Central Nebraska.
This blood drive will also help raise scholarship funds for Raymond Central High School students and all presenting donors will receive a FREE T-SHIRT!
If you are interested in donating with us on Thursday, February 29th please see the flyer attached on how to sign up.
Who can donate?
Open to parents and community members.
Students 15 years of age and younger are ineligible for donation.
Students 16 years of age must turn in a parent consent form to Ms. Starner prior to the blood drive to donate. (Please see below for parental consent form.)
Students 17 years and older can donate without parental consent.
For more questions on eligibility visit ncbb.org
Where is RCHS blood drive?
Donations will take place on the bloodmobile that will be parked outside of the Raymond Central JH/HS.
Raymond Central Public Schools and the Nebraska Community Blood Bank thanks you for your time, support & donations.
February T-Shirt Orders
YEARBOOK! Get your YEARBOOK!
Raymond Central District!!
The yearbook showcases EVERY student from Preschool to graduating seniors. This is our third year adding the whole district into our book and we are perfecting it every year.
Ordering is still available! Forms are available below!
Prices have now increased to the second semester prices. Yearbooks are $70 each. No discounts are available during second semester.
Order yours today!!
Diesel Technician Camp
Experience the Day in the Life of a Platte Valley Equipment Service Technician at our TK One Day Camp!
This is for all sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in a future as a Diesel Technician!
The camp will consist of 20-minute theory classroom sessions followed by hands-on work in the shop. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided by LATC. Platte Valley Equipment will be providing transportation for students, this arrangement aims to make travel easier and allow for more one-on-one time with the student (parents/guardians are also welcome to attend with their student.)
Spots are very limited!! Apply HERE and we will be in contact with you as soon as possible. Registration deadline is April 1st. If you would like additional information, please let me know and I can send material your way!