Raymond Central Newsletter

September 2017

New Additions for 6th Grade and Preschool

The 2017 - 2018 school year is off to an exciting start, especially for the students in the new addition to the 7-12th grade building. This year’s Preschool students and 6th grade students are among the first to experience the district’s newest building.

The 6th graders are happy to be in their freshly made classrooms and even enjoy the basics of the building, such as the automatic lights, the air conditioning, and the simple fact that “it’s nice,” said 6th Grader Cody Howell.

Along with the new building comes new technology. Google Chromebooks have recently been purchased for each 6th grade classroom, as well as for the 7th and 8th grade reading teachers’ classrooms. Sixth grader Jaelynn Kliment expressed excitement for the Chromebooks and thinks they are a good purchase for the school because that means less textbooks. Seanna Jensen is also looking forward to the use of the Chromebooks.

When asked what is the most challenging part of 6th grade so far, Jensen said the subject of Math and Madi Leise said the use of the new lockers. Mr. Kenning, a 6th grade teacher, indicated that the students are adjusting well to being in their new surroundings and are not intimidated by being at a larger school with older students.

Mrs. Barry, the Preschool teacher, is also excited about her new role in the district and the impact it will have on our communities. She says the addition “has been a great space for these kids to learn, play, and grow in thus far.”

Currently the Preschool runs a Monday/Wednesday program as well as a Tuesday/Thursday program where preschoolers are in attendance from 8:45 am to 3:00 pm. Their days consist of small group time, large group time, reading, outdoor recess, music and movement, along with many other activities.

Mrs. Barry has high hopes for her students to develop a “solid base of social, cognitive, academic, and fine and gross motor skills that will continue to grow for years to come” and also hopes it is a positive first schooling experience.

Homecoming Royalty

Candidates: Ashley Heyen, Kylee Jones, Holly Komenda, Mine Nacke, Cicely Pickel, Madison Stover. Nate Boyd, Jett Burklund, Jackson Fowler, Emmett Hughes, Duke Nelson, Tucker Randall.

Dress-Up Days:

Tuesday, 9/5: Fratastic Day (dress like someone in a fraternity or sorority)

Wednesday, 9/6: Movie Character Day

Thursday, 9/7: Color Day (JH-Gold, 9th-White, 10th-Purple, 11th-Red, 12th-Black, Staff-Blue)

Friday, 9/8: Mustang Spirit Day

Crowning Ceremony:

Friday, September 8th at 6:30 pm followed by Homecoming Football Game against DC West.

Raymond Central Counseling Center 2017-2018

September 4th No School

September 9th National ACT Test

September 12th Mini College Fair – Doane University, Concordia University, Southeast Community College, Chadron State College, Army, Wayne State, Nebraska Wesleyan

September 18th Josten’s rep to visit 10th and 12th graders

September 18th Apply to College Day for Seniors

September 20th Deadline to Sign up & pay for PSAT (10th and 11th grade)

September 20th Education Quest Financial Aid Presentation 9am with Seniors

September 22nd Registration for Oct. ACT

September 27th Parent Teacher Conferences 4-8pm, 6:30-7pm 11th and 12th grade Parent meeting (job shadows, senior file, college applications, FAFSA, graduation and any other questions)

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. National Suicide Prevention week is September 10 – 16, 2017, beginning with World Suicide Prevention day on the 10th. Suicide is a very serious and very real problem with our youth. Spreading awareness is the first step to helping this problem.

In Nebraska….

  • In Nebraska, suicide is the 1st leading cause of death for ages*

  • 10 - 14 years & 2nd leading cause of death for ages 15 - 24 years*

  • 270 male and 61 female youth, ages 10-24, died by suicide in Nebraska between 2005 - 2014. *

*2015 Reports from Center for Disease Control

Warning signs that we look for in school.

  • changes in school performance (e.g. grades, attendance)

  • changes in mood

  • complaints of illness

  • increased disciplinary problems at school

  • problems experienced at home or family situations (stress, trauma, divorce, substance abuse, poverty, domestic violence)

  • communication from teachers about problems at school

  • dealing with existing mental health concerns

Some warning signs may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change.

  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little

  • Pulling away from people and things

  • Having low or no energy

  • Feeling numb or like nothing matters

  • Having unexplained aches and pains

  • Feeling helpless or hopeless

  • Smoking, drinking, or using drugs

  • Feeling unusually confused or forgetful; on edge, angry, or upset; or worried and scared

  • Fighting with family and friends

  • Unable to get ride of troubling thoughts and memories

  • Thinking of hurting or killing yourself or someone else

  • Unable to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to school or work

Suicide Prevention Awareness Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273- TALK (8255)

Everyone should have this number on hand in case there is ever an emergency with yourself or someone you love.

National Suicide Prevention Chatline


Safe Place: 1-888-290-7233

Project Safe Place provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for young people in crisis


You would not hesitate to call this number if someone else’s life was in danger… don’t hesitate to call for your own life.

Suicide is a topic that is very difficult for everyone but if we can be aware of the warning signs for others, for ourselves, we might be able to save a life. If you ever have questions or concerns about a student, please contact Ms. Osten. My most important job at school is to help students/families with emotional concerns.

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PowerSchool for Grades 7-12

PowerSchool is the system we use to keep grades, track attendance, and house student demographics. Teachers will use PowerSchool to enter all grades, missing assignments and notes about your student. For you to access PowerSchool to monitor your student’s grades and progress please set up your own account. Use the following instructions to set up your own PowerSchool account.

Parents when you first enroll students in the district, you will receive an access letter with your student’s Access ID and Access Password. Those will be used to set up your parent account so you can check lunch balances, grades and attendance. The letter is mailed after the start of the school year with the address that was given in the geographic information.

Go to the school website. Under the For Parents tab, select Forms & Documents. Find the Miscellaneous section, the last two links will walk you through the process.http://www.rcentral.org/for-parents/forms/

How to Create PowerSchool Parent Account document and you can watch a How to Configure PowerSchool for Your Mobile App video.

Questions are to be directed to Jim Marsh at 402.785.2685 or jmarsh@rentral.org.

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Highway 79 Closing

Work Scheduled to Begin on N-79 Raymond Road to Valparaiso August 30, 2017 (Lincoln, Neb.) — Weather permitting, work is scheduled to begin September 5 on N-79, starting at Raymond Road and continues north for 8.5 miles to Valparaiso, according to the Nebraska Department of Transportation.

Pavers Companies, of Waverly Nebraska, is the prime contractor for this $11.6 million project. Work includes construction of a temporary road to maintain N-79 traffic while the highway bridge north of County Road A is removed and replaced. Culvert work will be done along West Rock Creek Road. Tree removal and grading along with other culvert work will occur at various locations throughout the project. County Road A will be closed for a short time while the contractor is building the new County Road A intersection for the temporary road. N-79 will remain open this fall and winter with some lane closures that will be maintained by flaggers. The speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph on the temporary road. 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. #NDOT#

6-12th Grade Yearbooks

To order a yearbook for grades 7-12 for this school year, please send payment to the highschool 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, 2017

$50 per yearbook from January 1, 2018 to May 20, 2018

If you have multiple children in grades 7-12 and would like more than one yearbook (must order by check to receive these prices):

$75 for two yearbooks until December 31, 2017 -- $80 after January 1, 2018

$110 for three yearbooks until December 31, 2017 -- $120 after January 1, 2018

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