Raymond Central Public Schools

February 2019

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From the Desk of Dr. Joel...

Who is ready for spring? Over the last few weeks we have experienced all possible weather conditions: ice, snow, wind, and negative wind chills. Some say we are still waiting for a storm that will drop at least 8 inches of snow, but let's cross our fingers that does not happen. As a district, student safety is our number one priority when making weather based decisions for our school day. Depending upon the forecast, we try to make a decision no later than 5:30 AM the day of, however, we prefer to make a call the night before. An updated calendar will be published and shared when winter is over in regard to the last day of school.

The Raymond Central Board of Education invites you to one or more community forums in the next few months. These community forums will focus on conversations that lead to the creation of Raymond Central’s Vision 2025. Our overarching mission and vision of Raymond Central Public Schools is our commitment to providing a positive, challenging learning environment which prepares each individual student to be a responsible citizen in an ever-changing society. Vision 2025 will define what Raymond Central education needs to be for every student. It is not only a plan, but a call to action. As a district, we need a plan of action to ensure our students are leaving RC with the knowledge and skills to compete in a global marketplace.

At the community forum, we will ask all stakeholders to think about the following… What if the job our students aspire today is no longer an option when it comes time to graduate? How can we train students for jobs that don’t exist yet? Ten years ago a social media manager or mobile app developer would have seemed like imaginary job titles. With our pace of life, the World Economic Forum estimates 65% of our children today will end up in careers that don’t even exist yet. The overarching question is how do we prepare students for a future job market we can’t predict?

To prepare yourself for the upcoming roundtable conversation, the same three questions will be asked at each location to serve as a guide to the creation of Vision 2025.

  • What is different for you now compared to 10-20 years ago?

  • In regards to what you see different, what do you believe are two action solutions and what is the school and personnel role in the solution?

  • What skills do you want our kids to graduate Raymond Central with as a foundation to their future?

Mark your calendars for one (or more) of the following dates and locations.

  • Valparaiso - Tuesday, February 12 - 6:30 PM @ Val Elementary

  • Raymond - Wednesday, March 20 - 6:30 PM @ Raymond Fire Barn

  • Ceresco - Wednesday, April 17 - 6:30 PM @ Ceresco Elementary School

  • Davey - Wednesday, May 1 - 6:30 PM @ Davey Community Center

  • Final Meeting - TBD @ the Jr/Sr High School

We have a lot to be proud of as community members, students, and staff of Raymond Central Public Schools. It is the goal of RC to create a plan for the future to maximize our current and future resources to become the premier school district in the state of Nebraska. Please join the School Board in creating Vision 2025!

Go Mustangs!

Dr. Joel, Superintendent

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Important Activity Dates

Feb 2nd - State WR Dual tourney TBD

Feb 4th - Pops Concert 6:30pm

Feb 4th - 8th: FBLA Week

Feb 8th - Senior night GBB/BBB/Cheer/Dance

Feb 8th/9th - District WR @ Aurora

Feb 11th/12th/14th - Sub-district GBB @ TBD

Feb 14th-16th - State WR @ Omaha

Feb 16th - NCC Speech @ RC

Feb 18th/19th/21st - Sub-district BBB @ TBD

Feb 22nd - GBB district final @ TBD

Feb 23rd - DI Regionals @ Columbus

Feb 23rd - FFA Alumni Meal - Buresh hall

Feb 25th - 1st day of practice for track and field, baseball, soccer

Feb 25th - BBB district final @ TBD

Feb 26th - FFA District CDE @ Columbus

Feb 28th - March 2nd: State GBB @ Lincoln

Blood Drive

Student Council will be putting on the Blood Drive on Thursday, February 21st from 10 AM - 3 PM.

2019 RC Community Female 6 on 6 Volleyball Tournament

Teams can be formed from Alumni, RC Parents, RC Staff, and RC spouses of Alumni.

The tournament will be held on Saturday, March 30th starting at 9am. Please begin arriving 8:30 to check in. Cost is $20 a player and this will include a t-shirt. The tournament schedule will depend on the number of teams and graduation year of all athletes. All proceeds will go to the RC High School Volleyball Team.

You can register as a team or register as an individual and we will help with placing you on teams closest to your graduation year.

Questions: Please contact Tasha Osten at tosten@rcentral.org or Andrea Rockemann at arockem@rcentral.org

-$20 due that day or can be mailed in with registration. Checks payable to RC Volleyball.

- Team and individual registrations are due March 1st. We will get the tournament schedule set and email it out the schedule to all players once registrations are processed.

Use the individual or team registration below or sign up via our google form.


Please mail all sign-up sheet to Raymond Central High School c/o Tasha Osten

1800 W. Agnew Rd

Raymond, NE 68428

Destination Imagination

RC DESTINATION IMAGINATION is getting ready for their first competition. The teams have been working diligently on their challenges, coming up with a very unique solution. This year's teams have chosen the challenges of "Monster Effect" and "Game On."

The challenge of Monster Effect, team(s) build a structure that can hold weights. While the team performs a skit, a special effect that uses technical methods has to suddenly make a monster appear. The team is to get as many weights on their structure and then remove as many as they can, all during an eight minute time limit.

The Game On challenge, team(s) need to build a container that will hold everything they will need for their performance. Once they start their performance, the container will go through a transformation during the presentation. They also have a "game gizmo" that will cause one or more actions/events during their presentation. This performance has an eight minute time limit as well.

Each team has to present two choice elements. These are to show the appraisers the team's skills, areas of strength, interests, and talents.

Our first competition is February 23, 2019 at Columbus Middle School; Columbus, NE. If a team qualifies for state/affiliate finals, that competition is April 6, 2019 at UN-K in Kearney, NE The final competition for Destination Imagination is Global Finals, which held in Kansas City, Mo., May 21 - 25, 2019.

Here are the following students and their teams:


Blake Richter 7th grade

Gabe Benes 8th grade

Luke Tvrdy 7th grade

Ashton Anderson 7th grade


Sava Hitz 6th grade

Quincy Cotters 6th grade

Lennox Mai 6th grade

James Lui 6th grade

Jacey Hofpar 6th grade


Khrynn Vasa 6th grade

Alli Miller 6th grade

Colten Wiese 6th grade

Inara Maxwell 6th grade

Sarah Lange 6th grade


Gavin Becker 6th grade

Caleb Redstrom 6th grade

Liam Tvrdy 6th grade


Aleyna Cuttlers 8th grade

Addison Kottas 8th grade

Heather Lange 8th grade

Rachel Bos 8th grade

Jaden Kohl 8th grade

If you see any of these students, wish them good luck!!

PTO Announcements

The February PTO meeting will be held Tuesday, February 5 - at 7:00 p.m. at Valparaiso Elementary. All Raymond Central PTO parents are welcome to attend!


Family Fun Night will be held on Saturday, February 2, 7-9 p.m. at the Fallbrook YMCA. Students will have access to the swimming pool, both gyms and the game room. PTO is also requesting families to donate any gently used clothes for Schoola. PTO will box the clothing and send it in for you.


For TWO weeks in February, Fazoli’s on N 27th in Lincoln will be donating back 20% of Raymond Central patrons dining receipts to assist with spring field trips and other PTO events.

Dine day or night February 6-20 and present their voucher upon payment. The VOUCHER MUST BE PRESENTED for our school to receive credit. Feel free to make copies and hand out to family and friends!

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