Raymond Central Newsletter
Multicultural Night 11/3/17
Blood Drive 11/10/17
Important Dates for Activities
First day of winter practice: Monday Nov 13th
Fall Athletic sports banquet: Friday Nov 17th 6:30pm in commons
Conference One-Act: Nov 20th
Thanksgiving Break: Nov 22, 23, 24
Public One-Act Performance: Nov 27th
First day of winter competition: Thursday Nov 30th
District One-Act: Friday Dec 1st @ Milford
State One-Act: Friday Dec 8th @ Norfolk
From the Desk of Superintendent Dr. Derrick Joel….
Farming Then and Now by Helen Andelt
Starting in 1956 at the age of eleven, Tom Trutna began helping his father farm. Technology has changed farming a lot over the last sixty years.
When Tom started farming, he had a tractor and a combine that you needed to steer yourself. He now has tractors and combines that steer themselves. He also has a planter that will change the population according to the soil type, and a combine that gives the moisture of the grain, and the yield per acre as you are harvesting.
Tom as a younger farmer spent much of his time preparing his fields for planting. Many hours were spent pulling the plow, disc, and the harrow. Once the planting was done, many more hours were spent listing the corn to make ridges, go deviling, harrowing the ridges down, and cultivating twice, all with two row equipment.
Back then also, Tom had a lot of livestock. Chores took up another large portion of his day. Tom would need to milk the cows, take water to the stock cows, feed the pigs, sheep, and chickens. At different times in the year, butchering of the animals would be another farm job that would need to be done. Tom now has no livestock.
The crops that Trutna planted when he first began have changed tremendously. Corn, grain sorghum, sorgo for feed, oats, wheat, and alfalfa, were the crops of the past; all grown on 320 acres. Now Tom only grows corn and soybeans, and farms around 700 acres.
A farmer’s wife also has many important jobs. His wife, Anona, helped with chores, took care of the children, housework, made food and drove it to the field, ran to the dealership for parts, helped Tom move from field to field, and also did the bookkeeping. Later, as farming changed, and the children grew up, she also got a job in town.
While farming has changed in many ways for the better, there are many things that Tom misses. What Trutna misses the most is farming with his dad, and it was much less stressful, even though there was more work. Today farming is much safer due to the new technology.
The question is, would Tom choose farming as a career over again? Absolutely! Between farming, the National Guard, wife, and children, it is what has made his life complete.
Raymond Central Counseling Center 2017-2018
November 3rd Registration for December ACT
November 9th ASVAB test for 11th grade
November 13th Mini College Fair- Peru State College, Concordia University, University of Nebraska Lincoln, University of Nebraska Kearney, Army, Nebraska Wesleyan,
November 15th 11th grade Job Shadow Day
PSAT Results should be by back beginning of December.
December 9th National ACT
December 25th – 29th No School
Raymond Central Public Schools will be hosting a Book Fair!
Location: Barnes & Noble South Pointe
Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Time: Purchases may be made all day-you MUST indicate the purchase is for RCPS both online and at the store!
Special events: TBD-watch our website for more information!
*Time frame details are to be determined and will be announced at a later date.
2017 Junior Fillies Dance
The MANE Event by Peyton Taylor
Word has it that Raymond Central senior Student Body President, Cicely Pickel, already has one of her main campaign goals in action. Pickel is one of two students, accompanied by junior, Peyton Taylor, making this change happen.
Pickel states, “I wanted to get more students involved in school activities and more school support at the various events.”
The Student Body President and Taylor created the idea of “The MANE Event,” replacing the old student section, “The Stang Gang.” Pickel’s reaction to the new and improved name was ecstatic, as it was the first step in the process of the project. Featured to the left is an image of The MANE Event's t shirts.
The MANE Event’s teacher- faculty sponsor is Journalism teacher, Ms. Johnson.
Cicely hopes that by implementing The MANE Event will create more school unity and a better student section, along with support!
Central FFA Alumni-Received a Gold Award (Top 6 Chapters in the Nation)
American Degrees-Hannah Settje, Josh Hornung, Nick Nelson
Goat Proficiency-Gabby Soden received a Bronze
FFA Fruit Sales are due by November 16th. Forms are located on the website or in the newsletter. Please contact a member to order your fruit.
FFA Land Evaluation
Districts-Over 200 total competitors at Waverly
Individuals-1st-Leah Bos, 2nd-Hunter Kohl, 3rd-Tucker Randall, 6th-Amber Heyen, 10th-Emmett Hughes
Teams-1st-Leah Bos, Tucker Randall, Kody Swartz, Makenzi Isaac
State-Total of 30 Schools and located in Scribner
Individuals-Tucker Randall 26th and Kody Swartz 29th
Team-11th-Leah Bos, Tucker Randall, Kody Swartz, Makenzi Isaac
8th Grade Art Students
Quentin Hayes, Josh Masek, Kiley Elkins, Seth Pavey, and Zoie Stachura (Back Row)
Jayden Drake, Meredith Nelson, Haley Regnier, Faith Howell, and Zach Mumm
Ten 8th grade art students have finished their entries for the 2018 International Aviation Art Contest. This year’s theme was “Flight Into The Future”. The only limit to the future of flight is the imagination of builders, dreamers and pilots of today. These students had to show their own vision of what can happen next!
HAL 7th/8th Graders attended Celebrate Creativity at the Joslyn Art Museum
Hustle Run/Walk 2017
Thank you to all donors and participants of the Hustle Run/Walk and pancake feed held on Oct. 28. All monies raised support the RC Food Bank BackPack Program. The program provides bags of food each weekend for families in our RC community. Donors included: Aqua Systems, CerescoBank, Ceresco Covenant Church, Grace Lutheran Church in Swedeburg, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Ceresco, Nelson Gas & Oil, Power Source Electric, Raymond United Methodist Church, Raymono's Pizza Plus, Road ID, Common Good Farms, First Northeast Bank of Nebraska, Frontier Cooperative, Ken & Laura Hill, Raymond Central Education Association, Sid Dillon Ford - Ceresco, Valparaiso Rural Fire District, Lincoln Running Company, Patty's Pub, James Arthur Vineyards, YMCA - Lincoln Northeast, Raising Cane's, Dazcot Design, Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Grand, Ernie's in Ceresco, Barb & Leroy Hanson, Janelle Simmons, Peggy Breitkreutz, RC Art Students and Jean Rempfer, Teresa Pester, IHOP, Smithfield Farmland Foods,Take 2 - Debbie Swanson, and Saunders County Medical Center.
A big thank you to the Valparaiso Rural Fire District for their support with the pancake feed and providing emergency services for the run/walk. A special thank you to the Lower Platte South NRD who maintains the beautiful Oak Creek Trail and the City of Valparaiso for their support and cooperation. Paper products at the pancake feed were provided by CerescoBank, First Northeast Bank of Nebraska, and Oak Creek Valley Bank. Thank you! We appreciate the volunteers from the community and the RC Spanish Club who helped serve the pancake breakfast, too.
Congratulations to all of this year's participants! The top three female finishers in the 5K were Melissa Gehle, Barb Ohnoutka, and Hannah Van Derslice.The top three male runners in the 5K were Aiden Urbom, Eli White, and Jason Strand. The top three female runners in the 10K were Andrea Rezac, Julie Masek, and Chelsea Carlson.The top three male finishers in the 10K were Jerry McGuire, Bride Middleton, and Nick Miller.