Raymond Central Public Schools

November 2021


Thanks to the RC Board of Education for caring for your teachers and staff! We genuinely appreciate how much you support us!

According to the BOE vote from the November 10th meeting, the following dates will be NO SCHOOL dates for students:

NOVEMBER 22 & 23

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

From the Desk of the Superintendent...

We have the first quarter in our rear view mirror and we are cruising into the second quarter. I want to thank everyone for all that they have done to make the start of this year great. I am hopeful that parent teacher conferences provided you with enough information to have a reflective conversation with your child(ren) about the positive growth that you’ve seen in them as a student learner. Those reflective and positive conversations set the tone for a fruitful second quarter. I want to congratulate all of our fall activity and sport participants and their coaches/sponsors on their successful seasons. It is encouraging to see so many of our students participate in activities outside of the school day and take such pride and ownership in their progress and accomplishments. It has been a joy to watch our students engage and compete and I am looking forward to what the winter season brings. If you are not already doing so, please be sure to follow Raymond Central on social media to get score updates, photos, announcements, etc.

  • Twitter - @rc_nation

  • Facebook - @RaymondCentralHS

School Closings and Cancellations

The weather in the past week or so has hinted that winter is just around the corner. In the event we must delay or cancel school, a voice call, email, and text message will be sent district wide through our BrightArrow System. Parents/guardians are advised to make sure that your contact information is kept up to date. Please contact your respective building office if you would like to be added as a contact in BrightArrow or need to update a new email or phone number. The district will also contact local news stations, such as channel 10/11, 8, and 7, 6, and 3 to post on their morning news station.

School Board Earns Award Recognition

As you know from news reports, service on school boards has been particularly challenging during the pandemic. There have been many difficult and unpopular decisions that boards have had to make. We have six volunteers who work hard for our students, staff, families, and community - our elected school board members: Dr. Harriet Gould, Matt Blanchard, Brad Breitkreutz, Cathy Burklund, Bill Lange, and Derek Matulka. On September 29th the Raymond Central Board received a plaque from the Nebraska School Boards Association in recognition of their commitment to board excellence through continuous learning. In addition to spending time in professional development, the board spends countless hours reviewing information, preparing for meetings, participating in board and committee meetings, and supporting our students and staff by making appearances at school functions. We want to both congratulate these individuals for their commitment and thank them for their servant leadership.

School Improvement Efforts

Teaching staff across all buildings have identified the area of reading for our school improvement efforts. The staff have developed campus goals and action plans that provide concrete action steps to move students toward the intended goal. The grade level teams at PK-6 and discipline based teams at grades 7-12 are developing more specific and targeted action steps to address reading in their specific grade levels or discipline areas. The late starts provide time for the teachers to participate in professional development and work with their teams to review data, reflect on progress, and modify action plans to obtain the desired learning results. In addition to an academic focus on reading, all staff members also focus on the social-emotional and behavioral supports necessary to create a culture for learning.

Health Tech

Adding a full time school nurse has proven to be very beneficial in regards to the quality and immediacy of the health services that we can provide our students. With the additional health burdens as a result of the pandemic, we are finding that one person is not able to handle all of the day to day operations across the three campuses. To address the situation we have hired a health tech. The purpose of the health tech is to provide first aid, CPR, provide minor health and illness care, dispense medications, manage and provide health related treatments and protocols. All of these functions are under the direction of the School Nurse. Support in the front office and administration of general student needs is a secondary function. We were fortunate to have a number of quality applicants. Following interviews, Brynn Christensen was hired to fill this position. Brynn is a certified medical assistant and began her new role on October 2nd. After training for a period of time under Nurse Amanda, Brynn is primarily working in Ceresco and Valparaiso.

As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holidays it is fitting to take a moment to reflect on how much we have to be proud of and grateful for at Raymond Central Public Schools.


Lynn Johnson

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What's NEW with Yearbook?

This year the Journalism Team is taking on a challenge like we've never done before. This year will be the Inaugural year of having a yearbook that includes EVERYONE in the district! What does that mean?? Well, we decided to include both elementary schools, the preschool, the junior high, and the highschool in ONE book! If you have students in more than one building, you can buy one book and have everyone's photo included! (Elementary yearbooks will still be available for families with only elementary students!)

Soooo...Don't delay!! Order your Yearbook TODAY!!!

Yearbook Order Forms for the 2021-2022 Yearbook are available in the office or in Mrs. E's room. There will be NO extra books ordered, so please make sure you get yours ordered now!

Pricing is as follows:

$50 per yearbook until December 31, 2021

$60 per yearbook from January 1, 2022 to May 20, 2022

If you have multiple children in grades Preschool-12 and would like more than one yearbook:

$95 for two yearbooks until December 31, 2021--no discounts after January 1, 2022

$140 for three yearbooks until December 31, 2021--no discounts after January 1, 2022

Senior/Business Ad space is also available! Please email:

rcentraljournalism@gmail.com for more information or with any questions!

The 12th Annual HUSTLE...

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 12th Annual HUSTLE Food Bank BackPack Run/Walk for Raymond Central Schools. The virtual run/walk was completed October 24-30. Each participant received a classic HUSTLE t-shirt as part of their registration.

T-Shirt Sponsors for the 12th Annual HUSTLE included: Jim Holley Family, Ohnoutka Farms, Ceresco Evangelical Covenant Church, Aqua Systems, Ceresco United Methodist Church, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Ceresco, Raymono’s Pizza Plus, Nelson Gas and Oil, Complete Finish, Inc. - Kevin Duntz, CerescoBank, and Saunders County Soybean Growers. We appreciate their generosity!

Thank you to all donors, participants, and volunteers for making this year’s HUSTLE so successful. Thank you to the Raymond Central Education Foundation, Ceresco Methodist Church, and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Ceresco for their continued support. Our goal is to raise $5000 each year to support the Food Bank BackPack Program at Raymond Central Schools. Although we did not quite reach our goal this year, with the support of all our generous supporters in the past, we will fulfill all needs. We are currently providing 24 bags of food each Friday to families for students to eat on the weekend. We appreciate everyone’s support in our efforts to feed hungry children.

---The Raymond Central Food Bank BackPack Committee

Mrs. Winfrey's 8th Grade Reading Class

The 8th grade reading class finished up their Moral Compass unit by creating persuasive presentations with groups on topics that have an impact on how they decide their own morals and beliefs in everyday life. Topics included age limits on social media, vaping, requiring cooking classes in school, among others.

Spanish Club helps with the Backpack Program!

Spanish Club members helped pack the bags for the Backpack Program. The students pictured are Aleyna Cuttlers, Rachel Potter, Mady Ayres, and Elijah Nacke.

Thanks, Spanish Club! We appreciate you!

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Download the Raymond Central Phone App on from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store!

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Little Fillies Dance Camp Information

With the winter season approaching, the High School Dance Team is preparing for our annual dance camp. Due to COVID-19 and subsequent guidelines, the camp will be different than in previous years. The camp guidelines for masking will follow the school’s policy at that time. If the camp has to be cancelled, your money will be refunded unless you wish to keep the t-shirt. If you have any questions about the information below, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at cpolak@rcentral.org or by telephone at the high school.

Parent’s Night Out

Parents! Do you need a night for holiday shopping, date night, or anything else?

The Dance Team is providing a fun night for students while you get an evening off!

Boys and girls in grades K-5 are invited to attend!

Details and registration form are below. Space is limited to 75 students!

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Marching Band Performed at Oxbow Invitational

The Raymond Central High School Marching Band ended their contest season by performing at the Oxbow Marching Band Invitational on Saturday, October 16th in Ashland. The band received a division II, "Excellent" rating, and were only 1.6 points away from a division I, "Superior" rating. The band, though small in number, has received numerous compliments on how well they play and how much sound they put out for such a small group. The group has also performed at four home football games throughout the season. The band's show theme was "Dance Party 2021" and they played "YMCA" by The Village People, "Sway" by Michael Buble, and "Shut Up and Dance" by Walk the Moon
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Raymond Central High School Blood Drive

Friday, Nov 5th

10:00am - 3:00pm

Anyone 16 or older who weighs 110 lbs or more can donate. 16 year olds must have parental/guardian permission and have forms signed by a parent/guardian. You may get these forms in the high school library.

Students can sign up in the library.

For appointments contact Ms Dannelly at 402-785-2685.

Every donor has the potential of saving 6 lives! Please consider giving the GIFT OF LIFE!

FFA News

  • Fruit Sales is running now through November 4th contact an FFA member or Mrs. Donahue to order!
  • Congratulations to Aleyna Cuttlers are placing 10th at District Land Judging and earning a chance to compete at the State Land Judging Contest! On October 20 Aleyna traveled to Bertrand, NE to compete in State Land Judging. Congratulations Aleyna!
  • Friday, October 22nd members of Central FFA held a Feed-a-Farmer event. They were passing out sack lunches at the Ceresco Frontier Coop location. Special thanks to Frontier Coop for their continued support and to all our community farmers for all the hard work they have put in this growing season!
  • Our November FFA meeting is Monday, November 15th at 6:30pm

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TeamMates Fundraiser

Raymond Central TeamMates will once again be selling poinsettias to brighten up your household with holiday cheer. Families and businesses will be able to order thru November 5, 2021. There will be four varieties at the $15 price level as seen above, red, white, glitter and ice crystal (pink). The $30 plant and the $50 draping hanging basket will only be available in red. There are TWO pick up dates November 30 and December 17. Plants will be available for pick up at the Ceresco or Valparaiso site. Please contact Kristine White if you have any questions at 402-784-3301 or krwhite@rcentral.org.
Phone/App Data Information--Click Here!

This was an eye-opening survey done by Mrs. Osten. Check it out!

Red Ribbon Week Video

This video was shared with our students during Advisory for Red Ribbon Week.

VFW Christmas Drive

The VFW Christmas Drive Committee will be delivering toy and food baskets to families in need from across Saunders County. Please support our mission of providing a special holiday season for such families. If you are interested, please click on the button to access the form.