Raymond Central Public Schools

May 2019

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From the Desk of Dr. Joel...

Happy May, Raymond Central Nation! It has been a fast paced spring which started with snow, ice, wind and rain, and now we are getting ready to transition into the 2019-2020 school year. Mark your calendars for May 11 at 2:00 PM to celebrate our seniors journey to graduation. It is one of my favorite events of the year to say good luck as seniors begin their lives outside of high school.

Vision 2025 roundtable discussions have came to an end. Thank you to everyone who came out to one or more of the conversations focused on the future of our students and district. It was exciting to share the celebrations of our district, but also learn about the wants and needs from stakeholders as we continue to plan for the future. We are in the process of analyzing the discussions and will be communicating our next steps.

I invite you to attend a student drug testing informational meeting on May 13 at 7:30 PM in the swing classroom at the Jr/Sr High School. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the potential policy for random drug testing of Raymond Central students who participate in extracurricular activities. Students who engage in the use of illegal drugs pose a threat to their own safety, as well as to that of other students. Before pursuing a policy, the Board of Education would like to seek feedback from parents/guardians, students, or other concerned stakeholders. Please contact the District Office with questions or concerns.

It is always a bittersweet moment to say goodbye to staff members who are either moving on to another district or retiring from education completely. I would like to personally thank Jim Marsh and Dale Rasmussen for their 30+ years of service to Raymond Central Public Schools. It is almost impossible to calculate the time both Dale and Jim invested into current and former students both inside and outside the classroom. Both of these educators will be missed! I would also like to thank the teachers who may not have been with us for a lot of years, but are moving on to another district to continue their positive impact on students, families, and communities.

As we say thank you and goodbye to the staff transitioning out, it is also time to say welcome to those who will be with us next year. The following administrators/teachers will join the Mustang family for the 2019-2020 school year:

  • Allison Stansberry - Jr/Sr High School Principal

  • Brian Grahleer - Assistant Principal / Activities Director

  • Andrew Placke - HS Social Sciences and Head Boys Basketball Coach

  • Madeline Shomos - HS ELA

  • Tyler Jedlicki - HS STS and SkillsUSA

  • Greg Wilmes - HS Math, Jr High Football, Jr High Boys Basketball

  • Ben Svehla - HS Business

  • Keely Reinert - Technology and FBLA

  • Andrea Hicks - Jr/Sr High Special Education

Have a fun, safe, and relaxing summer break. I look forward to seeing everyone in August!

Dr. Joel

Superintendent, Raymond Central Public Schools

6-12 Principal: Mrs. Allison Stansberry

Our new principal for grades 6-12 at Raymond Central will be Mrs. Allison Stansberry. Mrs. Stansberry holds a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Special Education from UNL, a Master's of Art Degree with a specialization of Severe Disabilities and Autism also from UNL, and a 7-12 Educational Leadership endorsement from Wayne State College. In addition to her role as a Special Education Teacher, she has experience as a coach, District Autism Trainer, Administrative Intern, and an Assistant Athletic Director. Mrs. Stansberry comes to RC from Bellevue East High School and most recently, Millard West. She is excited to continue her career as an educator in this new role. Mrs. Stansberry, her husband, and her three daughters are excited to become immersed in the small town RC culture and she is looking forward to establishing relationships with the students, staff, parents, and community "to help Raymond move the needle."

Activities Director/6-12 Assistant Principal: Brian Gralheer

Mr. Brian Gralheer is joining the Raymond Central staff after serving as a 6th grade science teacher at Elkhorn Ridge Middle School and coach at Elkhorn South High School. He has obtained a Bachelor's Degree from UNO in Secondary Science and Physical Education and a Master's Degree in Education Leadership from Doane University. Mr. Gralheer's decision to pursue a career in education was simple after watching his mother's dedication to education. "I have a huge passion for education and school activities that I would love to pass on to others," he says about his choice to become an educator. Mr. Gralheer and his family of his two sons and wife are excited to make this transition together and be part of the RC community. Mr. Gralheer believes positive relationships can make a lasting impact in the classroom, activities, and life.

Important Activity Dates

May 1st - Fine arts award program

May 2nd - Soccer Sub-districts, Home Track Invite (senior night), Nebraska State Trap shoot

May 3rd/4th/6th/7th - Baseball districts

May 3rd/4th - Spring play performances 7pm

May 4th - Soccer district finals

May 9th - District Track @ Beatrice

May 11th - Graduation 2pm

May 11th, 13-16th - State Baseball

May 13th - Elem Spring concert

May 14th - Spring sports banquet 6pm

May 17th-18th - State Track @ Burke

3 new junior high track school records have been broken this year

Wyatt Svoboda set a new junior high school record in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:15.9

Wyatt Svoboda set a new junior high school record in the 1200 meter run with a time of 3:49.9

Kaden Parde set a new junior high school record in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 46.75

Hop, SCIP, Jump and Run

Registration is now open for School Community Intervention & Prevention's (SCIP) annual fundraiser, "Hop, SCIP, Jump and RUN". This year’s event will include food, music and booths offering a variety of activities for both children and adults. Children and adults of all ages can register to participate in a 1-mile Fun Run, with prizes for the top three finishers. All attendees will be eligible for other prize drawings by visiting a minimum number of booths. Proceeds will benefit SCIP, a program of Lincoln Medical Education Partnership.

Don't miss your chance to win these cool prizes!

  • Kansas City Royals Tickets
  • Passes to the Lincoln Children's Museum
  • 1-Night stay in Kansas City with Kansas City Zoo Passes
  • Two passes to GO APE, the new treetop adventure course at Mahoney State Park
  • Restaurant gift cards

And so much more!

Registration: 5:30 pm

1-mile Fun Run: 7:00 pm

Non-runners/walkers -Free

1- Mile Fun Run - $15.00

Children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets purchased by April 25, 2019 include an event t-shirt.

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