Raymond Central Public Schools

September 2022

From the Desk of the Superintendent...

Greetings! Two weeks ago we welcomed about 742 students to our campuses. The year is off to a great start! Our staff has worked hard to prepare the physical plant, organize the managerial pieces, and design the instructional elements for a successful start to the school year. The RC staff are highly energized and enthusiastic about the work ahead. We appreciate our parents/guardians who entrust us with their greatest treasures each and every day. Your continued help in making sure that your student(s) comes ready to learn and grow is critical. Building relationships with our students, parents/guardians, and patrons is an important part of creating an optimal learning environment. We will continue to focus on building relationships and reinforcing high expectations for student behavior and respectful consideration for others.

We are fortunate to have many familiar faces within the student body and the staff but there are also some new faces joining us in our journey. We are pleased to welcome the newcomers to our team. New staff members include:

Megan Alyward - Science

Jen Crees - Health Tech

Aiden Cronin - Paraeducator, Valparaiso

Hannah Evans - Kindergarten, Valparaiso

Kate Gralheer - Paraeducator, PK3

Elijah Hackbart - Industrial Technology

Riley Haug - Science

Jennifer Hoffschneider - Cook, Jr/Sr. High

Josh Karel - Spanish

Mark King - PE, Jr/Sr High School

Jaxn Kobza - Technology Director

Tony Kobza - Assistant Principal/AD, Jr/Sr High

Deb Kruse - Elementary Assistant Principal

Chelsea Larkins - PK3

Kristen Lovell - Paraeducator, Valparaiso

Julie Mueller - Paraeducator, Valparaiso

Stephen Oppliger - Bus Driver

Abby Rood - Band

Scott Shepard - Jr/Sr Principal

Nathan Sliva - Third Grade, Ceresco

Jacob Staroscik - Science

Bruce Theye - Van Driver

June Theye - Van Assistant

Clair Trenhaile - Speech Pathologist

Cheri Truax - Paraeducator, Ceresco

Kelly Tvrdy - First Grade, Ceresco

I am particularly excited about the opportunities that await us this year. These opportunities are a result of the hard work, dedication, and vision that continues to flourish in our learning community. The information that was gathered from our internal and external stakeholders in the Vision 2025 process serves as the roadmap for our continued work.

We will continue our work to review our long term facility needs. We will have our second patron meeting on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the findings that BVH architectural firm has found from their facility analysis and review of educational alignment. As a result of that work, BVH has identified elements that could contribute to facility options as we move forward into facility master planning.

Please take advantage of the opportunity to support your child in their educational endeavors. Be there for them, listen to them, and help them be problem solvers. We look forward to working with you to ‘make a great year.’


Mrs. Lynn Johnson

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STEM Class? What's that??

This year, Mrs. Jackson and Mrs.Winfrey are teaching a new class called STEM for 6th and 8th grade students. STEM is an acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This class will focus on using those four elements to solve a problem given to them while collaborating and communicating with a group of peers. It will involve a lot of hands-on work and creativity as well. We are excited to share what the students do and learn as the class gets started!
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SCIP Info--Click Here

SCIP is a program designed to bring together families, school and the community to support student behavioral and emotional health.

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Band Update:

  • High School Band traveled to Memorial Stadium to watch the Cornhusker Marching Band Exhibition Show on Aug. 19 (I think I sent you a picture from that one.)
  • High School Band had their first pep band performance on Aug. 30 at the Varsity volleyball game (picture attached).
  • High School Band will be traveling to Grand Island to perform at the Nebraska State Fair on Sept. 2.
  • They will also have their first home football game performance on the same night, Sept. 2.

RC Activity Decals For Sale

Support your child by displaying your child's name and their favorite RC activities on your vehicles, or anywhere else you want to stick them! Order forms are available in the office and at the following link. https://harrisdecals.com/RAYMONDCENTRAL SALES CLOSE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th. Sales will reopen again prior to the winter activities Proceeds go to the Sr High Student council.

A pic is attached.

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Need some projects done?

If anyone needs woods projects done, construction, or automotive related projects the Construction Class is willing to take on your challenge!

You will be responsible for paying for materials.

Got a challenge? A project that you've been putting off? Contact Mr. Hackbart today!


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Teammates/Amazon Smile Donation

Donating without spending any extra money may sound too good to be true but if you’re already an Amazon shopper, then welcome to AmazonSmile. Anyone with an Amazon account can shop through smile.amazon.com and donate 0.5% of their Amazon purchases to Raymond Central Teammates. The great thing about this is, that you do not donate your own money, the donation comes from Amazon!

“AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service,” according to the AmazonSmile website. The AmazonSmile website looks identical to the regular Amazon website, the only difference is that you’re making a difference with your purchases.

The donations raised through AmazonSmile will support student scholarships and background checks for mentors. Through your Amazon account, it is possible to track not only how much money you have personally donated to the cause but you can also see how much the organization as a whole has acquired through the program.

If you already shop at Amazon, please consider going through AmazonSmile. Very few items on the website are not AmazonSmile eligible.

To set up your donation, visit https://smile.amazon.com and search Teammates Mentoring Program Valparaiso, NE. If you are already supporting a program and would like to switch to TeamMates Mentoring Program, look for the yellow writing under the search box that says “supporting;” and selecting that will bring up an option to change.

Sign-up today at smile.amazon.com!

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Teammates Wanted!!

Sixth-grade boy at RCHS would like a male mentor who enjoys reading, especially Harry Potter. He is interested in playing card games and board games and getting to know you better! This creative young man has been waiting for a mentor for nine months.

Fifth-grade boy at the Valparaiso site would like a mentor to hang out with. This young man enjoys drawing, and games and would have fun getting to know you better! This young man has been waiting for a mentor for six months.

Fifth-grade boy at the Valparaiso site would like a mentor who enjoys sports and outdoor activities. This young man would love to throw a football or play some hoops with you! He has been waiting for a mentor for six months.

Fifth-grade girl at the Valparaiso site would like a female mentor. This young lady enjoys all things arts and crafty, cooking and computers! She has been waiting for a mentor for six months.

Fourth-grade by at the Ceresco site would like a mentor. This young man enjoys football, being outside and helping others. He has seen mentors in the building since he was in second grade and requested to have an adult friend to hang out with him.

TeamMates is a school-based one-to-one mentoring program that matches screened, trained mentors with youth in grades 3-12. Mentors and mentees meet once a week at the mentee's school and focus on building a long-term relationship that ideally lasts until the mentee graduates from high school. If you have questions about the Mentor eligibility please contact the TeamMates Central Office at (402) 390-8326, Kris White at (402)-784-3301 or (402)-665-3651, or Tasha Osten at (402)-785-2685.

TeamMates Mentor Application

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Order Your Yearbook NOW!

We had so much fun including everyone in the district last year that we are doing it again! All staff and students from Preschool to the Graduating Class of 2023 will be included in one beautiful 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! Please contact the Elementary office if you would only like an elementary yearbook!)

The Journalism Team has already been working hard on a theme that we think you will love this year! Soooo...Don't delay!! Order your Yearbook TODAY!!!

Yearbook Order Forms for the 2022-2023 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 from August 17, 2022 to December 31, 2022

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

If you have multiple children and would like more than one yearbook:

$95 for two yearbooks until December 31, 2022

$140 for three yearbooks until December 31, 2022

NO discounts starting January 1, 2023

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

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

SENIOR PARENTS--If you have not already done so, please email a senior photo and a baby photo of your graduating senior to: rcentraljournalism@gmail.com

Digital Citizenship with Youths--A Message from SCIP Nebraska

The online world has become increasingly dominant over the last few decades. Starting

from loosely connected chat rooms, it has grown into a vastly intricate network that dominates a

majority of all our social interactions. Youths today have never experienced a world without this

network. In fact, a third of all internet users are beneath the age of 18. Because of this, the

approach we take to practicing and teaching digital citizenship matters more than ever.

Digital Citizenship began in the 1990s, where it was used to describe internet

competency, and one’s ability to participate with society through the use of technology.

However, with the advent of the 2000’s, digital citizenship became more focused on internet

safety due to concerns of the older generations. Rumors ran rampant of the negative impact of

the internet on children, such as claims that it was lowering their test scores, increasing their

aggression, and hypersexualizing them at an early age. However, data doesn’t back up these

claims. For instance, SAT scores improved in Math and held constant in English until 2016,

when they both saw a massive improvement after the test’s redesign.

In her TED talk, “The Heart of Digital Literacy”, Anne Collier discusses how to approach

digital citizenship, given the mistakes that had been made with it in previous years. She places a

strong emphasis on respecting the digital citizen, and learning from them as one tries to teach

them about digital citizenship. Collier states that there were three main literacies to focus on and

to attempt to demonstrate to youth. The first is digital literacy, which is the competency with

which one utilizes the digital sphere. The second is social literacy. With the massive power of

social networking websites and apps, teaching children how to interact competently with others

online is a necessity. Finally, the third is media literacy. This is particularly relevant, as it is

one’s ability to read and assess the information presented to them and determine whether it is

trustworthy and reliable.

Using these pillars, it’s recommended that people experience the digital sphere with their

youths, in order to demonstrate proper digital citizenship directly. This may look like:

 Listening, when they talk about newer interests, without expressing judgment.

 Experiencing newer facets of their digital lives with them. Have them show you the apps

or games that they’re on, and ask them to teach you how to use the app or play the game

alongside them.

 Expressing judgment of the content, rather than of the youth for viewing the content. For

instance, one might question an unreliable source in media, rather than criticizing a teen

for having watched the video that cited it.

For more information on Digital Citizenship, take a look at some of the resources that

Common Sense has published on their website:


Watch Collier’s TED Talk here:


Watch Dr. Finkelhor’s lecture here:


School Community Intervention and PreventionSeptember 2022

SCIP is funded in part by: Lincoln Public Schools, United Way of Lincoln/Lancaster County, Region V Systems,

Nebraska DHHS: Division of Behavioral Health and Region 4 Behavioral Health System









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Senior Agenda--Click Here

Detailed information for seniors to help navigate the year. Includes deadlines for graduation, yearbook, photos, etc.

Jostens Online Order--Click Here!

All Josten products can be ordered online with the exception of letter jackets.

Looking for a job?? Amigos is hiring!

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