Raymond Central Public Schools
From the Desk of the Superintendent...
“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” – Henry David Thoreau
Greetings! The next two months will be a crush as we prepare to celebrate both Thanksgiving and Christmas. I once listened to a podcast where the presenter shared his perspective that being thankful can be a momentary feeling while developing a mindset of gratitude is about how we live our lives. Thoreau’s quote captures the essence of that notion and I find the message to be both uplifting and grounding.
I am grateful that I had the opportunity to join the Mustang Family in the fall of 2021 as the interim superintendent. This school year will be my 41st year in education. I have been fortunate because every role and position that I have had over the course of these years has been fulfilling and enjoyable. My husband and I have decided that this is the time for us to slow down, travel, enjoy time together and stretch ourselves in roles outside the day to day school life. Rest assured that I intend to make the most of the time that remains in this school year and to continue to work hard for the students, staff and the entire Mustang community. The Board of Education has hired a search firm to assist them in finding the next Raymond Central Superintendent. Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association (NRCSA) will be leading the search under the direction of consultants Rob Hanger and Fred Helmink. The goal is to have a superintendent named prior to the end of December. The board intends to involve staff, parents and patrons in the interview and selection process. The timelines is as follows:
Monday, October 23: Initial Planning with the board
Monday, November 6: Profile/planning meetings with staff/administration/parents/patrons committee's.
Wednesday, November 15: Planning meeting held with the board during their regular meeting.
Wednesday, December 13: Finalists selected by board during their regular meeting AND pre interview meetings with staff/administration/parents/patrons committee's
Saturday, December 16: Interviews
Raymond Central Public Schools is fortunate to be a part of a mental health grant through the ESU#2 that has provided us with a variety of resources to help our kids. Probably the most notable of these resources are the services of Licensed Mental Health Providers (LMHP) at all of our buildings. As with all grants, there is data that is required to be collected to measure grant outcomes. We are ‘required’ to give our students and staff a climate survey on an annual basis for as long as we participate in the grant. The survey questions for the students are focused on whether or not they feel supported when they are in school and what are the forms of those supports. The building principals have sent emails out to the parents/guardians of all student participants explaining the survey and providing you with an opportunity to opt out of the survey.
Thank you to all parents/guardians for your support. Providing the skills for our youth to be productive and happy citizens has to be a collaborative effort. Together we celebrate the victories and together we navigate the challenges.
The 6-8 English Language Arts department has adopted a new curriculum this year and is currently implementing it into the ELA/Reading classrooms. The EL Language Arts curriculum, built in the science of reading, is a nationally acclaimed program that engages students in compelling science & social studies topics, fostering skill and knowledge acquisition. Students build capacity to read, think, talk, and write about complex texts—while developing key social-emotional learning skills. The curriculum allows learners to engage with grade-level complex texts throughout the year in 4 different modules. Each of the four modules in the curriculum is built around a fiction or nonfiction book that guides the learning and helps students connect to the module topic. These books act as portals, giving students access to the perspectives of diverse characters and to the academic challenges required for grade-level success. We are excited to see the growth of our students’ learning through the use of the new curriculum in the 6-8 ELA and reading classrooms!
THC Products Being Marketed Towards Teens/Kids
Last week the Nebraska Attorney General issued a consumer warning for THC
containing products being sold in Nebraska. These products are designed to look like
normal snacks and candies kids would be interested in, and look fun. This information is
intended to help you learn more about these products and Delta-8 THC.
-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the primary psychoactive cannabinoid extracted from
the cannabis (marijuana) plant. Delta-8 is a form of THC.
This is coming to the public’s attention now because of increased availability and
increased reported adverse effects.
Delta-8 THC Facts
-Delta-8 THC occurs in cannabis plants at very low levels, so it is chemically made
(synthetic chemical synthesis). The environments it is produced in are unregulated and
sometimes unsanitary facilities.
-Delta-8 THC has psychoactive and intoxicating effects that make you feel “high”, similar to
regular THC (Delta-9) which is found in marajuana/cannabis.
-The intention of making and selling of delta-8 THC products get consumers “high” is legal
in Nebraska and other states.
Special Thank You to the following business for sponsoring Post Prom
The following businesses have generously donated to sponsoring our Post Prom activities for this year! Give them a HUGE thank you!!
48 Bowl Inc.
Ceresco Back & Insurance
Raymond Contracting Inc.
L & L Towing
Husker Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, PC
State Farm--Di Pfeiffer
Raymond Central Elementary Penny Wars!
Raymond Central Elementary students raised $ 1,000 in four days for the Valparaiso Rural Fire Department to help fund a new ambulance. The goal of the project was to promote service learning in our local community with as much student participation as possible. Each classroom could earn positive points by bringing in silver coins for their classroom account. However, pennies deposited in any classroom account counted negatively, decreasing the point total. All students could help by bringing in a penny or a jar full of coins! The students used logic and reasoning to help determine a classroom winner, and a little luck also played a part! Mrs. Niewohner’s class won the challenge, and two students, Owen Biegler and Beckham Christensen, Mustang Award winners, were selected to present the check on our Fire Safety Day hosted by the Valparaiso Rural Fire Department with the help of the Raymond Department. Also, thank you to the Valparaiso Fire Department for another fun and knowledgeable Fire Safety Week!
Blue Crew Helps 2nd Graders Carve Pumpkins in Ceresco
On October 27th, the Blue Crew traveled to Ceresco to help the 2nd grade class carve pumpkins. THey all had a great time, and the pumpkins turned out amazingly well! Thanks, Blue Crew! And thanks to Mrs. Hudson's 2nd Grade class for letting them join in on such a fun activity!
My oldest daughter is attending college in Kansas City. This means that I am increasingly becoming familiar with the trek between here and there. I also realize that I don’t savor road trips as much as I did when I was younger.
One way I mentally make it through longer road trips, such as down to Kansas City, is to not focus on the complete trip. Rather, I focus on smaller sections of the trip. A 40-mile stretch seems much less daunting than the full trip of 218 miles.
I have found this approach to be helpful to students (and myself) as we get into the long stretches of the school year. May 22 can easily seem a long way off. This time of year, it is much easier to think about making it to Thanksgiving.
Ideally, we don’t want students and teachers to simply “make it” to some date on the calendar. We want them to be able to give sustained, productive effort. This is much more likely to happen if we continue to encourage ourselves, and our students, to focus on short-term goals instead of getting overwhelmed with all that needs to happen between now and May 22.
A simple and effective way we can all help our students finish strong is to keep giving them encouragement while helping them set and focus on short-term goals. Those conversations could start with questions such as, “What do you need to accomplish these next two weeks?” Or, “What things are due this week that we need to focus on?” Or maybe, “What is important to focus on for tomorrow?”
The Fall and Winter months can seem long. Let’s focus on one week or two at a time. Before we know it, 2nd semester will be here.
The RCHS Marching Band ended their season with two Division II Excellent awards at Bennington and the Oxbow Invitational. We are proud of all the hard work they've put in this season. Way to go band!
The JH Choir, JH Band, and HS Choir performed their first concert of the year on Monday, October 30th. Congratulations on a great performance!
Music Concerts Looking Ahead...
Tuesday, December 5th: K-2 Vocal and 5th Grade Band @ 6:30pm at the HS Main Gym
Tuesday, December 12th: 6-12 Band/Choir Concert @ 6:30pm at the HS Main Gym
RCHS Student Council Canned Food Drive
Raymond Central Student Council is hosting a canned food drive so that local families have plenty to eat for the holidays. Please bring your canned or boxed goods to the office by Friday, November 17th. The student council has placed boxes there for your donation.
RCHS Dance Team sponsoring Parent's Night Out
RCHS Dance Team Sponsors Parents Night Out
Parent's Night Out is an evening for the RCHS Dance Team to provide child care services for parents near the holidays!
The event is Friday, December 15th, from 3:30-8:00 pm. Students will participate in winter-themed crafts, activities, and games in the gym, pizza dinner, and a movie!
Elementary (PK-5th grade) students will be offered transportation from the elementary schools to the high school using school vans driven by RCHS Staff Members. (Parents do have the option to pick up their child from the elementary and drop them off at the high school building.)
Pricing is described below:
3+ Children--$60 (Family Maximum)
Staff members are CPR and First Aid Certified. Space for the event is limited to 40 children.
Registration closes December 8th!
Little Diamonds Dance Camp
Dance Camp will be Saturday, January 6th from 9:00-11:00 am at the Highschool New Gym. Dancers will learn the routine and receive their tshirt. Camp is open to students in grades PK-5th.
The performance will be Tuesday, January 9th during the High School Boys Basketball game, scheduled to start at 7:30 pm.
The Camp is $25 per dancer. Parents will be emailed the music and a video of the routine after camp. Dancer's admission to the game is free. Parent/spectators will need to pay admission. Late registrations may be accepted, but a tshirt order cannot be guaranteed.
A copy of this registration will be sent to the email provided shortly after submission.
Registration closes November 17th.
Contact Courtney Polak via firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Counseling Event Dates for November
November 1st Junior Job Shadow Day (pending, details to come)
November 3rd Registration for December ACT
November 3rd No School
November 6th and 7th Naviance with 9th grade
November 8th ASVAB test for 11th grade morning - then results later (maybe Advisory it depends on when how long the test takes) using the Mustang Room!
November 9-10 Osten gone at NSCA
November 15th Mini Career/College Fair - List of Reps
Shanahan Mechanical, Concordia University, UNL, John Henry’s, Army National Guard, Nebraska Wesleyan, Army, UNO, Valparaiso Rural Fire Department, Northwest Missouri State, Northeast Community College, Marines, Willmar Electric, Doane University
November 20th and 21st Naviance with Juniors
November 22-24th Thanksgiving Break
November 28th Osten at ESU
November 29th and 30th Naviance with Sophomores
The FFA Parliamentary Procedure team got first at the State Convention in Lincoln, NE in April. This year they have the opportunity to go to Indianapolis Indiana for the National Convention where they will compete against other teams that qualified for Nationals. The team competes the week of October 30th.
OCTOBER FUN NIGHT
The chapter held a fun night for members on October 24th. Members of the chapter were given a theme to dress up as. The theme was 1970's and the outfits were impressive. Hailee Nelson brought pumpkins from her Supervised Agriculture Experience for members of the Central chapter to decorate. At the meeting there was also a murder mystery for members to complete.
FEED A FARMER
On October 13th members from the FFA Chapter held a feed for farmers in Raymond at the Farmer's Cooperative. Even though the weather was not the best, members still went to supply food for farmers to show our appreciation to them. Then on October 20th members were in Ceresco at the Frontier Cooperative serving pulled pork meals for farmers in that area. As a chapter in both locations, we fed approximately 170 farmers.
YEARBOOK! GET YOUR YEARBOOK!
Raymond Central District!!
The yearbook showcases EVERY student from Preschool to graduating seniors. This is our third year adding the whole district into our book and we are perfecting it every year.
Ordering is now available! Forms are available below!
Order yours today!!
Drivers Education Opportunity
Here at Three Rivers Public Health, we currently have an opportunity through a maternal and child health grant to sponsor up to 20 students to participate in a driver's education course. We are looking to sponsor students that wouldn't otherwise partake in driver's education due to the cost of the course. It is our hope that you can help us find those students and share this opportunity with them. This will be on a first come, first serve basis meaning the first 20 students to complete the attached agreement and submit their deposit to Three Rivers Public Health will be awarded the opportunity.
All the details as far as to how this opportunity will work can be found in the agreement itself. We listed Big Red Driver's Ed as the suggested course due to the fact that all the "classroom" hours can be done online from anywhere as long as the student has internet and it is self-paced. The in-person driving hours will need to be scheduled with one of the instructors.