The RPS Weekly Message

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Dear RPS Parent/Guardian,

This week’s message includes information on the following topics listed below:

Board of Education Vacancy - Submission Deadline is Monday, May 15th!

A Celebration of Leadership
Register Today - Fourth through Sixth Grade Summer Camp
FREE All Sports Camp and RHS Summer Athletic Camps - Register Today!

2023-2024 Calendar Update
Last Day of School Change for Wildewood and Karen Western Elementary Schools
SORA Summer Reading App
OneWorld Mobile Health Clinic to Offer Sports Physicals

Ram Recognition

Board of Education Vacancy - Submission Deadline is Monday, May 15th!

Due to a resignation, Ralston Public Schools is currently accepting applications to fill a seat on our Board of Education.

A school board member for Ralston Public Schools is an unpaid, volunteer position. The appointed candidate would take over a board seat whose term expires on January 9, 2025.

Eligible candidates for this appointment must be a legal voter in the Ralston School District and submit a letter of interest and resume by Monday, May 15, 2023.

If interested, please submit your letter of interest, resume, and any questions to:

Ralston Public Schools
Office of the Superintendent
Attn: Mrs. Samantha Willey, Secretary, Board of Education
8545 Park Drive
Ralston, NE 68127

A Celebration of Leadership

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Register Today - Fourth through Sixth Grade Summer Camp

All RPS students entering grades four through six for the 2023-2024 school year will have the chance to participate in the RPS Summer Camp. This fun, unique, and FREE opportunity will have a variety of activities for students focused on building and enhancing reading and math skills. The activities are provided by community partners, Ralston High School coaches, and student leaders.

RPS Summer Camp will also have reading challenges, opportunities to check out and win books, and so much more! And remember, this is all FREE for Ralston Public Schools students!

Dates and Times

June 13-15 from 1 - 3 pm at Seymour Elementary School

Programming Schedule

  • Session 1 (June 13): Spheros Coding w/ ESU#3. Derek and Dawn from ESU#3 will lead a fun and interactive session on coding. Students will test their skills on mini robots called spheros.

  • Session 2 (June 14): RHS Mini-Sports Camps. Coaches and players from several of Ralston High School’s athletic programs will lead students through several mini-sports camps. They will work with the students on skill development and proper sportsmanship through fun games and drills. Students will have the opportunity to participate in multiple sports throughout the session.

  • Session 3 (June 15): Prairie STEM and Spark Positivity. Students will explore space and under the sea through virtual reality headsets led by Prairie STEM staff. Students will also learn about social emotional regulation by exploring related apps on the VR headsets

Sign Up Today!

Don’t miss out on all the fun at RPS Summer Camp! All you need to do is register your student using this Google form. The deadline to sign up for RPS Summer Camp is Thursday, May 25th.

English Registration Form

Spanish Registration Form

FREE All Sports Camp and RHS Summer Athletic Camps - Register Today!

Does your student love sports? Does your student enjoy being with friends, having fun, and participating in different activities? Make sure to sign them up for the RPS Youth All Sports Camp!

It takes place on Wednesday, May 24th, from 7:45 am to 12:00 pm for students going into 2nd - 6th grade at Ralston High School. The camp is FREE! Breakfast and lunch are available to participants. Scan the QR code in the flyer or click the link below to register today!

Link to registration form - CLICK HERE

View All RHS Summer Camps

Visit the District website by clicking this link - - for more information and download the registration forms. New opportunities have been added!

2023-2024 Calendar Update

Below is information on changes approved by the Board of Education to the 2023-2024 school year calendar.

• August 10 2023: First day of school for only Pre-K, Kindergarten, 7th and 9th grade (1:30 pm dismissal).

• August 11, 2023: All students report. It will be a regular early dismissal day.

• January 3, 2024: Staff and students will start the second semester together.

• March 8, 2024: No School - Professional learning/collaborative plan day.

March 11, 2024: No School

• March 29, 2024: No School
• May 23, 2024: Last day of school

The new version of the calendar is attached below and is also available on the District website. The Pre-kindergarten calendar for the 2023-2024 school year will be mailed to families and staff toward the end of May.

Last Day of School Change for Wildewood and Karen Western Elementary Schools

It is an exciting time for Karen Western and Wildewood Elementary Schools. Interior renovations will start on both schools this summer.

For the projects to start on time, staff members will need time to pack up their classrooms and other areas of the school. The school calendar for only Karen Western and Wildewood has been adjusted to provide the time to prepare for construction.

The LAST DAY of school for Karen Western and Wildewood Elementary students will be Wednesday, May 17th. There will be NO SCHOOL for KW and WW students on May 18th and 19th.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Mather or Mrs. Holmes by phone or email.

SORA Summer Reading App

Our District Media Specialists would like to take this opportunity to share with you information about the SORA Reading App. Sora is an app for students to read books they pick and that their teachers assign. The app allows you to borrow ebooks and audiobooks from your school's library. The setup is simple - find your school and sign in. Then download or stream your favorite books to your device.

For more information visit

OneWorld Mobile Health Clinic to Offer Sports Physicals

Starting in May, the OneWorld Mobile Health Clinic will begin to offer sports physicals to Ralston Middle School and Ralston High School students. This will benefit RPS students. They will be able to receive their sports physicals early and will not have to leave their school campus to receive their sports physicals for the 2023-2024 school year.

Parents can schedule students’ sports physicals after May 1st by calling the OneWorld Mobile Health Clinic number at 402-880-4870. As a reminder, the OneWorld Mobile Health Clinic is located at RHS every Tuesday from 8 am to 3:30 pm and at Ralston Middle School every Friday from 8 am to 3:30 pm.

Ram Recognition

Each week in Ram Recognition, Ralston Public Schools will highlight some good news happening across the District.

Thank You - Employee Appreciation Week

In recognition of Employee Appreciation Week, we wanted to take a moment and say thank you to our Ram Family. Every year, your passion and dedication in support of the educational journey, mental health, and well-being of our students is top-notch.

You help create a school community where students and families feel safe, supported, cared for, and loved. You have the gift of bringing out the true talents of our students, allowing them to shine and achieve success. You help instill confidence, hope, and teach about understanding and what it means to #bekind. You foster positive relationships that allow students to know someone cares. You celebrate their successes and pick them up when they are down.

You represent what it truly means to be part of the Ram Family. Thank You!

This week would not have been possible without the support of our local business community and District parents and guardians.

• Thank you: Parent/teacher organizations for your support of RPS employees!

• Thank you - Gift Card Give-A-Way donors - 5 Points Bank, Anonymous RPS Families, BCDM Architects, First Interstate Bank, First Nebraska Credit Union, First State Bank, Liberty First Credit Union, Pinnacle Bank, Piper/Sandler, Ralston Optimist Club, State Farm Insurance - Lacey Brown, and Westgate Bank.

• Thank you - to everyone who wrote a “Note of Appreciation!” Our staff enjoyed reading all of the thoughtful and kind words.

• Thank you - Katy Core and the Ralston Schools Foundation for hosting the annual Heart of Learning Banquet. What a night to honor some outstanding staff members.

• Thank you - RA#13 Legacy Fund, Ralston Schools Foundation, The Village Bar, and Weitz Construction for providing a special offer to our employees.

RHS Metro Community College Career Academy Graduates

Congratulations to five outstanding Ralston High School students who recently walked at Metro Community College graduation. The students were honored for completing their career academies and earning credentials, such as their Certificate of Achievement!

Congratulations to Ryan Golden, Emmanuel Pacheco, Corbin Hough, Jonah Jacobsen, and Brandon Cavender!

RHS Earn Internship Opportunities with Intern Omaha

Congratulations to the following fourteen Ralston High School students who earned a spot in the Intern Omaha program for the 2023-2024 school year. Through an intense and competitive application and interview process, these students will earn high school credit while developing their skills in paid, year-long internships. Thank you to our local business community and Avenue Scholars for making these opportunities happen for our students.

Way to go Vicente Kantor, Richard Matousek, Musa Kouri, Julian Cortez, John Pina, Charlie Soppe, Eddie Bueno, Eric Torres Rivera, Jasmine Contreras, Brian Sanchez Barrios, Rogelio Fuertes Flores, Makyla Roebuck, Bradley Chebefu, and Ricardo Ramos-Zavala.

RHS Boys and Girls State Track Qualifiers

Congratulations to the following Ralston High School students who qualified for the upcoming State Track Meet. Good luck Rams!

Girls Team

• Aurora Quartoroli - Shot Put
• Madelyn Vukov - Pole Vault

Boys Team
• Rex Buettenback - High Jump
• Rendell Gines - Triple Jump
• Cailen Hubbard - Long Jump

RHS Baseball School Record Broken

Ralston High School student and baseball team member Hudson Holloway recently broke the school record for the number of doubles hit in the spring season. Hudson hit 12 doubles this season, breaking the previous record of 10. Congrats Hudson!

RHS Zoo Academy Presentation

Ralston High School senior Emma Scheitel and her team at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo Academy recently presented their research project. Emma’s team project focused on teaching younger students about the importance of recycling. Way to go Emma!

Wildewood Battle of the Books Team Competes at Metro Battle of the Books Competition

Congrats to the Wildewood Elementary Battle of the Books team who represented Ralston Public Schools taking on 12 other 4th - 6th grade metro Battle of the Books teams at a competition held at ESU#3.

This year, students had to read 12 books as a team. They then completed 9 projects to showcase what they had learned. The Wildewood team placed in all three project categories!

Technology - 2nd place

Performance - 3rd place

Writing - 5th place

Team members include Ted Steckis, Hanna Gruhlkey, Kiera Haas, Madison Mather, Trenton Beaumont, and Leo Wilson.

RMS Student Featured in West Point Newspaper

Ralston Middle School student Cade Stix was featured in the West Point News for honoring a fallen member of the U.S. Military. At a Military Honors Ceremony, each member of Cade's baseball team chose a veteran or fallen soldier to memorialize.

At the ceremony, each team member gave a presentation on their chosen veteran or fallen soldier. The mother of the veteran that Cade presented on was at the ceremony and visited with him and his mother.

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