Tigers welcome new members to staff
Excitement buzzed the halls of Osmond Community School during the first week of school. The Tigers welcomed nine new members to its staff.
This includes Principal Kurt Polt, Nancy Bessmer (paraprofessional), Leah Gubbels (special education), Eli Neitzel (business instructor), Dave Schmit (English), Tony Thies (history), Lauren Thompson (paraprofessional) Jennifer vonRentzell (special education), and Robin Wagner (administrative assistant),
Mr. Polt is currently living in Osmond with his wife Sara and their two children (Diandra and Kaden). He previously was employed by the GIltner School District in Giltner, NE. There he served a variety of roles: K-12 physical education, athletic director, head coach, junior high coach, and K-12 principal.
Polt attended UNK for his bachelors and masters degrees.
“I am originally from Pierce and have three older brothers. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family, outdoor activities, and traveling.”
Nancy Bessmer is an Osmond native who lives with her husband James and their son Jared (11th).
Leah Gubbels is one two new special education instructors/coordinators. She is an Osmond native who is also helping coach volleyball and who will be coaching speech.
After graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln last December, Gubbels did her student teaching in an elementary and special education room at Bel Air Elementary in Norfolk.
Gubbels has a golden retriever and enjoys watching sports and cheering for the Huskers, Vikings, and Minnesota Twins.
She enjoys baking and running; she is engaged to be married in November.
She said, “I am very excited to start working with the students at Osmond Community School.”
Eli Neitzel is the school’s new business teacher. He lives in Hadar with his girlfriend Bailey. He spent his first year teaching at Ravenna High School.
Neitzel graduated from Midland University in 2015 with a double major in General Business and Business Education. He is originally from Weeping Water.
As well as teaching business, Neitzel will also be teaching computers while also being the sponsor of the FBLA chapter, the O Club. He will be helping with wrestling this winter.
“I really look forward to working with all the different students and staff here at Osmond,” Neitzel said.
Dave Schmit, a graduate of Osmond High School, will be teaching English and Spanish. Schmit will also be help coaching football.
He previously taught at Wallace and Dakota Valley (SD). He graduated from Mount Marty College.
Tony Thies is the school’s new 7-11th grade social studies teacher. He graduated high school from Randolph (2012) and then from University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2017) Bachelor of Sciences Secondary Education/Coaching.
He will serve with help coach the girls basketball team. He enjoys golf, basketball, movies, and TV. (His favorite sports teams are the Nebraska Huskers, Kansas City Chiefs, and the Kansas Royals.)
“I am excited to begin my teaching journey close to home and in a great community!” Thies said. “The staff has made me feel right at home and I look forward to having a fantastic school year.”
Lauren Thompson is a paraprofessional and is looking forward to being part of the school year. She has lived in Osmond for five years with her husband, Jarod, and their four children.
After serving Osmond Community School as a paraprofessional last year, Robin is taking on the roll as the new administrative assistant.
She was born and raised in Osmond, and I'm a busy mom of four girls: Riley 14, Erin 10, Meagan 9 and Emerson 3.
“I look forward to working with the students and staff here in Osmond,” Wagner said.
Jennifer vonRentzell is one of the new special education instructors. This year begins her sixteenth year of teaching.
“My first 15 years of teaching experience were at Bloomfield Community School and Plainview Public Schools,” vonRentzell said.
Moving from her previous position as administrative assistant last year, she notes how excited about taking on this new role with the school she is.
vonRentzell lives with her husband, Aaron, on the family farm east of Osmond with our three children.
Tyler, recently graduated with the class of 2017 from Osmond High School will begin classes at Northeast Community College in the Agricultural Transfer program.
From there, his plans are to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to major in AgBusiness.
Our second son, Connor, is a freshman at Osmond High School. He is active in cross country, basketball, band, FBLA, and our church youth group, LYF.
The youngest of our children, is our daughter, Ella, who is in fifth grade this year. I enjoy reading, camping, scrapbooking, & spending time with family & friends.
As the Osmond Tigers football team eyes the start of their 2017 season, they look to accomplish some lofty goals.
Coming into the season with twenty players, the Tiger players owe a “Thank-you” to all of those who have helped developed them (coaches, parents, teachers, and the community at-large).
This includes (but is NOT limited to) past coaches (especially Mr. Rod Brummels) who have taken the time to develop these student-athletes into the players and young men.
Many of the 2017 Tigers return with a couple years of experience under Mr. Brummels who had been coaching football at Osmond High School in some capacity since 2010 (mainly as head coach).
While the Tigers might not be the biggest or most talented group of football players in Nebraska Class D-2 football, they are a group that has strong leadership and a tremendous mentality.
“It has been great to see how this year’s upperclassmen have dedicated themselves to making this year as good as possible,” Coach Scott Morrison said.
This starts with the team’s captains Colton Beacom (Sr., B/LB), Drew Krienert (Sr., E/DE), Nick Reikofski (Jr., OL/LB), and Anthony Heiman (Jr., B/LB).
All four are returning letter-winners and were voted on by the rest of the team.
The remaining upperclassmen include Alex Alderson (Sr., OL/DE), Brenden Hille (Sr., B/DB), Alex Palu (Sr., B/LB), and Asher Wattier (Sr., OL/LB).
“Our senior class has stuck together for several years and are committed to each other,” Morrison said. “They will be the nucleus of our team that will move us forward.”
Jan Louis Muschter (Sr., E/DL) will be staying with in the Osmond area as a foreign exchange student from Germany.
Muschter does not have a lot of experience with football, but is coachable and could develop into a major contributor for the team.
“Louis is a great young man!” Morrison said. “We have all enjoyed meeting him and know he’s going to be a big part of this team.”
The other returning letter-winner on for the 2017 Tigers is Alexis Solorzano (So., OL/DL).
Several other sophomores will likely play important roles for the team. This includes Josh Gansebom (B/LB), Justus Maertins (B/DB), Landon Stelling (OL/DL), and Logan Stelling (OL/DL).
“We have some talented players in our sophomore class,” Morrison said. “It will be fun to see how they will develop as the year goes on.”
Osmond’s football team includes six freshmen.
This includes Blake Bahr (OL/DL), Zach Boyle (OL/DL), Connor Gutz (B/LB), Zach Huwaldt (E/DE), Parker Johnson (OL/LB), and Graysen Schultze (B/DB).
“This group will be a fun one to work with,” Morrison said. “Several members show the drive and work ethic necessary to get an opportunity.”
Osmond’s coaching staff includes a mix of both familiar and new faces. Veterans Todd Schulze (offense, offensive/defensive line) and Mike Slagle (special teams and linebackers) have been with the team for multiple seasons.
Dave Schmit (defense and defensive backs) and Tony Thies (Ends) will begin their first year on the Tigers’ staff.
“Our team is extremely fortunate to have a great group of coaches,” Morrison said. “We’ve got a great mix of experience and energy. But, best of all, each of our coaches is a great individual!”
The Tigers play a difficult schedule, but one which test their endurance and ability to improve as the season goes along. consistency.
Their season begins in Humphrey against perineal D-2 power Humphrey-St. Francis. They then host a tradition-rich Howells-Dodge squad.
They round out their non-district schedule at rival Randolph.
Osmond’s five district opponents will provide challenges for the team. Their district schedule begins with a trip to Basset for a game against an up-and-coming North Central team.
They host a tough Stuart team on Homecoming and then an improved Elkhorn Valley squad.
They travel to Knox county to Bloomfield to fight against a solid Bees’ team. They round out the season against one of the most traditionally consistent teams in the state: the O’Neill-St. Mary’s Cardinals.
The challenge for the Tigers will be maintaining constant improvement. The Tigers look to build on their performances each week to reach a peak near the end of their season.
Thanks for your continued support! Go Tigers!!!
OCS begins the 2017-2018 school year
Osmond Community School started fresh on Monday, August 14. The first day of the fall semester began with a buzz of excitement.
To open the school day, seven through twelfth grade students convened in the gym where OCS Principal Mr. Kurt Polt addressed some of the expectations and policies implemented for the new school year.
Students then took part in class meetings where they received introductory paperwork from the school, chose class officers, etc.
Bus evacuation drills were held by OCS Transportation Director Mr. Dwight Kahny and the staff of bus drivers.
After the evacuation drills, students attended periods 1-8 on a 1:30 PM dismissal schedule.
So, needless to say, the 2017-2018 school year got out to a great start!