The Osmond TeamMates chapter celebrated the end of their third successful school year on Tuesday, May 16th. Beth Manzer, Program Coordinator welcomed the mentees, mentors and families and thanked everyone for their commitment to the program.
The evening was kicked off with a potluck barbeque at the school. Once everyone was finished eating, Beth Manzer took the kids out to the playground. Here the kids burned off some energy and shared with Mrs. Manzer some of their favorite things about the TeamMates program. Inside, Leah Orr, Board of Directors President, handed out certificates to mentors who achieved various milestones with their mentees. Current Board of Directors were also recognized and given certificates for their years of service.
The group capped off the evening by moving locations and meeting down at the Osmond City Park to play water balloon volleyball. Those who wanted to participate were paired with a partner, given a towel and formed teams on the sand volleyball courts. The object of the game is for partners to toss a water balloon over to the other side of the net using a towel. The five pairs of partners on the other side of the net then have to try and catch the balloon before it falls to the ground and splatters. By the end of the evening, all of the pairs had their own strategies for tossing and catching the balloons. Ice cream bars were given to all participants as they departed for the evening.
Special thanks to:
Todd Schulze and Julie Slagle, Board of Directors for planning the event
Mentors who brought food for the potluck and helped set up and clean up
10 or More Club
* These mentors met at least 10 times with their mentees during the 2016-2017 school year
Todd Schulze Scott Morrison Ross Stelling Lacy Stelling
Julie Slagle Jim Weber Bill Steffen
24 or More Club
* These mentors met at least 24 times with their mentees during the 2016-2017 school year
Patti Ketelsen Melissa Lind Joan Kumm Gary Schieffer
Chris Adamson Pam Johnson Leah Orr Jenny von Rentzell
Doug Ketelsen Beth Maertins Amanda Koehler
Board of Directors
Leah Orr, President, 3 years
Jane Brummels, Vice President, 2 years
Julie Slagle, Secretary, 3 years
Patti Ketelsen, Treasurer, 2 years
Justin Orr, 3 years
Todd Schulze, 1 year
Gary Schieffer, 1 year
BEEMER--Alex Kumm qualified for the NSAA Class D State Golf Tournament thanks to his qualifying score on Monday, May 15 in Beemer.
The state meet will be in North Platte on Tuesday, May 23 through Wednesday, May 24.
Osmond Community school kindergartners have reached Ready Reader status in the accelerated reader program. Mrs. Michelle Thoene's nine kindergartners listened to books read aloud, took quizzes on those books, and earned five points. Volunteer six graders read the tests allowed to the students. Congratulations to the kindergarten class!
In the photo back row at a Adalyn Koehler, Evynn Kumm, Katarina Miller, Emiliano Solorazano, and Kobe Maertins.
Front row Kenley Friedrich, Drake Kingham, Allyson Dahlin, , and Rodgers Chishiba Jr.
On Friday May 12, the Osmond Elementary student council hosted a talent show.
Student council members Cali Gutz, Trevor Thompson, Cody Gansebom and Zach Reikofski served as emcees for the event.
The show started off with a play & song by Denise Schmit's 5th grade class.
Twenty-six other students performed acts such as jump roping, performing Segway demonstrations, performing piano selections, lperforming ip-sync, singing karaoke, dancing, and doing card tricks.
A good time was had by al performers and spectators.
High School Tigers excel in reading program
Several Osmond High School juniors and sophomores worked hard at their reading practice throughout the 2016-2017 school year to earn recognition and prizes.
Overall there were seven students who finished with either over 100 reading points (Century Club) worth of reading or finished in the top two in their class in reading points.
This started with the juniors and two juniors specifically. Aleia Kumm and Jessica Jensen were the top two in their class. Each finished with over 200 points.
Kumm read 295.6 points of material whereas Jensen read 232.2 points.
Erin Schultze also did a tremendous job. She finished with 169.6 points.
The sophomores had four students who earned at least 100 reading material points. These were Mariah Stech, Brandi Gansebom, Makenzie Johnson, and Kayla Wingert.
Stech was the top point-earner in her class. She had 170.4 points. Brandi Gansebom read 104.6 points worth of material.
Johnson was a close third as she read 103.4 points of material. Kayla Wingert earned a place in the Century Club as well with 100.8 points.
The top point-earner in the class earned a novel of their choice. All students who made it on the Century Club received prizes including five Osmond Dollars, free sandwich coupons from Subway in Plainview, and free items coupons from Caseys in Plainview.
Students also signed the “Top Two in Each Class Poster” and/or the “Century Club Poster” in the English classroom.
Thank you to the students for all of their extra work and to the local businesses who provided the prizes.
JH Boys Win Winside Track Invite
The Osmond J.H. Track team competed at the Winside Invite on Tuesday, May 9th. The Tigers scored 174 points to finish in first place out of the 5 teams competing. The Tigers were led by Connor Gutz, Johnson Chishiba, and Keaton Wattier who each won two individual events and Zach Huwaldt and Graysen Schultze who each won one individual event. Also winning gold for Osmond was the 400 m relay team consisting on Zach H., Graysen S., Bodie True, and Bryan Solorzano and the 1600 m relay team consisting of Connor G., Johnson C., Bryan S., and Alexander Heiman.
This was our last meet of the year and all the kids performed great. We won eight individual events as well as the two relays. This was a great team effort, not only did the team win 10 gold medals but overall we finished with 23 total medals. This is a very talented group of kids who worked hard all season and really performed well all year. They realized how successful they could be and came together as a team and supported each other all season. This was a really fun group of kids to work with.
100 m dash; 1st Zach Huwaldt 12.27 sec., 2nd Bodie True 12.41 sec., 3rd Bryan Solorzano 12.43 sec.
200 m dash; 1st Connor Gutz 26.43 sec., 2nd Bodie True 26.50 sec., 3rd Keaton Wattier 27.52 sec.
400 m dash; 1st Connor Gutz 58.90 sec.
800 m run; 1st Johnson Chishiba 2:18.9
1200 m run; 1st Johnson Chishiba 3:46.6
110 m Hurdles; 1st Keaton Wattier 19.70 , 6th Alexander Heiman 21.81
200 m Hurdles; 1st Keaton Wattier 30.65, 5th Alexander Heiman 34.46, 6th Hunter Beacom 35.44
1600 m relay; 1st ( Connor G., Alexander H., Bryan S., Johnson C.,) 4:11.58
400 m relay; 1st ( Bryan S., Bodie T., Graysen S., Zach H.,) 52.00
High Jump; 3rd Alexander Heiman 4 ft 8 in
Long Jump; 2nd Connor Gutz 15-4, 4th Graysen Schultze 14-9.5
Triple Jump; 1st Graysen Schultze 33-6, 3rd Johnson Chishiba 32-5.5
Shot Put; 2nd Zach Huwaldt 35-6.5
Discus; 5th Zach Huwaldt 78-2
Weightmans 400 m relay; 2nd ( Hunter Beacom, Mason Gansebom, Parker Johnson, Blake Bahr ) 1:07.8
Graduation held for OCS Class of 2017
Mission accomplished. The Osmond Community Schools (OCS) Class of 2017 officially graduated on Saturday, May 13.
There were nineteen 2017 graduates. This included Blake Aschoff, Shelby Aschoff, Breanna Bolz, Bailee Gillespie, Paul Gubbels, Hannah Gutz, Brock Johnson, Hailey Johnson, Kendyl Koehler, Preston Koehler, Curtis Kralicek, Diane Kruse, Bryan Manzer, Cole Moes, Tyler Reikofski, Brett Simomns, Kyle Swallow, Tucker Timmerman, and Tyler von Rentzell.
Graduation began with a processional to the music of the OHS band. OCS Superintendant Dave Hamm then introduced speakers the upcoming speakers.
Preston Koehler and Kendyl Koehler (Salutatorian) delivered speeches before David Diekmann, Commander American Legion Post 326 presented awards.
The American Legion Awards included Tyler von Rentzell (Male-1st place), Preston Koehler (Male-Honorable Mention), Hannah Gutz (Female-1st Place), and Kendyl Koehler (Female-Honorable Mention).
Hannah Gutz () then presented a speech. She was followed by OCS Guidance Counselor Jane Brummels who recognized students for their respective scholarships.
Tucker Timmerman also delivered a speech before Mr. Hamm and OCS Board President recognized departing staff employed with the school for at least five years.
These were Janet Brown (Social Sciences), Michael Brown (K-12 Principal), Rod Brummels (English-Language Arts), Randy Jochum (Activities Director/Spanish), and Beth Manzer (Business).
Senior involved in both band and choir joined their fellow musicians for their high school finales. The band and choir both performed a selection to send off the seniors.
Tyler Reikofski (Valedictorian) delivered his speech just before Mr. Hamm, Mrs. Reikofski, Paul Koehler (board member), Aaron von Rentzell (board member), and Mark Moes (board member) handed out diplomas.
Tyler von Rentzell gave the farewell speech. Then graduates found family and friends to recognize during a slide show.
The graduate then marched out of the gym in style (2017 sunglasses on their faces and tassels moved to the left).
Fifth Graders perform Underground Railroad Play
The Osmond Elementary School fifth graders performed a play based on Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad on Friday, May 12 at 2:00 PM in the school’s multi-purpose room.
The fifth graders filled seventeen parts. Mrs. Denise Schmit was the Scene Reader, Spencer Hille read the Narrator 2 part, and Juliana Kumm was Narrator 1.
Leah Poellet played Sally; Sydney Dominguez played Mother. Caydence Krienert played Rit, while Brooklyn Wattier played Harriet.
Anna Kahny was Minty; Matthew Alderson was Man 2; Trevor Thompson played Overseer, and James Doyle played Frank.
Caleb Miller was Man 1; John Boyle played Johnny; Hunter played Jim and Boy. Baylen Guenther was William Still; Owen Severson played Thomas.
Kahny earns Honor Reader
After a year-long journey, Osmond Community Schools fifth grader Anna Kahny became the elementary’s twelfth Honor Reader.
Anna read over 150 points worth of Accelerated Reading material. She read several books including Esperanza Rising and Endless Steppe. (She noted that these were her two favorite books.
Of the 150 points that she earned, Anna had to earn seventy-five points of fiction and seventy-five points of non-fiction.
Anna enjoyed fiction, but found her most challenging book was Watership Downs. She enjoyed the fiction material because it helped her imagine the story in her head.
While she enjoyed fiction, she had a difficult time with the seventy-five non-fiction points. Her least favorite book was “fact, fact, fact.”
Mrs. Denise Schmit (Anna’s fifth grade teacher) noted how important Anna’s progress has been.
‘Today…we celebrate a great a great achievement—the pinnacle of the AR reading program.”
Anna started her reading on September 29. She read biographies, autobiographies, historical fictions, classics, and a piece by a Nebraska author.
Of course, Anna couldn’t read just any book; each book had to be approved for her reading level and the rigor involved.
Anna mentioned that her motivations included those students who earned Honor Reader previously.