The speech team worked hard this year competing and medaling against many schools. Unfortunately, their season was cut short when district and state were canceled. I am very proud of everything they have accomplished and the growth they have made during the season. We had three great additions to the team this year; Cali Gutz, Kiera Moes, and Allie Aschoff. In order to receive a letter in speech, you must place at the varsity level. It is exciting to see that all members received a letter this year!
We had one freshman this year- Cali Gutz. Cali competed in duet acting with Kiera Moes. At the JV level, they placed 3rd at the Wausa invite. Moving to the varsity level they placed 4th at Wynot and 4th Creighton. Finishing the year at the conference meet, they placed 5th in the honors round.
Our sophomores this year include Kiera Moes, Riley Wagner, Kaden Polt, and Kenzie vonRentzell. Along with her duet, Kiera competed in persuasive speaking. At the JV level, she placed 6th at Hartington. At the varsity level, she placed 1st at Wynot and 6th in the honors round at Conference. Kenzie vonRentzell competed in varsity informative speaking. Kenzie placed 3rd in the honors finals at Creighton, 1st in Wynot, and 5th at Conference.
Riley Wagner competed in varsity serious prose. Riley placed 6th at Creighton, 5th at Wausa, 3rd at Wynot, and 2nd in the honors finals at Conference. Riley also competed in varsity duet acting with Kaden Polt. They placed 4th at Hartington, 1st at Wynot, 1st at Wausa, 1st at Creighton, and 1st at Crofton. Riley and Kaden ended their season receiving 3rd place at Conference. Along with the duet, Kaden competed in entertainment speaking. He placed 5th at Crofton, 3rd in the honors finals at Crieghton, 1st at Wynot, and 1st in the honors finals at Conference.
Our Juniors this year include Allie Aschoff and Austin Vinson. Austin competed in varsity informative speaking and varsity poetry. In informative, Austin placed 5th at Wynot and 3rd in the honors finals at Conference. In poetry, he placed 6th at Wynot and 6th in the honors finals at Conference. Allie competed in serious prose and placed 2nd in JV at Osmond, 5th in varsity at Wynot, 5th in varsity at Crofton and 6th in the honors round at Conference.
Lastly, our senior on the team is Diandra Polt. Diandra competed in varsity extemporaneous speaking placing 4th at Wausa, 3rd at Crofton, 3rd at Creighton, and 4th at Conference. I will miss having Diandra on the team next year, but look forward to seeing what the others will accomplish!
The purpose of this message is to inform students and parents of the plan to end the current school year. The seniors last day of school is May 1. Students in grades K-11 who have all work completed will be dismissed on May 8. Students with outstanding assignments will be contacted by their teachers and will be given until May 15 to complete assignments. A procedure to return books, IPADS, and chromebooks to the school will be communicated at a later date. Meals will continue to be delivered through May 20. Once again, thank you for your understanding and cooperation throughout this entire academic process.
Osmond Community School third grader, Adalyn Koehler,
daughter of Jared and Amanda Koehler, received the
distinguished award of reaching Star Reader in the Accelerated
Reading program. This award is achieved in the AR program
by reading at least 3 books with a 4.0 or higher level, worth at
least 4 points. This young reader has already exceeded that
qualification for this prestigious award! She presently has a
total of 127 AR points for this school year. She has read, to
date this school year, 871,031 words. When asked by her
teacher, Mrs. Schultze, what her favorite book was, and what
her favorite genre is, she replied: “The Happy Hollisters” and
Mrs. Schultze commented that even though Adalyn may have
worked hard to receive her Star Reader status, her natural love
for reading seemed to make it easy for her to accomplish!
Congratulations to Adalyn!
From the Osmond School Wellbeing Team
During this time of uncertainty and change it becomes a challenge to maintain all areas of our personal wellbeing. Our goal is to encourage and support students and families in the area of social/emotional wellbeing. Here are some helpful resources we hope you take the time to check out.
Helpful resources for you:
Coping Strategies During COVID-19 ( See Below)
Acknowledge the challenges we are all facing and then act in love.
Link to the video-”Rooted in Love” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OjjWh-8Iv0&feature=youtu.be
Even the little changes in life are losses. Grief over lost experiences and connections is a common experience at this time and is similar to loss of a loved one.
“Helping Children and Teens Cope With Grief and Loss” https://www.wholechildcounseling.com/post/helping-children-teens-cope-with-grief-loss
Osmond Wellbeing Counselor, Diane Martin, LIMHP is available to provide wellbeing support to students and families during this time! Mrs. Martin is able to connect with students through Zoom (telehealth/internet), phone, or email. Mrs. Martin can provide resources or connections if you have specific needs or areas of concern. You can contact her via email: martind@oztigers or call the Osmond School.
The Osmond School Wellbeing Team wishes you all peace, wellness, and safety in the days to come.
What Adults Can Do To Buffer Children From Stressful Events As Our Schools
Close Down & Coping Strategies To Help All Of Us
During an Infectious Disease Outbreak, Adults need to help children by
● Provide a safe and predictable routine. Structure the day and make sure you include
breaks for movement and play, as well as their school work.
● Provide children with developmentally appropriate information about what is going
on in a calm and straightforward manner.
● Be available and responsive. Look for signs of stress in your child’s behavior and
provide assistance to them as you co-regulate their nervous system. (examples in
● Turn off the 24/7 news cycle and buffer your kids from the vast majority of TV news.
● Encourage physical activity- Outdoor activity as much as possible.
● Model Healthy coping skills-calming strategies, guided imagery, deep breaths, etc.
Please Remember: Do not “over-share” your own feelings of anxiety that provokes
increased anxiety in them, but focus on coping with them together in a healthy
● Do not forget to have fun together and although not convenient it is an event that
our kids will remember. Make sure there are some good memories within this
For more Coronavirus Information and Resources for kids, parents and educators please go to:
Coping with Stress During Times of Uncertainty.
Know The Signs Of Stress
- An increase or decrease in your energy and activity levels.
- An increase in your alcohol, tobacco use or use of illegal drugs.
- An increase in irritability, with outbursts of anger and frequent arguing.
- Having trouble relaxing or sleeping.
- Crying frequently.
- Worrying excessively.
- Wanting to be alone most of the time.
- Blaming other people for everything.
- Having difficulty communicating or listening.
- Having difficulty giving or accepting help.
- Inability to feel pleasure or have fun.
-Having Stomach Aches or diarrhea , Having headaches and other pains.
-Losing your appetite, or eating too much.
-Sweating or having chills.
-Getting tremors or muscle twitches.
-Being easily startled.
- Being anxious or fearful.
- Feeling depressed, Feeling Guilty, Feeling Angry.
- Feeling heroic, euphoric, or invulnerable.
- not caring about anything.
- feeling overwhelmed by sadness.
-Have trouble remembering things.
-Having trouble thinking clearly and concentrating.
-Having difficulty making decisions.
How to Relieve Stress
You can manage and alleviate your stress by taking time to take care of yourself.
Keep Things In Perspective: Set limits on how much time you spend reading or watching
the news about the outbreak. You will want to stay up to date on news of the outbreak,
particularly if you have loved ones in places where many people have gotten sick. But make
sure to take time away and focus on things in your life that are going well and that you CAN
Get The Facts: Find people and resources you can depend on for accurate health
information. Learn from them and how to protect yourself against illness. If you are at risk,
you may turn to your family doctor. A state or local health department, U.S. government
agencies, or an international organization.
Keep Yourself Healthy:
- Eat healthy foods, and drink plenty of water.
- Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol DO NOT use tobacco or illegal
- Get enough sleep and rest.
- Get Physical exercise.
Pay Attention To Your Body, Feelings, And Spirit:
- Recognize and heed early warning signs of stress.
- Recognize how your own past experiences affect your way of thinking and feeling
about this event, and think of how you handled your thoughts, emotions and
behavior around past events.
- Know that feeling stressed, depressed, guilty or angry is common after an event like
an infectious disease outbreak, even when it does not directly threaten you.
- Connect with others who may be experiencing stress about the outbreak. Talk about
your feelings about the outbreak, share reliable health information, and enjoy
conversation unrelated to the outbreak, to remind yourself of the many important
positive things in your lives.
- Take time to renew your spirit through medication, prayer, or helping others in
Use Practical Ways To Relax:
- Relax your body often by doing things that work for you- take deep breaths, stretch,
meditate, wash your face and hands, or engage in pleasurable hobbies.
- Pace yourself between stressful activities and do a fun thing after a hard task.
- Use time to relax-eat a good meal, read, listen to music, take a bath, play a game,
talk to family.
- Talk about your feelings to loved ones and friends often.
- Take care of your physical health to help lower your stress. Take a break to focus on
positive parts of your life, like connections with loved ones.
*Information taken from: www.store.samhsa.gov
If you or someone you know shows signs of stress for several days or weeks, get help by
accessing one of these resources:
SAMHSA-Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 (English or Spanish)
SAMHSA’s National Helpline Toll Free 1-800-662-HELP
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-662-HELP or Text 741 741 #StopSuicide
During this time of uncertainty, emotions can run high for all of us. Please remember that
taking care of ourselves and our families mean trying to keep somewhat of a daily routine
while kids are out of school. Practice wellness in the areas of Physical, Emotional,
Cognitive wellness, and make healthy choices for yourself. Get outside and enjoy some
fresh air when possible. In this time of socially distancing ourselves, please remember to
check in by phone or other means to our neighbors and those who may feel alone. Do try to
find time to sit and visit with your family and friends. Make a phone call, write a letter, take
the time to connect with others. For example, keep the elderly and friends connected by
assisting your child in sending a card or note. We may be socially distancing ourselves, but
we certainly are not alone. Please, take a look at the resources listed above for some
additional coping strategies and learning ideas for students, families and educators to keep
kids involved and connected. Remember, we are all in this together. We can help each
other stay well by taking care of ourselves and each other.
Brandi Settje, MA, LIMHP
Despite the unique challenges of this unprecedented time, the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation wishes to recognize the champions who have spent the past year helping Nebraskans understand the importance of agriculture in our state.
Join us Thursday, April 2, at 4:30 for this Facebook Live event. We will recognize those who participated in the 2019-2020 Connecting Chapters program and will announce the winners of the two Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation FFA Advisor of the Year Awards.
Here is the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.
Osmond will be recognized!