Student Announcements 4/22/16

RHS Student Announcements
        Friday,  April 22, 2016   A Day

District Music Contest

After school Weather:
Please wait OUTSIDE   ⛅

Happy Birthday!  🎂
Eileen Cuevas
Alan Michael Espino
Antonio Gonzales
Diego Guevara
Mitchell Lanois
Kaci Merchen
Angelina Torres
Prom tickets are on sale now!!  Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased during lunch or after school in room D112.  REMEMBER:  you CAN NOT buy tickets at the door.

Reminder to Juniors and Seniors this year Prom is being held at the UNO Milo Bail Student Center!  Do not go to the Ralston Arena!  Then Post Prom is back here at the high school!

The Ralston High School Summer Program information and schedule is available now in the main office.  Please see the counseling center for any questions regarding registration.

The Ralston GSA will be observing the National Day of Silence today, Friday, April 22nd. Certain students have chosen to participate in order to bring awareness to the issue of LGBTQ+ bullying in schools. If you'd like to learn more about GSA, the Day of Silence, or LGBTQ+ issues, please ask a GSA member on another day or see Mr. Garst. 

Join FAIR for our next discussion group on Civic Engagement on Monday, April 25th from 3:30-4:30p in A102. 

Anyone who is still interested in Speech, Debate, or Slam Poetry but was unable to attend the informational meeting during homeroom on Thursday should speak with Mrs. Adair B218, Mr. Garst B208, or Mr. Lacey B207. 

Reminder to students that are in Teammates, please turn in your permission forms for the zoo trip to Ms. Morgan or Mrs. Maly ASAP.
The Swimming Competency test will be administered on the following dates:  Thursday, April 28th or Thursday, May 5th both at 6:30 AM.  Students should plan on a minimum of 1 hour for testing.  This is a very comprehensive test and absolutely no instruction will be given prior to or during the test.
Students MUST pre-register for a test session by calling RHS at 402-331-7373, and sessions are limited to the first 12 students to call.  Reminder: passing this test only waives the swimming classification for graduation, it DOES NOT award any credits, the 2.5 credits must be completed in another PE course.  If you have any questions please see Mr. Hartfield.
Ralston HOSA/Health Sciences is hosting a blood drive Friday May 6th in the gym.  If you haven't already signed up please see Mrs. Ziegler in room G120 or talk to HOSA/Health Science students!  Remember, if you are 16 you will need to have a parent permission form signed and turned in before the day of the blood drive.  
RESPECT is seeking a young female actor-educator to fill out our company. We will be holding auditions on Monday andTuesday evenings, May 16th and 17th
 from 7-9pm at the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center on the UNO campus.The auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and a short interview. RESPECT is an equal opportunity employer and actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition. For more information or to reserve an audition slot, please email our Artistic Director Moira Mangiameli at:

The “Tabs for Abs” collection cups are now available in homeroom.   “Tabs for Abs” collects aluminum can tabs in memory of Abbey Rotert, who lost her battle to a rare disease two years ago.  The tabs are recycled with the money donated to The Ronald McDonald House in her memory.  The tabs will be collected during Thursday homerooms through May 4th, with weekly totals announced on Friday. Each week the homeroom with the most tabs donated will receive doughnuts.  Donations larger than the collection cups can be dropped off in Room A217.  
Registration for Summer Driver's Education will be Tuesday and Wednesday, May 10th & 11th from 7:00pm - 8:00pm in the RHS Commons.  Class will be from June 6th through the 17th.  Registration forms with more information are now available in the main office.
College/Career Center
Seniors:  I am still accepting Scholarship Reporting Forms.  Turn them in to me A.S.A.P.!!!  Remember:  If you receive scholarships after you've turned your form in, you can still report those new scholarships.  You need over $4 million dollars in scholarship and grant $ to catch last year's seniors.  Look at the chart in the College/Career Center's window.  Mrs. Balus
Seniors:  Look at the scholarship total - you're up to $4.1 million!!!  Keep 'em coming!!!

Student Opportunity:
If you are a freshman and interested in a career as a nurse, this program is for you!  The University of Nebraska Medical Center is hosting a Vitals Summer Day Camp on June 21 & 22 at UNMC's College of Nursing.  You will visit a healthcare facility, interact with UNMC staff, faculty, students and more!  20 students will be selected to attend.  Applications are available from Mrs. Balus in C/C Center and is due to UNMC by Friday, April 29, so don't delay!!
Summer Opportunity:
Silicon Valley Start-up:  Flippy ( is a super fast growing new app that lets you become the star of famous clips They are running an 8-week marketing internship (Jun 13 - Aug 5) that students can participate in remotely, with live video chat lessons and checkins. You would get real world marketing experience and learn things like Viral strategy, Influencer programs, Content marketing, Network retargeting, etc. They would get help growing their brand, and learn from your product feedback. Should take only a few hours/week. Seems like a win-win!  If you're interested: 1. Download Flippy and play with the app to see if you like it. 2. Click ( and fill out the application form. 
3. You should hear from them within a week or so.

Community Service Opportunities
There will be a parent-child group on May 4th or 5th at Meadows Elementary school, they are looking for volunteers for approximately an hour after school.  They would be helping to supervise/entertain the older siblings, so parents and their infant/toddlers can be engaged in an activity. There would be only about 3 to 5 children ages Kindergarten to 3rd grade.  If interested please contact: Jodene Gall at
Boys Town National Research Hospital in the Center for Childhood Deafness will be participating on Monday, May 30th in the annual Memorial Day Run.   We are looking for a group of volunteers to sponsor water table stations.  If interested please contact Teresa McEvoy at or call 402-452-5042.
If you are a senior athlete who has been out for three sports for all four years please visit the Activities Director's office and let Mr. Smith or Ms. Mackey know.  This needs to be done ASAP.
Boys JV Soccer Invitational - TBD - Away
Girls Varsity Tennis vs Millard South - 4:00pm - Home
Reserve Baseball vs Omaha Central - 4:30pm - Home (Orval Smith)
Girls Varsity Soccer - Ram Invitational - 5:00pm - Home

A Look Ahead: 
Saturday, April 223rd
Prom -8:00pm - 11:00pm - UNO Student Center
Post Prom - 12:00am - 4:30am - RHS 

Monday, April 25th
Boys & Girls Varsity Soccer - RCC Tournament - TBA 
Girls JV Tennis vs Roncalli - 4:00pm - Home
Girls Varsity Tennis vs Gretna - 4:00pm - Away
JV Baseball vs Falls City - 4:30pm - Away
Varsity Baseball vs Falls City - 6:30pm - Away

🎓  Important Dates for Seniors:📃
Wednesday, May 11th
Senior Honors Night - 6:30pm - RHS

Thursday, May 12th
Senior's last day - full day schedule

Friday, May 13th
Graduation Rehearsal - 11:00am - Ralston Arena

Sunday, May 15th
Graduation - 2:00pm - Ralston Arena

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