From the Desk of the Superintendent Kelly Rasch, New England School Superintendent

Several exciting things are going on at New England Public school.Published February 21, 2014

The Herald

The building project has been delayed because of several issues as often happens with big construction projects. These are or have been addressed and the end is coming near. The fifth and sixth grade classrooms are finished and in use. The students and teachers are excited to be in their classrooms and know it was worth the wait. Please find a fifth or sixth grader to give you a tour. They are happy to give guided tours.

The library is coming along. The railings are just about finished in the front of the school. As soon as the front doors are electronically fixed the front entrance will be open for business. Thank you for your patience.

This year Mrs. Carol Herberholz and the Honor Society have chosen to have a “Nickels for Nate” fundraiser, rather than their annual Pennies for Patients fundraiser. The money raised will be given to help with medical expenses for Nate Schatz who was in a vehicle accident the end of October. The students and teachers have given donations to have ice cream and to be able to wear hats and their favorite jersey to school. There have also been baked goods for the kids and raffles at the ball games at school. The Honor Society has several activities planned for a total of three weeks. The activities will end with the annual carnival for the students. Please be sure to support the Honor Society in this wonderful way to give back to someone in our own community. Congratulations to Mrs. Herberholz and her Honor Society members for working so hard for such a worthy cause.

Speech practice has begun at Trinity High School. New England has 6 students grade 7-12 that are participating this year. Good luck to you for a successful season.

A very successful fundraiser for our music students, put on by the Lions and Music Boosters was held in January. A delicious spaghetti feed was held during a basketball game and a pie auction was held during the A and B squad basketball games. A big thank you to the Lions organization for all of your help, for all that you do for our community and to all community members and friends for supporting our music students who will be going to Chicago.

Speaking of basketball games, if you haven’t had a chance to get out and see our girls and boys games, there is still time left. You don’t want to miss another game. Both boys and girls teams are doing very well. The gym has been full every night. Thank you New England fans.

If you are not a big sports fan, but you like good hometown entertainment, you still need to get to a ballgame. Mr. Don Nordby is our new Tiger mascot, and to say he is entertaining is an understatement. Words can not describe how much excitement and laughter he has brought to our gym.

We have also had little kid basketball games during halftime of some of the varsity games, just wait until these players are in high school. Another exciting thing that is happening is the Kit Kats (elementary age girls) who will be dancing at a couple of our home games. The Booster Club has been selling delicious homemade soup at the ball games. You will definitely not be disappointed if you come to a game. Hope to see you at the next game.

Congratulations to Matthew Bock, a third grader, who won the state free throw contest at his level and now has an all expense paid trip to South Dakota for his next competition. Good luck Matthew.

Congratulations to our Hettinger County MathCounts winners and to their advisor Mrs. Shannay Witte. The winners are: 1st place – Braden Rayhorn, 2nd place – Trent Youngstrand, 3rd place – Hailee Kuske, 4th place – Eve Stegner and 6th place – Molly Rayhorn.

Respectfully submitted,

Kelly Rasch, Superintendent



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