Middle school civics class

March 12, 2020

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The RTR Middle School civics class, taught by Jackie Hess, recently took a field trip to the Lyon County Courthouse for a mock trial, with the help of Court Reporter Darla Madsen. Pictured above: Civics class students with Madsen and Judge Tricia Zimmer.

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Eli Determan (left) and Trinity Bloom participating in the mock trial.

Russell-Tyler-Ruthton speech teams compete

March 12, 2020

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RTR junior high speech participants at Luverne, from left to right in front, are Hailey Wigton, Melissa Barber, Kylie Kerkaert, Natalie Nielsen, Kathy Grajeda, Lydia Erb and Cassie Reese; in back are Brooke Struthers, Zoey Williams, Brooklyn Cauwels, Adalia Matzner, Lily Klumper, Colton Appel, Kai Drake, Kyle Kallemeyn, Joe Dagel, Caleb Harper and Andrew Harper. Highlights: Creative Expression—Brooklyn Cauwels 5th; Discussion—Colton Appel 3rd; Duo—Grajeda/Reese 3rd, Struthers/Williams 4th, Barber/Kerkaert 6th; Great Speeches—Caleb Harper 1st; Humor—Lily Klumper 3rd; Informative—Adalia Matzner 5th; Original Oratory—Joe Dagel 4th; Storytelling—Andrew Harper 6th.

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The RTR High School Speech Team competed at Luverne. Pictured left to right in front are Julia Nilles, Cassie Reese, Kathy Grajeda, Lily Klumper, Natalie Nielsen, Brianna Pattison, Andrew Harper and Hailey Wigton; in back are Amber Bakker, Cari Baune, Katelynn Behnke, Sophie Blagdon, Jenna Lingen, Caleb Witte, Alex Duus, Caleb Harper and Grace Klumper. Highlights: Team placed 1st in small schools division, 3rd overall; Discussion— Julia Nilles 5th; Duo—Nielsen/Pattison 1st, Baune/Behnke 2nd, Lingen/Blagdon 3rd, Klumper/Klumper 6th; Great Speeches—Caleb Harper 1st; Humorous—Alex Duus 1st.

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Lady Knights, Knights make basketball leaderboard

March 12, 2020

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The annual basketball leaderboard for both girls and boys has been an­nounced by the Marshall Independent. Twelve dif­ferent schools have play­ers who were on the board in seven different stat cat­egories. Scoring, 3-point field goals, free throws, rebounding, assists, steals and blocks are the seven stat categories.
The RTR Lady Knights and Knights each had one player in the scoring area. Kalleigh Carr scored points at a rate of 11.7 ppg while Aiden Wichmann scored at a rate of 13.3 ppg. Both of these players will be back next year to help their re­spective teams.

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COVID-19 preparedness – a message from RTR Schools

March 12, 2020

Outbreaks of novel virus infections, such as the Cor­onavirus COVID-19, among people are always of pub­lic health concern. The risk to the general public from these outbreaks depends on characteristics of the virus, including how well it spreads between people; the severity of resulting illness; and the medical or other measures avail­able to control the impact of the virus (for example, vaccines or medications that can treat the illness). This disease has caused severe illness, including illness resulting in death, and is concerning, es­pecially since it has also shown sustained person-to-person spread in sev­eral places.
Current Risk Assess­ment:
– For the majority of people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the vi­rus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. There is not widespread circula­tion in the United States.
– People in places where ongoing community spread of the virus has been reported are at ele­vated risk of exposure, but our school district is not one of those communities at this time.
– Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 are at elevated risk of exposure.
– Close contacts of per­sons with COVID-19 also are at elevated risk of ex­posure.
– Travelers returning from affected international locations where commu­nity spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure, with increase in risk dependent on loca­tion.

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School construction continues to move forward

March 5, 2020

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Things are starting to take shape at the new RTR School building site on the west side of Tyler.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
A new phase of the construction at the RTR School building site started this week with the installation of steel joists on what will be the auxiliary gymnasium. R.A. Morton Site Manager Michael Beach said joists will also soon be placed on the future auditorium.
“They will move on to the auditorium next,” Beach said. “Then on to what will be the shop. [Tuesday] we will recommence with setting of the precast panels. We’ll soon be moving on to the education wing. If we get some sunshine and 50 degrees, we’ll be able to scratch some more footings in by the end of the month.”

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Knights fall short in section quarterfinals to Adrian-Ellsworth

March 5, 2020

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Hayden Gravely launched an acrobatic shot and was fouled in the process during Saturday’s playoff game against Adrian.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR boys fought the good fight to Num­ber 3 seed, The Adrian- Ellsworth Dragons, last Saturday in Worthington. After the Knights led at the halftime break, the Drag­ons, using free throws and rebounding, managed to score enough points the second half to move on. The final score was 66 to 62.
Coach Kern had his thoughts on the tough loss. “We really gave it all we had the full 36 minutes of play. The rebounding edge hurt us, especially down the stretch when you re­ally notice it. Our seniors will be missed next year. They helped us so much, especially the seniors who probably didn’t play all that much in games, but gave it all they had in practices. Hopefully, the underclass­men took something away from this game to help them in future games.”

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Senior Payton Hess puts up a shot in Saturday’s playoff game in Worthington.

Gymnstics team completes inaugural season

March 5, 2020

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The RTR gymnastics team recently concluded their inaugural season under Head Coach Stephanie Ekema. Pictured from left are Brynn Peterson, Jeyla Kor, Calin Kor, Jacey Jorgensen, Katie Ekema, Emma Althoff, Trinity Hagen and Dajza Gilmore.

On to state

March 5, 2020

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Qualifiers to the State Free Throw contest are, second from left, Blake Christianson, who made 21 of 25 free throws, then winning five tie-breaking shootouts to win the 13-year-old boys division; Laken Baartman, who made 20 of 25 free throws to win the 11-year-old girls division; and Makayla Hesse, who made 16 of 25 free throws, winning the 10-year-old girls division. Chase Christianson, far left, took second place in the 12-year-old boys division, making him runner-up for the State contest.

Ag Olympics

March 5, 2020

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Kylea Baartman and Darrick Baartman team up in the wheelbarrow race during Friday’s Ag Olympics at RTR High School.

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Middle School Showcase Night

March 5, 2020

The students at the Middle School are get­ting geared up to show off their 2019-2020 school projects. All of the stu­dents put a lot of work into this display. Displays are judged in nine different categories: Most Interest­ing, Most Memorable, Best Theme, Best Demonstra­tion, Best Use of Technol­ogy, Most Inventive Dis­play, Repurposed Display and School Spirit Display. Also Wild Card and Over­all Showcase winners will be given. The students re­ward for all of their hard work will be a variety of gift cards, monetary gifts and much much more!

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