• Erica Barnes

News for 9/4/2019

Welcome Back students and staff!


The 2019-2020 school year is well underway at Thunder Ridge. Teachers and students have been busy since school started August 15th. The Back to School Bash was held Sunday, August 25th with many in attendance. The first high school volleyball games of the season were played Friday, August 30th, at Natoma while a football Jamboree was played in Kensington hosting Rock Hills, Stockton and Wilson.  Middle school will kick-off their season with games played at Mankato this Thursday, September 5th; volleyball at 4:00 and football at 6:00pm. 


USD 110 Unified School District is proud to support the growth and development of young students in the classroom or on the playground, court, and field. Let’s take a moment to recognize all those who work to provide a well-rounded learning experience and safe environment for our children. 


Thunder Ridge 2019 – 2020 BOARD OF EDUCATION: Mr. Rex Lowe, President; Mr. Darin McDowell, Vice-President; Mr. Tracy Atchison, Member; Mrs. Amber Beach-Hardacre, Member; Mr. Mitch Miller, Member; Mr. Kerby Shaw, Member; Mr. Todd Slavik, Member. 


ADMINISTRATION: Mr. Jeff Yoxall Superintendent/Principal K-3 & 9-12; Mrs. Beth Norris Principal Pre-K & 4-8. 


ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT STAFF: Mrs. Roberta Atchison Middle School Secretary/Transportation Director; Mrs. Hannah Barnes High School Secretary; Mrs. Marcia Bose District School Nurse; Mrs. Ginny Dunlap Grade School Secretary/Food Service Director; Mrs. Staci Foreman District Clerk; Mr. Steve Wangerin Technology Coordinator/Board Treasurer. 


ELEMENTARY STAFF: Mrs. Dana Hughes Kindergarten; Ms. Crista Kirchhoff 1st Grade; Mrs. Dixie Hesterman 2nd Grade; Mrs. Annalee Ratliff 3rd Grade; Mrs. Kindra Hrabe Title I; Mrs. Nicki Grauerholz Classroom Aide; Mrs. Annie Adams Music; Mrs. Dixie Engelke Music Aide; Mr. Kurt Pakkebier Physical Education.


MIDDLE SCHOOL STAFF: Mrs. Amy Abbott Pre-K; Mrs. Carolyn Johnson 4th Grade; Mrs. Kelsey Levin 5th Grade; Mrs. Christina Kirchhoff 6th Grade; Mrs. Staci Reimer English, Social Studies, Title I; Ms. Shelby Dannenberg Science, Math, Title I; Mr. Don Wiens Computers, Social Studies; Mrs. Annie Adams Music; Mrs. Dixie Engelke Music Aide; Mr. Kurt Pakkebier Physical Education; Mrs. Patty Lowe Art/Library; Mrs. Tina Dennis Classroom Aide; Mrs. Marsha Pennington Library.


HIGH SCHOOL STAFF: Mrs. Annie Adams Music; Mrs. Erica Barnes Librarian; Mrs. Kathi Boden Social Studies; Ms. Alison Cole Student Success Coordinator; Mrs. Dixie Engelke Music Aide; Mrs. Robin Koelsch Business & Computers; Mrs. Brooke McDowell Science; Mrs. Denise Miller FACS; Mrs. Sarah Molzahn Vocational Agriculture; Mr. Kurt Pakkebier Physical Education; Mr. Joel Struckhoff Part time Physical Education/Para; Mrs. Beth Sukraw Math; Mr. Don Wiens Athletic Director; Mrs. Jody Yoxall English, Spanish.


SPECIAL EDUCATION: Mrs. Robin Billings Special Education K-3; Ms. Gina Peak Special Education 4-5; Mrs. Becky Lanier Special Education 6-8; Mr. Lance Nelson Special Education 9-12; Mrs. Kathy Higdon Speech Pathology K-3; Mrs. Trina Schrag Speech Pathology 4-8; Mrs. Jessica Hindman School Psychologist K-12; Mrs. Anne Abbott Adaptive P.E.; Mrs. Barb Brown Para Professional GS; Ms. Tianne McCoy Para Professional GS; Mrs. Wanda Rahjes Para Professional GS; Ms. Mary Bowen Para Professional MS; Mrs. Paula Haskett Para Professional MS; Ms. Roberta Quanz Para Professional MS; Mrs. Kim Terrell Para Professional HS.


FOOD SERVICE: Mrs. Chrys Engelke GS/HS Head Cook/Food Service Manager; Mrs. Charity Randall GS/HS Cook; Mrs. Rolanda Capps MS Head Cook; Mrs. Darcy Shaffer MS Cook; Mrs. Marguerite Atchison MS Cook.


CUSTODIANS: Mr. Curtis Lamont HS Head Custodian/Maintenance; Mr. Larry Karlin MS Head Custodian; Mr. Dale Stephens GS Custodian; Mr. Jeff Nech HS Custodian/Maintenance; Mrs. Vickie Schriner MS Custodian.


TRANSPORTATION: Mrs. Paula Haskett, Mr. Bruce Nech, Mrs. Jennifer Elson, Mr. Curtis Lamont, Mr. Bob Bearley, Mr. Darren Grauerholz, Mr. Tony Bice, Mr. Milton Detwiler, Mr. Kurt Pakkebier, Mr. Jeff Nech, Mrs. Carolyn Johnson, Mr. Mick Barnes


Legion to Host Garage Sales

The American Legion has agreed to house garage sales for anyone who wants to have on on September 21. This is Hwy 36 Treasure Hunt weekend so traffic should be great for the sales. The cost is $10 a person having a garage sale. Contact Kim Terrell or Robin Billings if you would like to have one that Saturday.


Mat Makers Will Meet 

The mat makers will meet again September 28, from 9-noon, at the north Lutheran Church in Kensington. Everyone is welcome to see how this process works. Any high school student who needs service hours for resumes, scholarships, or organizations, might come check it out as well. It's a really fun project to get involved with!!


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Notice: Please get your news items to Erica no later than Sunday afternoon at 5:00pm. News submitted after Sunday will be in the paper the following week. Send your info to Erica Barnes at ebarnes8185@gmail.com with subject line: NEWS; or feel free to call 785-476-8185. For the full, in color edition, visit www.kensingtonks.net.


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