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News for Aug. 30, 2017

Thunder Ridge School News

TRHS & TRMS Upcoming Games

TR Middle School has first games of the season Thursday, August 31st. Away to Rock Hills in Mankato, starting with volleyball at 4:00pm and football to follow at 6:00pm. Next Thursday, Sept. 7, TRMS travels to play Pike Valley in Scandia.

Lady Longhorns will hold a volleyball triangular in Kensington this Thursday the 31st versus Plainville and Palco. Come out to support the Ladies Longhorns at home! They play again on Tuesday, September 5, at Rock Hills in Mankato in a Tri versus Rock Hills and Osborne. On Saturday, Sept. 9 the ladies travel to Miltonvale for a tournament.

Get ready for some Longhorn Football! The first game of the season is at home in Kensington this Friday night, September 1st starting at7:00pm. Come on out to cheer on the Longhorns as they go up against the Osborne Bulldogs. Next Friday the 8th they travel to play Pike Valley at Scandia.


Thunder Ridge High School students will begin participating in their 3rd year of the SAFE (Seatbelts Are For Everyone) program on September 7. SAFE is a teen run, peer-to-peer program focusing on increasing teen seat belt use through education, positive rewards and enforcement. It’s designed to bring awareness of the importance of wearing a seatbelt so we can reduce the number of motor vehicle-related injuries and fatalities within the community. Focus on the dangers of teen driving, impaired driving, and distracted driving (texting, etc.) has also become an integral part of the program at TRHS.

The TRHS SAFE committee, a part of the National Honor Society, is excited to present the “In One Instant” program at 11:30 am onSeptember 7, in the HS gymnasium. The public is invited to attend this 40-minute presentation designed to impact teens and their decision making in ways that can prevent tragic driving collisions. Parent attendance is encouraged and we hope you continue discussion of this important topic with your teen.

SAFE has been instrumental in increasing the Kansas teen seatbelt rate from 61 percent in 2009 to 86.7% in 2016 (2017 information has not been released yet). At TRHS, seat belt use increased from 74% to 89% in one school year. WAY TO GO STUDENTS!

KDOT, AAA Traffic Safety Fund, State Farm, Kansas Regional Trauma Councils, KDHE, and Kansas Highway Patrol donate money to the state-wide funding of the SAFE Program. However, to sustain and fully implement SAFE, local funding is also necessary, so donor letters will be sent to local businesses. If you would like to learn more about SAFE, or would like to donate to the program, you may access information at, or contact Denise Miller at Thunder Ridge High School. You may also visit with one of the members of the SAFE Committee: Morgan Westbrook, Kennedy Rietzke, Elizabeth Hardacre, and Destiny Shook.

Steering Committee Support

The Thunder Ridge Steering Committee hosted its annual BACK TO SCHOOL BASH on Sunday, August 27 in Kensington. Coaches and student athletes of TRH helped serve the delicious meal while meeting and greeting the public. Around 240 people were served and the event was a huge success. The show of community support was greatly appreciated.

Important Info to Know

NO SCHOOL on Labor Day Monday, September 4th.

Stay updated on special events, school closings, sports and news with the school textcaster alerts. Sign up for Longhorn Alerts on the school website at

TR HS/GS Menus

Daily choice with meal: breakfast- milk or juice, fresh/canned fruit, cereal; lunch- Salad bar, along with fruits & veggies, served daily. *Note: Menus are subject to change.

Wed. Aug 30

Breakfast: French Toast Sticks w/Syrup

Lunch: Beef & noodles, potatoes, green beans, dinner roll

Thur. Aug 31

Breakfast: Breakfast Quesadillas

Lunch: Baked Chicken, savory rice, roll

Fri. Sept 1st

Breakfast: Breakfast Bar

Lunch: Sloppy Joe on bun, corn chips (9-12), sweet potato bites, baked beans, diced pears

Mon. Sept 4 - NO SCHOOL

Tues. Sept 5

Breakfast: Pancake & Sausage Stick w/syrup

Lunch: Stromboli Squares, summer fruit salad

Wed. Sept 6

Breakfast: Egg & Cheese Sliders

Lunch: BBQ Beef on bun, oven fries, baked beans, diced peaches

Thur. Sept 7

Breakfast: Breakfast Pizza

Lunch: Turkey & Cheese Sub, sweet potato bites, watermelon, yogurt (9-12)

Fri. Sept 8

Breakfast: Blueberry Pancakes w/Syrup

Lunch: Salisbury Steak, whipped potatoes & gravy, steamed broccoli, whole wheat roll (9-12), mandarin oranges

Mon. Sept 11

Breakfast: Long John

Lunch: Pig-n-Blanket, ranch cut potatoes, apple wedges, jello w/fruit

Kensington Library News

We will be closed on Labor Day, Monday September 4. With students returning to school, we have switched to school time hours of operation. We are open late Monday's from 8:00am to 8:00pm; weekdays 8:00am to 4:00pm when school is in session; Saturday's from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Please remember we follow the USD 110 Thunder Ridge school district closings during severe weather. Special hours will be announced in cases of holiday breaks or unusual circumstances. Keep updated on school events and news with the school textcaster alerts. Sign up on the school website at

Grauerholz Family Reunion

The family of Henry and Anna Grauerholz will hold their annual potluck dinner this Sunday, September 3rd at 12:30pm at the St. John’s Lutheran Church parish hall. Bring a food dish and enjoy visiting with family.

Weekly Inspiration

Sometimes... You face difficulties not because you're doing something wrong but because you are doing something right. Keep moving forward.

Nothing in this world will torment you as much as your own thoughts. - Ali B. Moe

The happiest people in life are the givers, not the receivers.

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