Jesse Teel – Former Rich Hill Superintendent

Students and teachers who were part of the Rich Hill School District in the 1970’s and 1980’s remember Mr. Jesse Teel who was the superintendent here for 23 years.  Mr. Teel retired from the district and education in1989.  Mr. Teel passed away on December 23rd in his home in Joplin, Missouri.

Services for Mr. Teel will be held tomorrow, Monday, December 29th at 1:00 pm at St. Paul United Methodist Church.  The family will receive friends after the service at the church.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Rich Hill School District in care of Parker Mortuary.  Donations will be used towards the new storm shelter being constructed by the district.

Please see the full obituary at the link below.

Obituary:  Jesse Teel

Lady Tigers @ Greenfield

The Rich HIll Lady Tigers closed out the first part of their season with a trip to Greenfield on Thursday night. The girls were learning to adjust to several injuries to their starters and bench but came out and played hard and had the lead after one quarter 11-6.

The Second period started and both teams traded baskets and the Tiger left the court at half leading 24-20. After making adjustments the Tigers continued to lead after the 3rd quarter 35-33. The fourth quarter saw the Tigers lose ground and several lead changes took place. Finding themselves down by 3 with less than 10 seconds left the Lady Tigers found the shot and Jordann Wheatley buried a perfect trey to tie the score. The Lady Wildcats were able to regroup and win the game by the final score of 48-45.

Coach Morgan commented after the game how disappointed he was in the loss. The girls had worked so hard to overcome several issues and  losing was hard. The girls have improved, our bench has stepped up to replace their injured teammate and our offense is starting click. The girls will practice over the holidays and be ready to start the second half of the season on Jan.5th at KC Lutheran. Hopefully we will continue to improve and get some of our injured girls back which should help. Even though we have been hurt it has given some of our girls off the bench much more playing time and that will only make us better in the last half the season.

Basketball at Greenfield

Junior Varsity boys started an evening of basketball last night at Greenfield with a victory follow by the Varsity Boys who played their final game before Christmas break last night in Greenfield. The boys won by a score of 75-49. The first half of the game of was tightly contested with both teams playing well on the offensive end of the floor. The Tigers held a small lead of 35-32 at the half. The second half was controlled by the Tigers stifling defense. Greenfield was only able to manage 17 points the entire half. The Tigers on the other hand had a great team effort with four different players scoring in double figures.

The Tigers record is now 6-2 with their next game coming Jan. 5 @ KC Lutheran

Scoring by quarters
RH     16     19     19     21     75
GR     14     18      9       8     49
Scoring by player: Bryant Courter 25, Jacob Thompson 16, Blaine Robb 14, Cole Heckadon 11, Jacob Mumma 6, Dylan Smarr 2, and Trevor Delozier 1.

And They’re Off

Many students were undoubtedly concerned when the snow started to fall last night. Were they worried that they wouldn’t get the day off to play in the snow? No! They were all very excited to come to school today. Rich Hill elementary students reached their accelerated reader goal for the semester and as a reward they are headed to the movies at Century Six Theater in Nevada.

The Elementary Student Council helped to provide the funds necessary for every student to go and receive refreshments. The theater also offered discounted pricing to the school. Thank you to the student council and Century Six..

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RH Tigers vs. Butler Bears

The Lady Tigers of Rich Hill met up with an old rival the Lady Bears from Butler on Tuesday night. It had been a while since each team had played each other in the regular season so their was some pride on the line. The Lady Tigers came out ready to play and with good shooting and hard defense took an early lead in the first quarter 20-14. The second the offense dropped off  and the injury bug struck hard removing Alexis Ephland , Robin Schapeler and Serena Duncan from the rest of the game. The Bench came in and provided a stable group and the Tigers led at Half time 30-28.

The second half the Tigers worked on filling the gaps with players moving to different positions and were able to maintain the 2 point lead heading into the final quarter. The final quarter the Tigers got into foul trouble causing a need to let up on defense in order to keep players on the floor. The Bears were able to hit some key free throws and win the game by a final score of 61-56. Coach Morgan commented after the game that he really was pleased with the girls and how they adjusted to such adverse conditions. In the end the team could have won if we had hit a few more of our free throws. I am pleased with our girls and tomorrow we will get ready for Greenfield on Thursday night.

Leading scorers for Rich Hill were Allie Taylor with 21 followed by Jordann Wheatley with 13 and Taylor Brooks with 11. Players who also played valuable minutes off the bench were Taylor Briscoe, Jenn Doty, Delta Johnson and Kearston Baze

The boys also came in fired up to take on a tough Butler team.  Rich Hill was definitely outsized on the floor but managed to make up for the size with a fast paced game.  However at the end of the night the Varsity Boys also lost to Butler last by a score of 57-47. Their record is 5-2 with their next game being Thursday night @ Greenfield

Scoring by Quarter
RH 18     0     17     12     47
BU 18     14   11     14     57
Player Scoring: Blaine Robb 13, Jacob Thompson 11, Jacob Mumma 8, Cole Heckadon 8, Bryant Courter 7

“A Visit from St. Nick”

It’s the Christmas season and teachers are looking for activities in which to keep their students engaged and yet at the same time embrace this special time of year.  The 5th graders in Mrs. Cooper’s and Mrs. Collin’s class have been encouraged to memorize the traditional poem “A Visit from St. Nick” by Clement Moore.  While all students worked at mastering the whole poem there were several who were able to recite it completely by memory.  They share the poem in the video below.

5th graders

Most adults can look back on their education and remember times when they were asked to memorize historical facts, a speech, music, or a poem.  Growth Through Learning cites these reasons why memorization activities are beneficial for students.

There are four reasons why it is important for educators to encourage an appropriate amount of learning by memory:

  1. It is a challenge, and one in which those who succeed can take pride.
  2. It’s good exercise for your brain.
  3. New insights are gained in the process of memorization.
  4. As a society, we simply expect educated citizens to have a core knowledge of certain facts basic to our civilization.

Amy Chua, says in her new book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother: “Tenacious practice, practice, practice is crucial for excellence; rote repetition is underrated in America.”

Good job 5th graders and “Happy Christmas to all”