Eagles' Voice Newsletter

Clayton Ridge Schools: December 2021

Where Excellence is the Tradition

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Having health insurance is critical for our children to thrive at school. There are free and low-cost health coverage options available through Medicaid and Hawki which include coverage for medical, dental, immunizations, prescriptions, mental health services and more. You can have a regular doctor for your child and be protected from unexpected accidents and illness. Many working families qualify; children and teens in a family of 4 earning up to $80,030 may qualify for Hawki. And don’t forget, if your child is already enrolled in these programs, it’s important to renew their coverage every year so they can get the care they need when they need it. The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) can assist with in-person application assistance for families with children through presumptive eligibility. You may contact your local Hawki Outreach Coordinator at 563-556-6200 or for more information go to https://dhs.iowa.gov/hawki or call 1-800-257-8563.

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Daily Needs Drive

The middle school student senate collected personal hygiene items in the month of December. These items will be used to benefit students and their families. Thank you to everyone who donated!
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Christmas Cheer with Crafts and Cards

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Celebrating American Education Week

Students and staff celebrated American Education Week with different dress-up days and activities. Clayton Ridge Education Association treated all staff and students to ice cream treats.

2021 Friend of Education: Lyle Sargent

Each year the CREA asks for nominations to recognize an individual or business that has contributed to student success at Clayton Ridge.
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Reading Buddies

4th Hess Reading Buddies with first grade.

Gingerbread House Competition

The FCS 1 Classes competed in a Gingerbread House Competition! They made the gingerbread from scratch, cut out the pieces, assembled, and decorated it!. Everybody showed great baking and decorating skills.

Fifth Grade Elves

Clayton Ridge 5th Graders made the Eagle Pride Store even more special! Check out their gift wrapping skills!

Fourth Grade Recess Fun

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Vaping Presentation for 6th Grade

Ashley Havenstreit, Helping Services's Tobacco and Prevention Coordinator, presented to 6th grade students about the dangers of vaping. Students learned how electronic cigarettes affect the body and about resources that are available to someone struggling with addiction.

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Today students were able to do some shopping with their tickets earned from good behavior! It pays to be on the nice list!

Fifth Grade Ugly Sweaters

5th graders don silly faces and silly sweaters to greet Santa!

Christmas Crafts

Kindergarten had a blast doing Christmas crafts with the 5th Graders! :)

Middle School Dance

Mr. Wahls Led the Elementary in a Turkey Trot

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Sixth Grade Examines Laws

Guttenberg Police Chief Derek Chambers came in to talk to the 6th grade social studies students about city laws and ordinances. The 6th grade students have been studying Hammurabi’s Code of Laws. They have been finding quite the differences between our current laws and ancient laws!


5th graders are creating and learning through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) today! Lots of fun and smiles!

Santa Hats Galore

Miss Streich’s 1st Grade Class shows off their Santa Hats and Stockings!

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Holiday Dress Up Days

Classification of Fish

Miss Abbey from Osborne visited the fifth graders today and taught the students how to classify fish and other animals.

School Safety Review

Mrs. Thomas reviewed our school safety procedures with 5th Graders today. Students asked some great questions and had many examples and ideas to keep us all safe.

Excited for Our Concert

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Real Life Practice for Interior Design

The Interior Design class has been working on some design ideas for the new Guttenberg Brewing Company. Thank you to Mr. Klaes for giving the class a tour of the construction site today!
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Elementary Door Decor

Interviewing Skills in MS

The middle school writing lab class has been practicing interviewing people and writing articles.

Caleb Helle Basketball Spotlight Interview

By Kaleb Hefel

Caleb Helle is a senior basketball player for the Clayton Ridge Eagles. Caleb has started on the varsity team for four years. When asked how Caleb made progress to become a good basketball player, he stated that he went to a lot of open gyms, weight lifting, and basketball practices. Caleb's advice for a young or beginning basketball player is to be committed, try to get better even when it becomes challenging, and practice being able to dribble with both your right and left hand. Caleb’s preferred spot on the court is a point guard. If he was not a point guard he would prefer playing a post. Caleb’s memorable moment in his basketball career was during his freshman year. He remembers they were losing by fifteen points but the team pulled it together and won the game. He laughed as he said they got to pour water on Coach Sperfslage. A fun fact about Caleb is that his favorite NBA player is Stephen Curry.

Will Spielbauer Basketball Spotlight Interview

By Aidan Finch

William Spielbauer is a senior high school basketball player for Clayton Ridge who has been playing basketball basically his whole life. He has made a lot of progress from the beginning and formed himself into a great basketball player. His progress was made from working hard, practicing and a good diet. His advice to a beginner is to set goals and do everything you can to achieve those goals. Will prefers to play forward. If he didn’t play forward he would want to play guard to be able to handle the ball more often. His favorite moment in his basketball career was when he scored thirty-five points against Wapsie Valley. A fun fact about Will is that his favorite NBA player is Devin Booker.

Kurt Ross

By: Myka Bries

Kurt plays point guard on the varsity basketball team for the Clayton Ridge Eagles. His favorite shot he likes to shoot is mid-range, which is about just inside the three-point line. To become better he works on his skills in the offseason. Kurt said that the best way for younger players to become better is to make your shooting form better. In order to shoot better you have to practice a lot. The strategy Kurt likes to use on the court is communication. You have to communicate with your teammates to have a good relationship with them. Kurt likes to play basketball to enjoy the thrill. He said that when he started playing basketball, he knew he was going to continue playing. He has become a better dribbler and better at basketball. His most memorable moment was when he played Beckman during his sophomore year. A fun fact about Kurt is his favorite basketball player is A.J. Green from U.N.I.

CR Seniors Get Certified in CPR

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Osborne Visit to 3rd Grade

Abbey Harkrader, presents the Osborne program Scaly and Slimy, to Clayton Ridge third graders on November 15.

Christmas Activities with our Buddies

5th graders paired up with their preschool buddy to create “Santa Hands.”

Computer Science in Full Force

Collaborating and Creating

Clayton Ridge Preschoolers and 5th graders had fun creating paper bag Thanksgiving turkeys!

Mrs. Stannard’s 5th-grade class loved making turkeys with their preschool friends! We are thankful and grateful for our relationships with our friends.

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Sunny Day Smiles

5th graders enjoyed the warm sun during recess!

CRMS and CRHS Teachers Learn KAGAN Structures and Engagement Strategies

Eagle Awards

Each month we take time to recognize all the really great things our students are doing at Clayton Ridge Elementary, MS, and HS. All of our students have been working so hard this year, and it is great to see their effort being noticed during these assemblies.

MS Awards for December

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Activities and Athletics

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Guttenberg Library Updates

There will be no programs for January.

Words on Wellness

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2021-2022 District Calendar

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About Clayton Ridge Community Schools

Clayton Ridge Community School District has both a north and south campus. The northern campus is located in the midst of the rolling prairie of Garnavillo, Iowa and currently serves students in grades PK-5. The southern campus is situated among the picturesque Mississippi River bluffs and boasts a magnificent view of the mighty river and Lock & Dam 10 in Guttenberg, Iowa. The south campus serves middle school (6-8), and high school (9-12).