Eagles' Voice Newsletter

Clayton Ridge Schools: September 2018

Where Excellence is the Tradition

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Picture Day is Here

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Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year!

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Homecoming 2018

CRHS 2018 Homecoming King and Queen and Runners-Up

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King Josef VonHandorf and Queen Victoria Breitbach
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Runners-up: Erik Sarazua-Zamora and Emily Ertl

CRHS Football

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CRHS Homecoming Court

Photo Credit: Mr. Adam Radcliffe

From Left: Chance White and Kristen Willenborg, Erik Sarazua-Zamora and Emily Ertl, Hayley Kann and Josef VonHandorf, and Victoria Breitbach and Colten Lawrence

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Ice Cream for Football Players on a Hot Monday

Mrs. Michele VonHandorf, MS Secretary

Football parents surprised the team with an ice cream sundae bar to kick off homecoming week following a hot practice on Monday.

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Elementary Homecoming Fun and Games

Vote for Your Clayton Ridge School Every Day through September 30

New Staff Members at Clayton Ridge

Sherri Batts, K-12 Educational Sign Language Interpreter


Responsible, compassionate, kind, determined

Wife of Bill, god-mother of Andrew and Blake

Who loves studying the Bible, empowering students' independence

Who loves encouraging and comforting others, loves dogs/cats

Who fears snakes and rodents as well as disappointing family/friends

Who dreamed all of my life of being an Interpreter and finally became one in 2012

Who is determined to help all children know and feel they are important

K-12 Educational Sign Language Interpreter


Hillary Wahls, Part-Time Preschool Associate


Fun, Compassionate, World’s Okayest Mom

Wife of Shane Wahls, Proud Mother to Nicole, Brandon, Brent and Brodie Wahls

Enjoys reading books, supporting my kiddos activities and summer time

Loves family, shopping and saddened by the news

I fear snakes, violence and roller coasters

Have been married 21 years in August

Watching my children grow up, go to college and fulfill their dreams

Part-time teacher associate in Preschool


Jason LaPage, HS Math Teacher

Funny, outgoing, friendly, easy going
Son of Diane and Lester, brother of Brian and Chris, uncle to Chloe, Emma, and Anthony
Who loves fishing, hunting, movies, math, cosplay, and sports
Who hates olives with a passion, loves his dog Brandy, and embraces change
Who fears spiders, heights, and letting his friends and family down
Who was nominated for a Golden Apple at his last job
Who hopes to change his student’s outlook on math and inspire future mathematicians
High School Math Teacher, Middle School Football Coach, Middle School Boy’s Track Coach

Heather Meyer, 6-12 Art

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Camp Klaus

Camp Klaus

Mrs. Julie Hansel, CRMS/CRHS School Counselor

Studies have identified certain “developmental assets” that are important to helping young people grow up healthy, caring and principled. These include positive relationships, opportunities, commitments, values, and competencies. Clayton Ridge High School has identified those assets most in need of enrichment and development among our students.

Selected members of the student body and all sophomores attended a “retreat” to Camp Klaus in Colesburg, Iowa for a day and a half of training by specialists in the areas of leadership, decision-making, self-esteem, coping with difficulties, and mastering motivation. There was no expense to the students.

Camp Klaus is a Boy Scout camp located in a beautiful rural setting of trees, waterfalls and a lake. Use of the camp is free to Clayton Ridge High School as part of an alliance we have formed with the Boy Scouts as we participated in their “Learning for Life" program.

Activities develop leadership, decision-making, self-esteem, controlling controversy, motivation, and will foster camaraderie with fellow students. An Exploring Executive of the Boy Scouts and Clayton Ridge School conducts the classes and activities.

Each year, we look forward to this innovative approach to educating our students in every facet of life. Students prepared meals and “s”mores” around the campfire. We hope to instill some character traits that will be beneficial to them throughout life!

Photoshop Original Art

Mrs. Sharon Keehner, HS Business
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We are Team Carter

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Cross Country Success at Central Elkader

Mr. Louis Cook, HS Social Studies/CC Coach

Middle school boys placed 2nd at Central Elkader Meet held on September 13. They missed first place by one point to NFV. There were three boys that finished in the top 10 and they were Erik Flores (3rd), Daniel Tabora-Lara (4th), and Keaton Reimer (9th).

Varsity girls placed fourth with three runners placing in the top twenty. Victoria Breitbach placing 7th, Molly Kann placing 15th, and Michaela Blume placing 18th.

Varsity boys finished 7th place with Tristan Meyer running his personal best time of 21:42 and placing 23rd overall.

An In-State Iowa Rivalry at CRES

Mrs. Kathy Connelly, 3rd Grade Teacher
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MackinVIA Rocks Our Reading!

Mrs. Deb Henkes, District Technology Integration Coach

Clayton Ridge students and teachers have access to an awesome new digital resource called MackinVia which is provided at no cost to schools in NE Iowa through Keystone AEA. MackinVIA is a complete digital resource management system providing easy access to eBooks, audiobooks, databases, and videos. With just one login, users can view, utilize, and manage all of their digital resources. In addition, MackinVIA allows simultaneous, unlimited access to multiple users and is mobile friendly.

Thank you to Mindy Reimer, Keystone AEA Librarian for spending a day at CRMS providing instruction to our middle school students on how to maximize the use of MackinVia to support learning. As a result, CRMS students have been digging into ebooks, audiobooks, read-alongs and more with their laptops. We are planning to expand the introductory MackinVia instruction to our elementary and high school students as well.

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CRES begins the year with PBIS

Mrs. Stephanie Thomas, CRES School Counselor

On Friday, August 24, Clayton Ridge Elementary School Students participated and PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) Lessons. These lessons guide students through the expectations in various settings throughout the school. These expectations are all tied to our Eagle Pride Expectations of being Ready, Respectful, Responsible, and Safe.

Going Digital at Clayton Ridge Elementary!

Mrs. Deb Henkes, District Technology Integration Coach

Students at CREL are working hard on PBIS expectations for using their laptops and learning fun new tech tips along the way. The 3rd through 5th graders are exploring how to be a good digital citizen and then showing what they know by creating an artifact. The artifact might include learning
how to use labels in the Seesaw app or learning how to use Google Drawing to explain important digital citizenship keywords.

Kindergarten through 2nd grade is especially excited to get their very own iPads to use at school for learning activities. They are working really hard to learn how to appropriately take care of their new “best friend” for learning by practicing giving their iPad a ‘hug’ when walking with it and more.

Stay tuned - more exciting technology learning experiences created by our amazing CREL students will be shared soon!

Construction Updates

Work Begins on the Doors at CRES

Mrs. Stephanie Thomas, CRES School Counselor

Work began on the doors at Clayton Ridge Elementary School. The doors will be equipped with a system allowing office personnel to let in guests with the touch of a button after viewing them on the camera and monitor system.

2018 Upper Iowa College Fair

Mrs. Julie Hansel, MS/HS School Counselor

Upper Iowa University welcomed over 250 high school students from eight area school districts to a college fair held on Monday, September 10th at the UIU Recreation Center. Forty-six juniors from Clayton Ridge attended with Mrs. Hansel and Mrs. White. Representatives from nearly 60 colleges, universities, college planning services and military branches were in attendance. The college fair is part of the Iowa College Day/College Night programs sponsored by the Iowa Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC). Students participated in a campus tour and ate lunch in the dining center.

UIU annually hosts the first in a series of college fairs for area high school students to provide an opportunity to explore post-secondary options and to discuss admission requirements, housing, financial aid, scholarships, internships, and specific majors.

Guttenberg Public Library Event Calendar

Nancy Ruzicka, Youth Librarian

Friday, October 5 at 2:15 PM - Afternoon Movie with snack
Friday, October 12 at 10:30 AM- Toddler Time-ages 2-4
Friday, October 19 at 2:15 PM-Adventure Hour with Author Kristen Halverson
Monday, October 15- Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest - Entries due. No carved pumpkins accepted. Decorated/Painted pumpkins only, representing a book character or book.
Please contact the Guttenberg Public Library for more information on any program at 563-252-3108 or guttlib@alpinecom.net.

Words on Wellness

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September Lunch Menu

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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).