Eagles' Voice Newsletter

Clayton Ridge Schools: April 2019

Where Excellence is the Tradition

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Technology at Clayton Ridge Elementary!

Mrs. Deb Henkes, District Technology Coach


The goals for technology use at Clayton Ridge Elementary is to enhance and build on classroom learning targets, build a fundamental understandings of technology processes, help students engage in positive and safe behavior when using technology, and increase active student engagement and collaboration with technology.


Beginning with the 2018-19 school year each student at CREL is assigned either an iPad at the K-2 level or a repurposed laptop in grades 3-5. As this school year is the first year for iPads for each student at the lower level, students and teachers have been exploring the possibilities for learning with their new devices.


Two free apps that teachers have been using to tie all of the student learning together are Seesaw and Google Classroom. Seesaw is an app that allows students to submit their work to their digital student journal. As soon as they click “submit” both the teacher and connected parents have immediate access to their submission. Teachers are using Seesaw for so many different activities! Google Classroom's purpose is to facilitate paperless communication between teachers and students and streamline educational workflow. Classroom allows teachers to create classes, post assignments, organize folders, and view work in real-time.


Here are a few examples:

Mrs. Clefisch's Technology Philosophy

Mrs. Clefisch says that her philosophy about technology use in the classroom is summed up by this quote!

CRES Visits Camp Courageous

CREL students, teachers and parents visited Camp Courageous on Wednesday, April 10 for a fun and empowering day of hands-on learning. Students participated in many activities including rock climbing, climbing the" Eiffel Tower", making ice cream, creative dance, riding the train, bowling, and creative dramatics. In addition, students enjoyed the bounce house, arts and crafts and a farm experience with goats, lambs, and horses. Thank you to all of the staff at @campcourageous for providing these amazing learning experiences for our students. #WeAreCRCSD #EagleStrong
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Marble Run Madness in Fourth Grade

Mrs. Jill Stannard, 4/5 Teacher and Mrs. Deb Henkes, District Technolgy Coach


Critical thinking, problem-solving, using engineering concepts and teamwork are not only career-ready skills but also essential components for a successful "Marble Run"! Students in Mrs. Lawrence's and Mrs. Stannard's 4th grades classes were recently challenged to use all of these skills to create a marble course where the winning marble travels to the end destination in the SLOWEST overall time (not the fastest!) without stopping.


4th Graders designed and built towers, ramps and loops using cardboard tubes, paper plates and tape. Their challenge was to have 3 runs .



Students had access to a variety of materials to create their course such as cardboard tubes, tape, etc. As students worked in groups to build their marble course, they ramped up the creativity through using the environment to their advantage by building on walls, chairs, tables, and even the floor. They learned a lot about gravity and friction in the process! (HINT: What will cause the marble to speed up as it rolls along? - Gravity!)


Students had twenty minutes to design their course. They then ran three timed trials. Demonstrations and results were shared with their teachers and students in other grade levels.

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Teach a Child To Save

Mrs. Kathy Connelly, Third Grade Teacher


Colten Connelly, from People’s State Bank, presented a program to Clayton Ridge Third graders for National Teach a Child to Save Day on April 12.


Pictured are Jovi A., Colten Connelly, and T.

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Super Spellers

Mrs. Karen Reichard, 2nd Grade Teacher


Students in Mrs. Reichard’s reading class earned “Super Speller Awards." Great job, 2nd graders!

(Not pictured: Natalie T.)

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CRES Celebrates Earth Day with Osborne

Kenny Slocum from Osborne informed students about Earth Day and Arbor Day, the importance of trees, and how to plant one to 4th-grade students today. Students helped plant a flowering crabapple tree that was donated by Scott Sindelar from the Ft. Atkinson Nursery. The Iowa DNR’s Trees 4 Kids program donated an Oak Tree to each 4th grader to plant at their own home.
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Planting Seeds at CRES

Mrs. Karen Reichard, 2nd Grade Teacher


Ashley Kishman, Clayton County Ag in the Classroom Coordinator, prepared a hands-on learning activity about the similarities and differences between farmers and gardeners. As part of the lesson, students planted seeds and can’t wait to see their seeds turn into flowers.

Another great lesson! Thanks, Ashley!!

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Living Things in Third Grade

Mrs. Kathy Connelly, Third Grade Teacher


Third-grade students have started a Science unit on “Living Things”. The giant cabbage plants have arrived. Students will be taking care of the plants until each student is ready to take a plant home. Russell and Jovi are pictured with the cabbage plants.
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Math can be So Sweet

HIgh school math instructor Mr. Rick Kolbet had the students use M&Ms in an experiment to introduce “Optimization” in his Calculus class. Students used an 11x14 inch of tagboard and had to design a container to hold the maximum number of M&Ms. The winning team won an entire jar of M&Ms, courtesy of Mr. Kolbet. After the experiments, the students were shown how to use calculus with derivatives to calculate the actual maximum volume the containers should have been able to hold. Pictured with Mr. Kolbet are, from left, Sam Brimeyer and Isaiash Duwe. (Press photo by Ellen Johnson)

Success at State Solo/Ensemble Contest for CRHS Musicians

Mr. Adam Radcliffe, Vocal Music Teacher


The Clayton Ridge musicians had an excellent day at State Solo/Ensemble Contest on Saturday, April 6 at Ed-Co! Overall, the Clayton Ridge Band and Choir students earned 21 Division I (Superior) Ratings, 6 Division II (Excellent) Ratings, and 3 Division III (Good) Ratings. Additionally, two Vocal Ensembles were given the “Best of Center” (Outstanding Performance) Awards, which are given to the best performance the judge hears all day, and will perform at Iowa State University in May! All of the students worked hard on all their performances, so if you see them, feel free to congratulate them on being professional, polished, and representing CR in a positive manner all day! The results, groups, and personnel are listed below:


SOLOS:

Vincent Schmelzer - Vocal Solo - Division I

Grace Meier - Vocal Solo - Division I

Nichole Bebber - Vocal Solo - Division I

Abby Gaul - Alto Saxophone Solo - Division I

Abby Gaul - Tenor Saxophone Solo - Division I

Nichole Bebber - Clarinet Solo - Division I

Nathan Helle - Vocal Solo - Division II

Brandon Walker - Vocal Solo - Division II

Kaitlyn Koehn - Vocal Solo - Division II

Chloe Stroschein - Vocal Solo - Division II

Henry Scherer - Clarinet Solo - Division II

Danyel Rieck - Vocal Solo - Division III

Jake Harwick - Vocal Solo - Division III

Danyel Rieck - Trumpet Solo - Division III


ENSEMBLES:


Women’s Vocal Ensemble - “The Lord’s Prayer” - Division I, BEST OF CENTER AWARD (Outstanding Performance)

Grace Meier

Abrianna Moore

Emily Schaefers

Cagney Reimer

Audrey Helle

Brianna Miller

Audi Zapf

Kayla Kelly

Micayla Randall

Kaitlyn Koehn


Mixed Vocal Ensemble - “I Believe” - Division I, BEST OF CENTER AWARD (Outstanding Performance)

Grace Meier

Abrianna Moore

Brianna Miller

Jaylyn Moore

Micayla Randall

Sierra Palmer

Kaitlyn Koehn

Kayla Kelly

Vincent Schmelzer

Gage Aulwes

Nathan Helle

Cody Kulper


Vocal Duet - Division I

Nathan Helle & Vincent Schmelzer


Saxophone Duet - Division I

Abby Gaul & Devin Reimer


Men’s Vocal Trio - “Trilogy of Knighthood” - Division I

Vincent Schmelzer, Cody Kulper, & Nathan Helle


Mixed Vocal Ensemble - “Requiem” - Division I (Perfect Score)

Grace Meier

Abrianna Moore

Emily Schaefers

Kayla Kelly

Micayla Randall

Kaitlyn Koehn

Vincent Schmelzer

Nathan Helle

Brandon Walker

Cody Kulper

Kolin Severson


Mixed Vocal Ensemble - “God Is Our Refuge” - Division I

Abrianna Moore

Grace Meier

Audrey Helle

Brianna Miller

Cagney Reimer

Nichole Bebber

Kayla Kelly

Kaitlyn Koehn

Vincent Schmelzer

Gage Aulwes

Cody Kulper

Nathan Helle


Mixed Vocal Ensemble - “Many Gifts, One Spirit” - Division I

Abrianna Moore

Audrey Helle

Brianna Miller

Nichole Bebber

Kayla Kelly

MIcayla Randall

Vincent Schmelzer

Gage Aulwes

Brandon Walker

Cody Kulper

Nathan Helle


Mixed Vocal Ensemble - “Tree of Sorrow” - Division I

Abrianna Moore

Audrey Helle

Brianna Miller

Cagney Reimer

Sierra Palmer

Kaitlyn Koehn

Kayla Kelly

MIcayla Randall

Vincent Schmelzer

Gage Aulwes

Cody Kulper

Nathan Helle


Men’s Vocal Ensemble - “Joshua’s Battle” - Division I

Vincent Schmelzer

Gage Aulwes

Joseph Schmelzer

Brodie Wahls

Caleb Baker

Brandon Walker

Nathan Helle

Andrew Mitchell

Nathan Klein

Cody Kulper


Women’s Vocal Ensemble - “The Poet Sings” - Division I

Abrianna Moore

Grace Meier

Emily Schaefers

Brianna Miller

Audrey Helle

Sierra Palmer

Nichole Bebber

Kayla Kelly


Women’s Vocal Ensemble - “The Arrow and the Song” - Division I

Grace Meier

Emily Schaefers

Abrianna Moore

Claire Krapfl

Anna Harwick

Kaitlyn Koehn

Kayla Kelly


Women’s Vocal Ensemble - “Brush Strokes” - Division I

Grace Meier

Abrianna Moore

Cagney Reimer

Audrey Helle

Brianna Miller

Kayla Kelly

Sierra Palmer

Micayla Randall

Nichole Bebber

Chloe Stroschein

Kaitlyn Koehn


Women’s Vocal Ensemble - “Caverns in the Clouds” - Division I

Grace Meier

Whitley Harber

Isabel Breitbach

Mara Pierce

Jaylyn Moore

Kayla Kelly

Nichole Bebber

Chloe Stroschein

Kaitlyn Koehn


Chamber Choir - Division I


Clarinet Trio - Division II

Nichole Bebber, Henry Scherer, Chloe Stroschein

Happenings in the Hallways (and Classrooms)

Photos by Ms. Ellen Johnson, CR School Board Member and Guttenberg Press

CRHS Business Students Participate in Mock Collective Bargaining

Mrs. Sharon Keehner, CRHS Business Teacher


On April 3 business students attended the Dubuque Area Labor-Management Council’s Mock Collective Bargaining Simulation at the NICC in Peosta.

Students learned how to bargain a contract for a fictitious business. Each team had an experienced adult advisor help them though the process of negotiating the contract. Federal Mediators were there to give the students a realist experience. Students were given the contract in advance to study and negotiating techniques were practiced. This activity is by invitation only and Clayton Ridge was able to take students sponsored by the People’s State Bank in Guttenberg.

It was a great day and the students did an excellent job representing the school. They decided to dress up and it made a great impression on the adults involved. Mrs. Keehner has been taking students to this event for many years. “This is an excellent event and the students learn the language and practical side of negotiating contracts in a very realistic situation.”

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Sitting: Jim Tuecke, Federal Mediator, Reagan B., Samantha T., Savannah M., Brook C. Standing: Jake H., Tyler W., Karston G., Joe A., Brent W., Kolin S., Eli R., Treyton M., Brady B., Cagney R., and Cassie B.

ATTENTION: PARENTS OF 6TH GRADE AND 11TH GRADE STUDENTS

Mrs. Renae Kraus, School Nurse


The Iowa Immunization Law requires:

· All students entering 7th grade to have the Meningococcal vaccine AND a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis or whooping cough) booster before school starts in the fall.

· All students entering 12th grade to have a second dose of the Meningococcal vaccine before school starts this fall. This dose must be given after the age of 16. (One dose meets the requirement if it was received when the child was 16 years of age or older.)

Documentation on an updated Certificate of Immunization showing that your child has received the vaccine will need to be provided to the school nurse prior to the first day of school in August, unless the student has a Certificate of Exemption. If your child has already received the vaccine/vaccines, simply provide the updated record to the school.

Pertussis (whooping cough) is a very contagious disease that causes violent coughing fits that make it hard to breathe.

Meningococcal disease is a life-threatening illness that is caused by bacteria that infects the brain, blood, and spinal cord. It easily spreads in crowded settings.

There will be NO grace/extension period for the implementation of this requirement.

All students entering 7th and 12th grade will need to show proof that they have received the Meningococcal vaccine (and all students entering 7th grade will need to show proof that they have received the Tdap booster), or have a Certificate of Immunization Exemption before school starts in August. Students who have not received the vaccines (or have an exemption on file) will be excluded from school until the vaccines have been administered.

Now is a great time to get these vaccines and beat the back-to-school rush by scheduling an appointment for your child. Remember to get an updated copy of your child’s immunization record to provide to the school after he or she has received the vaccine. (Please submit the updated immunization record to the school nurse as soon as possible after your child receives the immunization.)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your school nurse or health care provider.

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Guttenberg Public Library Events: May

Nancy Ruzicka, Assistant Librarian


Toddler Time: May 10 at 10:30 a.m.

Join Miss Nancy for an hour of stories, song and dance, crafts, and playtime.

Ages 2-4


Adventure Hour is back! May 17 at 3:45 p.m.

Stop in and join us for crafts, games and stories.

Open to kids of all ages.


For more information on any of these programs, please contact the Guttenberg Library at 252-3108 or guttlib@alpinecom.net.
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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).