Eagles' Voice Newsletter

Clayton Ridge Schools: September 2020

Where Excellence is the Tradition

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Daily Health Screenings

Jody Pierce BSN RN

Clayton Ridge MS/HS Nurse

With COVID-19 cases continuing to climb in Northeast Iowa, as well as Cold and Influenza season quickly approaching, the Clayton Ridge Nursing Staff would like to remind parents to screen children for symptoms of illness before leaving for school in the morning.

If your child has:

One High-Risk Symptom

New Cough

Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

New loss of taste or smell


Two Low-Risk Symptoms

Fever (greater than 100.4)


Muscle/body aches


Sore throat

Runny nose

Sinus Congestion




If your child falls into either of these categories, please keep the child at home and speak with your doctor for further direction. If you have any questions, please call school and speak with one of the nurses, available at both campuses.

Eagle PRIDE Awards

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Photo Credit: Savanah Meyer, District Social Media Coordinator

Back: Robert P. Chaz S., Buck W., Jace F., Keaton R., Andrew M., Kartson G., Aydan M., Mark M., Justin C., Jake H.

Front: Julian G., Jennifer R., Katy G., JayLyn M., Abby G., Kaysi I., Caitlin B., Melody C.

Not Pictured: Brady B., Alex H., Chloe S

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Photo Credit: Mrs. Katie Winch

Bottom left to right: Claire B., Audrey O., Allysa S., Caden S.

Back left to right: Gavin E., Kloey W., Hinkley S., Allissa M., Alyssa W., Alayna B.

Homecoming Recap

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Photo Credit: Mr. Adam Radcliffe

2020 Clayton Ridge Homecoming King and Queen

Savannah Meyer and Justin Cook

Photo Credit: Bruce Thein

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2020 Clayton Ridge Homecoming Runners-Up

Gage Aulwes and Reagan Brown

Photo Credit: Bruce Thein

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Homecoming Kick-Off

Photo Credit: Mrs. Heather Meyer

We Had a GREAT Week

Mrs. Sara Lawrence

Mrs. Jill Stannard

We had a great Homecoming Week!

Lots of Eagle Pride and STEAM!

5th graders are AMAZING :)

Clayton Ridge Kindergarteners teamed up with fifth graders to make homecoming chains to wear to the Homecoming Parade! The fifth graders guided the kindergartners through the activity, made connections, and had fun! GO Eagles!

MS Homecoming Activities

Phot Credit: Mrs. Michelle Scott

Dress-Up Days

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HS Float Building

Photo Credit: Mrs. Jana Kregel, Mrs. Nicole DeGidio, and Mr. Louis Cook

Columbus Court in Eighth-Grade Social Studies

Mrs. Michelle Scott

Students in Mrs. Scott's 8th-grade social studies classes have been studying the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the early Americas. 8th-grade students studied Columbus' early journals and took part in "Columbus Court" - an activity where students took on the roles of lawyers and jury members and explored who was really guilty for the murders of the early Native Americans.

Inside Recess Fun

Mrs. Sara Lawrence

Mrs. Lawrence’s 5th graders enjoyed games for recess on a cold, rainy day!

5th Grade Index Card Challenge Indoor Recess

Mrs. Sara Lawrence

5th graders spent their indoor afternoon recess building index card towers! Each group had 20 cards and 20 cm of tape to build a tower that would hold a Jenga Block for 10 seconds! Everyone learned from the TEAMWORK! Proud of these 5th graders every day :)

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It's Been a Great Start to the Year

Mrs. Jill Stannard

Mrs. Stannard's fifth graders enjoyed the beautiful weather and being back at school last week! Its been a great start to the 2020-2021 school year!

Seventh Place Finish at NE District FFA Dairy Judging Contest

Miss Beitz, Ag Teacher and FFA Advisor

On September 26, Molly Kann, Rebecca Schumann and Sadie Moser traveled with Advisor Miss Beitz to the Delaware County Fairgrounds where they competed in the NE District FFA dairy judging contest. They judged 3 classes of heifers and one class of milking shorthorn cows, along with completing a dairy management exam. The girls brought home a 7th place finish out of 24 teams. Congrats to Molly, Sadie, and Rebecca!
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Eighth Grade Shop

Mrs. Katie Winch

Eighth graders Jesus T., Harley D., and Audrey O. cutting out pieces for their checkerboards in shop class.

Monarch Butterfly Presentation

Mrs. Jill Stannard

Lynne Campbell, Education Extension Specialist from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, made a special visit to CR-5th graders on Friday. Our students are taking part in a Monarch raising project, but the caterpillars perished due to a disease. Students were disappointed but Lynne surprised them with 4 chrysalides and 4 big, fat, healthy monarch caterpillars. She presented on the monarch habitat and diet. Students learned about different types of milkweed and how to do the caterpillar dance! Mrs. Stannard took the caterpillars and chrysalides home for the weekend and is watching them closely. They are close to emerging! Stay tuned!

Monarch Butterfly Release

Mrs. Jill Stannard

Clayton Ridge 5th Graders had 2 butterflies emerge last week. It was so exciting! The weather was perfect to release them on Friday. Sunny, above 60 degrees, and not raining! Students learned about good places to release, how to hold a butterfly safely-making sure not to touch the scales, and how to tag them. I am sure we will have more that emerged over the weekend that we can tag and release this week!

Recess and Sidewalk Chalk

Mrs. Sara Lawrence
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Fridays are Fun in Fifth Grade

Mrs. Sara Lawrence

On Friday, October 2, we had a visitor in fifth grade!

Hayden brought in a praying mantis!

Our Chia Pet grass is growing wild!

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Wahls!

Mr. Wahls had a birthday on September 12. Students throughout the elementary helped him celebrate on September 11.

Mrs. Lawrence's 5th graders made Mr. Wahls' birthday special with cards and singing! Have a great Birthday, Mr. Wahls!

Fifth Grade loves STEAM

Mrs. Jill Stannard

What is STEAM?

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics!

"STEAM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators." -Engineering for Kids

CREL 5th graders LOVE STEAM! Today they made Lava Lamps and Chia Pets. They learned about the density of different liquids and the germination of grass seed to make their very own pet!

Students also watched videos and their teachers to learn to draw superheroes and more. They learned how to make paper flowers, which never die! Several students gifted their creations to Mr. Wahls in honor of his birthday on Saturday. They had a great time decorating his office!

¿Qué Estás Leyendo?

Mrs. Rhea Cano

Students in Mrs. Cano’s Spanish 3 and 4 classes are reading authentic Spanish books to help broaden their Spanish! Once a week, they spend at least 10 minutes reading to help gain fluency in the Spanish language.

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Clayton Ridge Elementary EAGLES+ News

Ms. Karen Geuder

The EAGLES+ students in Ms. Geuder’s classes have been very busy since school started in August. The first week of school we took Learning Style Inventories and Multiple Intelligence tests so Ms. Geuder could learn about the ways we learn best.

Then we did some STEM activities. The students had fun making pencil towers. They discovered that regular pencils work better than round pencils when you are using pencils to build with. The round pencils often rolled away.

The students also did a Paper Chain Stem Challenge. They got 12 inches of tape, two long pieces of construction paper, and scissors to use. They could not use anything else. At first, some groups thought that the smaller they made the links the longer their chains would be. Then some thought the bigger they made their links the longer the chain would be. They were correct. The students in 5th grade also cut their tape into the smallest pieces possible to hold the links together. The students that made the longest chain were excited.

The students also enjoyed using the Mini Spheros from Keystone. They completed many challenges using the Spheros. We wish we had some of our own. They are fun to use and challenging at the same time. Some of the students have added these to their birthday and Christmas lists.

The students are also using the EAGLES+ new iPads. We have 10 new iPads we can use in class now when we are doing Robotics, Coding, Brain Challenges, writing projects, etc. They have enough memory and work with everything we will be doing this year.

Clayton Ridge Atheletics

Kid Captains

CRHS Cheer Squad

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CRHS Freshman/Sophomore Volleyball

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CRHS JV Volleyball

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CRHS Varsity Volleyball

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CRMS Football

Photo credit: Bruce Thein
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CRHS JV and Varsity Football

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CRHS Varsity Football with Coaches

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CR Boys' Cross Country

Photo Credit: Images by Lisa
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CR Girls' Cross Country

Photo Credit: Images by Lisa
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CR Cross Country Team

Photo Credit: Images by Lisa
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What's New at the Guttenberg Library?

Nancy Ruzicka
Youth Services Director

What is new at the Guttenberg Public Library?
Well, a lot!
Just like everyone else, the Guttenberg Library has had to make some adjustments to our hours and how we operate during our open hours because of Covid-19. Our temporary hours are Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. We offer curbside pick-up also, Monday - Friday and Saturday 10;00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Just call us and we'll get your books ready for you.

Our Grab-N-Go craft bags are now available for October. Please stop in at the library and grab one. We have 2 different age groups, Pre-3rd and 4th - 8th grade.

Our on-line storytime will be back this month. Ms. Nancy will be reading a book, doing a felt board activity, and singing some action songs. It will be recorded and available on the library Facebook page.

Again this year we will be having a Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest. No carved pumpkins will be accepted. Bring your pumpkin to the library on October 22. Voting by the public will take place until October 29th. Winners will be announced on October 30, please pick up your pumpkin on the 30th also.

The Guttenberg Library will be handing out treats this Halloween again. Please stop by and show us your great costumes!

Hope to see you soon!

Words on Wellness

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2020-2021 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).