Eagles' Voice Newsletter

Clayton Ridge Schools: February 2020

Where Excellence is the Tradition

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Clayton Ridge 100th Day 2020

CRES 100th Day of School Activities

Mrs. Deb Henkes, District Tech Coach


CRES third graders celebrated the 100th day of school by dressing like it was 100 degrees. Technology teacher, Mrs. Henkes took their picture in from of the green screen and put them 'on a beach' for the day. Students then combined their fun photo with a 100th day writing prompt to extend learning and practice writing. #100thDay #EagleFun #AlwaysLearning


The first and second graders at CRES also celebrated the 100th day of school today, too! They used the AgingBooth app on their iPad to "ageify" themselves, then wrote sentences about what they might be like when they are 100 years old! Check out some samples of their writing! #100YearsOld #WritingFun #EaglePride


Some students in 5th Grade participated in a 101 Day Lego Challenge during Makerspace on Friday. Before students knew the outcome of the project they were asked to select 100 Legos. There were no specifications on sizes, colors, etc. of bricks. Only that they must have exactly 100. Once students had their 100 bricks, they were told to build something. It could be whatever they wanted, but it had to incorporate all 100 bricks, No more, no less.
This challenge encouraged creativity, developed problem-solving skills, and engineering skills as kids have to use what they have to build a design.

Some students ran out of time so they didn’t get all 100 bricks used, but it was very fun to see them work! #LegoChallenge #DesignProcess #EaglesAtWork (Pictures by Mrs. Stannard)


These students are sewing away! Mrs. Stannard shared a few lessons with some 5th-grade students on sewing and read several sets of directions to figure out how to thread the machine. It was a challenge, but once they got it up and going, students went to town on making! We have some dog pillows and doll pillows. Keep up the great work 5th Graders! #SewAwesome #Creativity #AlwaysLearning (Photos by Mrs. Stannard)

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5th grade traveled to The Heritage Center at the University of Dubuque today to attend the Sciencesplosion Presentation! The students loved Mark Nizer's juggling, laser and light shows that incorporated DNA, the Solar System and more! The Umbrella Arts Group funded this activity.
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CRMS Ski Trip

Clayton Ridge middle schoolers recently enjoyed their first-semester merit trip to Sundown Mountain near Dubuque. Students had fun and also remembered their Eagle Pride expectations to Be Ready, Be Responsible, Be Respectful and especially to Be Safe! A "cool" time was had by all! #EaglePride #FunWithFriends #Skiing

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Hammurabi's Code at CRMS

Mrs. Deb Henkes, District Tech Coach


You've probably heard the saying "An eye for an eye", but how much do you know about the origin of that phrase? As it turns out, the phrase, and more, was recently a part of the Compelling Question posed by Mrs. Smith to the 6th Grade Social Studies classes. Students learned that the phrase was a part of the Code of Hammurabi's Laws, originally dating back to 1750 BC in Mesopotamia. Each student was assigned one of Hammurabi's codes or laws to research and dig into. Students were then tasked with writing and creating a PSA (Public Service Announcement) to explain their code/law as if they lived ancient Mesopotamia and were explaining the new law to fellow Mesopotamians on Mesopotamian TV.


Students created a storyboard to plan out their videos and were also introduced to the iMovie app on their laptops with help from technology coach Mrs. Henkes. Students used iMovie to create, record and edit a PSA video explaining their section of Hammurabi's Code of Laws.


It was a fun and engaging learning experience for all! Would you like to learn more about Hammurabi's Code of Laws?


Check out the following links to view the 6th grader's composite videos:

4th Hour 6th Grade SS: https://youtu.be/eqlw158-x0k

8th Hour 6th Grade SS: https://youtu.be/3fKhP9lbtaE

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Epic Smiles in Kindergarten

Clayton Ridge kindergarteners are sharing a few “epic” smiles after learning how to use their new Epic! app to access tons of new “read to me” books on their iPads. #ReadingRocks #EaglesLearning
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CR First-graders Level Up

Clayton Ridge 1st graders are celebrating leveling up on their SightWords learning app! Word practice + engagement = learning that works. #CRES #EaglesAtWork
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Word Work with iPads in Second Grade

CRES second-graders in Mrs. Reichard’s and Mrs. Clefisch’s classes worked hard and had fun today exploring two new word work learning apps on their iPads. #TechLearning #ReadingRocks #EaglePride

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Mrs. Tami Palmer, 3rd Grade Teacher


Mrs. Palmer’s 3rd grade celebrated the entire class getting an A on the last spelling test! They chose to wear pajamas and bring a snack!

Clayton Ridge Elementary EAGLES+ News

Ms. Geuder’s Class

January and February 2020

In January and February the Elementary EAGLES+ students have been busy completing some STEAM Challenges around the theme of Snow. The students also created Stop Motion Videos using Play-dough and a Stop Motion App. They are getting very creative with their videos.

The students in 2nd- 5th grade designed snowmen out of marshmallows and toothpicks to see who could create the tallest snowman that would stand on its own. This was a challenge for them. They figured out they had to have a good base for the snowman to stand. Some of the students also came up with other structures based on their interests.


The 3rd and 4th grade students learned about different types of snowflakes and then used marshmallows and toothpicks to create them. Many of the students did not realize how many different types of snowflakes there are.


Next, the students used cardboard, tape, string, and Popsicle sticks to create items that are used in the winter. The second-grade students created shovels that they used to shovel “snow”. Two of the shovels worked well and one did not work as well. They figured out what they would need to do to make all of the shovels work.


The third-grade students designed sleds that had to go down a ramp on its own. They enjoyed having sled races.


Fourth- and fifth-grade students designed traps to catch a flying snowman that could get out of various traps easily. One group made a trap that had a container inside with a lid that shut tight so there was no way the snowman could getaway.

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Drone Science Assembly

Mrs. Stephanie Thomas, Elementary School Counselor


On January 29th Clayton Ridge Elementary hosted an assembly through Wondergy Science Edutainment! During the presentation, they were taught concepts of force and centripetal force. Additionally, propulsion and control were discussed as drones use rotors like a fan because spinning blades push the air down. In short, students were in awe of this amazing show. Photos submitted by Jill Stannard and Kathy Connelly

Fingerprint Friendship Heart Rocks

Mrs. Jill Stannard, 5th Grade Teacher


5th Graders invited their Preschool Reading Buddies to their classroom to make Fingerprint Friendship Heart Rocks for Valentine’s Day. Preschoolers kept their rocks to share at home and keep! Lots of smiles, giggles and of course friendship.

Supporting Student Senate

MS student, Juan, purchases a Valentine treat from Ms. Pritchard and Mr. Marlow to support the student senate!

Notecards & Research

Mrs. Werges' 7th grade language arts class prepare their notecards as they gather research for their papers.

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Live From The War of 1812!

At CRMS, Mrs. Mackey's social studies class is currently producing newscasts recreating legendary conflicts from the War of 1812. Researching historical figures, writing anchor and on-site reporter scripts, and recording and editing final broadcasts using green screen technology for background battle scenes, all brought America's "second revolution" to life. Clayton Ridge 8th grade students handling cue cards and news anchor positions are Kaci and Eva. #EaglesAtWork #LearningFromHistory #ActiveEngagment
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Passports in Class

Mrs. Carole Mackey, MS Social Studies/HS English


Mrs. Mackey's social studies class is currently studying the roots of immigrants to Northeast Iowa from various countries in Europe. To explore the cultures of that diverse continent, students are researching information and creating artwork and text about countries of their choice on pages of "passport" booklets. Clayton Ridge 7th grade students whose "passports" were voted "Best in Class" this week are (l to r) Owen Ludovissy, Caleb Lawrence, Hailey Gaul, Olivia Baker, Serena Sandoval, and Ella Oberbreckling.

Cermaics Class at the Guttenberg Creativity Center

Mrs. Heather Meyer, MS/HS Art

Ceramics class visited the Guttenberg Creativity Center on February 12 to observe Steve Solomon demonstrate throwing clay on a pottery wheel. Students are learning how to create clay work through hand-building and wheel throwing techniques this semester.
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Awards

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Athletics and Activities

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February Menu

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Words on Wellness

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Guttenberg Library News

Nancy Ruzicka, Assistant Librarian


Here is a list of the Library's February and March events.


February Events

Toddler Time - February 14 @ 10:30 a.m.
Join Miss Nancy for stories, songs, crafts and games.
Program suitable for 2-4 year-olds.

Creation Station - February 21 from 2-4 p.m.
Stop by anytime between 2-4 and join us for art, crafts and games
Open to K-5 grade.

Nerf Night - February 28 @ 5:00 p.m.
Bring your own nerf supplies.
Individual and team events.
Call the library for more info.


March Events

Toddler Time - March 13 @ 10:30 a.m.
Join Miss Nancy for stories, songs, crafts, and games.
Program suitable for 2-4 year-olds.

Creation Station - March 13 from 2-4 p.m.
Stop by anytime between 2-4 and join us for art, crafts, and games
Open to K-5 grade.

Paw Patrol Party - March 28 from 1-3 p.m.
Join us at the library for an afternoon of games, crafts, and snacks.

Call the library for more info.

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).