Eagles' Voice Newsletter

Clayton Ridge Schools: March 2019

Where Excellence is the Tradition

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We are #CarterStrong

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High Tech Industrial Tech

The CR industrial tech department has recently received a new CNC router with a laser attachment. This new router allows students to use a CAD program on a computer to design any needed shape. The router will then cut out the shape and route it as well. Pictured is Mr. Mueller showing students how it all works. #CRtechnology #21stCenturySkills

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2019 Boys' State Selections


The American Legion of Iowa Boys State is a week-long, hands-on experience in the operation of the democratic form of government, the organization of political parties, and the relationship of one to the other in shaping Iowa government. Through the Boys State objective of learning by doing, young men will learn about city, county and state government more in one week than they would in an entire semester of high school.

Boys State is an exercise in leading as well as following others. Elections are an opportunity to show the ability to perform under pressure and to show character in the face of victories and/or defeats. Boys State will test skill in solving problems and working effectively within a team.

Boys State is an opportunity to gain pride and respect for our form of government and the price paid by people to preserve democracy. The week contains ceremonies and assemblies as well as marching and pageantry. Guest speakers, such as Past National Commander of The American Legion David Rehbein, and former Director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association Bernie Saggau, along with Iowa Government Leaders attend each year to offer their vision and advice.

Boys State is a chance to meet new people. Boys State offers an opportunity to meet people who represent Iowa’s diversity in heritage and culture. One of the finest objectives afforded to young men by Boys State is the friendships they will form with other Boys State citizens, many of whom will become lifelong friends.


Students selected will attend the annual Boys' State (June 9-14, 2019)

Nathan Helle, son of Tom & Barb Helle

Easton Harber, son of Neil & Celeste Harber

Truman Cherne, son of Pat Cherne and the late Chris Cherne

Seth Ihde, son of Erin & Carolyn Ihde (Garnavillo, Boys State)

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New Supplies for CRES

Mrs. Judy Clefisch, CRES 2nd Grade


Mr. Andy Reimer of Reimer Financial Group generously donated money so each classroom could purchase some new school supplies. Mrs. Clefisch’s second graders are excited to start using our new purchase: individual answering boards and rocket erasers! We would like to thank Mr. Reimer for being so supportive of our school!.
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CR Art Students at Upper Iowa University

Mrs. Heather Meyer, CRMS/CRHS Art


CRHS art students displayed their art at the northeast Iowa High School Art Show Upper Iowa University in Fayette on March 20.

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CRMS GeoCaching

Mr. Lawrence and Kenny from Osborn working with students to set up and complete a GeoCache in the north Gazebo, incorporating coordinates, spheres, satellites, and teamwork into a beautiful morning of class outside.
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Upcoming Author Visit at CRES

On Monday, April 8th Dean Jacobs, world traveler, photographer and author will bring his 'Wondrous Creatures' presentation to MFL MarMac in the morning, Clayton Ridge in the afternoon, and the Northeast Iowa Reading Council's Young Writers Banquet in the evening at Johnson's in Elkader.


He has traveled to over 50 countries taking pictures and recording his adventures. He has written a young readers book: Wondrous Creatures: Explore a world of animals from A to Z. His message is about the "joy of learning and connecting to others in our world, the world outside our classroom..."


His website for more information is www.deanjacobs.org.

Information about his book: https://www.amazon.com/Wondrous-Creatures-Explore-World-Animals/dp/0974944114/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=wondrous+creatures&qid=1553790259&s=gateway&sr=8-2


To prepare for his visit CREL students are making lists of 5 animals they would like to see someday in the wild.

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Clayton County Dairy Princess and Little Miss Squirt at CRES

Mrs. Judy Clefisch, CRES 2nd Grade


The second graders had a visit from the Clayton County Dairy Princess Brianna Lucey and Little Miss Squirt Jennifer Smith. They shared information about dairy breeds. We played Dairy Bingo, and everyone received a cheese stick.

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Government Classes Go to Des Moines

On Tuesday, March 12, the high school government classes traveled to Des Moines on their Capitol trip. Students left from the high school at six o’clock in the morning accompanied by Mr. Cook. When they arrived at the Capitol building, students split into two groups and toured the building. The tour guides explained to the students the history behind the location of the building as well as the history of the architecture. Students were allowed to see inside the Secretary of State's office, observe the Senate in session, walk on the House floor, and climb the 91 steps to the top of the dome. While in the rotunda, students observed lobbyist. The group also got to talk to and get a picture with the governor Kim Reynolds and the lieutenant governor Adam Gregg. Visiting the Capitol allowed students to see the Legislative branch they learned about in class in action. After visiting the Capitol, students ate lunch at Zombie Burger, a themed restaurant with many exotic burgers. After lunch, the students went to the State Historical Museum of Iowa. Students were sent on a scavenger hunt to find and take pictures of numerous things from Iowa’s history, like John Wayne’s vest, Mr. Porkchop’s apron, an Iowa State fair poster, “Is This Heaven” bumper sticker, and Chief Keokuk’s portrait.
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CRHS Academic Awards

Mrs. Julie Hansel, CRMS/CRHS School Counselor


The Academic Awards Assembly was held Friday, February 15th. Qualifications for the Clayton Ridge Academic Letter: freshmen must maintain a 3.2 GPA in order to be awarded a letter during the fall of their sophomore year, sophomores must maintain a 3.3 GPA in order to be recognized the fall of their junior year, juniors must maintain a 3.4 GPA in order to be recognized the fall of their senior year, and seniors must maintain a 3.5 GPA in order to be recognized at graduation. The grade point requirement is higher each year to encourage continued academic excellence throughout all four years of high school. The first time students are recognized they receive a letter. After that, a pin is awarded that is to be worn on the letter.

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CRHS Service Learning

Mrs. Julie Hansel, CRMS/CRHS School Counselor


The Service Learning Award is awarded to students who have volunteered their time and talents to the betterment of the community. Students completing 160 credits of service at the end of the senior year receive the distinguished silver cord to be worn at commencement. Those students progressing towards the 160 credits (40 credits per year) are recognized during the Fall Awards Assembly.

Pictured below:


Front (L to R): Isaiah Duwe, Abby Gaul, Megan Cunningham, Sophie Cherne, Keona Gomez, Kayla Kelly, Reagan Brown, Abrianna Moore.

Back (L to R): Beau Cline, Kristen Willenborg, Emily Blanchard, Victoria Breitbach, Emily Ertl, Courtney Olson, Kaysi Ihde, Hannah Ruzicka.

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March Eagle PRIDE Awards

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CRHS Wrestling Banquet

Mrs. Heather Meyer, CRMS/CRHS Art


The CR Wrestling and Cheerleading students were honored at the Wrestling Banquet held March 17.
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CREL Taste Testing

Mrs. Renae Kraus, CR School Nurse


Students at Clayton Ridge Elementary had the opportunity to sample Chocolate-Avocado Mousse in a recent taste-test. Taste tests help broaden student experiences with a variety of foods that they may not previously have had the chance to try. Included was a mini-lesson about making maple syrup (as one of the ingredients in the recipe was maple syrup). A thank-you to Mr. Tim Oliver for the Buck Creek Maple Syrup used in the recipe.
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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: March

Nancy Ruzicka, Assistant Librarian



Toddler Time - April 12 at 10:30 AM
Join Miss Nancy for an hour of stories, song and dance, craft and playtime.
Ages 2-4

National Library Week - April 7th - 13th.
Libraries = Strong Communities: Help us celebrate by stopping by the Guttenberg Library that week. We will have something exciting happening each day! Contests, treats and more!

St. Mary, IC School Spring Art Show - April 22- May 10.
Stop in and see all the creative art projects the students have been working on this school year.

Meet Cinderella - May 4 from 1-3 PM
Cinderella will be visiting our library on Saturday, May 4. Stop by and meet her, have a photo taken with her and have a treat. Wear your princess dress too!

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

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Words on Wellness

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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).