Eagles' Voice Newsletter

Clayton Ridge Schools February 2018

Where Excellence is the Tradition

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Superintendent Wahls Explains 2018-19 Grade Realignment Plan

By Molly Moser, The Guttenberg Press

Big changes are coming to the Clayton Ridge School District. By the fall of this year, elementary and middle school students will completely swap campuses. “We have been planning this change for over two years. The first phase was implemented in the fall of 2016 when we moved the fourth grade to Garnavillo and the eighth grade to Guttenberg,”
said Superintendent Shane Wahls.

“Having the new grade level configuration will bring consistency to programming in a number of ways, will require fewer transitions for students, provides more academic opportunities for students, and allows us to utilize our faculty in a much more efficient manner.”

Currently, students in grades 8-12 attend classes at the high school building in Guttenberg; pre-k to third graders use the elementary building in Guttenberg, and students in grades four through seven attend school in Garnavillo. At the start of the 2018-19 school year, the Garnavillo campus will be home to pre-k through fifth graders. Students in grades six to 12 will take classes in Guttenberg. The head start program will remain in its current location on the Guttenberg campus.

“Having the eighth grade in Guttenberg for the last two years has brought additional opportunities for them and has also helped us to meet state requirements including courses in family consumer science, industrial technology, and Spanish. The eighth grade
has also been able to participate in the high school band,” said Wahls.

High school faculty is currently teaching eighth graders core subjects like language arts, math, social studies, and science. “Part of this transition included bringing the fourth grade to Garnavillo, which meant that we did not replace two teachers that had previously taught fourth grade. This was a tremendous savings to the district’s budget in a time of declining
enrollment and minimal state aid.”

More benefits come in the form of faculty transportation. “There are six faculty members that will not need to travel next year after the grade level re-alignment. That is a savings not only in fuel reimbursement, but also in not having to provide a travel period, which means lost instructional time,” Wahls explained.

In the 2018-19 school year, more opportunities will open up to students in grades seven and eight due to their new location. Both grades will be able to take courses in Spanish, Industrial Technology, Agriculture, Art, Family Consumer Science, and Careers. Eighth graders will continue to participate in high school band and will be eligible for a high school credit algebra class. New opportunities for high schoolers include school-to-work experiences, math intervention, and additional offerings in social studies, physical education, and family consumer science.

Classrooms at the Garnavillocampus, which was originally designed as a high school, will undergo some cosmetic changes. Carpet will be installed in some rooms, hallways, and classrooms will be painted, and urinals will be lowered in the boys’ restrooms. “The cosmetic changes will be paid by funds that have been saved during the past year since paying off the middle school HVAC a year ago.

These would be considered typical capital projects,” Wahls explained. One large classroom will be transformed into two smaller classrooms, and this project will be funded by the 2018 Facility Project Fund (PPEL). Clayton Ridge maintenance staff have already
started on some of these projects and will continue their work into the spring. The classroom remodel will take place during the summer.

Bus routes will remain unchanged.

“Associates will continue to be assigned to ride each shuttle to assist with supervision and student safety,” Wahls noted.

And what about that all-important activity – recess? “The board approved the purchase of additional playground equipment with matching funds several months ago,” said Wahls.
The new equipment will be installed west of the Garnavillo school building, allowing youth to access it throughout the school day as well as during baseball and softball games. The Garnavillo campus is flush with green space and has a blacktop area. Playground equipment in Guttenberg will remain in place for continued use outside of school hours.

“It is a good possibility that a portion of the blacktop in Guttenberg may be used for additional parking, similar to how it is used for events now,” Wahls explained. “I have not personally had any negative feedback from any parents, nor has that message been
communicated to me by others. I have had many positive conversations with parents that believe this will be a very positive change,” the superintendent told The Press.

Chemo Kits In Route

Mrs. Valeria White, HS English

We packed 45 chemo care kits, which will be delivered to Medical Associates Hematology/Oncology Department in Dubuque on Thursday, March 1, weather permitting. A huge “Thank You” to all who contributed to another successful project! We are Clayton Ridge, and we are Eagle Proud!

Pictured Below: The Kit Crew: Front (l to r) - Sophie C., Kaitlyn K., Kayla K., Reagan B., Gage A.
Back (l to r) - Melody C., Micayla R., Savannah M., Andrew M., Kolin S.
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CRHS January Eagle PRIDE Awards

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Fifth Graders Use WordArt

Mrs. Deb Henkes, Clayton Ridge Technology Coach

The fifth graders in Mrs. Lawrence's classes recently created word clouds to help clarify their understanding of the character 'Brian' in the book "Brian's Winter" by Gary Paulsen.

A word cloud is an image or representation composed of words used in a particular text or subject, in which the size of each word indicates its frequency or importance. Word clouds can help students identify trends and patterns that would otherwise be unclear or difficult to see in regular text format.

Students identified words describing Brian's character and created the word clouds with their laptops using the site WordArt with the help of Mrs. Thomas. Students then used Google Drawing to create visually impactful pictures illustrating their representation and submitted their creations to Mrs. Lawrence through Google Classroom. This is a great example of using important 21 Century skills of creativity, critical thinking, and communication in action!

Way to go 5th graders! Attached are examples of student work.
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What the Flag Means to Me Winners

Mrs. Sara Lawrence, MS Teacher

Every year the American Legion ClayGar Post offers a fifth-grade American flag essay contest. The theme and title this year was What the Flag Means To Me. This year Clayton Ridge Middle School had 47 proud fifth graders enter the flag essay contest. Along with writing essays, students learn about patriotism, flag history and how to honor the flag. This flag essay contest has become a proud tradition at Clayton Ridge Middle School.

Pictured below: Tammy Sylvester, American Legion, Ava A., first place $25, Kylee S., second place $15, Mollie S., third place $10, and Harlan Backhaus, American Legion.
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Show Choir Earns Class 1A First Place

Clayton Ridge's Show Choir "Cloud 9" on a great performance at The Main Event Show Choir Contest in Epworth on Saturday, February 24. Clayton Ridge was smallest school in attendance and represented CRHS very well. The routine earned "Cloud 9" first place for Class 1A. Senior Emma B. was named the Outstanding Performer for the group.

Huge thank you to the best parents and fans anyone could ask for and the relentless assistance of Mrs. Fassbinder.
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Three Clayton Ridge HS Students Advance to State Individual Speech Contest

Ms. Nicole Shaw, HS English/Instructional Coach

On Saturday, Feb. 24, seven Clayton Ridge High School students participated in eight events at the NE Iowa District Contest hosted by Maquoketa Valley. Students receiving a Division I rating advance to the State Individual Speech Contest.

Madison F. - Solo Musical Theatre - "Little Girls" from Annie - Division I
Paul S. - Prose - "32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny" - Division I
Brandon W. - Poetry - "This is Not the End of the World" - Division I
Nicole S. - Radio News - Division II
Natalie D. - Prose - "The Fish Story" - Division II
Amber A. - Poetry - "Explaining My Depression to My Mother" - Division II
Mariah K. - Poetry - "Stories I Ain't Told Nobody" - Division II
Mariah K. - Prose - "If Life is a Bowl of Cherries" - Division II

The State Individual Speech Contest will be held on Saturday, March 10 at Starmont.

Pictured below: Mariah K., Paul S., Madison F., Amber A., Brandon W., Nicole S., and Natalie D.
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Colombian Visitor to Spanish Classes

Mrs. Rhea Cano, MS/HS Spanish

Spanish 3 and 4 classes had a visitor to their Spanish classes on Wednesday, January 31. Cristian Ricardo Gutierrez-Perez, an English major and senior at Universidad de Amazonia in Florencia, Colombia, told the students that he came to the United States during January because he wanted to experience winter in Iowa. Cristian had previously been to the area to work at the Badger Camp, a summer camp geared towards handicapped children, in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. It was during his time working at the camp that he met Garnavillo resident Bernard Peterson, who, during this visit, welcomed him into his home for winter vacation. Bernard saw an opportunity for Clayton Ridge High School students to experience a native Spanish-speaker as well as learn about Colombia. Bernard contacted high school Spanish teacher Rhea Cano, and they set up a time for Cristian to challenged students by using the Spanish language. Cristian, graduating in November with a degree in English, took control of the classroom like a pro. He presented an activity to students, during which they were required to use their Spanish to introduce themselves to him. Cristian also went through a presentation he had prepared, showing where he is from in Colombia, pictures of his University, typical flora and fauna of Colombia, as well as some of his favorite places to go. Students were allowed time to ask Cristian about his life and family, to which he responded in Spanish. Students learned that Colombia doesn’t have seasons, that it is hot or cold depending on the altitude, and that although Colombia has been known as a dangerous country, the danger has decreased and it is a very beautiful and enjoyable place to visit. Spanish 3 and 4 students would like to send a big “gracias” to Cristian for taking time out of his vacation and visiting with them. Everyone had a great time listening and talking to him about his life and Colombia.

Clayton Ridge Lunch Menu

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Words on Wellness

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About Us

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 4-7. 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 preschool, elementary (K-3), and grades 8-12.