Clayton Ridge Schools October 2017

Where Excellence is the Tradition

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Fall Athletics Update

Andy Peterson, K-3/9-12 Principal & Activities Director

Football will be back in action this Friday, October 13th at 7:00 PM @ Durant. This is a varsity only game. This game will be a PINK OUT supporting cancer research. There will be a 50/50 and silent auction items available to bid on. All proceeds will go to cancer research. We have been invited to participate by wearing pink and participating in the activities that are happening. This will also be Durant's Senior Recognition Night.

Cross Country will be in action in two big meets. The UIC Conference Meet will be held on Thursday, October 12th @ 4:00 PM. The meet is hosted by Postville and held at Tri-City Golf Club in Luana. The JH race will begin at 4:00 PM, HS Girls at 4:30 PM and HS Boys at 5:00 PM. The 1A State Qualifying Meet for our runners will be held at Solon, Iowa at 3:00 PM on Thursday, October 19th.

Volleyball will be in action at North Fayette Valley on Saturday, October 14th in the UIC Conference Volleyball Tournament. Their next action after that will be in class 2A Regional play at Cascade vs. Cascade on Tuesday, October 17th at 7:00 PM.

We will recognize our Cheerleading, Cross Country and Football seniors and their parents on Friday, October 20th between JV and Varsity games vs. West Branch. The schedule for the evening will look like this: 5:00 PM JV Football Game vs. West. Branch, 6:50 PM Senior Recognition and 7:30 PM Varsity Football Game vs. West Branch.

Competing for and playing in post-season competition is the time of year that our athletes, coaches and fans most look forward to! Please support our athletes by wishing them good luck, traveling to the games if possible and positively cheering them on in competition! GO EAGLES!

CRHS Fall Blood Drive

On November 17, Clayton Ridge High School is hosting a blood drive. There are people in desperate need of blood all over America and they need your help. It only takes a short amount of your time and the kindness and willingness of you to give your blood to save a life. Please contact us if interested to donate at or at the high school office at (563) 252-2341 to sign up today.
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Homecoming 2017

Students across the district participated in the Dress-Up Days for Homecoming 2017

Monday - PJ Day
Tuesday - Tourist Day
Wednesday - Trip on Park Ave. Day
Thursday - Color Rush Day
Friday - Eagle Pride Day

The Homecoming Court :
Eric I. (King), Brandon W. (Runner-Up), Bradyn H., and Ben A.
From Left Front: Morgan T. (Queen), Haley H., Natalie D., and Taylor P. (Runner-Up)

Junior Homecoming Attendants:
Hunter H. and Ashley H.

Sophomore Homecoming Attendants:
Grace M. and Spencer K.

Freshmen Homecoming Attendants:
Savannah M. and Gage A.

Clayton Ridge dominated up front on both sides of the ball in rolling to a 36-6 Homecoming win over Jesup. Joseph V. rushed 17-times for 172-yards and two scores. He had touchdown runs of 1 and 43-yards and completed 6 of 9 passes for 108-yards and two scores to lead the Eagles. Benjamin A. caught three passes for 62-yards, including a 12-yard touchdown. Brandon W. had 5-catches for 54-yards including a 23-yard TD reception. Jesup was held to just 90-yards of total offense.

UIC Music Festival

The Clayton Ridge choir attended the UIC Festival Monday, October 9 at MFL MarMac High School. They performed an individual song and five large group songs at tonight's concert with choir students from Central, MFL, Kee High, and Starmont.

Red Ribbon Week 2017

Peggy B Sapp, President of the National Family Partnership

The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign. NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Campaign™. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America.

Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985. When he decided to join the US Drug Enforcement Administration, his mother tried to talk him out of it. "I'm only one person", he told her, "but I want to make a difference."

On Feb. 7, 1985, the 37-year-old Camarena left his office to meet his wife for lunch. Five men appeared at the agent's side and shoved him in a car. One month later, Camarena's body was found. He had been tortured to death.

In honor of Camarena's memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. Parents, sick of the destruction of alcohol and other drugs, had begun forming coalitions. Some of these new coalitions took Camarena as their model and embraced his belief that one person can make a difference. These coalitions also adopted the symbol of Camarena's memory, the red ribbon.

In 1988, NFP sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Celebration. Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children and families. The National Family Partnership (NFP) and its network of individuals and organizations continue to deliver his message of hope to millions of people every year, through the National Red Ribbon Campaign™.

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Read for the Record Day 2017

Read for the Record Day! On October 19th, 2017, Keystone AEA will proudly support an effort to increase awareness of the importance of Early Childhood Education and the need for putting books in the hands of our youngest readers. We are also adding our own twist to advocate for all kids to have access to books and elicit the love of reading to students in all grades PreK-12th. Please take a couple of moments to watch the video linked to find out more information!

Link to informational video

Join Jumpstart for their 12th annual and Keystone AEA in our 1st annual Read for the Record Day.
To participate - On October 19th go to Keystone Homepage and click on the Read for the Record Day banner. Use the videos to share books with students. Then, let us know how many students participated and what you thought by filling out a short survey on the website! It's that easy!

Tri-Star FFA News

FFA Fruit Sales will begin October 10th and will end October 27th. Deliveries will take place in beginning of December.

A few of the FFA members assisted Doug and Kathy Reimer with the dinner and speech of Congressman Rod Blum. From left: Chris Policinski, CEO of Land O’Lakes (far left), Hayley K., Chuck Conner, National Council of Farmer Co-ops, Seth I., Congressman Rod Blum, and Terry H. The Reimer’s donated $500 to the chapter and Land O’Lakes matched that amount. With these donations, the chapter plans to do a one-acre garden.

The Tri-Star FFA will be conducting a new fundraiser this year is FarmHer. It is a website that donates 20% of all purchases made from October 5-19 back to our chapter. Be sure to use our code (Code: CIFFA17) at the checkout.
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The Eagle Eye: New Staff Spotlight

Mr. Wade Marlow - Clayton Ridge Dean of Students & At-Risk Coordinator

Faithful, obedient and thankful
Husband to Twyla, Father to Jocelyn and Nathan
Who loves friends, family and golf
Who values integrity and honesty
Who fears snakes and anything that looks like a snake
Who discovered his curiosity could lead to a profession
Who hopes to attend The Masters in Augusta, Georgia
Dean of Students and At Risk Coordinator

Mrs. Deb Henkes - Technology Coordinator

Curious, creative, problem-solver
Mom of 2 sons & 1 dog, grandmother of 4 grandbabies & 3 grandcats, wife of 1 husband!
Enjoys gadgets, reading, & learning new things!
Loves spending time with family & friends
Freaked out by clowns and scary movies
Honored to be working at Clayton Ridge!
Hopes to inspire effective, creative and innovative technology use and integration
Pk-12 Instructional Technology Coach at Clayton Ridge

Ms. Kendra Wilke: Vocal Music and Band

Passionate, hardworking, creative, strong
Lover of music, traveling, and family and friends.
Who feels relaxed when making music, inspired when outside, and exhausted without coffee.
Who fears the dark, scary movies, and snakes.
Who is thrilled to be teaching in Northeast Iowa
Who hopes to see continual growth in students' musical abilities and wishes to explore the world.
5-12 Band and K-1 General Music Teacher

Ms. Kelsey Vlazny: Elementary Special Education

Kind, caring, reliable, determined
Fur mommy to Otis and Ricky
Who loves learning, teaching, and inspiring others
Who cherishes family, friends, and animals
Who fears failure, snakes, spiders
Who is chasing her dream of earning her Master's Degree
Who hopes to inspire students to be the best they can be
Elementary Special Education Teacher

Mrs. Melissa Haberichter: K-12 Media Specialist/Librarian

Try to be….kind, curious, hardworking, friendly
Wife of Steve, mother to Jillian and Lauren
Who loves family, reading, sports
Who cherishes experienced excitement over a great book and great learning, experienced loss over loved ones (mom, sister), experienced pride in my children’s accomplishments
Who has a fear of cancer and fear of not being relevant
Who felt accomplished in getting her masters degree, always fixing/remodeling our home, feel accomplished whenever I feel successful with students and teachers
raveling a little, would like to see a kinder world (As Miss Congeniality would say, “World Peace.”)
K-12 Librarian, shared to Clayton Ridge from MFL MarMac where I am a teacher librarian and instructional coach

Mrs. LeeAnn Peterson: Elementary Teacher Associate

Happy, outgoing, positive.
Mom to Ava, KC, Mack. Wife to Mr. Peterson. Dog mom to Maya and Graham.
Who loves to smile, Iowa Hawkeyes, hunting with my husband.
Who treasures family and friends, enjoys pumpkin spice everything, COFFEE and CHRISTMAS!
Who fears failing in front of my kids, bees and roller coasters.
Who strives to be a positive role model for my kids and our students.
Who hopes for my kids, the students I work with and staff I work with to have a successful year.
Teacher Associate

Mrs. Lynne Finnegan: Elementary Teacher Associate

Strong, helpful, hard worker, compassionate
Mother of Michelle and Brianna
Has a love of books, quilting, good food
Has a loving family, friendly cats, loves cooking and baking
Has a fear of failure, dogs that bite
Wishes for world peace and no more mass shootings
Associate in the elementary

Sophomores and Leaders to Camp Klaus

Mrs. Julie Hansel, 8-12 School Counselor

Studies have identified certain “developmental assets” that are important to helping young people grow up healthy, caring and principled. These include positive relationships, opportunities, commitments, values, and competencies. Clayton Ridge High School has identified those assets most in need of enrichment and development among our students.

Selected members of the student body and all sophomores attended a “retreat” to Camp Klaus in Colesburg, Iowa for a day and a half of training by specialists in the areas of leadership, decision-making, self-esteem, coping with difficulties, and mastering motivation. There was no expense to the students.

Camp Klaus is a Boy Scout camp located in a beautiful rural setting of trees, waterfalls and a lake. Use of the camp is free to Clayton Ridge High School as part of an alliance we have formed with the Boy Scouts as we participated in their “Learning for life program.
Activities develop leadership, decision-making, self-esteem, controlling controversy, motivation, and will foster camaraderie with fellow students. An Exploring Executive of the Boy Scouts and Clayton Ridge School conducts the classes and activities.

Each year we look forward to this innovative approach to educating our students in every facet of life. Students prepared meals, and “s”mores” around the campfire. We hope to instill some character traits that will be beneficial to them throughout life!
Video created and published by Taylor Palmer, CRHS Senior and CRCSD Social Media Coordinator
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CRHS Fall Play: Little Women

Mrs. Valeria White, Drama Director

Clayton Ridge High School students take the stage this fall for their production of Little Women (adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s novel by L. Don Swartz and produced by special arrangement with Eldridge Publishing Company). Centering around the lives of the four March sisters, whose personalities are as different as their love of family is the same, the play chronicles “their joys, sorrows, loves and losses played against the backdrop of a divided country” during the turbulent Civil War.

Friday, November 3, at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 4, at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 5, at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets available at the door ($4 for students; $5 for adults). Refreshments will be served during intermission.
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Eagle Pride: Classroom Happenings Across the District

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CRMS Host Grandparents' Day

CRMS Grandparents' Day was held Friday, September 29. Fourth grade students brought their grandparents to school and asked them several questions about their career and life. Thank you, grandparents, for all you do!

College and Career Readiness

ACT Test Registration Deadlines and Test Dates

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FAFSA Enrollment Open Oct. 1

Mrs. Julie Hansel, 8-12 School Counselor

On October 1, 2017 seniors may file the FAFSA for the 2018-2019 school year.
Please use the link: & do not pay anyone to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). I have attached a FAFSA On The Web Worksheet to assist while completing the FAFSA online .

Students AND 1 parent must have a FSA ID in order to file the FAFSA. This request can be completed NOW. Go to:

There is no longer a FAFSA Night at local high schools in the fall. Resources to assist in answering family questions related to financial aid and the FAFSA will be emailed. Mrs. Hansel is also available to assist with questions. Please email or call Mrs. Hansel, if needed.

Don't Believe College Financial Aid Myths

Mrs. Julie Hansel, 8-12 School Counselor

College application season is in full swing. As you apply to college and see how much it costs, don't let fears overshadow an otherwise exciting time in your life. The key is to not believe the financial myths surrounding the price of a higher education.

Myth #1: You can't afford college.
Many students add the tuition price, textbook fees and the cost of living and say there is no way they can afford college. The truth is most college students require some form of financial aid. Don't ignore college because of its "sticker price." You may receive a combination of grants, loans, scholarships or work-study jobs to help reduce the cost.

Myth #2: You have to be very poor, very smart or very talented to qualify for financial aid.
Financial aid comes in many forms—grants and scholarships that you don't have to repay, and loans, which you do have to repay. There is need-based aid for students of lower income families, and merit-based aid for students who excel in athletics, music, community service and many other areas. Financial aid sources are as varied, too—the federal government, the college or university itself, a parent's employer, and others. Explore all the possibilities; you'll be surprised.

Myth #3: You can get more scholarships by paying someone to search for you.
Scholarship scams are everywhere. Beware of any group or individual that guarantees a scholarship if you pay a fee. There are many good and FREE scholarship sources on the Internet. Check out for more information.

Myth #4: If you pay for college, your parents' salaries don't matter.
Most need-based financial aid is based on the student's and parents' income and assets. Most schools require students to fill out the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, in order to qualify for need-based aid. The form, available online at, asks for information similar to what's needed for income taxes. After submitting the FAFSA, you receive a report that shows how much the government expects your family to pay toward your education.

Myth #5: You can wait until you get accepted to a college before worrying about financial aid.
Most financial aid is given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Don't wait to get started. Looking for financial aid probably isn’t your idea of a good time, but it's better than graduating from college with a huge debt.

Making the Most of College Visits

Mrs. Julie Hansel, 8-12 School Counselor

At the end of last school year each high school student had the opportunity to visit a college campus. This opportunity allows students to “try on” potential colleges. Early visits are a great starting point for exploring various colleges. Seniors should use college visits as a way to narrow down the college exploration search. Some tips to help make a decision include asking lots of questions. Here are a few suggestions:

  • What activities and services are available to help first-year students adjust academically and socially?
  • What are the total costs of attending this school? Ask where additional fees, books, room and board, and travel fit in to the cost.
  • What types of financial aid does the college offer and how do I apply for it?
  • What are the class sizes?
  • What are the admission requirements?

Mrs. Hansel also has a list of commonly asked questions to take on college campus visits. Take lots of notes because it is easy to become confused after visiting several colleges. A camera may be helpful to remember the campus.

CRHS Juniors to Upper Iowa University for College Fair

Upper Iowa University welcomed over 250 high school students from eight area school districts to a college fair held on Monday, September 11th at the UIU Recreation Center. Juniors from Clayton Ridge attended with Mrs. Hansel and Mrs. White. Representatives from nearly 60 colleges, universities, college planning services and military branches were in attendance. The college fair is part of the Iowa College Day/College Night programs sponsored by the Iowa Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC). Students participated in a tour and ate lunch in the dining center.

UIU annually hosts the first in a series of college fairs for area high school students to provide an opportunity to explore post-secondary options and to discuss admission requirements, housing, financial aid, scholarships, internships, and specific majors.

Family Tech Talk

In the digital age we live in, it is important our students realize the power of their words, especially when posted to social media. Sue Scheff, Founder of Parents' Universal Resource Experts, In., explains that what we post online can be compared to getting a tattoo. "Sometimes, like a tattoo, the online content we post can be covered up or removed. However, that too, can be time consuming, costly, and painful. This is why we are constantly reminding our kids, and especially our teenagers, to think before they post. It’s also why we need to start having conversations early about privacy and reputation."

In addition to the dangers and permanent nature of posting online, Scheff explains that our privacy is fleeing at an alarming rate. She asks, "Do your kids know never to give out their full name, address, social security number, phone number or other private information online? I know it sounds simplistic, but an average of over 500,000 children have their identity stolen each year."

In our Family Tech Talk corner, we plan to cover some of these issues and provide tools for better conversations about the power and the dangers of our connected society. The PDF below gives some insight to apps teens are using and some of the associated

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. The south campus serves preschool, elementary (K-3), and grades 8-12.