The Raptor – August 2018

THE RAPTOR | Issue 9-10

The Raptor

August 2018


On The Road To Victory

by Staff

The theme for Homecoming 2018, On The Road To Victory, takes a trip across America over the course of the week ending smack-dab in the Midwest and the home of the North Fayette Valley TigerHawks! The student council started working last spring pulling together ideas and activities for the week long celebration that will start on Sunday, September 30 and culminate with the dance on October 6.

The activities kick off with hallway decorating on Sunday. We have brought back the Powder Puff game between girls in the junior and senior classes, and weather permitting, the evening will end with a bonfire. Disney Day is the theme for Monday and the Homecoming Royalty will be announced to the student body. An advisory contest will be held at the end of the day. The road goes to Louisiana and a taste of Mardi Gras on Tuesday. One Wednesday the road ends up in Texas for Hick Day. On Thursday students will be very busy on Tourist Day. In the afternoon our students will give back to the community with service projects. Some will remain at the high school to assemble floats for the parade that will be held that evening in West Union at 7:00. This will be followed by a community pep rally on the plaza stage and the announcement of our homecoming royalty. Our cheerleaders and a handful of senior athletes will visit elementary schools to teach some cheers and get them fired up for the football game Friday night.

We will host our annual all-school pep rally on Friday afternoon. The public is invited to attend and see the spirit generated by a gym full of TigerHawks! On Friday evening our football team faces off against rival Oelwein. Our drill team and marching band will perform and we will recognize our scholar athletes from the Class of 2019. The week finishes with the dance Saturday.


Principal’s Pen

Each month NFVHS Principal Todd Wolverton shares his thoughts on a variety of topics, most of them having to do with school!

TigerHawk Logo Trademarked

Hey Mr. Clark!

School counselor Bill Clark shares pertinent information relative to the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students.

It’s Social: How To Beat Addiction

by Staff

Last month in this column proof was provided as to how social media seeks to addict people to their platform. This month, some advice is provided that will help stop the addiction.

Choose to be intentional. Be a leader.
We must make conscious efforts to notice what is happening to us. We must recognize that we control out lives, not anyone, or anything else. We cannot choose to be a  victim. We have to take charge of our lives and set an example for our kids.

Set a timer so you can establish boundaries. 
We have to start by taking an inventory of how much time we spend on social media as well as  how many different platforms we use. Once we take and honest  inventory it is often stunning! We can work to limit that time by setting a timer on our phone to tell us when we have spent a certain amount of time. Facebook, recognizing what they have done, is working on  their app in order to be able to tell user how much time they have spent over a period of seven days. We can set daily limits, and hold ourselves to them.

Balance the way you use your time.
Set up a balance between the amount of time on the screen and the amount of time you spend communicating face to face. An hour on Snapchat means you have to spend an hour talking to people in person!

Students participating in recreational activity


It’s Social is focused different aspects of social media and the digital world that our students live in. Information shared here will come from a variety of sources, and each one will be cited so you can find out more information.


3      Athletic Booster Club Meeting
4      Homecoming Parade
5      Homecoming Football Game
6      State Marching Band Contest
6      Homecoming Dance
8      CPR Training for Seniors
8      NFV Board Meeting
8      UIC Vocal Festival
9      LEAD Team Meeting
10    Early Dismissal for PD
12    Picture Re-takes
12    CPR Training for Seniors
15    CPR Training for Seniors
16    Vocal Concert
17    Early Dismissal for PD
18    Cross Country Regionals
20    All-State Music Auditions
22    Fine Arts Booster Meeting
22    NHS Induction

S&C Gets a Lift!

by Staff

Many of you are aware that about a year ago we hired Mr. Vinnie Otdoerfer to serve in the capacity of our strength and conditioning coach. Mr. Otdoerfer is a recent graduate of Upper Iowa University and currently manages Anytime Fitness in West Union. He has an extensive background in strength and conditioning as well as a  competitive athlete at both the high school and college levels. Since he was hired he has brought a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to our program, as well as a very positive approach that was sorely needed! The intensity level in the room has picked up and students are seeing the benefits of the hard work they are putting in. In fact, the success has been contagious as we have had over 80 kids consistently working in our program and have not had enough room to accommodate all of them at the same time. That’s a great problem to have! Because of that Otdoerfer has scheduled additional training sessions to make it possible for all of our students to participate. NFVHS has had a strong tradition of strength and conditioning and Coach Otdoerfer is taking it to a new level!


Students in Capstone research

Capstone Research

Sherri Imoehl joined seniors to help them get a good jump on Capstone research.

Mindy Reimer from Keystone AEA help kids with capstone writing

Capstone Writing

Mindy Reimer from Keystone AEA helps our kids better understand formal writing rules.


Decline in Response Time


A person that “pulls an all-nighter” sees a 50% drop in their response time.

Today’s Sleep Deprived Workforce


30% of working adults get less than 6-hours of sleep per night.


Sleep deprivation costs the United States economy $411 billion a year and over a million lost work days.

Group of students on a bridge

Principal’s Pen

by Todd F. Wolverton

Off and on over the past few years I have looked in to the issue of sleep,specifically the importance of sleep for young people in terms of how that impacts their performance at school.There are some things that we all know about sleep, such as young people need to have eight hours of sleep a night, but I not sure many of us know how truly important it is for teenagers to get a full nights sleep. Deep down we all know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep, yet few of us actually do! And, at what cost?

Almost half of Americans report that low-quality or insufficient sleep interferes with their daily life at least once a week, according to The National Sleep Foundation. We all know that the longer hours we work, the more tired we get and the more mistakes or errors we make in our job and personal life. All of us have experienced the sluggishness that comes with being tired as well as procrastination and blocks to our creativity and thought processes.

Way back in the 19th century they recognized that workers were not as productive when they were tired and cut back from the common nine-hour work day to the current, common eight hour day. Current research in the labor markets has the same conclusion: the first barrier to productivity is insufficient sleep. In a number of comparison studies those workers who were good sleepers consistently outworked  those that were sleep deprived, in some cases up to three times more productive! Corporate America is concerned about their employee’s sleep patterns because lower productivity costs them money. I personally do not think anyone is surprised by this. So what about high school kids?

First off, I am going to tell you that the American school system apparently does not give two hoots about young people getting a sufficient amount of sleep. If it did, we would see significant changes in our  schools. I’ll get back to that. Let’s look at what research is telling us about sleep deprived kids.

Our kids that are not getting enough sleep. Again, according to the National Sleep Foundation, 60% of teenagers report feeling tired during the day and 15% have fallen asleep at school. Kids who are not getting  enough sleep perform lower academically, are more likely to be overweight, display symptoms of depression, and are more likely to smoke, drink, and use other drugs. Sleep is incredibly important, yet we have a generation of kids that are not getting enough.

So, back to the contribution schools make to the problem. According to a survey done by the Center of Disease Control, 93% of high schools in our country start before 8:30. Consider that teenagers report that they go to bed to go to sleep on average at 11:00 p.m., and assume that it takes an hour to get out of bed, get ready for school have  breakfast and get to school, these kids would be getting eight-and-a-half hours
of sleep a night, which is a half hour less than the recommended nine hours per night for teens.

We currently start school at 8:15, but we have a large percentage of kids that are at school at 6:00 a.m., and we have another large percentage of students who roll in around 7:30. For some of those that get here at 6:00, they had to get out of bed shortly after 5:00 in order to dress, maybe grab something quick to eat and get to school. So for those kids we’re talking about six hours of sleep. Houston, we have a problem!

With today’s teens, it goes beyond the amount of sleep. Quality of sleep for many is maybe an even more important issue. Research is showing that using electronics at night before going to bed reduces the  quality of sleep. Greater demands on them increase the stress on them, impacting quality of sleep.

I have known all of this for some time, and I have discussed it in different forums with people. Yes, I allow coaches to start strength and conditioning at 6:00 a.m., but when I asked them to move to a 7:00 start student athletes objected because they did not have time to go home and get ready for school and come back. In other conversations I have suggested we move the start time for school to 9:30, but that is generally rejected because of parents needed to get to work by 8:00 and child care needs, the concern about kids practicing after school later into the evening, and complaints from adults in school who don’t see why we’re starting so late already!

Kids don’t help themselves. This generation is so attached to screens and the bedtime for teenagers, if there even is one in a home, has been pushed later. And many of our kids are communicating with friends and checking things out online while they lie in bed. In essence, we are shooting ourselves in the foot, or our kids in the foot, when it comes to something incredibly important to their health: sleep.

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I want to share a website that I think a lot of you will find interesting and perhaps helpful. I ran across, from the Child Mind Institute a couple of months ago, and subscribed to their newsletter. It’s good!

TigerHawk Talk

By Ron Imoehl, Activities Director

It is hard to believe that we only have 3 more week of football. NFV traveled to Monticello on Friday night and lost a last minute heart-breaker 28-21. We have Homecoming festivities this week in preparation for Oelwein on Friday night. The NFV TigerHawks look to bounce back against the Huskies this week.

Volleyball is under new leadership this season. Jared Tilleraas and Brooke Lodge share as our co-coaches this season. The girls are working hard and trying to improve each day. The ladies have a couple of volleyball dates before they start Regionals on October 17.

Cross Country has shown a lot of promise this fall. Caleb O’Hare, Weller Clark and Brynn Gamm have been very solid throughout the season. We hosted the 50th TigerHawk Invitational on September 6th. We had  eight teams competing for the title. NFV Boys finished first in the meet and the girls finished 4th. We are looking for big things as they head into the home TigerHawk Talk stretch of the season. It looks like conference and districts could be a very exciting time for the TigerHawks.

As we finish the fall sports schedule, coaches will start having student/parent meetings for the winter sports. Be looking for those meeting dates by the end of this month.

TigerHawk Cross Country Runner with Coach


TigerHawk Talk is dedicated to providing information about the activity program at NFVHS.


Hey, Mr. Clark!

by Bill Clark, School Counselor

This is the first of a three part series of articles on why our kids are so anxious. This comes from the Linda Stade Educaton Blog.

More people suffer from anxiety today than did during the Great Depression. Particularly young people. The first time I heard that I was stunned. How is that even possible? But then it is borne out in the  research. 1 in 5 females suffers anxiety and the number of 15/16-year-olds with the condition has doubled in the last 30 years. It is the most common of teenage problems. It seems we are a bit of an anxious  mess. In asking the ‘why?’ question, there tends to be a fear of blame. Whose fault is this? That is not the aim here. Parenting is hard. Teaching is hard. And nobody is setting out to make kids anxious. In fact, some of it can be genetic or chemical or just life being particularly tricky. But, by looking at some of the factors that contribute to the problem, we may see adjustments we can make which might make life a little  easier for anxious kids.

The average teenager checks their social media up to 50 times a day. That is 50 times that they are looking at Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram and making comparisons. It is likely that in these comparisons  they are coming off second best, especially considering the pervasion of Photoshop. They do not understand that these platforms are presenting an idealised version of each person’s reality, a so-called highlights reel.

Anxiety around body image is rampant. Young girls are constantly bombarded by a sexualised version of femininity. The music and advertising industries, in particular, are creating a role for a woman that is  subservient and one dimensional. This role does not serve women, yet girls are shaped by it by pure force of repetition. There is a standard set that is not realistic, impossible to live up to and frankly, not desirable.  n the past, we tended to think this was a problem only for women, but now with the advent of bigorexia we can welcome boys to this worry cauldron. Bigorexia is also known as muscle dysmorphia. It  s a mental health condition where people become obsessed and unrealistic about muscular mass and appearance. It affects mainly teenage boys who are driven to a ‘manly’ version of masculinity. 25% of  Australians with an eating disorder are male.

The star chart has a lot to answer for. From a very young age, children are taught that we do things for external reward. In trying to ensure that our  children have high self-esteem have we compromised the  development of true character? Our society has become big  on attainment and low on values. The processes of Instagram and Facebook reinforce this need for praise. Children  are rewarded with ‘likes’. They are given very definite messages about  what is good and what isn’t. Unfortunately, it seems that pulling a duck-face and showing a lot of cleavage is what is being rewarded. If your post does not garner maximum  likes’, there is anxiety around self-worth. It is hard for parents and teachers to compete with the internet in shaping what a  young person should be valuing. Anxiety comes when we do not deeply understand  hat our value lies in more than the way we look.


A TigerHawk cross country runner splashing into water

A TigerHawk cross country runner takes a bath at our invitational earlier in the year.

Trevor Ragan with two students

Train Ugly speaker Trevor Ragan visited NFVHS to speak to students about learning and mindset.

Students playing Hungry Hippo

Some Hungry Hippo competition between advisor groups!

NFV Staff Receives Suicide Prevention Training

by Staff

Prior to the start of this school year, the teaching staff at NFVHS participated in pilot training for suicide prevention. In the last legislative session, new law was made requiring schools to train their teachers  starting with the 2019-20 school year in suicide prevention. Keystone AEA reached out to us to see if we were interested in having our staff take the training from one of the options they are considering making  available to area schools. With an increase in mental health issues, and our school’s dedication to educating our students in this area, we were willing participants.

Two presenters from The Crisis Center in Iowa City provided the training for our staff, emphasizing the research that is available and providing resources to us to help students. Of course, quite a bit of time was talking about the conditions that exist that lead to students taking their life, as well as the warning signs.

This is a tough topic for people to talk about, and our staff found it difficult during that training. However, hard conversations took place and teachers walked away with more knowledge and a higher level of awareness. We recognize that there is a high percentage of teens who are struggling with issues that most adults did not have to deal with when they were the same age. We are fortunate that we have teachers that  get to know their students and have developed relationships where they have the insight to know when something is amiss. This is not fail safe training, but it does provide all who attended additional knowledge  and skills to better support those who need it.

North Fayette Valley High School Staff

Administration and Guidance

Todd Wolverton - Principal
Bill Clark - School Counselor
Ron Imoehl - Liaison
Robin Albert - Secretary
Barb Schroeder - Secretary
Stephanie Wagner - Nurse
Cassie Peterson - Interventionist

Downtown Academy

Brent Kuker - Teacher
Jacob Pedersen - Interventionist
Antwyan Cullar - Associate
Debbie Ruroden - Associate


Neal Bentley, Garrett Crandall, Megan DeBack, Stephanie Ellis, Darcy Einck, Tim Feldman, Cassie Gruman, Kathy Hageman, Elaine Hanson, Kyle Harms, Cyndy Hinton, Molly Holthaus, Ryan Holthaus, Dan  Hovden, Amy Ihde, Kelli Kovarik, Matt Krambeer, Jon Kullen, Bob Lape, Brooke Lodge, Julianne Meyer, Tracy Nuss, Sarah Pisney, Kayla Pollock, Ted Schacherer, Molli Steffens, Kari Straube, Rachael Strong, Denice Vandersee


Tina Bodensteiner
Bonnie Fisher
Krystal Gronowski
Michelle Hurlbut
Donna Kasel
Bobbi Jo Koch
Sarah Lerch
Shanda Miller
Christy Radloff
Melissa Schupbach
Amanda Turner
Elise Vandersee
Janeane Vorwald