The Raptor – August 2019

THE RAPTOR | Issue 9-10

The Raptor




Joining Us at NFV Are…

by Staff

There are a number of changes with the staff at North Fayette Valley High School this year, though many of them involve faces familiar to you.  However, one new one that we are excited to add to the teaching staff is David Riemer, who will be teaching in the social studies department, taking on some of the courses previously taught by Cassie Gruman.  Mr. Riemer joins us from the Jimmy Huntington School in Yukon Koyuhuk School District in Huslia, Alaska.  The Wisconsin native brings some incredible experiences to our school, as well as very strong teaching credentials. 

Cassie Gruman is going to continue teaching American Government to seniors, and is also taking on the Talented and Gifted program for the high school, as well as 7th and 8th grade.  A veteran teacher from the middle school is coming to the high school this year as Rick Taylor is going to teach in our special education department.  Another NFV teacher coming to the high school is Justin Heins.  He will be working with the alternative program and teaching physical education.  Mr. Heins is also the new head football coach for the TigerHawks.

Another new head coach is Jenny Lee, who will teach elementary PE and also be in charge of the high school volleyball team.  Lee has taught and coached the past three years at Sumner-Fredericksburg.  Cheerleading will have some changes this year with Jaymes Dotzenrod working with Stephanie Wagner with the football squad, and taking on the basketball position.  Lindsey Richard will be the new wrestling cheer coach.  Mrs.Wagner and Ms. Dotzenrod will be co-coaches for the drill team

We have new associates we will introduce you to next month!


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: Getting Fired on Social Media

by Staff

Josh Ochs, from Smart Social shares some interesting warnings about how posts you make in high school can come back to haunt you in the future!

Here's a new social media trend that's getting people kicked out of jobs/college:

  • Your student may get a great opportunity (example: accepted to college, internship or a job)
  • Another student/colleague/acquaintance will see the success and get jealous or disappointed that they didn't get selected for the opportunity
  • That person will then sift through your student's past social media accounts to find something negative (even if your student is private online, because the other person is usually an accepted follower)
  • Then the disgruntled person will surface the negative posts under a new fake account and start tagging others in the posts
  • The disgruntled person gets away without harm, because they made an anonymous account (and your student faces the blame)

Check out the video Ochs posts on his website,, called 10 Ways to Get Fired for Social Media.  Ochs shares some very real examples of people who have had a varying degree of consequences due to posts they had on social media in their past.  Once it’s out there, it is always there!

Speed & Conditioning Training


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.

August 2019

5-7 Registration

5-9 Football Camp

10–11 Cross Country Camp

12 First Day of Fall Practices

12 Ken O’Connor SBG Workshop

12 NFV Board Meeting

12-15 Marching Band Camp

14-15 New Teacher Orientation

19-21 Teacher Workshops

19 NFVFAB Meeting

20 Back to School Night

22 9th Grade Jumpstart


26-28 Early Dismissal

Return to Learn

by Staff

In legislation passed by the Iowa Legislature in 2018, all schools must have a Return to Learn policy in place for the upcoming school year for students having suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or concussion.  This is similar to the Return to Play procedure our district has had in place for a number of years for student-athletes, but applicable to all students, and in reality, a precursor to Return to Play. 

The whole protocol will be made available to parents at Back to School Night, but in essence there are five steps in the process.  First is Identification, which must be done by certified medical practitioner.  This is followed by Notification, of which there are different responsibilities depending on who made the diagnosis and identified a concussion or TBI.  Next is the Return to School step, something that medical professionals say should happen as soon as possible.  The final two steps are Return to Learn and Return to Play, which both have a number of checkpoints.



Graduation Advisory Group

Good Luck!

Some great kids are headed off on their next adventure!  We wish them all the best!



Another bunch from the Class of 2019!  They are taking the next step of their journey.


Student Athletes Concussed


Student Athletes That Will Be Concussed - Two of 10 students that play sports will experience a concussion.

Unreported Concussions


Unreported Concussions - Half of the concussions that occur with student-athletes are unreported or undetected.


The highest number of concussions to no ones surprise, comes in football, with girl’s soccer and girl’s basketball being second and third respectively.

Principal's Pen Photo

Principal’s Pen

by Todd F. Wolverton

Because I was a bit late getting the summer newsletter out, we waited just a little bit to send you the August edition.  That also helped a little bit as there were some things we took care of in the last week that are included in this newsletter.  We focused on putting “need to know” information in this edition of the newsletter, though I will most likely go off course in this column!

Based on a number of the pictures throughout this newsletter, you should be able to tell that we had a heck of a good time on our trip to Germany earlier this summer!  Tammy and I had a great time, as did the 21 students that participated in this most recent edition of the exchange we have with Gymnasium Uberlingen in Germany.  In the ten years I have served this district, I have worked on five exchanges, and this was the first time I traveled.  In fact, it was the first trip I have taken to Europe!  I have to say I now understand the connection people in this community have to the exchange.  The fact that we have former students who participate in the first one, back in 1982, that maintain friendships with their German friend, visiting each other over the years and attending events in their lives speaks volumes about the value of the exchange!  No, not everyone is going to have the same experience, but from the stories I have been told, many of them have maintained friendships for many years. 

Summer in Iowa is also time for softball and baseball.  I have a soft spot for ballplayers of both genders because I love the games and both of them have been very important in my life.  Without offending students who participate in other sports, I want to acknowledge these athletes because they play in the summer when there is no school and there are many other options.  Many kids opt not to play for a variety of reasons, often because they want time off in the summer.  Anyway, my hat is off to the TigerHawks that played on the diamond this summer, and a special thanks to the seniors that stuck with it all of these years! 

On the topic of athletics, there have been a few things that have come up in the past few months that have me thinking a bit about where we may be headed in the future with high school sports in Iowa.  I won’t take up the space to lay out “The Wolverton Plan” for Iowa high school sports as it is far too long and would be quite boring for most of you!  However, a few things I have heard recently have me thinking.  The first is that the new executive director of the IHSAA, Tom Keating, who comes to the position after serving in leadership roles in two of the largest Catholic school systems in the state.  On one hand I wonder what will happen to the growing sentiment that there needs to be changes made because advantages private schools have over public ones, and the over-representation that takes place at the highest levels of competition.  In my time as an educator, and before that a student-athlete, I have not heard complaints as loud as I have in the past few years.  Will a person with a  private school background listen to these complaints?

Another thing Mr. Keating stated in a recent interview is that he sees that high school sports are demanding so much from kids that it is having a huge impact on family time.  I do not disagree with that.  I wonder what will come from this.  Will it be something that becomes a focus of his tenure?  I have also heard a couple of people say that there are rumblings that the powers that be want to start the baseball season a week earlier, which in my opinion is not a good idea at all!  My guess is that they see this as a way to end the season a week earlier.  I have a better solution (which is contained in the aforementioned Wolverton Plan!):  shorten up the tournaments.  From the start of district play to the state tournament is three weeks!  There is no reason that we cannot go “old school” and have big three day regional tournaments over the course of three days to determine state tournament teams.  You could get the season over at least a week, if not two weeks earlier!  I totally understand a desire to have some protected family time in the summer.  There are solutions to this and hopefully those in positions of influence at the state level will recognize the need and give us a suitable plan.

If you look at our school calendar you will note a change with our football scrimmage that has typically taken place a week prior to our first regular season game.  For many years we have held an inter-squad scrimmage, with our players going against each other.  A few years ago the IHSAA started allowing teams to play against a different schools in a scrimmage format.  This year the TigerHawk football team will travel to Maquoketa Valley on August 23 to scrimmage against the Wildcats.  The coaches will set the parameters so that they can see how their teams are progressing.

TigerHawk Talk

By Todd Wolverton, Activities Director

The calendar has flipped to August and it is time to get ready for another year of TigerHawk activities.  Many of our student-athletes have been putting in work this summer and are ready to get started on a new season.  The most important thing that needs be taken care of right now is to make sure your son or daughter has an updated, current athletic physical.  There are some other forms that you can pick up at registration or at the high school office that need to be signed,  but there is no way that a student is allowed to practice unless they have the proper physical.  It can be difficult to get an appointment this time of year, so take care of it now!

The first day of practice for fall sports is August 12.  Marching band is also holding a camp that week as well.  If you have any questions, reach out to the head coach or director.  We welcome two new head coaches, Justin Heins with football and Jenny Lee with volleyball.  Neal Bentley returns to lead the cross country program and Ted Schacherer heads up the marching band.  It’s time to get started!

TigerHawk Talk


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


Hey, Mr. Clark!

by Bill Clark, School Counselor

The content for this month’s back to school column is good information, though it does not come from a scholarly journal or website. None the less, there is some good stuff from Seventeen magazine to get you ready to come back to school!

What You Need to Know in Order to Have the Best School Year Ever

  1. Make ground rules — Make a list of ground rules before the school year begins, such as no phone in the same room while studying.  You will be more likely to stick to them if they are in place before the year starts.
  2. Establish a morning routine — Figure out how much time you need to get cleaned up, dress, eat breakfast, etc. so you know exactly when to wake up.  No need to ever be late for school!
  3. Set goals — Make a list of your goals before the school years starts to you can check back to see the progress you are making.
  4. Rest up — Put the electronics away and start getting enough sleep each night to feel rested.  Eight hours is what you need!
  5. Organize your planner — First off, get a planner!  There are a number of online planners, or pick up an old-school one.  Bottom line: start planning and get your life organized!
  6. Find ways to chill out — Stress is an inevitable part of school, so it is important to find regular, stress relieving activities you enjoy.  Whether it is running or watching old episodes of a TV show, you need to find what works for you!
  7. Have some anecdotes ready — People are going to ask you about your summer, so have a few highlights that you are ready to share.  This way you won’t feel awkward when someone unexpectedly asks!
  8. Start your day with a healthy breakfast — It is always best to start the day with something filling that will fuel you the whole day.  Learn to cook an omelet and fill it with all your favorites!
  9. Save the easiest for last — A good freak-out prevention tool to adopt is to tackle the hardest things you have to do first while you have the energy and are focused.  The rest will be a breeze!
  10. Sing in the shower — Seriously!  Make a three song playlist to listen to and get out when it is finished.   Don’t fall into the trap of a long shower that will make you late!
  11. Keep track of your fave quotes — write your favorite quotes in all of your notebooks so that every time you open one up you will get inspired.  A few strategically places quotes on sticky notes in your locker are a good idea as well!
  12. Keep a few snacks in your locker — A few healthy snacks in your locker that won’t go back can get you through those days that your stomach starts grumbling!
  13. Give back — Every time you help someone else, you’ll end up feeling good.  Look for a chance to volunteer, or just step up and do something nice for someone else!
  14. Write things down — Take two minutes at the start of every day to write down your thoughts on paper and what you are going to accomplish on this day!  It will make for a great day!


Rhine Falls

The Rhine Falls in Switzerland are a beautiful (and wet!) site that students visited on the first day of the trip.


At the top of the Thyssenkrupp testing tower in Rotweil once could see for miles and miles!


A tired bunch of TigerHawks took time for a picture in Zurich after a long flight and a longer day!

Back to School Night August 20!

by Staff

North Fayette Valley High School’s annual Back to School Night is scheduled for Tuesday evening, August 20, starting at 5:30 p.m.  We are still working to finalize the schedule for the evening, but will hold the meeting that all parents of students who participate in our activity program must attend at 6:00.  All of our fall sports, music programs, and other activities will have their parent meetings at either 5:30 or 6:30.

Throughout the evening there will be a variety of breakout sessions focusing on topics that will help parents better navigate their child’s high school career.  A topic that will be added to the breakout schedule this year will be about the Return to Learn protocol that will be in place for students who experience a concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Due to a scheduling snafu a year ago, we were not able to have the Mobile Mammas present about cell phone and social media use.  This year, they will be here and will hold breakout sessions throughout the evening.  They will share very useful and important information that every parent should know.  There will also be a couple of sessions about our new Work Based Learning program that is being rolled out this year.

We are still working to finalize some of the other sessions, but anticipate that we will have information about the Senior Capstone project as well as other programs we have for students in the high school.  There will be a complete schedule released in the local newspapers in a couple of weeks, as well as in email that will be sent to all parents.

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
Debbie Ruroden - Associate
Julie Kopsa - Associate


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


Tina Bodensteiner
Bonnie Fisher
Donna Kasel
Bobbi Jo Koch
Dana Leitzman
Sarah Lerch
Shanda Miller
Christy Radloff
Debbie Ruroden
Melissa Schupbach
Brittney Treloar
Janeane Vorwald