The Raptor – March 2019

THE RAPTOR | Issue 9-10

The Raptor




Introducing TigerHawk Hardware

by Staff

A new enterprise has been started by students at North Fayette Valley High School called TigerHawk Hardware.  This new “business” has been developed as part of the school’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program and a plan put together by the five teachers in the department through the federal Carl D. Perkins grant program. 

For a number of years teachers have discussed the importance of providing students with a real life entrepreneurial experience.  The first step was the development of the Chicken Shack that focused on hatching chickens and turkeys in our agriculture program, raising them in a coop built by students in the industrial technology program, and then using the meat for cooking activities through the family and consumer science program.  Now, TigerHawk Hardware is taking this kind of an experience to a new level. 

A few years ago, a plasma cutter was donated to our Industrial Technology program as a teaching tool. That tool has now been replaced by a new one, and with the skills our students have developed, they are producing quality products that are now being offered for sale.  However, that is not all!

Students are divided into teams, each with specific tasks and skills.  There are those that design and produce metal signs, as well as those who market the items.  Market research has been done, and a website has been created that includes online ordering and purchasing.  The website is at:  In  the future, new products will be designed and offered for sale in this new opportunity for our students.

TH Hardware


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: FOBLO and FOMO

by Staff

Perhaps you know what FOBLO and FOMO mean.  If not, they are short for “Fear Of Being Left Out” and “Fear Of Missing Out.”  In the mind of many teens today, nothing could be worse!  According to Nick Hobson, Ph.D. in Psychology Today, this is a real thing that has actually always been there.  However, now in the world of social media, it has become a particular problem among young adults in Western society. 

Social media has made it much more likely that a person is going to find out that they are missing out.  Those that regularly check in to Instagram or Snap Chat see what their friends are doing all of the the time, and if they are not included it most likely results in negative emotions and stress.  In fact, one of the reasons some teens become addicted to their cell phone is because they experience a great deal of anxiety wondering what is going on with other people, and the fear of being left out is excruciating and painful.  This anxiety has led to sleep deprivation for some people, and for students, an inability to focus on instruction and other course work.  Many have had to see help from professionals.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the first step to deal with FOMO is to admit you have a problem.  Then, one must turn of the cell phone!  Limit oneself to checking all social media to once a day for a very limited amount of time.  And finally, practice living in the here and now.

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.

MARCH 2019

1 No School

3-4 Dorian Honor Band

5 Parade of Bands

6 Early Dismissal for PD

6 SIAC Meeting

7-8 March Madness

7 Winter Chorus Concert

9 FFA District Contest

9 Individual State Speech

11 NFV Board Meeting

13 Early Dismissal for PD

18 Parent Advisory Meeting

20 Early Dismissal for PD

25 Ind. Speech State Festival

27 Hearing Checks

28 Dollars for Scholars Breakfast

30 State Solo & Ensemble Contest

30 FFA Banquet

Snow Day Makeup

by Staff

As of the end of February, we have missed 12 days of school due to snow.  Toss in the fact that we have already had over 500 minutes weather related late starts and early dismissals, and the reality sets in that we are going to see a substantial change to the calendar and an extension to the school year.  Right now, the Board of Education has determined that we will add five full days of school.  One of those will be the Thursday before Easter, April 18.  The other four will be May 28, 29, 30, and 31.  We will also make up a six day be going full days on Wednesday April 24 and the first four Wednesdays in May.  As for how we make up the remaining six days, we have a few options in front of us that administration will take to the Board.  Most likely, we will have at least a few days of school in June.  Of course all of this depends on the weather in the next few weeks.  More coming after the March 11 Board meeting.

Finally, to dispel any rumors out there, neither the Governor or the legislature have the authority to waive school days.  It is in state code that we will have 180 days of school or 1080 hours of instruction.   


Wrestling Family

Wrestling Family

Seniors and their parents were honored at the end of the season.  Wrestling truly does involve the whole family.

Getting to Know You

Getting to Know You

Building the culture at school begins with the adults.


16-17 Iowa Grad. Rate


In Iowa, 91% of students graduated from high school in four years.

16-17 NFVHS Grad. Rate


At NFVHS, 96.3% of our students graduated from high school in four years.


Nationally, in 2016-17 the graduation rate reached an all-time high of 84.6% of students graduating in four years.

Principal's Pen Photo

Principal’s Pen

by Todd F. Wolverton

This time of year a lot of attention from school folks is focused on what is happening in Des Moines at the capital.  In the past fifteen or so years, elected officials have become much more involved in public education than they were before.  Most often the issue that most people keep tabs on is school funding, as that is incredibly important to the management of local school districts.  However, a week ago I ran across an interesting bill that has been introduced to the Iowa Senate, referred to as SF 326.

I won't get into the details of the bill, but in essence it would result in the shut down of the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) and force the two organizations to merge into one.  Iowa is the only state that has separate organizations governing their high school athletic programs, and in my opinion, it is time for that to end.  The primary reason given for the bill is a waste of money and a duplication of services.  I am obviously not the only person that feels this way, as I know our superintendent is in favor of this as are every other school administrator that I have talked to about this topic.  In fact, I wonder who is actually in favor of keeping them separate, other than perhaps the people that are employed to staff each organization and those school administrators serving on the various boards.

Something else that I hope they consider is to force the Iowa High School Music Association and Iowa High School Speech Association under the same umbrella and while they are at it, offer sponsorship of dance rather than leaving it to an association that does not have the same mission as other interscholastic organizations.

There needs to be some consistency and equity for all of our students that participate in activity programs.  The IHSAA, commonly referred to as “the boys’ association” is a cash cow.  An investigative report a number of years ago by a central Iowa television station showed that it had over $6 million in cash reserves, which is certainly higher now.  They have two big “cash cows” that continue to add money to their coffers, the football playoffs and state wrestling tournament.  On the girls’ side, no such major event exists to build its reserves, and in fact a handful of years ago leadership made no secret that they were expanding from four classifications to five due in large part due to a need to raise revenue.  The IHSAA also benefits from major sponsorship and a television contract, while the IGHSAU does not have the same support and relies on its state contests being live-streamed and on state-wide television.  (Note: it was a lot easier and affordable to watch the state girls’ basketball tournament this year than it was the state wrestling tournament!)

The issue of classification is another reason that having one organization would resolve.  Why do we have four classifications for baseball, and boys’ basketball and golf, and five for softball and girls’ basketball, volleyball, and golf?  From a local perspective, once we get into the state tournament series, our girls compete in the 3A classification where we are smaller than most of the teams we compete against, whereas the boys compete against school that we are mostly bigger than.  How does that make sense?

The high schools in the state of Iowa have oversight on the state organizations, but it does not seem like leadership listens to what is being discussed among the membership.  It seems unfortunate to me that it has taken a legislator to propose action to do what leadership of the IHSAA and IGHSAU should have done years ago.  There is no question that high school sports in Iowa have benefitted from the efforts of the two organizations, particularly girls when they had opportunities long before their sisters in other states.  That was necessary in the early years of our previous century.  However, those days are long gone and it is time for the groups to come together, pool their resources and talents, and move high school activities forward for the benefit of our students. 

Perhaps nothing demonstrates the need for this more than the emerging sport of girls wrestling.  People have approached the IGHSAU to sanction it as a sport, but the association has no process to adopt new sports!  That is ridiculous, but beside the point.  It is a girls sport and yet everyone that has experience with the sport of wrestling is affiliated with the boys association, the IHSAA.  And, the IHSAA is the organization that is promoting its growth by working with member schools to add girls wrestling to tournaments so these young ladies can compete.  There was actually a state tournament for female wrestlers this season that actually came from the efforts of coaches of boys teams because they want to see the sport grow. 

There is currently a working relationships between the IHSAA and IGHSAU as they co-sponsor state level competition in some sports, such as track and cross country.  It is time they pull together for all sports, as well as music, speech, dance, and any new ones that rise in popularity, like girls wrestling, and perhaps someday rugby and lacrosse!

TigerHawk Talk

By Todd Wolverton, Activities Director

Our winter season has finished up, and all of the TigerHawks teams had some positive results.  In basketball, the girls’ team had the most wins they have had since NFV came into being and won their first tournament game since moving into 3A.  The boys also won the most games they have won in many years, and came out on top of a number of exciting games.  The bowling team had its best year since the program started four years ago and was the only conference team to place two individuals in the top eight at the individual tournament.  The wrestlers saw a lot of growth throughout the season that finished with two individuals qualifying for the state tournament.   Large group speech well represented at state contest and one group performed at All-State.

Now that the calendar has turned to March, it is time for music to take center stage.  The Parade of Bands will showcase all of the bands in our district, and a week later vocalists will take the stage at the Winter Concert.  Later in the month is the State Solo and Ensemble contest.

Special Olympics


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


Hey, Mr. Clark!

by Bill Clark, School Counselor

Let Your Teens Choose Their College Major, It’s Their Future, Not Yours

From: Grown and Flown: Parenting Never Ends

As parents, we spent 18 years planning, contemplating, weighing, discussing, and deciding on a million little things for our kids, all in the name of not only protecting them, but also trying to ensure their success as adults. We didn’t do it selfishly, we did it instinctively and out of love, because as their parents, we’ve been there and done that, and we think WE know what’s best for our kids. 

And then they go to college, and that privilege rug of being allowed to plan and decide what’s best for them is suddenly pulled out from under us. The stark reality is that your teen’s college major (and ultimate career choice) is now THEIR choice. 

It’s the college years when parents must finally come to grips with the painful truth that even though these are the years when we’re supposed to encourage independent minds and more personal responsibility, it’s difficult to untie the apron strings. It’s difficult to allow our kids to make this huge decision on their own.

We may give our input, we may give advice, we may even try to nudge them one way or the other, but in the end, forcing the issue and/or not fully supporting their choice of college major will only complicate things more, adding disproportionate animosity and increased distrust between you and your child.

Susan Reed, a college English professor, wrote about how many of her students have admitted to majoring in one specific thing because it’s what their parents wanted. In an article for the Washington Post, she wrote,

“Every semester, I see quite a few sad students in my college freshman English class at a large four-year university. They’re not bummed about a bad grade, or roommate problems; many of them are frustrated because they’re unhappy with their major. When I ask them why they’re studying whatever their current field is if they’re not interested in it, I always hear the same answer: ‘My parents want me…”

Reed goes onto explain that many parents feel like they should have a “say” in what their student studies because they’re either footing the tuition bill entirely, or have co-signed on student loans.

But for most college graduates, being 100% workforce ready doesn’t necessarily translate into being 100% satisfied and content with job and career choice. And while earning a decent income and securing employment right out of college is of course ideal, it’s not necessarily the only goal we want our college graduates to achieve.

Do we want working bot kids that clock in and out, and are resentful with the career their parents choose for them, or do we want to allow our kids to navigate college as independent adults?

Whether we can or not, we should certainly make every attempt to TRY. Parents of college students have to continually practice and self-talk their way out of hovering, planning, and deciding everything for their kids. We have to allow their interests to develop without our interference. 

Reed puts it best when she stated, “But truly doing what’s best for your children means letting go of simple solutions and allowing them to engage with the complexity of the world. Parents should channel their anxiety over their children’s futures into helping them find viable paths, not just dictating what they should do. That’s part of helping them grow up. College students need guidance while they navigate a difficult series of choices. The kindest thing is to support them, rather than taking those choices away.”


All-Conference Bowlers

Two NFVHS TigerHawk bowlers earned all-conference honors this season.

Fun Staff

It’s hard to tell what’s going on with these two at a recent staff training!


The Class of 2019 presented their Capstone projects last month and did an outstanding job!

March Madness: Year 2

by Staff

Staff at NFVHS are getting ready for our second year of March Madness, an experiential two-day learning opportunity for our students that is out of the classroom and out of the norm in terms of content and experiences.  It was put in place last year on an experimental basis while about a third of our students were on the music trip to Washington, DC. Upon evaluation and feedback from teachers and students, it was decided to do it again this year with all of the students. 

An adjustment made this year is that rather than three days, this year’s version will be two.  In addition, students only had a choice of taking one course for the entire two days.  The “madness” will take place on March 7 and 8, with students and teachers engaged in a broad variety of learning experiences.

Some of the courses from last year are being repeated, in large part due to the popularity of some of them.  The Tribes of Volga Park will spend a couple of what look like cold days in an outdoors classroom, learning wilderness skills and being engaged in team building activities.  A large group students will get an up close look at conservation and natural resource in northeast Iowa.  Geocaching and escape rooms also return as options for the students.

On the flip side, students have a choice of some new and exciting courses.  Among those is a script writing course as well as one where students will produce their own original music compositions.  There are two film classes, one focused on the classics and another on Clint Eastwood.  And, one is being offered for those that have nothing to do!

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