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Welcome!  My name is Mrs. Ruff.  I am the reading specialist at Riverdale Heights and started here in the fall of 2010.  I was a member of the Reading Leadership Team for Pleasant Valley from 2008-2010. I have my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from University of Dubuque and my Master's Degree in Reading Education from University of Northern Iowa.

I have three daughters, Kayla, Kelsey, and Kora.  Two currently attend Riverdale Heights and the oldest is a sophomore at the High School.  My family is very active with various sports like volleyball, softball, track, and gymnastics.  I am the Head Varsity Volleyball Coach at Pleasant Valley High School as well.

I am looking forward to an exciting and challenging school year with the reading students from last year and future students!




Summer Reading Celebration 2012! 
Congratulations to the following 14 readers on completing the summer reading expectations of reading 5 fiction and 5 nonfiction books and recording their learnings on the provided graphic organizers!  Our special readers received gold medals, were visited by Mrs. Gotto (our Dean) and Mrs. Gertson (our Principal), read with Mojo (our Therapy dog), ate some treats and worked on their inferring skills playing the Headbands Game. Thank you to all for a wonderful celebration!

1st Grader- Eli Melz, Cameron Necker
2nd Graders- Rylie Barber, Frankie Cook, Summer Hogensen, Jessica Raymond, Jillian Wallis
3rd Graders- Abby Buechel, Joe Gaya, Leo Haan, Isaac Mann, Kyle Rodriguez, Briahna Stowell
4th Grader- Will Pendrak