North Cedar News

One of the benefits of a small school district is that we can immerse ourselves in our community of learners. Get to know the movers and shakers in the North Cedar Community School District! Our News page is chock full of student and staff praise, helpful tips, and information about what’s new in the district.

Becoming Fast

From being hidden in the 3200 pack to winning gold junior year, Seamus Raney a junior at North Cedar is becoming a very talented runner. Raney started his high school running career by running cross-country in the fall of his freshman year with his best time of 20.06. Then moving into the spring Raney started running varsity track events. In the 3200 meter with his best time of 11.31, 1600 meter at 5.32 and also running the 800 meter with a time of 2.25. Continuing the running lifestyle, Raney ran cross-country again sophomore year and again improved times every meet. Raney then ran track again in the spring with faster times than his freshman year cutting his mile time 28 seconds and his 800 time by 16 seconds. Raney also ran in the 400 with his best at 55 seconds. 

This fall running cross-country with his best time of 18.40, he is now medaling left and right. At the beginning of his junior year Raney was running his 800 meter at 2.09, his 400 meter at 52 seconds, anchoring the sprint medley with the 400 meter, and finishing most meets with the 4x400. Now Raney is running his 800 meter at a 2.03 cutting 6 seconds off while running his 400’s in 50 seconds cutting five seconds off. 

“I like being considered a leader,” Raney says. From leading stretches to start off practice to leading the runs Raney is no doubt a great leader on the team. 

“Seamus is fast, really fast, I wish I was as fast as him” teammate Chance Cinkovich says. 

Raney has some big goals for his senior year, the want for more never ends with him. He says qualifying for Drake and breaking the school record for the 800 is what his summer, fall, winter, and spring training will be for. 

Coach Kasik has been Raney’s coach since freshman year and Raney says “Kasik has helped him by being hard on the team in practice so we are ready for meets,” and, “sometimes practices suck but they are making us better”. Raney says the things that help him the most at meets are doing the same stretches, focusing on the event he is about to run, and hearing coach Kasik yelling at him to keep his form. 

Saturday May 20, Raney ran on the blue oval for the first time ever in his high school career. Raney qualified in two events, the sprint medley, and the 800-meter run. Despite getting sick the week of state, Raney still represented North Cedar with his head up and pushed through. Raney represents what a dedicated runner looks like. Not running as well as Raney hoped to he still has the mindset of a winner and says, “Going from the bottom this year to first next year is what I am going to do."

Raney qualified in two events, the sprint medley and the 800 meter run. Despite getting sick the week of state, Raney still represented North Cedar with his head up and pushed through.

Dancing The Year Away

Click to view moreThe North Cedar dance team ended their 2016-2017 dance season with a showcase to show off their talent to their family, friends, and community. This year they included a dance clinic which included the elementary school students. Team members wanted to get the word out about what the dance team is really all about. Having the high school dancers helping with the clinic really means a lot to the younger students. It makes them want to go out for dance.

The showcase featured twelve dances. The dance team took all the dances they have learned this season and presented all of them to the audience. The showcase really is a good cap to the season and a good time to show off their skills to people who might not have been able to make it to one of their performances. The team has been working on this since around June of last year (2016). The dancers were missing a few people at the showcase, so they had to work extra hard to fix the dances the night before and the day of so the dances would still look presentable. 

New to this showcase were two solos performed by sophomore Rachel Hart and junior Mikayla Burcum. Hart performed a solo to “Rise Up” by Andra Day and Burcum performed to “DNA” by Lia Marie Johnson. Burcum and Hart got together for a duet to “Halo” by Beyonce. Hart and Burcum both dance for other teams outside of school dance. Hart is a part of a dance studio in Tipton and enjoys dancing with girls from all over.  

Also new to the show this year was the dances the high schoolers taught the young children at the dance clinic. The high schoolers split the kids into different grades at the beginning of the clinic to teach them the dance separately, then at the end of the clinic all the grades got together and practiced the dance together as one big group, which is the way they performed it at the showcase. Preschool through first grade was taught by junior Chelsea Lovell and junior Mikayla Burcum. Second through fourth grade was taught by sophomore Kayla Sander and sophomore Rachel Hart. The fifth and sixth graders were taught by freshman Alyssa Higbee and freshman Haven Brown. 

A special thank you to Elizabeth Lovell, freshman yearbook student, for writing this article and to Saleena Jones, junior yearbook photographer, for taking the photos.

Book It

Congratulations to North Cedar Elementary students that successfully hit every goal for Book It this year! They were awarded a book for their accomplishments, compliments of the KCO. Great work!

Lowden's Final PBS Winners

At Lowden, we celebrated our final PBIS winners. Thanks to everyone for showing respect to self, respect to others, and respect to property. They include: 

  • Back row - Addi Ehlts, Ashton James, Ava Wenndt, Logan Eiselstein, and Kasen McDowell.
  • Front row - Marx Dittmer, Isaac Tharp, Phoenix Mayberry, Izzy Errthum, Aiden Carney, Cooper Heister, and Evan Tjaden.

Summer Reading

Summer reading sheets will be coming home with all elementary students in grades preschool through fifth. Please encourage your children to keep reading over the summer, and keep track of the books they read. They will fill in one sun for each book they read on the back of the flyer. When they come back in the fall they can bring the completed flyer to their teacher to receive their incentive for continuing to read. Summer reading is important for the students to maintain what they have learned and to avoid a lapse in their learning.

Fundamental Basketball Camp

We have a basketball camp coming up for students going into 4th through 9th grade. For all of the details and registration information, please view our flyer. We hope to see you there!

Lead2Feed Awards $420,000 for Student-Led Projects Supporting Community Needs

The Lead2Feed student leadership program is awarding $1,000 charitable grant and $1,000 technology grant based on the outstanding work of the North Cedar Hungry Helper team of Mikayla Burcum, Mariah Behrens, Breylee St. John, Fiona Raney, Madison Cornelius, and Makayla Schluter.  

Aligned to 21st century skills, Lead2Feed encourages students to develop leadership, literacy, and teamwork skills by completing service learning projects addressing needs in their community. In a recent survey conducted by Lead2Feed, 91 percent of Americans believe that middle and high school students should learn leadership skills as part of their curriculum. The program is inspired by co-founder, former CEO and chairman of Yum! Brands, and leadership expert, David Novak. The program was developed by the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning, the Lift a Life Foundation, and the Yum! Brands Foundation.

Please take a moment to read our Lead2Feed press release for additional details on this program.


High Jump Season

We encourage you to read this article about Darby Hawtrey and her high jump season. Written by Darby. Hawtrey has qualified for state in the high jump. She is a junior yearbook student. 

In track there is both running and field events, I participate in both running and a field event. High jump has become a big part of my track career. My freshman year I could barely clear 4’10 and sophomore year 5’0, so my expectations for junior year were to improve another two inches. The very first meet we had was the UNI indoor and I hadn’t even practiced high jump yet for the season, but Coach Ketelsen wanted Lexi Crist and I both to jump. I ended up jumping 5’2, a new personal record for myself. I also tied for third place, and got to stand on the podium to receive a medal. That was just the start of the season. 

In between the UNI meet and the Iowa State indoor meet, I maybe only practiced once, where we would work on our steps and getting our hips up and over the bar. At the ISU meet I jumped 5’2 again but only placed 6th. The next meet was our conference indoor and I cleared 5’0 and then tried to jump at 5’3. I didn’t clear it, which caused me to end up third. For a while I was stuck with only jumping 5’0, which meant I was consistent but it wasn’t going to be enough to get into Drake. So I kept trying to get 5’3, and even though I was the final one left every meet, I still never got it. Then the Solon meet rolled around and it was a beautiful day. I was jumping really well and was super excited Lexi Crist and I jumped at 5’2 and made it. Then we went to 5’4 and I luckily made it. I was super excited and started thinking I would jump at 5’5 and make it. So I took my first two jumps at 5’5 and didn’t make it, but on the third jump I made it. I was so happy that I set a new school record and set my own personal record. Since I made 5’5 it meant I qualified for Drake Relays, which was something I didn’t think I could accomplish at the beginning of the season. 

Drake came around and I jumped 5’0 on the first try and then when the bar went up to 5’2 where I lost control and did not jump well. I ended up 16th out of 24 girls. We had a few meets after Drake-one being our conference meet where I jumped 5’0, 5’1, 5’2 and 5’3 easily on the first try each time. Then I tried at 5’4 and didn’t get it. Districts was our next meet so we got to practice a few times before then. Going into the meet I was fairly confident, but when it came time to jump I didn’t do as well as I had hoped. At 4’10 I missed the first one and then at 5’0 it took me all three tries to finally get it. I still won, which meant that I get to go to state. Hopefully I can redeem myself there and jump a new personal and school record. 

Mr. Photoshop

Check out this article written by Jacob Gottschalk, a freshman, and the only male member of the yearbook staff. 

Hi, my name is Jacob Gottschalk and I am the only boy in Yearbook with a dozen girls talking about their jobs, what their prom dress looks like, and if Ketelsen is having a long track practice. My role is to Photoshop photos and create special effects to photos for the yearbook. I signed up for the class second semester because my English teacher who is the yearbook sponsor saw me on Photoshop and asked if I would join the yearbook staff. So just like that, I became a yearbook staff member. 

There are some good things about being in a room of girls like I can say that it is the quietest room in the building. Sure, there are some girls having a conversation here and there and sometimes there is chaos when we found out Makayla Schluter placed in the Iowa High School Press Association contest, but it is calm in here for the most part. 

Going back to the main topic, which is how am I involved in the making of the yearbook because what may look or sound easy is in fact somewhat difficult for us. While others are writing articles or captions, I usually make most of the photos and what I mean by most I mean one part of the photo at the time. Changing things on a photo is a three-step process and then I might have to make more changes to a photo for one article, which gets hard. The first step for a divider page making and placing the border, then I focus on the photo. The second step involves photoshopping the photos using effects and other techniques to create a finished photo. The final step is getting the OK from Mrs. Green. The process of cutting out the background in a photo, or placing a photo inside another object-a mortise- or cropping usually takes what seems like a long time, but I have fun doing it so the time goes by fast. If I had to think which job would be the most difficult I think that all of the jobs are as equally difficult because the staff works hard to get the stories correct, proofread pages, and get just the right photo. For us the yearbook takes a school year to make because we are covering junior and senior high events all year. As a staff, we all have to work together in our jobs to get the yearbook finished before the deadline and yes, it does take a while until it is finished. So to conclude this article I would like to say that I am really obsessed with Photoshop as you can tell and I have been photoshopping photos for a year now. So just call me Mr. Photoshop I will be here with all the girls. 

Babysitting Basics

Please join us for a babysitting basics class. This course is geared for the beginning babysitter. You will learn first aid, diaper changing, age appropriate games, easy meal ideas, and more! The class is on Thursday, July 20, 2017, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Cedar County Center.