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.

Lowden Fire Department

Lowden's kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students got to ride on a fire truck! Thank you Lowden Fire Department, for helping teach fire safety.

Students and teachers pose with firefighters in front of their truck
Architecture, Construction, and Engineering Event

Two students use wood to make a craftOn Tuesday, October 9, Mr. Ahouse, the new industrial technology instructor at North Cedar High School, participated in Kirkwood Community College's first annual architecture, construction, and engineering event. Three North Cedar students, Peyton Smith, Brayden Kreel, and Nathan Nabb, accompanied him. They entered three contests with multiple other Grant Wood AEA high school students. The contests were designing and building a trebuchet, carpentry skills, and plumbing skills. North Cedar won the trebuchet and plumbing skills contests, and Nathan Nabb was the only high school student to successfully complete the drilling challenge. We personally thought that Brayden Kreel won the hammer challenge also. All three of the freshman represented the North Cedar Community School District with incredible composure, sportsmanship, and pride!

Knights Club

The Knights Club of North Cedar Community School District is excited to introduce a new upcoming curriculum, new staff members, and new director for the program. My name is Maria Porter, and I'm humbled and honored to be a part of this program. As the new director, my goal is to maintain a positive and safe environment. With our new curriculum, we hope to provide a structured, educational, and enjoyable atmosphere where kids can come to learn and grow. To help keep a safe and positive program, we intend to have more than one staff member on site. We are currently hiring for part-time staff, working about 15–20 hours a week.

Congratulations Jacob Spahr

Mrs. Koch is proud to announce that Jacob Spahr has successfully passed the Microsoft Office 2016 Excel Specialist Exam! This gives him the right to include this certification on his resume as it is a business industry exam (not a high school exam). Congratulations Jacob!

Jacob Spahr holding his certificate for the Microsoft Office 2016 Excel Specialist Exam
Mill Creek Café Hamball Takeout Night

Please join us on Wednesday, October 17 from 4:00 until 6:30 p.m. for the Mill Creek Café Hamball Takeout Night. This is a fundraiser that supports the North Cedar FFA. The cost is $8 per meal (tax included.) You can order online, you can order by emailing Mrs. Scherer, or you can order by calling Mill Creek Café at 452.1010. To order just the hamballs, which are $3 each, please email Mrs. Scherer or call Mill Creek Café. We hope to see you October 17!

Mill Creek Cafe Hamball Takeout Night
    Mrs. Koch's Class Activity

    Female and male student stand near a balloon towerMrs. Koch’s personal finance class recently held a fun learning activity. In this activity, students break up into teams of two. They blindly pick an educational level to work with. There were five levels to choose from.

    1. HS Dropout: No students chose this level. - Students can only use one hand each and nonverbal communication.
    2. HS Degree: Blake and Hailey - Students could only use one hand and could talk. 
    3. College Degree: Chase and Liz - Students can use hands and only one student can talk.
    4. Associate Degree: Dragan and Kayla – Students can use hands, but all students must use nonverbal communication.
    5. Professional Degree: Sarah and Abbey – Students can use hands and talk.

    The task was to build the tallest tower out of balloons using their handicaps. Sarah Hansen and Abbey Colvin built the tallest balloon tower measuring 58" tall. The point is that the more education you have, the more job opportunities one will have available to themselves. This was a fun learning activity for the students!

      New T-Shirts!

      The American Trust and Savings Bank in Lowden donated awesome t-shirts to the North Cedar kindergarten classes! The Lowden Kinder Crew walked to the bank and thanked our friends. Thank you, American Trust and Savings Bank! #classof2031 #goknights

      Students hold their hands up in the air
      Microsoft Office Certifications

      Mrs. Koch is proud to announce that Karly Cerda has successful passed the Microsoft Office 2016 Excel specialist exam, while Sullivan Bryant and Jacob Spahr have successful passed the Microsoft Office 2016 Word specialist exam. This gives them the right to include this certification on their resumes, as it is a business industry exam (not a high school exam). Congratulations to Karly, Sullivan, and Jacob!

      Karly CerdaSullivan BryantJacob Spahr

      Congratulations!

      Mrs. Koch is proud to announce that Kealy Taylor and Alyssa Barnhart successfully passed the Microsoft Office 2016 Word Specialist exam. This gives them the right to include this certification on their resumes, as it is a business industry exam (not a high school exam). Congratulations, Kealy and Alyssa!

      Kealy Taylor holds up her certificate for passing the Microsoft Office 2016 Word Specialist examAlyssa Barnhart holds up her certificate for passing the Microsoft Office 2016 Word Specialist exam
      Flu Vaccine Clinic

      Cedar County Public Health is administering injectable flu vaccinations to students and staff at North Cedar Community Schools on Thursday, October 25.

      The cost of this year's vaccine is $30 payable to Cedar County Public Health by cash or check. If you are insured by Medicare, Medicaid, or Blue Cross Blue Shield there is no out-of-pocket expense. Parents who wish to have their child receive the vaccine will need to complete the consent form and return it to Lee Kline by Wednesday, October 24. For more information, and the consent form, please visit our Health Office page.

      North Cedar Post-Prom Committee

      The North Cedar post-prom committee is planning an evening of safe and alcohol-free fun for the students after their North Cedar School prom on April 27, 2019. Through the financial support of many area businesses and parents, it will be possible to provide this event as a successful collaborative project between school, family, and the community.

      Post-prom would like to thank you for your support during the homecoming pep rally. With your support we were able to raise $1,169.

      Notice to Fill Board Vacancy

      Please take a moment to review the North Cedar Community School District Board of Education's notice of intent to fill a vacancy on the board.

      New Microscopes

      Mrs. Crittenden's sixth grade class at Mechanicsville is really enjoying the new microscopes the school purchased with a grant from the North Cedar Foundation. Thank you for supporting our schools and students!

      Photos of new microscopes

      Knight Pride Groups

      Our elementary schools recently celebrated with their first Knight Pride groups. The students joined in excitement as they gathered in their new groups! The groups will be with each other for the rest of the year. The Knight Pride groups will learn about "bee-ing" kind. They colored a bee to represent their group. The bee will be on the door of their own Knight Pride homeroom. The students also made a "bee" snack from an Oreo, pretzels, vanilla wafers, and M&M's. The groups then listened to books and talked about being kind to each other. Everyone had a great time! We are looking forward to next month! Be sure to check out the photos below.

      Fundraiser Success

      North Cedar FBLA would like to thank the North Cedar community for showing their great support once again! The hamball takeout fundraiser was very successful and FBLA was able to earn $671. These funds will help offset the cost members have in going to conferences and competitions. We want to especially thank Mill Creek Cafe, Marcia Spring, and Jamie Wilhau for all of their effort and hard work in putting on such a great fundraiser for us!

      Parker Stout and Toby Hollis working on Clarence Mainstreet banners.
      Parker Stout and Toby Hollis working on Clarence Mainstreet banners.

      Fiona Raney dishing out a serving of fruit for a customer.Fiona Raney dishing out a serving of fruit for a customer.

      Fiona Raney dishing out a serving of fruit for a customer.Fiona Raney working the cash box while members look on or wait for another customer.
      (L to R) Megan Driscoll, Rhyan Hoefler, and Parker Stout
      Homecoming Week At North Cedar Senior High School

      Homecoming week at North Cedar Senior High School was a huge success. Please enjoy these photos of our fun-filled week.

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      Homecoming Celebration

      How did you start your Homecoming Friday morning? Here at Lowden Elementary we started with a dance party and being greeted by the football players. What could be better? We hope you all have as great of a Friday as we are. Go Knights! Check out this great video.

      Teacher of the Week

      Congratulations to our very own North Cedar Elementary teacher, Brenda Hayes! Nominated by Joy Leeper, Ms. Hayes won teacher of the week in the 98.1 KHAK radio contest. We are very proud of you, Ms. Hayes. For more details, please feel free to check out the 98.1 KHAK announcement

      Way to go, Karly

      Mrs. Koch is proud to announce that Karly Cerda has successfully passed the Microsoft Office 2016 Word Specialist Exam. This gives her the right to include this certification on her resume, as it is a business industry exam, not a high school exam. Congratulations, Karly!

      student holding an award
      Summer Reading Celebration

      Students sit on a blanket and eat ice cream togetherThirty-one Lowden Elementary School students returned their summer reading sheets at the beginning of the year. There was a wide variety of books read over the summer. To treat those students for reading there was an ice cream sundae party and an audio book about ice cream soup. It was a fun time for all. Thanks to everyone for reading this summer. Keep reading throughout the year!

      First Grade is Great!

      Mrs. Weber's first grade class enjoyed the first day of school. Students were all smiles and eager to get learning.

      Four students color at their desks with book bins at their side