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.

Family Consumer Science

The 7th grade family consumer science class has been very busy working on a number of projects. We are so proud of their hard work and dedication.

Photos of 7th grade family consumer science class
Lowden Elementary Hosts Holiday Meal

On December 6, Lowden Elementary hosted their annual holiday meal for the community. Everyone enjoyed good food, good music, and great conversations. A big thank you to the North Cedar School nutrition department for organizing this event!

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    FFA/FBLA Christmas Tree

    Decorating in their organization's colors (blue and yellow,) North Cedar FFA and FBLA combined efforts and participated in the Clarence Main Street Pallet Christmas Tree project. We think their tree turned out pretty awesome!

    North Cedar FBLA FFA Christmas Tree
      Holiday Meals

      North Cedar’s School Nutrition Department is gearing up for the 7th Annual Complimentary Community Holiday Meals. Lowden Elementary will be on Thursday, December 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Mechanicsville Elementary on Wednesday, December 12 at the same time. We ask that any individual planning to attend, please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the local food pantries. Items donated in Lowden will go to Clarence Food Pantry, and Mechanicsville will go to the Mechanicsville Community Cupboard. There will be a concert during lunch as well to include elementary students, HS choir, and jazz band. If interested in attending, please call Nikki in Lowden at (563) 941.5383, and Deb in Mechanicsville at (563) 432.6933 to reserve a spot!

      Blood Drive

      It's the season of giving! Please join us for a blood drive on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

      Sign up with Mrs. Brady or a member of student senate. You may also email Mrs. Brady or sign up online. Please eat and drink before donating and bring photo ID. For more information, please view our flyer.

      UNI College of Business Visit

      College of Business Admissions Director talking to studentsNorth Cedar and Solon Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and a few NC business students recently visited the College of Business at UNI on Wednesday, November 28. UNI engaged the students by having a panel of students to talk about college life, courses, degrees, clubs/organizations, internships, and field student's questions. Students found this very helpful. Pictured here is the College of Business Admissions Director giving students information regarding studying abroad, majors, and minors in business (some they had never heard of or new existed), talking about internships that sounded very interesting, financing and field many questions. Then students were given the overall UNI tour followed by the two groups, NC and Solon going out to eat together at Urban Pie.

      North Cedar Kindergarten Has Seasonal Fun

      Lowden's kindergarten class built gingerbread houses. These students got creative!

      Students make gingerbread houses

      Congratulations to Kealy

      Mrs. Koch is proud to announce Kealy Taylor has successfully passed the Microsoft Office 2016 PowerPoint 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, Kealy!

      Kealy smiles while holding her certificate
      Thanks, Jill's Hair Design

      Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) send a letter out every fall asking businesses to donate to help offset conference and competition costs for members. In return, FBLA asks the business what they can do to earn this donation. Pictured here is FBLA member, Amy Schroeder helping Jill's Hair Design by cleaning a glass plate from the product shelves as she cleans the shelving unit. Thank you, Jill's Hair Design for supporting our local NC FBLA.

      FBLA member Amy Schroeder cleaning a glass plate

      Future Business Leaders of America Visit the Onion Grove Mercantile

      Members of North Cedar's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) visited the Onion Grove Mercantile business in downtown Clarence to learn about the process of starting a business. Jen VanOort fielded the inquisitive members questions with ease. 

      FBLA members visit with a business owner

      Pictured left to right are: Jen VanOort (owner), Kelly Proesch, Fiona Raney, and Breylee St. John.

      Congratulations to Sullivan Bryant

      Mrs. Koch is proud to announce that Sullivan Bryant has successfully passed the Microsoft Office 2016 PowerPoint 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, Sullivan!

      Sullivan Bryant holding his certificate
      Publicity Committee

      The publicity committee at North Cedar is creating a positive image promoting the North Cedar Community School District as an exceptional school district offering outstanding instruction in a safe, respectful, and motivating environment while increasing enrollment. 

      We are in the process of expanding the role and responsibilities of this committee and are looking for some new members to join us. It is our goal to have a representative from each town on this committee helping us promote North Cedar. If you have an interest in joining the North Cedar publicity committee, please contact us via email.

      Veterans Day Flags

      At their last Knight Pride time, both elementary schools made paper chain flags to display at the Veterans Day assembly on November 9 in Clarence.

      To those who served in the past, and to those serving still, we honor you today and everyday.

      Veteran's Day paper chain flags
      Students Excel with Microsoft Programs

      Emma ClarkMrs. Koch is proud to announce that the following students have passed the following exams.

      • Microsoft Office 2016 Word Specialist Exam: Alyssa Barnhart, Sullivan Bryant, Karly Cerda, Emma Clark, Tatum Slaton, Jacob Spahr, and Kealy Taylor
      • Microsoft Office 2016 Excel Specialist Exam: Alyssa Barnhart, Sullivan Bryant, Karly Cerda, Jacob Spahr, and Kealy Taylor
      • Microsoft Office 2016 PowerPoint Specialist Exam: Karly Cerda and Jacob Spahr.

      This gives all of these students the right to include this certification on their resumes, as it is a business industry exam (not just a high school exam). Congratulations, everyone!

      New Exploratory

      First quarter has come to an end. Each group of seventh and eighth grade students have moved on to a new exploratory. This group of eighth graders had a great experience with building bridges, solving the Rubik's cube, and designing a contraption to protect their egg during the drop. They learned about gravity and resistance. Students used problem-solving skills throughout each activity and had a great time!

      Students hold their projects in the classroom
      Knight Pride

      On October 26, Lowden Elementary had their Knight Pride groups for the month. Each group talked about the flag and about veterans, created a flag snack, and worked on creating chains to make flags. The kids had fun and worked very well together. Take a look at the photos from the day!

      Halloween Fun At Lowden Elementary

      Students at Lowden Elementary had tons of fun celebrating Halloween. They played games, had treats, and dressed up in amazing costumes. Thank you to all who made this a special day for our students!

      Photos of Halloween at Lowden Elementary

      Congratulations to Kealy Taylor

      Mrs. Koch is proud to announce that Kealy Taylor has successfully passed the Microsoft Office 2016 Excel 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, Kealy!

      student with award
      Junior Achievement World

      Click to view moreThanks to the North Cedar Foundation 16 seventh graders adventured to Junior Achievement World in Davenport, IA to try their hand at budgeting. Here they received a new persona. They found out whether they are single, married, single with a child or children, and married with a child or children. They learned what full-time occupation they held and if they had a spouse that had a full or part-time job as well. After learning their net monthly income, they learn more about the regular expenses that adults have to budget for every month. Then with a basic calculator at hand, they work on their monthly budget. After several tries of balancing their budget so that they can live within their means, they go out into the fake stores/businesses and live their budget. All of this is contained within the building. Once they are done, a print out will tell them if they were successful or not. Even though students spend the majority of their time doing math on the field trip, they will ask, "Can we do it again?" Mrs. Koch, 7th grade business instructor, wants to thank Tracy Schroeder for volunteering as an assistant instructor on the field trip and thank the North Cedar Foundation for making this project based field trip possible and helping to create a lasting educational experience for our students. 

        FFA National Convention

        Our FFA Club went to the national convention in Indianapolis. While there, they visited the NCAA Hall of Champions, convention, and attended the Garth Brooks concert. They enjoyed Trader's Point Creamery along with ice cream and yogurt right off the farm.

        Three smiling convention attendees