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.

Published Authors

Mrs. Walker's first grade students in Mechanicsville officially became published authors! They worked through the entire writing process to contribute to their very own class book, and the bound copies recently arrived in the mail. If you see them around, they would love to give you their autographs!

Alumni Award Recipients

North Cedar Community School District will award alumni citations to five former graduates at a special ceremony on Friday, January 18 during basketball games in Clarence. We will recognize recipients between the varsity girls’ and boys’ basketball games at approximately 7:30 p.m. A cake reception will follow at the conclusion of the presentation. The public is welcome to come.

The public is also invited to a presentation that some of the recipients will make to the high school student-body on Friday, January 18 at 2:00 p.m. in the gymnasium in Clarence. For more information about these awards, view our alumni award newsletter.

2018–19 Alumni Award Recipients:

  • Achievement Award: Suzanne Grimm
  • Community Impact Award: Sharon Gutwiler
  • Service Award: Merlin Hulse
  • Achievement Award: Bruce Lehrman
  • Athletics Award: Stan Stolte
Winter Reading Challenge

Lowden students who brought back their winter reading challenge paper earned a hot chocolate party thanks to KCO! After the party, the students participated in a paper snowball fight in the gym. There were lots of laughs and fun. Thank you to the parents who helped support their student(s) in reading over break.

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    Second Grade Thank You

    Thank you to the North Cedar Foundation for providing second grade with a comfortable rug to read and learn on. Stop by and see it. It is so soft and fluffy!

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    Thank You North Cedar Foundation

    We would like to thank the North Cedar Foundation for helping us add about 150 new books to our library. We truly appreciate it!

    students with a table full of new books in the library

      Lowden Third Graders Jump Into Science

      For part of the Human Body Science unit, Lowden third graders had to jump rope and observe what parts of their bodies move! They are excited to count bones and find out exactly how many bones are in their bodies.

      Photos of third grade jump rope lesson
      Congratulations, Jacob Spahr!

      Based on his exceptionally high score on his Microsoft Office Specialist MOS PowerPoint 2016 certification exam, he has become Iowa’s champion and may compete in Certiport’s 2019 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship, if he would like. Congratulations, Jacob!

      Jacob holding a certificate
      Congratulations, Sullivan Bryant!

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

      Congratulations, Samantha Kremer

      Mrs. Koch is proud to announce that Samantha Kremer 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, Samantha!

      Samantha Kermer holding her certificate
      Congratulations to Jacob Spahr and Karly Cerda!

      Mrs. Koch is proud to announce that Jacob Spahr and Karly Cerda have successfully passed the Microsoft Office 2016 Access Specialist Exam. They have now completed all four certification exams: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access. This gives them the right to include all of the certifications on their resumes as they are all a business industry exam (not a high school exam). Congratulations Jacob and Karly!

      Jacob Spahr holding his certificateKarly Cerda holding her certificate
        PBIS Assembly

        On Friday, December 14, Lowden Elementary held their PBIS assembly recognizing those students who have shown respect for others, property, and self. Some of the students played Minute to Win it Christmas games, while others cheered them on. We wrapped up the assembly with teachers pied by the students who spent their tickets to do so. We had 30 pies, which is the most we have had since we started. There were a lot of laughs and good teamwork throughout the assembly.

        Photos of the PBIS Assembly
        Clarence American Legion Christmas Walk Soup Supper

        Two North Cedar Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members, Breylee St. John (pictured) and Samantha Nanke, helped out at the Clarence American Legion Christmas Walk Soup Supper on Friday, December 7. Way to go, students!

        Breylee St. John helps out at the Soup Supper
        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
        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.

        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