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.

Pennies for Patients

Mrs. Montz's fourth grade class raised $118.65 for Pennies for Patients. In February, students brought in their extra change. This fundraiser supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The money goes for research and provides information to support patients through their cancer journey. For their generosity, the class earned a pizza party!


Dr. Seuss Week

Mrs. Rouse's 1st grade class at Lowden Elementary recently celebrated Dr. Seuss Week. A great time was had by all!

Sheltered Reality

Article by Rachel Heinen

Growing up in a small town makes the world seem small. This seemed especially true for a thirteen-year-old girl until the day I, Rachel Heinen, saw Sheltered Reality. Sheltered Reality is a drumline that taught me there was more to life than what I saw in a tiny town. 

Sheltered Reality is a nonprofit organization promoting a message of self-reliance and peer acceptance. They have practice sites across the Midwest. They teach people of all ages a simple drum lesson on the timbales–but this is not the only thing Sheltered Reality teaches. They teach their members leadership skills and how to believe in themselves. 

Sheltered Reality recently received a grant from Community Foundation of Cedar County to play at all the schools in Cedar County. They will play for the junior and senior high school students of North Cedar on Friday, March 17.

Please take a moment to read Rachel’s entire article.

A Running Counselor

Most students would be mortified at the thought that teachers actually have a life outside of school, or doing actual things normal human beings do. So, seeing one of your teachers in public at the mall, a restaurant, or the movies is easily one of the most awkward moments for either you or your teacher; usually both. Unless you're planning on training for and running a marathon any time soon, you probably won’t run into North Cedar’s guidance counselor Troy Bergmann.   

Troy Bergmann has worked at North Cedar since 2012. Usually students see him running around the building trying to take care of things for everyone else or in his office with work piled up to his hair. His busiest time is …  always. Yet Mr. Bergmann finds time to train for his marathons and half marathons. (At this point I’m starting to question how much sleep Mr. Bergmann gets). Bergmann ran his first half marathon (13.1 miles) in January of 2008 and his first full marathon (26.2 miles) in 2011. If you're anything like me you’re probably thinking after reading how long those are, “Why on earth would anyone want to run a marathon, or even a half marathon?” Well, I asked Mr. Bergmann those exact questions. When I asked just why he started running marathons and half marathons he said, “There are a lot of reasons I run, but the biggest two are trying to live as long as possible, and the competitive aspect of it.” Even knowing he has a slim chance of winning a marathon or half marathon he enjoys the competition between age groups. Although he is a very dedicated trainer he wishes he would have been more prepared for a full marathon. “It's a huge commitment to run a full marathon. One that I will admit I took for granted. I finished, but didn't run near the time I feel I could have. Looking back there was so much that I didn't know or research, such as refueling early in the race and not waiting until the middle of the race. I had heard of "the wall" but didn't really understand what it was or how my body would react until it happened. "The wall" is literally your body depleting all it's stored energy to the point your legs won't move anymore. Well, they move, just not very well. But crossing the finish line has a way of taking away a lot of the pain you feel racing, whether it's a 5k or a half,” says Bergmann. 

It would be an injustice to North Cedar to not put something in here about Mr. Bergmann's hair, so I asked him a question about it. “Does your hair get in the way when you run a marathon or half marathon?” which he responded with “Haha. In the winter I wear a stocking cap, so I'm all good there. Usually I wear sunglasses that will keep the hair out of my eyes, or I have been known to push up my sun glasses to hold my hair back.” All your questions in life have been answered. 

Bergmann was a Clarence Lowden Rebel and the last graduating class (1995) before the merger of Clarence-Lowden and Lincoln. 

According to Mr. Bergmann’s mother, Becky Bergmann, who also works at North Cedar, both she and her husband Brian continually brag about how proud they are of their son and his choice in wanting to be a school counselor. She sees him daily with students sitting on the front step chatting, making sure that they have someone they can confide in. As his parent, Mrs. Bergmann was a little concerned when Troy was little and she asked what he wanted to do for a living, and his reply was “Either be a garbage collector or sell ice cream in an ice cream parlor.” Mrs. Bergmann is so thankful that her son chose the career of being a school counselor, so her son would not be living with them forever, not to say as a mother she would not love that. 

Mrs. Bergmann would also like to comment on her son’s hair. Working at the school, she is frequently asked from young men about Mr. Bergmann’s hair, “Do you know what shampoo Mr. Bergmann uses on his hair?” She always chuckles at that question and responds with “I don’t have any idea, but I can always ask him.” Mr. Bergmann has shared his goals about running with his mom. His goal is to be able to run the miles that match his age. So you might ask him when you see him just how old he is. 

Kelly, Mr. Bergmann’s wife, shared a few photos of Mr. Bergmann in a full marathon. In one picture you see where he is smiling. This is in a full marathon that is 26.2 miles, and Mr. Bergmann is in the sixth mile of running. Kelly Bergmann’s reply is, “I can’t imagine being that happy after six miles.”

A special thank you to sophomore Kaitlyn Thompson for writing this article.

Preschool and Kindergarten Round-Up

It's time for our North Cedar Elementary Preschool and Kindergarten Round-Up! Mechanicsville Elementary Preschool and Kindergarten Round-up will be on Thursday, March 30 from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Lowden Elementary Preschool and Kindergarten Round-Up will be on Friday, March 31 from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. To register for this important event, please call Mechanicsville Elementary at (563) 432.6933 or Lowden Elementary at (563) 941.5383. Please see our North Cedar Elementary Preschool and Kindergarten Round-Up flyer for more information.

Mechanicsville PBIS Celebration

Mechanicsville Elementary recently participated in a PBIS school-wide celebration. Great job, students!

Mechanicsville Photos

District Speech Performances

The North Cedar speech team worked very hard on their events this year. Groups this year were improve, ensemble, choral reading, reader’s theater, and solo mime. All groups performed at conference and districts. Unfortunately, none of the groups made it on to state. At districts, all groups earned division II ratings. You need to get a one rating to move on to the state competition. Please take a few moments to read Fiona Raney's full report on the speech performances.

Speech Performance Photos

Safety Pins: A Long-Standing Tradition

Article by Maranda Thurston

Every wrestler's goal is to end their match with a pin. The tradition at North Cedar is to present a safety pin to each wrestler with a match pin to commemorate their accomplishment. North Cedar’s cheerleaders have been handing out safety pins to wrestlers for about 30 years. Please take a moment to read Miranda’s entire article about our long-standing safety pin tradition.

100 Acts Of Kindness

Mrs. Weber's Mechanicsville Elementary class was able to complete and record 100 acts of kindness by Valentine's Day. Way to go, class!


CPR Is Necessary

Article by Elizabeth Lovell

Senior year comes to an end and while the seniors can barely wait to graduate, CPR training has to be done. In most cases, the seniors don’t actually plan on ever using this skill; however, the day might come when the senior will have to come to the rescue.

On July 4, 2016, Zach Lovell and Clayton Carstensen, two North Cedar 2016 graduates, got together with some friends to watch the Mechanicsville fireworks show. Once they got there they started walking to find somewhere to sit, and ran into Justin Canfield and a few others and ended up going to Justin’s house. They enjoyed the fireworks, and had a fun time. As they started walking back to their car they heard someone yell, “He’s not breathing!” They ran over to find a crowd of people surrounding Mike Dozer’s unconscious body. Everyone was panicking when they heard someone yell, "Does anyone know CPR?"

We encourage you to read Elizabeth's full article.