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.

Preschool and Kindergarten Round-Up

Preschool round-up is set for April 5 for the 2018-2019 school year. Round-up is happening at both Lowden and Mechanicsville Elementary schools. We are inviting incoming students and their parents to attend a family fun night style round-up from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the preschool classrooms. Your child must be four years of age by September 15, 2018, to attend preschool.

Kindergarten round-up is set for April 6 for the 2018-2019 school year. Round-up is happening at both Lowden and Mechanicville Elementary schools. Current preschool students can visit the kindergarten classrooms from 8:15-11:00 a.m. Your child must be five years of age by September 15, 2018, to attend kindergarten. 

Please register for these events by calling either the Lowden Elementary office at (563) 941.5383 or the Mechanicsville Elementary office at (563) 432.6933. Please view the flyer for all the details for round-up.

Congratulations, Grace Proesch!

Mrs. Koch is proud to announce that Grace Proesch has successful passed the Microsoft Office 2016 Access specialist exam. She has now completed Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint and has earned the right to say she is an "Microsoft Office 2016 complete specialist." This gives her the right to include this certifications on her resume, as it is a business industry exam (not a high school exam). Congratulations, Grace!

Junior High Pi Day

North Cedar Junior High loves Pi Day! Mrs. Hamdorf's classes made bubbles and measured diameters to celebrate Pi Day. It looks like everyone had a great time! Thanks for such a fun time, Ms. Hamdorf!

View more photos of students working on Pi Day Classroom Assignment

Easter Eggs Everywhere

What is that? What is that covering the grass? That would be 2000 plastic Easter eggs! It will be a very eggciting day for the kids on March 24 at 10:30 a.m. Come to the Tipton City Park upper shelter, across from the aquatic center for the Easter egg hunt! Ms. Sarah from the Cedar County Conservation Board will be hosting the egg hunt. We will be charging one dollar per child to cover the cost of candy. Toddlers to kids age 12 are welcome to participate. Registration required. Please contact Ms. Sarah at (563) 886.6930, or you can e-mail her. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

Dickinson Relays

On Tuesday, March 6 the North Cedar varsity track team ran in the Dickinson relays at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls. North Cedar competed against 1a, 2a, 3a, and 4a schools. Many team members ran events they have never ran before and performed very well for their first meet. Go, Knights! 

Freshman Kole Murray placed 6th in his heat of the open 800 with a time of 2:32. (Photo by sophomore Fiona Raney.)

Junior Devon Willis ran in the 4x800 and later in the open 800. Willis had two very excellent races at UNI. (Photo by sophomore Fiona Raney.)

Sophomore Ethan Sahr ran in the open 200 with a time of 26.48. (Photo by sophomore Fiona Raney.)

Senior Seamus Raney ran in three events at UNI Tuesday night. For the first time in his high school career he ran in the 4x200 and had the fastest split of 23.4. His team finished with a time of 1.36 and finished 15th. Raney also ran in the open 400 and started the 4x400 and also had the fastest split with 53 seconds and handed it off in first place to teammate Greg Hansen. (Photo by Fiona Raney.)

Mechanicsville and Lowden Elementary Celebrate Reading

Mechanicsville and Lowden Elementary celebrated Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss's birthday by different dress up days and activities throughout the week. In Lowden, every child and staff member were able to vote for their favorite Dr. Seuss book on our wall graph. As you can see by the picture and the graph that we created, Green Eggs and Ham was by far the favorite in our building.

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    Read Across America Week

    The Lowden second graders did Dr. Seuss Readers' Theater for Read Across America week. 

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      Running for Medals by Fiona Raney

      Fiona Raney wrote an article about Seamus Raney and his commitment to the sport of running. Please take a moment to read Fiona’s article.

      Dance Marathon

      Our dance marathon was a huge success! 147 students from nine other schools were in attendance, along with four guest speakers from Miracle Families. Through the support of everyone we were able to surpass last year's donation total of $500. This year we raised the following:

      • Penny Wars - $727.05
      • Duct Tape a Teacher - $66.90
      • Donations - $200.00
      • T-Shirt Sales - $77.00
      • Dance Gate - $735.00
      • Dance Concessions - $593.50
      • GrandTotal - $2,399.45

      Thanks to all our students for making this a successful event. Great Job, North Cedar and others!

      North Cedar FFA Chapter Wins in Sub-District Events

      North Cedar FFA Chapter did a great job at the sub-district career development events at Calamus-Wheatland Secondary School in Wheatland, Iowa on February 1, 2018. We are very proud of our North Cedar FFA Chapter!

      Greenhand Test (knowledge test) – There was a total of 22 test takers.

      • 1st: Alyse Erenberger – gold
      • 2nd: Abagael O’Connell – gold
      • 4th: Aspen Erenberger – silver
      • 5th: Keegan Meyer – silver
      • 14th: Elizabeth Niehaus – bronze

      Ag Broadcasting

      • Amy Schroeder – silver

      Ag Sales

      • Mariah Behrens – bronze
      • 6th: Dalton Miller – silver
      North Cedar Teacher Jane Koch Never Stops

      Everyone is familiar with the Eveready bunny commercial. The bunny never stops. There is a teacher at North Cedar High School who is just like that bunny. She never stops. 

      Jane Koch has taught at North Cedar for 30 years and is constantly on the go. While at North Cedar, Koch has taught Personal Finance, Digital Imaging, 7th Grade Business, Accounting II, ICBA, and Multimedia.

      On top of that, this year Koch took on the job of teaching various business classes at Midland which include Entrepreneurship, Computer Business Apps., Accounting I-A, Personal Finance, Intro to Business, and Accounting I-B.

      She also has been the Biz Club/Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) adviser while at North Cedar.

      As part of her advisory the past four years, I have been able to witness just how hard a worker she really is. She is the teacher who puts 110 percent into everything she does, regardless of the situation. Not only is Koch a hardworking teacher, she also is a very caring and loving wife and mother.

      Before Clarence-Lowden and Lincoln joined to form North Cedar, Koch was a teacher at Lincoln High School. She also was the yearbook adviser and speech coach. Koch really enjoyed the role as the yearbook adviser and speech coach, but no longer plays those roles at North Cedar because she has taken on various other tasks that keep her very busy.

      Koch has been the Biz Club/FBLA adviser at North Cedar for 10 years. Before Future Business Leaders of America got it’s name, it was formerly known as Biz Club. As a former member of FBLA, I can proudly say that Koch has done an outstanding job keeping this organization going at North Cedar. During the FBLA meetings, the members usually take charge and discuss what tasks they need to accomplish. During this time, Koch is there to supervise and answer any questions the members might have.

      While it may seem as if the FBLA members have everything under control, being the adviser of this organization is just another big task to add to her very full plate.

      A special thank you to Madison Cornelius for writing this article. Please take a moment to view the complete article in the online version of The Gazette.

      Ancient Egyptian Social Classes

      Mr. Helgerson's 6th grade class in Lowden was given a topic on ancient Egyptian social classes. They were told to create a skit based on this topic. They did this and also created their own props and performed the skits for their classmates. They worked hard and did a good job. Please take a moment to view the skits online.

      Oz The Great And Powerful

      The North Cedar Drama Department put on Oz! by Tim Kelly the weekend of November 10-12 at the Debbie Harms Theatre in Clarence. Twenty-four students were involved in Oz! directed by Terry and Hobert Flory, with Music Director, Peter Fourniea assisting. 

      Oz! is about a girl from Kansas named Dorothy, played by junior Shelby Slaton, who was lost in a storm and was taken to the wonderful land of Oz! There, her and her little dog Toto, Marty McAtee, met the munchkins who helped her “Follow the Road,” along with Glinda the Good Witch, played by Kira Jones. She learned about the Emerald City and wanted to ask Oz to fly her back home. Dorothy made three new friends along her journey who each wanted something from Oz themselves. The Tin Woodsman, played by senior Keynan Pearson, the Scarecrow, played by senior Brady Lehrmann, and the Lion, played by senior D. J. Stull, all welcomed Dorothy with a song and even a little bit of dancing before they made their way to Oz. Throughout the play they were stopped many times by the Wicked Witch of the West, played by senior Sam Paup, and her evil flying monkeys. They ended up trapped in her castle where they were forced to do chores. Dorothy found a way to kill the witch by pouring water on her, which resulted in her melting. With the death of their leader, the flying monkeys were set free and helped the prisoners return to Oz to tell him the good news. When they got there, he could not grant their wish, and told them to come back tomorrow. Toto eventually found where he was hiding and pulled Oz, played by senior Ethan St. John, out and showed his real identity. This scam artist of a wizard shocked the characters in surprise, but each person eventually received what they wanted, a heart, a brain, and courage, besides Dorothy. They had no way to fly her back home, so she was stuck there forever. Glinda the Good Witch came out of nowhere and told the story of how she can get Dorothy back to Kansas. The secret was in the shoes! With three simple clicks her silver slippers took both Dorothy and Toto back to Aunt Em, played by senior Darby Hawtrey, but not before waving her new found friends goodbye.

      View more photos about the playPutting on a play is hard work. Directors have many challenges including making sure lines are being memorized and making sure backgrounds are being made and are in the right spots at the right times. They also make sure costumes are found for each character and make sure to find a practice schedule that allows every student the opportunity to be involved. Being a small school, everyone is involved in every sport and club imaginable, so it’s challenging to find a schedule that works for every person. At most practices, half the cast wasn’t there due to sports. Despite all of these conflicts, everyone still came together and produced a fantastic show.

      Many memories are made while preparing for the performances. Whether it’s seeing our choir director’s twins that were just born, or singing and dancing to music, it will be something I won’t forget. If you were in theatre, you too probably know what I’m talking about. There's something magical about drama. It brings people together and breaks the stereotypical upper classmen and lower classmen rival. Everyone is equal and no one is judged on who they are because we are all different characters and mostly are all out of our comfort zones. I’ve also grown closer to people I never knew I had common interests in. It’s definitely amazing seeing the transition from the first day of rehearsal where you only know the people in your grade that you feel safe with, to the last day of rehearsal where you can go up and have a conversation with anyone. Most importantly our program is a family. 

      This year we have seven graduating seniors that fill big roles in and out of the Drama Department. We welcomed two new faces into our program this year, Darby Hawtrey who played Auntie Em, and D. J. Stull who played the Lion. Both were excellent additions to our program and they each made the musical extra special. In addition to these two, Keynan Pearson, Ethan St. John, Jasmine Doty, Brady Lehrman, and Sam Paup are all seniors as well. These seniors are hardworking and really deserve the extra round of applause. 

      A special thank you to Breylee St. John for writing this article.

      Jr/Sr High School Yearbook

      The North Cedar Jr/Sr High School yearbook will have a new feature this year - aurasma. Aurasma is an app that links videos of the events with the photos in the yearbook. The cost is $55. Order forms are available during conferences. Check out this YouTube video to learn more about this cool feature. 

      Mini Dance Wars Fundraiser

      North Cedar Student Council (SC) and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) would like to congratulate the seniors on winning the Mini Dance Marathon "Penny Wars". Each grade-level competed against each other by placing positive pennies in their grade-level jar and negative coins and dollars in other grade-level jars. The competition was fierce this year, as the official amount raised was $727.05. Great job everyone! 

      Currently, students have four jars to choose from to put all positive counting money in to vote. The vote decides who gets duct taped to the wall during the mini dance marathon. The choice is between Mr. Kasik, Ms. Curley, Ms. Potts, and Mr. Hoefler. We cannot wait to see who wins! 

      The SC and FBLA have invited high school students from Tipton, Mt. Vernon, Lisbon, Anamosa, Solon, Midland, and Calamus-Wheatland to join in our fundraising efforts. The proceeds help our needy families to use the U of I's hospital services. After deducting DJ costs, all proceeds from Penny Wars, Duct Tape a Teacher, t-shirt sales, dance entry fees, snacks, and glow stick sales will go toward supporting U of I's hospital financial services for families. 

      SC and FBLA have designed a music mix and a Just Dance theme video for students to have fun enjoying. The music and video will go out to student e-mails and social media. This will give the students an opportunity to learn and have fun with the music that is going to play at the top of every hour during the dance. We cannot wait to see your dance moves! 

      If any person or business would be willing to help us cover the cost of our DJ, that would be so welcomed! Please contact Jane Koch for more information. We look forward to this fun event and for the opportunity to help the hospital families! Thanks to everyone for their participation! 

      Senior Class Winner 

      Thank you to following student council and FBLA members who faithfully attended the overflowing jars daily: Samantha Kremer, Tessa Fields, Makayla Schluter, Madison Cornelius, and Leah Crock.

      Babysitting Basics

      Kirkwood Community College is offering a babysitting basics class on Thursday, March 29 at Tipton High School. This course will cover the basics of babysitting for the beginner babysitter. The cost is $25.00. Please call (563) 886.2590 or visit Kirkwood Community College Continuing Education to register.

      Kirkwood Continuing Education Personal Enrichment and Professional Development for Iowa’s Creative Corridor. Babysitting Basics: Thursday, March 29th, 6pm-9pm. This course is geared for the beginner babysitter. Instruction includes first aid, recognizing safety hazards and choking hazards, and how to respond. You will also learn diaper changing, age appropriate games and easy meal ideas. The cost for this class is $25 and will be held in the consumer science room at Tipton High School. Must be at least 9 years old to register! Register online at or call us at 563-886-2950.

      Tipton Parks and Recreation Programs

      The Tipton Parks and Recreation Department is currently registering for summer camps, swim lessons, and other fun activities. We have registration forms available in our elementary offices. Please see the Tipton Parks and Recreation website for more information.