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.

February PBIS Winners

Lowden Elementary celebrated their February PBIS winners on Friday, February 17. These students have shown respect to others, respect to self, and respect to property. Great job, and keep up the hard work!

Back: L-R DeMarcus Blackcloud, Sarah Esbaum, Lyric Blackcloud, Jayden Darts, Harley Usher, Carter Horman, Blake Chapman, and Christian Moser
Front: Araya Myers, Autumn Gott, Logan Wagner, Jacobi Hines, Sophia Roberts, Maranda Helmold, and Elijah Deweese
Not pictured: Carter Roberts and Cailyn Husmann

Kaiden Benhart also received his PBIS award for February.

FBLA Service Projects

FBLA members have been working on two service projects—Linus blankets for the University of Iowa Children's Hospital and heart patient pillows for the University of Iowa Hospital. FBLA members are students who participate in multiple activities and/or work. They do not have much time to devote to these projects, but they do their best. It had been a slow process until a few junior high students asked if they could help. They finished the Linus blankets and are currently in the process of making as many heart patient pillows as possible. There are several junior high students that have contributed but only one of them consistently—Rhyan Hoefler (pictured below). Others who have helped include senior Daphne Hoefler and junior high students Macy Helmold, Aubrie Pruess, and Haley Hansen.


Pottery Class

Article By: Jadan Fall

One class North Cedar offers that not every school does is pottery. Students get to choose what they want to create out of clay, fire it, then glaze it, and fire it again. When the project is done, students take it home, or, if the project is really good, Mrs. Thomsen, the art teacher, will ask if she can keep it to show to future pottery students. A lot of the pottery projects are on display in the glass cabinet in the main hallway.

Read Jadan's article in full here.

PBIS Celebration

Friday, February 10, 2017, Lowden Elementary had their PBIS celebration with some fun valentine stations. They had story time, recess, minute to win it games, crafts, cooking, made valentine cards for the nursing homes, and played dice games. The kids reached their goal earning enough tickets with showing good behavior that a celebration could be had.

PBIS Celebration Photos

Quail Eggs Observation

After watching the quail eggs go through the incubation process and hatching, Mr. Behrens brought in some boiled quail eggs for the kids to try. They enjoyed them, but the only hard part was peeling them.


A Special Visit

We want to thank Sarah from Cedar County Conservation for visiting North Cedar Elementary, Mechanicsville. She came and planted several plants with Mrs. Weber and her first grade class. Check out these great learning moments!

More photos about Cedar County Conservation's visit

FBLA Thanks Mill Creek Cafe

The ham ball and tenderloin eat in or take out partnership was a great experience for those FBLA members that volunteered and helped Mill Creek. Mill Creek was super generous and gave the members a cut of the proceeds and all the tips for the night totaling $429. Members put this money into their individual membership competition accounts where they plan to use this April at the state leadership conference. Thank you, Mill Creek Cafe!


FBLA member, Breylee St. John, receiving order fulfillment instructions from owner, Jamie Wilhau.
Second Grade Field Trip

Students from the Mechanicsville second grade recently attended Elf, Jr., courtesy of Playtime Poppy. After the show they enjoyed a tour and a delicious meal at Texas Roadhouse. A huge thank you goes out to both companies for providing these incredible services to our students!

Three in Four

Kaitlyn Thompson, a sophomore yearbook student, writes about our North Cedar football team and the experience of the seniors who played for three head coaches in four years. Please take a moment to read Kaitlyn's piece, Three in Four.

Captains of the varsity football team seniors Carter Johnson, Bryce Bemer, Colin Sander, and Byron Boleyn doing the coin toss before the Alburnette game.


Senior boys line up on the field in their new jerseys on senior night. The Knights had eleven seniors this year.

Bruce and Teresa Jensen line up on the field for senior night with their son, Jacob Jenson. Jensen played his final home game against MacValley. Jacob hoped for a winning season.


Photography credit goes to junior yearbook photographers Saleena Jones and Darby Hawtrey.