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.

Congratulations to Cassandra Rickels
Cassandra Rickels

Congratulations to Cassandra Rickels as she 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. Congratulations, Cassandra!

Congratulations to Johny Amina
Johny Amina posing for a picture with his certificate

Mrs. Koch is proud to announce that Johny Amina has successfully passed the Microsoft Office 2016 Word 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, Johny!

Lowden Online Book Fair

We will host the Lowden book fair online through October 25. Scholastic ships all books you purchase to your home. If you spend $25 or more, you will receive free shipping! Shop our online book fair store, and check out all the great offerings this season. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Martinson.

Classroom of the Week
North Cedar Elementary Knight Pride Classroom of the Week

North Cedar Elementary has two new classrooms chosen as the Classroom of the Week. These classrooms have demonstrated exceptional behavior and shown how great they are at respecting themselves, others, and property. A big congratulations go out to Mr. Helgerson's sixth-grade class in Lowden and Ms. Kaefrings's preschool class in Mechanicsville.

We look forward to celebrating many more classes throughout the year as we catch them demonstrating positive behaviors. 

Preschool Class of the weekSixth grade Class of the week

Mechanicsville Elementary Virtual PBIS Assembly

Mechanicsville Elementary recently had the first school-wide virtual PBIS assembly. During the assembly, each classroom teacher recognized students from their room who have gone above and beyond when following our PBIS expectations: respect self, respect others, and respect property. Students were presented with a PBIS award and poster that they were able to take home and share with their family. Below is a list of award recipients from our assembly. 

View more photos of our PBIS award recipients
  • Maverick Adams - Preschool
  • Richard Grommon - Preschool
  • Charlotte Turnbull - Preschool
  • Madyline Innes - Kindergarten
  • Logan Ward - Kindergarten
  • Levi Bailey - First Grade
  • Braylinn Sissel - First Grade
  • Ethan Troughton - First Grade
  • Kaylee Candler - Second Grade
  • Lila Dohmen - Second Grade
  • Karly Moore - Second Grade
  • Jade Sulzner - Third Grade
  • Treyton Williams - Third Grade
  • Rylan Abel - Third Grade
  • Karsen Dennis - Third Grade
  • Audrey Hartman - Fourth Grade
  • Ryan Pierce - Fourth Grade
  • Anna Allstrom - Fifth Grade
  • Joyclynn Bailey - Fifth Grade
  • Bella Dohmen - Fifth Grade
  • Ly'Ida Frazer - Sixth Grade
  • Sam Hartman - Sixth Grade
  • Benjamin Flathers - Sixth Grade
  • Maelee Pearson - Sixth Grade
Free School Meals Extended Through SY 2020–21

The USDA approved free breakfast and lunch meals for all children ages 0–18 through June 30, 2021. For more information, please see the article below.

New Classroom of the Week Program
North Cedar Elementary Knight Pride! Classroom of the Week

North Cedar Elementary is excited to announce a new way to show off our North Cedar pride and celebrate our positive behaviors this year. Starting this week and every week after, we will be announcing a “classroom of the week” from each elementary building.

The first two classrooms we have chosen as the "classroom of the week" have demonstrated exceptional behavior and shown how great they are at respecting themselves, others, and property. We send a big “congratulations” to Mrs. Petersen's kindergarten class in Lowden and Ms. Harr's third grade class in Mechanicsville.

We look forward to celebrating many more classes throughout the year as we catch them demonstrating positive behaviors. Keep up the good work!

 Ms. Harr's third grade class in Mechanicsville
Mrs. Petersen's kindergarten class in Lowden
2020–2021 North Cedar Junior/Senior High School Yearbook

The 2020–2021 North Cedar Junior/Senior High School yearbook is now on sale! The yearbook is a great reminder of the good times with friends and classmates, the unforgettable moments in athletics, clubs and activities, and the adventures in academic life. It is a story worth remembering!

Please visit the Dufault Publishing website to place your order. The cost is $45, and orders are due by Sunday, November 15 to get the yearbook at the lowest price of the year. Please contact us via email with questions.

We are living out history, and we will be working hard to capture this amazing year. Buy a yearbook today, and keep the memories forever!

Thank You from FBLA
Mill Creek Cafe Hamball Fundraiser Thank You for supporting our North Cedar FBLA

The North Cedar FBLA thanks you for supporting the Mill Creek Cafe Hamball fundraiser. In less than three hours, Mill Creek and the North Cedar community helped us raise $720 for competition funds!

Fruit Sales
North Cedar FFA Fruit Sales

It is that time of year again for fruit sales! Place your orders to have fresh fruit, meats, nuts, and cheeses for the holidays. There are two simple ways to order.

  • Option One
    Place your order with an FFA member in person.
    Pay with cash or check when you place your order.

  • Option Two
    Visit the MinnTex Store.
    Place your order.
    Enter the name of the FFA member you wish to receive credit for your order. If you are unsure of a member name, use First Name: North Cedar, Last Name: Member (we will divide credit for the sale equally among all members.)
    Pay with a credit or debit card.
    Arrange for contact-less pick up at school the day fruit arrives, or arrange to have an FFA member deliver.

The last day to order is on Wednesday, November 4, and the fruit will arrive at the school during the week of November 30.

Congratulations to Lexi Baker

Mrs. Koch is proud to announce that Lexi Baker 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, Lexi!

September Board Meeting Highlights

Each month the North Cedar School Board shares a highlight or two of our monthly board meetings. These takeaways are messages that the board collectively feels are important for the public to know. 

Here are the highlights from the September 21, 2020, meeting:

Welcome, New Knights. The board sends a warm welcome to all of the new staff at North Cedar. We welcome the following teachers and administrative personnel: Ian Heetland, jr./sr. high choir; Kerry Jackson, third Grade Mechanicsville; Tori King, high school Spanish; Mackenzie Reuscher, kindergarten at Lowden; Brandon Sipe, elementary music and band; Kelly Stillwagon, human resources manager; and Alex Tenley, high school science. We also have a number of new faces in other support positions. Welcome to North Cedar!

High Fives to the North Cedar Community. Kudos to our parents, students, and staff for embracing the challenge of beginning the school year during a pandemic. The board recognizes the added stresses of schedule changes, e-learning, and enhanced safety and illness protocols. We applaud everyone for their willingness to adapt and navigate all that is unconventional about the new school year. It is our hope that everyone will continue to rally around all North Cedar students and families as we work to maximize student learning and growth.

To view the full agenda and attachments of North Cedar School Board meetings, click the Online Board App button on our board of education page. Meeting minutes are also posted online following each meeting.

Alternative Diagnosis Letter

As North Cedar Community School District adapts to the challenges presented by COVID-19, we want to inform you of what to expect if we identify a COVID-19 case within our school district. Please be aware that in an effort to be compliant with privacy laws, we will not be sending district-wide notifications regarding positive cases or potential exposures. Rather, we will contact families and staff who will individually obtain instructions. Mass notifications will only occur if we determine that there is an outbreak of several cases and we are unable to specifically determine close contacts.

For more information, please read our alternative diagnosis letter and notification: 

Free Meals to All Students

Beginning on Monday, September 14, North Cedar Community School District will be providing breakfast and lunch to all students at no cost to them regardless of meal benefit status until further notice. No sign up is necessary for students who are in-person learning. All children participating in online learning and those not enrolled in school must sign up in order to receive meals. Meals will be available for pick up at Mechanicsville Elementary, Lowden Elementary, or Clarence Junior/Senior High School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Please see below for our free meal update and meal sign up.

Elementary Early Dismissal Parent Letter

Parents, please review the elementary early dismissal from school letter. The letters are located on the Elementary Schools page. Thank you for your time and attention.

Little Knights Learning Center

Do you have a student attending the Little Knights Learning Center? We encourage you to go to our Little Knights page and see letters from our teachers, current rates, and COVID-19 information.

August Special Board Meeting Highlights

Each month the North Cedar School Board shares two or three key highlights of our monthly board meetings. These takeaways are messages that the board collectively feels are important for the public to know. In addition to the regular board meeting, this month a special meeting was on August 25, 2020.

Face Covering Requirement. The board approved a modification to the Return-to-School Plan (COVID-19 Response Handbook) that requires the use of face coverings when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings (masks or shields) are required by students on all school transportation. In addition, they are also required while students are passing in halls, when one-on-one work is needed or in certain classrooms where class sizes or activities prevent appropriate spacing and the installation of barriers are not practical. Students and staff may remove their face coverings in certain situations when social distancing measures have been achieved. River Valley Conference guidelines also require face coverings by spectators at all school-sponsored extracurricular events.

The North Cedar School Board realizes there are a variety of emotions associated with beginning the school year during the Coronavirus pandemic. Know that the district administration, teachers, and staff have been hard at work to ensure a safe learning environment for all students. We join together in wishing all North Cedar Knights a successful school year!

To view the full agenda and attachments of North Cedar School Board meetings, click the Online Board App button on our Board of Education page. Meeting minutes are also posted online following each meeting.