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.

Busy Sixth Graders

Mrs. Crittenden’s sixth graders have been busy during the first couple weeks of school. They have done several experiments on the diversity of life and have begun a unit on writing personal letters. Their tastebuds have been introduced to bagels and lox, which they washed down with YooHoo.

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Donations for Mechanicsville

A huge thank you goes out to Stephanie Rottman and her daughters, Piper and Paige. They dropped off school supplies to Mechanicsville. Stephanie’s employer, MediRevv, donated these supplies. We are incredibly grateful for your donations!

Stephanie Rottman and her daughters, Piper and Paige

Welcome Our New Teachers

As we start the year, we welcome four new teachers to our staff. Mrs. Rowles will be teaching fifth grade at Mechanicsville. Miss Fortin will be in the Jr./Sr. High Special Education Department. Mr. Doerring is joining the Physical Education and Health Department at the Jr./Sr. High. Mr. Tenley is teaching science at the junior high. All four can not wait to get started and will be great additions to our North Cedar team.

 four new teachers

Current FBLA Events
Please take a moment to check out our current FBLA events!

Meat Stick Sales

Meat stick sales by Country Meats started Tuesday, September 10. They sell for $1 each, and there are several flavors to choose from (Old #9, ghost fire, hot cajun, sweet Annie Brown, sweet maple bacon, garlic parmesan, sweet bbq, bold teriyaki, original smoked hickory, and a few pepperoni). Look for a member at home events with a bag of meat sticks, or contact a member today. They'll be glad to sell you some. They are popular - as we ordered eight cases (144 each) and within 24 hours had to order another eight cases. They are that good! Money raised will help members cost to attend fall conference if they desire and spring competition as they cost approximately $100-$125 each. This is not counting person food expense.

Business Letter Fundraiser

Another event that is taking place is our annual business letter fundraiser. FBLA sends out letters to several of our local businesses asking for a donation. We also ask what can we do to earn that donation such as wash windows, clean product shelves, greeters at open houses, wash dishes, etc. We have just started to receive replies back and want to thank those businesses for helping our members out.

Calendar of Events

The officers have worked diligently in developing a calendar worth of events for the members to choose from. Everything from pumpkin carving to senior citizen/nursing home visits. We can't wait to share with you more of our events as they happen.

FBLA's 2019–20 Officer Team (left to right): Toby Hollis (senior), secretary; Breylee St. John (senior), vice president; Fiona Raney (senior), president; Kelly Proesch (junior), social media; and Parker Stout (junior), treasurer

FBLA 2019-20 Officer Team

    Participating in the Utter Non-Sense game is Kelly Proesch (junior) having to say her phrase in an angry manner.

    student saying phrase in angry manner

      Three members participating in elbow tag (left to right): Paige Hart (freshman), Parker Stout (junior), and Caitlin Jensen (freshman)

      students playing elbow tag
      Record Highs for North Cedar FBLA

      Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) has increased in size this year from 22 members to 34 (graduated 3). FBLA is a business organization that teaches members employable and leadership skills, the importance of volunteering for individuals, groups and communities, various business venues (self-taught and an excellent way to career explore), how to work in a team environment, and much more. Members can get super involved or not very involved. It is a very flexible program. It has chapter meetings once a month, a fall leadership conference (optional), and a spring competition. If students, make the top four in an event (over 60 to choose from to enter), they get an invite to compete in nationals which is in Salt Lake City, Utah next summer. To kick off another successful year, FBLA organized an ice cream social for new potential members and their parents. Presented with information regarding the organization, the members then went to the gym for some fun team building. This year's officer team led and organized the team building while advisor, Mrs. Koch, meet with the parents.

      If any North Cedar Sr. High student is still interested in joining, please contact Mrs. Koch or any one of the officers. Officers are Fiona Raney, president, Breylee St. John, vice president, Toby Hollis, Parker Stout, treasurer, and Kelly Proesch, social media.

      Ice Cream Sundae Party

      On Friday, September 6, 2019, Lowden Elementary celebrated their students who read over the summer with an ice cream sundae party. There were 53 students who turned in their reading sheets to participate. They each told what their favorite book was that they read as they were enjoying their treat.

      view more photos from the Ice Cream Sundae party
      Summer Reading Celebration

      On September 6, fifty-three North Cedar Mechanicsville students celebrated their summer reading. Each student turned in their reading log, listened to a book reading, and ate Dilly Bars. Way to go Knights!

      View mroe photos of the summer reading celebration

        North Cedar Mini Jr. Cheer Clinic

        The North Cedar High School Cheerleaders are hosting a mini/jr. cheer clinic for students in pre-k through sixth grade. The clinic will be on Tuesday, October 1 from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. with a performance on Wednesday, October 2. The clinic is $25 and includes a camp shirt, poms, and a snack. Registration and payment for the clinic are due on Friday, September 20. Please check out our flyer for all the details and register today!

        • Flyer coming soon!

        Emma Boleyn Commits to Waldorf University

        Congratulations to 6'1'' MB/RS Emma Boleyn from the North Cedar High School Iowa Rockets class of 2020 for committing to Waldorf University. We wish Emma all the best in her future endeavors!

        Waldorf University MB/RS North Cedar High School Iowa Rockets Emma Boleyn Committed Class of 2020
        Welcome Back!

        On Friday, August 23, students and staff were greeted at Mechanicsville Elementary with encouraging words and pictures left by teachers, staff, parents, and peers! A huge thank you to Todd Sawyer for capturing these pictures of a wonderful start to our first day of school! Welcome back students, our hallways finally feel complete with you back!

        View more pictures of the first day at Mechanicsville Elementary
        Welcome to Our New Teachers

        We would like to welcome our new teachers to the district. From left to right:

        • Mrs. Rolwes - 5th Grade at the Mechanicsville Building
        • Miss Fortin - Special Education at the Jr/Sr High 
        • Mr. Tenley - Jr. High Science
        • Mr. Doerring - Jr./Sr. High PE and Health
        New staff members
          Thank You for the Donations

          Recently, Stephanie Rottman dropped by with her daughters, Piper and Paige, to drop off some school supplies on behalf of MediRevv. MediRevv is her employer, and they love to give back to communities and help people and organizations. This year, as well as many years past, they collected donations to provide to local schools to help kids in need. This year, they expanded their bandwidth of help and MediRevv allowed employees to submit names of local schools that they would like to see helped with donated supplies. Stephanie, being from the North Cedar area and having girls that attend North Cedar, submitted in our school. And guess what? They approved the donation! So Stephanie and her daughters packaged up a pile of supplies and dropped them off to Deb in the Mechanicsville office. The only cost was a smiling photo showing how excited the school was to receive this awesome donation. They hope this brings some smiles to some great kids! Thank you MediRevv and Stephanie!

          View more photos of school supplies
          2019–2020 Senior High & Junior High Supply Lists

          Great news! The 2019–2020 supply lists for the senior high and junior high are now available. Please take a moment to check them out.