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.

Wrestling Results

Congratulations to members of our wrestling team! Adison Musser and Ashlynn Miller placed 1st in the Central Community School Girls Wrestling tournament. At Northeast, Kole Murray placed 1st, Konner Murray placed 2nd, and Peyton Clark & Seth Lyter placed 3rd. Great job, everyone!

Wrestling winners

    Hearing Screenings

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hearing screenings may or may not take place at your child's school as normal. Grant Wood Area Education Agency has available screening dates in 2021 at the Cedar Rapids and Coralville facilities for kindergarten through 12th grade students. Please see our hearing screenings flyer for a list of available dates and to schedule an appointment.

    December Board Meeting Highlights

    Each month the North Cedar School Board shares a few highlights 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 December 21, 2020, meeting.

    Remote Learning Trial Successful
    The board applauds North Cedar staff, students, and families for embracing the remote learning trial before and after Thanksgiving break. The stakeholder survey results indicated a positive experience by most. The trial and survey feedback has led to further refining the remote learning model. The board agrees that students learn best in a traditional in-person classroom environment, however, it is reassuring that if full or partial remote learning would become necessary, a viable system is in place. The board acknowledges and appreciates the additional efforts of North Cedar teachers and staff to plan and execute remote learning all while facilitating in-person instruction. Thank you.

    Financial Health
    The district continues to remain financially stable despite a downward trend in student population over the last several years. Cost-saving efforts including sharing staff with neighboring districts, early retirement incentive plans, energy savings, and other expense reductions have allowed North Cedar to continue to maintain student programming and remain financially viable by maintaining a solvency ratio of 14.9% for the 2019–2020 fiscal year. The solvency ratio is the measurement of expenditures to cash reserves and is one metric used to assess school district health. At the meeting, the board also approved supporting a resolution for the sale of $3.6 million in school infrastructure sales, services, and use tax revenue refunding bonds. The sale is a refinance of existing construction debt and is projected to save district patrons approximately $175,000 in interest payments.

    Honoring Todd Cox
    The unexpected passing of teacher Todd Cox has impacted many in the North Cedar community. While we grieve, we also pay tribute to the valuable contributions Mr. Cox made to the lives of many North Cedar students. His legacy will not be forgotten.

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

    Wrestling Tournaments
    View more photos of Wrestling Tournaments

    North Cedar wrestlers performed well at the recent weekend tournaments. Adison Musser and Ashlynn Miller both placed first at the Wilton tournament. At Regina, Konner Murray (106), Kole Murray (113), and Nate Wood (120) placed first, and Chase Miller (138) placed third. Way to go, wrestlers!

    Lowden Elementary December PBIS Assembly
    North Cedar Elementary Knight Pride! Classroom of the Week
    View more photos of our Lowden Elementary PBIS Assembly

    Lowden Elementary recently had their December 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.

    • Jett Curley
    • Jonah Hendrickson
    • Brittney Holland
    • Grayson Armstrong
    • Ashtyn Kost
    • Kaidence Watters
    • Brynn Welch
    • Mazey Heister
    • Jacee Rouse
    • Lilly Wiesner
    • Ty Hess
    • Corinn Ibsen
    • Rainna Koth
    • Emma Ramm
    • Hallie Holland
    • Joslyn Keul
    • Leah Pruess
    • Cassandra Hayden
    • Jamian Horman
    • Krista Schmacht
    • Shawna Vega
    • Ryleigh Petesch
    • Bella Hamilton
    • Bailee Caspary
    • Addysen Clapham
    • Kyler Dierks
    • Kaden Koth
    • Caylee Curley
    • Isabella Kenniston
    • David Nott
    • Evan Tjaden

    December 14, 2020 - 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 goes out to Mrs. Hendrickson's second grade class in Lowden and Mrs. Walker's second grade class in Mechanicsville. 

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

     Mrs. Hendrickson's second grade class Mrs. Walker's second grade class in Mechanicsville
    Mechanicsville Elementary December PBIS Assembly
    North Cedar Elementary Knight Pride! Classroom of the Week
    View more photos of our Mechanicsville Elementary PBIS Assembly

    The Mechanicsville Elementary school-wide virtual PBIS assembly took place on Friday, December 11. 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.

    • Damion Alberhasky - Pre-k
    • Julian Kilburg - Pre-k
    • Samantha pregler - Pre-k
    • Brendon Crock - Kindergarten
    • Jenson Litscher - Kindergarten
    • Leo Wendel - Kindergarten
    • Amelian Grommon - First Grade
    • Alice Nefzger - First Grade
    • Lucas Pearson - First Grade
    • Maxwell Pregler - First Grade
    • Jace Balichek - Second Grade
    • Rylee Crock - Second Grade
    • Everett Hefflefinger - Second Grade
    • William Crane - Third Grade
    • Emma Dohmen - Third Grade
    • Paige Rottman - Third Grade
    • Caleb Crock - Third Grade
    • Trax Turnbull - Third Grade
    • Ella Walshire - Third Grade
    • Carson Litscher - Fourth Grade
    • Adison Sauer - Fourth Grade
    • Shea Benhart - Fifth Grade
    • Kamryn Coppess - Fifth Grade
    • Ellie Haker - Fifth Grade
    • Naila Mesinas - Sixth Grade
    • Morgan Sauer - Sixth Grade
    • Cora Schroeder - Sixth Grade
    • Lily Dohmen - Sixth Grade
    • Olivia Brammer - Sixth Grade
    • Bailey Crock - Sixth Grade
    • Izan Michaels - Sixth Grade
    • Lillian Roberinson - Sixth Grade
    • Brooke Stillwagon - Sixth Grade
    • Kaylea Troughton - Sixth Grade

    Personal Narratives

    Mrs. Weber’s first graders have been hard at work on their personal narratives. Great job, students!

    View more photos of first graders working on their personal narratives.
    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.