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.

North Cedar Community Holiday Meals

North Cedar cordially invites you to come and enjoy great music and a complimentary meal on Wednesday, December 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Mechanicsville Elementary and on Wednesday, December 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lowden Elementary. The meal includes ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, dinner roll, holiday gelatin, relish tray, dessert, water, milk, and coffee. We are asking individuals to bring any canned good or non-perishable food item that we will donate to the local food pantries. Please see our community holiday meals flyer for additional details. 


Students in Mrs. Hayes’ room recently celebrated Friendsgiving. It was a great day of food, fun, and friendship!

The Jelly Donut Difference

On Wednesday, November 13, Mrs. Walker’s second grade students read the story The Jelly Donut Difference and then spread kindness to all staff members who showed kindness to them this school year. They enjoyed seeing the difference an easy act of kindness could make on a person’s day!

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Lowden Fifth Grade Performs

The Lowden fifth-grade class performed their reader’s theater One Giant Leap for multiple classes on November 11. The fifth-grade students enjoyed performing, and the other classes were great listeners!

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Ag in the Classroom

On Tuesday, October 29, Mrs. Bohlman, from Farm Bureau, came to visit Mrs. Farrington's fourth-grade students in Mechanicsville to do some Ag in the classroom. She talked to the kids about pumpkins and they learned that Illinois is the leading state of the pumpkin crop! The students finished their Ag learning by making pumpkin pie in a cup. They look forward to her next visit in November!

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Mechanicsville Elementary PBIS Assembly

Mechanicsville Elementary had their first PBIS assembly of the year on October 18. Each teacher awarded some of their students PBIS awards for showing respect to self, others, and property. There were also games played that worked on PBIS expectations. Everyone had a great time!

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Red Ribbon Week

Lowden Elementary is celebrating Red Ribbon Week! The students are wearing red to support a drug free America!

students wearing red shirts for Red Ribbon Week

October Knight Pride Groups

Lowden Elementary's October Knight pride groups took place on Thursday, October 24. Each group listened to The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin and learned that we are all different (odd, special, and rare) and there is no one like each of us anywhere! They then made a spookley treat and craft that we will make into a Lowden pumpkin patch! Everyone enjoyed the time together.

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Lowden Elementary PBIS Assembly

Lowden Elementary had their first PBIS assembly of the year on October 11. Each teacher awarded some of their students PBIS awards for showing respect to self, others, and property. There were also games played that worked on PBIS expectations, and some students were even able to spin the magic wheel of fun if they purchased this with their PBIS tickets. Some lucky teachers had to have their hair sprayed with color, wear a cape, play musical chairs, and even wear a wig. Everyone had a great time!

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Knight ARMOR Award Recipient

Randy Behne received the KNIGHT ARMOR award at the North Cedar School Board meeting on October 21, 2019. Randy's nomination read as follows, "I am nominating Randy Behne for the ARMOR award. I appreciate his positive attitude and impact on my kids. He greets everyone with eye contact, a smile, wave, and a greeting. Randy enjoys being with all of the kids of any age. All of my kids love having Randy in the school and their classrooms. They say words to describe Randy as friendly, nice, respectful, funny, kind, and helpful. They also highly enjoy treats such as cookies which he enjoys with his class."

Congratulations, Randy on receiving the ARMOR award! Your positive attitude is making a difference to our students!

The ARMOR award can be nominated by anyone, but it is for North Cedar staff members who are Amazing, Respectful, Motivated, Outstanding, and Remarkable. If you would like to nominate a staff member, visit this link and submit your nomination today.

Randy Behne with the KNIGHT ARMOR award at the North Cedar School Board meeting
Future Business Leaders of America State Fall Leadership Conference

view more photos of FBLA conferenceNorth Cedar Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members attended the state fall leadership conference (SFLC) in Des Moines on October 13–14. North Cedar sent 30 members to engage, learn, and lead from others. During their time there, they learned about the goals of the state officer team for the year. They also were told placings in the state wide competition, FBLAopoly. FBLAopoly, which is based on the game Monopoly, has projects and accomplishments for chapters to complete. The chapter with the most points at the end of the year gets first choice of seating for the hypnotist and banquet at the spring conference. North Cedar is currently in third place. Members also participated in a miracle minute, which collects change for premature babies, and placed second.

While at SFLC, members networked with other chapters and made friends through various activities including prize bingo, painting pumpkins, and attending the dance. One member stated, “My favorite part of SFLC was being able to meet members from around the state and getting to exchange ideas from our chapter to their chapter.”

Members participated in break-out sessions including data analytics, interview skills, and scholarship mastery. They also listened to keynote speaker, Adam Carrol. Carrol spoke about financial decisions that students can be making in high school. He also spoke about the importance of applying for scholarships before senior year.

After staying the night in Des Moines, members toured Drake University and learned all about Drake relays and what goes on behind the scenes. After meeting with the coordinator, members were able to walk on the track, as well as taking a tour of the practice buildings.

Before heading home, members had a quick campus tour at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. After a question and answer session with students and a tour of the campus, members returned back to Clarence.

Later this year, members will compete at the state leadership conference in Coralville in hopes of attending nationals in Salt Lake City, Utah this summer.

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

Chemical Changes

The fifth grade class in Mrs. McIntyre's room did a science project called chemical changes. It included making pancakes. Everyone had a great time!

View more photos of the pancake science project

Congratulations to Brenda Hayes

Brenda Hayes received KCRG's A+ for Education educator award for the month of September. It is educators like Brenda that make a difference in so many lives. Congratulations to Brenda on receiving this award!

    Brenda Hayes receiving KCRG's A+ for Education educator award
    Daycare Job Openings

    We are now hiring for both Lowden and Mechanicsville daycare centers. We are offering both part-time positions and full-time positions with benefits, and additional benefits for children in daycare if you are an employee. Starting pay is $9.00 per hour. Please contact Maria Porter at (563) 579.1644.

    Also, infant and toddler spots are opening up soon. They fill up fast, so get your spot on the waiting list as soon as possible!

    Knight Pride Groups

    At the end of September, Lowden Elementary met for the first time in their Knight pride groups. In these groups, the kids decorated a star to represent themselves and played a game with Starburst so that they could get to know each other. These groups will stay the same throughout the year, and they will meet once a month to do activities that connect to our PBIS expectations.

      View more photos of our Knight Pride groups
      Fire Department Visit

      Mechanicsville Elementary kindergarten students recently visited the Fire Department. They rode the fire truck, and Alex Yule posed with his favorite firefighters. It was a great day for all!

      Firefighters and studentFiretruck
      Honor Choir Festival

      We are proud of our students for their work at the River Valley Conference Honor Choir Festival. A special shout out goes to Gracy and James for earning spots as soloists in two of the songs. Go, Knights!

      view more photos of the honor choir festival
      Photography Students Learn New Skills

      Ms. Thomsen's photography students have been learning new skills! They've learned how to set the aperture and shutter speed on the camera. They have also been learning how to set the camera out of auto mode, which allows them to be more creative. Next, they will be learning how to edit their pictures on Photoshop.

      view more photos of Ms. Thomsen's photography class