North Cedar News
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North Cedar Community School District will award alumni citations to five former graduates at a special ceremony on Friday, January 31 during basketball games in Clarence. We will recognize recipients between the varsity girls and boys basketball games at approximately 7:30 p.m. A cake reception will follow at the conclusion of the presentation, and we invite the public to attend. We also invite the public to a presentation that some of the recipients will make to the junior/senior high students on Friday, January 31 at 2:30 p.m. in the gymnasium in Clarence.
2019–2020 Alumni Award Recipients:
- Achievement Award: Deanna Cook
- Athletics Award: Matt Fields
- Achievement Award: Kyle Gadke
- Achievement Award: Brian Lindaman
- Service Award: Clement Ward
Lowden Elementary students who completed their winter reading challenge were treated to a hot chocolate party from KCO on Friday, January 10. The students went around and told what their favorite book was that they read and after they finished their hot chocolate they had a snow ball fight. 81 students participated in reading over the holidays. Way to go, Knights, and thank you, KCO!
Mrs. Koch is proud to announce that senior, Toby Hollis, has successfully passed the Microsoft Office 2016 Access Specialist Exam. He is now certified in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. This gives him the right to include these certifications on his resume as it is a business industry exam (not a high school exam). Congratulations, Toby!
On January 8, we treated NC Mechanicsville students who turned in their winter reading calendars to hot cocoa and cookies. Mrs. Horman congratulated all those students and read each group a special winter story. The students then surprised Mrs. Horman by throwing "snowballs" at her. 73 students participated in reading over the holidays. Way to go, Knights!
North Cedar Community School District will award alumni citations to former graduates Deanna (Myers) Cook, Lincoln High School Class of 1984; Matt Fields, North Cedar High School Class of 2004; Kyle Gadke, North Cedar High School Class of 2004; Brian Lindaman, Clarence-Lowden High School Class of 1994; and Clement Ward, Clarence High School Class of 1962. There will be an awards ceremony on Friday, January 31 during the basketball games in Clarence. We will recognize recipients between the varsity girls and varsity boys basketball games at approximately 7:30 p.m. A cake reception will follow the presentation. We invite the public to join us for this special occasion!
North Cedar Junior/Senior High School welcomed Grace Long, state reporter, and Heather Cernek, southeast district treasurer, to a chapter visit on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.
While at the high school, Long and Cernek lead interactive workshops for the agriculture education classes. Topics included the FFA brand, opportunities, leadership, and decision-making. The officers also talked about what the future of North Cedar FFA looks like with their advisor, Mrs. Scherer.
During a year of service to the organization, Iowa FFA officers serve as ambassadors for agriculture and the FFA. They travel to FFA chapters throughout the state to connect with members and talk about the many opportunities available to students enrolled in agricultural education.
Agricultural education incorporates three aspects of learning. The classroom provides basic knowledge. FFA develops leadership and personal skills. A supervised agricultural experience (SAE) provides hands-on learning while working on the job or in an agricultural business.
The Iowa FFA Association is comprised of 242 local chapters preparing over 15,600 students for future career opportunities. FFA activities and award programs complement instruction in agricultural education by giving students practical experience in the application of agricultural skills and knowledge gained in classes. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.
Sophomore Leighton Tjaden attempts to feed junior Abagael O'Connell during a communication and team building activity led by Grace Long, state reporter, and Heather Cernek, southeast district treasurer.
Grace Long, state reporter, adds an extra challenge to the communications and team building activity for juniors Joe Condon and Chase Miller to demonstrate how flexibility and communication are essential when something unpredictable occurs in life.
On Friday, December 6, Lowden Elementary had their PBIS assembly. Kids received certificates for following the PBIS expectations. Those students who purchased the certificate from the store earlier were able to spin the magic wheel of fun. We also celebrated the holiday by having some teachers compete in a friendly competition of a holiday taste test game. We blindfolded the teachers and had mystery holiday foods that they had to figure out what they were. Everyone had good sportsmanship and worked together as a team.
The month of November was a very busy month for North Cedar's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). The month started off by going to Prairie Hills Assisted Living and doing Linus blankets with the residents for the University of Iowa Steads Children's Hospital. Then there was a chapter meeting complete with a guest speaker from Toastmasters, Becky Wheeler. The group then visited and toured Olsen's Appliance and Susie's Shirts businesses, participated in a Hamball Takeout fundraiser with Mill Creek Cafe, enjoyed working together with Clarence Nursing Home residents in making Linus blankets twice, and finished with another chapter meeting complete with a state FBLA officer zooming (electronically) into our meeting and helping us out with understanding FBLA more and giving us great ideas. Next we will be kicking off our dance marathon fundraising with Chuck-A-Duck. This is where spectators of the basketball games can pay a dollar for a duck to try to chuck from a distance into a hula hoop for a prize. Several other fundraiser activities are coming up in January and February. We will also be passing the bucket for March of Dimes, an FBLA nationally sponsored non-profit.
Members recently signed up for various contest categories that they are starting to work on for the competition in March.
Our sincere thanks to all that supported North Cedar FBLA at the Hamball Takeout, Meat Stick fundraisers, and the many businesses who have generously donated to help us out so that we can go to conferences and competitions. The following businesses have donated this year:
- American Trust and Savings
- Bixler Bros. Truckline
- Bridge Community Bank
- Caseys General Store
- Cedar Communications
- Chapman Funeral Home
- Family Foods
- Fidelity Bank
- Hills Bank and Trust
- Jill’s Hair Design
- Liberty Trust & Savings Bank
- Lloyd Table Company
- Lowden Dental Associates
- Mechanicsville Telephone & Cable Co.
- Mt. Vernon Eye Clinic
- Niermeyer-Maurer Insurance
- Schroeders & Associates LLC Insurance
There is no way North Cedar FBLA would be able to exist or participate in any of the conferences or competition without this help. Many thanks!
Kindness elves recently brought the preschoolers stickers to hand out to the adults in our school that take care of us every day. The children decided who they wanted to give a sticker to and handed them out saying, "I'm stuck on you! Merry Christmas!" Preschool decided that being kind is so much fun!