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.

Future Business Leaders of America State Fall Leadership Conference

North 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!

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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.

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      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!

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      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

      Flu Vaccinations

      Cedar County Public Health will be administering injectable flu vaccinations to students and staff at North Cedar Community Schools on Thursday, October 24. The CDC recommends annual influenza vaccinations for everyone six months of age and older. By getting a yearly flu vaccine, you can protect yourself and those around you from illness. Please take a moment to read our parent flu letter for more information.

      Book Lending Box

      On September 26, Isaiah Rodriguez, Mariah Behrens, Paige Rouse, and Mr. Ahouse came to Lowden Elementary and installed a book lending box outside the front entrance. Mr. Ahouse's class designed the installation and the box support. Soon anyone will be able to borrow books from the box or leave some to share with others!

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      Muffins in the Morning

      Lowden Elementary and Mechanicsville Elementary had muffins in the morning on Friday with students and family. Everyone enjoyed seeing the classrooms and eating breakfast together.

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      Camp Courageous

      Ms. Trumbull's group from Lowden Elementary School took a fun field trip to Camp Courageous. They swam and got to do a variety of activities and win prizes!

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      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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      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