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Girls Cross Country team has unity

Baylie Vandyke, Ellie Ovokaitys, Carolanne Merlington, Allyson Marvel, Tara Tepin, Kelsie Webber, Kayla VanAssen, Brooke Ross, Hannah Gibbs. Front: Hannah Heintzelman.

Baylie Vandyke, Ellie Ovokaitys, Carolanne Merlington, Allyson Marvel, Tara Tepin, Kelsie Webber, Kayla VanAssen, Brooke Ross, Hannah Gibbs. Front: Hannah Heintzelman.

This year’s theme for CSHS athletics is unity, and the girl’s cross country team is a great example of it. According to Coach Marie Covey, the team sticks together to support each other’s goals, as well as sharing a common team goal.

“A few of the girls ran at the State Finals last year, and as a team we finished 7th, and they want to return this year,” explained Covey. “It hasn’t been easy for this year’s team; losing last year’s top 2 runners has made things challenging, but the girls stay focused on their goals.”

Covey said that seniors Ellie Ovokaitys, Kelsie Webber, and Allyson Marvel have been leading the pack in races, as well as leadership. Junior Hannah Heintzelman, sophomore Hannah Gibbs, and freshmen Carolanne Merlinton and Baylie Vandyke finish out the top seven. Juniors Tara Tepin and Madisen Mora are veteran team members and add depth, as do seniors Allison Hall and Nadja Jepsen, and juniors Brooke Ross and Kayla VanAssen, all new team members.

Coach Covey says she is impressed with the work ethic of the girls and how much they support one another through their tough workouts. The team is currently positioned fourth in the conference and recently took third at their own invitational. The team will not see competition until Oct. 7, at Riverside Park. The team would love the support of the community at their last home race for the 2015 season at Cedar View Elementary. It is scheduled for Oct. 21 at 4:30. p.m.

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Cedar Springs Public Schools

Cedar Springs Public School Information for October

Need to update your child’s information? 

Visit the Cedar Springs Student Information Update site www.csredhawks.org

Select Parents at the top of the page

Select Student Information Update

For user name & password information, contact your child’s school.

For Central Enrollment questions:

Ph:  616-696-7317

Fax:  616-696-3755


Central Enrollment office is located on the 2nd Floor of the Hilltop Community Building.

Fall Parent Teacher Conference Schedule

10/26 & 10/29: Cedar Trails Elementary as scheduled appointment with the teacher

10/19 &

10/22: Beach Elementary 3:45 – 7:15

10/12: Cedar View Elementary 3:45 – 7:15

10/15: Cedar View Elementary 3:45 – 6:15

11/09: Red Hawk Elementary 4:00 – 7:00

11/11: Red Hawk Elementary 3:00 – 6:00

11/17 &

11/19: Middle School 4:00 – 7:00

11/10 High School 5:00 – 7:30

11/11:   High School 3:00 – 5:30

Cedar Springs Education Foundation

The Cedar Springs Education Foundation was established in 1986, and has provided over 2 million dollars to support the quality education and learning in our Cedar Springs Public Schools.  The board members are volunteers and have a passion for our public schools and the education of our young people.   We see an increasing need for the CS Education Foundation to support the learning activities.  Tax deductible donations can be mailed to:

Cedar Springs Education Foundation

204 E Muskegon Street

Cedar Springs, MI 49319

2015- 2016 Cedar Springs High School Student Council

Executive Board

President:  Anna Behrenwald

VP:  Alec Falicki

Secretary:  Erika Cardinal

Treasurer:  Nicole Kukla 

Stu-Fac Liaison:  Tatum Oxford

Public Relations:  Kali Alcumbrack & Leslie Hansen

Spirit & Rally Comm’r:  Anthony Topolski

Executive Spirit Squad: D’Amonte Brown & Autumn Hinton

Class Representatives


Junior:  Kayla VanAssen

Sophomore:  Darius Barnett

Freshman:  Sarah Galloway


Senior Class

President/VP: Sarah Uhall

President/VP: Da’Marcus Barnett

Secretary/Treasurer: Brooke Bennett


Junior Class

President:  Kaitlyn Coons

VP:  Sarah Kiander

Secretary:  Kaylee Tennant



Sophomore Class

President/VP: McKenna Williea

President/VP: Jacob Outwin

Secretary: Madelyn McConnon

Treasurer: Thomas Metiva 


Freshman Class

President:  Josh Allen

VP:  Alexandra Thompson 

Secretary:  Katie Levandowski

Treasurer:  Maximus DeBack

Indoor Walking at Red Hawk Elementary


Monday through Thursday 4:00pm—8:00pm

Red Hawk Elementary will open their doors to all community members who would like to walk the halls.

The cold air is settling in, but you don’t have to give up your workout.  If Cedar Springs Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather, holiday or no school scheduled, walking is canceled that day.  Stay tuned to your local TV Station listings.

Golden Age Pass

If you are 60 years of age or older and are a resident of the Cedar Springs School District, you could be eligible for a Lifetime Golden Age Pass.    This pass entitles you to admission to school sponsored activities and athletic events offered by member schools.  Some restrictions apply.  Certain athletic contests may require a fee (conference, regional and state tournaments).

For an application, visit www.csredhawks.org/athletics or stop by the Cedar Springs District Office located in the Hilltop Community Building on school campus.    Return completed applications to the District Office and receive your Golden Age Pass.

Upcoming Events

October 3—Red Flannel Day

October 7—Count Day

October 9—Student Early Release

October 12—Board of Ed Meeting

October 23—Student Early Release

October 26—Board of Ed work session

October 31—Halloween

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From the Superintendent’s desk…

Dear Cedar Springs Public Schools Families:

It’s been a wonderful start to the school year.  In fact, several principals and teachers have shared, “It’s the best start to the school year I’ve ever had!”  That speaks volumes for the fine staff, students and families of Cedar Springs.  Thank you for your contributions to get us off to such a smooth beginning.  As I begin my second year as superintendent I thought it important to highlight some of the many accomplishments we made last year at CSPS and to share where we’re heading this year.

To begin with I thank our students, staff, parents and community for such a warm Cedar Springs welcome to me and my family.  The most important accomplishment of my first year as superintendent was getting to know and building relationships with the fine people of Cedar Springs.  In so doing, being in our schools with our students and staffs has been a highlight for me.  Our kids are the heartbeat of our school district, they are the reason we are here and our schools illustrate the very good things our staffs are doing for kids.  Having “meet and greet” meetings with staff, parents, students as well as members of the community has been invaluable for me as I learned about our district and community.  Joining Rotary, joining Girl Scouts, attending school and community events, riding on top of a bus in the Red Flannel Festival parade, attending the FFA convention with Larry Reyburn and our students, attending the Life Leadership conference with our seniors and planning powerful opening and closing ceremonies have been such an enjoyable part of my role as superintendent.  Thank you for the terrific year!  Following are some other accomplishments we made at CSPS in the 2014-15 school year.

• Established a new CSPS website to better serve staff, parents, community and students.

• Researched and selected a new math curriculum for grades 6-12 in order to serve students, staff and parents…we hope you like it!

• Implemented a school administrator evaluation system.

• Opened the CSPS Health Clinic in order to serve all district students and siblings.

• Purchased new buses to replace our aging fleet in order to better serve kids and parents.

• Implemented a comprehensive reform of Board policy that will soon be adopted.

• Implemented a new teacher evaluation system for all teachers K – 12.

• Implemented the M-STEP, the new Michigan standardized test.

• Established a Human Resource Department to serve our staff and administrators.

• Provided academic interventionists and full-time GATOR reading interventionists.

• Restored some positions for our employees to full time by reducing contracting out for services.

• Upgraded existing and added new technology to serve our students and teachers.

Clearly, 2014-15 was a joyful and productive school year!  The 2015-16 school year proves to be just as good, if not better.  We are working toward putting more structures in place to serve our students, staff, parents and community.  One of the major endeavors of this year will be entering into the strategic planning process.  Strategic planning is an organization’s process of defining direction for the organization in order to accomplish goals.  In that process the vision, mission and core values of the organization are defined.  The vision is where we are trying to go; the mission is why we are doing what we’re doing; the core values are how we are going to go about it.  The process is one that involves all stakeholders.  That is where our staff, students, administrators, parents and community members come in.  We’ll reach out to all groups to provide input into that process.  Look for that opportunity…it’s an exciting time in CSPS!  In addition to the “big picture” of strategic planning the following are focal points for the 2015-16 school year:

• Lower class sizes in response to feedback from our teachers and parents.  I am pleased to share that by adding 2 additional classes (2nd and 5th) all K-8 classrooms are now at 30 and below, except 7th grade.  We will continue to work toward lower class sizes and will do so with the intention of long-term sustainability. 

• Provide Responsive Classroom® training to build school culture and community as well as embed school-wide expectations and management.  This is in response to teacher and administrator requests, which help set direction for professional development. 

• Continue to budget for technology replacements and upgrades to provide 21st century learning.

• Purchase buses to continue to bring our fleet where it needs to be to serve our kids and parents.

• Continue best teaching practices with Adaptive Schools®, Cognitive Coaching®, professional learning communities and workshop models of instruction with aligned assessment and reporting.

• Begin an Interact Rotary Club for our high school students in order to do service learning for our schools and community.

• Establish operating procedures that will align with new Board policies.

• Research and select new math curriculum for K-5 to serve our students, teachers and parents.

• Restore some positions for our employees to full time in order to serve our students better and to ensure local jobs for our citizens are provided as much as possible.

• Continue providing academic interventions by ensuring financial allocations are in place to serve students of all levels as well as to explore the best structures for interventions to occur (RtI).

• Continue to grow our Human Resource Department to serve staff and administrators.

• Research positive behavior support systems for K-12.

• Ensure all staff are properly and thoroughly trained in Title IX and other legal mandates.

• Administer the SAT for the first time as it replaced the ACT.

• Provide training and supports for master scheduling.

• Provide professional development on the topic of poverty and on technology in response to our teachers’ desires.

• Continue to grow Campus Kids to support kids and families in before and after care.

• Install fencing around Beach Elementary School to provide for safety and security of our kids.

In addition to all we are doing internally at CSPS to continue to grow our wonderful district, this year is the year we will undergo our external AdvancED® accreditation process (formerly NCA).  During the year we’ll work with advisors and representatives who will review many facets of our schools during visits and through extensive documentation reviews.  We look forward to the process, albeit a time intensive and technical one, as we hope to learn what is going well and ways in which we can become even better at what we do for students.

In closing, I want to thank you, Cedar Springs parent and community member voters for our sinking fund.  By voting for our sinking fund, you ensure that our schools have the upkeep they need in order to provide for our students.  Our Sinking Fund committee and administration worked together to identify facility improvements for this year.  Thanks to you, we have a new gym floor at Beach and at Cedar View.  We also will have a new boiler at Cedar View.  We truly appreciate your support!  Priorities for next year include safety and security of our school entrances.  We’ll keep you posted on those plans.

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your CSPS superintendent.  I take great pleasure in knowing that at CSPS, students come first.  In addition to being superintendent, I am a parent of 2 children in the district so I well know how important it is that all of our kids come first!  On behalf of the CSPS Board of Education, administration, teachers and support staff, thank you for partnering with us to provide the very best education for our students.  Please know I enjoy meeting and getting to know our students and families so call or drop by for a visit at any time.  I would love an opportunity to get to know you and learn how I might support your wishes or to answer any questions you may have.


Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

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Deer hunting preview for Michigan

OUT-Deer-hunting-preview-webDepartment of Natural Resources wildlife biologists say that they are optimistic about this year’s deer hunting season.

Preliminary field reports indicate a good fawn crop and healthy-looking deer. Last year an estimated 614,593 hunters spent 8.8 million days afield, harvesting roughly 329,000 deer, a significant decrease from 2013. Some 41 percent of hunters successfully tagged at least one deer last year.

Prospects in southern Michigan may be improved because of a later-than-usual corn harvest last year. Hunters are reminded that the progress of the corn harvest has an effect on early season hunting results, but the corn harvest is almost always complete by the end of the regular firearms season, and good opportunities remain during muzzleloader, late-archery and late-antlerless seasons.

The deer harvest in the Upper Peninsula is expected to be low again following a series of difficult winters and the subsequent effects on the deer herd. In addition, the population may take longer to rebound due to the number of predators on the landscape. Therefore, new regulation changes aimed at protecting antlerless deer have been enacted, which includes removing the antlerless option from archery season for license and combo license holders.

The Independence Hunt, for qualified hunters with disabilities, is Oct. 15-18. Archery season is Oct.1-Nov. 14, and Dec. 1-Jan. 1, statewide. Firearms season is Nov.15-30, statewide. Muzzleloading seasons are Dec. 4-13 in Zone 1 (Upper Peninsula) and Zone 2 (Northern Lower Peninsula) and Dec. 4-20 in Zone 3 (southern Michigan).

A late antlerless hunt in selected Lower Peninsula counties on private land is Dec. 21-Jan. 1. Please see the 2015 Hunting and Trapping Digest and the 2015 Antlerless Deer Digest (www.michigan.gov/dnr) for pertinent details.

The season limit is two bucks. Hunters must purchase a combo license to take two bucks, one of which must have at least four antler points on one side. Hunters who purchase the deer license may harvest a buck with at least one antler that is 3 inches in length unless hunting in an area with antler point restriction. For specific antler point restriction information by location see pages 32 and 33 in the Hunting and Trapping Digest.

Hunters may take one antlerless deer per antlerless deer license. Antlerless licenses are available by quotas for each deer management unit (DMU) by public and private land. In most DMUs, hunters are restricted to five antlerless licenses. IN DMU 487, hunters may buy up to 10 licenses. There is no restriction on antlerless licenses in the nine-township Core Chronic Wasting Disease Area – DMU 333 – that encompasses parts of Ingham, Clinton and Shiawassee counties. Please see the 2015 Antlerless Deer Digest for details.

Hunters also are encouraged to bring their deer to check stations. Check the DNR website (www.michigan.gov/deer) for details.

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Balancing human ecology in nature niches

Ranger Steve’s Nature Niche

By Ranger Steve Mueller

Bread and water are not enough. More is expected of me beyond simply extracting bread and water from the landscape. Nature stewardship is expected that builds a healthy future for my immediate family and my family lineage 2000 years hence. We move too slowly with responsible behavior, by frequently placing personal desires above society’s sustainability. Balancing “Me first” behavior with “Society First” is a significant challenge.

A social, economic, ecological triple bottom line seeks to balance personal and social behavior. Finding balance is difficult. Many people only consider immediate personal economic interests without balance for social and ecological needs that sustain society.

Our political culture has three major factions with Democrats leaning toward “Society First,” Republicans leaning toward “Me first,” and Independents trying to pick and choose from both to sustainable balance that serves all members of society. Of course, we have left and right wing extremists that are dividing our society instead of building consensus and fairness for the rights of all. That of course is an over simplification but space does not permit exhaustive analysis for this paragraph or those following. The column offers opportunity for self-reflection for how we live with nature and others.

Religious cultures strive toward ideals perceived by spiritual leaders that lived long before us. In college cultural geography, I learned religions place the brakes on change, while science knowledge hastens change. The two World Views are valuable for providing checks and balances that ideally promote change, while maintaining a sustainable future, without relinquishing practices that keep society functional socially, economically, and ecologically.

The US constitution ideally ensures individual freedoms balanced with rights, for all members of society. Science and religion can balance maintenance of ecological integrity of “Eden,” by tempering our freedom of choice to take from creation, without regard for future generations or others rights. I suggest we should strive to secure personal needs, without excessive desires that disrupt ecological niches required for future generations. Both religion and science are used to preserve Creation’s biodiversity but they are also used to take from Creation’s biodiversity, without restraint or concern for others and future sustainability.

Religions frequently serve political agendas instead focusing on spiritual ideals. This has resulted in factions that have become major religions and various denominations within religions. It is the role of the individual to discover a healthy spiritual relationship with the Creator that balances personal desires beyond one’s needs, with sustainability of Earth’s biodiversity for future generations.

Science seeks cause and effect discoveries, without the influence of human desires or outcomes, and restricts itself to using physical evidence. Use of scientific discoveries depends on society, not science, to determine social, economic, and ecological values and then use them appropriately. It is the role of society to balance personal desires, with sustainability for future generations without relinquishing the future to personal wants or greed beyond the needs for those living at present.

The human species is unique in being able to perceive past, present, and future implications, for how our behavior in nature niches affects future generations. If we behave in a manner that keeps future biodiversity secure, a sustainable environment will also meet immediate family needs and we achieve success. A problem results when our desires infringe on the health of our future generations and other species. Excessive desires and habitat destruction are similar to taking forbidden fruit from Eden.

World Views should seek balance among the triple bottom line for social/economic/environmental sustainability.

When we lose species such as bees and birds that support ecological integrity, we lose future potential for building family hopes and dreams in present and future generations.

Our values are directly connected to the land we call home (soil, plants, insects, and vertebrates). We have little understanding of ecology in our yards, or what is responsible behavior for future generations. Learning to live in healthy nature niches is essential for sustaining family life in the present and the future.

Sustainability of biodiversity depends on maintaining healthy nature in our yards, community, state, nation, and the world.

Natural history questions or topic suggestions can be directed to Ranger Steve (Mueller) at odybrook@chartermi.net – Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary, 13010 Northland Dr. Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or call 616-696-1753.

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DNR answers questions about status of Lake Michigan fishery

Interested anglers now can learn more about the current status of Lake Michigan’s fishery, thanks to a detailed document produced by the Department of Natural Resources.

Interested anglers now can learn more about the current status of Lake Michigan’s fishery, thanks to a detailed document produced by the Department of Natural Resources.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has posted a two-page document to its website to provide updated information about the current status of the Lake Michigan fishery.

This document, in an effort to better inform anglers and the public, answers many of the questions the DNR frequently receives regarding Lake Michigan’s salmon populations and how fisheries managers are addressing their declines.

The document “Lake Michigan Fishery Update” can be found at michigan.gov/fishing. Questions within the document include:

Why is the DNR managing for less salmon in Lake Michigan?

Will Lake Michigan follow Lake Huron?

Will the stocking cuts and possession limits be enough?

Why won’t Chinook salmon eat gobies?

“We believe the questions answered in this document will paint a clearer picture about what sportfish populations in Lake Michigan really look like and what that means for anglers who pursue them,” said DNR Fisheries Division Chief Jim Dexter. “Additional work that we’re doing—including both angler and fish assessments and fish modeling—will continue to add to this picture and give us better ideas about future steps to ensure Lake Michigan continues to maintain its world-class fishing reputation.”

For even more information on fishing in Michigan, visit michigan.gov/fishing

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Construction winding down near Post Office

Construction on E. Cherry Street has limited parking for people trying to access the US Post Office. Post photo by L. Allen.

Construction on E. Cherry Street has limited parking for people trying to access the US Post Office. Post photo by L. Allen.

By Judy Reed

For residents who have been dodging construction and trying to find a place to park so they can access the US Post Office on Cherry Street, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

According to Cedar Springs DPW Director Tom Stressman, paving will soon begin on Cherry Street, and the public should be able to access it by the middle of next week. “We wanted it done before Red Flannel Days,” he noted.

Beech Street is also currently being paved and should be drivable within a couple of days.

It’s been two months since construction started on the city’s antiquated sewer lines. Phase one of the project started with E. Cherry Street, and runs to just east of Park Street, and then south on Park to Ash Street.

Phase 2 of the project is reconstruction of Ash Street, from Park Street to Ann Street, Ann Street from Ash to Beech Street, and Linda Street from the Beech Street intersection.

Phases 1 and 2 included removing the existing road surface, aggregate base and sub-base, and installing new sanitary sewer, storm sewer and water main and reconnection of sewer and water services.

Phase 3 is main construction along Muskegon Street from Red Hawk Drive to the well fields.

Phase 4 includes sanitary sewer lining and spot repairs around the city.

One of the main reasons for the reconstruction project was to minimize groundwater infiltration to the sewer. “We were treating so much groundwater at the plant, and it has significantly dropped just since some of the repairs have been made,” explained Stressman.

He said people should be able to get around easily during Red Flannel Day. The project is supposed to be done by November.

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Red Flannel Art Review winners

Michelle Brown won first place for her 2D artwork, which is being shown at Independent Bank.

Michelle Brown won first place for her 2D artwork, which is being shown at Independent Bank.

Bill Byers came in second place for his 2D artwork, which is on display at  Framed Images

Bill Byers came in second place for his 2D artwork, which is on display at  Framed Images

The Red Flannel Art Review had a record number of entries this year, with 32 artists showing their work in 25 local businesses. There were 16 days to vote and, according to Chairperson Jen Leonard, 850 votes were cast. The winners were announced at the Red Flannel Craft Beer and Wine Tasting Saturday, Sept. 19. Over 120 people attended the event, held at the American Legion.

Winners are:

  • 2D First place – Michelle Brown, Independent Bank
  • 2D Second place – Bill Byers, Framed Images
  • 3D First place – Susan Metzger, Instant Cash
  • 3D Second place – Kim Froese, Cedar Springs Mill and supply
  • Popular Vote – Kim Froese, Cedar Springs Mill and Supply
  • Susan Metzger won first place for her 3D artwork, which was on display at Instant Cash.

    Susan Metzger won first place for her 3D artwork, which was on display at Instant Cash.

    Red Flannel Theme – Dale Longcore, B&B Beauty.

Artwork will be on display at local businesses until October 5. To get a list of the participating artists and which businesses are hosting displays, pick up a Red Flannel brochure at the Red Flannel Office on Main Street, or download one from their website at www.redflannelfestival.org.

Kim Froese won the Popular Vote and 2nd place for her 3D artwork. Displayed at Cedar Springs Mill and Supply.

Kim Froese won the Popular Vote and 2nd place for her 3D artwork. Displayed at Cedar Springs Mill and Supply.





Red Flannel Theme winner Dale Longcore (right) on display at B&B Beauty.

Red Flannel Theme winner Dale Longcore (right) on display at B&B Beauty.

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Who remembers these librarians?

Photo courtesy of the Cedar Springs Public Library.

Photo courtesy of the Cedar Springs Public Library.

With the kickoff of a new fundraising campaign to build a new Cedar Springs Public Library, the Post will be sharing some of the history of the library in the coming weeks. This week, we are sharing a photo of a former librarian, sitting behind her desk talking with another woman, possibly another librarian. Does anyone know who these women are? This photo was taken in the current library. Please email us at news@cedarspringspost.com or give us a call at 696-3655 if you know who it is, and approximately what year.

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Man injured in tractor accident


An Algoma Township man was seriously injured Wednesday, when his legs became pinned under a tractor tire.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Bruce Hoorn, 67, was cutting down a tree next to his home, in the 2000 block of 14 Mile Road, about 3 p.m. September 23, when the accident occurred. Police said he pre-cut the tree with a chainsaw, then attached a chain from his tractor bucket to the tree, and began to pull the tree away from his home.

The tree began falling toward his tractor, so he jumped out of the tractor while it was still rolling backwards, and his legs were pinned under the rear tractor tire.

His wife was able to move the tractor and free his legs.

Hoorn was transported to Butterworth Hospital with serious injuries.

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