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Student Early Release Days / Calendar

 

School districts dedicated to creating Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) provide opportunities for faculty and staff to work together as a team. Teams review curriculum, discuss instructional strategies, review and create common assessments, analyze data and review individual student progress to determine if any additional support is necessary.

Student Early Release days were designed to support student learning:

By providing time for teachers to review student data on a regular basis.

To make adjustments to teaching in order to increase student achievements.

By allowing teachers to provide best practice teaching every day in every classroom.

To improve the delivery to students through reviewing teaching research.

Students will release two (2) hours early.  Times will vary by building, see calendar below.

 

2014-2015 School Year Calendar 

 

August 18 – 21 New Staff (District Orientation)

August 26 All Staff Opener 8:00 –9:00 (1 hr) Building Meetings 9:00 – 11:30 (2.5 hrs)

August 27 Professional Development 7:30 – 11:30 (4hrs)

August 28 PLC Teams 7:30 – 11:30 (4hrs)

September 1 Labor Day

September 2 1st Day for Students

September 12 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

September 26 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

October 10 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

October 24 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PD:  Data conversations (2 hrs)

October 31 End of 1st Quarter

November 7 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

November 14 End of Trimester 1

November 21 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

November 26 No School for Students and Staff (conference comp)

November 27-28 Thanksgiving Break

December 1 No School for Students – Professional Development (4 hrs)  7:30-11:30

December 12 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

Dec 22 – Jan 2 Winter Break

January 16 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

January 16 End of Quarter 2;  End of Semester 1

January 30 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

February 13 No School for Students – Professional Development (4 hrs)  7:30-11:30

February 16-17 Mid-Winter Break

February 27 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

February 27 End of Trimester 2

March 13 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

March 20 End of Quarter 3

March 27 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

April 3 No School for Students and Staff (conference comp)

April 6 – April 10 Spring Break

April 17 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

May 1 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PD:  Data Conversations (2 hrs)

May 15 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

May 22 No School for Students and Staff – Snow Day Make-Up

May 25 No School – Memorial Day Break

June 3 Last Day for Students

June 3 End of Quarter 4; End of Semester 2

June 3 End of Trimester 3

June 4 Last Day for Staff –7:30 – 11:00 (3.5 hrs) 

June 5, 8, 9, 10, 11 Snow Day Make Up if needed

 

 

 

 

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Athletics / Athletic Boosters

 

Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters exists as an organization of parents and community members dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and advancing the athletic program.

MEETING DATES FOR   2014 – 2015 

August 18th

September 8th

October 6th

November 3rd

December 8th

January 5th

February 2nd

March 2nd

April 13th

May 4th

June1st

All meetings start at 7pm and are usually over by 8pm.  The meetings are held in the High School Media Center.

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 at 204 E Muskegon St, Cedar Springs, MI  49319.

All Seasons Pass

Family Pass—$225.00

Includes 2 Adult, 3 Children passes only.  Does not include athletic participation fee.

Adult Pass—$75.00

Student Pass—$50.00

Student Athlete—$25.00

Athletic Schedules

Fall High School and Middle School Athletic Schedules are available.  You may

download/print the schedules by visiting http://www.csredhawks.org/athletics/teamschedules or the High School Athletics office.

 

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Important Information

Bus Information

Letters will be sent home to families August 25 with pick-up/drop-off times.  Please remember if you have any changes in your transportation status to contact the transportation department @ 616-696-1450.

School Bus Stops – School buses are like traffic signals

When overhead lights are flashing yellow – PREPARE TO STOP

When overhead lights are flashing red – STOP

When the hazard warning lights are flashing – PROCEED WITH CAUTION

Food Service Information

2014 – 2015 Food Service Pricing

Breakfast – $1.40

Elementary Lunch – $2.35

Secondary Lunch – $2.85

Milk – $.40

Online deposits are available through www.sendmoneytoschool.com where you will have the convenience of checking meal account balances, making deposits into those accounts and eventually depositing money into other department accounts.

We also offer the convenience of applying for the USDA Meal Program at www.lunchapp.com.  Forms are also available in the building offices.

If you have any questions, please contact Jane Webster @ 616-696-0372 or e-mail jane.webster@csredhawks.org.

Building Start/Dismissal Times**

Building/ProgramStartDismissal

New Beginnings8:372:17

High School7:372:32

Middle School7:182:20

Red Hawk7:242:22

Cedar View8:403:31

Beach8:403:31

Cedar Trails8:403:31

ECSE AM8:4011:30

ECSE PM12:413:31

R1TS7:372:32

**any adjustment to start and dismissal times will be communicated at the building open house

 

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High School Orientation Schedule – Monday, August 25, 2014

 

Students will be required to attend a mandatory orientation program at the high school.  At this time, all students will have their pictures taken for the yearbook and student identification cards, review school policies from the student handbook, review athletic policies, meet with their class advisor, receive their schedules and agendas.

Sophomores:  8:00am – 10:00am

Juniors:  9:15am – 11:15am

Seniors:  10:30am – 12:30pm

Freshman:  11:30am – 2:25pm

Freshman orientation will include lunch, a tour of the building and a chance to meet many of their teachers.

Parents do not need to attend, but are welcome.

Food service will be open so that students planning to eat in the cafeteria during the school year will be able to deposit money into their lunch account.

Please Note:  Because schedules will be handed out during orientation, they will only be available to students attending orientation.  Anyone not attending the orientation will need to log onto your PowerSchool account and print your schedule prior to the first day of school.  Your PowerSchool account will be available after August 27, 2014.

NO EXCEPTIONS!

OPEN HOUSE Schedules August 26 & 27 – Letters will be sent to parents during the week of August 18 with teacher information.

Tuesday, August 26

Red Hawk Elementary

6th Grade

Team A:  5:30

Team B:  7:00

Middle School

7th Grade & 8th Grade:  5:00—6:30

New Beginnings Alternative HS

6:00—7:00

Wednesday, August 27

Cedar Trails Elementary

K & 1st Grade

6:00—7:00

Beach Elementary

2nd Grade:   6:00 – 7:00

3rd Grade:  5:30 – 6:30

Cedar View Elementary

4th Grade & 5th Grade:  6:30—7:30

 

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Campus Kids – Before and After School Care

We are currently accepting registrations for Before and After School Care.  We are located in Cedar Trails Elementary on the Cedar Springs School campus.  We are open Monday through Friday from 6:00am to 8:30am and 3:30pm to 6:00pm beginning Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The cost is $8.00 for Before School care and $8.00 for After School care or $15 a day if you need to use both before and after school care.

Breakfast and an afternoon snack are included. The children will enjoy arts and crafts projects, homework assistance, enrichment activities, outdoor play, gym time, peer interaction, etc.

There is a registration fee of $20 for one child or $35 for a family.

For an additional charge, we also offer care on early release days and on snow days for pre-registered children.

Please call (616) 696-1716 or email campus_kids@csredhawks.org for additional information.

 

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Important Dates

K-12 Orientation and Open House - Tuesday, August 26, 5:30 PM – 8 PM

 

FlexTrac ORIENTATION - Thursday, August 21, 6 PM

 

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

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SCHOOL CALENDAR – 2014-15

CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMY

SCHOOL CALENDAR – 2014-15 

175 SCHOOL DAYS

 

Grades K-5: 7:50am – 3:11 pm/Grades 6-12: 7:45 am – 3:06 pm

FlexTrac Grades 9-12: Session A (7:45am – 12:40pm + 2 self-scheduled hours) OR Session B (9:51am – 2:45pm + 2 self-scheduled hours)

 

August 21 FlexTrac Only Parent/Student Orientation – 6 PM

August 26 Traditional Orientation & Open House (K-12) – 5:30 – 8:00 PM

September 2 First Day of School

September 12 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

September 26 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

October 10 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

October 21-23 Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences (required of all students and parents)

October 24 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

October 27 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting

November 7 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

November 14 End of 1st Trimester (54 days)

November 21 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

November 26-28 No School for Students and Staff – Thanksgiving Break

December 12 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

December 19 Last Day before Winter break

December 22-Jan 2 No School for Students and Staff – Winter Break

January 5 Classes Resume

January 13-15 Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences (required of all students and parents)

January 16 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

January 30 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

February 13 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

February 16-17 No School for Students and Staff – Mid-Winter Break

February 27 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

February 27 End of 2nd trimester (60 days)

March 13 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

March 27 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

 

April 3 No School for Students and Staff (possible weather make up day)

April 6-10 No School for Students and Staff – Spring Break

April 17 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

April 21-23 Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences (required of all students and parents)

April 27 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting

May 1 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

May 15 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

May 22 No School for Students and Staff (possible weather make up day)

May 25 No School for Students and Staff – Memorial Recess

May 29 Graduation – 7 pm

June 3-4 High School Exams

June 4 Last Day of School – End of 3rd Trimester (61 days)

June 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Possible make up days for inclement weather

 

NOTICE OF OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR 2015-16:  

JANUARY 15, 2015 – FEBRUARY 15, 2015

 

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PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW

Creative Technologies Academy

Annual Public Notices

PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW

 

The Creative Technologies Academy’s Board Policy Manual contains the following policy which is applicable to all Title I schools. CTA does NOT receive Title I funds, nevertheless it adheres to the following policy:

 

In accordance with the requirement of Section 1111 of Title I, for each school receiving Title I funds, the School Leader shall make sure that all parents of students in that school are notified that they may request, and the Academy will provide the following information on the student’s classroom teachers:

A. whether the teacher(s) have met the State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade level and subject areas they are teaching;

B. whether the teacher(s) is teaching under any emergency or provisional status in which the State requirements have been waived;

C. the undergraduate major of the teacher(s) and the area of study and any certificates for any graduate degrees earned;

D. the qualifications of any paraprofessionals providing services to their child(ren);

 

In addition, the parents shall be provided:

E. information on the level of achievement of their child(ren) on the required State academic assessments;

F. timely notice if the student is assigned to a teacher who is not “highly qualified” as required, or if the student is taught for more than four (4) weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified.

 

The notices and information shall be provided in an understandable format, and to the extent possible, in a language the parent(s) understand.

 

INSTRUCTIONS MATERIALS — RIGHT TO INSPECT

 

Parents have the right to inspect any instructional materials used as part of the educational curriculum for their student. Instructional material means instructional content, regardless of format, that is provided to the student, including printed or representational materials, audiovisual materials, and materials available in electronic or digital formats (such as materials accessible through the Internet.) Instructional material does not include academic tests or academic assessments.

 

August 1, 2014

 

 

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Integrated Pest Management Policy and Plan

Creative Technologies Academy

Annual Public Notice

Integrated Pest Management Policy and Plan

 

In accordance with Michigan Regulation 637, the following policy and plan has been adopted at:

 

Creative Technologies Academy

350 Pine Street

Cedar Springs, Michigan  49319

 

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) requires that the Academy use the least hazardous methods first (fly swatters, vacuuming, housekeeping practices, elimination of insect/rodent food, harborage of entry points, etc.) to remove pests from the school environment before resorting to chemical treatment.

 

Only professional licenses individuals shall be allowed to apply commercial grade pesticides or herbicides and proper advance notification of application(s) shall be given.  No area(s) shall be treated while occupied by staff or students

 

Notice of this service shall be published to all parents, guardians or students, and staff.  In case of emergency, limited use of pesticides or herbicides is permitted without advance notice.

 

This universal sign shall be posted for 48 hours after commercial application of pesticides or herbicides is made, or for an appropriate period of time as recommended by the licensed professional.

 

Pesticides In Use

 

Rodent or pest sightings shall be reported to the school office and shall be recorded in the IPM Log Book.  The licensed person providing the pest control service shall review this list prior to providing treatment within or outside the building.

 

 

Board Adopted:  August 9, 2001

Board Recorder: Lexie K. Coxon

 

August 1, 2014

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Asbestos Management Plan

Creative Technologies Academy

Annual Public Notice

Asbestos Management Plan

 

The Asbestos Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requires all schools to have an “Asbestos Management Plan” and to make that plan available to all concerned parties.  Creative Technologies Academy, an asbestos free school, hereby notifies all parents, building occupants, and the parent association that the Asbestos Management Plan for all buildings under the jurisdiction of this local education agency is available in the principal’s office of Creative Technologies Academy located at 350 Pine Street in Cedar Springs Michigan.

 

This notification is to advise all concerned parties that the Asbestos Management Plan required under the AHERA is available for review upon request.  The plans can be viewed by any person during normal business hours. Those interested in reviewing the Asbestos Management Plan can inquire about the hours and times that the plans are available by contacting Mr. Dan Clark, Director of Energy and Maintenance, or the School Leader at 616-696-4905.

 

Creative Technologies Academy has followed all of the laws pertaining to asbestos in schools for the state of Michigan.  Based on the findings, there is no asbestos on the CTA campus.  Steps have been taken for a permanent exemption because there is no asbestos to monitor or remove.

 

August 1, 2014

 

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