web analytics

Archive | Schools

March was National Reading Month

Second grade students Issabell Barr and Leda Gitchel reading with flashlights during Camp Out Day.

Second grade students Issabell Barr and Leda Gitchel reading with flashlights during Camp Out Day.

In the CTA Elementary, we celebrated reading all month long in March! Our celebrations included:  dressing up for Beach Day, “camping out” in our classrooms, having special visitors share their favorite books, and having a grand Battle of the Books showdown for students in grades third through sixth!

Beach Day occurred on the wettest day of the month, so all activities were forced indoors. Students took it all in stride though and still donned their sunglasses while reading their favorite books on beach towels. We at CTA don’t allow a little rain to bring us down!

The Hard Covers team (L to R):  Sage Sidlauskas, Jack Fulkerson, Kate Norman (5th Grade teacher), Kylee Turoski, Austin Fisk and Ethan Slock.

The Hard Covers team (L to R): Sage Sidlauskas, Jack Fulkerson, Kate Norman (5th Grade teacher), Kylee Turoski, Austin Fisk and Ethan Slock.

Camp Out day was a very cool day, too! We had many students bring in their favorite camp-out flashlight to read as though we were under the stars! Classrooms were pitch-black dark, except for the glowing of the flashlights. You could hear a pin drop throughout the halls except for an occasional “This is so cool!”

We had a few very special visitors throughout the month of March. On March 11, we had the Red Flannel Queen and Court come and read their favorite story books. Then, on March 25, the very busy State Representative Rob VerHeulen visited our school to share one of his favorite books, Duck for President!, with the students. Thank you Representative VerHeulen for your very informative visit!

State Representative Rob VerHeulen read to Kindergarten and First grade students during National Reading Month.

State Representative Rob VerHeulen read to Kindergarten and First grade students during National Reading Month.

As the end of National Reading Month drew to a close, we celebrated by having a Battle of a Books competition. Mrs. Norman, the fifth grade teacher at CTA, worked endlessly to make the battle a huge success. Five teams – The Book Hoarders, The Readinators, The Book Wizards, The Hard Covers, and The Book Dominators – went head-to-head to answer really tough questions about pre-selected books. The battle lasted seven rounds and ended with a tie breaking question, pushing The Hard Covers forward with the win; The Book Dominators came away with the second place win!

It was another great Reading Month at CTA! We can’t wait to see what next year’s celebration brings.

Posted in CTA, FeaturedComments (0)

Students Shine in the Spotlight

Sophomore Johnathon LeTourneau performed a piano solo.

Sophomore Johnathon LeTourneau performed a piano solo.

The day before spring break always signifies one thing at CTA: The Student Showcase. The 2016 Student Showcase was the 9th annual talent show, and like all the other years, CTA students shined in the spotlight with their top-notch talents!

This year’s event had sixteen acts that made the final cut, which was pared down from the 35 acts that auditioned. There was a broad variety of ages and talents on display with first grader

First Grader Reese Holtrop sang “Try Everything” from the Zootopia soundtrack.

First Grader Reese Holtrop sang “Try Everything” from the Zootopia soundtrack.

Reese Holtrop singing “Try Everything” from the Zootopia soundtrack, to senior Whitney Medwayosh bringing down the house with her version of “Reflections” by Christina Aguilera. There was also a variety of instrumental performances and dance/cheer routines. The participants had a great time performing and their peers had a fun time viewing the talents. “It really is a great way to kick off spring break, and the kids put in a tremendous amount of effort in hopes of making it past the audition and to the show,” said Dean of Students, David Oldebekking. “It is great to see their hard work come through in their performances.”

CTA Cheerleading team performed many difficult stunts during their routine.

CTA Cheerleading team performed many difficult stunts during their routine.

Posted in Arts & Entertainment, CTAComments (0)

Improv Comedy Show


Whose Line is it anyway?!?! Come support CTA’s Drama club on Friday, April 22 and Saturday April 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium as they host an improv show. Come ready to laugh and have a good time as CTA drama students make up scenarios based on audience suggestions. You may even get the chance to join us on stage for a game or two! Cost of admission is $1 at the door and the show will be different each night. We would love to see you there!

Posted in Arts & Entertainment, CTAComments (0)

CTA Calendar



15 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

18 & 20 Girls Charging Ahead (3-4:30 p.m.)

19 School Bank (9-10:00 a.m.)

21 PA Meeting in Teachers Lounge at 3:00 p.m.

22-23 Spring High School Drama Production (7- 9:00 p.m.)

25 & 27 Girls Charging Ahead (3-4:30 p.m.)

28 Girl Talk – MS/HS (3-4:00 p.m.)

Girl Scouts Meeting (3:15-4:00 p.m.)

29 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

High School Prom


2-6 Teacher Appreciation Week

2 & 3 Girls Charging Ahead (3-4:30 p.m.)

3 NHS Meeting

School Bank (9-10:00 a.m.)

Elementary Spring Music Performance

K-2 at 5:30 p.m. • 3-5 at 6:30 p.m.

5 Girl Talk – MS/HS (3-4:00 p.m.)

6 Students vs. Staff Basketball Game

(4:00 -5:30 p.m.)

9-13 Spirit Week

9-12 Student-Led Conferences and Book Fair

12 Girl Scouts Meeting (3:15-4:00 p.m.)

13 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

Popcorn Day

14 NHS Work Day at CTA

Posted in CTAComments (0)

Girls Scouts at CTA


CTA now has a Girl Scouts Troop!! The troop was initiated by the wonderful Mrs. Rose (Spanish and Technology teacher in the high school) as a way to allow her daughter and eleven other kindergarten through second grade girls to enjoy their first experience with Girl Scouts! Kindergarten teacher, Lauren Bostic, joined in to serve as a co-leader and help foster highly desirable character traits into the young ladies at CTA. In Girl Scouts, the girls are learning  COURAGE, CONFIDENCE and CHARACTER, and how to make the world a better place. With biweekly meetings, the girls are learning to be responsible, to use resources wisely, and to respect authority. The troop is also learning to be honest, fair, friendly, and helpful!

Posted in CTAComments (0)

2015-16 Creative Technologies Academy 2nd Trimester Honor Roll

Middle School

Grade Name

7Alverson, McKenzie

7Armstrong, Casen

6August, Elizabeth

7Bennett, Derek

6Brecker, Carlene

7Buchanan, Anthony

8Bucholtz, Kaela

7Calkins, Calvin

6Case, Ava

6Cook, Brittanie

7Dekraker, Madelin

8Fahling, Gabriela

6Fisk, Austin6Fisk, Nathaniel

6Fleet, Raven

8Hofstra, Hannah

7Hutchins, Nathan

6Lehman, Lauren

8Lehman, Zoe

7LeTourneau, Amy

7 Marek, Jeff

8 Martinek, Olivia

7 Mauric, James

7 McSorley, Carson

6 McSorley, Kendallyn

7Medwayosh, Cameron

6Merritt, Adanna

7Miner, Kevin

8Olson, Ericka

6Shelagowski, Alyssa

8Shelagowski, Ashley

7Sidlauskas, Willow

8Watson, Faith

7Wierda, Tori

7Wilhelm, Kristina

6Winters, Ivan

7Wortz, John

6Wortz, Molly

High School

Grade Name

11Alverson, Allie

10Armstrong, Dawson

10Aspinall, Cortney

9August, Danielle

11Beck, Brandon

12Black, Angelique

11Bouma, Jarod

11Bowen, Brianna

11Bowers, Jackson

9Calkins, Brianne

11Couturier, Isaac

12Davison, Joshua

9Davison, Matthew

9Fulkerson, Lily

11Hanes, Victoria

12Hendee, Katelynd

10Hofstra, James

12Hoskins, Allie

10Howard, Austin

12Huizinga, Clare

9Ingersoll, Dawson

12Keech, Kaleigh

10Korody, Michael

12Kyser, Jordan

11Lehman, Ethan

10LeTourneau, Johnathon

11Mauric, Eleanor

11McKinney, Thomas

12Medwayosh, Whitney

10Miner, Leslie

11Russell, Lexus

12Schultz, Jesse

12Shears, Kelsey

11Shelagowski, Autumn

10Sidlauskas, Violet

9Slock, Keegan

12Slocum, Aubrey

12Stahle, Jared

9Starr, Marjorie

12VanEnk, Annalise

10Watson, Autumn

9Winters, Logan

12Wood, Dakota

11Wright, Jason

Posted in CTAComments (0)

From the Superintendent’s Desk

Dear Cedar Springs Public Schools Families:

Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Teaching and learning…it’s why we exist at Cedar Springs Public Schools (CSPS) and it’s why we work hard to be the best school district we can be. Our focus is on students, clear and simple. In order to focus on students, our administration, faculty and staff support each other in a collaborative manner to continue our practice of professional learning and interaction. We are engaged in an abundance of support for each other throughout our district…all in an effort to support our most cherished students.

As you know, great things are happening every day at CSPS! We are engaged with our parents, community, students and staff to provide the Board of Education with feedback for a new strategic plan. We are assessing our facilities and transportation operations to plan for the most effective and efficient practices. We are implementing a formal budget process that involves our administrators (they report how much they are enjoying the process and we’re proud of them for taking it on!). We are putting effective human resource processes and systems in place. We are continually updating our newly adopted Board policies that are now on our website. We are reforming and enhancing our business practices to plan for a bright future. We are adding a dental clinic to our medical clinic (at no cost to our district!). We are communicating with our parents and community more than ever before through our website, the Red Hawk Review, The CS Post. All this and much more is providing the “infrastructure” upon which we will continue to build this fantastic district.

All things we do, such as the aforementioned “infrastructure,” are to support teaching and learning. Let me highlight some of the fantastic things we are excited about as we support our most amazing teachers who in turn support our incredible students.

We are excited to highlight our teachers and administrators in the work they do each day for students during our on-site AdvancED accreditation review by an external team of evaluators in May! We are proud of the hard work, high expectations and outcomes we see in our classrooms and we want to share that in this rigorous process we choose to engage in every 5 years.

We are excited to witness the effective practices of Responsive Classroom® at our schools as the entire teaching and support staffs of Beach and Cedar Trails engaged in professional learning together and are establishing effective school wide practices. We are proud of our staffs for their commitment to professional learning and collaboration around Responsive Classroom®.

We are excited to see the hard work our K-5 teachers and administrators will do to select math curriculum to support our teachers and students for years to come. We look forward to the thorough process of curriculum review we have put in place to engage with publishers and to provide for high-level academic discourse between our teachers and administrators as they collaborate to select the curriculum (just as our 6-12 math teachers did last year).

We are excited to see our new Advanced Placement (AP) classes, like AP Economics, evolve due to the interest and commitment of our high school teachers and administrators.
We are excited to complete the School Improvement Plan process that involves our teachers, parents and administrators. Better yet, this year we directly aligned that process to a District Improvement Plan process that involves our parents, teachers and administrators as well. All of the intentional planning in this process helps us focus on goals at each site and as a district.

We are excited to see what our tech-inspired teachers do after attending the MACUL conference in Grand Rapids for solid professional learning and collaboration around all things technology. We were able to send about 25 teachers who will in turn provide professional learning and collaboration for our staffs next fall. We are proud of our innovative teachers!

We are excited to see the outcome of our Leverage Leadership training that all our administrators are enjoying throughout this year and next fall. The training is centered around the most effective way for administrators to engage with teachers in evaluations to help them further develop their craft. We commend our administrators for their continued interest in and growth around teaching and learning.

We are excited to engage in instructional rounds again in the coming weeks as it’s the district office and site collaboration around teaching and learning that is essential and energizing.
We are excited to see the positive results of hiring 4 counselors to support our students, teachers, and administrators. The counselors were funded through grant dollars and we now have support for our students who need counseling, behavior interventions, and other supports to remove barriers so they can focus on academics. This is a critical support to all.

We are excited to see the impact of implementing the Okay2Say program in our schools as students will have access to a confidential process to report acts of school violence, potential suicides, drugs, bullying, etc. The statistics for the program are incredible – we’ll soon take part!

We are excited to continue providing professional learning for our teachers who are asking to know more about Ruby Payne’s work on poverty and how it impacts teaching and learning.
We are excited to reap the benefits of more effective and efficient master scheduling after providing Powerschool® training for our middle and high school administrators, counselors and support staff along with offering district office support during the scheduling process.

We are excited to provide more math and reading interventionists to support our students and teachers. The interventionists are grant funded and offer small group or 1:1 targeted instruction for students in need of more support to meet academic standards.

We are excited that we used TRIG grant funds to provide new computers for our high school teachers and new computer labs for our students. We are making a concerted effort to budget for technology replacements so that all our teachers and students will have the tools they need for teaching and learning.

These are just some of the exciting ways teaching and learning is happening at CSPS. It is clear that our Board of Education, administration and staff have a clear focus on students. We extend our gratitude to our Board of Education for listening, questioning, visiting our schools in order to be well informed in their decision making and support of our efforts to improve teaching and learning for all at CSPS. Additionally, we extend our gratitude to all our parents and volunteers who partner with us in supporting our teachers and students. Together we are united in serving students, clear and simple!

Please know it is a pleasure to serve as your CSPS superintendent. I LOVE the work we do here at CSPS…it’s a passion of mine that is ever so rewarding. As you know, I maintain an open door to any and all who would like to talk. I am happy to answer questions you may have and appreciate the time you might take to seek answers on any variety of topics, such as all we are doing to support teaching and learning…because our Cedar Springs students deserve the very best!
Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.,

Superintendent of Schools
Office: 616-696-1204 ext. 1001
Cell: 925-899-3111
Email: laura.vanduyn@csredhawks.org

Posted in Cedar Springs Public Schools, SchoolsComments (0)

March Students of the Month

Jenna Zoerman

JennaWebJunior Jenna Zoerman has been named the March 2016 Student Athlete of the Month for Competitive Cheer. Jenna is the daughter of Joel & Kate Zoerman. Jenna was named All Conference in 2013 and All Conference Honor Mention in 2014 & 2015. She also does excellent in the classroom with a 3.88 GPA and has been involved in many community volunteer events such as the Alzheimers Walk, Back to School Clinic, Santa Clause Parade, and Rocket Cheer Coach. Coach Olszewski comments: “Jenna takes all advanced placement classes even though she plays more than one sport. She prioritizes her work and maintains an excellent GPA and works hard at practices. She is in all three rounds on the mat, she has a substantial skill set for our sport. She is growing and learning what it takes to be a leader in her sport and life.”

Patrick Fliearman

BoyWebJunior Patrick Fliearman has been named March 2016 Student Athlete of the Month for Wrestling. Patrick is the son of Jim & Renee Fliearman. He is a three year varsity wrestler and won 15 matches this season. Patrick is also a black belt in Karate. He does great in the classroom with a 4.0 GPA and is on the National Honor Society. Coach Emery comments: “ The Spectacular aspect about Patrick is his dedication to the sport. He has a great work ethic, participates in all team functions and is a phenomenal teammate who puts the team first.”

Posted in Cedar Springs Public Schools, SchoolsComments (0)

Cedar Springs Public Schools Calendar (April 2016)

2016 – 2017 Kindergarten Registration is OPEN

Your child must be 5 years old by September 1, 2016 to register for Kindergarten. 

Visit www.csredhawks.org

Select “Enrollment”

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

If you have questions or need additional information, 616-696-7317 or registrar@csredhawks.org

Open Enrollment for the Tuition Based Preschool is OPEN 

Classes will be forming for students who are 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2016.

Information is available for families that are interested in tuition assistance for preschool. Contact Cedar Trails Elementary main office at 616.696.9884

Hearing and Vision Screening

Kindergarten entrants for the 2016-2017 school year will need documentation of Hearing and Vision Screening through the Kent County Health Department (KCHD). The KCHD will be at Cedar Trails Elementary on the following dates: May 13, 2016 and May 26, 2016

Please call Cedar Trails Elementary at 616.696.9884 or the Registrar’s Office at 616.696.7317 to schedule an appointment. Additional appointment times can be scheduled by calling the KCHD at 616.632.7047

2016-2017 School Year Schools of Choice Information

Cedar Springs Public Schools participates in both the Kent Intermediate School District (ISD) and the 105c Schools of Choice plans. Applications are available at the District Office once the Schools of Choice window opens.

Schools of Choice – April 11 through May 13

105c – April 11 through May 13

Central Registration
(616) 696-7317 or registrar@csredhawks.org

For more information about Schools of Choice, please visit www.csredhawks.org

2016 – 2017 School Year District Calendar available www.csredhawks.org

Middle School Honors Band

The following students performed in the MSBOA District 7 Middle School Honors Band March 12.  The concert was held at Grand Haven High School in a packed auditorium.  The guest conductor was Dr. Kevin Tutt from GVSU.  The students rehearsed the previous Wednesday night from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at Kent City High School, then Saturday from 8:30 am until their performance at 3:30.  The students said they really enjoyed Dr. Tutt and getting to meet and play with about 100 band students from other schools (even though they were really tired by the end of the day). 

Students from left to right 1st row: Sierra Johnson, Kristen Lubben, Nathan Flower. 2nd row: Tehya Greenbauer, Emily Whilden, Matt Reed, Jaydon Grifhorst, Cecilia Smith. Congratulations! Go Red Hawks.

Spring Pops Concert

High School – 5/12 @7pm in High School Auditorium

6th- 8th Grades – 5/17 (& Art Show) @6:30pm in Middle School Cafeteria

2016 – 2017 School Year District Calendar available www.csredhawks.org

Posted in Cedar Springs Public Schools, SchoolsComments (0)

Exciting School District News: Bond Refunding, Series A and Series B

The Board of Education is committed to providing an excellent education for every child in the district. The Board of Education is committed to high expectations for excellence in all we do as a district. We hold ourselves and all others accountable and expect every person to work with integrity in all positions. To that end this Board of Education is providing transparency in all they do. This Board is proud of the forward motion of the school district and a list of many accomplishments in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years.

An example of a recent accomplishment that will serve our district and community well is the refunding of Bonds, Series A and Series B. The Superintendent, Board of Education, Director of Business and Finance, CSPS Accountant, financial advisors to the District, banks and legal counsel worked through a lengthy process to make the bond refunding possible. A summary of the bond refunding process is illustrated as follows:

December 14, 2015: Board of Education adopted a delegating resolution at a regular board meeting. This authorized the superintendent to accept and execute a Bond Purchase Agreement with the Underwriter.

February 1, 2016: Conference call with all parties to review POS
February 8, 2016 (week of): Conference call with rating agency
February 18, 2016: Pricing of bonds (subject to market conditions)
February 19, 2016: Superintendent executes bond purchase agreement
March 14, 2016: Board of Education adopts a “ratification resolution” at a regular board meeting. This is an additional, but not mandatory step, to add a great depth of transparency and support to the process. Signatures from the superintendent, Board President and Board Secretary were required to adopt the resolution.
March 23, 2016: Closing

This Board of Education and leadership team are excited to have worked through this long and involved process to save our tax payers approximately 2.5 million dollars over the next several years. Please see our website www.csredhawks.org where all documents related to the bond refunding are available for your review. Please feel free to contact Dr. Laura VanDuyn, Superintendent, at 696-1204 ext. 1001, should you have any questions or would like to meet to discuss this exciting news.

Posted in Cedar Springs Public Schools, SchoolsComments (0)