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Band takes 10th in flight at state finals

The Cedar Springs High School Marching Band performing at Ford Field in Detroit.
The Cedar Springs High School Marching Band at Ford Field for the state finals. 

The Cedar Springs High School Marching Band had their final performance of the season, for state competition in the Michigan Competing Band Association, at Ford Field on Saturday, November 2, 2019. The band placed 10th in Flight III with a score of 83.075.  

The band boosters would like to thank the directors and all the band parents that have helped during this marching season. This year wouldn’t have been such a success without your help and support! Also a huge congratulations to all the kids for performing at state finals, you are all winners!

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Marching band to compete at state finals

On October 26, the Cedar Springs Marching Band played a standstill performance at the WestShore Invitational at Sparta High School. The band placed 5th with a score of 34.350, and are also proud to announce that their hard work paid off and they have earned the opportunity to compete at state finals! Cedar Springs will be performing at 8 a.m. on November 2 at Ford Field in Detroit. They will be the first performance of the day. Way to go Red Hawks!

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Get questions answered on school bond proposal

Do you have questions you’d like answered or points you’d like clarified on the Cedar Springs Public School bond proposal? You will be voting on it on November 5, so now is a good time to get some answers!

They will be holding public forums Tuesday, October 15 and Thursday, October 17. There will be held both days at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the 3rd floor boardroom at District Office (Hilltop), and at Beach Elementary in the evening, with a building tour at 6:30 p.m. and a meeting in the cafeteria at 7 p.m.

There will be major renovations at Beach Elementary, with plans for a new academic wing that will tie into the current cafeteria and gymnasium. The original academic wing was constructed in 1964.

There are plans for upgrades and repairs at all the elementary and secondary buildings, along with construction of a new 8th/9th grade building on the high school campus, which Supt. Scott Smith said would eliminate the need to build additional classrooms and to increase the size of the food service area at the High School. It also provides needed space to add new career/college readiness programs for students in grades 8 through 12.”  

Voters will be asked to approve a tax levy of 7.9 mills over the next 18 years. If the bond proposal is approved by voters, it will provide $81,150,000 for district-wide improvements. The owner of a home with a market value of $150,000 would receive a tax increase of approximately $70 per year. 

The bond proposal was put together with input from parents, community, and staff.

To read up on all the details, go to csredhawks.org and click on bond information. Then attend one of the public forums next week to get your questions answered.

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Marching band invitational

This past weekend was amazing! It was a beautiful day to be a Red Hawk! The Cedar Springs Band held their 59th Marching Band Invitational. There was a total of 16 schools, including Cedar Springs, that performed at Cedar springs High School. 

Up next for the marching band is the Belding Invitational at Belding High School on October 12.  The Band performs at 3:28 p.m. 

Superintendent Scott Smith with CSHS drum majors. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs Music Boosters would like to extend a special thank you to all the volunteers for their help with this year’s Red Flannel Invitational! 

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Cedar Springs Public Schools

School Bond Vote

Scott B. Smith, Superintendent

On November 5, 2019, Cedar Springs Public Schools is asking the community to vote on a school bond proposal that would provide significant benefits for our students and programs by improving our facilities.  This bond is the first substantial investment in our school facilities in over 15 years. We need to address normal depreciation in our facilities and respond to a steady increase in enrollment, which is projected to continue into the future as our community grows. 

In order to give community members the opportunity to ask questions about the bond proposal and hear more about the proposed improvements, we are inviting the public to attend one of six community forums October 15 and October 17.   According to Scott Smith, Superintendent of Schools, “The purpose of this campaign is to provide members of our community with the information needed in order to make an informed decision for their families when they go to the polls on November 5.” 

The bond proposal is part of a long-term plan for district facilities. In 2016, the District partnered with GMB Architecture and Engineering to assess each of our schools. Their findings were used to determine and prioritize a list of facility needs throughout the District. What is most exciting for our community are the enhancements this proposal will bring to the learning environment for all students in all our schools.  From increased capacity to serve our students at young-fives through high school, to appropriately-sized gathering spaces and teaching environments for our elementary and middle-school students, this bond proposal addresses the needs now and well into the future.

Superintendent Smith will be available to meet with community members at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on October 15th and 17th at Hilltop Administration Building. He will also be available at Beach Elementary on both days starting at 6:30 p.m. If these dates and times do not work for you, please call Superintendent Smith at 616-696-1204 to set up a time for a meeting. He is happy to meet with individuals or groups of people in their homes, neighborhoods, or any location convenient to share the details of the bond proposal. “We are willing to do whatever it takes to help our community make an informed decision on November 5,” said Smith.

Red Hawk Visits Cedar Trails Elementary to welcome the kindergarten class to Cedar Springs Public Schools.

Bond Closing

On Wednesday, October 2, 2019, Cedar Springs Public Schools successfully closed on their bond refunding which will save District taxpayers over $500,000. The closing of the bond sale signifies that all the money from the bond sale has been sent to pay off the remaining balance of the district’s School Bond Loan Fund (SBLF) balance.  

This refunding was made possible by the Board of Education and Administration diligently seeking out ways to save money for its taxpayers. Cedar Springs Public Schools was one of the first districts in the state to act on incredible market conditions. The Board of Education recognized the opportunity to save taxpayer dollars and took advantage of a great bond climate for issuers.  

“Many other districts throughout the state are now following our lead and taking advantage of the great rate climate and are refunding their SLRF balances.  Our goal is to be good stewards of the dollars provided to us by local taxes.  The Community and School District should be very pleased with the results of the bond sale” said Scott Smith, Superintendent. “The School District was able to save over $504,000 in interest payments for our taxpayers with a new true interest rate of 2.18%.  The SBLF current variable rate is 3.40% and has a minimum 3.00% interest rate for the fund.  The difference between the SBLF rate and the new fixed true interest rate of 2.18% is the recognized savings”.

As the district faces an upcoming bond proposal, it is important to note that Cedar Springs Public Schools is an attractive partner for investors.  The continued financial stewardship of the Board and Administration will continue to be valuable as the district looks at its capital needs and invests in the facilities utilized by our students and community.  If you have any additional questions related to the 2019 refunding, please contact Scott Smith, Superintendent, at 616-696-1204 ext. 1004 or via email at scott.smith@csredhawks.org. 

Mark Your Calendar!

Upcoming Dates – For the complete school calendar, visit www.csredhawks.org

October 11 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) 

October 25 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

November 1 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

November 15 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

2019-2020 Cedar Springs High School Student Council

Athletic 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.


Mornings can be really crazy…the alarm doesn’t go off…the kids don’t want to get up…there is no time to eat breakfast before the bus comes…or they’re just not ready to eat!  Or maybe your teenager grabs a soda and a candy bar on the way to school.  If this sounds like your house in the morning, we can help.  Breakfast is served at school every day school is in session! 

Why choose School Breakfast?  

School breakfast will give your child a healthy start to the day.  Students who eat breakfast have better attention and memory, and studies show that eating breakfast at school results in higher test scores. 

Breakfast at school is affordable!

If your student qualifies for a free or reduced price lunch, he/she also qualifies for a free or reduced price breakfast, with no additional paperwork.  A reduced price breakfast is $.30 cents and a full price breakfast is only $1.40 for elementary students and $1.50 for middle and high school students.  Breakfast selections include whole grain rich items, fresh or canned fruit, 100% fruit juice and low fat or fat free dairy products.  You can’t find a healthy breakfast at such a low cost anywhere else.

For the October Food Service Newsletter, visit www.csredhawks.org.

Calling All Red Hawks Home

2019 Homecoming Football Game 

Friday, October 18, 2019 @ 7pm vs Ottawa Hills High School 

Red Hawk Stadium

CSHS and H Productions present

A full evening of the horrors and hardships that befall those who feel the call of the stage. In a series of hilarious examples, this play proves that drama can be a very dangerous thing and it must be avoided at all costs.

November 6 – 9  

CSHS Auditorium


Superintendent Smith at the Red Flannel Parade

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CTA Character Education

Each month, CTA focuses on a character trait that we discuss, learn, collaborate, and implement into our lives at school, home, and our community. For the month of September, we are focused on CARING! Our administration meets weekly with our elementary students as well as biweekly with our middle school and high school students to discuss and focus on this character trait. Our teachers at CTA spend time each day implementing this character trait into their instruction and modeling what it looks like in real life.

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CTA staff model Character Education in the community

CTA Staff set up for a luau party for the residents at Green Acres

Academic Specialist Jenny Bangma did some outdoor labor for En Gedi Youth Center

The Creative Technologies Academy staff believes in the CTA mission, vision, and core values. During the first few weeks of school, the CTA staff came together to give back to our community. The staff spent a few hours partnering with City Impact, ​En Gedi Youth Center, Green Acres, Rise Up Church, Culver’s/Cedar Springs Chamber, and The Brook. Staff spent time visiting with residents and setting up for a luau party at assisted living facilities; doing landscaping and trash pick up for local organizations; distributing information on “Cones with a Cop” program; assisting youth with projects.

Staff helped spread the word about “Cones with a Cop,” which served as a school supply drive at the Cedar Springs Culver’s restaurant

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Boys Soccer Team kicks off the year

Boys Soccer Team: Front Row (L to R): Trenton Holman, Landon Winters, Cody Holman, Jesse Benson, Evan Besmer, Sawyer Marek, Jordan Brown, Aaron Wright
Back Row (L to R): Coach Mark Winters, Parker Tompkins, Kaden Winters, Ivan Winters, Jeff Marek, Avery Bishop, Joe Hanes, Jacob Jaggers, Jake Perry

CTA boys’ soccer is off to a 1-1 start. The boys were victorious over Pineview, 4-2, but came up short versus Algoma Christian with a score of 3-2. Scoring has been provided by CTA sophomores, Sawyer Marek and Ivan Winters; Freshman, Cody Holman; eighth Grader, Kaden Winters. The boys have worked hard to improve as they enter into the second year of competition at the varsity level. Coach Mark Winters looks forward to watching his young team grow throughout the remaining games of 2019.

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Cross Country Runners Sprint Ahead

XC Team: Front Row (L to R): Kylee Turoski, Cody Holman, Hannah Hofstra, Austin Fisk, Chloe Huang, Cameron Haan
Back Row (L to R): Coach Ted Cusack, Matthew Rainwater, Ines Cardenas-Lamas, Lily Guerin, Kevin Miner, Karly Fisk, Owen Freyling
Not pictured: Faith Watson

Mr. Ted Cusack has begun his first year coaching cross country at Creative Technologies Academy. He previously coached cross country at Carson City-Crystal High School where the varsity girls won back-to-back State titles in 1994 and 1995. CTA runners have participated in two meets thus far this season. The Baker Woods meet and Fremont Hill and Bale. Both boys and girls teams are working daily to achieve team and personal goals. Coach Cusack is looking forward to continued success this season.

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Connect with CTA for Up-To-The-Minute Information

● Creative Technologies Academy App – IOS and Android (all school events, activities and announcements)


● Provide cell number to Student Services to receive important school notices via text alert

● Facebook: Creative Technologies Academy Family (closed group)

● Facebook: Creative Technologies Academy (public group)

● Facebook: Dan George, CTA Superintendent/School Leader (inspirational/character building group)

● Twitter: @ctachargers

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