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Honoring Outstanding School Board Members

 

Dear CSPS Families and Colleagues:

It is the time of year when we focus on that for which we are thankful.  There are many things in our district and community for which to be thankful, including those who rise above self and serve others.  Mr. Joe Marckini and Mr. Jeff Gust have done just that as they have served on our CSPS Board of Education for several years.  Please join me in thanking them for their volunteerism and for taking on the challenges of leadership with courage, engagement and compassion.

csps-joe-marckiniMr. Joe Marckini is a lifelong resident of Kent County and has been a Cedar Springs resident since 1996.  He is the proud father of 2 wonderful daughters, both CSHS graduates.  He and his wife Elizabeth are strong supporters of public education and have been active volunteers throughout the CSPS district and the Cedar Springs community.

Mr. Marckini is an active participant in the legislative process at the local, state and national level. He has taken trips to Washington D.C. to advocate for our Cedar Springs schools.  He is passionate about always doing what is best for students and has dedicated nearly 10 years of his time to seeing that passion through to successful results.  Mr. Marckini has participated in thousands of hours of school board member training and has earned several levels of achievements and awards as well as serving as President of the Board of Education.

csps-jeff-gustMr. Jeff Gust is a lifelong resident of Cedar Springs.  He and his wife Barb are proud graduates of CSHS.  They are the proud parents of 3 great children who all graduated from CSHS!  Not only does Mr. Gust serve but his wife does as well as a secretary at our high school.

Mr. Gust is well respected for the countless hours he has spent throughout the district, whether it is to referee the Red Flannel Festival powder puff game, serve in the concession stands, join in the excitement of Back-to-School nights, or help our littlest students find the correct bus the first week of school.  Regardless of the event or activity, you’ll find Mr. Gust there exhibiting his great Red Hawk pride!

Mr. Gust has served for nearly 6 years, most recently as the Secretary of the Board of Education.  Prior to that he has dedicated much of his time as a member of the Finance and Sinking Fund committees.

As these 2 long-term Board of Education members go off the board at the end of December, we will remember them for their selfless volunteerism and leadership as it’s quite impressive to give so generously in an effort to do what is best for kids.

Thank you, Mr. Marckini and Mr. Gust, you and your service to our district and community will be sorely missed!

Laura VanDuyn

Laura VanDuyn

Warmly,

Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

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Flu Shots Available at the Cedar Springs School Health Center!

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As a parent, you feel helpless when your child is sick and the flu can hit children hard, leaving them feeling miserable. Symptoms last for several days and include fever, chills, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, muscle or body aches, and fatigue.

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. It takes approximately 2 weeks for the vaccine to be effective, so it’s important to vaccinate early in the flu season.

The Cedar Springs School Health Center offers flu shots for your child. Call us today at 696-3470 to schedule an appointment! We have appointments available before, during and after school hours.

Not available to take your child to the appointment?  Not a problem! As long as a consent form is on file, we are happy to see your child without a parent or guardian present.  The school even provides transportation to the Health Center during school hours!

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French Book Project

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The French II and III students at Cedar Springs High School made Christmas presents in the form of French children’s books for the children living at an orphanage in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. Haiti is a French-speaking country with a very low literacy rate of 60%. Many children in Haiti do not have access to books. The Cedar Springs’ French students decided to create books to send to Haiti with the goal of encouraging literacy and creating a special Christmas memory for these children

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CSHS MARCHING BAND 

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The Cedar Springs High School Marching Band travelled to Ford Field for the MCBA State Marching Finals. They earned an 88.65, their highest score since entering MCBA competitive marching in 2009, and they left Detroit with a fifth place finish! Marching Band requires countless hours of hard work and tremendous dedication. They devote themselves toward becoming skilled musicians, stronger marchers, and a cohesive team. Our Marching Band students learn how to work together, get along with others, discuss and settle differences of opinion, and help each other through disappointments and rough days. By the end of the marching season, some might consider the Marching Band a well-oiled machine… or even a family. CSHS Band students also learn time management; many of these students are also taking AP classes and achieving honor roll status! It’s no wonder we ALL are so proud of these students and their accomplishments! Congratulations to the Marching Band and Band Co-Directors, Adam Borst & Ryan Miller! Go REDHAWKS!

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2016 – 2017 School Calendar Change

 

• January 2, 2017 – Vacation Day

• Students return from Winter Break on Tuesday, January 3, 2017

• May 26, 2017 – Instructional Day

• Students required to report for instruction

• Snow day make ups begin on June 8, 2017 through June 16, 2017 (should they be necessary)

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Student Presentation – Costa Rica: A Touch of the Tropics

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November 7, 2016 Board Meeting 

csps-boe-student-presentationTeacher Amy Holmes and her students presented to the Board of Education an outstanding presentation of their adventures on their Costa Rica Trip. The Costa Rica trip took place June 23, 2016 – July 2, 2016. These students detailed their wonderful daily experiences with the local culture. Students commented that the trip was truly an experience; to be able to use the native language and communicate was incredible.  These students also commented on how the trip has positively influenced their lives and broadened their understanding of the world and other cultures. The Costa Rica trip was a great experience and filled with memories the students will take with them forever. They concluded the presentation with a big thank you to the Board of Education for approving this Costa Rica trip and encouraging more just like it in the future.

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The District School Improvement Team (DSIT) meeting – Nov. 10

 

csps-dsit-meetingcsps-dsit-meeting-aThe Office of Teaching and Learning has implemented a new supportive school improvement process called “The 60 Day Data Coaching Cycle.” This new supportive process regularly monitors the data from the secondary and elementary schools as it relates to each school’s required School Improvement Plan targets for subject/content areas. Using The 60 Day Data Coaching Cycle allows the DSIT to learn about each building’s student growth while balancing the presentations by having the secondary and elementary schools alternate their presentations every other month. The 60 Day Data Cycle allows each building the time necessary to gather data on student assessments and their growth. The administrators and their school improvement teams track student growth and present their progress to the DSIT during its monthly meetings. Presentations are done using PowerPoint presentations, handouts, or other hands-on materials to demonstrate to the DSIT the types of strategies/programs used to support students and the effectiveness of those strategies/programs.  Each building’s school improvement team tracks their students’ growth in comparison to their end of the year goals, showing how much growth is needed to reach their end of the year goal.  The 60 Day Data Cycle gives building administrators and their school improvement teams the opportunity to support one another in our district’s school improvement process, informing them of where growth is needed while also celebrating their strengths and successes.

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Veteran’s Day Celebrations

 

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csps-sweets-for-soldiersOn Thursday and Friday, 11/10-11/11, the students at Cedar View donated their leftover Halloween candy for Sweets for Soldiers – to fill a requested need from our local Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

In just those two days, we completely filled a maintenance-sized trash can of candy – showing kindness + service to others!   VERY cool.   The candy was sorted, bagged, and weighed by my class last week – and our grand total was 96 pounds of candy!  On Wednesday (11/16), a few students and families were then able to join in the final task of this community service project by driving with me to Grand Rapids and hand-delivering the candy and over 100 Veterans Day Thank You cards to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Shaking hands with individuals who live there was very powerful! It was a privilege to read the monuments and artwork, as well.  Every student should be proud of their work in serving their community and honoring those who have served!


 

csps-ms-debri-and-ms-bellamy-veterans-dayMrs. Debri’s and Mrs’ Bellamy’s classes created some Veterans Day project pictures. They decorated hearts with tissue paper and glue – great fine motor activity! The papers read, “Thank you for your service! From a Kindergarten student at Cedar Trails Elementary.” They were delivered to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans on November 11, 2016, Veteran’s Day.

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Red Hawk Elementary’s Mrs. Biondo’s Social Studies students were singing along to “I’m Proud to be an American” while writing. Mrs. Biondo is very proud of her class, as they all wanted to write more than one letter to Veterans!

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Excellence in Education Award Winner Teacher Brett Burns

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Thanksgiving week, the Michigan Lottery recognized outstanding Cedar Springs Middle School teacher, Brett Burns, who is making a significant impact in the lives of Michigan students. Selected educators will receive: $500 cash prize and $500 grant to the educator’s classroom, school or school district.

In addition, all Excellence in Education award winners will be automatically considered for the Michigan Lottery’s Educator of the Year Award and a grand prize of $10,000. The award looks for Michigan public school employees who represent the very best of the Michigan public school system. Congratulations, Mr. Burns! We are proud that you are a Cedar Springs RED HAWK Teacher!!!

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Senior All Night Party (SANP) Fundraiser – Adult Glow Bowling

 

January 28th, 2017 at Sparta Lanes. Parents, come bowl with your friends, try to win prizes, and much, much more. Email: sjmorris2085@gmail.com for details. Space is limited so don’t miss out on this fun event.

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