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A Message from the Superintendent

When the 2020/21 school year starts on September 8, it will have been 179 days since students were last in classrooms learning. Many will agree that it has been far too long since our students and teachers were together in person and engaged in the learning process. Fortunately, Cedar Springs students will now have opportunities to learn like never before. The upcoming school year will be built around students and teachers engaging in meaningful learning experiences both on campus and online.

The Apollo 13 mission, launched on April 11, 1970, did not go as planned. Several disruptions in the spacecraft’s systems resulted in a cancellation of the mission to land on the moon and put the lives of the astronauts in peril. Fortunately, after several tense days and remarkable effort, the crew splashed down safely in the ocean. The launch of the 2020-2021 school year on September 8, 2020, is Cedar Springs Public Schools’ Apollo 13 moment.

We have launched our CS Red Hawks Online School for students desiring an option to learn remotely this year. Our hallways and classrooms were cleaned from top to bottom and are ready to welcome our students and staff when they arrive. We have updated our protocols to ensure that strict guidelines are followed daily and hourly to keep our students safe as they pursue their education. We have spent the summer selecting the “perfect” people to fill vacant positions. Chromebooks and classroom materials have been ordered and distributed to make the first day of school a success. Our team is ready! We can’t wait to greet students next week, both in-person and remotely!

Finally, please accept my heartfelt thanks to each member of the Red Hawk community who supported the District on August 4. Our District is made stronger through the support of the people who call Cedar Springs home. Your efforts are making CSPS an incredible place to learn, work, and play. We can! We will! We are! TOGETHER!

With gratitude and respect, Scott B. Smith, Superintendent

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Welcome Back

As CSPS prepares to kick-off the 2020-2021 school year, families will want to have access to information about their child’s learning and progress.

Cedar Springs is using 2 specific technology tools to help with streamlining communication and information.

Powerschool: Where parents of 6-12 students go for grades and attendance information. Parents of 6th graders will receive information about how to log in to Powerschool as a parent in the near future from Red Hawk.

Canvas: Where parents of K-12 students go for information about daily lessons, quizzes, tests, and for work when a student is absent. Where parents of K-5 students go for feedback about lesson progress.

Directions will be coming from each building and in the next Red Hawk Review about how to access and sign-up for both technologies. Families will have the ability to sign up for various notifications so that each family is able to get the information needed. Troubleshooting help for these and other technology needs will be available to families through our helpdesk by emailing: helpdesk@kentisd.org.

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 red – PROCEED WITH CAUTION!

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Cedar Springs Public Schools Board of Education

Board Meetings are Open to the Public 

Regular Board meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of the month. Work Session Board meetings are held on the 4th Monday of the month. (unless otherwise noted)

These meeting are held at the Hilltop Community Building, 3rd Floor, Board Room, 204 E Muskegon Street, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

Regular Meetings begin at 6:45 p.m.

Work Sessions begin at 6:15 p.m.

On every agenda, there is an item designated as Public Comment. The Board president will ask if there are any individuals wishing to address the Board in the audience.

2020 Board Meeting Dates:

September 14, 2020 6:45 p.m.

September 28, 2020 6:15 p.m.*

October 12, 2020 6:45 p.m.

October 26, 2020 6:15 p.m.*

November 9, 2020 6:45 p.m.

November 23, 2020 6:15 p.m.*

December 14, 2020 6:45 p.m.

*work session

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Inclement Weather

Occasionally, adverse weather conditions or other emergency situations may make it necessary to cancel school, delay the start of school, cancel evening activities or run buses on main/paved roads only. When these situations occur, notice will be communicated to WOOD TV 8, WXMI Fox 17, and WZZM TV 13 through the Grand Rapids Area Information Line (GRAIL) to all subscribing area media.

Campus Kids will be open on days that school is closed/delayed unless otherwise noted in school closing announcements.

Buses will not transport students to Kent Career and Technical Center for 1st session when a school delay or cancellation is issued. Students will be given a weatherrelated absence at KCTC when we are officially not transporting them. Students who choose to drive personal vehicles to KCTC on school delays or cancellations assume responsibility for their decision.

When school evening activities are cancelled, this cancellation also includes all clubs, facility rentals, and extra-curricular events held on campus and scheduled for that evening. For more information, please visit www.csredhawks.org or call 616-696-1204.

If you wish to receive text or email alerts for school closings and delays, here are a couple of options to consider:

WOOD TV: http://woodtv.com/text-alerts/

WZZM TV: www.wzzm13.com/about/text-alerts/

WXMI TV: http://fox17online.com/weather/westmichigan-closings-and-cancellations/

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Mobile Food Pantry

Food For People in Need

Hilltop Community Building

204 E Muskegon, Cedar Springs

Lower Parking Lot

The 3rd Monday of the Month – September 21

Registration 4:30 pm, Distribution 5:00 pm

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2020-2021 School Calendar

September

September 8 1st day of school

September 11 Student Early Release

September 25 Student Early Release

October

October 9 Student Early Release

October 23 Student Early Release 

November

November 6 Student Early Release

November 20 Student Early Release

November 25 – 27 Thanksgiving Break

November 30 No School

December

December 11 Student Early Release

December 21 – January 1 Winter Break

January

January 8 Student Early Release

January 20 Student Early Release – CSHS ONLY

January 21 Student Early Release – CSHS ONLY

January 22 Student Early Release

February

February 5 Student Early Release

February 12 No School for Students

February 15-16 Mid Winter Break

March

March 5 Student Early Release

March 19 Student Early Release

April

April 2 No School for Students

April 5-9 Spring Break

April 23 Student Early Release

May

May 7 Student Early Release

May21 Student Early Release

May 28 No School – Snow Day Make-Up Day

May 31 Memorial Day Break

June

June 7 Student Early Release – CSHS ONLY

June 8 Student Early Release – CSHS ONLY

June 9 Student Early Release – CSHS ONLY

June 9 Last Day for Students – Early Release

Snow Day Make-Up Days as needed: June 11, 14, 15, 16, 17

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2020-2021 Food Service Information

Elementary Breakfast $1.40 Elementary Lunch $2.35

Secondary Breakfast $1.50 Secondary Lunch $2.85 – $3.00 Milk $.50

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 deposting 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 office.

If you have any questions, please contact Holly Haywood @ 616.696.0372 or holly.haywood@csredhawks.org

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Annual Notices

Annual Education Report

The Michigan Department of Education requires all schools to publish an annual report to inform the residents about the status of their schools. This report provides detailed information on student assessment results, Adequate Yearly Progress results, teacher qualification information, and the state results for the National Assessment of Educational Progress. You can view Cedar Springs Public Schools’ Annual Education Report by vising our website at www.csredhawks.org or you may review a copy in any building offices.

Asbestos Management Plan Available for Review by Parents, Teachers and Employees

Our school district has conducted an extensive asbestos survey of all of our buildings. Based on the findings of these inspections, a comprehensive management plan was drafted. This plan details the response actions that the district will be taking regarding asbestos containing materials found in our buildings. This plan is available for inspection at our office without cost or restriction during normal business hours. If you desire to have a personal copy, please notify the main administrative office and it will be supplied to you within five (5) working days at a cost of 30 cents per page. We have endeavored to make our schools a safe place in which students can learn. Our procedures for dealing with this problem reflect that concern. Please let us know if we can answer any questions.

Military and Directory Information Notice

DIRECTORY INFORMATION NOTICE shall be provided annually to students and their parents: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Cedar Springs Public Schools, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, Cedar Springs Public Schools may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the Cedar Springs Public Schools to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications. Examples include: A playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production; the annual yearbook; Honor roll or other recognition lists; Graduation programs; and Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members. Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories – names, addresses and telephone listings – unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent.(1) If you do not want Cedar Springs Public Schools to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the District in writing by 9/30/2020.

Cedar Springs Public Schools has designated the following information as directory information: [Note: an LEA may, but does not have to, include all the information listed below.] Student’s name, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, address, telephone, listing weight and height of members of athletic teams, electronic mail address, photograph, degrees, honors, and awards received, date and place of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, grade level, the most recent educational agency. If you want to opt your student out of military recruiters ONLY please designate that in a letter or email to sheri.whipple@csredhawks.org

Pesticide Advisory to Parents

CSPS has adopted an Integrated Pest Management program. Inherent with this are efforts to reduce pesticide use as much as possible. While it may occasionally be necessary to apply a pesticide, this program does not rely on routine pesticide applications to resolve problems. We use various techniques such as habitat alteration, sanitation, mechanical means, exclusion, etc. to prevent the pests from becoming a problem.

As required by Michigan law, you will receive advanced notice of non-emergency application of a pesticide (insecticide, fungicide, or herbicide), other than bait or gel formulation, which is made to the school, school grounds, or buildings. This advance notice of a pesticide application will be given 48 hours before the

1.) Posting at the primary entrances to your child’s school. The entrances that will be posted are the main entrance and those that have a sidewalk that leads directly to a parking lot.

2.) Posting in the common area located by the main office of the school.

You may review the school’s Integrated Pest Management program and records of any pesticide application upon request by contacting Ken Simon, Director of Facilities, Maintenance & Operations, (616) 696-1204 ext. 1010.

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Back-To-School with a New Look

Students in elementary through high school quickly settled into classroom routines and interacted with peers and teachers safely.

On Monday, August 24, 2020, Creative Technologies Academy welcomed back its students for the 2020-21 school year. For this school year, CTA is offering students an in-person or virtual option.

CTA spent time the first week on campus practicing policies, protocols, and procedures around campus and also building relationships and team-building with students. Students and staff adapted well to the new guidelines, maintaining an atmosphere of respect and positivity.

CTA staff has also been connecting with virtual families, monitoring their progress with online platforms, and holding informational Zoom meetings to build community relationships. Whether online or in-person – it’s been a great week to be a Charger!

Virtual students remotely dove into their online coursework on the same day as face-to-face students returned to the classroom.

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CTA Announces New Staff Members

CTA is pleased to announce its new staff members for the 2020-2021 school year!

Ms. Kilts

Ms. Megan Kilts is the high school English teacher. Ms. Kilts is a graduate of Grand Valley State University. She is looking forward to being a part of CTA’s close-knit community of students, families, and staff.

Ms. Lucarelli

Ms. Alexis Lucarelli is the 6th-grade Homeroom and Middle School Language Arts teacher. Ms. Lucarelli graduated from Cornerstone University and has a passion for investing in the lives of young people.

Both Ms. Kilts and Ms. Lucarelli are native to Cedar Springs.

Ms. Schatz

CTA’s new third grade teacher is Ms. Gabby Schatz. Ms. Schatz hails from Central Michigan University and resides in Cedar Springs. She loves being outdoors, fishing, and gardening and is thrilled to be part of the team.

Mrs. Hovanec

Mrs. Carrie Hovanec is the new GSRP Preschool Lead Teacher and Director of Preschool. Mrs. Hovance has worked her entire career with young children and their families. She lives in Cedar Springs with her family and enjoys being outside on her boat and in the sunshine. Mrs. Hovanec is excited to start preschool at CTA on October 5. If you have questions regarding preschool, please email her at chovanec@ctachargers.org.

Mrs. Freyling

Mrs. Nancy Freyling is the Elementary Teacher Assistant and Cross Country Coach. Mrs. Freyling discovered CTA four years ago while searching for a smaller school for her two boys, who now are in 6th and 8th grade.

Mrs. Freyling shared that she knew her family was meant to be at CTA from the moment she stepped in the door. She has been serving on campus for several years, volunteering and subbing, and is overjoyed to officially be a part of the team.

CTA is excited to have these amazing educators join the team!

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