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Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Dear Cedar Springs Public Schools Family:

On Tuesday, May 2, voters throughout Kent County will consider the Strong Schools, Strong Communities proposal, a 10-year, 0.9 mill increase for a regional enhancement millage that would allow local school districts to strengthen our future workforce and develop and attract strong talent right here in West Michigan.

If approved, the proposal will allow local districts to:

  • Expand career training and technical course offerings that will give students real life, on-the-job training and a head start on their careers.
  • Give students exposure to the world of work and business with partnerships that prepare them for careers.
  • Give students living in poverty a good start, and surround them with the support needed to keep them in school.

By law, if this proposal is approved, every penny generated from this proposal will be distributed to local school districts to maintain existing programs and improve services offered to students.

At Cedar Springs Public Schools this proposal would generate an estimated $723,000 per year.  In alignment with the purposes above, our district will focus on these priorities:

  • Continued expansion of the Early Middle College program and access to other college and career opportunities
  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Academics and Behavior
  • Professional Development for continued best practices in instruction and student support
  • Enhanced afterschool and summer school learning opportunities
  • Comprehensive Counseling and Mental Health Programs
  • Technology Infrastructure and software enhancements
  • Maintaining or lowering class sizes
  • Improved assessment tools

Please share this information with your friends and family so they are informed about what’s on the ballot Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

Learn more at: strongschoolsstrongcommunities.com

Have a relaxing and enjoyable spring break!

Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.


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Winners of Essay Contest

Winners are pictured here with the Selection Committee.

Winners are pictured here with the Selection Committee.

Pictured are the Cedar Springs Rotary 4-Way Test essay winners. From L to R: Sally Odren, Makenna Nichols, Jack Cairy, Analiese Van Harten, and Josh Trendt. Courtesy photo.

Pictured are the Cedar Springs Rotary 4-Way Test essay winners. From L to R: Sally Odren, Makenna Nichols, Jack Cairy, Analiese Van Harten, and Josh Trendt. Courtesy photo.

CS Rotary Club announced the winners of the 4-Way Test Essay Contest. The theme was “Setting A Good Example”.

1st place – Sally Odren, Mr. Moleski’s class “The Things People Say”

2nd place (tie) – Jack Cairy, Mrs. Kahler’s class “Feeding the Heart”

2nd place (tie) – Makenna Nichols, Mrs. Miller’s  class, “Feeding the Hungry”

Josh Trendt with Mr. Moleski

Josh Trendt with Mr. Moleski

3rd place (tie) – Josh Trendt, Mr. Moleski’s class, “Small Town, Big Heart”

3rd place (tie) – Analiese Van Harten,  CTA, “Inspire”

Congratulations to the winners. Thank you to the teachers and parents for supporting these great writers! It’s exciting and gratifying to be able to promote the habits of mind so esteemed by Cedar Springs and by Rotarians alike.

Go Red Hawks!

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Students become World Changers


At Cedar View, many 4th grade classrooms are doing research papers about a person who is considered a “World Changer”.  Cedar View also has a goal this year about helping students become “better people”.  To join these two ideas, Mrs. Nielsen and Mrs. Strunk’s 4th-grade classes partnered with the NE Supper House. The NE Supper House is a ministry in Grand Rapids that serves dinner every Tuesday and Thursday night to less fortunate people in their community.  Students from both classes did chores to earn the total of $250.  The $250 paid for all of the food and drinks that were served at the NE Supper House.   Then on March 2nd, Mrs. Nielsen and Mrs. Strunk brought students to the NE Supper House.  Students were in charge of serving all the drinks and dinners and doing all of the clean-up afterward.  Mrs. Nielsen said “I’m very proud of all our students. They worked very hard to earn the money, and they served less fortunate people with a lot of pride and respect.  They are becoming World Changers at a very young age.”

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Plowman signs with Davenport


Our congratulations to senior Jessica Plowman, who signed with Davenport University’s ACHA Division 1 Women’s Ice Hockey team on February 11th, 2017 for the upcoming season.

Jessica is currently playing for the U19 Grand Rapids Griffins Girls Travel Ice Hockey Team. She was voted by her teammates to be their Team Captain for the 2016-2017 season. Jessica has played both defense, offense and center.  While at Davenport, Jessica will be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management, and go on to possibly become a cardiothoracic surgeon.

She is excited to continue her education and hockey career at Davenport and is thankful for the support of her family and friends.

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Student receives Creative Minds Scholarship


New Beginnings Senior, Selena Birtley, has a plan after graduation and has every intention of making sure it happens.  She has set her eyes on Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. So when Mrs. Wilcox presented an English class assignment to her students, creating and submitting scholarship essays, Selena didn’t waste any time.  Her reward: a $20,000 Creative Minds Scholarship to her dream school! We are so proud of Selena and we know she is going to accomplish great things in this world!

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Celebrating 20 Years of First Grade Readers


CSPS-Library-night-teachers-CTDonna Clark, Cedar Springs Library

The First Grade Library Card Roundup ended with a Grand Party at the Kent Theatre, to celebrate “March is Reading Month.”  The Cedar Springs Public Library and Kent District Library Branches from Nelson and Spencer Townships each sponsored a free ticket for all first graders from the Cedar Springs Public Schools and Creative Technologies Academy to see “Lego Batman.”   Invitations were for March 6 and 7 at 6pm.   The Kent Theatre offered free popcorn to all first graders with a library card, counting 81 over the two evenings.  Family members, who shared the fun, numbered in at 258.

2017 marked “20 years of celebrating first grade readers”  since the inception of the program in 1997, when Library Board Member, Mike Metzger, put his idea in motion.  As a part of this year’s celebration, Mike, at the request of Cedar Springs Library Director Donna Clark,  sponsored a free book giveaway for all first graders.  Students had the choice between “Pirate’s Treasure,” “The Great Gumshoe,” and “Medieval Quest”, all by Cedar Springs Children’s Author, Amanda Litz.  Amanda and her two teens, Sierra and Jacob, were there both nights to celebrate.  Kent District Youth Librarian from Nelson Township, Sara Magnuson, and Mary Shallman, Youth Paraprofessional from Spencer Township brought several items for first graders to take home, as well.

Cedar Springs first grade teachers Mrs. Doncis, Mrs. Brussow, Mr. Avink, Mrs. Sendler, Mrs. Holtrop, Mrs. Graf, Mrs. Shepard, Mrs. Boggiano, Mrs. Upham, Mrs. Benham, Mrs. Tiffany, and Mrs. Schmidutz, welcomed their students with hugs, while keeping track of attendance for the libraries.

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Scholar Instrumentalist of the Month



Brooke Ross is an outstanding senior in the Cedar Springs High School Band.  She is the section leader for the front ensemble keyboards during marching band, plays oboe during concert band and has been the jazz pianist in the high school jazz band for all four years.  Brooke was one of only four students awarded a college scholarship at MCBA State Finals this past November and plans to continue her music studies next year at Western Michigan University.

Congratulations Brooke Ross on being named our March 2017 Cedar Springs High School Scholar Instrumentalist!

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February 2017 Student Athletes of the Month:

Zoe Castor

Zoe Castor

Ali Sparling

Ali Sparling

Ali Sparling – Senior, Girls Basketball

Zoe Castor – Freshman, Competitive Cheer

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Join Us for Community Night

Businesses and non-profit groups showed the community what they have to offer at the annual Community Night last week.

Businesses and non-profit groups show the community what they have to offer at the annual Community Night.

Cedar Springs High School

April 20, 2017

6pm – 8:30pm

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Campus Kids Summer Camp

Summer Camp starts on June 12, 2017 and runs through August 31, 2017.  We are closed the week of the 4th of July.  There is a $20 registration fee for one child and a $35 registration fee for a family.  If you register for the Summer Camp, your registration fee covers the next school year.  Cost for Summer Camp is $27 a day or $125 for 5 days a week.  Families can sign up for as many or as few days as needed.  A sibling discount is available.

Registration packets are available at Cedar Trails or online at csredhawks.org and Campus Kids is under the Parents tab. Or you can call Campus Kids at (616)696-1716 or e-mail questions to campus.kids@csredhawks.org. Please register for Summer Camp by May 10, 2017.

Campus Kids recycle at Cedar Trails


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