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2014 Board of Education

Brook Nichols—President

Todd Hanson—Vice President

Matthew Shoffner—Treasurer

Patricia Eary—Secretary

Jeff Gust—Trustee

Shannon Vanderhyde—Trustee

Joe Marckini—Trustee

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTION – NOVEMBER 4, 2014

 

The Cedar Springs Public Schools Board of Education will have three (3) positions available for the annual election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. These positions are six (6) year terms ending December 31, 2020.

 

Board of Education Meeting Dates

Board of Education meetings are open to the public and will be held at 6:45 p.m. in the Board Room of the Hilltop Community Resource Center (third floor) unless otherwise specified.

 

August 25 – work session 6:00pm

September 8, 22

October 13

October 27

November 10, 24

December 8

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New immunization requirements

CSPS-imunizations

*Current laboratory evidence of immunity is acceptable instead of immunization with antigen.

**All doses of vaccines must be given with appropriate spacing between doses and at appropriate ages to be considered valid.

 

For more information, please refer to www.michigan.gov/immunize.

 

You are encouraged to discuss these new immunization requirements with your health care provider or local health care department.

 

If you have a religious or medical reason why your child cannot be immunized, a waiver form (for required immunizations only) must be completed and signed before starting the first day of school.

 

Health Care Needs

If your child has a medical condition such as diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, acute allergies (food, insect bites, animals), or a physical disability, and /or requires treatments or procedures during school hours, please inform a school representative prior to the first day of school.

 

Medications (Prescribed and Over the Counter)/Treatments)

For the safety of your children, Cedar Springs Public Schools has a medication/treatment policy, which requires signatures from both the health care provider and parent before any medication (including OTC) or treatment may be administered by authorized school staff.  See your school secretary for a copy of the policy and form (s), which you may present to your physician.  Both signatures must also authorize any self-medication by student.  (This includes EipPens, inhalers, etc.)

 

We are committed to the development of prevention programs that ensure effective response to urgent emergent health problems of students in the school community.   We invite you to direct your questions to the school’s office staff and/or district nurse.

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Asbestos Management Plan

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.

 

Pesticide Advisory to Parents

Advanced notice will be given by posting at the entrance to the school or grounds.  In certain emergencies, pesticides may be applied without prior notice, but you will be provided notice immediately following any such application.  Parents or Guardians requesting prior notification must complete a notification form yearly.   The Notification Request form can be found at www.csredhawks.org.

You may also contact Jerry Gavin @ 616-696-0464 with additional questions.

 

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 the building offices.

 

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Student Early Release Days / Calendar

 

School districts dedicated to creating Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) provide opportunities for faculty and staff to work together as a team. Teams review curriculum, discuss instructional strategies, review and create common assessments, analyze data and review individual student progress to determine if any additional support is necessary.

Student Early Release days were designed to support student learning:

By providing time for teachers to review student data on a regular basis.

To make adjustments to teaching in order to increase student achievements.

By allowing teachers to provide best practice teaching every day in every classroom.

To improve the delivery to students through reviewing teaching research.

Students will release two (2) hours early.  Times will vary by building, see calendar below.

 

2014-2015 School Year Calendar 

 

August 18 – 21 New Staff (District Orientation)

August 26 All Staff Opener 8:00 –9:00 (1 hr) Building Meetings 9:00 – 11:30 (2.5 hrs)

August 27 Professional Development 7:30 – 11:30 (4hrs)

August 28 PLC Teams 7:30 – 11:30 (4hrs)

September 1 Labor Day

September 2 1st Day for Students

September 12 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

September 26 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

October 10 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

October 24 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PD:  Data conversations (2 hrs)

October 31 End of 1st Quarter

November 7 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

November 14 End of Trimester 1

November 21 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

November 26 No School for Students and Staff (conference comp)

November 27-28 Thanksgiving Break

December 1 No School for Students – Professional Development (4 hrs)  7:30-11:30

December 12 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

Dec 22 – Jan 2 Winter Break

January 16 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

January 16 End of Quarter 2;  End of Semester 1

January 30 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

February 13 No School for Students – Professional Development (4 hrs)  7:30-11:30

February 16-17 Mid-Winter Break

February 27 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

February 27 End of Trimester 2

March 13 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

March 20 End of Quarter 3

March 27 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

April 3 No School for Students and Staff (conference comp)

April 6 – April 10 Spring Break

April 17 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

May 1 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PD:  Data Conversations (2 hrs)

May 15 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

May 22 No School for Students and Staff – Snow Day Make-Up

May 25 No School – Memorial Day Break

June 3 Last Day for Students

June 3 End of Quarter 4; End of Semester 2

June 3 End of Trimester 3

June 4 Last Day for Staff –7:30 – 11:00 (3.5 hrs) 

June 5, 8, 9, 10, 11 Snow Day Make Up if needed

 

 

 

 

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Athletics / Athletic Boosters

 

Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters exists as an organization of parents and community members dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and advancing the athletic program.

MEETING DATES FOR   2014 – 2015 

August 18th

September 8th

October 6th

November 3rd

December 8th

January 5th

February 2nd

March 2nd

April 13th

May 4th

June1st

All meetings start at 7pm and are usually over by 8pm.  The meetings are held in the High School Media Center.

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 at 204 E Muskegon St, Cedar Springs, MI  49319.

All Seasons Pass

Family Pass—$225.00

Includes 2 Adult, 3 Children passes only.  Does not include athletic participation fee.

Adult Pass—$75.00

Student Pass—$50.00

Student Athlete—$25.00

Athletic Schedules

Fall High School and Middle School Athletic Schedules are available.  You may

download/print the schedules by visiting http://www.csredhawks.org/athletics/teamschedules or the High School Athletics office.

 

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Important Information

Bus Information

Letters will be sent home to families August 25 with pick-up/drop-off times.  Please remember if you have any changes in your transportation status to contact the transportation department @ 616-696-1450.

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 – PROCEED WITH CAUTION

Food Service Information

2014 – 2015 Food Service Pricing

Breakfast – $1.40

Elementary Lunch – $2.35

Secondary Lunch – $2.85

Milk – $.40

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 depositing 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 offices.

If you have any questions, please contact Jane Webster @ 616-696-0372 or e-mail jane.webster@csredhawks.org.

Building Start/Dismissal Times**

Building/ProgramStartDismissal

New Beginnings8:372:17

High School7:372:32

Middle School7:182:20

Red Hawk7:242:22

Cedar View8:403:31

Beach8:403:31

Cedar Trails8:403:31

ECSE AM8:4011:30

ECSE PM12:413:31

R1TS7:372:32

**any adjustment to start and dismissal times will be communicated at the building open house

 

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High School Orientation Schedule – Monday, August 25, 2014

 

Students will be required to attend a mandatory orientation program at the high school.  At this time, all students will have their pictures taken for the yearbook and student identification cards, review school policies from the student handbook, review athletic policies, meet with their class advisor, receive their schedules and agendas.

Sophomores:  8:00am – 10:00am

Juniors:  9:15am – 11:15am

Seniors:  10:30am – 12:30pm

Freshman:  11:30am – 2:25pm

Freshman orientation will include lunch, a tour of the building and a chance to meet many of their teachers.

Parents do not need to attend, but are welcome.

Food service will be open so that students planning to eat in the cafeteria during the school year will be able to deposit money into their lunch account.

Please Note:  Because schedules will be handed out during orientation, they will only be available to students attending orientation.  Anyone not attending the orientation will need to log onto your PowerSchool account and print your schedule prior to the first day of school.  Your PowerSchool account will be available after August 27, 2014.

NO EXCEPTIONS!

OPEN HOUSE Schedules August 26 & 27 – Letters will be sent to parents during the week of August 18 with teacher information.

Tuesday, August 26

Red Hawk Elementary

6th Grade

Team A:  5:30

Team B:  7:00

Middle School

7th Grade & 8th Grade:  5:00—6:30

New Beginnings Alternative HS

6:00—7:00

Wednesday, August 27

Cedar Trails Elementary

K & 1st Grade

6:00—7:00

Beach Elementary

2nd Grade:   6:00 – 7:00

3rd Grade:  5:30 – 6:30

Cedar View Elementary

4th Grade & 5th Grade:  6:30—7:30

 

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Campus Kids – Before and After School Care

We are currently accepting registrations for Before and After School Care.  We are located in Cedar Trails Elementary on the Cedar Springs School campus.  We are open Monday through Friday from 6:00am to 8:30am and 3:30pm to 6:00pm beginning Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The cost is $8.00 for Before School care and $8.00 for After School care or $15 a day if you need to use both before and after school care.

Breakfast and an afternoon snack are included. The children will enjoy arts and crafts projects, homework assistance, enrichment activities, outdoor play, gym time, peer interaction, etc.

There is a registration fee of $20 for one child or $35 for a family.

For an additional charge, we also offer care on early release days and on snow days for pre-registered children.

Please call (616) 696-1716 or email campus_kids@csredhawks.org for additional information.

 

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Cedar View Students are giving back! The Leadership Teams are on a mission!

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When the 4th grade Student Leadership Team contemplated how they wanted to improve their school this year, they decided they were going to look outside of the school walls and into their own community.  By starting a “Penny War” between classrooms, they managed to raise more than $840 dollars to which they donated to the North Kent Service Center!  Each classroom had a jar and students from their home classrooms could fill the jar with pennies.  However, students from other classrooms could offset the amount of pennies by contributing quarters, nickels, and dimes.  The only way to make up the difference was to add more pennies!  Fun was had by all and best of all, they were able to contribute to a great program!  Awesome job, 4th graders!

The 5th grade Student Leadership Team was not far behind with their own idea of having a food and clothing collection for those in need.  During a two week period, they managed to collect five totes of clothing and a large amount of food!  Donations will be delivered to Degage Ministries in Grand Rapids, where the team will spend some time during the dinner hour helping out and meeting some of the staff and clients.

We are very proud of our Leadership Teams and their dedication to helping others!

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Cedar View closer to a Community School!

 

For the third year, Cedar Springs Public Schools has continued their partnership with Kent School Services Network in an effort to develop what are called “community schools”.  The idea is to bring resources and programs into the schools with an overarching goal of increasing student attendance, focusing on the importance of academic achievement, and increasing family involvement.

At the end of last school year, Cedar View Elementary formed a committee consisting of Principal Andy Secor, teachers, Sue Smith, Laurie VanDam, Miranda Latimer, Kim Farrey, Sadie Gallagher, and KSSN Community School Coordinator, Ivy Kowalski.  The idea was to plan different family events with an end goal of the school becoming a more welcoming place and hub for parents to feel comfortable in.

In the fall, the committee organized “Movie Night”.  They used the gym and families brought lawn chairs and sleeping bags and watched a movie with popcorn and snacks.  There were 250 people in attendance!

In January, 260 people attended “Math Curriculum Night”, which focused on different ways to support parents when working with their student in math.  Discussions included how to help with homework, the main concepts of Everyday Math, and how using technology can support math learning.

On May 28th, the committee, along with some great volunteers, hosted “The Challenge” which resembled the TV show, “The Amazing Race.”  It was a combination of mental and physical challenges that families participated in together.  There were 10 different stations surrounding Cedar View with activities including family hula-hooping, an egg toss, math problem solving, a states and capitals quiz, push-ups, and many more.  The Parent-Teacher Organization provided funds for a photo booth at the finish line. There were a total of 305 participants!

The committee did an amazing job teaming together to help welcome families into Cedar View in high numbers and the hours of commitment directly impacted the school culture. Combine these activities with the Cedar View Choir, after school Math and Reading Clubs, as well as Girls on the Run, and Cedar View is truly working towards that vision of a community school!

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