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Lloyd VanDuyn Shares His Talents to Support the Cedar Springs Tradition of the Red Flannel Festival

 

On October 7, 2017, the Red Flannel Festival (RFF) celebrated its 78th year as our hometown tradition and landmark event for Cedar Springs. What a proud tradition we have that shows our community support for fun loving times together to highlight and celebrate this great city.

Lloyd VanDuyn, a local Grand Rapids artist, has been sharing his artistic talents with the RFF.  Lloyd is the artist who designed the 2016 and 2017 RFF logo.  This year the theme was “Rockin Round the Clock” and the logo he created was just perfect to spread the excitement of the theme on pins, magazines, TV commercials, mugs, shirts and more! 

Lloyd was born in the Midwest, raised in Michigan, and describes his path in professional artistry as a latecomer to the art world. From his late introduction to the arts, to his 28 years as a graphics artist in the sign business, to his current interest in pencil renderings (which can be viewed on Instagram as coolsigner or lloyd van duyn), he continues to enjoy being involved in artistic endeavors. 

For several years Lloyd has been a volunteer in the Grand Rapids’ Art Prize competition. He has also volunteered his time and talent to assist in the judging of the recently held Red Flannel Festival Art Reviews. He states, “The level of talent in the RFF Art Reviews was impressive and I would like to see that competition take place again at future Red Flannel Festivals.” Lloyd also dedicated his time and interest to judging the RFF car show.  He has an interest in cars as some of his past work as an artist included hand lettering and vinyl graphics on race cars for professional drivers at the Berlin Raceway, as well as on snowmobiles and modified pulling tractors!  In addition to those interests and volunteerism in Cedar Springs, Lloyd helped bring a model train show to the RFF in 2016 as he builds trains and designs spectacularly detailed layouts. 

Lloyd has a great interest and investment in Cedar Springs, as he and his family have been a part of Cedar Springs for decades.  His wife of 54 years, Karen VanDuyn, spent her childhood in Cedar Springs visiting her grandmother and grandfather, Roy and Elizabeth (Libby) Reynolds who lived at 14 Mile Road and Myers Lake Road. Lloyd, Karen and their sons have fond memories of coming to Cedar Springs to the Reynolds farm.  Karen has historic memories of shopping on Main Street.  The VanDuyn family always loved attending the RFF and watching Randy compete in the marching band competition at Skinner Field and then carry the big bass drum in the RFF parade!  Additionally, Lloyd’s sister and her family and grandchildren reside in Cedar Springs – furthering the VanDuyn connections to the great community of Cedar Springs.

Lloyd is most proud of the Red Flannel Festival President, his son Randy VanDuyn, and his daughter-in-law, Laura VanDuyn, the Superintendent of Cedar Springs Public Schools.  While any parent would be proud in this situation, he feels that it is incumbent upon members of his generation to provide support to worthwhile community activities.  Since the VanDuyns are involved in such important leadership of the Cedar Springs community, Lloyd says, “It is even more worthwhile of his support and involvement wherever possible.”

Lloyd and his family take great pleasure in being an integral part of the Cedar Springs community where they devote much of their lives to serving in many capacities.  It has been an honor for the RFF and Cedar Springs to have a local artist and volunteer such as Lloyd VanDuyn.  Thank you for sharing your talents with the RFF, Lloyd!

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Got School Breakfast?

 

Does your child miss breakfast– no time or simply isn’t hungry first thing in the morning?

Here’s a solution: School Breakfast!

School breakfast provides 1/4 of your child’s daily nutrition needs and research shows breakfast provides fuel for school and boosts brain power. Breakfast at school is affordable, too. It’s available for all students and if you qualify for free or reduced price lunch, you also qualify for the free or reduced price breakfast.

Encourage your child to join us every day for school breakfast.

Cedar Springs Public Schools

Elementary School Price: $1.40

Middle School Price: $1.50

High School Price: $1.50

Free and Reduced Price for Families Who Qualify: $0.00-$0.30

Times Served: 7:10 a.m. & 8:30 a.m.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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From the Superintendent…

Laura VanDuyn

Dear CSPS Colleagues and Families:

What a day we have to continue the celebrations of our fantastic district.  The great news continues all around us…here are 3 highlights:

1. Our Cedar Springs Middle School students, staff and families raised nearly $12,000.00 in their September walk-a-thon!  Furthermore, our Cedar Springs Middle School students and staff collected nearly 1200 pairs of socks in “Socktober” to provide for students in need and for North Kent Connect!  AMAZING CONTRIBUTIONS AND LEADERSHIP BY OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL – THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND GIVING HEARTS!

2.  Thank you, Jo Spry, Assistant Superintendent, for applying for and being awarded the Additional Instructional Time and Interventions grant from the Michigan Department of Education.  This grant was earned by Ms. Spry for the 2nd consecutive year and will bring $48,090.00 to our district again this year! The funds will be used to continue our work toward our CSPS academic and technology goals.  All monies will support our staff and students as they work so very hard to ensure our students are reading at grade level by 3rd grade.  There will be purchases for phonics and reading instructional resources for our teachers at Cedar Trails and Beach Elementary Schools.  Additionally, 151 new chrome books and 4 chrome book carts will be purchased.  This will t​ake Beach​ to a 2 to 1 student to computer ratio!  Way to serve our CSPS students and staff, Ms. Spry! 

3.  Congratulations to our Athletic Director, John Norton, who brought a new idea of a district and community-wide pep rally to Cedar Springs.  Mr. Norton wanted to have our entire community celebrate the many successes of our students, staff and coaches in sports and band.  The feedback on the event has been SUPER POSITIVE.  Here is some feedback from staff about the event:  

I have to say last night was one of the coolest, most uplifting events I’ve ever been to in Cedar Springs!! 

Dear John, I want to take a minute to tell you how great the pep rally was last night. I have never attended such a celebration…it was a true celebration of the district, the teams and the spirit of community. It was well put together, well facilitated and felt awesome to be part of the crowd. You did a great job incorporating all involved and keeping it moving! I got goose bumps many times…it was really special. You should be so proud of the changes and accomplishments that you have made in your short time here! It is an awesome time to be a Red Hawk. #whynotus Thank you for doing this for us.

Thank you for being an amazing A.D., John!  Trey Reed and Justin Harnden – THANK YOU for your team efforts and ever present school spirit to make the event one to be remembered by all.  Thank you to all students, staff, families and community members who were able to attend and celebrate CSPS success!

Best to all!

Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Superintendent, Cedar Springs Public Schools

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Scholar Instrumentalist of the Month for October is Jenna Alcumbrack

 

 Jenna is a junior who has been in band for five years. Within this time she has participated in two years of marching band; one of which she marched Mellophone and the other being a Drum Major. Jenna is in her second year of being Drum Major and plays 4 different instruments: French Horn, Mellophone, Flugelhorn, and Trumpet. She has also experienced one year of Symphonic Band and one year of Wind Ensemble.

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September Student Athletes of the Month;

 

Carolanne Merlington, Junior, Cross Country

Emily Pierson, Junior, Sideline Cheerleading

Jacob Outwin, Senior, Boys’ Soccer

Courtney Pienta, Junior, Girls’ Golf

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Thanksgiving Break – 

 

No School Wednesday, November 22 through Monday, November 27.  Students returning on Tuesday, November 28

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Indoor Walking Beginning 

 

November 6, 2017

Monday through Thursday 4:00pm—8:00pm  Red Hawk Elementary

The cold air is settling in, but you don’t have to give up your workout.  If Cedar Springs Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather, holiday or no school scheduled, walking is canceled that day.  Stay tuned to your local TV Station listings.

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Marching Red Hawks take the field

Red Flannel Queen Jenna Alcumbrack is also a drum major in the Cedar Springs Marching band. Photo by LeeAnne Whilden.

The Marching Red Hawks took their show inside at Belding and brought home a first place finish. Photo by Kelli Hamilton.

After taking 3rd place at the Rockford Invitational Sept. 23, Cedar Springs High School hosted 20 bands for the 57 Annual Red Flannel Invitational October 7.  The leadership team started the day with the Star Spangled Banner during the flag raising ceremony, along with the Red Flannel Queen and Court. On October 14, Cedar Springs Marching Red Hawks marched into Belding, on a crazy rainy day, and took first place. The competition was moved indoors due to rain. 

The Marching Hawks have been working hard on their show, Picasso, and would love you for everyone to come and see them perform. Their last three shows are Jenison Oct. 21, Rockford West Shore Invitational Oct. 28, and MCBA State Competition, November 4, Detroit Ford Field. Times TBD.

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Red Hawks go on road, defeat FHN Huskies, 44-21

By Kayleigh Boomgaard

The Cedar Springs varsity Red Hawks took on the Huskies of Forest Hills Northern on Friday, October 6,  at a conference away game at FHN’s stadium. The Hawks have a current overall standing of 5-2, with both of their losses and one of their wins outside of the OK White conference. The face off between the Hawks and Huskies resulted in a final score of Cedar Springs 44, Forest Hills Northern, 21.

The first touchdown of the night was scored by junior Ryan Ringler, followed by a completed two-point conversion, making the score 8-0, with 6:46 left to play in the first quarter. The Huskies came back quickly, with Xavier Webster making a pass left to teammate Ian Rampersad, who then lateraled to Brandon Matthews for a 33-yard run into the end zone. 

Red Hawk varsity player Lucas Pienton scored the Hawk’s second touchdown of the night with 1:05 left in the quarter. The Hawks ended the first quarter with a completed two-point conversion after a pass made by quarterback Nicholas Campione to senior Parker Amell. 

Throughout the game, the Hawks held off the Huskies, who made no point advances in the second or third quarters. Senior running-back John Jacob Todd began the second quarter with a 59-yard touchdown. Campione assisted his team with a run into the end zone for a two-point conversion after Todd’s previous run. Todd went on to score another touchdown just before the end of the second quarter, with 59 seconds left to play in the first half.

Additional points throughout the night were scored by Cedar Springs senior halfback Darius Barnett and quarterback Campione. The Huskies scored the final touchdowns of the night, with runs by Ryan Balkema and Mack Boyer, and PATs (points after touchdowns) kicked by Carter Clark. 

In their quest to win the OK White, the varsity Red Hawks will battle first place Forest Hills Central (5-0 conference, 7-0 overall), on Friday, October 13 at Red Hawk Stadium. It’s also senior night. According to Athletic Director John Norton, they will introduce senior football players and cheerleaders PRIOR to the game on Friday. They ask that all parents of seniors meet at the flagpole no later than 6:30 p.m. on Friday. They will then do introductions at 6:40PM. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Come out and cheer on your Red Hawks!

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Cedar Springs upsets state-ranked Lowell, 28-14


The Red Hawks outscored and outplayed the Red Arrows in their first win against them since 1981. Photo by Kelly and Rob Lalone.

By Kayleigh Boomgaard

On Friday, September 28, the Cedar Springs varsity football team brought in a 28-14 win against the Red Arrows of Lowell at their homecoming game in Red Hawk stadium. The Hawks made history after beating Lowell for the first time since 1981. Varsity coach August Kapolka included the “12th man,” or the support of the Cedar Springs student section and community, in his team’s success.

Junior halfback Ryan Ringler started the scoring off with the first touchdown of the night, with 3:08 left to play in the first quarter. Ringler went on to run in a two-point conversion. The Red Arrows came back shortly after and scored their team’s first touchdown of the night at the tail end of the first quarter, with 36 seconds left to play.

In the second quarter, varsity Red Hawks John Jacob Todd and Ryan Ringler went on to score additional touchdowns, while their defensive line kept the Red Arrows from completing any runs into the end zone.

At halftime, senior varsity football player Nathan Patin and his girlfriend senior Nicole Mosher were crowned homecoming king and queen for 2017.

Returning from halftime, neither team made any advances in the third quarter, starting off the fourth with a standing score of Cedar Springs 22, Lowell 8.

In the final quarter of this year’s homecoming game, both teams scored a total of 6 points each. Lowell varsity player David Kruse scored on a one-yard up the middle into the end zone. Ringler upped the total for the Red Hawks with a 67-yard run through a clear center field, his speed giving him a major advantage.

To support your Red Hawks, come out to the stadium of Forest Hills Northern on Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. and cheer them on as your Hawks look to continuing to make history.

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