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From the Superintendent

 

Laura VanDuyn

Laura VanDuyn

Dear Cedar Springs Public Schools Families:

Welcome back to school for the 2016-17 school year!  It is my hope you enjoyed the last few months doing the things you love to do during our beautiful Michigan summers.  I can assure you that you have been missed.  Our students and families fill our schools with excitement each school year and you are precisely why we choose to be educators…we love our kids and families!

As you have been away this summer we have been working on preparations for your return.  Our teachers, administrators and support staff have been preparing classrooms and schools for you.  They have been actively engaged in preparing for the academic and extracurricular year to begin.  They are anxious to have you back for another great year of learning adventures.

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your CSPS superintendent.  I take great pleasure in knowing that at CSPS, students come first.  On behalf of the CSPS Board of Education, administration, teachers and support staff, thank you for partnering with us to provide the very best education for our students.  Please know I enjoy meeting and getting to know our students and families so call or drop by for a visit at any time.

Warmly,

Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.
Superintendent

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Show your Spirit

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Fall 2016 Cedar Springs High School Athletics Spirit Themes all attending are encouraged to participate

September 1 – Beach Out Football vs Sparta

September 9 – Red White and Blue Football vs Greenville

September 16 – Black Out Football vs Northview

September 23 – Neon Out Football vs GR Christian

September 24 – Red Out Cross Country Red Hawk Invite

September 28 – White Out Tennis vs Cadillac

September 30 – White Out Football vs Lowell

October 4 – #Rickerstrong Soccer vs Greenville

October 7 – Pink Game Football vs FHN

October 14 – Red Out Football vs FHC

October 20 – Black Out Volleyball vs FHE

October 21 – 80s Night Football vs Ottawa Hills

November 4 – Gray Day Band During the School Day

Come out and support Red Hawk Athletics.  Follow on Twitter @Cedar_Athletics

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Mark Your Calendar 

Homecoming Football Game 

September 16  @ 7 pm vs Northview Wildcats

Red Hawk Stadium

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CSPS Important Info

Campus Directory

for a complete staff directory, please visit www.csredhawks.org

High School 696-1200

New Beginnings Alt. HS 696-1203

Middle School696-9100

District Office 696-1204

Red Hawk Elementary 696-7330

Transportation 696-1450

Cedar View Elementary696-9102

Campus Kids 696-1716

Beach Elementary696-0350

Food Service 696-0372

Cedar Trails Elementary 696-9884

Grades K-12 Start and Dismissal Times

Building/Program Start Dismissal

New Beginnings 7:22 2:22

High School 7:37 2:32

Middle School 7:25 2:20

Red Hawk 7:27 2:22

Cedar View 8:40 3:31

Beach 8:40 3:31

Cedar Trails 8:40 3:31

R1TS 7:37 2:32

Preschool program information is available by contacting Cedar Trails Elementary (616) 696-9884

2016 – 2017 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 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 Holly Haywood @ 616-696-0372 or e-mail Holly.Haywood@csredhawks.org.

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Board of Education

Board of Education High School Reps

Board of Education 2016 High School Representatives were introduced at the 8/8/16 Board of Education Meeting

Board of Education 2016 High School Representatives were introduced at the 8/8/16 Board of Education Meeting

CSPS-Board-of-Ed-girlsNext Board of Education Meeting 

September 12, 2016

Hilltop Community Building, Board Room – 3rd Floor, 6:45 PM

Board meeting notices, agendas and minutes are available at www.csredhawks.org/District/Board-of-Education/index.html.  Community members are always welcome to attend the Board of Education meetings.  A Board meeting is a meeting of the Board held in public, not a public meeting.

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Campus Kids are having a BLAST This Summer!!

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Teresea Schlump, Campus Kids Director

The students attending the Campus Kids Summer program are having so much fun!  We have been very active not only on campus, but by going on lots of enjoyable field trips!!  One of the goals of Campus Kids is to offer our students many new opportunities to experience different activities.  We are always searching for new places to take the students to expose them to new educational, cultural, and athletic opportunities.  To meet this goal, we have traveled to lots of places not only in Cedar Springs, but in our surrounding communities.  For example, some of our students have had a golf lesson at Cedar Chase, experienced a ninja obstacle course at Rockfit Ninja Gym, fed the fish at the Paris Park Fish Hatchery, picked berries at Krupp’s Farm, watched a baseball game at the Whitecaps, and shot bows and arrows at WM Archery Center in Rockford.  In all, we will go on 36 field trips this summer!!   Sometimes we take everyone, and other times we take a smaller group of students.  One of the other goals of the Campus Kids program is to spend a large portion of the day CSPS-CampusKids-waterfunoutside.  This summer, we have spent approximately 60% of the day outside enjoying the beautiful weather.  Some of the activities we have done when we are on campus have ranged from crafting to STEM activities to challenge our minds, walking/running club, building and playing on a giant slip and slide, growing vegetables in the Community Garden, journaling, playing charades, and preparing and eating healthy snacks.  We have also done some community service work by picking up trash on campus.

Campus Kids – Before and After School Care

Campus Kids is a State Licensed Day Care program and we are preparing for school start.  We offer Before and After School Care throughout the school year.  Campus Kids opens at 6:00am at both Cedar Trails Elementary and Beach Elementary.  We do activities throughout the morning, and then serve a light breakfast.  We dismiss the students in time to get to their class at either Cedar Trails, Beach, or Cedar View.  Cedar Trails students may attend Campus Kids at their school, while Beach and

Cedar View students may attend at Beach.  In the afternoons, Campus Kids opens at 3:30pm for students at the same locations.  A healthy snack is served and homework help and fun activities are offered until 6:00pm.  To enroll, please complete and return a registration packet before September 1, 2016 to reserve your spot.  Packets may be picked up at Cedar Trails, or they can be found on-line at csredhawks.org.  There is a $20 annual registration fee for one child or $35 for a family.  Rates are $8.00 a morning or afternoon, or $15 for both on the same day.  Parents complete a schedule of days that they need care, and they are billed a month in advance for services.

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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SCHOOL BUS STOPS

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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

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Cedar Springs Health Center NOW OPEN! 

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8 am – 3:30 pm Monday through Friday

For students ages 3 – 21

Located in the Red Hawk Elementary building – south entrance

616.696.3470 or visit www.cherryhealth.org

Cedar Springs School Health Center is a program coordinated by Cherry Health in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Department of Education.  The health center’s professional staff includes a medical provider, registered nurse, social worker and support staff.

The purpose of the health center is to:

  • Provide quality medical care and counseling services for students in a convenient setting
  • Encourage involvement of students and families in health care
  • Assist students in making healthy choices
  • Teach students about the important role they play in maintaining their own health

Services Available

  • Well-child visits and physicals for school, work, sports and camp
  • Counseling services
  • Dental services
  • Immunizations
  • Treatment for minor illnesses and injuries
  • Referrals for more serious illnesses, injuries, and additional care
  • Assistance with chronic health problems and prescriptions for medications
  • Hearing and vision screening, lab work and diagnostic testing
  • Nutrition services

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New School Resource Officer – Deputy Thomas McCutcheon

 

Kent County Sheriff Deputy Tom McCutcheon will be on the job 40 hours a week at Cedar Springs Public Schools this fall as the new school resource officer.

Kent County Sheriff Deputy Tom McCutcheon will be on the job 40 hours a week at Cedar Springs Public Schools this fall as the new school resource officer.

Deputy McCutcheon comes to us after serving on the Kent County Sherriff Department since 1993.  We appreciate his decades of courageous service to all of us in Kent County and especially appreciate his passion for serving kids with his immense involvement in schools and communities.  Deputy McCutcheon has been recognized for earning both the Deputy of Year and School Officer of the Year awards, is a field training officer, has been a Community Policing Officer and DARE Officer (in Cedar Springs!).

Additionally, he is President of the West Michigan Crime Prevention Association, is a Board member of the Crime Prevention Association of Michigan, the Michigan Community Child Watch and Camp Blodgett. He is a DNR instructor and Field Training Officer.  He has served in Comstock Park Schools as a football coach and girls varsity softball coach. He started a local Boy Scout troop and established the KOPS program in Kentwood schools (Kids & Officers Productive Society – centered around helping disadvantaged youth build self-esteem to become productive students).

We look forward to our partnership with the Kent County Sherriff Department and a focus on school safety and security throughout our district. We know through our surveys of staff and parents that they view safety and security as a priority for our Cedar Springs Public Schools and we do too!  This initiative is just one way we are responding to that feedback.  We now join many districts in Kent County in the SRO program and know it will serve us well.

Again, we welcome our very own Cedar Springs Public Schools SRO Deputy Tom McCutcheon.

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Severe Weather and Other Emergencies

 

Occasionally adverse weather conditions or other emergency situations may make it necessary to cancel school, delay the start of school, or send students home early.  When these situations occur, notice will be communicated through the Grand Rapids Area Information Line (GRAIL) to all subscribing area media.

Television:  Check out all their weather tools available such as the weather app, text alerts and email alerts.

WOOD TV 8, WXMI FOX 17,  WZZM TV 13

Radio: AM:  WGVU 1480, WJNZ 1140, WNWZ 1410, WOOD 1300, WTKG 1230  FM:  WGRD 97.9, WGVU 88.5, WJQK 99.3, WKLQ 94.5, WLAV 96.9, WLHT 95.7, WODJ 107.3, WOOD 105.7 FM, WSNX 104.5, WTRV 100.5, WVTI 96.1

A 2-hour delay means that students will be picked up by the bus approximately 2 hours later than their routine pick-up time.

Morning ECSE and Preschool classes will be cancelled.  With a 2-hour delay in effect, parents, students and staff should monitor the announcements in the event of the delay changing to a cancellation.  The buses will not transport students to the 1st session at the Kent ISD Skill Center when a school delay or cancellation is issued.

Parents and students should not call school officials to see if there will be school since school phones must be open for emergency calls.  In the event of an emergency, the plan outlined below will be followed.

Severe weather watch or warning during school hours:

In the event a tornado watch or severe weather watch is in effect, school will continue with students participating in their usual activities.  Dismissal will occur at regularly scheduled times.

If a tornado WARNING is issued by the US Weather Bureau, students will remain in school and take shelter under the supervision of teachers.  Students may be detained beyond the regular school

dismissal time, until an all-clear is issued.  During a tornado WARNING all after-school activities will be cancelled.

Please review these procedures with your children, and arrange for an alternative shelter home where students can go in the event of an early dismissal or 2-hour delay, if you will not be home.

Emphasize that students should stay off the streets once they reach home.  Review your family’s plan with your children on a regular basis.

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