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Cedar Springs Sports Information:

Winter sports (girls and boys basketball, bowling, wrestling, competitive cheer) have started and teams are looking forward to the exciting season ahead!

You can visit our website online    bit.ly/RedHawkAthletics to view a full list of all games.

Also, watch for the Post’s Winter Sports Schedules coming soon!

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New District Signage coming soon!

Although not part of the bond construction, the district is currently in the final design phases of new signage along Northland Drive and 17 Mile Road.  New signs at the High School, Hilltop, Beach, and Cedar Trails will be put in place in early 2022. In addition, a refurbished Middle School sign that utilizes the existing message board will be put in place.

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New Red Hawk Sideline Store!

Cedar Springs Public Schools Sideline Store is now open! The store includes a wide variety of Cedar Springs branded merchandise, with options to personalize. This is a great place for holiday gifts, and an awesome way to show your Red Hawk pride in our community.

To celebrate the Grand Opening receive 25% everything by using code: SPIRIT21.

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FFA Nationally Ranked

Congratulations are in place for our State Winning FFA Forestry Team, now nationally ranked! 

The team competed in the second round of the competition in early November, competing in Tree Identification, Timber Cruising, and Forest Business Management. Upon completion, the team placed 8th in the NATION, receiving Gold Honors! 

The team is made up of Senior- Gideon McConnon, Sophomore – Eli Kleynenberg, and 2021 Graduates – Sam Kleyneberg and Trevor Marsman. 

Gideon, Trevor, and Eli all received Silver honors. While Sam received Gold Honors and placed 8th overall individually in the nation!

Be sure to congratulate them, not only representing Cedar Springs FFA and Cedar Springs High School but the State of Michigan! 

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Thank you to our Community!

To the West Michigan communities, it is hard for our team to find words to express our gratitude for all the kindness and support we have received during the course of the past month from our neighboring school districts and communities.

Cedar Springs Middle School is grateful for everything each of you have done for us. The T-shirts, cards, flowers, emails, and visits meant a great deal to us, as we continue to feel the loss of our staff members each day.

The outpouring support from each of you has been amazing. Please know your generosity and thoughtfulness has not gone unnoticed and brings our team at the Middle School comfort each day.

Knowing that we are not alone has helped us be stronger each day. Thank you all for being there for us.

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Cedar Springs Public Schools Honor Roll

2nd Semester Honor roll 2020-2021

click link to download:

CSPSHonorRoll2021-2.pdf

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Athletes of the Month

Girls Soccer

Delaney Drumm – Delaney is a 4 year varsity player and a captain for our team. She is willing and able to break down opposing defenses and a majority of our offensive threats go through her. She has worked hard in the off season and provides the team with a calming, and encouraging, presence at all times. When she entered this season she was willing to do what she needed to put the team in a better position to win and she constantly challenges both herself, and those around her.

Morgan Reyers – Morgan is a two year varsity soccer player and every session and game she brings a life on and off the field. She works tirelessly during the games and her game vs. Rockford was phenomenal. Morgan never let up and worked tirelessly to put the opposing team under pressure and whenever she steps onto the field she is willing to give her all. Her attitude and demeanor are always brining smiles and laughter to all of those around her.

Abigail Buttermore – One of the most dynamic, technical, and athletic players we have had in our program. Abby tears up defenses and the header goal that she scored against South Christian is one of the best we have ever seen. A varsity player since her freshman year Abby has undoubtedly left her mark on our program.

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Cedar Springs High School temporarily shifts to remote learning

High School students will be learning from home November 9 through December 1

Cedar Springs High School students will be learning from home for the next few weeks because of a large number of student absences due to quarantine. The Post asked Superintendent Scott Smith to explain what is happening.

“We continue to see a dramatic increase in the number of students in grades 9-12 absent from class due to COVID-19. The actual number of positive cases for High School students on any given day has remained relatively low.  However, the number of students and staff required to quarantine for 14 days has become significant and currently accounts for nearly 99 percent of the absences we are seeing,” he explained. 

“On Monday, November 9, the High School was expecting three student absences due to a positive COVID-19 test and over 180 students out due to quarantine.  One out of every five desks at the High School was going to be empty on Monday due to COVID-19 related absences.  To stabilize the learning experience for all High School students, we decided to move to our remote learning plan beginning on November 9 and lasting through December 1.”

Smith said that the increase in absences has caused a significant strain on the learning process for students missing class due to COVID-19.  “Teachers were doing their best to deliver the same lesson both in-person and remotely. In comparison, teaching a lesson remotely or in-person requires similar but very different strategies. The shift to remote learning allows our teachers to focus on one delivery method for their lessons, providing equitable instruction for all students. The decision to launch our remote learning model at the High School was clear.”

So far, attendance levels in the other buildings indicate that students in grades PK-8 can continue to learn in-person.  

How will this affect certain high school activities?

Athletics/Co-curricular programs – At this time, we will continue with all scheduled athletic/co-curricular eventsand activities. All current safety measures will remain in place.

KCTC/KTC transportation will continue to be provided. Some minor adjustments to routes and schedules may be necessary. 

Meal availability – Student meals will be available for pick-up between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at the HS loop (near the office) on the following dates:

Monday – 11/9

Thursday – 11/12

Monday – 11/16

Thursday – 11/19

Monday – 11/23

Students will be given meals for three days. Please reach out to the High School office if you need meals but are not available during the scheduled times.

Mobile Hotspots may be available through CSPS if you do not have an internet connection where you live. These devices are being distributed based on need and availability. 

Personal items The High School will be open during regular school hours. Students can pick up any personal items starting on Monday. 

Early Middle College – A separate communication will be sent to our EMC families outlining specificinformation on this program.

Smith said they would keep parents informed of any future adjustments to their schedule or programs.  

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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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