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Cedar Trails principal resigns

Longtime Cedar Trails Elementary principal Jennifer Harper with a student.

Longtime Cedar Trails Elementary principal Jennifer Harper with a student.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Board of Education approved a resolution Monday evening to enter into a separation agreement with longtime Cedar Trails Elementary principal Jennifer Harper.

Harper, who was co-principal with Mike Duffy, has been on paid administrative leave, and recently resigned. The reason for her paid leave and subsequent resignation has not been made public.

The Post has been contacted by concerned parents, who said she was there one day, and gone the next, with no explanation to staff or students and parents. “As a parent with students in the school I want to know what is going on,” wrote one parent. “This is crazy that the school district has said nothing to parents about this or anything that is going on. The kids are asking where she is.”

The Post spoke with the district office about the matter. “It’s been an ongoing personnel matter,” explained Superintendent Laura VanDuyn. “We can’t reveal the nature because it is a personnel matter. But I think it’s important to say that it’s not a matter that has to do with criminal conduct or the safety of students.”

Van Duyn said Harper was put on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. “We have clearly followed our district’s legal counsel in the matter,” she said.

Harper was originally hired to run the Parents as Teachers program, and then became co-principal with David Cairy.  She continued on as a principal at Cedar Trails after Cairy moved to Assistant Superintendent. Andy Secor and Mike Duffy have served as co-principals with Harper. Secor currently is principal at Cedar View.

VanDuyn said that Duffy would continue as principal at Cedar Trails and Harper would not be replaced.

While Harper said she could not discuss the terms of her resignation, she did have a statement for parents, staff and students.

“I have gladly dedicated my heart and soul to the students, staff and families of the Cedar Trails Community for the last 17 years. I have loved working with the staff, mentoring your young children, and have always supported high expectations for all. I wish only the best for CSPS and I pray for its continued success,” she said.

The Post submitted a request through the Freedom of Information Act on Monday, asking for any emails, documents, and minutes referencing the resignation of Jennifer Harper.

Harper is the second administrator to resign since the beginning of the school year. Assistant Superintendent Steve Seward resigned earlier this year.

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Beauty and the Beast starts tonight

 

Shows Feb. 5-8 at Cedar Springs High School

Alexis Lucarelli as Belle reading to Brandyn Kirchoff as the Beast.

Alexis Lucarelli as Belle reading to Brandyn Kirchoff as the Beast.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and love is in the air, along with some good old-fashioned fun, as over 60 cast members take the stage tonight at Cedar Springs High School for their winter musical, Beauty and the Beast. 

This classic tale is a charming love story about a young woman (Belle) who falls in love with a beast, who happens to be a prince placed under a spell. In order to escape the spell, the Beast must learn to love and be loved. If he doesn’t learn this before time runs out, he and his home will be under the spell forever.

Remington Sawade as Gaston performing with many of the cast members.

Remington Sawade as Gaston performing with many of the cast members.

Leads include Alexis Lucarelli as Belle; Sean Murphy as Maurice; Brandyn Kirchoff as Beast/Prince; Remington Sawade as Gaston; Dallas Mora as Lefou; Alec Falicki as Lumiere; Roland Nulph as Cogsworth; April Roberts as Mrs. Potts; and Sam Owens as Babette.

Shows are February 5, 6, and 7 at 7:00 p.m., with matinees on February 7 and 8 at 1:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $10, and can be bought at the high school main office, online at http://www.hprodcshs.com, and at the door.

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Band and Orchestra Festival    

CSPS-BandFestivalMarch 6, 2015  

8am—6pm 

High School Auditorium

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Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters – Athletes of the Month

Stocke, Brechting, and Mouthaan, are named Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Student Athletes for February. 

Mathilda Stocke

Mathilda Stocke

Brad Brechting

Brad Brechting

Aubree Mouthaan

Aubree Mouthaan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Mathilda Stocke has been named the February 2015, Student Athlete of the Month for Competitive Cheer.

Senior Brad Brechting has been named the February 2015, Student Athlete of the month for Boys Basketball.

Senior Aubree Mouthaan was named the February 2015, Student Athlete of the Month for Girls Basketball.

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2014-2015 Parent Education Speaker Series

CSPS-KSSN-logo

February 24 –  Languages of Love

Anne King, Teacher & Motivation Consultant

 

Learn to identify your family’s language of love and how to best relate to your child.

Cedar Springs High School Media Center

6:30 – 8:00pm

Open to parents, students and community members.

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Paper Gator collection sites

CSPS-Paper-GatorWe are collecting:

Newsprint, Catalogs, Magazines, Junk Mail, Phone Books, Office/School paper, Hard and Soft Cover books.

Bin Locations:

CS High School, CS Middle School,

Cedar Trails/Cedar View Elementary

Red Hawk/Beach Elementary

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Spring 2015 Parent Teacher Conference Schedule

Thurs, 02/26: Middle School 4:00 – 7:00

Mon, 03/09: Cedar Trails 3:45 – 6:45

Beach3:45 – 6:45

Cedar View3:45 – 6:45

New Beginnings5:00 – 6:30

Tues, 03/10: New Beginnings 2:30 – 4:00

Wed, 03/11: Beach 3:45 – 6:45

Cedar View3:45 – 6:45

Thurs, 03/12: Cedar Trails 3:45 – 6:45

Mon, 03/23: Red Hawk 4:00 – 7:15

Tues, 03/24: High School 5:00 – 7:30

Wed, 03/25: Red Hawk 3:00 – 6:15

High School3:00 – 5:30

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Walk the halls

 

Red Hawk Elementary will open their doors to all community members who would like to walk the halls from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday when school is in session.  If Cedar Springs Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather, holiday or no school scheduled, walking is cancelled that day.

Scheduled days closed

●  Mid-Winter Break, February 16 & 17

●  Parent Teacher Conferences, March 23 & 25

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Open Enrollment for Preschool

 

Open Enrollment for the Tuition Based Preschool begins Monday, February 23, 2015.

Families that are interested in tuition assistance for your child who will be 3 years old as of October 1, 2015:

• complete an application at www.firststepskent.org

• select Great Start Early Childhood Scholarships and then select the link to the 2015-2016 Childcare Scholarship Application.

Questions can be directed to the office of Great Start Collaborative/First Steps at 616-742-8903.

If your child will be 4 as of October 1, 2015 and you are interested in information about a tuition free preschool opportunity, contact the Great Start Readiness Program 616-447-2409.

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Attention parents of 2015-2016 Kindergarten Class

 

The Cedar Springs Kindergarten Team welcomes the parents/guardians only of the 2015-2016 Kindergarten Class.

Wednesday, March 18 

6:00pm to 7:00pm 

Cedar Trails Elementary

Parents/guardians will move in small groups from classroom to classroom getting a glimpse at the typical kindergarten day and curriculum expectations.   There will be five stations in all.

We are hoping to answer questions and get EVERYONE ready for an exciting start to the school year.

In August after teacher assignments have been finalized, we will welcome the students to Cedar Trails’ Open House to visit their classroom and meet their teacher.

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