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Greetings!

Scott B. Smith, Superintendent

When asked why they serve, each member of the Cedar Springs Board of Education will include “to make a difference in the lives of students” at some point in their response to the question.  While individual members may have other reasons why they answered the call to serve, the act of helping students is common to each of our Board of Education members.  This focus on students is a core belief that makes our Board of Education so special at what they do for the Cedar Springs community. 
Members of our Board of Education have two primary responsibilities.  Collectively they work to employ the superintendent, and they provide oversight on policies, curriculum, and district finances.  To accomplish this daunting task, they invest an average of eight to ten hours of their time each month in attending meetings, reading key documents, and taking classes offered through the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB).  They take this responsibility very seriously.  A focus on the needs of our students is vital to the members of the Board when they make decisions that impact Cedar Springs Public Schools.  “What is best for our students?” is a typical question that is heard during a discussion before they vote on an item on the meeting agenda.  
Quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”  For the seven members of our Board of Education, the answer to Dr. King’s question is making a difference in the lives of the students who attend Cedar Springs Public Schools.  For that, please join me in recognizing and celebrating our Board of Education for their ongoing commitment to making a positive difference in our community: 

Heidi Reed, President – First elected term of service
Matt Shoffner, Vice President – Second elected term of service
Trent Gilmore, Treasurer – First elected term of service
Traci Slager, Secretary – First elected term of service
Mistie Bowser, Trustee – First elected term of service
Jeff Rivard, Trustee – First elected term of service
Shannon Vanderhyde, Trustee – Second elected term of service

With respect and appreciation,
Scott B. Smith, Superintendent


Mid Winter Break

Mid Winter Break – No School Feb 15 – Feb 19

Students return to school on Feb 20


Wild Game Dinner

ATHLETIC BOOSTERS – 7th Annual 

Wild Game Dinner

2/15/2019 Doors open at 5:30 pm; Games start at 6:00 pm; Dinner at 7:00 pm

English Hills Terrace

5179 W River Drive NE

Comstock Park, MI


School Board election results

Ms. Mistie Bowser

Congratulations to Ms. Mistie Bowser and Mr.Jeff Rivard as they were elected to our school board in the November election! Both newly elected members will serve us well as they bring their individual experiences and perspectives to a collective team of seven board members. The Board of Education members and Superintendent Smith look forward to working collaboratively with Ms.

Mr. Jeff Rivard

Bowser and Mr. Rivard to continue the forward motion of our fantastic school district.


SPOTLIGHT ATHLETIC EVENTS

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2019

Varsity Boys/Girls Basketball “JERSEY NIGHT” 5:30/7 PM

Football/Cross Country and Fall All-Conference Recognition

Special National Anthem Performance

Students admitted Free with Student ID

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2019

Varsity Boys/Girls Basketball 5:30/7PM

“DRESS-IN-YOUR-FAVORITE-THEME-OF-THE-WHOLE-SCHOOL-YEAR-NIGHT”

After the Boys’ Basketball Game – World Record Attempt

Special Dance Team Performances – Both Games!

Halftime of the Girls Game – Traditional Passing of the Drumstick for the

Viking Clap!

Students admitted Free with Student ID

February 19 – Dance Team Performance at Boys’ BB Game and Bowler Recognition


Cedar Springs Education Foundation

The Cedar Springs Education Foundation was established in 1986, and has provided over $2 million to support the quality education and learning in our Cedar Springs Public Schools. The board members are volunteers and have a passion for our public schools and the education of our young people. The Foundation has 501(c)(3) non-profit status. Please consider a donation as a way to honor a teacher, staff member or community member. A note will be sent to the honoree informing them of your donation.

Tax deductible donations can be mailed to: Cedar Springs Education Foundation 204 E Muskegon Street, Cedar Springs, MI 49319


BECOME A RED HAWK WALKERSTAY HEALTHY THIS SEASON BECOME A RED HAWK WALKER

Going on NOW through March 28, 2019

Cedar Springs Public Schools supports your effort to stay healthy this season. 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 canceled that day.

For inclement weather school closings, please stay tuned to your local TV Station listings.


Golden Age Athletic 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 csredhawks.org Athletics or stop by the Cedar Springs District Office.


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Little Shop of Horrors at Cedar Springs High School

Sophomore Martin Yakes and Junior Rylie Tate play Seymour and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors. 


Cedar Springs High School is very proud to present its next musical production Little Shop of Horrors February 6-9, at 7 p.m.

“We are very excited to show off our amazing talent, set, and…man-eating plant,” said Rebecca Casavant, Musical Theater Director.

Sophomore Martin Yakes and Junior Rylie Tate play Seymour and Audrey, two odd-natured residents of Skid Row, who work at Mushnik’s Flower Shop (Mushnik played by Senior Austin Kibby). They run into some trouble, mostly related to sociopathic dentists and stoop-bearing urchins. 

“The entire cast has been working tirelessly to make this show as perfect as it can be,” said Casavant. “Bring your families, friends, or houseplants…You’ll see.”

Tickets are $10 at Cedar Springs High School or buy them online at https://hprodcshs.ludus.com/index.php

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Middle school honors band


Last week we ran photos of both the Cedar Springs High School and Cedar Springs Middle School students that were part of honors bands that performed at Orchard View January 9. The names of the middle school students were not available at press time, but we now have them.


Back row L to R: Maddy Radebach, Rayne Evans, Ivy Collins, Madison Shields

Front row L to R: Judy Visser, Juliana Bolinger, Kiylee Hall

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SPOTLIGHT ATHLETIC EVENTS


JANUARY/FEBRUARY – 2019

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2019

Home Cheerleading – SENIOR NIGHT, 6:00 PM

Senior recognition, Students admitted Free with Student ID

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2019 Special CSHS Musical Preview and Student Section “NEON NIGHT.”

Neon Dance after the Game

Wild Game Tickets for Sale! RIVALRY GAME: Students admitted Free TO THE GAME with Student ID

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2019 MAKE-UP GAME – Varsity Boys/Girls Basketball  “RED OUT”  5:30/7PM.

Special performance group throughout the night by the Cheer Team

Students admitted Free with Student ID

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2019 Wrestling AT Sparta – DISTRICTS – “RED OUT”  – 5:30 PM

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2019 Varsity Boys/Girls Basketball  “JERSEY NIGHT” 5:30/7PM

Football/Cross Country and Fall All-Conference 

Recognition, Special National Anthem Performance

Students admitted Free with Student ID

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2019 Varsity Boys/Girls Basketball 5:30/7PM

“DRESS-IN-YOUR-FAVORITE-THEME-OF-THE-WHOLE- SCHOOL-YEAR-NIGHT.”  After the Boys’ Basketball Game – World Record Attempt. 

Special Dance Team Performances – Both Games 

Halftime of the Girls Game – Traditional Passing of the drumstick for the Viking Clap!

Students admitted Free with Student ID

LETS GO RED HAWKS!

OTHER HAPPENINGS AT BASKETBALL GAMES

February 5 – Dance Team Performance at Girls’ BB Game

February 19 – Dance Team Performance at Boys’ BB Game and Bowler Recognition

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Honors band performs

High school band members. Back row: Jadon Grifhost, Tyler St. Amour, Allison White, Cecilia Smith, Gavinn Shields. front row; Katie Levandowski, Alivia Mesler.




On the first week back to school, a select few Cedar Springs Middle and High School students were a part of Honors Band at Orchard View High School in Muskegon, on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. 

High school band member Jenna Alcumbrack.

The kids got to spend the day learning new music and putting on a performance at the end of the night for family and friends.

Middle school band members. Names unavailable at press time.

We would like to say bravo on a great day and the evening performances by both the Middle and High School District 7 Honors Bands!

We are proud of our Cedar Springs Band members who were nominated and selected to participate in these elite groups!

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School seeks input on strategic plan

By Scott Smith, Superintendent, Cedar Springs Public Schools

Cedar Springs Public Schools is excited to share that we are preparing to launch a community-driven strategic planning process. Our ambitious goal is to present the Board of Education with a draft of a comprehensive three-year strategic plan for their review in July. A final version of the plan would then be presented to the Board for their approval in August. We need your help to make this happen.

To create a community-driven strategic plan, we must first identify and engage with the people who call Cedar Springs Public Schools home. For us, community starts with our students and families. It is also essential that we reach out to District staff, community and business leaders, and residents in this process. The Board of Education is committed to listening to the ideas of our community to clarify the focus of our efforts over the next three years.

The gathering of community input will first come in the form of five focus group conversations. These meetings are scheduled to take place in late January. We will have one focus group for students, one for staff, two groups for parents, and one group for community members and business leaders. The focus groups will include 25-30 representatives from each category. In some cases, individuals will be invited to participate in a focus group. In other cases, we will randomly select participants from a pool of individuals who have expressed interest in helping us with this process. The discussion at these meetings will center on two primary topics:

*What do you like the most about Cedar Springs Public Schools?

 *What can Cedar Springs Public Schools do to improve?

The feedback gathered from the focus group conversations will then be used to generate questions for a comprehensive survey that will be sent out in late February. Each student in grades 6-12, all parents of students grades PK-12, and all District staff will receive a survey via email. Community/business leaders and residents of Cedar Springs will be able to submit a survey electronically through a link on our website.

Post photo by J. Reed.

The next step in our process will be to review the District’s current strategic plan relative to the feedback collected from our community. A team of students, parents, staff, and community/business leaders will work together to create a draft of our three-year strategic plan in June. This draft will be presented to our Board of Education for discussion at their meeting in July. Our goal is to present a final version of our strategic plan to the Board for approval in August.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to Cedar Springs Public Schools. We look forward to learning from the ideas you share during these essential steps in our strategic planning process. Together, we will make clear our District’s priorities for the next three years.

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Cedar Springs Competitive Cheer sweeps Portage Central invitational

The first competitive cheer meet of 2019 took place on a foggy Saturday morning at Portage Central High School on January 5. Despite the challenges of illness and a limited practice schedule due to Christmas break, the Lady Red Hawks swept the invitational by earning first place in all three levels.  

The Varsity, JV, and Middle School cheer teams sporting their medals at the Portage Central invitational. Courtesy photo.

“We were lucky enough to take all three levels (Middle School, Junior Varsity and Varsity) to Portage Central this week,” commented Varsity Coach Anne Olszewski. “We always try to take the entire program to at least one invitational so they can support one another and see one another’s hard work.” 

Twelve schools competed at the Varsity level, with four teams competing in the Division 2 bracket. Although Cedar Springs consistently earned the highest scores in their Division, they ended the first round in fourth place overall and had to dig deep in order to close the gap between them and that number one spot. The squad earned their highest round three score to-date and was able to secure the second highest overall score of the event, with a combined score of 733.64, only 1.64 points behind Portage Central High School. 

JV Coach Katy Hradsky remarked, “I am ecstatic at the level of skill from this small and young team and excited to see what else they achieve this season. Our scores have been consistent over the last month and we have gotten great feedback from judges and coaches on how ‘exciting, unique and fun’ our rounds are! This is just the beginning of our journey.”

“I am super proud to take an entire program to the Kalamazoo area and show them what we have just north of Grand Rapids. It’s a proud day for Red Hawk Cheerleading,” replied an enthusiastic Coach Olszewski.

The High School teams will travel to the east side of the state to compete at the Stoney Creek High School Competitive Cheer Invitational in Rochester Hills on Saturday, January 12. Good luck Lady Red Hawks! 

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Varsity cheer takes first in their division at West Ottawa

Varsity cheer took finished first in their division and third overall at West Ottawa.

On December 15, all three levels of the Cedar Springs Competitive Cheer team traveled to Holland and competed in the West Ottawa Invitational. 

The Varsity team placed first in their division, with a combined score of 709.26, but several critical errors were made in Round Three that resulted in the squad falling from first place overall to finishing third. Coach Anne Olszewski offered this comment: “This was an incredible learning experience for the teams. The Varsity took first and took home a trophy, but it was not our best performance. This experience will prepare us for future competitions when the margins are tighter, and a greater level of concentration is necessary.”

JV cheer finished third at West Ottawa.

The JV team finished third within a large field of Division 1 schools. Coach Katy Hradsky is facing challenges with minor injuries and eligibility issues and is using the strengths of her athletes to maximize scoring for each round. Coach Olszewski said about the team, “I am so proud of the girls and am very lucky to have Coach Katy as part of the coaching staff.”

The Middle School team earned the highest scores of their season and finished 2nd place overall against a pool of 26 teams! “They are one of the few teams that throw back-handsprings in round 2. That’s a testimony to Coach Abby Olszewski. She has a team of primarily 7th graders and they are still scoring as high as the 8th grade teams,” reported Anne Olszewski.

The team will be competing at the Jenison Invitational on December 19, which will be the last competition for 2018. The road to state will continue in 2019…#EARNIT!

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Red Hawk Bowling results

On December 12, Cedar Springs had a conference match against Forest Hills Central at Forest Hills Central.  The Boys won 28.5-1.5. The girls won 23-7, with junior Omani Morales bowling her high school high of 267, and setting a new school record for high score in girls bowling.

On December 15, Cedar Springs hosted a tournament at Westgate and 17 schools attended. The boys finished 5th, with freshman Cody Marshall bowling his new high school high of 212. The girls finished 8th. 

Junior Omani Morales placed 6th in individuals with a 2 game total of 390. Senior Dane Conely placed 10th in individuals with a 2 game total of 424.

On December 17, Cedar Springs hosted a conference match against Northview. The boys lost 7-23. The girls won 23-7, with senior Morgan Nauta bowling her High school high of  119. 

Last week freshman Kayla Walters bowled her high school high of 118 and freshman Audrey Waite bowled her high school high of 117 against Lowell.. 

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Youth wrestlers at Reeths Puffer

By Jacquie Troupe

CS Youth wrestlers with their medals. Photo by J. Troupe.

Cedar Springs Wrestling sent 25 wrestlers to Reeths-Puffer O & N on Sunday, December 16. They had 27 pins in 25:34 (1st) and scored 308 TMP (1st). They finished the day 52-34. 

Coach Scott Marsman said “We’re so pleased with how the kids are improving every week. They show up to practice every week ready to go and are excited to wrestle with confidence about what they are doing on the mat every Sunday. We have a great group of kids and parents and are really looking forward to the rest of the year!”

In the 2012-14 46lb class Brycen Alber placed 2nd, had 4 pins in 3:48 (1st), fastest pin was :19 (11th) and scored 18TMP. In the 49lb class Henry Galinis placed 2nd, had 2 pins in 1:55 (39th), his fastest pin was :21 (13th) and he scored 26TMP(34th). Ethan Trompen placed 3rd and his fastest pin was :24 (16th).

In the 2010-11 52lb Novice class Eli Gunderson placed 2nd and scored 15TMP. Kyam Gorby placed 3rd and scored 22TMP. Tristan Wilkerson placed 4th. In the 61lb class Dillon VanDyke placed 2nd, had 3 pins in 2:07 (5th) and his fastest pin was :39(53rd). In the 82lb class Tanner Wood placed 2nd. In the 52lb Open class Dawson Pike placed 4th. Chasyn Winchel was the 1st Place Champion in the 72lb class, had 3 pins in 2:18 (7th), his fastest pin was :36 (44th) and he scored 17TMP. At Christmas Sparty he placed 2nd. 

In the 2008-09 69lb Novice class Spencer Schoenborn was the 1st Place Champion, had 2 pins in 1:04 (24th) and his fastest pin was :24 (21st). In the 70lb class Caleb Austin placed 2nd. 75lb class Kale Faurot placed 4th and scored 33TMP (6th). In the 110lb class Zach Vu placed 3rd. In the 75lb class Deegan Pike placed 2nd and his fastest pin was :50(87th). In the 78lb class Blake Falan placed 2nd and his fastest pin was :31 (30th). Jon Libera placed 2nd in the 81lb class, had 2 pins in 1:42 (35th) and his fastest pin was :22 (14th). 

In the 85lb Novice class Rory Schoenborn was the 1st Place Champion and scored 32TMP (12th). In the 90lb class Kaiden Dreyer placed 2nd had 3 pins in 2:15 (6th) and his fastest pin was :43(69th).

In the 2004-05 138lb class Antwuan Nicholls placed 2nd, had 2 pins in 1:13 (26th) and his fastest pin was :34(38th). Carter Falan was the 1st Place Champion, had 2 pins in 5:19 (75th) and scored 28TMP (24th).

In the Christmas Sparty 150/170lb 15U Individual Maston Wood Placed 3rd.

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