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Hard Work leads to Sledding Party

Kindergarten and first grade students enjoy sledding as a reward for meeting their reading goals.

Kindergarten and first grade students enjoy sledding as a reward for meeting their reading goals.

The elementary students were able to enjoy some winter fun before the snow melted!

The kindergartners and first graders earned a sledding party because they have worked so hard to meet their reading goals this year. Mrs. Bialkowski, the first grade teacher, and Miss Bostic, the kindergarten teacher, wanted to celebrate their students’ successes!

What better way to celebrate in the winter than with a sledding party followed by hot cocoa and a special treat!

“It was a blast seeing the excitement from these little ones and knowing that all this happened because they had been working so hard in the classroom,” said Miss Bostic. “These kids can make any situation exciting and enjoyable, even this small sledding hill!”

Thank you to all the moms and dads of the first graders and the kindergartners who made this celebration possible! Now they are on to setting and meeting even more goals for the year with National Reading Month right around the corner!

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Fundraiser to benefit Brison Ricker

 

WERQ dance fitness workout March 11

Join us for a dance fitness party to raise funds that will go towards Brison Ricker’s medical care. Brison Ricker is a 15-year-old Cedar Springs student who was diagnosed in January with inoperable brain cancer.

What better way to raise funds than to come together for a 90-minute dance fitness party? Sweat to some of your favorite songs for a good cause. Let’s do what we can to help kick cancer’s butt!

No experience necessary—anyone can do it! Just throw on your fitness gear, bring a water bottle, a sweat towel, and your favorite dancing/workout friends!

The fundraiser will be Friday March 11, 6-7:30 p.m. at Red Hawk Elementary. The cost is $10.  It will last 90 minutes, with multiple WERQ Instructors, and fun routines to your favorite radio hits!

Just DO IT!

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From the Superintendent’s Desk

 

Dear Cedar Springs Public Schools Families:

As we kick off the month of February each year in our district newsletter, the Red Hawk Review, we salute the volunteers of our great district.  I’d like to take this opportunity to extend my personal thanks to our volunteers as well.  We know the partnership we enjoy with so many parents and community members is something special as Cedar Springs is such a warm and giving community committed to the students and staff of CSPS.

We’ve witnessed the giving of countless hours of volunteerism in our schools.  We so appreciate our parents and community members for bringing smiles to the faces of our students and staff.  Our volunteers spend time assisting students in small groups, they help teachers in busy classrooms, they raise funds, they shelve books, they serve food, they travel to far-away places to support our kids in a variety of activities, they support our Special Olympics, they bake and cook for our staffs, they organize countless activities, they hold team dinners, they donate thousands and thousands of dollars to support needs and wants otherwise not possible and SO much more.  Our volunteers do so with a heart and spirit of giving as they love supporting our RED HAWKS, young and old!  Thank you to all who support our schools – we couldn’t do it without you!

Speaking of volunteers, our Cedar Springs Board of Education is a group of 7 people who volunteer all year long.  They are committed to serving in many capacities to ensure the very best education for our nearly 3,500 students.  Their work goes far beyond a couple of meetings a month.  They spend days and nights engaged in the work of the district as their primary role is the “big picture” of the district in order to: set the vision for the district, hire/evaluate the superintendent, and set Board policy.  To that end our Board is currently volunteering in the strategic planning process in order to set the vision for the district.

Strategic planning is an organization’s process of defining direction for the organization in order to accomplish goals.  In that process the vision, mission and core values of the organization are defined.  The vision is where we are trying to go; the mission is why we are doing what we’re doing; the core values are how we are going to go about it.  The Board of Education establishes the vision for the district by gathering input from the stakeholders of the district and community.

We are making great progress in the strategic planning process by involving our stakeholders.  A steering committee of staff, parent and community leaders reached out to secure large groups of participants to be in feedback groups during the month of February.  It is in those groups where staff, students, parents and community members convene to share with a facilitator their hopes and dreams for the Cedar Springs Public Schools.  Our Board of Education will then establish the “big picture” of a vision for a 3-5 year plan for moving our district forward in the very best way to serve students as our Cedar Springs students deserve the very best.  Thank you to ALL who are giving of their time in this important process.  It’s an exciting time at CSPS!

As always, it is an honor to serve as your CSPS superintendent.  Please know I maintain an open door to any and all who would like to talk.  Please do call, write or drop by for a visit at any time.  I would love an opportunity to get to know you and learn how I might support your wishes or to answer any questions you may have about any topic, such as strategic planning!

Warmly,

Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

Office:  616-696-1204 ext. 1001

Cell: 925-899-3111

Email: laura.vanduyn@csredhawks.org

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February School News

Beach Elementary receives grant

Beach Elementary received a $500.00 grant from Exxon Mobil, store #310509 the Cedar Rock Mobil Mart on 11800 Northland Dr. Part of the stipulation of our grant is that we publish the information about the grant. The grant is titled Exxon Mobil Education Alliance program and they are made annually to support math and science.

Preschool

Open Enrollment for the Tuition Based Preschool begins Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Classes will be forming for students who are 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2016.  Information will be available at that time for families that are interested in tuition assistance for preschool.

Kindergarten – Ready, Set, Go! “The Future Begins Here”

The Cedar Springs Kindergarten Team welcomes the parents and guardians of the 2016-2017 Kindergarten Class for an information night.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 6:00 – 7:00 pm Cedar Trails Elementary

Parents and guardians will meet in the multi-purpose room where our kindergarten teaching staff will present an outline of the typical day, share curriculum expectations and give some helpful tips on selecting a backpack and other frequently used items. 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.

NEW Director of Business and Finance – Rosemary Zink, CPA, MBA, CMA

Rosemary starts at Cedar Springs Public Schools February 1, 2016. She comes to CSPS with a wealth of skills and knowledge in school business and finance.  Her office will be located at the Hilltop Community Building.  Please join us in welcoming Rosemary to the district.

CAMPUS KIDS CHILD CARE PROGRAM IS EXPANDING

Due to our increased Campus Kids Child Care enrollment, we have opened another Campus Kids Child Care location at Beach Elementary. We will have programming at the Beach location for 2nd through 5th graders, mornings and afternoons. Campus Kids will base out of the Beach cafeteria and we will use the gym, library, and computer lab for activities. We will maintain our Child Care program at Cedar Trails for preschoolers, kindergarteners, and first graders.

Rates are available for mornings, afternoons, all day programming when school is not in session, and drop-in (based on availability). We will also be offering a Summer Camp with lots of fun activities and field trips.

Campus Kids Program Information

call: 616-696-1716

visit: http://csredhawks.org/Parents/Campus-Kids-Child-Care/index.html

stop in: Cedar Trails or Beach Elementary Main Offices

Monday – Friday, 6am to 6pm

Location: Cedar Trails Elementary & Beach Elementary

Mid Winter Break 

No School February 12 through February 16;  Students returning February 17

Education Foundation to receive plaque

Ed Foundation Plaque at High School Auditorium On March 5, 2015, the Education Foundation met in the High School’s auditorium with director and teacher Justin Harnden to present the official $25,000 Education Foundation donation check. New speakers and a sound system have been installed in the High School Auditorium. The school is very excited for these new additions, and will certainly be seen and used as often as possible. Thank you Holton family!

As a demonstration of appreciation, a plaque will be dis-played at the High School Auditorium to recognize the generosity of the Holton family.

2016 High School Winter Musical “Wizard of Oz”

For more information visit:

www.hprodcshs.com/wizard-2016.html

Mark your calendar for the show on Feb 4, 5, 6, & 7

GET READY TO HOOP IT UP!

2016 CEDAR SPRING SPECIAL OLYMPIC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

CEDAR SPRINGS MIDDLE SCHOOL

STAY HEALTHY THIS SEASON BECOME A RED HAWK WALKER NOW—3/31/16

The cold air is settling in, but you don’t have to give up your workout. 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.

Scheduled days closed… February 15 & 16

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

Calling All Cedar Springs Community Members — It is Box Top and Labels for Education Submission Time!

CSPS-Box-TopsDo you have Box Tops or Labels for Education sitting around the house and no one to donate them to?    Box Tops for Education is a program created by General Mills to help schools earn cash to buy the things needed: books, computers, playground equipment and more.   You can find Box Tops on hundreds of products throughout the grocery store.  To get more information on the program, visit www.boxtops4education.com

Labels for Education a fun and easy program where families and members of the community work together to “Earn Free Stuff” for their school!  By collecting UPCs your school earns points that can be redeemed for Arts, Athletics, and Academics merchandise.  For a complete list of participating products, visit www.labelsforeducation.com.

Help out Cedar Springs Public Schools by dropping the box tops off to the district office.  District office hours Monday through Friday; 7:30am – 4:00pm.  Please drop off donations before February 11, 2016. The elementary school students thank you!

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Dedicated & Talented Middle School Art Student

Eilena Lopez shows off some of her artwork.

Eilena Lopez shows off some of her artwork.

Jennifer Swift, Art Teacher

I would like to take the time to celebrate an extraordinarily talented artist at Cedar Springs Middle School.

Eilena Lopez is an eighth grader who consistently demonstrates dedication, perseverance, the ability to think outside the box, and the artistic skills to create incredibly unique works of art.  She typically takes on more than the project requires, doing multiple projects, adding intense details, and even working from home.  She is thoughtful and reflective in every project and a great inspiration to her fellow classmates.

CSPS-Art2Eilena is skilled in a variety of art mediums, but her passion is drawing with value.  Eilena’s work will be on display at the administration office if you have a chance to see her work in person.  The attention in detail in her portraits is absolutely stunning!  I feel so very grateful to get to work with such an incredible person and artist every day.  Cedar Springs is very lucky to have Eilena here!

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From the Superintendent’s Desk

Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Dear Cedar Springs Public School Families:

Happy New Year 2016!  We are so happy to have our schools teeming, once again, with our students, staff and families.  It is my hope you enjoyed a restful vacation from school and that you are ready to take on all the excitement this new year brings.

As we know, there will be challenges and celebrations throughout 2016.  Our positive perspective on what is ahead will lead us to continued growth and development at CSPS.  Please join me in embracing each challenge we may face in 2016 as we know it’s how we learn, grow and thrive. We’ll have many celebrations as we work together and witness the greatness our kids and staff will achieve in 2016.  I know we have some seniors already considering a celebration as the magic “2016” is the year they have been waiting for a long time!  Hold off on that seniors…you still have a lot of work to do!

As we kick off 2016 I want to thank a committed group of people who keep this district so strong…our PTO.  I have witnessed the incredible number of hours this group of parents dedicates to all our schools.  I have learned about the countless things they do to raise funds and support our needs and wants. Just to name a few:  they pay for and build playgrounds;  they provide meals and support to our staff during conferences; they ensure Santa Claus and cookies are a part of the fun at Cedar Trails; they organize and run our book fairs and supply our teachers with many books for their classrooms; they host ice cream socials to build community; they supply books for and help run our libraries; they cheer on all our kids as they walk the track for our annual PTO fundraiser.  Our CSPS PTO seeks to serve and they do so with a smile and great cheer knowing that they are building community at Cedar Springs.  Thank you, PTO, and Happy New Year to all of you from all of us at CSPS!

We have many exciting things happening as we enter 2016.  One of which is strategic planning.  If you are interested in providing feedback for that process, please let me know as we would love to have your input.  There are parent and community group meetings to be held in February in order to provide the Board of Education with input to help them establish the vision (where we want to go), mission (why we are doing what we are doing) and core values (how we are going to go about it) of our school distict.  Our CSPS Board of Education values all constituent group feedback and looks forward to setting the vision of the district for future progress for all.

It’s great to be back!  Together, let’s make 2016 the best year ever!

Warmly,

Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

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January is National Board of Education Recognition Month

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Our school board members dedicate countless hours to our schools and community.  The seven members of the Cedar Springs Board of Education do this by always keeping children as the center of their work and decision making.

The district is planning to honor the Cedar Springs Board of Education members on the next Regular Board Meeting, January 11, 2016 – 6:45pm Hilltop Community Building, 3rd Floor Board Room.   Please join our entire CSPS staff in thanking our dedicated Board members.

Board members include Patricia Eary – President, Matt Shoffner – Vice President, Brook Nichols – Secretary, Michelle Bayink – Treasurer, Jeff Gust – Trustee, Joe Marckini – Trustee, and Shannon Vanderhyde – Trustee.

Thank you Cedar Springs Board of Education!

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January News

Upcoming Events

1/11 – Board of Education Meeting

1/15 – Student Early Release

1/22 – End of Semester 1 (grades 6-12)

1/29 – Student Early Release

2016 High School Winter Musical “Wizard of Oz”

For more information visit: www.hprodcshs.com/wizard-2016.html

Mark your calendar for the show on Feb 4, 5, 6, & 7

High School Auditorium

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 free or reduced price breakfast. Encourage your child to join us for school breakfast.

Time Served: 7:10 am & 8:30 am

Volunteers are welcome

In Cedar Springs there are several ways parents may volunteer to help the school maintain the quality of educational services. Volunteer to work in the classroom with your child’s teacher, work at book fairs, pop popcorn, help with picture day, etc. Please check with your child’s building office for volunteer opportunities.

To help insure the safety of our students, all volunteers willbe required to complete a consent form for a criminal history search. Results from these searches are kept completely confidential.

Please visit www.csredhawks.org/Parents/VolunteerInformation/index.html for the consent form and return to your child’s building office.

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Student Assessment Results Released to Cedar Springs Public Schools Families

Results Reflect Transition to MI Higher Standards

Families across Cedar Springs Public Schools this week are beginning to receive their students’ scores on the 2014-15 statewide assessment, known as M-STEP.

We are working to ensure parents and families know scores reflect both a new assessment and a major transition to higher standards.

The next few years will require significant transitions for students, families and educators, as the adjustment to higher standards and the M-STEP continues.

Students are adjusting to the new form of tests.  Expectations are higher, tests are challenging and even the way that tests are taken  – online – is new to some students.  Results from the 2014-2015 school year will set a new baseline for measuring student progress on this challenging test.  These results are important for understanding student learning moving forward.

Across Michigan, districts are facing the same challenges we are.  We know that it is important to set high expectations for our students and all of our teachers are working every day to help our students meet and exceed these expectations.  These kinds of changes – to higher standards and challenging tests – take time.  We appreciate parents being our partners in making sure that our students are getting the tools and support that they need to be successful, in and out of school.

Spring 2015 M-Step aggregate score results from Cedar Springs, Kent County and the State of Michigan are listed below.

Grade 3
  Cedar Springs Kent County State
English Language Arts 54.3% 52.5% 50.1%
Math 62.4% 52.0% 48.8%
Grade 4
  Cedar Springs Kent County State
English Language Arts 33.5% 50.1% 46.6%
Math 36.8% 44.8% 41.4%
Science 10.5% 14.9% 12.4%
Grade 5
  Cedar Springs Kent County State
English Language Arts 44.5% 51.7% 48.7%
Math 43.3% 36.3% 33.4%
Social Studies 17.6% 24.4% 22.2%
Grade 6
  Cedar Springs Kent County State
English Language Arts 47.8% 49.3% 44.7%
Math 40.4% 39.0% 33.3%
Grade 7
  Cedar Springs Kent County State
English Language Arts 65.2% 51.7% 49.1%
Math 60.0% 37.6% 33.3%
Science 36.1% 25.5% 22.7%
Grade 8
  Cedar Springs Kent County State
English Language Arts 59.1% 51.3% 47.6%
Math 31.8% 39.2% 32.2%
Social Studies 39.6% 34.1% 29.7%
High School Grade 11
  Cedar Springs Kent County State
English Language Arts 51.3% 55.6% 49.3%
Math 22.4% 32.9% 28.5%
Science 32.5% 30.4% 29.4%
Social Studies 47.2% 46.8% 43.9%
New Beginnings Grade 11
 Cedar Springs Kent County State
English Language Arts 15.8% 55.6% 49.3%
Math 0.0% 32.9% 28.5%
Science 11.8% 30.4% 29.4%
Social Studies 23.5% 46.8% 43.9%
District Grade 11
  Cedar Springs Kent County State
English Language Arts 48.1% 55.6% 49.3%
Math 20.7% 32.9% 28.5%
Science 30.8% 30.4% 29.4%
Social Studies 45.3% 46.8% 43.9%

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State of the School District Cedar Springs Public Schools

 

Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Featuring Superintendent Dr. Laura VanDuyn

Please join us to celebrate the fine students, staff, families and community of Cedar Springs Public Schools.  All staff, families and community are encouraged to attend.  Superintendent VanDuyn will provide a report on current and future initiatives of the school district as well as respond to questions from attendees.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Hilltop Community Building
3rd Floor, Board Room
December 10, 2015

6:30pm

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