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Exciting School District News: 

Board of Education take Oath of Office at the January 9, 2017 Board meeting.

Board of Education take Oath of Office at the January 9, 2017 Board meeting.

2017 Refunding Bonds

The Cedar Springs Public Schools Board of Education is committed to providing an excellent education for every child in the district.  The Board of Education is committed to high expectations for excellence in all we do as a district.  We hold ourselves and all others accountable and expect every person to work with integrity in all positions.  To that end, this Board of Education is providing transparency in all they do.  This Board is proud of the impressive forward motion of the school district and a list of many accomplishments by the outstanding staff and students of Cedar Springs.

An example of a recent accomplishment that will serve our district and community well is the 2017 refunding of Bonds.  The Superintendent, Board of Education, Director of Business and Finance, CSPS Accountant, financial advisers to the District, banks and legal counsel are working through a lengthy process to make the bond refunding possible.   A summary of the bond refunding process is illustrated as follows:

December 12, 2016: Board of Education adopted a delegating resolution at a regular board meeting. This authorized the Superintendent to accept and execute a Bond Purchase Agreement with the Underwriter.

January 12, 2017: Due Diligence Conference call with all parties to review POS

January 26, 2017:  Conference call with the rating agency

February 7, 2017: Pricing of bonds (subject to market conditions)

February 8, 2017:  Execution of the bond purchase agreement

February 27 or March 13: Board of Education adopts a “ratification resolution” at a regular board meeting.  This is an additional, but not mandatory step, to add a greater depth of transparency and support to the process.  Signatures from the Superintendent, Board President and Board Secretary are required to adopt the resolution.

March 16, 2017: Bond Closing

This Board of Education and District Leadership Team are excited to be working through this long and involved process to save our taxpayers over 1.1 million dollars over the next several years!

Please see our website www.csredhawks.org where all documents related to the bond refunding will be available for your review.  Please feel free to contact Dr. Laura VanDuyn, Superintendent of Schools, at 696-1204, should you have questions about this exciting news.

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From the superintendent’s desk

Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Happy 2017 – it is going to be a terrific year!  We welcome everyone back to school as we continue our focus on teaching and learning at CSPS.

As we kick off a brand new year, it is an ideal time to learn about the vision, mission, core values and brand promise that was adopted by our Board of Education in December.  The Board of Education embarked on the strategic planning process to update the direction of the District.   The most important part of that process was to gather stakeholder feedback.

To that end, approximately 125 teachers, support staff, administrators, parents, students and community members participated in focus groups to provide input on the future and direction they (and those they represented) would like to see for CSPS.  Additionally, the entire staff of CSPS was asked to provide their input on selecting the core values, which define the way will go about our work.  The engagement and input was impressive and the outcome is just the same.  The following was formally adopted by our dedicated Board of Education and will shape our work as we move forward:

Vision (where we are trying to go):  Cedar Springs Public Schools will prepare all students to be independent thinkers and life-long learners who are confident and engaged in their community and world.

Mission (why we are doing what we’re doing):  Cedar Springs Public Schools is a welcoming, inclusive educational environment where students are challenged to reach their potential, and are prepared for life beyond school.

Core Values (how we are going to go about our work- we’ll do so with):  Integrity, Respect, Compassion, Accountability, Collaboration

Brand Promise (our “trademark”):  Purpose, Potential, Pride

We are excited to keep these tenets of our strategic plan at the forefront of our work with students, staff, families and our community.  On behalf of the Board of Education and our outstanding CSPS collegial team, I thank each and every one of the many people who gave of their time to commit to this important process.  Thank you for your part in continuing to move forward our great Cedar Springs Public Schools.

Warmly, 

Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D., CSPS Superintendent of Schools

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Bus Drivers Needed!

CSPS-Bus-Drivers-Needed

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Preschool Open Enrollment starts February 27, 2017

 

Classes will be forming for students who are 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2017.  Information is available for families that are interested in tuition assistance for preschool.  Contact Cedar Trails Elementary main office. 616.696.9884

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Kindergarten Parent Night – March 15, 2017

 

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

The Cedar Springs Kindergarten Team welcomes the parents and guardians of the 2017-2018 Kindergarten Class for an information night.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 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.

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Hearing and Vision Screening

 

Kindergarten entrants for the 2017-2018 school year will need documentation of Hearing and Vision Screening through the Kent County Health Department (KCHD). The KCHD will be at Cedar Trails Elementary on the following date:  April 14, 2017. Additional dates to be added

Please call Cedar Trails Elementary at 616.696.9884 to schedule an appointment. Additional appointment times can be scheduled by calling the KCHD at 616.632.7047

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Schools of Choice – K-12 Non-Resident Enrollment

 

Cedar Springs Public Schools participates in both the Kent Intermediate School District Schools of Choice Plan and the Section 105c State plan. All students residing within the Kent Intermediate School District may apply for enrollment in any Kent ISD school that has available openings during the advertised timeframe (usually open during the spring). Students who reside in a district that is within a different ISD that borders the Kent ISD, may also apply under the Section 105c plan depending on available openings. Students who have been suspended or expelled may be excluded. Applications will be made available at our administration building, or on our website in April, 2017.

2017-2018 Schools of Choice Timeline and Applications

Total number of Kent ISD Schools of Choice Openings: Will be announced late March, 2017.

Total number of Section 105c Openings: Will be announced late March, 2017.

Students residing in Kent County may apply for Schools of Choice through the Kent County Schools of Choice Plan April 10 – May 12, 2017.

Students residing outside of Kent County may apply for Schools of Choice through the Schools of Choice 105c Plan April 10 – May 12, 2017.

Transportation to and from school is the responsibility of the student’s family.

Parent Notification:
Parents will be notified by letter if their child has been accepted for enrollment in Cedar Springs Public Schools through a Schools of Choice plan by May 22, 2017.  Acceptance or denial will be in writing only, no information will be provided over the phone.

Kent ISD Information:
If you would like additional information regarding the Kent ISD, please visit Kent ISD web site.

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Student Athletes of the Month – December 2016

Breanna Feikema, Senior, Girls Bowling

Breanna Feikema, Senior, Girls Bowling

Dugan Conely, Senior, Boys Bowling

Dugan Conely, Senior, Boys Bowling

Breanna Feikema, Senior, Girls Bowling and Dugan Conely, Senior, Boys Bowling were named December’s Student Athletes of the Month.

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Free admission with student ID

 

Students can get in FREE to the last 2 home hockey games of the season just by showing their student ID’s.

Location: Griff’s Ice House, 30 Coldbrook St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Dates: Feb. 3 @ 6pm (vs. Hudsonville) & Feb. 17 @ 8pm (vs. Byron Center)

Get all the latest information regarding our co-op hockey team by visiting: http://www.falconshockey.net/

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Important Dates:

 

Mid Winter Break

No School for students February 17, 20 & 21

Students return on February 22, 2017

Attention Class of 2021

Incoming Freshman Orientation

Monday, February 13, 2017 • 7pm 

High School Auditorium

Attention all K-5 Parents – Math In Focus Parent University

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 • 6 – 8 pm

Cedar Springs Middle School Cafeteria

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