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Flu Shots Available at the CS School Health Center!

 

As a parent, you feel helpless when your child is sick and the flu can hit children hard, leaving them feeling miserable. Symptoms last for several days and include fever, chills, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, muscle or body aches, and fatigue. Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. It takes approximately 2 weeks for the vaccine to be effective, so it’s important to vaccinate early in the flu season. The Cedar Springs School Health Center offers flu shots for your child. Call us today at 616-696-3470 to schedule an appointment! We have appointments available before, during and after school hours.

Not available to take your child to the appointment? Not a problem! As long as a consent form is on file, we are happy to see your child without a parent or guardian present. The school even provides transportation to the Health Center during school hours!

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CSPS Ski & Snowboard Club

 

For 4th grade students and older

CSPS students have the opportunity to be part of the school ski and snowboarding club at Cannonsburg Ski Area; six Thursdays beginning in January.

For more information and club sign up forms, visit https://goo.gl/2xbv2Z or contact Club Advisors: Christi Bentley 616-204-6625, Michelle Bayink 616-799-0881.

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Math In Focus Parent University Night

 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 6 p.m. 

at Cedar Springs Middle School Cafeteria

Cedar Trials, Beach and Cedar View Elementary Schools will be hosting this event.  See you there.

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Physical Education at Red Hawk Elementary

 

Mark Schumann, Physical Education Teacher

There are two goals of the Physical Education classes at Red Hawk Elementary:

(1) Get students active for the entire class period

(2) Provide students with a variety of physical activity opportunities so the students have a knowledge base in hopes that they will continue to be physically active throughout their lives.

Students engage in building their muscle strength and endurance, as well as increasing their cardio-respiratory endurance. Also, the students experience many team games and lifetime leisure activities.

Physically active children grow up to be healthier adults. Keep fit & healthy and keep moving.

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Process for School Closings/Delay

 

When winter weather comes to Michigan, all school districts should have a process in place to determine whether to hold classes or not on any given day. At Cedar Springs Public Schools, there is such a process.

While the ultimate decision to open/close or delay the start of school lies with the Superintendent’s office, the process itself involves many steps. The process begins shortly after 3:00 a.m. The district’s transportation supervisor goes out and physically drives many of the roads in the district. The supervisor travels on paved roads, gravel roads, secondary roads, hilly roads, and city streets. Special notice is given to areas that have been known to be trouble spots of travel in the past. During this drive, a variety of weather and road conditions can be encountered as the Cedar Springs School district has such varied terrain. Conditions can, and do, change in a very short distance. In addition to the actual traveling being done, temperatures and the checking of weather conditions, weather reports, radar, and forecasts are also being checked. Shortly after 4:00 a.m., the transportation supervisor begins checking with peers in neighboring districts. All of the transportation supervisors have similar information specific to their own districts. The direction of storms and forecasts along with road and traffic conditions are all taken into consideration by the supervisors of the individual districts. The individual supervisors share their recommendations with each other as to what likely will occur within their districts.

After speaking with fellow supervisors, the transportation supervisor then contacts the Superintendent and provides her with his findings. By this time the Superintendent has also monitored weather conditions and spoken with area superintendents. After all of this data has been collected and shared, the Superintendent and Transportation Supervisor mutually can make the decision to open/close or delay the start of school.

The safety of our students and staff is always our highest priority when making these decisions. While a school bus is one of the safest methods of transportation out on the roads, it is always ultimately the parent’s decision as to whether or not to send a child out to school.

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Honoring Outstanding School Board Members

 

Dear CSPS Families and Colleagues:

It is the time of year when we focus on that for which we are thankful.  There are many things in our district and community for which to be thankful, including those who rise above self and serve others.  Mr. Joe Marckini and Mr. Jeff Gust have done just that as they have served on our CSPS Board of Education for several years.  Please join me in thanking them for their volunteerism and for taking on the challenges of leadership with courage, engagement and compassion.

csps-joe-marckiniMr. Joe Marckini is a lifelong resident of Kent County and has been a Cedar Springs resident since 1996.  He is the proud father of 2 wonderful daughters, both CSHS graduates.  He and his wife Elizabeth are strong supporters of public education and have been active volunteers throughout the CSPS district and the Cedar Springs community.

Mr. Marckini is an active participant in the legislative process at the local, state and national level. He has taken trips to Washington D.C. to advocate for our Cedar Springs schools.  He is passionate about always doing what is best for students and has dedicated nearly 10 years of his time to seeing that passion through to successful results.  Mr. Marckini has participated in thousands of hours of school board member training and has earned several levels of achievements and awards as well as serving as President of the Board of Education.

csps-jeff-gustMr. Jeff Gust is a lifelong resident of Cedar Springs.  He and his wife Barb are proud graduates of CSHS.  They are the proud parents of 3 great children who all graduated from CSHS!  Not only does Mr. Gust serve but his wife does as well as a secretary at our high school.

Mr. Gust is well respected for the countless hours he has spent throughout the district, whether it is to referee the Red Flannel Festival powder puff game, serve in the concession stands, join in the excitement of Back-to-School nights, or help our littlest students find the correct bus the first week of school.  Regardless of the event or activity, you’ll find Mr. Gust there exhibiting his great Red Hawk pride!

Mr. Gust has served for nearly 6 years, most recently as the Secretary of the Board of Education.  Prior to that he has dedicated much of his time as a member of the Finance and Sinking Fund committees.

As these 2 long-term Board of Education members go off the board at the end of December, we will remember them for their selfless volunteerism and leadership as it’s quite impressive to give so generously in an effort to do what is best for kids.

Thank you, Mr. Marckini and Mr. Gust, you and your service to our district and community will be sorely missed!

Laura VanDuyn

Laura VanDuyn

Warmly,

Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

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Flu Shots Available at the Cedar Springs School Health Center!

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As a parent, you feel helpless when your child is sick and the flu can hit children hard, leaving them feeling miserable. Symptoms last for several days and include fever, chills, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, muscle or body aches, and fatigue.

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. It takes approximately 2 weeks for the vaccine to be effective, so it’s important to vaccinate early in the flu season.

The Cedar Springs School Health Center offers flu shots for your child. Call us today at 696-3470 to schedule an appointment! We have appointments available before, during and after school hours.

Not available to take your child to the appointment?  Not a problem! As long as a consent form is on file, we are happy to see your child without a parent or guardian present.  The school even provides transportation to the Health Center during school hours!

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French Book Project

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The French II and III students at Cedar Springs High School made Christmas presents in the form of French children’s books for the children living at an orphanage in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. Haiti is a French-speaking country with a very low literacy rate of 60%. Many children in Haiti do not have access to books. The Cedar Springs’ French students decided to create books to send to Haiti with the goal of encouraging literacy and creating a special Christmas memory for these children

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CSHS MARCHING BAND 

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The Cedar Springs High School Marching Band travelled to Ford Field for the MCBA State Marching Finals. They earned an 88.65, their highest score since entering MCBA competitive marching in 2009, and they left Detroit with a fifth place finish! Marching Band requires countless hours of hard work and tremendous dedication. They devote themselves toward becoming skilled musicians, stronger marchers, and a cohesive team. Our Marching Band students learn how to work together, get along with others, discuss and settle differences of opinion, and help each other through disappointments and rough days. By the end of the marching season, some might consider the Marching Band a well-oiled machine… or even a family. CSHS Band students also learn time management; many of these students are also taking AP classes and achieving honor roll status! It’s no wonder we ALL are so proud of these students and their accomplishments! Congratulations to the Marching Band and Band Co-Directors, Adam Borst & Ryan Miller! Go REDHAWKS!

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2016 – 2017 School Calendar Change

 

• January 2, 2017 – Vacation Day

• Students return from Winter Break on Tuesday, January 3, 2017

• May 26, 2017 – Instructional Day

• Students required to report for instruction

• Snow day make ups begin on June 8, 2017 through June 16, 2017 (should they be necessary)

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