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2018—2019 Student Insurance

 

Accidents happen! When they happen to your child, someone must pay the bills. If you have other insurance, these plans can help offset the deductibles and coinsurance for those plans.   If you have no other insurance, these plans will provide basic coverage. Any benefits payable by the Policy as a result of medical, surgical, dental, Hospital or nursing service will be paid directly to the Hospital or person rendering such service unless proof of payment in full is provided. 

For more information, please visit highschool.csredhawks.org/Athletics/Athletic-Participation-Information/index.html

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Golden Age 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 www.csredhawks.org/Athletics/index.html or stop by the Cedar Springs District Office.

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Board of Education

 

2018 Meetings – August 27, September 10 & 24*, October 8 & 22*, November 12, December 10

Hilltop Community Building

Board Room – 3rd Floor

6:45 PM

*denotes work session


Dear Community Members, Staff and Students:

Welcome Back!  We are about to begin a new school year filled with hope and excitement at Cedar Springs Public Schools!  Our CSPS Brand Promise of Purpose, Potential and Pride is with us as we step out of summer refueled and ready to meet the challenges of this year.   

Purpose:  No matter what your role in the many important capacities in our school 

district; we are all an integral part of our schools being highly effective centers of learning. 

Potential:  We are grateful for our staff that is ready and prepared to pour into our students; by opening doors of wonder, understanding and information.   

Pride:   The hard work of students and staff brings pride and joy!     We look forward throughout this upcoming year for the many ways we can celebrate together student success.  

The entire Board of Education wishes everyone the best; as we welcome our students to their educational journey of 2018-2019.

Heidi Reed  

CSPS Board of Education President

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Senior All Night Party

 

A part of tradition for the Seniors at CSHS is attending the Senior All Night Party (SANP). 

Parent-organized and sponsored, the SANP provides a safe, chaperoned way for our graduates to celebrate this milestone with their classmates.  The details and locations of the evening are kept a surprise until the night of the event. 

2019 SANP Fundraisers

Sunday, October 7 – “Tee It Up” for the Seniors – 18-Hole (4) person Golf Scramble at North Kent Golf Course. Contact Robin at 616-835-0833 or secord4@sbcglobal.net

Friday, October 12 – Adult* Glow Bowling at Sparta Lanes. Contact Melanie at 616-304-9428 or melfra28@aol.com. *must be 21 years of age

Saturday, November 10 – Casino & Shopping Bus Trip* – Join us for a fun day in Michigan City, Indiana! Blue Chip Casino, Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets. Contact cssanp19@gmail.com. *must be 21 years of age

Visit www.csredhawks.org Backpack eFlyer page for these flyers and more information. 

All proceeds raised from these events will be used to fund the CSHS Class of 2019 Senior All Night Party.

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Fall 2018 Operations Department Update:

Lots happening in the Operations world at Cedar Springs Public Schools – Generator systems installed for our Administrative buildings, multiple roofing projects, & a Summer full of preventative maintenance on our student areas just to name a few! Additionally, Cedar Trails clock tower tells time again, Red Hawk & the Middle School have shiny re-coated gym floors, Cedar View’s office has awesome new carpet, & the HS athletic areas are sporting new paint (along with a fresh track surface)! Our New Beginnings Alternative HS has an entirely refreshed space, & our R1TS program got an updated kitchen! We look forward to seeing you on campus this semester, GO RED HAWKS! 

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Cheerleaders perform at 5th/3rd ballpark

Football team and cheerleaders in the stands at the Whitecaps game on August 15.

The Red Hawk Cheerleaders performed at 5th/3rd ballpark on August 15 during whitecaps baseball game.   The Football team went to the event to support the Cheerleaders. The Athletic Director has received many compliments regarding the cheerleaders performance and CSPS sportsmanship.  Go Red Hawks! 

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Dear Cedar Springs Community,

 

Superintendent Scott Smith

It is an honor to have this opportunity to extend a hearty welcome to you as we make final preparations for the 2018/19 school year.  The new school year promises to be marked with evidence of substantial growth from beginning to end. Each new school year is filled with opportunities to grow.  Growth for a Kindergartener will look much different that what it will for a student who will be graduating in ten months. Regardless the age of the student, growth gives cause for celebration.  The most significant challenge we face as your school district is to do everything we can to maximize the intellectual, social, and emotional growth of each child we serve. To be at the top of our game, we too must grow as educators.  

School districts can grow in many ways to better meet the needs of the students and families they serve.  Over the summer months, we have grown by hiring great teachers, support staff, and administrators to fill vacancies in our staffing plan.  

Although we will certainly miss the special people who have served in these roles in the past, each new hire is an opportunity to get stronger by bringing in new ideas and experiences to our team.  We have also demonstrated growth by taking classes, participating in workshops, and reading about the latest initiatives to help our students get the most out of each minute they spend with us this year.  We are  excited for the opportunity to put our hard work over the summer into action in our classrooms.

Humbled by the opportunity to serve, our staff is committed to carrying on the tradition of excellence that is pervasive in Cedar Springs Public Schools. Recognizing the upcoming school year will present challenges, we know that together, we will look for and embrace opportunities to benefit the children, parents, staff, and community of Cedar Springs Public Schools.

Finally, please accept my heartfelt thank you to all in the community from the Board of Education to the parents who have welcomed my family. The warmth, care, and compassion we have received are a testament to the quality system that is Cedar Springs Public Schools.

With warm regard and respect,

Scott B. Smith, Superintendent

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Marching band completes band camp

The Cedar Springs High School Marching band recently attended band camp where they worked on their 2018 show entitled “We the people.” At the end of the week, they did performed for the community to showcase what they had learned.

The band is grateful to the Cedar Springs Fire Department for hosing them off after a hot day, and appreciates the community for their support!

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School board bits

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Board of Education heard several presentations Monday evening, February 26, and heard from several people during the public comment time. We will cover a few of them here and continue next week.

Reading Now Network

The board heard from Dr. Barb Johnson and several teachers about the success of the Reading Now Network program and the implementation of the I-ready program. According to Johnson, several years ago reading scores in Michigan were falling. So two to three years ago, Kent County Superintendents looked at 14 schools that were doing well in reading. They narrowed the list down to five, then looked for the threads that were common in all the districts that helped them do well. They then joined with other districts and got a $12.5 million grant from the Michigan Department of Education in November. 

All the children now have chrome books and are working on the I-ready program. Most are required to read 45 minutes daily on it during the school day. And there are fun games to help assess how they are doing. Since using the I-ready program, reading scores in most all elementary grades have improved greatly from last fall to this January. You can see the entire presentation on the board meeting video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ADR-JOiEwo&feature=youtu.be.

Public Comments

The board heard comments from several people Monday evening. The heard first from Tami Elliston, who said she’s had children in CSPS for 12 years. She said she has waited for three long years for the board members to act on multiple complaints from community members, current and former staff members, students, and other board members regarding Superintendent Dr. Laura VanDuyn. Elliston spoke about a recent issue of between the school and The Post regarding distribution on the school campus and the school page no longer appearing in the Post. (It’s now in the Advance.) She also mentioned that the Post binds all the papers into a book each year, and presents it to the Cedar Springs Historical Society, and now those school pages will no longer be a part of Cedar Springs history.

Elliston asked why the Hilltop admin building was given a secure entrance before buildings that house students. She also brought up the manner in which an investigation against a teacher was recently conducted. She asked the board to remove the Superintendent before she causes anymore damage to the community.

Teacher Virginia Valentine expressed concern about the lack of a Dean of Students, and there only being one principal for 1,000 students when one of the two are gone.

Katy Austin, of Solon Township asked the board to hold a no confidence vote on the superintendent. She reminded them who they work for, and who they serve—the public. She said that when Dr. VanDuyn was hired, she (Katy) was excited, but the change has went 180 degrees in the other direction. She noted that educators are leaving, and the ones that stay are afraid to speak up for fear of repercussions. “I’m here to give a voice to the voiceless. There is something wrong and it is your job to make it right. It isn’t a witch hunt or a good old boys club being bitter that their guy didn’t get the job. It is me pleading with you to do something! Even if only 10 percent of what I said is true it’s enough to finally take action,” she said.

Band Director Adam Borst shared about the band trip to Disney World.

Sue Wolfe asked about what they were changing in the board operating procedures, and asked a question about the data on the citizen survey.

You can see the entire board meeting video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ADR-JOiEwo& feature=youtu.be.

Next week: Citizen Survey

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School saves taxpayers $368,000

 

That’s over $3.5 million the last three years

The Cedar Springs Public School district took advantage of a low interest rate and refinanced a portion of their outstanding 2008 refunding bonds, saving taxpayers over $368,000 over the next six years. 

The 2018 refunding bonds were sold in the amount of $6,415,000, at a true interest rate of 2.015 percent with a final maturity in 2024.

In preparing to sell the 2018 Refunding Bonds, the School District, working with their financial advisor, PFM Financial Advisors LLC, requested that S&P Global Ratings, acting through Standard and Poor’s Financial Services LLC (“S&P”) evaluate the School District’s credit quality. S&P assigned the School District the outstanding underlying rating of “A+.” The rating agency cited the School District’s stable enrollment trend, strong reserves and moderate debt in their rationale for rating of the School District at this level.

“I’m so thrilled that for the third year in a row we were able to refund bonds and save the taxpayers of Cedar Springs an additional $368,000 over the next six years!” said Dr. Laura VanDuyn, Superintendent. “When added to the savings of $680,000 in 2017 and $2.5 million from the 2016 refunding, that’s over $3.5 million dollars in total savings for the taxpayers of Cedar Springs.”

The School District’s financing was conducted by the Michigan investment banking office of the brokerage firm, Stifel, the financial advising firm, PFM Financial Advisors LLC and the law firm serving as bond counsel, Thrun Law Firm, P.C.

Jeffrey Zylstra, Managing Director with Stifel stated, “Cedar Springs Public Schools’ Bonds were well received by the bond market. We were able to take advantage of current interest rates that met the goals of the District and resulted in a nice savings that will be passed on to the District’s Taxpayers.”

According to Mike Gresen, with Thrun Law Firm, P.C., the school district currently has six outstanding bonds, and after May, there will only be five left to pay off. He told the Board of Education Monday evening that with interest rates going back up, he didn’t see any other opportunities in the future to refund any of the remaining bonds. “You have reduced what you can for your taxpayers,” he said.

The 2008 refunding bonds were sold for the purpose of refinancing the outstanding 1998 refunding bonds, which they sold for building projects. At the time, they went from a rate of 4.98 percent to 3.74 percent, with a prediction to save taxpayers $2.5 million over 16 years (until 2024). 

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