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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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Student Athletes of the Month

 

Emilee Pastoor was named October Student Athlete of the Month for the Equestrian Team.  Emilee is the daughter of Rob & Sarah Pastoor.   She is one of the top scoring riders for the season and the high scoring rider for the Region C Meet.  Coach Ream comments “Emilee has been  a huge asset to the team.  She is very versatile and willing to try  anything  for the sake of the team.  She and her pony “Sky” are an amazing team, trying everything from showmanship to speed classes this year.”  Emilee  also has a 3.89 GPA and is a member of the NHS.

Dallas Mora was named the October Student Athlete of the Month for Boys Cross-Country.  Dallas is the son of Lee & Shelli Mora.  Coach Lacy comments “Dallas has put in more work in this season than anyone I have ever coached in my two years at Cedar Springs.  He ran almost every day all summer long and has been rewarded for it. Improved from 17:45 last year to 16:36 already this year.  He is a perfect example of how hard work can triumph over talent.  I am very proud of what he has accomplished so far this season.” Dallas also runs track at Cedar Springs and is a member of the ALC.

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National Honor Society 2015-2016

 

RETURNING SENIORS 2016

Brandimore, Parker

Bray, Joshua

Brown, Ethan

Cartwright, Jacob

Fisher, Blake

Holmquist, Holly

Kilts, Megan

Magoon, Camantha

Maguire, Melissa

Marvel, Allyson

Merritt, Joshua

Meyer, Kaley

Mitchell, Paige

Moore, Erin

Nelson, Jake

Ovokaitys, Ellie

Pike, Meredith

Spahr, Kyle

Wells, Jessica

RETURNING JUNIORS 2017

Behrenwald, Anna

Bird, Christian

Coons, Kaitlyn

Gamm, Lillian

Ingersoll, Maya

Kiander, Sarah

Moore, Gavin

Morris, Brooke

Oxford, Tatum

Scheer, Holly

Tepin, Tara

VonSeggern, Nicole

Wysocki, Hailey

NEW Class of 2018

Arnold, Hailey

Beverwyk, Heather

Campione, Nicholas

Carter, Anna

Ciise, Mumina

Darling, Mackenna

Davis, Christopher

Hager, Jesse

Hansen, Leslie

Hawkins, Riley

Hinton, Autumn

Hughes, Antiaisha

Hunter, Kyanna

Hyde, Emily

King, Haley

Larsen, Erika

Louck, Kaley

Markus, Ariana

McConnon, Madelyn

Metiva, Thomas

Morrin, Anna

Newlove, Julia

Outwin, Jacob

Pastoor, Emilee

Pierce, Madelin

Prins, Rachel

Reyers, Jarred

Rugg, Mackenzie

Ryan, Sidney

Saenz, Jeslyn

Sawade, Brandon

Shevock, Morgan

Suschil, Jasmine

Tawney, Michaela

Wheaton, Joseph

NEW Class of 2017

Conely, Dugan

Fliearman, Patrick

Grose,William

Kirchhoff, Brandyn

Kren, Jacob

Rios, Mariah

Ross, Brooke

NEW Class of 2016

Ackerman, Jordan

Cardinal, Erika

Hartley, Kayleigh

King, Grant

Odren, Janelle

Scheuneman, Madison

Scrivener, Katarina

Wilks, Alexis

Willitts, Connor

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December School News

Stay Healthy this Season

BECOME A RED HAWK WALKER 11/2/15—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… December 21 – January 3, February 15 & 16.

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

School Cancellations and Closings

Occasionally, adverse weather conditions or other emergency situations may make it necessary to cancel school, delay the start of school, cancel evening activities or run buses on main/paved roads only. When these situations occur, notice will be communicated to WOOD TV 8, WXMI Fox 17, and WZZM TV 13 through the Grand Rapids Area Information Line (GRAIL) to all subscribing area media.

In the event of a 2-hour delay, students will be picked up by the bus approximately 2 hours later than their routine pick-up time. Morning Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) and morning preschool classes will be cancelled.

Campus Kids will be open on days that school is closed and / or delayed unless otherwise noted in school closing announcements.

Buses will not transport students to Kent Career and Technical Center for 1st session when a school delay or cancellation is issued. Students will be given a weather-related absence at KCTC when we are officially not transporting them. Students who choose to drive personal vehicles to KCTC on school delays or cancellations assume responsibility for their decision.

When school evening activities are cancelled, this cancellation also includes all clubs, organizations and extra-curricular events held on campus and scheduled for that evening.

For more information, please visit www.csredhawks.org/Parents/Emergency-Notification/index.html or call 616-696-1204.

PTO Volunteer Opportunities

Beach Santa Shop

December 7 – 11

Volunteers are needed to help students create gifts.

Contact Jeni McIntyre   jeni12796@hotmail.com

PTO welcome any and all volunteers!  These events are not possible without your support!

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

Ski & ride

Cedar Springs Public Schools is partnering with the Cannonsburg Ski Area for affordable ski & ride options for K-12 students and PARENTS! These passes can be used every day of the week-even holidays!

4th Grade and up meet on Thursdays with optional busing available for an additional cost. Forms are available in each school building office.   Due by December 5!

Got Health Insurance? 

Cherry Health enrollment staff will provide information about the Affordable Care Act and how to sign up for health insurance.

WHEN: December 14, 2015     3:00 – 6:00pm

WHERE: North Kent Community Services,

10075 Northland Drive, Rockford, MI  49341

COST: FREE

Contact: 866.299.1339     www.cherryhealth.org

Upcoming Events

December 4:  Student Early Release

December 12:  Cedar View Chorus Winter Concert

December 14:  Board Of Education Meeting     6:00pm

December 17: 6-8th Grade Choir Concert

December 18:  Student Early Release

December 21 – January 1:  Winter Break

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From the Superintendent’s Desk

Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Dear Cedar Springs Public Schools Families:

There is nothing more rewarding to me than being a servant leader – here to serve students, staff, parents and this great community.  To that end, I am pleased to share that we, the CSPS educators and support staff, focus our work each day on serving our nearly 3500 students.

The very heart and soul of our work and desire to serve is teaching and learning.  Although I am in school buildings all the time, the last 3 weeks provided an extra special time at our schools as we conducted “instructional rounds.”  Our district office administrators collaborate with building administrators, teachers and instructional coaches to visit classrooms and observe excellent teaching and learning.

Instructional rounds are explained by educational researcher Robert J. Marzano as “…the most valuable tools that a school or district can use to enhance teachers’ pedagogical skills and develop a culture of collaboration.”  We, at CSPS, couldn’t agree more!

I can share with certainty that our fine educators value the instructional rounds as we collaborate around focused data collection, dialogue and self-reflection.  That leads our staffs to setting goals for continued student success.

It has been an absolute joy to be in each of the classrooms we visited.  Our teachers teach with clear intention, consistency in standards and solid strategies to engage students.  Our students are actively engaged in learning and collaboration as they demonstrate skills and concepts they are learning.  Teachers and students alike focus on assessment of learning, which is impressive to witness!

In addition to our educators focusing all work on students, there are countless examples of how our support staff truly supports teaching and learning.  The hard work and dedication they demonstrate in their day-to-day work is clear.  What is not as well-known is the compassion and commitment they give behind the scenes to ensure educators and students are supported in their work of teaching and learning.  At CSPS, we appreciate the collaborative spirit of our highly valued educators and support staff.

I’ll say it again and again, 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.  A hallmark of my career has been being approachable to all students, staff, parents and community members.  It’s that servant leadership philosophy that I hold dear in all aspects of my life.  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 instructional rounds!

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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