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New Beginnings at Art Prize 2016

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Thanks to a generous donation from “Grandma Betty”, New Beginnings students were able to tour Art Prize 2016 this year.

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Upcoming Band Performances

6th Grade Band Off  to A Great Start 

The 2016-2017 school year is off to a great start in the 6th grade band.  130 band students are learning to play instruments for the first time, and they are have already progressed quite a bit.  Band Directors Adam Borst, Ryan Miller, and student teacher Adam Ronning are very impressed with the students’ abilities so far, and are looking forward to another great year of band at Red Hawk Elementary.

The budding instrumentalists are playing flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, baritone, and percussion, and will later have the chance to try tuba, French horn, and alto saxophone.  The students will perform 3 full band concerts this year: November 17th, February 9th, and May 18.  There is also a solo event on January 26th. All concerts start at 7:00 pm, and are performed in the High School Auditorium.

High School Marching Band heads to State Finals

CONGRATULATIONS to our Cedar Springs High School Marching Band who placed 3rd in their class at the Jenison Invitational October 22, 2016!  They had the best show of the season and scored an 87.725, the highest score of the past few seasons! The band performed Saturday, October 29 at the Westshore Invitational held at Rockford High School at 7:30pm where Cedar Springs placed 3rd.

The band will perform on November 5 at MCBA State Finals at Ford Field mid-afternoon.  Go Red Hawks!

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From the Superintendent’s desk

 

Laura VanDuyn

Laura VanDuyn

Dear Cedar Springs Public Schools Families:

It is my hope you are enjoying our transition to the early days of fall. I was born and raised in the great state of Michigan and I’ve always LOVED this time of year. We especially love this time of year at my father’s house in the U.P. as the crisp weather means great bonfires, preparing for deer season and generally loving being outside in the peaceful surroundings. This is a wonderful time of year for children, especially after getting into the routine of the school year and enjoying the traditional Cedar Springs Red Flannel Festival…not to mention the thrill of Halloween!

As we head into this refreshing season at the start of our year together, it’s important to share the ways in which we communicate with all of our constituent groups. It is greatly important to me and to our Board of Education that we keep you apprised of happenings in the district.  Following are just some of the many ways we communicate with our staff, students, parents and community:

• Our new website

• Board of Education meetings (recorded and uploaded to YouTube)

• Newsletters

• Phone calls

• Emails

• The Red Hawk Review (electronic and sent via email to every CSPS family and any community members who request it as well as it being posted on our new website)

• The Cedar Springs Post articles and school pages

• Parent-Teacher conferences

• Open Houses

• Weekly folders

• Meetings with the superintendent at our local cafes (10/7 is the next opportunity)

• Facebook

• Teacher Web pages

• Twitter

• Progress Reports and Report cards

• Office announcements

• Face-to-Face meetings with the superintendent

• Annual State-of-the-School-District address

• Michigan Association of School Board workshops (November, 2015 and April, 2016)

• Strategic Planning Process

• School improvement process

I am grateful to all who ask the questions about what is happening in our district. I continue to extend an opportunity to meet with anyone wishing to meet so that any and all questions about our district, our Board of Education, etc. can be answered. Furthermore, it’s an opportunity to share some of the great work that has been shared at Board meetings, as we know not everyone can attend…which is one reason we publish them on YouTube.  It’s been refreshing to have so many staff, students, parents and community members meet with me to ascertain how we are progressing as a district.

csps-conversation-with-the-superintendentAs you know, especially from the many ways we communicate with our staff, families and community, I want every citizen, staff member and parent of Cedar Springs to ask questions and to be well educated about all that is happening in this great district.  We are proud of the forward motion we’ve made and will continue that trajectory.  I would love an opportunity to get to know you, to learn how I might support your wishes or to answer any questions you may have.  I encourage you to schedule a meeting, call or drop by for a visit as I enjoy getting to know our students, families and community members. I can assure you, you’ll be enlightened to hear about the terrific progress we are making to serve our students well!

It is an honor to serve as your CSPS superintendent.  I take great pleasure in knowing that at CSPS, students come first and that this great district is moving along in an excellent way, with a lot of support, to serve students and families.  On behalf of the CSPS Board of Education, administration, teachers and support staff, thank you for partnering with us to provide the very best education for our students.

Warmly,

Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

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Ocotober School News

csps-spiritwear1Fall 2016 Athletics Spirit Themes

All attending are encouraged to participate

October 7 – Pink Game Football vs FHN

October 14 – Red Out Football vs FHC

October 20 – Black Out Volleyball vs FHE

csps-spiritwear2October 21 – 80s Night Football vs Ottawa  Hills

November 4 – Gray Day Band During the School Day

Come out and support Red Hawk Athletics.

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Board of Education

Board of Education Work Session – 09-26-16

Topic:  Strategic Planning

csps-strategic-planning-work-session-092616Next Board of Education Meeting October 10, 2016

Hilltop Community Building, Board Room – 3rd Floor, 6:45 PM

Board meeting notices, agendas and minutes are available at www.csredhawks.org/District/Board-of-Education/index.html.  Community members are always welcome to attend the Board of Education meetings.  A Board meeting is a meeting of the Board held in public, not a public meeting.

The Office of Communication aims to keep the community informed and engaged while promoting the mission, achievements, and challenges of Cedar Springs Public Schools.  We welcome feedback and invite you to attend public Board Meetings to also help you stay informed.  You are welcome to call the District Office at 616-696-1204 or email newsletter@csredhawks.org.

The Office of Communication is responsible for crafting and disseminating all District-level communications, including:  District programs and initiatives, District school calendar, Board meetings and activities.   The Office of Communication shares information through several channels, including:  District website, School websites, Facebook, Red Hawk Review eNewsletter, Backpack eFlyers.

Would you like to receive the latest District eNewsletter in your Inbox?

Email:  newsletter@csredhawks.org

The monthly eNewsletter is designed to keep you informed of the exciting progress of our students and district. And, a great source of important dates and information about the many programs and events that go on throughout the year. Integral to success in schools these days is the support of the community. With that in mind, we invite you to connect with our schools during the school year by coming to our events and visiting our website.

Each year, numerous community organizations submit flyers, announcements and promotional literature to Cedar Springs Public Schools with requests to send them home to our families. Backpack eFlyers is a paperless means of distributing flyers, newsletters and other important notices that your child would normally bring home in their backpacks.

For a complete list of approved Backpack eFlyers, please visit www.csredhawks.org/Communications/Backpack-eFlyers/index.html

csps-partinggift-library1Students Build Parting Gift: A Library

Lily and Chloe (far right) built the library this summer with fellow students, including (from left) Madeline VanSinger, Madison Layne and Alexandria Vanderhyde

Lily and Chloe (far right) built the library this summer with fellow students, including (from left) Madeline VanSinger, Madison Layne and Alexandria Vanderhyde

by Charles Honey, SNN Reporter 

 

Now that they’ve built it, they hope people will come.  A new Little Free Library stands near Red Hawk Elementary school, thanks to the efforts of two former students there who love reading so much they wanted to share the love.

Incoming seventh-graders Chloe Grifhorst and Lily Howland received a grant last spring from the Cedar Springs Education Foundation to build a Little Free Library somewhere on the campus of Cedar Springs Public Schools. The pair sought the $250 award so that students and adults would have access to free books and a place to donate them as well.

After putting together a committee of students to research, plan and design the library, Chloe and Lily held a “build-a-thon” with other students in June at Lily’s house. Lily’s father, Alan, helped with the construction and made sure the young woodworkers were safe. The four-shelf turquoise structure now sits prettily between Red Hawk’s front door and the playground.

The girls have two boxes of extra children’s books with which to restock the shelves, and $100 left from the grant they plan to spend on more at Bay Leaf Books in Newaygo.

In an email, Superintendent Laura VanDuyn congratulated the girls on a “beautiful idea, planning, leadership and outcome.” Added Jo Spry, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, “This is something that these young ladies can be very proud of and will be of benefit to readers in our community.”

Madison Skelonc

Madison Skelonc

HATS OFF 

Congratulations Madison Skelonc, 8th grade student at Cedar Springs Middle School, has been invited to the HATS OFF Award Ceremony for being one of the top-scoring 7th grade students in Michigan who took the SAT test or ACT test.  The testing was part of the Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS).  We salute Madison on her achievement!

Members of the NUMATS Advisory Board will recognize Madison and about 300 distinguished middle school students for outstanding accomplishments in the 18th annual HATS OFF recognition ceremony for High Achieving Talented Students (HATS).  The award ceremony will take place on October 22, 2016.

csps-math-parent-university-tableMath In Focus Parent University 

September 27, 2016 – During this informational event, parents discovered why Singapore Math is so successful & Math in Focus teaches students to go from the concrete to the pictorial to the abstract.  Parents also learned strategies that can be used at home and what is available online.

There will be another Math In Focus event planned for January 2017.  Watch for the information once the event details have been determined.

csps-math-pd-092916-rhrOur New Elementary Math Curriculum – Math In Focus

Math In Focus professional development for grades K-5 teachers was held the week of September 26, 2016.  This training was coordinated by the Teaching and Learning Department at the District Office.

2016 CSPS Fall Parent Teacher Conferences

Mon, 10/17: Cedar View 3:45 – 7:15

Red Hawk 4:00 – 7:00

Tue, 10/18: Middle School 4:00 – 7:00

Beach 3:45 – 7:15

Wed, 10/19: Red Hawk 3:00 – 6:00

Cedar View 3:45 – 7:15

New Beginnings 3:30 – 6:15

Thurs, 10/20: Beach 3:45 – 7:15

Middle School 4:00 – 7:00

Mon, 10/24: Cedar Trails 4:00 – 7:00

Wed, 10/26: Cedar Trails 4:00 – 7:00

Tue, 11/1: High School 5:00 – 7:30

Wed, 11/2: High School 3:00 – 5:30

September 2016 Student Athletes of the Month 

Cayla Lange

Cayla Lange

Jacob Outwin

Jacob Outwin

Myla Umphrey

Myla Umphrey

Sophomore Cayla Lange has been named Student Athlete of the Month for Sideline Cheer.

Junior Jacob Outwin has been named Student Athlete of the Month for Boys Soccer.

Junior Myla Umphrey has been named Student Athlete of the Month for Girls Cross Country.

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From the Superintendent

 

Laura VanDuyn

Laura VanDuyn

Dear Cedar Springs Public Schools Families:

Welcome back to school for the 2016-17 school year!  It is my hope you enjoyed the last few months doing the things you love to do during our beautiful Michigan summers.  I can assure you that you have been missed.  Our students and families fill our schools with excitement each school year and you are precisely why we choose to be educators…we love our kids and families!

As you have been away this summer we have been working on preparations for your return.  Our teachers, administrators and support staff have been preparing classrooms and schools for you.  They have been actively engaged in preparing for the academic and extracurricular year to begin.  They are anxious to have you back for another great year of learning adventures.

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your CSPS superintendent.  I take great pleasure in knowing that at CSPS, students come first.  On behalf of the CSPS Board of Education, administration, teachers and support staff, thank you for partnering with us to provide the very best education for our students.  Please know I enjoy meeting and getting to know our students and families so call or drop by for a visit at any time.

Warmly,

Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.
Superintendent

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Show your Spirit

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Fall 2016 Cedar Springs High School Athletics Spirit Themes all attending are encouraged to participate

September 1 – Beach Out Football vs Sparta

September 9 – Red White and Blue Football vs Greenville

September 16 – Black Out Football vs Northview

September 23 – Neon Out Football vs GR Christian

September 24 – Red Out Cross Country Red Hawk Invite

September 28 – White Out Tennis vs Cadillac

September 30 – White Out Football vs Lowell

October 4 – #Rickerstrong Soccer vs Greenville

October 7 – Pink Game Football vs FHN

October 14 – Red Out Football vs FHC

October 20 – Black Out Volleyball vs FHE

October 21 – 80s Night Football vs Ottawa Hills

November 4 – Gray Day Band During the School Day

Come out and support Red Hawk Athletics.  Follow on Twitter @Cedar_Athletics

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Mark Your Calendar 

Homecoming Football Game 

September 16  @ 7 pm vs Northview Wildcats

Red Hawk Stadium

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CSPS Important Info

Campus Directory

for a complete staff directory, please visit www.csredhawks.org

High School 696-1200

New Beginnings Alt. HS 696-1203

Middle School696-9100

District Office 696-1204

Red Hawk Elementary 696-7330

Transportation 696-1450

Cedar View Elementary696-9102

Campus Kids 696-1716

Beach Elementary696-0350

Food Service 696-0372

Cedar Trails Elementary 696-9884

Grades K-12 Start and Dismissal Times

Building/Program Start Dismissal

New Beginnings 7:22 2:22

High School 7:37 2:32

Middle School 7:25 2:20

Red Hawk 7:27 2:22

Cedar View 8:40 3:31

Beach 8:40 3:31

Cedar Trails 8:40 3:31

R1TS 7:37 2:32

Preschool program information is available by contacting Cedar Trails Elementary (616) 696-9884

2016 – 2017 Food Service Information

Elementary Breakfast—$1.40 Elementary Lunch—$2.35

Secondary Breakfast – $1.50 Secondary Lunch—$2.85 – $3.00         Milk—$.50

Online deposits are available through www.sendmoneytoschool.com where you will have the convenience of checking meal account balances, making deposits into those accounts and eventually depositing money into other department accounts.

We also offer the convenience of applying for the USDA Meal Program at www.lunchapp.com.  Forms are also available in the building offices.

If you have any questions, please contact Holly Haywood @ 616-696-0372 or e-mail Holly.Haywood@csredhawks.org.

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Board of Education

Board of Education High School Reps

Board of Education 2016 High School Representatives were introduced at the 8/8/16 Board of Education Meeting

Board of Education 2016 High School Representatives were introduced at the 8/8/16 Board of Education Meeting

CSPS-Board-of-Ed-girlsNext Board of Education Meeting 

September 12, 2016

Hilltop Community Building, Board Room – 3rd Floor, 6:45 PM

Board meeting notices, agendas and minutes are available at www.csredhawks.org/District/Board-of-Education/index.html.  Community members are always welcome to attend the Board of Education meetings.  A Board meeting is a meeting of the Board held in public, not a public meeting.

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Campus Kids are having a BLAST This Summer!!

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Teresea Schlump, Campus Kids Director

The students attending the Campus Kids Summer program are having so much fun!  We have been very active not only on campus, but by going on lots of enjoyable field trips!!  One of the goals of Campus Kids is to offer our students many new opportunities to experience different activities.  We are always searching for new places to take the students to expose them to new educational, cultural, and athletic opportunities.  To meet this goal, we have traveled to lots of places not only in Cedar Springs, but in our surrounding communities.  For example, some of our students have had a golf lesson at Cedar Chase, experienced a ninja obstacle course at Rockfit Ninja Gym, fed the fish at the Paris Park Fish Hatchery, picked berries at Krupp’s Farm, watched a baseball game at the Whitecaps, and shot bows and arrows at WM Archery Center in Rockford.  In all, we will go on 36 field trips this summer!!   Sometimes we take everyone, and other times we take a smaller group of students.  One of the other goals of the Campus Kids program is to spend a large portion of the day CSPS-CampusKids-waterfunoutside.  This summer, we have spent approximately 60% of the day outside enjoying the beautiful weather.  Some of the activities we have done when we are on campus have ranged from crafting to STEM activities to challenge our minds, walking/running club, building and playing on a giant slip and slide, growing vegetables in the Community Garden, journaling, playing charades, and preparing and eating healthy snacks.  We have also done some community service work by picking up trash on campus.

Campus Kids – Before and After School Care

Campus Kids is a State Licensed Day Care program and we are preparing for school start.  We offer Before and After School Care throughout the school year.  Campus Kids opens at 6:00am at both Cedar Trails Elementary and Beach Elementary.  We do activities throughout the morning, and then serve a light breakfast.  We dismiss the students in time to get to their class at either Cedar Trails, Beach, or Cedar View.  Cedar Trails students may attend Campus Kids at their school, while Beach and

Cedar View students may attend at Beach.  In the afternoons, Campus Kids opens at 3:30pm for students at the same locations.  A healthy snack is served and homework help and fun activities are offered until 6:00pm.  To enroll, please complete and return a registration packet before September 1, 2016 to reserve your spot.  Packets may be picked up at Cedar Trails, or they can be found on-line at csredhawks.org.  There is a $20 annual registration fee for one child or $35 for a family.  Rates are $8.00 a morning or afternoon, or $15 for both on the same day.  Parents complete a schedule of days that they need care, and they are billed a month in advance for services.

For an additional charge, we also offer care on early release days and on snow days for pre-registered children.   Please call (616) 696-1716 or email campus.kids@csredhawks.org for additional information.

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