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CSPS-IndoorWalkingThe 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 23 – January 3, February 17 & 18

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

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Volleyball team works with Campus Kids



Ten players from the Cedar Springs High School Lady Red Hawks Volleyball team visited the Campus Kids Before and After School Care program on October 25. They worked with the students on hitting, setting, and serving. They also had a contest for serving accuracy.

Campus Kids Director Teresea Schlump was especially pleased with how the visit went. “The Before and After School program is promoting new experiences for the children, and this is just one great example,” she said.

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Targeted Acts of Kindness—

Rachel’s Challenge Community Event

Bill Cataldo, Middle School Curriculum Coach

On Tuesday, October 29, a challenge of compassion, empathy and kindness was given to students in grades 6-8.  Rachel’s Challenge was a day of reflection and positive growth for our students, staff and community.

Rachel Scott was the first victim in the Columbine High School shooting of 1999. The focus of our day was not so much on the tragedy, but on the life of a young girl that modeled kindness and dreamed to touch millions of lives in positive ways.  Learning about Rachel’s dreams through her personal journals, her parents started Rachel’s Challenge.  Cedar Springs Middle School and Red Hawk Elementary students have accepted the challenge to start a “Chain Reaction” of kindness and look to embody this message of respect, acceptance, and compassion as they shine light on darkness and sow love into hatred.

High fives, compliments, apologies for past actions, positive notes on lockers and inspirational posters are already multiplying. Students and staff are brainstorming many ways to touch lives with kind words and actions, creating a culture that is even more positive, safe, fun and welcoming to all.

Let’s commit to joining them, spreading more kindness into our workplace, home, neighborhoods, businesses, churches, and athletic events. If you catch one of our students being kind to someone they may not know well, please share with us.  We would love to hear how our students are taking this message and making an impact in their community!

Thank you Cedar Springs Education Foundation, Cedar Springs Rotary, KSSN/Arbor Circle, and our students and parents for helping to fund this amazing day!

More information about Rachel’s Challenge is available at www.rachelschallenge.org.


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School Closings and Delays

CSPS-school-closings-and-delaysOccasionally, adverse weather conditions or other emergency situations may make it necessary to cancel school, delay the start of school, send students home early or run buses on main/paved roads only. When these situations occur, notice will be communicated to WOOD TV 8, WXMI TV 17, and WZZM TV 13 through the Grand Rapids Area Information Line (GRAIL) to all subscribing area media. GRAIL stations include:

RADIO – AM:  WGVU 1480, WJNZ 1140, WNWZ 1410, WOOD 1300, WTKG 1230. FM:  WGRD 97.9, WGVU 88.5, WJQK 99.3, WKLQ 94.5, WLAV 96.9, WLHT 95.7, WODJ 107.3, WOOD 105.7 FM, WSNX 104.5, WTRV 100.5, WVTI 96.1.


Individuals can also call our automated phone system at (616) 696-1204, (press option 1) for cancellation and delay updates.

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

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 KC/TC when we are officially not transporting them. Students who choose to drive personal vehicles to KC/TC on school delays or cancellations assume responsibility for their decision.

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New Play Spaces at Cedar Trails Elementary

CSPS-PlaySpaces-CedarTrailsCheck out the Cedar Trails Community Playground Build from beginning to end.   Visit  www.csredhawks.org/playground.

A Huge THANK YOU all who made this happen: HS Soccer Teams,     Cedar Trails PTO,     Cedar Springs Public Schools, Rowland Excavating Company, Jenny Majerczak (coordinator).


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2012-2013 Annual Education Report


The Cedar Springs Public Schools Annual Education Report (AER) was presented to the Board of Education on October 14, 2013.

The AER is designed to meet state and federal requirements for reporting to parents and communities. The report provides detailed data on state administered student assessment results, accountability results, teacher qualification information, and the state results for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Parents and the community can access AER information for the district and individual schools by visiting our website, www.csredhawks.org, and clicking on the Annual Education Report 2012-2013 link under Public Notices.  If you have any questions regarding the AER information, please contact the district office at 616-696-1204.

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Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Student Athletes of the Month

Link, Sargent and Kolasa are named Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Student Athletes of the Month for October


Cam Link

Cam Link

Senior Cam Link was named the October 2013 Student Athlete of the Month for Football. Cam is a 2 year varsity player for the Red Hawks playing running back and defensive back. Cam is having a great senior season for the leading the team in rushing with 412 yards on 51 carries including 6 touchdowns. Cam has a 2.5 GPA, and he is involved Red Hawks Kids club.

Cam’s favorite class is Hitler Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. When asked what he likes about football Cam states that he loves that his team is so passionate and committed to playing together and improving with every game.

Cam is the son of Tami and Mike Link.


Brianna Kolasa

Brianna Kolasa

Senior Brianna Kolasa was named the October 2013 Student Athlete of the month for the Equestrian Team. Brianna is passionate about horses, so much that she says “Horses are my Life”. Brianna spends time volunteering at the Hidden Horse Haven and her favorite class is the Dave Ramsey class. She also commented that a couple things she loved about her Equestrian Team experience this year was that the team was so diverse in trying new events. Brianna excels in the classrom with a  3.55 GPA.

Coach Emily Ream says that,” Bri has a wonderful work ethic, and she is always willing to try new events and step up to fill spots where she is needed. She always has a smile on her face and is quick with and uplifting and encouraging word. She may not have known many of the other members of the team when she started, but definitely made a point to make friends and support her fellow teammates at every turn. She has been a great role model to our younger riders. WE are very blessed to have Brianna on our team and will miss her as she graduates.”

Brianna is the daughter of LeeAnn and Todd Kolasa.


Austin Sargent

Austin Sargent

Junior Austin Sargent has been named the October 2013 Student Athlete of the Month for Boys Cross Country. Austin is a leader for the team this season, and is having an excellent season currently ranked as the #1 runner in the state of Michigan for Division 2.  Austin also excels in the classroom with a 3.53 GPA.

Austin has blossomed into one of the elite runners in the area and many good things are ahead for him. Austin participates in Red Hawks kids club and enjoys his conditioning and weight training class the most so far this year. Austin loves how the Cross Country Team works together to push each other to get better every day!

Coach Craig Potter says, “Austin is a very hard worker with great leadership skills for the underclassmen on the team.”

Austin is the son of Misti and Shane Sargent.


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2nd Annual Pink Game a success




Cedar Springs Athletics is proud to announce that through many efforts we were able to donate approximately $2500.00 to Gilda’s Club from our 2nd Annual Pink Game.

A special thank you to Crystal Flash for their generous donation.

A great night for all to honor our loved ones and also have the overtime victory.










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2nd Annual Athletic Boosters Wild Game Potluck Fundraiser

CSPS-Wild GameSaturday, Feb 22, 2014 6:00 pm @ American Legion


Gun & Archery Raffle

Silent Auctions

Live Auction

Cash Bar

Potluck Dinner


• $25/person OR $250/table (seats 8) – includes a package of gifts for the purchaser the night of the event.

• Wild game dish or vegetable dish is your contribution to the potluck dinner.

• Drink tickets will be sold by the Athletic Boosters for a full service bar.

• Guests are to be 21 years of age or older.


Limited number of tickets will be sold.  Deadline is February 1, 2014

Tickets will be sold at home basketball games or by contacting :

Jodi Mouthaan (616) 636-4158 Jodi@fulldrawelectric.com

Pam Todd (616) 696-3526 pamtodd@chartermi.net


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Homecoming at Cedar Springs High School

Kendra Coons, Cedar Springs High School Class of 2014


With Halloween comes pumpkins, scary costumes, candy, and this year, Cedar Springs High School’s Homecoming. Based on timing, Homecoming and Halloween fell only two weeks apart. So the SAC department decided to incorporate Halloween into Homecoming for 2013. This year’s theme was “Haunted Homecoming”.   The theme involved spider webs, broken glass, and plenty of scary decorations. The students of CSHS geared up for the big day by participating in spirit days, decorating the hallways and cafeteria, cheering on our Red Hawks at the Homecoming football game, and concluding with the Homecoming dance.

Students loved participating in this year’s spirit days. Students dressed in pajamas on Monday, as their favorite superhero on Tuesday, beach and Hawaiian attire on Wednesday, matching with another student on twin day Thursday, and the traditional class color day Friday. This year, participation in spirit days skyrocketed. The Student Activities Council (SAC) really tried to promote school wide participation.

Cedar Springs students also searched the school for the “spirit ball competition”. A big red football hidden somewhere within the school, and the objective of the competition is to find it. The Sophomores and Juniors each found it one day, and Seniors found it three days.

Students spent two evenings decorating hallways for their respective classes. In the end, Seniors took first, Juniors came in second, Sophomores came in third, and Freshmen came in last. When it all came down to the end, the Seniors, Class of 2014, ended up winning the Homecoming competition and receiving the spirit jug.

To conclude the school week, the Cedar Springs Red Hawk varsity football team took the field for their annual Homecoming game. The Red Hawks went up against the Falcons of West Catholic. At halftime, Homecoming court was announced. Collin Alvesteffer and Lindsay Lehman accepted Homecoming prince and princess for the Freshman class. John Grisby and Jesseka Ruiter accepted the award for the Sophomore class.  John Shaw and Shayne Mann accepted the title for the Junior class. Senior Homecoming court members included Kenzie Francis, Mitchel Hanmer, Austin Hilyer, Cameron Klompstra, Jeff Newland, Kim Pasley, Taylor Vanlangen, and Sayge Wight. Morgan Bennett was crowned Queen and Ian Murphy was crowned King. Although the Red Hawks put up a good fight, the Falcons took home the win, defeating Cedar Springs 36-14.

The dance then took place on Saturday, Oct. 12. Upon arrival, administrators placed wristbands on all students’ wrists. This was the first year that CSHS incorporated wristbands into the dance, in following with other schools in the OK Bronze conference. The “wristband rule” was started to reduce the amount of inappropriate dancing that occurs at school-sponsored dances. If a student was caught dancing inappropriately, their wristband was immediately cut off. If a student was caught dancing inappropriately without a wristband, the student was asked to leave the dance immediately. Many administrators, teachers, and students agree that the wristband rule did reduce the amount of inappropriate dancing.

The students and administrators worked hard to make “Haunted Homecoming” a week to remember.

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