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Ready, Set, Go!

Pre-Registration for children turning 5 years old by October 1, 2014 begins March 1, 2014.

For more information, call 

616-696-7317 or visit csredhawks.org.

 

The Cedar Springs Kindergarten Team welcomes the parents/guardians of the 2014-2015 Kindergarten Class to a special evening at Cedar Trails Elementary.

Tuesday, March 18 

6:00pm to 7:00pm 

Cedar Trails Elementary

Parents/guardians will move in small groups from classroom to classroom getting a glimpse at the typical kindergarten day and curriculum expectations.   There will be five stations in all.

We are hoping to answer questions and get EVERYONE ready for an exciting start to the school year.

In August, after teacher assignments have been finalized, we will welcome the students to Cedar Trails’ Open House to visit their classroom and meet their teacher.

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Enrollment for the Tuition Based Preschool is Open

Classes are forming for students who are 3 or 4 years old by October 1, 2014.

Families that are interested in tuition assistance for your child who will be 3 years old as of October 1, 2014, please complete an application at  www.firststepskent.org – select Great Start Early Childhood Scholarships and then select the link to the 2014-2015 Childcare Scholarship Application. Questions can be directed to the office of Great Start Collaborative/First Steps at 616-742-8903.

If your child will be 4 as of October 1, 2014 and you are interested in information about a tuition free preschool opportunity, please contact the Great Start Readiness Program 616-447-2409.

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Upcoming Events

 

No School – February 14

Mid-Winter Break – February 17 & 18

Early Release – February 28

End of Trimester 2 – February 28

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Open Enrollment

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Open Enrollment for the Tuition Based Preschool begins Monday, February 10, 2014. Classes will be forming for students who are 3 or four years old by October 1, 2014.

Families that are interested in tuition assistance for your child who will be 3 years old as of October 1, 2014, please complete an application at www.firststepskent.org – select Great Start Early Childhood Scholarships and then select the link to the 2014-2015 Childcare Scholarship Application. Questions can be directed to the office of Great Start Collaborative/First Steps at 616-742-8903.

If your child will be 4 as of October 1, 2014 and you are interested in information about a tuition free preschool opportunity, please contact the Great Start Readiness Program at 616-447-2409. Someone will assist you with the application process.

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Seussical the Musical

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FEBRUARY 6, 7 & 8

For more information, 

VISIT www.hprodcshs.com

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School Board Recognition Month

January is School Board Recognition Month – an opportunity for us to celebrate the great things happening in our schools and the dedicated volunteer school board members that serve the Cedar Springs community.

With dwindling resources our school board members face some of the toughest challenges of any elected officials.  School board members are regular citizens, like you and me that have an extraordinary commitment to the children of our community.

Thomas Jefferson recognized the importance of a quality education as a cornerstone of our democratic society.  “Above all things I hope the education of the common people will be attended to; convinced that on their good sense we may rely with the most security for the preservation of a due degree of liberty.”

Today, our school board members are entrusted with the important work of shaping the education of our youngest citizens.  They dedicate countless hours to creating the mission, vision and goals that drive our schools.  They are dedicated to creating a school culture where collaboration and continuous learning are valued and displayed throughout our system.  The seven members of the Cedar Springs Board of Education do this work by always keeping children as the center of their work and decision making.

It is easy for us to forget the sacrifices our Board members make every day in dedication to this work.  In addition to the hours of meetings, board members take time to prepare for each meeting; they serve on numerous community boards and committees, attend countless community functions and pursue ongoing professional development so that they may keep abreast of the latest issues facing our schools.

Please join me in saluting the men and women who serve as members of the Cedar Springs Board of Education. Take a moment to express your gratitude for this important service to our community.

Brook Nichols 9 Years of Service

Joe Marckini 6 Years of Service

Todd Hanson 4 Years of Service

Jeff Gust 3 Years of Service

Matthew Shoffner 3 Years of Service

Shannon Vanderhyde 3 Years of Service

Patricia Eary 1 Year of Service

 

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Stay healthy this season, become a Red Hawk Walker

11/4/13—3/27/14

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…  February 17 & 18

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

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EnGedi Creates A Great After-School Resource For Students

Meredith Pike, CSHS Class of 2016

 

Surrounded by colorful walls and green shirt volunteers, the environment is full of vibrant energy. With laughs and giggles, and the slurping of juice boxes, students bond with one another over snack time and homework help, while others sit quietly under a table and enjoy a intriguing book. It is a place for students to learn and create meaningful friendships. This is one of the many after-school programs throughout Cedar Springs.

“EnGedi Youth Center is a partner in education with Cedar Springs Public Schools,” says Craig Owens, the Executive Director of EnGedi. “We are here to help provide after-school resources that will benefit both Cedar Springs students and the whole Cedar Springs community.” This faith-based program offers students a way to thrive in school while meeting new people.

“In our current location in Red Hawk Elementary we serve 6th-8th grade students,” says Owens. “[Its’] just a safe environment,” says Josh Schram, a weekly volunteer at EnGedi, “[It has the opportunity to] help them with life skills.”  EnGedi is constantly surrounded by adult volunteers who are helping and looking out for the well-being of students. “I would hope that students know that the EnGedi team really cares about them,” replies Owens.

Many of the adult volunteers willingly give their time every week to help students continue on their educational journey. This program does not only affect the student’s lives, but it also greatly impacts the lives of the volunteers. It is a way for volunteers to mentor the students and have a positive impact in whatever way possible.

“You get to see them right where they’re at [in life],” says Schram.   With the calendar year coming to a close,  EnGedi is up for some big changes. EnGedi will be expanding into the high school to reach out to more of the Cedar Springs community this winter.

“At the high school, we will still have an opportunity for students to receive help on homework and studies, but the activities will be much more community-based,” adds Owens.  The high school location will still allow for homework help offered by college students. This addition will create a way for students to meet others they wouldn’t otherwise know.

Not only is it a place for students to receive additional help with school, but it is a way for students to take pride in their community. This program offers many opportunities for students right in their neighborhood.  “[Students will] be thankful for the opportunity offered,” replies Bryan Taylor ‘15, EnGedi student board member,“Its more of … a social gathering than anything else.”  EnGedi will establish a way for the student body to grow closer together, and to create lifelong friendships throughout the community.  “It’s a fun, safe, life-expanding opportunity,” says Owens.

The EnGedi program was opened to high schoolers starting on Monday, Dec. 9, and will be offered any day after school.  “I want as many as possible to come and share their thoughts, so we [can] ‘officially’ open EnGedi in the high school at the start of 2014,” encourages Owens.  This addition will add countless opportunities for the Cedar Springs community to grow closer together. All students are encouraged to come and meet the EnGedi crew, any day after school in the cafeteria.

EnGedi is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and funded solely through donations. If you would like to donate, please make checks payable to EnGedi and mail to 15290 Tisdel Ave, Cedar Springs, Mi 49319.  For volunteer opportunities, please contact Craig Owens at 696-1204 ex.1920.

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Superintendent announces retirement

Superintendent Ron McDermed

Superintendent Ron McDermed

As you may be aware, our Superintendent Ron McDermed, has announced that he is retiring at the end of this school year. We are grateful to him for his many years of service to the education community and are sad to see him go.

As we begin the process of hiring a new Superintendent, we would like to have input from staff, parents and community members to see what they value in that leadership role. Feel free to attend upcoming Board of Education meetings or e-mail any board member with your thoughts.

Thank you! 

Brook Nichols, School Board President

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Elects 2014 Board of Directors

CSEF-logoThe Cedar Springs Education Foundation has elected new board members to serve in 2014.  The Foundation is an integral part of the Cedar Springs Public Schools’ ability to provide a high quality education to students of the district.    In 1986, a group of civic minded community members established the Foundation to ensure a solid education for our students.

The Foundation has purchased or funded learning tools such as iPads and iPad software, equipment for the high school biology and chemistry labs, laptops and netbooks, diversity awareness and anti-bullying programs, books, cameras and numerous other classroom essentials for all grades and all buildings over the last 27 years.  The current directors and trustees are continuing that legacy of service to students and are committed to keeping the Foundation active, engaged and relevant into the future.

The Foundation has 501(c)(3) non-profit status, therefore all donations are tax deductible and can be mailed to the Foundation at 204 E.Muskegon or given to any board member.  Please consider a donation as a way to honor a teacher, staff member or community member.  A note will be sent to the honoree informing them of your donation.

The 2014 Education Foundation members are:

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Bill Tucker, President

Kara Dault, Trustee

Tom Noreen, Vice President

Deb McIntyre, Trustee

Elizabeth Marckini, Treasurer

Shannon Cooper, Trustee

Jeni McIntyre, Secretary

Ron McDermed, Ex-Officio

Beth Blades, Trustee

Matt Shoffner, Ex-Officio

 

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