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School buses are like traffic signals

When overhead lights are flashing yellow—PREPARE TO STOP!

When overhead lights are flashing red—STOP

When the hazard warning lights are flashing—PROCEED WITH CAUTION

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Cedar Springs Health Center NOW OPEN! 


8 am – 3:30 pm Monday through Friday

For students ages 3 – 21

Located in the Red Hawk Elementary building – south entrance

616.696.3470 or visit www.cherryhealth.org

Cedar Springs School Health Center is a program coordinated by Cherry Health in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Department of Education.  The health center’s professional staff includes a medical provider, registered nurse, social worker and support staff.

The purpose of the health center is to:

  • Provide quality medical care and counseling services for students in a convenient setting
  • Encourage involvement of students and families in health care
  • Assist students in making healthy choices
  • Teach students about the important role they play in maintaining their own health

Services Available

  • Well-child visits and physicals for school, work, sports and camp
  • Counseling services
  • Dental services
  • Immunizations
  • Treatment for minor illnesses and injuries
  • Referrals for more serious illnesses, injuries, and additional care
  • Assistance with chronic health problems and prescriptions for medications
  • Hearing and vision screening, lab work and diagnostic testing
  • Nutrition services

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New School Resource Officer – Deputy Thomas McCutcheon


Kent County Sheriff Deputy Tom McCutcheon will be on the job 40 hours a week at Cedar Springs Public Schools this fall as the new school resource officer.

Kent County Sheriff Deputy Tom McCutcheon will be on the job 40 hours a week at Cedar Springs Public Schools this fall as the new school resource officer.

Deputy McCutcheon comes to us after serving on the Kent County Sherriff Department since 1993.  We appreciate his decades of courageous service to all of us in Kent County and especially appreciate his passion for serving kids with his immense involvement in schools and communities.  Deputy McCutcheon has been recognized for earning both the Deputy of Year and School Officer of the Year awards, is a field training officer, has been a Community Policing Officer and DARE Officer (in Cedar Springs!).

Additionally, he is President of the West Michigan Crime Prevention Association, is a Board member of the Crime Prevention Association of Michigan, the Michigan Community Child Watch and Camp Blodgett. He is a DNR instructor and Field Training Officer.  He has served in Comstock Park Schools as a football coach and girls varsity softball coach. He started a local Boy Scout troop and established the KOPS program in Kentwood schools (Kids & Officers Productive Society – centered around helping disadvantaged youth build self-esteem to become productive students).

We look forward to our partnership with the Kent County Sherriff Department and a focus on school safety and security throughout our district. We know through our surveys of staff and parents that they view safety and security as a priority for our Cedar Springs Public Schools and we do too!  This initiative is just one way we are responding to that feedback.  We now join many districts in Kent County in the SRO program and know it will serve us well.

Again, we welcome our very own Cedar Springs Public Schools SRO Deputy Tom McCutcheon.

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Severe Weather and Other Emergencies


Occasionally adverse weather conditions or other emergency situations may make it necessary to cancel school, delay the start of school, or send students home early.  When these situations occur, notice will be communicated through the Grand Rapids Area Information Line (GRAIL) to all subscribing area media.

Television:  Check out all their weather tools available such as the weather app, text alerts and email alerts.


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

A 2-hour delay means that students will be picked up by the bus approximately 2 hours later than their routine pick-up time.

Morning ECSE and Preschool classes will be cancelled.  With a 2-hour delay in effect, parents, students and staff should monitor the announcements in the event of the delay changing to a cancellation.  The buses will not transport students to the 1st session at the Kent ISD Skill Center when a school delay or cancellation is issued.

Parents and students should not call school officials to see if there will be school since school phones must be open for emergency calls.  In the event of an emergency, the plan outlined below will be followed.

Severe weather watch or warning during school hours:

In the event a tornado watch or severe weather watch is in effect, school will continue with students participating in their usual activities.  Dismissal will occur at regularly scheduled times.

If a tornado WARNING is issued by the US Weather Bureau, students will remain in school and take shelter under the supervision of teachers.  Students may be detained beyond the regular school

dismissal time, until an all-clear is issued.  During a tornado WARNING all after-school activities will be cancelled.

Please review these procedures with your children, and arrange for an alternative shelter home where students can go in the event of an early dismissal or 2-hour delay, if you will not be home.

Emphasize that students should stay off the streets once they reach home.  Review your family’s plan with your children on a regular basis.

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CSPS earns North Central Accreditation



The district went through a rigorous and detailed review this school year that culminated with an external review team conducting a 3-day on site visit after which they awarded the district the distinction of this national and accreditation.

Congratulations to the Cedar Springs Public Schools staff and students.  We are proud of the fine work they do!

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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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Cedar Springs Public Schools BACK TO SCHOOL information

Cedar Springs Public Schools

Orientation & Open House Schedule

2016-2017 School Year

August 29, Monday – High School – Orientation

9th Grade – 12:00 pm

10th Grade – 8:00 am

11th Grade – 9:15 am

12th  Grade – 10:30 am


August 30, Tuesday – Open Houses

Middle School – 7th & 8th 5:00 – 6:30 pm

New Beginnings 6:00 – 7:00 pm


August 31, Wednesday – Open Houses

Cedar Trails Elementary

K & 1st Grade 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Beach Elementary

3rd Grade      5:30 – 6:30 pm

2nd Grade     6:00 – 7:00 pm

Cedar View Elementary

4th & 5th 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Red Hawk Elementary

Team A  5:30 pm

Team B 7:00 pm

Campus Directory

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

High School 696-1200

New Beginnings Alternative HS 696-1203

Middle School 696-9100

District Office 696-1204

Red Hawk Elementary 696-7330

Transportation 696-1450

Cedar View Elementary 696-9102

Campus Kids 696-1716

Beach Elementary 696-0350

Food Service 696-0372

Cedar Trails Elementary 696-9884



2016-2017 School Year Calendar

September 6 1st Day for Students

September 16 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

September 30 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

October 7 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

October 21 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

November 4 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

November 4 End of Quarter 1

November 18 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

November 22 End of Trimester 1

November 23 No School for Students and Staff

November 24-25 Thanksgiving Break

November 28 No School for Students

December 9 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

Dec 19 – Dec 30 Winter Break

January 13 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

January 20 End of Quarter 2; End of Semester 1

January 27 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

February 3 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

February 17 No School for Students

February 20-21 Mid-Winter Break

March 3 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

March 10 End of Trimester 2

March 17 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

March 24 End of Quarter 3

March 31 No School for Students and Staff

April 3 – April 7 Spring Break

April 14 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

April 28 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

May 12 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

May 26 No School for Students and

Staff – Snow Day Make-Up

May 29 Memorial Day Break

June 7 Last Day for Students

June 7 End of Quarter 4; Semester 2

June 7 End of Trimester 3

June 9,12,13,14,15 Snow Day Make Up if needed


Mark Your Calendar 

Homecoming Football Game

September 16   @ 7 pm vs Northview Wildcats  – Red Hawk Stadium


Student Early Release Days

School districts dedicated to creating Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) provide opportunities for faculty and staff to work together as a team. Teams review curriculum, discuss instructional strategies, review and create common assessments, analyze data and review individual student progress to determine if any additional support is necessary.  Student Early Release days were designed to support student learning:

  • By providing time for teachers to review student data on a regular basis.
  • To make adjustments to teaching in order to increase student achievements.
  • By allowing teachers to provide best practice teaching every day in every classroom.
  • To improve the delivery to students through reviewing teaching research.

Students will release two (2) hours early on Student Early Release Days.  Times will vary by building.


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


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.

Bus information

Bus information letters will be sent home to families the week of 8/22. Contact transportation department with any questions 616-696-1450.

Michigan Premier Student Accident Insurance

As a service to students and their families, our school is making available a student accident insurance plan for your child at a very nominal cost.  The district offers this program because of trends in rising family health and dental insurance costs, increased deductibles, co-payments, or lack of healthy or dental insurance coverage.

For more information, you can visit www.csredhawks.org Athletics page OR visit www.1stagency.com and then follow directions at “Find Your School”.  All questions about this insurance should be directed to First Agency, Inc. at (269) 381-6630 or toll free (800)243-6298.

Board of Education 

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 by always keeping children as the center of their work and decision making.

Board Members

Patricia Eary – President, Matt Shoffner – Vice President , Jeff Gust – Secretary, Brook Nichols – Treasurer, Michelle Bayink – Trustee,  Joe Marckini – Trustee, Shannon Vanderhyde – Trustee

2016 Meetings

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

August 22

September 12, 26*

October 10, 24*, November 7, 21*

December 12

*work session

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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Cedar Springs Public Schools 2ND Semester Honor roll 2015-2016

Red-Hawk-art-webCalling all proud parents and grandparents! The Cedar Springs Public Schools 2nd Semester Honor Roll is available for download. It includes Middle School 7th and 8th grades and High School 9th – 12th grades. Just click the link below and find your Honor Roll student’s name, print it out and keep it as a keepsake.


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From the superintendent’s desk: June 3, 2016

Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Dear Cedar Springs Public Schools Families:

As we near the end of this academic year, the members of the Board of Education, district leadership team, teaching and support staffs want to celebrate our commitment to excellence in all that we do.  This means providing an education of excellence for the children and families of Cedar Springs and that our actions and decisions in the district are driven by data and best practices.

Over the course of this academic year, we have been putting students first.  From the exemplary teaching and learning to the committed volunteerism that occurs in our classrooms – collectively – our goal is what is best for students.

From athletics to the arts, finances to facilities, academics to transportation, every area is working hard to reflect excellence and best practices.  This district is committed to being data driven in our decision making while being responsive to the needs of our students and our community.

Cedar Springs Public Schools has talented students and staff members.  As a result, whether it is a student, the superintendent, a teacher, a coach or a support staff member, we challenge and hold each other accountable for growth and achievement.

Throughout the district, students, teachers and support staff are engaged with learning projects that excite and challenge students to grow and achieve.  This is why we have pursued new innovative practices such as Responsive Classroom®, Adaptive Schools, Cognitive Coaching®, and a new math curriculum.  It is also why we established the Cedar Springs Schools Health Clinic and have pursued new buses for safer transportation.  This is also why we chose to go through the rigorous and highly detailed educational review of the AdvancED® accreditation process.  We want to push our thinking, celebrate our successes and challenge each other to limitless progress at CSPS.

To that end, we are excited by the engagement that we see across the district with our students and families and appreciate the hard work done on a daily basis in the classroom and all around our campus by administrators, teachers, support staff, and volunteers.  A prime example of CSPS engagement and hard work is Mrs. Cheryl Tacoma.  Mrs. Tacoma has taught our elementary students at Cedar Springs for 27 years and has held a deep commitment to our students, their education and their personal development.  We admire the countless individuals at CSPS who maintain a goal of doing what is best for students – just as Mrs. Tacoma has for decades!

Together we are making a difference locally with our students and making a difference globally with our graduates.  As we enter into the end of the school year and the excitement of graduation, we salute all who invest in our students to make this great district and community the very best it can be.

As always, it is an honor to serve as your CSPS superintendent.  Please do call, write or drop by for a visit at any time.  I would appreciate an opportunity to get to know you and learn how you think this great district might best serve our children as our Cedar Springs students deserve the very best!


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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Cedar Springs Schools News

Summer Food Service Program for Children

The Cedar Springs Public Schools announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for Children. Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under or persons up to age 26 who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled that is recognized by a State or local public
educational agency. The meals will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the site(s) listed below:

Red Hawk Elementary Cedar Springs High School
204 E. Muskegon Street 204 E Muskegon Street
Cedar Springs, MI  49319 Cedar Springs, Mi  49319

June 14 – August 18July 28 & July 29 – Lunch ONLY
Closed July 4 – July 8 August 8 – August 11
Monday – Thursday, Closed Fridays Monday – Thursday, Closed Friday

Breakfast served 8am – 9amBreakfast served 7:30am – 9am
Lunch served 11am – 12:45pm Lunch served 11am – 12:45pm

Campus Kids Summer Fun Camp

Open:  Monday through Friday, June 13

through Sept 1

Hours:  6am to 6pm

Closed:  The week of July 4-8

Location:  Cedar Trails Elementary

Registration Cost:  $20 registration fee for one child, $35 for a family.

When you pay the registration fee for the summer, it includes the 2016-17 school year.  Tuition:  $27 a day per child, sibling discount available depending on how many days signed up for each week.  Field trips are an extra cost.  Activities:  arts and crafts, gym time, organized sports and games, field trips, free play, reading, computers, songs and dances, tutoring assistance upon request, etc.  Registration packets can be picked up at Cedar Trails or Beach or go online to csredhawks.org and download the forms from the Parents tab.

Wanted School Bus Drivers 

On – Call and Regular Part Time Positions for 2016 – 2017 School Year.  CDL Training Provided to Qualified Candidate.  Contact Cedar Springs Public Schools Transportation Department for more information (616) 696 – 1450.

Summer Band Camp Information 

Pre-Band Camp  July 25 through July 28  Time:  9am – Noon

Band Camp  August 1 through August 5  Time:  8 am – 8:30 pm

Location:  High School

For more information, please visit  www.cedarspringsbands.org

Band Directors:  Ryan Miller and Adam Borst


DATES: Thursday, June 16 & Wednesday, August 3
LOCATION: Cherry Health (behind Red Hawk Elementary)
PHONE:  616-696-3470  (call ahead for an appt)
TIME: 7:30 am – 3:30 pm

Students must bring a signed parental consent form and an MHSAA physical card to the appointment. Forms are available in the Athletic Office or online at http://highschool.csredhawks.org/Athletics/index.html

Please remember to complete the medical history section of the physical card before the student’s appointment. Parents are encouraged to attend the visit.

Services are provided regardless of ability to pay and no money is needed at the time of visit. However, services may be billed to insurance when possible, so please have your insurance or Medicaid card available.

COMPLETED PHYSICAL FORMS ARE REQUIRED!  Per MHSAA, all 2016-17 athletes must have a physical on file dated after April 15, 2016

Graduates await the big event. (Supplied)

Graduates await the big event. (Supplied)

New Beginnings Graduation

New Beginnings Graduation held on May 25, 2016.  Congratulations Graduates.

CSPS-Tractor1Drive Your Tractor to School Day

FFA Club “Drive Your Tractor to School Day” was May 17, 2016

Last Day of School

2015–2016 School Year Last Day of School – June 8, 2016.

See you back on campus on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.  Have a great summer.

District Office Summer 2016 Hours

June 20, 2016 through August 11, 2016

Monday through Thursday; Closed Friday

7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cedar Springs Campus Closed

July 4, 2016 through July 8, 2016

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