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Students sign letters of intent

Congratulations Thomas Hill! Thomas signed with Grace Bible College to play basketball.

Congratulations Nick Scott! Nick signed with Judson University to play basketball.

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**Mark your calendars… 2017—2018 Sports Physicals!**


White Pine Family Medicine is also offering Sports physicals at on Thursday, July 27th and Thursday, August 3rd from 5-7pm. Cost is $20. No appointment necessary!

The Cherry Health/Cedar Springs School Health Center is now scheduling appointments for sports physicals. Please call 696-3470 to make an appointment. The Health Center is open year round Monday-Friday 7:30am-4pm. 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.

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April Student Athletes of the Month

Brighton Miller, Sophomore, Girls Soccer

Nick Frodl, Senior, Baseball

Rebecca Yaklin, Sophomore, Softball

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From the Superintendent


Laura VanDuyn

Laura VanDuyn

Dear Cedar Springs Public Schools Colleagues & Parents,

Several districts in Kent County opted to have a “pre-Labor Day start” for the 2017 – 2018 school year.  The following are listed for your convenience.  Cedar Springs Public Schools (CSPS) is not part of the new/different Kent County start dates as our teacher contract was negotiated in 2013 for a period of 8 years.  Per current Michigan law, MCL 423.215, the teachers and district must agree on a calendar.  Our CSPS calendar is set until the expiration of the 8-year teacher contract that ends at the end of the 2021 school year.  Therefore, Cedar Springs Public Schools will begin school the Tuesday after Labor Day as it has for years.

There are a lot of variables that go into creating a calendar.  We try to align our efforts with Kent Intermediate School District, early and middle college offerings, and regional programming in West Michigan.  We do this to ensure Cedar Springs Public School students can experience all of the opportunities and resources our county has to offer.


We are pleased to provide our school calendar for the 2017 – 2018 school year early so you may plan for the summer, fall and beyond.  Please note that although CSPS will not begin prior to Labor Day, other districts with programs students may attend do begin prior to Labor Day.  If that is the case, students will be expected to begin his/her respective program on the date the “host district” of the program begins.   For example, if a student attends KCTC or a program at the KISD, s/he will begin on August 21, 2017.  Transportation will be provided by CSPS.

  • We will begin the 2017 – 2018 school year on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
  • The first day of school will be a full day.
  • There are two full weeks of winter break.
  • There are 15 Early Release days scheduled.  Afternoons are designated for teacher professional development.  The Early Release days are all on Fridays.
  • All programs attended outside CSPS will begin on the dates listed above.
  • The last day of school is Friday, June 6, 2018.

For the 2017-2018 School Year Calendar, please visit www.csredhawks.org.  Thank you for your continued support of our great Cedar Springs Public Schools!

Sincerely,  Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D., Superintendent, Cedar Springs Public Schools

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Teacher Appreciation Day


Teacher Appreciation Day— May 9, 2017

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Memorial Day Break

Memorial Day Break

No School for Students and Staff – Monday, May 29

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Class of 2017 Graduation

Cedar Springs High School Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony

Thursday, June 1, 2017   7:00 p.m.   

Red Hawk Stadium (weather permitting)

New Beginnings High School 

Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony

Thursday, May 25, 2017 – 7:00 p.m.

Red Hawk Cafeteria

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Going Green At Red Hawk Elementary


Since 2010, Red Hawk Elementary has been yearly awarded the Green School Environmental Stewardship Award issued by the KISD. This is based on Michigan legislation that encourages schools to participate in environmentally-focused activities. In order to be certified as a Green School, staff and students at Red Hawk had to qualify in areas of recycling, energy saving, environmental learning, and ecological activities. A school is eligible to receive a Green School, Emerald School, or Evergreen School Designation if the school or students perform a required number of activities. In March of 2017, Red Hawk staff and students exceeded expectations by qualifying for the more prestigious Emerald School Award bestowed by the State of Michigan and the KISD.  We are proud to be Red Hawks!

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“I ARTED” Art Club


Every Thursday students from Cedar Springs High School “get their art on” by meeting together, being creative, and spending time with peers who share their interest in art.  The “I Arted” art club was formed by art teacher Vicki Burke and Student Advocate Nicole Kukla as part of the High School Peer Acceptance Program after several students approached Ms. Burke requesting this opportunity.  Each week students gather to work on art projects, share snacks, and have conversations. “It’s been a wonderful experience, not only with art but with sharing the day-to-day happenings and issues of the students. It’s a casual setting but we talk about some pretty heavy things,” Ms. Burke explained.  Nicole sums up what the club means to her: “Art club is everything to me. It’s a place I can go and feel accepted. It’s a place where I can let every guard down and just truly express myself; not only artistically but mentally. The group of kids that come every week have become my family, my support group, and my friends. I’d be lost without it.”

Ms. Burke shares her mentor duties with CSPS employee Kellie Robydek who attends with her daughter, Bailey. “It always amazes me to see the talents these kids have. With so much pressure in life to fit in or keep up, it’s nice to have a place to just be accepted the way you are! The art they share is so beautiful. So glad to be a part of it,” Kellie adds.  Because of how successful the group has become, plans are already in the works to continue the club in the upcoming school year.

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Transportation News 


Board of Education Voted to Privatize Transportation Services

As you know, our transportation department is incredibly important to our students families, staff, district and community.  The department is a critical operation in our mission to provide a great education for our students.  Our transportation colleagues are tasked with providing a safe ride to and from school each day as drivers, mechanics, dispatchers, aides and supervisors.  As we all know, it is our drivers who are the first and the last staff members to see our kids each day.  We have a great deal of respect for their work and the commitment they make as an integral part of CSPS.

Last year a transportation study was done by Excel Consultants in order to look at our costs, our bus fleet, our routing system, etc.  Recommendations were made such as selling some of the old buses and getting a quote on what privatization costs would be compared to having our “in-district” transportation services.  The recommendations were adhered to and the result of the quote for privatization surfaced as a viable and fiscally responsible option for the District.  On Monday, April 24, 2017, the Board of Education voted to privatize transportation services with Dean Transportation.

Prior to bringing forth the concept of privatization, our Transportation Supervisor, Director of Operations, all of our transportation department employees and I worked through a long and important process together.  The process involved meetings together, meetings for our employees to have with Dean Transportation and meetings held with just the transportation department employees as a colleagial group.  All questions our employees wished to have answered were answered with regard to topics such as what a position with Dean would look like, what benefits would be offered versus not receiving benefits or full-time work with CSPS, what retirement in the public system would look like versus what they might gain by working for Dean, etc. Please know that the transportation department employees were in favor of privatization.  The majority asked to privatize and to do so only with Dean.  I brought forth a recommendation to the Board of Education in support of what the department voted for amongst themselves.

Having said that, please know it is not ideal for every transportation employee but rather the great majority; hence, their request to privatize.  We regret that any employee will leave our CSPS if it was not of their choosing.  We value every employee and the time they each have served here.  I am pleased to share that our buses will still have Cedar Springs Public Schools on them (not Dean Transportation) which is something that is very important to all of us.

Dean Transportation comes highly recommended and is committed to hiring on our supervisor, dispatcher and drivers and to making a smooth transition to the 2017-18 school year when they will officially take over.  Your child/ren will see the familiar faces of our drivers as well as they will still be with us but will be employed by Dean.  Additionally, our transportation employees will continue to spend time with us at the end and beginning-of-the-year ceremonies…they are still every bit a part of our great CSPS.

Please know that the savings to the district is approximately $350,000-$400,000/year on-going and a one-time sale of the bus fleet to gain $600,000 as we transition next year.  The budget for next year included 6 new buses at $510,000 that we would have to purchase each year going forward due to our very old fleet. Due to privatization that $510,000 can be removed from the budget planning process. Clearly, the Board considered all the financial information as it will be of benefit to the District to realize these cost savings.  Thank you for your understanding of the decision the Board made and please contact me should you have any questions or concerns.

I want to thank all who participated in the long and thoughtful process to help make this recommendation.  Dean Transportation was so impressed with the way we handled this difficult consideration and decision and the care we offered our employees. Our employees will be in a great company, should they choose to work for Dean.  Dean has a remarkable reputation for how well they treat their employees.   As always, thank you for partnering with us to provide an excellent education for your child.

Sincerely, Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Cedar Springs Public School

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