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Middle School M-Step Testing       


April 13th through May 14th 

What is M-Step?   M-Step is the new MEAP

Students will be taking a new test this year as part of the state assessment system. The tests will be given online. Students will be taken to one of our computer labs with their teacher. 7th grade tests include ELA, Math, and Science. 8th grade tests include ELA, Math and Social Studies.

We would appreciate students working hard to be in attendance on testing days.  Please encourage good sleep and their best effort!

Visit www.csredhawks.org/schools/middle-school  for the test schedule.

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Cedar View Family Fitness Fun


Andy Secor, Principal

Cedar View welcomed over 250 people to “Family Fitness Fun” on Thursday night!  This is our second year of holding family nights and we are building off our great success with “Math Night” in the fall.  We had a certified instructor doing kickboxing in the gym, a zumba instructor in the cafeteria, and boot camp with Mr. Secor in the media center.  I have attached a handful of pictures (see more on twitter @secorsig).

The YMCA brought a taste-tester with healthy food.  Jennifer Willette, Lana Kamer, our high school Red Hawk athletes, and our PTO helped to secure and organize healthy snack bags for students and parents.  A huge thank you goes out to the PTO, the Cedar View “family night” committee, and all Cedar View staff who attended, advertised, or helped with set-up.  Thank you to parents who brought their students out and got a great work-out in!    Just another reminder of the strong bond between school and community here in Cedar Springs!  This is truly a special place.  Look for family night #3 coming this spring!

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A Step in the Right Direction at Red Hawk Elementary


April Stevens, Principal

Students are taking a step in the right direction by performing random acts of kindness at Red Hawk. Names of the students caught in the act are written on “shoes” and placed around the perimeter of the hallways. Currently, there are over 400 shoes walking along the Red Hawk walls. Teachers (and even our principal!) are stepping up by wearing the red Converse shoes on Early Release days.

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Math Night at Beach Elementary

Ken See, Principal

On Thursday, February 5, the Beach staff in conjunction with the PTO sponsored a Parent Math Curriculum night.  Parents were invited to bring their Beach student to come and hear about how Every Day Math is taught here at school.  Parents had the chance to play math games with their child and to learn about some online resources they could use at home to support their child in math.  The night ended with a pizza dinner served by the Beach PTO.  We had 515 of our parents and students in attendance.  Thank you to everyone!

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Zero the Hero


Zero the Hero (a.k.a Principal Duffy) made a special appearance at Cedar Trails Friday, February 6 to celebrate 100 day.

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Gators demonstrate successful reading program

At the February 9th Board of Education Meeting, Principal Ken See brought along his GATORS team and students to demonstrate this successful reading program. Board members were asked to check out how this program works. Great job GATORS! Keep up the good work!

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Spelling Bee winner

Victoria De Leon

Victoria De Leon

Regional Spelling Bee at Middle School on February 10.  1st place Victoria De Leon!  Go Redhawks!

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Spring 2015 Parent Teacher Conferences


Mon, 03/09: Cedar Trails 3:45 – 6:45

Beach3:45 – 6:45

Cedar View3:45 – 6:45

New Beginnings5:00 – 6:30

Tues, 03/10: New Beginnings 2:30 – 4:00

Wed, 03/11: Beach 3:45 – 6:45

Cedar View3:45 – 6:45

Thurs, 03/12: Cedar Trails 3:45 – 6:45

Mon, 03/23:  Red Hawk 4:00 – 7:15

Tues, 03/24:  High School 5:00 – 7:30

Wed, 03/25: Red Hawk 3:00 – 6:15

High School3:00 – 5:30

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Upcoming Events:


March 13, 2015: Student Early Release Day

March 20, 2015: End of 3rd quarter (6-12 grades)

March 27, 2015: Student Early Release Day

April 3 – April 10, 2015: Spring Break – No School for


April 13, 2015: Students return from Spring Break

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Spring Weather Policy


Occasionally, adverse weather conditions or other emergency situations may make it necessary to cancel school, delay the start of school, cancel evening activities 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


Tornado Watch: If a Tornado Watch is in effect at regular dismissal times, students will be dismissed to their normal bus runs. Weather conditions will be evaluated for walkers and, if unsafe, these students will be held at school and their parents notified. Students who drive will be released.

Tornado Warning: If a Tornado Warning is in effect, or if a tornado appears, during regular school hours, children will be kept at school in predetermined shelter areas until the warning is lifted. All students including those who walk and drive will be held in school until the warning is lifted or parents pick them up.

After Hours School Activities: If a Tornado Watch or Tornado Warning is announced during school hours, all after-school and evening activities will be CANCELLED. If an “ALL CLEAR” is announced TWO Hours prior to the starting time of an activity, it shall meet as scheduled.  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.

Athletic Events: Cancellations and/or postponements of athletic events will be determined after 1:30 p.m. on the day of the event and posted on the homepage of the district website under Closings & Delays and the Closings & Delays webpage. Please do not call the main office for this information, if at all possible.


If you are concerned you may pick up your children at any time during a tornado “watch” or “warning” and must sign them out in the appropriate office. Parents may NOT pick up children other than their own unless written permission is on file at the school office.

Do NOT call the school building inquiring about tornado procedures during the period of a tornado “watch” or “warning” because telephone lines are needed for emergency communication.

Please have a plan for your children when no one will be at home upon arrival from school.  Individuals can also call our automated phone system at (616) 696-1204, (press option 1) for cancellation and delay updates.

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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