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Scholar Instrumentalist of the Month for May- Tara Tepin


Tara Tepin

Tara Tepin has been a clarinet section leader in marching band, plays bassoon in the Wind Ensemble and maintains the highest GPA in her class. Along with her musical endeavors, she is also involved in track, cross-country, robotics and has participated in the musicals.

Congratulations to Tara Tepin on being named our Cedar Springs High School Scholar Instrumentalist for the month of May!

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Hearing and Vision Screening


Kindergarten entrants for the 2017-2018 school year will need documentation of Hearing and Vision Screening through the Kent County Health Department (KCHD).   The KCHD will be at Cedar Trails Elementary on the following dates:

June 1, 2017      August 23, 2017

Please call Cedar Trails Elementary at 616.696.9884 or the Registrar’s Office at 616.696.7317 to schedule an appointment.  Additional appointment times can be scheduled by calling the KCHD at 616.632.7047

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Social Studies Teacher Mr. Dove Explores the World Through Travel Programs


New Beginnings teacher Shayne Dove has found an exciting way to make the most of his summers. Through various educational fellowships and grants, Mr. Dove has been able to travel throughout the United States and internationally- mostly at no cost to him. After long hours of writing essays, filling out applications, and consoling himself over rejection emails, Mr. Dove has been accepted to seven travel programs over the past four years. All of the programs have an educational focus, ranging from studying the history, culture, and education systems of different countries to promoting environmental conversation and wilderness education.

According to Mr. Dove, “These programs provide me with first-hand experience with topics I teach and allow me to collect primary source materials. As a result, my content knowledge is strengthened, I am able to make concepts more relevant and meaningful for students, and my passion for teaching and learning is reinforced.” Mr. Dove credits social studies teacher, education wizard, and all-around life expert Dave Stuart for encouraging him to apply for his first educational travel experience- a two week program in Germany. Since visiting Germany, Mr. Dove has participated in fellowships in Japan, Virginia, and Philadelphia. His future plans include programs in Boston and Wyoming this summer, Washington D.C. in the fall, and South Africa next summer. Using the fellowships as a starting point, Mr. Dove has also created his own educational experiences in Italy, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and all over the United States.

If you are interested in learning more about travel programs or would like help applying to one, Mr. Dove would love to help.

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Health Center hours


The Cedar Springs School Health Center is open all summer! We provide:

  • Well-child visits
  • Sports physicals
  • Same-day sick visits
  • Immunizations
  • Counseling services
  • Dental services
  • On-site Medicaid enrollment

We are open 7:30am-4:00pm Monday-Friday.

Please call us at (616) 696-3470 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!

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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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