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Financial Aid Night

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On January 22nd at 7:00 PM, Cedar Springs High School will host a financial aid informational meeting in the high school cafeteria.

David Steffee, current Director of Financial Aid at Aquinas College, will be presenting mainly on need-based financial aid. He will explain how the need for financial aid is determined and will go over different funding sources including, Federal, State and institutional funding. Mr. Stefee will also give some pointers on filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form; this is the form that the government uses to determine the amount of financial aid a student receives.

Becky Powell, former Director of Financial Aid at Montcalm Community College, will be on hand to discuss specifics about the FAFSA and schedule appointments for students and parents who need more personal attention for filling out the FAFSA.

We look forward to seeing you on January 22nd.

 

Daphne Cattenhead

Cedar Springs High School

Guidance Department

616 696 1200

Daphne.cattenhead@csredhawks

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C.S.T.V. Production Program “Hits it out of the park” at Ford Field

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Change. It’s something many people don’t deal with well. In this case, it was for the better at Cedar Springs High School. In 2012, drama teacher Justin Harnden took over the television program at CSHS. The second he took it over many changes were made to the C.S.T.V. program. The program bought brand new cameras, computers, TVs, and much more. He started working on getting his students to film sporting events, work on Public Service Announcements, capture the latest news in the school, and the biggest change, start announcing play-by-play.

N-CSTV2-web“We are here to put out more than just news for our school and community. We are doing sports, award shows, graduation, Red Flannel things, and much more. We are destined for great things,” expresses Harnden.

With one year under his belt, Harnden started to submit C.S.T.V.’s work to MHSAA. After the fall season of 2013, Thom Lengyel and Ken Kolb, who are a part of the Student Broadcast Foundation, heard C.S.T.V. production students Kyle Maka and Kody Hall perform play-by-play for one of the Cedar Springs’ football games. After listening to both of them, Lengyel contacted Harnden and offered for Maka, Hall, and the rest of the class to come down to Ford Field. Lengyel explained to Harnden that the trip to Ford Field would give the class a chance to receive a behind the scenes look at what goes on during a broadcast and give Maka and Hall a chance to call the Division 1 state championship high school football game.

N-CSTV3-webOn Saturday, Nov. 30 the C.S.T.V. Production program traveled out of their little town of Cedar Springs, Michigan to face the big town of Detroit, Michigan. The day started out with the students boarding the bus at 8:15 a.m. for a three-hour drive to the east side of the state. Once the students stepped off the bus they received their press passes. This gave them full access to walk out onto the field, and sit in press row. Once the class arrived at Ford Field, they traveled up to the seventh floor to meet Lengyel. Lengyel then introduced the class to Kolb, showed them where Fox Sports does all of their announcing, and showed them where press row was located. After all of that was done, it was time for Maka and Hall to announce play-by-play for the Division 1 championship. Another member of C.S.T.V., Alex Hughes, also received a chance to announce play-by-play for the game.

Coming from a town with an estimated 3,500 people in it, the three boys were not used to a big stage. A lot of the community would annually attend our high school football games, but nothing to the caliber of what the three boys were about to announce.

“Doing the play by play was just amazing. I felt on top of the world. It was the best experience of my life,” comments Maka.

“It was honestly a feeling that I’ve never felt before…. It almost didn’t seem real at first, but once I opened up [to] the environment I had an amazing time,” states Hughes.

While the three boys were announcing play-by-play, the rest of the class received the opportunity to walk onto the field and sit in press row. After the game, the students received the chance to walk through the Fox Sports trailers. These trailers are where all of the action happens. Being able to walk through these trailers was a once in a lifetime experience for the C.S.T.V program.

“I thought looking around the Fox Sports Detroit mobile studio was eye opening. Seeing two of the three trucks that will handle all the production aspects of the Super Bowl was really great. We were able to see all that goes on in that setting and we were amazed by it,” explains Harnden.

“Getting to tour Fox Sports was crazy because normally the behind the scenes work isn’t seen at all, so that opportunity was perfect for the class,” says Hall.

After the students toured the buses, they all headed back up to the seventh floor to grab their things, say their goodbyes, and thank Lengyel and Kolb for the opportunity. Right before the class got ready to leave Lengyel had a few words to say to the class. He told the class how well they were behaved and how well the three boys did at calling the game.

“Getting those compliments from someone who has been in the business for so long was quite overwhelming, especially for myself not knowing much about football and being the first time doing commentary,” says Hughes.

“[I had] a sense of joy and pride. I was so glad that somebody of his job caliber enjoyed how we did…” tells Hall.

“When Thom gave us those compliments, I just could not stop smiling. When Thom said that we were just as good on our fourth game as those who have been calling games for four years, just made me believe that this is something I can really do for the rest of my life. I hope that dream comes true,” comments Maka.

Not only did Lengyel and the rest of their class believe they did a great job, Maka, Hughes, and Hall’s teacher also believed that they did exceptional.

“I thought Kyle, Kody, and Alex did a great job. This was only the fourth game that they have called and they went above and beyond our expectations. Everyone involved with the production was impressed with what they did,” states Harnden.

The students were able to take away many things from traveling to Ford Field. Going behind the scenes of Fox Sports is something not many people get a chance to say that they did. The class and Harden believe it was very beneficial to be able to participate in an experience like this.

“The students were exposed to a lot of aspects within media production. From press row, to the Fox Sports Detroit mobile studio, calling the game on the radio, and being allowed to see every aspect of a big stadium production really was eye opening,” explains Harnden.

The experience of traveling to Ford Field was definitely an experience that none of the class members will ever forget. Not only did they have a blast, but they learned a ton too.

“I definitely think that the trip benefited the class because we [were all able] to see things about professional broadcasting that most people can’t. [Also] we [were able] to learn what it takes to make a professional broadcast,” says Maka.

The day after the program traveled to Ford Field, Lengyel emailed Harnden about C.S.T.V. Production and his view on their performance.

“Yesterday, before I uploaded your mp3 file to your class email and apps account, and after trimming the front and tale of the dead air (that is the only editing I did. The rest of the file has no editing done on it), during the broadcast I knew that they were doing a good job,” expresses Thom. “So I wanted to listen to their broadcast when I got home. I could not put the mp3 player down. I did not pause it until halftime. For their fifth broadcast, listening to their preparation come out in the broadcast, changed my opinion to they hit it out of the park.”

Lengyel has been in the business for many years. Having a compliment like that from a man with so much experience really hit home for the C.S.T.V. Production program.

If you would like to see what  C.S.T.V. is all about, like us on Facebook “CSTV”, follow us on Twitter “@CedarSpringsTV”, visit our website, “www.cedarspringstv.com” and make sure to watch our newscasts and listen for our play by play on MHSAA!

C.S.T.V. Production truly wants to thank the Student Broadcast Foundation for the opportunity that they were given. And a special thanks to Lengyel and Kolb for selecting C.S.T.V. and helping them with advancing their program to the next level.

Hughes states, “I can’t thank the Student Broadcast Foundation and the MHSAA enough for letting our class have the opportunity to go to Ford Field and experience everything that we did. I would also like to thank our teacher Justin Harnden for turning around our TV Pro program… Lastly, I would like to thank our class for always being there for one another and making this year memorable.”

 

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“Seussical”

H Productions presents

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A Big Cast with A Big Show

 

February 6th, 7th, and 8th 

at the Cedar Springs High School Auditorium

 

Visit www.hprodcshs.com for more information

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2013 OK Bronze Fall All Conference Athletes:

Front Row - (L-R)  Maddie Pekrul, Kenzie Weiler, Breanna White, Kelsie Webber, Conner White, Marissa Morales, Julian Quiroga 2nd Row – (L-R) Jordan Johnson, Brittany Todd, Mia Scheidel, Jared Vodry, Blake Fisk Back Row – (L-R) Caden Burrows, Austin Sargent, Justin Jones, Mitch Hamner, Kaden Myers, Cameron Klompstra

Front Row – (L-R) Maddie Pekrul, Kenzie Weiler, Breanna White, Kelsie Webber, Conner White, Marissa Morales, Julian Quiroga
2nd Row – (L-R) Jordan Johnson, Brittany Todd, Mia Scheidel, Jared Vodry, Blake Fisk
Back Row – (L-R) Caden Burrows, Austin Sargent, Justin Jones, Mitch Hamner, Kaden Myers, Cameron Klompstra

Boys Cross Country:  Austin Sargent, Justin Jones

Girls Cross Country:  Kenzie Weiler, Maddie Pekrul

Volleyball:  Brittany Todd

Tennis:  Blake Fisk

Girls Golf:  Conner White, Bre White

Football: Kaden Myers, Caden Burrows, Jordan Johnson

Soccer:  Mitch Hanmer

 

2013 Fall OK Bronze Honorable Mention Athletes:

Marissa Morales – Girls Golf, Julian Quiroga – Boys Soccer, Jared Vodry – Football, Cameron Klompstra – Football, Kelsie Webber – Cross Country, Mia Schiedel – Volleyball

 

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Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Athletes of the Month

Todd, Hughes and White are named Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Student Athletes of the Month for November

 

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Brittany Todd

Senior Brittany Todd was named the November 2013 Student Athlete of the Month for Volleyball. Brittany is a four year varsity player and middle hitter for the Red Hawks. Brittany is a 3 sport athlete also participating in Basketball and Softball at CSHS, and was named All Conference honorable mention for Softball in 2013. Brittany has earned 10 varsity letters thus far in her high school career. Brittany excels in the classroom with a 3.6 GPA and has been on the honor roll every trimester in high school. She is a member of Red Hawk kids club, ALC and has volunteered many hours with Hawks hoops and in youth camps.

Coach Mike Lozier says; “Brittany has been a tremendous athlete for the varsity volleyball program since I arrived last year.  When I first started I asked her to take on a new position that she had never played before and without hesitation she agreed.  This year yet again I have asked her to change positions and she did without question.  She is a lead by example player, and the type of competitor that you know no matter what she is giving 100%.  It has been really fun to watch her grow as a player, and I know with her personality and drive she will see great success in the future, both on and off the court.  I can say without hesitation that Brittany has been one of my favorite players to coach.  She shows up and works hard each and every day, and a respect.

 

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Alex Hughes

Senior Alex Hughes was named the November 2013 Student Athlete of the month for Tennis. Alex just completed his first varsity season playing Tennis for the Red hawks. Besides sports Alex is actively involved in Advanced Drama, Newspaper, and Advanced TV Pro and, he also has many different roles in the student body. Alex also is a public address announcer for Red Hawk sporting events. Alex has a 3.6 GPA, and is on the honor roll every trimester. He also volunteers at Gods Kitchen.

Coach Unsworth states; “This was his first year on the team and he played Two Doubles.  I am nominating him because he had tremendous team spirit and was ALWAYS encouraging the other players and complimenting them.  He was this way with our opponents as well!  Other coaches often came to me to compliment him on his sportsmanship.  He was the most positive person on the team.”

Alex is the son of Sue and Mark Hughes.

 

Conner White

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Conner White

Junior Conner White has been named the November 2013 Student Athlete of the Month for Golf. Conner has just finished a very successful season she averaged 47.5 for 9, 96.5 for 18.  She shot an 88 at Regional (6th overall) and finished 12th place at State. At the state finals Conner played in spite of being sick with tonsillitis. She has received recognition as all conference honorable mention and being named OK Bronze All Conference in 2013. Conner also plays soccer, and volunteers her time in coaching AYSO this past summer. Conner has a 3.3 GPA.

Coach London say that, “Conner does not hit the ball long, but she is very accurate with her short game. She has the knack to shake off a bad shot and focus on the next one.”

Conner is the daughter of Tammy and Tom White.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Upcoming Events

 

December  9  Board of Education Meeting

December 13  Student Early Release

December 23 – January 3 Winter Break

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STAY HEALTHY THIS SEASON, BECOME A RED HAWK WALKER 11/4/13—3/27/14

CSPS-IndoorWalkingThe 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…

December 23 – January 3, February 17 & 18

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

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Volleyball team works with Campus Kids

 

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Ten players from the Cedar Springs High School Lady Red Hawks Volleyball team visited the Campus Kids Before and After School Care program on October 25. They worked with the students on hitting, setting, and serving. They also had a contest for serving accuracy.

Campus Kids Director Teresea Schlump was especially pleased with how the visit went. “The Before and After School program is promoting new experiences for the children, and this is just one great example,” she said.

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Targeted Acts of Kindness—

Rachel’s Challenge Community Event

Bill Cataldo, Middle School Curriculum Coach

On Tuesday, October 29, a challenge of compassion, empathy and kindness was given to students in grades 6-8.  Rachel’s Challenge was a day of reflection and positive growth for our students, staff and community.

Rachel Scott was the first victim in the Columbine High School shooting of 1999. The focus of our day was not so much on the tragedy, but on the life of a young girl that modeled kindness and dreamed to touch millions of lives in positive ways.  Learning about Rachel’s dreams through her personal journals, her parents started Rachel’s Challenge.  Cedar Springs Middle School and Red Hawk Elementary students have accepted the challenge to start a “Chain Reaction” of kindness and look to embody this message of respect, acceptance, and compassion as they shine light on darkness and sow love into hatred.

High fives, compliments, apologies for past actions, positive notes on lockers and inspirational posters are already multiplying. Students and staff are brainstorming many ways to touch lives with kind words and actions, creating a culture that is even more positive, safe, fun and welcoming to all.

Let’s commit to joining them, spreading more kindness into our workplace, home, neighborhoods, businesses, churches, and athletic events. If you catch one of our students being kind to someone they may not know well, please share with us.  We would love to hear how our students are taking this message and making an impact in their community!

Thank you Cedar Springs Education Foundation, Cedar Springs Rotary, KSSN/Arbor Circle, and our students and parents for helping to fund this amazing day!

More information about Rachel’s Challenge is available at www.rachelschallenge.org.

 

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School Closings and Delays

CSPS-school-closings-and-delaysOccasionally, adverse weather conditions or other emergency situations may make it necessary to cancel school, delay the start of school, send students home early 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.

TELEVISION -WOOD TV 8, WXMI TV 17, WZZM TV 13

Individuals can also call our automated phone system at (616) 696-1204, (press option 1) for cancellation and delay updates.

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.

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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