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Preschool Open Enrollment starts February 27, 2017

 

Classes will be forming for students who are 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2017.  Information is available for families that are interested in tuition assistance for preschool.  Contact Cedar Trails Elementary main office. 616.696.9884

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Kindergarten Parent Night – March 15, 2017

 

Kindergarten – Ready, Set, Go! “The Future Begins Here”

The Cedar Springs Kindergarten Team welcomes the parents and guardians of the 2017-2018 Kindergarten Class for an information night.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 6:00 – 7:00 pm 

Cedar Trails Elementary

Parents and guardians will meet in the multi-purpose room where our kindergarten teaching staff will present an outline of the typical day, share curriculum expectations and give some helpful tips on selecting a backpack and other frequently used items. We are hoping to answer questions and get everyone ready for an exciting start to the school year. In August, after teacher assignments have been finalized, we will welcome the students to Cedar Trails’ Open House to visit their classroom and meet their teacher.

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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 date:  April 14, 2017. Additional dates to be added

Please call Cedar Trails Elementary at 616.696.9884 to schedule an appointment. Additional appointment times can be scheduled by calling the KCHD at 616.632.7047

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Schools of Choice – K-12 Non-Resident Enrollment

 

Cedar Springs Public Schools participates in both the Kent Intermediate School District Schools of Choice Plan and the Section 105c State plan. All students residing within the Kent Intermediate School District may apply for enrollment in any Kent ISD school that has available openings during the advertised timeframe (usually open during the spring). Students who reside in a district that is within a different ISD that borders the Kent ISD, may also apply under the Section 105c plan depending on available openings. Students who have been suspended or expelled may be excluded. Applications will be made available at our administration building, or on our website in April, 2017.

2017-2018 Schools of Choice Timeline and Applications

Total number of Kent ISD Schools of Choice Openings: Will be announced late March, 2017.

Total number of Section 105c Openings: Will be announced late March, 2017.

Students residing in Kent County may apply for Schools of Choice through the Kent County Schools of Choice Plan April 10 – May 12, 2017.

Students residing outside of Kent County may apply for Schools of Choice through the Schools of Choice 105c Plan April 10 – May 12, 2017.

Transportation to and from school is the responsibility of the student’s family.

Parent Notification:
Parents will be notified by letter if their child has been accepted for enrollment in Cedar Springs Public Schools through a Schools of Choice plan by May 22, 2017.  Acceptance or denial will be in writing only, no information will be provided over the phone.

Kent ISD Information:
If you would like additional information regarding the Kent ISD, please visit Kent ISD web site.

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Student Athletes of the Month – December 2016

Breanna Feikema, Senior, Girls Bowling

Breanna Feikema, Senior, Girls Bowling

Dugan Conely, Senior, Boys Bowling

Dugan Conely, Senior, Boys Bowling

Breanna Feikema, Senior, Girls Bowling and Dugan Conely, Senior, Boys Bowling were named December’s Student Athletes of the Month.

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Free admission with student ID

 

Students can get in FREE to the last 2 home hockey games of the season just by showing their student ID’s.

Location: Griff’s Ice House, 30 Coldbrook St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Dates: Feb. 3 @ 6pm (vs. Hudsonville) & Feb. 17 @ 8pm (vs. Byron Center)

Get all the latest information regarding our co-op hockey team by visiting: http://www.falconshockey.net/

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Important Dates:

 

Mid Winter Break

No School for students February 17, 20 & 21

Students return on February 22, 2017

Attention Class of 2021

Incoming Freshman Orientation

Monday, February 13, 2017 • 7pm 

High School Auditorium

Attention all K-5 Parents – Math In Focus Parent University

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 • 6 – 8 pm

Cedar Springs Middle School Cafeteria

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New Venue Enhances Experience for CTA Choirs

Middle School and High School students combined for “Carol of the Bells” during the winter concert.

Middle School and High School students combined for “Carol of the Bells” during the winter concert.

On Monday, Dec. 12, the middle and high school choirs at CTA put on a holiday concert. This was a year of many firsts for the choirs. This was the first time that the choirs performed a holiday concert. Due to scheduling, last year’s choirs were not able to do a holiday concert. Many students were excited about being able to perform the well-known songs. The other “first” for this concert was the opportunity to perform at Cedar Springs High School. The professionalism and hard work of the singers was complemented by a beautiful venue. The final “first” happened at the very end of the concert when all 62 singers (middle and high school) performed the song “Carol of the Bells” together. For many in the choir and the audience, Carol of the Bells was the favorite moment of the concert. Many audience members praised the combined effort and loved the power that the combined group was able to achieve. The middle school singers got to experience the excitement of singing with the high school choir and the older students got the opportunity to be leaders for the students coming up. CTA’s first holiday choir concert was a great success!

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CTA From the Eyes of an 8th Grader

Tori Lynn Wierda

Tori Lynn Wierda

My name is Tori Lynn Wierda. I am thirteen years old, and I am in the eighth grade. My school of choice is Creative Technologies Academy. I have been going here for eight years now. I love going to CTA; they treat you like family most of the time. The teachers and staff love you and all your flaws. I remember when I was younger that the principal at the time had to carry me up to the office when I got in trouble because I refused to walk up there. Yet, they forgave me and I am still welcomed here today.

Also, I love how we have all these fun programs such as Women’s/Men’s Choir (which gives students the chance to sing at outside venues), basketball (which gives us the chance to play a sport that a lot of us love), Drama Club (because some of us just need to let-it-out somewhere), and cross country (where we get to run and have fun and compete in races). I love all the reading, writing, cheer, music, and basketball they offer here. Also, I love that they have activities here that I personally love to do. I love reading because it makes me feel like I’m separated from the world once in awhile. I love writing because it is a way for me to express my feelings on paper. I love singing because it calms me and makes me happy when I’m mad or depressed. I love Cheerleading because I get to have fun with my friends and perform for people. I love basketball because I love the feeling of competition. I also love dancing because it’s a way to express your feelings through one of the many ways of art.

Speaking further of things I enjoy, I really love going to CTA because I have friends here that I never would have thought I could ever make. My friend/sister Maddie is one of them. She is my best friend and without the love and care CTA provides and encourages, I probably would have never met her in third grade. She is to this day still my best friend and we share everything with each other. There is not one thing she doesn’t know about me and vice versa.

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HS Hands On Hatching Lesson

Biochemistry students Sierra Medwayosh, John Foss and Caleb Cook show the three chickens that were hatched during their hands-on mitosis and meiosis project.

Biochemistry students Sierra Medwayosh, John Foss and Caleb Cook show the three chickens that were hatched during their hands-on mitosis and meiosis project.

How can there be 8 billion people on earth, yet not a single person is genetically the same?

Such questions can be answered from Biochemistry students at Creative Technologies Academy. Over the course of 3 weeks, students learned about mitosis and meiosis. The class incubated chicken eggs to demonstrate how cells can reproduce and be identical (mitosis) or different (meiosis). Biochemistry students were responsible for the viable living conditions for the chicken eggs. The incubation period for chicken eggs was 21 days. Each day, students were responsible for maintaining a constant temperature of 99.5 degrees fahrenheit and carefully flipping the eggs three times a day, both conditions are essential to the development of the chicken embryo.Through the process, students also learned responsibility. If students neglected the eggs, the chance a healthy chicken would hatch decreases. “I am proud of the students and their handling of the eggs,” commented high school science teacher Ben Fredrickson. “Out of a small batch of eggs, we had three chicks hatch due to the dedication and responsibility of the students.”

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