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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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Scholar Instrumentalist of the Month for April 



Gavin is a senior percussionist at Cedar Springs High School who has been a marcher in the drumline and also been a leader in the keyboard section during marching band season. He has been the drum set player for the CSHS Jazz band for the last 3 years. Gavin is a hard worker in the classroom with a current GPA of 4.1, which ranks him in the top 4 in his class!  Congratulations Gavin Moore on being named our April 2017 Cedar Springs High School Scholar Instrumentalist!

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District Calendar

2017 – 2018 School Year 

District Calendar available 


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Schools of Choice 2017—2018


Cedar Springs Public Schools participates in both the Kent Intermediate School District Schools of Choice Plan and the Section 105c State plan.

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.

Contact the Registrar at 616.696.7317 with any questions.

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Campus Kids Summer Camp


Summer Camp starts on June 12, 2017 and runs through August 31, 2017.  We are closed the week of the 4th of July.  There is a $20 registration fee for one child and a $35 registration fee for a family.  If you register for the Summer Camp, your registration fee covers the next school year.  Cost for Summer Camp is $27 a day or $125 for 5 days a week.  Families can sign up for as many or as few days as needed.  A sibling discount is available.

Registration packets are available at Cedar Trails or online at csredhawks.org and Campus Kids is under the Parents tab.  Or you can call Campus Kids at (616)696-1716 or e-mail questions to campus.kids@csredhawks.org.   Please register for Summer Camp by May 10, 2017.

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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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Charger Voices Perform at District Festival

Charger Voices students perform at District Festival with teacher Jeremy Holtrop and pianist Bethany Holtrop.

Charger Voices students perform at District Festival with teacher Jeremy Holtrop and pianist Bethany Holtrop.

CTA’s Charger Voices had the opportunity to participate in the Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA) District Festival for the first time in March. This was the first year for the choir to do so and the experience was a very successful and enjoyable one. Charger Voices was the first performing group of the day, performing at 8:00 a.m. The group performed two songs, “Jonah” by Rollo Dilworth and “River, Sing Your Song” by Eugene Butler. After the performance, an adjudicator came onto the stage and worked with the group on things they could improve. Choir members were appreciative of the feedback and enjoyed trying the different things the adjudicator coached them on. The second part of the festival was sight reading, during which the students had to sight read music that they had never seen before and only had twenty minutes to do so before performing the piece. The experience was challenging, yet rewarding. As an added bonus after the festival, students got to spend the remainder of the day at Craig’s Cruisers. The day was a very positive experience and students were already excited to participate next year.

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