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We are proud to offer the Cedar View Chorus!

The Cedar View Chorus (CVC) is an extracurricular honors choir for 4th and 5th grade students in Cedar Springs.

The CVC is an audition based group of 70 students that meets 2 times a week. Students in the CVC have the opportunity to work and learn with students from different grades and classes while strengthening  their understanding of music..

The CVC has performed for many different audiences in the Cedar Springs area as well as singing the national anthem for the Grand Rapids White Caps and the Griffins.

The first public performance for the CVC will be on October 17th at the Cedar Springs high school football game as they sing the Star Spangled Banner. For future performances and anything else related to the CVC, head on over to our webpage, www.cvchorus.weebly.com.

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Hawkeye Hall of Fame

 

Andy Secor, Cedar View Principal

 

Students at Cedar View Elementary continue a daily focus on using their “Habits of Mind.” In an effort to foster a culture of students displaying model behaviors, teachers came together forming a ‘Positive Behavior Committee.’  The committee works together to plan monthly

Twice a month, each teacher chooses one student to be inducted into the “Hawkeye Hall of Fame.”  Students have their name called over the announcements, choose a reward from Mr. Secor, display their picture on the hall of fame wall, and they put their autograph next to their picture.  Students beam as they receive the praise they truly deserve.  As students return to their classrooms, the entire student body lines the halls to cheer and high-five honored students as music plays over the intercom.  It is exciting to see students take pride in accomplishments as they reach personal goals focused on habits of mind growth!

This year, Cedar View has targeted the following habits of mind:

1) Persistence

2) Restraining impulsivity

3) Thinking about thinking

4) Thinking interdependently

5) Listening with understanding and empathy

*Look for pictures and autographs of the first Hawkeye Hall of Fame inductees from Friday, September 26th when you visit!

 

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COMMUNICATING THE HABITS OF MIND AT CEDAR TRAILS

 

Mike Duffy, Cedar Trails Co-Principal

 

As educators we are responsible for teaching students all of the core content with rigor and relevance each and every day.  Along with this awesome task helping our student to become responsible citizens is a definite must. The Cedar Springs district believes that the Habits of Mind is the foundation upon which learning is built. It is taught through a combination of classroom lessons, teacher and student discussion, student self-reflection and regular presentations by both students and staff.

Each day during the morning announcements the principal shares their thoughts on the Habits of Mind. Many times individuals and whole classrooms are recognized for using good Habits of Mind. Students will also be sharing their own use on the announcements starting in October.

The three Habits that Cedar Trails works on are Empathy, Persistence and Impulsivity. Each of these Habits has a short little chant that describes the correct behavior associated with each Habit.

If you ever have a chance to talk to a Cedar Trails student, please ask them about 1. Kind hands, kind hearts and listening ears or 2. I can do it if I stick to it or 3. Stop, think, I make good choices.

Many classrooms performed 75 good works (kind hands and kind hearts) to honor Red Flannel Days’ 75 anniversary.

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2014-2015 PARENT EDUCATION SPEAKERS SERIES

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PRESENTS:

2014-2015 PARENT EDUCATION SPEAKERS SERIES

Sessions will be held at Cedar Springs High School

auditorium 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Sessions are open to parents, students and community members.

• October 21 – Y do You Hate Me? (Anti-Bullying)Jeff Veley, President –Where Are You Going Productions

Jeff Veley is a former troubled teen turned award-winning youth speaker with a powerful message for students, parents, and educators.  He engages diverse audiences through illusions, clean comedy, and speaking on topics like bullying and healthy relationships.  Target Audience (K-12)

November 18 – Online Safety for Youth

Nic Bottomley, LMSW, ASOTP Therapist Family Division 17th Circuit Court 

An overview of the ongoing media revolution and the risks our youth face online.  We will discuss what parents can do to help keep their children safe. Target audience (6-12)

February 24 -  Languages of Love

Anne King, Teacher & Motivation Consultant 

There are five basic love languages – five ways to express love emotionally. Each person has a primary love language that we must learn to speak if we want that person to feel loved.  Learn to identify your language, the language of your family members and how to best relate to your child.  Target audience (K-12)

April 21 – Emerging Drug Trends

Heidi Denton, MSW Allegan County Community Mental Health 

Navigating the teen years has never been more challenging. This presentation goes beyond the basic drug facts and will talk about new drugs, where youth are learning about these new drugs and how to engage in heart-to-heart talks about drugs. Target Audience (6-12)

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CTA Parent Association Donates $3,000 to Gymnasium Fund!

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The CTA Parent Association of 2013-14, under the leadership of April Hirsch and Amy Miner, donated $3,000 toward the CTA Gymnasium Fund. Mrs. Hirsch and Mrs. Miner are pictured with members of the 2014-15 Parent Association, Jen Fulkerson, Audrey Hoops, and Shannon Maier.

 

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Revised School Hours effective September 8, 2014

Start / Dismissal

Grades K-5: 7:50am /2:55 pm

Grades 6-12: 7:45 am / 3:06 pm

FlexTrac Grades 9-12

Session A (7:45am – 12:40pm + 2 self-scheduled hours)

Session B (9:51am – 2:45pm + 2 self-scheduled hours)

Dismissal Schedule for Early Release Days

Grades K-5: 12:55 pm

Grades 6-12: 1:00 pm

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CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMY BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2014-15

 

Mr. Andrew J. Willis – President

Mr. Kyle Bohl – Vice President

Mr. Stephen W. Phelps – Secretary

Mr. Shane Courbier – Treasurer

Mr. Eugene Burley 

Mr. Wallace Murphy 

Mr. Michael Tawney 

 

Board of Directors Regular Meeting Dates 2014-15

(Meetings are open to the public and are held at 3:30 pm in Room 302 of the CTA Administration Building)

August 13, 2014

September 24, 2014

October 15, 2014

November 19, 2014

January 21, 2015

February 18, 2015

March 18, 2015

April 15, 2015

May 20, 2015

June 17, 2015 (Organizational Meeting @ 3:30 pm; Regular Meeting @ 3:50 pm)

 

 

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CTA Calendar

 

 

September 18 Cross Country Fremont Invite

 

September 19 Picture Day – all grades

 

September 19 Grades 6-8 Back to School Kickoff for Parents and Students of Middle School – 6-9 pm

 

September 26 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm

6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm

 

September 27 Cross Country Allendale Invite – 8:30 am

 

October 10 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm

6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm

 

October 10 Cross Country – Montabella HS – 4 pm

 

October 18 Cross Country – Michigan Class “D” State Championship

October 18 1st Annual Harvest Festival – 3-6 pm (PA sponsored)

October 18 Harvest Festival Dance – 6-9 pm

 

October 21-23 Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences  (required of all students and parents)

October 23 Wall of Honor Recognition – 2 pm – CTA Auditorium

 

October 24 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm

6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm

 

October 27 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting – 6:30 pm

 

October 30 Cross Country Banquet and Awards – 6 pm

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2014 Board of Education

Brook Nichols—President

Todd Hanson—Vice President

Matthew Shoffner—Treasurer

Patricia Eary—Secretary

Jeff Gust—Trustee

Shannon Vanderhyde—Trustee

Joe Marckini—Trustee

 

BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTION – NOVEMBER 4, 2014

 

The Cedar Springs Public Schools Board of Education will have three (3) positions available for the annual election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. These positions are six (6) year terms ending December 31, 2020.

 

Board of Education Meeting Dates

Board of Education meetings are open to the public and will be held at 6:45 p.m. in the Board Room of the Hilltop Community Resource Center (third floor) unless otherwise specified.

 

August 25 – work session 6:00pm

September 8, 22

October 13

October 27

November 10, 24

December 8

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New immunization requirements

CSPS-imunizations

*Current laboratory evidence of immunity is acceptable instead of immunization with antigen.

**All doses of vaccines must be given with appropriate spacing between doses and at appropriate ages to be considered valid.

 

For more information, please refer to www.michigan.gov/immunize.

 

You are encouraged to discuss these new immunization requirements with your health care provider or local health care department.

 

If you have a religious or medical reason why your child cannot be immunized, a waiver form (for required immunizations only) must be completed and signed before starting the first day of school.

 

Health Care Needs

If your child has a medical condition such as diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, acute allergies (food, insect bites, animals), or a physical disability, and /or requires treatments or procedures during school hours, please inform a school representative prior to the first day of school.

 

Medications (Prescribed and Over the Counter)/Treatments)

For the safety of your children, Cedar Springs Public Schools has a medication/treatment policy, which requires signatures from both the health care provider and parent before any medication (including OTC) or treatment may be administered by authorized school staff.  See your school secretary for a copy of the policy and form (s), which you may present to your physician.  Both signatures must also authorize any self-medication by student.  (This includes EipPens, inhalers, etc.)

 

We are committed to the development of prevention programs that ensure effective response to urgent emergent health problems of students in the school community.   We invite you to direct your questions to the school’s office staff and/or district nurse.

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