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From the superintendent’s desk: June 3, 2016

Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Dear Cedar Springs Public Schools Families:

As we near the end of this academic year, the members of the Board of Education, district leadership team, teaching and support staffs want to celebrate our commitment to excellence in all that we do.  This means providing an education of excellence for the children and families of Cedar Springs and that our actions and decisions in the district are driven by data and best practices.

Over the course of this academic year, we have been putting students first.  From the exemplary teaching and learning to the committed volunteerism that occurs in our classrooms – collectively – our goal is what is best for students.

From athletics to the arts, finances to facilities, academics to transportation, every area is working hard to reflect excellence and best practices.  This district is committed to being data driven in our decision making while being responsive to the needs of our students and our community.

Cedar Springs Public Schools has talented students and staff members.  As a result, whether it is a student, the superintendent, a teacher, a coach or a support staff member, we challenge and hold each other accountable for growth and achievement.

Throughout the district, students, teachers and support staff are engaged with learning projects that excite and challenge students to grow and achieve.  This is why we have pursued new innovative practices such as Responsive Classroom®, Adaptive Schools, Cognitive Coaching®, and a new math curriculum.  It is also why we established the Cedar Springs Schools Health Clinic and have pursued new buses for safer transportation.  This is also why we chose to go through the rigorous and highly detailed educational review of the AdvancED® accreditation process.  We want to push our thinking, celebrate our successes and challenge each other to limitless progress at CSPS.

To that end, we are excited by the engagement that we see across the district with our students and families and appreciate the hard work done on a daily basis in the classroom and all around our campus by administrators, teachers, support staff, and volunteers.  A prime example of CSPS engagement and hard work is Mrs. Cheryl Tacoma.  Mrs. Tacoma has taught our elementary students at Cedar Springs for 27 years and has held a deep commitment to our students, their education and their personal development.  We admire the countless individuals at CSPS who maintain a goal of doing what is best for students – just as Mrs. Tacoma has for decades!

Together we are making a difference locally with our students and making a difference globally with our graduates.  As we enter into the end of the school year and the excitement of graduation, we salute all who invest in our students to make this great district and community the very best it can be.

As always, it is an honor to serve as your CSPS superintendent.  Please do call, write or drop by for a visit at any time.  I would appreciate an opportunity to get to know you and learn how you think this great district might best serve our children as our Cedar Springs students deserve the very best!

Warmly,

Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

Office:  616-696-1204 ext. 1001    Cell: 925-899-3111    Email: laura.vanduyn@csredhawks.org

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Cedar Springs Schools News

Summer Food Service Program for Children

The Cedar Springs Public Schools announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for Children. Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under or persons up to age 26 who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled that is recognized by a State or local public
educational agency. The meals will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the site(s) listed below:

Red Hawk Elementary Cedar Springs High School
204 E. Muskegon Street 204 E Muskegon Street
Cedar Springs, MI  49319 Cedar Springs, Mi  49319

June 14 – August 18July 28 & July 29 – Lunch ONLY
Closed July 4 – July 8 August 8 – August 11
Monday – Thursday, Closed Fridays Monday – Thursday, Closed Friday

Breakfast served 8am – 9amBreakfast served 7:30am – 9am
Lunch served 11am – 12:45pm Lunch served 11am – 12:45pm

Campus Kids Summer Fun Camp

Open:  Monday through Friday, June 13

through Sept 1

Hours:  6am to 6pm

Closed:  The week of July 4-8

Location:  Cedar Trails Elementary

Registration Cost:  $20 registration fee for one child, $35 for a family.

When you pay the registration fee for the summer, it includes the 2016-17 school year.  Tuition:  $27 a day per child, sibling discount available depending on how many days signed up for each week.  Field trips are an extra cost.  Activities:  arts and crafts, gym time, organized sports and games, field trips, free play, reading, computers, songs and dances, tutoring assistance upon request, etc.  Registration packets can be picked up at Cedar Trails or Beach or go online to csredhawks.org and download the forms from the Parents tab.

Wanted School Bus Drivers 

On – Call and Regular Part Time Positions for 2016 – 2017 School Year.  CDL Training Provided to Qualified Candidate.  Contact Cedar Springs Public Schools Transportation Department for more information (616) 696 – 1450.

Summer Band Camp Information 

Pre-Band Camp  July 25 through July 28  Time:  9am – Noon

Band Camp  August 1 through August 5  Time:  8 am – 8:30 pm

Location:  High School

For more information, please visit  www.cedarspringsbands.org

Band Directors:  Ryan Miller and Adam Borst

2016-17 SPORTS PHYSICALS

DATES: Thursday, June 16 & Wednesday, August 3
LOCATION: Cherry Health (behind Red Hawk Elementary)
PHONE:  616-696-3470  (call ahead for an appt)
TIME: 7:30 am – 3:30 pm

Students must bring a signed parental consent form and an MHSAA physical card to the appointment. Forms are available in the Athletic Office or online at http://highschool.csredhawks.org/Athletics/index.html

Please remember to complete the medical history section of the physical card before the student’s appointment. Parents are encouraged to attend the visit.

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.

COMPLETED PHYSICAL FORMS ARE REQUIRED!  Per MHSAA, all 2016-17 athletes must have a physical on file dated after April 15, 2016

Graduates await the big event. (Supplied)

Graduates await the big event. (Supplied)

New Beginnings Graduation

New Beginnings Graduation held on May 25, 2016.  Congratulations Graduates.

CSPS-Tractor1Drive Your Tractor to School Day

FFA Club “Drive Your Tractor to School Day” was May 17, 2016

Last Day of School

2015–2016 School Year Last Day of School – June 8, 2016.

See you back on campus on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.  Have a great summer.

District Office Summer 2016 Hours

June 20, 2016 through August 11, 2016

Monday through Thursday; Closed Friday

7:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cedar Springs Campus Closed

July 4, 2016 through July 8, 2016

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Drama Club Brings Laughs with Improv Show

 

(L to R): Lena Mauric, Tatyanna Lawson, Danielle August, Devin Simpson and Johnathon LeTourneau

(L to R): Lena Mauric, Tatyanna Lawson, Danielle August, Devin Simpson and Johnathon LeTourneau

CTA’s drama program got its first chance to be in the public spotlight on April 22 and 23 with the first ever CTA Improv Show.  This Improv show featured students in the newly formed Drama Club.  Fifteen students have been attending drama club rehearsals twice a week after school and practicing Whose Line Is It Anyway-style games that they would eventually perform in front of an audience.  The show started with a game called XBox where students had to perform short skits based on audience suggestions such as the color blue or the animal, the tiger.  Given only short prompts, students then had to create full scenes.  The audience really enjoyed the show and a lot of laughter filled the evening.  Some members of the Friday audience enjoyed the show so much, they came back on Saturday to see all new games and scenarios.  The highlight of both evenings was the final game, “Helping Hands.”  In this game, one student gets to be a world famous chef with a variety of food items on the table in front of her.  The only catch is that she can’t use her own hands.  Instead, another actor stands behind her and picks up the items as she goes, making a hilarious mess.  This event was also a fundraiser for CTA’s drama department with hopes to use the funds to put on a play next year.  With the success of the Improv show, the drama department is well on their way toward the goal.

 

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CTA Calendar

CTA Calendar

May

13 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

  • K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.
  • 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.
  • Popcorn Day

14 NHS Work Day at CTA

16-20 Elementary Spirit Week

16 Girls Charging Ahead Bake Sale (3:15-4:30 p.m.)

NHS Induction Rehearsal and Ceremony (6:30 p.m.)

17 Cheer Banquet (6-7:30 p.m.)

19 PA Meeting (3:15-4:00 p.m.)

20 MS/HS STEM Day (8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)

  • Wall of Honor Celebration (1:45-2:45 p.m.)
  • Spring Carnival/Art Show (5-7:00 p.m.)
  • MS Bake Sale (during Spring Carnival/Art Show) (5-7:00)

23 Girls Charging Ahead 2nd Annual 5K (3-4:30 p.m.)

25 Move-Up Day (10:00-10:45 a.m.)

26 Last Day of School for Seniors

  • 8th Grade and High School Choir Concert (7-8:00 p.m.)

27-30 Memorial Day Break

31 2nd/4th Grade Buddy Picnic

June

1 1st/3rd Grade Buddy Picnic

  • Senior Class Trip

2 Kindergarten/5th Grade Buddy Picnic

3 MS End of Year Field Trip

  • Graduation

7 MS/HS Charger Choice Day (12-2:45 p.m.)

  • K-5th Grade Field Day

8 High School Field Day (12-2:45 a.m.)

9 High School Cookout (12-2:45 p.m.)

  • K-6th Kent Theater Trip (“The Jungle Book” – 12:15-2:15 p.m.)
  • Last Day of School

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Respecting Chemicals

Mr. James Fredenburg created a fireball during his limiting reagent stoichiometry lesson.

Mr. James Fredenburg created a fireball during his limiting reagent stoichiometry lesson.

Mr. James Fredenburg, the high school science teacher, demonstrated the power of chemicals during a limiting reagent lesson as part of the stoichiometry unit, which is heavily math-based. He demonstrated the reaction between acetylene and oxygen three times. Twice with one of the reactants limiting the chemical reaction, and another time in the correct stoichiometry ratio. The results of this demonstration ranged from no reaction, huge fireballs, and a loud bang – similar to a gun firing. Chemistry is about understanding what happens at the microscopic level to explain what we see in our daily lives. Through these types of demonstrations in a safe and controlled environment, students have seen the class and book work translate to everyday life!

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Announcing the Class of 2016 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

CTA-Valedictorian-AnnaliseVanEnk

Valedictorian:  

Annalise Van Enk, Suma Cum Laude

Post-Graduation Plans: Attend Grace Bible College and Seminary to study Psychology

CTA-Salutatorian-JoshuaDavidsonSalutatorian:  

Joshua Davison, Magna Cum Laude

Post-Graduation Plans: Attend Grand Rapids Community College for Intro to IT courses

 

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Now Enrolling!

 

There are still spaces available for the 2016-2017 school year.

Please call us to set up your personal tour and meeting with our Dean of Students.

You may set up your appointment by calling Mrs. Atkins or Mr. Oldebekking at (616) 696-4905

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Fine Arts at CTA

 

At CTA, we have a lot to be thankful for! Our school may be small, but we have many fun and exciting things that happen every year. For the past three years, CTA Creates (a group of mothers, fathers, and grandmas) has brought art into the classroom. The amazing Mr. Holtrop has brought music, choir and drama back into our hallways as well.

CTA Creates is a group of volunteer families who love the arts and want to share that love with the students of CTA. These parents have created an art curriculum and volunteered to teach the elementary students every other Thursday this school year. At the end of the year, CTA Creates will celebrate the students’ creativity by putting on an art gallery. This year, the art gallery will be held on May 20 from 5-7:00 p.m. at CTA. Please join us on that day to view art that the students created throughout the year as they learned about different art techniques, artists and had the opportunity to use a variety of mediums.

Mr. Holtrop has brought so much to CTA and on May 3 that could not have been any more evident. The kindergarteners through second graders put on their own concert/play and sang four songs from the musical “Seussical”. We had Dr. Seuss characters galore on stage singing their hearts out! The third through fifth graders also shared their love for music by singing songs about spring. Not only did these classes sing, but the fourth and fifth graders also showed off their musical abilities with by playing the recorders. Thank you, Mr. Holtrop all of your hardwork has paid off!

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Celebrating Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week

 

The CTA Parent Association honored the extraordinary teachers at CTA during Teacher Appreciation Week May 2-6 with a variety of special events.  A Make-N-Take breakfast kicked off the week on Monday morning with Herman’s Boy bagels, homemade granola and fruit parfaits. Throughout the week, the staff were greeted with homemade chocolates and cement planters with succulents for their desks.  Friday finished the week with a soup and salad lunch.  CTA parents love their teachers and staff and are appreciative of all they do year-round!

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Food Service Worker Appreciation

L to R: Kay Buchanan, Stacie Tompkins, and Sonya Alverson

L to R: Kay Buchanan, Stacie Tompkins, and Sonya Alverson

CTA would like to applaud its amazing kitchen staff:  Kay Buchanan, Food Service Supervisor; and Food Service Assistants, Sonya Alverson and Stacie Tompkins, who spend every day making delicious, healthy, and well-balanced meals for more than 200 of our students.  Miss Kay, who plans the menu each week, incorporates some old favorites like, corn dogs, grilled cheese, quesadillas, and pigs in a blanket. She adds some of her homemade recipes such as taco pizza, baked ziti, and penne pasta. The kitchen staff all take the time to engage and build relationships with the students as they go through the lunch line. CTA is very lucky to have these three ladies share their talents and food finesse with us!

 

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