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Chargers Quest for the Net

The girls and boys basketball programs are off to a great start. This year, the boys program added a middle school team that has kicked off the season and currently with a 2-3 win-loss and are led by captains Avery Bishop and Landon Winters. The boys varsity team is off to a strong start at 4-1 and are led by captains Charles Wortz and Luke Hubbard. Both teams are coached by Todd Bowmar. The girls varsity team is 2-2 on the year so far and are led by captains Brin Calkins, Hannah Hofstra, and Faith Watson and are coached by Lisa Perry. CTA is now a part of the Great Lakes 6 league and both teams are looking like strong contenders. Be sure to come on out to support them and watch them in action at any of their home and away games!

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Elementary Students Performed the Polar Express

K-5 students all performed together for two of the songs in the concert.

On Monday, December 3, the Elementary students performed in a music concert themed around the book “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg. The students dressed in their pajamas just like the kids in the story. Several 3rd, 4th and 5th graders read the story of the Polar Express at the concert. In between the readings, all the students sang different songs that helped to tell the story. The students learned American Sign Language to go along with two of the songs:  Believe  and  When Christmas Comes to Town. These two songs also featured soloists during the verses. The concert was directed by Bethany Holtrop and Jeremy Holtrop accompanied two songs on the piano.

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Holiday Concert Features Three Choirs and Alumni

The Charger Voices were conducted by Mr. Jeremy Holtrop.

On Monday, December 17, the CTA middle school and high school choirs performed their annual holiday concert. This concert featured three different choirs. Our middle school choir, Harmonic Chargers; our high school choir, Charger Voices, and our recently formed a cappella choir, Voices of Lightning. Each group performed 4-6 pieces and then all singers performed together to close the concert on “Christmas Canon Rock” which featured CTA student, James Mauric on electric guitar. James rocked it out mimicking the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Also, CTA alumni choir students came back and performed “Carol of the Bells” as part of a yearly tradition.

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Toys for Tots Campaign Huge Success

Boxes were located in each of the three campus buildings
 for donations to be dropped off.

This year Creative Technologies Academy once again participated in the Toys for Tots toy drive. Over the past two weeks, students and their families have brought in a total of 109 toys. In addition to that, the CTA staff usually pool funds to purchase gifts for the administrators and chose this year to do a donation to Toys for Tots on behalf of the administrators. The staff raised $225 for more gifts. “…it was such a blessing to shop and donate these additional gifts so that children can have a toy under the tree on Christmas day,” shared elementary principal Autumn Mattson. It’s part of the CTA way to believe that it is better to give than to receive.

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Board of Education fills short-term vacancy

The Cedar Springs Board of Education held a special meeting Monday evening, December 10, and filled a 21-day vacancy on the board that was a result of an unexpired term. 

Trent Gilmore had been in the seat, but when he won the election, he moved to Jeff Rivard’s seat. Rivard won Gilmore’s seat, but wasn’t scheduled to take the oath of office until January, due to the laws surrounding appointed and elected seats. This created a 21-day vacancy.

Only one person submitted a letter of interest to the school in being appointed to the seat—Jeff Rivard. The board approved the appointment and he was sworn in at the meeting Monday evening.

Both Traci Slager and Trent Gilmore were also sworn in at Monday’s meeting. Mistie Bowser will take the oath of office in January when Matt McConnon’s term is up.

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School board needs to fill short-term vacancy

By Judy Reed

Do you want to be on the Cedar Springs Board of Education? Now that certified election results are back, they have an open seat to fill for a term of only 21 days. 

They will be accepting applications for the vacancy until noon on December 10. If it’s decided they need to do interviews, you will be contacted no later than 4 p.m. that day, and the interviews would take place that evening at 6:45 p.m. For more info please click here.

So why is there an opening for only 21 days—December 10 through December 31?

According to Superintendent Scott Smith, it’s because of the way the law is written regarding appointed and elected positions. 

Two seats were up for election this year: seat #5 and seat #6. The people who won those seats will start their terms in January. Mistie Bowser and Jeff Rivard won those four-year terms.

The other two seats voted on were #2 and #7. Those were appointed seats, where someone left this year but their term was not up at the end of this year and the person appointed had to run for the seat again in November. The people who won those seats (Tracie Slager and Trent Gilmore) will start serving immediately since the term was not up.

Traci Slager was appointed in early 2018 to seat #2 to replace Ted Sabinas, and after winning seat #2 in the November election, she will serve out the remaining four years. She will take office immediately since the term was not up.

Mistie Bowser was elected to seat #5. Matt McConnon has been serving in that seat. He was appointed to fill that seat when Patricia Eary resigned. The term was up at the end of this year. McConnon did not run for it because he wanted to run for Courtland Township Supervisor. Mistie Bowser ran for the position and she will serve a four-year term starting in January.

Here is where it gets tricky. Jeff Rivard and Trent Gilmore did not run for the seats they were serving in. They ran for each other’s seats. One was an appointed seat where the term was not up, and the other was one due for election this year.

Jeff Rivard was appointed earlier this year to seat #7 to replace Tim Bauer, who had been appointed to replace Michelle Bayink, whose term was not up until 2020. When Rivard ran for election, however, he ran for seat #6, because the term on that seat was up. He will start serving a four-year term in that seat in January. 

Trent Gilmore was appointed this summer to seat #6 to replace Brook Nichols. Her term was to be over Dec. 31. When Gilmore ran for election, he actually ran for seat #7, the one currently held by Rivard, which is an appointed seat. So, Gilmore will take office immediately, and serve the final two years of the term for seat #7. Which means seat #6, won by Rivard, will be open because Rivard won’t begin to serve until January.

The remaining board members’ seats won’t be up for election until 2020 (Matthew Shoffner and Shannon Vanderhyde) and 2022 (Heidi Reed).

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From the Superintendent’s Desk

Cedar Springs Public Schools has much to be thankful for as the month of December is here.  It is exciting to report that our students consistently reached new heights in the classroom, on the stage, and on the field/courts this fall.  We believe each day is an opportunity to be better than we were the day before.  The upcoming winter season promises to be brighter than ever for Cedar Springs students, families, and staff.  

Each member of our school community can celebrate one particular highlight of note.  We recently received word from the Michigan State Police Grants and Community Services Division that Cedar Springs Public Schools will be receiving an award of $478,713 to help fund the following projects:

• Electronic locking systems upgrades for each building

• Exterior doors and frames

• Public address systems 

• Bluepoint Rapid Emergency Response Systems for each school (https://www.bluepointalert.com/)

 The award represents 75% of the total costs of these projects.  The District will pay the remaining $159,571 (25%) out of our Building and Site Sinking Fund.  Words cannot express the degree of appreciation Cedar Springs Public Schools has for the efforts of Ken Simon, Deputy Tom McCutcheon, and Jeff Malloch in making this happen for our community.

It is evident that the investments people are making in our schools and community are paying significant dividends.  We encourage you to pause and give thanks during this holiday season for the impact those investments are making on the lives of our students, families, and staff who call Cedar Springs home.

 With respect and appreciation,

Scott B. Smith, Superintendent

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Superintendent visit

Superintendent Smith stopped by Cedar View on November 30 and read to Ms. Johnson’s and Ms. Strunk’s class.

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Handmade hats and mittens donation

Beach Elementary had a delivery of 52 pairs of hand knitted mittens and 8 hand knitted hats on December 3! Ruth spent many, many hours knitting these and donated them to our Beach Elementary school! Thank you Ruth!

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2018 Fall Sports Season

From the Athletic Director, John Norton 

Cedar had another great Fall Sports Season for 2018.  While the efforts on the courts and fields steal the headlines, first and foremost everyone should know these Cedar Springs student-athletes, collectively, maintain over a 3.0 GPA, and many of the teams have spent times at the elementary schools and elsewhere serving the community.  Whether it is football players visiting with students and Cedar View, or soccer players helping Cedar Trails kids find their buses the first day of school, or members of the volleyball team volunteering with our youth at weekend volleyball camps, these athletes are true leaders.  

How about of our teams, parents, students and community coming together our first ever “Pink Week”, to help raise over $5,000 for “The Cure Starts Now?”  Finally, the amazing support of the community and students throughout the Fall, showing school spirit and top notch sportsmanship at all times.  These are the real successes of our Fall Sports Season.

In competition, our teams also did very well. Our Boys’ Cross Country and Football teams were OK White Conference Championships.  

Beyond that, the Cross Country Boys went on to the State Meet where they finished in the Top 10, and were selected as an Academic All-State Team.  The Football team went on to win two playoff games, and earn a District championship.  The Soccer team finished the season with 12 wins, meanwhile all of our other programs, at all levels, had competitive seasons in the tough OK White Conference.

It was a great Fall for our athletes, and we are looking forward to what is in store this Winter. 

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