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High School Orientation Schedule – Monday, August 25, 2014


Students will be required to attend a mandatory orientation program at the high school.  At this time, all students will have their pictures taken for the yearbook and student identification cards, review school policies from the student handbook, review athletic policies, meet with their class advisor, receive their schedules and agendas.

Sophomores:  8:00am – 10:00am

Juniors:  9:15am – 11:15am

Seniors:  10:30am – 12:30pm

Freshman:  11:30am – 2:25pm

Freshman orientation will include lunch, a tour of the building and a chance to meet many of their teachers.

Parents do not need to attend, but are welcome.

Food service will be open so that students planning to eat in the cafeteria during the school year will be able to deposit money into their lunch account.

Please Note:  Because schedules will be handed out during orientation, they will only be available to students attending orientation.  Anyone not attending the orientation will need to log onto your PowerSchool account and print your schedule prior to the first day of school.  Your PowerSchool account will be available after August 27, 2014.


OPEN HOUSE Schedules August 26 & 27 – Letters will be sent to parents during the week of August 18 with teacher information.

Tuesday, August 26

Red Hawk Elementary

6th Grade

Team A:  5:30

Team B:  7:00

Middle School

7th Grade & 8th Grade:  5:00—6:30

New Beginnings Alternative HS


Wednesday, August 27

Cedar Trails Elementary

K & 1st Grade


Beach Elementary

2nd Grade:   6:00 – 7:00

3rd Grade:  5:30 – 6:30

Cedar View Elementary

4th Grade & 5th Grade:  6:30—7:30


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Campus Kids – Before and After School Care

We are currently accepting registrations for Before and After School Care.  We are located in Cedar Trails Elementary on the Cedar Springs School campus.  We are open Monday through Friday from 6:00am to 8:30am and 3:30pm to 6:00pm beginning Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The cost is $8.00 for Before School care and $8.00 for After School care or $15 a day if you need to use both before and after school care.

Breakfast and an afternoon snack are included. The children will enjoy arts and crafts projects, homework assistance, enrichment activities, outdoor play, gym time, peer interaction, etc.

There is a registration fee of $20 for one child or $35 for a family.

For an additional charge, we also offer care on early release days and on snow days for pre-registered children.

Please call (616) 696-1716 or email campus_kids@csredhawks.org for additional information.


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Important Dates

K-12 Orientation and Open House - Tuesday, August 26, 5:30 PM – 8 PM


FlexTrac ORIENTATION - Thursday, August 21, 6 PM



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Grades K-5: 7:50am – 3:11 pm/Grades 6-12: 7:45 am – 3:06 pm

FlexTrac Grades 9-12: Session A (7:45am – 12:40pm + 2 self-scheduled hours) OR Session B (9:51am – 2:45pm + 2 self-scheduled hours)


August 21 FlexTrac Only Parent/Student Orientation – 6 PM

August 26 Traditional Orientation & Open House (K-12) – 5:30 – 8:00 PM

September 2 First Day of School

September 12 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

September 26 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

October 10 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

October 24 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

October 27 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting

November 7 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

November 14 End of 1st Trimester (54 days)

November 21 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

November 26-28 No School for Students and Staff – Thanksgiving Break

December 12 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

December 19 Last Day before Winter break

December 22-Jan 2 No School for Students and Staff – Winter Break

January 5 Classes Resume

January 13-15 Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences (required of all students and parents)

January 16 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

January 30 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

February 13 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

February 16-17 No School for Students and Staff – Mid-Winter Break

February 27 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

February 27 End of 2nd trimester (60 days)

March 13 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

March 27 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)


April 3 No School for Students and Staff (possible weather make up day)

April 6-10 No School for Students and Staff – Spring Break

April 17 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

April 27 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting

May 1 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

May 15 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

May 22 No School for Students and Staff (possible weather make up day)

May 25 No School for Students and Staff – Memorial Recess

May 29 Graduation – 7 pm

June 3-4 High School Exams

June 4 Last Day of School – End of 3rd Trimester (61 days)

June 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Possible make up days for inclement weather



JANUARY 15, 2015 – FEBRUARY 15, 2015


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Creative Technologies Academy

Annual Public Notices



The Creative Technologies Academy’s Board Policy Manual contains the following policy which is applicable to all Title I schools. CTA does NOT receive Title I funds, nevertheless it adheres to the following policy:


In accordance with the requirement of Section 1111 of Title I, for each school receiving Title I funds, the School Leader shall make sure that all parents of students in that school are notified that they may request, and the Academy will provide the following information on the student’s classroom teachers:

A. whether the teacher(s) have met the State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade level and subject areas they are teaching;

B. whether the teacher(s) is teaching under any emergency or provisional status in which the State requirements have been waived;

C. the undergraduate major of the teacher(s) and the area of study and any certificates for any graduate degrees earned;

D. the qualifications of any paraprofessionals providing services to their child(ren);


In addition, the parents shall be provided:

E. information on the level of achievement of their child(ren) on the required State academic assessments;

F. timely notice if the student is assigned to a teacher who is not “highly qualified” as required, or if the student is taught for more than four (4) weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified.


The notices and information shall be provided in an understandable format, and to the extent possible, in a language the parent(s) understand.




Parents have the right to inspect any instructional materials used as part of the educational curriculum for their student. Instructional material means instructional content, regardless of format, that is provided to the student, including printed or representational materials, audiovisual materials, and materials available in electronic or digital formats (such as materials accessible through the Internet.) Instructional material does not include academic tests or academic assessments.


August 1, 2014



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Integrated Pest Management Policy and Plan

Creative Technologies Academy

Annual Public Notice

Integrated Pest Management Policy and Plan


In accordance with Michigan Regulation 637, the following policy and plan has been adopted at:


Creative Technologies Academy

350 Pine Street

Cedar Springs, Michigan  49319


Integrated Pest Management (IPM) requires that the Academy use the least hazardous methods first (fly swatters, vacuuming, housekeeping practices, elimination of insect/rodent food, harborage of entry points, etc.) to remove pests from the school environment before resorting to chemical treatment.


Only professional licenses individuals shall be allowed to apply commercial grade pesticides or herbicides and proper advance notification of application(s) shall be given.  No area(s) shall be treated while occupied by staff or students


Notice of this service shall be published to all parents, guardians or students, and staff.  In case of emergency, limited use of pesticides or herbicides is permitted without advance notice.


This universal sign shall be posted for 48 hours after commercial application of pesticides or herbicides is made, or for an appropriate period of time as recommended by the licensed professional.


Pesticides In Use


Rodent or pest sightings shall be reported to the school office and shall be recorded in the IPM Log Book.  The licensed person providing the pest control service shall review this list prior to providing treatment within or outside the building.



Board Adopted:  August 9, 2001

Board Recorder: Lexie K. Coxon


August 1, 2014

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Asbestos Management Plan

Creative Technologies Academy

Annual Public Notice

Asbestos Management Plan


The Asbestos Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requires all schools to have an “Asbestos Management Plan” and to make that plan available to all concerned parties.  Creative Technologies Academy, an asbestos free school, hereby notifies all parents, building occupants, and the parent association that the Asbestos Management Plan for all buildings under the jurisdiction of this local education agency is available in the principal’s office of Creative Technologies Academy located at 350 Pine Street in Cedar Springs Michigan.


This notification is to advise all concerned parties that the Asbestos Management Plan required under the AHERA is available for review upon request.  The plans can be viewed by any person during normal business hours. Those interested in reviewing the Asbestos Management Plan can inquire about the hours and times that the plans are available by contacting Mr. Dan Clark, Director of Energy and Maintenance, or the School Leader at 616-696-4905.


Creative Technologies Academy has followed all of the laws pertaining to asbestos in schools for the state of Michigan.  Based on the findings, there is no asbestos on the CTA campus.  Steps have been taken for a permanent exemption because there is no asbestos to monitor or remove.


August 1, 2014


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Cedar View Students are giving back! The Leadership Teams are on a mission!


When the 4th grade Student Leadership Team contemplated how they wanted to improve their school this year, they decided they were going to look outside of the school walls and into their own community.  By starting a “Penny War” between classrooms, they managed to raise more than $840 dollars to which they donated to the North Kent Service Center!  Each classroom had a jar and students from their home classrooms could fill the jar with pennies.  However, students from other classrooms could offset the amount of pennies by contributing quarters, nickels, and dimes.  The only way to make up the difference was to add more pennies!  Fun was had by all and best of all, they were able to contribute to a great program!  Awesome job, 4th graders!

The 5th grade Student Leadership Team was not far behind with their own idea of having a food and clothing collection for those in need.  During a two week period, they managed to collect five totes of clothing and a large amount of food!  Donations will be delivered to Degage Ministries in Grand Rapids, where the team will spend some time during the dinner hour helping out and meeting some of the staff and clients.

We are very proud of our Leadership Teams and their dedication to helping others!

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Cedar View closer to a Community School!


For the third year, Cedar Springs Public Schools has continued their partnership with Kent School Services Network in an effort to develop what are called “community schools”.  The idea is to bring resources and programs into the schools with an overarching goal of increasing student attendance, focusing on the importance of academic achievement, and increasing family involvement.

At the end of last school year, Cedar View Elementary formed a committee consisting of Principal Andy Secor, teachers, Sue Smith, Laurie VanDam, Miranda Latimer, Kim Farrey, Sadie Gallagher, and KSSN Community School Coordinator, Ivy Kowalski.  The idea was to plan different family events with an end goal of the school becoming a more welcoming place and hub for parents to feel comfortable in.

In the fall, the committee organized “Movie Night”.  They used the gym and families brought lawn chairs and sleeping bags and watched a movie with popcorn and snacks.  There were 250 people in attendance!

In January, 260 people attended “Math Curriculum Night”, which focused on different ways to support parents when working with their student in math.  Discussions included how to help with homework, the main concepts of Everyday Math, and how using technology can support math learning.

On May 28th, the committee, along with some great volunteers, hosted “The Challenge” which resembled the TV show, “The Amazing Race.”  It was a combination of mental and physical challenges that families participated in together.  There were 10 different stations surrounding Cedar View with activities including family hula-hooping, an egg toss, math problem solving, a states and capitals quiz, push-ups, and many more.  The Parent-Teacher Organization provided funds for a photo booth at the finish line. There were a total of 305 participants!

The committee did an amazing job teaming together to help welcome families into Cedar View in high numbers and the hours of commitment directly impacted the school culture. Combine these activities with the Cedar View Choir, after school Math and Reading Clubs, as well as Girls on the Run, and Cedar View is truly working towards that vision of a community school!

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2014 District Office Summer Hours:


June 23 through August 11

Monday through Thursday; Closed Friday

7:00 am – 4:00 pm

The office will be closed  June 30 – July 4


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