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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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Vet to receive honorary diploma

Vet to receive honorary diploma

World War II Veteran Mr. Erwin Empie is to receive an Honorary Cedar Springs High School diploma on June 2, 2016 at the Class of 2016 High School graduation ceremony.  Mr. Empie served in the Navy from December 9, 1944 to June 12, 1946 during the time he would have completed his requirements for a Cedar Springs High School diploma.  This honorary diploma is made possible by Public Act 181 of 2001.

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GVSU honors Rebekah Nagy

Grand Valley State University College of Education Michigan Literacy Project – The Winner is Rebekah Nagy

The Michigan Literacy Project was developed by faculty and staff in the College of Education with the purpose of supporting our COE graduates as they begin their teaching careers.

Often when new teachers begin their careers, they are thrilled to be landing that first teaching position. They arrive with fresh ideas and new energy but soon find that despite their idealistic outlooks, their jobs come with a big empty classrooms and little or no funding available for some of the very basic tools to provide a quality education to their students.  Beginning a teaching career can be daunting in and of itself but when a new teacher is faced with paying for classroom basics, it can be simply overwhelming. We recognize the importance of the availability of quality, children’s literature in each classroom, yet it often takes new teachers several years of personal spending to develop a functional classroom library.

The Grand Valley State University College of Education Michigan Literacy Project (MLP) was developed to address the needs of our recent graduates and their young students.  MLP’s mission is to provide quality classroom libraries to recent College of Education graduates teaching 3 years or less in a K-5 general education classroom in an underserved Michigan public school districts across the state.

MLP’s goal is to provide rich and meaningful encounters with quality children’s literature that will encourage students’ love of reading first.  Fostering joy and wonder for the written word will help children develop into adults who are curious and insightful and who will use that curiosity to expand their knowledge and passion for the betterment of society.

Research shows the more books children have ready access to, the better readers and life-long learners they will become. Regular exposure to quality children’s literature in multiple genres will foster a healthy love and respect for the written word and will lay the groundwork for bringing up Michigan’s next generation of forward-thinking, creative and skilled workers and entrepreneurs.

With the help of a $2,500 grant from The Meemic Foundation, the 2013-2014 Michigan Literacy Project pilot program provided classroom libraries to six Michigan classrooms.  Recently MLP received a $20,000 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Outstate Michigan that will fund the purchase of 45 classroom libraries over a 3-year period.  College of Education graduates with elementary teaching certificates were notified of the grant opportunity. 15 classroom library grant winners were identified for the 2015-16 academic year.  This process will be repeated in 2016-17 and again 2017-18.

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Wanted School Bus Drivers

Wanted School Bus Drivers

On – Call and Regular Part Time Positions for 2016 – 2017 School Year

CDL Training Provided to Qualified Candidates

Contact Cedar Springs Public Schools Transportation Department for more information. (616) 696 – 1450

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Cedar Springs Schools News

Graduation Ceremonies

CSHS Class of 2016 Graduation Ceremony

June 2, 2016

7:00pm

Red Hawk Stadium 

(weather permitting)

New Beginnings Class of 2016 Graduation Ceremony

May 25, 2016

6:30pm

Red Hawk Elementary Gymnasium

 

2016-2017 Kindergarten Registration is OPEN  

Your child must be 5 years old by September 1, 2016 to register for Kindergarten.

Visit www.csredhawks.org

Select “Enrollment”

Central Registration office is located on the 2nd Floor of the Hilltop Community Building.

If you have questions or need additional information, 616-696-7317 or registrar@csredhawks.org

Hearing and Vision Screening

Kindergarten entrants for the 2016-2017 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:   May 13, 2016 and May 26, 2016

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

2016-2017 School Year Schools of Choice Information

Cedar Springs Public Schools participates in both the Kent Intermediate School District (ISD) and the 105c Schools of Choice plans. Applications are available at the District Office once the Schools of Choice window opens.

Schools of Choice –  April 11 through May 13

105c – April 11 through May 13

Central Registration

(616) 696-7317   or  registrar@csredhawks.org

For more information about Schools of Choice, please visit www.csredhawks.org

CSMS band 

Congratulations to our CSMS band students who participated in Solo and Ensemble at Kent City Saturday, April 23! There were many great performances, including a World Premiere entitled ‘Portraits of Lost Time’ by our 7th Grade Percussion Ensemble.  See it here! https://youtu.be/r7_RVYoKH10

10 events received 1st division ratings and 2 events received 2nd divisions.  Congratulations again to the following students!

8th Grade Percussion Ensemble

Tanner Davidson, Jared Ovokaitys, David Erxleben, Kyleigh Kinsley, Ethan Wierda, Grace Marsman

7th Grade Percussion Ensemble

Steven Hutchins, Alexis Wood, Brooke Beck, Landon Jennings, Sam Kleynenberg, Paige Marsman, Jayce Cristobal, Andrew Koning, Chris Torrey, OIivia Miller, Matt Reed, Hailie Hoste, Tonya Tepin, Cecilia Smith, Madison Skelonc, Sierra Johnson, Emily Whilden, Caleb Jennings, Alexis Braxton

Spring Pops Concert  

High School – 5/12  @7pm in High School Auditorium

6th- 8th Grades – 5/17 (& Art Show)  @6:30pm in Middle School Cafeteria

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Coffee and Conversation

CSPS-Coffee-with-the-Superintendent

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Board members receive awards

Patricia Eary receives the award of merit.

Patricia Eary receives the award of merit.

 

Congratulations to our Board Members– Patricia Eary, Matthew Shoffner and Brook Nichols

On Thursday, April 28 these Board Members were acknowledged and celebrated for their accomplishments in continuing their Board Member education.   MASB was pleased to present awards to board members across the county for professional board development courses completed during the past year.  These school board leaders completed numerous classes to develop new skills and stay up-to-date on educational issues.

Award of Merit – Completed Level 1 and 45 education credits: Patricia Eary and Matthew Shoffner

Brook Nichols receives the Award of Distinction

Brook Nichols receives the Award of Distinction

Award of Distinction – Completed Levels 1 and 2; total of four advanced (200- or 300-Level) CBA classes and minimum of 208 education credits: Brook Nichols

Thank you for you Leadership!

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March was National Reading Month

Second grade students Issabell Barr and Leda Gitchel reading with flashlights during Camp Out Day.

Second grade students Issabell Barr and Leda Gitchel reading with flashlights during Camp Out Day.

In the CTA Elementary, we celebrated reading all month long in March! Our celebrations included:  dressing up for Beach Day, “camping out” in our classrooms, having special visitors share their favorite books, and having a grand Battle of the Books showdown for students in grades third through sixth!

Beach Day occurred on the wettest day of the month, so all activities were forced indoors. Students took it all in stride though and still donned their sunglasses while reading their favorite books on beach towels. We at CTA don’t allow a little rain to bring us down!

The Hard Covers team (L to R):  Sage Sidlauskas, Jack Fulkerson, Kate Norman (5th Grade teacher), Kylee Turoski, Austin Fisk and Ethan Slock.

The Hard Covers team (L to R): Sage Sidlauskas, Jack Fulkerson, Kate Norman (5th Grade teacher), Kylee Turoski, Austin Fisk and Ethan Slock.

Camp Out day was a very cool day, too! We had many students bring in their favorite camp-out flashlight to read as though we were under the stars! Classrooms were pitch-black dark, except for the glowing of the flashlights. You could hear a pin drop throughout the halls except for an occasional “This is so cool!”

We had a few very special visitors throughout the month of March. On March 11, we had the Red Flannel Queen and Court come and read their favorite story books. Then, on March 25, the very busy State Representative Rob VerHeulen visited our school to share one of his favorite books, Duck for President!, with the students. Thank you Representative VerHeulen for your very informative visit!

State Representative Rob VerHeulen read to Kindergarten and First grade students during National Reading Month.

State Representative Rob VerHeulen read to Kindergarten and First grade students during National Reading Month.

As the end of National Reading Month drew to a close, we celebrated by having a Battle of a Books competition. Mrs. Norman, the fifth grade teacher at CTA, worked endlessly to make the battle a huge success. Five teams – The Book Hoarders, The Readinators, The Book Wizards, The Hard Covers, and The Book Dominators – went head-to-head to answer really tough questions about pre-selected books. The battle lasted seven rounds and ended with a tie breaking question, pushing The Hard Covers forward with the win; The Book Dominators came away with the second place win!

It was another great Reading Month at CTA! We can’t wait to see what next year’s celebration brings.

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Students Shine in the Spotlight

Sophomore Johnathon LeTourneau performed a piano solo.

Sophomore Johnathon LeTourneau performed a piano solo.

The day before spring break always signifies one thing at CTA: The Student Showcase. The 2016 Student Showcase was the 9th annual talent show, and like all the other years, CTA students shined in the spotlight with their top-notch talents!

This year’s event had sixteen acts that made the final cut, which was pared down from the 35 acts that auditioned. There was a broad variety of ages and talents on display with first grader

First Grader Reese Holtrop sang “Try Everything” from the Zootopia soundtrack.

First Grader Reese Holtrop sang “Try Everything” from the Zootopia soundtrack.

Reese Holtrop singing “Try Everything” from the Zootopia soundtrack, to senior Whitney Medwayosh bringing down the house with her version of “Reflections” by Christina Aguilera. There was also a variety of instrumental performances and dance/cheer routines. The participants had a great time performing and their peers had a fun time viewing the talents. “It really is a great way to kick off spring break, and the kids put in a tremendous amount of effort in hopes of making it past the audition and to the show,” said Dean of Students, David Oldebekking. “It is great to see their hard work come through in their performances.”

CTA Cheerleading team performed many difficult stunts during their routine.

CTA Cheerleading team performed many difficult stunts during their routine.

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Improv Comedy Show

 

Whose Line is it anyway?!?! Come support CTA’s Drama club on Friday, April 22 and Saturday April 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium as they host an improv show. Come ready to laugh and have a good time as CTA drama students make up scenarios based on audience suggestions. You may even get the chance to join us on stage for a game or two! Cost of admission is $1 at the door and the show will be different each night. We would love to see you there!

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