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Golden Age Pass


If you are 60 years of age or older and are a resident of the Cedar Springs School District, you could be eligible for a Lifetime Golden Age Pass.    This pass entitles you to admission to school sponsored activities and athletic events offered by member schools.  Some restrictions apply.  Certain athletic contests may require a fee (conference, regional and state tournaments).  For an application, visit www.csredhawks.org/Athletics/index.html or stop by the Cedar Springs District Office.

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Cedar Springs Public Schools BACK TO SCHOOL information

Cedar Springs Public Schools

Orientation & Open House Schedule

2016-2017 School Year

August 29, Monday – High School – Orientation

9th Grade – 12:00 pm

10th Grade – 8:00 am

11th Grade – 9:15 am

12th  Grade – 10:30 am


August 30, Tuesday – Open Houses

Middle School – 7th & 8th 5:00 – 6:30 pm

New Beginnings 6:00 – 7:00 pm


August 31, Wednesday – Open Houses

Cedar Trails Elementary

K & 1st Grade 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Beach Elementary

3rd Grade      5:30 – 6:30 pm

2nd Grade     6:00 – 7:00 pm

Cedar View Elementary

4th & 5th 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Red Hawk Elementary

Team A  5:30 pm

Team B 7:00 pm

Campus Directory

for a complete staff directory, please visit www.csredhawks.org

High School 696-1200

New Beginnings Alternative HS 696-1203

Middle School 696-9100

District Office 696-1204

Red Hawk Elementary 696-7330

Transportation 696-1450

Cedar View Elementary 696-9102

Campus Kids 696-1716

Beach Elementary 696-0350

Food Service 696-0372

Cedar Trails Elementary 696-9884



2016-2017 School Year Calendar

September 6 1st Day for Students

September 16 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

September 30 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

October 7 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

October 21 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

November 4 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

November 4 End of Quarter 1

November 18 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

November 22 End of Trimester 1

November 23 No School for Students and Staff

November 24-25 Thanksgiving Break

November 28 No School for Students

December 9 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

Dec 19 – Dec 30 Winter Break

January 13 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

January 20 End of Quarter 2; End of Semester 1

January 27 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

February 3 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

February 17 No School for Students

February 20-21 Mid-Winter Break

March 3 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

March 10 End of Trimester 2

March 17 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

March 24 End of Quarter 3

March 31 No School for Students and Staff

April 3 – April 7 Spring Break

April 14 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

April 28 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

May 12 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

May 26 No School for Students and

Staff – Snow Day Make-Up

May 29 Memorial Day Break

June 7 Last Day for Students

June 7 End of Quarter 4; Semester 2

June 7 End of Trimester 3

June 9,12,13,14,15 Snow Day Make Up if needed


Mark Your Calendar 

Homecoming Football Game

September 16   @ 7 pm vs Northview Wildcats  – Red Hawk Stadium


Student Early Release Days

School districts dedicated to creating Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) provide opportunities for faculty and staff to work together as a team. Teams review curriculum, discuss instructional strategies, review and create common assessments, analyze data and review individual student progress to determine if any additional support is necessary.  Student Early Release days were designed to support student learning:

  • By providing time for teachers to review student data on a regular basis.
  • To make adjustments to teaching in order to increase student achievements.
  • By allowing teachers to provide best practice teaching every day in every classroom.
  • To improve the delivery to students through reviewing teaching research.

Students will release two (2) hours early on Student Early Release Days.  Times will vary by building.


Grades K-12 Start and Dismissal Times

Building/Program Start Dismissal

New Beginnings 7:22 2:22

High School 7:37 2:32

Middle School 7:25 2:20

Red Hawk 7:27 2:22

Cedar View 8:40 3:31

Beach 8:40 3:31

Cedar Trails 8:40 3:31

R1TS 7:37 2:32

Preschool program information is available by contacting Cedar Trails Elementary (616) 696-9884


2016 – 2017 Food Service Information

Elementary Breakfast—$1.40 Elementary Lunch—$2.35

Secondary Breakfast – $1.50 Secondary Lunch—$2.85 – $3.00


Online deposits are available through www.sendmoneytoschool.com where you will have the convenience of checking meal account balances, making deposits into those accounts and eventually depositing money into other department accounts.

We also offer the convenience of applying for the USDA Meal Program at www.lunchapp.com.  Forms are also available in the building offices.

If you have any questions, please contact Holly Haywood @ 616-696-0372 or e-mail Holly.Haywood@csredhawks.org.

Bus information

Bus information letters will be sent home to families the week of 8/22. Contact transportation department with any questions 616-696-1450.

Michigan Premier Student Accident Insurance

As a service to students and their families, our school is making available a student accident insurance plan for your child at a very nominal cost.  The district offers this program because of trends in rising family health and dental insurance costs, increased deductibles, co-payments, or lack of healthy or dental insurance coverage.

For more information, you can visit www.csredhawks.org Athletics page OR visit www.1stagency.com and then follow directions at “Find Your School”.  All questions about this insurance should be directed to First Agency, Inc. at (269) 381-6630 or toll free (800)243-6298.

Board of Education 

Our school board members are entrusted with the important work of shaping the education of our youngest citizens. They dedicate countless hours to creating the mission, vision and goals that drive our schools. They are dedicated to creating a school culture where collaboration and continuous learning are valued and displayed throughout our system. The seven members of the Cedar Springs Board of Education do this by always keeping children as the center of their work and decision making.

Board Members

Patricia Eary – President, Matt Shoffner – Vice President , Jeff Gust – Secretary, Brook Nichols – Treasurer, Michelle Bayink – Trustee,  Joe Marckini – Trustee, Shannon Vanderhyde – Trustee

2016 Meetings

Hilltop Community Building, Board Room – 3rd Floor, 6:45 PM

August 22

September 12, 26*

October 10, 24*, November 7, 21*

December 12

*work session

Board meeting notices, agendas and minutes are available at www.csredhawks.org/District/Board-of-Education/index.html.  Community members are always welcome to attend the Board of Education meetings.  A Board meeting is a meeting of the Board held in public, not a public meeting.

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Important First Dates!

K-12 Orientation and Open House

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 5:30 PM – 8 PM




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Grades K-5: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Grades 6-12: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. 

FlexTrac Grades 9-12: (7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. including 2 self-scheduled hours) 

August 30 Open House (K-12) – 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.


6 First Day of School

9 Early Release for Students and Staff (12:45 and 1:00 p.m.)

23 Early Release and Staff PD (12:45 and 1:00 p.m.)


7 Early Release and Staff PD (12:45 and 1:00 p.m.)

17-20 Student-Led Parent Teacher Conferences (K-8 Only)

21 Early Release and Staff PD (12:45 and 1:00 p.m.)


4 Early Release and Staff PD (12:45 and 1:00 p.m.)

14-16 Student-Led Parent Teacher Conferences (HS Only)

18 Early Release and Staff PD (12:45 and 1:00 p.m.)

23 Early Release for Students and Staff (12:45 and 1:00 p.m.)

23 End of 1st Trimester (57 days)

24-25 No School for Students and Staff – Thanksgiving Break

The full school year calendar can be found online at http://bit.ly/2aCN5xz.


Our Mission


Creative Technologies Academy is a K-12 community of learners committed to changing our world by developing students in character, scholarship, and leadership.

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Anti-Discrimination Statement


CTA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and transgender identity), disability/handicap, age, religion, marital/parental/family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic in its programs, activities, or employment opportunities. The Academy complies with all applicable law with respect to equitable treatment of students, employees, and applicants for employment opportunities.

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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.

Affirmed by the Board of Directors, August 10, 2016

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Bullying Policy


The Board believes that a safe and nurturing educational environment in school is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards. Therefore, it is the policy of the school to provide a safe and nurturing environment for all of its students. Appropriate behavior, treating others civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate harassment or bullying is expected of students, as well as administrators, faculty, staff, visitors, and volunteers.

Please read the complete Bullying Policy online at http://www.ctaschool.com/aboutus/annualnotices/bullying.pdf.

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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

Reaffirmed by the Board of Directors, August 10, 2016

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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


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, audio visual 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.

Affirmed by the Board of Directors, August 10, 2016

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