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Spring Art Show

Thursday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m.

High School Cafeteria

Come see the students display their work in the annual Spring Art Show.

Light refreshments will be available to enjoy.


Cedar Springs High School Graduation Ceremony

May 30, 2019     7:00 p.m.

Red Hawk Stadium (weather permitting)


New Beginnings High School Graduation Ceremony

May 22, 2019    7:00 p.m.

Cedar Springs High School Auditorium

Reception immediately following in the cafeteria


Class of 2019 Red Hawk Parade

Class of 2019 graduating seniors are invited to parade through the Cedar Springs campus on May 28 at 2:00 p.m. 

Students and staff from Cedar Trails, Beach, Cedar View and Red Hawk will line the parade route congratulating the graduates.


2019—2020 School Year Schools of Choice IS NOW OPEN

If you would like additional information please contact the registrar, Krissi Brott at Kristina.Brott@csredhawks.org or (616) 696-1204 x1919. 

Forms available at www.csredhawks.org 


MASB Presents Awards of Merit

MASB (Michigan Association of School Boards)was pleased to present awards to board members across the county for professional board development courses completed during the past year.  

Congratulations to CSPS Board President Heidi Reed for earning the MASB Award of Merit. 


From the Superintendent

The provision of constructive feedback is critical to improving performance.  Plants grow faster and stronger when provided with the right fertilizers, in the proper amounts, and following the prescribed schedule.  Similarly, school districts grow faster and stronger when they use feedback as fertilizer. Cedar Springs Public Schools is in the middle of what is playing out to be a very exciting season of gathering feedback from multiple fronts.  We are thankful for the investment of our stakeholders; including students, parents, community members, and staff are making in our work.

Scott B. Smith, Superintendent

Our feedback season started strong in January with the launch of our community based, three-year strategic planning cycle. Nearly 2,000 people with a direct connection to our district participated in a focus group, a community forum, or submitted an online survey to help develop a strategic plan that will guide the work of Cedar Springs Public Schools for the next three years.  

Since early April, students at each grade level have been putting their best effort forward on a variety of assessments including the SAT, PSAT, M-Step, iReady, and local assessments. Teachers will use the results from these assessments to drive instruction for the rest of this year as well as make adjustments for the 2019/20 school year. The district is currently collecting feedback on our facilities as we look to develop a facility plan that will set us up for success through the 2030/31 school year.  Lastly, we will be providing staff with performance feedback in May to help us grow in our professional practice for next year.

Cedar Springs Public Schools is getting stronger each day as a result of the willingness of our students, parents, community members, and staff to put their ideas on the table for consideration.  Our stakeholders are providing us with a rich collection of feedback that is making a difference in our work throughout the district. You are sharing your perspectives, and we are listening.

With respect and appreciation,

Scott B. Smith, Superintendent


Cedar Springs Public Schools Facilities Vision Questionnaire

In 2016, CSPS conducted an assessment of our existing facilities. The report identified a number of areas in need of our attention including safety and security upgrades, roofing, paving, mechanical systems, flooring, playgrounds, and electrical system upgrades throughout the district. In addition to areas of need associated with our current schools, we are in need of additional learning spaces to accommodate student growth. 

 CSPS has utilized its building and site sinking fund and grants to address some of these capital improvements.  District leaders placed an emphasis on projects which enhanced safety and security on our campus. The Board of Education is now considering several options to provide the necessary spaces for our growing student population and address our remaining infrastructure needs. 

 Your thoughts are important to the Board members as we work to clarify the direction for our district’s facility plan.  We are asking parents and residents of our community to complete a short questionnaire in order to help us clarify the district’s next steps regarding our facilities. 

Please share your thoughts through the questionnaire by May 13th. Be assured that your answers will remain completely anonymous.  Responses are only reported in aggregate.

 Please visit www.csredhawks.org and locate the CSPS Facilities Vision Questionnaire link on the homepage.

 Thank you again,

 Scott Smith, Superintendent

Heidi Reed, Board of Education President


2019 Campus Kids Summer Camp

We are currently gearing up for our Summer Camp session. Campus Kids Summer Camp will be held at Cedar Trails. The children are divided by age group – 4 to 7 year olds and 8 to 12 year olds. This way we can plan age appropriate activities and outings. 

Summer Camp starts on June 17, 2019 and runs through August 28, 2019. We are closed the week of the 4th of July. There is a $20 registration fee for one child and a $40 registration fee for a family. If you register for the Summer Camp, your registration fee covers the next school year. Cost for Summer Camp is $30 a day or $140 for 5 days a week. Families can sign up for as many or as few days as needed. A sibling discount is available. Tuition payments are due a month in advance and payment is expected for the number of days registered. No refunds are issued for missed days. Field trip costs are extra. Drop-In rates are available but your child needs to be registered.  Please call in advance to check availability.

Programming for Summer Camp includes many field trips to various fun and educational spots around the area. 

Registration packets are available at Cedar Trails or online at csredhawks.org and Campus Kids is under the Parents tab. Or, you can call Campus Kids at (616) 696-1716 or e-mail questions to campus.kids@csredhawks.org. Please register for Summer Camp by May 25, 2019.


2019 – 2020 school calendar is available at www.csredhawks.org

2019—2020 Kindergarten Class Enrollment OPEN NOW

Your child must be 5 years old by September 1, 2019 to register for Kindergarten.   Visit www.csredhawks.org and select K-12 Enrollment.  Contact the Registrar at 616.696.7317 with any questions.


Hearing and Vision Screening

Kindergarten entrants 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 date: 


June 4, 2019 & August 27, 2019

Please call Cedar Trails Elementary at 616.696.9884 to schedule an appointment.  

Additional appointment times can be scheduled by calling the KCHD at 616.632.7047.


Preschool Open Enrollment OPEN NOW

Classes will be forming for students who are 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2019.  Information is available for families that are interested in tuition assistance for preschool.  

Contact Cedar Trails Elementary main office 616.696.9884.



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CTA Charger Voices broadens performance background with Collaborative Festival

On Friday, April 12, high school students in Charger Voices traveled up to Gaylord, Michigan for the first ever “Northern Michigan Choral Collaboration Festival.” This festival was created by Mr. Holtrop and Mr. Reed (the Gaylord High School Choir Director) as an opportunity for both schools to learn and grow from each other. Students rehearsed on Friday and Saturday, and then completed a closing performance on Saturday, April 13. During this event, both groups got the amazing experience of working with Ms. Xioasha Lin, doctoral student at Michigan State University. She worked with each choir for an hour and even taught the groups a new piece for the performance. This collaborative effort between the two schools really helped our students grow and experience music in a new and exciting way.

Charger Voices at Festival: Choir students from both CTA and Gaylord High School combined their voices for a performance together.


Lady Chargers soccer team kicks off season

CTA is proud to announce that the girls soccer program is up and running for its inaugural year. The team is coached by one of our middle school teachers, Justin Harding. Fifteen Lady Chargers in grades 6-12 make up a strong team for the first-ever girls soccer season at CTA. The team had their first game on April 9 against an experienced Barry County Christian team. For many of the Lady Chargers, this was their first taste of soccer at a varsity level, and they fought hard and gave their best effort. Even though the team did come up short and lose their first game, they have not lost hope. Coach Harding and the team look forward to playing against them again later in the season as the girls look to keep growing and pushing themselves to improve each day. Coach Harding had this to say about the team, “We have a very smart team, and these girls are learning the game very quickly; I look forward to seeing their potential continue to grow.” The Lady Chargers are looking forward to playing at Algoma Christian on May 2 at 5:30 p.m.


“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” Musical is coming to a stage near you

Tickets are on sale now for Creative Technologies Academy’s spring musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” You will not want to miss this show on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.! CTA drama students have been working hard to bring this beloved comic strip classic to the stage! This show features some of the most iconic scenes from the comics including Charlie Brown’s battle with a kite, Schroeder’s love of all things Beethoven, Snoopy’s Suppertime celebration, Sally’s unfortunate coat hanger sculpture grade, and many more! This show is sure to make you laugh and relieve the nostalgia of the Sunday Funnies. Advance tickets are on sale now for $6 by calling 616-696-4905 or by going to the CTA office. Tickets are $7 at the show and seating is limited. Concessions will be available for purchase at the show, and the funds raised will be used to continue to support the Drama Club and future productions. Hope to see you at the show!


Harmonic Chargers perform National Anthem at the West Michigan Whitecaps game

Harmonic Chargers at Whitecaps

On Tuesday, April 16, CTA’s middle school choir, “Harmonic Chargers,” performed the National Anthem at the West Michigan Whitecaps game against rival The Lansing Lugnuts. The students represented CTA well and had a great time at the game!


March is Reading Month 2019

Crash made a visit to some of the classrooms after the assembly, including the 2nd grade class

March is an extra special month as it marks a whole month dedicated to promoting the enjoyment and importance of reading both in school and at home. Creative Technologies Academy placed special emphasis on activities that promote reading during the month of March with the theme of “Grand Slam Readers.”

Crash spent time dancing with elementary students during their Reading Month closing ceremonies and even had time for photo opps with a few students!

Each week, students were given a new reading log to shade in the required amount of “outside of school” reading minutes given by each grade. Whole school and classroom activities were abundant throughout the month including: a giant baseball bulletin board keeping track of their reading as a whole school, mystery readers, reading buddies, library visits, Scholastic Book Fair, and more.

We also had a special surprise guest visit from Whitecaps mascot, CRASH, during our final student assembly. As a final celebration, there will be a school-wide outing to a Whitecaps game on May 23rd.


CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMY SCHOOL CALENDAR

SCHOOL HOURS

Grades K-5: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Grades 6-12: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

April 26 Early Release Day 

Popcorn Day 

Prom

27 Mother/Son Event

30 Kindergarten Round Up

May 3 School Bank

Spring Musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

4 Spring Musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

7 Charter Day at the Capitol Elementary Spring Concert

9 Student vs. Staff Softball Game

Middle School/High School Choir Concert

10 Early Release Day

11 Family Trivia Night – CTA Disney Trip Fundraiser

17 Graduation 21 PA Meeting

23 Elementary Trip to Whitecaps Game

24 Early Release Day

27 No School – Memorial Day

28 Talent Show

8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

29 Field Day

31 End of Year Family Picnic w/PA Carnival

June 7 Last Day of School

*Early Release Dismissal Schedule

● K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

● 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.


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Cedar Springs Red Hawks

Spring Sports Schedules

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CSPS school news

2019-2020 School Calendar

2019-2020 School Calendar now available at www.csredhawks.org

2019-20 School Year Schools of Choice

Cedar Springs Public Schools participates in both the Kent Intermediate School District Schools of Choice Plan and the Section 105c State plan. All students residing within the Kent Intermediate School District may apply for enrollment in any Kent ISD school that has available openings during the advertised timeframe (usually open during the spring). Students who reside in a district that is within a different ISD that borders the Kent ISD, may also apply under the Section 105c plan depending on available openings. Students who have been suspended or expelled may be excluded. Applications are available at our administration building.

Schools of Choice is NOW OPEN.  Applications available at www.csredhawks.org. Questions, contact Kristina.Brott@csredhawks.org or (616) 696-1204 x1919.  

May 24 is a FULL Day of School

May 27 Memorial Day Break

2019 Board of Education Meetings

April 22, May 13

June 10, 24

Graduation: CLASS OF 2019

Cedar Springs High School Graduation Ceremony

May 30, 2019   7:00 p.m.

Red Hawk Stadium (weather permitting)

New Beginnings High School Graduation Ceremony

May 22, 2019   7:00 pm

Cedar Springs High School Auditorium

Reception immediately following in the cafeteria

Class of 2019 Red Hawk Parade

May 28, 2019   2:00 p.m.

Cedar Springs Campus Roads

Students and staff from Cedar Trails, Beach, Cedar View and Red Hawk will line the parade route congratulating the graduates.  Please note:  The campus roads along the parade route will be closed starting at 1:45 p.m. and reopened once the parade is finished.

2019—2020 Kindergarten Class  Enrollment OPEN NOW

Your child must be 5 years old by September 1, 2019 to register for Kindergarten. Visit www.csredhawks.org, select K-12 Enrollment.  Contact the Registrar at 616.696.7317 with any questions.

Preschool Open Enrollment OPEN NOW

Classes will be forming for students who are 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2019.  Information is available for families that are interested in tuition assistance for preschool.  

Contact Cedar Trails Elementary main office 616.696.9884.

2019 CAMPUS KIDS SUMMER CAMP

We are currently gearing up for our Summer Camp session. Campus Kids Summer Camp will be held at Cedar Trails. The children are divided by age group – 4 to 7 year olds and 8 to 12 year olds. This way we can plan age appropriate activities and outings. 

Summer Camp starts on June 17, 2019 and runs through August 30, 2019. We are closed the week of the 4th of July. There is a $20 registration fee for one child and a $25 registration fee for a family. If you register for the Summer Camp, your registration fee covers the next school year. Cost for Summer Camp is $30 a day or $140 for 5 days a week. Families can sign up for as many or as few days as needed. A sibling discount is available. Tuition payments are due a month in advance and payment is expected for the number of days registered for. No refunds are issued for missed days. Field trip costs are extra. Drop-In rates are available but your child needs to be registered and please call in advance to check availability.

Programming for Summer Camp includes many field trips to various fun and educational spots around the area.   Registration packets are available at Cedar Trails or online at csredhawks.org and Campus Kids is under the Parents tab. Or you can call Campus Kids at (616) 696-1716 or e-mail questions to campus.kids@csredhawks.org.  Please register for Summer Camp by May 27, 2019.

Max Wisner Scholar-Athlete Scholarship 

The Max Wisner Award is given to one senior boy and one senior girl at Cedar Springs High School each year. Max Wisner was a long time teacher and principal at Cedar Springs and was also a very big advocate of athletics at Cedar Springs High School. The Athletic Boosters award a cash reward of $300.00 to the top scholar athlete each year. All senior athletes are eligible for the award.    

Applications are available outside the athletic office. Deadline for submission is May 10th.

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Creative Technologies Academy

Dads and Daughters 80’s Skate Night

Dads and daughters rocked to 80’s music, did the limbo, and kicked their skates off for some dance time.

The annual daddy daughter event hosted by the Creative Technology Academy Parent Association was a great night for young girls and their fathers to spend a special evening together. The event took on a new look this year as the fathers and daughters took to the floor with roller skates. Girls and their fathers came dressed up in 80’s rockstar attire.

They arrived at Skate Estate in Howard city to be ushered down a “red carpet” aisle to get their pictures taken. Then, the girls were given backstage passes and sent to get their skates.

The evening was filled with food, fun, dancing, and laughter as the guests took the floor to skate, dance, and play games. It was a night to remember.


Basketball Wraps Up and Soccer Kicks Off

The 2018-2019 basketball seasons came to a close with many highlights for CTA. The Lady Chargers ended their season with a record of 7-9 and third in the Great Lakes 6 Conference. Junior Faith Watson was selected as First Team All-Conference. Senior Brin Calkins and Junior Hannah Hofstra were selected as Second Team All-Conference. On the boys’ side, the middle school team finished 6-5 in their first season. The Varsity team finished 15-3, including an undefeated conference schedule. As conference champions, Senior Charles Wortz, Junior Collin Bishop, and Junior Luke Hubbard were named as First Team All-Conference. Freshman Ivan Winters was named as Second Team All-Conference.

The Lady Chargers soccer has started its conditioning sessions in anticipation for its upcoming inaugural season. The Lady Chargers soccer team will open up play after spring break, on April 9, at Barry County Christian, and the first home game on April 11 vs. West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science.


Elementary Showcase Night Partners Parents and Teachers

Parents gathered in different workshops during the showcase, which allowed them to learn a few best practices aligned with the curriculum and to assist their children with homework.

On March 12, we provided a workshop-style event for our elementary curriculum night. Our hope was to connect with families and to provide insight on the different strategies of teaching and learning of their child’s classroom experiences at CTA.

We provided three 20-minutes sessions on the following topics:

Student Talk: Academically, student talk is proven to increase critical thinking, problem solving, and student ownership of their learning. We demonstrated how we provided this practice in K-5 classrooms and ways to practice at home!

Close Reading:  We learned about the K-12 reading strategy that we teach all students for digging deeper into all types of text,

Foundations of Early Literacy: We demonstrated how the K-3 Fundations program looks like in the classroom and provided take-home resources and strategies.

Word Study:  We shared the  why  and  how  behind a new approach to reading and spelling.

Music:  We learned a variety of songs from around the world and practiced rhythm exercises that can be duplicated at home.

Technology:  We provided resources for our parents to navigate through the instructional program MobyMax.

We were excited to give our families choice, flexibility, and a customized night of partnership. We had a great time learning together and provided some great techniques to make the most of our families’ time with their children at home!


PA Rolls in the Dough with Pie Sales
The Parent Association (PA) recently hosted their spring fundraiser. They chose to do a pie sale through Great Lakes Fundraising Company. All Students in grades K-12 were encouraged to sell pies to raise funds for field trips and other needs for the school.

They sold Michigan Apple and Michigan Cherry pies. After the sale of the pies, the PA rounded-up volunteers to make the pies that were sold. This was a great experience for both kids and adults. The students sold a total of 335 pies. The PA was very proud of the students’ hard work selling, and they are very grateful for the hard work and involvement of everyone who helped make this sale a success!


CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMY SCHOOL CALENDAR

SCHOOL HOURS

Grades K-5: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Grades 6-12: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

March 22 Early Release Day | School Bank

25 PA Meeting

26 Students vs. Staff Basketball Game 

28 Early Release Day | Popcorn Day

29 No School – Spring Break Begins

April 1-5 Spring Break

9 Jostens Cap & Gown and Ring Delivery 12 Early Release Day

12-13 Charger Voices Field Trip to Gaylord

16 PA Meeting

19 School Bank

26 Early Release Day | Popcorn Day | Prom

*Early Release Dismissal Schedule

● K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

● 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

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Band receives top scores at District

Last Thursday, March 7, 2019, both the Cedar Springs High School Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble received straight 1’s at MSBOA District Band and Orchestra Festival, which was held at Greenville High School. Congratulations, Red Hawks!

You can see them perform on Sunday, April 28, at the Collage Concert (grades 6th-12th) at 2 p.m. in the High School Gym.

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Cedar Springs schools makes adjustments for snow days

Snow and ice have made driving on back roads dangerous for school buses this winter. 
Photo by Evelyn Avery.

By Judy Reed

Icy, snowy and dangerous winter weather, including sub-zero temperatures and power outages, caused both Cedar Springs Public Schools and Creative Technologies Academy to close 14 times this year. That’s eight more times than the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) allows without the days being made up. And winter isn’t over yet.

The MDE also allows schools to apply for a waiver for three extra closings, above the six. Both Cedar Springs Public and CTA applied for the waiver. CTA was approved, but Cedar Springs Public was denied. Meaning CTA will make up five days, while Cedar Springs will make up eight. Why the disparity?

According to Cedar Springs Superintendent Scott Smith, it’s because Cedar Springs is currently in session less than 180 days, the amount currently required by state law, though they are in session the 1,098 required hours. The school has only been in session 172 days a year since the 2013-2014 school year, because of an eight-year bargaining agreement with staff signed in June 2013.

“The time requirement, a minimum of 1098 hours per year, was first applied to the 2010/11 school year,” explained Smith. “The rules changed again beginning with the 2014/15 school year, when districts were required to provide at least 1098 hours of instruction and have at least 175 days of instruction. Beginning in the 2016/17 school year districts were required to provide at least 1098 hours of instruction and have at least 180 days of instruction.  There is a provision in the law that honors collective bargaining agreements that were effectively in place on July 1, 2013. Cedar Springs Public Schools signed an eight-year collective bargaining agreement with the Cedar Springs Education Association in June of 2013.  

“We are in compliance with the minimum of 1098 hours of instruction but we meet that standard with 172 days of school,” he added. “Our school day is slightly longer, a minimum of six hours and 23 minutes, than districts that have 180 days of instruction on their calendar. A district like Sparta would have a minimum of six hours and six minutes of instruction per day.”

The bottom line is that they are in class the same number of hours per year as those that go 180 days. And yet, they were denied the extra three days.

There may, however, be some help from the legislature, as a couple of bills have been introduced to forgive days missed during a state emergency, as happened earlier this year. The Post contacted Senate Majority Floor Leader Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, about the issue.

“Legislation has been introduced in both the state Senate and House of Representatives that seeks to forgive school districts for cancelling school due to a declared state emergency,” he said. “I think that there is sufficient interest amongst my colleagues for the bills to be taken up for consideration. The Legislature will need to find the balance between offering relief for a declared emergency and the amount of time students are spending in the classroom.”  

In the meantime, Cedar Springs has made a few changes to their schedule because of the many school closings. All early release days left on the calendar will become full days. Not because it would count towards time made up (it wouldn’t) but to help the students get back instructional time they’ve missed. “This change will allow our students and teachers to recapture over 10 hours of instructional time before the upcoming State and Advanced Placement testing cycles begin in April and May,” Smith explained.

Additional days added to their calendar to make up the eight days missed are May 24, June 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14.  

See more info from the Superintendent on the Cedar Springs School page on page 11.

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Cedar Springs Public Schools

Important School Calendar Update

Dear Cedar Springs Parents and Families,

Cedar Springs Public Schools will be in session for a full day on the five days currently listed in our calendar as early release days.  Students will follow their regular daily schedule on the following five days:

Scott B. Smith, Superintendent

March 8 and 22

April 12 and 26

May 10

We are making this change to recoup a portion of the nearly 100 hours of instructional time lost due to the 14 weather-related closings we have had so far this year.  This change will allow our students and teachers to recapture over 10 hours of instructional time before the upcoming State and Advanced Placement testing cycles begin in April and May.

While adding these ten hours of instruction does not impact the number of school days we need to make up at the end of the year; it is in our student’s best interest to make the adjustment.  We are making this change to provide our students and teachers with five additional “normal” days of school in a winter that has been very abnormal.  It is clear when talking to students and staff from each grade level that they desperately want to be back in class.

As you know, Cedar Springs Public Schools is required by law to have at least 172 days of instruction for the 2018/19 school year.  As weather conditions can impact our ability to transport students safely, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) allows districts to close school up to six (6) times per year for conditions affecting student safety.  As of today, we have canceled school fourteen (14) times due to weather-related conditions.  

We have now exceeded our allotted number of closings by eight (8) days.  The State allows districts to apply for a waiver for an additional three (3) closings.  We applied for the waiver in February.  We learned earlier this week that our waiver application was denied.  As of today, we will be adding eight (8) days to our calendar.

Please note Cedar Springs Public Schools will be in session on:

May 24, June 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14

Additional days will be identified beyond June 14 if we have further cancellations this year.

There is talk of legislative action in Lansing which may further impact our calendar.  Please know if any upcoming changes to the law affect our District, I will notify you immediately.

With respect and appreciation,

Scott B. Smith, Superintendent of Schools, From the School Operations Desk


School Facility Update

Subzero temperature and wind chills with driving snow are enough to keep the Cedar Springs School’s maintenance and grounds crew busy on a regular day.  Add in ice and a major power outage and the story gets interesting.  What a weekend we had in February.

As the Director of Operations I cannot say thank you enough to my team for the time and effort they put into making sure our schools held up during that time.  From Thursday after the power failed until Sunday night they worked many, many hours to protect our facilities and to make sure school was ready to open on Monday.  It was a group effort that I will never forget. WE ARE READY FOR SPRING!  

Our team was expanded to include Northwest Kent Mechanical and Hillard Electric.  Temporary building generators and frozen pipe repairs that required contractor’s attention were completed by these to great partners.  They worked side by side with Cedar Springs staff to keep our schools from sustaining even more damages.  Thank you to both.

Over the winter break the maintenance team installed new LED lighting in the high school gym and wrestling room.  This not only brightened up the areas but will bring savings to our electric bills.   We are continuing with our Michigan State Police safety grant work to be completed by Sept 1, 2019.  This includes new exterior doors on Cedar View, district wide installation of a Blue Point Alert System, new intercoms, and added electronic card reader locks.  We have just applied for another Michigan State Police Safety grant to expand on the Blue Point Alert System.  

Ken Simon, Director of Operations


2019-20 School Year Schools of Choice

Cedar Springs Public Schools participates in both the Kent Intermediate School District Schools of Choice Plan and the Section 105c State plan. All students residing within the Kent Intermediate School District may apply for enrollment in any Kent ISD school that has available openings during the advertised timeframe (usually open during the spring). Students who reside in a district that is within a different ISD that borders the Kent ISD, may also apply under the Section 105c plan depending on available openings. Students who have been suspended or expelled may be excluded. Applications are available at our administration building.

Schools of Choice will open in April.  If you would like to be placed on the list to receive a 2019-2020 Schools of Choice application for your child, please contact the registrar, Krissi Brott at Kristina.Brott@csredhawks.org or (616) 696-1204 x1919.  


Kindergarten Information Night

The Cedar Springs Kindergarten Team welcomes the parents and guardians of the 2019-2020 Kindergarten Class for an Information night.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm | Cedar Trails Elementary

​Parents and guardians will meet in the multi-purpose room where our kindergarten teaching staff will present an outline of the typical day, share curriculum expectations and give some helpful tips on selecting a backpack and other frequently used items. In August, after teacher assignments have been finalized, we will welcome the students to Cedar Trails’ Open House to visit their classroom and meet their teacher.


Spring Break – No School

March 29 – April 5; students return to school on April 8

2019 Board of Education Meetings

March 11, 25*

April 22

May 13

June 10, 24

*work session



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CTA is accepting enrollment for the 2019-20 school year!

To schedule a tour and pick up a registration packet, please contact: Autumn Mattson, Elementary Principal:  amattson@ctachargers.org Jennifer Colin, Secondary Principal:  jcolin@ctachargers.org

Or call: 616-696-4905

Or visit our website:  www.ctachargers.org

CTA Highlights:

● Small class sizes , hands-on learning experiences, individualized small group instruction, and an energetic staff;

● CTA Elementary WIN (Whatever I Need)/Middle School Interventions Time: Strategically organized schedule to better support teachers and students so that our intervention time no longer only applies to just our below grade level learners but to ALL students;

● Great Start Readiness Program  4 year-old preschool;

● The  CTA high school  offers opportunities for community service and leadership, advanced learning, KISD programs, and dual enrollment options;

Advanced Placement®  Offering added to CTA Coursework;

Drama Department  produces two performances each year by students in grades 5-12;

Athletics  available to students in grades 6-12 include: Varsity Soccer, Varsity Basketball, and Varsity Cross Country;

● K-5 Specials:  physical education, music, and technology.

● Middle School Electives  include: physical education, technology, choir, or drama production.

● Field Trips  for all grades to provide real-world experiences.

AP® or Advanced Placement® are trademarks registered by the College Board, which is not affiliated with Creative Technologies Academy.


CTA Students Participate in Honors Choirs

Tobius Potter and James Hazen auditioned for the Regional Honors Choir during first semester. Both were chosen to participate. At that performance, both auditioned for the State Honors Choir. Tobius was selected to proceed onto State. At State Honors Choir, he auditioned for all-state, but unfortunately, he was not selected.

On to the next event! In February, Tobius performed at the District Solo and Ensemble Festival where he sang two art songs (one in Italian and a traditional Scottish song), and he received feedback and a score from a judge. A score of 23 or higher would earn him the right to participate in the State Solo and Ensemble Festival. Tobius scored a 25 and will be participating at State Solo and Ensemble in the end of April.

“Tobius and James have challenged themselves both individually and within their choirs this year,” shared choir director, Jeremy Holtrop. “They have put in a lot of extra work to compete with and against other area students. It has been great to see their growth.”


Tribute to Martin Luther King

Mrs. Marsman’s 7th grade class pays tribute to Martin Luther King by creating a collaborative collage. 
Saige Montambo shared her piece of the collage.

From the Desk of the Superintendent

Dear CTA Staff and Families,

State law requires CTA to hold school for a minimum of 180 days in 2018-19. Even if we meet or exceed the required hours, we must account for 180 school days. The Michigan Department of Education allows us to close school when weather conditions adversely affect the ability to hold school safely, and MDE provides for forgiveness of up to six days under these conditions. This has been an unusually harsh winter with severe cold and ice forcing an unusual amount of closings. To date, we have cancelled school thirteen times due to severe winter weather conditions, exceeding our forgiveable number by seven days.

MDE allows districts to apply for a waiver for an additional three closings. We will be applying for our waiver in the next few days. If our waiver request is approved, we will be required to make up four days at the end of the school year. If our waiver request is not approved, we will be required to make up at least seven days at the end of the school year.

At a regular meeting of the Board of Directors on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, the Board approved a revision of the school calendar to add the following days:

● June 3 – Regular full day of school

● June 4 – Regular full day of school

● June 5 – Early Release for Students and Staff

● June 6 – Early Release for Students and Staff

● June 7 – Early Release for Students and Staff

This gives us a one day cushion to get through the rest of February and March if our waiver is approved. If we have no additional cancellations before April 1, and our waiver request is approved, I will ask the board to revise the calendar to delete June 7 and the last day of school would then be June 6, 2019. Additional days have identified beyond June 7 if our waiver is not approved or if we have further cancellations this year. As of now, we anticipate no changes to the last day for seniors or the date of graduation. Changes in those dates could be forthcoming if we have further cancellations. The full revised calendar will be posted on our website.

As always, I very much appreciate your support and cooperation.

Sincerely,

Dan George Superintendent


CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMY SCHOOL CALENDAR

SCHOOL HOURS

Grades K-5: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Grades 6-12: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

February 28 Varsity Boys & Girls Basketball Game @ Home @5:30 p.m.

March 8 Early Release Day School Bank

11 PA Meeting

15 Mobile Dentist

18 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting 

18-21 Student-Led Conferences (K-12)

Book Fair

22 Early Release Day School Bank

29 No School – Spring Break Begins

April 1-5 Spring Break

*Early Release Dismissal Schedule

● K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

● 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

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School snow days

By Scott B. Smith, Superintendent Cedar Springs Public Schools

Recent snow days forced district to add May 24 as a make up day

Photo by Evelyn Avery

Michigan is indeed living up to its reputation of being a winter wonderland. The weather last week put a significant damper on virtually all aspects of our District’s programming. Thank you for your patience and flexibility as decisions to close school and cancel after-school programs were made.  Please know that decisions to close or delay the start of school are taken very seriously. 

Our primary consideration when making the decision to close, or delay the start of, school is for the safety of our students and staff. We are also mindful of the timing of the decision and want to make the call as early as possible for two reasons. First, we have students who leave the house as early as 5:30 a.m. to make connections with busses that take them to the Kent County Technical Center. Second, we want to give our families as much time as possible to make alternate arrangements for childcare. The challenge we face on some mornings is that conditions can change dramatically from 4:00 a.m., when we start checking roads, and 5:30 a.m. when we hope to have a decision made. To be clear, our decision-making process regarding school closings or delays is driven by three guiding principles: 

• We put the safety of our students and staff above all else

• We want to have school if at all possible

• We want to make the decision as early as possible

Cedar Springs Public Schools is required by law to have at least 172 days for the 2018-19 school year. Recognizing that at times the weather impacts our ability to safely have school, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) allows districts to close school up to six times per year for conditions that affect student safety. As of February 1, we had canceled school 9 times due to weather-related conditions and exceeded our allotted number of closings by three days. The State allows districts to apply for a waiver for an additional three closings. We submitted the application for our waiver early last week. Assuming that our request is approved, we will have exhausted our allotment of permissible days for the 2018/19 school year as of last week.

When future closings occur, as happened Wednesday, we will make adjustments to our calendar to meet the State’s days and hours requirements. Our options include having school on the following days:

May 24, June 7, June 10, June 11, June 12, and June 13

To make up for closing on February 6, we will have school on May 24.

Please know that regardless of the number of excused days we do or do not have available to use, decisions to delay or close our schools will always be based on the safety of students, staff, and our community.

If at any time you feel it is unsafe to send your child or children to school, you may call in an excused absence.

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