web analytics

Archive | Schools

CTA Snow Make Up Days


Please be informed that these days will be scheduled to make up snow days as required by current state law:


April 3, 2014: FlexTrac only will hold regular hours


May 2, 2014: FlexTrac and traditional day school (all CTA students) will hold regular hours

Posted in CTAComments Off

Autumn Mattson named Regional Athletic Director of the Year

Autumn Mattson

Autumn Mattson

Michigan’s professional organization of school athletic directors, the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (MIAAA), has selected Autumn Mattson of Cedar Springs High School as regional Athletic Director of the Year.  One of only fourteen administrators state wide to be honored by the MIAAA, Autumn will be presented the award in Traverse City on March 18, 2014 at the annual MIAAA Mid-Winter Conference in which over 500 athletic directors participate.

Mattson came to Cedar Springs High school from Lake Superior State University where she played four years of women’s basketball and received her undergraduate degree.  She then received her Masters in Education and her teaching certificate from Aquinas College. Currently at Cedar Springs, Autumn serves as Athletic Director and Dean of Students. Mattson also served as president of the OK Bronze division in 2011 & 2012 and is involved in numerous MHSAA committees including: Women in Sports Leadership, Basketball Officials, and the Scholar Athlete committee.

In 2010, Mattson founded the Athletic Leadership Council (ALC) in Cedar Springs with the goal of uniting the students, staff and community and to spread the Red Hawk Pride to the community. One example is Staff Pride night when each athlete chooses a staff member within the district who has made a difference in their lives and invites them to attend a game. This allows past teachers to see that they are remembered and appreciated.

Brian Zdanowski, Athletic Director at Greenville High School, says Autumn is “very professional, dependable, and one who will do what it takes to get the job done. She is most definitely the leader of the athletic department and has gained respect from the coaches, athletes, and the parents that she serves.”

Steve Bennink, Athletic Director at Coopersville Area Schools, says “she has been the ultimate professional, always representing what is best for all student athletes, whether hers or the other schools.”

The MIAAA is a 52-year old association with nearly 700 members serving as athletic administrators in numerous high schools and junior high/middle schools in Michigan.  As partners with the Michigan High School Athletic Association, the MIAAA works to promote the educational value of interscholastic athletics and the role and profession of athletic director.  The MIAAA is very proud to spotlight the work of Autumn Mattson, an Athletic Director whose work and values best mirrors those of the association.


Posted in Cedar Springs Public SchoolsComments Off

Athletes of the Month

DeBoe, Swanson and Austin are named Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Student Athletes of the Month for January



DeBoeJunior Liz DeBoe was named Student Athlete of the Month for Girls Bowling. Liz is a 3 year varsity anchor bowler who is counted on heavily by her Red Hawk teammates.  Liz also excels in the classroom with a 3.49 GPA.

Coach Rog Filut states that; “Liz is a 3rd year varsity team member, she has been dedicated to improving each year she has been on the team. She is currently our anchor bowler which puts additional expectation on her. Not only is she a good bowler, but she is a leader by example for her teammates and is always willing to help out her teammates, to improve their games as well. Liz shows up for practice focused and ready to go. It is great to have her on the team.”

Liz is the daughter of Vivian and Gary DeBoe.

SwansonJunior Rider Swanson was named Student Athlete of the Month for Ice Hockey. Rider is a key member of the varsity hockey team; he has had an outstanding first half of the season accumulating 2 goals, and 7 assists in 12 games. Rider also excels in the classroom with an impressive 3.76 GPA and is a regular on the honor roll. Rider is a member of National Honor Society.

Coach Mike Maas says; “Rider is a hard worker who continues to gain confidence. He is a strong physical player who isn’t afraid to go into the corners. Rider has a good shot and a knack for making plays. Riders role continues to expand, and we are looking for more out of Rider in the second half of the season.”

Rider is the son of Mandy and Kevin Swanson.

AustinSenior Josh Austin has been named the Student Athlete of the Month for Boys Bowling. Josh is a 4 year member of the Varsity bowling team, and carries an impressive 182 average this season. He excels in the classroom with a 2.986 GPA. Josh volunteers his time and mentors young bowlers.

Josh’s coach says that; “Josh is a very committed to bowling. He has been bowling since the age of 5. He is proud to tell you his Grandpa Austin is part of the Grand Rapids Bowling Hall of Fame. High school bowling is a passion for Josh and I am very proud of his accomplishments during his 4 years of bowling and his dedication to the sport.”

Josh is the son of Dobbie and Todd Austin.

Posted in Cedar Springs Public SchoolsComments Off


Do you miss those summer yard sales?


Do you have unwanted items lying around your house?


Come check out the SENIOR ALL NIGHT PARTY RUMMAGE SALE!!  The SANP committee is organizing the sale and we will gladly take your stuff.  All proceeds go toward the SANP and will help provide scholarships, offset costs for the venue & entertainment and purchase a special gift for each attending senior.








**We will have donation forms available for tax purposes**


Posted in Cedar Springs Public SchoolsComments Off

Ready, Set, Go!

Pre-Registration for children turning 5 years old by October 1, 2014 begins March 1, 2014.

For more information, call 

616-696-7317 or visit csredhawks.org.


The Cedar Springs Kindergarten Team welcomes the parents/guardians of the 2014-2015 Kindergarten Class to a special evening at Cedar Trails Elementary.

Tuesday, March 18 

6:00pm to 7:00pm 

Cedar Trails Elementary

Parents/guardians will move in small groups from classroom to classroom getting a glimpse at the typical kindergarten day and curriculum expectations.   There will be five stations in all.

We are hoping to answer questions and get EVERYONE ready for an exciting start to the school year.

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.

Posted in Cedar Springs Public SchoolsComments Off

Enrollment for the Tuition Based Preschool is Open

Classes are forming for students who are 3 or 4 years old by October 1, 2014.

Families that are interested in tuition assistance for your child who will be 3 years old as of October 1, 2014, please complete an application at  www.firststepskent.org – select Great Start Early Childhood Scholarships and then select the link to the 2014-2015 Childcare Scholarship Application. Questions can be directed to the office of Great Start Collaborative/First Steps at 616-742-8903.

If your child will be 4 as of October 1, 2014 and you are interested in information about a tuition free preschool opportunity, please contact the Great Start Readiness Program 616-447-2409.

Posted in Cedar Springs Public SchoolsComments Off

Upcoming Events


No School – February 14

Mid-Winter Break – February 17 & 18

Early Release – February 28

End of Trimester 2 – February 28

Posted in Cedar Springs Public SchoolsComments Off

K-5 Holiday Concert

CTA-holiday-concert-webFourth Grade performing at the Christmas concert.

On December 19th CTA Elementary had a choir concert for an audience including the middle school, high school and parents.  The auditorium was packed with many family members who were there to support their children.   Each grade, kindergarten through fifth grade, chose two Christmas songs to perform.  The classes prepared diligently during the month of December by practicing their songs.  Lilley Smith, 3rd grade, said “I think all of the classes did a really good job.”   Jaden Sancho, 5th grader, “It was really good and it was fun getting to perform in front of an audience.  It took a lot of work preparing for the concert but it was worth it.“ Mrs. Honeysett, first grade teacher commented, “It was fun to see the kids in the holiday spirit.  It was neat to see all of the support from the parents who filled the house.  I look forward to having another holiday concert next year.”


Posted in CTA, FeaturedComments Off

CTA Boys battle, but fall to the Grizzlies of Grattan Academy


In what has turned into a quite a rivalry over the years, the Chargers put forth their best effort of the year, but it wasn’t quite enough falling 52-46.  Some early misses coupled with some foul trouble to key players led to a slow start, but the Chargers fought through the adversity. “I thought the tempo change in the second quarter utilizing full court pressure and rotation of fresh bodies, coupled with depth, facilitated our comeback.  Our players are inexperienced but work hard in practice to learn their roles with our press and last night we saw some of the fruits from this labor,” explained Coach Bultman after the game.  Fighting is what they did, as they came all the way back and cut the lead to two points with a minute to go, but timely free throw shooting for the Grizzlies ultimately lead to the victory for Grattan.  “I feel we are on the brink of some really good basketball as we drastically reduced our unforced errors,” said Bultman. “With 7 players on the roster who have never played on a basketball team before, this season is a learning experience.  It is great to see the skills improve and see the players come together as a team.”

CTA received a strong game from Dylan Yarrington who led the way with 14 points, and only two turnovers.  Freshman Brandon Beck poured in a career high 15 points, and Derek Winters added 12 points while battling foul trouble. The Chargers have no games next week before they start a very busy stretch on January 28th when they battle the Quad City Mustangs.  The game will be played at the Fremont Rec Center and the game tips at 7:30.


Posted in CTAComments Off

CTA Ladies defeat Greenville Grattan Academy


The CTA girls basketball team traveled east to take on the Grattan Grizzlies and were able to pull away in the second half defeating them 36-22.  It seemed early that no team was going to pull away as the lead changed hands multiple times in the first half with the Lady Chargers settling in with a 13-11 lead.  Things changed quickly in the second half as the Chargers half court trap defense led to some steals and layups on the other end.  “The half court trap is something that we spend a lot of time on, and it was nice to see it have some success in this game.”  “We did a nice job of anticipating in the second half and were able to get some layups from that increased anticipation,” explained an excited Coach Hill after the game.

CTA-girls-basketballAlthough this was a complete team effort there were a couple of players who really stood out.  Aubrey Slocum and Nadine Merz were dominant on the boards with 9 rebounds each, and Alicia Beck led the charge offensively with 10 points.  “We have such great senior leadership on this team and it really showed through in this game.” Coach Hill said. “It is such a privilege to work with such talented and hardworking ladies, they come to practice every day and want to improve. It has been a real treat so far.”

The Lady Chargers are off next week but are back in action on January 28th when they head to Fremont to take on the Quad City Mustangs.  The game will be played at the Fremont Rec Center and the game tips at 6:00pm. Come cheer on the Chargers.


Posted in CTAComments Off


LOCAL Advertisers

Kent Theatre
Bryne Electrical

Get the Cedar Springs Post in your mailbox for only $35.00 a year!