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Math In Focus Parent University Night

 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 6 p.m. 

at Cedar Springs Middle School Cafeteria

Cedar Trials, Beach and Cedar View Elementary Schools will be hosting this event.  See you there.

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Physical Education at Red Hawk Elementary

 

Mark Schumann, Physical Education Teacher

There are two goals of the Physical Education classes at Red Hawk Elementary:

(1) Get students active for the entire class period

(2) Provide students with a variety of physical activity opportunities so the students have a knowledge base in hopes that they will continue to be physically active throughout their lives.

Students engage in building their muscle strength and endurance, as well as increasing their cardio-respiratory endurance. Also, the students experience many team games and lifetime leisure activities.

Physically active children grow up to be healthier adults. Keep fit & healthy and keep moving.

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Process for School Closings/Delay

 

When winter weather comes to Michigan, all school districts should have a process in place to determine whether to hold classes or not on any given day. At Cedar Springs Public Schools, there is such a process.

While the ultimate decision to open/close or delay the start of school lies with the Superintendent’s office, the process itself involves many steps. The process begins shortly after 3:00 a.m. The district’s transportation supervisor goes out and physically drives many of the roads in the district. The supervisor travels on paved roads, gravel roads, secondary roads, hilly roads, and city streets. Special notice is given to areas that have been known to be trouble spots of travel in the past. During this drive, a variety of weather and road conditions can be encountered as the Cedar Springs School district has such varied terrain. Conditions can, and do, change in a very short distance. In addition to the actual traveling being done, temperatures and the checking of weather conditions, weather reports, radar, and forecasts are also being checked. Shortly after 4:00 a.m., the transportation supervisor begins checking with peers in neighboring districts. All of the transportation supervisors have similar information specific to their own districts. The direction of storms and forecasts along with road and traffic conditions are all taken into consideration by the supervisors of the individual districts. The individual supervisors share their recommendations with each other as to what likely will occur within their districts.

After speaking with fellow supervisors, the transportation supervisor then contacts the Superintendent and provides her with his findings. By this time the Superintendent has also monitored weather conditions and spoken with area superintendents. After all of this data has been collected and shared, the Superintendent and Transportation Supervisor mutually can make the decision to open/close or delay the start of school.

The safety of our students and staff is always our highest priority when making these decisions. While a school bus is one of the safest methods of transportation out on the roads, it is always ultimately the parent’s decision as to whether or not to send a child out to school.

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Holly Jolly Holiday Concert

First and second grade students, conducted by Jeremy Holtrop, do riser-ography for their holiday music performance.

First and second grade students, conducted by Jeremy Holtrop, do riser-ography for their holiday music performance.

On Monday, Dec. 5, CTA elementary students celebrated all of their hard work by putting on a holiday concert. This year, due to the growth of the CTA music program, students performed at the Cedar Springs High School auditorium. It was a wonderful venue and our students enjoyed being on the big stage. Kindergarten students started off the performance with a couple well known songs, “The Bells on the Sleigh” and “He’ll Be Comin’ Down the Chimney”. First and second grade sang their songs together and showcased some riser-ography to make it fun!

One of the 1st and 2nd Grade songs, “Hip Hop Reindeer” featured the awesome hip hop dance moves of 2nd Grader, Deegan VanHarten. K-2 finished their portion of the concert with all three grades singing “Jingle Bells”. After the younger concert, the 3rd through 5th graders performed.

Some of the 3rd-5th grade songs included one about a fruitcake that wouldn’t go away, a song about decorating, and a Queen-style rock song titled, “We Will Jingle”. It was a fun evening and the students did an outstanding job.

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Open Enrollment

Creative Technologies Academy

350 Pine Street

Cedar Springs, MI 49319

Open Enrollment Period

for the 2017-18 School Year

January 15, 2017 – February 15, 2017

You may register students for grades K-12

by calling Mrs. Atkins or Mrs. Mattson

at (616) 696-4905

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Making A Difference One Project At A Time

 

CTA takes pride in character education in their 300 students. The November character trait they focused on was Kindness and they have rolled what they learned into December – a month where there is much need for kindness and giving.

“The ‘CTA Way’ is being demonstrated in many ways this month,” shared Dean of Students Autumn Mattson. “We strive daily to instill the core value that all of our students can change the world. We are so proud of who our staff and students have chosen to give their time, energy and support to throughout the community during this holiday season. “

Toys For Tots and Coin Drive

11th grade student Cortney Aspinall displays a few of the toys that were collected for Toys for Tots.

11th grade student Cortney Aspinall displays a few of the toys that were collected for Toys for Tots.

Kindergarten students won the coin drive.

Kindergarten students won the coin drive.

The largest project of the season was the school-wide Toys for Tots toy drive combined with a coin drive. The initiative is in its 4th year at CTA. Each class competed to raise the most “positive” change – pennies counted as positive and silver and dollars counted as negative. The kindergarten class raised the most with more than $52 “positive” dollars and the school as a whole raised more than $800. All of the funds raised during the coin drive were donated to the Toys for Tots campaign to be used to purchase additional gifts for children throughout southwest Michigan. The school also served as a WZZM 13 Toys for Tots drop off location and collected 78 toys from students and the community. Kindergarten teacher Lauren Bostic, who assisted in coordinating the Toys for Tots projects shared, “Our hope is that these students will look outside of themselves to see that there is a great need in the community and the world and that other children may not enjoy the ‘luxuries’ they are used to – such as gifts under the tree on Christmas morning.” The coin drive has been going on for more than 4 years and previously the funds went to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

Society In Film students display the many cards they wrote and made for servicemen and women.

Society In Film students display the many cards they wrote and made for servicemen and women.

Spreading Cheer To Those Who Serve

All of the Social Studies classes in the High School wrote Christmas and holiday cards to send to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans – a long-term care facility for veterans which provides support, health services, clothing, living facilities and necessities. Some cards were handcrafted while others were store-bought, but all of the 80-plus cards that were written expressed gratitude to the servicemen and women for their service and sacrifice to our country. Cards were also written to a group of Southfield-based Army reserve soldiers who are currently deployed in Afghanistan for 10 months. “I wanted to provide the students with an opportunity to be an encouragement to others during the holiday season,” shared Shellie Chilcote, long-term Social Studies substitute teacher whose daughter and son-in-law are both currently serving in the reserves. “We have so much to be thankful for in our country. These veterans and active-duty soldiers have all made great sacrifices that ensure the freedoms we enjoy today.”

 

Charger Basketball Teams Food Drive

Thirty pounds of food have been collected to date by the boys and girls basketball teams to benefit Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids – and they are still going until Dec. 19. The boys and girls teams are competing against each other in a food drive and it’s all based on food weight. “Our athletes are truly appreciative of the things that they have received from their families and hope to give back to the community,” shared girls basketball coach Steve Washington. “One of our lady Chargers saw this as an opportunity to raise awareness, serve our community and have fun competing with the guys team as well.”

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Chargers Take It To The Hoop

 

The ladies fought but fell to the Algoma Christian Knights in their second game of the season, which was played at “home” at Cedar Springs Middle School on Dec. 9. Faith Watson led the ladies scoring efforts with six points and was supported with points from Brianne Calkins, Holly Fahling, Hannah Hofstra, Tori Wierda and Devin Slocum. Zoe Roesner and Autumn Watson contributed valuable defensive minutes and were key players in the game. The Lady Chargers showed growth in their confidence in their roles and are looking forward to their next challenge against Aviation Academy on Dec. 22. Everyone got in on the action and was able to gain game experience. The girls are making progress and are demonstrating a stronger grasp on their offensive and defensive roles. Creative Technologies Academy Boys Varsity Basketball won against Algoma Christian with a final score of 67- 61.

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SCHOOL CALENDAR

CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMY

 

December 16 & 21 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-2 Dismissal at 12:50 p.m.

3-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:40 p.m.

19 & 20 Spring Theater Production Tryouts

21 Popcorn Day

22 Basketball game @WMAA Girls – 5:30 p.m./Boys – 7:00 p.m.

22- Jan. 3 Winter Break

January 4 School Resumes

5 Girl Talk

6 Elementary Library Day

10 Basketball game @WMAES Girls – 5:30 p.m./Boys – 7:00 p.m.

12 Girl Scouts

13 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-2 Dismissal at 12:50 p.m.

3-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:40 p.m.

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2016-17 Creative Technologies Academy Honor Roll

 

Middle School Honor Roll

Grade Name GPA

08 Alverson, McKenzie 4.0

08 Armstrong, Casen 4.0

07 August, Elizabeth 3.0

06 Beiter, Landon 4.0

08 Bennett, Derek 3.2

07 Benson, Jesse 3.6

07 Besmer, Evan 4.0

07 Brecker, Carlene 3.5

08 Buchanan, Anthony 3.8

08 Calkins, Calvin 3.2

07 Cook, Brittanie 3.1

06 Corrigan, Spencer 3.2

06 Covell, Remington 3.4

06 Davenport, Haydn 3.7

08 Dekraker, Madelin 3.9

06 Fessenden, Joshua 3.6

07 Fisk, Austin 3.8

07 Fisk, Nathaniel 3.3

07 Fleet, Raven 3.3

06 Greenfield, Dylan 3.3

06 Hanes, Joel 3.2

06 Harvey, Laila 3.5

07 Hawkins, Keegan 3.0

08 Hawley, Nash 3.1

08 Hutchins, Nathan 3.6

06 Jibson, Brenna 4.0

07 Lehman, Lauren 3.9

08 Marek, Jeff 3.9

07 Marek, Sawyer 3.6

07 Mason, Cheyenne 3.3

08 Mauric, James 3.5

08 McSorley, Carson 3.9

07 Merritt, Adanna 3.5

08 Miner, Kevin 3.2

06 Phillips, Reiley 3.5

06 Pienton, Johnathan 3.0

08 Sanchez, Cynthia 3.3

07 Shelagowski, Alyssa 3.5

08 Sidlauskas, Willow 4.0

06 Slock, Ethan 4.0

06 Slock, Kaden 3.7

07 Stevens, Zachary 3.6

07 Thebo, Michael 3.3

06 Tompkins, Parker 3.5

08 Tompkins, Ruby 3.3

06 VanderZyl, Gerald 3.3

06 Walker, Malikia 3.9

08 Wierda, Tori 3.9

08 Wilhelm, Kristina 4.0

08 Willis, William 3.2

06 Wineman, Rebekah 4.0

07 Winters, Ivan 3.8

06 Winters, Landon 3.2

08 Wortz, John 3.7

07 Wortz, Molly 4.0

High School Honor Roll

Grade Name GPA

12 Alverson, Allie 3.1

11 Armstrong, Dawson 3.3

11 Aspinall, Cortney 3.6

10 August, Danielle 3.3

12 Beck, Brandon 3.8

11 Buchanan, Briannah 3.4

09 Bucholtz, Kaela 3.9

10 Calkins, Brianne 3.9

09 Coffee, Summer 3.4

10 Davison, Matthew 3.9

10 Dillon, Joshua 3.0

10 Dillon, Justin 3.5

09 Fahling, Gabriela 3.5

10 Fulkerson, Lily 3.7

11 Gibbs, Hannah 3.6

12 Hickox, Annalise 3.0

09 Hirsch, Travis 3.0

09 Hofstra, Hannah 4.0

11 Hofstra, James 3.1

11 Howard, Austin 4.0

11 Imhoff, Elise 3.7

10 Jahns, Elizabeth 3.5

12 Lehman, Ethan 4.0

09 Lehman, Zoe 4.0

10 Lovett, Nathan 3.3

09 Martinek, Olivia 3.7

12 Mauric, Eleanor 3.1

11 Miner, Leslie 3.8

10 Roebuck, Isaac 3.9

12 Roesner, Kenneth 3.3

11 Roesner, Zoe 3.2

11 Ryder, Jamie 4.0

12 Ryder, Jessie 4.0

09 Shelagowski, Ashley 4.0

11 Sidlauskas, Violet 4.0

10 Slock, Keegan 3.9

10 Starr, Marjorie 4.0

11 Thebo, Tayler 3.4

09 VanderMeulen, Anya 3.9

11 Watson, Autumn 3.6

09 Watson, Faith 3.6

10 Winters, Logan 3.7

10 Wortz, Charles 3.0

09 Wright, Aaron 3.5

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Honoring Outstanding School Board Members

 

Dear CSPS Families and Colleagues:

It is the time of year when we focus on that for which we are thankful.  There are many things in our district and community for which to be thankful, including those who rise above self and serve others.  Mr. Joe Marckini and Mr. Jeff Gust have done just that as they have served on our CSPS Board of Education for several years.  Please join me in thanking them for their volunteerism and for taking on the challenges of leadership with courage, engagement and compassion.

csps-joe-marckiniMr. Joe Marckini is a lifelong resident of Kent County and has been a Cedar Springs resident since 1996.  He is the proud father of 2 wonderful daughters, both CSHS graduates.  He and his wife Elizabeth are strong supporters of public education and have been active volunteers throughout the CSPS district and the Cedar Springs community.

Mr. Marckini is an active participant in the legislative process at the local, state and national level. He has taken trips to Washington D.C. to advocate for our Cedar Springs schools.  He is passionate about always doing what is best for students and has dedicated nearly 10 years of his time to seeing that passion through to successful results.  Mr. Marckini has participated in thousands of hours of school board member training and has earned several levels of achievements and awards as well as serving as President of the Board of Education.

csps-jeff-gustMr. Jeff Gust is a lifelong resident of Cedar Springs.  He and his wife Barb are proud graduates of CSHS.  They are the proud parents of 3 great children who all graduated from CSHS!  Not only does Mr. Gust serve but his wife does as well as a secretary at our high school.

Mr. Gust is well respected for the countless hours he has spent throughout the district, whether it is to referee the Red Flannel Festival powder puff game, serve in the concession stands, join in the excitement of Back-to-School nights, or help our littlest students find the correct bus the first week of school.  Regardless of the event or activity, you’ll find Mr. Gust there exhibiting his great Red Hawk pride!

Mr. Gust has served for nearly 6 years, most recently as the Secretary of the Board of Education.  Prior to that he has dedicated much of his time as a member of the Finance and Sinking Fund committees.

As these 2 long-term Board of Education members go off the board at the end of December, we will remember them for their selfless volunteerism and leadership as it’s quite impressive to give so generously in an effort to do what is best for kids.

Thank you, Mr. Marckini and Mr. Gust, you and your service to our district and community will be sorely missed!

Laura VanDuyn

Laura VanDuyn

Warmly,

Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

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