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Battle of the Books

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Battle of the Books teams and their coaches were supported by classmates during the event.

CTA students in grades 3-6 were separated into mixed-grade level teams in an effort to face off against other teams in their second annual Battle of the Books! Each team was given six books to read for this year’s competition. On March 30, students battled it out against other teams by answering questions from each book. Although the scores were very close, here were the final results:

1st Place: Fictionaries (Yellow)

2nd Place: Book Dominators (Red)

3rd Place: Book Wizards (Blue)

4th Place: Hard Covers (Green)

Congratulations to our second annual Book Battlers! We were so very impressed with your hard work and dedication in reading the books on your list this year. Until next year, Just Keep Reading…..Just Keep Reading!

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Just Keep Reading, Just Keep Reading!

Kindergarten and second grade students are excited to read with Red Flannel Festival Royalty!

Kindergarten and second grade students are excited to read with Red Flannel Festival Royalty!

This year, to celebrate Reading Month our CTA Elementary students read their tails off as they filled our Reading Fish Tank!

Elementary students sit in front of their “Fish Tank” on the wall that they filled with books they read.

Elementary students sit in front of their “Fish Tank” on the wall that they filled with books they read.

For every book read (or chapter if it was a chapter book) AT HOME or IN SCHOOL, students cut out a colored fish and hung it up on the fish bowl. CTA Elementary filled the fish tank in two weeks – that is a lot of reading. To celebrate, they watched Finding Dory and ate ocean-themed snacks with their reading buddies.

The Red Flannel Festival Queen and court also made time to visit CTA and read to the kindergarten and second grade students. The queen read one of her favorite books and then took time to answer questions from the students.

CONGRATULATIONS CTA on another successful March is Reading Month!!!

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Students Showcase Their Talents

Freshman Anya VanderMeulen sang “Part of that World” as a solo vocal performance.

Freshman Anya VanderMeulen sang “Part of that World” as a solo vocal performance.

This years CTA talent show featured the cheerleading team and 10 students ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade who took to the stage to share their talents. Student performances included the reading of poetry, writing and singing of an original song about being optimistic, playing the piano and several students showcasing their vocal talents. It was a great day to be a Charger as we celebrated and showcased our students!

The CTA Cheer Team performed a routine with fantastic stunts!

The CTA Cheer Team performed a routine with fantastic stunts!

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Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit

 

Spring Theater Production May 18 & 20

Announcing CTA’s spring play, Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit. CTA Drama students have been hard at work on their first ever full-length play. You will not want to miss this funny spoof on the Law and Order series. This story focuses on Detective HD (Humpty Dumpty) and Detective Cindy (Cinderella) as they investigate the mysterious destruction of the three little pig’s houses.

Many well-known fairy tale characters such as Hansel and Gretel, the Three Blind Mice, Jack and Jill and more become suspects in the story. To see how the mystery plays out, come see the performance!

May 18 & 20 @ 7:00 p.m.

CTA Auditorium

Tickets are $3 in advance/$5 at the door

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SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

APRIL 17 4th & 5th Grade Health Curriculum

Parent Meeting

20PA Meeting

24 Town Hall Meeting 6-7:00 p.m. – CTA

Auditorium

24-27K-8 Student-Led Conferences

Book Sale

28 Early Release

Prom

Popcorn Day

MAY 1-5 Teacher Appreciation Week

2 Elementary Spring Concert

8 Coffee Time with the School Leader/

Superintendent

12 Early Release

18&20CTA Drama Club Spring Production

19 Wall of Honor Induction

CTA PA-hosted Carnival

19 Wall of Honor Induction

PA Spring Carnival

22-24 Student-Led Conferences (HS Only)

22 Girls Charging Ahead 5K

24 Last Day of School for Seniors

*Early Release Dismissal Schedule

● 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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From the Superintendent’s desk

 

Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Dear Cedar Springs Public Schools Family:

On Tuesday, May 2, voters throughout Kent County will consider the Strong Schools, Strong Communities proposal, a 10-year, 0.9 mill increase for a regional enhancement millage that would allow local school districts to strengthen our future workforce and develop and attract strong talent right here in West Michigan.

If approved, the proposal will allow local districts to:

  • Expand career training and technical course offerings that will give students real life, on-the-job training and a head start on their careers.
  • Give students exposure to the world of work and business with partnerships that prepare them for careers.
  • Give students living in poverty a good start, and surround them with the support needed to keep them in school.

By law, if this proposal is approved, every penny generated from this proposal will be distributed to local school districts to maintain existing programs and improve services offered to students.

At Cedar Springs Public Schools this proposal would generate an estimated $723,000 per year.  In alignment with the purposes above, our district will focus on these priorities:

  • Continued expansion of the Early Middle College program and access to other college and career opportunities
  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Academics and Behavior
  • Professional Development for continued best practices in instruction and student support
  • Enhanced afterschool and summer school learning opportunities
  • Comprehensive Counseling and Mental Health Programs
  • Technology Infrastructure and software enhancements
  • Maintaining or lowering class sizes
  • Improved assessment tools

Please share this information with your friends and family so they are informed about what’s on the ballot Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

Learn more at: strongschoolsstrongcommunities.com

Have a relaxing and enjoyable spring break!

Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Superintendent

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Winners of Essay Contest

Winners are pictured here with the Selection Committee.

Winners are pictured here with the Selection Committee.

Pictured are the Cedar Springs Rotary 4-Way Test essay winners. From L to R: Sally Odren, Makenna Nichols, Jack Cairy, Analiese Van Harten, and Josh Trendt. Courtesy photo.

Pictured are the Cedar Springs Rotary 4-Way Test essay winners. From L to R: Sally Odren, Makenna Nichols, Jack Cairy, Analiese Van Harten, and Josh Trendt. Courtesy photo.

CS Rotary Club announced the winners of the 4-Way Test Essay Contest. The theme was “Setting A Good Example”.

1st place – Sally Odren, Mr. Moleski’s class “The Things People Say”

2nd place (tie) – Jack Cairy, Mrs. Kahler’s class “Feeding the Heart”

2nd place (tie) – Makenna Nichols, Mrs. Miller’s  class, “Feeding the Hungry”

Josh Trendt with Mr. Moleski

Josh Trendt with Mr. Moleski

3rd place (tie) – Josh Trendt, Mr. Moleski’s class, “Small Town, Big Heart”

3rd place (tie) – Analiese Van Harten,  CTA, “Inspire”

Congratulations to the winners. Thank you to the teachers and parents for supporting these great writers! It’s exciting and gratifying to be able to promote the habits of mind so esteemed by Cedar Springs and by Rotarians alike.

Go Red Hawks!

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Students become World Changers

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At Cedar View, many 4th grade classrooms are doing research papers about a person who is considered a “World Changer”.  Cedar View also has a goal this year about helping students become “better people”.  To join these two ideas, Mrs. Nielsen and Mrs. Strunk’s 4th-grade classes partnered with the NE Supper House. The NE Supper House is a ministry in Grand Rapids that serves dinner every Tuesday and Thursday night to less fortunate people in their community.  Students from both classes did chores to earn the total of $250.  The $250 paid for all of the food and drinks that were served at the NE Supper House.   Then on March 2nd, Mrs. Nielsen and Mrs. Strunk brought students to the NE Supper House.  Students were in charge of serving all the drinks and dinners and doing all of the clean-up afterward.  Mrs. Nielsen said “I’m very proud of all our students. They worked very hard to earn the money, and they served less fortunate people with a lot of pride and respect.  They are becoming World Changers at a very young age.”

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Plowman signs with Davenport

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Our congratulations to senior Jessica Plowman, who signed with Davenport University’s ACHA Division 1 Women’s Ice Hockey team on February 11th, 2017 for the upcoming season.

Jessica is currently playing for the U19 Grand Rapids Griffins Girls Travel Ice Hockey Team. She was voted by her teammates to be their Team Captain for the 2016-2017 season. Jessica has played both defense, offense and center.  While at Davenport, Jessica will be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management, and go on to possibly become a cardiothoracic surgeon.

She is excited to continue her education and hockey career at Davenport and is thankful for the support of her family and friends.

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Student receives Creative Minds Scholarship

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New Beginnings Senior, Selena Birtley, has a plan after graduation and has every intention of making sure it happens.  She has set her eyes on Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. So when Mrs. Wilcox presented an English class assignment to her students, creating and submitting scholarship essays, Selena didn’t waste any time.  Her reward: a $20,000 Creative Minds Scholarship to her dream school! We are so proud of Selena and we know she is going to accomplish great things in this world!

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