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Cedar Springs Schools awarded $478,000 safety grant

By Judy Reed

Cedar Springs Public Schools will be making some safety improvements thanks to a $478,713 matching grant they recently were awarded from the Michigan State Police Grants and Community Services Division. 

Under the conditions of the grant, the school will be reimbursed for 75 percent of an upcoming $638,284 project. The school will pay the other 25 percent ($159, 571). According to Cedar Springs School Superintendent Scott Smith, the money will come out of either their general fund, or the building and site sinking fund.

The grant will help fund the following projects: building access controls; exterior doors and frames; electronic door strikes; a public address system; and a Bluepoint Rapid Emergency Response System. They have until next September to complete the projects, and Smith said they would start on them as soon as possible.

“Words cannot express the degree of appreciation Cedar Springs Public Schools has for the efforts of Ken Simon, Deputy Tom McCutcheon, and Jeff Malloch in making this happen for our community,” said Smith.

The grant was part of $25 million in grants awarded by the MSP to purchase equipment and/or technology to improve the safety and security of school buildings, students and staff across Michigan.  

“These grants are part of the proactive approach the state is taking to help prevent tragedies in our schools and provide for the safe learning environment that our kids need and deserve,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “A multifaceted approach is necessary to keep our schools safe and these grants are a component of the comprehensive effort to keep Michigan school children safe.”

Grants were given to 114 public school districts, 42 non-public schools, 22 public charter schools, and 10 Intermediate School Districts / Regional Education Services.

Over $69 million in requests were included in 407 applications submitted. A committee that included representatives from the MSP, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Sheriffs’ Association, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools, school security personnel and the Executive Office of the Governor reviewed the grant applications.

 “The Competitive School Safety Grant Program will provide the resources needed by many schools throughout our state to ensure students have a safe learning environment,” said MSP Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue. “The review committee gave priority to proposals that sought to secure access points at school buildings, as it is considered one of the best and most cost-effective ways to improve school safety and security.”

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All conference athletes for fall

Cedar Springs had several All Conference first team athletes for the fall season. Congratulations to you all!

Dane Conely-Boys Tennis

Ryan Ringler-Football

Kolby Swank-Football

Lucus Pienton-Football

Ben Shaw-Football

Landon Totten-Football

Sage Serbenta-Football

Gage Gardner-Football

Grace Pavelka-Volleyball

Corey Bowers-Boys Cross Country

Dilan Sargent-Boys Cross Country

Jaydon Moleski-Boys Cross Country

Austin Mann-Boys Cross Country

Abe Winkels-Boys Soccer

Easton Mooney-Boys Soccer

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Business, community working together

The football parents provide team dinner for the players and coaches every week on the evening before game day. In the week before the first playoff game, a group of football moms were contacting local businesses asking for donations for that week. Anne West, mother of Varsity player Ethan West, contacted Tom Goldsmith, franchise owner of Culver’s,  because her son and other football players work there. Anne said Tom responded back immediately with what they could donate, and it was way more than she expected. It included 300 chicken tenders, 15 pounds of pot roast, 90 buns, 80 concrete mixers, and ranch and barbecue cups.

“He was very generous with his donation as he’s only been in the community for a little over 3 months and we were asking to provide for 70 players and coaches,” remarked Anne. “When we arrived on Thursday, he had one of his crew leaders, Owen, meet us in the back and brought out a large warming cart with all the hot and cold food items. He even loaded up the vehicle with all the food so we were in and out of there within 10 minutes.” 

Because the team wanted to show their appreciation, they had all the varsity players sign a autographable photo matte which included a picture of the team and coaches after beating Forest Hills Northern and clinching the OK White Conference Championship. They also provided some other items and took a picture with a couple of his crew members underneath the Culver’s sign after the meal.

“This is such a great example of how great our small town community is in supporting our football team,” said Anne.

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CTA 2018-19 Basketball Rosters

Middle School Boys

Avery Bishop 

Landon Winters 

Landon Beiter 

Parker Tompkins

 Kaden Winters

Jake Perry

Zach Gibbs

Shad Atwood

Head Coach: Todd Bowmar

High School Boys

Charles Wortz

Collin Bishop

Luke Hubbard

John Wortz

Ivan Winters Jordan Brown

Evan Besmer

Ethan Watson

 Mikey Lemson 

Tobius Potter

Head Coach: Todd Bowmar

Girls Basketball

Brin Calkins

 Elizabeth Jahns

 Vicky Wu

Faith Watson 

Hannah Hofstra

 Kaela Bucholtz

 Ruby Tompkins 

Alison Fisk

Molly Wortz

 Jayda Schreiber

 Nadelynn Brinley

 Alyssa Bishop

 Head Coach: Lisa Perry

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A Christmas Chaos Performance

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Employment Opportunities at CTA

Special Education Teacher Aide: Seeking applications for a Resource Room Teacher Aide with employment to begin 

immediately upon hire.

Girls Assistant Basketball Coach:   Seeking a Girls Assistant Basketball Coach with employment to begin immediately upon hire.

Boys Assistant Basketball Coach:    Seeking a Boys 

Assistant Basketball Coach with employment to begin immediately upon hire.

Girls Soccer Coach:   

Position available for a Girls Soccer Coach with employment to begin in the Spring of 2019.

Specific questions for any of the listed position and a complete job description can be obtained by emailing  dgeorge@ctachargers.org.

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Hip Hop Concert Shares a Message of Hope

Beacon Light performed for the community and took time to autograph after the concert.

CTA had the privilege of welcoming Hip Hop artist Beacon Light on Tuesday, October 30! Beacon’s songs have been featured on Spotify playlists, iTunes Top Billboard charts, television shows, and films. His video “Haters” won Video of the Year in the 2016  We Love Christian Music Awards .

Beacon shared at a student assembly during the day and offered a free community concert in the evening. Beacon’s performances included both his music and his story, which offers encouragement and hope to the audience.

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NHS Supports All Students Through Tutoring Club

K-12 Students receive free tutoring support from NHS students.

This year, our chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) is offering free tutoring and homework support for all students on Thursdays from 2:45-4:00 p.m. This opportunity is available to all of our K-12 students; students can sign-up or drop-in. This is the first year that this has been offered, and our NHS students are really excited about helping their fellow students.

The NHS members not only help with assigned homework, they also try to help students improve academically. With the younger elementary students, the NHS members sit and listen to younger students read and help them with spelling words. The students enjoy either typing them or writing them on a whiteboard. At the end of our time, the NHS members and the students play “Hangman” or Pictionary with spelling words. Through this, the students are able to get to know each other better and have something to look forward to. With the older students, the NHS members help them in whatever subject they are struggling with and try to make it easier to understand.

I asked some of our NHS members what their favorite part of tutoring students is. Danielle August, the president, said, “I really enjoy getting to know the younger kids and being able to help them learn. It is a way to make a difference in someone else’s life and hopefully make a lasting, helpful impact.” Willow Sidlauskas, a new inductee said, “Tutoring the younger kids gives me a sense of confidence in that these kids aren’t going through school feeling frustrated with their classes. We’re here to make homework a little less work and a lot more fun.” Lastly, I asked the NHS advisor, Trisha Rose, what her favorite part about tutoring was and she said, “I like watching the NHS students create relationships with the younger students.”

Tutoring Thursdays are making a positive impact on the school’s community. More and more students are coming, and NHS is excited to meet and help any additional students who decide to join over the course of the year.

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Field Trip to the Capitol Introduces Government and History to Students

Students on the steps of the Capitol before the tour.

Field Trip to the Capitol Introduces Government and History to Students

CTA’s 4th and 5th grade students visited the State Capitol in Lansing at the end of October. The first portion of the tour consisted of a visit to the Michigan History Museum, where students were able to learn about Michigan’s rich past, from the time of the state’s earliest peoples to the late 20th century. Docents were available to add dialect to the exhibits – many of which provided hands-on opportunities for the students.

After the visit to the museum, the students enjoyed a short walk to the State Capitol Building, where they were guided through several key rooms to learn the history and architecture of the building. The students enjoyed looking up at the stars on the dome in the rotunda and then going down below to see people walking on the glass floor in the rotunda above them. Senator MacGregor was able to meet the groups of students and escort them to the senate floor, where he was able to share more about some of the governmental processes that take place.

“This trip to the museum and capitol was a great way to put our Michigan history and government lessons into real life perspective for our students,” shared fourth grade teacher Kristi Norman.

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