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Red Hawk Walkers Program Extended

Red Hawk Elementary will continue to open their doors to all community members who would like to walk the halls from 4:00 – 8:00pm, Monday through Thursday when school is in session until May 1, 2014.  Cedar Springs campus will be closed April 4 – April 11.  If Cedar Springs Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather, holiday or no school scheduled, walking is canceled that day.

 

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Protecting Our Investment…Securing Our Future

2014 Summer Construction Update

After the passing of the Sinking Fund in 2012, an advisory committee consisting of parents, staff, and community members worked together to determine a long range plan for facilities and infrastructure of Cedar Springs Public Schools by identifying the needs of the district.

Phase I took place last summer as we added additional parking spaces at the High School and rerouted the Student Pick-Up/Drop-off.  This summer Phase II will begin with the focus on Cedar Trails Elementary Improved Parking and Improved Pick-Up/Drop-Off.

A new staff parking lot will be created between Cedar Trails Elementary and Cedar View Elementary.  By doing this, the Cedar Trails parking lot in front of the building will be dedicated to parents and children.

There will be an improved dropp-off/pick-up area created.  A media island will serve as the main drop-off/pick-up area for parents.

There will be an illustration of the new and improved area on www.csredhawks.org once available.

Construction will begin in June after school has been dismissed for the summer.  The Cedar Trails Elementary building will not be accessible until the construction is complete.  The Campus Kids summer care program will be relocated to Beach Elementary.

The Approved Sinking Fund is the means by which the District can protect the community’s investment used by our students, staff, parents, and community.  We appreciate your support!

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Cedar Springs District Office at 616-696-1204.

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Reading Month at Cedar View

 

Cedar View students are enjoying an exciting and crazy schedule of reading activities throughout the month of March!  Students are creating quite the reading buzz around the building.  Candid conversations are occurring everywhere focused on who we are as readers, what it is we like to read, and how we might persuade someone else to read one of our favorite books!

As you walk through the halls, you’ll quickly notice favorite book covers plastered on lockers while other days you may see a classroom engaged in “Camp-Out Day” as they camp themselves in a quality text.  The month culminates with an all day “Read-a-thon” service learning project.  These classrooms are collecting their read-a-thon donations for causes including the Cedar Springs library, St. Jude’s Hospital, and the American Cancer Society.

4th grade teacher Noah Gregory created a school-wide “Book-o-logy Tournament,” similar to the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament.  Daily excitement builds as 32 of our favorite books prepare to face off.  Favorite new chapter books, tried and true classics, as well as well-loved picture books made it into the field.  Students cast their votes each day and are continuously checking the book bracket posted in the library to see which text will advance to the Final Four and ultimately become the Cedar View champion!

Further stretching our reading capabilities, we also have our annual “Battle of the Books” challenge.  Interested students signed up for a 10 week-10 book challenge.  Students will battle it out in a game show like trivia challenge in the days before spring break.  Thanks to a dedicated staff and a community of FANTASTIC readers, we are ENJOYING an exciting month at Cedar View!

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Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Athletes of the Month

Schreiber and Lenardson are named Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Student Athletes of the Month for March

 

Kristen Schreiber

Kristen Schreiber

Senior Kristen Schreiber was named the March 2014 Student Athlete of the Month for Competitive Cheer. Kristen is wrapping up her high school career in competitive cheer, having been involved all 4 years, as well as participating 2 year in middle school. Kristen has a 3.93 GPA and will be attending Johnson and Wales University in Florida after graduation. Kristen also participates in Red hawk kids club and is a Rocket cheer coach.

Coach Ramirez comments, “Kristen has participated in Competitive cheer for the past 6 years. This year she has grown as a great leader, and advocate for her team. Next fall as she begins her college career pursuing a degree in culinary arts, I know they will be lucky to have such a dedicated hard working young lady to add to their program!”

Kristen is the daughter of Wendy Schreiber and Rob Hilton.

 

Baren Lenardson

Baren Lenardson

Senior Baren Lenardson was named the March 2014 Student Athlete of the Month for Wrestling. Baren is finishing an impressive career having accumulated an impressive 124 wins. He is a 2 time regional qualifier, and a conference champ. Baren excels in the classroom with a 3.8 GPA. Baren is also a member of the Jazz band. After graduation Baren will attend Michigan Tech to pursue a degree in computer engineering.

Coach Nick Emery says “Baren was the hardest worker in the room, especially in the second half of his senior season! He demonstrated great leadership ability! All while balancing, wrestling, 2 AP classes, and playing trumpet in the band. He ends his CSHS career as one of the most winning wrestlers in school history!”

Baren is the son of Chris Ellis and Rick Lenardson.

 

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CTA Kicks Off March Reading Madness

CTA kicked off its March reading madness in style with a visit from the Davenport University Men’s basketball team.  The players brought their favorite books and spent time reading in each K-5 classroom.  “ It really was a neat thing to see the students interact with the basketball team. They were just amazed at how tall they were, and the team was great with them. Everyone had a blast,” explained Assistant Principal Carrie Paddock. The March Reading Madness is a bracket style reading tournament where the class that reads the most minutes outside of school moves on in the competition.  The results of the first week have been phenomenal.  In total the Kindergarten through 7th grade class read 21,120 minutes last week.  The leading class was the sixth grade class with 4,034 minutes read.  In second place were the 1st graders who came through with 3,301 minutes read.  The challenge was laid down by Mr. Oldebekking, Dean of Students, at the Monday meeting to reach 22,000 minutes for the week.  The competition runs parallel with the NCAA basketball tournament, and the CTA reading champion will be crowned in the coming weeks.

 

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Sweetheart Swirl

Sweethearts and Heartbreakers had fun at The Sweetheart Swirl on February 22. 

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Fifth Third Training Club

 

Runners: meet Tuesdays and Thursdays in Mr. Buitenwerf’s room. It is for runners who have committed to running one of the three distances at the 5/3rd River Bank Run and it will be great training for kicking off your summer work in preparation for the fall cross country season.  If you are interested please talk with Mr. B or Mr. Verwey.  You will need to sign a permission slip in order to participate.

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CTA Calendar

 

 

March

20 Bloodmobile

 

April

3 No School for Traditional Students; Make-up Day for FlexTrac Teacher PD Day 8am-4pm

4 No School for Students and Staff

7-11 No School for Students and Staff – Spring Break

14 Classes Resume

22-24 Student Led Conferences with Parents and Teachers

28 Family Night – 4:30 pm

Parent/Superintendent Town Hall  Meeting – 6 pm

 

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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

 

June 9 and June 10: FlexTrac and traditional day school (all CTA students) will hold regular hours

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Snow Day make up

CSPS-snow-daysThe snow day from Thursday, February 27 has put Cedar Springs Public School District over the allotted snow days for the 2013-2014 school year.   Friday, May 23 was built in school calendar as a snow day make-up.    Mark your calendar, Friday, May 23 will be a full instructional day.

Hopefully Mother Nature will loosen up her grip just a bit in the remaining days between now and June!

For the updated school calendar, please visit www.csredhawks.org.

 

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