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November 21 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)
K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm
6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm

26-28 No School for Students and Staff (Thanksgiving Break)

December 12 Early Release – (2 hours early)
K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm
6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm

19 Last day before Winter Break

22-January 2  – Winter Break

January 5 Classes resume

 

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CTA Spirit Week & CTA Halloween Extravaganza!

Mr. Krombeen and freshman James Hofstra enjoying the competitive nature of the game!

Mr. Krombeen and freshman James Hofstra enjoying the competitive nature of the game!

October was a fun filled month for CTA Elementary; we experienced our first Spirit Week of the year.  Wow, the CTA Yearbook staff put together a fantastic week! Monday, the Crazy Hair theme was a hit. Tuesday’s PJ Day is always a crowd pleaser! Wednesday, who doesn’t enjoy a Beach Day in the middle of the week? Thursday was Inside-Out day; on Thursdays, we all feel a little inside-out.  Then to top it off, Charger Day on Friday, which led into a staff vs. students flag football game. The Staff came away with a victory, but the scores were close.

 

Mrs. Krombeen and Olaf (Zachary Smith) were right with the weather forecast

Mrs. Krombeen and Olaf (Zachary Smith) were right with the weather forecast

Second grade class showing their Charger spirit on Halloween

Second grade class showing their Charger spirit on Halloween

Also, we had our annual Halloween Parade on Friday, October 31! Superheroes, Elsas, and animals came out in spades.  Yes, it was snowy, but it is still fun! Everyone enjoyed showing off their costumes to the whole school. Pictured here (right) is second grade enjoying the festivities; Mrs. Krombeen and Olaf (Zachary Smith) were right with the weather forecast. The picture on the left is of the entire second grade class showing their Charger spirit on Halloween.

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2014 Homecoming

CSPS-HOME-Homecoming-Court

Freshman Dominic Topolski and Sophia Mihlethaler

Freshman Dominic Topolski and Sophia Mihlethaler

Sophomores Raegan Hickok and Christian Twichell

Sophomores Christian Twichell and Raegan Hickok

Homecoming Court

Freshmen:

Dominic Topolski

Sophia Mihlethaler

 

Sophomores:

Christian Twichell

Raegan Hickok

 

Juniors:

Charles Twichell

Kaylee Mihlethaler

 

Juniors Kaylee Mihlethaler and Charles Twichell

Juniors Kaylee Mihlethaler and Charles Twichell

Homecoming King and Queen Justin Davis and Bayley Wolfe

Homecoming King and Queen Justin Davis and Bayley Wolfe

Seniors:

Justin Davis (King)

Bayley Wolfe (Queen)

Shayne Mann

Cameron Mitchell

Mavrick Cotten

Aubree Mouthaan

Joshua Valentine

Katie Schumann

Alec Lachniet

Krystyn Messersmith

Homecoming Dance

Homecoming Dance

King Justin Davis and Queen Bayley Wolfe showing off their dance skills

King Justin Davis and Queen Bayley Wolfe showing off their dance skills

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Cedar Springs Parent Night – October 21, 2014

Internationally known speaker Jeff Veley, presented to parents and staff members on how to Effectively Equip Youth to End Bullying

Internationally known speaker Jeff Veley, presented to parents and staff members on how to Effectively Equip Youth to End Bullying

Internationally known speaker Jeff Veley, presented to parents and staff members on how to Effectively Equip Youth to End Bullying.  Mr. Veley identified eight forms of bullying.  He explored reasons why most anti-bullying programs fail and discussed how to teach youth the social skills to stop bullying behavior, empowering them to be their best advocate.  After teaching the audience these skills, he called upon a youth in attendance, John Wever, to role play.  Two scenarios were played out:  John was the bully in both scenes. During the first scene,

Jeff called on John Wever, to role play

Jeff called upon a youth in the audience, John Wever, to role play

Jeff (the victim) responded to the bullying by defending himself and arguing back.  The arguing escalated and continued.  During the second scenario, Jeff demonstrated the skills he had taught the audience and John clearly had a more difficult time continuing to act like a bully.  John stated “you were being all nice, and it was hard to keep being mean”.  Post evaluations indicate this was a very successful parent night and attendees would love to see Jeff Veley present to our students.  We are on it!

Don’t miss out on our next KSSN Parent Education Speaker Series on November 18th, 6:30-8:00pm in the High School Media Center. Nic Bottomley from 17th Circuit Court, Family Division, will present on Online Safety for Youth.   See You There!

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Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Athletes of the Month

Jones, Kaupa, and Burrows are named Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Student Athletes of the Month for October

Justin Jones

Justin Jones

Senior Justin Jones was named October Student Athlete of the Month for Cross Country. Justin has participated in Cross country all 4 years in high school, and is a team captain. Justin is a returning OK Bronze All-Conference runner and is on pace to do it again this season. He started the season strong finishing 4th in each of the first two races. Justin also participates in basketball and runs track. This is done all while maintaining a 3.4 GPA.

Coach Garrett Lacy comments “Justin is one of two co captains that we have on the team this year. He does a great job of leading by example on and off the field. Justin has worked hard to prepare for his senior year logging the most miles on the team this past summer. He is an exemplary student and does a great job managing his time amongst three varsity sports. Right now he is also taking dual enrollment classes at Grand Rapids Community College along with his high school work at Cedar Springs, as well as being an integral part of the cross-country team.”

Justin is the son of Mary and Tony Jones.

 

Nicole Kaupa

Nicole Kaupa

Senior Nicole Kaupa was named October Student Athlete of the month for Equestrian. Nicole has worked hard to improve for her senior year and is a leader on her team. Nicole has a 3.3 GPA.

Nicole’s coaches state that “Nicole has been a huge asset to our team. She is willing and able to try anything we throw at her. She has improved in both skill and attitude, and is always willing to lend a hand with her teammates. She is always early for practice and, asks for help when struggling with anything. We will miss you Nicole!!”

Nicole is the daughter of Kathy and Ted Kaupa.

 

Caden Burrows

Caden Burrows

Senior Caden Burrows was named October Student Athlete of the Month for Football. Caden a team captain is coming off a strong junior year in football, where he was named 2013 OK Bronze 1st team All-Conference. Caden plays both offensive and defensive line. The team is off to a great start at 5-1. Caden a multiple sport athlete is also a member of ALC and Red Hawk kids club. Caden has a 3.51 GPA .

Coach Kapolka comments, “Caden is one of the unquestioned leaders of our team. His rock solid leadership and even-keeled demeanor have led us to a 4-1 start. His work ethic serves as an example to the younger players in our program, and his performance on the field makes him one of the best linemen in the entire OK conference regardless of division.

Caden is the son of Kim and Tim Burrows.

 

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CSHS Marching Band places 8th at State Championship

 

CSPS-Band

Congratulations to the CSHS Marching Band who placed 8th in Flight III at The Michigan Competing Band Association’s State Championships at Ford Field!   Go Red Hawks!

 

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CSHS Fall Play

CSPS-Our-Town

November 13, 14 & 15

To purchase tickets, 

visit www.hprodcshs.com

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Upcoming Dates to Remember

 

November 7:  Student Early Release – students are dismissed 2 hours earlier than normal dismissal

November 10 & 12:Red Hawk Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences

November 10:Board of Education Meeting

November 14:End of Trimester 1 (grades K-5)

November 21:   Student Early Release – students are dismissed 2 hours earlier than normal dismissal

November 26 – 28No School Thanksgiving Break

 

Division 3 District Finals

Cedar Springs Varsity Football vs Muskegon HS – November 8 @ Muskegon HS  1:00pm

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Indoor Walking

The cold air is settling in, but you don’t have to give up your workout.  Cedar Springs Public Schools supports your effort to stay healthy this season.  Red Hawk Elementary will open their doors to all community members who would like to walk the halls from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday when school is in session.  If Cedar Springs Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather, holiday or no school scheduled, walking is canceled that day.

 

Scheduled days closed…

●  November 10 & 12

●  November 26 & November 27

●  December 1

●  Winter Break, Dec 22 – Jan 5

●  Mid-Winter Break, February 16 & 1

 

For inclement weather school closings, please stay tuned to your local TV Station listings.

 

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A Great Week for the Chargers

CTA’s Logan Colter passes an opponent.

CTA’s Logan Colter passes an opponent.

The Creative Technologies Academy Cross Country team came in with a focused mindset this week, knowing that the state meet was coming up soon, and their results certainly showed it. Even without their number one runner who missed the race due to an illness, the Chargers performed well at the conference championship meet at Riverside Park. Captain Ethan Lehman, a sophomore, finished in 8th place overall with a time of 18:53, a new lifetime personal record. He and Freshman Les Miner were given all conference awards for finishing in the top ten on the season in total points. Freshman James Hofstra continued his hot streak by breaking the 20 minute mark (19:57), with Logan Colter (21:17) and Dawson Armstrong (22:36) not far behind. It was quite an impressive day for the boys, finishing fourth out of six teams, even with Miner, their number one runner.

The girls also had an impressive day, led by 7th grader Zoe Lehman, who set a lifetime pr with a time of 24:31. Fellow 7th grader Hannah Hofstra finished second for the Chargers (26:28), with senior Olivia Wortz (28:49), 8th grader Brin Calkins (lifetime pr 28:54), and Junior Kaleigh Keech (lifetime pr 35:05) right on her heels. Just like the boys, the girls finished fourth out of six teams in their conference.

Just when Coach Verwey thought his team had their best meet of the season, he saw even more progress at the Montabella Invite Friday evening. The Charger boys finished in 5th place, ahead of teams such as White Cloud and Kent City, a true achievement. They placed three runners in the top 25 overall, led by Les Miner in fourth place (17:32), Ethan Lehman in 13th place with his second lifetime pr in three days (18:50), and James Hofstra in 25th place (19:59). Logan Colter (20:58), Dawson Armstrong (lifetime pr of 21:46), and Johnathon LaTourneau (lifetime pr of 25:35) rounded out the top 6 for the Chargers.

The varsity girls competed hard as well, with Olivia Wortz missing her lifetime personal record by only four seconds with a time of 28:02, and Junior Kaleigh Keech setting her second straight lilfetime personal record with a time of 34:27.

The Chargers have a full week to rest up before their next race, which will be this weekend for the Michigan Class D State Championships. The race is being held in Shepard, MI this upcoming Saturday at Maple Creek Golf Course. Go Chargers!

 

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