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Schools of Choice 2017—2018

 

Cedar Springs Public Schools participates in both the Kent Intermediate School District Schools of Choice Plan and the Section 105c State plan.

Students residing in Kent County may apply for Schools of Choice through the Kent County Schools of Choice Plan April 10 – May 12, 2017.

Students residing outside of Kent County may apply for Schools of Choice through the Schools of Choice 105c Plan April 10 – May 12, 2017.

Contact the Registrar at 616.696.7317 with any questions.

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Campus Kids Summer Camp

 

Summer Camp starts on June 12, 2017 and runs through August 31, 2017.  We are closed the week of the 4th of July.  There is a $20 registration fee for one child and a $35 registration fee for a family.  If you register for the Summer Camp, your registration fee covers the next school year.  Cost for Summer Camp is $27 a day or $125 for 5 days a week.  Families can sign up for as many or as few days as needed.  A sibling discount is available.

Registration packets are available at Cedar Trails or online at csredhawks.org and Campus Kids is under the Parents tab.  Or you can call Campus Kids at (616)696-1716 or e-mail questions to campus.kids@csredhawks.org.   Please register for Summer Camp by May 10, 2017.

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Hearing and Vision Screening

 

Kindergarten entrants for the 2017-2018 school year will need documentation of Hearing and Vision Screening through the Kent County Health Department (KCHD).   The KCHD will be at Cedar Trails Elementary on the following dates:

June 1, 2017      August 23, 2017

Please call Cedar Trails Elementary at 616.696.9884 or the Registrar’s Office at 616.696.7317 to schedule an appointment.  Additional appointment times can be scheduled by calling the KCHD at 616.632.7047

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Charger Voices Perform at District Festival

Charger Voices students perform at District Festival with teacher Jeremy Holtrop and pianist Bethany Holtrop.

Charger Voices students perform at District Festival with teacher Jeremy Holtrop and pianist Bethany Holtrop.

CTA’s Charger Voices had the opportunity to participate in the Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA) District Festival for the first time in March. This was the first year for the choir to do so and the experience was a very successful and enjoyable one. Charger Voices was the first performing group of the day, performing at 8:00 a.m. The group performed two songs, “Jonah” by Rollo Dilworth and “River, Sing Your Song” by Eugene Butler. After the performance, an adjudicator came onto the stage and worked with the group on things they could improve. Choir members were appreciative of the feedback and enjoyed trying the different things the adjudicator coached them on. The second part of the festival was sight reading, during which the students had to sight read music that they had never seen before and only had twenty minutes to do so before performing the piece. The experience was challenging, yet rewarding. As an added bonus after the festival, students got to spend the remainder of the day at Craig’s Cruisers. The day was a very positive experience and students were already excited to participate next year.

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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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