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R-E-S-P-E-C-T And How To Show It

CTA kindergartners pose with their character goals that they will be focusing on in the coming year

CTA kindergartners pose with their character goals that they will be focusing on in the coming year

What an awesome start to the school year! In September, we learned about r espect and how we can show it throughout our school. The teachers had a wonderful time putting students in the spotlight who were showing respect in the hallways, lunchroom, classrooms, and/or on the playground. It is inspiring to see how these young Chargers have embraced the idea of showing respect.

Responsibility is our character trait focus for October. Mrs. Mattson has done a wonderful job of giving the Chargers a great example of someone who is res pectful and responsible!

In addition, our CTA community had the opportunity to participate in the National Character Day event; it was wonderful to spend time as a school on building our personal character! All students were taught about different character traits, and then they were asked to pick one they felt they could grow in this year. The students are excited to share their goals with their parents at student-led conferences the week of Oct. 17!

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Chargers XC Focus on Teamwork

Front row L-R: Dawson Ingersoll, Kenny Roesner, Ethan Slock, Jordan Brown,Casen Armstrong, Kevin Miner, Austin Fisk, Lauren Lehman 2nd row L-R: Assistant Coach Ben Fredrickson, Ethan Lehman, James Hofstra, Collin Bishop, Max Aghamiri, Dawson Armstrong, Les Miner, Brianne Calkins, Hannah Gibbs, Tatyana Lawson, Molly Wortz, Zoe Lehman, Hannah Hofstra, Coach Danielle Davies

Front row L-R: Dawson Ingersoll, Kenny Roesner, Ethan Slock, Jordan Brown,Casen Armstrong, Kevin Miner, Austin Fisk, Lauren Lehman
2nd row L-R: Assistant Coach Ben Fredrickson, Ethan Lehman, James Hofstra, Collin Bishop, Max Aghamiri, Dawson Armstrong, Les Miner, Brianne Calkins, Hannah Gibbs, Tatyana Lawson, Molly Wortz, Zoe Lehman, Hannah Hofstra, Coach Danielle Davies

The Chargers Cross Country team could not have asked for a more perfect morning to race at the Portage Invitational on Oct. 8, which was the biggest meet in the state. The Chargers took advantage of the ideal weather and solid footing on the course. The team’s season-long effort and hard work are producing commendable results!

The varsity boys team focused on closing gaps and racing against the clock to meet their goal times. As a team, the Portage Invitational was their best race of the season. Junior Les Miner pulled forward and set a new season personal record (PR) while placing 5th overall. This accomplishment did not go unnoticed as a coach from another team approached Coach Davies and commented, “Les is back!” Collin Bishop is quickly moving forward and sets a new lifetime PR at each race. Ethan Lehman is proving his strength and the definition o f # noexcuses as he set a new season PR, all the while battling an injury and a cold. James Hofstra broke into the 19s at this meet and set a new season PR as well. Kenny Roesner and Dawson Ingersoll have shown excellent teamwork these past few races, keeping their focus and gauging off of each other. Dawson Armstrong did not let illness slow him down either and had a great race.

The varsity girls ran great races as they surged past those ahead of them. Hannah Hofstra took the lead looking strong and confident as she set a new season PR! Tatyanna Lawson followed not far behind with a great pace. Brin Calkins and Zoe Lehman showed excellent teamwork as Zoe kept her eyes on Brin and worked to hold a consistent pace.

The last race of the day was Max Aghamiri’s race in the Men’s Reserve meet. Max was not sure at first how he would do or what exactly his goal was, but he put forth his best effort and managed to set a lifetime PR!

It was a wonderful day for the team and we look forward to more work, goal setting, and our next two meets next week – Conference Championship and Montabella Mustang Meet. Let’s Go Chargers!

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2nd Annual Walk-A-Thon A Huge Success

PA Volunteers hold a pool noodle for students to limbo under during the annual Walk-A-Thon.

PA Volunteers hold a pool noodle for students to limbo under during the annual Walk-A-Thon.

The 2nd Annual CTA Parent Association (PA) Chargers Walk-a-Thon was held on Friday, Sept. 30th. While it was scheduled to be a day-long event at Skinner Field, with the ongoing rain, the team decided that the festivities would be held at the CTA campus. All students in grades K-12 walked at a designated time during the day in order to earn money for class field trips. The students raised over $4,700 to offset the cost of educational field trips for the year.

The CTA Parent Association volunteers (PA) started early to set up the course and cheered the kids on to the finish line. Obstacles, such as hula hoops and a limbo stick were set up around the course. The students and volunteers kept their spirits up – in true Charger fashion – despite the rainy day. They all enjoyed fresh apples from Klackle Orchards and received a blue Charger water bottle as a gift from the PA.

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The Improv Show

 

Presented by the CTA Drama Club

What: Come for a night of laughter and fun as CTA drama students make up hilarious situations based on your suggestions – you might even have a chance to be in the show! Come both nights as the show will be different each time!

cta-improvshowWhen: Friday, Nov. 4th at 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5th at 7:00 p.m.

Where: CTA auditorium

Admission: $3

Concessions available for purchase

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SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

 

October 17 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

17-20 Student-Led Parent Teacher

Conferences (K-8 Only)

Scholastic Book Fair

17 & 19 MS Conferences

18 Elementary Field trip to Klackle Orchards

21 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

Box Top Fall Turn In

Popcorn Day

22 Cross Country MI Class D

State Championship

24 Picture Retakes

27 Girl Talk Meeting

Girl Scouts Meeting

PA Meeting

28 Elementary Halloween Parties & Parade

29 Cross Country West MI Independent State Championship

November 4 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

Cross Country Banquet

Hearing & Vision Screening

4 & 5 Drama Club Improv Show

10 Girl Talk Meeting

Girl Scouts Meeting

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Business Manager Employment Opportunity at CTA

 

CTA is seeking a Business Manager to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of a long-term employee. Employment will begin on or about January 9, 2017. See the summary at www.ctaschool.com

under “Employment Opportunities” or email dgeorge@ctachargers.org for more details.

Application Deadline: November 15, 2016

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From the Superintendent’s desk

 

Laura VanDuyn

Laura VanDuyn

Dear Cedar Springs Public Schools Families:

It is my hope you are enjoying our transition to the early days of fall. I was born and raised in the great state of Michigan and I’ve always LOVED this time of year. We especially love this time of year at my father’s house in the U.P. as the crisp weather means great bonfires, preparing for deer season and generally loving being outside in the peaceful surroundings. This is a wonderful time of year for children, especially after getting into the routine of the school year and enjoying the traditional Cedar Springs Red Flannel Festival…not to mention the thrill of Halloween!

As we head into this refreshing season at the start of our year together, it’s important to share the ways in which we communicate with all of our constituent groups. It is greatly important to me and to our Board of Education that we keep you apprised of happenings in the district.  Following are just some of the many ways we communicate with our staff, students, parents and community:

• Our new website

• Board of Education meetings (recorded and uploaded to YouTube)

• Newsletters

• Phone calls

• Emails

• The Red Hawk Review (electronic and sent via email to every CSPS family and any community members who request it as well as it being posted on our new website)

• The Cedar Springs Post articles and school pages

• Parent-Teacher conferences

• Open Houses

• Weekly folders

• Meetings with the superintendent at our local cafes (10/7 is the next opportunity)

• Facebook

• Teacher Web pages

• Twitter

• Progress Reports and Report cards

• Office announcements

• Face-to-Face meetings with the superintendent

• Annual State-of-the-School-District address

• Michigan Association of School Board workshops (November, 2015 and April, 2016)

• Strategic Planning Process

• School improvement process

I am grateful to all who ask the questions about what is happening in our district. I continue to extend an opportunity to meet with anyone wishing to meet so that any and all questions about our district, our Board of Education, etc. can be answered. Furthermore, it’s an opportunity to share some of the great work that has been shared at Board meetings, as we know not everyone can attend…which is one reason we publish them on YouTube.  It’s been refreshing to have so many staff, students, parents and community members meet with me to ascertain how we are progressing as a district.

csps-conversation-with-the-superintendentAs you know, especially from the many ways we communicate with our staff, families and community, I want every citizen, staff member and parent of Cedar Springs to ask questions and to be well educated about all that is happening in this great district.  We are proud of the forward motion we’ve made and will continue that trajectory.  I would love an opportunity to get to know you, to learn how I might support your wishes or to answer any questions you may have.  I encourage you to schedule a meeting, call or drop by for a visit as I enjoy getting to know our students, families and community members. I can assure you, you’ll be enlightened to hear about the terrific progress we are making to serve our students well!

It is an honor to serve as your CSPS superintendent.  I take great pleasure in knowing that at CSPS, students come first and that this great district is moving along in an excellent way, with a lot of support, to serve students and families.  On behalf of the CSPS Board of Education, administration, teachers and support staff, thank you for partnering with us to provide the very best education for our students.

Warmly,

Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

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Ocotober School News

csps-spiritwear1Fall 2016 Athletics Spirit Themes

All attending are encouraged to participate

October 7 – Pink Game Football vs FHN

October 14 – Red Out Football vs FHC

October 20 – Black Out Volleyball vs FHE

csps-spiritwear2October 21 – 80s Night Football vs Ottawa  Hills

November 4 – Gray Day Band During the School Day

Come out and support Red Hawk Athletics.

Follow on Twitter @Cedar_Athletics

Board of Education

Board of Education Work Session – 09-26-16

Topic:  Strategic Planning

csps-strategic-planning-work-session-092616Next Board of Education Meeting October 10, 2016

Hilltop Community Building, Board Room – 3rd Floor, 6:45 PM

Board meeting notices, agendas and minutes are available at www.csredhawks.org/District/Board-of-Education/index.html.  Community members are always welcome to attend the Board of Education meetings.  A Board meeting is a meeting of the Board held in public, not a public meeting.

The Office of Communication aims to keep the community informed and engaged while promoting the mission, achievements, and challenges of Cedar Springs Public Schools.  We welcome feedback and invite you to attend public Board Meetings to also help you stay informed.  You are welcome to call the District Office at 616-696-1204 or email newsletter@csredhawks.org.

The Office of Communication is responsible for crafting and disseminating all District-level communications, including:  District programs and initiatives, District school calendar, Board meetings and activities.   The Office of Communication shares information through several channels, including:  District website, School websites, Facebook, Red Hawk Review eNewsletter, Backpack eFlyers.

Would you like to receive the latest District eNewsletter in your Inbox?

Email:  newsletter@csredhawks.org

The monthly eNewsletter is designed to keep you informed of the exciting progress of our students and district. And, a great source of important dates and information about the many programs and events that go on throughout the year. Integral to success in schools these days is the support of the community. With that in mind, we invite you to connect with our schools during the school year by coming to our events and visiting our website.

Each year, numerous community organizations submit flyers, announcements and promotional literature to Cedar Springs Public Schools with requests to send them home to our families. Backpack eFlyers is a paperless means of distributing flyers, newsletters and other important notices that your child would normally bring home in their backpacks.

For a complete list of approved Backpack eFlyers, please visit www.csredhawks.org/Communications/Backpack-eFlyers/index.html

csps-partinggift-library1Students Build Parting Gift: A Library

Lily and Chloe (far right) built the library this summer with fellow students, including (from left) Madeline VanSinger, Madison Layne and Alexandria Vanderhyde

Lily and Chloe (far right) built the library this summer with fellow students, including (from left) Madeline VanSinger, Madison Layne and Alexandria Vanderhyde

by Charles Honey, SNN Reporter 

 

Now that they’ve built it, they hope people will come.  A new Little Free Library stands near Red Hawk Elementary school, thanks to the efforts of two former students there who love reading so much they wanted to share the love.

Incoming seventh-graders Chloe Grifhorst and Lily Howland received a grant last spring from the Cedar Springs Education Foundation to build a Little Free Library somewhere on the campus of Cedar Springs Public Schools. The pair sought the $250 award so that students and adults would have access to free books and a place to donate them as well.

After putting together a committee of students to research, plan and design the library, Chloe and Lily held a “build-a-thon” with other students in June at Lily’s house. Lily’s father, Alan, helped with the construction and made sure the young woodworkers were safe. The four-shelf turquoise structure now sits prettily between Red Hawk’s front door and the playground.

The girls have two boxes of extra children’s books with which to restock the shelves, and $100 left from the grant they plan to spend on more at Bay Leaf Books in Newaygo.

In an email, Superintendent Laura VanDuyn congratulated the girls on a “beautiful idea, planning, leadership and outcome.” Added Jo Spry, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, “This is something that these young ladies can be very proud of and will be of benefit to readers in our community.”

Madison Skelonc

Madison Skelonc

HATS OFF 

Congratulations Madison Skelonc, 8th grade student at Cedar Springs Middle School, has been invited to the HATS OFF Award Ceremony for being one of the top-scoring 7th grade students in Michigan who took the SAT test or ACT test.  The testing was part of the Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS).  We salute Madison on her achievement!

Members of the NUMATS Advisory Board will recognize Madison and about 300 distinguished middle school students for outstanding accomplishments in the 18th annual HATS OFF recognition ceremony for High Achieving Talented Students (HATS).  The award ceremony will take place on October 22, 2016.

csps-math-parent-university-tableMath In Focus Parent University 

September 27, 2016 – During this informational event, parents discovered why Singapore Math is so successful & Math in Focus teaches students to go from the concrete to the pictorial to the abstract.  Parents also learned strategies that can be used at home and what is available online.

There will be another Math In Focus event planned for January 2017.  Watch for the information once the event details have been determined.

csps-math-pd-092916-rhrOur New Elementary Math Curriculum – Math In Focus

Math In Focus professional development for grades K-5 teachers was held the week of September 26, 2016.  This training was coordinated by the Teaching and Learning Department at the District Office.

2016 CSPS Fall Parent Teacher Conferences

Mon, 10/17: Cedar View 3:45 – 7:15

Red Hawk 4:00 – 7:00

Tue, 10/18: Middle School 4:00 – 7:00

Beach 3:45 – 7:15

Wed, 10/19: Red Hawk 3:00 – 6:00

Cedar View 3:45 – 7:15

New Beginnings 3:30 – 6:15

Thurs, 10/20: Beach 3:45 – 7:15

Middle School 4:00 – 7:00

Mon, 10/24: Cedar Trails 4:00 – 7:00

Wed, 10/26: Cedar Trails 4:00 – 7:00

Tue, 11/1: High School 5:00 – 7:30

Wed, 11/2: High School 3:00 – 5:30

September 2016 Student Athletes of the Month 

Cayla Lange

Cayla Lange

Jacob Outwin

Jacob Outwin

Myla Umphrey

Myla Umphrey

Sophomore Cayla Lange has been named Student Athlete of the Month for Sideline Cheer.

Junior Jacob Outwin has been named Student Athlete of the Month for Boys Soccer.

Junior Myla Umphrey has been named Student Athlete of the Month for Girls Cross Country.

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Welcome Back Chargers

Elementary students gather to kick off the school year.

Elementary students gather to kick off the school year.

WOW! We have started another year at Creative Technologies Academy Elementary, we love having so many fresh, new faces in our halls along with the many returning faces! The hallways have been filled with laughter, kindness, and lots and lots of learning in these first couple weeks! One new face in the CTA elementary is Mrs. Mattson, the new Dean of Students, and CTA is very lucky to have her on board as we work on character development and what being a Charger is all about! We are so excited to experience all that she has in store for us this year!

The kids are ready and excited for this school year to begin. Zoey, a returning first grader said, “I am excited to make new friends!” These kids are ready to start receiving the knowledge the teachers at CTA are more than willing to give. “I am excited to read more books,” said Liam, another first grader. The staff and students are ready to have another GREAT year at CTA!!!

GO CHARGERS!!!

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CTA Character Education

 

Dean of Students, Autumn Mattson, meets with high school students to engage them in conversations about Respect - CTA’s character trait of the month.

Dean of Students, Autumn Mattson, meets with high school students to engage them in conversations about Respect – CTA’s character trait of the month.

September Character Trait is RESPECT

Each month, CTA focuses on a character trait that we discuss, learn, collaborate and implement into our lives at school, home and our community. Our administration meets with our high school students twice a month and meets weekly with our elementary and middle school students to focus on this character trait. Our teachers at CTA spend time each day implementing this character trait into their instruction.

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