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Putting the “Fun” in Fundraiser

Drama Teacher Jeremy Holtrop (back left) gets into the singing groove with CTA students.

Drama Teacher Jeremy Holtrop (back left) gets into the singing groove with CTA students.

On Saturday, February 18, the choir students of Creative Technologies Academy held a karaoke fundraiser to help raise money for their upcoming performance at District Choral Festival. Many fundraisers can be tedious and time-consuming, so the choir students came up with the idea to do a fundraiser that was more fun! Students in grade 6-12 came out for an evening of karaoke, dancing, games, and food. The evening started off with a few well-known belting karaoke songs, and then continued with student requests. Midway through, students participated in a “Singing Bee” style competition in which they had to complete the lyrics to well known songs for a prize. Also included in the event were a few group dance numbers like “Cha Cha Slide” and “The Chicken Dance.”

When students weren’t singing or dancing they could have their picture taken at the photo booth or grab some snacks. All of the funds raised at the event went right back to the choir who is preparing to go to the District Choral Festival on Thursday, March 16.

For the CTA choir, Charger Voices, this will be the first time attending the festival and the group has worked hard to be able to go. At the festival, the choir will be singing two prepared songs and then will sight read for a group of judges. Jeremy Holtrop, the director of the group, said, “The students show a lot of pride and dedication to this choir. It has become a family, and we are so excited to challenge ourselves to go to the next level!”

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Congratulations 4th and 5th grade Honor Roll

4th and 5th Grade Honor Roll Students

4th and 5th Grade Honor Roll Students

A BIG congratulations to the following 4th and 5th grade students for making the 2nd Trimester Honor Roll! These students worked their tails off to get A’s or B’s in all of their core subject classes. Great job putting forth a commendable Charger effort, 4th and 5th graders! These students completed their homework, asked questions, and studied; they showed responsibility in every way! We can’t wait to see this list grow for third trimester.

“A” HONOR ROLL 

Thomas Hoops

Karly Fisk

Owen Freyling

Shawney Mason

Ame Schaap- Jones

Sage Sidlauskas

“A/B” HONOR ROLL

William Brinks

Nadelynn Brinley

Mason Sullivan

Analiese VanHarten

Kaden Winters

Lilly Coffee

Jacob de la Rosa

Meghan McKinney

Brenden Rizzon

Zachary Gibbs

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CTA 2016-17 Honor Roll – Trimester 2

 

Middle School Honor Roll

Grade Name GPA

08 Alverson, McKenzie 4.0

08 Armstrong, Casen 4.0

07 August, Elizabeth 3.4

06 Beiter, Landon 3.7

08 Bennett, Derek 3.3

07 Benson, Jesse 3.8

07 Besmer, Evan 4.0

07 Brecker, Carlene 3.8

07 Brown, Jordan 3.3

08 Buchanan, Anthony 3.1

08 Calkins, Calvin 3.2

07 Case, Ava 3.2

07 Cook, Brittanie 3.5

06 Covell, Remington 3.8

06 Davenport, Haydn 3.9

08 Dekraker, Madelin 3.2

06 Fessenden, Joshua 3.3

07 Fisk, Austin 4.0

07 Fisk, Nathaniel 3.2

07 Fleet, Raven 3.3

06 Greenfield, Dylan 3.5

06 Hanes, Joel 3.1

08 Hawley, Nash 3.2

08 Hutchins, Nathan 3.7

06 Jibson, Brenna 3.9

07 Lehman, Lauren 4.0

08 Marek, Jeff 4.0

07 Marek, Sawyer 3.6

08 Mauric, James 3.8

08 McSorley, Carson 4.0

07 Merritt, Adanna 3.4

08 Miner, Kevin 3.3

06 Phillips, Anna 3.5

07 Shelagowski, Alyssa 3.8

08 Sidlauskas, Willow 4.0

06 Slock, Ethan 4.0

06 Slock, Kaden 3.7

07 Stevens, Zachary 3.5

07 Thebo, Michael 3.3

06 Tompkins, Parker 3.5

08 Tompkins, Ruby 3.6

06 Turoski, Kylee 3.0

06 Walker, Malikia 3.9

08 Wierda, Tori 3.4

08 Wilhelm, Kristina 4.0

06 Wineman, Rebekah 4.0

06 Winn, Emily 3.6

07 Winters, Ivan 4.0

06 Winters, Landon 3.2

08 Wortz, John 3.5

07 Wortz, Molly 4.0

 

High School Honor Roll

Grade Name GPA

12 Alverson, Allie 3.2

11 Armstrong, Dawson 4.0

11 Aspinall, Cortney 3.7

10 August, Danielle 3.9

11 Baird, Kayla 3.1

12 Beck, Brandon 3.6

11 Buchanan, Briannah 3.6

09 Bucholtz, Kaela 3.7

10 Calkins, Brianne 3.7

09 Coffee, Summer 3.4

10 Davison, Matthew 3.9

10 Dillon, Joshua 3.2

10 Dillon, Justin 3.2

09 Fahling, Gabriela 3.3

12 Fahling, Holly 3.7

10 Fulkerson, Lily 3.5

11 Gibbs, Hannah 3.7

12 Hanes, Victoria 3.7

12 Heydenburg, Emily 3.7

12 Hickox, Annalise 4.0

09 Hirsch, Travis 3.2

09 Hofstra, Hannah 3.9

11 Hofstra, James 3.8

11 Howard, Austin 4.0

11 Imhoff, Elise 3.8

10 Jahns, Elizabeth 3.7

11 Korody, Michael 4.0

12 Kyser, June 3.7

12 Lass, Bridget 3.1

12 Lawson, Tatyanna 3.5

12 Lehman, Ethan 4.0

09 Lehman, Zoe 4.0

12 Long, Deija 3.1

09 Martinek, Olivia 3.7

12 Mauric, Eleanor 4.0

12 McKinney, Thomas 3.2

11 Medwayosh, Sierra 3.0

11 Miner, Leslie 4.0

12 Piskun, Isaiah 3.3

10 Roebuck, Isaac 3.3

12 Russell, Lexus 3.7

11 Ryder, Jamie 4.0

12 Ryder, Jessie 4.0

09 Shelagowski, Ashley 4.0

12 Shelagowski, Autumn 4.0

11 Sidlauskas, Violet 4.0

10 Slock, Keegan 4.0

10 Starr, Marjorie 4.0

11 Thebo, Tayler 3.3

09 VanderMeulen, Anya 3.2

11 Watson, Autumn 3.6

09 Watson, Faith 3.0

10 Winters, Logan 3.7

09 Wright, Aaron 3.0

12 Wright, Jason 3.2

11 Yarrington, Josie 3.0

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SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

MARCH

  • 24 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)*
  • 27-30 Spirit Week K-5
  • 28 Daddy Daughter Dance
  • 29 Talent Show
  • 30 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)*
  • 30 Battle of the Books
  • 31 Spring Break Begins

APRIL

  • 10 School Resumes from Spring Break
  • 10 Coffee Time with School Leader/Superintendent
  • 14 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)*
  • 17 4th & 5th Grade Health Curriculum Parent Meeting
  • 24-27 K-8 Student-Led Conferences
  • 28 Prom

*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

Laura VanDuyn

Laura VanDuyn

Dear Cedar Springs Public Schools Families:

Exciting School District News: 2017 Refunding Bonds! The Board of Education Cedar Springs Public Schools is proud to announce the successful sale of its 2017 Refunding Bonds in the amount of $7,060,000.  The Bonds are being issued for the purpose of currently refunding a portion of the School District’s outstanding 2007 Refunding Bonds and to pay the costs of issuing the Bonds. The 2017 Refunding Bonds reduce the School District interest expense over $679,873 for the taxpayers and will occur through lower debt payments over the next 12 years.

In preparing to sell the 2017 Refunding Bonds the School District, working with their financial advisor, PFM Financial Advisors LLC, requested that S&P Global Ratings, acting through Standard and Poor’s Financial Services LLC (“S&P”) evaluate the School District’s credit quality.  S&P assigned the School District the outstanding underlying rating of “A+”.  The rating agency cited the School District’s stable economy with good incomes, strong market value per capita, stable enrollment, strong reserves and moderate debt burden in their rational for rating of the School District at this level.

I’m extremely pleased with the results of the refunding and thrilled that we’re able to save the taxpayers of Cedar Springs almost $700,000 over the next 12 years!   When you add that to the $2.5 million saved from last years’ refunding, that’s significant.

The School District’s financing was conducted by the Michigan investment banking office of the brokerage firm, Stifel, the financial advising firm, PFM Financial Advisors LLC and the law firm serving as bond counsel, Thrun Law Firm, P.C.  The School District’s 2017 Refunding Bonds were sold at a true interest rate of 2.85% with a final maturity of 2029 (a repayment term of approximately 12 years). Jeffrey Zylstra, Managing Director with Stifel states, “Cedar Springs Public Schools’ Bonds were well received by the bond market.  We were able to take advantage of current interest rates that met the goals of the District and resulted in a nice savings that will be passed on to the District’s Taxpayers.”

Please feel free to contact me should you have questions about this exciting news.

Warmly,

Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

Office:  616-696-1204 ext. 1001    Cell: 925-899-3111    Email: laura.vanduyn@csredhawks.org

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National School Breakfast Week 

 

CSPS-NSBW17white-OriginalMarch 6-10, 2017.  Enter to Win 4 Movie Tickets to Kent Theater  

Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for families to find time for a healthy breakfast. Cedar Springs Public Schools will recognize National School Breakfast Week during March 6th -10th, 2017.  The National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) campaign theme, “School Breakfast Challenge”, reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy, energizing start to the day for students.

During National School Breakfast Week each student that joins us for breakfast will be entered into a raffle drawing for a chance to win a gift certificate to Cedar Springs Kent Theater.  A student may be entered once per day from March 6th – 10th, 2017.

For additional information, contact Holly Haywood at 616-696-0372.

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Scholar Instrumentalist of the Month for January

CSPS-NicoleNICOLE VONSEGGERN

Nicole was the senior section leader of the trombones for marching band, member of our top concert band, Wind Ensemble, and is a member of the Cedar Springs Jazz Band.  She is an outstanding student leader, is very dedicated and hard-working.

Congratulations Nicole VonSeggern!

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Student Athletes of the Month for January

Alan Kolenda – Hockey

Dustin Shaw – Basketball

Ryan Ringler – Wrestling

*No photos available at print time

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Athletes sign letters of intent

Hannah signing her letter of intent with Cedar Springs Cheer Coach, Anne Olszewski

Hannah signing her letter of intent with Cedar Springs Cheer Coach, Anne Olszewski

Congratulations to Hannah Cederquist on committing to cheer next year at Davenport University.  Hannah is pictured signing her letter of intent with Cedar Springs Cheer Coach, Anne Olszewski. (right)

Maddie signing her national letter of intent with her parents and Soccer Coach, Justin Harnden

Maddie signing her national letter of intent with her parents and Soccer Coach, Justin Harnden

Congratulations Maddie VanDusen on committing to play soccer next year at Ferris State University.  Maddie is pictured here signing her national letter of intent with her parents Jon & Kim VanDusen and Cedar Springs Soccer Coach, Justin H

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Ready, Set, Go! “The Future Begins Here”

 

The Cedar Springs  Kindergarten Team welcomes the parents and guardians of the 2017-2018 Kindergarten Class for an information night.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 

6:00 – 7:00 pm 

Cedar Trails Elementary

Parents and guardians will meet in the multi-purpose room where our kindergarten teaching staff will present an outline of the typical day, share curriculum expectations and give some helpful tips on selecting a backpack and other frequently used items. We are hoping to answer questions and get everyone ready for an exciting start to the school year. In August, after teacher assignments have been finalized, we will welcome the students to Cedar Trails’ Open House to visit their classroom and meet their teacher.

Preschool Open Enrollment starts February 27, 2017

Classes will be forming for students who are 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2017.  Information is available for families that are interested in tuition assistance for preschool.  Contact Cedar Trails Elementary main office 616.696.9884.

2017—2018 Kindergarten Class Enrollment OPEN NOW

Your child must be 5 years old by September 1, 2017 to register for Kindergarten.
Visit www.csredhawks.org select K-12 Enrollment.  Contact the Registrar at 616.696.7317 with any questions.

2017—2018 School Year Schools of Choice

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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