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CTA Parent Association Donates $3,000 to Gymnasium Fund!


The CTA Parent Association of 2013-14, under the leadership of April Hirsch and Amy Miner, donated $3,000 toward the CTA Gymnasium Fund. Mrs. Hirsch and Mrs. Miner are pictured with members of the 2014-15 Parent Association, Jen Fulkerson, Audrey Hoops, and Shannon Maier.


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Revised School Hours effective September 8, 2014

Start / Dismissal

Grades K-5: 7:50am /2:55 pm

Grades 6-12: 7:45 am / 3:06 pm

FlexTrac Grades 9-12

Session A (7:45am – 12:40pm + 2 self-scheduled hours)

Session B (9:51am – 2:45pm + 2 self-scheduled hours)

Dismissal Schedule for Early Release Days

Grades K-5: 12:55 pm

Grades 6-12: 1:00 pm

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Mr. Andrew J. Willis – President

Mr. Kyle Bohl – Vice President

Mr. Stephen W. Phelps – Secretary

Mr. Shane Courbier – Treasurer

Mr. Eugene Burley 

Mr. Wallace Murphy 

Mr. Michael Tawney 


Board of Directors Regular Meeting Dates 2014-15

(Meetings are open to the public and are held at 3:30 pm in Room 302 of the CTA Administration Building)

August 13, 2014

September 24, 2014

October 15, 2014

November 19, 2014

January 21, 2015

February 18, 2015

March 18, 2015

April 15, 2015

May 20, 2015

June 17, 2015 (Organizational Meeting @ 3:30 pm; Regular Meeting @ 3:50 pm)



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CTA Calendar



September 18 Cross Country Fremont Invite


September 19 Picture Day – all grades


September 19 Grades 6-8 Back to School Kickoff for Parents and Students of Middle School – 6-9 pm


September 26 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm

6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm


September 27 Cross Country Allendale Invite – 8:30 am


October 10 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm

6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm


October 10 Cross Country – Montabella HS – 4 pm


October 18 Cross Country – Michigan Class “D” State Championship

October 18 1st Annual Harvest Festival – 3-6 pm (PA sponsored)

October 18 Harvest Festival Dance – 6-9 pm


October 21-23 Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences  (required of all students and parents)

October 23 Wall of Honor Recognition – 2 pm – CTA Auditorium


October 24 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm

6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm


October 27 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting – 6:30 pm


October 30 Cross Country Banquet and Awards – 6 pm

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2014 Board of Education

Brook Nichols—President

Todd Hanson—Vice President

Matthew Shoffner—Treasurer

Patricia Eary—Secretary

Jeff Gust—Trustee

Shannon Vanderhyde—Trustee

Joe Marckini—Trustee




The Cedar Springs Public Schools Board of Education will have three (3) positions available for the annual election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. These positions are six (6) year terms ending December 31, 2020.


Board of Education Meeting Dates

Board of Education meetings are open to the public and will be held at 6:45 p.m. in the Board Room of the Hilltop Community Resource Center (third floor) unless otherwise specified.


August 25 – work session 6:00pm

September 8, 22

October 13

October 27

November 10, 24

December 8

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New immunization requirements


*Current laboratory evidence of immunity is acceptable instead of immunization with antigen.

**All doses of vaccines must be given with appropriate spacing between doses and at appropriate ages to be considered valid.


For more information, please refer to www.michigan.gov/immunize.


You are encouraged to discuss these new immunization requirements with your health care provider or local health care department.


If you have a religious or medical reason why your child cannot be immunized, a waiver form (for required immunizations only) must be completed and signed before starting the first day of school.


Health Care Needs

If your child has a medical condition such as diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, acute allergies (food, insect bites, animals), or a physical disability, and /or requires treatments or procedures during school hours, please inform a school representative prior to the first day of school.


Medications (Prescribed and Over the Counter)/Treatments)

For the safety of your children, Cedar Springs Public Schools has a medication/treatment policy, which requires signatures from both the health care provider and parent before any medication (including OTC) or treatment may be administered by authorized school staff.  See your school secretary for a copy of the policy and form (s), which you may present to your physician.  Both signatures must also authorize any self-medication by student.  (This includes EipPens, inhalers, etc.)


We are committed to the development of prevention programs that ensure effective response to urgent emergent health problems of students in the school community.   We invite you to direct your questions to the school’s office staff and/or district nurse.

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Asbestos Management Plan

Asbestos Management Plan Available for Review by Parents, Teachers and Employees

Our school district has conducted an extensive asbestos survey of all of our buildings.  Based on the findings of these inspections, a comprehensive management plan was drafted.  This plan details the response actions that the district will be taking regarding asbestos containing materials found in our buildings.  This plan is available for inspection at our office without cost or restriction during normal business hours.  If you desire to have a personal copy, please notify the main administrative office and it will be supplied to you within five (5) working days at a cost of 30 cents per page.

We have endeavored to make our schools a safe place in which students can learn.  Our procedures for dealing with this problem reflect that concern.  Please let us know if we can answer any questions.


Pesticide Advisory to Parents

Advanced notice will be given by posting at the entrance to the school or grounds.  In certain emergencies, pesticides may be applied without prior notice, but you will be provided notice immediately following any such application.  Parents or Guardians requesting prior notification must complete a notification form yearly.   The Notification Request form can be found at www.csredhawks.org.

You may also contact Jerry Gavin @ 616-696-0464 with additional questions.


Annual Education Report

The Michigan Department of Education requires all schools to publish an annual report to inform the residents about the status of their schools.  This report provides detailed information on student assessment results, Adequate Yearly Progress results, teacher qualification information, and the state results for the National Assessment of Educational Progress.  You can view Cedar Springs Public Schools Annual Education Report by vising our website at www.csredhawks.org or you may review a copy in the building offices.


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Student Early Release Days / Calendar


School districts dedicated to creating Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) provide opportunities for faculty and staff to work together as a team. Teams review curriculum, discuss instructional strategies, review and create common assessments, analyze data and review individual student progress to determine if any additional support is necessary.

Student Early Release days were designed to support student learning:

By providing time for teachers to review student data on a regular basis.

To make adjustments to teaching in order to increase student achievements.

By allowing teachers to provide best practice teaching every day in every classroom.

To improve the delivery to students through reviewing teaching research.

Students will release two (2) hours early.  Times will vary by building, see calendar below.


2014-2015 School Year Calendar 


August 18 – 21 New Staff (District Orientation)

August 26 All Staff Opener 8:00 –9:00 (1 hr) Building Meetings 9:00 – 11:30 (2.5 hrs)

August 27 Professional Development 7:30 – 11:30 (4hrs)

August 28 PLC Teams 7:30 – 11:30 (4hrs)

September 1 Labor Day

September 2 1st Day for Students

September 12 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

September 26 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

October 10 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

October 24 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PD:  Data conversations (2 hrs)

October 31 End of 1st Quarter

November 7 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

November 14 End of Trimester 1

November 21 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

November 26 No School for Students and Staff (conference comp)

November 27-28 Thanksgiving Break

December 1 No School for Students – Professional Development (4 hrs)  7:30-11:30

December 12 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

Dec 22 – Jan 2 Winter Break

January 16 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

January 16 End of Quarter 2;  End of Semester 1

January 30 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

February 13 No School for Students – Professional Development (4 hrs)  7:30-11:30

February 16-17 Mid-Winter Break

February 27 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

February 27 End of Trimester 2

March 13 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

March 20 End of Quarter 3

March 27 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

April 3 No School for Students and Staff (conference comp)

April 6 – April 10 Spring Break

April 17 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

May 1 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PD:  Data Conversations (2 hrs)

May 15 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) – PLC Teams (2 hrs)

May 22 No School for Students and Staff – Snow Day Make-Up

May 25 No School – Memorial Day Break

June 3 Last Day for Students

June 3 End of Quarter 4; End of Semester 2

June 3 End of Trimester 3

June 4 Last Day for Staff –7:30 – 11:00 (3.5 hrs) 

June 5, 8, 9, 10, 11 Snow Day Make Up if needed





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Athletics / Athletic Boosters


Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters exists as an organization of parents and community members dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and advancing the athletic program.

MEETING DATES FOR   2014 – 2015 

August 18th

September 8th

October 6th

November 3rd

December 8th

January 5th

February 2nd

March 2nd

April 13th

May 4th


All meetings start at 7pm and are usually over by 8pm.  The meetings are held in the High School Media Center.

Golden Age Pass

If you are 60 years of age or older and are a resident of the Cedar Springs School District, you could be eligible for a Lifetime Golden Age Pass.    This pass entitles you to admission to school sponsored activities and athletic events offered by member schools.  Some restrictions apply.  Certain athletic contests may require a fee (conference, regional and state tournaments).

For an application, visit www.csredhawks.org/athletics or stop by the Cedar Springs District Office at 204 E Muskegon St, Cedar Springs, MI  49319.

All Seasons Pass

Family Pass—$225.00

Includes 2 Adult, 3 Children passes only.  Does not include athletic participation fee.

Adult Pass—$75.00

Student Pass—$50.00

Student Athlete—$25.00

Athletic Schedules

Fall High School and Middle School Athletic Schedules are available.  You may

download/print the schedules by visiting http://www.csredhawks.org/athletics/teamschedules or the High School Athletics office.


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Important Information

Bus Information

Letters will be sent home to families August 25 with pick-up/drop-off times.  Please remember if you have any changes in your transportation status to contact the transportation department @ 616-696-1450.

School Bus Stops – School buses are like traffic signals

When overhead lights are flashing yellow – PREPARE TO STOP

When overhead lights are flashing red – STOP

When the hazard warning lights are flashing – PROCEED WITH CAUTION

Food Service Information

2014 – 2015 Food Service Pricing

Breakfast – $1.40

Elementary Lunch – $2.35

Secondary Lunch – $2.85

Milk – $.40

Online deposits are available through www.sendmoneytoschool.com where you will have the convenience of checking meal account balances, making deposits into those accounts and eventually depositing money into other department accounts.

We also offer the convenience of applying for the USDA Meal Program at www.lunchapp.com.  Forms are also available in the building offices.

If you have any questions, please contact Jane Webster @ 616-696-0372 or e-mail jane.webster@csredhawks.org.

Building Start/Dismissal Times**


New Beginnings8:372:17

High School7:372:32

Middle School7:182:20

Red Hawk7:242:22

Cedar View8:403:31


Cedar Trails8:403:31

ECSE AM8:4011:30

ECSE PM12:413:31


**any adjustment to start and dismissal times will be communicated at the building open house


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