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Open Enrollment for the Tuition Based Preschool begins Monday, February 10, 2014. Classes will be forming for students who are 3 or four years old by October 1, 2014.

Families that are interested in tuition assistance for your child who will be 3 years old as of October 1, 2014, please complete an application at www.firststepskent.org – select Great Start Early Childhood Scholarships and then select the link to the 2014-2015 Childcare Scholarship Application. Questions can be directed to the office of Great Start Collaborative/First Steps at 616-742-8903.

If your child will be 4 as of October 1, 2014 and you are interested in information about a tuition free preschool opportunity, please contact the Great Start Readiness Program at 616-447-2409. Someone will assist you with the application process.

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Seussical the Musical

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FEBRUARY 6, 7 & 8

For more information, 

VISIT www.hprodcshs.com

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School Board Recognition Month

January is School Board Recognition Month – an opportunity for us to celebrate the great things happening in our schools and the dedicated volunteer school board members that serve the Cedar Springs community.

With dwindling resources our school board members face some of the toughest challenges of any elected officials.  School board members are regular citizens, like you and me that have an extraordinary commitment to the children of our community.

Thomas Jefferson recognized the importance of a quality education as a cornerstone of our democratic society.  “Above all things I hope the education of the common people will be attended to; convinced that on their good sense we may rely with the most security for the preservation of a due degree of liberty.”

Today, our school board members are entrusted with the important work of shaping the education of our youngest citizens.  They dedicate countless hours to creating the mission, vision and goals that drive our schools.  They are dedicated to creating a school culture where collaboration and continuous learning are valued and displayed throughout our system.  The seven members of the Cedar Springs Board of Education do this work by always keeping children as the center of their work and decision making.

It is easy for us to forget the sacrifices our Board members make every day in dedication to this work.  In addition to the hours of meetings, board members take time to prepare for each meeting; they serve on numerous community boards and committees, attend countless community functions and pursue ongoing professional development so that they may keep abreast of the latest issues facing our schools.

Please join me in saluting the men and women who serve as members of the Cedar Springs Board of Education. Take a moment to express your gratitude for this important service to our community.

Brook Nichols 9 Years of Service

Joe Marckini 6 Years of Service

Todd Hanson 4 Years of Service

Jeff Gust 3 Years of Service

Matthew Shoffner 3 Years of Service

Shannon Vanderhyde 3 Years of Service

Patricia Eary 1 Year of Service

 

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Stay healthy this season, become a Red Hawk Walker

11/4/13—3/27/14

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…  February 17 & 18

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

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EnGedi Creates A Great After-School Resource For Students

Meredith Pike, CSHS Class of 2016

 

Surrounded by colorful walls and green shirt volunteers, the environment is full of vibrant energy. With laughs and giggles, and the slurping of juice boxes, students bond with one another over snack time and homework help, while others sit quietly under a table and enjoy a intriguing book. It is a place for students to learn and create meaningful friendships. This is one of the many after-school programs throughout Cedar Springs.

“EnGedi Youth Center is a partner in education with Cedar Springs Public Schools,” says Craig Owens, the Executive Director of EnGedi. “We are here to help provide after-school resources that will benefit both Cedar Springs students and the whole Cedar Springs community.” This faith-based program offers students a way to thrive in school while meeting new people.

“In our current location in Red Hawk Elementary we serve 6th-8th grade students,” says Owens. “[Its’] just a safe environment,” says Josh Schram, a weekly volunteer at EnGedi, “[It has the opportunity to] help them with life skills.”  EnGedi is constantly surrounded by adult volunteers who are helping and looking out for the well-being of students. “I would hope that students know that the EnGedi team really cares about them,” replies Owens.

Many of the adult volunteers willingly give their time every week to help students continue on their educational journey. This program does not only affect the student’s lives, but it also greatly impacts the lives of the volunteers. It is a way for volunteers to mentor the students and have a positive impact in whatever way possible.

“You get to see them right where they’re at [in life],” says Schram.   With the calendar year coming to a close,  EnGedi is up for some big changes. EnGedi will be expanding into the high school to reach out to more of the Cedar Springs community this winter.

“At the high school, we will still have an opportunity for students to receive help on homework and studies, but the activities will be much more community-based,” adds Owens.  The high school location will still allow for homework help offered by college students. This addition will create a way for students to meet others they wouldn’t otherwise know.

Not only is it a place for students to receive additional help with school, but it is a way for students to take pride in their community. This program offers many opportunities for students right in their neighborhood.  “[Students will] be thankful for the opportunity offered,” replies Bryan Taylor ‘15, EnGedi student board member,“Its more of … a social gathering than anything else.”  EnGedi will establish a way for the student body to grow closer together, and to create lifelong friendships throughout the community.  “It’s a fun, safe, life-expanding opportunity,” says Owens.

The EnGedi program was opened to high schoolers starting on Monday, Dec. 9, and will be offered any day after school.  “I want as many as possible to come and share their thoughts, so we [can] ‘officially’ open EnGedi in the high school at the start of 2014,” encourages Owens.  This addition will add countless opportunities for the Cedar Springs community to grow closer together. All students are encouraged to come and meet the EnGedi crew, any day after school in the cafeteria.

EnGedi is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and funded solely through donations. If you would like to donate, please make checks payable to EnGedi and mail to 15290 Tisdel Ave, Cedar Springs, Mi 49319.  For volunteer opportunities, please contact Craig Owens at 696-1204 ex.1920.

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Superintendent announces retirement

Superintendent Ron McDermed

Superintendent Ron McDermed

As you may be aware, our Superintendent Ron McDermed, has announced that he is retiring at the end of this school year. We are grateful to him for his many years of service to the education community and are sad to see him go.

As we begin the process of hiring a new Superintendent, we would like to have input from staff, parents and community members to see what they value in that leadership role. Feel free to attend upcoming Board of Education meetings or e-mail any board member with your thoughts.

Thank you! 

Brook Nichols, School Board President

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Elects 2014 Board of Directors

CSEF-logoThe Cedar Springs Education Foundation has elected new board members to serve in 2014.  The Foundation is an integral part of the Cedar Springs Public Schools’ ability to provide a high quality education to students of the district.    In 1986, a group of civic minded community members established the Foundation to ensure a solid education for our students.

The Foundation has purchased or funded learning tools such as iPads and iPad software, equipment for the high school biology and chemistry labs, laptops and netbooks, diversity awareness and anti-bullying programs, books, cameras and numerous other classroom essentials for all grades and all buildings over the last 27 years.  The current directors and trustees are continuing that legacy of service to students and are committed to keeping the Foundation active, engaged and relevant into the future.

The Foundation has 501(c)(3) non-profit status, therefore all donations are tax deductible and can be mailed to the Foundation at 204 E.Muskegon or given to any board member.  Please consider a donation as a way to honor a teacher, staff member or community member.  A note will be sent to the honoree informing them of your donation.

The 2014 Education Foundation members are:

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Bill Tucker, President

Kara Dault, Trustee

Tom Noreen, Vice President

Deb McIntyre, Trustee

Elizabeth Marckini, Treasurer

Shannon Cooper, Trustee

Jeni McIntyre, Secretary

Ron McDermed, Ex-Officio

Beth Blades, Trustee

Matt Shoffner, Ex-Officio

 

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Financial Aid Night

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On January 22nd at 7:00 PM, Cedar Springs High School will host a financial aid informational meeting in the high school cafeteria.

David Steffee, current Director of Financial Aid at Aquinas College, will be presenting mainly on need-based financial aid. He will explain how the need for financial aid is determined and will go over different funding sources including, Federal, State and institutional funding. Mr. Stefee will also give some pointers on filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form; this is the form that the government uses to determine the amount of financial aid a student receives.

Becky Powell, former Director of Financial Aid at Montcalm Community College, will be on hand to discuss specifics about the FAFSA and schedule appointments for students and parents who need more personal attention for filling out the FAFSA.

We look forward to seeing you on January 22nd.

 

Daphne Cattenhead

Cedar Springs High School

Guidance Department

616 696 1200

Daphne.cattenhead@csredhawks

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C.S.T.V. Production Program “Hits it out of the park” at Ford Field

N-CSTV1-webBy Kendra Coons

 

Change. It’s something many people don’t deal with well. In this case, it was for the better at Cedar Springs High School. In 2012, drama teacher Justin Harnden took over the television program at CSHS. The second he took it over many changes were made to the C.S.T.V. program. The program bought brand new cameras, computers, TVs, and much more. He started working on getting his students to film sporting events, work on Public Service Announcements, capture the latest news in the school, and the biggest change, start announcing play-by-play.

N-CSTV2-web“We are here to put out more than just news for our school and community. We are doing sports, award shows, graduation, Red Flannel things, and much more. We are destined for great things,” expresses Harnden.

With one year under his belt, Harnden started to submit C.S.T.V.’s work to MHSAA. After the fall season of 2013, Thom Lengyel and Ken Kolb, who are a part of the Student Broadcast Foundation, heard C.S.T.V. production students Kyle Maka and Kody Hall perform play-by-play for one of the Cedar Springs’ football games. After listening to both of them, Lengyel contacted Harnden and offered for Maka, Hall, and the rest of the class to come down to Ford Field. Lengyel explained to Harnden that the trip to Ford Field would give the class a chance to receive a behind the scenes look at what goes on during a broadcast and give Maka and Hall a chance to call the Division 1 state championship high school football game.

N-CSTV3-webOn Saturday, Nov. 30 the C.S.T.V. Production program traveled out of their little town of Cedar Springs, Michigan to face the big town of Detroit, Michigan. The day started out with the students boarding the bus at 8:15 a.m. for a three-hour drive to the east side of the state. Once the students stepped off the bus they received their press passes. This gave them full access to walk out onto the field, and sit in press row. Once the class arrived at Ford Field, they traveled up to the seventh floor to meet Lengyel. Lengyel then introduced the class to Kolb, showed them where Fox Sports does all of their announcing, and showed them where press row was located. After all of that was done, it was time for Maka and Hall to announce play-by-play for the Division 1 championship. Another member of C.S.T.V., Alex Hughes, also received a chance to announce play-by-play for the game.

Coming from a town with an estimated 3,500 people in it, the three boys were not used to a big stage. A lot of the community would annually attend our high school football games, but nothing to the caliber of what the three boys were about to announce.

“Doing the play by play was just amazing. I felt on top of the world. It was the best experience of my life,” comments Maka.

“It was honestly a feeling that I’ve never felt before…. It almost didn’t seem real at first, but once I opened up [to] the environment I had an amazing time,” states Hughes.

While the three boys were announcing play-by-play, the rest of the class received the opportunity to walk onto the field and sit in press row. After the game, the students received the chance to walk through the Fox Sports trailers. These trailers are where all of the action happens. Being able to walk through these trailers was a once in a lifetime experience for the C.S.T.V program.

“I thought looking around the Fox Sports Detroit mobile studio was eye opening. Seeing two of the three trucks that will handle all the production aspects of the Super Bowl was really great. We were able to see all that goes on in that setting and we were amazed by it,” explains Harnden.

“Getting to tour Fox Sports was crazy because normally the behind the scenes work isn’t seen at all, so that opportunity was perfect for the class,” says Hall.

After the students toured the buses, they all headed back up to the seventh floor to grab their things, say their goodbyes, and thank Lengyel and Kolb for the opportunity. Right before the class got ready to leave Lengyel had a few words to say to the class. He told the class how well they were behaved and how well the three boys did at calling the game.

“Getting those compliments from someone who has been in the business for so long was quite overwhelming, especially for myself not knowing much about football and being the first time doing commentary,” says Hughes.

“[I had] a sense of joy and pride. I was so glad that somebody of his job caliber enjoyed how we did…” tells Hall.

“When Thom gave us those compliments, I just could not stop smiling. When Thom said that we were just as good on our fourth game as those who have been calling games for four years, just made me believe that this is something I can really do for the rest of my life. I hope that dream comes true,” comments Maka.

Not only did Lengyel and the rest of their class believe they did a great job, Maka, Hughes, and Hall’s teacher also believed that they did exceptional.

“I thought Kyle, Kody, and Alex did a great job. This was only the fourth game that they have called and they went above and beyond our expectations. Everyone involved with the production was impressed with what they did,” states Harnden.

The students were able to take away many things from traveling to Ford Field. Going behind the scenes of Fox Sports is something not many people get a chance to say that they did. The class and Harden believe it was very beneficial to be able to participate in an experience like this.

“The students were exposed to a lot of aspects within media production. From press row, to the Fox Sports Detroit mobile studio, calling the game on the radio, and being allowed to see every aspect of a big stadium production really was eye opening,” explains Harnden.

The experience of traveling to Ford Field was definitely an experience that none of the class members will ever forget. Not only did they have a blast, but they learned a ton too.

“I definitely think that the trip benefited the class because we [were all able] to see things about professional broadcasting that most people can’t. [Also] we [were able] to learn what it takes to make a professional broadcast,” says Maka.

The day after the program traveled to Ford Field, Lengyel emailed Harnden about C.S.T.V. Production and his view on their performance.

“Yesterday, before I uploaded your mp3 file to your class email and apps account, and after trimming the front and tale of the dead air (that is the only editing I did. The rest of the file has no editing done on it), during the broadcast I knew that they were doing a good job,” expresses Thom. “So I wanted to listen to their broadcast when I got home. I could not put the mp3 player down. I did not pause it until halftime. For their fifth broadcast, listening to their preparation come out in the broadcast, changed my opinion to they hit it out of the park.”

Lengyel has been in the business for many years. Having a compliment like that from a man with so much experience really hit home for the C.S.T.V. Production program.

If you would like to see what  C.S.T.V. is all about, like us on Facebook “CSTV”, follow us on Twitter “@CedarSpringsTV”, visit our website, “www.cedarspringstv.com” and make sure to watch our newscasts and listen for our play by play on MHSAA!

C.S.T.V. Production truly wants to thank the Student Broadcast Foundation for the opportunity that they were given. And a special thanks to Lengyel and Kolb for selecting C.S.T.V. and helping them with advancing their program to the next level.

Hughes states, “I can’t thank the Student Broadcast Foundation and the MHSAA enough for letting our class have the opportunity to go to Ford Field and experience everything that we did. I would also like to thank our teacher Justin Harnden for turning around our TV Pro program… Lastly, I would like to thank our class for always being there for one another and making this year memorable.”

 

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CTA Saves Christmas

CTA-ToysCTA-Toys-2By CTA Third Graders

 

Students at Creative Technologies Academy raised $600 for Toys for Tots in a coin drive competition last month.  CTA was able to buy over 60 toys with the money they raised.  Students in kindergarten through eighth grade participated in this event to make sure that kids have toys under their Christmas trees.

Each class had their own bucket and brought in coins to earn points for their class.  One seventh grader, Nathan Lovett, collected $50 from his family and friends.  All of the classes raised a lot of money, but the seventh graders brought in the most.

The coin drive was organized by Kindergarten teacher, Lauren Bostic.  When she was asked why she organized the event, she said, “I love seeing our students care so much about kids.”

School leader, Dan George, agreed with Miss Bostic.  “I think it’s a great thing that students are doing,” he said. “It teaches them how to be givers, and it will give opportunities for kids to have a Christmas that wouldn’t otherwise have it.”  The students had a lot of fun with the coin drive and were happy to help other kids in need.

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