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Gators demonstrate successful reading program

At the February 9th Board of Education Meeting, Principal Ken See brought along his GATORS team and students to demonstrate this successful reading program. Board members were asked to check out how this program works. Great job GATORS! Keep up the good work!

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Spelling Bee winner

Victoria De Leon

Victoria De Leon

Regional Spelling Bee at Middle School on February 10.  1st place Victoria De Leon!  Go Redhawks!

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Spring 2015 Parent Teacher Conferences


Mon, 03/09: Cedar Trails 3:45 – 6:45

Beach3:45 – 6:45

Cedar View3:45 – 6:45

New Beginnings5:00 – 6:30

Tues, 03/10: New Beginnings 2:30 – 4:00

Wed, 03/11: Beach 3:45 – 6:45

Cedar View3:45 – 6:45

Thurs, 03/12: Cedar Trails 3:45 – 6:45

Mon, 03/23:  Red Hawk 4:00 – 7:15

Tues, 03/24:  High School 5:00 – 7:30

Wed, 03/25: Red Hawk 3:00 – 6:15

High School3:00 – 5:30

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Upcoming Events:


March 13, 2015: Student Early Release Day

March 20, 2015: End of 3rd quarter (6-12 grades)

March 27, 2015: Student Early Release Day

April 3 – April 10, 2015: Spring Break – No School for


April 13, 2015: Students return from Spring Break

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Spring Weather Policy


Occasionally, adverse weather conditions or other emergency situations may make it necessary to cancel school, delay the start of school, cancel evening activities or run buses on main/paved roads only. When these situations occur, notice will be communicated to WOOD TV 8, WXMI TV 17, and WZZM TV 13 through the Grand Rapids Area Information Line (GRAIL) to all subscribing area media. GRAIL stations include:

RADIO – AM:  WGVU 1480, WJNZ 1140, WNWZ 1410, WOOD 1300, WTKG 1230

FM:  WGRD 97.9, WGVU 88.5, WJQK 99.3, WKLQ 94.5, WLAV 96.9, WLHT 95.7, WODJ 107.3, WOOD 105.7 FM, WSNX 104.5, WTRV 100.5, WVTI 96.1


Tornado Watch: If a Tornado Watch is in effect at regular dismissal times, students will be dismissed to their normal bus runs. Weather conditions will be evaluated for walkers and, if unsafe, these students will be held at school and their parents notified. Students who drive will be released.

Tornado Warning: If a Tornado Warning is in effect, or if a tornado appears, during regular school hours, children will be kept at school in predetermined shelter areas until the warning is lifted. All students including those who walk and drive will be held in school until the warning is lifted or parents pick them up.

After Hours School Activities: If a Tornado Watch or Tornado Warning is announced during school hours, all after-school and evening activities will be CANCELLED. If an “ALL CLEAR” is announced TWO Hours prior to the starting time of an activity, it shall meet as scheduled.  When school evening activities are canceled, this cancellation also includes all clubs, organizations and extra-curricular events held on campus and scheduled for that evening.

Athletic Events: Cancellations and/or postponements of athletic events will be determined after 1:30 p.m. on the day of the event and posted on the homepage of the district website under Closings & Delays and the Closings & Delays webpage. Please do not call the main office for this information, if at all possible.


If you are concerned you may pick up your children at any time during a tornado “watch” or “warning” and must sign them out in the appropriate office. Parents may NOT pick up children other than their own unless written permission is on file at the school office.

Do NOT call the school building inquiring about tornado procedures during the period of a tornado “watch” or “warning” because telephone lines are needed for emergency communication.

Please have a plan for your children when no one will be at home upon arrival from school.  Individuals can also call our automated phone system at (616) 696-1204, (press option 1) for cancellation and delay updates.

In the event of a 2-hour delay, students will be picked up by the bus approximately 2 hours later than their routine pick-up time. Morning Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) and morning preschool classes will be cancelled.

Campus Kids will be open on days that school is closed and / or delayed unless otherwise noted in school closing announcements.

Buses will not transport students to Kent Career and Technical Center for 1st session when a school delay or cancellation is issued. Students will be given a weather-related absence at KC/TC when we are officially not transporting them. Students who choose to drive personal vehicles to KC/TC on school delays or cancellations assume responsibility for their decision.

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Cedar Trails principal resigns

Longtime Cedar Trails Elementary principal Jennifer Harper with a student.

Longtime Cedar Trails Elementary principal Jennifer Harper with a student.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Board of Education approved a resolution Monday evening to enter into a separation agreement with longtime Cedar Trails Elementary principal Jennifer Harper.

Harper, who was co-principal with Mike Duffy, has been on paid administrative leave, and recently resigned. The reason for her paid leave and subsequent resignation has not been made public.

The Post has been contacted by concerned parents, who said she was there one day, and gone the next, with no explanation to staff or students and parents. “As a parent with students in the school I want to know what is going on,” wrote one parent. “This is crazy that the school district has said nothing to parents about this or anything that is going on. The kids are asking where she is.”

The Post spoke with the district office about the matter. “It’s been an ongoing personnel matter,” explained Superintendent Laura VanDuyn. “We can’t reveal the nature because it is a personnel matter. But I think it’s important to say that it’s not a matter that has to do with criminal conduct or the safety of students.”

Van Duyn said Harper was put on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. “We have clearly followed our district’s legal counsel in the matter,” she said.

Harper was originally hired to run the Parents as Teachers program, and then became co-principal with David Cairy.  She continued on as a principal at Cedar Trails after Cairy moved to Assistant Superintendent. Andy Secor and Mike Duffy have served as co-principals with Harper. Secor currently is principal at Cedar View.

VanDuyn said that Duffy would continue as principal at Cedar Trails and Harper would not be replaced.

While Harper said she could not discuss the terms of her resignation, she did have a statement for parents, staff and students.

“I have gladly dedicated my heart and soul to the students, staff and families of the Cedar Trails Community for the last 17 years. I have loved working with the staff, mentoring your young children, and have always supported high expectations for all. I wish only the best for CSPS and I pray for its continued success,” she said.

The Post submitted a request through the Freedom of Information Act on Monday, asking for any emails, documents, and minutes referencing the resignation of Jennifer Harper.

Harper is the second administrator to resign since the beginning of the school year. Assistant Superintendent Steve Seward resigned earlier this year.

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100 days Smarter!

On February 6, the CTA Elementary ushered in the 100th day of school! Mrs. Honeysett and her first grade students really showed CTA what the 100th day of school should look like! She and her students counted, graphed, sorted M&Ms, played “The Mystery Number”, and showcased their abilities of writing 100 different words! These first graders are a force; they can make, write, and celebrate 100 different ways of learning!

These kids are excited and ready for another 100 days of first grade! (Oops, should we tell them they don’t quite have 100 days left of first grade?) They are 100 days smarter and 100 days goofier!

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Chargers Pull Off Stunning Victory Over Ellington

The Creative Technoloiges Academy boy’s basketball team had already knocked off Eliington Academy twice this season, but the third time proved to be anything but easy. The Chargers trailed throughout, but never gave up their fight, coming back and winning an overtime thriller, 44-41.

The game was not pretty by any means for the Chargers, as they commited a season high 38 turnovers in only 36 minutes of game time. CTA faced a tough 2-3 zone defense throughout the game by Ellington, and were befuddled most of the game. The one way the Chargers stayed in the game was by knocking down timely three pointers. Freshmen James Hofstra (4) and Dawson Armstrong (3) combined for 7 three pointers, and none was bigger than Hofstra’s three that he knocked down to tie the game with time running out in regulation. It was Hofstra’s first game tying bucket of his career, but he has hit many big shots for the Chargers this season. Creative Tech scored the first five points of overtime, and never looked back, leading them to the three point victory.

The bench for the Chargers, usually a strength, struggled to get anything going against Ellington. “Our bench couldn’t find itself on offense tonight so the starters sucked it up at the end.” Said head coach Scott Bultman. “They had energy to run a harassing half court trap 1-3-1 press as well as fast break and it fueled our comeback.” One bright spot off of the bench, however, was eighth grader Charles Wortz. Wortz, the tallest Charger on the roster standing 6’2”, played the most minutes of his career, scoring 4 points, grabbing 4 rebounds, and blocking 4 shots.

The Chargers now head to a busy week, with 3 games in 5 days, including Senior night this Friday vs. Grattan Academy at Grace Bible College. Make sure to come check out your Chargers.

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Lady Chargers Shake off Slow Start, Defeat Aviation


Junior Aubrey Slocum has had an up and down season for the Creative Technologies Academy Lady Chargers. She has had multiple games where she has scored double digit points, but has also had to sit out a few games due to two separate ankle injuries. Slocum’s ankle seemed to be good to go Monday night though, as she led CTA with a career high 22 points in a 32-25 victory.

The Chargers trailed by 3 at halftime, but tightened up on both the offensive and defensive ends to outscore West Michigan Aviation Academy by ten points in the second half. Coach Gerry Verwey has been preaching eliminating mental mistakes, communicating, and listening to his team, and they responded in a great way Monday night.

The Chargers were led by Slocum’s 22 points, but many other ladies contributed asa well. Senior Olivia Wortz chipped in four points, Senior Hannah Hubbared scored two, and Faith Watson and Hannah Hostra scored two each as well. They were Hofstra’s first two career varsity basketball points.

The Chargers have two more games this week, setting a pre-week goal of going 3-0 for the week. With a victory on Monday, all of their goals are still within reach.

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CTA partners with Cedar Springs High School and Cedar Springs Community Players


Creative Technologies high school students, under the direction of high school teacher, Mrs. Kresta Train, are partnering with students from Cedar Springs High School and the Cedar Springs Community Players to present “No Going Back – An Evening of Extraordinary Circumstances” on February 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 pm and March 1 at 2 pm. Each group will present a one act play to offer glimpses into the lives of three people from different periods in history and the extraordinary circumstances they encounter. CTA will present “The Ugly Duckling” by A.A. Milne. “Actor’s Nightmare” by Christopher Durang will be presented by Cedar Springs High School. The Cedar Springs Community Players will present “The Devil and Daniel Webster” by Stephen Vincent Benet.

Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students (age 17 and under). Tickets can be purchased from the Cedar Springs Library or from cast members and directors. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for the same price for students and $12 for adults.

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