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October

16 Cross Country – Montabella Invitational – 4:00 p.m.

16 Middle School Fun Night – 5:30-7:00 p.m.

17 Charger Voices Perform at Grand Rapids Griffins

19 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting – 6:00 PM

19-22 Student-Led Parent Teacher Conferences

(required of all students and parents)

19-22 Scholastic Book Fair

23 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

23 Box Top Fall Turn In

Popcorn Friday

24 Cross Country – Michigan Class “D” State Championship – 11:30 a.m.

26-30 Spirit Week – All Grades

29 Girl Talk MS/HS – 3-4:00 p.m.

31 Cross Country – Mich. Independent Schools State Championship – 8:30 a.m.

November

3 Cross Country Banquet – 5:30-7 p.m.

5 Hearing & Vision Screening Grades K-9

5 Boys & Girls Basketball Tryouts – 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.

6 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

10 Mobile Dentist at CTA

12 Girl Talk MS/HS – 3-4:00 p.m.

12 6th Grade and High School Choir Concert 7-8:00 p.m.

19 Girl Talk MS/HS – 3-4:00 p.m.

20 Picture Retake Day

Popcorn Friday

20 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

20-24 High School Exams

24 End of First Trimester

25-27 No School – Thanksgiving Break

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New Music and Drama Classes at CTA

 

Creative Technologies Academy is excited to announce the addition of music and drama classes to their curriculum.  After a four-year absence, CTA has added an elementary music program for K-5, a middle school and high school choir program, and a high school drama class which is currently learning improvisation techniques.  The high school choir, Charger Voices, will have the exciting opportunity to sing the National Anthem at the Grand Rapids Griffins game on October 17th.  These courses are being taught by Jeremy Holtrop who received his bachelor’s in Music Education from Indiana Wesleyan University and his Master’s in Music from Colorado State University.  Mr. Holtrop has taught choir and drama for eight years and is excited to be a part of CTA and to bring music back to the school.

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Chargers have strong showing at Conference Meet

 

The Creative Technologies Academy Cross Country teams have been  pushing all season long to meet their individual and team goals, and many of them did just that at Riverside Park this past Wednesday. It was the second conference meet of the year for the Chargers, and they did not disappoint.

The boys cross country was led once again by sophomore Les Miner with a time of 17:17. Junior captain, Ethan Lehman had a nice run as well with a time of 18:52. Sophomore James Hofstra came in third for the team finishing at 20:36, but the real surprise was the personal best time for seventh grader Casen Armstrong, beating his previous time by more than two minutes with a time of 20:54. His brother, sophomore Dawson Armstrong, also had a nice race with a time of 21:42, and Sophomore John LeTourneau cruised past his old personal best by more than four minutes, finishing his race at 22 minutes flat.

The girls also had a great run, with eighth grader Zoe Lehman leading the way, gathering in her personal best time at 25:10. Not far behind was fellow eighth grader Hannah Hofstra (25:16), Freshman Brianna Calkins (25:25), seventh grader Amy LeTourneau (30:16), junior Tatyanna Lawson (30:20), and senior Kaleigh Keech (36:42).

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Cedar Springs Public Schools

Cedar Springs Public School Information for October

Need to update your child’s information? 

Visit the Cedar Springs Student Information Update site www.csredhawks.org

Select Parents at the top of the page

Select Student Information Update

For user name & password information, contact your child’s school.

For Central Enrollment questions:

Ph:  616-696-7317

Fax:  616-696-3755

registrar@csredhawks.org

Central Enrollment office is located on the 2nd Floor of the Hilltop Community Building.

Fall Parent Teacher Conference Schedule

10/26 & 10/29: Cedar Trails Elementary as scheduled appointment with the teacher

10/19 &

10/22: Beach Elementary 3:45 – 7:15

10/12: Cedar View Elementary 3:45 – 7:15

10/15: Cedar View Elementary 3:45 – 6:15

11/09: Red Hawk Elementary 4:00 – 7:00

11/11: Red Hawk Elementary 3:00 – 6:00

11/17 &

11/19: Middle School 4:00 – 7:00

11/10 High School 5:00 – 7:30

11/11:   High School 3:00 – 5:30

Cedar Springs Education Foundation

The Cedar Springs Education Foundation was established in 1986, and has provided over 2 million dollars to support the quality education and learning in our Cedar Springs Public Schools.  The board members are volunteers and have a passion for our public schools and the education of our young people.   We see an increasing need for the CS Education Foundation to support the learning activities.  Tax deductible donations can be mailed to:

Cedar Springs Education Foundation

204 E Muskegon Street

Cedar Springs, MI 49319

2015- 2016 Cedar Springs High School Student Council

Executive Board

President:  Anna Behrenwald

VP:  Alec Falicki

Secretary:  Erika Cardinal

Treasurer:  Nicole Kukla 

Stu-Fac Liaison:  Tatum Oxford

Public Relations:  Kali Alcumbrack & Leslie Hansen

Spirit & Rally Comm’r:  Anthony Topolski

Executive Spirit Squad: D’Amonte Brown & Autumn Hinton

Class Representatives

Senior:  

Junior:  Kayla VanAssen

Sophomore:  Darius Barnett

Freshman:  Sarah Galloway

 

Senior Class

President/VP: Sarah Uhall

President/VP: Da’Marcus Barnett

Secretary/Treasurer: Brooke Bennett

 

Junior Class

President:  Kaitlyn Coons

VP:  Sarah Kiander

Secretary:  Kaylee Tennant

Treasurer:  

   

Sophomore Class

President/VP: McKenna Williea

President/VP: Jacob Outwin

Secretary: Madelyn McConnon

Treasurer: Thomas Metiva 

 

Freshman Class

President:  Josh Allen

VP:  Alexandra Thompson 

Secretary:  Katie Levandowski

Treasurer:  Maximus DeBack

Indoor Walking at Red Hawk Elementary

BEGINNING NOVEMBER 2

Monday through Thursday 4:00pm—8:00pm

Red Hawk Elementary will open their doors to all community members who would like to walk the halls.

The cold air is settling in, but you don’t have to give up your workout.  If Cedar Springs Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather, holiday or no school scheduled, walking is canceled that day.  Stay tuned to your local TV Station listings.

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 located in the Hilltop Community Building on school campus.    Return completed applications to the District Office and receive your Golden Age Pass.

Upcoming Events

October 3—Red Flannel Day

October 7—Count Day

October 9—Student Early Release

October 12—Board of Ed Meeting

October 23—Student Early Release

October 26—Board of Ed work session

October 31—Halloween

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From the Superintendent’s desk…

Dear Cedar Springs Public Schools Families:

It’s been a wonderful start to the school year.  In fact, several principals and teachers have shared, “It’s the best start to the school year I’ve ever had!”  That speaks volumes for the fine staff, students and families of Cedar Springs.  Thank you for your contributions to get us off to such a smooth beginning.  As I begin my second year as superintendent I thought it important to highlight some of the many accomplishments we made last year at CSPS and to share where we’re heading this year.

To begin with I thank our students, staff, parents and community for such a warm Cedar Springs welcome to me and my family.  The most important accomplishment of my first year as superintendent was getting to know and building relationships with the fine people of Cedar Springs.  In so doing, being in our schools with our students and staffs has been a highlight for me.  Our kids are the heartbeat of our school district, they are the reason we are here and our schools illustrate the very good things our staffs are doing for kids.  Having “meet and greet” meetings with staff, parents, students as well as members of the community has been invaluable for me as I learned about our district and community.  Joining Rotary, joining Girl Scouts, attending school and community events, riding on top of a bus in the Red Flannel Festival parade, attending the FFA convention with Larry Reyburn and our students, attending the Life Leadership conference with our seniors and planning powerful opening and closing ceremonies have been such an enjoyable part of my role as superintendent.  Thank you for the terrific year!  Following are some other accomplishments we made at CSPS in the 2014-15 school year.

• Established a new CSPS website to better serve staff, parents, community and students.

• Researched and selected a new math curriculum for grades 6-12 in order to serve students, staff and parents…we hope you like it!

• Implemented a school administrator evaluation system.

• Opened the CSPS Health Clinic in order to serve all district students and siblings.

• Purchased new buses to replace our aging fleet in order to better serve kids and parents.

• Implemented a comprehensive reform of Board policy that will soon be adopted.

• Implemented a new teacher evaluation system for all teachers K – 12.

• Implemented the M-STEP, the new Michigan standardized test.

• Established a Human Resource Department to serve our staff and administrators.

• Provided academic interventionists and full-time GATOR reading interventionists.

• Restored some positions for our employees to full time by reducing contracting out for services.

• Upgraded existing and added new technology to serve our students and teachers.

Clearly, 2014-15 was a joyful and productive school year!  The 2015-16 school year proves to be just as good, if not better.  We are working toward putting more structures in place to serve our students, staff, parents and community.  One of the major endeavors of this year will be entering into the strategic planning process.  Strategic planning is an organization’s process of defining direction for the organization in order to accomplish goals.  In that process the vision, mission and core values of the organization are defined.  The vision is where we are trying to go; the mission is why we are doing what we’re doing; the core values are how we are going to go about it.  The process is one that involves all stakeholders.  That is where our staff, students, administrators, parents and community members come in.  We’ll reach out to all groups to provide input into that process.  Look for that opportunity…it’s an exciting time in CSPS!  In addition to the “big picture” of strategic planning the following are focal points for the 2015-16 school year:

• Lower class sizes in response to feedback from our teachers and parents.  I am pleased to share that by adding 2 additional classes (2nd and 5th) all K-8 classrooms are now at 30 and below, except 7th grade.  We will continue to work toward lower class sizes and will do so with the intention of long-term sustainability. 

• Provide Responsive Classroom® training to build school culture and community as well as embed school-wide expectations and management.  This is in response to teacher and administrator requests, which help set direction for professional development. 

• Continue to budget for technology replacements and upgrades to provide 21st century learning.

• Purchase buses to continue to bring our fleet where it needs to be to serve our kids and parents.

• Continue best teaching practices with Adaptive Schools®, Cognitive Coaching®, professional learning communities and workshop models of instruction with aligned assessment and reporting.

• Begin an Interact Rotary Club for our high school students in order to do service learning for our schools and community.

• Establish operating procedures that will align with new Board policies.

• Research and select new math curriculum for K-5 to serve our students, teachers and parents.

• Restore some positions for our employees to full time in order to serve our students better and to ensure local jobs for our citizens are provided as much as possible.

• Continue providing academic interventions by ensuring financial allocations are in place to serve students of all levels as well as to explore the best structures for interventions to occur (RtI).

• Continue to grow our Human Resource Department to serve staff and administrators.

• Research positive behavior support systems for K-12.

• Ensure all staff are properly and thoroughly trained in Title IX and other legal mandates.

• Administer the SAT for the first time as it replaced the ACT.

• Provide training and supports for master scheduling.

• Provide professional development on the topic of poverty and on technology in response to our teachers’ desires.

• Continue to grow Campus Kids to support kids and families in before and after care.

• Install fencing around Beach Elementary School to provide for safety and security of our kids.

In addition to all we are doing internally at CSPS to continue to grow our wonderful district, this year is the year we will undergo our external AdvancED® accreditation process (formerly NCA).  During the year we’ll work with advisors and representatives who will review many facets of our schools during visits and through extensive documentation reviews.  We look forward to the process, albeit a time intensive and technical one, as we hope to learn what is going well and ways in which we can become even better at what we do for students.

In closing, I want to thank you, Cedar Springs parent and community member voters for our sinking fund.  By voting for our sinking fund, you ensure that our schools have the upkeep they need in order to provide for our students.  Our Sinking Fund committee and administration worked together to identify facility improvements for this year.  Thanks to you, we have a new gym floor at Beach and at Cedar View.  We also will have a new boiler at Cedar View.  We truly appreciate your support!  Priorities for next year include safety and security of our school entrances.  We’ll keep you posted on those plans.

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your CSPS superintendent.  I take great pleasure in knowing that at CSPS, students come first.  In addition to being superintendent, I am a parent of 2 children in the district so I well know how important it is that all of our kids come first!  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.  Please know I enjoy meeting and getting to know our students and families so call or drop by for a visit at any time.  I would love an opportunity to get to know you and learn how I might support your wishes or to answer any questions you may have.

Warmly,

Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

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A red carpet kick-off to the school year

The school-wide Hula Hoop Challenge paired each leadership group together to stand hand-in-hand and pass the hula hoop down the line without releasing their partner’s hand. Photo credit: Aspire Photo and Design

The school-wide Hula Hoop Challenge paired each leadership group together to stand hand-in-hand and pass the hula hoop down the line without releasing their partner’s hand. Photo credit: Aspire Photo and Design

Students stroll the red carpet heading to their first day of class.

Students stroll the red carpet heading to their first day of class.

Hoots, hollers, high-fives, and “paparazzi” were awaiting the CTA elementary students as they strolled the red carpet to their classrooms on the first day back after summer break.  Superintendent, Dan George, and Dean of Students, David Oldebekking, treated the students to granola bars to make sure they were well-fueled for for the full day of education and activities.

Leadership is a school-wide area of focus for the 2015-2016 school year. In order to emphasize this character trait, the elementary created small groups by mixing grades together with the plan to empower the older elementary students to serve as mentors to the younger students. Within the groups, the students will participate in teambuilding activities, have discussions on leaderships and the “WE ARE CHARGERS” initiative.

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CTA Cross Country Teams Charging Ahead 

The Charger Girls’ Cross Country team works together at the Independent Conference Meet.

The Charger Girls’ Cross Country team works together at the Independent Conference Meet.

The 2015 Creative Technologies Academy Cross Country Team has already participated in their first two races: Kent City Long Lake Invitational and their first  Independent Conference Meet. Running for this year’s varsity girls’ team is senior Kaleigh Keech and freshman Brianne Calkins. This year’s boys’ varsity team consists of junior, Ethan Lehman; sophomores Les Miner, James Hofstra, Dawson Armstrong, and Jonathan LeTourneau; freshman, Dawson Ingersoll. The current school team has strong and seasoned runners who are serving as mentors to the newer and younger middle school runners. There are eight runners in grades 6-8 participating in cross country this season. And while the current high school team is going strong, CTA is also excited for the future with a strong and growing middle school team. With eleven meets left in the season, both the high school and the middle school teams are continuing to work hard and press on for a great 2015 cross country season!

Junior Ethan Lehman uses the knowledge of his years of racing as he mentors the Middle School CTA Cross Country Team.

Junior Ethan Lehman uses the knowledge of his years of racing as he mentors the Middle School CTA Cross Country Team.

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New Staff

 

CTA-New-Staff-2015Creative Technologies Academy welcomes new teaching staff for the 2015-2016 school year. L to R: Mr. James Fredenburg, high school science; Mrs. Kate Bialkowski, first grade; Mr. Jeremy Holtrop, K-12 music and drama; and Carolynn Davidson, high school mathematics.

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Chargers Kid’s Club

 

CTA has an exciting new after school program where we encourage kids to explore their world using their creativity in all the activities we offer to them. Chargers Kid’s Club is for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade and runs Monday through Friday from 3 – 5:00 p.m. The fee is $4 per day per child to attend. The program is also available on early release days from 1 – 5 p.m.

In September, the group will spend time getting to know one another through story time, group games, craft time, and educational activities. They will enjoy a lot of hands-on fun and each child will be encouraged to bring a unique perspective to the activities. In October, they will begin working on creating short stories, painting works of art, investigating through experiments, and other fun.

If you would like more information about the Charger Kid’s Club or are ready to join in on the adventures, you can contact the Chargers Kid’s Club leader, Amanda Brinks at abrinks@ctachargers.org or call CTA at 616-696-4905.

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CTA Calendar

 

September

17 Girl Talk (Middle School and High School) – 3:00 p.m.

18 Cross Country – Spartan Invitational – 12:00 p.m.

19 Le Tour de Donut – NHS Volunteer Work

24 Cross Country – Fremont Invitational – 4:00 p.m.

25 Picture Day – ALL grades

25 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

30 Cross Country – Conference Meet – 4:00 p.m.

October

1 Girl Talk (Middle School and High School) – 3:00 p.m.

2 School Walk-A-Thon

2 Student vs. Staff Football Game at Skinner Field – 4:00 p.m.

3 Cross Country – Allendale Falcons Invitational – 8:30 a.m.

9 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

10 Cross Country – Portage Invitational – 8:30 a.m.

13 Cross Country – Conference Championship – 4:00 p.m.

16 Cross Country – Montabella Invitational – 4:00 p.m.

19 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting – 6:00 PM

19-22 Student-Led Parent Teacher Conferences

(required of all students and parents)

23 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

24 Cross Country – Michigan Class “D” State Championship – 11:30 a.m.

26-30 Spirit Week – All Grades

31 Cross Country – Mich. Independent Schools State Championship – 8:30 a.m.

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