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CTA welcomes new Secondary Special Education Teacher

 

Ted Cusack

Mr. Ted Cusack began at CTA on Monday, October 16 as the resource teacher for grades 7-12.

Mr. Cusack holds a B.A. and teaching certification from Aquinas College and a Master’s degree from Marygrove College. He has 13 years of teaching experience and will be a valuable asset to our SPED staff.

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XC Team pushes the limits

Front (L to R): Austin Fisk, Dawson Ingersoll, Jordan Brown, James Hofstra, Collin Bishop, Les Miner, Molly Wortz, Hannah Nickelsen. Back (L to R): Assistant Coach Ben Fredrickson, Ethan Slock, Kevin Miner, Faith Watson, Hannah Hofstra, Autumn Watson, Casen Armstrong, Brin Calkins, Head Coach Todd Bowmar.

The CTA cross country season is drawing to an eventful conclusion. With two races remaining, 12 of 15 runners have achieved lifetime Person Records including Autumn Watson and Hannah Nickelsen who have taken nearly 10 minutes and 5 minutes off their times respectively. As the Chargers move into championship season, they are primed with early successes. Les Miner was runner up in the conference championship race while seven runners medaled, just two days after conferences at the Montabella Mustang Invite. Faith Watson, Hannah Hofstra and Brin Calkins led the Girl’s HS team to a 3rd place finish while Les Miner, Collin Bishop and James Hofstra paced the Boy’s HS team to a solid team finish. Jordan Brown also medaled in the MS race. The Chargers will look for even better Career Personal Records on Sat. Oct. 21st and Sat. Oct. 28th at the Class D and Independent State Championships.

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Enhancing the reading experience at home and in the class

A kindergarten student shows off his in-class reading and writing journal.

HELLO CHARGERS! The CTA Elementary hosted a Kindergarten through second grade Literacy Night on October 12. Parents received critical information about the importance of supporting reading at home as well as information about the new Third Grade Reading Law.

Students led parents on classroom tours, to show off all the good things that are happening in the classrooms to enhance their reading experience. Our youngest chargers went on a scavenger hunt to show anchor charts, reading tools, self selected book boxes and more. The night was filled with games, refreshments, prizes and FUN!

We had a record attendance of families showing interest and support for literacy at home. A BIG thank you to the families who attended – we greatly appreciate your partnership.

We are already looking forward to our third through fifth literacy night in the spring!

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Red Hawks go on road, defeat FHN Huskies, 44-21

By Kayleigh Boomgaard

The Cedar Springs varsity Red Hawks took on the Huskies of Forest Hills Northern on Friday, October 6,  at a conference away game at FHN’s stadium. The Hawks have a current overall standing of 5-2, with both of their losses and one of their wins outside of the OK White conference. The face off between the Hawks and Huskies resulted in a final score of Cedar Springs 44, Forest Hills Northern, 21.

The first touchdown of the night was scored by junior Ryan Ringler, followed by a completed two-point conversion, making the score 8-0, with 6:46 left to play in the first quarter. The Huskies came back quickly, with Xavier Webster making a pass left to teammate Ian Rampersad, who then lateraled to Brandon Matthews for a 33-yard run into the end zone. 

Red Hawk varsity player Lucas Pienton scored the Hawk’s second touchdown of the night with 1:05 left in the quarter. The Hawks ended the first quarter with a completed two-point conversion after a pass made by quarterback Nicholas Campione to senior Parker Amell. 

Throughout the game, the Hawks held off the Huskies, who made no point advances in the second or third quarters. Senior running-back John Jacob Todd began the second quarter with a 59-yard touchdown. Campione assisted his team with a run into the end zone for a two-point conversion after Todd’s previous run. Todd went on to score another touchdown just before the end of the second quarter, with 59 seconds left to play in the first half.

Additional points throughout the night were scored by Cedar Springs senior halfback Darius Barnett and quarterback Campione. The Huskies scored the final touchdowns of the night, with runs by Ryan Balkema and Mack Boyer, and PATs (points after touchdowns) kicked by Carter Clark. 

In their quest to win the OK White, the varsity Red Hawks will battle first place Forest Hills Central (5-0 conference, 7-0 overall), on Friday, October 13 at Red Hawk Stadium. It’s also senior night. According to Athletic Director John Norton, they will introduce senior football players and cheerleaders PRIOR to the game on Friday. They ask that all parents of seniors meet at the flagpole no later than 6:30 p.m. on Friday. They will then do introductions at 6:40PM. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Come out and cheer on your Red Hawks!

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Cedar Springs upsets state-ranked Lowell, 28-14


The Red Hawks outscored and outplayed the Red Arrows in their first win against them since 1981. Photo by Kelly and Rob Lalone.

By Kayleigh Boomgaard

On Friday, September 28, the Cedar Springs varsity football team brought in a 28-14 win against the Red Arrows of Lowell at their homecoming game in Red Hawk stadium. The Hawks made history after beating Lowell for the first time since 1981. Varsity coach August Kapolka included the “12th man,” or the support of the Cedar Springs student section and community, in his team’s success.

Junior halfback Ryan Ringler started the scoring off with the first touchdown of the night, with 3:08 left to play in the first quarter. Ringler went on to run in a two-point conversion. The Red Arrows came back shortly after and scored their team’s first touchdown of the night at the tail end of the first quarter, with 36 seconds left to play.

In the second quarter, varsity Red Hawks John Jacob Todd and Ryan Ringler went on to score additional touchdowns, while their defensive line kept the Red Arrows from completing any runs into the end zone.

At halftime, senior varsity football player Nathan Patin and his girlfriend senior Nicole Mosher were crowned homecoming king and queen for 2017.

Returning from halftime, neither team made any advances in the third quarter, starting off the fourth with a standing score of Cedar Springs 22, Lowell 8.

In the final quarter of this year’s homecoming game, both teams scored a total of 6 points each. Lowell varsity player David Kruse scored on a one-yard up the middle into the end zone. Ringler upped the total for the Red Hawks with a 67-yard run through a clear center field, his speed giving him a major advantage.

To support your Red Hawks, come out to the stadium of Forest Hills Northern on Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. and cheer them on as your Hawks look to continuing to make history.

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“Dig Pink” volleyball game for cancer awareness

The Lady Red Hawk Volleyball team will host a “Dig Pink” game in honor of breast cancer awareness month on Tuesday, October 10, at the Cedar Springs High School gymnasium. They are hosting the game in place of the football team this year.

The night kicks off at 5:00 p.m. when the freshman and JV play against Greenville.

At 6:00 p.m. they will introduce and honor the cancer survivors and remember those we have lost. The Varsity then kicks off play at 6:15 p.m.

They will also have tee shirts, beads, bracelets, and face painting available to raise money for this cause. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation of Michigan.

Anyone looking to make a personal, group, or business donation should contact the athletic director, John Norton at John.Norton@csredhawks.org.

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American Legion Auxiliary donate backpacks for back to school

 

Pictured are (left to right) Tricia Schenefield; Beth Whaley; Auxiliary Unit President Deborah Chambers; Miranda Latimer; Auxiliary Unit Education Chairman Mary Anne Yuncker; and Carol Franz.

School recently started again, and the need for school supplies is expensive. For students and families who have a hard time affording the required items, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #287 was there to help. The Auxiliary provided 50 backpacks filled with school supplies to the Cedar Springs elementary schools.  The bags were presented to the school principals at the August School Board meeting and divided between the schools.

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Display Pack donates water filling station to CSHS

Mr. Hansen with Josh Cooper, the faculty advisor for the Cedar Springs Interact Club

Members of the Cedar Springs High School student senate and high school Interact Club, which is a junior division of the local Rotary club, have been teaming up to raise funds for water bottle filling stations throughout the high school. The idea is that it will encourage students to drink more water, and that it will drastically cut down on pollution because students can reuse water bottles, or fill containers from home easily.

Students have gone to many local businesses and asked for donations, in hopes of pooling the money together to add these stations in different wings of the high school. The cost of each of these is around $750 a piece. Vic Hansen, president of Display Pack, recently donated the full $750 to add a station all by themselves. Mr. Hansen cited his enthusiasm for our students, and desire to build a relationship with the school and students moving forward, as the driving force behind this donation. Once the station has been installed, a plaque will be placed near the station to commemorate this tremendous gift. The plaque will read, “This fountain donated by Display Pack, Inc” and will include the quote, “Knowledge flows like spring water from the wise,” which is from King Solomon.

Mr. Hansen is pictured here with Josh Cooper, the faculty advisor for the Cedar Springs Interact Club. There are still more stations needed, so any local businesses or private donors that would like to contribute can contact Mr. Cooper at the high school, if they would like to donate to this cause at (616) 696-1200.

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Thank you

Thank you Cedar Springs Public Schools staff, students, parents and community for making CSPS a district of excellence!

Dr. Laura VanDuyn 

Superintendent

SEE WHAT’S GOING ON AT CEDAR SPRINGS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

• AP Honor Roll High School

• US News & World Report High School Silver Rating

• 21st Century Technology Innovations

• Outstanding Athletic & Music Programs

• Full Medical & Dental Clinic

• Mental Health Counseling

• KCSD School Resource Officer

• i-Ready Online Assessment and Instruction Program

• OK2SAY Program

• District Sponsored Summer School with Transportation & Meals

• New K-12 Math Curriculum

• Habits of Mind®

• Excellent Visual & Performing Arts

• Online & Alternative Education

• Comprehensive Community Partnerships

• AdvancED® Accreditation

• Responsive Classroom®

• Adaptive Schools®

• Cognitive Coaching®

• Rotary International Interact Club

• Robotics Program

• Gifted & Talented Program

• New Red Hawk Stadium Turf

• Early Middle College

• “The Happiness Advantage” Positive Culture Development

• “Be Nice” Program

• Dual Enrollment

• Reading Now Network

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Welcome Back

Superintentent VanDuyn welcomes back students.

Our first day back to school was incredible!  We greeted thousands of beautiful students who smiled and enjoyed the warm welcome.  Our campus is back to being the exciting place it is as our kids and families are here teeming with excitement for all the great things that are ahead this school year.

It is without question that CSPS has a most amazing staff.  The high fives, hugs, smiles and warm greetings were so much fun to see at each school site today.

Thank you STAFF, STUDENTS and PARENTS for partnering together to make CSPS a district of excellence!

Welcome back for a GREAT RED HAWK YEAR!

Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Superintendent, Cedar Springs Public Schools

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