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Santa’s Shop a great success! 

 

The CTA Parent Association organized a Santa Shop in December with many gifts that were handmade and donated by CTA families. The Santa Shop provided an opportunity to CTA elementary and middle school students to shop for gifts for their family and friends.  From handmade candles, bath salts, dish towels to coffee cozies and hand warmers, there was a wide range of gifts for the children to select from. Volunteer parents also helped the children wrap the gifts when they were done shopping.  The Parent Association raised $750 to support student activities throughout the school year.  Thank you to all our families that helped with the gifts and helped the children shop throughout the day!

 

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‘Thank You’ to the CTA Board of Directors

January is School Board of Directors Appreciation Month and Creative Technologies Academy would like to recognize its board members for their commitment to changing our world by guiding us as we develop students with character, scholarship and leadership traits.They volunteer countless hours to serve the school and its students.

Thank you Andrew Willis, Stephen Phelps, Michael Tawney, Shane Courbier, Eugene Burley, Wallace Murphy and Shasta Gross for your commitment to education and the success of CTA!

 

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CTA Calendar

 

January

15 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

19 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. WMAES 5:30-9:00 p.m.

21 Girl Talk 3-4:00 p.m.

22 CTA Spelling Bee

23 Boys (9:00 a.m.) & Girls (10:30 a.m.
Basketball vs.Big Rapids at Rockford Freshman Center

25-28 HS Student-Led Conferences 3-6:00 p.m.

26 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Algoma Christian 5:30-9:00 p.m.

27 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. WMLS 5:30-9:00 p.m.

29 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

Popcorn Day

29 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. WMAA 5:30-9:00 p.m.

February

2 NHS Meeting

3 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Grand Rapids Grizzlies 5:30-9:00 p.m.

4 Girl Talk 3-4:00 p.m.

12 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

12 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Grattan at Grace Bible College 5:30-9:00 p.m.

15-16 No School for Mid-Winter Break

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Dedicated & Talented Middle School Art Student

Eilena Lopez shows off some of her artwork.

Eilena Lopez shows off some of her artwork.

Jennifer Swift, Art Teacher

I would like to take the time to celebrate an extraordinarily talented artist at Cedar Springs Middle School.

Eilena Lopez is an eighth grader who consistently demonstrates dedication, perseverance, the ability to think outside the box, and the artistic skills to create incredibly unique works of art.  She typically takes on more than the project requires, doing multiple projects, adding intense details, and even working from home.  She is thoughtful and reflective in every project and a great inspiration to her fellow classmates.

CSPS-Art2Eilena is skilled in a variety of art mediums, but her passion is drawing with value.  Eilena’s work will be on display at the administration office if you have a chance to see her work in person.  The attention in detail in her portraits is absolutely stunning!  I feel so very grateful to get to work with such an incredible person and artist every day.  Cedar Springs is very lucky to have Eilena here!

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From the Superintendent’s Desk

Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Dear Cedar Springs Public School Families:

Happy New Year 2016!  We are so happy to have our schools teeming, once again, with our students, staff and families.  It is my hope you enjoyed a restful vacation from school and that you are ready to take on all the excitement this new year brings.

As we know, there will be challenges and celebrations throughout 2016.  Our positive perspective on what is ahead will lead us to continued growth and development at CSPS.  Please join me in embracing each challenge we may face in 2016 as we know it’s how we learn, grow and thrive. We’ll have many celebrations as we work together and witness the greatness our kids and staff will achieve in 2016.  I know we have some seniors already considering a celebration as the magic “2016” is the year they have been waiting for a long time!  Hold off on that seniors…you still have a lot of work to do!

As we kick off 2016 I want to thank a committed group of people who keep this district so strong…our PTO.  I have witnessed the incredible number of hours this group of parents dedicates to all our schools.  I have learned about the countless things they do to raise funds and support our needs and wants. Just to name a few:  they pay for and build playgrounds;  they provide meals and support to our staff during conferences; they ensure Santa Claus and cookies are a part of the fun at Cedar Trails; they organize and run our book fairs and supply our teachers with many books for their classrooms; they host ice cream socials to build community; they supply books for and help run our libraries; they cheer on all our kids as they walk the track for our annual PTO fundraiser.  Our CSPS PTO seeks to serve and they do so with a smile and great cheer knowing that they are building community at Cedar Springs.  Thank you, PTO, and Happy New Year to all of you from all of us at CSPS!

We have many exciting things happening as we enter 2016.  One of which is strategic planning.  If you are interested in providing feedback for that process, please let me know as we would love to have your input.  There are parent and community group meetings to be held in February in order to provide the Board of Education with input to help them establish the vision (where we want to go), mission (why we are doing what we are doing) and core values (how we are going to go about it) of our school distict.  Our CSPS Board of Education values all constituent group feedback and looks forward to setting the vision of the district for future progress for all.

It’s great to be back!  Together, let’s make 2016 the best year ever!

Warmly,

Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

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January is National Board of Education Recognition Month

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Our school board members dedicate countless hours to our schools and community.  The seven members of the Cedar Springs Board of Education do this by always keeping children as the center of their work and decision making.

The district is planning to honor the Cedar Springs Board of Education members on the next Regular Board Meeting, January 11, 2016 – 6:45pm Hilltop Community Building, 3rd Floor Board Room.   Please join our entire CSPS staff in thanking our dedicated Board members.

Board members include Patricia Eary – President, Matt Shoffner – Vice President, Brook Nichols – Secretary, Michelle Bayink – Treasurer, Jeff Gust – Trustee, Joe Marckini – Trustee, and Shannon Vanderhyde – Trustee.

Thank you Cedar Springs Board of Education!

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January News

Upcoming Events

1/11 – Board of Education Meeting

1/15 – Student Early Release

1/22 – End of Semester 1 (grades 6-12)

1/29 – Student Early Release

2016 High School Winter Musical “Wizard of Oz”

For more information visit: www.hprodcshs.com/wizard-2016.html

Mark your calendar for the show on Feb 4, 5, 6, & 7

High School Auditorium

School Breakfast

Does your child miss breakfast – no time or simply isn’t hungry first thing in the morning?

Here’s a solution: School Breakfast!

School breakfast provides 1/4 of your child’s daily nutrition needs and research shows breakfast provides fuel for school and boosts brain power. Breakfast at school is affordable, too. It’s available for all students and if you qualify for free or reduced price lunch, you also qualify for free or reduced price breakfast. Encourage your child to join us for school breakfast.

Time Served: 7:10 am & 8:30 am

Volunteers are welcome

In Cedar Springs there are several ways parents may volunteer to help the school maintain the quality of educational services. Volunteer to work in the classroom with your child’s teacher, work at book fairs, pop popcorn, help with picture day, etc. Please check with your child’s building office for volunteer opportunities.

To help insure the safety of our students, all volunteers willbe required to complete a consent form for a criminal history search. Results from these searches are kept completely confidential.

Please visit www.csredhawks.org/Parents/VolunteerInformation/index.html for the consent form and return to your child’s building office.

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Student Assessment Results Released to Cedar Springs Public Schools Families

Results Reflect Transition to MI Higher Standards

Families across Cedar Springs Public Schools this week are beginning to receive their students’ scores on the 2014-15 statewide assessment, known as M-STEP.

We are working to ensure parents and families know scores reflect both a new assessment and a major transition to higher standards.

The next few years will require significant transitions for students, families and educators, as the adjustment to higher standards and the M-STEP continues.

Students are adjusting to the new form of tests.  Expectations are higher, tests are challenging and even the way that tests are taken  – online – is new to some students.  Results from the 2014-2015 school year will set a new baseline for measuring student progress on this challenging test.  These results are important for understanding student learning moving forward.

Across Michigan, districts are facing the same challenges we are.  We know that it is important to set high expectations for our students and all of our teachers are working every day to help our students meet and exceed these expectations.  These kinds of changes – to higher standards and challenging tests – take time.  We appreciate parents being our partners in making sure that our students are getting the tools and support that they need to be successful, in and out of school.

Spring 2015 M-Step aggregate score results from Cedar Springs, Kent County and the State of Michigan are listed below.

Grade 3
  Cedar Springs Kent County State
English Language Arts 54.3% 52.5% 50.1%
Math 62.4% 52.0% 48.8%
Grade 4
  Cedar Springs Kent County State
English Language Arts 33.5% 50.1% 46.6%
Math 36.8% 44.8% 41.4%
Science 10.5% 14.9% 12.4%
Grade 5
  Cedar Springs Kent County State
English Language Arts 44.5% 51.7% 48.7%
Math 43.3% 36.3% 33.4%
Social Studies 17.6% 24.4% 22.2%
Grade 6
  Cedar Springs Kent County State
English Language Arts 47.8% 49.3% 44.7%
Math 40.4% 39.0% 33.3%
Grade 7
  Cedar Springs Kent County State
English Language Arts 65.2% 51.7% 49.1%
Math 60.0% 37.6% 33.3%
Science 36.1% 25.5% 22.7%
Grade 8
  Cedar Springs Kent County State
English Language Arts 59.1% 51.3% 47.6%
Math 31.8% 39.2% 32.2%
Social Studies 39.6% 34.1% 29.7%
High School Grade 11
  Cedar Springs Kent County State
English Language Arts 51.3% 55.6% 49.3%
Math 22.4% 32.9% 28.5%
Science 32.5% 30.4% 29.4%
Social Studies 47.2% 46.8% 43.9%
New Beginnings Grade 11
 Cedar Springs Kent County State
English Language Arts 15.8% 55.6% 49.3%
Math 0.0% 32.9% 28.5%
Science 11.8% 30.4% 29.4%
Social Studies 23.5% 46.8% 43.9%
District Grade 11
  Cedar Springs Kent County State
English Language Arts 48.1% 55.6% 49.3%
Math 20.7% 32.9% 28.5%
Science 30.8% 30.4% 29.4%
Social Studies 45.3% 46.8% 43.9%

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Friendsgiving Celebrates Friendship and Giving

CTA kindergarten and first grade students shared their Friendsgiving meal.

CTA kindergarten and first grade students shared their Friendsgiving meal.

CTA kindergarten and first grade celebrated Thanksgiving a little differently this year; instead of the traditional gathering and feast, the teachers and students celebrated “Friendsgiving.” On that day, everyone contributed to making Stone Soup and Friendship Bread. Every student brought in a different ingredient. Each delicious ingredient could only be shared by a particular individual; however, when the ingredients were put together, they became a huge pot of delicious soup or a yummy loaf of bread. Friendship is a wonderful combination of individuality and working togetherness. At the end of the day when the meal was prepared, the students and teachers came together once again and celebrated “Friendsgiving” with a friendship banquet, sharing the soup and bread.

CTA kindergarten and first grade students shared their Friendsgiving meal.

CTA kindergarten and first grade students shared their Friendsgiving meal.

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‘Tis the Season to Think of Others

Teacher Laura Chilcote (Left) with high school students and their ornaments for their wish tree.

Teacher Laura Chilcote (Left) with high school students and their ornaments for their wish tree.

All too often we hear the question, “What do you want for Christmas?” This year, CTA students in Ms. Chilcote’s FIT class were asked the following question instead: “If you could make one wish for others this holiday season, what would be your Christmas wish for the world?” Their answers displayed their kindness, which was a recent focus for our Character Trait of the Month, and creativity.

Student Wishes:

Cortney A. (10th grade) “To end bullying everywhere”;

Tatyanna L. (11th grade) “That people would have more Christmas Spirit”;

Ryan F. (12th grade) “For people to be happy”;

Bryanna R. (10th grade) “For the world to be stress-free & happy”;

Brin C. (9th grade) “For people to have enough food”.

A few ornaments the High School students made of their wishes for the world.

A few ornaments the High School students made of their wishes for the world.

School-wide, students have been making an effort to make some of these wishes come true through participating in Toys for Tots, the “Make Change Campaign”, and writing to U.S. soldiers currently serving overseas. These activities show how committed our CTA community is to our mission through actively “changing our world by developing students in character, scholarship, and leadership.”

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