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October 7 – Pink Game Football vs FHN
October 14 – Red Out Football vs FHC
October 20 – Black Out Volleyball vs FHE
November 4 – Gray Day Band During the School Day
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Board of Education Work Session – 09-26-16
Topic: Strategic Planning
Hilltop Community Building, Board Room – 3rd Floor, 6:45 PM
Board meeting notices, agendas and minutes are available at www.csredhawks.org/District/Board-of-Education/index.html. Community members are always welcome to attend the Board of Education meetings. A Board meeting is a meeting of the Board held in public, not a public meeting.
The Office of Communication aims to keep the community informed and engaged while promoting the mission, achievements, and challenges of Cedar Springs Public Schools. We welcome feedback and invite you to attend public Board Meetings to also help you stay informed. You are welcome to call the District Office at 616-696-1204 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of Communication is responsible for crafting and disseminating all District-level communications, including: District programs and initiatives, District school calendar, Board meetings and activities. The Office of Communication shares information through several channels, including: District website, School websites, Facebook, Red Hawk Review eNewsletter, Backpack eFlyers.
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by Charles Honey, SNN Reporter
Now that they’ve built it, they hope people will come. A new Little Free Library stands near Red Hawk Elementary school, thanks to the efforts of two former students there who love reading so much they wanted to share the love.
Incoming seventh-graders Chloe Grifhorst and Lily Howland received a grant last spring from the Cedar Springs Education Foundation to build a Little Free Library somewhere on the campus of Cedar Springs Public Schools. The pair sought the $250 award so that students and adults would have access to free books and a place to donate them as well.
After putting together a committee of students to research, plan and design the library, Chloe and Lily held a “build-a-thon” with other students in June at Lily’s house. Lily’s father, Alan, helped with the construction and made sure the young woodworkers were safe. The four-shelf turquoise structure now sits prettily between Red Hawk’s front door and the playground.
The girls have two boxes of extra children’s books with which to restock the shelves, and $100 left from the grant they plan to spend on more at Bay Leaf Books in Newaygo.
In an email, Superintendent Laura VanDuyn congratulated the girls on a “beautiful idea, planning, leadership and outcome.” Added Jo Spry, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, “This is something that these young ladies can be very proud of and will be of benefit to readers in our community.”
Congratulations Madison Skelonc, 8th grade student at Cedar Springs Middle School, has been invited to the HATS OFF Award Ceremony for being one of the top-scoring 7th grade students in Michigan who took the SAT test or ACT test. The testing was part of the Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS). We salute Madison on her achievement!
Members of the NUMATS Advisory Board will recognize Madison and about 300 distinguished middle school students for outstanding accomplishments in the 18th annual HATS OFF recognition ceremony for High Achieving Talented Students (HATS). The award ceremony will take place on October 22, 2016.
September 27, 2016 – During this informational event, parents discovered why Singapore Math is so successful & Math in Focus teaches students to go from the concrete to the pictorial to the abstract. Parents also learned strategies that can be used at home and what is available online.
There will be another Math In Focus event planned for January 2017. Watch for the information once the event details have been determined.
Math In Focus professional development for grades K-5 teachers was held the week of September 26, 2016. This training was coordinated by the Teaching and Learning Department at the District Office.
Mon, 10/17: Cedar View 3:45 – 7:15
Red Hawk 4:00 – 7:00
Tue, 10/18: Middle School 4:00 – 7:00
Beach 3:45 – 7:15
Wed, 10/19: Red Hawk 3:00 – 6:00
Cedar View 3:45 – 7:15
New Beginnings 3:30 – 6:15
Thurs, 10/20: Beach 3:45 – 7:15
Middle School 4:00 – 7:00
Mon, 10/24: Cedar Trails 4:00 – 7:00
Wed, 10/26: Cedar Trails 4:00 – 7:00
Tue, 11/1: High School 5:00 – 7:30
Wed, 11/2: High School 3:00 – 5:30
Sophomore Cayla Lange has been named Student Athlete of the Month for Sideline Cheer.
Junior Jacob Outwin has been named Student Athlete of the Month for Boys Soccer.
Junior Myla Umphrey has been named Student Athlete of the Month for Girls Cross Country.
Posted on 09 January 2015.
Junior Emma Schut was named the January Student Athlete of the Month for Bowling. Emma is a stand out member of the Varsity bowling squad; she was named OK Bronze All Conference Honorable Mention, in the 2013/2014 season. The team is in the midst of a very successful season including finishing 1st place at the Allendale tournament, and a 2nd place at West Catholic. Emma excels in the classroom with an3.923 GPA, which is impressive givent he fact she also participates in Marching Band, Tennis, FFA, and is a active member in her church Youth Group.
Coaches comment that “Emma is having a good season, and is showing improvement and is eager to learn, and try new things. She has excellent sportsmanship and is a 3 years member of the bowling team”.
Emma is the daughter of Chris and Joel Schut.
Junior Jacob Cartwright was named the January Student Athlete of the month for Bowling. Jacob is one of the anchors for the Red hawk varsity bowling team. He has received honors including All Conference as a sophomore last year and also was a member of the Boys State Team. Jacob and his team are having a solid year including finishing 2nd at the Allendale tournament and being named to the All-Tournament team, and bowling a tournament high game of 280 in the preconference tournament. Jacob is an honor student with a 4.016 GPA; he is also a member of NHS
Coach Austin comments “Jacob is one of our toughest bowlers. He seems to do his best under pressure. Jacob is a great teammate and competitor and shows great sportsmanship. Jacob represents Red hawk bowling with his great work ethic on and off the lanes.”
Jacob is the son of Odell and Crystal Morales.
Senior Brandon Sipka was named the January Student Athlete of the Month for Ice Hockey. Brandon a two sport athlete is the team captain on the co-op Ice Hockey with West Catholic, and leading scorer this season. He has tallied and impressive 14 points in 8 games thus far including 8 goals and 6 assists. Brandon has a 3.724 GPA and volunteers as a Youth Hockey Camp Counselor. Brandon also run track for the Red hawks which he competes in 4 events.
Coach Maas states “Brandon is definitely a leader on the team. He is a highly skilled forward with a quick release shot and, he also has great hockey awareness. We are looking for big things from Brandon in the second half of the season!”
Brandon is the son of Ed and Diane Sipka.
Posted on 05 December 2014.
Freshman Sydney Plummer was named the November Student Athlete of the Month for Volleyball. Sydney is completing her first season on varsity with the Red hawks. Sydney currently leads her team in kills with 89 and is second in both serve receiving and digs at 191 and 106 respectively. Sydney, really respects her teammates always having her back, and knows that she can rely on them whenever needed!
Coach Reynolds comments “As a freshman playing on the varsity girls’ volleyball team, Sydney’s work ethic was second to none. Although only a freshman, she led by example in every practice and game. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Sydney’s game is the outstanding sportsmanship she displayed throughout the entire season. Sydney represents Red Hawk athletics by consistently displaying teamwork, responsibility, and work ethic.”
Sydney is the daughter of Julie and Chip Plummer.
Senior Julie Schut was named the November Student Athlete of the month for Girls Golf. Julie is a 4 year varsity team member and has worked very hard to improve her game and scoring every year. Julie is an honor student with a 3.9 GPA. Julie also plays French horn in the band, and participates on mission trips with her church youth group. Julie had a great year with her Golf teammates on this years “Dream Team”.
Coach London comments “Julie is one of my toughest competitors! She never seems to get frustrated or dismayed.”
Julie is the daughter of Chris and Joel Schut
Sophomore Drew French was named the November Student Athlete of the Month for Tennis. Drew finished an incredibly successful season winning 12 matches, and finished second in conference. Drew has a 3.55 GPA. Drew also participates in Ski Club, USTA, and volunteers his time as a youth tennis teacher .Drew is very excited about the future of CSHS Tennis!
Coach Unsworth states “Drew is very committed to taking every opportunity to improve his game by participating in tennis drills and activities outside of regular team functions. He is not afraid to ask for coaching advice and one on one practice time from his coach to better his play!
Drew is the son of Trisha and Warren French
Posted on 12 June 2014.
Senior Anna Hause was named June 2014 Student Athlete of the Month for Soccer.
Anna has been on varsity all 4 years of her high school career. She also has been a 2 year captain for the Red Hawks. Anna is involved with Red Hawk Kids Club, a youth soccer counselor, and is a member of yearbook. Anna has a 3.13 GPA and plans on attending GRCC after graduation.
Anna is the daughter of Kathy and Shawn Hause.
Junior Kyler Marble was named June 2014 Student Athlete of the Month for Golf.
Kyler is a member of a young but improving golf team this year. Kyler is a 2 sport athlete for the Red Hawks also playing varsity basketball. Kyler excels in the classroom with a 3.48 GPA. He is a member of Red Hawk Kids Club, National Honor Society, and is active in his church youth group. Kyler is interested in starting a Chess Club in Cedar Springs.
Kyler is the son of Kristy and Jerry Marble.
Junior Charlie Frodl was named June 2014 Student Athlete of the Month for Baseball.
Charlie is a member of the varsity program which just completed and impressive run in district play beating #2 ranked Comstock Park and finished as runner up in their district. Charlie excels in the classroom with a 3.79 GPA, all while balancing school, athletics and working for Wolverine Tool and Die.
Charlie is the son of Robin and Bill Frodl.
Posted on 05 December 2013.
Senior Brittany Todd was named the November 2013 Student Athlete of the Month for Volleyball. Brittany is a four year varsity player and middle hitter for the Red Hawks. Brittany is a 3 sport athlete also participating in Basketball and Softball at CSHS, and was named All Conference honorable mention for Softball in 2013. Brittany has earned 10 varsity letters thus far in her high school career. Brittany excels in the classroom with a 3.6 GPA and has been on the honor roll every trimester in high school. She is a member of Red Hawk kids club, ALC and has volunteered many hours with Hawks hoops and in youth camps.
Coach Mike Lozier says; “Brittany has been a tremendous athlete for the varsity volleyball program since I arrived last year. When I first started I asked her to take on a new position that she had never played before and without hesitation she agreed. This year yet again I have asked her to change positions and she did without question. She is a lead by example player, and the type of competitor that you know no matter what she is giving 100%. It has been really fun to watch her grow as a player, and I know with her personality and drive she will see great success in the future, both on and off the court. I can say without hesitation that Brittany has been one of my favorite players to coach. She shows up and works hard each and every day, and a respect.
Senior Alex Hughes was named the November 2013 Student Athlete of the month for Tennis. Alex just completed his first varsity season playing Tennis for the Red hawks. Besides sports Alex is actively involved in Advanced Drama, Newspaper, and Advanced TV Pro and, he also has many different roles in the student body. Alex also is a public address announcer for Red Hawk sporting events. Alex has a 3.6 GPA, and is on the honor roll every trimester. He also volunteers at Gods Kitchen.
Coach Unsworth states; “This was his first year on the team and he played Two Doubles. I am nominating him because he had tremendous team spirit and was ALWAYS encouraging the other players and complimenting them. He was this way with our opponents as well! Other coaches often came to me to compliment him on his sportsmanship. He was the most positive person on the team.”
Alex is the son of Sue and Mark Hughes.
Junior Conner White has been named the November 2013 Student Athlete of the Month for Golf. Conner has just finished a very successful season she averaged 47.5 for 9, 96.5 for 18. She shot an 88 at Regional (6th overall) and finished 12th place at State. At the state finals Conner played in spite of being sick with tonsillitis. She has received recognition as all conference honorable mention and being named OK Bronze All Conference in 2013. Conner also plays soccer, and volunteers her time in coaching AYSO this past summer. Conner has a 3.3 GPA.
Coach London say that, “Conner does not hit the ball long, but she is very accurate with her short game. She has the knack to shake off a bad shot and focus on the next one.”
Conner is the daughter of Tammy and Tom White.
Posted on 07 November 2013.
Link, Sargent and Kolasa are named Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Student Athletes of the Month for October
Senior Cam Link was named the October 2013 Student Athlete of the Month for Football. Cam is a 2 year varsity player for the Red Hawks playing running back and defensive back. Cam is having a great senior season for the leading the team in rushing with 412 yards on 51 carries including 6 touchdowns. Cam has a 2.5 GPA, and he is involved Red Hawks Kids club.
Cam’s favorite class is Hitler Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. When asked what he likes about football Cam states that he loves that his team is so passionate and committed to playing together and improving with every game.
Cam is the son of Tami and Mike Link.
Senior Brianna Kolasa was named the October 2013 Student Athlete of the month for the Equestrian Team. Brianna is passionate about horses, so much that she says “Horses are my Life”. Brianna spends time volunteering at the Hidden Horse Haven and her favorite class is the Dave Ramsey class. She also commented that a couple things she loved about her Equestrian Team experience this year was that the team was so diverse in trying new events. Brianna excels in the classrom with a 3.55 GPA.
Coach Emily Ream says that,” Bri has a wonderful work ethic, and she is always willing to try new events and step up to fill spots where she is needed. She always has a smile on her face and is quick with and uplifting and encouraging word. She may not have known many of the other members of the team when she started, but definitely made a point to make friends and support her fellow teammates at every turn. She has been a great role model to our younger riders. WE are very blessed to have Brianna on our team and will miss her as she graduates.”
Brianna is the daughter of LeeAnn and Todd Kolasa.
Junior Austin Sargent has been named the October 2013 Student Athlete of the Month for Boys Cross Country. Austin is a leader for the team this season, and is having an excellent season currently ranked as the #1 runner in the state of Michigan for Division 2. Austin also excels in the classroom with a 3.53 GPA.
Austin has blossomed into one of the elite runners in the area and many good things are ahead for him. Austin participates in Red Hawks kids club and enjoys his conditioning and weight training class the most so far this year. Austin loves how the Cross Country Team works together to push each other to get better every day!
Coach Craig Potter says, “Austin is a very hard worker with great leadership skills for the underclassmen on the team.”
Austin is the son of Misti and Shane Sargent.
Posted on 03 October 2013.
Senior Mitch Hanmer was named Student Athlete of the Month for Soccer. Mitch was voted captain this year by his teammates. Mitch excels in the classroom with a 3.5 GPA and is a member of the Athletic Leadership Council. Mitch is really excited about his team, and the chemistry they are building with the all the new members of the team.
Coach Avink states “Mitch is a workhorse! He came out his senior year as a captain and it is obvious, that he wants this to be his best year yet. Every day he continues to grow and learn as a leader. He has the drive to push himself and his teammates. He continues to find new ways to demonstrate what it looks like to be a selfless leader and to do what’s best for the team. He is a difference maker on and off the field!”
Mitch is the son of Michele and Scott Hanmer.
Junior Alyssa Alger was named Student Athlete of the month for Sideline Cheer. Alyssa a 3 year varsity sideline team member, has received many awards in her high school career including being named Academic All State 2 times, All conference, All District and All Region. Alyssa also excels in the classroom with a 3.813 GPA. Alyssa volunteers in the Red Hawk kids club, ALC and Rocket cheerleading.
Coach Ramirez say that,” Alyssa is a positive role model in and outside of cheerleading. Her dedication to the sport and love of the game is shared on a daily basis. Her teammates believe she is a great motivator, has a positive attitude, pushes her teammates to do their best and always enjoys herself and shares her bubbly spirit.” According to the rocket cheerleaders, “Alyssa Alger is a LEGEND!”
Alyssa is the daughter of Amy and Dan Forster.
Senior Maddie Pekrul has been named September 2013 Student Athlete of the Month for Girls Cross Country. Maddie a senior captain, is a 4 year varsity runner has received many awards including, All Conference as a sophomore, All Conference honorable mention as a junior, top ten board for XC AND is a member of the record setting 3200 relay team in track. Maddie also excels in the classroom with a 3.875 GPA. She is in Advanced TV Pro, Advanced Drama participating in musicals at the high school, and is a member of ALC and NHS.
Coach Covey says that “Maddie is an excellent team leader. She supports every team member, always has a positive attitude, and takes on responsibilities. I applaud Maddie for her willingness to develop relationships with every new team member. Maddie has a bright future ahead of her.”
Maddie is the daughter of Nancy and Michael Pekrul.
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