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French Book Project


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The French II and III students at Cedar Springs High School made Christmas presents in the form of French children’s books for the children living at an orphanage in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. Haiti is a French-speaking country with a very low literacy rate of 60%. Many children in Haiti do not have access to books. The Cedar Springs’ French students decided to create books to send to Haiti with the goal of encouraging literacy and creating a special Christmas memory for these children

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Local hometown hero aboard USS Mason


The USS Mason was fired upon with missiles on October 9 and 12, off the coast of Yemen. Here it is shown on the arrival at the port of Piraeus, Greece, on October 23.

The USS Mason was fired upon with missiles on October 9 and 12, off the coast of Yemen. Here it is shown on the arrival at the port of Piraeus, Greece, on October 23.

FC1 PJ French, aboard the USS Mason.

FC1 PJ French, aboard the USS Mason.

FC1 PJ French, a 2004 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, is aboard the USS Mason, a Navy destroyer recently fired upon off the coast of Yemen.

French is the son of Don and Laura DeLange, of Cedar Springs.

The USS Mason is a Navy destroyer supporting maritime security operations in the Red Sea off Yemen’s southern coast. It was attacked on October 9 and again on October 12. As many as three missiles were shot down by the Mason and splashed down in the water before reaching the ship.

In response to the failed missile strike on the USS Mason, the USS Nitze launched Tomahawk cruise missiles on October 13, destroying three coastal radar sites in Yemen they suspected to be under the control of Houthi forces.

No one was hurt in any of the strikes on the USS Mason, due to the appropriate defensive counter measures. In fact, FC1 French works on the Aegis Weapons System onboard, which is responsible for defense of the ship.

What happens in a scenario where a ship like this is fired on? From a story at http://taskandpurpose.com/us-destroyer-responds-someone-shoots/ there are four steps:

Step one: Missile inbound.

Someone in the combat information center will notice a swiftly moving contact on the radar screen. The first person to detect the missile will yell out, “Vampire inbound!” along with some proprietary Navy information to make sure folks know the situation.

Step two: Confirm it’s a missile.

The ship has onboard sensors along with any information from units in and around the area of operations. Sailors in the combat information center will confirm that it’s a missile and not a radar anomaly or some other phenomena.

Step three: shoot that vampire down.

Once they have confirmed that an anti-ship missile is headed toward the ship, it’s time to take action. Sailors from Combat Fire Control division are responsible for the operations and maintenance of the weapons systems and will likely be the ones taking action. Each class of ship has multiple close, medium, and long-range weapons and countermeasures to address the threat. In the case of the Mason, they used Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) and Enhanced Sea Sparrow Missiles to “splash” the missiles. The SM-2 and ESSM are medium range missiles stored in the ship’s Vertical Launch System cells, along with Tomahawks and other weapon systems. ESSMs are unique in that each VLS cell can hold 4 of the missiles, meaning Navy ships can hold several to protect themselves or the units around them.

If the missiles made it through those defenses, or were fired closer, the shipboard Phalanx Close-In Weapons System—also known as the CIWS (pronounced “sea-wiz”)—would engage it. The CIWS looks like a really excited R2-D2 and terrifies helicopter pilots all over the Navy, and for good reason. CIWS shoots upwards of 4,500 rounds per minute, creating a wall of tungsten in front of an incoming contact, and can be operated fully autonomously. When all of the weapons and countermeasure systems are combined, a U.S. Navy warship is basically Skynet.

Step four: Maintain readiness and evaluate further action.

Okay, so the warship has shot down a couple of incoming missiles and everyone is on high alert. The folks who were watching movies, sleeping, eating, or otherwise engaged heard the weapons systems being employed and hauled butt to their respective command and control stations to find out the latest info on the situation. The engineering team will ensure that all systems are online and that peak readiness is achieved. The commanding officer and executive officer are split between the combat information center and the pilot house, ready to continue the fight. The whole ship is ready and are hoping for a shot at lobbing the retaliatory Tomahawk missiles at whatever targets fit the appropriate response.

The Post is glad to hear that FC1 French and his shipmates were not injured, and we appreciate how he is serving his country. French graduated from the Navy in Chicago in 2010, and according to his mom, Laura, PJ has another three years to serve on his current tour of duty.

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Hometown Hero


 

Airman 1st Class Steven J. Brunni

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Steven J. Brunni graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Brunni is the son of William J. and Son Mi Brunni, and brother of Jonathan M. Brunni, all of Cedar Springs, Mich.

He is a 2011 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, Cedar Springs, Mich.

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Students study Cedar Creek health with Trout Unlimited


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Trout Unlimited’s Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative has worked with over 1,500 local students just this past year and they are not slowing down when it comes to engaging our youth in science and water conservation. Throughout this month, Trout Unlimited got the opportunity to work with 250 new students from Cedar Springs High School to monitor the health of Cedar Creek in downtown Cedar Springs.

High school teachers Steve Vree, Eddie Johns, and Larry Reyburn reached out to Trout Unlimited to continue their successful partnership because they appreciate the importance of getting students out of the classroom and into their community. Thanks to their support, students from 8 science classes have designed experiments studying the effects of stormwater pollution, trees, and, excess sedimentation on the cold water trout stream using the Leaf Pack Network experiments. They created artificial leaf packs and placed them somewhere in the creek depending on their experimental conditions. The students waited for the leaf packs to stay in the stream for four weeks so that they could be colonized by macroinvertebrates. Students worked in the lab to identify the macroinvertebrates that they use as indicators of water quality. The data, which varied from scores of excellent to fair, will be uploaded to the Leaf Pack Network where schools from all over the country have entered local stream conditions.

n-trout-unlimited2To date, the Home Rivers Initiative has worked with over 800 students on the Leaf Pack Experiment. The experiment is a great way to give students hands-on, real world research experience while raising awareness of the importance of streamside forests to the ecology of rivers and streams and to promote their stewardship.

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CSHS & H Productions Present: 110 Stories 


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From the first crash at the Towers to a last goodbye at Ground Zero, 110 Stories takes us through 9/11 as told by those who were there.

Cedar Springs High School Auditorium

November 9, 10, 11 and 12 Curtain at 7:00pm

Tickets available at the door or https://hprodcshs.ludustickets.com/index.php

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Upcoming Band Performances


6th Grade Band Off  to A Great Start 

The 2016-2017 school year is off to a great start in the 6th grade band.  130 band students are learning to play instruments for the first time, and they are have already progressed quite a bit.  Band Directors Adam Borst, Ryan Miller, and student teacher Adam Ronning are very impressed with the students’ abilities so far, and are looking forward to another great year of band at Red Hawk Elementary.

The budding instrumentalists are playing flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, baritone, and percussion, and will later have the chance to try tuba, French horn, and alto saxophone.  The students will perform 3 full band concerts this year: November 17th, February 9th, and May 18.  There is also a solo event on January 26th. All concerts start at 7:00 pm, and are performed in the High School Auditorium.

High School Marching Band heads to State Finals

CONGRATULATIONS to our Cedar Springs High School Marching Band who placed 3rd in their class at the Jenison Invitational October 22, 2016!  They had the best show of the season and scored an 87.725, the highest score of the past few seasons! The band performed Saturday, October 29 at the Westshore Invitational held at Rockford High School at 7:30pm where Cedar Springs placed 3rd.

The band will perform on November 5 at MCBA State Finals at Ford Field mid-afternoon.  Go Red Hawks!

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The Post travels to Sweden


Joyce Jones, left, traveled to Sweden to visit former exchange student Sonia Frangsmyr-Dermes, right. 

Joyce Jones, left, traveled to Sweden to visit former exchange student Sonia Frangsmyr-Dermes, right.

At the end of August, Joyce Jones traveled to Umea, Sweden, to visit a friend and former Cedar Springs High School foreign exchange student, Sonia Frangsmyr-Dermes. Umea, located in northern Sweden, is the cultural capital of Europe, and also known as the “City of Birches.”

“We met in high school as she came from Sweden as an exchange student, and then graduated from Cedar Springs High School together in 1963,” explained Joyce. “Sonia has been here many times to visit and renew acquaintances, and I have visited her in Sweden numerous times. Some members of our graduating class meet once a month over breakfast, and Sonia was able to join us this past August.”

Thank you, Joyce, for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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Former CS basketball coach named Coach of the Year


Dave Schlump (left), of Cedar Springs, receiving the 2016 BCAM Men’s Junior College Coach of the Year award.

Dave Schlump (left), of Cedar Springs, receiving the 2016 BCAM Men’s Junior College Coach of the Year award.

The Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) recently named Dave Schlump, of Cedar Springs, as the 2016 BCAM Men’s Junior College Coach of the Year. The prestigious award comes after the Muskegon Community College (MCC) men’s basketball team, where Schlump serves as head coach, ended their 2015-16 season, with an overall record of 24-7 and a 2nd place finish in the MCC Athletic Association Western Conference.

The MCC Jayhawks were ranked 8th in the nation in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJAA) DII final poll, after starting the season unranked. They were the Region 12 District 9 tournament runner-up, losing a hard fought battle 87-90 to Lansing Community College in the finals. Four of Coach Schlump’s players earned All-Conference honors, with another being named to the All-Defensive Team.

According to MCC, Schlump started his coaching career at Evart High School and Kent City High School. In 1991, he accepted the position of Varsity Basketball Coach at Cedar Springs High School (CSHS). Cedar Springs had suffered through a 30 game losing streak spanning over the two previous seasons. During his first season he, along with his coaching staff and the athletes, were immediately able to halt the losing streak. From there he began to build the foundation for a successful high school basketball program.

“Throughout my 14 seasons at Cedar Springs, I was fortunate to coach many outstanding basketball players, and more importantly, outstanding young men,” remarked Coach Schlump. “I have been pleased to send many of these players to the college level to continue their educational and playing careers.”

At the conclusion of the 2003-2004 season, Schlump felt he was ready for the next challenge in his coaching career. He pursued an Assistant Coach position at Ferris State University (FSU), where he had previously earned his Bachelor’s Degree. While at FSU he helped the program achieve success in the GLIAC. During his time there, the Bulldogs won a Conference Championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 nationally. While at Ferris he gained valuable experience with the overall operation of a college basketball program. This experience includes recruiting and prospective player evaluations, along with day-to-day practice organization and individual skill development.

Coach Schlump retired from Cedar Springs Public Schools, but still lives in the community with his wife of 30 years, Teresea. They have three children: Josh, Elyse, who is an assistant women’s basketball coach at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, and Dan.

MCC Athletic Director Marty McDermott was quick to congratulate Schlump and said, “Dave has been a tremendous advocate for basketball at all levels throughout his career and continues to help student-athletes reach their basketball and career goals.”

When asked what this award means to Schlump, he humbly replied, “This means a lot coming from fellow coaches. It all stems from having great players and assistant coaches.” Currently, Jimmy Booth, a 2004 CSHS graduate, serves as both Schlump’s Assistant Coach and an Assistant Athletic Director.

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An Advocate that puts kids first


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An Advocate that puts kids first

The quality of a child’s education will have a lasting and powerful impact on their future and the future of their community. Working as a licensed social worker with families and children, I have seen the evidence of this firsthand.

As an alumna of Cedar Springs High School, my hope is that every child in the Cedar Springs Public School District receives an education that serves as a solid foundation for success. In order for that hope to be a reality, the children of Cedar Springs need a school board member who will put their needs first.  Our children deserve an advocate who will ask the tough questions and who recognizes the complexity of today’s educational environment.

When I first met Heidi Reed years ago she was raising three young boys, working full time, and still finding a way to strongly support a group of CSHS Varsity softball players. She was an avid supporter of extracurricular activities, recognizing that learning happens both inside and outside the classroom.

In the years since, Heidi Reed has only deepened her commitment to the children of CSPS and the community.

As the wife of a current CSPS teacher and the mother of three young gentlemen, including two current CSPS students, she has firsthand knowledge of the current successes and challenges of Cedar Springs Public School District.

As an active member of our community, she supports local organizations that have a direct, positive impact on our children. She already has a proven record of putting the kids of CSPS first by regularly attending school board meetings, serving on the Sinking Fund Committee since 2010, and working on the 2016 District Improvement Team.

The children of CSPS deserve a school board member who will put them first. They deserve an advocate who knows the current needs of CSPS students firsthand. Heidi Reed will be that advocate.

On election day, please consider putting the children of CSPS first by voting for Heidi Reed.

Heather DeLine, MSW, LSW, Nelson Township

CSHS Class of 2007

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Student arrested for school violence threats


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By Judy Reed

A threat of school violence on social media got a 17-year-old student arrested last week.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, last Friday morning, September 30, students at Cedar Springs High School reported to the administration that they saw a threat on a social media website referencing a school shooting. The Kent County Sheriff Department and the administration then began to investigate the threat.

According to Superintendent Dr. Laura VanDuyn, the administration officials immediately notified Kent County Sheriff Department’s School Resource Officer Tom McCutcheon. He and detectives investigated the matter, and determined there was no threat to students.

A 17-year-old Cedar Springs student was arrested in connection to the threat, but the teen’s name has not yet been released. The investigation is still open.

The Post received a phone call from a parent Friday morning, who stated that several students, including her daughter, were upset because they had heard about the threat through social media, but no one at the school was talking about it with the students. According to VanDuyn, an announcement was made to the students about it.

“The safety and security of our students and staff is most important to us,” said VanDuyn, in a letter sent to staff and parents. “We take all concerns about safety and security very seriously. We are working to assure our students, staff, parents and community that there is no cause for concern for safety.

“This is an isolated incident that was spread through social media. Both the CSPS District and the KCSD will act swiftly and properly to handle this matter with regard to Board Policy, State law and student discipline code.

“I want to thank our students for reporting this matter to the high school administration and the SRO. I want to thank our administrators, SRO and KCSD for handling this matter so well.

“I encourage parents to reassure your children that there is no reason for concern. I would also encourage you to talk with your children about internet and social media safety and proper use.

“Please call me at any time on my cell or office phone, should you have questions or concerns.”

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