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Cedar Springs Schools and GRCC partner to form Middle College program


Dr. Steven Ender of GRCC and Dr. Laura VanDuyn of Cedar Springs Schools.

Dr. Steven Ender of GRCC and Dr. Laura VanDuyn of Cedar Springs Schools.

By Judy Reed

 

Cedar Springs Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Laura VanDuyn and Grand Rapids Community College President Dr. Steven Ender signed a letter of intent Monday evening to create the Cedar Springs Middle College for fall of 2015.

Under the program, freshman with at least a 2.5 GPA will be able to apply for the program, which would begin in their sophomore year, and provide the opportunity for them to earn both a high school diploma and an associate of arts degree in five years. The student will graduate high school and also earn an associate’s degree, without spending any money towards tuition.

It’s just the third program of its kind in Kent County. GRCC also partners with Wyoming, and Davenport partners with Kenowa Hills High School.

Dr. Steven Ender, president of GRCC

Dr. Steven Ender, president of GRCC

Utilizing dual enrollment/early college status, these students will continue to acquire high school credits toward graduating with a Michigan Merit Curriculum diploma, while also completing requirements toward an associate of arts degree. To do this, students will take fewer classes toward high school completion and more toward their college degree in each subsequent year. Due to the uniqueness of acquiring both certifications, the program would take an additional (fifth) year of high school.

Dr. VanDuyn said she was proud of the district’s students, of whom 72 percent go on to post secondary education, the same as the national average. But she said this program could be a big change for our community, noting that the program has about a 95 percent success rate of those going on to get their four-year degree.

Dr. Ender noted GRCC is celebrating 100 years of post-secondary education, and this is currently a program wave happening in post-secondary education. “It’s a price you can’t beat. You are clearly on the right track. And your students will definitely get a university education,” he assured the Board of Education.

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Indoor Walking


The cold air is settling in, but you don’t have to give up your workout.  Cedar Springs Public Schools supports your effort to stay healthy this season.  Red Hawk Elementary will open their doors to all community members who would like to walk the halls from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday when school is in session.  If Cedar Springs Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather, holiday or no school scheduled, walking is canceled that day.

 

Scheduled days closed…

●  November 10 & 12

●  November 26 & November 27

●  December 1

●  Winter Break, Dec 22 – Jan 5

●  Mid-Winter Break, February 16 & 1

 

For inclement weather school closings, please stay tuned to your local TV Station listings.

 

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School board chooses new interim member


Michelle Bayink

Michelle Bayink

Introducing Michelle Bayink

The Cedar Springs Board of Education has chosen Michelle Bayink as the new interim board member to finish out the term of Todd Hanson, who resigned last month, due to moving out of the district. His term is up at the end of December.

Michelle has lived in Cedar Springs for over 27 years, and is a graduate of the Cedar Springs class of 1999. She has been married to Brad for 14 years. They have three wonderful boys Graham, Carter, and Noah, who all attend Cedar Springs Public Schools.

Her education includes Associates Degree from Grand Rapids Community College and a Bachelors Degree in Sales and Marketing from Western Michigan University. Currently she works for Cintas, as a new business Facilities Sales Representative in the West Michigan area.

She wanted to join the School Board because she has always been passionate about education. When she spotted the opening on the school board, she decided she wanted to be a part of it. Michelle’s goal is to help continue the current positive direction with the budget and the high level of education for each and every student.

Michelle’s hobbies include spending time with family and friends. You might be able to catch her snowboarding in the winter and spending time on her boat in the summer. Michelle enjoys watching all sports and Ioves meeting new people.

Michelle is also running on the November ballot for a six-year term.

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Five chosen to vie for Superintendent spot


The Cedar Springs Public Schools Board will interview five candidates next week—including current Assistant Superintendent David Cairy—as potential replacements for retiring Superintendent Ron McDermed.

The candidates are Assistant Superintendent David Cairy; Gibraltar/Shumate Middle School Principal Brad Coon; Boyne Falls Public Schools Superintendent Karen Sherwood; Hudsonville Human Resources and Assessment Director Scott Smith; and Laura Van Duyne, the executive director of a special education consortium in Concord, California.

The candidates were selected from a pool of 15 applicants.  First round interviews for Coon and Smith will be held at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. on March 17; Sherwood and VanDuyne at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. on March 19; and Cairy at 6 p.m. on March 21. Second round interviews are scheduled for March 26.  The public is invited to attend the interviews, which will take place in the Hilltop board room.

Following are short bios for each candidate:

David Cairy

David Cairy

David Cairy was named Cedar Springs’ assistant superintendent in 2007 and has led a variety of educational initiatives as well as serving as the district’s chief financial officer. Before joining the central office administrative team, Cairy was principal at Cedar Trails Elementary and a teacher at the Jefferson Elementary School in South Redford. He holds a Masters in K-12 administration from Michigan State University and a Bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Grand Valley State University.

Brad Coon

Brad Coon

Brad Coon has been a principal in the Gibraltar district since 2004 and was an assistant principal at Algonac High School from 2002-04. He has also served as an alternative education consultant at Oakland Schools and a teacher in the Orchard View and Fruitport districts.  He holds an education specialist degree from Oakland University, a master’s in education from Grand Valley State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University.

Karen Sherwood

Karen Sherwood

Karen Sherwood was named principal of the Boyne City Middle School after serving as a teacher in the building for 14 years prior to her 2010 appointment as the superintendent in Boyne Falls.  She holds a master’s in education leadership from Grand Valley State University, a master’s in early childhood development from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s from the University of Michigan at Dearborn.

Scott Smith

Scott Smith

Scott Smith was a middle school principal and assistant principal in the Hamilton district from 1995-2011 before joining the Hudsonville district in his present position.  He holds an education specialist degree from Grand Valley State University, a master’s in educational leadership and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Western Michigan University.

Laura Van Duyne has served as executive director of the State SELPA, Contra Costa Special Education Joint Powers Authority since 2010 and held a variety of administrative and leadership positions in the Antioch, CA, system from 2003-2010.  She holds a doctorate in education from the University of San Francisco, a master’s in education administration from Minnesota State University and a bachelor’s in education from the University of Nevada.

 

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Schools of Choice for 2014 – 2015 School Year


 

Cedar Springs Public Schools participates in both the Kent Intermediate School District (ISD) and the 105c Schools of Choice plans.  If you would like to be put on the mailing list to receive an application, please contact Pam Kozicki at pam.kozicki@csredhawks.org OR (616) 696-1204 x1008.

Kent ISD Schools of Choice Plan

Families residing within the Kent ISD, but not a resident of the Cedar Springs School District may apply for enrollment by requesting a Kent ISD Schools of Choice application from their resident district or choice district during the application period, April 14 – May 31.

105C Schools of Choice Plan

Families who reside in a district which borders the Kent ISD, may apply under the Schools of Choice 105c plan during the application period, April 14 – May 16.

Applications will NOT be accepted until April 14, 2014.

For more information, visit www.kentisd.org/parents–community/schools-of-choice or www.csredhawks.org

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Stay healthy this season, become a Red Hawk Walker


11/4/13—3/27/14

The cold air is settling in, but you don’t have to give up your workout. Cedar Springs Public Schools supports your effort to stay healthy this season.  Red Hawk Elementary will open their doors to all community members who would like to walk the halls from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday when school is in session. If Cedar Springs Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather, holiday or no school scheduled, walking is canceled that day.

Scheduled days closed…  February 17 & 18

For inclement weather school closings, please stay tuned to your local TV Station listings.

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EnGedi Creates A Great After-School Resource For Students


Meredith Pike, CSHS Class of 2016

 

Surrounded by colorful walls and green shirt volunteers, the environment is full of vibrant energy. With laughs and giggles, and the slurping of juice boxes, students bond with one another over snack time and homework help, while others sit quietly under a table and enjoy a intriguing book. It is a place for students to learn and create meaningful friendships. This is one of the many after-school programs throughout Cedar Springs.

“EnGedi Youth Center is a partner in education with Cedar Springs Public Schools,” says Craig Owens, the Executive Director of EnGedi. “We are here to help provide after-school resources that will benefit both Cedar Springs students and the whole Cedar Springs community.” This faith-based program offers students a way to thrive in school while meeting new people.

“In our current location in Red Hawk Elementary we serve 6th-8th grade students,” says Owens. “[Its’] just a safe environment,” says Josh Schram, a weekly volunteer at EnGedi, “[It has the opportunity to] help them with life skills.”  EnGedi is constantly surrounded by adult volunteers who are helping and looking out for the well-being of students. “I would hope that students know that the EnGedi team really cares about them,” replies Owens.

Many of the adult volunteers willingly give their time every week to help students continue on their educational journey. This program does not only affect the student’s lives, but it also greatly impacts the lives of the volunteers. It is a way for volunteers to mentor the students and have a positive impact in whatever way possible.

“You get to see them right where they’re at [in life],” says Schram.   With the calendar year coming to a close,  EnGedi is up for some big changes. EnGedi will be expanding into the high school to reach out to more of the Cedar Springs community this winter.

“At the high school, we will still have an opportunity for students to receive help on homework and studies, but the activities will be much more community-based,” adds Owens.  The high school location will still allow for homework help offered by college students. This addition will create a way for students to meet others they wouldn’t otherwise know.

Not only is it a place for students to receive additional help with school, but it is a way for students to take pride in their community. This program offers many opportunities for students right in their neighborhood.  “[Students will] be thankful for the opportunity offered,” replies Bryan Taylor ‘15, EnGedi student board member,“Its more of … a social gathering than anything else.”  EnGedi will establish a way for the student body to grow closer together, and to create lifelong friendships throughout the community.  “It’s a fun, safe, life-expanding opportunity,” says Owens.

The EnGedi program was opened to high schoolers starting on Monday, Dec. 9, and will be offered any day after school.  “I want as many as possible to come and share their thoughts, so we [can] ‘officially’ open EnGedi in the high school at the start of 2014,” encourages Owens.  This addition will add countless opportunities for the Cedar Springs community to grow closer together. All students are encouraged to come and meet the EnGedi crew, any day after school in the cafeteria.

EnGedi is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and funded solely through donations. If you would like to donate, please make checks payable to EnGedi and mail to 15290 Tisdel Ave, Cedar Springs, Mi 49319.  For volunteer opportunities, please contact Craig Owens at 696-1204 ex.1920.

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Elects 2014 Board of Directors


CSEF-logoThe Cedar Springs Education Foundation has elected new board members to serve in 2014.  The Foundation is an integral part of the Cedar Springs Public Schools’ ability to provide a high quality education to students of the district.    In 1986, a group of civic minded community members established the Foundation to ensure a solid education for our students.

The Foundation has purchased or funded learning tools such as iPads and iPad software, equipment for the high school biology and chemistry labs, laptops and netbooks, diversity awareness and anti-bullying programs, books, cameras and numerous other classroom essentials for all grades and all buildings over the last 27 years.  The current directors and trustees are continuing that legacy of service to students and are committed to keeping the Foundation active, engaged and relevant into the future.

The Foundation has 501(c)(3) non-profit status, therefore all donations are tax deductible and can be mailed to the Foundation at 204 E.Muskegon or given to any board member.  Please consider a donation as a way to honor a teacher, staff member or community member.  A note will be sent to the honoree informing them of your donation.

The 2014 Education Foundation members are:

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Bill Tucker, President

Kara Dault, Trustee

Tom Noreen, Vice President

Deb McIntyre, Trustee

Elizabeth Marckini, Treasurer

Shannon Cooper, Trustee

Jeni McIntyre, Secretary

Ron McDermed, Ex-Officio

Beth Blades, Trustee

Matt Shoffner, Ex-Officio

 

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2012-2013 Annual Education Report


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The Cedar Springs Public Schools Annual Education Report (AER) was presented to the Board of Education on October 14, 2013.

The AER is designed to meet state and federal requirements for reporting to parents and communities. The report provides detailed data on state administered student assessment results, accountability results, teacher qualification information, and the state results for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Parents and the community can access AER information for the district and individual schools by visiting our website, www.csredhawks.org, and clicking on the Annual Education Report 2012-2013 link under Public Notices.  If you have any questions regarding the AER information, please contact the district office at 616-696-1204.

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A Celebration of the Arts at Cedar Springs Public Schools


We believe the Fine Arts are a life-long pursuit of emotional education and expression, encompassing our cultural heritage. The Fine Arts provide a means for the individual to communicate ideas, portray images and explore their humanity in creative ways. A Fine Arts education has the ability to facilitate language acquisition, reading readiness and general development. It fosters positive attitudes and cooperative learning, enhances creativity and problem solving, and promotes social development and self-worth. We believe the Fine Arts are an essential medium which promote academic excellence in all students. Therefore, the Fine Arts are an integral part of the Cedar Springs Public Schools’ curriculum.

Visit http://www.csredhawks.org/Artinschool to discover how “Art Matters” to the Cedar Springs Public Schools Curriculum.

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