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Free summer meals for children 18 years and younger


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Summer is about to get into full swing, and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is taking place again this year at Cedar Springs Public Schools. This federally funded program provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children (18 years and younger) in low-income areas get the nutrition they need throughout the summer months when school is not in session. Currently in Michigan, only 15percent of kids who eat free or reduced-price school meals have access to free summer meals.

Various schools, faith-based organizations, and nonprofits throughout Michigan provide free meals to children during the summer. Cedar Springs Public School has done this for several years now.

From June 12 to August 21, Free meals will be made available at Red Hawk Elementary, 204 E. Muskegon, to all children 18 years of age and under. Also eligible are people up to age 26, who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled that is recognized by a State or local public educational agency.

Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The school campus will be closed, however, July 1-5.

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High School parking lot construction to begin


*N-High school parking lot reconstructionTaxpayers to Cedar Springs Public Schools will see the result of some of the sinking fund money collected when the school begins reconstruction on the Cedar Springs High School parking lot and drop off loop at the end of this week.

School is out today, Thursday, June 6, and construction is set to begin on Friday, June 7 and last until August 23. There will be no access to the high school during that time.

According to school officials, they will be adding 68 parking spaces for improved parent drop-off, event parking, and student access to the high school; install updated energy efficient lighting; and construct better and more efficient drainage.

An advisory committee made up of parents, staff and community members came up with a long-range plan for the facilities and infrastructure, and the high school parking lot was a top priority.

Traffic congestion and parking at Cedar Trails was also a big issue, but once the school changed the start time for preschool to 9 a.m., it brought some relief to the parents dropping off their kindergarteners and first graders.

 

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Michigan Department of Education Summer Food Service Program


Cedar Springs Public Schools announces the sponsorship of the Summer Food Service Program for Children.  Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under or persons up to age 26 who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled that is recognized by a State or local public educational agency.  The meals will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.  Meals will be provided at the site listed below:

 

Red Hawk Elementary School

204 E. Muskegon St

Cedar Springs, MI 49319

 

Monday through Thursday – June 11th to August 24th, 2012

 

Breakfast served 8:00am to 9am

Lunch served 11:00am to 12:30pm

 

Cedar Springs Public Schools Campus will be closed July 2 – July 6, 2012

 

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In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

 

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice).  Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).   USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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Kindergarten Registration


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Protecting Our Investment…Securing Our Future


Cedar Springs Public Schools has implemented millions of dollars in budget cuts over the last decade.

State funding for education has forced continued spending cuts and is forcing choice between quality education and maintaining roads and facilities. The district placed priority on keeping cuts as far from the classroom as possible.  As a result, school infrastructure needs were deferred.  Without an alternative source of funding, the Board of Education would be forced to divert funding from classrooms to cover school infrastructure needs.  Additional budget cuts, increased class size, and/or depletion of fund balance may be necessary.

An Advisory Committee consisting of parents, staff, and community members worked together to determine a long range plan for facilities and infrastructure of Cedar Springs Public Schools by identifying the needs of the district.   The priorities included: security modifications, technology infrastructure, repaving parking lots and roads, increased parking at Cedar Trails, Beach, and High School, replacement of Gym Floors at Beach and Cedar View Elementary, energy efficient boilers, and many others.

Identified facility needs can not be met within current general fund expenditures without significant budget adjustments.  The Advisory Committee recommended the pursuit of a one mill sinking fund to support infrastructure needs.  The February 28, 2012 election will include a ballot proposal to secure a short-term, dedicated stream of funding for basic school improvement projects for Cedar Springs Public Schools.

Sinking funds, unlike traditional tax bonds, generate a fixed amount of funds over the period of the tax and incur no interest.  A one mill assessment for an owner of a $100,000 home would be fifty (50) dollars a year.  Sinking funds can be used for remodeling or repairing facilities, improving sites, structures, athletic facilities, playgrounds, or other facilities; and technology infrastructure.  School districts are not allowed to use funds from a sinking fund for operating expenses such as teacher, administrator or employee salaries.

The Sinking Fund would ensure funding remains in classrooms for learning, teaching, books, and technology, provide students with basic necessity of a warm, safe and dry learning environment, create efficiencies and long-term financial savings, create jobs and support of local businesses.  The Sinking Fund is the means by which the District can protect the community’s investment used by our students, staff, parents, and community.

 

 

 

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Inclement weather


The safety of our students is our number one priority.  In the event of inclement weather, Cedar Springs Public Schools will follow the National Weather Service warnings and watches to determine both current and likely future conditions.
Occasionally adverse weather conditions or other emergency situations may make it necessary to cancel school, delay the start of school, or send students home early.  When these situations occur, notice will be communicated to WOOD TV 8, WZZM Channel 13, and WXMI TV 17 through the Grand Rapids Area Information Line (GRAIL).
In a 2-hour delay students will be picked up by the bus approximately 2 hours later than their routine pick-up time. Morning ECSE and Preschool classes will be cancelled. With a 2-hour delay in effect, parents, students and staff should monitor the announcements in the event of the delay changing to a cancellation.  The buses will not transport students to the first session at the Kent ISD Skill Center when a school delay or cancellation is issued.

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CAMPUS KIDS CHILD CARE SUMMER FUN CAMP


A state-licensed child care service Located on the Campus of Cedar Spring Public Schools

AGES: Preschool age through 6th grade

DATES:  June 8th – September 1st, 2011 (Closed July 4th – July 8th)

TIME:  Monday through Friday 6:00AM to 6:00PM
INCLUDES:  Breakfast, Lunch & Afternoon Snack

WEEKLY & DAILY RATES AVAILABLE

For more information call 1-616-696-1716

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Summer Food Service Program


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Cedar Springs schools receives Chairman award


By Judy Reed

John Willette receives Chairman award.

Cedar Springs Public Schools received the Kent County Board of Commissioner’s Chairman Award at the 4th annual Green Schools Awards Ceremony on April 19, 2011, at the Caledonia Fine Arts Center. The award recognizes district-level energy projects, and this is the third time Cedar Springs has received the award.
The ceremony, hosted by Kent County and the Kent Intermediate School district, honored individual schools and five districts with 82 awards. Green certificates were given to individual schools for their green efforts, including Cedar Trails Elementary, Beach Elementary, Red Hawk Elementary, and Cedar Springs Middle School.
“Districts are working hard to save energy and taxpayer dollars and have long taught environmental awareness in their classrooms.  This new program helps us recognize their efforts,” said Kent ISD Superintendent Kevin A. Konarska.
Some of the environmental activities Kent ISD schools are doing to earn their certificates include holding a recycled fashion show for the community and tending a school garden that grows vegetables for the school’s lunch room.
The Cedar Springs district-wide energy program began in 2004 and has saved the district $1.25 million, or 26 percent in projected energy costs. For the 2009-2010 school year, it saved $240,000, or 33 percent.
According teacher and energy manager John Willette, the environmental impact of the program is carbon reduction of more than 7900 metric tons of carbon dioxide; carbon dioxide reduction is equal to approximately 10 years of growth of over 200,000 tree seedlings, or removing 1,400 cars from the road.
Willette says that 100 percent of the money saved able to be used for the important work of educating students.  “In this challenging fiscal environment these efforts have saved jobs and programs while helping to keep class sizes smaller.”
Cedar Springs was one of only five districts to receive the Chairman Award. The others were Caledonia, Lowell, Rockford, and Thornapple Kellog.

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Excellence and Innovation at Cedar Springs Public Schools


Superintendent Ron McDermed

From Ron McDermed, Superintendent

It is hard to believe that our school year is two-thirds over and we are already entering the final stretch of the 2010-11 school year. It has been a great year for Cedar Springs Public Schools.
We had a great fall highlighted by our October NCA Accreditation visit. A team of six educators from around the county visited our district from November 7th through the 10th.  They reviewed all 7 buildings in the district and interviewed 229 stakeholders in the district including Students, Parents, Teachers, Administrators, Support Staff, Community Members, Business Partners and Board Members.
As a result of the visit, all seven buildings have been recommended for accreditation by the North Central Association Commission. Additionally, the district received the “highly functional” or “operational” in all categories. The two highest ratings possible on all seven standards reviewed.
Standard One. Vision and Purpose
*  Exemplary high impact early childhood programming
*  Collaborative “can do” culture
*  District resources aligned to vision
*  Clear understanding of vision by district stakeholders
Standard Two. Governance and Leadership
* Real partnerships between the school and community
* Data Analysis sessions (PLC’s) throughout the year
* A warm and welcoming environment throughout the district
* Research based Teacher evaluation system
* Maximization of expertise and leadership skills
* True commitment for the instructional process
Standard Three. Teaching and Learning
*  An emphasis on opportunity for all students
*  Passionate, supportive and flexible teachers
*  Individual attention for advanced, average and at risk students
*  Cognitive Coaching modeled and practiced at all levels
*  Data discussions at the center of PLC meetings
*  Successful transitions of students from one building to the next
*  Strong focus on district instructional model to improve student achievement
*  Exemplary supportive programs beginning at birth
Standard Four.  Documenting and Using Results
*  Established and Implemented comprehensive assessment system
*  Timely communication of information to students and parents
*  Regularly scheduled time to collaborate around student achievement
*  System of quality information that supports effective teaching and learning
*  Polices and practices that foster and sustain improvement throughout the system
*  Continuing development of formative assessments aligned to curriculum objectives
Standard Five. Resource and Support Systems
*  Low teacher attrition because teachers feel valued, appreciated and supported
*  At all levels students feel very safe within their schools
*  Sound financial practices resulting in a 15 % fund balance in difficult economic times
*  collaborative culture supported by internal and external support systems designed to educate the whole child
*  Core focus on professional growth
*  Welcoming safe and positive environment conducive to learning
Standard Six. Stakeholder Communications & Relationships
*  Parents share in the district vision
*  Community support of the schools and their numerous partnerships
*  Special recognition for partners:  KSSN, Rotary, En Gedi, Ministerial Association Spectrum Health, Red Hawks Kids Club, Independent Bank and Amway partners
Standard Seven.  Commitment to Continuous Improvement
*  Successful allocation of time to focus on school improvement
*  Collaborative Culture that furthers improvement efforts.
*  Successful implementation of Coaching Model to support continuous improvement
* Numerous forms of data collection to monitor progress.
This is an outstanding report.  It represents the efforts and accomplishments that are possible when school and community come together in the common goal of quality education for all kids.
Additional highlights this year include:
*Two National Merit Semi-Finalists: Charles Hyde and Brittany Bellamy have been named semi-finalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition.
*The Red hawk Kids Club was implemented by High School Athletes to help build a stronger school community. High School students model and mentor elementary students.
*The Freshman Project Based learning Academy was implemented to provide alterative programming at the High school level.
*We implemented a Middle School Jazz Band Program.
*School community Partnerships were expanded with the Kent School Services Network, En-Gedi, the Red Flannel Festival, and the Amway Cooperation.
All of these things would not be possible without the outstanding support we receive daily from parents and community.  We are grateful for these strong partnerships and need your continued support as we face the challenges ahead.
We need your support to continue our work too ensure that all of our children have a world class education.  Two critical financial challenges are facing our district. The tough financial times have forced cuts in the district for the past six years. The current budget proposal at the State level would cut Cedar Springs Public Schools an additional 2.5 million dollars the 2011-12 school year.  These cuts are drastic and include a transfer of almost 900 million dollars from the School Aide Fund to Community Colleges and Universities. Many of you were instrumental in the passage of Proposal A, including our own Sue Wolfe. Proposal A was designed to properly and more equitably fund K-12 education. Please write or email you legislators to let them know how you feel about these issues.
Representative Peter MacGregor
P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI  48909
Phone:  Toll Free: (855) 347-8073
Email:  petermacgregor@house.mi.gov
Senator Mark Jansen
P.O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909-7536
Phone:  (517) 373-0797
Email:  senmjansen@senate.mi.gov
Together, we can ensure our children receive the best education possible in a safe and secure learning environment.  Thank you for your continued support.

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