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CSPS Important Info


Campus Directory

for a complete staff directory, please visit www.csredhawks.org

High School 696-1200

New Beginnings Alt. HS 696-1203

Middle School696-9100

District Office 696-1204

Red Hawk Elementary 696-7330

Transportation 696-1450

Cedar View Elementary696-9102

Campus Kids 696-1716

Beach Elementary696-0350

Food Service 696-0372

Cedar Trails Elementary 696-9884

Grades K-12 Start and Dismissal Times

Building/Program Start Dismissal

New Beginnings 7:22 2:22

High School 7:37 2:32

Middle School 7:25 2:20

Red Hawk 7:27 2:22

Cedar View 8:40 3:31

Beach 8:40 3:31

Cedar Trails 8:40 3:31

R1TS 7:37 2:32

Preschool program information is available by contacting Cedar Trails Elementary (616) 696-9884

2016 – 2017 Food Service Information

Elementary Breakfast—$1.40 Elementary Lunch—$2.35

Secondary Breakfast – $1.50 Secondary Lunch—$2.85 – $3.00         Milk—$.50

Online deposits are available through www.sendmoneytoschool.com where you will have the convenience of checking meal account balances, making deposits into those accounts and eventually depositing money into other department accounts.

We also offer the convenience of applying for the USDA Meal Program at www.lunchapp.com.  Forms are also available in the building offices.

If you have any questions, please contact Holly Haywood @ 616-696-0372 or e-mail Holly.Haywood@csredhawks.org.

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Campus Kids are having a BLAST This Summer!!


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Teresea Schlump, Campus Kids Director

The students attending the Campus Kids Summer program are having so much fun!  We have been very active not only on campus, but by going on lots of enjoyable field trips!!  One of the goals of Campus Kids is to offer our students many new opportunities to experience different activities.  We are always searching for new places to take the students to expose them to new educational, cultural, and athletic opportunities.  To meet this goal, we have traveled to lots of places not only in Cedar Springs, but in our surrounding communities.  For example, some of our students have had a golf lesson at Cedar Chase, experienced a ninja obstacle course at Rockfit Ninja Gym, fed the fish at the Paris Park Fish Hatchery, picked berries at Krupp’s Farm, watched a baseball game at the Whitecaps, and shot bows and arrows at WM Archery Center in Rockford.  In all, we will go on 36 field trips this summer!!   Sometimes we take everyone, and other times we take a smaller group of students.  One of the other goals of the Campus Kids program is to spend a large portion of the day CSPS-CampusKids-waterfunoutside.  This summer, we have spent approximately 60% of the day outside enjoying the beautiful weather.  Some of the activities we have done when we are on campus have ranged from crafting to STEM activities to challenge our minds, walking/running club, building and playing on a giant slip and slide, growing vegetables in the Community Garden, journaling, playing charades, and preparing and eating healthy snacks.  We have also done some community service work by picking up trash on campus.

Campus Kids – Before and After School Care

Campus Kids is a State Licensed Day Care program and we are preparing for school start.  We offer Before and After School Care throughout the school year.  Campus Kids opens at 6:00am at both Cedar Trails Elementary and Beach Elementary.  We do activities throughout the morning, and then serve a light breakfast.  We dismiss the students in time to get to their class at either Cedar Trails, Beach, or Cedar View.  Cedar Trails students may attend Campus Kids at their school, while Beach and

Cedar View students may attend at Beach.  In the afternoons, Campus Kids opens at 3:30pm for students at the same locations.  A healthy snack is served and homework help and fun activities are offered until 6:00pm.  To enroll, please complete and return a registration packet before September 1, 2016 to reserve your spot.  Packets may be picked up at Cedar Trails, or they can be found on-line at csredhawks.org.  There is a $20 annual registration fee for one child or $35 for a family.  Rates are $8.00 a morning or afternoon, or $15 for both on the same day.  Parents complete a schedule of days that they need care, and they are billed a month in advance for services.

For an additional charge, we also offer care on early release days and on snow days for pre-registered children.   Please call (616) 696-1716 or email campus.kids@csredhawks.org for additional information.

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Cedar Trails principal resigns


Longtime Cedar Trails Elementary principal Jennifer Harper with a student.

Longtime Cedar Trails Elementary principal Jennifer Harper with a student.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Board of Education approved a resolution Monday evening to enter into a separation agreement with longtime Cedar Trails Elementary principal Jennifer Harper.

Harper, who was co-principal with Mike Duffy, has been on paid administrative leave, and recently resigned. The reason for her paid leave and subsequent resignation has not been made public.

The Post has been contacted by concerned parents, who said she was there one day, and gone the next, with no explanation to staff or students and parents. “As a parent with students in the school I want to know what is going on,” wrote one parent. “This is crazy that the school district has said nothing to parents about this or anything that is going on. The kids are asking where she is.”

The Post spoke with the district office about the matter. “It’s been an ongoing personnel matter,” explained Superintendent Laura VanDuyn. “We can’t reveal the nature because it is a personnel matter. But I think it’s important to say that it’s not a matter that has to do with criminal conduct or the safety of students.”

Van Duyn said Harper was put on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. “We have clearly followed our district’s legal counsel in the matter,” she said.

Harper was originally hired to run the Parents as Teachers program, and then became co-principal with David Cairy.  She continued on as a principal at Cedar Trails after Cairy moved to Assistant Superintendent. Andy Secor and Mike Duffy have served as co-principals with Harper. Secor currently is principal at Cedar View.

VanDuyn said that Duffy would continue as principal at Cedar Trails and Harper would not be replaced.

While Harper said she could not discuss the terms of her resignation, she did have a statement for parents, staff and students.

“I have gladly dedicated my heart and soul to the students, staff and families of the Cedar Trails Community for the last 17 years. I have loved working with the staff, mentoring your young children, and have always supported high expectations for all. I wish only the best for CSPS and I pray for its continued success,” she said.

The Post submitted a request through the Freedom of Information Act on Monday, asking for any emails, documents, and minutes referencing the resignation of Jennifer Harper.

Harper is the second administrator to resign since the beginning of the school year. Assistant Superintendent Steve Seward resigned earlier this year.

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Attention parents of 2015-2016 Kindergarten Class


 

The Cedar Springs Kindergarten Team welcomes the parents/guardians only of the 2015-2016 Kindergarten Class.

Wednesday, March 18 

6:00pm to 7:00pm 

Cedar Trails Elementary

Parents/guardians will move in small groups from classroom to classroom getting a glimpse at the typical kindergarten day and curriculum expectations.   There will be five stations in all.

We are hoping to answer questions and get EVERYONE ready for an exciting start to the school year.

In August after teacher assignments have been finalized, we will welcome the students to Cedar Trails’ Open House to visit their classroom and meet their teacher.

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Kindergarten Pre-Registration


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2014-2015 School Year Kindergarten Pre-Registration for children turning 5 years old by October 1, 2014 is now open.  For more information, call 616-696-7317 or visit www.csredhawks.org.

 

Ready, Set, Go!

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The Cedar Springs Kindergarten Team invite the parents/guardians of the 2014-2015 Kindergarten Class to a special evening at Cedar Trails Elementary.

 

Tuesday, March 18 

6:00pm to 7:00pm 

Cedar Trails Elementary

 

Parents/guardians will move in small groups from classroom to classroom getting a glimpse at the typical kindergarten day and curriculum expectations.   There will be five stations in all.

 

We are hoping to answer questions and get EVERYONE ready for an exciting start to the school year.

 

In August, after teacher assignments have been finalized, we will welcome the students to Cedar Trails’ Open House to visit their classroom and meet their teacher.

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First graders get library cards


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March is reading month—which means it’s time for all first graders to get a chance to sign up for their very first library card.

Cedar Springs Public Library and KDL’s Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library team up to visit kids at school and get them excited about this new privilege.

Shannon Vanderhyde, Youth parapro at Cedar Springs, and Sara Magnuson, youth parapro at Sand Lake/Nelson Township, recently visited 11 first grade classrooms at Cedar Trails Elementary, and one at Creative Technologies Academy to hand out the envelopes with information on what to do. Algoma Christian will also receive a visit this year.

N-Library-cards2-webThe cards are good at any library in Michigan.

To celebrate, all first graders get to attend a movie March 3 and 4 at The Kent Theatre for free, with other family members welcome for $3 each. The movie is “The Nut Job.” Doors open at 5:30 with the movie starting at 6:30. A child’s library card or family library card entitles the first-grader to a free small popcorn that night. Just present your card at the concession stand.

 

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First graders get library cards


Four happy first graders show off their library cards at the Kent Theatre.

In what’s become an annual event, first graders at Cedar Trails Elementary and Creative Technologies academy were invited to celebrate “March is Reading Month” by getting their library cards. This is the 15th year of the event.

Cedar Springs Public Library Director Donna Clark visited Creative Technologies Academy to hand out envelopes with special invitations to 20 first graders and families of Mrs. Presler’s class to get a new library card. Shannon Vanderhyde, Children’s Parapro for the Cedar Springs Public Library and Sara Magnuson, Children’s Parapro for Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library and Kent District Library presented the special invitation letters to the 11 classes at Cedar Trails on February 22, which included about 270 students.

All students who registered for or already had a library card were invited to see a special showing at the Kent Theatre of “The Adventures of Tin Tin” on Monday and Tuesday this week. About 212 first-graders and family members attended the event.

Cedar Springs children’s author Amanda Litz was on hand to raffle off three books each evening from her “Sam and Pam can and you can, too” series.

Mrs. Presler’s class at Creative Technologies Academy were happy to be invited to get their library cards.

Clark said they are appreciative of their partnership with the Kent Theatre in this endeavor. “It’s really great to have a theatre in your own hometown,” she said.

Clark also paid tribute to Cedar Springs resident Mike Metzger, who started the annual drive. “The library card drive began all those years ago because Mike Metzger had a dream and a passion to see that every child in the first grade had a better chance of becoming a proficient reader early on. It was his idea to start a Library Card Drive through the Library, and he is as passionate today as he was then,” she said.

Mrs. Sendler’s class at Cedar Trails were also happy to be invited to get their library cards.

 

 

 

 

 

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Preschool Registration


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Pre-K program saved from drastic cuts


These children in Mrs. Dault’s Great Start pre-k classrooms at Cedar Springs are having fun while they learn.

While many state programs face funding cuts, Michigan’s pre-k program is getting some help this year. After seeing its funding cut by 7 percent last year, the Great Start Readiness Program is slated for an increase of 5 percent, for a total budget of almost $99 million. That’s good news for Cedar Springs Public Schools, who offers the grant-funded program to residents of the school district who meet eligibility requirements.
Cedar Springs is eligible for $163,000 to cover the costs of the program, which has enabled more four-year-olds to participate. “We were able to up the number of seats available from 24 to 48,” explained Superintendent Ron McDermed, at the Board of Education meeting Monday evening.
Cedar Trails Elementary has two Great Start pre-k classes, with one that meets all day on Mondays and Wednesdays, and another class that meets all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Both are taught by a certified teacher and teacher assistant. The program is designed to provide four-year-old children with the skills they will need to be successful in school when they enter kindergarten.
According to a new study by Pew Center on the States, Michigan is one of 15 states to increase funding for the coming year. Marci Young, Pre-K Now campaign director for Pew, says legislators are listening to research showing that pre-k programs make a big difference, especially for children most at risk of being behind when starting school. She used Detroit Public Schools as an example.
“A study that was done in Detroit preschool programs in 2004-2005 showed achievement growth in cognitive and behavioral skills that was demonstrated by all students who were enrolled in Detroit Public Schools through their pre-k program,” she explained.
Michigan also changed its eligibility criteria for the Great Start Readiness Program to include children from households that are up to 300 percent above poverty level—that’s the highest in the country. Young applauds the state legislature, and says restoring some of last year’s cut is a good investment.
“To ensure a prosperous economic future, states are going to have to make sure that they invest in successful, evidence-based programs that are proven to yield the strongest return on the investment. And pre-k is one of those smart investments,” noted Young.
The additional funding also includes a provision that stops school districts from diverting pre-k money for general education expenses. Twenty-six states managed to either protect or increase their pre-k funding, no matter which political party was in power. Pew calls that a clear message that early learning is seen as a valued strategy for education reform.
The report is available at www.preknow.org/votescount/.

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