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Cedar View Students Celebrate Earth Day

Ms. Amy Constant, Cedar View Teacher

The students of Mrs. Constant’s 4th grade class celebrating Earth Day by cleaning up the grounds of Cedar View, Beach, Trails, Red Hawk, District Office, and Morley Park!  After studying about natural resources, plant and animal life, and environmental impacts, the students chose to perform this service-learning project to make a difference in their community!   They collected 3 bags of trash!  What a great way to demonstrate your school and community pride.

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Rotary Club honors 5th grade essay winners

Students, parents, teachers, and principals involved in the Rotary 4-way test essay contest. Courtesy photo.

Students, parents, teachers, and principals involved in the Rotary 4-way test essay contest. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs Rotary recently handed out the awards for their annual Rotary 4-way test contest. They invited students from Cedar View, Creative Technology Academy, and Algoma Christian to enter, and had nine fifth grade classes participate. All essays were written at school in 200 words or less. Teachers chose the 2 best essays from their class and submitted them to the committee, which included Julie Wheeler, Carolyn Davis and Donna Clark.

“We had 18 diverse and interesting essays to read, evaluate and choose from,” explained Clark. “We looked at grammar, writing mechanics, spelling, presentation and the story line. We looked for a clear outcome, such as the lesson learned or character revealed.”

The first-place winner this year was Greta Isabella DeBack, in Mr. Moleski’s class. She wrote her essay entitled “Truth or Mr. Gregory Setting a Good Example.” It showed how a great teacher impacted her life. Rotary awarded her $50.

MayLynne Hath, of Mrs. Johnson’s class, came in a close second. She wrote about what the “Habits of Mind” are as taught at Cedar View, what they are not and how they can guide each of us to be a good person. She was awarded $25.

The third-place winner was Gwen Forster, of Mrs. Cairy’s class. She found that personal loss could build a sense of community when shared with a friend. She was awarded $15.

Jacob Borden, of Mrs. Norman’s class at CTA, was the fourth-place winner. He wrote his essay entitled “How My Grandma Inspires Me” about his grandmother impacted his life. He was awarded $10.

Clark thanked the teachers for their inspiration and guidance of students, and their parents for the foundation of success they’ve laid at home.

The 4 Way Test was adopted by Rotary in 1943 and has been translated into more than 100 languages and published in thousands of ways. The message is known and followed by all Rotarians. “Of the things we think, say or do: 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

The Cedar Springs Rotary holds the four-way test essay contest each year for fifth grade students, and tries to live by that four-way test. “We as Rotarians are aware of the example we set as individuals and as a Club in our community,” said Rotary President Carolyn Davis. “As community leaders and partners, we are mindful of what we think, say and do.”

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Cedar View Family Fitness Fun


Andy Secor, Principal

Cedar View welcomed over 250 people to “Family Fitness Fun” on Thursday night!  This is our second year of holding family nights and we are building off our great success with “Math Night” in the fall.  We had a certified instructor doing kickboxing in the gym, a zumba instructor in the cafeteria, and boot camp with Mr. Secor in the media center.  I have attached a handful of pictures (see more on twitter @secorsig).

The YMCA brought a taste-tester with healthy food.  Jennifer Willette, Lana Kamer, our high school Red Hawk athletes, and our PTO helped to secure and organize healthy snack bags for students and parents.  A huge thank you goes out to the PTO, the Cedar View “family night” committee, and all Cedar View staff who attended, advertised, or helped with set-up.  Thank you to parents who brought their students out and got a great work-out in!    Just another reminder of the strong bond between school and community here in Cedar Springs!  This is truly a special place.  Look for family night #3 coming this spring!

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Math Night at Cedar View on November 6

Over 330 parents, students and teachers were in attendance of the Cedar View Math Night on November 6.  Breakout groups were held to discuss Math Curriculum, support at home and answer any questions.  Thank you to the Cedar View PTO for providing pizza.


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Cedar View 55-meter dash champions

On Wednesday, June 4, the final day of school, the fastest runners in each classroom competed to be the fastest students in the 4th and 5th grades.

When the dust settled, the results were as follows:

4th grade girls – First place Alli Carlson; second place Emily Neiderheide; and third place Reegan Glyshaw.

4th grade boys – First place Aiden Brunin; second place Kyle Hoort; and third place Mitchell Metiva.

5th grade girls – First place Abby Buttermore; tied for second place Morgan Reyers and Sophia Dault; and third place Maggie Prins.

5th grade boys – Tied for first place Shayn Campione and Da’Montae Barnett; second place Spencer Bray; and third place Landon Totten.

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Cedar View Students are giving back! The Leadership Teams are on a mission!


When the 4th grade Student Leadership Team contemplated how they wanted to improve their school this year, they decided they were going to look outside of the school walls and into their own community.  By starting a “Penny War” between classrooms, they managed to raise more than $840 dollars to which they donated to the North Kent Service Center!  Each classroom had a jar and students from their home classrooms could fill the jar with pennies.  However, students from other classrooms could offset the amount of pennies by contributing quarters, nickels, and dimes.  The only way to make up the difference was to add more pennies!  Fun was had by all and best of all, they were able to contribute to a great program!  Awesome job, 4th graders!

The 5th grade Student Leadership Team was not far behind with their own idea of having a food and clothing collection for those in need.  During a two week period, they managed to collect five totes of clothing and a large amount of food!  Donations will be delivered to Degage Ministries in Grand Rapids, where the team will spend some time during the dinner hour helping out and meeting some of the staff and clients.

We are very proud of our Leadership Teams and their dedication to helping others!

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Cedar View closer to a Community School!


For the third year, Cedar Springs Public Schools has continued their partnership with Kent School Services Network in an effort to develop what are called “community schools”.  The idea is to bring resources and programs into the schools with an overarching goal of increasing student attendance, focusing on the importance of academic achievement, and increasing family involvement.

At the end of last school year, Cedar View Elementary formed a committee consisting of Principal Andy Secor, teachers, Sue Smith, Laurie VanDam, Miranda Latimer, Kim Farrey, Sadie Gallagher, and KSSN Community School Coordinator, Ivy Kowalski.  The idea was to plan different family events with an end goal of the school becoming a more welcoming place and hub for parents to feel comfortable in.

In the fall, the committee organized “Movie Night”.  They used the gym and families brought lawn chairs and sleeping bags and watched a movie with popcorn and snacks.  There were 250 people in attendance!

In January, 260 people attended “Math Curriculum Night”, which focused on different ways to support parents when working with their student in math.  Discussions included how to help with homework, the main concepts of Everyday Math, and how using technology can support math learning.

On May 28th, the committee, along with some great volunteers, hosted “The Challenge” which resembled the TV show, “The Amazing Race.”  It was a combination of mental and physical challenges that families participated in together.  There were 10 different stations surrounding Cedar View with activities including family hula-hooping, an egg toss, math problem solving, a states and capitals quiz, push-ups, and many more.  The Parent-Teacher Organization provided funds for a photo booth at the finish line. There were a total of 305 participants!

The committee did an amazing job teaming together to help welcome families into Cedar View in high numbers and the hours of commitment directly impacted the school culture. Combine these activities with the Cedar View Choir, after school Math and Reading Clubs, as well as Girls on the Run, and Cedar View is truly working towards that vision of a community school!

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Cedar View students make a difference

Raise money for library

Ms. Jennifer Kahler’s 5th grade class.

Ms. Jennifer Kahler’s 5th grade class.

When teachers encourage their fourth and fifth graders to scope out their community for worthy projects to support, it is a very good thing. Leading the way this year were Cedar View teachers Ms. Dawn Nielsen (4th grade) and Ms. Jennifer Kahler (5th grade). Arrangements were made with Cedar Springs Library Director Donna Clark to receive what turned out to be massive FUNds, according to the creativity and dedication of these students.

Ms. Dawn Nielsen’s 4th grade class.

Ms. Dawn Nielsen’s 4th grade class.

Ms. Nielsen’s class focused on raising donation dollars through their annual Read-a-thon. To add incentive, the Library promised a Red Hawk Beanie Baby to any student raising $35 or more. Twenty-two students collected a Red Hawk, including one student from Ms. Strumk’s 4th grade class. Students raised….DRUMROLL…$1,067! Half of that was given to the Library ($533.50) and half will be used for new books for the classroom.

While Clark was still rejoicing, another call came into the library, this time from 5th grade teacher Jennifer Kahler, informing her, “I have some very good news for you.  Room 12 has a surprise for the library. The students selected the Cedar Springs Library to be the recipient of their new fund raising effort, a store.  I gave each student $5 and their job was to come up with a product to make to sell at the store. With any luck, they would turn their $5 into a profit.” The conversation ended with Friday, April 30 being set as the day that Ms. Kahler’s class would present the Library with a check representing their creativity and hard work.

Mrs. Clark showed up at the appointed time, 9 a.m. The class chatted with Mrs. Clark about their store, consisting of everything from bookmarks to slime, and then asked her to guess how much they raised.

She guessed that doubling their $5 would mean a $300 donation for sure. Amidst grins and wiggles, it was clear that the class had raised much more. At that time two of the young ladies came forth and took turns sharing about how the money was raised.  The big moment arrived…DRUMROLL…a check for $496.11!  Shock,  smiles, and congratulations all captured on video. It was a moment to celebrate.

How will the money be used? Mrs. Clark encouraged the students to come up with a thorough list of books that they would like to check out from the library over the last weeks of school. By checking the Library’s website, cedarsprings.llcoop.org, students can check to see if the book they want is already owned by the Library. The Library also has a wish list of various things that are needed to improve the library and its services. Some of the money may be used for the Library’s annual Summer Reading Program, June 9-July 30. All are invited to Opening Day of the Summer Reading Program Monday, June 9 from noon to 6pm, to sign up for a summer of 20 programs, receive a free bookbag  (Grades K- 12), eat free ice cream, check out the petting zoo and storybook characters and the Friends of the Library’s annual book sale.


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Reading Month at Cedar View


Cedar View students are enjoying an exciting and crazy schedule of reading activities throughout the month of March!  Students are creating quite the reading buzz around the building.  Candid conversations are occurring everywhere focused on who we are as readers, what it is we like to read, and how we might persuade someone else to read one of our favorite books!

As you walk through the halls, you’ll quickly notice favorite book covers plastered on lockers while other days you may see a classroom engaged in “Camp-Out Day” as they camp themselves in a quality text.  The month culminates with an all day “Read-a-thon” service learning project.  These classrooms are collecting their read-a-thon donations for causes including the Cedar Springs library, St. Jude’s Hospital, and the American Cancer Society.

4th grade teacher Noah Gregory created a school-wide “Book-o-logy Tournament,” similar to the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament.  Daily excitement builds as 32 of our favorite books prepare to face off.  Favorite new chapter books, tried and true classics, as well as well-loved picture books made it into the field.  Students cast their votes each day and are continuously checking the book bracket posted in the library to see which text will advance to the Final Four and ultimately become the Cedar View champion!

Further stretching our reading capabilities, we also have our annual “Battle of the Books” challenge.  Interested students signed up for a 10 week-10 book challenge.  Students will battle it out in a game show like trivia challenge in the days before spring break.  Thanks to a dedicated staff and a community of FANTASTIC readers, we are ENJOYING an exciting month at Cedar View!

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Jumping in Time

Mark Russell

Mark Russell

This year the kids from the area were jumping. Really jumping. No, not with the normal excess energy they seem to possess. In today’s world, where Facebook and video games rule, this was a nice break. They participated in the annual Jump Rope for Heart Contest. The national event, sponsored by the American Heart Association, was organized by the physical education teachers.

A total of 421 students from Cedar View and Red Hawk Elementary as well as the Middle School enjoyed the day of jumping and music.

“These kids did a wonderful job raising donations for the event. They were thinking of others and that is something special,” stated PE teacher Mark Schumann.

Schumann, along with Steve Banagis stress wellness and physical activities all year in class.

Mr. Moleski's class

Mr. Moleski’s class

Mr. Moleski’s class of fifth graders really got into the event. His class total donations were $ 1,627, with every single student contributing.

Mark Russell, a seventh grader, raised $250 to lead all kids. The total amount raised this year was $ 7,056.









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