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Cedar Springs Public Schools 2ND Semester Honor roll 2015-2016

Red-Hawk-art-webCalling all proud parents and grandparents! The Cedar Springs Public Schools 2nd Semester Honor Roll is available for download. It includes Middle School 7th and 8th grades and High School 9th – 12th grades. Just click the link below and find your Honor Roll student’s name, print it out and keep it as a keepsake.


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HATS Off to local middle school student


Madison Skelonc

Madison Skelonc

Madison Skelonc, a 7th grader at Cedar Springs Middle School, was one of 300 high achieving middle school students recently honored at the annual HATS OFF (High Achieving Talented Students) Recognition Ceremony, a statewide award ceremony that recognizes the top-scoring students who participate in Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search. The students who were recognized have received extremely high scores on a college entrance exam—either the SAT or ACT—while in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade.

Madison, the daughter of Brent and Jenny Skelonc, of Nelson Township, took the ACT in 6th grade.

The students and their parents were guests at a reception on October 17 that was hosted by the Gifted and Talented Education office at Michigan State University.

The SAT and ACT tests are administered annually to approximately 2,250 Michigan middle school students who demonstrate high academic ability. These tests are utilized by high school juniors and seniors as part of the college admissions process. Data from Northwestern Midwest Academic Talent Search indicates that participating middle school students score, on average, very close to the average score of college-bound high school seniors nationally. Those students recognized at the HATS OFF awards ceremony achieved scores comparable to the top 1-20 percent range of college-bound senior’s scores.

The process seeks to identify students who reason well in math and verbal areas and to recommend educational options available both in and out of school.

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MS cross country places first at Conference

Cedar Springs Middle School Girls cross country team took first at conference.

Cedar Springs Middle School Girls cross country team took first at conference.

Cedar Springs Middle School Boys cross country team took first at conference.

Cedar Springs Middle School Boys cross country team took first at conference.

The middle school boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Allendale on October 20 to compete in their conference meet. After an amazing season for both teams, they were ready to fight for the conference title. With hard work and determination, they were both able to come home with conference titles to show for it. Nine boys and eight girls earned medals by placing in the top 20, while all the team ran their personal best time.

Congratulations to both teams on a great season!

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Middle school wrestlers show teamwork


by Colleen White

The Middle School grapplers faced their last two opponents of the season this past week, facing Northview and Comstock Park. Both matches offered some of the best wrestling matches of the season. The fledgling Hawks soared high, winning both matches by pulling together and supporting each other.

Saturday offered another challenge with the Individual Tournament held at Lowell. Nine wrestlers chose to participate, with others coming to cheer on those wrestling. Six wrestlers placed in the top four. Anthony Brew placed 2nd, Reese Gonzales placed 3rd, and in 4th place was Fred White, David Erxleben, Aaron Smith and Zac Schmid.

“All of our wrestlers have shown improvement this year. It has been a wonderful season,” stated Coach VanHam.

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Spelling Bee winner

Victoria De Leon

Victoria De Leon

Regional Spelling Bee at Middle School on February 10.  1st place Victoria De Leon!  Go Redhawks!

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Olympic athlete visits Cedar Teams

Middle school and high school track teams

Middle school and high school track teams

Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein

Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein

Track and field athletes in Cedar Springs got a real treat last week. Middle school as well as high school athletes gathered to listen to advice from a world-class athlete—three-time Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein. The runner visited Cedar Springs to speak to the teams and join them on a run around the campus.

Ritzenhein, who graduated from Rockford High School in 1991 and set several state and national records, explained to the students the importance of working hard. “When I was starting with running, I was not that good. I was a middle-of-the-pack runner,” he said.

Times change. His career has taken him through college and into professional distance racing where he has represented the United States in three Olympic Games. Ritzenhein said he enjoys seeing the passion the younger runners have for the sport.

Middle school track runner Sarah Martin said, “I thought it was interesting what he shared about working hard and seeing the payoff.”

Cedar Springs athletes running on campus

Cedar Springs athletes running on campus

While Ritzenhein said he had benefited from hard athletic work in school, he advised the runners to try to enjoy their time as students. “Just enjoying the time in school is important,” he said. “You have to build those close friendships and don’t lose sight of the lessons you learn here.”

The Grand Rapids Press reported that Ritzenhein would soon be moving his family back to West Michigan, from Oregon, and will serve as assistant coach to runners at Grand Valley State University.


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Middle School girls track 5-1

CSMS girls track are 8th grade conference champs.

CSMS girls track are 8th grade conference champs.

The Cedar Springs Middle School Girls 400 relay team set a school record.

The Cedar Springs Middle School Girls 400 relay team set a school record.

The girls track team completed an amazing season with a 5-1 record, with the one loss only being by two points. Even though practice started inside because of the weather, everyone of these girls were able to rise above and run, jump and throw their best.

Two school records were broken—Tara Tepin in the 200m dash and the 400 relay of Tara Tepin, Maddie Vandusen, Bailey Lachniet and Sienna Wight.

The 7th grade track team finished 5th at their conference meet, with very few points separating 2nd through 6th place.

For the second year in a row, the 8th grade track team finished as conference champions, making school history as the first time a girls track team has won back to back championships.

Coaches Weiler and Weiler are very proud of how all these girls ran, competed and the sportsmanship they portrayed. “It was an honor to coach this group of young ladies,” they said.

Placing and scoring points at the conference meets were:

7th grade:

Leah Kuzma-70m dash, 100m dash, 1600 relay

Rachel Crystal-200m dash, 1600 relay

Sydney Plummer -400m dash 1600 relay

Rachel Bowers-1600 relay

Myla Umphrey-1600 and 3200m runs

Grace Dault-55 hurdles and 1st in long jump

Hailey Luccarelli-shot put

Cece Brandt-shot put

Nicole Mosher-high jmp

400 relay of Erica Larsen, Grace Dault, Abby Hall and Nicole Mosher

800 relay of Montana Whitmore, CeCe Brandt, Hailey Arnold, Brooklyn  Andres

8th grade (all 4 relays were conference champs)

Maddie VanDusen-1st in long jump, 1st in 70m dash, 400 relay

Taylor Pasley- 70 m dash, 100m dash, 1600 relay

Tara Tepin-100m dash, high jump, 400 relay

Jenna Zoerman-100m dash, long jump, 800 relay

Brooke Morris-400m dash, 800 relay, 1600 relay

Sammie Terhorst-400m dash, 800 relay

Clarissa Jackson-400m dash

Jenna Heintzelman-800m run, 1600 relay, 3200m relay

Hannah Heinzelman-3200m run and 3200m relay

Lisa Heintzelman-55hurdles, 200 hurdles and 3200m relay

Bailey Lachniet-1st shot put, 400 relay

Mikayla Williams-high jump

Aaliyah Sargent-1600 relay, 3200 relay

Sienna Wight-400 relay, 800 relay

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Middle school boys track team finishes undefeated

The Cedar Springs Middle School boys track team continued their strong tradition with an eighth consecutive undefeated season at 5 wins and 0 losses. In the past 19 years, the boys have posted 16 undefeated seasons.

The team ended their season by splitting into separate grade level teams to compete in two conference championship invitationals. The 7th grade team placed first at their conference meet, earning championship honors with 155 points. The teams’ nearest competitor was Belding, who finished second with 116 points. The 8th grade team finished in second place, 21 points behind Sparta.

The following is a list of 1st place Conference Champions and their events:


John Todd………………………55 Hurdles, 200 Hurdles, High Jump

George Gonzales……………800 Run, Shot Put

Alex Merlington………………70 Dash, Pole Vault

Dallas Mora…………………3200 Run


Jacob Hooker…………………200 Hurdles

Troy Patin, Christian Twitchell, Jameson Pavelka, Austin Basso……..3200 Relay

Dustin Shaw, Jake Mead, Austin Ellis, Collin Alvesteffer…………………400 Relay

The guys enjoyed a great season due to their hard work, dedication and commitment to individually do what was necessary to make the team a success. Coach Martens and Coach Banagis would like to congratulate all team members on a fantastic season. A special “thank you” to all parents, staff members, high school coaches and athletes for always cheering our team on and for running great home meets.



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Middle School – Exploring Technology

Eighth-grade student Alex Teal practices his presentation skills while describing research results. Presentations were created using www.prezi.com.

Exploring Technology is taught by Jeremy Plain in both the seventh and eighth grades. While each class covers different topics, the idea is the same; show students some new and fun ways to process and display information.  In addition to the familiarity students gain with new types of technology, Mr. Plain’s classes are designed to reinforce classroom concepts in science, reading and math.

Some of the activities students complete throughout the trimester include researching, organizing and producing presentations; creating how-to videos using screen captures at www.screencast.com; implementing reading strategies to explore developments in technology and designing informational and persuasive posters.

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Big announcement for the library!

Remember when we used to dream about a new library? Things have been quiet on that front for a while, but the drive to build a new library is picking up steam, and there are some important things happening in the next week!
The first thing is happening next week Tuesday. Residents of Cedar Springs and the surrounding area are urged to come to a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, at Cedar Springs Middle School to hear some big news! The library board and the City of Cedar Springs will be there to talk about the need for a new library and let you in on something new that’s happened to get the ball rolling again, and how you can help keep it bouncing along! The meeting will be held in the upstairs meeting room at the Middle School, at the corner of Northland and 16 Mile.
The second date to note is Thursday, November 3. That is the last day that you have to buy a ticket for the Big Boy spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the Cedar Springs Public Library that will be held one week later, on Thursday, November 10. It will be held at Big Boy from 5-8 p.m. Tickets are available at the library, and will also be available to purchase the night of the town hall meeting. Purchase a meal ticket and enter your stub for a chance to win some great prizes, including a brand new Kindle Keyboard 3G, pies, meals, books and more. Tickets are $6 for children (up to 12th grade), and $9 for adults.  The meal includes an all-you-can-eat buffet of spaghetti, soup, salad and fruit, and kids 10 and under can build their own sundaes. There will also be face painting for kids and a chance to meet children’s author Amanda Litz. She will have her new book series for sale, “Sam and Pam can and you can, too!”
For more information, call the library at 696-1910.

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