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Red Hawk Odyssey of the Mind team to go to World Finals


Odyssey of the Mind held State Finals on March 17, the second step for creative teams competing their way to the World Finals. State Finals hosts the best teams from the entire state of Michigan and Cedar Springs sent two teams this year. The teams, made up of up to seven members, choose a challenging, open ended “problem” to solve and then test their solution against other teams in the same age division. Teams must use their creativity, ingenuity, acting, artistic talents and recycle, rework, and create, using teamwork and solving solutions on the spot to advance. 

Life skills are learned in abundance here.

To earn the right to advance, teams must place first or second against the best, most creative kids in Michigan.

Placing in second and earning the right to advance to world finals is our team from Red Hawk Elementary coached by Michelle Wiles and Traci Slager.

Team members are: Aiden Lake, Brielle Sarniak, Jade Yowtz, Nate Slager, Annalise Elliot and Coryn Wiles.

The team is busy now creatively fundraising for their upcoming trip. At world finals over 16 countries and more than 35 states have teams competing! It will be an amazing memory maker for this creative team! Good Luck to you! 

If you would like to donate, you can visit their gofundme page at https://www.gofundme.com/om-world-finals.

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Odyssey of the Mind


Red Hawk Elementary 1st place

Saturday, February 24, rang with creativity at the regional Odyssey of the Mind tournament in Greenville, for Region 2 West Michigan teams. The halls were filled to the brim with costumed creatures ready to “hang out” at a stellar location, vehicles ready to TRI their wheels and skills at Olympic sized events, Emoji faces, and classical characters galore! Charlotte’s web? We spun it. Gulliver’s travels? We journeyed through, and down the rabbit hole with Alice, plus so much more. 

Red Hawk Elementary 2nd place

We had primary (K-2nd grade) cooking classes and balsa wood structures holding 100s of pounds!

Creativity, teamwork, perseverance, hard work and a whole lot of fun was the common thread of the day. The best part is the students do it all by themselves. Hands off adults! If one way doesn’t work there are many other ways to try. That’s one of the best life skills of Odyssey of the Mind. 

Building confidence and leadership while embracing creativity and problem solving. Our world needs our O.M.ers! 

Cedar Springs sent three teams.

Cedar View Elemenatary 5th place

Cedar View Elementary – coached by Dena Fisk and Jennifer Redes (honorable mention 5th place) problem 3 div 1.

Red Hawk Elementary – coached by Michelle Wiles and Traci Slager (placed 1st and advancing to State FInals) problem 3 div 2

Red Hawk Elementary – coached by Rahnda Bordeaux and Matt Robb (placed 2nd and advancing  to State FInals) problem 4, div 2

Congratulations and best of luck at State Finals on March 17 at Thornapple Kellogg School.

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Red Hawk sixth-grader plays baseball in national tournament


Walker Glyshaw can pitch both right-handed and left-handed. He used that to his team’s advantage in the tournament. Courtesy photo.

Walker Glyshaw, 11, at the 12u Junior National Baseball Tournament at Walt Disney World. Courtesy photo.

Walker Glyshaw, a sixth-grader at Red Hawk Elementary, experienced the excitement of playing in the 12 and under Junior National Baseball tournament at Disney over the holidays. 

Walker’s team of junior all American baseball players from around the Midwest finished 2nd in the New Year’s Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney.  

They opened the tournament with a 4-4 Tie against Crabfest from Maryland, followed by a 13-2 victory over JP Sports from Illinois. In that game, Walker had two hits, including a triple. He also pitched the second half of the game, striking out five and earning the victory.  

In their third game they lost a hard fought match to Puerto Rico 6-5. Though they had a disappointing 1-1-1 record, the team was able to advance to the semi finals.  

The semi final game was played against the #1 seeded team, Athletic’s Warehouse, from North Carolina. The highlight of the game came in the final inning. Walker came into the game to pitch with 2 outs and 2 runners on base. The score was 4-2. Both runs for North Carolina had come off of home runs earlier in the game. Walker would be facing both of those batters in the final inning. He threw left-handed to the first hitter who managed a weak hit up the middle, loading the bases. He then switched and threw right-handed to the next hitter. The count quickly went to 3 balls, 2 strikes. Against the advice of his coach, Walker threw a breaking ball to strike him out to end the game and earn the save.

The finals were played on New Years day against another Maryland team, the Shutdown Orioles. Walker’s team quickly got down 8-1 and managed to fight their way back to 8-7. Walker was warming up to come into the game, when it was called because they had reached the time limit.

He will play this year for the River City Prospects out of Grand Rapids.

Walker, 11, is the son of Justin and Elizabeth Glyshaw, both teachers at Cedar Springs Public Schools. 

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Men of Honor program


A group of young men from Cedar Springs traveled to Neebish Island in the Upper Peninsula this past summer on a mission trip and showed their character by helping some of the elderly with yard work. 

“The work was hard but the payoff of thankful hearts and smiles was so rewarding,” said Randy Badge, leader of the Cedar Springs chapter of the Men of Honor youth group for 6th-8th grade students.

Men of Honor started in Texas in 2003. Tony Rorie, who was then a Dallas middle school principal, started to meet with his four biggest troublemakers. He started mentoring them once a week after school about the basics of manners, leadership, character, and common courtesies. By the end of the year, his small group of four grew to 50. The Men of Honor was birthed. 

The Men of Honor is a Christian character-building program aimed at 6th-8th grade students but can be used for any age of men. In the past 14 years, the Men of Honor has spread across the US and into 11 countries.

During that time, The Ladies of Honor (LOH) was also birthed. 

The Cedar Springs program partners with the En Gedi after school youth Center at Red Hawk Elementary. MOH meets after school every Thursday in the Media Center until 4pm. They learn such things as leadership, character, courage, diligence, compassion, honesty, integrity, perseverance and so much more. MOH has developed a two-year teaching curriculum for leaders to follow. 

Young men and ladies are rewarded with an official MOH or LOH T-shirt by reciting axioms. The MOH can earn five tenant pins for courage, diligence, character, passion, and perseverance. The LOH can earn five charms. 

Participants become partially commissioned by completing the 3 MOH or LOH magazines and earn a dagger. They become fully commissioned and become an Honor Guard by reading 6 more books and completing the complementary workbooks. MOH earn a William Wallace sword and LOH earn a beautiful Shield. 

The MOH will be going to Pine Ridge Bible Camp for Honors Camp on  November 17-19. Any young man is welcome to join the camp. There will be a lot of fun and challenging activities and events that will encourage each young man in his manhood. 

On Thursday, December 14, Cedar Springs will be launching it’s own Ladies of Honor program at Red Hawk Elementary right after school. They will also end at 4pm. Any interested 7th & 8th grade ladies can take the shuttle bus from the middle school to Red Hawk. 

For more information for Men or Ladies of Honor in Cedar Springs, camp, or to start your own club, please contact Regional Director Randy Badge at rbadge@themenofhonor.org. You can also visit the website at www.HonorMinistries.org

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Cedar Springs hires four new principals for elementaries


From L to R: Carol Franz (Cedar View); Tricia Shenefield (Beach); Beth Whaley (Cedar Trails); and Miranda Latimer (Red Hawk). Courtesy photo.

Kids returned to school on Tuesday, September 5, and those in kindergarten through fifth grade were welcomed by new principals at each of the four elementary schools.

“Each of the principals come to us with great education and experience and will fit well with our dynamic team of students, families, staff and administration,” said Dr. Laura Vanduyn, Superintendent.

The school supplied the following information on each principal:

Our new Cedar Trails principal is Ms. Beth Whaley. Ms. Whaley comes to us as an experienced principal, most recently at an early childhood and Kindergarten center. Prior to that she served as Early Childhood Director and Specialist at the ISD and district level. She was a GSRP leader and Parents as Teachers assistant and teacher. Ms. Whaley comes to us with awards from both Michigan State and University of Michigan (Summa cum Laude at both as well as Magna cum Laude at MSU in her undergraduate work). Beth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Michigan School Administrator Certificate.

Our new Beach principal is Ms. Tricia Shenefield. Ms. Shenefield comes to us as an experienced principal for many years in Grand Rapids Public Schools. Prior to that Ms. Shenefield was an assistant principal and a teacher. Ms. Shenefield shared in two interviews that she loves data. She has co-authored curriculum, served as a math teacher leader and implemented PLCs. Tricia and her staff are an accomplished team that had the highest ELA M-STEP proficiency among 13 K-5 schools in GRPS. Ms. Shenefield holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Michigan School Administrator Certificate.

Our new Cedar View principal is Ms. Carol Franz. Ms. Franz comes to us with several years experience as a 5th-8th grade school principal. Prior to that Ms. Franz was a Program Coordinator for 21st Century Programs, MTSS District Coach, Discipline Coordinator and teacher. Ms. Franz has been instrumental in implementing several initiatives such as PBIS, MiBLISI, and Response to Intervention. Ms. Franz has presented at the state level and has received many awards, such as the Make a Difference Award (student nominated) for several consecutive years. Ms. Franz holds a Bachelor’s degree (MSU highest honors), a Master’s degree in teaching, an Education Specialist degree in school administration, and Michigan School Administrator Certificate.

Our new Red Hawk principal is Ms. Miranda Latimer. Miranda is not new to CSPS as she is well known for being an outstanding teacher of our wonderful CSPS 4th and 5th graders for 15 years. However, she is new to Red Hawk and wilI certainly know many 6th graders as she had some of them in class! Ms. Latimer was the “Leader in Training” last year at Beach Elementary School. She was instrumental in working alongside a mentor, Dr. Barb Johnson, (a National Blue Ribbon School principal and a Michigan Top 10 Schools principal) with staff and students to implement the Reading Now Network (RNN). The RNN is a highly sought, research-based Michigan initiative that is effective in improving reading and literacy at the elementary level. Ms. Latimer proved her skills and talents as a leader in training and will now be a building principal. She will apply her many years of experience with the upper elementary level students to our focused and unique 6th-grade site. Ms. Latimer holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s degree in Administration and Leadership, and Michigan School Administrator Certificate.

“Please join me in a warm Cedar Springs welcome to our principals,” said VanDuyn. “I know you’ll enjoy meeting them and working with them this year. I welcome you, in advance, to this school year; it’s going to be another great year!”

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Cedar Springs Health Center NOW OPEN! 


 

8 am – 3:30 pm Monday through Friday

For students ages 3 – 21

Located in the Red Hawk Elementary building – south entrance

616.696.3470 or visit www.cherryhealth.org

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Summer Food Service Program   


Healthy food to fuel your summer. FREE!

Served at Red Hawk Elementary Monday through Thursday June 12—August 17

Breakfast Served: 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Lunch Served: 11:00 am to 12:45 pm

If you have any questions, please contact Holly Haywood, Director of Food Services 616-696-0372 or foodservice@csredhawks.org

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Boys training to be Men of Honor


Approximately 17 6-9th graders, along with their chaperones, loaded the Men of Honor bus on April 26 to travel to Grand Rapids to watch the movie titled The Case for Christ.

Approximately 17 6-9th graders, along with their chaperones, loaded the Men of Honor bus on April 26 to travel to Grand Rapids to watch the movie titled The Case for Christ.

Courageous leadership, chivalry, and honor were once qualities held in high regard—especially by the knights of old. But those qualities don’t have to be a thing of the past, and a group of young men in Cedar Springs is learning what it means to become “Men of Honor.”

Randy Badge, a 30-year teacher and youth minister, is the area leader for this Christ-centered Men of Honor organization. Badge has teamed up with En Gedi, also a Christ-centered organization, to share space at the free after-school youth center at Red Hawk Elementary.

This international character-building program from Honor Ministries is aimed at 6-12th graders and meets on Thursdays from 2:40–3:40 in the Media Center.

Badge was thrilled to have 26 young men sign up this year for the nine-month Men of Honor program. “In all of human history there has never been a time when the call for strong men was louder or the need greater,” explained Badge. “I have witnessed firsthand the effects of young men who have no father or an uninvolved father in their lives. Many young men have no model of what real manhood is like.”

The group learns how to build character qualities such as integrity, courage, honesty, honor, perseverance, diligence, compassion, and leadership. Manhood and Christlikeness are synonymous for the Men of Honor.

Cristian Leggett said, “This is a fun group that teaches me how to grow as a man and connect better with God.” A good example of that was an event last week Wednesday, when the group and their chaperones traveled to Grand Rapids to watch the movie titled The Case for Christ.

Other students joined for different reasons.

When Trevor Marshall was asked why he joined the program he responded, “I thought it would be a good way to connect with other Christian young men.”

Matthew Maxwell shared, “I read about historical leaders who were men of courage. I wanted to learn how to grow in Christian courage and strength as they did.”

As these young man practice chivalry and strive to become Modern Day Knights, they must read three books written by Edwin Cole and complete the corresponding workbooks. Once completed, they receive a dagger. To become fully-commissioned, men must read nine books. They are then knighted and receive a beautiful Men of Honor sword for their accomplishments.

There are opportunities to earn tenant pins for leadership, courage, diligence, character, and compassion. A Men of Honor t-shirt is awarded by reciting the axioms, “I am a winner. I am a Man of Honor. I do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do. My word is my bond. Being a male is a matter of birth. Being a man is a matter of choice. There is no greatness outside of God. 1,2,3, YES!”

This past summer, Badge was certified in leadership training through the John Maxwell Team. Because of his certification, he can teach leadership skills to organizations, businesses, schools and churches. He also loves to encourage marriages, parents, men and teens through workshops and talks.

To get more information about the Men of Honor program, email Badge at rrbadge@hotmail.com or go to the Men of Honor website at HonorMinistries.com.   There also is a Ladies of Honor program, and while the group would love to see one started at Cedar Springs, they would need someone to lead it.

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Actress in Columbine film to speak at local church


 

Payton Christian, an actress, model and speaker, will speak at North Kent Community Church on Sunday, April 30, and be on hand to speak to youth that evening at a community-wide showing of “I’m not ashamed,” a film telling the story of Rachel Scott, the first victim in the Columbine shooting in 1999. Courtesy photo.

Payton Christian, an actress, model and speaker, will speak at North Kent Community Church on Sunday, April 30, and be on hand to speak to youth that evening at a community-wide showing of “I’m not ashamed,” a film telling the story of Rachel Scott, the first victim in the Columbine shooting in 1999. Courtesy photo.

By Judy Reed

The shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999 was a tragic event that people will not forget. And the stories that came out of it—like the shooting of Rachel Joy Scott—the first victim, are a reminder of the courage of many of the students.

“I am not ashamed,” a movie that tells her story and is based on Scott’s diaries, came out last fall. It will have a special showing next weekend, April 30, at North Kent Community Church, 1480 Indian Lakes Rd NE, at 5:30 p.m. Payton Christian, an actress who plays a Columbine student in the movie, will be on hand to give her own testimony during the 10 a.m. service April 30, and will speak to youth at the community-wide screening at 5:30 p.m.. She will also speak to youth at the En Gedi Youth Center on Monday, May 1, at 2:45 p.m. at Red Hawk Elementary.

Payton is an 18-year-old actress and model who lives in Erin, Tennessee. Her faith and family are both important to her. She lives on a 200-acre farm called Christian Farm, with her mom, dad, and grandmother. She was homeschooled from about second grade on, because of an auto-immune deficiency. “I would be sick all of the time, catch colds and flu really easy,” she explained. So her mom decided to keep her home and homeschool her. It’s gotten better as she’s gotten older, but it’s still with her. “It’s just something I have, it doesn’t stop me,” she said.

When she was 11, she was watching New York fashion week, and told her mom she’d like to do that. So they looked at agencies, and chose a Christian-based agency. “They told me I was a little short for modeling but they could put me in a movie here and there,” she explained with a chuckle.

Her first movie was “Rumors of War,” when she was almost 12. “It’s an intense, faith-based film about the end of days,” she explained. “Not for kids under 13.”

Payton has done a variety of movies—both secular and Christian, but said her heart is with faith-based movies. “I love God and love doing films about Him and his word, and how he’s worked through people’s lives,” she said.

The Post asked Payton how she became involved with “I’m not ashamed.”

“I had seen some talk about it, and I helped with some of the casting. My agency was doing the casting and I was there that day, and I listened and watched as the actors read for their parts. I later talked to my manager about it, and said ‘If there is anything I can do to be a part of it, I want to do it.’ So I was there from day one to the last day,” she recalled.

She said they were all happy with the response to the film. “So many people showed up at the premier, and huge groups came to see it,” she said.

Payton Christian loving on a parrot, on the farm she lives on with her parents and grandmother in Kentucky.

Payton Christian loving on a parrot, on the farm she lives on with her parents and grandmother in Kentucky.

When Payton is not acting, modeling, or speaking, she likes to spend time reading—“I have 500 books in my room,” she confessed. She also spends time with the animals on their farm. The farm is home to an array of animals, including regular farm animals as well as camels, zebras, and birds. But one of her favorite things is working with the rescue horses they take in. “I feed and help them put on weight and just love on them. I have a real passion for that. It’s a humongous this for me,” she explained.

Payton’s big heart is not just for animals. She is also involved in a foundation called “To write love on her arms,” a depression awareness and suicide prevention cause. And she also just started a new foundation called Bibles in Battle, a foundation to provide bibles to every soldier fighting overseas. She said she would have a donation box set up when she comes to speak in case people want to donate to that cause.

Payton said that she feels faith should be important to everyone. “People are worried about everything. But whenever we leave this earth, those things we worked so hard to get won’t be important. God doesn’t care how much money we make, where we live, what we drive. He cares that we love him and follow his word. He should be our number one priority.”

When she talks to the youth in Cedar Springs, she will try to impress on them that no one is ever perfect. “Don’t try to make yourself perfect. To God you are already perfect from day one—he loves you the way you are. It doesn’t matter what group you are in; you don’t need to prove yourself. You have God and that’s enough,” she said.

What does Payton see in her future? “My goal is mostly to do what my heart tells me—what God wants me to do—to spread his message and do as much good as I possibly can,” she said.

Payton has never been to Michigan, and is looking forward to it. “I’m overly excited that I get to be here and talk to everyone,” she remarked. “And I’m looking forward to seeing the sights!”

For more information on the showing contact Pastor Craig Carter at 616-550-6398 or craigcarter8282@gmail.com.

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Physical Education at Red Hawk Elementary


 

Mark Schumann, Physical Education Teacher

There are two goals of the Physical Education classes at Red Hawk Elementary:

(1) Get students active for the entire class period

(2) Provide students with a variety of physical activity opportunities so the students have a knowledge base in hopes that they will continue to be physically active throughout their lives.

Students engage in building their muscle strength and endurance, as well as increasing their cardio-respiratory endurance. Also, the students experience many team games and lifetime leisure activities.

Physically active children grow up to be healthier adults. Keep fit & healthy and keep moving.

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