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March Battle of the Books Madness


by Karen Tackmann, Red Hawk Teaching Coach

 

Are you like many people in the United States, consumed by college basketball, March Madness?  This spring Red Hawk Elementary combined two of our favorite things (sports and reading) to create March Battle of the Books Madness.  Eighteen books getting judge by the biggest fans and the harshest critics of books for kids – 6th grade students!  Every morning we anticipate who will win and move on to the next round.  We discuss, vote, cheer, moan, and discuss a little more.

Battle of the Books is an accelerated reading program in which students read 5 – 16 books and come together to discuss and test their knowledge of the books they have read.  The competitions (battles) are similar in style to the TV series, Family Feud.  On May 14, students will be randomly placed in teams of four to compete in eight preliminary rounds of battle with the final battle taking place May 18.  The suspense is mounting and so are the piles of books the 6th grade students are reading!

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Red Hawk Walkers Program Extended


Red Hawk Elementary will continue to open their doors to all community members who would like to walk the halls from 4:00 – 8:00pm, Monday through Thursday when school is in session until May 1, 2014.  Cedar Springs campus will be closed April 4 – April 11.  If Cedar Springs Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather, holiday or no school scheduled, walking is canceled that day.

 

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Stay healthy this season, become a Red Hawk Walker


11/4/13—3/27/14

The cold air is settling in, but you don’t have to give up your workout. Cedar Springs Public Schools supports your effort to stay healthy this season.  Red Hawk Elementary will open their doors to all community members who would like to walk the halls from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday when school is in session. If Cedar Springs Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather, holiday or no school scheduled, walking is canceled that day.

Scheduled days closed…  February 17 & 18

For inclement weather school closings, please stay tuned to your local TV Station listings.

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EnGedi Creates A Great After-School Resource For Students


Meredith Pike, CSHS Class of 2016

 

Surrounded by colorful walls and green shirt volunteers, the environment is full of vibrant energy. With laughs and giggles, and the slurping of juice boxes, students bond with one another over snack time and homework help, while others sit quietly under a table and enjoy a intriguing book. It is a place for students to learn and create meaningful friendships. This is one of the many after-school programs throughout Cedar Springs.

“EnGedi Youth Center is a partner in education with Cedar Springs Public Schools,” says Craig Owens, the Executive Director of EnGedi. “We are here to help provide after-school resources that will benefit both Cedar Springs students and the whole Cedar Springs community.” This faith-based program offers students a way to thrive in school while meeting new people.

“In our current location in Red Hawk Elementary we serve 6th-8th grade students,” says Owens. “[Its’] just a safe environment,” says Josh Schram, a weekly volunteer at EnGedi, “[It has the opportunity to] help them with life skills.”  EnGedi is constantly surrounded by adult volunteers who are helping and looking out for the well-being of students. “I would hope that students know that the EnGedi team really cares about them,” replies Owens.

Many of the adult volunteers willingly give their time every week to help students continue on their educational journey. This program does not only affect the student’s lives, but it also greatly impacts the lives of the volunteers. It is a way for volunteers to mentor the students and have a positive impact in whatever way possible.

“You get to see them right where they’re at [in life],” says Schram.   With the calendar year coming to a close,  EnGedi is up for some big changes. EnGedi will be expanding into the high school to reach out to more of the Cedar Springs community this winter.

“At the high school, we will still have an opportunity for students to receive help on homework and studies, but the activities will be much more community-based,” adds Owens.  The high school location will still allow for homework help offered by college students. This addition will create a way for students to meet others they wouldn’t otherwise know.

Not only is it a place for students to receive additional help with school, but it is a way for students to take pride in their community. This program offers many opportunities for students right in their neighborhood.  “[Students will] be thankful for the opportunity offered,” replies Bryan Taylor ‘15, EnGedi student board member,“Its more of … a social gathering than anything else.”  EnGedi will establish a way for the student body to grow closer together, and to create lifelong friendships throughout the community.  “It’s a fun, safe, life-expanding opportunity,” says Owens.

The EnGedi program was opened to high schoolers starting on Monday, Dec. 9, and will be offered any day after school.  “I want as many as possible to come and share their thoughts, so we [can] ‘officially’ open EnGedi in the high school at the start of 2014,” encourages Owens.  This addition will add countless opportunities for the Cedar Springs community to grow closer together. All students are encouraged to come and meet the EnGedi crew, any day after school in the cafeteria.

EnGedi is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and funded solely through donations. If you would like to donate, please make checks payable to EnGedi and mail to 15290 Tisdel Ave, Cedar Springs, Mi 49319.  For volunteer opportunities, please contact Craig Owens at 696-1204 ex.1920.

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STAY HEALTHY THIS SEASON, BECOME A RED HAWK WALKER 11/4/13—3/27/14


CSPS-IndoorWalkingThe cold air is settling in, but you don’t have to give up your workout. Cedar Springs Public Schools supports your effort to stay healthy this season.  Red Hawk Elementary will open their doors to all community members who would like to walk the halls from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Monday through

Thursday when school is in session.   If Cedar Springs Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather, holiday or no school scheduled, walking is canceled that day.

Scheduled days closed…

December 23 – January 3, February 17 & 18

For inclement weather school closings, please stay tuned to your local TV Station listings.

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STAY HEALTHY THIS SEASON, BECOME A RED HAWK WALKER


CSPS-IndoorWalking11/4/13—3/27/14

The cold air is settling in, but you don’t have to give up your workout. Cedar Springs Public Schools supports your effort to stay healthy this season.  Red Hawk Elementary will open their doors to all community members who would like to walk the halls from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday when school is in session. If Cedar Springs Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather, holiday or no school scheduled, walking is canceled that day.

Scheduled days closed…  November 27, December 23 – January 3, February 17 & 18

For inclement weather school closings, please stay tuned to your local TV Station listings.

 

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Kids head back to school


On the first day of school, Alanna Miller was excited to be in kindergarten at Cedar Trails Elementary.

On the first day of school, Alanna Miller was excited to be in kindergarten at Cedar Trails Elementary.

By Judy Reed

 

School started back up in Cedar Springs this week, and according to Cedar Springs Assistant Superintendent David Cairy, they are off to a great start.

“Talking to parents, staff and students, everyone is excited to be back and looking forward to a great year,” he said.

He noted that with 3,400 kids, there are bound to be a few glitches the first day or two, but that the community and staff work together to make it work.

Some changes this year that parents may notice include new principals at three of the buildings:

Alternative education – Stacy Jeanette, Director of Student Services, took on being principal for New Beginnings. Former principal Dave Schlump retired.

Beach – Ken See, formerly an assistant principal at the high school, is now principal at Beach Elementary. Former principal Jane Hendricksen retired.

Red Hawk Elementary – April Stevens, formerly at the high school, is now principal at Red Hawk Elementary. Anne Kostus has moved to the high school, as director of academic services.

“Anne will help us increase our focus on student achievement at the high school level,” explained Cairy.

Another change parents will notice is that the high school revamped their parking lot over the summer. The loop that is the drop off and pick up has eliminated parking spots, and buses are now picking up and dropping off kids in the bus area only to the west of the school. The parking lot on the other side of the dropoff has also been expanded, and a new access drive installed to relieve traffic congestion. Cairy said that it is working really well.

He said that next summer they will renovate the Cedar Trails parking lot as well. “We’ve grown dramatically in the early childhood center,” noted Cairy. “We have our biggest class ever in kindergarten—350. We have 280 in first grade, and about 260 in second,” he explained. “We are glad that a lot of families are choosing us for education, but this parking lot was not built for that amount of traffic.”

They will be working on plans for the lot throughout the school year.

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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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Red Hawk Elementary Honor Roll 1st Trimester 2012-13


Last Name First Name

Alcumbrack Jenna

Baker Ethan

* Bayink Graham

* Beke Jacob

Bekins McCoy

Biggs Seth

Bishop Chase

Bliss-Ramos Gloria

Boomgaard Chloe

Bouwens Erin

Bouwkamp Kendall

Branch Olivia

Breen Saylor

Brew Anthony

Brown Emily

* Buchner Jenica

Burleson Dakota

Bylsma Austin

Caldwell Sabrina

* Cardinal Zackary

Carpenter Leah

Cassiday Brandon

Castro Dayan

Chase Jacob

Cherry Taylor

Ciise Cabdulcasiis

Conely Dane

* Cook Caleb

Corwin Katia

Davis Audrie

Demorest Ian

Douglas Madison

Drake Jonah

Draper Nathaniel

Dreyer Ryan

Eason Thomas

Edwins Brittany

Egan Derek

Empie Alexa

Endres Gabrielle

Finch Samantha

Fitzpatrick Meadow

Follett Alexis

Fraam Emma

Francis Mason

Frasier Cassandra

* Galle Zachery

Galle Evan

Galloway Sarah

* Garcia Skylar

Garcia Violet

Gardner Tayvon

GeBott Abigail

Gibbons Anna

Gonzales Allexis

Gott Cody

Griffard Madison

Gross Cecilia

Grove Katelyn

* Hall Dakotah

Hamilton Natalie

Hansen Karrigan

Hause Jared

Hendges Anthony

Hernandez Carina

Hess Sierra

Hoogerhyde Jarrett

Housler Anthony

Hovanec Hannah

Hughes Melody

Hull Logan

Huntoon Macie

* Huntoon Maddi

Hutchinson Samuel

Kady Destinee

Keaveny Garrett

Kennamer Hannah

Kibby Austin

King Reganne

Kirkwood Alexander

Kobayashi Logan

Lange Cayla

Larsen Mae

Lemery MaKeelie

Levandowski Katie

* Lewis Frank Mikayla

Majewski Alexis

Mangus Jasmine

Mann Heather

Martin Sarah

Marvel Brayden

* Maslin Sylvia

McBride Tyler

Melson Madison

Mendham Payton

Meredith Jacob

Merlington Carolanne

Mesler Alivia

Migoski Wyatt

Miller Brighton

* Miller Matthew

Nagle Jaken

Nauta Morgan

Newman Peyton

Noga McKenzie

Peckover Scott

Pienta Courtney

Pienton Lucus

Pierson Emily

Porter Jenna

Powell III James

Reed Reide

Reed Trevor

Reed Thomas

Rickard Alura

Ringler Ryan

Risley Madison

Rivard Ryllie

Roach Bryan

Robinson Khloe

Robydek Bailey

Rocafort Bailey

Rodwell Kaiden

Roelofs Alyssa

Rypma Allison

Scott Abigail

Scott Jacob

Secord Gabe

Sharp Savannah

Shears Kaylyn

Shevock Malory

Simpson Julia

Slater Megan

Smith Aaron

Smith Ethan Joseph

Sorensen Alyssa

Spencer Matthew

* Spicer Ethan

Svalen Carson

Swank Kolby

Swinehart Jacob

* Tawney Mackenzie

Thorne Natalie

VanDam-Colvin, Breonna

Vanderhoef Nicole

VanDyke Baylie

VanGessel Abbilyn

VanGorp Danielle

VanZyl Sebastian

Veltkamp-St Amour, Tyler

Vinton Hannah

Walker Crystal

Walker Joshua

Walters Corbin

Warner Taylor

Warner Carly

Weeks Brooke

White Allison

White Justin

* Whitney Marissa

Williams Dylan

Wise Ashley

Witters Christian

Wood Dawson

Wood IIII Richard

Woudwyk Aubrey

Yaklin Rebecca

Zarkowski Reece

 

* denotes all As

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Fun in the sun at the hunt


Cheap sunglasses were the rage at this year’s Post Community Easter Egg Hunt, as almost 400 kids and parents turned out for some fun in the sun at Red Hawk Elementary Saturday. We had blue skies, bright sunshine (60-plus degrees) and lots of colorful eggs and coins that were all gone in a flash! We had 16 winners. But everyone got something, and if kids didn’t find a specially marked egg, they went home with a consolation candy cup.

A special thank you goes out to all the parents for bringing their kids out; Cedar Springs Schools for allowing use of the field; Family Fare for providing the candy for the consolation prizes and thanks to those volunteers who helped build them; Classic Kelly’s Restaurant for providing 120 dozen eggs; The Cedar Springs Rotary for cooking and coloring the eggs; Cedar Springs United Methodist Church for the use of their kitchens; the Keystone Kops and the Cedar Springs Fire Department for running the hunt; Dan Randall for his donation of coins, and use of tables; the Red Flannel Queen and Court for helping with the hunt; all the Post staff members and their spouses who helped at the hunt, and of course, The Easter Bunny! A special thank you also goes out to all those who helped sponsor the hunt with a monetary donation (click here to view).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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