Posted on 01 March 2012.
What grade would you give the Cedar Springs School District?
If you could change one thing, what would that be?
With all of the issues facing public education these days, it’s important that we hear from all of our community. Active parents regularly meet with teachers and district administrators to provide their input, but not everyone has the opportunity to attend a board meeting or join the PTA for their building.
That’s why we’re inviting you to express your opinion on the questions above and others in a survey by going to http://bit.ly/zkM37N.
Last year, legislators cut school funding back to 2005-06 levels and required all employees to pay a portion of their health care. They lifted the cap on charter schools and are now considering creating an unlimited number of “cyber academies” that would allow students to earn a diploma online, and many more education reforms.
Amid all of these changes, we at Cedar Springs Public Schools are doing all we can to provide the best possible education for your children. We’ve made some adjustments, but not without working diligently to maintain programming for our students.
We want to know what you think about the challenges facing our schools, and what you consider essential for our students to receive a good education.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Posted in Cedar Springs Public Schools
Posted on 01 April 2011.
This year marks the sixteenth year for the annual Michigan frog and toad survey compiled by the Department of Natural Resources with help from volunteers around the state.
Declining populations of frog, toads and other amphibians have been documented worldwide since the 1980s. Studies suggest amphibians are disappearing due to habitat loss, pollution, disease, and collection.
Michigan’s annual survey efforts help biologists keep tabs on frog and toad abundance and distribution in the state.
“We have collected a large, valuable data set to help us evaluate the condition of Michigan’s frog and toad populations,” said Lori Sargent, the DNR’s survey coordinator.
The surveys are conducted by volunteer observers along a statewide system of permanent survey routes, each consisting of 10 wetland sites. These sites are visited three times during the spring when frogs and toads are actively breeding. Observers listen for calling frogs and toads at each site, identify the species present, and make an estimate of abundance.
“We need new volunteers in all parts of the state. Please consider joining us every spring for a fun, educational opportunity and run a route. he continued success of the program is dependent on strong volunteer support,” said Sargent.
Interested persons should contact Sargent by e-mail at SargentL@michigan.gov or phone at 517-373-9418.
More information on the Frog and Toad Survey and other projects supported by the Nongame Fish and Wildlife Fund is available on the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/nongamewildlife.
Posted in Outdoors