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School honors spring sports seniors

Cedar Springs Public Schools is honoring their Spring Sports Seniors virtually, with a new athlete each day the rest of the year. They will be listed on the www.csredhawks.org webpage, under the athletics link highschool.csredhawks.org/Athletics/ (or the direct link highschool.csredhawks.org/Athletics/SENIORS-2020/index.html). You can also follow the daily Senior recognition on Facebook by following Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters on Facebook or @cedar_athletics on Twitter.

They will also be recognized in the fall during the Oct. 9 homecoming football game.

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CSPS school news

Letter from the Superintendent         

Scott Smith, Superintendent of Schools

On April 2, Governor Whitmer ordered schools in Michigan to close for the remainder of the school year. While our buildings are closed, the school year is not over.  Cedar Springs Public Schools remains committed to our primary focus.  Our mission is to foster our dynamic community of learners, who inspire and support one another, to exceed their potential. Our task is to create remote learning plans to engage our students in all grades for the remainder of the 2019/20 school year.  

As you can imagine, this is complex work.  It will take time.  An opportunity of this magnitude has never been faced before in the history of our great country.  Students, parents, and CSPS staff are all going to need to be “learners” to accomplish our mission. Specific details around these plans will be shared as soon as possible. 

Our remote learning plans will support our students emotionally and academically.  How our students are feeling during these challenging times is as important, if not more important than what they are learning.  Cedar Springs Public Schools is working with the other 19 districts within Kent ISD to provide engaging materials to support academic growth and the social/emotional welfare for each of our students.

Here is a list of responses to common questions that have been raised by parents so far:

Retrieving Personal Items/Medication from desks/lockers: If there are essential medications that must be recovered immediately, please send an email to cspstogether@csredhawks.org or call 616-696-0464.  We will be sharing our plan for students to collect other personal items in the near future.

Food Distribution:  Cedar Springs Public Schools, Creative Technologies Academy, KISD Regional Program locations, and several local agencies will continue to partner to support our students by providing them with breakfast and lunch while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The only requirement to receive a free breakfast and lunch is that students must be age 18 or younger (26 or younger with an active IEP). Please visit our website csredhawks.org to sign up for meals.

Holly Haywood helping to provide food for students in need.

Graduation:  We expect all students who were on track to meet all state and district requirements to graduate successfully. We are going to do everything possible to ensure that our seniors experience graduation. For those who are not on track to graduate, we will provide further information when it becomes available.

Standardized Assessments:  MSTEP, PSAT, and SAT tests were waived as a result of the crisis and school closings across our state and the nation.  College Board will provide guidance for AP students regarding test-at-home options.  

Athletics/Extracurricular Activities:  All of these activities will be suspended for the remainder of the school year as requested by the Governor in her executive order. We would encourage you to support your student to maintain their interest and preparedness for these activities when they resume.  

Questions/Information: 

If you have further questions regarding school-related issues, please visit our website at csredhawks.org, send an email to cspstogether@csredhawks.org or call 616-696-0464. If you have further questions regarding COVID-19, please visit our web page for links to local, state and national guidance.

Please know our staff is literally working around the clock to develop remote learning plans designed to engage students and our families in learning activities. Working together, teachers, support staff and parents will do everything we can to support our students with engaging learning experiences during these unprecedented times.  

We can. We will. 

We are. Together.

With respect and appreciation,

Scott Smith, Superintendent of Schools

Board of Education Meeting

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Education will take place on April 13, 2020 will start at 6:45 p.m. Executive Order 2020-21 prohibits all public gatherings of any number of people until after April 13, 2020. This requires the Cedar Springs Public School Board to meet electronically.  Check out www.csredhawks.org for details.

Election Update

The Cedar Springs Public Schools Board of Education passed a resolution during a special meeting on Friday, March 20 to postpone the school bond election scheduled for May 5, 2020.  In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our community, the Board determined that it was not the right time to ask our community to vote on such a significant issue. Their decision to postpone the election was out of respect to the current degree of health and financial uncertainty in our community. The District is taking steps to get the bond question added to the ballot for the primary election on August 4, 2020.

Internet Resources

Internet at Home:
Comcast – visit www.internetessentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376
At&T – visit www.att.com
Spectrum Internet Assist – www.spectrum.com

Public Libraries: Cedar Springs Public Library and various KDL Libraries parking lots.  Be sure to stay in your vehicle.

School building parking lots:  Cedar Springs Public Schools – See www.csredhawks.org for details.

CSPS Mental Health Team

The Cedar Springs Mental Health Team has newsletters and information on Mental Health and Coping during the Coronavirus.  Visit www.csredhawks.org for the latest issue.

Cedar Springs Public Schools District Office

The Cedar Springs District Offices will be closed for walk-in services.  Staff will be available by phone, email and by appointment as needed.   All enrollment appointments, including for 2020-21 kindergarten are postponed.  If you have any questions, please contact 616-696-1204.


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CTA response to governor suspending face to face learning for the rest of the year

From Dan George, Superintendent, Creative Technologies Academy

With the governor’s formal announcement this morning of the closing of school for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, I understand we are moving into unexplored territory. The decision to close our buildings is highly disappointing, but understandable and necessary.  The governor had no choice. If this decision saves only one life, it is worth it.

Our entire nation is facing a challenge perhaps unlike anything since World War II, certainly unlike anything I’ve seen in my lifetime. But hope springs eternal for Americans and our community. We know how to pull together. And we will! And we are! Even though our campus is closed, teaching and learning will continue through the end of May. I have been so encouraged by the spirit of the educators in this community, those on my own staff and those at CSPS. I am blessed by the partnership of CSPS Superintendent Scott Smith to feed the children of CSPS and CTA. My administrators and teachers have been collaborating with educators from other districts, sharing ideas for distance learning. My staff has been sharing resources with parents and students for three weeks, having Zoom meetings, and preparing for this announcement. 

We continue the development of our plan for continuity of learning to meet the emotional and academic needs of all our students, and we will implement it as soon as possible. We will especially reach out to our seniors and collaborate on some innovative ways to celebrate their achievements. 

We also want you to know this:

  • Our staff is not surprised by this and we have been preparing for this event. We believe we are ahead of the curve in our preparation. We are experienced in innovation and personal instruction.
  • Our target date for implementing our plan is April 20. This date could change depending on factors for approval. We will keep you posted.
  • Spring Break (April 6-10) will be honored for our students.

We are extremely proud of our families and staff for their flexibility, patience, and understanding during this crisis. We also know this situation presents unique challenges to each family. We want our CTA families and the Cedar Springs community to know you are our family. We are in this together. Please reach out if you are in need of help.

Lastly, please take the appropriate measures to keep your family healthy.

Sincerely,

Dan George
Superintendent
Creative Technologies Academy
350 Pine Street
Cedar Springs, MI 49319
Office: (616) 696-4905
Mobile: (616) 893-1507

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Update on hours due to corona virus

We have a temporary change in our office routine to announce in regard to circumstances regarding the COVID-19 virus. Due to the fact that we have employees with auto-immune disorders and employees caring for vulnerable family members with breathing problems, our office will be closed to the general public until further notice. Please consider emailing us or calling us (696-3655) if you need to submit something, discuss something, or need to make a payment. We can take your payment over the phone with a credit/debit card. If you need to drop something off, we will have a mailbox outside our door that we will check often. Please do not put checks or valuables in the box. If you need to give us a check, please send through regular mail. At least one person will be in the office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday to take calls, and we will be closed on Friday. This is only temporary and we apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you for understanding!

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Boys Varsity Basketball Finishes on Top

The varsity boys take a minute to pose with their victory net after the district championship game.
Front Row (L tor R): John Wortz, Luke Hubbard, Ivan Winters. Back Row (L to R): Coach Eric Besmer, Evan Besmer, Ethan Watson, Landon Winters, Avery Bishop, Kaden Winters, Jake Perry, Parker Tompkins, Assistant Coach Mark Winters

Boys Varsity won the Great Lakes 6 district championship. The boys had a great season and Coach Eric Besmer is proud of the boys as they came together to finish the season strong.

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Sweetheart Sock Hop

CTA students had an opportunity to take a step back in time at the Sweetheart Sock Hop on Saturday, February 15. Festivities included retro decor, throwback music, and fun photo opportunities!

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March is A Reading Adventure

Elementary and middle school students partner to read ​Wish​.

CTA is celebrating March is Reading Month school-wide!

In the elementary, Ms. Lane created a bulletin board filled with staff and student book recommendations. There have been a slew of parents and community members in the building as mystery readers, and 4th & 5th graders are building a Yellow Brick Road to Oz as they log their reading!

The freshmen created a world map for students in grades 6-12 to promote reading books from around the world, and secondary students are accumulating as many reads as they can throughout the month. Students are competing to see which class can read the most!

The map created by freshmen to denote reading around the world and exposing students to different genres and cultures.

ALL students are having a shared reading experience through ​One School – One Book​, partnering the elementary and secondary together! Every Monday morning in March, K-5 students read Barbara O’Conner’s ​Wish​ with their secondary partners, and preschool students and their partners will read a variety of picture books. You can find students throughout the campus reading and discussing together. ​Every student will be able to keep his or her copy!

Happy reading, everyone! 

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SCHOOL CALENDAR

*Subject to change per government mandates.

SCHOOL HOURS

Grades K-5: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Grades 6-12: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

FlexTrac Grades 9-12: (7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. including 2 self-scheduled hours)

April 3-10 Spring Break

13 Classes ressume

14 Jostens Cap & Gown Delivery

14 Girls Varsity Soccer Game @Algoma Christian School @4:30 p.m.

16 Girls Varsity Soccer Game @Barry County Christian School @4:30 p.m.

17 Wall of Honor Celebration @1:15 p.m.

17 Girls Varsity Soccer Game @Cedar Springs HS @4:30 p.m.

20 Girls Varsity Soccer Game @Cedar Springs HS @4:30 p.m. PA Meeting @6:30 p.m.

21 Girls Varsity Soccer Game @Algoma Christian School @4:30 p.m. 22 Board Meeting at 3:30 p.m.

24 Early Release Day

*Early Release Dismissal Schedule

• K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

• 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

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Cedar Springs Public Schools 1st Semester Honor roll 2019-2020

Click link below to download

http://www.cedarspringspost.com/pdf/CSPS Honor Roll-1020.pdf

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CTA boys and girls basketball teams conference champs


The CTA Varsity Lady Chargers Basketball team celebrated their championship after the game by cutting the net.

Creative Technologies Academy had two teams win conference championships this past week. Both the CTA women’s varsity basketball team and the CTA boys varsity basketball team earned the Great Lakes 6 League Conference Championship title.

The girls finished 7-1 in the league and hope to bring home the district title next week. The team swept the series 2-0 versus West Michigan Lutheran, Libertas Christian, and West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science. The girls split the series with Algoma Christian giving them their only loss. “The Lady Chargers have developed into a strong team led by returning captains, seniors Faith Watson and Hannah Hofstra,” shared Coach Lisa Perry. “Both girls have been leaders both on and off the court and will be missed next season.”

The boys finished 8-2 in league play and look forward to their district tournament. The boys are being led by senior caption Luke Hubbard who averaged 25.7 points per game and sophomore Ivan Winters who averaged 21.1 points per game. The conference came down to the last game where the Chargers defeated Barry County Christian by a score of 59-56. The Chargers swept the series 2-0 versus Algoma Christian, West Michigan Lutheran, and Hudsonville Libertas Christian. The boys split the series with West Michigan Academy of Environmental Sciences and Barry County Christian. Good luck to the Chargers as they look to bring home a district title next week.

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