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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.  


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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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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January 2020 Middle School Students of the Month

First row: Domanic White, Liam Rich, Raven Middleton, Caelun Conley, Alecia Alber, Kylee Northrop, Kathryn Pellerito, Gracie Balkema, Jonathan Cox, Ian Vanderlugt Second row: Neil Myers, Marshall Proctor, Brody Nichols, Devin Jobson, Nate Robinson, Nolan Myers, Izzy Nelson, Emma Smith, Katelyn Johnson, Shylee Fletcher, Abby Radebach, Hannah Grice Absent: Keira Afton, Kailyn O’Downd, Josh Trendt

Cedar Trails Elementary

“The Trail to Success Starts Here”

PreK Parent Information Meeting

February 11, 2020 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

in the Cedar Trails Multi-Purpose Room

PreK enrollment opens on 2/17/2020

Young 5/Kindergarten Parent Information Meeting

February 25, 2020 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

in the Cedar Trails Multi-Purpose Room

Young 5/Kindergarten Enrollment opens 3/2/2020

Beach Elementary

Mrs. Elenbaas’ 3rd grade class entered a sweepstakes through Scholastic for the book “The Binder of Doom” Book 1 signed by the author Troy Cummings. The kids were so excited to be chosen as the winners!

Cedar View Elementary

Collaborative Lava Experiment with Mrs. Baas’ and Mrs. Sewell’s classes.  Cone vs. Shield Volcanoes.

Board of Education meetings 

Cedar Springs Public Schools Board of Education meetings are open to the Public!

2020 Board Meeting Dates:

February 10, 2020 – 6:45 p.m.

February 24, 2020 – 6:15 p.m.

March 9, 2020 – 6:45 p.m.

March 23, 2020 – 6:15 p.m.

April 13, 2020 – 6:45 p.m.

April 27, 2020 – 6:15 p.m.

May 11, 2020 – 6:45 p.m.

June 8, 2020 – 6:45 p.m.

June 22, 2020 – 6:15 p.m.

Regular Board meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of the Month.

Work Session Board meetings are held on the 4th Monday of the Month. (unless otherwise noted)

These meeting are held at the Hilltop Community Building, 3rd Floor, Board Room, 204 E Muskegon Street, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

Regular Meetings begin at 6:45 p.m.

Work Session Meetings begin at 6:15 p.m.

On every agenda, there is an item designated as Public Comment. The Board president will ask if there are any individuals wishing to address the Board in the audience.

Indoor Walking is going on Now

Red Hawk Elementary will open their doors to all community members who would like to walk the halls.  Monday through Thursday 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

If Cedar Springs Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather, holiday or no school scheduled, walking is canceled that day.  For inclement weather school closings, please stay tuned to your local TV Station listings.

2019-2020School Calendar

February 7  Student Early Release

February 14  No School for Students

February 17 – 18  Mid-Winter Break

March 6  Student Early Release

March 20  Student Early Release

April 3  No School for Students

April 6-10  Spring Break

April 24  Student Early Release

May 1  Student Early Release

May 15  Student Early Release

May 22  No School – Snow Day Make-Up Day

May 25  Memorial Day Break

June 1 Student Early Release – CSHS ONLY

June 2 Student Early Release – CSHS ONLY

June 3 Student Early Release – CSHS ONLY

June 3 Last Day for Students

June 4, 5, 8, 9, Snow Day Make-Up Days

A message from our Superintendent

Cedar Springs Public Schools will once again be mailing quarterly newsletters to its residents. Three recent surveys of parents and community members have indicated the need to provide more information about the District to the people who call Cedar Springs home. The quarterly updates will primarily showcase the accomplishments of our students and staff. It will also contain updates on various projects throughout the District.

Improving the impact of District communication is at the core of four out of seventeen growth goals found in our strategic plan. Our District strategic plan is called FLIGHT Plan 1.0. FLIGHT stands for Focused Learners Imagining Greater Heights Together. Based on the input we received when drafting FLIGHT Plan 1.0, healthy communication is found at the heart of the majority of our improvement initiatives.  In addition to the quarterly updates that are printed and mailed to District residents, we will continue to develop ten electronic updates annually. These updates will be posted on our website and sent out to parents and community members via email. If you are interested in being added to the list of people receiving an electronic update, please send an email to newsletter@csredhawks.org, and we will add you to our electronic mailing list.

Cedar Springs Public Schools is getting stronger each day as a result of the willingness of our students, parents, community members, and staff to put their ideas on the table for consideration. Members of the Cedar Springs community are sharing a rich collection of feedback that is shaping our work. We are listening.

With respect and appreciation, Scott B. Smith, Superintendent

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Winter sports

By the Athletic Leadership Conference at CSHS

At Cedar Springs High School, our teams continue to work hard as winter sports are in full swing. The basketball, bowling, cheer, and wrestling teams continue to be successful and show our school spirit each week. We encourage all athletes to keep up the hard work and invite all students to continue coming out and supporting our athletes this winter season!

Among the most important sports which take place at our high school is Special Olympics Basketball. The program focuses not on winning but on the true heart of all sports: comradery, exercise, and enjoyment. Each game consists of three athletes with two general education players in assistance. The main goal of each game is to build connections between not only those on the court but those of the court as well. Last week that sense of community came to Cedar Springs High School. Many students went to the gym on their lunch or with their teachers to cheer on the Cedar Springs and Sparta teams as they played. All in attendance contributed to a positive and supportive environment grounded in the mutual love of the game. 

In similar fashion, our boys and girls basketball teams have been drawing crowds not seen in years. The girls got off to a fast start, going undefeated in their first four games. After losing three hard-fought games in a row, the RedHawks momentum slowed. However, hope returned to the team after a nail biting win over Lowell on Friday of last week. With two games this week, the Hawks look to build on that success. The boys team follows an almost completely opposite path. The boys stumbled into the holiday break winless and lacking in spirit. Nevertheless, rallying as a team, the RedHawks pulled off a shocking succession of wins and came out on top of the Cornerstone Tournament. Since then, the Hawks have been undeterred, not allowing sporadic defeats to break their unity. 

In the world of underappreciated sports, two of our most successful sports teams—wrestling and bowling—continue to be successful. Last year was marked by outstanding state performances from Omani Morales (Senior, bowling), Sage Serbenta (Senior, Wrestling), and Ryan Ringler (Graduated, Wrestling). Both sports have schedules more rigorous than any other. Bowling averages one tournament a week and wrestling spends entire weekends at meets. The dedication displayed by both sets of athletes serves as an inspiration to our entire student body. 

The 2019-2020 Competitive Cheer team has shown how much a team can truly grow once teamwork and effort is put forth. With the loss of last season’s seniors, there were some doubts about continued success. However, the girls went to conference with predictions of success. Their hard work paid off when they won their first two conference meets. At last Friday’s invitational the ladies beat Charlotte, the third in the state, continuing to show our Red Hawk pride.

Through success and hardship, all of our sports clubs and teams at Cedar Springs are models of community and Red Hawk Pride. 

Ella See, Olivia Sherman, and Nathan Van Kampen all contributed to this article.

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2019-2020 New Beginnings Alternative High School Quarter One Awards

Attendance Award – 2 or less days absent
Citizenship Award

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Food For People In Need

Feeding America West Michigan and Kent School Service Network Mobile Food Pantry

December 16

District Service Center (Bus Garage)

204 E Muskegon, Cedar Springs

Registration: 4:30 pm
Distribution:  5:00 pm

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Winter Break – No School

December 23, 2019 – January 3, 2020; 

students return to school on January 6, 2020

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Middle School Students of the Month – October 2019

Front row L to R: McKayla Heugel, Kaden Kirkwood, Mia Earnest, Addyson Brown, Taylor Diemond, Joslyn Zavala, Austin Castle, Brielle Sarniak, Briley Andres, Dominic Gomez, Jaxon Pocsi, Josh Trendt
Back row L to R: Madasyn Barrigar, Lindsey Washington, Izzy Pinkelman, Elizabeth Bowser, Avery Lake, Izabella Brewer, Austin Alcumbrack, Ryan Mullins, Marek Oleneack, Javen Moore, Domanic White, Ayden Cook

Students are chosen each month by their house core teachers and their grade encore teachers for demonstrating our core values. The core values that staff and students strive to demonstrate at the middle school are respect, responsibility, honesty, and safety.

 Go Red Hawks! 

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Red Hawk Students of the month – Responsibility

Sienna Wolfe, Calvin Kerridge, Ava Workman, Callen MccCullouch, Evan Wickstrom, McKenzee Moerland, Kailynn Skinner, Jenna Nickelson, Issac Altman, Nathalie Grenier, Ian Stearns, Cameryn Hess, Tiana Tubbs, Tyler Parmeter, JR Tompkins, Kylah Sanders, Logan Redes.
 Missing from Photo: Emily Stevens.

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