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A Message from the Superintendent

When the 2020/21 school year starts on September 8, it will have been 179 days since students were last in classrooms learning. Many will agree that it has been far too long since our students and teachers were together in person and engaged in the learning process. Fortunately, Cedar Springs students will now have opportunities to learn like never before. The upcoming school year will be built around students and teachers engaging in meaningful learning experiences both on campus and online.

The Apollo 13 mission, launched on April 11, 1970, did not go as planned. Several disruptions in the spacecraft’s systems resulted in a cancellation of the mission to land on the moon and put the lives of the astronauts in peril. Fortunately, after several tense days and remarkable effort, the crew splashed down safely in the ocean. The launch of the 2020-2021 school year on September 8, 2020, is Cedar Springs Public Schools’ Apollo 13 moment.

We have launched our CS Red Hawks Online School for students desiring an option to learn remotely this year. Our hallways and classrooms were cleaned from top to bottom and are ready to welcome our students and staff when they arrive. We have updated our protocols to ensure that strict guidelines are followed daily and hourly to keep our students safe as they pursue their education. We have spent the summer selecting the “perfect” people to fill vacant positions. Chromebooks and classroom materials have been ordered and distributed to make the first day of school a success. Our team is ready! We can’t wait to greet students next week, both in-person and remotely!

Finally, please accept my heartfelt thanks to each member of the Red Hawk community who supported the District on August 4. Our District is made stronger through the support of the people who call Cedar Springs home. Your efforts are making CSPS an incredible place to learn, work, and play. We can! We will! We are! TOGETHER!

With gratitude and respect, Scott B. Smith, Superintendent

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Welcome Back

As CSPS prepares to kick-off the 2020-2021 school year, families will want to have access to information about their child’s learning and progress.

Cedar Springs is using 2 specific technology tools to help with streamlining communication and information.

Powerschool: Where parents of 6-12 students go for grades and attendance information. Parents of 6th graders will receive information about how to log in to Powerschool as a parent in the near future from Red Hawk.

Canvas: Where parents of K-12 students go for information about daily lessons, quizzes, tests, and for work when a student is absent. Where parents of K-5 students go for feedback about lesson progress.

Directions will be coming from each building and in the next Red Hawk Review about how to access and sign-up for both technologies. Families will have the ability to sign up for various notifications so that each family is able to get the information needed. Troubleshooting help for these and other technology needs will be available to families through our helpdesk by emailing: helpdesk@kentisd.org.

SCHOOL BUS STOPS – School buses are like traffic signals

When overhead lights are flashing yellow -PREPARE TO STOP!

When overhead lights are flashing red – STOP!

When the hazard warning lights are flashing red – PROCEED WITH CAUTION!

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Cedar Springs Public Schools Board of Education

Board Meetings are Open to the Public 

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 Sessions 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.

2020 Board Meeting Dates:

September 14, 2020 6:45 p.m.

September 28, 2020 6:15 p.m.*

October 12, 2020 6:45 p.m.

October 26, 2020 6:15 p.m.*

November 9, 2020 6:45 p.m.

November 23, 2020 6:15 p.m.*

December 14, 2020 6:45 p.m.

*work session

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Inclement Weather

Occasionally, adverse weather conditions or other emergency situations may make it necessary to cancel school, delay the start of school, cancel evening activities or run buses on main/paved roads only. When these situations occur, notice will be communicated to WOOD TV 8, WXMI Fox 17, and WZZM TV 13 through the Grand Rapids Area Information Line (GRAIL) to all subscribing area media.

Campus Kids will be open on days that school is closed/delayed unless otherwise noted in school closing announcements.

Buses will not transport students to Kent Career and Technical Center for 1st session when a school delay or cancellation is issued. Students will be given a weatherrelated absence at KCTC when we are officially not transporting them. Students who choose to drive personal vehicles to KCTC on school delays or cancellations assume responsibility for their decision.

When school evening activities are cancelled, this cancellation also includes all clubs, facility rentals, and extra-curricular events held on campus and scheduled for that evening. For more information, please visit www.csredhawks.org or call 616-696-1204.

If you wish to receive text or email alerts for school closings and delays, here are a couple of options to consider:

WOOD TV: http://woodtv.com/text-alerts/

WZZM TV: www.wzzm13.com/about/text-alerts/

WXMI TV: http://fox17online.com/weather/westmichigan-closings-and-cancellations/

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Mobile Food Pantry

Food For People in Need

Hilltop Community Building

204 E Muskegon, Cedar Springs

Lower Parking Lot

The 3rd Monday of the Month – September 21

Registration 4:30 pm, Distribution 5:00 pm

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2020-2021 School Calendar


September 8 1st day of school

September 11 Student Early Release

September 25 Student Early Release


October 9 Student Early Release

October 23 Student Early Release 


November 6 Student Early Release

November 20 Student Early Release

November 25 – 27 Thanksgiving Break

November 30 No School


December 11 Student Early Release

December 21 – January 1 Winter Break


January 8 Student Early Release

January 20 Student Early Release – CSHS ONLY

January 21 Student Early Release – CSHS ONLY

January 22 Student Early Release


February 5 Student Early Release

February 12 No School for Students

February 15-16 Mid Winter Break


March 5 Student Early Release

March 19 Student Early Release


April 2 No School for Students

April 5-9 Spring Break

April 23 Student Early Release


May 7 Student Early Release

May21 Student Early Release

May 28 No School – Snow Day Make-Up Day

May 31 Memorial Day Break


June 7 Student Early Release – CSHS ONLY

June 8 Student Early Release – CSHS ONLY

June 9 Student Early Release – CSHS ONLY

June 9 Last Day for Students – Early Release

Snow Day Make-Up Days as needed: June 11, 14, 15, 16, 17

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2020-2021 Food Service Information

Elementary Breakfast $1.40 Elementary Lunch $2.35

Secondary Breakfast $1.50 Secondary Lunch $2.85 – $3.00 Milk $.50

Online deposits are available through www.sendmoneytoschool.com where you will have the convenience of checking meal account balances, making deposits into those accounts and eventually deposting money into other department accounts.

We also offer the convenience of applying for the USDA Meal Program at www.lunchapp.com. Forms are also available in the building office.

If you have any questions, please contact Holly Haywood @ 616.696.0372 or holly.haywood@csredhawks.org

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Annual Notices

Annual Education Report

The Michigan Department of Education requires all schools to publish an annual report to inform the residents about the status of their schools. This report provides detailed information on student assessment results, Adequate Yearly Progress results, teacher qualification information, and the state results for the National Assessment of Educational Progress. You can view Cedar Springs Public Schools’ Annual Education Report by vising our website at www.csredhawks.org or you may review a copy in any building offices.

Asbestos Management Plan Available for Review by Parents, Teachers and Employees

Our school district has conducted an extensive asbestos survey of all of our buildings. Based on the findings of these inspections, a comprehensive management plan was drafted. This plan details the response actions that the district will be taking regarding asbestos containing materials found in our buildings. This plan is available for inspection at our office without cost or restriction during normal business hours. If you desire to have a personal copy, please notify the main administrative office and it will be supplied to you within five (5) working days at a cost of 30 cents per page. We have endeavored to make our schools a safe place in which students can learn. Our procedures for dealing with this problem reflect that concern. Please let us know if we can answer any questions.

Military and Directory Information Notice

DIRECTORY INFORMATION NOTICE shall be provided annually to students and their parents: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Cedar Springs Public Schools, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, Cedar Springs Public Schools may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the Cedar Springs Public Schools to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications. Examples include: A playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production; the annual yearbook; Honor roll or other recognition lists; Graduation programs; and Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members. Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories – names, addresses and telephone listings – unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent.(1) If you do not want Cedar Springs Public Schools to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the District in writing by 9/30/2020.

Cedar Springs Public Schools has designated the following information as directory information: [Note: an LEA may, but does not have to, include all the information listed below.] Student’s name, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, address, telephone, listing weight and height of members of athletic teams, electronic mail address, photograph, degrees, honors, and awards received, date and place of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, grade level, the most recent educational agency. If you want to opt your student out of military recruiters ONLY please designate that in a letter or email to sheri.whipple@csredhawks.org

Pesticide Advisory to Parents

CSPS has adopted an Integrated Pest Management program. Inherent with this are efforts to reduce pesticide use as much as possible. While it may occasionally be necessary to apply a pesticide, this program does not rely on routine pesticide applications to resolve problems. We use various techniques such as habitat alteration, sanitation, mechanical means, exclusion, etc. to prevent the pests from becoming a problem.

As required by Michigan law, you will receive advanced notice of non-emergency application of a pesticide (insecticide, fungicide, or herbicide), other than bait or gel formulation, which is made to the school, school grounds, or buildings. This advance notice of a pesticide application will be given 48 hours before the

1.) Posting at the primary entrances to your child’s school. The entrances that will be posted are the main entrance and those that have a sidewalk that leads directly to a parking lot.

2.) Posting in the common area located by the main office of the school.

You may review the school’s Integrated Pest Management program and records of any pesticide application upon request by contacting Ken Simon, Director of Facilities, Maintenance & Operations, (616) 696-1204 ext. 1010.

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Celebrating the Class of 2020

Graduation this year will likely look a little different than the above photo. Social distancing and masks may make an appearance. The above photo was taken in 2017 by Kelly and Rob LaLone.

By Judy Reed

The end of the 2019-20 school year has been anything but normal. In-class learning ended abruptly in March after the COVID-19 virus made its appearance here. In April, the rest of the school year was canceled, though students continued to learn online and from home. The school year is now over, and the senior class of 2020 missed out on many of the things that make a senior year special. So this week, we are celebrating our seniors, as we normally do this time of year. You can find photos of the Class of 2020 from various schools and their highest honors seniors by downloading the following link: 2020 Graduation.pdf

Some schools have given us tentative graduation dates: 

Creative Technologies Academy has a tentative date of June 23 at Red Hawk Stadium. “We are still working out the details, but we will follow the governor’s Phase 4 guidelines for crowd size and social distancing rules,” said retiring Superintendent Dan George. “The guest speaker is Dan Quisenberry, president of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies. As you know, this will be my last ceremony, so I’m thrilled that we get to do this for our seniors who have endured so much this year.”

Cedar Springs Public Schools has a tentative date of June 25 at 7 p.m., according to high school principal Ron Behrenwald.

Tri County Area Schools has two tentative dates with the first one being on Sunday, June 14.  “Not highly likely that one will happen but we also have Sunday, August 2 penciled in,” said Connie Butler, of Tri County.

Algoma Christian School had their graduation on Friday, May 29, with students and their families in the school parking lot, where they also practiced social distancing.

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Spring Senior Athletes



Julia Danielson

Parents: Elise Gates, DJ & Hollin Delacruz, Tony & Andrea Caruso

Future Plans: Attend Grand Rapids Community College to study Child Development, with future plans to work with kids

Career Highlight: Long Jumping 16 feet and 1.75 inches ,which was a new personal record at Greenville last year, in what was her last track meet

“I want to thank my whole family, and all my friends for being there and supporting me through all my years of playing track. Coming to every track meet, no matter what type of weather, they were always there for me and I love them so much. I also want to thank all the coaches that helped me get better everyday at practice, and pushed me to do my best at every track meet.”

To the Underclassmen: “Never give up, and always do your best at every track meet. Never take it for granted, because 4 years will go by fast, and they are gone just like that!”

Alyssa Washington

Parents: Steve and Jody Washington

Future Plans: Joining the Army National Guard while also majoring in chemistry and minoring in health and fitness at Muskingum University where she will be continuing to run track.

Highlight: Going to varsity conference meet at Housman Field every year and “hammocking” behind the bleachers for hours before the meet started.

“I want to thank not just my Mom and Dad, but any parent or teammate who has supported me as a runner, much love to you all. I would also love to thank each coach who I have had the honor to run under, thank you for not only believing in me, but pushing me further in my track career.”

To the Underclassmen: “I love you all and I’m going to miss you so much! I’m super bummed we didn’t get one last season together but don’t let that stop you from making your next seasons even better. Follow your heart and do what you love, but remember, no matter where you end up you all will always have a place on the track.” 

Tonya Tepin

Parents: Jim and Michele Tepin

Future Plans: Attending Olivet College to continue her Cross Country career and to major in Biology.

Track Career Highlight: Running on the 4x800relay team and making the podium at the Daily News Meet and running on the 4×400

“I would like to thank my Mom for pushing my siblings and I to run and my Dad for always supporting the work it takes. I would also like to thank all of my coaches, both old and new, for pushing me and always expecting more from me. It has helped me become more dedicated to the sport and find my love of running.”

To the Underclassmen: “Just try to be positive! With me not being around all the time, y’all are going to need to start believing in yourselves! As cliché as this sounds, you are all so talented and can do so much more, as I have seen most of your dedication and speed coming out in practice! Please, learn how to escape your own doubt, as it will help you in more places than on the course/track. Thank you so much for all the memories and not trying to kill me when my positivity is at an annoying peak.“

Avery Rugg

Parents: Todd and Becky Rugg

Future Plans: Attend Michigan State University and participate on the Rowing team at MSU

Career Highlight: 100 meter in 13.06 seconds; 200 meter in 29.05 seconds

“Thank you to Coach Neier for helping succeed in my High School track career.”

Avery has a 3.96 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society


Samantha Rusche

Parents: Matt Rusche and Jason and Beth Matthews

Future Plans: Attend Baker College to become an X-ray Technician

Career Highlight: Playing tournaments and placing first and second

Message to underclassmen: “They told me my senior year would go fast but I sure didn’t think it would be quite this short! Enjoy every minute in High School, it will be over before you know it . Congratulations Class of 2020!”

“Thank you to my wonderful parents, sisters; Payton and Kennedy, and friends who have helped to get me this far in life. I could not ask for more amazing people in my life!”

Desiree Wise

Parents: Melissa Stewart

Future Plans: Attending Central Michigan University to major in Secondary Education with a concentration in Mathematics and minoring in Child Development

Career Highlight: Coming in first place for my flight at the Sparta Invitational for 2 years in a row.

“I want to say thank you to my coached that I’ve been lucky to have throughout my high school career. I have grown so much because of their help and through all the hard work and the persistence they’ve helped me grow and I will never forget that. I also want to thank H (or Mr. Harden) because even though he was never my coach he helped me grow on and off the court from being a part of the Athletic Leadership Council. He taught me what it meant to be a true leader and I hope to continue growing my leadership skills. Last but not least, I want to thank my mom because I definitely wouldn’t be where I cam today without her.”

To the Underclassmen: “Don’t take this for granted and make sure you put in the work. You should always give your 110% no matter if you are at practice or at a game it doesn’t matter. Your never know when this is going to end so take it from a member of the Class of 2020 and make every moment count because it can be over before you know it.”

Rachael Ells

Parents: Jeff and Kelly Ells 

Future Plans: Attend Grand Valley State University and study Allied Health Sciences 

Career Highlight: 1st place at Sparta Invitational and 2nd place at Middleville Invitational

“I want to first off thank my parents and my brother Connor for supporting me no matter what. For coming to every single match, for sitting for hours in the hot sun at my tournaments every weekend. For always having to remind me to grab my water bottle and sunscreen. I love you guys so much! I’d also like to thank Coach Russel and Coach Johns. Thank you guys so much for always encouraging us to do our best, and for coaching us every step of the way! And lastly to my long time partner Sam Rusche, I have had so much fun being your partner for the last couple of seasons! You are an amazing player, and I’m so happy that we got to kick butt together!


David Mitchell

Parents: Ricky Mitchell & Kristy Mitchell

“Dave was one of our top golfers, and he has opportunities to continue his golf career at the next level.” – Coach Schlump

Trey Lewis 

Parents: Amy Lewis & Jason Lewis

“Trey has been committed to our golf program and has shown consistent growth and has improved each sea-son” – Coach Schlump

Lucas Secor 

Parents: Robin Secord & Wayne Secord

“Lucas is a second year golfer who plays like he is much more experienced than that! Lucas is fun to be around and works very hard to improve his game.” – Coach London


Connor Ellison

Parents: Megan and Pat Ellison

Future Plans: Michigan State University for Hospitality Business and Accounting

Career Highlight: Winning the Minors All-Star Tournament

“Thank you to my parents and coaches throughout the years. 

To the underclassmen: Enjoy every moment

 Colton Moore

Parents: Mike and Teresa Moore

Future Plans: Ferris State University for Plastics and Rubber Engineering

Favorite Memory: Breaking my nose on a grounder from Coach Bob in the first practice of all-stars for CSJBL.

“I just want to say thank you to my parents and coaches for helping me through all my years of playing .”

Nathan Male

Parents: Dan and Heather Male

Future Plans: Attend trade school to become a heavy equipment operator.

Career Highlight: Last year in the Allendale Tournament he threw three guys out on 1st base, from right field, in one game!!

To the underclassmen:“Every time you walk out on that diamond appreciate it because it will be over before you know it. Be confident and not cocky, remember why you started playing in the first place. Love the game! “

“I want to thank my Mom and Dad for always supporting me athletically, emotionally and financially. I love you guys. I also would like to thank all the coaches I have had over the years, and Mr. Norton for his support.”

Kyle Wise

Parents: Kit and Hollie Wise

Future Plans: Attend trade school for HVAC or become an electrician

Career Highlight: Pitching a perfect game for his Algoma team

“I thank my Mom and Dad for always playing catch with me as a kid, and for coming to every game. I also thank my grandparents who got to see me pitch a few times. I also want to thank every coach I’ve had, especially Coach Glyshaw, he has been my favorite coach, and he was the most competitive!”

To the underclassmen: “Keep practicing everyday, and never stop playing baseball.”

Caden Markey-VandenBerg

Parents: Angela and Gregory VandenBerg

Future Plans: Try to play baseball at MCC or GRCC, and pursue a degree as a sports analysis.

Baseball Highlight: One of my best memories come from when I was in the 5th grade and the Coach at the time, Steve Saboo, let me practice with the varsity team in open gyms

“Thank you to the Zain family playing a big role in my baseball life. Also thank you to everyone who has supported me.”

To the Underclassmen: “You guys are only losing 5 seniors. stay together and keep working. Next year is coming fast and you never know when it will be gone.”

“Forever, Cedar Spring’s Red Hawks!”

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