School - Cedar Springs Public Schools



School - Cedar Springs Public Schools
Back to School 2016—2017 School Year
Red Hawk Review
Cedar Springs Public Schools 204 E Muskegon St Cedar Springs MI 49319 (616) 696-1204
Dear Community,
I have been advocating for local control of public education and
major changes to ESEA/No Child Left Behind for years. I am
happy to inform you that President Obama on December 10,
2015 signed in to law ESSA-Every Student Succeeds Act
returning local control. This is a major victory for public
education. The main component of this law is the input from
local authorities and community members in the implementation
of this law. If you would like to be part of history and help
determine the future of public education, take a moment to fill
out the Every Student Succeeds Survey (link provided below).
You DO NOT need to be an expert to participate in the Every
Student Succeeds survey or need to fill out the entire form, just
do what you can. You have until August 16, 2016 to participate.
The MDE will be seeking additional input and feedback on the
next phase of ESSA plan development later in the year. Be sure
to sign up for the ESSA Updates to keep informed of future
opportunities to give feedback on Michigan’s ESSA plan.
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Open House & Orientation Information
1st day of school - September 6
August 29, Monday
High School Orientation
9th Grade 12:00 pm
10th Grade 8:00 am
11th Grade - 9:15 am
12th Grade - 10:30 am
August 30, Tuesday
Middle School - 7th & 8th Grades
5:00 - 6:30 pm
New Beginnings Alternative HS
6:00 - 7:00 pm
August 31, Wednesday
Cedar Trails - K & 1st Grades
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Beach Elementary
3rd Grade: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
2nd Grade: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Cedar View - 4th & 5th Grades
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Red Hawk Elementary
Team A - 5:30 pm
Team B - 7:00 pm
On behalf of our nation, state, district and more importantly
our STUDENTS thank you.
Joseph R. Marckini
Trustee/Legislative Liaison,
Cedar Springs Public Schools Board of Education
Bus Information
Letters will be sent home to
families the week of 8/22.
Contact transportation
department with any
questions 616-696-1450
Survey Link:
OR visit for more information
High School
New Beginnings Alt HS
Middle School
District Office
Red Hawk Elementary
Cedar View Elementary
Campus Kids
Beach Elementary
Cedar Trails Elementary
Food Service
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Campus Kids are having a BLAST This Summer!!
Teresea Schlump, Campus Kids Director
The students attending the Campus Kids Summer program are having so much fun!
We have been very active not only on campus, but by going on lots of enjoyable field
trips!! One of the goals of Campus Kids is to offer our students many new opportunities to experience different activities. We are always searching for new places to take
the students to expose them to new educational, cultural, and athletic opportunities.
To meet this goal, we have traveled to lots of places not only in Cedar Springs, but in
our surrounding communities. For example, some of our students have had a golf lesson at Cedar Chase, experienced
a ninja obstacle course at Rockfit Ninja Gym, fed the fish at the Paris Park Fish Hatchery, picked berries at Krupp’s
Farm, watched a baseball game at the Whitecaps, and shot bows and arrows at WM Archery Center in Rockford. In all,
we will go on 36 field trips this summer!! Sometimes we take everyone, and other times we take a smaller group of students. One of the
other goals of the Campus Kids program is to spend a large portion of the day outside. This summer,
we have spent approximately 60% of the day outside enjoying the beautiful weather. Some of the
activities we have done when we are on campus have ranged from crafting
to STEM activities to challenge our minds, walking/running club, building
and playing on a giant slip and slide, growing vegetables in the Community
Garden, journaling, playing charades, and preparing and eating healthy
snacks. We have also done some community service work by picking up
trash on campus.
Board Members volunteer at Band Camp 2016
Board President Eary (center)
Superintendent VanDuyn serves lunch at Band Camp 2016
Board Treasurer Nichols
Board of Education 2016 High School Representatives are introduced at the 8/8/16 Board of Education Meeting
Community members are always welcome to attend the
Board of Education meetings. A Board meeting is a
meeting of the Board held in public, not a public meeting.
Michelle Bayink - Trustee
Patricia Eary - President
Joe Marckini - Trustee
Matt Shoffner - Vice President
Shannon Vanderhyde - Trustee
Jeff Gust - Secretary
Brook Nichols - Treasurer
2016 Meetings
August 22
September 12, 26*
October 10, 24*, November 7, 21*
December 12
*work session
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2016 - 2017 Food Service Information
2016 - 2017 District School Year Calendar
September 6
September 16
September 30
1st Day for Students
Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)
Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)
October 7
October 21
Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)
Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)
November 4
November 4
November 18
November 22
November 23
November 24-25
November 28
Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)
End of Quarter 1
Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)
End of Trimester 1
No School for Students and Staff
Thanksgiving Break
No School for Students
December 9
Dec 19 - Dec 30
Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)
Winter Break
January 13
January 20
January 27
Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)
End of Quarter 2; End of Semester 1
Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)
February 3
February 17
February 20-21
Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)
No School for Students
Mid-Winter Break
March 3
March 10
March 17
March 24
March 31
Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)
End of Trimester 2
Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)
End of Quarter 3
No School for Students and Staff
April 3 - April 7
April 14
April 28
Spring Break
Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)
Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)
May 12
May 26
May 29
Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)
No School for Students and Staff
Memorial Day Break
June 7
June 7
June 9, 12, 13, 14, 15
Last Day for Students
End of Semester 2; Trimester 3
Snow Day Make Up if needed
Elementary Breakfast—$1.40
Elementary Lunch—$2.35
Secondary Breakfast - $1.50
Secondary Lunch—$2.85 - $3.00
Online deposits are available through where you will have
the convenience of checking meal account balances,
making deposits into those accounts and eventually
depositing money into other department accounts.
We also offer the convenience of applying for the
USDA Meal Program at Forms
are also available in the building offices.
If you have any questions, please contact
Holly Haywood @ 616-696-0372 or
e-mail [email protected]
Building Start and Dismissal Times
New Beginnings
High School
Middle School
Red Hawk
Cedar View
Cedar Trails
Great Start Readiness
Student Early Release Days
School districts dedicated to creating Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) provide opportunities for faculty and staff to work
together as a team. Teams review curriculum, discuss instructional strategies, review and create common assessments, analyze data and
review individual student progress to determine if any additional support is necessary. Student Early Release days were designed to
support student learning:
By providing time for teachers to review student data on a regular basis.
To make adjustments to teaching in order to increase student achievements.
By allowing teachers to provide best practice teaching everyday in every classroom.
To improve the delivery to students through reviewing teaching research.
Students will release two (2) hours early on Student Early Release Days. Times will vary by building.
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SCHOOL BUS STOPS—School buses are like traffic signals
When overhead lights are flashing
When overhead lights are flashing
Cedar Springs Health Center NOW OPEN!
8 am - 3:30 pm Monday through Friday
For students ages 3 - 21
Located in the Red Hawk Elementary building - south entrance
616.696.3470 or visit
Cedar Springs School Health Center is a program coordinated by
Cherry Health in partnership with the Michigan Department of
Health and Human Services and the Michigan Department of
Education. The health center’s professional staff includes a medical
provider, registered nurse, social worker and support staff.
The purpose of the health center is to:
*Provide quality medical care and counseling services for
students in a convenient setting
*Encourage involvement of students and families in health care
*Assist students in making healthy choices
*Teach students about the important role they play in maintaining
their own health
Services Available
*Well-child visits and physicals for school, work, sports and camp
*Counseling services
*Dental services
*Treatment for minor illnesses and injuries
*Referrals for more serious illnesses, injuries, and additional care
Assistance with chronic health problems and prescriptions for medications
*Hearing and vision screening, lab work and diagnostic testing
Nutrition services
When the hazard warning lights are flashing—
Back Pack Safety with Northern Physical Therapy!
Students are sent to
the emergency room
each year due to
backpack related
Of school nurses reported seeing students
with pain or injury
attributed to carrying
Of children will
experience back
pain by the time
they reach 18
This is a busy time of year as parents get ready for the upcoming
school year.
Class supplies, haircuts, and new shoes are priorities when getting
kids ready for the new school year, but it should also be a time
when parents and students brush up on the importance of backpack safety. An estimated 6,000 students are sent to emergency
rooms each year due to backpack related injuries. Oftentimes
these injuries could be avoided if the child's backpack fit properly.
Northern Physical Therapy will have a physical therapist and
occupational therapist at Beach Elementary’s Open House on
August 31 from 5:30-6:30pm. Stop by to chat with Dave Sefton,
DPT and Stephanie Daggett OTA to answer your back pain and
backpack fitting questions. If you’re unable to make it to the open
house, stop by our clinic at any time with your child and their backpack and one of our therapists can show you the proper way to fit
your child’s backpack.
Campus Kids – Before and After School Care
Campus Kids is a State Licensed Day Care program and we are preparing for school start.
We offer Before and After School Care throughout the school year. Campus Kids opens at 6:00am at both Cedar Trails Elementary and
Beach Elementary. We do activities throughout the morning, and then serve a light breakfast. We dismiss the students in time to get to
their class at either Cedar Trails, Beach, or Cedar View. Cedar Trails students may attend Campus Kids at their school, while Beach and
Cedar View students may attend at Beach. In the afternoons, Campus Kids opens at 3:30pm for students at the same locations. A healthy
snack is served and homework help and fun activities are offered until 6:00pm. To enroll, please complete and return a registration packet
before September 1, 2016 to reserve your spot. Packets may be picked up at Cedar Trails, or they can be found on-line at
There is a $20 annual registration fee for one child or $35 for a family. Rates are $8.00 a morning or afternoon, or $15 for both on the same
day. Parents complete a schedule of days that they need care, and they are billed a month in advance for services.
For an additional charge, we also offer care on early release days and on snow days for pre-registered children. Please call (616) 696-1716
or email [email protected] for additional information.
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New Special Education and Special Services Director, Stacie Voskuil
Having many applicants and very strong candidates made this a great, but difficult
interview process. After a thorough process involving many people on the interview
teams, Stacie was selected as the top choice for the position.
Stacie comes to Cedar Springs Public Schools with an immense amount of experience
and background in special education at both the ISD and district levels. Stacie began
working in special education as a substitute paraprofessional and throughout her
career has been a teacher at district and center-based programs, intervention
specialist, Transition & Program Coordinator, principal and Supervisor
of Special Education. She comes to CSPS after many years at the Calhoun County
ISD. Stacie has been active in many aspects of special education leadership. An
example of her breadth of leadership includes: serving as President of The ARC of
Calhoun County, presenting at the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children
Conference, presenting at the Michigan Transition Service Agency Conference and
publishing transition articles for Focus on Results.
Stacie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology/Special Education and a
Master of Education degree with an emphasis
in special education administration from GVSU.
We look forward to a bright future for
our special education department. Welcome
Stacie, we are so glad you are here.
Building/Department Telephone Numbers
Administration Building
Superintendent VanDuyn
Assistant Superintendent Spry
Business & Finance Director Zink
School Buildings
Cedar Trails Elementary (PK - 1)
Beach Elementary (2 & 3)
Cedar View Elementary (4 & 5)
Red Hawk Elementary (6)
Middle School (7 & 8)
High School (9-12)
New Beginnings Alt High School (9-12)
Campus Kids
Food Service
Pre-School/Early Childhood
Special Services
New School Resource Officer
Deputy Thomas McCutcheon
Photo courtesy of CS Post
Deputy McCutcheon comes to us after serving
on the Kent County Sherriff Department since
1993. We appreciate his decades of courageous
service to all of us in Kent County and especially
appreciate his passion for serving kids with his
immense involvement in schools and communities. Deputy McCutcheon has been recognized
for earning both the Deputy of Year
and School Officer of the Year awards, is a field
training officer, has been a Community Policing Officer and DARE Officer (in Cedar Springs!).
Additionally, he is President of the West Michigan Crime Prevention Association, is a Board
member of the Crime Prevention Association of
Michigan, the Michigan Community Child Watch
and Camp Blodgett. He is a DNR instructor and
Field Training Officer. He has served in Comstock Park Schools as a football coach and girls
The Cedar Springs Public varsity softball coach. He started a local Boy
Schools does not discrimi- Scout troop and established the KOPS program
nate on the basis of race, in Kentwood schools (Kids & Officers Productive
color, religion, national
Society - centered around helping disadvantaged
origin, sex, age, height,
youth build self esteem to become productive
weight, marital status,
political belief, disability
We look forward to our partnership with the
or handicap in its proKent County Sherriff Department and a focus
grams and activities. The
on school safety and security throughout our
following person has been
district. We know through our surveys of staff
designated to handle inand parents that they view safety and security as
quiries regarding the nona priority for our Cedar Springs Public Schools
discrimination process:
and we do too! This initiative is just one way we
Carrie Duddles, Human
are responding to that feedback. We now join
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many districts in Kent County in the SRO pro204 E Muskegon Street
gram and know it will serve us well.
Cedar Springs, MI, 49319
Again, we welcome our very own Cedar Springs
(616) 696-1204
Public Schools SRO Deputy Tom
Anti-Harrasment PolicyMcCutcheon. Although he is well known to
Board Policy 5517
many in Cedar Springs, he will soon be around to
our schools to be introduced.
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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.
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 or you may review a copy in the building offices.
Pesticide Advisory to Parents
Advanced notice will be given by posting
at the entrance to the school or grounds.
In certain emergencies, pesticides may
be applied without prior notice, but you
will be provided notice immediately following any such application. Parents or
Guardians requesting prior notification
must complete a notification form
The Notification Request form can be
found at Forms
can be returned to the building offices.
You may also contact Ken Simon @
616-696-0464 with additional questions.
PowerSchool Mobile for Parents and Students
PowerSchool Parents and Students have access to real-time student information via the PowerSchool Mobile app, creating
better communication, collaboration, and success within a child’s learning experience.
Conveniently portable and powerful, the all-new PowerSchool Mobile app give parents and students access to real-time information on grades, attendance, assignments, scores, and comments. With a clean, easy-to-use interface and intuitive design, the app allows parents to monitor their child’s proficiency on standards and register to receive immediate alerts specific to their child. Available to
parents and Student to download for free from the App Store for the iPhone, iPad, Ipod touch and Apple Watch, or on Google Play for
Android devices. For more information about PowerSchool Mobile Apps, please visit or call 877.873.1550
Severe Weather and Other Emergencies
Occasionally adverse weather conditions or other emergency situations may make it necessary to cancel school, delay the start of
school, or send students home early. When these situations occur,
notice will be communicated through the Grand Rapids Area
Information Line (GRAIL) to all subscribing area media.
Television: Check out all their weather tools available such as
the weather app, text alerts and email alerts.
Radio: AM: WGVU 1480, WJNZ 1140, WNWZ 1410, WOOD 1300,
WTKG 1230 FM: WGRD 97.9, WGVU 88.5, WJQK 99.3, WKLQ 94.5,
WLAV 96.9, WLHT 95.7, WODJ 107.3, WOOD 105.7 FM, WSNX
104.5, WTRV 100.5, WVTI 96.1
A 2-hour delay means that students will be picked up by the bus
approximately 2 hours later than their routine pick-up time.
Morning ECSE and Preschool classes will be cancelled. With a 2hour delay in effect, parents, students and staff should monitor the
announcements in the event of the delay changing to a cancellation.
The buses will not transport students to the 1st session at the Kent
ISD Skill Center when a school delay or cancellation is issued.
Parents and students should not call school officials to see if there
will be school since school phones must be open for emergency
calls. In the event of an emergency, the plan outlined below will be
Severe weather watch or warning during school hours:
In the event a tornado watch or severe weather watch is in effect,
school will continue with students participating in their usual
activities. Dismissal will occur at regularly scheduled times.
If a tornado WARNING is issued by the US Weather Bureau, students
will remain in school and take shelter under the supervision of
teachers. Students may be detained beyond the regular school
dismissal time, until an all-clear is issued. During a tornado
WARNING all after-school activities will be cancelled.
Please review these procedures with your children, and arrange for
an alternative shelter home where students can go in the event of
an early dismissal or 2-hour delay, if you will not be home.
Emphasize that students should stay off the streets once they reach
home. Review your family’s plan with your children on a regular
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Cedar Springs 2014 graduate receives Meijer Scholarships Meijer
team members and their children have a chance to receive up to
$10,000 to further their college education with the Fred & Lena
Meijer Scholarship.
The Fred & Lena Meijer Scholarship is a private scholarship fund that
was established at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation in 1975
originally for children of Meijer team members. In 2010, the scholarship
program was expanded to include Meijer team members themselves
and awards were increased from $500 to $1,000. The Meijer Foundation
funded the scholarship in 2011 with a significant endowment to the Community Foundation, and enhanced the scholarship in 2016 to
$3,000, while also providing two $10,000 scholarships: one each in Fred and Lena Meijer’s names.
“Our dad always believed that continued education and lifelong learning were invaluable,” said Doug Meijer, co-chairman of the Grand
Rapids, Mich.-based retailer. “My brothers and I are pleased to continue providing this scholarship opportunity for Meijer team members
and their children.”
Cedar Springs High School 2014 graduate, Cabdul Ciise, received a $10,000 scholarship in 2015 and a $3,000 scholarship in July 2016 to
help him earn his engineering degree from GVSU. Thank you, Meijer, and congratulations, Cabdul.
The district went through a
rigorous and detailed review this school year that
culminated with an external review team conducting a
3-day on site visit after which they awarded the district the
distinction of this national and accreditation.
Cedar Springs Area Parks and
Recreation held Math and
Reading Camp at Red Hawk
Elementary this summer.
100 kids participated.
Check out for
all other program
Congratulations to the Cedar Springs Public Schools staff and
students. We are proud of the fine work they do!
Summer Food Service Program for Children supports the Cedar Springs Community
Free meals were made available to
children 18 years of age and under or
persons up to age 26 who are enrolled
in an educational program for the
mentally or physically disabled that is
recognized by a State or local public
educational agency.
The program runs through August 18 at
Red Hawk Elementary. For hours of
service and menus, please visit
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For more information, contact Cedar Springs Athletic Department at 616-696-9080
Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters exists as an organization
of parents and community members dedicated to
supporting, encouraging, and advancing the
athletic program.
Sept 12, Oct 3, Nov 7, Dec 5, Jan 9, Feb 6,
Mar 6, Apr 10, May 1, June 5
All meetings start at 7pm. The meetings are held in the
High School Media Center.
All Seasons Pass
Family Pass—$225.00
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Mark Your Calendar
Homecoming Football Game
September 16 @ 7 pm
vs Northview Wildcats
Red Hawk Stadium
Includes 2 Adult, 3 Children passes
only. Does not include athletic
participation fee.
Adult Pass—$75.00
Student Pass—$50.00
Student Athlete—$25.00
Golden Age Pass
If you are 60 years of age or older and are a resident of the Cedar Springs School District, you could be eligible for a Lifetime Golden Age
Pass. This pass entitles you to admission to school sponsored activities and athletic events offered by member schools. Some
restrictions apply. Certain athletic contests may require a fee (conference, regional and state tournaments). For an application, visit or stop by the Cedar Springs District Office.
From the District Athletic Director, John Norton
I come to Cedar Springs with a Masters Degree in Athletic Administration from Central
Michigan University, 14 years of Athletic Administration experience, and numerous years of
coaching various sports through the years. Most importantly, I come to Cedar with a
passion for interscholastic athletics. I am excited to jump right in and begin working with
the fine coaches and student-athletes here at Cedar Springs.
Personally, I am married with three children. Elsie, age 12, Charlie, age 9 and Henry, age
4. We are all excited about the opportunities that lie ahead with the Cedar Springs School
My desire is to get to know as many of the students and parents as possible. I am excited
for the opportunities, and ready to embrace the challenges that lie ahead with this
position. Should you need to reach me, I am available at 616-696-9080 or by email at [email protected] I look forward to
getting to know as many of you as possible, thanks and GO RED HAWKS!
Boys Tennis Practice
*Each participant must pass a physical examination and have it on file in the office before participation (IT MUST BE DATED AFTER APRIL
*Each participant must meet academic eligibility
*Students must pay a participation fee of $100
per year (regardless of the number of sports the
student plays)
For participation, eligibility and training rules,
please visit
Red Hawk
Football Camp