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Archive | January, 2012

Red Hawk wrestlers host fundraiser

The Red Hawk JV and Varsity Wrestlers exchanged their singlets for ties for their fundraising event on January 14. The teams went from wrestling to serving, when they hosted a black tie event at the American Legion Hall that included a four course meal and a fun night out. The event is a first this year in an attempt to fundraise in a new innovative way. The guests bought tickets that were sold by the wrestlers, and were in turn served by the wrestlers they bought the ticket from, and others. It was a great start this year, and next year the wrestling team is hoping the event will be even bigger and better, making this a new annual event.
The Red Hawk Wrestlers have been working hard this season, with an  overall team record of 13-8.  “We are a young team,” said head coach Scott Troost. “There are only 3 seniors on the team but most of the team consists of freshman. We are always improving.”
The Red Hawks continue to fight to clinch victories, and while not always getting that first, they are finishing usually in the top 3 at tournaments. A few of their places were in Fruitport 3rd, Tri-County 3rd, and Comstock where they took 3rd out of the 18 teams present.
The Redhawks leaders for the team with their own personal records are: Cody Oehme leading the team with his record of 25-5; Austim Wamser (Senior) who is 18-6 so far this season; Barron Lenardson 22-6; Jarred Vodry 17-9; and Dominick Chong with a 20-7 record. The Red Hawks will continue to work hard to build on the team and individual records.
The Red Hawks were scheduled to go up against West Catholic, Coopersville and Belding on Wednesday Jan. 25, and will be traveling to a tournament in St. Johns, who is ranked 3rd in the nation, on Saturday, January 28.

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In hot pursuit of state champs

West Michigan Pursuit played ‘Hart breakers’ at the Hart Attackers open tournament this past Sunday.  Thirteen local wrestlers made the hour and a half trek to compete, in what turned out to be an overwhelmingly successful tournament for the club.  All 13 WMP wrestlers placed in the top 3 in their respective weight classes.
Brocke Fisher, Mayson Levandoski, Nathan Male, Olivia Male, Tommy Stevens, and Aiden Bouwens all brought home first place trophies.
Corbin Orange and Nathan Elliston placed second, and  Taylor Andrus, Easton Arnold, Michael Jordan, Gage Gardner, and Nathan Webb took 3rd place.
The regional competition is just a few short weeks away, and Pursuit wrestlers are kicking it up a notch during training and conditioning.
This weekend the club heads to Grand Haven. Just another stop in their relentless pursuit of champions!

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Chargers of Creative Tech Split Games in Traverse City

CTA’s boys varsity basketball team traveled up north to take on two Traverse City teams.

Friday night, CTA tipped-off against St. Mary’s of Lake Leelanau. The Eagles of St. Mary’s bested the Chargers with a final score of 42-24. 14 of the Charger’s 24 points came from Senior guard, Cole Chilcote. Early in the 3rd quarter, Chilcote hit a 14-14 game tying 3-point basket. However, St. Mary’s found a way to convert turnovers into baskets, and make it difficult for the Chargers to score for the remainder of the game. Guards, Travis Johnson and Austin Armstrong each added 4 points.
The good news was the Chargers did not have to hang their heads long over Friday night’s loss. They played the Bulldogs of Traverse City Homeschool early Saturday. The first half looked shaky for Creative Tech, as the Bulldogs used their 6’3” center to have their way around the basket on both ends of the court. The Chargers made a few adjustments on the defensive end, and held the center to just a few touches for the remainder of the game. The Chargers were also more determined to attack the basket and get their forwards involved. Creative Tech took the momentum of a buzzer-beater 3-point shot from the hand of junior Austin Armstrong into halftime to trail the Bulldogs by just 2 points. However, the biggest points may have come from senior Zach White from the charity line. With less than 30 seconds left in the game, White’s made free-throws put the Chargers up by 4 points, making it a two-possession game. The Bulldog’s settled for a desperate 3 point attempt as time ticked away. The shot came up short bouncing out of bounds, possession to the Chargers. The Chargers were able to play keep away for the remaining 10 seconds and win with a final score of 26-22.
Creative Tech improves to 5-4 as they reach the halfway point in the season. Tuesday, they take on Waypoint, of Muskegon, and end the week with a trip to Grattan Academy.

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Daddy/Daughter Dance

CTA Grades K-6

Daddy/Daughter Dance

February 9, 2011
CTA Cafeteria

$10.00 per family
Refreshments, Desserts, Photo Included

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Spring Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting

(originally scheduled for April 23)

Has been rescheduled to
Thursday, April 19, 2012

This is also Family Night at CTA!

Hope to see you all there!

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Open Enrollment

Creative Technologies Academy
Cedar Springs, MI  49319

Open Enrollment Period
for the 2012-13 School Year

January 15 – February 15, 2012

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CTA Calendar

January     27     Boys and Girls Bball @ Grattan Academy, Greenville, MI 6:00PM & 8:00PM
31     Boys and Girls Bball @ Fremont Home School, Fremont Christian Middle School 6:00Pm & 8:00PM

February    3    Boys and Girls Bball @ Wellspring Prep, Grand Rapids, MI 4:30 PM and 6:15 PM
7    Boys and Girls Bball @ WMAES, Grand Rapids, MI 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM
9    Daddy/Daughter Dance (K-6th Grade) CTA Cafeteria 7:00 – 8:30 PM
10    Boys and Girls Bball @ Lakeshore Christian, Grand Haven, MI 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM
13    Boys and Girls Bball @ Grand Rapids Prep, Grand Rapids, MI 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM
17    Boys and Girls Bball @ Waypoint Academy, Muskegon, MI 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM
22    Boys and Girls Bball Tournament @ WMAES, Grand Rapids, MI 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM
22-24    No School for Students and Staff – Mid-Winter Break
27    No School for Students Teacher PD Day 9 AM – 3:30 PM
28    Boys and Girls Bball Tournament @ WMAES, Grand Rapids, MI TBA

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Eight facts to help determine your correct filing status

Determining your filing status is one of the first steps to filing your federal income tax return. There are five filing statuses: Single, Married Filing Jointly, Married Filing Separately, Head of Household and Qualifying Widow(er) with Dependent Child. Your filing status is used to determine your filing requirements, standard deduction, eligibility for certain credits and deductions, and your correct tax.Some people may qualify for more than one filing status. Here are eight facts about filing status that the IRS wants you to know so you can choose the best option for your situation.
1. Your marital status on the last day of the year determines your marital status for the entire year.
2. If more than one filing status applies to you, choose the one that gives you the lowest tax obligation.
3. Single filing status generally applies to anyone who is unmarried, divorced or legally separated according to state law.
4. A married couple may file a joint return together. The couple’s filing status would be Married Filing Jointly.
5. If your spouse died during the year and you did not remarry during 2011, usually you may still file a joint return with that spouse for the year of death.
6. A married couple may elect to file their returns separately. Each person’s filing status would generally be Married Filing Separately.
7. Head of Household generally applies to taxpayers who are unmarried. You must also have paid more than half the cost of maintaining a home for you and a qualifying person to qualify for this filing status.
8. You may be able to choose Qualifying Widow(er) with Dependent Child as your filing status if your spouse died during 2009 or 2010, you have a dependent child, have not remarried and you meet certain other conditions.
There’s much more information about determining your filing status in IRS Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information. Publication 501 is available at www.irs.gov or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676). You can also use the Interactive Tax Assistant on the IRS website to determine your filing status. The ITA tool is a tax law resource on the IRS website that takes you through a series of questions and provides you with responses to tax law questions.

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Four tax tips regarding tip income

If your pay from work involves compensation through tips, then the IRS would like you to be aware of a few facts about tip income. Here are four key points to keep in mind:
1. Tips are taxable Tips are subject to federal income, Social Security and Medicare taxes.  The value of non-cash tips, such as tickets, passes or other items of value, is also considered income and subject to tax.
2. Include tips on your tax return You must include in gross income all cash tips you receive directly from customers, tips added to credit cards, and your share of any tips you receive under a tip-splitting arrangement with fellow employees.
3. Report tips to your employer If you receive $20 or more in tips in any one month, you should report all of your tips to your employer. Your employer is required to withhold federal income, Social Security and Medicare taxes.
4. Keep a running daily log of your tip income. You can use IRS Publication 1244, Employee’s Daily Record of Tips and Report to Employer, to record your tip income.
For more information see IRS Publication 531, Reporting Tip Income, and Publication 1244 which are available at www.irs.gov. Both can be ordered by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676).

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A winter wonderland

Last week we featured flowers blooming in January because of the unseasonably warm weather. There’s no danger of that now!
Several inches of snow fell over the weekend, causing a snow day for schools on Friday, and slippery road conditions Monday. According to WOODTV 8 meteorologist Bill Steffen, more snow is on the way for this weekend.
Mary Cain, of Solon Township, took these beautiful photos after the snowfall last weekend. Thanks, Mary, for sharing them with us!
If you have winter photos you’d like to share, email them to news@cedarspringspost.com.

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