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Ms. Meredith Lane

Ms. Lane is in her second year of teaching 2nd grade at CTA. Ms. Lane continues to share her passion for providing real world experiences and hands-on learning to her students on a regular basis. Her engaging and animated teaching style creates a positive learning environment for her Chargers.

Ms. Gabby Schatz

Ms. Schatz is new to CTA as the 3rd grade teacher and in her first year teaching, although she seems like a natural. Ms. Schatz hails from Central Michigan University and resides in Cedar Springs. She loves being outdoors, fishing, and gardening, and brings her love of the outdoors and love of learning into her classroom.

Ms. Alexis Lucarelli

This is Ms. Lucarelli’’s first year at CTA. She teaches 6th grade Science and 6th-8th grade ELA. Ms. Lucarelli graduated from Cornerstone University and lives in Cedar Springs. Her passion for investing in the lives of young people is evident in the energy she brings each day. Ms. Lucarelli works to make her classroom a positive and fun environment for her students.

Ms. Megan Kilts

Ms. Kilts is in her first year at CTA, teaching high school English. She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and a Cedar Springs native. Ms. Kilts enjoys being a part of our community of students, families, and staff. She aims to spread her love of literature to her students through a variety of activities. High school Chargers are fortunate to have her lead their learning.

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Civic Duty of Voting is practiced in the classroom

4th grade student Gwen Middlebrook cast her ballot for her favorite animal, sport, ice cream flavor and more.

Teachers brought the recent national election to relatable and age-appropriate levels in the classrooms. In the elementary building, students explored the concepts of voting and elections through read alouds such as Duck For President, and cast ballots in mock elections and learned about how the electoral college process works. Middle schoolers learned about the election process with Social Studies teacher Mrs. Marsman through a student-led Kid Explorer video presentation. By completing this project they learned the answers to questions such as: What are the requirements to become President? How do elections work? What is the Electoral College? Which amendments guarantee voting rights? What are political parties? And what are checks and balances?

In the high school, Government teacher Mr. Washington focused on the purposes, organization, powers, processes, and election of the executive branch of the United States, and the roles and responsibilities of the President. Mr. Washington taught students in his other Social Studies classes the components of a professional and respectful debate, and students had the opportunity to put these new skills into practice.

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Building Character One Trait At A Time

Each month, CTA focuses on a character trait that students and staff learn about and implement into school, home, and community. Students have daily opportunities to demonstrate that character trait.

At the elementary level, classroom teachers spend time each day discussing and teaching around this trait with their students, and Elementary Principal Mrs. Bialkowski does a weekly lunch greeting to connect with students around the character traits. Staff gives students character cards that fill buckets in the elementary entrance. Students also have the opportunity to recognize classmates they see demonstrating the qualities of the monthly trait.

In the secondary building, teachers and students dialogue around what it looks like to live out these character traits, and teachers hand out nomination slips to students they notice are putting the featured character trait into action. These slips are displayed on hallway bulletin boards and each nomination is entered into a drawing for a gift card.

For the month of October, the focus was on HARDWORKING.

CTA recognized several Chargers that were caught working hard, and those individuals that took the time to nominate them.

ELEMENTARY

Oaklee Egbert & Callie Dunlap – Kindergarten

Nominated by Mrs. Ceglowski

Hayden Fisk – 1st grade

Nominated by Mrs. Perry

Ethan Gambill – 5th grade

Nominated by student Abigail Gambill

Liam Rich – 5th grade

Nominated by student 

Linley Campbell

Mya Brinks – 4th grade

Nominated by Ms. Norman

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Tripp Freyling – 6th grade

Caleb Elliot – 7th grade

Cameron Haan – 8th grade

Nominated by Middle School Teachers

HIGH SCHOOL

Nadelynn Brinley – 9th grade

John Elliot – 10th grade

Skye Hephner – 11th grade

Ben Goodhue – 12th grade

These students received a total of 8 nominations from high school teachers.

CTA Chargers are currently focused on being APPRECIATIVE, November’s character trait.

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Cedar Springs High School temporarily shifts to remote learning

High School students will be learning from home November 9 through December 1

Cedar Springs High School students will be learning from home for the next few weeks because of a large number of student absences due to quarantine. The Post asked Superintendent Scott Smith to explain what is happening.

“We continue to see a dramatic increase in the number of students in grades 9-12 absent from class due to COVID-19. The actual number of positive cases for High School students on any given day has remained relatively low.  However, the number of students and staff required to quarantine for 14 days has become significant and currently accounts for nearly 99 percent of the absences we are seeing,” he explained. 

“On Monday, November 9, the High School was expecting three student absences due to a positive COVID-19 test and over 180 students out due to quarantine.  One out of every five desks at the High School was going to be empty on Monday due to COVID-19 related absences.  To stabilize the learning experience for all High School students, we decided to move to our remote learning plan beginning on November 9 and lasting through December 1.”

Smith said that the increase in absences has caused a significant strain on the learning process for students missing class due to COVID-19.  “Teachers were doing their best to deliver the same lesson both in-person and remotely. In comparison, teaching a lesson remotely or in-person requires similar but very different strategies. The shift to remote learning allows our teachers to focus on one delivery method for their lessons, providing equitable instruction for all students. The decision to launch our remote learning model at the High School was clear.”

So far, attendance levels in the other buildings indicate that students in grades PK-8 can continue to learn in-person.  

How will this affect certain high school activities?

Athletics/Co-curricular programs – At this time, we will continue with all scheduled athletic/co-curricular eventsand activities. All current safety measures will remain in place.

KCTC/KTC transportation will continue to be provided. Some minor adjustments to routes and schedules may be necessary. 

Meal availability – Student meals will be available for pick-up between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at the HS loop (near the office) on the following dates:

Monday – 11/9

Thursday – 11/12

Monday – 11/16

Thursday – 11/19

Monday – 11/23

Students will be given meals for three days. Please reach out to the High School office if you need meals but are not available during the scheduled times.

Mobile Hotspots may be available through CSPS if you do not have an internet connection where you live. These devices are being distributed based on need and availability. 

Personal items The High School will be open during regular school hours. Students can pick up any personal items starting on Monday. 

Early Middle College – A separate communication will be sent to our EMC families outlining specificinformation on this program.

Smith said they would keep parents informed of any future adjustments to their schedule or programs.  

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Operation Safe Stop runs this week

Enforcement effort is part of School Bus Safety Week

Starting October 19, law enforcement officers throughout Michigan will be ramping up patrols of motorists illegally passing school buses. Operation Safe Stop is part of national School Bus Safety Week, which runs October 19-23. In 2019, nearly 2,100 citations were issued to drivers for failing to stop for a school bus, the most in the last 10 years.

“We learn it as kindergarteners; red means stop. It’s as simple as that,” said Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “Even with remote learning happening throughout the state, buses are still on the road. When you see the flashing lights, stop.”

According to the Michigan State Police (MSP) Criminal Justice Information Center, there were 1,197 crashes involving school buses in Michigan in 2019. Of those, 114 happened at bus stops. From the bus stop crashes, there were 42 injuries. Michigan bus drivers conducted a one-day survey in May 2019. In just that one day, the 1,373 participating bus drivers reported 508 times that a motorist passed a school bus illegally.

“Every time a driver ignores the flashing lights or stop arm of a bus, they are putting a student’s life in danger,” said Kellie Dean, president and CEO of Dean Transportation. “Operation Safe Stop will help keep students safe and will educate drivers on how to safely share the road with buses.”

Drivers should prepare to stop when they see the overhead flashing yellow lights of a bus, and stop at least 20 feet away from a bus when the overhead lights flash red. Drivers who pass stopped school buses may be charged with civil infractions carrying a fine between $100 and $500. Violators may also be required to perform up to 100 hours of community service at a school. Drivers who pass a stopped school bus and cause a death are subject to a felony with either a fine up to $7,500 or up to 15 years in jail. Drivers who pass a stopped school bus and cause an injury face a misdemeanor charge and either a fine up to $1,000 or up to one year in jail. The MSP Calumet Post received a 2019 Outstanding Traffic Safety Award for its efforts in reducing illegal school bus passing in the Calumet area. The post distributed educational materials and dedicated 74 hours to patrol for this violation. At the conclusion of the initiative, school bus drivers reported fewer problems.

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Featured Staff Members

Mrs. Andrea Cedglowski

Though this is only Mrs. Ceglowski’s 2nd year as a Charger, it is her 28th year in education. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Kindergarten. One of her many passions is to keep a strong balance of both appropriate developmental play for social growth as well as high standards and high supports for academic growth. CTA’s youngest Chargers are lucky to have their Kindergarten experiences led by Mrs. Ceglowski!

Mr. Justin Harding

Mr. Harding is in his fifth year teaching at CTA; he teaches math for 6th-8th grades. Mr. Harding builds strong relationships with his students and strives to keep learning interactive and fun. It is his goal to have all students see themselves as mathematicians. Mr. Harding was awarded WGVU’s Cool Teacher Award in 2020. He also enjoys sports and serves as CTA’s athletic director. Our secondary Chargers are fortunate to have Mr. Harding lead their learning.

Mrs. Teresa Marsman

This is Mrs. Marsman’s third year at CTA. She teaches 7th grade Science and Social Studies for 6th-8th grades. Mrs. Marsman engages her students by bringing Science and Social Studies to life with captivating projects and hands-on activities. Her students look forward to her inviting classroom and sense of humor. Mrs. Marsman makes sure everyone feels welcomed and ready to learn each day.

Ms. Kelsey Rogers

Ms. Rogers is in her second year of teaching 1st grade here at CTA, though it feels like she has been here for years. Ms. Rogers brings compassion and creativity into the classroom on a daily basis. Promoting mindfulness along with the character education curriculum, she believes even our young Chargers can make a big impact. She is passionate about growing 1st graders to become World Changers!

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CTA Pre-K through 12th Enrollment

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CTA Character traits

Each month, CTA focuses on a character trait that students and staff learn about and implement into school, home, and community. Students have a daily opportunity to demonstrate that character trait.

At the elementary level, classroom teachers spend time each day discussing and teaching around this trait with their students, and Elementary Principal Mrs. Bialkowski does a weekly lunch greeting to connect with students around the character traits. Staff gives students character cards that fill buckets in the elementary entrance. Students also have the opportunity to recognize classmates they see demonstrating the qualities of the monthly trait.

In the secondary building, teachers and students dialogue around what it looks like to live out these character traits, and teachers hand out nomination slips to students they notice are putting the featured character trait into action. These slips are displayed on hallway bulletin boards and each nomination is entered into a drawing for a gift card.

For the month of September, the focus was on CARING.

This month CTA recognized several Chargers that were caught demonstrating CARING, and those individuals that took the time to nominate them.

ELEMENTARY

Lane Sloppye & Abel Moreno – Kindergarten

Nominated by Mrs. Ceglowski

Addisyn Dells – 1st grade

Nominated by Ms. Rogers

Abigail Gambill – 3rd grade

Nominated by classmate Gabriela Lopez

Selah Rohne – 5th grade

Nominated by Mrs. Norman

Cooper Christie – 5th grade

Nominated by classmate Raelynn Dells

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Penelope Rose – 6th grade

Natalie Haan – 7th grade

Xander Toth – 8th grade

Nominated by Middle School Teachers

HIGH SCHOOL

Gabi Christie – 9th grade

Brooklyn Schantz – 10th grade

Sawyer Marek – 11th grade

Stephen Hutchins – 12th grade

These students received a total of 10 nominations from high school teachers.

CTA Chargers are currently focused on being HARDWORKING, October’s character trait.

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9/11 Tribute

Thank you to our staff and students who paid tribute by sharing together a moment of silence to honor and remember those we lost on 9/11.

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Headers and Footers on the Soccer Field

Boys Soccer:Front Row (L to R): Avery Bishop, Landon Winters, Cody Holman, Jesse Benson, Sawyer Marek, Ivan Winters, Trenton Holman. Back Row (L to R): Coach Mark Winters, Zander Toth, Kaden Winters, Jeff Marek, Brett Kooienga, Jacob Jaggers, Jake Perry.

The Chargers are off to a great start this season. The boys lost a hard-fought battle to Libertas Christian 0-1, but bounced back with a 8-1 victory over Barry County Christian. Goalie Jesse Benson has done an excellent job keeping the ball out of goal. Goals have been scored by Ivan Winters, Brett Kooienga, and Cody Holman. The team had a huge win Monday when they defeated Zion Christian 3-2. The boys look forward to taking on Algoma Christian this week.

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