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Spreading Kindness

 

Just spreading the love for Kindness month with some very sweet 1st graders. “We just really care about each other” was the quote that inspired the student-initiated group hug! Also our secondary students chose to spread notes of kindness around our school. We have challenged all our students to do at least one random act of kindness this month.

 

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Transforming The World With Feats of Strength

The Conquerors: 5th Grade students Cameron Haan and Sage Sidlauskas had a photo op with Yago, one of the Conquerors who performed during the assembly.

This past month CTA had special guests, The Conquerors, share their message with our elementary, middle and high school students! Their feats of strength combined with their message of “Be A Positive Influence In Our World” made for an amazing assembly!

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CTA Teaches Responsibility

Character Education: Students enjoyed Subway lunch with Mrs. Mattson.

During the month of October, CTA focused on the character trait: RESPONSIBILITY. K-5th grade students received responsibility cards when they were caught being responsible. Each student that received a card, placed the card in an envelope and 6 students were randomly chosen to have a special lunch with the Principal, Mrs. Mattson! Congrats t o all our Chargers that were caught being RESPONSIBLE!

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Seussical The Musical

Our kindergarten through 5th grade students attended Seussical the Musical at the Grand Rapids Civic theatre. This field trip was made  possible due to our successful walk-a-thon and partnership with our Parent Association.

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Book Surgeries

Third grade students had the opportunity to be “surgeons” as they performed “book surgeries” to start identifying, describing, and using non-fiction text features!

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Brad Waid Conducts Professional Development for Teaching Staff

 

Creative Technologies Academy had the opportunity to work with Brad Waid regarding game-changing Apps, augmented reality and emerging technology. Brad Waid is an International speaker, influencer and educator with over 15 years of classroom and industry experience. He is an industry leader in Educational Technology, 21st Century Learning, Culture and Innovation, Augmented Reality & Emerging Technologies. He is a consultant to industry, education and government. Brad is called on by the industry to assist in marketing and telling the story of a product or a company, he assists school districts and educational conferences in applying technology into education, and he works with government agencies to improve education for all students. Brad’s knowledge of educational technology, his ability to assist industry and government and his passion to inspire educational change, make him a highly sought after speaker and influencer who makes an impact wherever he goes.

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CTA 2017-18 Basketball Game Schedule

 

Varsity Girls Games at 5:30 p.m.

Varsity Boys Games at 7:00 p.m.

*Unless otherwise noted in schedule below

12/5 vs. Algoma Christian School @ TBD

12/8 vs. Wellspring Prep @Grace Bible College

12/15 @ West Michigan Aviation Academy

12/19 @ West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

12/21 @ Hornets Home School – TBD

1/04 vs. Calhoun Christian @DeltaPlex (girls only – 2:00pm)

1/05 @ West Michigan Lutheran (girls only – 6:00pm)

1/09 @ Wellspring Prep – (girls)  @ Pineview – (boys) *6:00pm

1/12 vs. West Michigan Lutheran @ Cedar Springs Middle School

1/16 @ Flat River Academy (boys) • OPEN girls

1/17 @ Black River Public School

1/19 @ Algoma Christian School

1/23 vs. Big Rapids Home School @ TBD

1/26 vs. West Michigan Lutheran @ St. Mark Lutheran (5:30pm boys, 7:00pm girls)

1/30 @ Flat River Academy (boys) •  OPEN girls

2/2 @ Pineview – (boys) – *6:00pm •  OPEN for girls

2/5 @ Calvary

2/9 OPEN

2/13 vs. Black River Public School @TBD (Senior Night)

2/15 @ West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

2/21 OPEN

2/23 @ West Michigan Aviation Academy

 

CTA 2017-18 Basketball Rosters

Boys Basketball

Dawson Armstrong

James Hofstra

Tobius Potter

Charles Wortz

Collin Bishop

Luke Hubbard

Casen Armstrong

Tony Buchanan

John Wortz

Jordan Brown

Ivan Winters

Avery Bishop

Landon Winters

Head Coach: Todd Bowmar

Girls Basketball

Autumn Watson

Haven Nguyen

Brin Calkins

Elizabeth Jahns

Hannah Hofstra

Gam Puttakerd

Faith Watson

Cameron Medwayosh

Ruby Tompkins

Tori Wierda

Molly Wortz

Head Coach: Lisa Perry

Manager: Sierra Medwayosh

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Open Enrollment Period

Creative Technologies Academy

350 Pine Street

Cedar Springs, MI 49319

Period

For the 2018-19 School Year

January 15, 2018 – February 15, 2018

You may register students for Grades K-5 by calling Mrs. Mattson and

Grades 6-8 by calling Mrs. Colin at (616) 696-4905.

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CTA SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

November

17 Early Release Day

21 Early Release Day

22-26 Thanksgiving Break

December

1 Elementary Library Day

4 Elementary Winter Concert

6 Coffee Time with the Secondary Principal

8 & 9 Fall Play Twain’s Tales

8 Early Release Day

12 MS and HS Choir Concert

13 Coffee Time with the Elementary Principal

21 PA Meeting 6 p.m.

22 Early Release Day (Students and Staff)

25 Winter Break Begins

January

8 School Resumes

* Early Release Dismissal Schedule

• K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

• 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

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Lloyd VanDuyn Shares His Talents to Support the Cedar Springs Tradition of the Red Flannel Festival

 

On October 7, 2017, the Red Flannel Festival (RFF) celebrated its 78th year as our hometown tradition and landmark event for Cedar Springs. What a proud tradition we have that shows our community support for fun loving times together to highlight and celebrate this great city.

Lloyd VanDuyn, a local Grand Rapids artist, has been sharing his artistic talents with the RFF.  Lloyd is the artist who designed the 2016 and 2017 RFF logo.  This year the theme was “Rockin Round the Clock” and the logo he created was just perfect to spread the excitement of the theme on pins, magazines, TV commercials, mugs, shirts and more! 

Lloyd was born in the Midwest, raised in Michigan, and describes his path in professional artistry as a latecomer to the art world. From his late introduction to the arts, to his 28 years as a graphics artist in the sign business, to his current interest in pencil renderings (which can be viewed on Instagram as coolsigner or lloyd van duyn), he continues to enjoy being involved in artistic endeavors. 

For several years Lloyd has been a volunteer in the Grand Rapids’ Art Prize competition. He has also volunteered his time and talent to assist in the judging of the recently held Red Flannel Festival Art Reviews. He states, “The level of talent in the RFF Art Reviews was impressive and I would like to see that competition take place again at future Red Flannel Festivals.” Lloyd also dedicated his time and interest to judging the RFF car show.  He has an interest in cars as some of his past work as an artist included hand lettering and vinyl graphics on race cars for professional drivers at the Berlin Raceway, as well as on snowmobiles and modified pulling tractors!  In addition to those interests and volunteerism in Cedar Springs, Lloyd helped bring a model train show to the RFF in 2016 as he builds trains and designs spectacularly detailed layouts. 

Lloyd has a great interest and investment in Cedar Springs, as he and his family have been a part of Cedar Springs for decades.  His wife of 54 years, Karen VanDuyn, spent her childhood in Cedar Springs visiting her grandmother and grandfather, Roy and Elizabeth (Libby) Reynolds who lived at 14 Mile Road and Myers Lake Road. Lloyd, Karen and their sons have fond memories of coming to Cedar Springs to the Reynolds farm.  Karen has historic memories of shopping on Main Street.  The VanDuyn family always loved attending the RFF and watching Randy compete in the marching band competition at Skinner Field and then carry the big bass drum in the RFF parade!  Additionally, Lloyd’s sister and her family and grandchildren reside in Cedar Springs – furthering the VanDuyn connections to the great community of Cedar Springs.

Lloyd is most proud of the Red Flannel Festival President, his son Randy VanDuyn, and his daughter-in-law, Laura VanDuyn, the Superintendent of Cedar Springs Public Schools.  While any parent would be proud in this situation, he feels that it is incumbent upon members of his generation to provide support to worthwhile community activities.  Since the VanDuyns are involved in such important leadership of the Cedar Springs community, Lloyd says, “It is even more worthwhile of his support and involvement wherever possible.”

Lloyd and his family take great pleasure in being an integral part of the Cedar Springs community where they devote much of their lives to serving in many capacities.  It has been an honor for the RFF and Cedar Springs to have a local artist and volunteer such as Lloyd VanDuyn.  Thank you for sharing your talents with the RFF, Lloyd!

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