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Drama Club Brings Laughs with Improv Show


(L to R): Lena Mauric, Tatyanna Lawson, Danielle August, Devin Simpson and Johnathon LeTourneau

(L to R): Lena Mauric, Tatyanna Lawson, Danielle August, Devin Simpson and Johnathon LeTourneau

CTA’s drama program got its first chance to be in the public spotlight on April 22 and 23 with the first ever CTA Improv Show.  This Improv show featured students in the newly formed Drama Club.  Fifteen students have been attending drama club rehearsals twice a week after school and practicing Whose Line Is It Anyway-style games that they would eventually perform in front of an audience.  The show started with a game called XBox where students had to perform short skits based on audience suggestions such as the color blue or the animal, the tiger.  Given only short prompts, students then had to create full scenes.  The audience really enjoyed the show and a lot of laughter filled the evening.  Some members of the Friday audience enjoyed the show so much, they came back on Saturday to see all new games and scenarios.  The highlight of both evenings was the final game, “Helping Hands.”  In this game, one student gets to be a world famous chef with a variety of food items on the table in front of her.  The only catch is that she can’t use her own hands.  Instead, another actor stands behind her and picks up the items as she goes, making a hilarious mess.  This event was also a fundraiser for CTA’s drama department with hopes to use the funds to put on a play next year.  With the success of the Improv show, the drama department is well on their way toward the goal.


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CTA Calendar

CTA Calendar


13 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

  • K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.
  • 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.
  • Popcorn Day

14 NHS Work Day at CTA

16-20 Elementary Spirit Week

16 Girls Charging Ahead Bake Sale (3:15-4:30 p.m.)

NHS Induction Rehearsal and Ceremony (6:30 p.m.)

17 Cheer Banquet (6-7:30 p.m.)

19 PA Meeting (3:15-4:00 p.m.)

20 MS/HS STEM Day (8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)

  • Wall of Honor Celebration (1:45-2:45 p.m.)
  • Spring Carnival/Art Show (5-7:00 p.m.)
  • MS Bake Sale (during Spring Carnival/Art Show) (5-7:00)

23 Girls Charging Ahead 2nd Annual 5K (3-4:30 p.m.)

25 Move-Up Day (10:00-10:45 a.m.)

26 Last Day of School for Seniors

  • 8th Grade and High School Choir Concert (7-8:00 p.m.)

27-30 Memorial Day Break

31 2nd/4th Grade Buddy Picnic


1 1st/3rd Grade Buddy Picnic

  • Senior Class Trip

2 Kindergarten/5th Grade Buddy Picnic

3 MS End of Year Field Trip

  • Graduation

7 MS/HS Charger Choice Day (12-2:45 p.m.)

  • K-5th Grade Field Day

8 High School Field Day (12-2:45 a.m.)

9 High School Cookout (12-2:45 p.m.)

  • K-6th Kent Theater Trip (“The Jungle Book” – 12:15-2:15 p.m.)
  • Last Day of School

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Respecting Chemicals

Mr. James Fredenburg created a fireball during his limiting reagent stoichiometry lesson.

Mr. James Fredenburg created a fireball during his limiting reagent stoichiometry lesson.

Mr. James Fredenburg, the high school science teacher, demonstrated the power of chemicals during a limiting reagent lesson as part of the stoichiometry unit, which is heavily math-based. He demonstrated the reaction between acetylene and oxygen three times. Twice with one of the reactants limiting the chemical reaction, and another time in the correct stoichiometry ratio. The results of this demonstration ranged from no reaction, huge fireballs, and a loud bang – similar to a gun firing. Chemistry is about understanding what happens at the microscopic level to explain what we see in our daily lives. Through these types of demonstrations in a safe and controlled environment, students have seen the class and book work translate to everyday life!

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Announcing the Class of 2016 Valedictorian and Salutatorian



Annalise Van Enk, Suma Cum Laude

Post-Graduation Plans: Attend Grace Bible College and Seminary to study Psychology


Joshua Davison, Magna Cum Laude

Post-Graduation Plans: Attend Grand Rapids Community College for Intro to IT courses


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Now Enrolling!


There are still spaces available for the 2016-2017 school year.

Please call us to set up your personal tour and meeting with our Dean of Students.

You may set up your appointment by calling Mrs. Atkins or Mr. Oldebekking at (616) 696-4905

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Fine Arts at CTA


At CTA, we have a lot to be thankful for! Our school may be small, but we have many fun and exciting things that happen every year. For the past three years, CTA Creates (a group of mothers, fathers, and grandmas) has brought art into the classroom. The amazing Mr. Holtrop has brought music, choir and drama back into our hallways as well.

CTA Creates is a group of volunteer families who love the arts and want to share that love with the students of CTA. These parents have created an art curriculum and volunteered to teach the elementary students every other Thursday this school year. At the end of the year, CTA Creates will celebrate the students’ creativity by putting on an art gallery. This year, the art gallery will be held on May 20 from 5-7:00 p.m. at CTA. Please join us on that day to view art that the students created throughout the year as they learned about different art techniques, artists and had the opportunity to use a variety of mediums.

Mr. Holtrop has brought so much to CTA and on May 3 that could not have been any more evident. The kindergarteners through second graders put on their own concert/play and sang four songs from the musical “Seussical”. We had Dr. Seuss characters galore on stage singing their hearts out! The third through fifth graders also shared their love for music by singing songs about spring. Not only did these classes sing, but the fourth and fifth graders also showed off their musical abilities with by playing the recorders. Thank you, Mr. Holtrop all of your hardwork has paid off!

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Celebrating Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week


The CTA Parent Association honored the extraordinary teachers at CTA during Teacher Appreciation Week May 2-6 with a variety of special events.  A Make-N-Take breakfast kicked off the week on Monday morning with Herman’s Boy bagels, homemade granola and fruit parfaits. Throughout the week, the staff were greeted with homemade chocolates and cement planters with succulents for their desks.  Friday finished the week with a soup and salad lunch.  CTA parents love their teachers and staff and are appreciative of all they do year-round!

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Food Service Worker Appreciation

L to R: Kay Buchanan, Stacie Tompkins, and Sonya Alverson

L to R: Kay Buchanan, Stacie Tompkins, and Sonya Alverson

CTA would like to applaud its amazing kitchen staff:  Kay Buchanan, Food Service Supervisor; and Food Service Assistants, Sonya Alverson and Stacie Tompkins, who spend every day making delicious, healthy, and well-balanced meals for more than 200 of our students.  Miss Kay, who plans the menu each week, incorporates some old favorites like, corn dogs, grilled cheese, quesadillas, and pigs in a blanket. She adds some of her homemade recipes such as taco pizza, baked ziti, and penne pasta. The kitchen staff all take the time to engage and build relationships with the students as they go through the lunch line. CTA is very lucky to have these three ladies share their talents and food finesse with us!


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Vet to receive honorary diploma

Vet to receive honorary diploma

World War II Veteran Mr. Erwin Empie is to receive an Honorary Cedar Springs High School diploma on June 2, 2016 at the Class of 2016 High School graduation ceremony.  Mr. Empie served in the Navy from December 9, 1944 to June 12, 1946 during the time he would have completed his requirements for a Cedar Springs High School diploma.  This honorary diploma is made possible by Public Act 181 of 2001.

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GVSU honors Rebekah Nagy

Grand Valley State University College of Education Michigan Literacy Project – The Winner is Rebekah Nagy

The Michigan Literacy Project was developed by faculty and staff in the College of Education with the purpose of supporting our COE graduates as they begin their teaching careers.

Often when new teachers begin their careers, they are thrilled to be landing that first teaching position. They arrive with fresh ideas and new energy but soon find that despite their idealistic outlooks, their jobs come with a big empty classrooms and little or no funding available for some of the very basic tools to provide a quality education to their students.  Beginning a teaching career can be daunting in and of itself but when a new teacher is faced with paying for classroom basics, it can be simply overwhelming. We recognize the importance of the availability of quality, children’s literature in each classroom, yet it often takes new teachers several years of personal spending to develop a functional classroom library.

The Grand Valley State University College of Education Michigan Literacy Project (MLP) was developed to address the needs of our recent graduates and their young students.  MLP’s mission is to provide quality classroom libraries to recent College of Education graduates teaching 3 years or less in a K-5 general education classroom in an underserved Michigan public school districts across the state.

MLP’s goal is to provide rich and meaningful encounters with quality children’s literature that will encourage students’ love of reading first.  Fostering joy and wonder for the written word will help children develop into adults who are curious and insightful and who will use that curiosity to expand their knowledge and passion for the betterment of society.

Research shows the more books children have ready access to, the better readers and life-long learners they will become. Regular exposure to quality children’s literature in multiple genres will foster a healthy love and respect for the written word and will lay the groundwork for bringing up Michigan’s next generation of forward-thinking, creative and skilled workers and entrepreneurs.

With the help of a $2,500 grant from The Meemic Foundation, the 2013-2014 Michigan Literacy Project pilot program provided classroom libraries to six Michigan classrooms.  Recently MLP received a $20,000 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Outstate Michigan that will fund the purchase of 45 classroom libraries over a 3-year period.  College of Education graduates with elementary teaching certificates were notified of the grant opportunity. 15 classroom library grant winners were identified for the 2015-16 academic year.  This process will be repeated in 2016-17 and again 2017-18.

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