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Creative Technologies Academy

350 Pine Street | Cedar Springs, MI  49319

Open Enrollment Period for the 2015-16 School Year

January 15, 2015 – February 15, 2015

You may register students for grades K-12 by calling Mrs. Atkins or Mr. Oldebekking at (616) 696-4905

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Boys Basketball Preview

 

Chargers Look to Flip the Script in 14-15

The Creative Technologies Academy boys basketball team had a few highlight moments during last year’s basketball campaign, but unfortunately were unable to come up with any victories. This year, the players and coaches are confident that a young Chargers team can turn it around.

Led by second year head coach Scott Bultman, the Chargers have gained a year of experience playing with each other, and are looking for quite a few victories on the scoreboard this season. Senior and team co-captain Preston Hawkins likes what he has seen in his team this preseason. “I believe our team is a lot better than last year” Said Hawkins. “We are much deeper than we were. I expect us to win at least half of our games this season.”

Joining Hawkins as the only other upperclassmen on the Charger roster is the other co-captain, senior Hunter George, senior Logan Ogden, and junior Nate Marble. Although young, the Chargers have many younger players who earned valuable experience from playing on the team last year. CTA has two very athletic wings who are poised for great things this year in sophomore Brandon Beck and freshman Dawson Armstrong. Armstrong sees a couple of keys for his team to have a successful season. “In practice we are doing a much better job of minimizing turnovers and we are being much more patient offensively, which will help us during the season.”

A couple of other returning players who are expected to see a lot of minutes this year are freshman James Hofstra, and sophomores Logan Colter and Bailey Hawkins. Hofstra will be stepping into the starting point guard role this season. “It is very important that we are unselfish as a team this season” said Hofstra. “We have been working a lot on our team chemistry, and are moving the ball very well.”

Sophomore Tim DeVries, who is in his first year at Creative Technologies Academy, likes what he has seen in the team so far. “There is a lot more talent here than where I had played before. We work very hard defensively, and coach Bultman makes sure we are very well conditioned.”

Rounding up the roster for the Chargers are sophomores Jackson Bowers and Jared Bouma, eighth grader Charles Wortz, and seventh graders Luke Hubbard and Collin Bishop.

The Chargers have a 16 game schedule this season, and begin the season Tuesday, December 16, at the West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science. Best of luck this season to Coach Bultman and the Chargers of Creative Technologies Academy.

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Lady Chargers Excited for new start in 2014-15

 

In a season full of new faces, the Creative Technologies Academy Lady Chargers basketball team is prepared to take the court and get back to business.  Led by first year head coaches Gerry Verwey and Danielle Davies, the Chargers will look much different from a year ago. Gone are five seniors and one foreign exchange student, but a few familiar faces still remain.

The CTA Lady Chargers are led this year by their two senior co-captains Olivia Wortz and Hannah Hubbard. Both have been four year varsity players, and have improved both their basketball and their leadership skills in the offseason.

“This year, we expect to be great defensively,” said Hubbard. “We are very active with our hands and feet, and we are much better in terms of defensive communication this year.”

Joining Wortz and Hubbard as returning players are Juniors Kaleigh Keech, Aubrey Slocum, and Annalise VanEnk, as well as Sophomores Holly Fahling and Vicky Hanes.

With only seven high school players on the team, Coach Verwey has had to look down to the middle school to fill out the rest of his roster. Eigth grader Brin Calkins, a returner from last year, is out for at least six weeks with a broken wrist. Fellow eigth grader Hayley Miller is in her first year of competitive basketball, and is joined by seventh graders Hannah Hofstra, Faith Watson, Annie Rabideau, and Taylor Stong.

“We have a great team full of hard workers” said VanEnk. “Our biggest focus right now is our team chemistry. With so many new players, we have a lot of work to do, and I think we have been doing a great job so far.”

The Lady Chargers begin their season Tuesday, December 16, at the West Michigan School of Environmental Science. Let another great season of Lady Charger basketball begin.

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CTA Calendar

December 19 Last day before Winter Break

December 22-Jan. 2 Winter Break

 

January 5 Classes resume

January 13-15 Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences

January 16 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm

6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm

January 30 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm

6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm

 

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K-5 News

 

Grinchly CTA Elementary 

This month, the elementary building has focused on being kind. Every Monday we meet together in the elementary building and celebrate our efforts from the week before; also, we spend time looking toward what we can do to be kind in the week ahead. As a building, we celebrate those students that have shown kindness toward their peers or staff members. Mr. David Oldebekking, our Dean of Students, leads the elementary with hoots and hollers to make every student a “Charger,” and then we exit our meetings with a chant of “WE ARE CHARGERS!”

Our two newest teachers, Miss Kristi Norman and Mrs. Kayla Campbell, have gone above and beyond the elementary weekly celebrations and have started celebrating their students who have displayed kind acts on a daily basis. They have taken the story How the Grinch Stole Christmas written by Dr. Seuss and brought it into their classrooms. The character of the Grinch in the story started-off being a “grinch” towards Christmas, but in the end he learns that the true meaning of Christmas is celebrating love and kindness. Our newest additions have been on the lookout for finding those same traits within their students. Mrs. Campbell mentioned one of her third graders, Morgan, because she has shown the most kindness within her classroom. Miss Norman said that her student, Alex, has shown the class a lot of kindness in the form of “Grinchly” actions.

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Fire Prevention Month

October was Fire Prevention Month. Algoma Township Fire Department stopped by Beach Elementary to talk about Fire Prevention and encouraged the kids to talk with their families to make a plan in case of emergency.

 

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Fine Arts Holiday Concerts

12/4 Middle School Band Concert  - High School Auditorium 7:30pm

12/9 6-8th Grade Choir Concert  - High School Auditorium 7:00pm

12/11 High School Band & Choir Concert – High School Auditorium 7:30pm

12/13 Cedar View Chorus – Kent Theatre Community Holiday Concert  3:00pm

 

 

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Athletic College Letters of Intent

CSPS-Athletic-Letters-of-Intent

Mackenzie Weiler – Michigan State University

Brad Brechting – Oakland University

Austin Sargent – Eastern Michigan University

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All Conference Athletes Fall 2014

 

Girls Cross Country

Mackenzie Weiler All Conference

Shanyne Mann All Conference

Ellie Ovokaitys All Conference

Hannah Heintzelman All Conference

Tara Tepin Honorable Mention

Myla Umphrey Honorable Mention

Boys Cross Country

Austin Sargent All Conference

Justin Jones All Conference

Brandon Harthorn Honorable Mention

Girls Golf

Breanna White All Conference

Conner White Honorable Mention

Boys Tennis

Blake Fisk All Conference

Football

Zachary Wamser All Conference

Kaden Myers All Conference

Caden Burrows All Conference

MavRick Cotton All Conference

Collin Alvesteffer All Conference

Nathan Sorensen All Conference

Ted Edwards Honorable Mention

Taylor VanDyke Honorable Mention

Patrick DePiazza Honorable Mention

Boys Soccer

Julian Quiroga All Conference

Bryan Taylor All Conference

Volleyball

Sydney Plummer Honorable Mention

 

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Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters – Athletes of the Month

Plummer, Schut, and French, named Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Student Athletes for November. 

Sydney Plummer

Sydney Plummer

Freshman Sydney Plummer was named the November Student Athlete of the Month for Volleyball. Sydney is completing her first season on varsity with the Red hawks. Sydney currently leads her team in kills with 89 and is second in both serve receiving and digs at 191 and 106 respectively. Sydney, really respects her teammates always having her back, and knows that she can rely on them whenever needed!

Coach Reynolds comments “As a freshman playing on the varsity girls’ volleyball team, Sydney’s work ethic was second to none. Although only a freshman, she led by example in every practice and game. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Sydney’s game is the outstanding sportsmanship she displayed throughout the entire season. Sydney represents Red Hawk athletics by consistently displaying teamwork, responsibility, and work ethic.”

Sydney is the daughter of Julie and Chip Plummer.

 

Julie Schut

Julie Schut

Senior Julie Schut was named the November Student Athlete of the month for Girls Golf.  Julie is a 4 year varsity team member and has worked very hard to improve her game and scoring every year. Julie is an honor student with a 3.9 GPA. Julie also plays French horn in the band, and participates on mission trips with her church youth group. Julie had a great year with her Golf teammates on this years “Dream Team”.

Coach London comments “Julie is one of my toughest competitors! She never seems to get frustrated or dismayed.”

Julie is the daughter of Chris and Joel Schut

 

Drew French

Drew French

Sophomore Drew French was named the November Student Athlete of the Month for Tennis.  Drew finished an incredibly successful season winning 12 matches, and finished second in conference. Drew has a 3.55 GPA. Drew also participates in Ski Club, USTA,  and volunteers his time as a youth tennis teacher .Drew is very excited about the future of CSHS Tennis!

Coach Unsworth states “Drew is very committed to taking every opportunity to improve his game by participating in tennis drills and activities outside of regular team functions.  He is not afraid to ask for coaching advice and one on one practice time from his coach to better his play!

Drew is the son of Trisha and Warren French

 

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