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Class of 2014 Valedictorians Announced

Alicia Beck

Alicia Beck

Dani George

Dani George

CTA is proud to recognize Dani George and Alicia Beck as Co-Valedictorians for the Class of 2014. The two seniors have identical 4.17 GPA’s and they have never received less than an A in any high school or dual enrollment college class.

Dani is the daughter of Dan and Debi George of Cedar Springs and Barbara Mull of Rochester, New York. She plans to continue her education at Indiana Wesleyan University where she will major in biochemistry leading to a career in medical practice or research.

Alicia is the daughter of Clint and Amy Beck of Sand Lake. She plans to continue her education at Valparaiso University where she will major in elementary education.

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CTA Honor Roll – Term 2

High School Honor Roll Term 2

Student Name  • Grade • GPA

Alverson, Allie 09 3.60

Beck, Alicia 12 4.90

Beck, Brandon 09 3.87

Bishop, Emmalee 12 3.80

Bricker, Brianna 11 3.75

Colburn, Lydia 12 3.89

Colter, Logan 09 3.53

Davison, Joshua 10 4.00

Felty, Miranda 09 3.73

George, Dani 12 4.64

George, Jonathan H 11 4.06

Hanes, Victoria 09 3.39

Hoops, Jonathan 11 4.00

Hubbard, Hannah 11 4.06

Huizinga, Clare 10 3.63

Jenkins, Derek 09 3.06

Keech, Kaleigh 10 3.88

Kibitz, Cassie 12 3.11

Knott, Ryan 09 3.78

Knott, Stephen 12 3.50

Konrad, Arabelle 09 4.00

Kyser, Jordan 10 3.47

Lawson, Tatyanna 09 3.00

Lehman, Ethan 09 4.00

McKinney, Thomas 09 3.13

Mead, Justin 12 3.47

Merz, Nadine 11 3.73

Munger, Erin 12 3.71

Ogden, Logan 11 3.20

Price, Grace 11 4.13

Scheidel, Kaylynn 12 3.13

Schreiber, Megan 12 3.45

Schultz, Jesse 10 3.13

Shelagowski, Autumn 09 4.00

Stahle, Jared 10 3.08

Temple, Rachelle 11 3.06

Tow, Kathryn 12 4.00

VanEnk, Annalise 10 3.77

Wheaton, Matthew 12 3.50

Wheeler-Denton, Ashley 10 3.00

Whitney, Cecelia 12 3.25

Winters, Derek 11 3.70

Wortz, Olivia 11 3.38

Yarrington, Dylan 11 3.90

 

Middle School Honor Roll Term 2

Student Name  • Grade • GPA

August, Danielle 07 4.00

Bucholtz, Kaela 06 4.00

Fulkerson, Lily 07 4.00

Howard, Austin 08 4.00

Ingersoll, Dawson 07 4.00

Konrad, Allen 07 4.00

Korody, Michael 08 4.00

Lehman, Zoe 06 4.00

Miner, Leslie 08 4.00

Starr, Marjorie 07 4.00

Wortz, Charles 07 4.00

Calkins, Brianne 07 3.84

Felty, Chandler 07 3.84

Hofstra, Hannah 06 3.84

Armstrong, Dawson 08 3.78

Price, Nicholas 08 3.78

Davison, Matthew 07 3.67

Hirsch, Travis 06 3.67

Shelagowski, Ashley 06 3.67

Graham, Joshua 08 3.56

Hofstra, James 08 3.56

Bishop, Collin 06 3.50

LeTourneau, Johnathon 08 3.44

Batchelder, Destiny 06 3.34

Fahling, Gabriela 06 3.34

Dood, Mason 06 3.00

Watson, Faith 06 3.00

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CTA 5th Grader Wins National Award

 

CTA-Calvin-Caulkins-National-Award-WinnerThe Read Naturally program, a research based literacy development program selects one student in the nation each month as its Star of the Month. The Read Naturally Star of the Month program is designed to celebrate students who work hard to improve their reading skills. Each month, they select one student to feature in their newsletter. The selected student wins a $20 Barnes & Noble gift card, and the school or teacher who nominated the student will receive a $200 gift certificate for Read Naturally materials.

Read Naturally released this statement recently:

“Congratulations to Star Student Calvin Caulkins from Cedar Springs, MI! Calvin is a fifth-grade student at Creative Technologies Academy. Calvin’s teacher, Sarah Classen, had this to say about him:

Calvin came to me at the beginning of last school year. Calvin has a hearing impairment that was undetected until 3rd grade. Due to this, he missed much of his reading phonics instruction.

When he first started working with me, Calvin was not able to read. He wanted to be able to show me that he could do these things, but he truly did not know how to do them.

Calvin has been nothing short of a hard worker for me from day one. He comes into the Reading Lab every day and gets right to work on his stories. Since last year he moved up from one and a half levels! He always has a positive attitude and even though some sounds are hard for him to hear, he strives extra hard to make those sounds in all the words he is now reading. He no longer struggles with writing and reading like he did before. He sounds unfamiliar words out and smiles a lot more these days! His confidence has grown a great deal and he has even taken on a Kindergarten reading buddy, once a fear of his, this past month. He is a bright spot in my day and I am super impressed at all the progress he is making!”

 

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Celebration Assembly

Creative Technologies Academy held a Celebration Assembly on Wednesday, April 3rd to celebrate some awesome accomplishments and share some great news.  As the elementary reading madness challenge came to an end, the students had much to be proud of.  The winner of the contest was the 6th grade with an astounding 19,039 minutes read this month. Through the month of March the total amount of minutes read by the students in kindergarten through 7th grade was 90,791 minutes!  The students were given some awesome stats about their reading as well.  Their reading totaled up to 1,513 hours in the month of March, or 63 total days, or 8 hours of reading per student for the month.

Here are just a few of the amazing things that are happening around campus.  First grade students Addyson Moeggenberg and Aubrey Smith and second graders  Timiah DenBoer, Kaden Winters, William May and Alivia Taylor were honored for their progress in their rocket math program.  The third graders were celebrated for working hard to meet their personal math goals and reading goals.  The fourth grade class was honored for receiving their 200th positive behavior point. The fifth graders will be heading up a kindness project where they will be supporting the group “Sole Hope”.  This organization makes shoes out of jeans and sends them over to help the people of Uganda.  They will be collecting pop cans, jeans, plastics, and other much needed items to help with this amazing cause.  The sixth grade class was celebrated for their hard work they have put into running the school bank in its inaugural year.  Several middle school students were honored for being caught exemplifying great character.  The freshman English class was celebrated for their willingness to cooperate and their hard work over the last few months.  Ms. Hill specifically gave a shout out to “Thomas McKinney, who volunteers to read for us on a daily basis.” Some students from Miss Chilcote’s Current Events class have been participating in the 2014 UNICEF “Tap Project”.  Students gave up their cell phones for a designated amount of time to help provide clean water and adequate sanitation to children around the world.  Several high school students were celebrated for their hard work in class, looking out for someone in school, being caught doing something awesome and also doing random acts of kindness.  Dean of Students, Mr. Oldebekking closed the assembly by saying “Many times students don’t even know they were being caught doing an act of kindness, but their great actions are what make our school an amazing place.”

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Teacher of the Week

Congratulations to CTA Kindergarten teacher, 

Lauren Bostic!

Fox TV 17 Teacher of the Week, April 4!

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CTA Calendar

 

 

April

22-24 Student Led Conferences with Parents and Teachers (required of all students and parents)

24 Daddy/Daughter Dance (grades K-6)

26 CTA Walkathon Fundraiser

28 Family Night – 4:30 pm • Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting – 6 pm

30 National Honor Society Induction

 

May

1 Mobile Dentist

2 CTA will hold regular school hours (Make up day for all CTA Students and Staff)

2 Prom @ Boulder Creek

17 Gallery Night and Open House – 3-6 pm

21 Last school day for seniors

22 Senior Trip

22 Mother/Son Movie Night

23-26 No School for Students and Staff – Memorial Recess

30 Graduation – 7 pm @ Cedar Springs High School (Note Date Change)

 

June

9 CTA will hold regular school hours (Make up day for all CTA Students and Staff)

10 CTA will hold regular school hours (Make up day for all CTA Students and Staff)

11 FlexTrac will hold regular school hours (Make up day)

 

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CTA Snow Make Up Days

 

Please be informed that these days will be scheduled to make up snow days as required by current state law:

 

May 2, 2014: FlexTrac and traditional day school (all CTA students) will hold regular hours

 

June 9 and June 10: FlexTrac and traditional day school (all CTA students) will hold regular hours

 

June 11: FlexTrac only will hold regular hours

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“Campus Kids Explore”

Campus Kids, the Before and After School Program, explored their senses on a recent snow day with many fun, ooey, gooey activities!!!  Sensory tubs were set up so we could have a lot of messy fun!!  We made tie-dye pictures with shaving cream and liquid watercolor paints and then played in the shaving cream, made ooblick out of cornstarch and water, and had a great time in the clean mud made out of Ivory Soap!!  The fantastic afternoon was enjoyed by everyone.  We can’t wait to do it again!

We are also doing “Random Acts of Kindness” throughout the month!  We have had discussions about helping others and about being nice at home and at school.  When a child does an “act of kindness”, they write it on a plastic flower and add it to our “Garden of Kindness” on the wall.  Our Garden grows everyday with many kind acts!

One of the many after school activities is called “Everyone Reads”.  In this program, an older child from Beach or Cedar View is paired up with a child from Cedar Trails, and they read books together.  The older children encourage the younger children to read out loud, and they help them with the words.  It has been great to see the interactions!

Summer is (hopefully!) right around the corner, and Campus Kids will be hosting a Summer Camp for all who are interested.  We will be doing lots of fun, creative, and educational activities every day of the week.  These may include gardening, sports, music, arts and crafts, tutoring assistance in various subjects, sensory fun, computer use, experiments, a walking/running club, etc.  We also are looking forward to several field trips throughout the summer.

The cost of Summer Camp is $27 a day or $125 a week (for 5 days).  There is a $10 a day discount for the second child if attending 4 to 5 days a week.  Campus Kids Summer Camp will be closed June 30 through July 4.  If you are interested in signing your child up for Summer Camp, please call Teresea Schlump, Child Care Director at (616) 696-1716 for more information.

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March Battle of the Books Madness

by Karen Tackmann, Red Hawk Teaching Coach

 

Are you like many people in the United States, consumed by college basketball, March Madness?  This spring Red Hawk Elementary combined two of our favorite things (sports and reading) to create March Battle of the Books Madness.  Eighteen books getting judge by the biggest fans and the harshest critics of books for kids – 6th grade students!  Every morning we anticipate who will win and move on to the next round.  We discuss, vote, cheer, moan, and discuss a little more.

Battle of the Books is an accelerated reading program in which students read 5 – 16 books and come together to discuss and test their knowledge of the books they have read.  The competitions (battles) are similar in style to the TV series, Family Feud.  On May 14, students will be randomly placed in teams of four to compete in eight preliminary rounds of battle with the final battle taking place May 18.  The suspense is mounting and so are the piles of books the 6th grade students are reading!

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Red Hawk Walkers Program Extended

Red Hawk Elementary will continue to open their doors to all community members who would like to walk the halls from 4:00 – 8:00pm, Monday through Thursday when school is in session until May 1, 2014.  Cedar Springs campus will be closed April 4 – April 11.  If Cedar Springs Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather, holiday or no school scheduled, walking is canceled that day.

 

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