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Girls Talk program gives back to school, younger students

7th Graders (left to right) Willow Sidlauskas, Sophyna Ross help clean and change out seasonal clothes at the Alpha Women’s Center in Cedar Springs.

7th Graders (left to right) Willow Sidlauskas, Sophyna Ross help clean and change out seasonal clothes at the Alpha Women’s Center in Cedar Springs.

Creative Technologies Academy’s Girl Talk is an after school mentoring program in which high school girls mentor middle school girls.

The group meets 2-3 times per month after school and have activities that foster discussion of topics that impact the everyday lives of these girls – all of which is coached and moderated by the middle school math teacher, Ms. Liscombe.

Some topics covered include: being a good friend, being true to yourself, “Downplay the Drama”, positive body image, and many more!

Autumn Shelagowski (11th grade), Destiny Batchelder (8th grade), Ashley Shelagowski (8th grade) work in library.

Autumn Shelagowski (11th grade), Destiny Batchelder (8th grade), Ashley Shelagowski (8th grade) work in library.

They also participate in various service projects throughout the school year to give back to the local community.

For the past two years, they have participated in service projects for the Alpha Family Center and the Cedar Springs Library. At Alpha, they have done a variety of activities including: changing out seasonal clothing, cleaning and organizing, and stuffing envelopes.

At the Library, the group has helped clean and reorganize book shelves.

Cleaning and reorganizing aren’t always the most exciting tasks for teenagers, but the girls are able to build teamwork and cooperation skills in a fun way by giving back to their own community.

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Bringing physics to life with computer coding

“Pong” game in progress, which was coded by high school students in their Physics class.

“Pong” game in progress, which was coded by high school students in their Physics class.

Many teachers at CTA, including high school teachers Ms. Davison (math) and Mr. Fredenburg (science), opted to incorporate the Hour of Code into their classes in December.

Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science designed to demystify computer coding and demonstrate that anybody can learn the basics of coding.

Using a program called “Scratch,” seniors Josh Davidson and Keegan Shears designed a pong game and used the Makey Makey hardware to design a controller to play the game in their physics class.

Seniors Keegan Shears (L) and Josh Davidson (R) with their Pong game controller made out of a yard stick and circuits.

Seniors Keegan Shears (L) and Josh Davidson (R) with their Pong game controller made out of a yard stick and circuits.

They tied it into the Circuits and Electronics unit they were studying and where they learned how to interface the game using various circuits and electronics with a wooden yardstick as the base. The project follows the newly adopted next generation science standards in engineering design. Davidson and Shears currently have a working model and have additional phases planned to test and review their prototype to make improvements and redesigns.

Other student projects included a Dance Dance Revolution-type game, Firefly Sparts and a working model airplane. Each project presented its own unique challenges for the students to work through.

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. This provided students with the opportunity to learn computer science, nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity to build a foundation for success in any 21st century career path.

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Coin Wars for Toys for Tots

8th grade students Zoe Lehman, Cameron Almy and Luke Hubbard with one of the filled coin war tubs.

8th grade students Zoe Lehman, Cameron Almy and Luke Hubbard with one of the filled coin war tubs.

CTA elementary and middle school have participated in a coin drive competition for charity for the past four years. Each year they like to mix things up to boost energy towards giving and this year was no different and the high school building joined in to make it a whole-school event. The hallways at CTA during the first two weeks of December were LOUD and JOYOUS! Lots of “We bombed you!” and “Not again!” phrases were heard from teachers and students alike. The entire school community seemed to get into the fun of the event. At the end of the two week period, all coins were counted and the winners of this year’s coin drive were the 8th graders with a grand total of positive $43.49! The class with the lowest amount of “positive” funds were the Kindergarteners with a WHOOPING GRAND TOTAL of negative $58.33. For the Coin War, pennies count as “positive” and silver coins and dollars counted as “negative” to come up each class total. For instance, if a class had 100 pennies and a dollar bill in their class tote, it was a wash and made their total zero, but they still had $2.00 to contribute.

During the coin drive week, CTA also held a Toys for Tots campaign and it was decided that the funds raised through the Coin Wars would be donated to Toys for Tots. Not only did students bring in money for the coin drive competition, they also brought in new toys to be delivered to children for Christmas! When all totals were tabulated, CTA raised almost $700 for the Toys for Tots campaign!

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Chargers team starts strong

 

The Creative Technologies Academy boys’ basketball team came into Friday night’s game against West Michigan Aviation with something to prove, as they had lost to Aviation’s JV team last year. This time, they played the varsity, and the Chargers were focused and came to play their best.

At the half, CTA was tied with Aviation, in a tight, back-and-forth affair. “I felt like we did a great job against the full court press in the first half,” said Coach Scott Bultman.

The Aviators built a ten-point lead going into the fourth quarter. The Chargers held their own throughout the fourth quarter, but couldn’t make up the gap from the third quarter. The final score was 50-39. Sophomores Dawson Armstrong and James Hofstra led the Chargers in scoring with 17 and 12 points, respectively.

CTA is off for the rest of the week, with their next games coming against West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science on Tuesday, the 19th.

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Santa’s Shop a great success! 

 

The CTA Parent Association organized a Santa Shop in December with many gifts that were handmade and donated by CTA families. The Santa Shop provided an opportunity to CTA elementary and middle school students to shop for gifts for their family and friends.  From handmade candles, bath salts, dish towels to coffee cozies and hand warmers, there was a wide range of gifts for the children to select from. Volunteer parents also helped the children wrap the gifts when they were done shopping.  The Parent Association raised $750 to support student activities throughout the school year.  Thank you to all our families that helped with the gifts and helped the children shop throughout the day!

 

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‘Thank You’ to the CTA Board of Directors

January is School Board of Directors Appreciation Month and Creative Technologies Academy would like to recognize its board members for their commitment to changing our world by guiding us as we develop students with character, scholarship and leadership traits.They volunteer countless hours to serve the school and its students.

Thank you Andrew Willis, Stephen Phelps, Michael Tawney, Shane Courbier, Eugene Burley, Wallace Murphy and Shasta Gross for your commitment to education and the success of CTA!

 

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CTA Calendar

 

January

15 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

19 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. WMAES 5:30-9:00 p.m.

21 Girl Talk 3-4:00 p.m.

22 CTA Spelling Bee

23 Boys (9:00 a.m.) & Girls (10:30 a.m.
Basketball vs.Big Rapids at Rockford Freshman Center

25-28 HS Student-Led Conferences 3-6:00 p.m.

26 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Algoma Christian 5:30-9:00 p.m.

27 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. WMLS 5:30-9:00 p.m.

29 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

Popcorn Day

29 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. WMAA 5:30-9:00 p.m.

February

2 NHS Meeting

3 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Grand Rapids Grizzlies 5:30-9:00 p.m.

4 Girl Talk 3-4:00 p.m.

12 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

12 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Grattan at Grace Bible College 5:30-9:00 p.m.

15-16 No School for Mid-Winter Break

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Friendsgiving Celebrates Friendship and Giving

CTA kindergarten and first grade students shared their Friendsgiving meal.

CTA kindergarten and first grade students shared their Friendsgiving meal.

CTA kindergarten and first grade celebrated Thanksgiving a little differently this year; instead of the traditional gathering and feast, the teachers and students celebrated “Friendsgiving.” On that day, everyone contributed to making Stone Soup and Friendship Bread. Every student brought in a different ingredient. Each delicious ingredient could only be shared by a particular individual; however, when the ingredients were put together, they became a huge pot of delicious soup or a yummy loaf of bread. Friendship is a wonderful combination of individuality and working togetherness. At the end of the day when the meal was prepared, the students and teachers came together once again and celebrated “Friendsgiving” with a friendship banquet, sharing the soup and bread.

CTA kindergarten and first grade students shared their Friendsgiving meal.

CTA kindergarten and first grade students shared their Friendsgiving meal.

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‘Tis the Season to Think of Others

Teacher Laura Chilcote (Left) with high school students and their ornaments for their wish tree.

Teacher Laura Chilcote (Left) with high school students and their ornaments for their wish tree.

All too often we hear the question, “What do you want for Christmas?” This year, CTA students in Ms. Chilcote’s FIT class were asked the following question instead: “If you could make one wish for others this holiday season, what would be your Christmas wish for the world?” Their answers displayed their kindness, which was a recent focus for our Character Trait of the Month, and creativity.

Student Wishes:

Cortney A. (10th grade) “To end bullying everywhere”;

Tatyanna L. (11th grade) “That people would have more Christmas Spirit”;

Ryan F. (12th grade) “For people to be happy”;

Bryanna R. (10th grade) “For the world to be stress-free & happy”;

Brin C. (9th grade) “For people to have enough food”.

A few ornaments the High School students made of their wishes for the world.

A few ornaments the High School students made of their wishes for the world.

School-wide, students have been making an effort to make some of these wishes come true through participating in Toys for Tots, the “Make Change Campaign”, and writing to U.S. soldiers currently serving overseas. These activities show how committed our CTA community is to our mission through actively “changing our world by developing students in character, scholarship, and leadership.”

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CTA Calendar

 

December

14-18 Spirit Week

15 School Bank

17 Girl Talk 3-4:00 p.m.

17 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Grattan at 5:30

18 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

Popcorn Friday

21- Jan. 3 Winter Break

January

7 Girl Talk 3-4:00 p.m.

11 School Bank

11 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Ellington at 5:30 p.m.

12 NHS Meeting

15 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

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