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Charger Voices Perform at District Festival

Charger Voices students perform at District Festival with teacher Jeremy Holtrop and pianist Bethany Holtrop.

Charger Voices students perform at District Festival with teacher Jeremy Holtrop and pianist Bethany Holtrop.

CTA’s Charger Voices had the opportunity to participate in the Michigan School Vocal Music Association (MSVMA) District Festival for the first time in March. This was the first year for the choir to do so and the experience was a very successful and enjoyable one. Charger Voices was the first performing group of the day, performing at 8:00 a.m. The group performed two songs, “Jonah” by Rollo Dilworth and “River, Sing Your Song” by Eugene Butler. After the performance, an adjudicator came onto the stage and worked with the group on things they could improve. Choir members were appreciative of the feedback and enjoyed trying the different things the adjudicator coached them on. The second part of the festival was sight reading, during which the students had to sight read music that they had never seen before and only had twenty minutes to do so before performing the piece. The experience was challenging, yet rewarding. As an added bonus after the festival, students got to spend the remainder of the day at Craig’s Cruisers. The day was a very positive experience and students were already excited to participate next year.

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Battle of the Books

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Battle of the Books teams and their coaches were supported by classmates during the event.

CTA students in grades 3-6 were separated into mixed-grade level teams in an effort to face off against other teams in their second annual Battle of the Books! Each team was given six books to read for this year’s competition. On March 30, students battled it out against other teams by answering questions from each book. Although the scores were very close, here were the final results:

1st Place: Fictionaries (Yellow)

2nd Place: Book Dominators (Red)

3rd Place: Book Wizards (Blue)

4th Place: Hard Covers (Green)

Congratulations to our second annual Book Battlers! We were so very impressed with your hard work and dedication in reading the books on your list this year. Until next year, Just Keep Reading…..Just Keep Reading!

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Just Keep Reading, Just Keep Reading!

Kindergarten and second grade students are excited to read with Red Flannel Festival Royalty!

Kindergarten and second grade students are excited to read with Red Flannel Festival Royalty!

This year, to celebrate Reading Month our CTA Elementary students read their tails off as they filled our Reading Fish Tank!

Elementary students sit in front of their “Fish Tank” on the wall that they filled with books they read.

Elementary students sit in front of their “Fish Tank” on the wall that they filled with books they read.

For every book read (or chapter if it was a chapter book) AT HOME or IN SCHOOL, students cut out a colored fish and hung it up on the fish bowl. CTA Elementary filled the fish tank in two weeks – that is a lot of reading. To celebrate, they watched Finding Dory and ate ocean-themed snacks with their reading buddies.

The Red Flannel Festival Queen and court also made time to visit CTA and read to the kindergarten and second grade students. The queen read one of her favorite books and then took time to answer questions from the students.

CONGRATULATIONS CTA on another successful March is Reading Month!!!

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Students Showcase Their Talents

Freshman Anya VanderMeulen sang “Part of that World” as a solo vocal performance.

Freshman Anya VanderMeulen sang “Part of that World” as a solo vocal performance.

This years CTA talent show featured the cheerleading team and 10 students ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade who took to the stage to share their talents. Student performances included the reading of poetry, writing and singing of an original song about being optimistic, playing the piano and several students showcasing their vocal talents. It was a great day to be a Charger as we celebrated and showcased our students!

The CTA Cheer Team performed a routine with fantastic stunts!

The CTA Cheer Team performed a routine with fantastic stunts!

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Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit

 

Spring Theater Production May 18 & 20

Announcing CTA’s spring play, Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit. CTA Drama students have been hard at work on their first ever full-length play. You will not want to miss this funny spoof on the Law and Order series. This story focuses on Detective HD (Humpty Dumpty) and Detective Cindy (Cinderella) as they investigate the mysterious destruction of the three little pig’s houses.

Many well-known fairy tale characters such as Hansel and Gretel, the Three Blind Mice, Jack and Jill and more become suspects in the story. To see how the mystery plays out, come see the performance!

May 18 & 20 @ 7:00 p.m.

CTA Auditorium

Tickets are $3 in advance/$5 at the door

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SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

APRIL 17 4th & 5th Grade Health Curriculum

Parent Meeting

20PA Meeting

24 Town Hall Meeting 6-7:00 p.m. – CTA

Auditorium

24-27K-8 Student-Led Conferences

Book Sale

28 Early Release

Prom

Popcorn Day

MAY 1-5 Teacher Appreciation Week

2 Elementary Spring Concert

8 Coffee Time with the School Leader/

Superintendent

12 Early Release

18&20CTA Drama Club Spring Production

19 Wall of Honor Induction

CTA PA-hosted Carnival

19 Wall of Honor Induction

PA Spring Carnival

22-24 Student-Led Conferences (HS Only)

22 Girls Charging Ahead 5K

24 Last Day of School for Seniors

*Early Release Dismissal Schedule

● K-2 Dismissal at 12:50 p.m.

● 3-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

● 6-12 Dismissal at 12:40 p.m.

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March Reading Madness

Senator Peter MacGregor read to young students.

Senator Peter MacGregor read to young students.

Senator Peter MacGregor stopped by Creative Technologies Academy for a visit the morning of March 13 and read to the kindergarten, first, and second grade students. He read Bobby Bramble Loses His Brain by Dave Keane. Senator MacGregor discussed the difference between fiction and nonfiction books with the young students and encouraged them to read with their peers, siblings, and adults. He made sure to allow time to answer the many questions the students had, such as: How did you get elected? Who’s your boss? What do you like to read? What’s your favorite color?

Players from the Ferris State University Girls Basketball team take time to pose with third grade student, Aiden Dood, after reading with his class.

Players from the Ferris State University Girls Basketball team take time to pose with third grade student, Aiden Dood, after reading with his class.

Ferris State University’s women’s basketball Coach, Kendra Faustin, and Assistant Coach, Sharonda Hurd, brought a few of their players to the CTA elementary in order to spend time reading with students during March is Reading Month. The coaches and players also visited with the middle and high school students in an assembly to share powerful lessons about the importance of personal responsibility and accountability in everyday life.

CTA’s middle school students were visited by the Grace Bible College Tigers basketball team. The students watched a video, produced by MAPSA and Buddy Morehouse, about the story of Curtis Jones. Jones was widely considered the greatest basketball talent ever to come out of the city of Detroit, but his dreams died and his life spiraled downward because he couldn’t read and write. After viewing the video, team members led small group discussions with CTA students about lessons to be learned from Curtis Jones, specifically, about the importance of getting the best education possible.

Players from the Ferris State University Girls Basketball team pose with several middle school students.

Players from the Ferris State University Girls Basketball team pose with several middle school students.

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5th Grade Student Named Third Place Winner of Rotary Essay Contest

Analiese with her parents, Rob and Amy Van Harten.

Analiese with her parents, Rob and Amy Van Harten.

Analiese with her parents, Rob and Amy Van Harten.

Analiese with her parents, Rob and Amy Van Harten.

Every year the Cedar Springs Rotary Club puts on a Four-Way Test Essay Contest for local fifth grade students. The Rotary’s Four-Way Test essay questions consist of:

  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

This year, one of CTA’s fifth grade students, Analiese Van Harten, tied for Third Place in the contest. She and her family, fifth grade teacher Mrs. Norman, and Dean of Students, Mrs. Mattson, attended the Rotary Meeting on March 8, which honored all of the winners.

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Putting the “Fun” in Fundraiser

Drama Teacher Jeremy Holtrop (back left) gets into the singing groove with CTA students.

Drama Teacher Jeremy Holtrop (back left) gets into the singing groove with CTA students.

On Saturday, February 18, the choir students of Creative Technologies Academy held a karaoke fundraiser to help raise money for their upcoming performance at District Choral Festival. Many fundraisers can be tedious and time-consuming, so the choir students came up with the idea to do a fundraiser that was more fun! Students in grade 6-12 came out for an evening of karaoke, dancing, games, and food. The evening started off with a few well-known belting karaoke songs, and then continued with student requests. Midway through, students participated in a “Singing Bee” style competition in which they had to complete the lyrics to well known songs for a prize. Also included in the event were a few group dance numbers like “Cha Cha Slide” and “The Chicken Dance.”

When students weren’t singing or dancing they could have their picture taken at the photo booth or grab some snacks. All of the funds raised at the event went right back to the choir who is preparing to go to the District Choral Festival on Thursday, March 16.

For the CTA choir, Charger Voices, this will be the first time attending the festival and the group has worked hard to be able to go. At the festival, the choir will be singing two prepared songs and then will sight read for a group of judges. Jeremy Holtrop, the director of the group, said, “The students show a lot of pride and dedication to this choir. It has become a family, and we are so excited to challenge ourselves to go to the next level!”

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Congratulations 4th and 5th grade Honor Roll

4th and 5th Grade Honor Roll Students

4th and 5th Grade Honor Roll Students

A BIG congratulations to the following 4th and 5th grade students for making the 2nd Trimester Honor Roll! These students worked their tails off to get A’s or B’s in all of their core subject classes. Great job putting forth a commendable Charger effort, 4th and 5th graders! These students completed their homework, asked questions, and studied; they showed responsibility in every way! We can’t wait to see this list grow for third trimester.

“A” HONOR ROLL 

Thomas Hoops

Karly Fisk

Owen Freyling

Shawney Mason

Ame Schaap- Jones

Sage Sidlauskas

“A/B” HONOR ROLL

William Brinks

Nadelynn Brinley

Mason Sullivan

Analiese VanHarten

Kaden Winters

Lilly Coffee

Jacob de la Rosa

Meghan McKinney

Brenden Rizzon

Zachary Gibbs

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