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Fall Fun and Festivities

Liam Barr decorates his caramel apple in Miss Bostic’s Kindergarten class

Liam Barr decorates his caramel apple in Miss Bostic’s Kindergarten class

What a ghoulish and ghostly October for Creative Technologies Academy! CTA celebrated another great Halloween season with our annual Halloween parade and Halloween parties. The elementary students paraded around the campus in their costumes for the whole school to see. Upon their return, mothers and fathers put on great parties for their youngsters. Thank you to everyone who made the Halloween parties a success!

Mrs. Norman’s fifth grade class looking festive

Mrs. Norman’s fifth grade class looking festive

Our school community also wants to give a HUGE shout out to the parents and guardians of CTA Elementary because you helped us make our goal of having 100 percent attendance at Student-Led Conferences this Fall. Thank you all for coming and supporting your child’s education; your support is extremely important and valued! There will be a second set of student-led conferences in the spring, but all the teachers are free to hear your questions and/or concerns anytime of the year!

Mr. Holtrop bringing the fun to the third grade classroom

Mr. Holtrop bringing the fun to the third grade classroom

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Whose Line Is It Anyway? Improv Show

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Improv Show: High school drama students perform an improv show for a packed house during two unique performances

Improv Show: High school drama students perform an improv show for a packed house during two unique performances

On Friday, Nov.4 and Saturday, Nov. 5 the CTA drama students presented a Whose Line Is It Anyway? style improv show. The students got to act out hilarious situations based on audience suggestions and showcase their quick-thinking skills. For many of the drama club students, this was their second time putting on an improv show and their growth as performers was very evident! This time, the improv show was being used as a fundraiser for the CTA Drama department in the hopes of raising enough money to put on a full play in the spring. Along with being a hilarious night of fun, the Improv Show accomplished it mission of raising money for a play! The drama department continues to grow and now looks forward to a spring production!

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Leadership in Politics Creates Mock Presidential Debates

Mock Presidential Debate: High school students take to the platform as they prepare to debate for their presidential party they created.

Mock Presidential Debate: High school students take to the platform as they prepare to debate for their presidential party they created.

During the first trimester, high school students were able to take a Leadership in Politics course as an elective. During this class, students went through a political election simulation in which seven political parties were created. Each party had a president, vice president, speech writer and campaign manager. Presidents and vice presidents all participated in debates, and campaign managers created commercials and got the word out about their parties. The course challenged the students to research important topics in the current elections and provided the opportunity for students to practice discussing their stances on these social issues in front of an audience of their peers.

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Open Enrollment Period for the 2017-18 School Year

Creative Technologies Academy

350 Pine Street

Cedar Springs, MI 49319

Open Enrollment Period for the 2017-18 School Year

January 15, 2017 – February 15, 2017

You may register students for grades K-12

by calling Mrs. Atkins or Mrs. Mattson at (616) 696-4905

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SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

November 14 Coffee Time with School Leader/Superintendent

14-16 HS Student-Led Conferences

17 Girl Talk

PA Meeting

18 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-2 Dismissal at 12:50 p.m.

3-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:40 p.m.

Popcorn Day

21-23 HS Exams

Spirit Week and Toys for Tots Coin Drive

23 End of First Trimester

Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-2 Dismissal at 12:50 p.m.

3-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:40 p.m.

24-25 Thanksgiving Break – No School

December 1 Girl Talk

Girl Scouts

2 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-2 Dismissal at 12:50 p.m.

3-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:40 p.m.

12 Coffee Time with the School Leader/Superintendent

14 Santa Shop

16 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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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CTA 2016-17 Basketball Game Schedule

 

Varsity Girls Games at 5:30 p.m.*

Varsity Boys Games at 7:00 p.m.*

*Unless otherwise noted in schedule below

 

12/6 @ Black River Public School

12/9 Scrimmage vs. Algoma Christian School @ Cedar Springs Middle School

12/22 @ West Michigan Aviation Academy

1/10 @ West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

1/13 @ West Michigan Lutheran (Girls Only)

1/31 @ West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

2/3 @ West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science (Pending 1/31 win)

2/7 @ West Michigan Lutheran (Girls Only)

2/10 @ Algoma Christian School

2/17 VS. Wellspring Prep @ Grace Bible College

2/21 @ West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

2/22 @ West Michigan Aviation Academy

2/22 @Cavary Schools of Holland (Girls – 6:00 p.m.; Boys – 7:00 p.m.)

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Never Been Absent

 

The K-5 students at Creative Technologies Academy are competing for positive attendance! In an effort to promote the importance of attendance, teachers created the “Never Been Absent” program (NBA), a friendly classroom competition in which students receive a weekly in-school average on their attendance. At the end of each month, the class with the highest weekly average wins fifteen minutes extra recess!

In September, Mrs. Campbell’s third grade class won with a 98% attendance rate! In October, Mrs. Norman’s fifth grade class won with an average of 98% for the whole month.

“We feel the majority of our students find NBA to be a friendly competition,” shared Mrs. Norman. “It promotes positive attendance, and in turn helps prevent gaps of missed instruction throughout the school year.”

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Preparing For A Lifetime Of Health And Wellness

 

Physical education is a vital part of learning for students. Lisa Perry, the K-12 PE teacher, likes to tell the students that physical activity “feeds our brain” because when we are active, our bodies are stronger and work better, which helps us learn more. Most importantly, students are learning the value of a lifetime of physical activity and wellness. Each student has set goals for the year that they will be working towards. At the younger levels, basic movement skills are assessed and worked on. At the upper levels, fitness testing is assessed and incorporated into their PE time, and at the high school level, written tests are taken to test knowledge and understanding of team sports.

At the elementary level, all classes are learning the value of stretching and they begin each class with an aerobic warm-up and stretching. Each student is given the opportunity to lead stretching for their class. All classes also have the chance to earn a T.E.A.M. sticker during each class session in order to emphasize the “Together Everyone Achieves More” acronym. Students know that they only come to PE twice a week, so they are responsible for continuing our learning the other five days at home.

Grades K-2 PE Concepts: Spatial and body awareness; practicing eight loco-motor skills; movement in different tempos, directions, pathways, levels; identifying personal space; general coordination, balance and movement exploration and personal/social skills such as respect, cooperation, and teamwork. Beginning games include Cleanies/messies, Four Corners, Snake Game, parachute, Here Comes The Fox and Oscar’s trashcan.

Grades 3-5 PE Concepts: Fitness testing is used to measure growth throughout the year and includes sit-ups, push-ups, sit and reach, shuttle run, and one mile run. Kids have set fitness goals for the year, which they are working towards. The students are working through a soccer unit in which soccer skills are taught and then practiced during game play and drills. Their beginning games include: Sharks and Minnows, Statues in The dark, Bridgeball, Parachute, Octoball.

Middle School and High School PE Concepts: Students are working on different team sports which include: soccer, flag football, and basketball. Next trimester includes weight training, plyometrics, circuit training, and kickboxing. They work on these skills in class, and then use them toward the end of each unit to play the games. It is our goal that students can be exposed to a variety of activities that will encourage lifetime physical activity and wellness. Teamwork, cooperation, and putting forth a best effort are also key concepts for these classes

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T And How To Show It

CTA kindergartners pose with their character goals that they will be focusing on in the coming year

CTA kindergartners pose with their character goals that they will be focusing on in the coming year

What an awesome start to the school year! In September, we learned about r espect and how we can show it throughout our school. The teachers had a wonderful time putting students in the spotlight who were showing respect in the hallways, lunchroom, classrooms, and/or on the playground. It is inspiring to see how these young Chargers have embraced the idea of showing respect.

Responsibility is our character trait focus for October. Mrs. Mattson has done a wonderful job of giving the Chargers a great example of someone who is res pectful and responsible!

In addition, our CTA community had the opportunity to participate in the National Character Day event; it was wonderful to spend time as a school on building our personal character! All students were taught about different character traits, and then they were asked to pick one they felt they could grow in this year. The students are excited to share their goals with their parents at student-led conferences the week of Oct. 17!

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Chargers XC Focus on Teamwork

Front row L-R: Dawson Ingersoll, Kenny Roesner, Ethan Slock, Jordan Brown,Casen Armstrong, Kevin Miner, Austin Fisk, Lauren Lehman 2nd row L-R: Assistant Coach Ben Fredrickson, Ethan Lehman, James Hofstra, Collin Bishop, Max Aghamiri, Dawson Armstrong, Les Miner, Brianne Calkins, Hannah Gibbs, Tatyana Lawson, Molly Wortz, Zoe Lehman, Hannah Hofstra, Coach Danielle Davies

Front row L-R: Dawson Ingersoll, Kenny Roesner, Ethan Slock, Jordan Brown,Casen Armstrong, Kevin Miner, Austin Fisk, Lauren Lehman
2nd row L-R: Assistant Coach Ben Fredrickson, Ethan Lehman, James Hofstra, Collin Bishop, Max Aghamiri, Dawson Armstrong, Les Miner, Brianne Calkins, Hannah Gibbs, Tatyana Lawson, Molly Wortz, Zoe Lehman, Hannah Hofstra, Coach Danielle Davies

The Chargers Cross Country team could not have asked for a more perfect morning to race at the Portage Invitational on Oct. 8, which was the biggest meet in the state. The Chargers took advantage of the ideal weather and solid footing on the course. The team’s season-long effort and hard work are producing commendable results!

The varsity boys team focused on closing gaps and racing against the clock to meet their goal times. As a team, the Portage Invitational was their best race of the season. Junior Les Miner pulled forward and set a new season personal record (PR) while placing 5th overall. This accomplishment did not go unnoticed as a coach from another team approached Coach Davies and commented, “Les is back!” Collin Bishop is quickly moving forward and sets a new lifetime PR at each race. Ethan Lehman is proving his strength and the definition o f # noexcuses as he set a new season PR, all the while battling an injury and a cold. James Hofstra broke into the 19s at this meet and set a new season PR as well. Kenny Roesner and Dawson Ingersoll have shown excellent teamwork these past few races, keeping their focus and gauging off of each other. Dawson Armstrong did not let illness slow him down either and had a great race.

The varsity girls ran great races as they surged past those ahead of them. Hannah Hofstra took the lead looking strong and confident as she set a new season PR! Tatyanna Lawson followed not far behind with a great pace. Brin Calkins and Zoe Lehman showed excellent teamwork as Zoe kept her eyes on Brin and worked to hold a consistent pace.

The last race of the day was Max Aghamiri’s race in the Men’s Reserve meet. Max was not sure at first how he would do or what exactly his goal was, but he put forth his best effort and managed to set a lifetime PR!

It was a wonderful day for the team and we look forward to more work, goal setting, and our next two meets next week – Conference Championship and Montabella Mustang Meet. Let’s Go Chargers!

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