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Drama Club Brings Laughs with Improv Show

 

(L to R): Lena Mauric, Tatyanna Lawson, Danielle August, Devin Simpson and Johnathon LeTourneau

(L to R): Lena Mauric, Tatyanna Lawson, Danielle August, Devin Simpson and Johnathon LeTourneau

CTA’s drama program got its first chance to be in the public spotlight on April 22 and 23 with the first ever CTA Improv Show.  This Improv show featured students in the newly formed Drama Club.  Fifteen students have been attending drama club rehearsals twice a week after school and practicing Whose Line Is It Anyway-style games that they would eventually perform in front of an audience.  The show started with a game called XBox where students had to perform short skits based on audience suggestions such as the color blue or the animal, the tiger.  Given only short prompts, students then had to create full scenes.  The audience really enjoyed the show and a lot of laughter filled the evening.  Some members of the Friday audience enjoyed the show so much, they came back on Saturday to see all new games and scenarios.  The highlight of both evenings was the final game, “Helping Hands.”  In this game, one student gets to be a world famous chef with a variety of food items on the table in front of her.  The only catch is that she can’t use her own hands.  Instead, another actor stands behind her and picks up the items as she goes, making a hilarious mess.  This event was also a fundraiser for CTA’s drama department with hopes to use the funds to put on a play next year.  With the success of the Improv show, the drama department is well on their way toward the goal.

 

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CTA Calendar

CTA Calendar

May

13 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

  • K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.
  • 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.
  • Popcorn Day

14 NHS Work Day at CTA

16-20 Elementary Spirit Week

16 Girls Charging Ahead Bake Sale (3:15-4:30 p.m.)

NHS Induction Rehearsal and Ceremony (6:30 p.m.)

17 Cheer Banquet (6-7:30 p.m.)

19 PA Meeting (3:15-4:00 p.m.)

20 MS/HS STEM Day (8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)

  • Wall of Honor Celebration (1:45-2:45 p.m.)
  • Spring Carnival/Art Show (5-7:00 p.m.)
  • MS Bake Sale (during Spring Carnival/Art Show) (5-7:00)

23 Girls Charging Ahead 2nd Annual 5K (3-4:30 p.m.)

25 Move-Up Day (10:00-10:45 a.m.)

26 Last Day of School for Seniors

  • 8th Grade and High School Choir Concert (7-8:00 p.m.)

27-30 Memorial Day Break

31 2nd/4th Grade Buddy Picnic

June

1 1st/3rd Grade Buddy Picnic

  • Senior Class Trip

2 Kindergarten/5th Grade Buddy Picnic

3 MS End of Year Field Trip

  • Graduation

7 MS/HS Charger Choice Day (12-2:45 p.m.)

  • K-5th Grade Field Day

8 High School Field Day (12-2:45 a.m.)

9 High School Cookout (12-2:45 p.m.)

  • K-6th Kent Theater Trip (“The Jungle Book” – 12:15-2:15 p.m.)
  • Last Day of School

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Respecting Chemicals

Mr. James Fredenburg created a fireball during his limiting reagent stoichiometry lesson.

Mr. James Fredenburg created a fireball during his limiting reagent stoichiometry lesson.

Mr. James Fredenburg, the high school science teacher, demonstrated the power of chemicals during a limiting reagent lesson as part of the stoichiometry unit, which is heavily math-based. He demonstrated the reaction between acetylene and oxygen three times. Twice with one of the reactants limiting the chemical reaction, and another time in the correct stoichiometry ratio. The results of this demonstration ranged from no reaction, huge fireballs, and a loud bang – similar to a gun firing. Chemistry is about understanding what happens at the microscopic level to explain what we see in our daily lives. Through these types of demonstrations in a safe and controlled environment, students have seen the class and book work translate to everyday life!

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Announcing the Class of 2016 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

CTA-Valedictorian-AnnaliseVanEnk

Valedictorian:  

Annalise Van Enk, Suma Cum Laude

Post-Graduation Plans: Attend Grace Bible College and Seminary to study Psychology

CTA-Salutatorian-JoshuaDavidsonSalutatorian:  

Joshua Davison, Magna Cum Laude

Post-Graduation Plans: Attend Grand Rapids Community College for Intro to IT courses

 

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Now Enrolling!

 

There are still spaces available for the 2016-2017 school year.

Please call us to set up your personal tour and meeting with our Dean of Students.

You may set up your appointment by calling Mrs. Atkins or Mr. Oldebekking at (616) 696-4905

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Fine Arts at CTA

 

At CTA, we have a lot to be thankful for! Our school may be small, but we have many fun and exciting things that happen every year. For the past three years, CTA Creates (a group of mothers, fathers, and grandmas) has brought art into the classroom. The amazing Mr. Holtrop has brought music, choir and drama back into our hallways as well.

CTA Creates is a group of volunteer families who love the arts and want to share that love with the students of CTA. These parents have created an art curriculum and volunteered to teach the elementary students every other Thursday this school year. At the end of the year, CTA Creates will celebrate the students’ creativity by putting on an art gallery. This year, the art gallery will be held on May 20 from 5-7:00 p.m. at CTA. Please join us on that day to view art that the students created throughout the year as they learned about different art techniques, artists and had the opportunity to use a variety of mediums.

Mr. Holtrop has brought so much to CTA and on May 3 that could not have been any more evident. The kindergarteners through second graders put on their own concert/play and sang four songs from the musical “Seussical”. We had Dr. Seuss characters galore on stage singing their hearts out! The third through fifth graders also shared their love for music by singing songs about spring. Not only did these classes sing, but the fourth and fifth graders also showed off their musical abilities with by playing the recorders. Thank you, Mr. Holtrop all of your hardwork has paid off!

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Celebrating Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week

 

The CTA Parent Association honored the extraordinary teachers at CTA during Teacher Appreciation Week May 2-6 with a variety of special events.  A Make-N-Take breakfast kicked off the week on Monday morning with Herman’s Boy bagels, homemade granola and fruit parfaits. Throughout the week, the staff were greeted with homemade chocolates and cement planters with succulents for their desks.  Friday finished the week with a soup and salad lunch.  CTA parents love their teachers and staff and are appreciative of all they do year-round!

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Food Service Worker Appreciation

L to R: Kay Buchanan, Stacie Tompkins, and Sonya Alverson

L to R: Kay Buchanan, Stacie Tompkins, and Sonya Alverson

CTA would like to applaud its amazing kitchen staff:  Kay Buchanan, Food Service Supervisor; and Food Service Assistants, Sonya Alverson and Stacie Tompkins, who spend every day making delicious, healthy, and well-balanced meals for more than 200 of our students.  Miss Kay, who plans the menu each week, incorporates some old favorites like, corn dogs, grilled cheese, quesadillas, and pigs in a blanket. She adds some of her homemade recipes such as taco pizza, baked ziti, and penne pasta. The kitchen staff all take the time to engage and build relationships with the students as they go through the lunch line. CTA is very lucky to have these three ladies share their talents and food finesse with us!

 

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March was National Reading Month

Second grade students Issabell Barr and Leda Gitchel reading with flashlights during Camp Out Day.

Second grade students Issabell Barr and Leda Gitchel reading with flashlights during Camp Out Day.

In the CTA Elementary, we celebrated reading all month long in March! Our celebrations included:  dressing up for Beach Day, “camping out” in our classrooms, having special visitors share their favorite books, and having a grand Battle of the Books showdown for students in grades third through sixth!

Beach Day occurred on the wettest day of the month, so all activities were forced indoors. Students took it all in stride though and still donned their sunglasses while reading their favorite books on beach towels. We at CTA don’t allow a little rain to bring us down!

The Hard Covers team (L to R):  Sage Sidlauskas, Jack Fulkerson, Kate Norman (5th Grade teacher), Kylee Turoski, Austin Fisk and Ethan Slock.

The Hard Covers team (L to R): Sage Sidlauskas, Jack Fulkerson, Kate Norman (5th Grade teacher), Kylee Turoski, Austin Fisk and Ethan Slock.

Camp Out day was a very cool day, too! We had many students bring in their favorite camp-out flashlight to read as though we were under the stars! Classrooms were pitch-black dark, except for the glowing of the flashlights. You could hear a pin drop throughout the halls except for an occasional “This is so cool!”

We had a few very special visitors throughout the month of March. On March 11, we had the Red Flannel Queen and Court come and read their favorite story books. Then, on March 25, the very busy State Representative Rob VerHeulen visited our school to share one of his favorite books, Duck for President!, with the students. Thank you Representative VerHeulen for your very informative visit!

State Representative Rob VerHeulen read to Kindergarten and First grade students during National Reading Month.

State Representative Rob VerHeulen read to Kindergarten and First grade students during National Reading Month.

As the end of National Reading Month drew to a close, we celebrated by having a Battle of a Books competition. Mrs. Norman, the fifth grade teacher at CTA, worked endlessly to make the battle a huge success. Five teams – The Book Hoarders, The Readinators, The Book Wizards, The Hard Covers, and The Book Dominators – went head-to-head to answer really tough questions about pre-selected books. The battle lasted seven rounds and ended with a tie breaking question, pushing The Hard Covers forward with the win; The Book Dominators came away with the second place win!

It was another great Reading Month at CTA! We can’t wait to see what next year’s celebration brings.

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Students Shine in the Spotlight

Sophomore Johnathon LeTourneau performed a piano solo.

Sophomore Johnathon LeTourneau performed a piano solo.

The day before spring break always signifies one thing at CTA: The Student Showcase. The 2016 Student Showcase was the 9th annual talent show, and like all the other years, CTA students shined in the spotlight with their top-notch talents!

This year’s event had sixteen acts that made the final cut, which was pared down from the 35 acts that auditioned. There was a broad variety of ages and talents on display with first grader

First Grader Reese Holtrop sang “Try Everything” from the Zootopia soundtrack.

First Grader Reese Holtrop sang “Try Everything” from the Zootopia soundtrack.

Reese Holtrop singing “Try Everything” from the Zootopia soundtrack, to senior Whitney Medwayosh bringing down the house with her version of “Reflections” by Christina Aguilera. There was also a variety of instrumental performances and dance/cheer routines. The participants had a great time performing and their peers had a fun time viewing the talents. “It really is a great way to kick off spring break, and the kids put in a tremendous amount of effort in hopes of making it past the audition and to the show,” said Dean of Students, David Oldebekking. “It is great to see their hard work come through in their performances.”

CTA Cheerleading team performed many difficult stunts during their routine.

CTA Cheerleading team performed many difficult stunts during their routine.

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