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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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CTA 2016-17 Honor Roll – Trimester 2

 

Middle School Honor Roll

Grade Name GPA

08 Alverson, McKenzie 4.0

08 Armstrong, Casen 4.0

07 August, Elizabeth 3.4

06 Beiter, Landon 3.7

08 Bennett, Derek 3.3

07 Benson, Jesse 3.8

07 Besmer, Evan 4.0

07 Brecker, Carlene 3.8

07 Brown, Jordan 3.3

08 Buchanan, Anthony 3.1

08 Calkins, Calvin 3.2

07 Case, Ava 3.2

07 Cook, Brittanie 3.5

06 Covell, Remington 3.8

06 Davenport, Haydn 3.9

08 Dekraker, Madelin 3.2

06 Fessenden, Joshua 3.3

07 Fisk, Austin 4.0

07 Fisk, Nathaniel 3.2

07 Fleet, Raven 3.3

06 Greenfield, Dylan 3.5

06 Hanes, Joel 3.1

08 Hawley, Nash 3.2

08 Hutchins, Nathan 3.7

06 Jibson, Brenna 3.9

07 Lehman, Lauren 4.0

08 Marek, Jeff 4.0

07 Marek, Sawyer 3.6

08 Mauric, James 3.8

08 McSorley, Carson 4.0

07 Merritt, Adanna 3.4

08 Miner, Kevin 3.3

06 Phillips, Anna 3.5

07 Shelagowski, Alyssa 3.8

08 Sidlauskas, Willow 4.0

06 Slock, Ethan 4.0

06 Slock, Kaden 3.7

07 Stevens, Zachary 3.5

07 Thebo, Michael 3.3

06 Tompkins, Parker 3.5

08 Tompkins, Ruby 3.6

06 Turoski, Kylee 3.0

06 Walker, Malikia 3.9

08 Wierda, Tori 3.4

08 Wilhelm, Kristina 4.0

06 Wineman, Rebekah 4.0

06 Winn, Emily 3.6

07 Winters, Ivan 4.0

06 Winters, Landon 3.2

08 Wortz, John 3.5

07 Wortz, Molly 4.0

 

High School Honor Roll

Grade Name GPA

12 Alverson, Allie 3.2

11 Armstrong, Dawson 4.0

11 Aspinall, Cortney 3.7

10 August, Danielle 3.9

11 Baird, Kayla 3.1

12 Beck, Brandon 3.6

11 Buchanan, Briannah 3.6

09 Bucholtz, Kaela 3.7

10 Calkins, Brianne 3.7

09 Coffee, Summer 3.4

10 Davison, Matthew 3.9

10 Dillon, Joshua 3.2

10 Dillon, Justin 3.2

09 Fahling, Gabriela 3.3

12 Fahling, Holly 3.7

10 Fulkerson, Lily 3.5

11 Gibbs, Hannah 3.7

12 Hanes, Victoria 3.7

12 Heydenburg, Emily 3.7

12 Hickox, Annalise 4.0

09 Hirsch, Travis 3.2

09 Hofstra, Hannah 3.9

11 Hofstra, James 3.8

11 Howard, Austin 4.0

11 Imhoff, Elise 3.8

10 Jahns, Elizabeth 3.7

11 Korody, Michael 4.0

12 Kyser, June 3.7

12 Lass, Bridget 3.1

12 Lawson, Tatyanna 3.5

12 Lehman, Ethan 4.0

09 Lehman, Zoe 4.0

12 Long, Deija 3.1

09 Martinek, Olivia 3.7

12 Mauric, Eleanor 4.0

12 McKinney, Thomas 3.2

11 Medwayosh, Sierra 3.0

11 Miner, Leslie 4.0

12 Piskun, Isaiah 3.3

10 Roebuck, Isaac 3.3

12 Russell, Lexus 3.7

11 Ryder, Jamie 4.0

12 Ryder, Jessie 4.0

09 Shelagowski, Ashley 4.0

12 Shelagowski, Autumn 4.0

11 Sidlauskas, Violet 4.0

10 Slock, Keegan 4.0

10 Starr, Marjorie 4.0

11 Thebo, Tayler 3.3

09 VanderMeulen, Anya 3.2

11 Watson, Autumn 3.6

09 Watson, Faith 3.0

10 Winters, Logan 3.7

09 Wright, Aaron 3.0

12 Wright, Jason 3.2

11 Yarrington, Josie 3.0

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SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

MARCH

  • 24 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)*
  • 27-30 Spirit Week K-5
  • 28 Daddy Daughter Dance
  • 29 Talent Show
  • 30 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)*
  • 30 Battle of the Books
  • 31 Spring Break Begins

APRIL

  • 10 School Resumes from Spring Break
  • 10 Coffee Time with School Leader/Superintendent
  • 14 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)*
  • 17 4th & 5th Grade Health Curriculum Parent Meeting
  • 24-27 K-8 Student-Led Conferences
  • 28 Prom

*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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Lady Chargers Take WMAES Tournament Title

Lady Chargers: Front: Holly Fahling; 2nd Row: Grace Alverson, Elizabeth Jahns, Cameron Medwayosh, Hannah Hofstra, Faith Watson, Autumn Watson 3rd Row: Sierra Medwayosh, Zoe Roesner, Torie Wierda, Molly Wortz, Brin Calkins, Devin Slocum, Kaela Bucholz, Gabby Fahling Back Row: Coach Steve Washington

Lady Chargers: Front: Holly Fahling; 2nd Row: Grace Alverson, Elizabeth Jahns, Cameron Medwayosh, Hannah Hofstra, Faith Watson, Autumn Watson 3rd Row: Sierra Medwayosh, Zoe Roesner, Torie Wierda, Molly Wortz, Brin Calkins, Devin Slocum, Kaela Bucholz, Gabby Fahling Back Row: Coach Steve Washington

The Lady Chargers continued to improve on their season by competing in the West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science (WMAES) Basketball Tournament. The ladies took on the host WMAES Eagles in the first round and jumped out to an early lead and never looked back while charging to a 31-10 victory. It was CTA’s relentless pressure that enabled the team to force 36 turnovers in the game. Faith Watson led the Lady Chargers with eight points, freshman Hannah Hofstra threw in an additional six points. All of this was supported by senior point guard Holly Fahling who had five points, four rebounds and four assists.

In the Championship games, CTA faced the Grand Rapids Thunder for the the Tournament title.

The Lady Chargers played an aggressive player-to-player defense. Stifling pressure frustrated the Thunder team forcing 32 turnovers which created numerous fast break opportunities for the Lady Chargers’ 37-13. Holly Fahling stepped it up and scored 14 points with five steals and four rebounds. Faith Watson threw in an additional 11 points with Junior Autumn Watson cleaning up the boards with 8 rebounds. All players were able to get into both games and first year players Kaela Bucholtz, Elizabeth Jahns and Molly Wortz also logged points in the tournament. “It is great when when can play good team defense and get all 14 girls significant court time,” stated coach Steven Washington. “All of our players had the opportunity to contribute to a good team win.” With the wins, the Lady Chargers are 5-7 for the year and play this Friday, February 17th at Grace Bible College hosting the Wellspring Academy Wolves.

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NHS Inducts New Members

NHS Photo: Front Row L to R: Violet Sidlauskas, Jessie Ryder, Jamie Ryder, Cortney Aspinall and Autumn Watson. Back Row L to R: Dawson Armstrong, James Hofstra, Ethan Lehman, Les Miner, Victoria Hanes, Autumn Shelagowski and Austin Howard

NHS Photo: Front Row L to R: Violet Sidlauskas, Jessie Ryder, Jamie Ryder, Cortney Aspinall and Autumn Watson. Back Row L to R: Dawson Armstrong, James Hofstra, Ethan Lehman, Les Miner, Victoria Hanes, Autumn Shelagowski and Austin Howard

The National Honor Society hosted its induction ceremony in January and welcomed five new members (front row) to the current group. NHS is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

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The Second Annual CTA Spelling Bee 2017

CTA Spelling Bee: Brenna Jibson, Middle School English Teacher Jenny Bangma and Conner Warner.

CTA Spelling Bee: Brenna Jibson, Middle School English Teacher Jenny Bangma and Conner Warner.

In January, 23 students in grades fourth through eighth competed in the second annual CTA School Spelling Bee!

For several weeks prior to the Bee, participants practiced, practiced, and practiced lists of spelling words in preparation for the School Bee. These same participants also attended the weekly CTA Chargers Spelling Club hosted by sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Jenny Bangma; it was here that participants gained strategies for spelling words, remembering letter patterns, and etiquette for the actual Bee. Lots of hard work was put in by our Charger Spellers over the last few months in preparation for this event!

The CTA School Spelling Bee went nine rounds, resulting in a Champion and a Runner-up. The Bee Champion is fifth grade student, Conner Warner; the Runner-up is sixthgrade student, Brenna Jibson. The winners will head to the Regional Spelling Bee competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Thursday, Feb. 16. Our entire school community is so proud and excited for our Chargers!

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Bursting Drama Bubbles

Girl Talk: Seventh grade student, Alyssa Shelagowski, bursts a “drama bubble”.

Girl Talk: Seventh grade student, Alyssa Shelagowski, bursts a “drama bubble”.

Girl Talk is a little more than half way through its third year as an after school club. The group meets 2-3 times per month throughout the school year. They’ve explored topics such as purpose, getting involved in the community, facing depression, exploring personal values, and dismissing drama – just to name a few.

When the girls meet, they do different activities, games, or just as the name implies – talk.

During the dismissing drama meeting this year, things got messy but oh so fun! The girls blew up balloons filling them with confetti and glitter, drew or wrote representations of their drama on the outside and then took turns bursting their drama bubbles. It proved to be a very therapeutic session!

The girls are still planning service projects for the spring.

A few ladies will be involved on February 11 with Solon Township’s Velzey Park Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser and they are hoping to get involved with the new library and other community events.

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