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Girls Scouts at CTA

 

CTA now has a Girl Scouts Troop!! The troop was initiated by the wonderful Mrs. Rose (Spanish and Technology teacher in the high school) as a way to allow her daughter and eleven other kindergarten through second grade girls to enjoy their first experience with Girl Scouts! Kindergarten teacher, Lauren Bostic, joined in to serve as a co-leader and help foster highly desirable character traits into the young ladies at CTA. In Girl Scouts, the girls are learning  COURAGE, CONFIDENCE and CHARACTER, and how to make the world a better place. With biweekly meetings, the girls are learning to be responsible, to use resources wisely, and to respect authority. The troop is also learning to be honest, fair, friendly, and helpful!

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2015-16 Creative Technologies Academy 2nd Trimester Honor Roll

Middle School

Grade Name

7Alverson, McKenzie

7Armstrong, Casen

6August, Elizabeth

7Bennett, Derek

6Brecker, Carlene

7Buchanan, Anthony

8Bucholtz, Kaela

7Calkins, Calvin

6Case, Ava

6Cook, Brittanie

7Dekraker, Madelin

8Fahling, Gabriela

6Fisk, Austin6Fisk, Nathaniel

6Fleet, Raven

8Hofstra, Hannah

7Hutchins, Nathan

6Lehman, Lauren

8Lehman, Zoe

7LeTourneau, Amy

7 Marek, Jeff

8 Martinek, Olivia

7 Mauric, James

7 McSorley, Carson

6 McSorley, Kendallyn

7Medwayosh, Cameron

6Merritt, Adanna

7Miner, Kevin

8Olson, Ericka

6Shelagowski, Alyssa

8Shelagowski, Ashley

7Sidlauskas, Willow

8Watson, Faith

7Wierda, Tori

7Wilhelm, Kristina

6Winters, Ivan

7Wortz, John

6Wortz, Molly

High School

Grade Name

11Alverson, Allie

10Armstrong, Dawson

10Aspinall, Cortney

9August, Danielle

11Beck, Brandon

12Black, Angelique

11Bouma, Jarod

11Bowen, Brianna

11Bowers, Jackson

9Calkins, Brianne

11Couturier, Isaac

12Davison, Joshua

9Davison, Matthew

9Fulkerson, Lily

11Hanes, Victoria

12Hendee, Katelynd

10Hofstra, James

12Hoskins, Allie

10Howard, Austin

12Huizinga, Clare

9Ingersoll, Dawson

12Keech, Kaleigh

10Korody, Michael

12Kyser, Jordan

11Lehman, Ethan

10LeTourneau, Johnathon

11Mauric, Eleanor

11McKinney, Thomas

12Medwayosh, Whitney

10Miner, Leslie

11Russell, Lexus

12Schultz, Jesse

12Shears, Kelsey

11Shelagowski, Autumn

10Sidlauskas, Violet

9Slock, Keegan

12Slocum, Aubrey

12Stahle, Jared

9Starr, Marjorie

12VanEnk, Annalise

10Watson, Autumn

9Winters, Logan

12Wood, Dakota

11Wright, Jason

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Chargers Finish on High Note, Sweep Senior Night

 

CTA Boys Basketball Team: Front (L to R): Casen Armstrong, Bailey Hawkins, James Hofstra, Jarod Bouma, Collin Bishop, Mason Dood, James Bishop. Back (L to R): Dawson Armstrong, Isaiah Piskun, Coach Scott Bultman, Charles Wortz, Brandon Beck, Luke Hubbard, John Wortz, Jackson Bowers

CTA Boys Basketball Team: Front (L to R): Casen Armstrong, Bailey Hawkins, James Hofstra, Jarod Bouma, Collin Bishop, Mason Dood, James Bishop. Back (L to R): Dawson Armstrong, Isaiah Piskun, Coach Scott Bultman, Charles Wortz, Brandon Beck, Luke Hubbard, John Wortz, Jackson Bowers

In their only home games of the year, the Creative Technologies Academy boys and girls basketball teams came up with great performances, winning both games against West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science (WMAES).

In the first game, the Lady Chargers battled throughout, trailing by as many as 8 in the fourth quarter. Senior Aubrey Slocum and junior Holly Fahling came up with big baskets to give the Chargers their first lead of the quarter with only two minutes remaining. Stifling defense by 8th graders Hannah Hofstra and Faith Watson shut down WMAES, and the Lady Chargers went on to win their final home game at Grace Bible College, 34-30.

CTA Girls Basketball Team: Front (L to R): Gabriela Fahling, Bridget Lass, Zoe Lehman, Faith Watson, Holly Fahling, Autumn Watson, Cameron Medwayosh, Molly Wortz. Back (L to R): Assistant Coach Danielle Davies, Hannah Hofstra, Kaleigh Keech, Aubrey Slocum, Brianne Calkins, Shauna Russell, Tori Wierda, Sierra Medwayosh, Devin Slocum, Coach Steve Washington

CTA Girls Basketball Team: Front (L to R): Gabriela Fahling, Bridget Lass, Zoe Lehman, Faith Watson, Holly Fahling, Autumn Watson, Cameron Medwayosh, Molly Wortz. Back (L to R): Assistant Coach Danielle Davies, Hannah Hofstra, Kaleigh Keech, Aubrey Slocum, Brianne Calkins, Shauna Russell, Tori Wierda, Sierra Medwayosh, Devin Slocum, Coach Steve Washington

It was the last home game of the careers of Slocum, Kaleigh Keech, and Shauna Russell. Many tears were shed, but it was exactly the way the seniors had hoped to go out, with many hugs passed around after the game. The girls’ team showed great improvement throughout the season, ending with a 4-10 record.

The CTA boys team came out with great intensity after the senior festivities had ended. Junior Brandon Beck and sophomore Dawson Armstrong got started early, and the Chargers never looked back, holding a comfortable double digit lead throughout the majority of the game, winning by 15.

The Chargers varsity team finished with their best record in four years, at 8-6. With no seniors on the team, and growth and maturity expected over the next year, the Chargers could be an extremely dangerous team come next November. Congratulations on a great season, Chargers!

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Davenport Basketball Players Read with Students for Reading Month

Davenport University Basketball players Nick Gamble (L) and John McCloud (R) read to the CTA second grade class.

Davenport University Basketball players Nick Gamble (L) and John McCloud (R) read to the CTA second grade class.

Friday, March 4 was “Sports Day” in the CTA elementary and students received a visit from some famous West Michigan athletes. The nationally-ranked Davenport Men’s Basketball Team, stopped by to spend time reading with the students a few days before they embarked on their trip to play in the NAIA National Tournament. The Davenport team came in to play games and interact with the students before breaking out into the classrooms for some small group time where they read their favorite books and shared their knowledge of basketball and life. “It was pretty cool to have the team here because they were talented and very tall,” said CTA second grader Gavin Olsen. “I really liked when they came back and read to our class, but most of all their dance moves at the assembly.”

This visit was part of CTA’s March is Reading Month program, which has weekly activities for the students, as well as extra time to get lost in a good book.

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CTA Music Program Gets Vocal

CTA 7th Grade students perform at the winter concert

CTA 7th Grade students perform at the winter concert

The CTA choir students presented a concert on March 3 to wrap up a very successful trimester of work. This concert featured all of our 7th graders as well as the high school students in Charger Voices. In addition, the concert also highlighted two high school groups that have been rehearsing after school. The first group – Fifth Element – is made up of six singers who performed a difficult arrangement of a Pentatonix song. The other group was the Men’s Ensemble, which is compiled of seven high school guys and two seventh grade guys who sang two powerful numbers and showcased the men’s sound. The choir program has continued to grow and thrive and as a result, this concert featured music that was more difficult than the first trimester songs; however, the students rose to the challenge and sounded beautiful. The concert began and ended with traditional African songs that featured choreography, rhythm instruments, and call-and-response sections. The students performed their hearts out and the audience left amazed at how far the CTA choir students have come in only a few short months.

Charger Voices High School students perform at the winter concert.

Charger Voices High School students perform at the winter concert.

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Top Hats and Tails at the Daddy Daughter Dance 

Jordan and Abby Brink, along with their two dates - Alice in Wonderland rabbit Jim (Grandpa) and Mad Hatter Lon (Dad) came in full attire for the Daddy Daughter Dance. Young ladies try their skills at limbo during the dance.

Jordan and Abby Brink, along with their two dates – Alice in Wonderland rabbit Jim (Grandpa) and Mad Hatter Lon (Dad) came in full attire for the Daddy Daughter Dance.

Young ladies try their skills at limbo during the dance.

Young ladies try their skills at limbo during the dance.

On February 11, CTA held its annual Daddy Daughter Dance, which was a huge success. The event has grown every year, as more and more daughters and their favorite men come to this event for fun, food, and DANCING!!! This year, “A Mad Hatter Tea Party” was the crazy theme. Each girl was given pearls, a teacup to decorate, and a special treat as she walked into the wacky CTA cafeteria! Also, every girl got on her feet and moved to the funky beats of the D.J.! A couple families pulled out all the stops to come in Mad Hatter/Alice in Wonderland attire and got really creative with their costumes! Donated desserts filled the room for a full dessert bar for the ladies and their dates to enjoy. Our staff and families went above and beyond to make this event a CTA favorite!

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CTA Family Strong Fundraiser

 

When people think of CTA, one of the first things that comes to mind is that it is like a small family, so when one of the “family members” was in need, CTA stepped up to the plate. The Bishop family recently received a cancer diagnosis for one of their daughters and CTA designated them the recipient of the #CTAfamilystrong treatment at a recent CTA basketball game at Grace Bible College. Not only did the CTA basketball teams put their best foot forward and win for both the boys and girls games, there were fundraising games for the kids as well as a silent auction to raise money for the Bishop family. In all, the CTA Family Strong fundraiser raised almost $6,000 for the family to put towards transportation and medical costs as they move forward with treatment. A heartfelt thank you to all involved to make this benefit such a huge success!

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CTA Calendar

 

March

11 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 & 16 Girls Charging Ahead 3-4:30 p.m.

17 Girl Talk in Ms. Liscombe’s room 3-4:30 p.m.

21 & 23 Girls Charging Ahead 3-4:30 p.m.

25 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

27 & 30 Girls Charging head 3-4:30 p.m.

29Tryouts for Student Showcase in the auditorium 11:30-3:00 p.m.

31 CTA Student Showcase K-12 in the auditorium 12:30-3:00 p.m.

Girl Talk in Ms. Liscombe’s room 3-4:30 p.m.

April

1-10 Spring Break

11 & 12 Girls Charging Ahead 3-4:30 p.m.

12 NHS Meeting during FIT

14 Girl Talk in Ms. Liscombe’s room 3-4:30 p.m.

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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CTA works with 3D printer as part of technology program

3D Printer that was loaned to CTA.

3D Printer that was loaned to CTA.

The CTA high school physics class was loaned a 3D printer from Rick Mushing, a consultant from Kent ISD, who did a STEM presentation on future revolutionary technologies. These technologies included 3D Printing, Autonomous Vehicles and Artificial Intelligence. The high school physics class was tasked with creating a unique electronic device utilizing a 3D printer. Two projects that resulted from the assignment were a 3D printed car to go up a ramp in a unique way; another group programmed a race car game at a KCTC class, creating an interface with it using the Makey Makey software and 3D printed a steering wheel for the game.

The Digital Media: Stop Motion class had the opportunity to use the printer to create props for an animation project and the sixth grade students got to learn 3D design on TinkerCad in their science class.

The 3D projects also cover Next Generation Science Standards, which were adopted by the Michigan Department of Education in November 2015 and is a multi-state effort to create new education standards that are rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.

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Hard Work leads to Sledding Party

Kindergarten and first grade students enjoy sledding as a reward for meeting their reading goals.

Kindergarten and first grade students enjoy sledding as a reward for meeting their reading goals.

The elementary students were able to enjoy some winter fun before the snow melted!

The kindergartners and first graders earned a sledding party because they have worked so hard to meet their reading goals this year. Mrs. Bialkowski, the first grade teacher, and Miss Bostic, the kindergarten teacher, wanted to celebrate their students’ successes!

What better way to celebrate in the winter than with a sledding party followed by hot cocoa and a special treat!

“It was a blast seeing the excitement from these little ones and knowing that all this happened because they had been working so hard in the classroom,” said Miss Bostic. “These kids can make any situation exciting and enjoyable, even this small sledding hill!”

Thank you to all the moms and dads of the first graders and the kindergartners who made this celebration possible! Now they are on to setting and meeting even more goals for the year with National Reading Month right around the corner!

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