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SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

January 26 Girl Scouts

27 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

Basketball Game vs. Big Rapids Home School @ Cedar Springs Middle School

31 Basketball Game vs. WMAES

February 2 Girl Talk

3 EL Library Day

Basketball Game vs. WMAES

7 Basketball Game vs. West Michigan Lutheran (Girls Only)

10 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.

Basketball Game vs. Algoma Christian

13 Coffee Time with School Leader

17 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.

Basketball Game vs. Wellspring Prep @ Grace Bible College

20 No School – Mid-Winter Break

21-23 Student-Led Conferences (HS Only)

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Holly Jolly Holiday Concert

First and second grade students, conducted by Jeremy Holtrop, do riser-ography for their holiday music performance.

First and second grade students, conducted by Jeremy Holtrop, do riser-ography for their holiday music performance.

On Monday, Dec. 5, CTA elementary students celebrated all of their hard work by putting on a holiday concert. This year, due to the growth of the CTA music program, students performed at the Cedar Springs High School auditorium. It was a wonderful venue and our students enjoyed being on the big stage. Kindergarten students started off the performance with a couple well known songs, “The Bells on the Sleigh” and “He’ll Be Comin’ Down the Chimney”. First and second grade sang their songs together and showcased some riser-ography to make it fun!

One of the 1st and 2nd Grade songs, “Hip Hop Reindeer” featured the awesome hip hop dance moves of 2nd Grader, Deegan VanHarten. K-2 finished their portion of the concert with all three grades singing “Jingle Bells”. After the younger concert, the 3rd through 5th graders performed.

Some of the 3rd-5th grade songs included one about a fruitcake that wouldn’t go away, a song about decorating, and a Queen-style rock song titled, “We Will Jingle”. It was a fun evening and the students did an outstanding job.

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Open Enrollment

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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Making A Difference One Project At A Time

 

CTA takes pride in character education in their 300 students. The November character trait they focused on was Kindness and they have rolled what they learned into December – a month where there is much need for kindness and giving.

“The ‘CTA Way’ is being demonstrated in many ways this month,” shared Dean of Students Autumn Mattson. “We strive daily to instill the core value that all of our students can change the world. We are so proud of who our staff and students have chosen to give their time, energy and support to throughout the community during this holiday season. “

Toys For Tots and Coin Drive

11th grade student Cortney Aspinall displays a few of the toys that were collected for Toys for Tots.

11th grade student Cortney Aspinall displays a few of the toys that were collected for Toys for Tots.

Kindergarten students won the coin drive.

Kindergarten students won the coin drive.

The largest project of the season was the school-wide Toys for Tots toy drive combined with a coin drive. The initiative is in its 4th year at CTA. Each class competed to raise the most “positive” change – pennies counted as positive and silver and dollars counted as negative. The kindergarten class raised the most with more than $52 “positive” dollars and the school as a whole raised more than $800. All of the funds raised during the coin drive were donated to the Toys for Tots campaign to be used to purchase additional gifts for children throughout southwest Michigan. The school also served as a WZZM 13 Toys for Tots drop off location and collected 78 toys from students and the community. Kindergarten teacher Lauren Bostic, who assisted in coordinating the Toys for Tots projects shared, “Our hope is that these students will look outside of themselves to see that there is a great need in the community and the world and that other children may not enjoy the ‘luxuries’ they are used to – such as gifts under the tree on Christmas morning.” The coin drive has been going on for more than 4 years and previously the funds went to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

Society In Film students display the many cards they wrote and made for servicemen and women.

Society In Film students display the many cards they wrote and made for servicemen and women.

Spreading Cheer To Those Who Serve

All of the Social Studies classes in the High School wrote Christmas and holiday cards to send to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans – a long-term care facility for veterans which provides support, health services, clothing, living facilities and necessities. Some cards were handcrafted while others were store-bought, but all of the 80-plus cards that were written expressed gratitude to the servicemen and women for their service and sacrifice to our country. Cards were also written to a group of Southfield-based Army reserve soldiers who are currently deployed in Afghanistan for 10 months. “I wanted to provide the students with an opportunity to be an encouragement to others during the holiday season,” shared Shellie Chilcote, long-term Social Studies substitute teacher whose daughter and son-in-law are both currently serving in the reserves. “We have so much to be thankful for in our country. These veterans and active-duty soldiers have all made great sacrifices that ensure the freedoms we enjoy today.”

 

Charger Basketball Teams Food Drive

Thirty pounds of food have been collected to date by the boys and girls basketball teams to benefit Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids – and they are still going until Dec. 19. The boys and girls teams are competing against each other in a food drive and it’s all based on food weight. “Our athletes are truly appreciative of the things that they have received from their families and hope to give back to the community,” shared girls basketball coach Steve Washington. “One of our lady Chargers saw this as an opportunity to raise awareness, serve our community and have fun competing with the guys team as well.”

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Chargers Take It To The Hoop

 

The ladies fought but fell to the Algoma Christian Knights in their second game of the season, which was played at “home” at Cedar Springs Middle School on Dec. 9. Faith Watson led the ladies scoring efforts with six points and was supported with points from Brianne Calkins, Holly Fahling, Hannah Hofstra, Tori Wierda and Devin Slocum. Zoe Roesner and Autumn Watson contributed valuable defensive minutes and were key players in the game. The Lady Chargers showed growth in their confidence in their roles and are looking forward to their next challenge against Aviation Academy on Dec. 22. Everyone got in on the action and was able to gain game experience. The girls are making progress and are demonstrating a stronger grasp on their offensive and defensive roles. Creative Technologies Academy Boys Varsity Basketball won against Algoma Christian with a final score of 67- 61.

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SCHOOL CALENDAR

CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMY

 

December 16 & 21 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.

19 & 20 Spring Theater Production Tryouts

21 Popcorn Day

22 Basketball game @WMAA Girls – 5:30 p.m./Boys – 7:00 p.m.

22- Jan. 3 Winter Break

January 4 School Resumes

5 Girl Talk

6 Elementary Library Day

10 Basketball game @WMAES Girls – 5:30 p.m./Boys – 7:00 p.m.

12 Girl Scouts

13 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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2016-17 Creative Technologies Academy Honor Roll

 

Middle School Honor Roll

Grade Name GPA

08 Alverson, McKenzie 4.0

08 Armstrong, Casen 4.0

07 August, Elizabeth 3.0

06 Beiter, Landon 4.0

08 Bennett, Derek 3.2

07 Benson, Jesse 3.6

07 Besmer, Evan 4.0

07 Brecker, Carlene 3.5

08 Buchanan, Anthony 3.8

08 Calkins, Calvin 3.2

07 Cook, Brittanie 3.1

06 Corrigan, Spencer 3.2

06 Covell, Remington 3.4

06 Davenport, Haydn 3.7

08 Dekraker, Madelin 3.9

06 Fessenden, Joshua 3.6

07 Fisk, Austin 3.8

07 Fisk, Nathaniel 3.3

07 Fleet, Raven 3.3

06 Greenfield, Dylan 3.3

06 Hanes, Joel 3.2

06 Harvey, Laila 3.5

07 Hawkins, Keegan 3.0

08 Hawley, Nash 3.1

08 Hutchins, Nathan 3.6

06 Jibson, Brenna 4.0

07 Lehman, Lauren 3.9

08 Marek, Jeff 3.9

07 Marek, Sawyer 3.6

07 Mason, Cheyenne 3.3

08 Mauric, James 3.5

08 McSorley, Carson 3.9

07 Merritt, Adanna 3.5

08 Miner, Kevin 3.2

06 Phillips, Reiley 3.5

06 Pienton, Johnathan 3.0

08 Sanchez, Cynthia 3.3

07 Shelagowski, Alyssa 3.5

08 Sidlauskas, Willow 4.0

06 Slock, Ethan 4.0

06 Slock, Kaden 3.7

07 Stevens, Zachary 3.6

07 Thebo, Michael 3.3

06 Tompkins, Parker 3.5

08 Tompkins, Ruby 3.3

06 VanderZyl, Gerald 3.3

06 Walker, Malikia 3.9

08 Wierda, Tori 3.9

08 Wilhelm, Kristina 4.0

08 Willis, William 3.2

06 Wineman, Rebekah 4.0

07 Winters, Ivan 3.8

06 Winters, Landon 3.2

08 Wortz, John 3.7

07 Wortz, Molly 4.0

High School Honor Roll

Grade Name GPA

12 Alverson, Allie 3.1

11 Armstrong, Dawson 3.3

11 Aspinall, Cortney 3.6

10 August, Danielle 3.3

12 Beck, Brandon 3.8

11 Buchanan, Briannah 3.4

09 Bucholtz, Kaela 3.9

10 Calkins, Brianne 3.9

09 Coffee, Summer 3.4

10 Davison, Matthew 3.9

10 Dillon, Joshua 3.0

10 Dillon, Justin 3.5

09 Fahling, Gabriela 3.5

10 Fulkerson, Lily 3.7

11 Gibbs, Hannah 3.6

12 Hickox, Annalise 3.0

09 Hirsch, Travis 3.0

09 Hofstra, Hannah 4.0

11 Hofstra, James 3.1

11 Howard, Austin 4.0

11 Imhoff, Elise 3.7

10 Jahns, Elizabeth 3.5

12 Lehman, Ethan 4.0

09 Lehman, Zoe 4.0

10 Lovett, Nathan 3.3

09 Martinek, Olivia 3.7

12 Mauric, Eleanor 3.1

11 Miner, Leslie 3.8

10 Roebuck, Isaac 3.9

12 Roesner, Kenneth 3.3

11 Roesner, Zoe 3.2

11 Ryder, Jamie 4.0

12 Ryder, Jessie 4.0

09 Shelagowski, Ashley 4.0

11 Sidlauskas, Violet 4.0

10 Slock, Keegan 3.9

10 Starr, Marjorie 4.0

11 Thebo, Tayler 3.4

09 VanderMeulen, Anya 3.9

11 Watson, Autumn 3.6

09 Watson, Faith 3.6

10 Winters, Logan 3.7

10 Wortz, Charles 3.0

09 Wright, Aaron 3.5

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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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