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CTA From the Eyes of an 8th Grader

Tori Lynn Wierda

Tori Lynn Wierda

My name is Tori Lynn Wierda. I am thirteen years old, and I am in the eighth grade. My school of choice is Creative Technologies Academy. I have been going here for eight years now. I love going to CTA; they treat you like family most of the time. The teachers and staff love you and all your flaws. I remember when I was younger that the principal at the time had to carry me up to the office when I got in trouble because I refused to walk up there. Yet, they forgave me and I am still welcomed here today.

Also, I love how we have all these fun programs such as Women’s/Men’s Choir (which gives students the chance to sing at outside venues), basketball (which gives us the chance to play a sport that a lot of us love), Drama Club (because some of us just need to let-it-out somewhere), and cross country (where we get to run and have fun and compete in races). I love all the reading, writing, cheer, music, and basketball they offer here. Also, I love that they have activities here that I personally love to do. I love reading because it makes me feel like I’m separated from the world once in awhile. I love writing because it is a way for me to express my feelings on paper. I love singing because it calms me and makes me happy when I’m mad or depressed. I love Cheerleading because I get to have fun with my friends and perform for people. I love basketball because I love the feeling of competition. I also love dancing because it’s a way to express your feelings through one of the many ways of art.

Speaking further of things I enjoy, I really love going to CTA because I have friends here that I never would have thought I could ever make. My friend/sister Maddie is one of them. She is my best friend and without the love and care CTA provides and encourages, I probably would have never met her in third grade. She is to this day still my best friend and we share everything with each other. There is not one thing she doesn’t know about me and vice versa.

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HS Hands On Hatching Lesson

Biochemistry students Sierra Medwayosh, John Foss and Caleb Cook show the three chickens that were hatched during their hands-on mitosis and meiosis project.

Biochemistry students Sierra Medwayosh, John Foss and Caleb Cook show the three chickens that were hatched during their hands-on mitosis and meiosis project.

How can there be 8 billion people on earth, yet not a single person is genetically the same?

Such questions can be answered from Biochemistry students at Creative Technologies Academy. Over the course of 3 weeks, students learned about mitosis and meiosis. The class incubated chicken eggs to demonstrate how cells can reproduce and be identical (mitosis) or different (meiosis). Biochemistry students were responsible for the viable living conditions for the chicken eggs. The incubation period for chicken eggs was 21 days. Each day, students were responsible for maintaining a constant temperature of 99.5 degrees fahrenheit and carefully flipping the eggs three times a day, both conditions are essential to the development of the chicken embryo.Through the process, students also learned responsibility. If students neglected the eggs, the chance a healthy chicken would hatch decreases. “I am proud of the students and their handling of the eggs,” commented high school science teacher Ben Fredrickson. “Out of a small batch of eggs, we had three chicks hatch due to the dedication and responsibility of the students.”

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Chargers Basketball Off To A New Start

 

The CTA Lady Chargers headed into the 2016-17 season looking to improve on last year’s 4-11 record.

Lady chargers have 9 returning players, including senior captain Holly Fahling. “We are looking to Holly’s leadership to continue to help our younger players grow,” head coach Steve Washington commented. Along with Fahling, the Lady Chargers returning starters are sophomore Brin Calkins, and freshmen Hannah Hofstra and Faith Watson. The Ladies are rising to the challenge so far, and have started off with 3 wins and 5 losses so far this season.

The boys basketball team is developing an offensive system (with only a single court practice with new head coach Todd Bowmar), they have a strong defensive presence and the boys have bought into the idea of team success. Coach Bowmar shared that when he joined CTA, there was a lot of talk of the CTA Way, which he understood the concept of. “Today was a demonstration of that philosophy – Chargers don’t quit. Chargers play the game the right way. Chargers hold themselves to the highest expectations,” shared Bowmar as he referenced a recent game against an incredibly talented team. “I am proud to be a part of the CTA Way.”

Bowmar, who is also CTA’s high school english teacher, is looking forward to the opportunity to work with the students outside of the classroom, “ I would like to thank the players and parents of CTA for such a wonderful opportunity to work for these young men. As a team, we are growing so rapidly. I have high hopes for the rest of the season.”

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Santa’s Elves Busy in the Workshop

Elementary students work to craft gifts during the PA Santa’s Workshop.

Elementary students work to craft gifts during the PA Santa’s Workshop.

The CTA Parent Association put a new spin on Santa’s Shop this year and hosted a Santa’s Workshop for grades K-6. Students were able to make ornaments for friends and family. They painted, measured and decorated. In the end, they had sliced wood ornaments painted with snowmen, hot chocolate ornaments, yarn Christmas trees and unique easel paintings. Many Parent Association volunteers worked hard to make the day a success and saw many smiling faces!

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Save-The-Date

 

CTA Spring Performances

Coming in March 2017, CTA’s high school choir, Charger Voices, will be performing in the District 7 choral festival at Greenville High School. This will be the first time the choir has participated in festival and the choir students are working diligently to prepare. The choirs perform two prepared pieces and will also be required to sight read music for a judge. After they finish, the judge will work with the choir in an effort to help them grow and get better. This will be a great step for helping the CTA choral program continue to grow.

The CTA Drama Club is set to produce its first play. Auditions are complete, the show has been cast and come May, the CTA Drama club will be putting on the play, “Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit.” The show is a comedic take on the popular Law and Order TV series and features some of the most beloved fairy tale characters and a Whodunit-style mystery. You will not want to miss this production which will be performed on Fri., May 19 and Sat., May 20.

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Coffee Time Schedule

 

Please join Dan George, CTA School Leader/Superintendent, for coffee and donuts. This time is set aside for parent-driven, small group conversation regarding school concerns, policies, suggestions and more. Please RSVP to dgeorge@ctachargers.org.

8 – 9:00 a.m. – CTA Cafeteria

Monday, Feb. 13

Monday, March 13

Monday, April 10

Monday, May 8

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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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