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Open Enrollment Period for the 2017-18 School Year

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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SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

November 14 Coffee Time with School Leader/Superintendent

14-16 HS Student-Led Conferences

17 Girl Talk

PA Meeting

18 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

21-23 HS Exams

Spirit Week and Toys for Tots Coin Drive

23 End of First Trimester

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.

24-25 Thanksgiving Break – No School

December 1 Girl Talk

Girl Scouts

2 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.

12 Coffee Time with the School Leader/Superintendent

14 Santa Shop

16 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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CTA 2016-17 Basketball Game Schedule

 

Varsity Girls Games at 5:30 p.m.*

Varsity Boys Games at 7:00 p.m.*

*Unless otherwise noted in schedule below

 

12/6 @ Black River Public School

12/9 Scrimmage vs. Algoma Christian School @ Cedar Springs Middle School

12/22 @ West Michigan Aviation Academy

1/10 @ West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

1/13 @ West Michigan Lutheran (Girls Only)

1/31 @ West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

2/3 @ West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science (Pending 1/31 win)

2/7 @ West Michigan Lutheran (Girls Only)

2/10 @ Algoma Christian School

2/17 VS. Wellspring Prep @ Grace Bible College

2/21 @ West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

2/22 @ West Michigan Aviation Academy

2/22 @Cavary Schools of Holland (Girls – 6:00 p.m.; Boys – 7:00 p.m.)

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Never Been Absent

 

The K-5 students at Creative Technologies Academy are competing for positive attendance! In an effort to promote the importance of attendance, teachers created the “Never Been Absent” program (NBA), a friendly classroom competition in which students receive a weekly in-school average on their attendance. At the end of each month, the class with the highest weekly average wins fifteen minutes extra recess!

In September, Mrs. Campbell’s third grade class won with a 98% attendance rate! In October, Mrs. Norman’s fifth grade class won with an average of 98% for the whole month.

“We feel the majority of our students find NBA to be a friendly competition,” shared Mrs. Norman. “It promotes positive attendance, and in turn helps prevent gaps of missed instruction throughout the school year.”

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Preparing For A Lifetime Of Health And Wellness

 

Physical education is a vital part of learning for students. Lisa Perry, the K-12 PE teacher, likes to tell the students that physical activity “feeds our brain” because when we are active, our bodies are stronger and work better, which helps us learn more. Most importantly, students are learning the value of a lifetime of physical activity and wellness. Each student has set goals for the year that they will be working towards. At the younger levels, basic movement skills are assessed and worked on. At the upper levels, fitness testing is assessed and incorporated into their PE time, and at the high school level, written tests are taken to test knowledge and understanding of team sports.

At the elementary level, all classes are learning the value of stretching and they begin each class with an aerobic warm-up and stretching. Each student is given the opportunity to lead stretching for their class. All classes also have the chance to earn a T.E.A.M. sticker during each class session in order to emphasize the “Together Everyone Achieves More” acronym. Students know that they only come to PE twice a week, so they are responsible for continuing our learning the other five days at home.

Grades K-2 PE Concepts: Spatial and body awareness; practicing eight loco-motor skills; movement in different tempos, directions, pathways, levels; identifying personal space; general coordination, balance and movement exploration and personal/social skills such as respect, cooperation, and teamwork. Beginning games include Cleanies/messies, Four Corners, Snake Game, parachute, Here Comes The Fox and Oscar’s trashcan.

Grades 3-5 PE Concepts: Fitness testing is used to measure growth throughout the year and includes sit-ups, push-ups, sit and reach, shuttle run, and one mile run. Kids have set fitness goals for the year, which they are working towards. The students are working through a soccer unit in which soccer skills are taught and then practiced during game play and drills. Their beginning games include: Sharks and Minnows, Statues in The dark, Bridgeball, Parachute, Octoball.

Middle School and High School PE Concepts: Students are working on different team sports which include: soccer, flag football, and basketball. Next trimester includes weight training, plyometrics, circuit training, and kickboxing. They work on these skills in class, and then use them toward the end of each unit to play the games. It is our goal that students can be exposed to a variety of activities that will encourage lifetime physical activity and wellness. Teamwork, cooperation, and putting forth a best effort are also key concepts for these classes

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T And How To Show It

CTA kindergartners pose with their character goals that they will be focusing on in the coming year

CTA kindergartners pose with their character goals that they will be focusing on in the coming year

What an awesome start to the school year! In September, we learned about r espect and how we can show it throughout our school. The teachers had a wonderful time putting students in the spotlight who were showing respect in the hallways, lunchroom, classrooms, and/or on the playground. It is inspiring to see how these young Chargers have embraced the idea of showing respect.

Responsibility is our character trait focus for October. Mrs. Mattson has done a wonderful job of giving the Chargers a great example of someone who is res pectful and responsible!

In addition, our CTA community had the opportunity to participate in the National Character Day event; it was wonderful to spend time as a school on building our personal character! All students were taught about different character traits, and then they were asked to pick one they felt they could grow in this year. The students are excited to share their goals with their parents at student-led conferences the week of Oct. 17!

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Chargers XC Focus on Teamwork

Front row L-R: Dawson Ingersoll, Kenny Roesner, Ethan Slock, Jordan Brown,Casen Armstrong, Kevin Miner, Austin Fisk, Lauren Lehman 2nd row L-R: Assistant Coach Ben Fredrickson, Ethan Lehman, James Hofstra, Collin Bishop, Max Aghamiri, Dawson Armstrong, Les Miner, Brianne Calkins, Hannah Gibbs, Tatyana Lawson, Molly Wortz, Zoe Lehman, Hannah Hofstra, Coach Danielle Davies

Front row L-R: Dawson Ingersoll, Kenny Roesner, Ethan Slock, Jordan Brown,Casen Armstrong, Kevin Miner, Austin Fisk, Lauren Lehman
2nd row L-R: Assistant Coach Ben Fredrickson, Ethan Lehman, James Hofstra, Collin Bishop, Max Aghamiri, Dawson Armstrong, Les Miner, Brianne Calkins, Hannah Gibbs, Tatyana Lawson, Molly Wortz, Zoe Lehman, Hannah Hofstra, Coach Danielle Davies

The Chargers Cross Country team could not have asked for a more perfect morning to race at the Portage Invitational on Oct. 8, which was the biggest meet in the state. The Chargers took advantage of the ideal weather and solid footing on the course. The team’s season-long effort and hard work are producing commendable results!

The varsity boys team focused on closing gaps and racing against the clock to meet their goal times. As a team, the Portage Invitational was their best race of the season. Junior Les Miner pulled forward and set a new season personal record (PR) while placing 5th overall. This accomplishment did not go unnoticed as a coach from another team approached Coach Davies and commented, “Les is back!” Collin Bishop is quickly moving forward and sets a new lifetime PR at each race. Ethan Lehman is proving his strength and the definition o f # noexcuses as he set a new season PR, all the while battling an injury and a cold. James Hofstra broke into the 19s at this meet and set a new season PR as well. Kenny Roesner and Dawson Ingersoll have shown excellent teamwork these past few races, keeping their focus and gauging off of each other. Dawson Armstrong did not let illness slow him down either and had a great race.

The varsity girls ran great races as they surged past those ahead of them. Hannah Hofstra took the lead looking strong and confident as she set a new season PR! Tatyanna Lawson followed not far behind with a great pace. Brin Calkins and Zoe Lehman showed excellent teamwork as Zoe kept her eyes on Brin and worked to hold a consistent pace.

The last race of the day was Max Aghamiri’s race in the Men’s Reserve meet. Max was not sure at first how he would do or what exactly his goal was, but he put forth his best effort and managed to set a lifetime PR!

It was a wonderful day for the team and we look forward to more work, goal setting, and our next two meets next week – Conference Championship and Montabella Mustang Meet. Let’s Go Chargers!

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2nd Annual Walk-A-Thon A Huge Success

PA Volunteers hold a pool noodle for students to limbo under during the annual Walk-A-Thon.

PA Volunteers hold a pool noodle for students to limbo under during the annual Walk-A-Thon.

The 2nd Annual CTA Parent Association (PA) Chargers Walk-a-Thon was held on Friday, Sept. 30th. While it was scheduled to be a day-long event at Skinner Field, with the ongoing rain, the team decided that the festivities would be held at the CTA campus. All students in grades K-12 walked at a designated time during the day in order to earn money for class field trips. The students raised over $4,700 to offset the cost of educational field trips for the year.

The CTA Parent Association volunteers (PA) started early to set up the course and cheered the kids on to the finish line. Obstacles, such as hula hoops and a limbo stick were set up around the course. The students and volunteers kept their spirits up – in true Charger fashion – despite the rainy day. They all enjoyed fresh apples from Klackle Orchards and received a blue Charger water bottle as a gift from the PA.

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The Improv Show

 

Presented by the CTA Drama Club

What: Come for a night of laughter and fun as CTA drama students make up hilarious situations based on your suggestions – you might even have a chance to be in the show! Come both nights as the show will be different each time!

cta-improvshowWhen: Friday, Nov. 4th at 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5th at 7:00 p.m.

Where: CTA auditorium

Admission: $3

Concessions available for purchase

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SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

 

October 17 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

17-20 Student-Led Parent Teacher

Conferences (K-8 Only)

Scholastic Book Fair

17 & 19 MS Conferences

18 Elementary Field trip to Klackle Orchards

21 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

Box Top Fall Turn In

Popcorn Day

22 Cross Country MI Class D

State Championship

24 Picture Retakes

27 Girl Talk Meeting

Girl Scouts Meeting

PA Meeting

28 Elementary Halloween Parties & Parade

29 Cross Country West MI Independent State Championship

November 4 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

Cross Country Banquet

Hearing & Vision Screening

4 & 5 Drama Club Improv Show

10 Girl Talk Meeting

Girl Scouts Meeting

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