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Jukebox Time Machine

Students sang class, group and solos during the hour-long performance.

A Time Travel Through The Decades For Elementary Concert

The kindergarten through fifth grade students came together to perform their spring musical after months of hard work.  Jukebox Time Machine: A Presentation of Hits Through the Decades transported the audience through song, dance and skit from the 50s on through the 90s. Songs including  Splish Splash, Dancing Queen  and  Don’t Stop Believin’  had the audience tapping their toes to the upbeat tunes as it brought back memories of their childhood days. Students were assigned a decade for their attire and they came in poodle skirts and saddle shoes for the 50s, tie dye and bell bottoms for the 70s and grunge and pop for the 90s. Fourth grader Leda Gitchel played Roxie the time machine tour guide who explained all of the different eras. The concert was conducted by Mr. Jeremy Holtrop.

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CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMY SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

May 

18 Library Day (K, 2nd, 4th, 5th grades)

     “Seussical Jr.” Performance

19 “Seussical Jr.” Performance

21 Girls Charging Ahead 5K

22 Middle School/High School Choir Concert

23 Last Day of School for Seniors 

    Senior Project Presentations

    Moving Up Day

25 Early Release Day (Students & Staff)

28 No School – Memorial Day 31 

     Elementary Field Day

June 

1 Graduation

4 Charger Choice Day

5 Eigth Grade Promotion Ceremony

7 Last Day of School 

   Early Release Day

* Early Release Dismissal Schedule

• K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

• 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

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Senior Awarded Congressional Honor

 

Autumn Watson and Secondary Principal Jennifer Colin after the program in Grand Rapids.

On Saturday, May 5, Creative Technologies Academy Senior Autumn Watson was a recipient of Justin Amash’s Congressional Medal of Merit at the Gerald R. Ford Museum. The Congressional Medal of Merit is awarded to students who demonstrate exemplary citizenship and academic excellence. CTA is proud of Autumn and her contributions to our school and the community. Autumn plans to attend Ferris State University this fall.

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Science Outside Of Textbooks

Mr. Fredrickson demonstrates a combustion reaction to the students.

CTAs Environmental Physics teacher, Mr. Fredrickson, is spending time with students getting them to apply their semester-long textbook learnings to hands-on experiments and projects. In the past couple weeks, they have dissected cow eyes and hearts and watched flammable combustion reactions take place in the classroom. The students also showcased two months of research and experiments on an organism of their choosing.

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The Fred Factor in Action

 

The past couple of weeks the high school Leadership and Followership students have been learning about “The Fred Factor.” They read and analyzed the book, “The Fred Factor” by Mark Sanborn which defined a “Fred” as someone who goes above and beyond. They have not only been identifying “Freds” in their lives, but are now working on being “Freds” by giving of their time and talents to help CTA!

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Spring Fling Raises Funds for CTA

Students participate in games that were set up throughout the elementary hallways.

The CTA Parents Association Spring Fling was a huge success despite the rainy evening which resulted in moving the event indoors. Each of the grades and many school clubs put together a themed gift basket for the silent auction ranging from movie night to BBQ to fishing and spa – all of which were auctioned off throughout the evening in the silent auction. The silent auction consisted of more than 100 items including the class gift baskets, gift cards and products donated by local businesses and CTA parent crafters, which brought in more than $3,000 for the school. Attendees had the opportunity to enjoy food in the cafeteria; carnival-style games in the elementary building and the silent auction in the auditorium. The CTA Creates art program also took the opportunity to display the artwork in the hallways that the students have created throughout the year and Girls Charging Ahead hosted a bake sale to benefit a local animal shelter. Thank you to all of the volunteers who contributed time and energy into planning and hosting the event and thank you to all of those who came out to support the event – it wouldn’t have been a success without you!

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Choirs Performed at District Choral Festival

The Charger Voices stand with poise following their performance.

On Friday, March 16, CTA choir students attended the District 7 Choral festival at Greenville High School. This year, both our middle school choir, Harmonic Chargers, and our high school choir, Charger Voices, attended. Although our our middle school students attended solely to receive comments this year, they really enjoyed their first festival experience and received helpful feedback from the festival adjudicators. The high school choir went for a rating this year for the first time. Last year, Charger Voices attended for comments only, so the stakes were higher this time around. We ended with a high II rating. Both choirs demonstrated great growth from the previous year, and the students really enjoyed the experience! Both groups were conducted by Mr. Jeremy Holtrop and accompanied by Mrs. Bethany Holtrop.

The Harmonic Chargers are proud of their first effort at the District Choral festival.

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Students Showcase Their Talents

The CTA Cheer Team performed a routine with fantastic stunts!

Junior Jillian Evink performed a piano solo.

This years CTA talent show featured the cheerleading team and 11 students ranging from 2nd to 12th grade who took to the stage to share their talents. Student performances included writing and singing of an original song about being optimistic, playing the piano, beatboxing, guitar solo, several students showcasing their vocal talents and the Voices of Lightning all-ladies acapella group. The entire show was performed twice in order to allow the entire student body and families to attend. It was a great day to be a Charger as we celebrated and showcased our students!

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Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books teams and their coaches were supported by classmates during the event.

The 3rd-6th grade students at Creative Technologies Academy were separated into mixed-grade level teams in an effort to face off against other teams in their third annual Battle of the Books event! Each team was given six books to read for this year’s competition. On Thursday, March 29, students battled it out against their peer teams by answering questions from each book. Although the scores were very close, here were the final results: 1st Place: Hard Covers (Green) 2nd Place: Fictionaries (Yellow) 3rd Place: Book Dominators (Red)

Congratulations to our third annual Book Battlers! We were so very impressed with your hard work and dedication in reading the books on your list this year.

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Read, Read, Read

Senator Peter MacGregor stopped by Creative Technologies Academy for a visit the morning of April 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?

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