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CTA 5th Grader Wins National Award

 

CTA-Calvin-Caulkins-National-Award-WinnerThe Read Naturally program, a research based literacy development program selects one student in the nation each month as its Star of the Month. The Read Naturally Star of the Month program is designed to celebrate students who work hard to improve their reading skills. Each month, they select one student to feature in their newsletter. The selected student wins a $20 Barnes & Noble gift card, and the school or teacher who nominated the student will receive a $200 gift certificate for Read Naturally materials.

Read Naturally released this statement recently:

“Congratulations to Star Student Calvin Caulkins from Cedar Springs, MI! Calvin is a fifth-grade student at Creative Technologies Academy. Calvin’s teacher, Sarah Classen, had this to say about him:

Calvin came to me at the beginning of last school year. Calvin has a hearing impairment that was undetected until 3rd grade. Due to this, he missed much of his reading phonics instruction.

When he first started working with me, Calvin was not able to read. He wanted to be able to show me that he could do these things, but he truly did not know how to do them.

Calvin has been nothing short of a hard worker for me from day one. He comes into the Reading Lab every day and gets right to work on his stories. Since last year he moved up from one and a half levels! He always has a positive attitude and even though some sounds are hard for him to hear, he strives extra hard to make those sounds in all the words he is now reading. He no longer struggles with writing and reading like he did before. He sounds unfamiliar words out and smiles a lot more these days! His confidence has grown a great deal and he has even taken on a Kindergarten reading buddy, once a fear of his, this past month. He is a bright spot in my day and I am super impressed at all the progress he is making!”

 

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Celebration Assembly

Creative Technologies Academy held a Celebration Assembly on Wednesday, April 3rd to celebrate some awesome accomplishments and share some great news.  As the elementary reading madness challenge came to an end, the students had much to be proud of.  The winner of the contest was the 6th grade with an astounding 19,039 minutes read this month. Through the month of March the total amount of minutes read by the students in kindergarten through 7th grade was 90,791 minutes!  The students were given some awesome stats about their reading as well.  Their reading totaled up to 1,513 hours in the month of March, or 63 total days, or 8 hours of reading per student for the month.

Here are just a few of the amazing things that are happening around campus.  First grade students Addyson Moeggenberg and Aubrey Smith and second graders  Timiah DenBoer, Kaden Winters, William May and Alivia Taylor were honored for their progress in their rocket math program.  The third graders were celebrated for working hard to meet their personal math goals and reading goals.  The fourth grade class was honored for receiving their 200th positive behavior point. The fifth graders will be heading up a kindness project where they will be supporting the group “Sole Hope”.  This organization makes shoes out of jeans and sends them over to help the people of Uganda.  They will be collecting pop cans, jeans, plastics, and other much needed items to help with this amazing cause.  The sixth grade class was celebrated for their hard work they have put into running the school bank in its inaugural year.  Several middle school students were honored for being caught exemplifying great character.  The freshman English class was celebrated for their willingness to cooperate and their hard work over the last few months.  Ms. Hill specifically gave a shout out to “Thomas McKinney, who volunteers to read for us on a daily basis.” Some students from Miss Chilcote’s Current Events class have been participating in the 2014 UNICEF “Tap Project”.  Students gave up their cell phones for a designated amount of time to help provide clean water and adequate sanitation to children around the world.  Several high school students were celebrated for their hard work in class, looking out for someone in school, being caught doing something awesome and also doing random acts of kindness.  Dean of Students, Mr. Oldebekking closed the assembly by saying “Many times students don’t even know they were being caught doing an act of kindness, but their great actions are what make our school an amazing place.”

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Teacher of the Week

Congratulations to CTA Kindergarten teacher, 

Lauren Bostic!

Fox TV 17 Teacher of the Week, April 4!

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CTA Calendar

 

 

April

22-24 Student Led Conferences with Parents and Teachers (required of all students and parents)

24 Daddy/Daughter Dance (grades K-6)

26 CTA Walkathon Fundraiser

28 Family Night – 4:30 pm • Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting – 6 pm

30 National Honor Society Induction

 

May

1 Mobile Dentist

2 CTA will hold regular school hours (Make up day for all CTA Students and Staff)

2 Prom @ Boulder Creek

17 Gallery Night and Open House – 3-6 pm

21 Last school day for seniors

22 Senior Trip

22 Mother/Son Movie Night

23-26 No School for Students and Staff – Memorial Recess

30 Graduation – 7 pm @ Cedar Springs High School (Note Date Change)

 

June

9 CTA will hold regular school hours (Make up day for all CTA Students and Staff)

10 CTA will hold regular school hours (Make up day for all CTA Students and Staff)

11 FlexTrac will hold regular school hours (Make up day)

 

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CTA Snow Make Up Days

 

Please be informed that these days will be scheduled to make up snow days as required by current state law:

 

May 2, 2014: FlexTrac and traditional day school (all CTA students) will hold regular hours

 

June 9 and June 10: FlexTrac and traditional day school (all CTA students) will hold regular hours

 

June 11: FlexTrac only will hold regular hours

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CTA Kicks Off March Reading Madness

CTA kicked off its March reading madness in style with a visit from the Davenport University Men’s basketball team.  The players brought their favorite books and spent time reading in each K-5 classroom.  “ It really was a neat thing to see the students interact with the basketball team. They were just amazed at how tall they were, and the team was great with them. Everyone had a blast,” explained Assistant Principal Carrie Paddock. The March Reading Madness is a bracket style reading tournament where the class that reads the most minutes outside of school moves on in the competition.  The results of the first week have been phenomenal.  In total the Kindergarten through 7th grade class read 21,120 minutes last week.  The leading class was the sixth grade class with 4,034 minutes read.  In second place were the 1st graders who came through with 3,301 minutes read.  The challenge was laid down by Mr. Oldebekking, Dean of Students, at the Monday meeting to reach 22,000 minutes for the week.  The competition runs parallel with the NCAA basketball tournament, and the CTA reading champion will be crowned in the coming weeks.

 

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Sweetheart Swirl

Sweethearts and Heartbreakers had fun at The Sweetheart Swirl on February 22. 

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Fifth Third Training Club

 

Runners: meet Tuesdays and Thursdays in Mr. Buitenwerf’s room. It is for runners who have committed to running one of the three distances at the 5/3rd River Bank Run and it will be great training for kicking off your summer work in preparation for the fall cross country season.  If you are interested please talk with Mr. B or Mr. Verwey.  You will need to sign a permission slip in order to participate.

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CTA Calendar

 

 

March

20 Bloodmobile

 

April

3 No School for Traditional Students; Make-up Day for FlexTrac Teacher PD Day 8am-4pm

4 No School for Students and Staff

7-11 No School for Students and Staff – Spring Break

14 Classes Resume

22-24 Student Led Conferences with Parents and Teachers

28 Family Night – 4:30 pm

Parent/Superintendent Town Hall  Meeting – 6 pm

 

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CTA Snow Make Up Days

 

 

Please be informed that these days will be scheduled to make up snow days as required by current state law:

 

April 3, 2014: FlexTrac only will hold regular hours

 

May 2, 2014: FlexTrac and traditional day school (all CTA students) will hold regular hours

 

June 9 and June 10: FlexTrac and traditional day school (all CTA students) will hold regular hours

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