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Friendsgiving Celebrates Friendship and Giving

CTA kindergarten and first grade students shared their Friendsgiving meal.

CTA kindergarten and first grade students shared their Friendsgiving meal.

CTA kindergarten and first grade celebrated Thanksgiving a little differently this year; instead of the traditional gathering and feast, the teachers and students celebrated “Friendsgiving.” On that day, everyone contributed to making Stone Soup and Friendship Bread. Every student brought in a different ingredient. Each delicious ingredient could only be shared by a particular individual; however, when the ingredients were put together, they became a huge pot of delicious soup or a yummy loaf of bread. Friendship is a wonderful combination of individuality and working togetherness. At the end of the day when the meal was prepared, the students and teachers came together once again and celebrated “Friendsgiving” with a friendship banquet, sharing the soup and bread.

CTA kindergarten and first grade students shared their Friendsgiving meal.

CTA kindergarten and first grade students shared their Friendsgiving meal.

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‘Tis the Season to Think of Others

Teacher Laura Chilcote (Left) with high school students and their ornaments for their wish tree.

Teacher Laura Chilcote (Left) with high school students and their ornaments for their wish tree.

All too often we hear the question, “What do you want for Christmas?” This year, CTA students in Ms. Chilcote’s FIT class were asked the following question instead: “If you could make one wish for others this holiday season, what would be your Christmas wish for the world?” Their answers displayed their kindness, which was a recent focus for our Character Trait of the Month, and creativity.

Student Wishes:

Cortney A. (10th grade) “To end bullying everywhere”;

Tatyanna L. (11th grade) “That people would have more Christmas Spirit”;

Ryan F. (12th grade) “For people to be happy”;

Bryanna R. (10th grade) “For the world to be stress-free & happy”;

Brin C. (9th grade) “For people to have enough food”.

A few ornaments the High School students made of their wishes for the world.

A few ornaments the High School students made of their wishes for the world.

School-wide, students have been making an effort to make some of these wishes come true through participating in Toys for Tots, the “Make Change Campaign”, and writing to U.S. soldiers currently serving overseas. These activities show how committed our CTA community is to our mission through actively “changing our world by developing students in character, scholarship, and leadership.”

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CTA Calendar

 

December

14-18 Spirit Week

15 School Bank

17 Girl Talk 3-4:00 p.m.

17 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Grattan at 5:30

18 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

Popcorn Friday

21- Jan. 3 Winter Break

January

7 Girl Talk 3-4:00 p.m.

11 School Bank

11 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Ellington at 5:30 p.m.

12 NHS Meeting

15 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

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School Closings and Cancellations

 

Occasionally, adverse weather conditions or other emergency situations may make it necessary to cancel school or cancel evening activities. Please note – CTA does not have school delays – only cancellations. When cancellations occur, notice will be communicated to WOOD TV 8, WXMI Fox 17 and WZZMTV13 and listed as CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMY.  You can also sign up to receive school-specific text alerts from any of these three stations.

When school evening activities are cancelled, this cancellation also includes all clubs, organizations and extracurricular events held on campus and scheduled for that evening. For more information call 616-696-4905.

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2015-16 Creative Technologies Academy Honor Roll

Middle School Honor Roll

Grade  Name  GPA

08 Almy Cameron 3.22

07 Alverson McKenzie 4.0

07 Armstrong Casen 3.5

06 August Elizabeth 3.0

08 Batchelder Destiny 4.0

06 Brecker Carlene 3.33

07 Buchanan Anthony 3.5

08 Bucholtz Kaela 3.5

06 Case Ava 3.87

07 Dekraker Madelin 3.34

08 Fahling Gabriela 3.11

06 Fisk Austin 3.8

06 Fleet Raven 3.4

06 Hammond Autumn 3.2

06 Hawkins Keegan 3.47

08 Hirsch Travis 3.11

08 Hofstra Hannah 4.0

07 Hutchins Nathan 3.67

06 Lehman Lauren 3.93

08 Lehman Zoe 4.0

07 LeTourneau Amy 4.0

07 Marek Jeff 3.0

06 Marek Sawyer 3.27

08 Martinek Olivia 3.89

06 Mason Cheyenne 3.33

07 McSorley Carson 3.67

06 McSorley Kendallyn 3.47

06 Merritt Adanna 3.4

07 Olson Ericka 3.0

06 Shelagowski Alyssa 3.33

07 Sidlauskas Willow 4.0

06 Stevens Zachary 3.27

08 Watson Faith 3.33

07 Wierda Tori 3.84

07 Wilhelm Kristina 3.84

06 Winters Ivan 3.53

07 Wortz John 3.34

06 Wortz Molly 3.8

 

High School Honor Roll

11 Alverson Allie 3.33

10 Armstrong Dawson 3.83

10 Aspinall Cortney 3.12

09 August Danielle 3.95

11 Beck Brandon 4.0

12 Black Angelique 3.25

11 Bowen Brianna 4.0

09 Calkins Brianne 3.76

11 Couturier Isaac 3.5

12 Davison Joshua 3.92

09 Davison Matthew 3.53

11 Fahling Holly 3.15

09 Fulkerson Lily 3.5

11 Hanes Victoria 3.83

12 Hendee Katelynd 3.56

10 Howard Austin 4.0

12 Huizinga Clare 3.83

09 Ingersoll Dawson 3.0

09 Jahns Elizabeth 3.28

11 Jenkins Derek 3.0

12 Keech Kaleigh 3.95

10 Korody Michael 3.14

12 Kyser Jordan 3.75

11 Kyser June 3.09

11 Lawson Tatyanna 3.75

11 Lehman Ethan 4.0

10 LeTourneau Johnathon 3.45

11 Long Deija 3.06

11 Mauric Eleanor 3.39

10 Miner Leslie 3.58

12 Plowman Joseph 3.11

12 Sager Cassandra 3.0

12 Schultz Jesse 3.17

12 Shears Kelsey 3.18

11 Shelagowski Autumn 4.0

10 Sidlauskas Violet 3.89

09 Slock Keegan 4.0

12 Slocum Aubrey 3.89

09 Starr Marjorie 3.95

12 VanEnk Annalise 3.93

10 Watson Autumn 3.58

09 Wild Kiarra 3.28

09 Winters Logan 3.72

11 Wright Jason 3.0

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Chargers have strong showing at state meet

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The Creative Technologies Academy Boys and Girls Cross Country teams headed into the Class D State Championship meet with a lot of confidence, and rightfully so. Many of their runners had recently completed either their season or career best run times in the previous two weeks. For the boys team, it also meant that Junior captain Ethan Lehman was going to be able to compete after having to sit out the previous few meets with a stress fracture in his right leg.

The Charger boys finished with their best showing ever at the Class D meet, finishing in 13th out of over 30 teams. They were once again led by Sophomore Les Miner, who finished 2nd overall with a time of 16:50. Lehman finished with a season personal record in his first race back with a time of 18:51. James Hofstra (19:58), Dawson Ingersoll (21:07), and Dawson Armstrong (21:28) rounded out the top 5 for the Chargers. With no seniors on the roster but plenty of experience, expect to see even better things out of this team next year.

The CTA Lady Chargers also had an impressive race led by Freshman Brianne Calkins with a personal career best time of 24:35. Not far behind her was Junior Tatyanna Lawson (25:00). Rounding out the varsity runners was Senior Kaleigh Keech. Kaleigh was running on a sprained ankle, but still fought through her final race to finish with a time of 38:30.

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Fall Fun and Festivities

Mrs. Bialkowski’s First grade Halloween party

Mrs. Bialkowski’s First grade Halloween party

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. Krombeen’s Second grade Halloween party

Mrs. Krombeen’s Second grade Halloween party

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!

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Pumpkins Explode for Science

CTA 8th grade students put rubber bands on pumpkin in “Pumpkin Time Bomb” experiment

CTA 8th grade students put rubber bands on pumpkin in “Pumpkin Time Bomb” experiment

Students (L to R) Collin Bishop and Mason Dood with their split pumpkin and 700+ rubber band ball.

Students (L to R) Collin Bishop and Mason Dood with their split pumpkin and 700+ rubber band ball.

For many, Halloween is about candy and costumes, but for the 8th grade students at CTA it was about pumpkins and explosions. Students participated in the Pumpkin Time Bomb 2015.

Students worked in groups to test how many rubber bands it would take before the pumpkins were cut in half from the pressure. In the process of performing the tests, students were expected to make a hypothesis, record results, and draw conclusions about how many rubber bands would be needed for explosion.

Aside from learning science, the students had a fun and memorable day.  “It was something that was fun and we were still learning,” commented a student when asked about the event. “I liked how we did not know when the pumpkin would explode, It was kind of scary,” another student was heard saying. All in all, it was a great way to incorporate fun with an educational component.

For a video of the event go to the following link.

Video link: http://bit.ly/pumpkinbomb

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CTA Basketball Preview

 

The boys and girls basketball teams of Creative Technologies Academy are poised for big seasons this upcoming year due to talent, experience, and late season success from last season.

The Charger boys are led by head coach Scott Bultman, who is in his third year with the program. Bultman lost a few key players off of last year’s team, but there returns a lot of talent this year, including previous starters Junior, Brandon Beck, and Sophomores, Dawson Armstrong and James Hofstra. A couple of important reserves are back as well for the Chargers: Junior, Bailey Hawkins and Freshman, Charles Wortz. There are other returners as well, such as Juniors, Jackson Bowes and Jarod Bouma, and 8th graders, Collin Bishop and Luke Hubbard. Two new players are expected to add some depth to the team as well in Junior, Isaiah Piskun and 7th grader, Casen Armstrong.

The ladies of CTA have a new head coach for the 2015-16 season: Mr. Steve Washington. Coach Washington has spent the past few years coaching West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science, but is looking forward to taking over the reins for the Lady Chargers this year. CTA is led by seniors, Aubrey Slocum, Kaleigh Keech, Annalise VanEnk, as well as, junior Holly Fahling. Each of these four players have had at least three years of varsity experience, which will help with an otherwise young team. Other notable returnees are senior, Cassie Sager, freshman, Brianne Calkins, and 8th graders, Hannah Hofstra and Faith Watson. Adding depth to the roster are newcomers: Junior, Shauna Russell, Sophomore, Autumn Watson, and 7th graders, Tori Weirda and Devin Slocum.

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CTA Calendar

 

November

20 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

20 Picture Retake Day

Popcorn Friday

20-24 High School Exams

24 End of First Trimester

25-27 No School – Thanksgiving Break

December

1 NHS Meeting

2-9 Schoolwide Toys for Tots and Change Wars

3 Girl Talk

4 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

4 Hearing and Vision Re-Screening K-9

8 Girls & Boys Basketball vs. Wellspring at 5:00 p.m.

17 Girl Talk

17 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Grattan at 5:30

18 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

Popcorn Friday

21- Jan. 3 Winter Break

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