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Varsity Girls Basketball: Front row (L to R): Hannah Hofstra, Faith Watson, Brin Calkins. Middle Row (L to R): Alyssa Shelagowski, Ruby Tompkins, Alison Fisk, Jayda Schreiber, Nadelynn Brinley, Vicky Wu, Tori Wierda. Back Row (L to R): Assistant Coach Holly Fahling, Molly Wortz, Alyssa Bishop, Elizabeth Jahns, Kaela Bucholz, Head Coach Lisa Perry, Gabi Fahling.

Varsity Boys Basketball: Front Row (L to R): Ivan Winters, Jordan Brown, Tobius Potter, Ethan Watson, Binh Nguyen. Back Row (L to R): Coach Todd Bowmar, Mikey Lemson, Collin Bishop, Luke Hubbard, Charles Wortz, John Wortz, Assistant Coach Dawson Armstrong.

Middle School Boys Basketball: Front Row (L to R): Head Coach Todd Bowmar, Jacob Perry, Parker Tompkins, Landon Beiter, Landon Winters, Avery Bishop, Zach Gibbs, Kaden Winters, Assistant Coach Dawson Armstrong.

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Congratulations to the following 4th and 5th grade students for making the 1st Semester 2018/2019 HONOR ROLL!

“A” Honor Roll

Colren Bailey 

Tripp Freyling 

Isaac Gitchel 

Kendal Proctor 

Penelope Rose 

Zander Spielmaker 

Natalie Haan

“A/B” Honor Roll

Melody Atwood 

Addison Brinks 

Jayden Danks 

Jama Dillon

Max McCall 

Bryce Petersen 

Madelyn Reichelt 

Olivia Starr

Jax Stebelton 

Ryan Dykstra 

Gideon Fleeger

Léda Gitchel

Kaiya Imhoff 

Keaton Kindy 

Sarah VandenBerg 

Seth VanKampen

Creative Technologies Academy

1st Semester Honor roll 2018-2019

Middle School Honor Roll

Grade Name & GPA

06 Byl, Hailey 4.0 

06 Christie, Katherine 3.9 

06 de la Rosa, Jacob 3.9 

06 Fisk, Ethan 3.5 

06 Fisk, Karly 4.0 

06 Freyling, Owen 4.0 

06 Gibbs, Zachary 3.6 

06 Haan, Cameron 3.8 

06 Hazen, Shawn 3.1 

06 Klunder, Kaila 3.4 

06 Lopez, Adalynn 3.4 

06 Mason, Shawney 3.3 

06 McKinney, Meghan 3.5

06 Rainwater, Matthew 3.7 

06 Shafer, Estella 3.4 

06 Sidlauskas, Sage 4.0

06 VandenBoss, Logan 4.0

07 Atwood, Shadrach 3.8

07 Besmer, Trinity 3.9 

07 Brinley, Nadelynn 4.0

07 Christie, Gabrielle 4.0

07 Creveling, Jaxson 3.9 

07 Dillon, Jacob 4.0

07 Fulkerson, Jack 3.8 

07 Harvey, Tylor 3.8 

07 Hoops, Thomas 4.0 

07 Jaggers, Jacob 3.9 

07 McSorley, Caden 3.2 

07 Montambo, Saige 4.0 

07 Perry, Jacob 4.0 

07 Petersen, Tru 4.0 

07 Piskun, Danielle 3.6 

07 Rypma, Ryan 4.0 

07 Schreiber, Jayda 4.0 

07 Sullivan, Mason 4.0 

07 VanHarten, Analiese 4.0 

07 Vogler, Morgan 3.0 

07 Warner, Conner 3.4 

07 Willis, Kirsten 3.9 

07 Willis, Sierra 3.7

07 Winters, Kaden 4.0

08 Beiter, Landon 3.8

08 Covell, Remington 3.7 

08 Davenport, Haydn 4.0

08 Fessenden, Joshua 4 

08 Hanes, Joel 3.4

08 Harvey, Laila 3.3 

08 Jibson, Brenna 3.9 

08 Slock, Ethan 3.8 

08 Tate, Logan 3.3 

08 Tompkins, Parker 3.5 

08 Walker, Malikia 3.7 

08 Winn, Emily 3.8 

08 Winters, Landon 3.2

High School Honor Roll 

Grade Name & GPA

10 Alverson, McKenzie 4.2 

12 August, Danielle 4.3 

09 Benson, Jesse 3.3 

12 Bowers, Ayden 3.0

11 Bucholtz, Kaela 3.3

12 alkins, Brianne 3.9

10 Campbell, Ethan 3.2 

12 Davison, Matthew 4.4 

12 Dillon, Joshua 4.0 

12 Dillon, Justin 3.9 

12 Dotson, Arianna 3.3 

12 Evink, Jillian 4.0 

11 Fahling, Gabriela 3.7 

09 Fisk, Alison 3.8

11 Hackbardt, Kiana 3.7

12 Hawley, Hailey 3.6

11 Hirsch, Travis 3.7 

11 Hofstra, Hannah 3.9 

10 Hoogerhyde, Grayce 3.8 

10 Hutchins, Nathan 3.6 

10 Hutchins, Steven 3.7 

12 Jahns, Elizabeth 4.1 

09 Knowlton, Elizabeth 3.4 

12 Lovett, Nathan 3.2 

10 Marek, Jeff 3.6 

10 McSorley, Carson 3.6 

12 Nguyen, Binh 4.0 

11 Nguyen, Truc 3.7

10 Parker, Dezeree 3.4

11 Patin, Nolan 3.7

09 Petersen, Sydney 3.2 

12 Roebuck, Isaac 3.3 

09 Romancky, Lydia 3.9 

12 Sanchez, Amber 3.3 

09 Shelagowski, Alyssa 3.5 

11 Shelagowski, Ashley 3.7 

10 Sidlauskas, Willow 4.3 

12 Slock, Keegan 4.1 

12 Starr, Marjorie 4.1 

11 Stevens, Hunter 3.5 

10 Tompkins, Ruby 3.0

10 VanDyke, Audrey 3.1

11 Watson, Faith 3.9

10 Wierda, Tori 3.5 

09 Winters, Ivan 3.4 

12 Winters, Logan 3.8

12 Wortz, Charles 3.6 

09 Wortz, Molly 3.9 

11 Wright, Aaron 3.5

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The Fourth Annual CTA Spelling Bee 2019

Isaac Bucholtz and Logan Magoon
Isaac Bucholtz and Logan Magoon

In January, 20 students in grades third through eighth competed in the fourth annual CTA School Spelling Bee! For several weeks prior to the Bee, participants practiced, practiced, and practiced lists of spelling words in preparation for the School Bee. These same participants also attended the weekly CTA Chargers Spelling Club hosted by sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Jenny Bangma; it was here that participants gained strategies for spelling words, remembering letter patterns, and the etiquette for participating in the actual Bee. Lots of hard work was put in by our Charger Spellers over the last few months in preparation for this event!

The CTA School Spelling Bee went fifteen rounds, resulting in a Champion and a Runner-up. The CTA School Spelling Bee Champion is third grade student, Logan Magoon; the Runner-up is fifth grade student, Isaac Bucholtz. The winners will head to the regional spelling bee competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Thursday, Feb. 12th. Our entire school community is so proud and excited for our Chargers!

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Open Enrollment

Creative Technologies Academy

350 Pine Street | Cedar Springs, MI 49319

Open Enrollment Period For the 2019-2020 School Year

January 15, 2019 – February 15, 2019

You may register students for Grades K-5 by calling Mrs. Mattson and Grades 6-12 by calling Mrs. Colin at (616) 696-4905.

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Grades K-5: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Grades 6-12: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Jan. 25 Early Release Day

Popcorn Day

School Bank

Varsity Basketball Game @

Grace Christian University @5:30 p.m.

Feb. 1 Early Release Day

Varsity Basketball Game vs. Zion 

Christian School @5:30 p.m.

Feb. 28 Varsity Basketball Game @

Oakfield Baptist Church @5:30 p.m.

Feb. 4 Varsity Basketball Game @ 

Oakfield Baptist Church @5:30 p.m.

Feb. 8 School Bank

Senior Night Basketball Game @

Red Hawk Elementary @5:30 p.m.

Feb. 9 Daddy Daughter Event

Feb. 11 PA Meeting

Feb. 12 Varsity Basketball Game @

Oakfield Baptist Church @5:30 p.m.

Feb. 13 Spring Count Day

Feb. 14 Varsity Basketball Game @

WMAES @5:30 p.m.

Feb. 15 Early Release Day Popcorn Day

Feb. 18-19 Mid-Winter Break

*Early Release Dismissal Schedule

● K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

● 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

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Honors band performs

High school band members. Back row: Jadon Grifhost, Tyler St. Amour, Allison White, Cecilia Smith, Gavinn Shields. front row; Katie Levandowski, Alivia Mesler.

On the first week back to school, a select few Cedar Springs Middle and High School students were a part of Honors Band at Orchard View High School in Muskegon, on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. 

High school band member Jenna Alcumbrack.

The kids got to spend the day learning new music and putting on a performance at the end of the night for family and friends.

Middle school band members. Names unavailable at press time.

We would like to say bravo on a great day and the evening performances by both the Middle and High School District 7 Honors Bands!

We are proud of our Cedar Springs Band members who were nominated and selected to participate in these elite groups!

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School seeks input on strategic plan

By Scott Smith, Superintendent, Cedar Springs Public Schools

Cedar Springs Public Schools is excited to share that we are preparing to launch a community-driven strategic planning process. Our ambitious goal is to present the Board of Education with a draft of a comprehensive three-year strategic plan for their review in July. A final version of the plan would then be presented to the Board for their approval in August. We need your help to make this happen.

To create a community-driven strategic plan, we must first identify and engage with the people who call Cedar Springs Public Schools home. For us, community starts with our students and families. It is also essential that we reach out to District staff, community and business leaders, and residents in this process. The Board of Education is committed to listening to the ideas of our community to clarify the focus of our efforts over the next three years.

The gathering of community input will first come in the form of five focus group conversations. These meetings are scheduled to take place in late January. We will have one focus group for students, one for staff, two groups for parents, and one group for community members and business leaders. The focus groups will include 25-30 representatives from each category. In some cases, individuals will be invited to participate in a focus group. In other cases, we will randomly select participants from a pool of individuals who have expressed interest in helping us with this process. The discussion at these meetings will center on two primary topics:

*What do you like the most about Cedar Springs Public Schools?

 *What can Cedar Springs Public Schools do to improve?

The feedback gathered from the focus group conversations will then be used to generate questions for a comprehensive survey that will be sent out in late February. Each student in grades 6-12, all parents of students grades PK-12, and all District staff will receive a survey via email. Community/business leaders and residents of Cedar Springs will be able to submit a survey electronically through a link on our website.

Post photo by J. Reed.

The next step in our process will be to review the District’s current strategic plan relative to the feedback collected from our community. A team of students, parents, staff, and community/business leaders will work together to create a draft of our three-year strategic plan in June. This draft will be presented to our Board of Education for discussion at their meeting in July. Our goal is to present a final version of our strategic plan to the Board for approval in August.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to Cedar Springs Public Schools. We look forward to learning from the ideas you share during these essential steps in our strategic planning process. Together, we will make clear our District’s priorities for the next three years.

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Dear Mom and Dad: Cool it

Dear Mom and Dad: Cool it

Karissa Niehoff

Niehoff is Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations, and Uyl is Executive Director of the Michigan High School Athletic Association

Mark Uyl

By Karissa Niehoff and Mark Uyl

If you are the mother or father of a high school athlete here in Michigan, this message is primarily for you.

When you attend an athletic event that involves your son or daughter, cheer to your heart’s content, enjoy the camaraderie that high school sports offer and have fun. But when it comes to verbally criticizing game officials or coaches, cool it.

Make no mistake about it. Your passion is admired, and your support of the hometown team is needed. But so is your self-control. Yelling, screaming and berating the officials humiliates your child, annoys those sitting around you, embarrasses your child’s school and is the primary reason Michigan has an alarming shortage of high school officials.

It’s true. According to a recent survey by the National Association of Sports Officials, more than 75 percent of all high school officials say “adult behavior” is the primary reason they quit. And 80 percent of all young officials hang up their stripes after just two years of whistle blowing. Why? They don’t need your abuse.

Plus, there’s a ripple effect. There are more officials over 60 than under 30 in many areas. And as older, experienced officials retire, there aren’t enough younger ones to replace them. If there are no officials, there are no games. The shortage of registered high school officials is severe enough in some areas that athletic events are being postponed or cancelled—especially at the freshman and junior varsity levels.

Research confirms that participation in high school sports and activities instills a sense of pride in school and community, teaches lifelong lessons like the value of teamwork and self-discipline and facilitates the physical and emotional development of those who participate. So, if the games go away because there aren’t enough men and women to officiate them, the loss will be infinitely greater than just an “L” on the scoreboard. It will be putting a dent in your community’s future.

If you would like to be a part of the solution to the shortage of high school officials, you can sign up to become an MHSAA-registered official on the “Officials” page at www.mhsaa.com. Otherwise, adult role models at high school athletic events here in Michigan are always welcome.

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Cedar Springs Competitive Cheer sweeps Portage Central invitational

The first competitive cheer meet of 2019 took place on a foggy Saturday morning at Portage Central High School on January 5. Despite the challenges of illness and a limited practice schedule due to Christmas break, the Lady Red Hawks swept the invitational by earning first place in all three levels.  

The Varsity, JV, and Middle School cheer teams sporting their medals at the Portage Central invitational. Courtesy photo.

“We were lucky enough to take all three levels (Middle School, Junior Varsity and Varsity) to Portage Central this week,” commented Varsity Coach Anne Olszewski. “We always try to take the entire program to at least one invitational so they can support one another and see one another’s hard work.” 

Twelve schools competed at the Varsity level, with four teams competing in the Division 2 bracket. Although Cedar Springs consistently earned the highest scores in their Division, they ended the first round in fourth place overall and had to dig deep in order to close the gap between them and that number one spot. The squad earned their highest round three score to-date and was able to secure the second highest overall score of the event, with a combined score of 733.64, only 1.64 points behind Portage Central High School. 

JV Coach Katy Hradsky remarked, “I am ecstatic at the level of skill from this small and young team and excited to see what else they achieve this season. Our scores have been consistent over the last month and we have gotten great feedback from judges and coaches on how ‘exciting, unique and fun’ our rounds are! This is just the beginning of our journey.”

“I am super proud to take an entire program to the Kalamazoo area and show them what we have just north of Grand Rapids. It’s a proud day for Red Hawk Cheerleading,” replied an enthusiastic Coach Olszewski.

The High School teams will travel to the east side of the state to compete at the Stoney Creek High School Competitive Cheer Invitational in Rochester Hills on Saturday, January 12. Good luck Lady Red Hawks! 

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Creative Technologies Academy reauthorized by Ferris State University

Academy to Receive Longest Contract Issued by FSU

In anticipation of the expiration of CTA’s current contract with Ferris State University in June of 2019, the Academy met with a team from the FSU Charter Schools Office in early November for a rigorous reauthorization review and evaluation of the Academy. 

The results of that review and evaluation were very positive for the Academy and the Charter Schools Office recommended reauthorization to the Ferris State University Board of Trustees.

The FSU Board of Trustees met on Friday, December 14, and unanimously concurred with the Charter Schools office and approved the reauthorization of Creative Technologies Academy with a seven year contract beginning July 1, 2019. Dr. Ronald Rizzo, Director of the FSU Charter Schools Office, said this about the Academy: “Ferris State University is proud of the efforts and achievement of Creative Technologies Academy. The seven-year reauthorization by the FSU Board of Trustees represents our confidence in the continued growth and development of the academy. FSU looks forward to our ongoing partnership with the Board and administration of CTA.”

During the evaluation process, the FSU Charter Schools Office looked at CTA’s school improvement process, initiatives, and results; facilities; school culture; mission accomplishment; website; student outcomes; governance and leadership; resources and support systems; contract performance; and curriculum. 

Dan George, CTA Superintendent, expressed gratitude for the staff and families that make up the CTA community. “We’ve tried to create a no excuses culture at CTA that focuses on growth and continuous improvement and our staff and families have bought into those goals,” said George.

“Many people don’t understand the accountability process for schools like ours. We have the same accountability requirements as any other public school for the state, and we have the additional rigorous reauthorization process with Ferris State University. Seven-year contracts are given sparingly by FSU. Most contracts are 3-5 years and some schools don’t make it through the reauthorization process and are closed. We are grateful for this expression of confidence and trust by Ferris State University and the Charter Schools Office. When people believe in what you’re doing it is extremely gratifying.”

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