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Social Studies Teacher Mr. Dove Explores the World Through Travel Programs

 

New Beginnings teacher Shayne Dove has found an exciting way to make the most of his summers. Through various educational fellowships and grants, Mr. Dove has been able to travel throughout the United States and internationally- mostly at no cost to him. After long hours of writing essays, filling out applications, and consoling himself over rejection emails, Mr. Dove has been accepted to seven travel programs over the past four years. All of the programs have an educational focus, ranging from studying the history, culture, and education systems of different countries to promoting environmental conversation and wilderness education.

According to Mr. Dove, “These programs provide me with first-hand experience with topics I teach and allow me to collect primary source materials. As a result, my content knowledge is strengthened, I am able to make concepts more relevant and meaningful for students, and my passion for teaching and learning is reinforced.” Mr. Dove credits social studies teacher, education wizard, and all-around life expert Dave Stuart for encouraging him to apply for his first educational travel experience- a two week program in Germany. Since visiting Germany, Mr. Dove has participated in fellowships in Japan, Virginia, and Philadelphia. His future plans include programs in Boston and Wyoming this summer, Washington D.C. in the fall, and South Africa next summer. Using the fellowships as a starting point, Mr. Dove has also created his own educational experiences in Italy, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and all over the United States.

If you are interested in learning more about travel programs or would like help applying to one, Mr. Dove would love to help.

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Health Center hours

 

The Cedar Springs School Health Center is open all summer! We provide:

  • Well-child visits
  • Sports physicals
  • Same-day sick visits
  • Immunizations
  • Counseling services
  • Dental services
  • On-site Medicaid enrollment

We are open 7:30am-4:00pm Monday-Friday.

Please call us at (616) 696-3470 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!

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Students sign letters of intent

Congratulations Thomas Hill! Thomas signed with Grace Bible College to play basketball.

Congratulations Nick Scott! Nick signed with Judson University to play basketball.

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**Mark your calendars… 2017—2018 Sports Physicals!**

 

White Pine Family Medicine is also offering Sports physicals at on Thursday, July 27th and Thursday, August 3rd from 5-7pm. Cost is $20. No appointment necessary!

The Cherry Health/Cedar Springs School Health Center is now scheduling appointments for sports physicals. Please call 696-3470 to make an appointment. The Health Center is open year round Monday-Friday 7:30am-4pm. Services are provided regardless of ability to pay and no money is needed at the time of visit. However, services may be billed to insurance when possible, so please have your insurance or Medicaid card available.

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April Student Athletes of the Month

Brighton Miller, Sophomore, Girls Soccer

Nick Frodl, Senior, Baseball

Rebecca Yaklin, Sophomore, Softball

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Hurray for the Red, White and Blue!

USA chanting with the K-2 students.

USA chanting with the K-2 students.

Upper elementary students incorporate motions into their songs

Upper elementary students incorporate motions into their songs

On Wednesday, May 3, CTA elementary students presented their final concert of the year. This concert was patriotic-themed. Students were dressed in a sea patriotic colors. All K-5 students started off the concert with the a salute to our country by singing the national anthem. K-2 students then energetically chanted “USA” to some music followed by a version of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” called “Twinkle, Twinkle, 50 Stars”. Other highlights of the concert included a bucket drumming ensemble, a recorder ensemble that played “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”, an xylophone ensemble, and some students rapping the 50 states in order. Everyone enjoyed the patriotic theme and students enjoyed the unique aspects of the performance.

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Book Tasting in Campbell’s Café

Students “dined” on new book genres to move outside their reading comfort zones.

Students “dined” on new book genres to move outside their reading comfort zones.

The third grade students have been working hard on growing as readers. As a class, we’ve been tracking what types of books we were reading independently and noticed some “holes” in our reading lives. We made a goal to challenge ourselves and move outside our comfort zone when it came to trying new genres. To get started, we transformed our classroom into C ampbell’s Café with placemats, napkins, fake candles, signs, and some café music! Students made reservations and did a book tasting to “get a taste” of different genres they wanted to try!

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Ethan Lehman Named Essay Scholarship Winner

Ethan Lehman shares his essay scholarship award.

Ethan Lehman shares his essay scholarship award.

CTA senior Ethan Lehman was named one of the winners of the Economics Club of Grand Rapids scholarship. All applicants had to write an essay on “Social Media: How does it Help or Hinder Ethical Leadership?” More than 300 students applied and Ethan was named one of the top 13 winners. Essays were judged on the applicant’s grasp of the subject, effectiveness of focus and organization, spelling, grammar, punctuation and various other criteria.

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Springtime Spruce Up

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Spring is in the air and landscaping projects are plentiful around CTAs six-acre campus. To get a jump start on the springtime spruce up projects, high school students spent several afternoons cleaning out flower beds, picking up sticks and branches, raking leaves and more in order to

make the spreading of 25 yards of wood chips a bit more manageable. On Saturday, May 13, 25 CTA staff, students and family members came with shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows to power through the task ahead of them and spread the wood chips in flowerbeds, around trees and signs. Thank you to those who gave of their time and tools to help enhance the beautiful landscaping we have on CTAs campus!

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A Sweeter Way To Learn Science

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Students show off their edible science project

4th grade took a “sweeter” approach to learning about the phase changes of matter. The class has been learning about how matter changes into different states in our science unit. To investigate how liquid becomes a solid, we made ice cream in a bag. The students learned that if a liquid’s temperature is decreased, the molecules will come together to create a solid. By adding milk (a little sugar and vanilla) into a bag surrounded by ice and shaking, we could decrease the temperature creating a solid. Our investigation was definitely delicious that day.

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