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Chargers Basketball Off To A New Start

 

The CTA Lady Chargers headed into the 2016-17 season looking to improve on last year’s 4-11 record.

Lady chargers have 9 returning players, including senior captain Holly Fahling. “We are looking to Holly’s leadership to continue to help our younger players grow,” head coach Steve Washington commented. Along with Fahling, the Lady Chargers returning starters are sophomore Brin Calkins, and freshmen Hannah Hofstra and Faith Watson. The Ladies are rising to the challenge so far, and have started off with 3 wins and 5 losses so far this season.

The boys basketball team is developing an offensive system (with only a single court practice with new head coach Todd Bowmar), they have a strong defensive presence and the boys have bought into the idea of team success. Coach Bowmar shared that when he joined CTA, there was a lot of talk of the CTA Way, which he understood the concept of. “Today was a demonstration of that philosophy – Chargers don’t quit. Chargers play the game the right way. Chargers hold themselves to the highest expectations,” shared Bowmar as he referenced a recent game against an incredibly talented team. “I am proud to be a part of the CTA Way.”

Bowmar, who is also CTA’s high school english teacher, is looking forward to the opportunity to work with the students outside of the classroom, “ I would like to thank the players and parents of CTA for such a wonderful opportunity to work for these young men. As a team, we are growing so rapidly. I have high hopes for the rest of the season.”

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Santa’s Elves Busy in the Workshop

Elementary students work to craft gifts during the PA Santa’s Workshop.

Elementary students work to craft gifts during the PA Santa’s Workshop.

The CTA Parent Association put a new spin on Santa’s Shop this year and hosted a Santa’s Workshop for grades K-6. Students were able to make ornaments for friends and family. They painted, measured and decorated. In the end, they had sliced wood ornaments painted with snowmen, hot chocolate ornaments, yarn Christmas trees and unique easel paintings. Many Parent Association volunteers worked hard to make the day a success and saw many smiling faces!

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Save-The-Date

 

CTA Spring Performances

Coming in March 2017, CTA’s high school choir, Charger Voices, will be performing in the District 7 choral festival at Greenville High School. This will be the first time the choir has participated in festival and the choir students are working diligently to prepare. The choirs perform two prepared pieces and will also be required to sight read music for a judge. After they finish, the judge will work with the choir in an effort to help them grow and get better. This will be a great step for helping the CTA choral program continue to grow.

The CTA Drama Club is set to produce its first play. Auditions are complete, the show has been cast and come May, the CTA Drama club will be putting on the play, “Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit.” The show is a comedic take on the popular Law and Order TV series and features some of the most beloved fairy tale characters and a Whodunit-style mystery. You will not want to miss this production which will be performed on Fri., May 19 and Sat., May 20.

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Coffee Time Schedule

 

Please join Dan George, CTA School Leader/Superintendent, for coffee and donuts. This time is set aside for parent-driven, small group conversation regarding school concerns, policies, suggestions and more. Please RSVP to dgeorge@ctachargers.org.

8 – 9:00 a.m. – CTA Cafeteria

Monday, Feb. 13

Monday, March 13

Monday, April 10

Monday, May 8

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SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

January 26 Girl Scouts

27 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-2 Dismissal at 12:50 p.m.

3-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:40 p.m.

Popcorn Day

Basketball Game vs. Big Rapids Home School @ Cedar Springs Middle School

31 Basketball Game vs. WMAES

February 2 Girl Talk

3 EL Library Day

Basketball Game vs. WMAES

7 Basketball Game vs. West Michigan Lutheran (Girls Only)

10 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-2 Dismissal at 12:50 p.m.

3-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:40 p.m.

Basketball Game vs. Algoma Christian

13 Coffee Time with School Leader

17 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-2 Dismissal at 12:50 p.m.

3-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:40 p.m.

Basketball Game vs. Wellspring Prep @ Grace Bible College

20 No School – Mid-Winter Break

21-23 Student-Led Conferences (HS Only)

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High School French Book Project

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Elise Beutlick, French Teacher

The French II and III students at Cedar Springs High School made Christmas presents in the form of French children’s books for the children living at an orphanage in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. Haiti is a French-speaking country with a very low literacy rate of 60%.

Many children in Haiti do not have access to books. The Cedar Springs’ French students decided to create books to send to Haiti with the goal of encouraging literacy and creating a special Christmas memory for these children.

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LEAP Conference

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The Cedar Trails Giving Project

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Mr. Avink, Mrs. Shepard, Mrs. Graf, Mrs. Tiffany

What a great giving project this year. We had money and gift cards coming in since Thanksgiving. We even heard stories of kids doing chores and emptying their piggy bank to help these kids in need.

Because of this generosity, we were able to help 2 separate families this year, right from our own community. Each family has two kids, and we were even able to buy something little for the parents as well. YOU made a difference in these family’s live. Thank you so much for your generosity and giving hearts this holiday.

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Sparling signs national letter of intent

csps-aliCongratulations Ali Sparling on signing her national letter of intent to play basketball next year at NAIA member school Aquinas College.  Ali is pictured with her parents Tracie and Brett, as well as members of the Aquinas coaching staff.

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Teachers interviewed on GVSU radio show

csps-ct-interviewJen Cook, Tricia Boggiano and Mike Duffy were interviewed on the Shelley Irwin GVSU radio show on December 15. They shared the story of Responsive Classroom journey Cedar Springs has been on for the past two years.

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