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Chargers Take Charge of the Courts

Senior James Hofstra shoots a 3-point.

Team captain, Brin Calkins runs the ball down the court to run the next play.

This year’s Chargers are led by Senior Captains James Hofstra and Dawson Armstrong, and Junior Captain Charles Wortz. The Chargers opened up the season with a 10-point victory over Algoma Christian and a thrilling 1 point loss to Wellspring Prep. The Chargers play 17 more games this season.

The Lady Chargers are focusing on fundamentals and what it means to play as a team. There is so much potential on the team that it will be exciting to watch the growth throughout the season. The team unanimously picked junior Brin Calkins and senior Autumn Watson as team captains, and they will be a positive influence on the team with their skill sets both on and off the court.

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Twain’s Tales As Presented By The Drama Club

Actresses Elizabeth Jahns and Jamie Ryder took on full character during the show.

CTA’s High School performers paid tribute to the famous American storyteller, Mark Twain, in their performance of “Twain’s Tales,” a play written by David Taylor London. Directed by CTA’s drama teacher, Jeremy Holtrop, and assistant director, Kate Norman, “Twain’s Tales” included five short stories penned by the well-known author including: “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” “Science vs. Luck,” “The Joke That Made Ed’s Fortune,” “The Belated Russian Passport”, “Is He Living or Is He Dead?” and an excerpt from “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” Twain’s Tales was a tremendous performance put into action by phenomenal actors and the stunning directorial sight that brought the collection of tales to life on stage.

“With a cast of only eight students, this show was a challenging undertaking,” shared Holtrop. “Each student had at least four different roles (Some even had seven) and hundreds of lines to memorize. Our CTA drama students took the challenge in stride and audiences were amazed at how well they were able to differentiate the characters and remember all of the lines. I am very proud of how this show all came together!”

The group of eight students were: Violet Sidlauskas, Ashley Shelagowski, Elizabeth Jahns, Willow Sidlauskas, Samantha Harris, Logan Winters, Ruby Tompkins, and Jamie Ryder. The performers presented two hour-and-a-half long shows on Dec. 8th and 9th in the CTA Auditorium with approximately 130 attending.

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CTA Gives Back

Marjorie Starr, Tayler Thebo and Haven Nguyen show off some of the coin jars from the coin drive.

At CTA, we strive to “make a difference in the things that matter” and lately, with our trait of the month being kindness, we’ve taken it to a whole new level. The masses of CTA have been doing a multitude of things to give back, such as engaging with Freerice.com, Kids Food Basket, Kent Connect, and Toys for Tots. With the students devoting themselves to better the lives of others, they learn how important it is to be grateful, and not only during the holidays.

The largest project of the season was the school-wide Toys for Tots toy drive combined with the “Make Change Count” campaign. The initiative is in its 5th year at CTA. The toy drive collected 62 toys. Each class then competed to raise the most “positive” change – pennies counted as positive and silver and dollars counted as negative. The school as a whole raised more than $900 and all of the funds raised during the coin drive were donated to the Toys for Tots campaign to be used to purchase additional gifts for children throughout southwest Michigan.

The high school students decorated 106 Kids Food Basket bags with adorable designs. With the students devoting themselves to better the lives of others, they learn how important it is to be grateful year-round.

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Community give Back Night a Success

CTA and Cedar Springs Brewing Company staff present the fundraising check.

Thank you to our CTA families for coming out on our Community Give Back Night at Cedar Springs Brewing Company! The Parent Association-coordinated event raised more than $250 to support middle school and high school field trips.

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Open Enrollment Period

Creative Technologies Academy

350 Pine Street | Cedar Springs, MI 49319

Open Enrollment Period

For the 2018-19 School Year

January 15, 2018 – February 15, 2018

You may register students forgrades K-5 by

 calling Mrs. Mattson and grades 6-8 by calling 

Mrs. Colin at (616) 696-4905.

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CTA SCHOOL CALENDAR

December

21 PA Meeting 6 p.m.

21 Basketball Game vs. Hornets Homeschool

22 Early Release Day (Students and Staff)

22 Popcorn Day

25 Winter Break Begins

January

4 Girls Basketball Game vs. Calhoun Christian @DeltaPlex – 2:00 p.m.

5 Girls Basketball Game vs. West Michigan Lutheran – 6:00 p.m.

8 School Resumes

9 Girls Basketball Game @Wellspring Prep

9 Boys Basketball Game @Pineview – 6:00 p.m.

12 Early Release Day

12 Basketball Game vs. West Michigan Lutheran @ CS Middle School – 5:30 p.m.

16 Boys Basketball Game vs. Flat River Academy – 5:30 p.m.

17 Basketball Game vs. Black River Public School – 5:30 p.m.

19 End of 1st Semester

19 Basketball Game vs. Algoma Christian School – 5:30 p.m.

26 Early Release Day

* Early Release Dismissal Schedule

•K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

•6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

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Spreading Kindness

 

Just spreading the love for Kindness month with some very sweet 1st graders. “We just really care about each other” was the quote that inspired the student-initiated group hug! Also our secondary students chose to spread notes of kindness around our school. We have challenged all our students to do at least one random act of kindness this month.

 

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Transforming The World With Feats of Strength

The Conquerors: 5th Grade students Cameron Haan and Sage Sidlauskas had a photo op with Yago, one of the Conquerors who performed during the assembly.

This past month CTA had special guests, The Conquerors, share their message with our elementary, middle and high school students! Their feats of strength combined with their message of “Be A Positive Influence In Our World” made for an amazing assembly!

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CTA Teaches Responsibility

Character Education: Students enjoyed Subway lunch with Mrs. Mattson.

During the month of October, CTA focused on the character trait: RESPONSIBILITY. K-5th grade students received responsibility cards when they were caught being responsible. Each student that received a card, placed the card in an envelope and 6 students were randomly chosen to have a special lunch with the Principal, Mrs. Mattson! Congrats t o all our Chargers that were caught being RESPONSIBLE!

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Seussical The Musical

Our kindergarten through 5th grade students attended Seussical the Musical at the Grand Rapids Civic theatre. This field trip was made  possible due to our successful walk-a-thon and partnership with our Parent Association.

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