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Davenport Basketball Players Read with Students for Reading Month

Davenport University Basketball players Nick Gamble (L) and John McCloud (R) read to the CTA second grade class.

Davenport University Basketball players Nick Gamble (L) and John McCloud (R) read to the CTA second grade class.

Friday, March 4 was “Sports Day” in the CTA elementary and students received a visit from some famous West Michigan athletes. The nationally-ranked Davenport Men’s Basketball Team, stopped by to spend time reading with the students a few days before they embarked on their trip to play in the NAIA National Tournament. The Davenport team came in to play games and interact with the students before breaking out into the classrooms for some small group time where they read their favorite books and shared their knowledge of basketball and life. “It was pretty cool to have the team here because they were talented and very tall,” said CTA second grader Gavin Olsen. “I really liked when they came back and read to our class, but most of all their dance moves at the assembly.”

This visit was part of CTA’s March is Reading Month program, which has weekly activities for the students, as well as extra time to get lost in a good book.

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CTA Music Program Gets Vocal

CTA 7th Grade students perform at the winter concert

CTA 7th Grade students perform at the winter concert

The CTA choir students presented a concert on March 3 to wrap up a very successful trimester of work. This concert featured all of our 7th graders as well as the high school students in Charger Voices. In addition, the concert also highlighted two high school groups that have been rehearsing after school. The first group – Fifth Element – is made up of six singers who performed a difficult arrangement of a Pentatonix song. The other group was the Men’s Ensemble, which is compiled of seven high school guys and two seventh grade guys who sang two powerful numbers and showcased the men’s sound. The choir program has continued to grow and thrive and as a result, this concert featured music that was more difficult than the first trimester songs; however, the students rose to the challenge and sounded beautiful. The concert began and ended with traditional African songs that featured choreography, rhythm instruments, and call-and-response sections. The students performed their hearts out and the audience left amazed at how far the CTA choir students have come in only a few short months.

Charger Voices High School students perform at the winter concert.

Charger Voices High School students perform at the winter concert.

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Top Hats and Tails at the Daddy Daughter Dance 

Jordan and Abby Brink, along with their two dates - Alice in Wonderland rabbit Jim (Grandpa) and Mad Hatter Lon (Dad) came in full attire for the Daddy Daughter Dance. Young ladies try their skills at limbo during the dance.

Jordan and Abby Brink, along with their two dates – Alice in Wonderland rabbit Jim (Grandpa) and Mad Hatter Lon (Dad) came in full attire for the Daddy Daughter Dance.

Young ladies try their skills at limbo during the dance.

Young ladies try their skills at limbo during the dance.

On February 11, CTA held its annual Daddy Daughter Dance, which was a huge success. The event has grown every year, as more and more daughters and their favorite men come to this event for fun, food, and DANCING!!! This year, “A Mad Hatter Tea Party” was the crazy theme. Each girl was given pearls, a teacup to decorate, and a special treat as she walked into the wacky CTA cafeteria! Also, every girl got on her feet and moved to the funky beats of the D.J.! A couple families pulled out all the stops to come in Mad Hatter/Alice in Wonderland attire and got really creative with their costumes! Donated desserts filled the room for a full dessert bar for the ladies and their dates to enjoy. Our staff and families went above and beyond to make this event a CTA favorite!

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CTA Family Strong Fundraiser

 

When people think of CTA, one of the first things that comes to mind is that it is like a small family, so when one of the “family members” was in need, CTA stepped up to the plate. The Bishop family recently received a cancer diagnosis for one of their daughters and CTA designated them the recipient of the #CTAfamilystrong treatment at a recent CTA basketball game at Grace Bible College. Not only did the CTA basketball teams put their best foot forward and win for both the boys and girls games, there were fundraising games for the kids as well as a silent auction to raise money for the Bishop family. In all, the CTA Family Strong fundraiser raised almost $6,000 for the family to put towards transportation and medical costs as they move forward with treatment. A heartfelt thank you to all involved to make this benefit such a huge success!

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CTA Calendar

 

March

11 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

Popcorn Day

14 & 16 Girls Charging Ahead 3-4:30 p.m.

17 Girl Talk in Ms. Liscombe’s room 3-4:30 p.m.

21 & 23 Girls Charging Ahead 3-4:30 p.m.

25 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

27 & 30 Girls Charging head 3-4:30 p.m.

29Tryouts for Student Showcase in the auditorium 11:30-3:00 p.m.

31 CTA Student Showcase K-12 in the auditorium 12:30-3:00 p.m.

Girl Talk in Ms. Liscombe’s room 3-4:30 p.m.

April

1-10 Spring Break

11 & 12 Girls Charging Ahead 3-4:30 p.m.

12 NHS Meeting during FIT

14 Girl Talk in Ms. Liscombe’s room 3-4:30 p.m.

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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Odyssey of the Mind comes to Cedar View Elementary

Team 1 will tackle the vehicle problem.

Team 1 will tackle the vehicle problem.

Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem solving competition where teams of up to seven students led by coaches tackle an open ended (long erm) problem and a spontaneous question. The long term problem can be anything from creating your own vehicle with a propulsion system the team devises, to a performance with humor, scripts, sets, props and costumes all created, written, and performed by the students!

Odyssey of the Mind offers an amazing opportunity for kids to discover the millions of ways to problem solve, create, invent, reuse and recycle all while working within your team, using team work and team building skills. 

The leaders of the future emerge from Odyssey of the Mind participation and involvement.

Cedar View has two teams this year:

Team 1, coached by Tanja Griffee and Aaron Anderson is tackling the vehicle problem. Team members include: Ethan Griffee -5th grade, Riley Robb-4th grade, Judy Visser-5th grade, Hannah Anderson-5th grade, Ella Buttermore-5th grade and Nate Slager-4th grade.

Team 2 will tackle the performance problem.

Team 2 will tackle the performance problem.

Team 2, coached by Emily Elliot, Michelle Wiles and Abby Briggs, is tackling the performance problem. Team members include: Annalise Elliott-4th grade, Coryn Wiles-4th grade, Ember Briggs-4th grade, Ryan Rypma-4th grade, Devin Jobson- 4th grade, Aiden Lake-5th grade, J.R. Nulph-5th grade.

The competition takes place on February 27 at Greenville Middle School. The public is welcome to attend.

Team 1 is at 10:20 a.m. in the gymnasium, and Team 2 is at 9:00 a.m. in the 300 block of rooms.

For more information visit Odysseyofthemind.com (the national site) or Miodyssey.com (region 2) our local Michigan site.

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CTA works with 3D printer as part of technology program

3D Printer that was loaned to CTA.

3D Printer that was loaned to CTA.

The CTA high school physics class was loaned a 3D printer from Rick Mushing, a consultant from Kent ISD, who did a STEM presentation on future revolutionary technologies. These technologies included 3D Printing, Autonomous Vehicles and Artificial Intelligence. The high school physics class was tasked with creating a unique electronic device utilizing a 3D printer. Two projects that resulted from the assignment were a 3D printed car to go up a ramp in a unique way; another group programmed a race car game at a KCTC class, creating an interface with it using the Makey Makey software and 3D printed a steering wheel for the game.

The Digital Media: Stop Motion class had the opportunity to use the printer to create props for an animation project and the sixth grade students got to learn 3D design on TinkerCad in their science class.

The 3D projects also cover Next Generation Science Standards, which were adopted by the Michigan Department of Education in November 2015 and is a multi-state effort to create new education standards that are rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.

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Hard Work leads to Sledding Party

Kindergarten and first grade students enjoy sledding as a reward for meeting their reading goals.

Kindergarten and first grade students enjoy sledding as a reward for meeting their reading goals.

The elementary students were able to enjoy some winter fun before the snow melted!

The kindergartners and first graders earned a sledding party because they have worked so hard to meet their reading goals this year. Mrs. Bialkowski, the first grade teacher, and Miss Bostic, the kindergarten teacher, wanted to celebrate their students’ successes!

What better way to celebrate in the winter than with a sledding party followed by hot cocoa and a special treat!

“It was a blast seeing the excitement from these little ones and knowing that all this happened because they had been working so hard in the classroom,” said Miss Bostic. “These kids can make any situation exciting and enjoyable, even this small sledding hill!”

Thank you to all the moms and dads of the first graders and the kindergartners who made this celebration possible! Now they are on to setting and meeting even more goals for the year with National Reading Month right around the corner!

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CTA Spelling Bee Winners

 

Runner up, Brenna Jibson (L) and winner Ericka Olson

Runner up, Brenna Jibson (L) and winner Ericka Olson

In January, 17 students in grades fourth through eighth competed in the first annual CTA Spelling Bee! For several weeks prior to the spelling bee, participants practiced, practiced, and practiced lists of spelling words in preparation for the School Bee. These same participants also attended the CTA Chargers Spelling Club led by sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Jenny Bangma and fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Kate Norman; it was here that participants gained strategies for spelling words, remembering letter patterns, and the etiquette for the actual Bee. Lots of hard work was put in by our Charger Spellers over the last few months in preparation for this event!

Our School Bee went five rounds strong, resulting in a Champion and a Runner-up. Our first CTA Spelling Bee Champion was eighth grade student, Ericka Olson; our first ever Runner-up is fifth grade student, Brenna Jibson. The winners will head to the Regional Spelling Bee competition in Kentwood, Michigan on Tues., Feb. 23, 2016. We are so proud and excited for our Chargers!

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CTA News

Annual CTA Blood Drive

The annual CTA Blood Drive will take place Thursday, March 10, from 1-6:45 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, log onto www.redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: CTACHARGERS) or call Jennifer August at 616-799-0559.

Come donate blood and register with Delete Blood Cancer to be a part of the bone marrow donor registry at the same time.

Chargers Earn Consolation Victory Over Academy of Environmental Science

After being defeated in the first round of the West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science (WMAES) tournament, the Creative Technologies Academy Boy’s Basketball team answered strongly in the consolation game, defeating the host team with a final score of 65-44.

WMAES scored 8 of the first 11 points of the game. The Chargers had an answer however, with brothers Dawson (13) and Casen (6) Armstrong combining for 19 of the Chargers’ 26 first quarter points. The Chargers controlled the rest of the game, never relinquishing their double-digit lead.

Junior Brandon Beck and the aforementioned Dawson Armstrong tied for the team high with 24 points a piece.

“I felt we were ready to execute our full court press for extended minutes for the first time this season, and execute it we did,” said CTA coach Scott Bultman.

The Chargers defense with its full court press wore down WMAES, which led to multiple fast breaks in the second half.

“With the Environmental Academy defense tiring from our fast break and press, we were able to pound the ball down low in the second half to our captain Brandon Beck, who finished well around the basket,” continued Bultman.

NBA – Never Been Absent 

At CTA, we believe there is no substitute for being in the classroom with our amazing teachers; we feel it is vital for the growth of our students that they attend school as many days as possible. The NBA (Never Been Absent) Program was developed to promote school attendance at both an individual and class level.

The attendance incentive program is for those in Kindergarten through fifth grade.

The first grade class had an average of 95% attendance for the month of January!  As a reward, the students received a classroom picnic lunch with Jet’s Pizza and a movie!  The first graders have earned the attendance award on two other occasions this year!

We are very proud of the fact that students continue to show up every day to work hard and learn!

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