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Third grade students show their Compliment Collage’s they made to instill confidence through compliments.

Staff and students with one of the fleece tie blankets they made during the day of service projects.

This year CTA students have been able to work with an AmeriCorp Vista representative through the Heart of West Michigan United Way. Our high school students crafted tie blankets for Degage Ministries plus tie hats that they gifted to others. Some of the organizations that received the hats were Degage Ministries, North Kent Connect, and The Bridge. Elementary students read books with our high school students, and talked about the power of compliments.

Elementary students also decorated lunch bags for Kids Food Basket. We all enjoyed being able to give back to our community to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

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Leading On and Off the Court

Dan George poses with Allen Durham who was one of his former basketball players with the Grace Bible College Tigers Men’s Basketball team.

Earlier this month, CTA was excited to welcome Allen Durham of the Philippine’s Meralco Bolts professional basketball team to their campus. Allen was named MVP of the PBL (Phillipines Professional Basketball League) in 2016 and 2017. Allen spoke with the high school students about his career and how self-discipline, respect, and humility helped lead him to success.

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Chargers Up Their Game In 2018

chargers basketball: Front (L to R): Tony Buchanan, Avery Bishop, Casen Armstrong, Jordan Brown, Ivan Winters, Landon Winters. Back (L to R): Assistant Coach Kyle Knarr, Tobius Potter, Luke Hubbard, James Hofstra, Dawson Armstrong, Charles Wortz, John Wortz, Collin Bishop, Head Coach Todd Bowmar

Lady Chargers: Front (L to R): Haven Nguyen, Hannah Hofstra Middle (L to R): Gam Puttakerd, Elizabeth Jahns, Ruby Tompkins Back (L to R): Head Coach Lisa Perry, Tori Wierda, Brin Calkins, Autumn Watson, Faith Watson, Molly Wortz, Assistant Coach Kyle Knarr

The Chargers have entered 2018 on a tear, winning all eight games they have played, including a nail-biter against Big Rapids Home School. The Chargers are paced on offense by Seniors James Hofstra and Dawson Armstrong, while Junior Charles Wortz commands the defense from the middle. Sophomores Luke Hubbard and Collin Bishop have provided the team with a balanced scoring attack. With five regular season games left, the Chargers are in a great position to finish the season off strong with a strong showing in a post-season tournament in Lansing the weekend of March 3rd.

With two weeks left in the regular season, the Lady Chargers have come a long way. They had a big win over the Big Rapids Homeschool team. The girls have been working hard on finishing shots and have increased their team shooting percentage. The Lady Chargers have also caused a lot of turnovers for opponents on a scrappy defense. As the season draws to a close, seniors Autumn Watson and Haven Nguyen look to finish strong. Both seniors have contributed a great deal to the team and will be missed next year. The Lady Chargers hope to add a few more wins to their record in these last two weeks of the season and finish strong.

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Incoming freshmen orientation

 

The class of 2022 will step into the world of high school and experience freshmen orientation next Thursday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m., at Cedar Springs High School.

Incoming Freshmen Orientation is the only corporate opportunity for students and their parents to learn about the Michigan Merit Curriculum and receive the CSHS Course Curriculum Guide, walk through the PowerSchool enrollment process, and get general questions about high school answered. 

This meeting is designed to provide parents with information they will need to ensure their child’s success in high school and beyond. 

Highlights include:

  • Review Graduation Requirements 
  • Gain an understanding of course offerings/sequence/credit requirements 
  • Develop a 4-Year Course Plan 
  • Outline PowerSchool Enrollment Process 
  • Discuss World Language Requirement 
  • Advanced Placement Course Information 
  • Dual Enrollment Requirements 
  • Tech 21 Academy Opportunity 
  • Kent Career Technical Center (KCTC) & Kent Transition Center (KTC) 
  • College Board Information 
  • Highlight Athletic Requirements and Sports offered 
  • Identify Student Organizations and Clubs 

The event will take place in the Cedar Springs High School auditorium, 204 E. Muskegon, at 7 p.m.

Questions? Call 616-696-1200 or email: rebecca.kooi@csredhawks.org (Student Last Name A-K) orshelley.pero@csredhawks.org (Student Last Name L-Z). 

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Elementary Students Entertained at the Winter Concert

Kindergarten and 1st grade students dressed in a snow theme for the performance.

The Elementary concert was titled The Big Chill (Hoping For A Snow Day) , which depicted the kindergarten and first grade students as “snowmen” and “snowflakes”; the second and third grade students as “students”; and the fourth and fifth grade students as “teachers.” The concert storyline, as directed by CTA’s music teacher, Mr. Jeremy Holtrop, included students posing as CTA teachers/administrators. Through twelve songs, memorized lines, and great costuming, the performance showed how students and teachers are more alike than different when it comes to wanting snow days and what they do on their days off.

Several kindergarten, first, and second grade students had the opportunity to play Boomwhackers during one of the songs. Boomwhackers are tuned percussion tubes that are lightweight, hollow, color-coded, plastic tubes, tuned to musical pitches by length. Second through fifth grade students featured soloists, and they even threw paper snowballs at one point during the concert for an added visual effect.

The 4th and 5th grade students incorporate many motions and hand movements into their songs.

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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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