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Upcoming Dates

 

January 12:  Board of Ed Meeting

January 16:Student Early Release

January 16:End of 1st Semester for Grades 6-12

January 26:Board of Ed Meeting

January 30:Student Early Release

School Closings and Delays:

Occasionally, adverse weather conditions or other emergency situations may make it necessary to cancel school, delay the start of school, send students home early or run buses on main/paved roads only.   When these situations occur, notice will be communicated to WOOD TV 8, WXMI TV 17, and WZZM TV 13 through the Grand Rapids Area Information Line (GRAIL) to all subscribing area media. GRAIL stations include:

RADIO – AM:  WGVU 1480, WJNZ 1140, WNWZ 1410, WOOD 1300, WTKG 1230. FM:  WGRD 97.9, WGVU 88.5, WJQK 99.3, WKLQ 94.5, WLAV 96.9, WLHT 95.7, WODJ 107.3, WOOD 105.7 FM, WSNX 104.5, WTRV 100.5, WVTI 96.1

TELEVISION -WOOD TV 8, WXMI TV 17, WZZM TV 13

Individuals can also call our automated phone system at (616) 696-1204, (press option 1) for cancellation and delay updates.

When school evening activities are canceled, this cancellation also includes all clubs, organizations and extra-curricular events held on campus and scheduled for that evening.

In the event of a 2-hour delay, students will be picked up by the bus approximately 2 hours later than their routine pick-up time. Morning Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) and morning preschool classes will be cancelled.

Campus Kids will be open on days that school is closed and / or delayed unless otherwise noted in school closing announcements.

Buses will not transport students to Kent Career and Technical Center for 1st session when a school delay or cancellation is issued. Students will be given a weather-related absence at KC/TC when we are officially not transporting them. Students who choose to drive personal vehicles to KC/TC on school delays or cancellations assume responsibility for their decision.

If you have any questions, please contact the District Office at 616-696-1204.

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INDOOR WALKING AT RED HAWK ELEMENTARY – Now through April 2, 2015

 

The cold air is settling in, but you don’t have to give up your workout.  Cedar Springs Public Schools supports your effort to stay healthy this season.

Red Hawk Elementary will open their doors to all community members who would like to walk the halls from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday when school is in session.  If Cedar Springs Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather, holiday or no school scheduled, walking is canceled that day.

Scheduled days closed…

●  Mid-Winter Break, February 18 & 19

●  Parent Teacher Conferences, March 23 & 25

●  Thursday, March 28

For inclement weather school closings, please stay tuned to your local TV Station listings.

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Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Athletes of the Month

Schut, Cartwright and Sipka, are named Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Student Athletes for November. 

Emma Schut

Emma Schut

Junior Emma Schut was named the January Student Athlete of the Month for Bowling. Emma is a stand out member of the Varsity bowling squad; she was named OK Bronze All Conference Honorable Mention, in the 2013/2014 season. The team is in the midst of a very successful season including finishing 1st place at the Allendale tournament, and a 2nd place at West Catholic. Emma excels in the classroom with an3.923 GPA, which is impressive givent he fact she also participates in Marching Band, Tennis, FFA, and is a active member in her church Youth Group.

Coaches comment that “Emma is having a good season, and is showing improvement and is eager to learn, and try new things. She has excellent sportsmanship and is a 3 years member of the bowling team”.

Emma is the daughter of Chris and Joel Schut.

 

Jacob Cartwright

Jacob Cartwright

Junior Jacob Cartwright was named the January Student Athlete of the month for Bowling.  Jacob is one of the anchors for the Red hawk varsity bowling team. He has received honors including All Conference as a sophomore last year and also was a member of the Boys State Team. Jacob and his team are having a solid year including finishing 2nd at the Allendale tournament and being named to the All-Tournament team, and bowling a tournament high game of 280 in the preconference tournament. Jacob is an honor student with a 4.016 GPA; he is also a member of NHS

Coach Austin comments “Jacob is one of our toughest bowlers. He seems to do his best under pressure. Jacob is a great teammate and competitor and shows great sportsmanship. Jacob represents Red hawk bowling with his great work ethic on and off the lanes.”

Jacob is the son of Odell and Crystal Morales.

 

Brandon Sipka

Brandon Sipka

Senior Brandon Sipka was named the January Student Athlete of the Month for Ice Hockey.  Brandon a two sport athlete is the team captain on the co-op Ice Hockey with West Catholic, and leading scorer this season. He has tallied and impressive 14 points in 8 games thus far including 8 goals and 6 assists. Brandon has a 3.724 GPA and volunteers as a Youth Hockey Camp Counselor. Brandon also run track for the Red hawks which he competes in 4 events.

Coach Maas states “Brandon is definitely a leader on the team. He is a highly skilled forward with a quick release shot and, he also has great hockey awareness. We are looking for big things from Brandon in the second half of the season!”

Brandon is the son of Ed and Diane Sipka.

 

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Open Enrollment

Creative Technologies Academy

350 Pine Street | Cedar Springs, MI  49319

Open Enrollment Period for the 2015-16 School Year

January 15, 2015 – February 15, 2015

You may register students for grades K-12 by calling Mrs. Atkins or Mr. Oldebekking at (616) 696-4905

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Boys Basketball Preview

 

Chargers Look to Flip the Script in 14-15

The Creative Technologies Academy boys basketball team had a few highlight moments during last year’s basketball campaign, but unfortunately were unable to come up with any victories. This year, the players and coaches are confident that a young Chargers team can turn it around.

Led by second year head coach Scott Bultman, the Chargers have gained a year of experience playing with each other, and are looking for quite a few victories on the scoreboard this season. Senior and team co-captain Preston Hawkins likes what he has seen in his team this preseason. “I believe our team is a lot better than last year” Said Hawkins. “We are much deeper than we were. I expect us to win at least half of our games this season.”

Joining Hawkins as the only other upperclassmen on the Charger roster is the other co-captain, senior Hunter George, senior Logan Ogden, and junior Nate Marble. Although young, the Chargers have many younger players who earned valuable experience from playing on the team last year. CTA has two very athletic wings who are poised for great things this year in sophomore Brandon Beck and freshman Dawson Armstrong. Armstrong sees a couple of keys for his team to have a successful season. “In practice we are doing a much better job of minimizing turnovers and we are being much more patient offensively, which will help us during the season.”

A couple of other returning players who are expected to see a lot of minutes this year are freshman James Hofstra, and sophomores Logan Colter and Bailey Hawkins. Hofstra will be stepping into the starting point guard role this season. “It is very important that we are unselfish as a team this season” said Hofstra. “We have been working a lot on our team chemistry, and are moving the ball very well.”

Sophomore Tim DeVries, who is in his first year at Creative Technologies Academy, likes what he has seen in the team so far. “There is a lot more talent here than where I had played before. We work very hard defensively, and coach Bultman makes sure we are very well conditioned.”

Rounding up the roster for the Chargers are sophomores Jackson Bowers and Jared Bouma, eighth grader Charles Wortz, and seventh graders Luke Hubbard and Collin Bishop.

The Chargers have a 16 game schedule this season, and begin the season Tuesday, December 16, at the West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science. Best of luck this season to Coach Bultman and the Chargers of Creative Technologies Academy.

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Lady Chargers Excited for new start in 2014-15

 

In a season full of new faces, the Creative Technologies Academy Lady Chargers basketball team is prepared to take the court and get back to business.  Led by first year head coaches Gerry Verwey and Danielle Davies, the Chargers will look much different from a year ago. Gone are five seniors and one foreign exchange student, but a few familiar faces still remain.

The CTA Lady Chargers are led this year by their two senior co-captains Olivia Wortz and Hannah Hubbard. Both have been four year varsity players, and have improved both their basketball and their leadership skills in the offseason.

“This year, we expect to be great defensively,” said Hubbard. “We are very active with our hands and feet, and we are much better in terms of defensive communication this year.”

Joining Wortz and Hubbard as returning players are Juniors Kaleigh Keech, Aubrey Slocum, and Annalise VanEnk, as well as Sophomores Holly Fahling and Vicky Hanes.

With only seven high school players on the team, Coach Verwey has had to look down to the middle school to fill out the rest of his roster. Eigth grader Brin Calkins, a returner from last year, is out for at least six weeks with a broken wrist. Fellow eigth grader Hayley Miller is in her first year of competitive basketball, and is joined by seventh graders Hannah Hofstra, Faith Watson, Annie Rabideau, and Taylor Stong.

“We have a great team full of hard workers” said VanEnk. “Our biggest focus right now is our team chemistry. With so many new players, we have a lot of work to do, and I think we have been doing a great job so far.”

The Lady Chargers begin their season Tuesday, December 16, at the West Michigan School of Environmental Science. Let another great season of Lady Charger basketball begin.

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CTA Calendar

December 19 Last day before Winter Break

December 22-Jan. 2 Winter Break

 

January 5 Classes resume

January 13-15 Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences

January 16 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm

6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm

January 30 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm

6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm

 

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K-5 News

 

Grinchly CTA Elementary 

This month, the elementary building has focused on being kind. Every Monday we meet together in the elementary building and celebrate our efforts from the week before; also, we spend time looking toward what we can do to be kind in the week ahead. As a building, we celebrate those students that have shown kindness toward their peers or staff members. Mr. David Oldebekking, our Dean of Students, leads the elementary with hoots and hollers to make every student a “Charger,” and then we exit our meetings with a chant of “WE ARE CHARGERS!”

Our two newest teachers, Miss Kristi Norman and Mrs. Kayla Campbell, have gone above and beyond the elementary weekly celebrations and have started celebrating their students who have displayed kind acts on a daily basis. They have taken the story How the Grinch Stole Christmas written by Dr. Seuss and brought it into their classrooms. The character of the Grinch in the story started-off being a “grinch” towards Christmas, but in the end he learns that the true meaning of Christmas is celebrating love and kindness. Our newest additions have been on the lookout for finding those same traits within their students. Mrs. Campbell mentioned one of her third graders, Morgan, because she has shown the most kindness within her classroom. Miss Norman said that her student, Alex, has shown the class a lot of kindness in the form of “Grinchly” actions.

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Fire Prevention Month

October was Fire Prevention Month. Algoma Township Fire Department stopped by Beach Elementary to talk about Fire Prevention and encouraged the kids to talk with their families to make a plan in case of emergency.

 

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Fine Arts Holiday Concerts

12/4 Middle School Band Concert  – High School Auditorium 7:30pm

12/9 6-8th Grade Choir Concert  – High School Auditorium 7:00pm

12/11 High School Band & Choir Concert – High School Auditorium 7:30pm

12/13 Cedar View Chorus – Kent Theatre Community Holiday Concert  3:00pm

 

 

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