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CTA 5th Grader Wins National Award

 

CTA-Calvin-Caulkins-National-Award-WinnerThe Read Naturally program, a research based literacy development program selects one student in the nation each month as its Star of the Month. The Read Naturally Star of the Month program is designed to celebrate students who work hard to improve their reading skills. Each month, they select one student to feature in their newsletter. The selected student wins a $20 Barnes & Noble gift card, and the school or teacher who nominated the student will receive a $200 gift certificate for Read Naturally materials.

Read Naturally released this statement recently:

“Congratulations to Star Student Calvin Caulkins from Cedar Springs, MI! Calvin is a fifth-grade student at Creative Technologies Academy. Calvin’s teacher, Sarah Classen, had this to say about him:

Calvin came to me at the beginning of last school year. Calvin has a hearing impairment that was undetected until 3rd grade. Due to this, he missed much of his reading phonics instruction.

When he first started working with me, Calvin was not able to read. He wanted to be able to show me that he could do these things, but he truly did not know how to do them.

Calvin has been nothing short of a hard worker for me from day one. He comes into the Reading Lab every day and gets right to work on his stories. Since last year he moved up from one and a half levels! He always has a positive attitude and even though some sounds are hard for him to hear, he strives extra hard to make those sounds in all the words he is now reading. He no longer struggles with writing and reading like he did before. He sounds unfamiliar words out and smiles a lot more these days! His confidence has grown a great deal and he has even taken on a Kindergarten reading buddy, once a fear of his, this past month. He is a bright spot in my day and I am super impressed at all the progress he is making!”

 

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Celebration Assembly

Creative Technologies Academy held a Celebration Assembly on Wednesday, April 3rd to celebrate some awesome accomplishments and share some great news.  As the elementary reading madness challenge came to an end, the students had much to be proud of.  The winner of the contest was the 6th grade with an astounding 19,039 minutes read this month. Through the month of March the total amount of minutes read by the students in kindergarten through 7th grade was 90,791 minutes!  The students were given some awesome stats about their reading as well.  Their reading totaled up to 1,513 hours in the month of March, or 63 total days, or 8 hours of reading per student for the month.

Here are just a few of the amazing things that are happening around campus.  First grade students Addyson Moeggenberg and Aubrey Smith and second graders  Timiah DenBoer, Kaden Winters, William May and Alivia Taylor were honored for their progress in their rocket math program.  The third graders were celebrated for working hard to meet their personal math goals and reading goals.  The fourth grade class was honored for receiving their 200th positive behavior point. The fifth graders will be heading up a kindness project where they will be supporting the group “Sole Hope”.  This organization makes shoes out of jeans and sends them over to help the people of Uganda.  They will be collecting pop cans, jeans, plastics, and other much needed items to help with this amazing cause.  The sixth grade class was celebrated for their hard work they have put into running the school bank in its inaugural year.  Several middle school students were honored for being caught exemplifying great character.  The freshman English class was celebrated for their willingness to cooperate and their hard work over the last few months.  Ms. Hill specifically gave a shout out to “Thomas McKinney, who volunteers to read for us on a daily basis.” Some students from Miss Chilcote’s Current Events class have been participating in the 2014 UNICEF “Tap Project”.  Students gave up their cell phones for a designated amount of time to help provide clean water and adequate sanitation to children around the world.  Several high school students were celebrated for their hard work in class, looking out for someone in school, being caught doing something awesome and also doing random acts of kindness.  Dean of Students, Mr. Oldebekking closed the assembly by saying “Many times students don’t even know they were being caught doing an act of kindness, but their great actions are what make our school an amazing place.”

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Teacher of the Week

Congratulations to CTA Kindergarten teacher, 

Lauren Bostic!

Fox TV 17 Teacher of the Week, April 4!

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CTA Calendar

 

 

April

22-24 Student Led Conferences with Parents and Teachers (required of all students and parents)

24 Daddy/Daughter Dance (grades K-6)

26 CTA Walkathon Fundraiser

28 Family Night – 4:30 pm • Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting – 6 pm

30 National Honor Society Induction

 

May

1 Mobile Dentist

2 CTA will hold regular school hours (Make up day for all CTA Students and Staff)

2 Prom @ Boulder Creek

17 Gallery Night and Open House – 3-6 pm

21 Last school day for seniors

22 Senior Trip

22 Mother/Son Movie Night

23-26 No School for Students and Staff – Memorial Recess

30 Graduation – 7 pm @ Cedar Springs High School (Note Date Change)

 

June

9 CTA will hold regular school hours (Make up day for all CTA Students and Staff)

10 CTA will hold regular school hours (Make up day for all CTA Students and Staff)

11 FlexTrac will hold regular school hours (Make up day)

 

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CTA Snow Make Up Days

 

Please be informed that these days will be scheduled to make up snow days as required by current state law:

 

May 2, 2014: FlexTrac and traditional day school (all CTA students) will hold regular hours

 

June 9 and June 10: FlexTrac and traditional day school (all CTA students) will hold regular hours

 

June 11: FlexTrac only will hold regular hours

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“Campus Kids Explore”

Campus Kids, the Before and After School Program, explored their senses on a recent snow day with many fun, ooey, gooey activities!!!  Sensory tubs were set up so we could have a lot of messy fun!!  We made tie-dye pictures with shaving cream and liquid watercolor paints and then played in the shaving cream, made ooblick out of cornstarch and water, and had a great time in the clean mud made out of Ivory Soap!!  The fantastic afternoon was enjoyed by everyone.  We can’t wait to do it again!

We are also doing “Random Acts of Kindness” throughout the month!  We have had discussions about helping others and about being nice at home and at school.  When a child does an “act of kindness”, they write it on a plastic flower and add it to our “Garden of Kindness” on the wall.  Our Garden grows everyday with many kind acts!

One of the many after school activities is called “Everyone Reads”.  In this program, an older child from Beach or Cedar View is paired up with a child from Cedar Trails, and they read books together.  The older children encourage the younger children to read out loud, and they help them with the words.  It has been great to see the interactions!

Summer is (hopefully!) right around the corner, and Campus Kids will be hosting a Summer Camp for all who are interested.  We will be doing lots of fun, creative, and educational activities every day of the week.  These may include gardening, sports, music, arts and crafts, tutoring assistance in various subjects, sensory fun, computer use, experiments, a walking/running club, etc.  We also are looking forward to several field trips throughout the summer.

The cost of Summer Camp is $27 a day or $125 a week (for 5 days).  There is a $10 a day discount for the second child if attending 4 to 5 days a week.  Campus Kids Summer Camp will be closed June 30 through July 4.  If you are interested in signing your child up for Summer Camp, please call Teresea Schlump, Child Care Director at (616) 696-1716 for more information.

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March Battle of the Books Madness

by Karen Tackmann, Red Hawk Teaching Coach

 

Are you like many people in the United States, consumed by college basketball, March Madness?  This spring Red Hawk Elementary combined two of our favorite things (sports and reading) to create March Battle of the Books Madness.  Eighteen books getting judge by the biggest fans and the harshest critics of books for kids – 6th grade students!  Every morning we anticipate who will win and move on to the next round.  We discuss, vote, cheer, moan, and discuss a little more.

Battle of the Books is an accelerated reading program in which students read 5 – 16 books and come together to discuss and test their knowledge of the books they have read.  The competitions (battles) are similar in style to the TV series, Family Feud.  On May 14, students will be randomly placed in teams of four to compete in eight preliminary rounds of battle with the final battle taking place May 18.  The suspense is mounting and so are the piles of books the 6th grade students are reading!

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Red Hawk Walkers Program Extended

Red Hawk Elementary will continue to open their doors to all community members who would like to walk the halls from 4:00 – 8:00pm, Monday through Thursday when school is in session until May 1, 2014.  Cedar Springs campus will be closed April 4 – April 11.  If Cedar Springs Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather, holiday or no school scheduled, walking is canceled that day.

 

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Protecting Our Investment…Securing Our Future

2014 Summer Construction Update

After the passing of the Sinking Fund in 2012, an advisory committee consisting of parents, staff, and community members worked together to determine a long range plan for facilities and infrastructure of Cedar Springs Public Schools by identifying the needs of the district.

Phase I took place last summer as we added additional parking spaces at the High School and rerouted the Student Pick-Up/Drop-off.  This summer Phase II will begin with the focus on Cedar Trails Elementary Improved Parking and Improved Pick-Up/Drop-Off.

A new staff parking lot will be created between Cedar Trails Elementary and Cedar View Elementary.  By doing this, the Cedar Trails parking lot in front of the building will be dedicated to parents and children.

There will be an improved dropp-off/pick-up area created.  A media island will serve as the main drop-off/pick-up area for parents.

There will be an illustration of the new and improved area on www.csredhawks.org once available.

Construction will begin in June after school has been dismissed for the summer.  The Cedar Trails Elementary building will not be accessible until the construction is complete.  The Campus Kids summer care program will be relocated to Beach Elementary.

The Approved Sinking Fund is the means by which the District can protect the community’s investment used by our students, staff, parents, and community.  We appreciate your support!

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Cedar Springs District Office at 616-696-1204.

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Reading Month at Cedar View

 

Cedar View students are enjoying an exciting and crazy schedule of reading activities throughout the month of March!  Students are creating quite the reading buzz around the building.  Candid conversations are occurring everywhere focused on who we are as readers, what it is we like to read, and how we might persuade someone else to read one of our favorite books!

As you walk through the halls, you’ll quickly notice favorite book covers plastered on lockers while other days you may see a classroom engaged in “Camp-Out Day” as they camp themselves in a quality text.  The month culminates with an all day “Read-a-thon” service learning project.  These classrooms are collecting their read-a-thon donations for causes including the Cedar Springs library, St. Jude’s Hospital, and the American Cancer Society.

4th grade teacher Noah Gregory created a school-wide “Book-o-logy Tournament,” similar to the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament.  Daily excitement builds as 32 of our favorite books prepare to face off.  Favorite new chapter books, tried and true classics, as well as well-loved picture books made it into the field.  Students cast their votes each day and are continuously checking the book bracket posted in the library to see which text will advance to the Final Four and ultimately become the Cedar View champion!

Further stretching our reading capabilities, we also have our annual “Battle of the Books” challenge.  Interested students signed up for a 10 week-10 book challenge.  Students will battle it out in a game show like trivia challenge in the days before spring break.  Thanks to a dedicated staff and a community of FANTASTIC readers, we are ENJOYING an exciting month at Cedar View!

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