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Choir Concert is a Tribute to the Class of 2019


The Harmonic Chargers

CTA’s final choir concert of the year was a tribute to seniors. On Thurs., May 9, the CTA choir program put on their final choir concert of the year. This concert featured our middle school choir, Harmonic Chargers, our high school a cappella group, Voices of Lightning, and our bigger high school mixed group, Charger Voices. Each group performed three to six songs. Audience favorites included “Bora Maisha,” a fun middle school piece that featured a student on the bongos, “Seasons of Love” performed by Voices of Lightning, a big group number, “River in Judea” and a combined piece with both the middle and high school choirs called, “Stand Together”. Another big highlight of this concert was some special senior performances. Senior Tobius Potter performed the solo, “Der Mond” by Felix Mendelssohn. Tobius recently performed this at State Solo & Ensemble and received a one rating. The seniors also selected, “7 Years” as their senior song. They got to sing the melody on it while the rest of the choir members sang back up vocals. Overall, it was a fitting end to their CTA choir career.

The Charger Voices perform their class song with the seniors featured on the melody.


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Dads and Daughters 80’s Skate Night

Dads and daughters rocked to 80’s music, did the limbo, and kicked their skates off for some dance time.

The annual daddy daughter event hosted by the Creative Technology Academy Parent Association was a great night for young girls and their fathers to spend a special evening together. The event took on a new look this year as the fathers and daughters took to the floor with roller skates. Girls and their fathers came dressed up in 80’s rockstar attire.

They arrived at Skate Estate in Howard city to be ushered down a “red carpet” aisle to get their pictures taken. Then, the girls were given backstage passes and sent to get their skates.

The evening was filled with food, fun, dancing, and laughter as the guests took the floor to skate, dance, and play games. It was a night to remember.


Basketball Wraps Up and Soccer Kicks Off

The 2018-2019 basketball seasons came to a close with many highlights for CTA. The Lady Chargers ended their season with a record of 7-9 and third in the Great Lakes 6 Conference. Junior Faith Watson was selected as First Team All-Conference. Senior Brin Calkins and Junior Hannah Hofstra were selected as Second Team All-Conference. On the boys’ side, the middle school team finished 6-5 in their first season. The Varsity team finished 15-3, including an undefeated conference schedule. As conference champions, Senior Charles Wortz, Junior Collin Bishop, and Junior Luke Hubbard were named as First Team All-Conference. Freshman Ivan Winters was named as Second Team All-Conference.

The Lady Chargers soccer has started its conditioning sessions in anticipation for its upcoming inaugural season. The Lady Chargers soccer team will open up play after spring break, on April 9, at Barry County Christian, and the first home game on April 11 vs. West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science.


Elementary Showcase Night Partners Parents and Teachers

Parents gathered in different workshops during the showcase, which allowed them to learn a few best practices aligned with the curriculum and to assist their children with homework.

On March 12, we provided a workshop-style event for our elementary curriculum night. Our hope was to connect with families and to provide insight on the different strategies of teaching and learning of their child’s classroom experiences at CTA.

We provided three 20-minutes sessions on the following topics:

Student Talk: Academically, student talk is proven to increase critical thinking, problem solving, and student ownership of their learning. We demonstrated how we provided this practice in K-5 classrooms and ways to practice at home!

Close Reading:  We learned about the K-12 reading strategy that we teach all students for digging deeper into all types of text,

Foundations of Early Literacy: We demonstrated how the K-3 Fundations program looks like in the classroom and provided take-home resources and strategies.

Word Study:  We shared the  why  and  how  behind a new approach to reading and spelling.

Music:  We learned a variety of songs from around the world and practiced rhythm exercises that can be duplicated at home.

Technology:  We provided resources for our parents to navigate through the instructional program MobyMax.

We were excited to give our families choice, flexibility, and a customized night of partnership. We had a great time learning together and provided some great techniques to make the most of our families’ time with their children at home!


PA Rolls in the Dough with Pie Sales
The Parent Association (PA) recently hosted their spring fundraiser. They chose to do a pie sale through Great Lakes Fundraising Company. All Students in grades K-12 were encouraged to sell pies to raise funds for field trips and other needs for the school.

They sold Michigan Apple and Michigan Cherry pies. After the sale of the pies, the PA rounded-up volunteers to make the pies that were sold. This was a great experience for both kids and adults. The students sold a total of 335 pies. The PA was very proud of the students’ hard work selling, and they are very grateful for the hard work and involvement of everyone who helped make this sale a success!


CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMY SCHOOL CALENDAR

SCHOOL HOURS

Grades K-5: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Grades 6-12: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

March 22 Early Release Day | School Bank

25 PA Meeting

26 Students vs. Staff Basketball Game 

28 Early Release Day | Popcorn Day

29 No School – Spring Break Begins

April 1-5 Spring Break

9 Jostens Cap & Gown and Ring Delivery 12 Early Release Day

12-13 Charger Voices Field Trip to Gaylord

16 PA Meeting

19 School Bank

26 Early Release Day | Popcorn Day | Prom

*Early Release Dismissal Schedule

● K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

● 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

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Rotary Club honors 5th grade essay winners


Students, parents, teachers, and principals involved in the Rotary 4-way test essay contest. Courtesy photo.

Students, parents, teachers, and principals involved in the Rotary 4-way test essay contest. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs Rotary recently handed out the awards for their annual Rotary 4-way test contest. They invited students from Cedar View, Creative Technology Academy, and Algoma Christian to enter, and had nine fifth grade classes participate. All essays were written at school in 200 words or less. Teachers chose the 2 best essays from their class and submitted them to the committee, which included Julie Wheeler, Carolyn Davis and Donna Clark.

“We had 18 diverse and interesting essays to read, evaluate and choose from,” explained Clark. “We looked at grammar, writing mechanics, spelling, presentation and the story line. We looked for a clear outcome, such as the lesson learned or character revealed.”

The first-place winner this year was Greta Isabella DeBack, in Mr. Moleski’s class. She wrote her essay entitled “Truth or Mr. Gregory Setting a Good Example.” It showed how a great teacher impacted her life. Rotary awarded her $50.

MayLynne Hath, of Mrs. Johnson’s class, came in a close second. She wrote about what the “Habits of Mind” are as taught at Cedar View, what they are not and how they can guide each of us to be a good person. She was awarded $25.

The third-place winner was Gwen Forster, of Mrs. Cairy’s class. She found that personal loss could build a sense of community when shared with a friend. She was awarded $15.

Jacob Borden, of Mrs. Norman’s class at CTA, was the fourth-place winner. He wrote his essay entitled “How My Grandma Inspires Me” about his grandmother impacted his life. He was awarded $10.

Clark thanked the teachers for their inspiration and guidance of students, and their parents for the foundation of success they’ve laid at home.

The 4 Way Test was adopted by Rotary in 1943 and has been translated into more than 100 languages and published in thousands of ways. The message is known and followed by all Rotarians. “Of the things we think, say or do: 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

The Cedar Springs Rotary holds the four-way test essay contest each year for fifth grade students, and tries to live by that four-way test. “We as Rotarians are aware of the example we set as individuals and as a Club in our community,” said Rotary President Carolyn Davis. “As community leaders and partners, we are mindful of what we think, say and do.”

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CTA cross country makes strides


The Creative Technology Academy cross country team competed in two challenging meets this past week. On Saturday, August 29, the team traveled up to Benzie Central High School to participate in the “Eldon Moss Cross Country Invitational” and on Wednesday, September 2, the Kent City Coed 10k Relay Invite.

SCTAcrosscountry1“This was an intense week of cross country for the team,” said Coach Gerry Verwey.  “Saturday’s meet featured 17 schools, many of whom were state championship contenders.  Wednesday’s meet pitted us against six other schools much larger than our own, including some division one competition.”

At the Benzie Central Invitational, freshman Grace VanEnk broke the girl’s school record in a time of 23:57, only to have senior Erin Willis break that mark, the following Wednesday, at Kent City with a time of 23:48. The Charger girls team features a dynamic top three with VanEnk, Willis, and twin Ashton Willis, that any new program would dream to have. Along with freshman Esther Hubbard and senior Cassie Dille, the Lady Chargers are looking to really turn some heads this season. “The girls have really come together as a team after the Benzie meet and have set their sights on some big teams and big goals,” added Coach Verwey.

-S-CTAThe girls finished 9th at the Benzie Invite with 224 points, one point behind Lake City.

The boy’s squad also found success at Benzie. All seven of the runners ran new personal best times, with the top four all within 13 seconds of each other. They placed 10th out of 18 teams competing. The boys were lead by strong performances from junior Kyle Biddlecome and senior CJ Bouck.  “Kyle and CJ are looking the strongest I’ve ever seen them, noted Verwey. “They are definitely showing that they will not back down during a race.”

CTA’s upcoming competitions include the Big Red Invite at Muskegon on September 12 and a meet at Tri County on September 15.

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Solid start to season for CTA cross-country


S-CTA-XC-CJandJeremiahThe “Chargers” from Creative Technologies Academy kicked off their second season of cross-country Tuesday. Kent City hosted CTA, Tri County, Central Montcalm, and Covenant Christian for an early season 5K battle. CTA’s first ever girl’s squad began the meet with an impressive performance. Freshman Grace VanEnk and senior Erin Willis led the way for the Chargers, posting times of 25:28 and 25:32, respectively. Rounding out the top five were senior Ashton Willis, freshman Esther Hubbard, and senior Cassie Dille.

“Having four of the five girls competing in their first ever race made for an exciting and emotional day,” said Coach Gerry Verwey. “We are happy with the progress the girls are making.”

S-CTA-XC-EstherMikaylaGraceOn the boy’s side, freshman Andre Winters was the first CTA representative to cross the line in 17th place. Freshman Jeremiah Wortz, senior CJ Bouck, sophomore Steve VanEnk, and freshman Jeff Spicer rounded out the top five.  Senior Kote Obetts earned high praise from the crowds with a well earned personal best performance as well.  “Our boy’s team is very young,” said Coach Verwey. “We’re already seeing times faster than last year, and I expect all of our boys to set new personal marks this season.”

The CTA cross-country team will compete again on Saturday, August 29 at the Benzie Central Invitational. They returned to competition at Long Lake Park on Wednesday, September 2 for the Kent City Coed Invite.

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