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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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CTA SCHOOL CALENDAR


December

21 PA Meeting 6 p.m.

21 Basketball Game vs. Hornets Homeschool

22 Early Release Day (Students and Staff)

22 Popcorn Day

25 Winter Break Begins

January

4 Girls Basketball Game vs. Calhoun Christian @DeltaPlex – 2:00 p.m.

5 Girls Basketball Game vs. West Michigan Lutheran – 6:00 p.m.

8 School Resumes

9 Girls Basketball Game @Wellspring Prep

9 Boys Basketball Game @Pineview – 6:00 p.m.

12 Early Release Day

12 Basketball Game vs. West Michigan Lutheran @ CS Middle School – 5:30 p.m.

16 Boys Basketball Game vs. Flat River Academy – 5:30 p.m.

17 Basketball Game vs. Black River Public School – 5:30 p.m.

19 End of 1st Semester

19 Basketball Game vs. Algoma Christian School – 5:30 p.m.

26 Early Release Day

* Early Release Dismissal Schedule

•K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

•6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

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Transforming The World With Feats of Strength


The Conquerors: 5th Grade students Cameron Haan and Sage Sidlauskas had a photo op with Yago, one of the Conquerors who performed during the assembly.

This past month CTA had special guests, The Conquerors, share their message with our elementary, middle and high school students! Their feats of strength combined with their message of “Be A Positive Influence In Our World” made for an amazing assembly!

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CTA 2017-18 Basketball Game Schedule


 

Varsity Girls Games at 5:30 p.m.

Varsity Boys Games at 7:00 p.m.

*Unless otherwise noted in schedule below

12/5 vs. Algoma Christian School @ TBD

12/8 vs. Wellspring Prep @Grace Bible College

12/15 @ West Michigan Aviation Academy

12/19 @ West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

12/21 @ Hornets Home School – TBD

1/04 vs. Calhoun Christian @DeltaPlex (girls only – 2:00pm)

1/05 @ West Michigan Lutheran (girls only – 6:00pm)

1/09 @ Wellspring Prep – (girls)  @ Pineview – (boys) *6:00pm

1/12 vs. West Michigan Lutheran @ Cedar Springs Middle School

1/16 @ Flat River Academy (boys) • OPEN girls

1/17 @ Black River Public School

1/19 @ Algoma Christian School

1/23 vs. Big Rapids Home School @ TBD

1/26 vs. West Michigan Lutheran @ St. Mark Lutheran (5:30pm boys, 7:00pm girls)

1/30 @ Flat River Academy (boys) •  OPEN girls

2/2 @ Pineview – (boys) – *6:00pm •  OPEN for girls

2/5 @ Calvary

2/9 OPEN

2/13 vs. Black River Public School @TBD (Senior Night)

2/15 @ West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

2/21 OPEN

2/23 @ West Michigan Aviation Academy

 

CTA 2017-18 Basketball Rosters

Boys Basketball

Dawson Armstrong

James Hofstra

Tobius Potter

Charles Wortz

Collin Bishop

Luke Hubbard

Casen Armstrong

Tony Buchanan

John Wortz

Jordan Brown

Ivan Winters

Avery Bishop

Landon Winters

Head Coach: Todd Bowmar

Girls Basketball

Autumn Watson

Haven Nguyen

Brin Calkins

Elizabeth Jahns

Hannah Hofstra

Gam Puttakerd

Faith Watson

Cameron Medwayosh

Ruby Tompkins

Tori Wierda

Molly Wortz

Head Coach: Lisa Perry

Manager: Sierra Medwayosh

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CTA welcomes new Secondary Special Education Teacher


 

Ted Cusack

Mr. Ted Cusack began at CTA on Monday, October 16 as the resource teacher for grades 7-12.

Mr. Cusack holds a B.A. and teaching certification from Aquinas College and a Master’s degree from Marygrove College. He has 13 years of teaching experience and will be a valuable asset to our SPED staff.

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XC Team pushes the limits


Front (L to R): Austin Fisk, Dawson Ingersoll, Jordan Brown, James Hofstra, Collin Bishop, Les Miner, Molly Wortz, Hannah Nickelsen. Back (L to R): Assistant Coach Ben Fredrickson, Ethan Slock, Kevin Miner, Faith Watson, Hannah Hofstra, Autumn Watson, Casen Armstrong, Brin Calkins, Head Coach Todd Bowmar.

The CTA cross country season is drawing to an eventful conclusion. With two races remaining, 12 of 15 runners have achieved lifetime Person Records including Autumn Watson and Hannah Nickelsen who have taken nearly 10 minutes and 5 minutes off their times respectively. As the Chargers move into championship season, they are primed with early successes. Les Miner was runner up in the conference championship race while seven runners medaled, just two days after conferences at the Montabella Mustang Invite. Faith Watson, Hannah Hofstra and Brin Calkins led the Girl’s HS team to a 3rd place finish while Les Miner, Collin Bishop and James Hofstra paced the Boy’s HS team to a solid team finish. Jordan Brown also medaled in the MS race. The Chargers will look for even better Career Personal Records on Sat. Oct. 21st and Sat. Oct. 28th at the Class D and Independent State Championships.

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CTA Character Education


The fifth grade class presents their character traits they will focus on for the school year.

September Character Trait is RESPECT each month, CTA focuses on a character trait that we discuss, learn, collaborate and implement into our lives at school, home and our community. Our administration meets with our high school students twice a month and meets weekly with our elementary and middle school students to focus on this character trait. Our teachers at CTA spend time each day implementing this character trait into their instruction.

First grade students Frank Rose, Brody Norman and Gwen Middlebrook share their character traits they will try to implement into their personal and school lives throughout the year.

Character Day 2017

On September 13, 2017 CTA participated in the fourth annual Character Day. CTA was part of this global movement of over 130,000 events happening in over 119 countries. Events took place from K-12 school districts, to universities such as UC Berkeley, Harvard, to the U.S. Air Force to companies, to individual families across the country and world. Here at CTA, we engaged in conversation about the importance of developing character and each student chose a character trait as their goal for the 2017-18 school year.

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Charger Kid’s Club


 

CTA’s Kid’s Club is back! The program runs Monday-Friday from 3-6:00 p.m. (1-6:00 p.m. on early release days) for students in grades K-5 and is administered by Sherry Fisk. Students will spend time making crafts, doing homework, working on team-building skills, playing games and participating in outdoor activities. Miss Sherry is married to Dan Fisk and mom to Nathaniel and Ethan Fisk in 7th and 4th grades at CTA. She has been active periodically in both the PTO and the CTA Creates program during the past three years and now serves as the PTO president.

She has also been an active member of the traffic safety program at CTA during the past year.

Sherry was a classroom parapro at their previous school. She is excited about being at CTA and working with the students. Contact Student Services at 616-696-4905 if you are interested in enrolling your child in Charger Kid’s Club.

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