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Improv Comedy Show


 

Whose Line is it anyway?!?! Come support CTA’s Drama club on Friday, April 22 and Saturday April 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium as they host an improv show. Come ready to laugh and have a good time as CTA drama students make up scenarios based on audience suggestions. You may even get the chance to join us on stage for a game or two! Cost of admission is $1 at the door and the show will be different each night. We would love to see you there!

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CTA Calendar


 

April

15 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

18 & 20 Girls Charging Ahead (3-4:30 p.m.)

19 School Bank (9-10:00 a.m.)

21 PA Meeting in Teachers Lounge at 3:00 p.m.

22-23 Spring High School Drama Production (7- 9:00 p.m.)

25 & 27 Girls Charging Ahead (3-4:30 p.m.)

28 Girl Talk – MS/HS (3-4:00 p.m.)

Girl Scouts Meeting (3:15-4:00 p.m.)

29 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

High School Prom

May

2-6 Teacher Appreciation Week

2 & 3 Girls Charging Ahead (3-4:30 p.m.)

3 NHS Meeting

School Bank (9-10:00 a.m.)

Elementary Spring Music Performance

K-2 at 5:30 p.m. • 3-5 at 6:30 p.m.

5 Girl Talk – MS/HS (3-4:00 p.m.)

6 Students vs. Staff Basketball Game

(4:00 -5:30 p.m.)

9-13 Spirit Week

9-12 Student-Led Conferences and Book Fair

12 Girl Scouts Meeting (3:15-4:00 p.m.)

13 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

Popcorn Day

14 NHS Work Day at CTA

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Girls Scouts at CTA


 

CTA now has a Girl Scouts Troop!! The troop was initiated by the wonderful Mrs. Rose (Spanish and Technology teacher in the high school) as a way to allow her daughter and eleven other kindergarten through second grade girls to enjoy their first experience with Girl Scouts! Kindergarten teacher, Lauren Bostic, joined in to serve as a co-leader and help foster highly desirable character traits into the young ladies at CTA. In Girl Scouts, the girls are learning  COURAGE, CONFIDENCE and CHARACTER, and how to make the world a better place. With biweekly meetings, the girls are learning to be responsible, to use resources wisely, and to respect authority. The troop is also learning to be honest, fair, friendly, and helpful!

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CTA Spelling Bee Winners


 

Runner up, Brenna Jibson (L) and winner Ericka Olson

Runner up, Brenna Jibson (L) and winner Ericka Olson

In January, 17 students in grades fourth through eighth competed in the first annual CTA Spelling Bee! For several weeks prior to the spelling bee, participants practiced, practiced, and practiced lists of spelling words in preparation for the School Bee. These same participants also attended the CTA Chargers Spelling Club led by sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Jenny Bangma and fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Kate Norman; it was here that participants gained strategies for spelling words, remembering letter patterns, and the etiquette for the actual Bee. Lots of hard work was put in by our Charger Spellers over the last few months in preparation for this event!

Our School Bee went five rounds strong, resulting in a Champion and a Runner-up. Our first CTA Spelling Bee Champion was eighth grade student, Ericka Olson; our first ever Runner-up is fifth grade student, Brenna Jibson. The winners will head to the Regional Spelling Bee competition in Kentwood, Michigan on Tues., Feb. 23, 2016. We are so proud and excited for our Chargers!

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Bringing physics to life with computer coding


“Pong” game in progress, which was coded by high school students in their Physics class.

“Pong” game in progress, which was coded by high school students in their Physics class.

Many teachers at CTA, including high school teachers Ms. Davison (math) and Mr. Fredenburg (science), opted to incorporate the Hour of Code into their classes in December.

Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science designed to demystify computer coding and demonstrate that anybody can learn the basics of coding.

Using a program called “Scratch,” seniors Josh Davidson and Keegan Shears designed a pong game and used the Makey Makey hardware to design a controller to play the game in their physics class.

Seniors Keegan Shears (L) and Josh Davidson (R) with their Pong game controller made out of a yard stick and circuits.

Seniors Keegan Shears (L) and Josh Davidson (R) with their Pong game controller made out of a yard stick and circuits.

They tied it into the Circuits and Electronics unit they were studying and where they learned how to interface the game using various circuits and electronics with a wooden yardstick as the base. The project follows the newly adopted next generation science standards in engineering design. Davidson and Shears currently have a working model and have additional phases planned to test and review their prototype to make improvements and redesigns.

Other student projects included a Dance Dance Revolution-type game, Firefly Sparts and a working model airplane. Each project presented its own unique challenges for the students to work through.

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. This provided students with the opportunity to learn computer science, nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity to build a foundation for success in any 21st century career path.

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Coin Wars for Toys for Tots


8th grade students Zoe Lehman, Cameron Almy and Luke Hubbard with one of the filled coin war tubs.

8th grade students Zoe Lehman, Cameron Almy and Luke Hubbard with one of the filled coin war tubs.

CTA elementary and middle school have participated in a coin drive competition for charity for the past four years. Each year they like to mix things up to boost energy towards giving and this year was no different and the high school building joined in to make it a whole-school event. The hallways at CTA during the first two weeks of December were LOUD and JOYOUS! Lots of “We bombed you!” and “Not again!” phrases were heard from teachers and students alike. The entire school community seemed to get into the fun of the event. At the end of the two week period, all coins were counted and the winners of this year’s coin drive were the 8th graders with a grand total of positive $43.49! The class with the lowest amount of “positive” funds were the Kindergarteners with a WHOOPING GRAND TOTAL of negative $58.33. For the Coin War, pennies count as “positive” and silver coins and dollars counted as “negative” to come up each class total. For instance, if a class had 100 pennies and a dollar bill in their class tote, it was a wash and made their total zero, but they still had $2.00 to contribute.

During the coin drive week, CTA also held a Toys for Tots campaign and it was decided that the funds raised through the Coin Wars would be donated to Toys for Tots. Not only did students bring in money for the coin drive competition, they also brought in new toys to be delivered to children for Christmas! When all totals were tabulated, CTA raised almost $700 for the Toys for Tots campaign!

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Friendsgiving Celebrates Friendship and Giving


CTA kindergarten and first grade students shared their Friendsgiving meal.

CTA kindergarten and first grade students shared their Friendsgiving meal.

CTA kindergarten and first grade celebrated Thanksgiving a little differently this year; instead of the traditional gathering and feast, the teachers and students celebrated “Friendsgiving.” On that day, everyone contributed to making Stone Soup and Friendship Bread. Every student brought in a different ingredient. Each delicious ingredient could only be shared by a particular individual; however, when the ingredients were put together, they became a huge pot of delicious soup or a yummy loaf of bread. Friendship is a wonderful combination of individuality and working togetherness. At the end of the day when the meal was prepared, the students and teachers came together once again and celebrated “Friendsgiving” with a friendship banquet, sharing the soup and bread.

CTA kindergarten and first grade students shared their Friendsgiving meal.

CTA kindergarten and first grade students shared their Friendsgiving meal.

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‘Tis the Season to Think of Others


Teacher Laura Chilcote (Left) with high school students and their ornaments for their wish tree.

Teacher Laura Chilcote (Left) with high school students and their ornaments for their wish tree.

All too often we hear the question, “What do you want for Christmas?” This year, CTA students in Ms. Chilcote’s FIT class were asked the following question instead: “If you could make one wish for others this holiday season, what would be your Christmas wish for the world?” Their answers displayed their kindness, which was a recent focus for our Character Trait of the Month, and creativity.

Student Wishes:

Cortney A. (10th grade) “To end bullying everywhere”;

Tatyanna L. (11th grade) “That people would have more Christmas Spirit”;

Ryan F. (12th grade) “For people to be happy”;

Bryanna R. (10th grade) “For the world to be stress-free & happy”;

Brin C. (9th grade) “For people to have enough food”.

A few ornaments the High School students made of their wishes for the world.

A few ornaments the High School students made of their wishes for the world.

School-wide, students have been making an effort to make some of these wishes come true through participating in Toys for Tots, the “Make Change Campaign”, and writing to U.S. soldiers currently serving overseas. These activities show how committed our CTA community is to our mission through actively “changing our world by developing students in character, scholarship, and leadership.”

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School Closings and Cancellations


 

Occasionally, adverse weather conditions or other emergency situations may make it necessary to cancel school or cancel evening activities. Please note – CTA does not have school delays – only cancellations. When cancellations occur, notice will be communicated to WOOD TV 8, WXMI Fox 17 and WZZMTV13 and listed as CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMY.  You can also sign up to receive school-specific text alerts from any of these three stations.

When school evening activities are cancelled, this cancellation also includes all clubs, organizations and extracurricular events held on campus and scheduled for that evening. For more information call 616-696-4905.

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Chargers have strong showing at state meet


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The Creative Technologies Academy Boys and Girls Cross Country teams headed into the Class D State Championship meet with a lot of confidence, and rightfully so. Many of their runners had recently completed either their season or career best run times in the previous two weeks. For the boys team, it also meant that Junior captain Ethan Lehman was going to be able to compete after having to sit out the previous few meets with a stress fracture in his right leg.

The Charger boys finished with their best showing ever at the Class D meet, finishing in 13th out of over 30 teams. They were once again led by Sophomore Les Miner, who finished 2nd overall with a time of 16:50. Lehman finished with a season personal record in his first race back with a time of 18:51. James Hofstra (19:58), Dawson Ingersoll (21:07), and Dawson Armstrong (21:28) rounded out the top 5 for the Chargers. With no seniors on the roster but plenty of experience, expect to see even better things out of this team next year.

The CTA Lady Chargers also had an impressive race led by Freshman Brianne Calkins with a personal career best time of 24:35. Not far behind her was Junior Tatyanna Lawson (25:00). Rounding out the varsity runners was Senior Kaleigh Keech. Kaleigh was running on a sprained ankle, but still fought through her final race to finish with a time of 38:30.

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