Announcements Week of 10/14
Announcements Week of 10/14
Sara Middlebrook
Wednesday, October 09, 2019




SEMI-ANNUAL TOWN HALL MEETING “LET’S CHANGE THE WORLD TOGETHER”:  Monday, Oct. 21 at 6-7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Come hear about what is going on at CTA and what we have to look forward to! 

BOYS MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL: 1st day of practice is Oct 21. All players must have a physical on file by the 1st day of practice. Practice location and time TBA asap. We understand that this is the week of conferences and that the Town Hall Meeting is the same day, but with a game being scheduled for the following week already, it leaves minimal practice time. Please contact Justin Harding at if you have questions. Thank you for your flexibility. 

K-12 STUDENT SHOWCASE: Oct. 21-23 - look for SignUpGenius links to come via email.

HIGH SCHOOL FIELD TRIP:  High school students will be visiting the Gerald R. Ford Museum to participate in their “Unlock the Character Code” program. In this program, students will tour the museum looking for information to solve their clues. Each answer opens a padlock on the team’s locked box. Students will be gone from school from 9 a.m. -  2p.m. on the day of their field trip. Juniors and seniors will be visiting on October 18th. Students will need to bring a packed lunch on the day they will be going to the museum. If students cannot bring one, please let your student’s FIT teacher know as soon as possible so we can ask our kitchen staff to prepare one for your student. 


Elementary: 8:30 a.m. Costume Parade

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Classroom Party

More information will be sent home by your classroom teacher. 

For safety and security reasons, parents/guardians that would like to attend the parade and classroom parties must sign in from 8-8:25 a.m. in the auditorium. After you have signed in, we will be asking parents/guardians to wait in the auditorium until 8:25 a.m. when all will head towards the classrooms at the same time, but please remain in the hallway until the parade ends. 

The morning activities will end at 9:45 a.m. In order to maintain order and academic structure, we ask that you honor the end time of their parties so that our students and teachers can resume their normal classroom academic schedule. 

We look forward to having you as our guests and enjoying this fun morning with our students, staff and parents. Please contact Autumn at if you have any questions. 

K- 12th Grade Costume Guidelines

Hello CTA Families: With Halloween just around the corner, our goal is to have fun while being safe and respectful of others' gender, cultures, and peer groups.  Please take the time to respectfully consider how your costume may impact others. 

Use the following Halloween Costume Guidelines for costume planning:

  • Absolutely no weapons, real or plastic

  • No clown costumes

  • No Masks

  • No costumes that depict a bloody, violent, or gory situation

  • No costumes depicting language or graphics outside of school dress code

Costumes are subject to administrator discretion.  Students dressed inappropriately will be asked to change.   

ELEMENTARY students WEAR your costume to school rather than bring it. 

Bring a change of clothes as all students will be required to change out of their costume.

MIDDLE SCHOOL students will CHANGE into their costumes after lunch and celebrate at the end of the day in their homerooms.

HIGH SCHOOL students may wear a costume throughout the day as long as it does not distract from learning.

Any questions, please contact our school office.


TALK & TOUR CAREER SERIES: Designed for students in grades 7-12, these free career exploration events are like getting 5 job shadows in one!  Students & parents can hear directly from a panel of professionals, ask career questions, and tour the employer’s workspace.  Space is limited. Over 20 different career fields & industries will be featured over the course of the school year. Visit our webpage to register and for the full schedule

Upcoming events:

  • Orthopaedics/Health/Surgery Careers @ OAM Surgical Center. Tuesday, October 15, 2019 6:00-7:30PM.

  • Engineering Careers @ Custom Profile. Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 6:00-7:30PM

  • Public Health Careers @ Kent County Health Department, Tuesday, October 22, 2019 6:00-7:30PM (currently on waitlist, but with enough interest, an additional date may be added).

PARENTS AS CAREER COACHES (PACC) Workshop: “What am I going to be when I grow up?”  Kent ISD is offering a free workshop on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM to equip parents with talking points, career exploration resources and activities to help guide their student through the challenging process of narrowing down a post-secondary path. Visit our PACC page for information and registration.


Health Careers Immersion Program –  Application opens October 15: Kent County high school seniors interested in exploring health careers during the 2020 Winter semester are invited to apply to the Kent ISD Health Career Immersion Program.  This unique semester-long, 5-hour-a-week job shadow experience gives students a behind-the-scenes look at a variety of health careers in hospital and clinic settings.  Application deadline is December 1 by 5:00 PM.  (Juniors might want to check this out so they can consider participating next year).  Click here for full details and application


NEW AFTER-SCHOOL OPPORTUNITY: A local chapter of the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) after-school program is starting in October for greater Grand Rapids high school students. Mentors from the industry will help students solve challenging “real world” projects that will introduce them to the basic skills and knowledge of the design/construction industry. Tours included! This immersive learning opportunity extends from October 2019 – April 2020. 12 to 15 sessions from 5-7 pm. Food is provided. Students are expected to attend all sessions. For additional information, email or visit their website