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  • CATA senior wows both on and off the stage

    Phenomenal.That’s the word senior Justin Rivers used to describe his four years at Central Academy of Technology and Arts (CATA). He came to CATA from East Union Middle School and quickly made a name for himself as a promising student and actor.

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  • Building the Black Widow

    Rat Rod...what is a rat rod? According to Wikipedia, “A rat rod is a style of hot rod or custom car that, in most cases, imitates (or exaggerates) the early hot rods of the 1940s, 1950s, and early-1960s. The style is not to be confused with the somewhat closely related "traditional" hot rod, which is an accurate re-creation or period-correct restoration of a hot rod from the same era. Most rat rods appear "unfinished", regardless of their status, as only the vehicle's bare essentials are driven. These are built to drive, not exclusively for show.”

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  • Performing Arts Academies Nominated for 10 Blumey Awards

    Central Academy of Technology and Arts Performing Arts Academies were nominated for 10 Blumey Awards!

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  • Transportation Academy Earns High Marks

    All Transportation Academy students attending Skills USA earned first and second place awards this year!!

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  • Spotlight on MPRA (Music Production and Recording Arts)

    With the establishment of the MPRA Academy at CATA in 2015, the opportunity exists for students to be able to produce music and build the foundations needed to be successful in the recording industry and higher level of institution. Exciting course offerings such as Recording Arts I and II will be offered starting in the 2017-2018 school year.

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  • Spotlight on Microsoft Certifications

    Dr. Fisenne personally congratulated and presented official Microsoft Certificates of Accomplishment to the following students for earning Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications for the Fall 16 Semester. This is a tremendous accomplishment that students and parents should be very proud of.

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  • Learning about Black History Month

    Mr. Anderson’s English III class is “Celebrating Black History Month” by reading A Lesson Before Dying, by American author, Ernest Gaines. The lesson started by watching an interview with Ernest Gaines himself. Gaines wrote the novel based on things he witnessed in the 1940’s during his childhood. Gaines says that he wanted a novel “that talked about his people."

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  • Spotlight on CATA Bands

    The CATA Band Program is proud to offer students a traditional band experience within the academy setting complete with concert, marching and jazz ensembles that perform on a regular basis.

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  • Spotlight on Dance

    The dance department is now home to 70 high school dancers. The goals of the department is to provide dancers with a solid technical base while nurturing their creativity and their understanding of dance as an art form.

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  • Spotlight on Theatre Arts

    It is a goal of the Theatre Academy to prepare students for a career in as well as an on-going appreciation for the performing arts. While many of our students may not follow that career path, their study of the performing arts is intended to provide them with skills that will allow them to be successful in a variety of disciplines.

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  • Community Supports CATA Theatre

    As Central Academy of Technology and Arts begins preparations for the new semester, our Theatre Academy is preparing for the Southeastern Theatre Conference. We are receiving tremendous community support from both the school system and community groups. For numerous years the Union County Community Arts Council has supported the arts throughout Union County. From traveling theatre companies at elementary schools throughout the county to Arts in School grants, the Union County Community Arts Council develops a love for the arts in our youth. This year, as in years past, the UCCAC Board has voted to financially support CATA's participation in this national level theatre competition in Kentucky this March.

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  • Glowing Bacteria Shine in Medical Science Academy

    In this experiment, Medical Science Academy students used bacterial transformation to insert the genetic information necessary to produce the desired protein into the bacterial cells.

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  • CATA Band Students Spread the Joy of Music Beyond the School Walls

    December is always a very busy month in the band program, and this one has been especially busy. Band students have been staying after school for combined dress rehearsals for the upcoming Winter Concert and Winter Collaborative, preparing for All-District Band auditions, preparing for their first ever entry for the Essential Ellington National Jazz Band Competition in NYC, attending honor band clinics and having to manage the strenuous course loads of any student at CATA. Most recently, the CATA Band of Blue and students in the Performing Arts Academy’s Jazz Class went to East Elementary School to take part in their Kindergarten Reading Celebration.

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  • BAC Cybersecurity Employees Share Knowledge with CATA Students

    Ms. Myra Rowell, SVP of Bank of America Corporate's Cybersecurity Department, along with two of her colleagues, spoke to Mrs. Bounds Foundations of Information Technology Class on Tuesday as a part of Union County Education Foundation BizEd Day. They shared their definition of Information Security (protecting information from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, perusal, inspection, recording or destruction), the three principles of IS (confidentiality, integrity, and availability) and characteristics of an effective cybersecurity strategy (focus on early warnings, recruit and retain quality personnel, and continuous testing).

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  • CATA Wins at NCTC Regional Play Festival

    At the NCTC Regional Play Festival at Pinecrest High School, CATA's performances won many awards. The group received a playwriting award for its production of Boal (pronounced Bo-All). Danny Morrison received an excellence in acting award and Emma Finnerty received the Outstanding Acting award for an actress. Mr. Larry Robinson received a directing award, and the show, Boal, was named Distinguished Play-Audience Choice.

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  • Environmental Class Works to Clean Bearskin Creek!

    On Thursday October 20th Ms. Kopchick, along with 40 of her students, set out to cleanse the environment at Bearskin Creek in Monroe. The day prior to the field trip, stormwater engineers from the City of Monroe visited Ms. Kopchick’s Earth and Environmental Science class. Students learned how agricultural practices affect our surface waters such as cows bathing in our rivers, and heavy rain washing sediment, debris and leaves into our fresh water.

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  • Central Academy of Technology & Arts is named National Blue Ribbon School

    Central Academy of Technology & Arts has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. made the announcement today. This prestigious award recognizes high-performing public and non-public schools that are making great strides in education. Schools are honored for overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

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  • CATA Honors UC Emergency Personnel and Remember 9/11

    City, School, and County Leaders joined students and staff at CATA to honor our Monroe PD and Monroe FD as we remembered 9-11 and honored our nation's fallen.

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  • Central Academy Students

    Central Academy Students have started the school year off right! Academy classes, chromebook integration, and summer read sessions are all going well!

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  • CATA Athletics, Band, and Teachers Prepare for the New Year

    Everyone at CATA is getting ready to start off the school year right! Get excited CATA Cougars!!

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  • Student Council Storms Mars Hill for Leadership Experience

    During the week of July 11th, seven Student Council students went to a leadership workshop held at the Mars Hill University campus. This camp is offered for student council members across North Carolina in the hopes of bringing new ideas together.

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  • CATA graduate takes Broadway competition by storm

    How do you compete and win on a national stage on Broadway all the while, keeping stage fright from taking control? Amina Faye, a 2016 graduate of Central Academy of Technology and the Arts, feels her attitude helped keep her nerves at bay, allowing her to give an award-winning performance.

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  • Students Learn About Holocaust

    On May 17th and May 19th, the English II classes of Ms. Foreman and Dr. Tarlton had the opportunity to participate in a field trip to the Levine Jewish Community Center in Charlotte. During this field trip, the students had the pleasure of hearing a local Holocaust survivor, Irving Bienstock, speak about his experiences.

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  • Central Academy Production of Ragtime Voted Best Musical

    Central Academy of Technology and Arts was nominated for awards in 12 of 12 Blumey Award Categories for their production of Ragtime. On May 22, 2016 CATA received four Blumey Awards at The 2016 Blumey Awards.

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  • CATA Collision Students Place in Top 5 in State Competition

    Students from CATA's Collision Repair program placed in the top 5 at The NC State Skills USA Competition held April 19-21, 2016 in Greensboro, NC.

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  • Central Academy Performing Arts Take on New York!!

    Central Academy Performing Arts ventured up to New York, for a busy three day trip to the Big Apple. Students were treated to dance classes, a stage combat class, and a Broadway rehearsal with the dance captain from American in Paris. We visited several colleges including NYU Tish, AMDA, AADA, Marymount Manhattan, and Circle in the Square. Students also experienced talk backs with Silas Farley (NYCB dancer) , Brandon Ellis ( from ONCE), and the seniors sat in on a talk back with the cast of The Color Purple.

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  • CATA Students Learn from Former East German Citizen

    Mario Röllig visited American History II and German II classes on Tuesday April 12, 2016. His interpreter said that he was taking English lessons but is still learning, so he delivered his story in German as a UNCC German Professor interpreted for the listeners.

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  • Robotics Club Competes in County Challenge

    The 2nd Annual Robotics Challenge of Union County took place Saturday, April 16th at the SPCC Health & Technology Building in Monroe. There were 24 teams participating from Union County High Schools and SPCC, some representing local businesses.

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  • The Diviner's Cast and Crew Earn Accolades at the Southeastern Theatre Conference

    The Theatre Academy earned their way to the Southeastern Theatre Conference as representatives of North Carolina. The Diviner's cast and crew earned numerous individual awards, as well as earning Runner Up Best Show at SETC. CATA students had the opportunity to meet with colleges and programs to pursue a career in theatre.

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  • CATA Crawl

    Interested Middle School students from around Union County attended Central Academy's CATA Crawl in March.

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  • Debbie Watwood Memorial Piano Purchased

    Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Central Academy of Technology & Arts (CATA) Parents, Teachers and Students Organization (PTSO) Performing Arts Committee and many generous donations from individuals, CATA was able to purchase the Debbie Watwood Memorial Piano.

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  • Environmental Science and Drafting Integration

    Students of Ms. Kopchick and Mr. Recher integrated a lesson on sustainability this week. Students were given topics on LEED, sustainable mining, sustainable wastewater management and sustainable waste management to research. They presented their findings by designing a poster and writing a position paper on why their topic was sustainable. The posters were created using handwritten engineering style lettering.

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  • The Diviners Heads to SETC

    CATA's performance of The Diviners at the NC Theatre Conference won them a trip to the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) in March. The Southeastern Theatre Conference’s annual convention will be in Greensboro this year and CATA has been fortunate to receive donations from the Union County Arts Council, the City of Monroe, and many individuals to help lower the cost of the trip for the students.

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  • CATA CELEBRATES SUPER BOWL by donating to Souper Bowl of Caring to help Union County homeless shelter

    CATA students and staff dressed up in their football gear to celebrate the Carolina Panthers playing in the Super Bowl and to support the Souper Bowl of Caring's goal to help those who are hungry and in need.

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  • CATA Wins District Poetry Out Loud Competition

    CATA Junior Kayli Tolleson won the UCPS District Poetry Out Loud competition on Thursday, January 28, 2016. The runner up was Michaela McDuffie from Weddington High School.

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  • Air Force Junior ROTC Accepting Students

    What do you know about the Air Force Junior ROTC program? The objectives of Air Force Junior ROTC are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship and life skills; promote community service; instill a sense responsibility; develop character and self-discipline through education and instruction in air and space fundamentals and the Air Force’s core values of “integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.”

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  • Central Academy of Technology & Arts Honored at the 2015 NCTC High School Play Festival!

    The Theatre Department at Central Academy of Technology & Arts has much to celebrate, as they bring home honors from the 2015 NCTC High School Play Festival, held at Porter Ridge High School on November 7, 2015.

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  • Discovering How Networks Transmit Information

    Mrs. Bounds’ Foundation of Information classes visited UCPS Technology Services to culminate their learning of networks. Students have learned the physical devices that make up a network, the different types of networks, and how media is transmitted across a network.

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  • Student Council Members Clean up Local Creek

    CATA Student Council members hauled out five tires, two shopping carts and 10 bags full of other trash and debris from Bearskin Creek in downtown Monroe on Saturday, October 17th. Many of the students chose to adorn waders and walk through the creek to pick up trash. Others remained on the banks assisting and cleaning the grounds around the creek.

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  • Dance Academy Learns from the Masters

    Dance Academy students participated in a Master Class with Lesli Todd. The sophomores and juniors participated in a jazz class, while the seniors were taught a jazz warm-up and contemporary combination. Ms. Todd focused on proper alignment and technique, while giving the dance students time to show off their styles. Master classes offer Dance Academy students the opportunity to receive diverse instruction within their dance curricula.

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  • CATA student returns home after year in Germany

    Cameron Dion will begin her senior year at Central Academy of Technology and Arts with a new skill – speaking fluent German. She spent the past year as a foreign-exchange student living with a host family in Papenburg, Germany. She returned home June 21. One of only 50 high school students in the Southeast and one of only 250 across the United States, Cameron was chosen through the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX.)

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  • Cougars Welcome New Head Football Coach

    Principal Fisenne and the CATA staff welcome Coach Edward Shane Griffin as the new head football coach at CATA. Coach Griffin is the fourth head football coach in the history of the CATA football program, and will begin his duties immediately.

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  • CATA Staff Prepares to Welcome Students

    Central Academy of Technology & Arts has been busy for the past week preparing for students to return to school. School staff met by Academy and Departments to set goals for the year based on the Academy and Department Themes. School staff participated in professional development on Safety, as well as Instruction to work toward ensuring that their classes center around: Challenging, Active, Teaching for learning, and engaging Atmospheres.

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  • Larry Robinson Theatre Teacher of the Year

    Congratulations to Larry Robinson who has been selected as the North Carolina Theatre Arts Educators (NCTAE) Teacher of the Year! Members of NCTAE met for their fall sharing session September 18th and 19th at Hibriten High School in Lenoir.

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  • Today, We Remember (9/11/01)

    The sad reality of history is that the further away it gets from us the less we tend to remember. Such is the case now with students and the atrocity of September 11, 2001. Most of our freshmen and sophomore students were infants, and some of them had not even been born yet. This is why we decided in English II to dedicate Friday, September 11, 2015 to the remembrance of those that lost their lives in that terrible attack on our country.

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  • Summer Reading Adventures

    Have you ever heard of Vogon poetry? It's the third worst poetry in the universe according to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Students who read the book this summer then met as a group with Ms. Barron, Mrs. Eaton and Ms. Christensen to create their own examples of Vogon poetry.

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  • Hands Helping Others Club Involved with Special Olympics

    On April 24, 2015, the CATA “Hands Helping Others” Club acted as athletic buddies for the Special Olympics at Cuthbertson High School.

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  • Central Academy Welcomes New Band Director

    The CATA band program eagerly welcomes Mr. Craig Retzlaff to the podium as our new band director!

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