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Congratulations Class of 2019


Creative Technologies Academy was proud to graduate 23 students in the Class of 2019, which represented the 21st class graduating from the non-profit public school academy. While several students graduated with Highest Honors, High Honors and Honors, Danielle August was named Valedictorian and Matthew Davison was salutatorian. August also received a certificate for attending CTA from kindergarten through 12th grade. Several students received CTA-sponsored scholarships, including Jillian Evink and Logan Winters who both received the Character scholarship, Danielle August received a scholarship for Academic Achievement, Elizabeth Jahns received the Leadership Scholarship and Brianne Calkins and Charles Wortz were both awarded with Athletics Excellence scholarships. Gary Bailey served as the commencement speaker and shared his advice with them for their future endeavors. Mr. Jeremy Holtrop conducted the high school choir, Charger Voices, as they performed “7 Years” by Lukas Graham, which featured senior solos. Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

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Buddy Bench Dedication


Mya’s family joined for the dedication. (L to R) Paul, Dylan, Kylee and Kim Turoski.

In a quiet ceremony with the senior Class of 2019 and family members of Mya Turoski in the CTA auditorium on May 14, the Academy dedicated a “Buddy Bench” in memory of the former CTA student who would have graduated from high school this year. “Mya’s time on this earth was way too short, but she always came to school with a smile and she was kind to everyone,” stated Superintendent Dan George. “We will remember her fondly.”

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7 Wall of Honor inductees recognized


2019 Wall of Honor inductees (L to R): Dan Clark, Rob Coxon, Cindy Johnson, Jenny Bangma, Lauren Bostic, Cheryl Dille and Andrew Willis.

The CTA Wall of Honor was established in 2014 for the purpose of honoring the legacy of those who have served the Academy in longevity and with distinction.

It is our “Hall of Fame.” The impact of these individuals cannot be measured by honors or plaques, but we hope to instill appreciation in our current students, staff, families, and the community at large for the service of these individuals that made it possible for our school to exist and thrive.

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Creative Technologies Academy Employment Opportunities


High School Social Studies Teacher

Seeking a certified teacher with a Social Studies (RX) or Social Science (CX) endorsement with employment to begin in August 2019.

Varsity Cross Country Coach

Employment will begin in July for the 2019-20 school year.

Boys Varsity Head Basketball Coach

Now hiring a Boys Varsity Head Basketball Coach with employment to begin in November 2019.

6t​h​ Grade Teacher ​

(self-contained, preferably with Language Arts endorsement​) Seeking a certified teacher, preferably with a Language Arts endorsement, for a sixth grade self-contained classroom with employment to begin in August 2019.

Visit ​https://bit.ly/2IFIo8W​ for more details on any of the posted positions or email dgeorge@ctachargers.org​ with your resume. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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2nd semester 2018-19 Honor Roll


Congratulations​ ​to all the following students for making the 2nd semester 2018-19 Honor Roll! 

4th and 5th Grade 

A Honor Roll

Colren Bailey 

Jama Dillon 

Tripp Freyling 

Isaac Gitchel 

Kendal Proctor 

Penelope Rose 

Isaac Bucholtz 

Léda Gitchel 

Natalie Haan 

Kaiya Imhoff

A/B Honor Roll

Addison Brinks 

Jayden Danks 

Ian Jibson 

Bryce Petersen

Madelyn Reichelt

Olivia Starr 

Jax Stebelton

Ryan Dykstra 

Keaton Kindy 

Mazie McCall

Middle School 

Landon Beiter 

Trinity Besmer 

Alyssa Bishop 

Nadelynn Brinley 

Hailey Byl

Gabrielle Christie 

Katherine Christie 

Remington Covell 

Jaxson Creveling 

Haydn Davenport 

Jacob de la Rosa 

Jacob Dillon

Joshua Fessenden 

Ethan Fisk

Karly Fisk

Owen Freyling

Jack Fulkerson 

Zachary Gibbs 

Cameron Haan

Joel Hanes

Shawn Hazen 

Thomas Hoops 

Jacob Jaggers 

Brenna Jibson

Kaila Klunder 

Adalynn Lopez 

Meghan McKinney 

Caden McSorley 

Saige Montambo 

Jacob Perry

Tru Petersen 

Danielle Piskun 

Matthew Rainwater 

Brenden Rizzon 

Ryan Rypma

Jayda Schreiber 

Estella Shafer 

Zachary Shock

Sage Sidlauskas 

Ethan Slock

Mason Sullivan 

Parker Tompkins 

Logan VandenBoss 

Analiese VanHarten 

Morgan Vogler

Malikia Walker 

Kirsten Willis 

Sierra Willis 

Emily Winn 

Kaden Winters 

Landon Winters

High School

McKenzie Alverson

Danielle August 

Elizabeth August

Ayden Bowers 

Kaela Bucholtz 

Brianne Calkins 

Matthew Davison 

Joshua Dillon 

Justin Dillon 

Arianna Dotson 

Jillian Evink 

Gabriela Fahling 

Alison Fisk

Kiana Hackbardt 

Hailey Hawley 

Travis Hirsch 

Hannah Hofstra 

Grayce Hoogerhyde

Luke Hubbard 

Nathan Hutchins 

Steven Hutchins 

Elizabeth Jahns

Elizabeth Knowlton

Nathan Lovett

Jeff Marek 

Sawyer Marek 

Carson McSorley 

Binh Nguyen 

Truc Nguyen 

Nolan Patin 

Sydney Petersen

Tobius Potter

Lydia Romancky

Taylor Touhan

Alyssa Shelagowski

Ashley Shelagowski

Willow Sidlauskas

Marjorie Starr

Hunter Stevens

Ruby Tompkins

Faith Watson

Ivan Winters

Logan Winters

Molly Wortz

Aaron Wright

Yu Syuan Wu

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June School News

2018 – 2019 School Year – Last Day of School – June 10, 2019

New Beginning High School Graduating Class of 2019

Benjamin Batchelder, Gloria Bliss-Ramos, Jaden Droge, Maizy Gleason, Kaleb Gordon, Ebonye Hunter, Kaelen Kangas, Austin Keenan, Madisen Lewis, Ricardo Marques III, James Myers, Marcus Rivas, Bailey Rocafort, Abigail Scott, Jacob Scott, Makennah Smith, Corey Terrell

Class of 2019 Red Hawk Parade

Introducing our New Director of Academic Services

Matt Blood, Director of Human and Community Services

After an extensive interview process, we are delighted to welcome Jennifer Haberling as our new Director of Academic Services.  Prior to school administration, she served students as a classroom teacher at the middle
school, high school, and college levels. Jen officially begins on July 1, 2019 but she plans to schedule a few days to visit the district to talk with people and begin the planning process as she prepares to hit the ground running.   

Lastly, It is important to recognize and thank all for the staff support during this important search process.  It was, indeed, a process that was driven by the position profile developed through valuable feedback provided by PLC leaders, administrators, district office staff, and others that will be working directly with the director. In its entirety, over 45 people were involved throughout this process!  All of their time and hard work are much appreciated!  

Welcome Ms. Jennifer Haberling to Cedar Springs Public Schools!

Educator Appreciation

Teacher Appreciation Day is recognized annually on Tuesday of the first full week of May.   This day is intended to celebrate the positive impact on society made by teachers around the globe.  Some communities, not able to squeeze their expressions of gratitude into a single day, have opted to applaud the efforts of their teachers for an entire week.  Still, other districts have raised the celebratory bar even higher by choosing to honor the efforts of teachers and support staff for a whole month and now refer to May as Educator Appreciation Month.  

Cedar Springs Public Schools would like to take our expression of appreciation for the community of educators impacting the lives of our students to a whole new level.  We aim to recognize the amazing talents of our dedicated team of teachers and support staff throughout the entire school year! Each day gives us another opportunity to celebrate our success.  Similarly, each new day gives rise to the opportunity to be better than we were the day before.

Additionally, we want to lift up the work of the members of our community who teach our students valuable lessons when they are not in school.  The African proverb it takes a village to raise a child is at the core of the work of the community of Cedar Springs when it comes to educating our children.  To be most successful, the community as a whole must invest in its children to ensure that they develop in a safe and healthy environment.  

Cedar Springs Public Schools salutes the dedication and efforts of its teachers, its support staff, and its community of educators who step up daily to teach our students the essential lessons that will serve them well as adults.  Thank you for investing in the lives of the children who call Cedar Springs home.

With respect and appreciation,
Scott B. Smith, Superintendent

Calendar Update

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has now provided clarity around the forgiveness of weather-related cancellations of school between January 29 and February 1. Governor Whitmer signed the snow day forgiveness legislation into law last Friday. The MDE needed time to develop a process for districts to follow to document the fact that school had been cancelled on days the Governor had declared a State of Emergency days due to the extreme weather conditions during that time.  

Barring any unforeseen school cancellations between now and the end of the year, our last day of school for students will now be MONDAY, June 10.  

Please note Cedar Springs Public Schools will be in session on: 

June 6, 7, and 10.

Additional days will be identified beyond June 10 if we have further cancellations this year.  Let us hope that we have seen the last of the snow this season.  Thank you for your patience during this time of uncertainty.

With respect and appreciation,
Scott B. Smith, Superintendent

Preschool Open Enrollment OPEN NOW

Classes will be forming for students who are 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2019.  Information is available for families that are interested in tuition assistance for preschool.  

Contact Cedar Trails Elementary main office 616.696.9884. 

2019—2020 Kindergarten Class Enrollment OPEN NOW

Your child must be 5 years old by September 1, 2019 to register for Kindergarten.   Visit www.csredhawks.org and select K-12 Enrollment.  

Contact the Registrar at 616.696.7317 with any questions.

Hearing and Vision Screening

Kindergarten entrants will need documentation of Hearing and Vision Screening through the Kent County Health Department (KCHD).   The KCHD will be at Cedar Trails Elementary on the following date: 

June 4, 2019 & August 27, 2019

Please call Cedar Trails Elementary at 616.696.9884 to schedule an appointment.  Additional appointment times can be scheduled by calling the KCHD at 616.632.7047.

Calendar

2019-2020 School Year Calendar available at www.csredhawks.org – 

First day of school September 3, 2019

District Office Summer Hours

204 East Muskegon Street, Cedar Springs, MI  49319
Hilltop Community Building

Monday – Friday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm • Closed July 4


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Last day of school finalized

Parents of students in the Cedar Springs Public School district finally have an answer on when the last day of the school year will be. The answer is Monday, June 10.

Superintendent Scott Smith sent the following email out to parents of students on Thursday, May 16:

“The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has now provided clarity around the forgiveness of weather-related cancellations of school between January 29 and February 1. Governor Whitmer signed the snow day forgiveness legislation into law last Friday. The MDE needed time to develop a process for districts to follow to document the fact that school had been cancelled on days the Governor had declared a State of Emergency days due to the extreme weather conditions during that time.  

Barring any unforeseen school cancellations between now and the end of the year, our last day of school for students will now be MONDAY, June 10.

Please note Cedar Springs Public Schools will be in session on: May 24, June 6, 7, and 10.

Additional days will be identified beyond June 10 if we have further cancellations this year. Let us hope that we have seen the last of the snow this season.

Thank you for your patience during this time of uncertainty.”  

Icy, snowy and dangerous winter weather, including sub-zero temperatures and power outages, caused Cedar Springs Public Schools to close 14 times this year. That’s eight more times than the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) allows without the days being made up.

The MDE also allows schools to apply for a waiver for three extra closings, above the six, but when Cedar Springs applied for the waiver, they were denied. That’s because Cedar Springs is currently in session less than 180 days, the amount currently required by state law, though they are in session the 1,098 required hours. The school has only been in session 172 days a year since the 2013-2014 school year, because of an eight-year bargaining agreement with staff signed in June 2013, which occurred before the current law took effect in 2016/17. The students get the same amount of instruction; it’s just done over a day that’s 16 minutes longer. 

Once many schools were denied those extra three days, the legislature then introduced legislation to forgive the three days of school lost while Michigan was under a state of emergency. It was this legislation that Governor Whitmer signed on Friday, May 10.

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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.

May 20 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

24 Early Release Day

27 No School – Memorial Day

28 Talent Show

29 Field Day

31 6-11 Exams

Dunk Tank Testing Incentive w/PA Carnival

Early Release Day

June 3 Last Day of School

6-11 Exams

End of Year Family Picnic 

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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Girls Varsity Soccer

Front Row (L to R): Ruby Tompkins, Gaby Christie, Saige Montambo, Nadelynn Brinley, Elizabeth Jahns, Ana Besmer, Trinity Besmer and Jayda Schreiber.

Back Row (L to R): Coach Justin Harding, Dani Piskun, Kaela Bucholtz, Analiese Van Harten, Molly Wortz, Alyssa Shelagowski, Hannah Hofstra and Malikia Walker.

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Senior Honored with Congressional Medal of Merit

 Elizabeth Jahns with Representative Justin Amash.

On Saturday, May 4, Creative Technologies Academy Senior Elizabeth Jahns was a recipient of Justin Amash’s Congressional Medal of Merit at the Gerald R. Ford Museum. The Congressional Medal of Merit is awarded to students who demonstrate exemplary citizenship and academic excellence. CTA is proud of Elizabeth and her contributions to our school and the community.

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