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Changing The World One Charger At A Time

Character Ed Award Recipients: Elementary students who were recognized for their exceptional character were honored at an assembly in December.

Each month, Creative Technologies Academy focuses on a character trait that we discuss, learn, collaborate and implement into our lives at school, home and in our community.

For the first semester, we have focused on the first four character education traits: ​Caring, Hardworking, Appreciative and Responsible​. ​For the second semester, we will focus on being ​Growth-Minded, Empowering, Respectful, Strong​ a​ nd will end our school year focused on being a ​WORLD CHANGER​!

For our awards assembly, each classroom teacher selected a student from their class that has demonstrated one of these character traits all semester. We also gave out a CTA World Changer award and this award was given to a student who demonstrated all four of these character traits for the entire semester.

Congratulations to our 2019 First Semester CTA Character Education Award Recipients!

CARING: ​Clair Cross, Addisyn Dells, Jonah Fleeger, Mya Brinks, Bethy VandenBerg and Jayden Danks

HARDWORKING:​ Eden Gitchel, Mercer Batchelder, Savannah Byl, Hannah Reichelt, Harlee Ostrom and Kendal Proctor

APPRECIATIVE: ​Marcus Brinks, Luke Reichelt, Gabby Lopez, Gwen Middlebrook, Selah Rohne and Calyssa Brinley

RESPONSIBLE: ​Zito Mateo, Ella Montambo, Cal Faustin, Avery Gitchel, Micah Rympa and Joshua Watson CTA WORLD CHANGER AWARDS: ​Gwen Middlebrook (Music), Deegan VanHarten (Physical Education.) and Illys Mateo (Technology)

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CTA Basketball

MS Boys Basketball: Front Row L to R: Seth Jaggers, Jacob Jaggers, Kaden Winters, Zach Gibbs, Jake Perry, Coach Mark Winters

Varsity Boys Basketball: Front Row L to R: Ethan Watson, Avery Bishop, Ivan Winters, Parker Tompkins Back Row L to R: Landon Winters, Evan Besmers, Luke Hubbard, John Wortz, Coach Eric Besmer

Varsity Girls Basketball Front Row L to R: Jasmine Zimmer, Ruby Tompkins, Faith Watson, Hannah Hofstra, Taylor Dells, Natalia Galvez-Martin
Back Row L to R: Assistant Coach Ben Perry, Wei Ching Huang, Maria Cardenas-Lamas, Alyssa Shelagowski, Molly Wortz, Tori Wierda, Alison Fisk, Head Coach Lisa Perry

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Open Enrollment Period 

Creative Technologies Academy

 350 Pine Street

Cedar Springs, MI 49319

Open Enrollment Period 

For the 2020-2021 School Year

January 15, 2020 – February 15, 2020

You may register students for Grades K-5 by calling Mrs. Mattson and Grades 6-12 by calling Mrs. Colin at (616) 696-4905.

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20 Attaboy Concert (Secondary) PA Meeting @6:30 p.m.

21 MS and Varsity Basketball Games @WMAES

24 Early Release Day

MS and Varsity Basketball Games @ Libertas Christian School

28 Boys Varsity Basketball Game @ WMAES

31 Varsity Basketball Games @ West Michigan Lutheran HS 


7 Early Release Day

14 Early Release Day

17-18 Mid-Winter Break

19 School Board Meeting

*Early Release Dismissal Schedule

• K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m. • 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

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CTA Honor Roll -Semester 1

4th & 5th Grade

“A” Honor Roll

Colren Bailey 

Mieneke Batchelder 

Donovan Botruff 

Addison Brinks 

Linley Campbell 

Cheyanne Covell 

Logan Magoon 

Harlee Ostrom 

Kendal Proctor 

Selah Rohne 

Penelope Rose 

Micah Rypma 

Bethy VandenBerg 

Zoey York

“A/B” Honor Roll

Cooper Christie 

Jayden Danks 

Raelynn Dells 

Jama Dillon 

Alaina Fleeger 

Tripp Freyling 

Isaac Gitchel 

Laithen Holman 

Akera Irvin 

Hailey Klunder 

Aubrey Lopez 

Max McCall 

Bryce Petersen 

Turner Powell 

Madelyn Reichelt 

Kristal Scott 

Olivia Starr 

Deegan VanHarten 

Joshua Watson

Middle School

Student Name


Isaac Bucholtz 

Olivia Davenport 

Zoi Devries

Ryan Dykstra 

Caleb Elliott 

Donivan Gillette 

Gidian Gillette 

Leda Gitchel 

Natalie Haan 

Seth Jaggers 

Keaton Kindy 

Allyson Knowlton 

Caleb Koslek 

Mazie McCall 

Natalie Reichelt 

Sydnee Shepherd 

Seth VanKampen 


Hailey Byl 

Katherine Christie 

Jacob de la Rosa 

Isaiah Elliott

Karly Fisk 

Owen Freyling

Zachary Gibbs 

Cameron Haan 

Kaila Klunder 

Adalynn Lopez 

Shawney Mason 

Matthew Rainwater 

Brenden Rizzon 

Estella Shafer 

Sage Sidlauskas 

Logan VandenBoss 


Trinity Besmer 

Nadelynn Brinley 

Gabrielle Christie 

Jacob Dillon 

Thomas Hoops 

Brett Kooienga 

Caden McSorley 

Saige Montambo 

Maynard Pastor 

Jacob Perry

Tru Petersen

Ryan Rypma

Jayda Schreiber 

Analiese VanHarten 

Sierra Willis

Kaden Winters

High School 

Student Name


Maria Cardenas-Lamas

Remington Covell

Haydn Davenport

Taylor Dells

Joel Hanes


Elizabeth August

Jesse Benson

Alison Fisk

Austin Fisk

Elizabeth Knowlton

Sawyer Marek

Cheyenne Mason

Sydney Petersen

Tyler Potter

Lydia Romancky

Alyssa Shelagowski

Molly Wortz

Jasmine Zimmer


McKenzie Alverson

Grayce Hoogerhyde

Steven Hutchins

Nathan Hutchins

Jeff Marek

Carson McSorley

Huyen Nguyen

Willow Sidlauskas

Tori Wierda


Kaela Bucholtz

Gabriela Fahling

Kiana Hackbardt

Travis Hirsch

Hannah Hofstra

Wei Ching Huang

Luke Hubbard

Nolan Patin

Ashley Shelagowski

Hunter Stevens

Faith Watson

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Elementary Concert Students Jingled All The Way

Kindergarten through 2nd grade students used hand instruments as part of their performance.
Students in grades 3-5 performed a mix of songs during the concert.

Elementary students donned their holiday bow ties, sparkles and ruffles and entertained their families and friends at their Dec. 18 concert at the Cedar Springs High School Auditorium. Students in grades kindergarten through second grade performed three songs, including “The Winter Hokey Pokey”, which included the audience joining them, “Up On The Housetop” and “There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea”. They used sleigh bells, shaker eggs, and rhythm sticks as part of the performance.

Third through fifth grade students also performed three songs including “O, Christmas Tree”, “A Kitty For A Present”, and “Fight Song”, which was dedicated to individuals who have gone through or are going through cancer.

The concert was the first elementary performance for the new music teacher, Mr. Dominic Morlan. He created a delightfully entertaining performance for the students and audience with his mix of traditional Christmas songs, holiday songs with a comical twist, and pop music!

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​Middle School and High School Choirs Perform a Diverse Winter Concert

The Harmonic Chargers and Charger Voices collaborated for a song during their concert.

On Mon., Dec. 16, the middle school choir joined forces with the CTA Charger Voices (high school choir) for their first concert of the 2019-20 school year. The show kicked off with a performance of ​Once Upon a December​ from the animated film ​Anastasia​. This was followed by a performance of the holiday rhythmic song ​Yuletide Rhythm.​ In preparation for this concert, the middle school choir students, along with some guidance from their director, came up with their own choreography for ​Yuletide Rhythm​. Mr. Morlan even joined in on the fun, pulsing time with a large set of sleigh bells.

After a quick transition, the Charger Voices took the stage. They opened with the slow, flowing song ​The Snow Begins to Fall​. An interesting chance that the group took on this song was that certain members of the choir sang a different vocal part than what they would normally to meet the demands of the SATB writing. The choir quickly brought the energy back up with the hit song “Seize the Day” from Disney’s ​Newsies​.

To conclude the winter program, the middle school and high school groups collaborated to perform a moving rendition of the poem ​In Flanders Fields​. This work pays tribute to the lives lost in the horrors of World War One, and has been set to music by many different composers. Accompanied only by a very simple piano part played by Mr. Morlan, the group sang lusciously and full. The final song of the evening was the holiday classic ​Carol of the Bells​. Carrying on the old CTA tradition, the Fine Arts department was excited to welcome back alumni members Tobias Potter, Thomas McKiney, Violet Sidlauskas, and Autumn Watson. Mr. Morlan assures all that this tradition will continue, and hopes to have more and more alumni members return to the CTA concert stage every year.

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Open Enrollment Period For the 2020-2021 School Year

January 15, 2020 – February 15, 2020

You may register students for Grades K-5 by calling Mrs. Mattson and Grades 6-12 by calling Mrs. Colin at (616) 696-4905.

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Grades K-5: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Grades 6-12: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

FlexTrac Grades 9-12: (7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. including 2 self-scheduled hours)


6 School Resumes

2nd Semester Begins

10 Early Release Day

13 Elementary Literacy Night @6:00 p.m. 

14 Jostens Cap/Gown/Ring Orders Due 15 

School Board Meeting @3:30 p.m.

16 CTA School Spelling Bee

20 Attaboy Concert (Secondary)

24 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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Chargers Basketball Starts off Strong

The CTA varsity girls basketball team is off to a great start. The team has secured two wins to start the season led by senior captains Faith Watson and Hannah Hofstra. The team hopes to continue growing and learning together and they look to be a contender in the Great Lakes 6 League.

CTA varsity boys basketball is off to a great start. First year head coach Eric Besmer is excited about the young team with some new players, they have a 1-1 record. Leading the team is senior Luke Hubbard and sophomore Ivan winters on the offense. Junior John Wortz is pushing the defense with some massive blocks and rebounds. Sophomores Ethan Watson and Evan Besmer along with freshmen Landon Winters, Avery Bishop and Parker Tompkins are working hard learning the plays as a team and valuable assets to being able to play when and where needed. Coach Besmer is seeing massive improvements they are making on a daily basis. Let’s go Chargers!

This season was a season of new things and incredible growth for the middle school boys basketball team as it was the first year for the school to have a middle school team. First-time basketball coach Mark Winters brought the young men together and taught them to play together as a team. It was a challenge having a young team of students who were just learning the game in so many ways, but Coach Winters has enjoyed watching their confidence grow with each game. “They have taught me more about the game and I’m truly grateful for each of them,” Coach Winters shared. “I encourage them to continue to practice, to learn and to grow in all aspects of the game.”

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