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9/11 Tribute

Thank you to our staff and students who paid tribute by sharing together a moment of silence to honor and remember those we lost on 9/11.

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Headers and Footers on the Soccer Field

Boys Soccer:Front Row (L to R): Avery Bishop, Landon Winters, Cody Holman, Jesse Benson, Sawyer Marek, Ivan Winters, Trenton Holman. Back Row (L to R): Coach Mark Winters, Zander Toth, Kaden Winters, Jeff Marek, Brett Kooienga, Jacob Jaggers, Jake Perry.

The Chargers are off to a great start this season. The boys lost a hard-fought battle to Libertas Christian 0-1, but bounced back with a 8-1 victory over Barry County Christian. Goalie Jesse Benson has done an excellent job keeping the ball out of goal. Goals have been scored by Ivan Winters, Brett Kooienga, and Cody Holman. The team had a huge win Monday when they defeated Zion Christian 3-2. The boys look forward to taking on Algoma Christian this week.

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Full Charge Ahead

Cross Country: Front Row (L to R): Karly Fisk, Gidian Gillette, Ethan Watson, Jordan Brown, Cameron Haan, Adam Marek, Camdyn Robach, Sydnee Shepherd, Natalie Haan. Back Row (L to R): Back Row (L to R): Tripp Freyling, Joshua Watson, Donovan Gillette, Kane Magoon, Jack Shepherd, Matthew Rainwater, Deegan Van Harten, Emily Cobb, Owen Freyling, Shawney Mason, Coach Nancy Freyling.

The Chargers are looking forward to their first multi-team event this Saturday at the Cedar Springs Invitational. The cross-country team is young this year, but has lots of success in the making. CTA has three high school runners and 15 middle school runners. Coach Freyling was impressed with how much time the athletes have shaved off their meet times at the beginning of the year. The Chargers also look forward to hosting a GL-6 League meet this Wednesday at Long Lake Park.

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Featured Staff Members

Mrs. Kayla Campbell

This marks Mrs. Campbell’s 7th year with CTA. She began as the 3rd grade teacher but is in her second year as our K-5 Academic Specialist. In this role, she is able to support students in grades K-5 with academic interventions and enrichment opportunities. She also works closely with the teaching staff through coaching and collaboration for support and growth in instruction. Mrs. Campbell’s passion for engagement and relational capacity shine in all that she does.

Mrs. Amy VanHarten

Mrs. VanHarten has served at CTA as the K-8 Technology Teacher, Interventionist and Testing Coordinator for eight years. Her bright personality and positive outlook on life serve her well as she wears many hats on campus in supporting students and teachers. She and Mrs. Campbell have both added “Virtual Co-Teacher” to their role descriptions as they are also direct points of contact and support for our Elementary families who opted for remote learning this semester.

Mrs. Jenny Bangma

This is Mrs. Bangma’s 15th year at CTA. Formerly the 6th grade homeroom and 6-8 ELA teacher, she has started her second year as the 6-12 Academic Specialist, working to provide individualized and small group learning opportunities. Mrs. Bangma is also on the secondary Virtual Support Team, helping to keep the students utilizing our online platform stay connected to CTA. Mrs. Bangma is passionate about teaching and learning, and builds lasting relationships with students, staff, and families.

Ms. Trisha Fues

Ms. Fues has begun her eighth year at CTA serving in a variety of capacities. She is currently teaching Leadership, Digital & Interactive Media, Personal Finance, and Spanish. Ms. Fues also serves on the Virtual Support Team assisting with online learning. Ms. Fues’ commitment to her students and families is evident and contributes to making CTA a great place to be.

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Top 3 Reasons to Love CTA

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Back-To-School with a New Look

Students in elementary through high school quickly settled into classroom routines and interacted with peers and teachers safely.

On Monday, August 24, 2020, Creative Technologies Academy welcomed back its students for the 2020-21 school year. For this school year, CTA is offering students an in-person or virtual option.

CTA spent time the first week on campus practicing policies, protocols, and procedures around campus and also building relationships and team-building with students. Students and staff adapted well to the new guidelines, maintaining an atmosphere of respect and positivity.

CTA staff has also been connecting with virtual families, monitoring their progress with online platforms, and holding informational Zoom meetings to build community relationships. Whether online or in-person – it’s been a great week to be a Charger!

Virtual students remotely dove into their online coursework on the same day as face-to-face students returned to the classroom.

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CTA Announces New Staff Members

CTA is pleased to announce its new staff members for the 2020-2021 school year!

Ms. Kilts

Ms. Megan Kilts is the high school English teacher. Ms. Kilts is a graduate of Grand Valley State University. She is looking forward to being a part of CTA’s close-knit community of students, families, and staff.

Ms. Lucarelli

Ms. Alexis Lucarelli is the 6th-grade Homeroom and Middle School Language Arts teacher. Ms. Lucarelli graduated from Cornerstone University and has a passion for investing in the lives of young people.

Both Ms. Kilts and Ms. Lucarelli are native to Cedar Springs.

Ms. Schatz

CTA’s new third grade teacher is Ms. Gabby Schatz. Ms. Schatz hails from Central Michigan University and resides in Cedar Springs. She loves being outdoors, fishing, and gardening and is thrilled to be part of the team.

Mrs. Hovanec

Mrs. Carrie Hovanec is the new GSRP Preschool Lead Teacher and Director of Preschool. Mrs. Hovance has worked her entire career with young children and their families. She lives in Cedar Springs with her family and enjoys being outside on her boat and in the sunshine. Mrs. Hovanec is excited to start preschool at CTA on October 5. If you have questions regarding preschool, please email her at chovanec@ctachargers.org.

Mrs. Freyling

Mrs. Nancy Freyling is the Elementary Teacher Assistant and Cross Country Coach. Mrs. Freyling discovered CTA four years ago while searching for a smaller school for her two boys, who now are in 6th and 8th grade.

Mrs. Freyling shared that she knew her family was meant to be at CTA from the moment she stepped in the door. She has been serving on campus for several years, volunteering and subbing, and is overjoyed to officially be a part of the team.

CTA is excited to have these amazing educators join the team!

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Full Speed Ahead with Soccer and Cross Country

Staff and coaches at CTA are looking forward to providing student-athletes as traditional of an experience as possible this season. CTA provides two fall sports for students. The Boys and Girls Cross Country team is coached by Nancy Freyling and is open to 6th-12th grade students. “ This year we have a couple of seasoned runners, but the majority of the team is new to cross country,” stated Freyling. “I was a little shocked and excited to see so many new runners. It is great to see these kids get out there and push themselves, and learn how running is a great outlet. The experienced runners have taken the new runners under their wings, helping encourage and lead them. They are a young, fun group, keeping me on my toes and always making me smile.”

The CTA Boys Soccer team is coached by Mark Winters and is open to 6th -12th grade. “This is our third year of CTA soccer. We started out as a very young Varsity team and the boys have grown in size, speed, and as a team, shared Winters. “We have put in a lot of hard work and can’t wait for the season to start.”

CTA is prepared for a fun, and perhaps unpredictable, Fall Sports Season, and is committed to working together to provide a safe and exciting experience for its student-athletes.

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ENROLL NOW!

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Something to celebrate

CTA students throw their hats in celebration after commencement last week. Courtesy photo.
CTA valedictorian Hannah Hofstra gives her commencement speech. Courtesy photo.

With school ending early this year, and students missing out on many of the end of the year activities due to COVID-19, the class of 2020 at Creative Technologies Academy finally had something to celebrate last week.

The CTA class of 2020 held their commencement ceremony on June 23 at Red Hawk Stadium at the Cedar Springs High School. Eighteen students graduated, with 15 of them participating in the ceremony.

The school adhered to state guidelines of outdoor gatherings of less than 100 people. Students were allotted to bring a certain number of guests. 

Students, staff and board members were all spaced the recommended 6-feet apart on the stage and track, while families in the stadium sat spaced with their immediate group. 

Dan Quisenberry, president of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies, served as the guest speaker and shared words of wisdom with the students as he encouraged them in their future endeavors. Superintendent Dan George encouraged the students to “Change the World” as has been his mantra during his tenure at CTA and this was his last graduation before his retirement. Former elementary principal Autumn Mattson has now taken the reins as Superintendent/School leader.

CTA is proud of the Class of 2020 and thankful for their flexibility during these unprecedented times.

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