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4th and 5th Grade Essay Contest

 5th Grade – Mrs. Harwood’s class with 1st place winner Nathan Fisk standing next to Mrs. Harwood

5th Grade – Mrs. Harwood’s class with 1st place winner Nathan Fisk standing next to Mrs. Harwood

4th Grade – Ms. Norman’s class with 1st place winner Rebekah Wineman standing next to Ms. Norman

4th Grade – Ms. Norman’s class with 1st place winner Rebekah Wineman standing next to Ms. Norman

Mr. George challenged the 4th and 5th graders to participate in grade level essay contest. 1st place for the fourth grade went to Rebekah Wineman. Nathan Fisk took first place for the 5th grade. Mr. George presented each of them with a Charger sling bag and declared all of the students in the two grades were winners because of their participation.

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CTA Celebrates First “Wall of Honor” Induction; Coxons Honored

L-R Mrs. Lexie Coxon, Dan George, Dr. DeWayne Coxon

L-R Mrs. Lexie Coxon, Dan George, Dr. DeWayne Coxon

CTA held its inaugural “Wall of Honor” induction ceremony on Thursday, October 23 in the CTA auditorium. Dr. DeWayne Coxon and Lexie Coxon were honored as the first inductees. The Coxons were co-founders of CTA in 1998. Dr. Coxon served as a consultant for a time after the school was started and Mrs. Coxon has served the school as Superintendent/School Leader, volunteer, and board recorder.

“I’ve always believed in the value of knowing our history,” said Superintendent/School Leader, Dan George.  “The Coxons’ vision and efforts in establishing CTA is an important part of that. I want our students to know about people that made sacrifices and dedicated time and effort to making this school a viable choice for them and their parents. We established the Wall of Honor to recognize those people.” It is anticipated the Wall of Honor celebration will be an annual event for the school.

 

 

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CTA Calendar

November 21 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)
K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm
6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm

26-28 No School for Students and Staff (Thanksgiving Break)

December 12 Early Release – (2 hours early)
K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm
6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm

19 Last day before Winter Break

22-January 2  – Winter Break

January 5 Classes resume

 

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CTA Spirit Week & CTA Halloween Extravaganza!

Mr. Krombeen and freshman James Hofstra enjoying the competitive nature of the game!

Mr. Krombeen and freshman James Hofstra enjoying the competitive nature of the game!

October was a fun filled month for CTA Elementary; we experienced our first Spirit Week of the year.  Wow, the CTA Yearbook staff put together a fantastic week! Monday, the Crazy Hair theme was a hit. Tuesday’s PJ Day is always a crowd pleaser! Wednesday, who doesn’t enjoy a Beach Day in the middle of the week? Thursday was Inside-Out day; on Thursdays, we all feel a little inside-out.  Then to top it off, Charger Day on Friday, which led into a staff vs. students flag football game. The Staff came away with a victory, but the scores were close.

 

Mrs. Krombeen and Olaf (Zachary Smith) were right with the weather forecast

Mrs. Krombeen and Olaf (Zachary Smith) were right with the weather forecast

Second grade class showing their Charger spirit on Halloween

Second grade class showing their Charger spirit on Halloween

Also, we had our annual Halloween Parade on Friday, October 31! Superheroes, Elsas, and animals came out in spades.  Yes, it was snowy, but it is still fun! Everyone enjoyed showing off their costumes to the whole school. Pictured here (right) is second grade enjoying the festivities; Mrs. Krombeen and Olaf (Zachary Smith) were right with the weather forecast. The picture on the left is of the entire second grade class showing their Charger spirit on Halloween.

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A Great Week for the Chargers

CTA’s Logan Colter passes an opponent.

CTA’s Logan Colter passes an opponent.

The Creative Technologies Academy Cross Country team came in with a focused mindset this week, knowing that the state meet was coming up soon, and their results certainly showed it. Even without their number one runner who missed the race due to an illness, the Chargers performed well at the conference championship meet at Riverside Park. Captain Ethan Lehman, a sophomore, finished in 8th place overall with a time of 18:53, a new lifetime personal record. He and Freshman Les Miner were given all conference awards for finishing in the top ten on the season in total points. Freshman James Hofstra continued his hot streak by breaking the 20 minute mark (19:57), with Logan Colter (21:17) and Dawson Armstrong (22:36) not far behind. It was quite an impressive day for the boys, finishing fourth out of six teams, even with Miner, their number one runner.

The girls also had an impressive day, led by 7th grader Zoe Lehman, who set a lifetime pr with a time of 24:31. Fellow 7th grader Hannah Hofstra finished second for the Chargers (26:28), with senior Olivia Wortz (28:49), 8th grader Brin Calkins (lifetime pr 28:54), and Junior Kaleigh Keech (lifetime pr 35:05) right on her heels. Just like the boys, the girls finished fourth out of six teams in their conference.

Just when Coach Verwey thought his team had their best meet of the season, he saw even more progress at the Montabella Invite Friday evening. The Charger boys finished in 5th place, ahead of teams such as White Cloud and Kent City, a true achievement. They placed three runners in the top 25 overall, led by Les Miner in fourth place (17:32), Ethan Lehman in 13th place with his second lifetime pr in three days (18:50), and James Hofstra in 25th place (19:59). Logan Colter (20:58), Dawson Armstrong (lifetime pr of 21:46), and Johnathon LaTourneau (lifetime pr of 25:35) rounded out the top 6 for the Chargers.

The varsity girls competed hard as well, with Olivia Wortz missing her lifetime personal record by only four seconds with a time of 28:02, and Junior Kaleigh Keech setting her second straight lilfetime personal record with a time of 34:27.

The Chargers have a full week to rest up before their next race, which will be this weekend for the Michigan Class D State Championships. The race is being held in Shepard, MI this upcoming Saturday at Maple Creek Golf Course. Go Chargers!

 

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K-5 News

Mrs. Harwood

Mrs. Harwood

Ms. Norman

Ms. Norman

Mrs. Campbell

Mrs. Campbell

The 2014-2015 school year has started with some changes and additions, but CTA Elementary is stronger than ever. We welcomed new teachers for third and fourth grade. Mrs. Kayla Campbell is our new amazing third grade teacher and Miss Kristi Norman is our new outstanding fourth grade teacher. We also have a long term substitute teacher for fifth grade, Mrs. Miranda Harwood, who is filling in for Mrs. Kate Norman while she is out on maternity leave. Our CTA family sends a big welcome to these teachers.

With these changes and additions, CTA Elementary has had a fantastic start to the 2014-2015 school year! We have wonderful returning and new students and families. This year is shaping-up to be one for the record books! As a school, we have decided to focus on four key features of our character education program this year: Be safe, be responsible, be respectful, and be accountable; the fourth key feature is new to us this year. All students and teachers have agreed to follow these traits when at school and beyond. To honor this pledge, each student and teacher signed the “WE ARE CHARGERS” board pictured below.

CTA-WeAreChargers

 

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CTA Calendar

October 18  Cross Country – Michigan Class “D” State Championship

 

October 18  1st Annual Harvest Festival – 3-6 pm (PA sponsored)

 

October 18  Harvest Festival Dance – 6-9 pm

 

October 21-23  Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences (required of all students and parents)

October 23  Wall of Honor Recognition – 2 pm CTA Auditorium

 

October 24  Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm

6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm

 

October 30  Cross Country Banquet and Awards – 6 pm

 

November 3  Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting – 6 pm

 

November 7  Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm

6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm

 

November 14  End of 1st Trimester (54 days)

 

November 21  Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm

6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm

 

November 26-28  No School for Students and Staff (Thanksgiving Break)

 

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Artisan Craft Fair

Creative Technologies Academy 

  2nd Annual 

Artisan Craft Fair  

Saturday December 6, 2014 

Vendor space available for Artisan Crafters 

$25.00 for an 8’ table, or $40.00 for 2 tables.  

 Space is limited so hurry and reserve yours today!

All proceeds from vendor space rentals support school enrichment programs.

Please contact: Sherry Fisk for further information.

Phone: (231)937-4050

email: sdzssne@frontier.com

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Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting

Creative Technologies Academy

8th Semi-Annual

Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting

Monday, November 3, 2014

6:00 – 7:00 PM – Town Hall Meeting

(Child care provided)

 

  • A time for information and discussion of CTA policies and programs and issues that are important to your child’s education*
  • $100 gas card drawing

 

*CTA Administrators and Teachers will be available to answer any questions about the topics discussed, address any concerns of a general nature, and welcome any positive feedback on the school year to date.

 

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CTA Parent Association Donates $3,000 to Gymnasium Fund!

CTA-Parent-Association-donates

The CTA Parent Association of 2013-14, under the leadership of April Hirsch and Amy Miner, donated $3,000 toward the CTA Gymnasium Fund. Mrs. Hirsch and Mrs. Miner are pictured with members of the 2014-15 Parent Association, Jen Fulkerson, Audrey Hoops, and Shannon Maier.

 

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