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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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Choir Concert is a Tribute to the Class of 2019

The Harmonic Chargers

CTA’s final choir concert of the year was a tribute to seniors. On Thurs., May 9, the CTA choir program put on their final choir concert of the year. This concert featured our middle school choir, Harmonic Chargers, our high school a cappella group, Voices of Lightning, and our bigger high school mixed group, Charger Voices. Each group performed three to six songs. Audience favorites included “Bora Maisha,” a fun middle school piece that featured a student on the bongos, “Seasons of Love” performed by Voices of Lightning, a big group number, “River in Judea” and a combined piece with both the middle and high school choirs called, “Stand Together”. Another big highlight of this concert was some special senior performances. Senior Tobius Potter performed the solo, “Der Mond” by Felix Mendelssohn. Tobius recently performed this at State Solo & Ensemble and received a one rating. The seniors also selected, “7 Years” as their senior song. They got to sing the melody on it while the rest of the choir members sang back up vocals. Overall, it was a fitting end to their CTA choir career.

The Charger Voices perform their class song with the seniors featured on the melody.


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Elementary Students perform Broaway-Style for concert

4th grade students Deegan Van Harten and Colren Bailey were two of the students who aided in introducing songs.

On Tuesday, May 7, the Elementary students performed in a music concert called “Broadway Beat” which featured songs from various Broadway musicals. The students donned snazzy clothes as if they were going to attend a show on Broadway in New York City. Some of the musicals that were featured were “The King and I”, “The Music Man”, and “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”. Several 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders read a script that went along with the concert and introduced each song. The songs “For Good” from Wicked and “We Go Together” from Grease featured soloists. The concert was directed by Bethany Holtrop.

Student incorporated hand motions into several of the songs as they sang.


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Students Showcased Iconic Charlie Brown Moments In Spring Musical

Lucy (Audrey VanDyke) gazes at her love interest, Schroeder (Nolan Patin), as he plays piano.

The CTA Drama Department brought the beloved comic strip ​Peanuts​ to life in their spring musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” On Fri., May 3 and Sat., May 4. This was CTA’s first full-length musical and the students did an amazing job. The show consists of several iconic Charlie Brown moments such as Charlie trying to get a kite to fly, Snoopy reenacting the World War I flying ace “Red Baron,” Lucy’s infatuation with Schroeder and many others. Meant to be a series of vignettes versus an overarching plot, this show was fun for all ages. Thirteen students participated and the show was either sold out or very close in both performances. “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” was also the final performance for three seniors. Tobius Potter (Charlie Brown), Logan Winters (Peppermint Patty), and Elizabeth Jahns (Marcie). Logan and Elizabeth were in all of CTA’s productions during their high school career.

Snoopy (Willow Sidlauskas) rests atop her red doghouse.


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CTA Charger Voices broadens performance background with Collaborative Festival

On Friday, April 12, high school students in Charger Voices traveled up to Gaylord, Michigan for the first ever “Northern Michigan Choral Collaboration Festival.” This festival was created by Mr. Holtrop and Mr. Reed (the Gaylord High School Choir Director) as an opportunity for both schools to learn and grow from each other. Students rehearsed on Friday and Saturday, and then completed a closing performance on Saturday, April 13. During this event, both groups got the amazing experience of working with Ms. Xioasha Lin, doctoral student at Michigan State University. She worked with each choir for an hour and even taught the groups a new piece for the performance. This collaborative effort between the two schools really helped our students grow and experience music in a new and exciting way.

Charger Voices at Festival: Choir students from both CTA and Gaylord High School combined their voices for a performance together.


Lady Chargers soccer team kicks off season

CTA is proud to announce that the girls soccer program is up and running for its inaugural year. The team is coached by one of our middle school teachers, Justin Harding. Fifteen Lady Chargers in grades 6-12 make up a strong team for the first-ever girls soccer season at CTA. The team had their first game on April 9 against an experienced Barry County Christian team. For many of the Lady Chargers, this was their first taste of soccer at a varsity level, and they fought hard and gave their best effort. Even though the team did come up short and lose their first game, they have not lost hope. Coach Harding and the team look forward to playing against them again later in the season as the girls look to keep growing and pushing themselves to improve each day. Coach Harding had this to say about the team, “We have a very smart team, and these girls are learning the game very quickly; I look forward to seeing their potential continue to grow.” The Lady Chargers are looking forward to playing at Algoma Christian on May 2 at 5:30 p.m.


“You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” Musical is coming to a stage near you

Tickets are on sale now for Creative Technologies Academy’s spring musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” You will not want to miss this show on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.! CTA drama students have been working hard to bring this beloved comic strip classic to the stage! This show features some of the most iconic scenes from the comics including Charlie Brown’s battle with a kite, Schroeder’s love of all things Beethoven, Snoopy’s Suppertime celebration, Sally’s unfortunate coat hanger sculpture grade, and many more! This show is sure to make you laugh and relieve the nostalgia of the Sunday Funnies. Advance tickets are on sale now for $6 by calling 616-696-4905 or by going to the CTA office. Tickets are $7 at the show and seating is limited. Concessions will be available for purchase at the show, and the funds raised will be used to continue to support the Drama Club and future productions. Hope to see you at the show!


Harmonic Chargers perform National Anthem at the West Michigan Whitecaps game

Harmonic Chargers at Whitecaps

On Tuesday, April 16, CTA’s middle school choir, “Harmonic Chargers,” performed the National Anthem at the West Michigan Whitecaps game against rival The Lansing Lugnuts. The students represented CTA well and had a great time at the game!


March is Reading Month 2019

Crash made a visit to some of the classrooms after the assembly, including the 2nd grade class

March is an extra special month as it marks a whole month dedicated to promoting the enjoyment and importance of reading both in school and at home. Creative Technologies Academy placed special emphasis on activities that promote reading during the month of March with the theme of “Grand Slam Readers.”

Crash spent time dancing with elementary students during their Reading Month closing ceremonies and even had time for photo opps with a few students!

Each week, students were given a new reading log to shade in the required amount of “outside of school” reading minutes given by each grade. Whole school and classroom activities were abundant throughout the month including: a giant baseball bulletin board keeping track of their reading as a whole school, mystery readers, reading buddies, library visits, Scholastic Book Fair, and more.

We also had a special surprise guest visit from Whitecaps mascot, CRASH, during our final student assembly. As a final celebration, there will be a school-wide outing to a Whitecaps game on May 23rd.


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.

April 26 Early Release Day 

Popcorn Day 

Prom

27 Mother/Son Event

30 Kindergarten Round Up

May 3 School Bank

Spring Musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

4 Spring Musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

7 Charter Day at the Capitol Elementary Spring Concert

9 Student vs. Staff Softball Game

Middle School/High School Choir Concert

10 Early Release Day

11 Family Trivia Night – CTA Disney Trip Fundraiser

17 Graduation 21 PA Meeting

23 Elementary Trip to Whitecaps Game

24 Early Release Day

27 No School – Memorial Day

28 Talent Show

8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

29 Field Day

31 End of Year Family Picnic w/PA Carnival

June 7 Last Day of School

*Early Release Dismissal Schedule

● K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

● 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.


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Creative Technologies Academy

Dads and Daughters 80’s Skate Night

Dads and daughters rocked to 80’s music, did the limbo, and kicked their skates off for some dance time.

The annual daddy daughter event hosted by the Creative Technology Academy Parent Association was a great night for young girls and their fathers to spend a special evening together. The event took on a new look this year as the fathers and daughters took to the floor with roller skates. Girls and their fathers came dressed up in 80’s rockstar attire.

They arrived at Skate Estate in Howard city to be ushered down a “red carpet” aisle to get their pictures taken. Then, the girls were given backstage passes and sent to get their skates.

The evening was filled with food, fun, dancing, and laughter as the guests took the floor to skate, dance, and play games. It was a night to remember.


Basketball Wraps Up and Soccer Kicks Off

The 2018-2019 basketball seasons came to a close with many highlights for CTA. The Lady Chargers ended their season with a record of 7-9 and third in the Great Lakes 6 Conference. Junior Faith Watson was selected as First Team All-Conference. Senior Brin Calkins and Junior Hannah Hofstra were selected as Second Team All-Conference. On the boys’ side, the middle school team finished 6-5 in their first season. The Varsity team finished 15-3, including an undefeated conference schedule. As conference champions, Senior Charles Wortz, Junior Collin Bishop, and Junior Luke Hubbard were named as First Team All-Conference. Freshman Ivan Winters was named as Second Team All-Conference.

The Lady Chargers soccer has started its conditioning sessions in anticipation for its upcoming inaugural season. The Lady Chargers soccer team will open up play after spring break, on April 9, at Barry County Christian, and the first home game on April 11 vs. West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science.


Elementary Showcase Night Partners Parents and Teachers

Parents gathered in different workshops during the showcase, which allowed them to learn a few best practices aligned with the curriculum and to assist their children with homework.

On March 12, we provided a workshop-style event for our elementary curriculum night. Our hope was to connect with families and to provide insight on the different strategies of teaching and learning of their child’s classroom experiences at CTA.

We provided three 20-minutes sessions on the following topics:

Student Talk: Academically, student talk is proven to increase critical thinking, problem solving, and student ownership of their learning. We demonstrated how we provided this practice in K-5 classrooms and ways to practice at home!

Close Reading:  We learned about the K-12 reading strategy that we teach all students for digging deeper into all types of text,

Foundations of Early Literacy: We demonstrated how the K-3 Fundations program looks like in the classroom and provided take-home resources and strategies.

Word Study:  We shared the  why  and  how  behind a new approach to reading and spelling.

Music:  We learned a variety of songs from around the world and practiced rhythm exercises that can be duplicated at home.

Technology:  We provided resources for our parents to navigate through the instructional program MobyMax.

We were excited to give our families choice, flexibility, and a customized night of partnership. We had a great time learning together and provided some great techniques to make the most of our families’ time with their children at home!


PA Rolls in the Dough with Pie Sales
The Parent Association (PA) recently hosted their spring fundraiser. They chose to do a pie sale through Great Lakes Fundraising Company. All Students in grades K-12 were encouraged to sell pies to raise funds for field trips and other needs for the school.

They sold Michigan Apple and Michigan Cherry pies. After the sale of the pies, the PA rounded-up volunteers to make the pies that were sold. This was a great experience for both kids and adults. The students sold a total of 335 pies. The PA was very proud of the students’ hard work selling, and they are very grateful for the hard work and involvement of everyone who helped make this sale a success!


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.

March 22 Early Release Day | School Bank

25 PA Meeting

26 Students vs. Staff Basketball Game 

28 Early Release Day | Popcorn Day

29 No School – Spring Break Begins

April 1-5 Spring Break

9 Jostens Cap & Gown and Ring Delivery 12 Early Release Day

12-13 Charger Voices Field Trip to Gaylord

16 PA Meeting

19 School Bank

26 Early Release Day | Popcorn Day | Prom

*Early Release Dismissal Schedule

● K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

● 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

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Cedar Springs schools makes adjustments for snow days

Snow and ice have made driving on back roads dangerous for school buses this winter. 
Photo by Evelyn Avery.

By Judy Reed

Icy, snowy and dangerous winter weather, including sub-zero temperatures and power outages, caused both Cedar Springs Public Schools and Creative Technologies Academy 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. And winter isn’t over yet.

The MDE also allows schools to apply for a waiver for three extra closings, above the six. Both Cedar Springs Public and CTA applied for the waiver. CTA was approved, but Cedar Springs Public was denied. Meaning CTA will make up five days, while Cedar Springs will make up eight. Why the disparity?

According to Cedar Springs Superintendent Scott Smith, it’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.

“The time requirement, a minimum of 1098 hours per year, was first applied to the 2010/11 school year,” explained Smith. “The rules changed again beginning with the 2014/15 school year, when districts were required to provide at least 1098 hours of instruction and have at least 175 days of instruction. Beginning in the 2016/17 school year districts were required to provide at least 1098 hours of instruction and have at least 180 days of instruction.  There is a provision in the law that honors collective bargaining agreements that were effectively in place on July 1, 2013. Cedar Springs Public Schools signed an eight-year collective bargaining agreement with the Cedar Springs Education Association in June of 2013.  

“We are in compliance with the minimum of 1098 hours of instruction but we meet that standard with 172 days of school,” he added. “Our school day is slightly longer, a minimum of six hours and 23 minutes, than districts that have 180 days of instruction on their calendar. A district like Sparta would have a minimum of six hours and six minutes of instruction per day.”

The bottom line is that they are in class the same number of hours per year as those that go 180 days. And yet, they were denied the extra three days.

There may, however, be some help from the legislature, as a couple of bills have been introduced to forgive days missed during a state emergency, as happened earlier this year. The Post contacted Senate Majority Floor Leader Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, about the issue.

“Legislation has been introduced in both the state Senate and House of Representatives that seeks to forgive school districts for cancelling school due to a declared state emergency,” he said. “I think that there is sufficient interest amongst my colleagues for the bills to be taken up for consideration. The Legislature will need to find the balance between offering relief for a declared emergency and the amount of time students are spending in the classroom.”  

In the meantime, Cedar Springs has made a few changes to their schedule because of the many school closings. All early release days left on the calendar will become full days. Not because it would count towards time made up (it wouldn’t) but to help the students get back instructional time they’ve missed. “This change will allow our students and teachers to recapture over 10 hours of instructional time before the upcoming State and Advanced Placement testing cycles begin in April and May,” Smith explained.

Additional days added to their calendar to make up the eight days missed are May 24, June 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14.  

See more info from the Superintendent on the Cedar Springs School page on page 11.

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CTA is accepting enrollment for the 2019-20 school year!

To schedule a tour and pick up a registration packet, please contact: Autumn Mattson, Elementary Principal:  amattson@ctachargers.org Jennifer Colin, Secondary Principal:  jcolin@ctachargers.org

Or call: 616-696-4905

Or visit our website:  www.ctachargers.org

CTA Highlights:

● Small class sizes , hands-on learning experiences, individualized small group instruction, and an energetic staff;

● CTA Elementary WIN (Whatever I Need)/Middle School Interventions Time: Strategically organized schedule to better support teachers and students so that our intervention time no longer only applies to just our below grade level learners but to ALL students;

● Great Start Readiness Program  4 year-old preschool;

● The  CTA high school  offers opportunities for community service and leadership, advanced learning, KISD programs, and dual enrollment options;

Advanced Placement®  Offering added to CTA Coursework;

Drama Department  produces two performances each year by students in grades 5-12;

Athletics  available to students in grades 6-12 include: Varsity Soccer, Varsity Basketball, and Varsity Cross Country;

● K-5 Specials:  physical education, music, and technology.

● Middle School Electives  include: physical education, technology, choir, or drama production.

● Field Trips  for all grades to provide real-world experiences.

AP® or Advanced Placement® are trademarks registered by the College Board, which is not affiliated with Creative Technologies Academy.


CTA Students Participate in Honors Choirs

Tobius Potter and James Hazen auditioned for the Regional Honors Choir during first semester. Both were chosen to participate. At that performance, both auditioned for the State Honors Choir. Tobius was selected to proceed onto State. At State Honors Choir, he auditioned for all-state, but unfortunately, he was not selected.

On to the next event! In February, Tobius performed at the District Solo and Ensemble Festival where he sang two art songs (one in Italian and a traditional Scottish song), and he received feedback and a score from a judge. A score of 23 or higher would earn him the right to participate in the State Solo and Ensemble Festival. Tobius scored a 25 and will be participating at State Solo and Ensemble in the end of April.

“Tobius and James have challenged themselves both individually and within their choirs this year,” shared choir director, Jeremy Holtrop. “They have put in a lot of extra work to compete with and against other area students. It has been great to see their growth.”


Tribute to Martin Luther King

Mrs. Marsman’s 7th grade class pays tribute to Martin Luther King by creating a collaborative collage. 
Saige Montambo shared her piece of the collage.

From the Desk of the Superintendent

Dear CTA Staff and Families,

State law requires CTA to hold school for a minimum of 180 days in 2018-19. Even if we meet or exceed the required hours, we must account for 180 school days. The Michigan Department of Education allows us to close school when weather conditions adversely affect the ability to hold school safely, and MDE provides for forgiveness of up to six days under these conditions. This has been an unusually harsh winter with severe cold and ice forcing an unusual amount of closings. To date, we have cancelled school thirteen times due to severe winter weather conditions, exceeding our forgiveable number by seven days.

MDE allows districts to apply for a waiver for an additional three closings. We will be applying for our waiver in the next few days. If our waiver request is approved, we will be required to make up four days at the end of the school year. If our waiver request is not approved, we will be required to make up at least seven days at the end of the school year.

At a regular meeting of the Board of Directors on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, the Board approved a revision of the school calendar to add the following days:

● June 3 – Regular full day of school

● June 4 – Regular full day of school

● June 5 – Early Release for Students and Staff

● June 6 – Early Release for Students and Staff

● June 7 – Early Release for Students and Staff

This gives us a one day cushion to get through the rest of February and March if our waiver is approved. If we have no additional cancellations before April 1, and our waiver request is approved, I will ask the board to revise the calendar to delete June 7 and the last day of school would then be June 6, 2019. Additional days have identified beyond June 7 if our waiver is not approved or if we have further cancellations this year. As of now, we anticipate no changes to the last day for seniors or the date of graduation. Changes in those dates could be forthcoming if we have further cancellations. The full revised calendar will be posted on our website.

As always, I very much appreciate your support and cooperation.

Sincerely,

Dan George Superintendent


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.

February 28 Varsity Boys & Girls Basketball Game @ Home @5:30 p.m.

March 8 Early Release Day School Bank

11 PA Meeting

15 Mobile Dentist

18 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting 

18-21 Student-Led Conferences (K-12)

Book Fair

22 Early Release Day School Bank

29 No School – Spring Break Begins

April 1-5 Spring Break

*Early Release Dismissal Schedule

● K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

● 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

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