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Welcome Back, Chargers!

Welcome back to another amazing year at CTA Elementary! We are starting this year with a few new faces. We welcome two new faces in the Elementary building and one returning face but with a new title. In first grade, we welcome Kim Wilson. Mrs. Wilson is returning to the Cedar Springs area from a couple year teaching stint in Las Vegas where she taught kindergarten and has returned to southwest Michigan to be with her children and grandchildren. In second grade, we welcome Gabby VanKrimpen. This is her first year teaching. She has a daughter Avery, who is 6 years old. Here is a fun fact about Mrs. VanKrimpen: “My favorite season is Fall! I love spending my Sundays watching the Detroit Lions play football and making crockpot meals!” We are so lucky to have Mrs. Vankrimpen and Mrs. Wilson join our team. Finally, we welcome a returning teacher, Mrs. Kate Bialkowski, who was our former first grade teacher. This year she will be our Early Elementary Reading Specialist. Mrs. Bialkowski is a mother of two – her daughter Charlotte is 4 and son Crosby is 6 months old. We are blessed to have Mrs. Bialkowski back and in a new position.

The WHOLE staff is extremely excited for another great year at Creative Technologies Academy!

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CTA Character Education

The fifth grade class presents their character traits they will focus on for the school year.

September Character Trait is RESPECT each month, CTA focuses on a character trait that we discuss, learn, collaborate and implement into our lives at school, home and our community. Our administration meets with our high school students twice a month and meets weekly with our elementary and middle school students to focus on this character trait. Our teachers at CTA spend time each day implementing this character trait into their instruction.

First grade students Frank Rose, Brody Norman and Gwen Middlebrook share their character traits they will try to implement into their personal and school lives throughout the year.

Character Day 2017

On September 13, 2017 CTA participated in the fourth annual Character Day. CTA was part of this global movement of over 130,000 events happening in over 119 countries. Events took place from K-12 school districts, to universities such as UC Berkeley, Harvard, to the U.S. Air Force to companies, to individual families across the country and world. Here at CTA, we engaged in conversation about the importance of developing character and each student chose a character trait as their goal for the 2017-18 school year.

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Cross Country teams show individual and team success

The boys team puts their strongest foot forward at the Hill and Bale Invitational.

Captain Brin Calkins, doesn’t miss a step as she hurdles the straw bales at the Hill and Bale Invitational.

CTA’s cross country season is off to early successes for both the team and its individual athletes. The Chargers have had individuals medal in each of its first three invitationals; Baker Woods, Hill and Bale and Spartan. The Chargers boy’s team is led by Senior Captain Les Miner and Sophomore Collin Bishop. The Lady Chargers have a mix of returning runners and first time runners led by Sophomore Faith Watson and Captain Brin Calkins. The Chargers look to continue their success after a week off with a conference dual meet on 9/27 and the Falcon Invite in Allendale on 9/30. The Chargers Cross Country teams are both coached by Head Coach Todd Bowmar and Assistant Coach Ben Fredrickson.

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Charger Kid’s Club

 

CTA’s Kid’s Club is back! The program runs Monday-Friday from 3-6:00 p.m. (1-6:00 p.m. on early release days) for students in grades K-5 and is administered by Sherry Fisk. Students will spend time making crafts, doing homework, working on team-building skills, playing games and participating in outdoor activities. Miss Sherry is married to Dan Fisk and mom to Nathaniel and Ethan Fisk in 7th and 4th grades at CTA. She has been active periodically in both the PTO and the CTA Creates program during the past three years and now serves as the PTO president.

She has also been an active member of the traffic safety program at CTA during the past year.

Sherry was a classroom parapro at their previous school. She is excited about being at CTA and working with the students. Contact Student Services at 616-696-4905 if you are interested in enrolling your child in Charger Kid’s Club.

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CTA Receives Compliance Award

Arthur Willick, presents Dan George with compliance award.

At the regular board meeting for Creative Technologies Academy on Wednesday, September 13, field representative Arthur Willick of the Charter Schools Office of Ferris State University presented Superintendent Dan George with an award for the Academy’s 16th consecutive year of 100% Compliance. “Each year, the Charter Schools Office recognizes those Academies and their Boards who achieve 100% compliance in submitting documents to Epicenter as required by federal and state law and the charter contract,” explained Willick. “This is not an easy task, since compliance can entail hundreds of required documents, but it is a very important one and we congratulate those involved in this process.”

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CTA Welcomes New Teaching Staff

CTA welcomes new teachers to the team for the 2016-17 school year. Frank Marchese, 6-12 Special Education; Kimberly Wilson, First Grade; Ashton Peerboom, High School English; and Gabriella VanKrimpen, Second Grade.

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SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

September

21 Lightning Bugs Meeting

23 XC Fremont Invitational

27 #2 Conference Meet

28 Lightning Bugs Meeting

29 Student Early Release

30 Allendale Falcon Invitational

October

5 Kent City Middle School Cross country Invitational

6 Elementary Library Day

7 XC Portage Invitational

11 XC WMICCC Conference Championship Meet

13 Student Early Release

Elementary/Middle School Harvest Festival

High School Halloween Dance

XC Montabella Mustang Invitational

13 Elementary Library Day

Middle School Fun Night

27 Student Early Release

* 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 on social media

 

Follow CTA on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute events and activities

● Creative Technologies Academy Family (closed group)

● Creative Technologies Academy (public group)

● Dan George, CTA Superintendent/School Leader (inspirational/character building group)

● Twitter: @ctachargers

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Our Mission

Creative Technologies Academy is a K-12 community of learners committed to changing our world by developing students in character, scholarship, and leadership.

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IMPORTANT FIRST DATES!

K-12 Orientation and Open House

Tuesday, Aug. 22, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

MONDAY, AUGUST 28

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