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Creative Technologies Academy reauthorized by Ferris State University

Academy to Receive Longest Contract Issued by FSU

In anticipation of the expiration of CTA’s current contract with Ferris State University in June of 2019, the Academy met with a team from the FSU Charter Schools Office in early November for a rigorous reauthorization review and evaluation of the Academy. 

The results of that review and evaluation were very positive for the Academy and the Charter Schools Office recommended reauthorization to the Ferris State University Board of Trustees.

The FSU Board of Trustees met on Friday, December 14, and unanimously concurred with the Charter Schools office and approved the reauthorization of Creative Technologies Academy with a seven year contract beginning July 1, 2019. Dr. Ronald Rizzo, Director of the FSU Charter Schools Office, said this about the Academy: “Ferris State University is proud of the efforts and achievement of Creative Technologies Academy. The seven-year reauthorization by the FSU Board of Trustees represents our confidence in the continued growth and development of the academy. FSU looks forward to our ongoing partnership with the Board and administration of CTA.”

During the evaluation process, the FSU Charter Schools Office looked at CTA’s school improvement process, initiatives, and results; facilities; school culture; mission accomplishment; website; student outcomes; governance and leadership; resources and support systems; contract performance; and curriculum. 

Dan George, CTA Superintendent, expressed gratitude for the staff and families that make up the CTA community. “We’ve tried to create a no excuses culture at CTA that focuses on growth and continuous improvement and our staff and families have bought into those goals,” said George.

“Many people don’t understand the accountability process for schools like ours. We have the same accountability requirements as any other public school for the state, and we have the additional rigorous reauthorization process with Ferris State University. Seven-year contracts are given sparingly by FSU. Most contracts are 3-5 years and some schools don’t make it through the reauthorization process and are closed. We are grateful for this expression of confidence and trust by Ferris State University and the Charter Schools Office. When people believe in what you’re doing it is extremely gratifying.”


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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.


Dec. 21 Early Release Day

Popcorn Day

Varsity Basketball Games @Davenport University

Dec. 22-Jan. 6 Winter Break

January

2-5 Girls Varsity Basketball Tournament 

4 MS/JVBoys Basketball Games @Lighthouse Baptist Academy

7 School Resumes

8 Boys MS/Varsity Basketball Games @Martin Luther High                                 School

Girls Varsity Basketball vs Zion Christian 

Jostens Informational Meeting

11 Early Release Day 

School Bank

Varsity Basketball Game @Libertas Christian School

14 PA Meeting

15 Varsity Boys & Girls Home Basketball Games 

Jostens Orders Due

17 Annual Spelling Bee 

21 Varsity Boys & Girls Basketball Games @Algoma Christian

*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 Drama presents hilarious spoof on Charles Dickens’ classic story with “A Christmas Chaos”

Sydney Petersen and Nolan Patin “accidentally” ended up in each others’ costumes and added much laughter to the performance.

On Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15 the CTA Drama department presented their third annual fall play. This unique twist on Charles Dickens famous story follows a group of actors who are forced to put on  A Christmas Carol  after the Royal Shakespeare Company gets lost. The local actors scramble to do their best to bring the story to life, but end up with two Tiny Tims, a narcissistic Scrooge, ghosts in bed sheets, an actor who plays both Bob and Mrs. Cratchit at the same time and much more! The CTA drama department continues to build and expand the program with bigger shows. This show was performed by 22 students in grades 9-12. Because of the unique script writing, students not only got to play classic Christmas carol characters but also got to play themselves trying to put on the show. It was a show within a show! Overall, the play brought some big laughs yet still told the story of “A Christmas Carol”.

Elizabeth Jahns and James Hazen played out the scene between the beggar and Ebenezer Scrooge.

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Chargers Quest for the Net

The girls and boys basketball programs are off to a great start. This year, the boys program added a middle school team that has kicked off the season and currently with a 2-3 win-loss and are led by captains Avery Bishop and Landon Winters. The boys varsity team is off to a strong start at 4-1 and are led by captains Charles Wortz and Luke Hubbard. Both teams are coached by Todd Bowmar. The girls varsity team is 2-2 on the year so far and are led by captains Brin Calkins, Hannah Hofstra, and Faith Watson and are coached by Lisa Perry. CTA is now a part of the Great Lakes 6 league and both teams are looking like strong contenders. Be sure to come on out to support them and watch them in action at any of their home and away games!

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Elementary Students Performed the Polar Express

K-5 students all performed together for two of the songs in the concert.

On Monday, December 3, the Elementary students performed in a music concert themed around the book “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg. The students dressed in their pajamas just like the kids in the story. Several 3rd, 4th and 5th graders read the story of the Polar Express at the concert. In between the readings, all the students sang different songs that helped to tell the story. The students learned American Sign Language to go along with two of the songs:  Believe  and  When Christmas Comes to Town. These two songs also featured soloists during the verses. The concert was directed by Bethany Holtrop and Jeremy Holtrop accompanied two songs on the piano.

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Holiday Concert Features Three Choirs and Alumni

The Charger Voices were conducted by Mr. Jeremy Holtrop.

On Monday, December 17, the CTA middle school and high school choirs performed their annual holiday concert. This concert featured three different choirs. Our middle school choir, Harmonic Chargers; our high school choir, Charger Voices, and our recently formed a cappella choir, Voices of Lightning. Each group performed 4-6 pieces and then all singers performed together to close the concert on “Christmas Canon Rock” which featured CTA student, James Mauric on electric guitar. James rocked it out mimicking the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Also, CTA alumni choir students came back and performed “Carol of the Bells” as part of a yearly tradition.

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Toys for Tots Campaign Huge Success

Boxes were located in each of the three campus buildings
 for donations to be dropped off.

This year Creative Technologies Academy once again participated in the Toys for Tots toy drive. Over the past two weeks, students and their families have brought in a total of 109 toys. In addition to that, the CTA staff usually pool funds to purchase gifts for the administrators and chose this year to do a donation to Toys for Tots on behalf of the administrators. The staff raised $225 for more gifts. “…it was such a blessing to shop and donate these additional gifts so that children can have a toy under the tree on Christmas day,” shared elementary principal Autumn Mattson. It’s part of the CTA way to believe that it is better to give than to receive.

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CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMY SCHOOL CALENDAR

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CTA 2018-19 Basketball Rosters

Middle School Boys

Avery Bishop 

Landon Winters 

Landon Beiter 

Parker Tompkins

 Kaden Winters

Jake Perry

Zach Gibbs

Shad Atwood

Head Coach: Todd Bowmar

High School Boys

Charles Wortz

Collin Bishop

Luke Hubbard

John Wortz

Ivan Winters Jordan Brown

Evan Besmer

Ethan Watson

 Mikey Lemson 

Tobius Potter

Head Coach: Todd Bowmar

Girls Basketball

Brin Calkins

 Elizabeth Jahns

 Vicky Wu

Faith Watson 

Hannah Hofstra

 Kaela Bucholtz

 Ruby Tompkins 

Alison Fisk

Molly Wortz

 Jayda Schreiber

 Nadelynn Brinley

 Alyssa Bishop

 Head Coach: Lisa Perry

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A Christmas Chaos Performance

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