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K-5 News: Reading Month Wrap Up

Mrs. Atkins reads to 2nd graders

Mrs. Atkins reads to 2nd graders

March was Reading Month and it is a favorite of ours at CTA! We Chargers really get into the friendly competition of reading. This past March was no different. Our theme was “Isle of the Reading Chargers.” Each grade had its own pirate ship that moved every week depending on the number of hours read. In order to reach the first island, “Port of Poems”, classes had to read 50 hours. The second island, “Port of Fairy Tales”, the class had to read 150 hours. When classes reached each port, the teacher would read texts from those specific genres to his or her class. When classes reached 400 hours, Mystery Readers arrived to their rooms. Pictured below: Mystery Reader, Mrs. Kelly Atkins, is reading to our lucky second grade class.

Mr. Oldebekking gets sprayed with silly string

Mr. Oldebekking gets sprayed with silly string

The K-8 staff set a goal of 4000 hours throughout the whole month of March. After the first week, students in grades K-8 read almost 1000 hours! Each week of March, we met altogether and unveiled the leading class. It was a tight race between three grades throughout the month; first, fourth, and a surprise appearance by the sixth grade class. In the end, the first grade pulled out the win; they read over 720 hours during the month! Since they were the highest reading class, the students were able to pick a staff member to spray silly string. Of course they chose our much-beloved Mr. Oldebekking! During our Student Showcase, the first graders were able to silly string him in front of the whole school! This year’s March is Reading Month was quite the success! Thank you everyone for your support of this initiative!

CTA K-8 during the Month of March read 4339 hours! WAY TO GO CHARGERS!!!!

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CTA Calendar

 

April 23 Daddy/Daughter Dance (grades K-6): 5-7 pm

27 HIV/AIDS Health Curriculum Meeting for 5th grade Parents: 4-4:30 pm

Family Night: 4:30-6 pm

Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting: 6-7 pm

May 1 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm

6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm

HS Prom @ Boulder Creek – 7 pm

4-8 Teacher Appreciation Week

5  New/Prospective Family Open House: 5:30-7 pm

6 NHS Induction Ceremony: 1:30 pm

7  Mother/Son Game Night for grades K-6: 4-6 pm

8 Mobile Dentist: 8:30 am

12 Wall of Honor Celebration: 2 pm

15  Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm

6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm

Carnival/Art Gallery Night: 5-8 pm

18 Girls Charging Ahead 5K – 3:15 pm

21 Literacy Night: 3:15-5:15 pm

21-22 Senior Trip to Cedar Point

22 No School for Students and Staff

25 No School for Students and Staff – Memorial Recess

29 Graduation @ Cedar Springs High School – 7 pm

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Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting

Creative Technologies Academy

350 Pine Street | Cedar Springs, MI  49319

9th Semi-Annual

Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting

Monday, April 27, 2015

6:00 – 7:00 PM

 “How to Change the World (continued)”

(Child care provided through grade 5)

  • All parents in attendance will receive a free CTA t-shirt
  • All parents in attendance are eligible for a $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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Employment Opportunities

 

There are no position openings at CTA at this time. However, the administration invites interested parties to submit a letter of interest and resume for the following positions that may become available during the 2015-16 school year:

• Certified teachers at all grade levels and subject areas (please include letter of interest, resume, and copy of teacher certification)

• Online learning teacher (please include letter of interest, resume, and copy of teacher certification)

• Administrative Assistant (four year degree preferred)

• Food preparation and custodial staff

Please submit letters of interest, resumes, and appropriate credentials by email to Dan George, Superintendent/School Leader, at dgeorge@ctachargers.org.

Submitted letters of interest and resumes will be kept on file. If a position becomes available that aligns with a letter, resume, and credentials, CTA will notify the prospective applicant with an email including the job posting, application deadline, and job description.

CTA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion or any other legally protected characteristic in its programs, activities, or employment opportunities.

Our Mission

Creative Technologies Academy is a K-12 learning community committed to strengthening character and promoting a safe, scholarly, and supportive environment that develops life-long learners.

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5th Grader is Awarded in Rotary Essay Contest

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One of CTA’s fifth graders has a lot to be proud of; he was one of 280 students from the Cedar Springs area to be picked for the Cedar Springs Rotary Club’s annual essay contest. Jacob Borden was awarded fourth place for his essay about his grandma. The essay contest’s theme asked participants to write about someone they feel is a responsible person. Jacob chose to write about his grandma and the reasons why he feels that she is responsible. “My grandma is outdoorsy, she walks every day. She goes to church and she hand-makes baby blankets for her church’s pantry.” He beamed as he spoke of his grandma, “I really respect my grandma.”

Jacob was awarded a $10 bill; he received a certificate and had a catered lunch with the Cedar Springs Rotary Club this past Wednesday. “We had tacos,” was Jacob’s response when asked about the lunch. During the lunch, Jacob had to read his essay to everyone at the lunch including his mom, grandma, teacher, Mrs. Norman, and his Dean of Students, Mr. Oldebekking, “I was nervous,” Jacob said. Any fifth grader would have been had he or she been in his shoes! CTA has a lot to be proud of in this young Charger. Way to go, Jacob!

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Chargers Own Senior Night, Sweep the Grizzlies

 

The Creative Technologies Academy boys’ and girls’ basketball teams have been known as road warriors, but on February 20th, the Chargers were able to play their one and only “home” game of the season for Senior Night at Grace Bible College.

The girls’ team was up first, taking on the Grizzlies of Grattan Academy. The teams had met twice before during the season, with Grattan coming out with tight victories on each occasion. This time, however, the Lady Chargers were not to be denied. CTA led throughout the entire game, and fought to a 40-32 victory.

It was an emotional night for Charger seniors Olivia Wortz (4 points, 8 rebounds) and Hannah Hubbard (9 points, 7 rebounds). In a very physical game, Wortz and Hubbard kept their composure and used their senior leadership to lead the Chargers to the eight point victory. Junior Aubrey Slocum had the first double-double of her career with 11 points and 11 rebounds, and sophomore Holly Fahling chipped in 10 points of her own.

The boys had a fierce battle themselves, as they took on a Grizzlies team who had played them closely in their first two meetings. The Chargers got off to a strong start, leading by as many as 18 in the first half. One key of the game was to slow down the Grattan point guard, and CTA did just that. They forced him into four first half fouls, which made him sit for much of the first half.

The third quarter started off slowly for the Chargers, as Grattan cut the lead down to five on back to back banked in three pointers, but senior Logan Ogden led a Charger run which eventually led them to a 50-34 victory.

Ogden had another double-double for the Chargers with 13 points and 10 rebounds in his last home game. Freshmen Dawson Armstrong finished with a team high 16 points, and sophomore Brandon Beck scored 15 after sitting out the last meeting with the Grizzlies with a sprained ankle.

It was certainly a senior night to remember for Creative Technologies Academy, and it was a great way to go into the offeason.

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CTA Calendar

 

March 20 Middle School Fun Night: 6-8 pm

27Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm

6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm

April 2 Student Showcase: 1 pm

3No School for Students and Staff

6-10No School for Students and Staff – Spring Break

17Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm

6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm

21-23Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences (TBA-schedules vary by grade)

23Daddy/Daughter Dance (grades

K-6): 5-7 pm

27Family Night: 4-6 pm

Parent/Superintendent Town Hall

Meeting – 6 pm

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Creative Technologies Academy 2nd Trimester Honor Roll 2014-15

Middle School Honor Roll

Last Name, First Name Grade GPA

Almy, Cameron 07 3.25

Alverson, McKenzie 06 3.67

Armstrong, Casen 06 3.67

August, Danielle 08 4.00

Buchanan, Anthony 06 3.67

Bucholtz, Kaela 07 3.50

Calkins, Brianne 08 3.53

Crowder, Gillian 06 3.83

Davison, Matthew 08 3.73

Fahling, Gabriela 07 3.25

Felty, Chandler 08 3.00

Fulkerson, Lily 08 3.53

Hofstra, Hannah 07 4.00

Hutchins, Nathan 06 4.00

Hutchins, Steven 06 4.00

Ingersoll, Dawson 08 3.80

Jahns, Elizabeth 08 3.54

Lehman, Zoe 07 3.92

LeTourneau, Amy 06 3.67

Lovett, Nathan 08 3.20

Marek, Jeff 06 3.39

Mauric, James 06 3.22

McSorley, Carson 06 4.00

Miner, Kevin 06 3.17

Piotrowski, Addie 07 3.17

Shelagowski, Ashley 07 3.92

Sidlauskas, Willow 06 4.00

Starr, Marjorie 08 4.00

Stong, Taylor 07 3.25

Watson, Faith 07 3.25

Wierda, Tori 06 4.00

Wild, Kiarra 08 3.59

Wilhelm, Kristina 06 3.50

Winters, Logan 08 3.73

Wortz, John 06 3.28

High School Honor Roll

Last Name, First Name Grade GPA

Aguilar Barberan, Claudia 10 3.95

Alverson, Allie 10 3.33

Armstrong, Dawson 09 3.83

Aspinall, Cortney 09 3.39

Beck, Brandon 10 3.87

Bricker, Brianna 12 3.06

Colter, Logan 10 3.50

Davison, Joshua 11 4.00

Devries, Timothy 10 3.00

Fahling, Holly 10 3.00

Fisk, Kirsten 09 3.07

George, Jonathan H 12 4.00

Hanes, Victoria 10 3.72

Hawkins, Preston 12 3.39

Hofstra, James 09 3.72

Hoops, Jonathan 12 4.00

Hoops, Rebekah 12 3.39

Howard, Austin 09 3.89

Hubbard, Hannah 12 4.00

Huizinga, Clare 11 3.75

Keech, Kaleigh 11 3.93

Korody, Michael 09 4.00

Kyser, Jordan 11 4.00

Larsen, Kaitlin 12 3.13

Lawson, Tatyanna 10 3.33

Lehman, Ethan 10 3.43

LeTourneau, Johnathon 09 3.22

Martin, Kennedy 12 3.33

Miner, Leslie 09 4.00

Ogden, Logan 12 3.56

Price, Grace 12 3.50

Sager, Cassandra 11 3.33

Shears, Kelsey 11 3.50

Shelagowski, Autumn 10 3.61

Sidlauskas, Violet 09 3.93

Slocum, Aubrey 11 3.33

VanEnk, Annalise 11 4.10

Watson, Autumn 09 3.33

Wellman, Brittany 12 3.00

Winters, Derek 12 3.89

Wortz, Olivia 12 3.52

Yarrington, Dylan 12 3.45

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100 days Smarter!

On February 6, the CTA Elementary ushered in the 100th day of school! Mrs. Honeysett and her first grade students really showed CTA what the 100th day of school should look like! She and her students counted, graphed, sorted M&Ms, played “The Mystery Number”, and showcased their abilities of writing 100 different words! These first graders are a force; they can make, write, and celebrate 100 different ways of learning!

These kids are excited and ready for another 100 days of first grade! (Oops, should we tell them they don’t quite have 100 days left of first grade?) They are 100 days smarter and 100 days goofier!

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Chargers Pull Off Stunning Victory Over Ellington

The Creative Technoloiges Academy boy’s basketball team had already knocked off Eliington Academy twice this season, but the third time proved to be anything but easy. The Chargers trailed throughout, but never gave up their fight, coming back and winning an overtime thriller, 44-41.

The game was not pretty by any means for the Chargers, as they commited a season high 38 turnovers in only 36 minutes of game time. CTA faced a tough 2-3 zone defense throughout the game by Ellington, and were befuddled most of the game. The one way the Chargers stayed in the game was by knocking down timely three pointers. Freshmen James Hofstra (4) and Dawson Armstrong (3) combined for 7 three pointers, and none was bigger than Hofstra’s three that he knocked down to tie the game with time running out in regulation. It was Hofstra’s first game tying bucket of his career, but he has hit many big shots for the Chargers this season. Creative Tech scored the first five points of overtime, and never looked back, leading them to the three point victory.

The bench for the Chargers, usually a strength, struggled to get anything going against Ellington. “Our bench couldn’t find itself on offense tonight so the starters sucked it up at the end.” Said head coach Scott Bultman. “They had energy to run a harassing half court trap 1-3-1 press as well as fast break and it fueled our comeback.” One bright spot off of the bench, however, was eighth grader Charles Wortz. Wortz, the tallest Charger on the roster standing 6’2”, played the most minutes of his career, scoring 4 points, grabbing 4 rebounds, and blocking 4 shots.

The Chargers now head to a busy week, with 3 games in 5 days, including Senior night this Friday vs. Grattan Academy at Grace Bible College. Make sure to come check out your Chargers.

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