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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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Lady Chargers Shake off Slow Start, Defeat Aviation

 

Junior Aubrey Slocum has had an up and down season for the Creative Technologies Academy Lady Chargers. She has had multiple games where she has scored double digit points, but has also had to sit out a few games due to two separate ankle injuries. Slocum’s ankle seemed to be good to go Monday night though, as she led CTA with a career high 22 points in a 32-25 victory.

The Chargers trailed by 3 at halftime, but tightened up on both the offensive and defensive ends to outscore West Michigan Aviation Academy by ten points in the second half. Coach Gerry Verwey has been preaching eliminating mental mistakes, communicating, and listening to his team, and they responded in a great way Monday night.

The Chargers were led by Slocum’s 22 points, but many other ladies contributed asa well. Senior Olivia Wortz chipped in four points, Senior Hannah Hubbared scored two, and Faith Watson and Hannah Hostra scored two each as well. They were Hofstra’s first two career varsity basketball points.

The Chargers have two more games this week, setting a pre-week goal of going 3-0 for the week. With a victory on Monday, all of their goals are still within reach.

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CTA partners with Cedar Springs High School and Cedar Springs Community Players

 

Creative Technologies high school students, under the direction of high school teacher, Mrs. Kresta Train, are partnering with students from Cedar Springs High School and the Cedar Springs Community Players to present “No Going Back – An Evening of Extraordinary Circumstances” on February 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 pm and March 1 at 2 pm. Each group will present a one act play to offer glimpses into the lives of three people from different periods in history and the extraordinary circumstances they encounter. CTA will present “The Ugly Duckling” by A.A. Milne. “Actor’s Nightmare” by Christopher Durang will be presented by Cedar Springs High School. The Cedar Springs Community Players will present “The Devil and Daniel Webster” by Stephen Vincent Benet.

Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students (age 17 and under). Tickets can be purchased from the Cedar Springs Library or from cast members and directors. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for the same price for students and $12 for adults.

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February 20 Senior/Parent Night – Basketball @ Grace Bible College v. Grattan Academy; Girls – 5:30, Boys – 7:00

24 Basketball @ Grand Valley Armory v. WMLHS; Girls – 5:30, Boys – 7:00

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

27 End of 2nd Trimester

March 12 K-12 Student Showcase

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

20 Middle School Fun Night

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

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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 for the 2015-16 school year:

• K-12 music teacher (please include letter of interest, resume, and copy of teacher certification)

• 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.

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Open Enrollment

Creative Technologies Academy

350 Pine Street | Cedar Springs, MI  49319

Open Enrollment Period for the 2015-16 School Year

January 15, 2015 – February 15, 2015

You may register students for grades K-12 

by calling Mrs. Atkins or Mr. Oldebekking at (616) 696-4905

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CTA Calendar

 

 

January 30 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm

6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm

 

January 30 Basketball @ Grattan Academy; Girls – 5:30, Boys – 7:00

 

February 3 Basketball @ WMAES Tourney; Girls – 5:30, Boys – 7:00

 

February 4,5, or 6 Basketball @ WMAES Tourney Consolation or Championship; Girls – 5:30, Boys – 7:00

 

February 9 Basketball @ Big Rapids Middle School (BR Home School); Girls – 7:00, Boys – 7:00

 

February 12 Basketball @ Ellington Academy; Boys – 6:00

 

February 13 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm

6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm

 

February 16 Basketball @ WMAA; Girls – 4:30, Boys – 6:00

 

February 17 Basketball @ WMAES; Girls – 5:30, Boys – 7:00

 

February 16-17 No School for Students and Staff – Mid-Winter Break

 

February 20 Senior/Parent Night – Basketball @ Grace Bible College v. Grattan Academy; Girls – 5:30, Boys – 7:00

 

February 24 Basketball @ Grand Valley Armory v. WMLHS; Girls – 5:30, Boys – 7:00

 

February 27 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm

6-12  Dismissal at 1:06 pm

 

February 27 End of 2nd Trimester

 

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Make for Change

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This past December, the CTA elementary and middle schools participated in a “Make For Change” campaign in which the students brought in coin change from home. We mixed things up this year by allowing the winning class to choose the charity that would receive the funds. In order to win, one class needed to have the most positive or least amount of negative points; pennies were worth 1 point, nickels were worth negative 5 points, dimes were worth negative 10 points, quarters were worth negative 25 points, and dollars were worth negative 100 points. Each morning, students were given the opportunity to put silver coins in other grades’ jars, and then put their copper coins in their own class’ jars. During a period of nine days, the students of CTA came together and raised $920!

Each morning it was such a pleasure to see students walking up and down the hall with their bags of coins. The teachers did a fantastic job of hyping-up the contest; for example, teachers would pretend to get angry when students would bring in coins to add to their classroom’s jars. Yes, students and staff got caught up in the competition of the contest, but we also knew the underlying reason for the contest: to raise money for a specific charity.

The seventh grade came up with the win! Their class raised a positive $50; every other class end up in the negative. Nice job, seventh grade! As a result of their win, the seventh grade class had to make the hard decision of where to donate the funds. With a lot of deliberation, the students decided to donate the money to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital’s Child Life! Child Life is an area of the hospital that helps the patients and their parents/families feel as much at home as possible; they provide arts and crafts, books, and games for everyone involved!

We are happy to have had another successful “Make for Change” campaign! Great work showing others what Chargers look like, CTA elementary and middle schools!

 

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Lady Chargers Fall Short vs. Thunder

CTA-Girls-BasketballThe Creative Technologies Academy Lady Chargers headed south to Wyoming to face the Grand Rapids Thunder this past Thursday night. The Lady Chargers, with a 1-2 record heading into the game, were looking to see how they could perform against one of the better home school teams in the area. The Thunder started off quickly offensively, and stifled the Charger attack with a 1-3-1 defense, and pulled away with a 40-10 victory.

CTA was unable to score in the first quarter, but got on the board during the first posession of the 2ndquarter on a Vicky Hanes 10 foot jumper. The Lady Chargers battled hard on the boards all night, but just could not match the size and strength of the Thunder. Leading the way for CTA was senior Hannah Hubbard with 4 points and 7 rebounds. Senior Olivia Wortz came off the bench to score 4 points and grab 3 boards, and 7th grader Hannah Hofstra, in her first game, pulled down three rebounds of her own. The Lady Chargers resume play this Tuesday at Holland Calvary.

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