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Important First Dates!

 

K-12 Orientation and Open House

Tuesday, September 1, 5:30 PM – 8 PM

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

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CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMY SCHOOL CALENDAR – 2015-16 — 175 SCHOOL DAYS

 

Grades K-5: 8:00am – 3:00 pm 

Grades 6-12: 7:45 am – 2:45 pm

FlexTrac Grades 9-12: (7:45 am – 2:45 pm including 2 self-scheduled hours) 

 

Aug. 26 New Teacher Orientation 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Aug. 31 Teacher PD day – 8 hours – 8 AM –  4 PM

Sept. 1 Employee Orientation 12:30-3:30 PM

Sept. 1 Traditional Orientation & Open House (K-12) – 5:30 – 8:00 PM

Sept. 2 Teacher PD day – 8 hours – 8 AM – 4 PM

Sept. 3 Teacher PD day – 8 hours – 8 AM – 4 PM

Sept. 8 First Day of School

Sept. 25 Student Early Release – PLC (2 hours)

Oct. 9 Student Early Release – PLC (2 hours)

Oct. 19 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting – 6 PM

Oct. 19-22 Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences (required of all students and parents)

Oct. 23 Student Early Release – PD Data Teams (2 hours)

 

Nov. 6 Student Early Release – PLC (2 hours)

Nov. 20 Student Early Release – PLC (2 hours)

Nov. 24 End of 1st Trimester (56 days)

Nov. 25 No School for Students and Staff 26-27 No School for Students and Staff – Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 4 Student Early Release – PLC (2 hours)

Dec. 18 Student Early Release – PLC (2 hours)

Dec. 18 Last Day before Winter break

Dec. 21-No School for Students and Staff – Jan 1 Winter Break

Jan. 4 Classes Resume

Jan. 15 Student Early Release – PLC (2 hours)

Jan. 25-28 High School Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences (required of all High School students and parents)

Jan. 29 Student Early Release – PLC (2 hours)

Feb. 12 Student Early Release – PD (2 hours)

Feb. 15-16  No School for Students and Staff – Mid-Winter Break

Feb.26 Student Early Release – PLC (2 hours)

March 11 End of 2nd trimester (63 days)

March 11 Student Early Release – PLC (2 hours)

March 25 Student Early Release – PLC (2 hours)

April 1 No School for Students and Staff  (possible weather  make up day)

April 4-8 No School for Students and Staff – Spring Break

April 15 Student Early Release – PLC (2 hours)

April 29 Student Early Release – PD Data Teams (2 hours)

May 9 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting – 6 PM

May 9-12 Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences (required of all students and parents)

May 13 Student Early Release – PLC (2 hours)

May 27 No School for Students and Staff (possible weather make up day)

30 No School for Students and Staff – May Memorial Recess

June 9 Last Day of School – End of 3rd Trimester (56 days)

June 10 Teacher Work Day

June 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 Possible make up days for inclement weather

NOTICE OF OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR 2016-17:  

JANUARY 15, 2016 – FEBRUARY 15, 2016

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Creative Technologies Academy Annual Public Notices

 

PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW

The Creative Technologies Academy’s Board Policy Manual contains the following policy which is applicable to all Title I schools. CTA does NOT receive Title I funds, nevertheless it adheres to the following policy:

In accordance with the requirement of Section 1111 of Title I, for each school receiving Title I funds, the School Leader shall make sure that all parents of students in that school are notified that they may request, and the Academy will provide the following information on the student’s classroom teachers:

A. whether the teacher(s) have met the State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade level and subject areas they are teaching;

B. whether the teacher(s) is teaching under any emergency or provisional status in which the State requirements have been waived;

C. the undergraduate major of the teacher(s) and the area of study and any

certificates for any graduate degrees earned;

D. the qualifications of any paraprofessionals providing services to their child(ren);

In addition, the parents shall be provided: 

E. information on the level of achievement of their child(ren) on the required State academic assessments;

F. timely notice if the student is assigned to a teacher who is not “highly qualified” as required, or if the student is taught for more than four (4) weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified.

The notices and information shall be provided in an understandable format, and to the extent possible, in a language the parent(s) understand.

INSTRUCTIONS MATERIALS — RIGHT TO INSPECT

Parents have the right to inspect any instructional materials used as part of the educational curriculum for their student. Instructional material means instructional content, regardless of format, that is provided to the student, including printed or representational materials, audiovisual materials, and materials available in electronic or digital formats (such as materials accessible through the Internet.) Instructional material does not include academic tests or academic assessments.

Affirmed by the Board of Directors, August 12, 2015

Asbestos Management Plan

The Asbestos Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requires all schools to have an “Asbestos Management Plan” and to make that plan available to all concerned parties. Creative Technologies Academy, an asbestos free school, hereby notifies all parents, building occupants, and the parent association that the Asbestos Management Plan for all buildings under the jurisdiction of this local education agency is available in the principal’s office of Creative Technologies Academy located at 350 Pine Street in Cedar Springs Michigan.

This notification is to advise all concerned parties that the Asbestos Management Plan required under the AHERA is available for review upon request. The plans can be viewed by any person during normal business hours. Those interested in reviewing the Asbestos Management Plan can inquire about the hours and times that the plans are available by contacting Mr. Dan Clark, Director of Energy and Maintenance, or the School Leader at 616-696-4905.

Creative Technologies Academy has followed all of the laws pertaining to asbestos in schools for the state of Michigan. Based on the findings, there is no asbestos on the CTA campus. Steps have been taken for a permanent exemption because there is no asbestos to monitor or remove.

Affirmed by the Board of Directors, August 12, 2015

 

 

Integrated Pest Management Policy and Plan

In accordance with Michigan Regulation 637, the following policy and plan has been adopted at:

Creative Technologies Academy

350 Pine Street

Cedar Springs, Michigan 49319

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) requires that the Academy use the least hazardous methods first (fly swatters, vacuuming, housekeeping practices, elimination of insect/rodent food, harborage of entry points, etc.) to remove pests from the school environment before resorting to chemical treatment.

Only professional licenses individuals shall be allowed to apply commercial grade pesticides or herbicides and proper advance notification of application(s) shall be given. No area(s) shall be treated while occupied by staff or students

Notice of this service shall be published to all parents, guardians or students, and staff. In case of emergency, limited use of pesticides or herbicides is permitted without advance notice.

This universal sign shall be posted for 48 hours after commercial application of pesticides or herbicides is made, or for an appropriate period of time as recommended by the licensed professional.

Pesticides In Use

Rodent or pest sightings shall be reported to the school office and shall be recorded in the IPM Log Book. The licensed person providing the pest control service shall review this list prior to providing treatment within or outside the building.

Board Adopted: August 9, 2001 Board Recorder: 

Lexie K. Coxon 

Reaffirmed by the Board of Directors, August 12, 2015

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CTA Calendar

May 21 Literacy Night – 3-5 pm

May 21-22 Senior Trip to Cedar Point

May 22 No School for Students and Staff

May 25 No School for Students and Staff – Memorial Recess

May 29 Graduation @ Cedar Springs High School – 7 pm

June 2 Field Day (K-5)

June 4 Last day of school

June 8 Whitecaps game for CTA families

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2015 Wall of Honor

CTA Wall of Honor Members (L-R): Dr. DeWayne Coxon, Lexie K. Coxon, Alecia J. Terpstra, Amy Burton-Massey, Gary Bailey, Kyle Bohl, Gerry Verwey

CTA Wall of Honor Members (L-R): Dr. DeWayne Coxon, Lexie K. Coxon, Alecia J. Terpstra, Amy Burton-Massey, Gary Bailey, Kyle Bohl, Gerry Verwey

CTA inducted five people into the Wall of Honor for 2015, joining the two inaugural inductees from 2014, Dr. DeWayne Coxon and Lexie K. Coxon. The 2015 inductees are:

Gary Bailey – Director of Student Services, Board Member (President)

Mr. Bailey started the position of Director of Student Services and served the school for eleven years in that position. He most recently served CTA as President of the Board of Directors.

Kyle Bohl – Teacher, Director of Student Services, Board Member (Vice President), Mentor

Mr. Bohl is the only person to serve CTA as a teacher, administrator, and board member. Always willing to share his time and knowledge, he remains one of the most popular staff members among students, parents, and colleagues.

Amy Burton-Massey – Teacher, Building Leader, Mentor

Mrs. Massey was an elementary teacher for 11 years at CTA. Her infectious smile and outgoing personality was the face of our K-5 grades during her time her. She provided a safe, warm, and welcoming environment for our students and leadership for young teachers in our elementary.

Alecia J. Terpstra – Teacher, Class Advisor

Mrs. Terpstra is completing her 14th year of teaching secondary mathematics at CTA. She created the driver education program and taught driver education for several years. She has worked tirelessly over the years as a class advisor, sponsoring dances, fundraising, and planning, organizing, and implementing senior trips.

Gerry Verwey – Teacher, Coach, Mentor, NHS Advisor

Mr. Verwey taught secondary science for 7 years at CTA and he continued to coach cross country and basketball after leaving to teach at another school. He was a mentor to several young teachers and he will always be our “Coach” no matter where he is teaching and coaching.

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Cedar Springs Cleanup

CTA-CleanUp

CTA-CleanUp2The CTA High School gathered this week to clean up Pine Street, from White Creek Avenue to Main Street. Students made sure no trash was left on the side of the road, nor the ditches. We had a great time working together to make Cedar Springs look great!

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K-5 News

Mother Son Game Night was a hit!

Mother Son Game Night was a hit!

Daddy Daughter Dance is always a favorite.

Daddy Daughter Dance is always a favorite.

April and May were very busy months for the students at CTA’s elementary. We had two wonderful events occur during these months: the Daddy Daughter Luau and the Mother Son Game Night.

The Daddy Daughter Dance is one of our favorite events at CTA! At the beginning of every year, many, many questions are asked about the theme of the current year’s Daddy Daughter Dance. This year’s theme was that of a Luau, complete with lots of flowery leis and even a tiki hut!

Like every year, the girls enjoyed the time spent dancing, munching on yummy desserts provided by our families, and sipping on this year’s delicious smoothies made by two amazing CTA high school students: Hunter George and Kaleigh Keech. The greatest part of the evening occurred when all the dads joined their daughters out on the dance floor. The girls’ faces lit up with excitement to be dancing alongside their favorite guys.

Mother Son Game Night was a HIT! Moms and sons joined CTA staff members in playing every game known to man. You could hear the laughter coming from the Scattergories table, guesses being shouted out at the Pictionary station, and you could even feel the floor move in the Twister and Just Dance rooms. Seeing all of the smiling faces makes events like this a fantastic time for everyone!

The 2014-2015 school year is coming to a close and what a great year it has been for CTA’s elementary! Thank you to students, families, teachers, and administrators for making 2014-2015 one for the books!

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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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