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Welcome Back Chargers

Elementary students gather to kick off the school year.

Elementary students gather to kick off the school year.

WOW! We have started another year at Creative Technologies Academy Elementary, we love having so many fresh, new faces in our halls along with the many returning faces! The hallways have been filled with laughter, kindness, and lots and lots of learning in these first couple weeks! One new face in the CTA elementary is Mrs. Mattson, the new Dean of Students, and CTA is very lucky to have her on board as we work on character development and what being a Charger is all about! We are so excited to experience all that she has in store for us this year!

The kids are ready and excited for this school year to begin. Zoey, a returning first grader said, “I am excited to make new friends!” These kids are ready to start receiving the knowledge the teachers at CTA are more than willing to give. “I am excited to read more books,” said Liam, another first grader. The staff and students are ready to have another GREAT year at CTA!!!

GO CHARGERS!!!

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CTA Character Education

 

Dean of Students, Autumn Mattson, meets with high school students to engage them in conversations about Respect - CTA’s character trait of the month.

Dean of Students, Autumn Mattson, meets with high school students to engage them in conversations about Respect – CTA’s character trait of the month.

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.

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Character Day

 

Over 62,000 groups in 96 countries have already signed up for the third annual Character Day, set for September 22! CTA will join this global conversation around the importance of developing character strengths (resilience, grit, empathy, courage, kindness) – all rooted in evidence-based research.

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CTA Welcomes New Teaching Staff

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CTA welcomes new teachers to the team for the 2016-17 school year. Justin Harding, 8th grade and Middle School Science; Ben Fredrickson, High School Science; Todd Bowmar, High School English and Lisa Perry, K-12 Physical Education.

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CTA Assists With GRPD Appreciation Project

 

cta-grpd-1CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. – Creative Technologies Academy teamed up with a volunteer group to assemble approximately 200 bags for the Grand Rapids Police Department. CTA parents, Laura Wortz and Ruthanne Brinks, were asked to be involved and plan an appreciation dinner for the GRPD as their husbands both protect and serve as police officers.

“We wanted our school to be a part of this,” Wortz commented. “We wanted them to have the opportunity to give back to the men and women who give so much to all of us.”

cta-grpd-218 members of the CTA Cross Country team, along with their coaches, helped pack the bags with chips, granola bars, gum and mints. CTA’s elementary students and Charger Kid’s Club spent time decorating the bags before they were filled. The bags that were leftover from the appreciation dinner were given to the community officers to share with the youth that they encountered during their shifts.

Meijer was a major sponsor and provided a generous donation for the supplies for the event.

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Chargers Cross Country Team Preps for A Great Season

 

This year’s cross country team is focusing on the importance of leadership in conjunction with its size. As the size of the teams have grown, so has the character of the team grown exponentially, as they learn the value of communication, teamwork and creativity. Great strides are already being made as these core values are being applied in practice and on the race course. Coaches Danielle Davies and Ben Fredrickson are excited about the talent of the teams and are looking forward to the great things that both the Middle School and Varsity Teams will accomplish this season.

This year’s seniors are Ethan Lehman, Tatyanna Lawson and Kenny Roesner. The captains leading the varsity teams are senior Ethan Lehman and junior James Hofstra and sophomore Brianne Calkins and freshman Hannah Hofstra. There are a total of 13 varsity and seven middle school runners this year.

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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-6 and is administered by Vicki Ross. Students will spend time making crafts, doing homework, working on team-building skills, playing games and participating in outdoor activities. Miss Vicki brings 10 years of daycare experience and many years of volunteering with preschool programs. She has four children – one of whom is in 8th grade at CTA – and eight grandchildren. She loves to cook, bake and spend time with her children and grandchildren. She has a passion for working with children, volunteers at the Cedar Springs Library and her church. 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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Creative Technologies Academy SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

September

22 National Character Day

23 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

Popcorn Day

30 School Walk-A-Thon 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Students vs. Staff Football Game @Skinner Field 4:00 p.m.

October

7 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

14 Elementary Library Day

Middle School Fun Night

17-20 Student-Led Parent Teacher Conferences (K-8 Only)

Scholastic Book Fair

21 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

Box Top Fall Turn

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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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Important First Dates!

K-12 Orientation and Open House

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 5:30 PM – 8 PM

 

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

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