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CTA Calendar

 

October

16 Cross Country – Montabella Invitational – 4:00 p.m.

16 Middle School Fun Night – 5:30-7:00 p.m.

17 Charger Voices Perform at Grand Rapids Griffins

19 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting – 6:00 PM

19-22 Student-Led Parent Teacher Conferences

(required of all students and parents)

19-22 Scholastic Book Fair

23 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

23 Box Top Fall Turn In

Popcorn Friday

24 Cross Country – Michigan Class “D” State Championship – 11:30 a.m.

26-30 Spirit Week – All Grades

29 Girl Talk MS/HS – 3-4:00 p.m.

31 Cross Country – Mich. Independent Schools State Championship – 8:30 a.m.

November

3 Cross Country Banquet – 5:30-7 p.m.

5 Hearing & Vision Screening Grades K-9

5 Boys & Girls Basketball Tryouts – 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.

6 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

10 Mobile Dentist at CTA

12 Girl Talk MS/HS – 3-4:00 p.m.

12 6th Grade and High School Choir Concert 7-8:00 p.m.

19 Girl Talk MS/HS – 3-4:00 p.m.

20 Picture Retake Day

Popcorn Friday

20 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

20-24 High School Exams

24 End of First Trimester

25-27 No School – Thanksgiving Break

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New Music and Drama Classes at CTA

 

Creative Technologies Academy is excited to announce the addition of music and drama classes to their curriculum.  After a four-year absence, CTA has added an elementary music program for K-5, a middle school and high school choir program, and a high school drama class which is currently learning improvisation techniques.  The high school choir, Charger Voices, will have the exciting opportunity to sing the National Anthem at the Grand Rapids Griffins game on October 17th.  These courses are being taught by Jeremy Holtrop who received his bachelor’s in Music Education from Indiana Wesleyan University and his Master’s in Music from Colorado State University.  Mr. Holtrop has taught choir and drama for eight years and is excited to be a part of CTA and to bring music back to the school.

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Chargers have strong showing at Conference Meet

 

The Creative Technologies Academy Cross Country teams have been  pushing all season long to meet their individual and team goals, and many of them did just that at Riverside Park this past Wednesday. It was the second conference meet of the year for the Chargers, and they did not disappoint.

The boys cross country was led once again by sophomore Les Miner with a time of 17:17. Junior captain, Ethan Lehman had a nice run as well with a time of 18:52. Sophomore James Hofstra came in third for the team finishing at 20:36, but the real surprise was the personal best time for seventh grader Casen Armstrong, beating his previous time by more than two minutes with a time of 20:54. His brother, sophomore Dawson Armstrong, also had a nice race with a time of 21:42, and Sophomore John LeTourneau cruised past his old personal best by more than four minutes, finishing his race at 22 minutes flat.

The girls also had a great run, with eighth grader Zoe Lehman leading the way, gathering in her personal best time at 25:10. Not far behind was fellow eighth grader Hannah Hofstra (25:16), Freshman Brianna Calkins (25:25), seventh grader Amy LeTourneau (30:16), junior Tatyanna Lawson (30:20), and senior Kaleigh Keech (36:42).

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A red carpet kick-off to the school year

The school-wide Hula Hoop Challenge paired each leadership group together to stand hand-in-hand and pass the hula hoop down the line without releasing their partner’s hand. Photo credit: Aspire Photo and Design

The school-wide Hula Hoop Challenge paired each leadership group together to stand hand-in-hand and pass the hula hoop down the line without releasing their partner’s hand. Photo credit: Aspire Photo and Design

Students stroll the red carpet heading to their first day of class.

Students stroll the red carpet heading to their first day of class.

Hoots, hollers, high-fives, and “paparazzi” were awaiting the CTA elementary students as they strolled the red carpet to their classrooms on the first day back after summer break.  Superintendent, Dan George, and Dean of Students, David Oldebekking, treated the students to granola bars to make sure they were well-fueled for for the full day of education and activities.

Leadership is a school-wide area of focus for the 2015-2016 school year. In order to emphasize this character trait, the elementary created small groups by mixing grades together with the plan to empower the older elementary students to serve as mentors to the younger students. Within the groups, the students will participate in teambuilding activities, have discussions on leaderships and the “WE ARE CHARGERS” initiative.

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CTA Cross Country Teams Charging Ahead 

The Charger Girls’ Cross Country team works together at the Independent Conference Meet.

The Charger Girls’ Cross Country team works together at the Independent Conference Meet.

The 2015 Creative Technologies Academy Cross Country Team has already participated in their first two races: Kent City Long Lake Invitational and their first  Independent Conference Meet. Running for this year’s varsity girls’ team is senior Kaleigh Keech and freshman Brianne Calkins. This year’s boys’ varsity team consists of junior, Ethan Lehman; sophomores Les Miner, James Hofstra, Dawson Armstrong, and Jonathan LeTourneau; freshman, Dawson Ingersoll. The current school team has strong and seasoned runners who are serving as mentors to the newer and younger middle school runners. There are eight runners in grades 6-8 participating in cross country this season. And while the current high school team is going strong, CTA is also excited for the future with a strong and growing middle school team. With eleven meets left in the season, both the high school and the middle school teams are continuing to work hard and press on for a great 2015 cross country season!

Junior Ethan Lehman uses the knowledge of his years of racing as he mentors the Middle School CTA Cross Country Team.

Junior Ethan Lehman uses the knowledge of his years of racing as he mentors the Middle School CTA Cross Country Team.

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New Staff

 

CTA-New-Staff-2015Creative Technologies Academy welcomes new teaching staff for the 2015-2016 school year. L to R: Mr. James Fredenburg, high school science; Mrs. Kate Bialkowski, first grade; Mr. Jeremy Holtrop, K-12 music and drama; and Carolynn Davidson, high school mathematics.

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Chargers Kid’s Club

 

CTA has an exciting new after school program where we encourage kids to explore their world using their creativity in all the activities we offer to them. Chargers Kid’s Club is for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade and runs Monday through Friday from 3 – 5:00 p.m. The fee is $4 per day per child to attend. The program is also available on early release days from 1 – 5 p.m.

In September, the group will spend time getting to know one another through story time, group games, craft time, and educational activities. They will enjoy a lot of hands-on fun and each child will be encouraged to bring a unique perspective to the activities. In October, they will begin working on creating short stories, painting works of art, investigating through experiments, and other fun.

If you would like more information about the Charger Kid’s Club or are ready to join in on the adventures, you can contact the Chargers Kid’s Club leader, Amanda Brinks at abrinks@ctachargers.org or call CTA at 616-696-4905.

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CTA Calendar

 

September

17 Girl Talk (Middle School and High School) – 3:00 p.m.

18 Cross Country – Spartan Invitational – 12:00 p.m.

19 Le Tour de Donut – NHS Volunteer Work

24 Cross Country – Fremont Invitational – 4:00 p.m.

25 Picture Day – ALL grades

25 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

30 Cross Country – Conference Meet – 4:00 p.m.

October

1 Girl Talk (Middle School and High School) – 3:00 p.m.

2 School Walk-A-Thon

2 Student vs. Staff Football Game at Skinner Field – 4:00 p.m.

3 Cross Country – Allendale Falcons Invitational – 8:30 a.m.

9 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

10 Cross Country – Portage Invitational – 8:30 a.m.

13 Cross Country – Conference Championship – 4:00 p.m.

16 Cross Country – Montabella Invitational – 4:00 p.m.

19 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting – 6:00 PM

19-22 Student-Led Parent Teacher Conferences

(required of all students and parents)

23 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

24 Cross Country – Michigan Class “D” State Championship – 11:30 a.m.

26-30 Spirit Week – All Grades

31 Cross Country – Mich. Independent Schools State Championship – 8:30 a.m.

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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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