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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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CTA Boy’s Basketball Team Continues Hot Start

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Last season, Creative Tecnolgies Academy head coach Scott Bultman and his crew were unable to find the win column, but oh what a difference a season makes. After two impressive early season wins, the Chargers boy’s basketball team played a pair of games against Ellington Academy. In both matchups, the Chargers (4-0) dominated from start to finish, winning 60-39 on Monday, and another double digit win on Friday night 51-35.

Freshman Dawson Armstrong has really come on strong for the Chargers, scoring a career high 19 points on Monday, and then matching that once again on Friday. Senior Logan Ogden has continued his great season with his first double double of the season, including 17 points.

The key this season, says Coach Bultman, is not only the starters playing well, but the bench players bringing a lot of energy. The Crash Crew, starring senior Hunter George and the Hawkins brothers, Bailey and Preston, clamped down defensively and held Ellington in check in each of the two games. “I feel Hunter George is as good a defensive guard as we have in our league (or non league) and he sets the tone for the rest of our defense,” said coach Bultman. “Switching from zone last year to all man to man, even on inbounds plays, takes a team commitment and leadership, and we get that from Hunter.”

Next week, the Charger’s schedule toughens up, as they travel to Holland Calvary on Tuesday, followed by a trip to Wellspring Academy.

 

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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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Boys Basketball Preview

 

Chargers Look to Flip the Script in 14-15

The Creative Technologies Academy boys basketball team had a few highlight moments during last year’s basketball campaign, but unfortunately were unable to come up with any victories. This year, the players and coaches are confident that a young Chargers team can turn it around.

Led by second year head coach Scott Bultman, the Chargers have gained a year of experience playing with each other, and are looking for quite a few victories on the scoreboard this season. Senior and team co-captain Preston Hawkins likes what he has seen in his team this preseason. “I believe our team is a lot better than last year” Said Hawkins. “We are much deeper than we were. I expect us to win at least half of our games this season.”

Joining Hawkins as the only other upperclassmen on the Charger roster is the other co-captain, senior Hunter George, senior Logan Ogden, and junior Nate Marble. Although young, the Chargers have many younger players who earned valuable experience from playing on the team last year. CTA has two very athletic wings who are poised for great things this year in sophomore Brandon Beck and freshman Dawson Armstrong. Armstrong sees a couple of keys for his team to have a successful season. “In practice we are doing a much better job of minimizing turnovers and we are being much more patient offensively, which will help us during the season.”

A couple of other returning players who are expected to see a lot of minutes this year are freshman James Hofstra, and sophomores Logan Colter and Bailey Hawkins. Hofstra will be stepping into the starting point guard role this season. “It is very important that we are unselfish as a team this season” said Hofstra. “We have been working a lot on our team chemistry, and are moving the ball very well.”

Sophomore Tim DeVries, who is in his first year at Creative Technologies Academy, likes what he has seen in the team so far. “There is a lot more talent here than where I had played before. We work very hard defensively, and coach Bultman makes sure we are very well conditioned.”

Rounding up the roster for the Chargers are sophomores Jackson Bowers and Jared Bouma, eighth grader Charles Wortz, and seventh graders Luke Hubbard and Collin Bishop.

The Chargers have a 16 game schedule this season, and begin the season Tuesday, December 16, at the West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science. Best of luck this season to Coach Bultman and the Chargers of Creative Technologies Academy.

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Lady Chargers Excited for new start in 2014-15

 

In a season full of new faces, the Creative Technologies Academy Lady Chargers basketball team is prepared to take the court and get back to business.  Led by first year head coaches Gerry Verwey and Danielle Davies, the Chargers will look much different from a year ago. Gone are five seniors and one foreign exchange student, but a few familiar faces still remain.

The CTA Lady Chargers are led this year by their two senior co-captains Olivia Wortz and Hannah Hubbard. Both have been four year varsity players, and have improved both their basketball and their leadership skills in the offseason.

“This year, we expect to be great defensively,” said Hubbard. “We are very active with our hands and feet, and we are much better in terms of defensive communication this year.”

Joining Wortz and Hubbard as returning players are Juniors Kaleigh Keech, Aubrey Slocum, and Annalise VanEnk, as well as Sophomores Holly Fahling and Vicky Hanes.

With only seven high school players on the team, Coach Verwey has had to look down to the middle school to fill out the rest of his roster. Eigth grader Brin Calkins, a returner from last year, is out for at least six weeks with a broken wrist. Fellow eigth grader Hayley Miller is in her first year of competitive basketball, and is joined by seventh graders Hannah Hofstra, Faith Watson, Annie Rabideau, and Taylor Stong.

“We have a great team full of hard workers” said VanEnk. “Our biggest focus right now is our team chemistry. With so many new players, we have a lot of work to do, and I think we have been doing a great job so far.”

The Lady Chargers begin their season Tuesday, December 16, at the West Michigan School of Environmental Science. Let another great season of Lady Charger basketball begin.

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CTA Calendar

December 19 Last day before Winter Break

December 22-Jan. 2 Winter Break

 

January 5 Classes resume

January 13-15 Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences

January 16 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm

6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm

January 30 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm

6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm

 

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K-5 News

 

Grinchly CTA Elementary 

This month, the elementary building has focused on being kind. Every Monday we meet together in the elementary building and celebrate our efforts from the week before; also, we spend time looking toward what we can do to be kind in the week ahead. As a building, we celebrate those students that have shown kindness toward their peers or staff members. Mr. David Oldebekking, our Dean of Students, leads the elementary with hoots and hollers to make every student a “Charger,” and then we exit our meetings with a chant of “WE ARE CHARGERS!”

Our two newest teachers, Miss Kristi Norman and Mrs. Kayla Campbell, have gone above and beyond the elementary weekly celebrations and have started celebrating their students who have displayed kind acts on a daily basis. They have taken the story How the Grinch Stole Christmas written by Dr. Seuss and brought it into their classrooms. The character of the Grinch in the story started-off being a “grinch” towards Christmas, but in the end he learns that the true meaning of Christmas is celebrating love and kindness. Our newest additions have been on the lookout for finding those same traits within their students. Mrs. Campbell mentioned one of her third graders, Morgan, because she has shown the most kindness within her classroom. Miss Norman said that her student, Alex, has shown the class a lot of kindness in the form of “Grinchly” actions.

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4th and 5th Grade Essay Contest

 5th Grade – Mrs. Harwood’s class with 1st place winner Nathan Fisk standing next to Mrs. Harwood

5th Grade – Mrs. Harwood’s class with 1st place winner Nathan Fisk standing next to Mrs. Harwood

4th Grade – Ms. Norman’s class with 1st place winner Rebekah Wineman standing next to Ms. Norman

4th Grade – Ms. Norman’s class with 1st place winner Rebekah Wineman standing next to Ms. Norman

Mr. George challenged the 4th and 5th graders to participate in grade level essay contest. 1st place for the fourth grade went to Rebekah Wineman. Nathan Fisk took first place for the 5th grade. Mr. George presented each of them with a Charger sling bag and declared all of the students in the two grades were winners because of their participation.

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CTA Celebrates First “Wall of Honor” Induction; Coxons Honored

L-R Mrs. Lexie Coxon, Dan George, Dr. DeWayne Coxon

L-R Mrs. Lexie Coxon, Dan George, Dr. DeWayne Coxon

CTA held its inaugural “Wall of Honor” induction ceremony on Thursday, October 23 in the CTA auditorium. Dr. DeWayne Coxon and Lexie Coxon were honored as the first inductees. The Coxons were co-founders of CTA in 1998. Dr. Coxon served as a consultant for a time after the school was started and Mrs. Coxon has served the school as Superintendent/School Leader, volunteer, and board recorder.

“I’ve always believed in the value of knowing our history,” said Superintendent/School Leader, Dan George.  “The Coxons’ vision and efforts in establishing CTA is an important part of that. I want our students to know about people that made sacrifices and dedicated time and effort to making this school a viable choice for them and their parents. We established the Wall of Honor to recognize those people.” It is anticipated the Wall of Honor celebration will be an annual event for the school.

 

 

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