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Chargers team starts strong

 

The Creative Technologies Academy boys’ basketball team came into Friday night’s game against West Michigan Aviation with something to prove, as they had lost to Aviation’s JV team last year. This time, they played the varsity, and the Chargers were focused and came to play their best.

At the half, CTA was tied with Aviation, in a tight, back-and-forth affair. “I felt like we did a great job against the full court press in the first half,” said Coach Scott Bultman.

The Aviators built a ten-point lead going into the fourth quarter. The Chargers held their own throughout the fourth quarter, but couldn’t make up the gap from the third quarter. The final score was 50-39. Sophomores Dawson Armstrong and James Hofstra led the Chargers in scoring with 17 and 12 points, respectively.

CTA is off for the rest of the week, with their next games coming against West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science on Tuesday, the 19th.

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Santa’s Shop a great success! 

 

The CTA Parent Association organized a Santa Shop in December with many gifts that were handmade and donated by CTA families. The Santa Shop provided an opportunity to CTA elementary and middle school students to shop for gifts for their family and friends.  From handmade candles, bath salts, dish towels to coffee cozies and hand warmers, there was a wide range of gifts for the children to select from. Volunteer parents also helped the children wrap the gifts when they were done shopping.  The Parent Association raised $750 to support student activities throughout the school year.  Thank you to all our families that helped with the gifts and helped the children shop throughout the day!

 

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‘Thank You’ to the CTA Board of Directors

January is School Board of Directors Appreciation Month and Creative Technologies Academy would like to recognize its board members for their commitment to changing our world by guiding us as we develop students with character, scholarship and leadership traits.They volunteer countless hours to serve the school and its students.

Thank you Andrew Willis, Stephen Phelps, Michael Tawney, Shane Courbier, Eugene Burley, Wallace Murphy and Shasta Gross for your commitment to education and the success of CTA!

 

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CTA Calendar

 

January

15 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

19 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. WMAES 5:30-9:00 p.m.

21 Girl Talk 3-4:00 p.m.

22 CTA Spelling Bee

23 Boys (9:00 a.m.) & Girls (10:30 a.m.
Basketball vs.Big Rapids at Rockford Freshman Center

25-28 HS Student-Led Conferences 3-6:00 p.m.

26 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Algoma Christian 5:30-9:00 p.m.

27 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. WMLS 5:30-9:00 p.m.

29 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

Popcorn Day

29 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. WMAA 5:30-9:00 p.m.

February

2 NHS Meeting

3 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Grand Rapids Grizzlies 5:30-9:00 p.m.

4 Girl Talk 3-4:00 p.m.

12 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

12 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Grattan at Grace Bible College 5:30-9:00 p.m.

15-16 No School for Mid-Winter Break

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Friendsgiving Celebrates Friendship and Giving

CTA kindergarten and first grade students shared their Friendsgiving meal.

CTA kindergarten and first grade students shared their Friendsgiving meal.

CTA kindergarten and first grade celebrated Thanksgiving a little differently this year; instead of the traditional gathering and feast, the teachers and students celebrated “Friendsgiving.” On that day, everyone contributed to making Stone Soup and Friendship Bread. Every student brought in a different ingredient. Each delicious ingredient could only be shared by a particular individual; however, when the ingredients were put together, they became a huge pot of delicious soup or a yummy loaf of bread. Friendship is a wonderful combination of individuality and working togetherness. At the end of the day when the meal was prepared, the students and teachers came together once again and celebrated “Friendsgiving” with a friendship banquet, sharing the soup and bread.

CTA kindergarten and first grade students shared their Friendsgiving meal.

CTA kindergarten and first grade students shared their Friendsgiving meal.

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‘Tis the Season to Think of Others

Teacher Laura Chilcote (Left) with high school students and their ornaments for their wish tree.

Teacher Laura Chilcote (Left) with high school students and their ornaments for their wish tree.

All too often we hear the question, “What do you want for Christmas?” This year, CTA students in Ms. Chilcote’s FIT class were asked the following question instead: “If you could make one wish for others this holiday season, what would be your Christmas wish for the world?” Their answers displayed their kindness, which was a recent focus for our Character Trait of the Month, and creativity.

Student Wishes:

Cortney A. (10th grade) “To end bullying everywhere”;

Tatyanna L. (11th grade) “That people would have more Christmas Spirit”;

Ryan F. (12th grade) “For people to be happy”;

Bryanna R. (10th grade) “For the world to be stress-free & happy”;

Brin C. (9th grade) “For people to have enough food”.

A few ornaments the High School students made of their wishes for the world.

A few ornaments the High School students made of their wishes for the world.

School-wide, students have been making an effort to make some of these wishes come true through participating in Toys for Tots, the “Make Change Campaign”, and writing to U.S. soldiers currently serving overseas. These activities show how committed our CTA community is to our mission through actively “changing our world by developing students in character, scholarship, and leadership.”

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CTA Calendar

 

December

14-18 Spirit Week

15 School Bank

17 Girl Talk 3-4:00 p.m.

17 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Grattan at 5:30

18 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

Popcorn Friday

21- Jan. 3 Winter Break

January

7 Girl Talk 3-4:00 p.m.

11 School Bank

11 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Ellington at 5:30 p.m.

12 NHS Meeting

15 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

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School Closings and Cancellations

 

Occasionally, adverse weather conditions or other emergency situations may make it necessary to cancel school or cancel evening activities. Please note – CTA does not have school delays – only cancellations. When cancellations occur, notice will be communicated to WOOD TV 8, WXMI Fox 17 and WZZMTV13 and listed as CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMY.  You can also sign up to receive school-specific text alerts from any of these three stations.

When school evening activities are cancelled, this cancellation also includes all clubs, organizations and extracurricular events held on campus and scheduled for that evening. For more information call 616-696-4905.

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2015-16 Creative Technologies Academy Honor Roll

Middle School Honor Roll

Grade  Name  GPA

08 Almy Cameron 3.22

07 Alverson McKenzie 4.0

07 Armstrong Casen 3.5

06 August Elizabeth 3.0

08 Batchelder Destiny 4.0

06 Brecker Carlene 3.33

07 Buchanan Anthony 3.5

08 Bucholtz Kaela 3.5

06 Case Ava 3.87

07 Dekraker Madelin 3.34

08 Fahling Gabriela 3.11

06 Fisk Austin 3.8

06 Fleet Raven 3.4

06 Hammond Autumn 3.2

06 Hawkins Keegan 3.47

08 Hirsch Travis 3.11

08 Hofstra Hannah 4.0

07 Hutchins Nathan 3.67

06 Lehman Lauren 3.93

08 Lehman Zoe 4.0

07 LeTourneau Amy 4.0

07 Marek Jeff 3.0

06 Marek Sawyer 3.27

08 Martinek Olivia 3.89

06 Mason Cheyenne 3.33

07 McSorley Carson 3.67

06 McSorley Kendallyn 3.47

06 Merritt Adanna 3.4

07 Olson Ericka 3.0

06 Shelagowski Alyssa 3.33

07 Sidlauskas Willow 4.0

06 Stevens Zachary 3.27

08 Watson Faith 3.33

07 Wierda Tori 3.84

07 Wilhelm Kristina 3.84

06 Winters Ivan 3.53

07 Wortz John 3.34

06 Wortz Molly 3.8

 

High School Honor Roll

11 Alverson Allie 3.33

10 Armstrong Dawson 3.83

10 Aspinall Cortney 3.12

09 August Danielle 3.95

11 Beck Brandon 4.0

12 Black Angelique 3.25

11 Bowen Brianna 4.0

09 Calkins Brianne 3.76

11 Couturier Isaac 3.5

12 Davison Joshua 3.92

09 Davison Matthew 3.53

11 Fahling Holly 3.15

09 Fulkerson Lily 3.5

11 Hanes Victoria 3.83

12 Hendee Katelynd 3.56

10 Howard Austin 4.0

12 Huizinga Clare 3.83

09 Ingersoll Dawson 3.0

09 Jahns Elizabeth 3.28

11 Jenkins Derek 3.0

12 Keech Kaleigh 3.95

10 Korody Michael 3.14

12 Kyser Jordan 3.75

11 Kyser June 3.09

11 Lawson Tatyanna 3.75

11 Lehman Ethan 4.0

10 LeTourneau Johnathon 3.45

11 Long Deija 3.06

11 Mauric Eleanor 3.39

10 Miner Leslie 3.58

12 Plowman Joseph 3.11

12 Sager Cassandra 3.0

12 Schultz Jesse 3.17

12 Shears Kelsey 3.18

11 Shelagowski Autumn 4.0

10 Sidlauskas Violet 3.89

09 Slock Keegan 4.0

12 Slocum Aubrey 3.89

09 Starr Marjorie 3.95

12 VanEnk Annalise 3.93

10 Watson Autumn 3.58

09 Wild Kiarra 3.28

09 Winters Logan 3.72

11 Wright Jason 3.0

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Chargers have strong showing at state meet

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The Creative Technologies Academy Boys and Girls Cross Country teams headed into the Class D State Championship meet with a lot of confidence, and rightfully so. Many of their runners had recently completed either their season or career best run times in the previous two weeks. For the boys team, it also meant that Junior captain Ethan Lehman was going to be able to compete after having to sit out the previous few meets with a stress fracture in his right leg.

The Charger boys finished with their best showing ever at the Class D meet, finishing in 13th out of over 30 teams. They were once again led by Sophomore Les Miner, who finished 2nd overall with a time of 16:50. Lehman finished with a season personal record in his first race back with a time of 18:51. James Hofstra (19:58), Dawson Ingersoll (21:07), and Dawson Armstrong (21:28) rounded out the top 5 for the Chargers. With no seniors on the roster but plenty of experience, expect to see even better things out of this team next year.

The CTA Lady Chargers also had an impressive race led by Freshman Brianne Calkins with a personal career best time of 24:35. Not far behind her was Junior Tatyanna Lawson (25:00). Rounding out the varsity runners was Senior Kaleigh Keech. Kaleigh was running on a sprained ankle, but still fought through her final race to finish with a time of 38:30.

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