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Hustle and Heart Set the XC Team Apart

L to R: Gabi Fahling, Faith Watson, Ethan Slock, Ethan Watson, Jordan Brown, Collin Bishop, Dawson Ingersoll, Kevin Miner, Hannah Hofstra, Karly Fisk, Head Coach Todd Bowmar.

This year’s Charger Cross Country teams are led by Juniors Collin Bishop and Faith Watson. Collin was awarded as a member of the All-Conference team this year. Faith, missed the team by one place. Senior Dawson Ingersoll works to lead the team into the State Championship, a meet where the team ran their season best last year. Junior veteran, Hannah Hofstra has worked with newcomer Gabi Fahling to create a competitive environment at practice, working toward career bests. Rounding out a young team, underclassmen Kevin Miner, Jordan Brown, Ethan Slock, Ethan Watson and Karly Fisk have all achieve several season bests and a few career bests. The team completes their final two races on 10/20 in Shepard at the Class D State Championship; and on 10/27 in Allendale at the West Michigan Independent State Championship.

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Soccer Team Wraps Up First Season

Front (L to R): Joey Hanes, Austin Fisk, Evan Besmer, Aaron Wright, Carson McSorley, Jesse Benson, Sawyer Marek, Ivan Winters. Back (L to R): Assistant Coach Kyle Knarr, Tom Guerrato, Jeff Marek, Avery Bishop, Kaden Winters, Jake Perry, Landon Winters, Ryan Rypma, Matt Willis, Parker Tompkins, Head Coach Mark Winters. Not pictured: Binh Nguyen.

The soccer team had a good run for its first-ever team in school history. The team, comprised mostly of underclassmen, went up against some tough varsity teams and held their own. Under the direction of coaches Mark Winters and Kyle Knarr, the team has improved tremendously this season both offensively and defensively. We look forward to the team growing together over the next few years and becoming a leading competitor. We are very proud of the first-ever soccer team at CTA!


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Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting

Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting

“The Future Starts Today”

Monday, October 22 

6:00 p.m. 

CTA Auditorium

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Grades K-5: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Grades 6-12: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

FlexTrac Grades 9-12: (7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. including 2 self-scheduled hours)

October 18 NHS Induction Ceremony – 6 p.m.

20 XC Meet @Maple Creek Golf Club

22 Town Hall Meeting – 6 p.m.

22-25 Student-Led Conferences Book Fair

25 Picture Retake Day

26 Early Release Day Popcorn Day

27 XC Meet @Allendale

29 Basketball Tryouts

November 1 Cedar Springs Brewing Co. Fundraiser 7-8:00 p.m.

2 Early Release Day

16 Early Release Day

*Early Release Dismissal Schedule

● K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

● 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

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Advanced Placement® Offering Added to CTA Coursework


This year Creative Technologies Academy is excited to announce the addition of an Advanced Placement® course! AP® Computer Science Principles offers a multi-faceted method to learning the foundational concepts of computer science. This class introduces students to such topics as algorithms, cybersecurity, and the creative aspects of programming. Students will experience a rigorous curriculum that provides the opportunity to use current technologies in addressing real-world issues. The AP® Computer Science Principles exam will be administered in May. Students who earn a 3 or higher can earn college credit for their scores.

AP® or Advanced Placement® are trademarks registered by the College Board, which is not affiliated with Creative Technologies Academy.

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PA Fundraiser a Huge Success


The Great American Opportunities Fundraiser that was coordinated by the PA proved to be very successful for the students and the school. Students who sold $100 worth of items earned $1,000 in college tuition money. This money will continue to grow each year as they continue selling through this fundraiser. A huge thank you goes out to all the students who participated in this fundraiser to help raise money for their class and for the school. The total number of items sold from grades k-12, online and from the catalog, was 809! Way to go everyone! Thanks to the hard work of the students, PA volunteers, parents and Nicole Brinley (PA project coordinator), the PA will be able to provide field trips and help provide financial support to school programs.

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CTA adds Boys Soccer Team to Fall Sports

Seventh grade student Kaden Winters works to keep the ball in CTA’s possession at a recent game against Algoma Christian School.

2018-19 is the inaugural season of boys soccer at CTA. The varsity team is comprised of 7th-12 grade students.There are 16 excited young men – both first-time and experienced players – that have been working diligently to come together as a team. Under the direction of head coach Mark Winters and assistant coaches Kyle Knarr and Pat Marek, the team has come a long way. The team has elected team captains Sawyer Marek, Ivan Winters, and Jeff Marek. We are excited to see the progress they make throughout the season.

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It’s a W.I.N-Win Situation

The kindergarten through fifth grade schedules have been strategically organized to better support teachers and students so that our intervention time no longer only applies to just our below-grade level learners but to ALL students. Hence the title, “Whatever I Need” or W.I.N.

The elementary schedules have been arranged with two 30-minute blocks on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. During this time our grade level teachers, special education teacher, instructional coach, two interventionists and two teacher’s aides all go into classrooms to support small group instruction.

Having three staff members in each classroom allows us to support our below-grade level learners with the growth instruction that they need, push our on-grade level students and extend the learning of our above-grade level students.

Our student data is being tracked weekly and we have weekly team meetings. These meetings allow our staff to dialogue around student data and plan our instructional strategies that will best support all students during our W.I.N. time.

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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-5 and is administered by Nancy Freyling. Students will spend time making crafts, doing homework, working on team-building skills, playing games and participating in outdoor activities.

Mrs. Freyling is married to Brad Freyling and mom to sons Owen and Tripp in 6th and 4th grades at CTA. She has been active in the PTO and the CTA Creates program. Contact Student Services at 616-696-4905 if you are interested in enrolling your child in Charger Kid’s Club.

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