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Open Enrollment

Creative Technologies Academy

350 Pine Street

Cedar Springs, MI  49319

Open Enrollment Period for the 2014-15 School Year

January 15, 2014 – February 15, 2014

You may register students for grades K-12 by calling

Mrs. Atkins or Mr. Oldebekking at (616) 696-4905

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Be a Charger!

Dean of Students, Dave Oldebekking,  reviewing with students the three traits of a Charger

Dean of Students, Dave Oldebekking, reviewing with students the three traits of a Charger

The CTA Elementary school has been working on a school wide initiative of being a Charger.  They met as a school and determined that the three most important characteristics of being a Charger were to be respectful, be safe, and be responsible.  Every Monday morning the Elementary school meets to review the trait of emphasis for the month.  This time is also used to spotlight students who are being great Chargers.  During one of the morning meetings a student was recognized for helping to pick up trash and being respectful of the playground.  At another meeting a couple of students sang a song talking about how to be a Charger.  Dave Oldebekking, Dean of Students, leads these meetings every Monday morning.  “These meetings are great because they help to promote school unity and our common goal of being a Charger,” said Mrs. Honeysett, first grade teacher.

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CTA Joins Cedar Springs Middle School for Rachel’s Challenge

Rachel Scott

Rachel Scott

Rachel was the first person to die at the tragic Columbine High School shootings on April 20, 1999. The story of the promising young life that was cut short and the writings she left behind have been an inspiration to thousands through the impact of Rachel’s Challenge. CTA Middle School science teacher, Tyler Buitenwerf, had his students summarize what they learned from the assembly:

One month before she died, Rachel wrote a paper entitled, “My ethics, my codes of life.” In that paper she summarized who she was and how she was going to treat others. Her goal was to start a chain reaction of compassion and kindness.

5 challenges were given to our students:

•  Look for the best in others!  Eliminate prejudice.

•  DREAM BIG, write goals, keep a journal

•  Choose positive influences,  “we all have somebody who is a good influence”

•  Speak with kindness. “Words can hurt or heal.” Who do you need to say sorry to?

•  Start your own chain reaction. Give people at least 3 chances

Who matters to you?  Go to them in the next few days and tell them 

how much you care for them.



rachels hand“Hands” by Jewel


If I could tell the world just one thing

It would be that we’re all OK

And not to worry ‘cause worry is wasteful

And useless in times like these

I won’t be made useless

I won’t be idle with despair

I will gather myself around my faith

For light does the darkness most fear

My hands are small, I know

But they’re not yours, they are my own

But they’re not yours, they are my own

And I am never broken

Poverty stole your golden shoes

It didn’t steal your laughter

And heartache came to visit me

But I knew it wasn’t ever after

We’ll fight, not out of spite

For someone must stand up for what’s right

‘Cause where there’s a man who has no voice

There ours shall go singing

My hands are small I know

But they’re not yours, they are my own

But they’re not yours, they are my own

I am never broken

In the end only kindness matters

In the end only kindness matters

I will get down on my knees, and I will pray

I will get down on my knees, and I will pray

I will get down on my knees, and I will pray

My hands are small I know

But they’re not yours, they are my own

But they’re not yours, they are my own

And I am never broken

My hands are small I know

But they’re not yours, they are my own

But they’re not yours, they are my own

And I am never broken

We are never broken

We are God’s eyes

God’s hands

God’s mind

We are God’s eyes

God’s hands

God’s heart

We are God’s eyes

God’s hands

God’s eyes

We are God’s hands

We are God’s hands

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CTA Calendar – December


3 Boys Basketball @ West Michigan Aviation – 7 PM

5 Box Top Store

5 Basketball @ Wellspring Academy – Girls 4:30; Boys 6:00

12 Basketball @ Ellington Academy – Girls 5:00; Boys 6:30

13 Santa Workshop / Family Night 7:00 PM

17 Basketball @ Grattan Academy – Girls 5:30; Boys 7:00

19 Basketball @ Algoma Christian – Girls 5:30; Boys 7:00

20 Last day before Winter Break

23 – January 5 No School for Students and Staff – Winter Break    



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Creative Technologies Academy, a self managed public school academy, chartered through Ferris State University, located in Cedar Springs, Michigan is seeking a certified teacher for immediate hire for:


TITLE: Special Education Teacher – Part Time


REPORTS TO: School Leader and Special Education Coordinator




1. Must possess a State of Michigan Teaching Certificate, K-12 with endorsement in Special Education


2. Learning Disabilities endorsement preferred


3. Must meet NCLB and Highly Qualified certification requirements


APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Email letter of interest/application and resume’ to: Dan George at dgeorge@ctachargers.org,  or by postal mail send to Dan George, Superintendent/School Leader, Creative Technologies Academy, 350 Pine Street, Cedar Springs, MI  49319




CTA participates in the Michigan Retirement Program (MPSERS).  CTA has 300+ students in K-12.  Specific questions may be asked by emailing dgeorge@ctachargers.org or you may visit CTA’s website at www.ctaschool.com.


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CTA 7th grade rides the Inland Seas

by: Tyler Buitenwerf, Middle School Science Teacher


CTA-7th-graders-with-Ms.-Moon-and-Mr.-BuitenwerfOn September 20, 17 students from Creative Technologies Academy traveled to Suttons Bay to sail aboard Inland Seas, an educational research vessel run by the Schoolship program.  The trip was sponsored by George Wagoner and Diana Glass, grandparents of CTA student, Lily Fulkerson, and they accompanied their granddaughter, her classmates, and teachers Ashley Moon and Tyler Buitenwerf on their half day sail aboard a traditionally rigged schooner where the group had the opportunity to become Great Lakes scientists and sailors for the afternoon.

CTA-Inland-SeasThe students arrived at the dock and were given the important instructions about what it means to be a sailor on the Great Lakes.  They were taught the parts of the ship along with the basic commands that are necessary for a safe and fun trip.  When asked why this was important student Dawson Ingersoll replied, “We learned the communications that you have to know on a boat.”

Shortly after boarding Inland Seas students were greeted with a deafening blast of the air horn that meant the ship had left the dock.  The students immediately began their time as research scientists.  They were allowed the opportunity to collect samples from Suttons Bay that included fish, water, zooplankton and sediment samples. “We got to learn all the names of the tools and what they do.” said Brianne Calkins about getting to do hands on science.

Once all the samples were collected and recorded in the students’ logs it was time for the students to raise the anchor so they could begin sailing.  With a call of “Heave” and a response of “Ho” the anchor was pulled off the bottom of the bay.  The sails were raised and the Inland Seas was now sailing.  “I liked it when we got to put the sails up,” remarked student Marjorie Starr.

CTA-The-Inland-SeasThe crew of Inland Seas spent the next one and a half hours rotating students through various learning stations where the students were taught seamanship and allowed the opportunity to examine the many samples that were collected earlier in the day.  Seamanship was clearly the favorite of many students. Charles Wortz, another CTA student, voiced his enjoyment by saying, “. . . love that they let us steer and control the boat.”

Much to the dismay of the students the sails were lowered and the Inland Seas returned to dock for the crew and students to disembark.  The trip was well summarized by Mya Turoski when asked why she enjoyed the trip.  “I liked how they had one on one groups with the students and showed us how FUN science and sailing can be.”

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Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting

Creative Technologies Academy

Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting

Monday, October 28, 2013

5:30 PM – Parent Dinner with CTA Staff

6:00 PM – Town Hall Meeting

“Keep Getting Better”

This is an opportunity for parents, prospective families, and other members of the community to visit with teachers and administrators about how we can better serve our children. Bring your questions and your answers. We value your input and feedback and we will greatly appreciate your attendance at this event! Thank you!


• iPad Drawing – A free iPad will be given to someone who recommended CTA to a family who enrolled for the first time this year.


All adults in attendance will be eligible for a $100 gas card drawing.

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Grand Opening!


Independent Bank at Creative Technologies Academy

Grand Opening!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


Watch The POST for more details to come!

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CTA Calendar – October and November




17 Box Tops Store – Elementary

18 Blood Drive

19 Cross Country Class D State Championships – Shepherd, MI

21-25 Book Fair Week

22-24 Parent Teacher Conferences (required of all students and parents)

24 MEAP Testing ends

25 No School for Students or Staff

26 Michigan Independent HS Cross Country Championships – Allendale, MI

28 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting-6 PM

29 Cross Country Banquet – 6 PM



1 Mobile Dentist

7 and 8 Basketball Tryouts

11 Vision and Hearing Testing

20 CTA Board Meeting – 3:30 PM

22 End of 1st Trimester (57 days)

27-29 No School for Students and Staff – Thanksgiving Break


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Traditional Grades K-5: 7:50am – 2:35pm

Traditional Grades 6-12: 7:45am – 2:32pm

FlexTrac Grades 9-12: 3:00pm – 6:50pm


Thursday, August 22 FlexTrac Only Parent/Student Orientation – 6 PM

Tuesday, August 27 Traditional Orientation & Open House (K-12) – 5:30 – 8:00 PM


Tuesday, September 3 First Day of School

September 3-October 4 Global Scholar Fall Testing


October 8-24 MEAP Testing

October 14 No School for Students; Teacher PD day 8 AM – 4:00 PM

October 22-24 Parent Teacher Conferences (required of all students and parents)

October 25 No School for Students or Staff

October 28 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting


Visit our website at www.ctaschool.com for entire school year calendar.

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