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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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Creative Technologies Academy Annual Public Notice


Integrated Pest Management Policy and Plan

In accordance with Michigan Law, the following policy and plan has been adopted at:

Creative Technologies Academy

350 Pine Street

Cedar Springs, Michigan 49319

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) requires that the Academy use the least hazardous methods first (fly swatters, vacuuming, housekeeping practices, elimination of insect/rodent food, harborage of entry points, etc.) to remove pests from the school environment before resorting to chemical treatment.

Only professional licenses individuals shall be allowed to apply commercial grade pesticides or herbicides and proper advance notification of application(s) shall be given. No area(s) shall be treated while occupied by staff or students

Notice of this service shall be published to all parents, guardians or students, and staff. In case of emergency, limited use of pesticides or herbicides is permitted without advance notice. This universal sign shall be posted for 48 hours after commercial application of pesticides or herbicides is made, or for an appropriate period of time as recommended by the licensed professional.

In accordance with HB 5154, Section 8316(2) which requires annual notice to parents and guardians that they will receive advance notice of pesticide application, the advance notice will:

(a) Be in writing.

(b) The following methods will be used for advance notice of the application of a pesticide and they will be given at least 48 hours before the application.

● The first method shall be by posting at the entrances to the school or day care center.

● The second method shall be posting in a public, common area of the school (the school cafeteria), other than an entrance.

● Additionally, though not required, the Academy will post the notice on its website and app as well as social media.

(c) Parents or guardians are entitled to receive the notice by first-class United States mail postmarked at least 3 days before the application, if they so request, by request to the Superintendent by email at  dgeorge@ctachargers.org  or by postal mail at the above address for the Academy.

(d) Parents and guardians may review the school’s integrated pest management program, if any, and records on any pesticide applications.

(e) The persons responsible for pesticide application procedures at the Academy is Dan George, Superintendent, telephone (616) 696-4905, email  dgeorge@ctachargers.org  and Dan Clark, Facilities Director, telephone (616) 696-4905, email  dclark@ctachargers.org .

An advance notice of application of a pesticide, other than a bait or gel formulation, will contain all of the following information:

(a) A statement that a pesticide is expected to be applied.

(b) The target pest or pests.

(c) The approximate location of the application. (d) The date of the application.

Pesticides In Use

Rodent or pest sightings shall be reported to the school office and shall be recorded in the IPM Log Book. The licensed person providing the pest control service shall review this list prior to providing treatment within or outside the building.

Approved by the Board of Directors, Sept. 19, 2018

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School Calendar

2018-19 — First Semester


Grades K-5: 8:00 AM – 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)

 *Early Release Schedule Grades K-5 dismiss at 1:00 PM

Grades 6-12 dismiss at 12:45 PM


22 Cross Country Meet @ 9 a.m.

25 Soccer Game @ 5 p.m. – CSHS

26 Cross Country Meet – Conference #2 @ 5:30 p.m.

28 Early Release Day NHS Applications Due

29 Cross Country Meet – Falcon Invitational@8:30 a.m. – Allendale Soccer Tournament – Barry Co. Christian School


1 Cross Country Meet – GL 6 Conference Championship @ 5 p.m.

Soccer Game @5:30 p.m. – CSHS

3 Yearbook Club @2:45 p.m.

4 Cross Country MS Meet @4:30 p.m. – Kent City

5 Soccer Game @5 p.m. – CSHS

6 Cross Country Meet – Portage Invitational

10 Cross Country Meet – Conference Championship @ 5:30 p.m.

12 Cross Country Meet – Mustang Invitational @ 4 p.m.

16 PA Meeting @6:30 p.m.

*Early Release Dismissal Schedule

● K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

● 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

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Our Mission

Creative Technologies Academy is a K-12 community of learners committed to changing our world by developing students in character, scholarship, and leadership.



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Anti-Discrimination Statement


CTA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and transgender identity), disability/handicap, age, religion, marital/parental/family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic in its programs, activities, or employment opportunities. The Academy complies with all applicable law with respect to equitable treatment of students, employees, and applicants for employment opportunities.

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Bullying Policy

The Board believes that a safe and nurturing educational environment in school is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards. Therefore, it is the policy of the school to provide a safe and nurturing environment for all of its students. Appropriate behavior, treating others civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate harassment or bullying is expected of students, as well as administrators, faculty, staff, visitors, and volunteers.

Please read the complete Bullying Policy online at http://www.ctachargers.org/bullying-policy–12

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CTA School Calendar

2018-19 — First Semester


Grades K-5: 8:00 AM – 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)

 *Early Release Schedule Grades K-5 dismiss at 1:00 PM

Grades 6-12 dismiss at 12:45 PM


20 First Day of School

21 PA Meeting 6:30-7:30 p.m.

22 XC Baker Woods Meet @Hesperia

23 Great American Fundraiser Kickoff 

23 Early Release

24 No School 

30 Early Release Day

30 Popcorn Day

31 No School – Labor Day Break


1-4 No School – Labor Day Break

5 XC Conference #1 @Riverside Park

8 XC Hill and Bale Meet @Fremont MS

11 School Picture Day

14 Mobile Dentist

14 Early Release Day

14 XC Spartan Invitational @MSU

18 PA Meeting 6:30-7:30 p.m.

28 Student Early Release 

*Early Release Dismissal Schedule

● K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

● 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

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Creative Technologies Academy 

Annual Public Notices


The Creative Technologies Academy’s Board Policy Manual contains the following policy which is applicable to all Title I schools. CTA does NOT receive Title I funds, nevertheless it adheres to the following policy:

In accordance with the requirement of Section 1111 of Title I, for each school receiving Title I funds, the School Leader shall make sure that all parents of students in that school are notified that they may request, and the Academy will provide the following information on the student’s classroom teachers:

A. whether the teacher(s) have met the State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade level and subject areas they are teaching;

B. whether the teacher(s) is teaching under any emergency or provisional status in which the State requirements have been waived;

C. the undergraduate major of the teacher(s) and the area of study and any certificates for any graduate degrees earned;

D. the qualifications of any paraprofessionals providing services to their child(ren);

In addition, the parents shall be provided:

E. information on the level of achievement of their child(ren) on the required State academic assessments;

F. timely notice if the student is assigned to a teacher who is not “highly qualified” as required, or if the student is taught for more than four (4) weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified.

The notices and information shall be provided in an understandable format, and to the extent possible, in a language the parent(s) understand.


Parents have the right to inspect any instructional materials used as part of the educational curriculum for their student. Instructional material means instructional content, regardless of format, that is provided to the student, including printed or representational materials, audiovisual materials, and materials available in electronic or digital formats (such as materials accessible through the Internet.) Instructional material does not include academic tests or academic assessments.

Affirmed by the Board of Directors, August 15, 2018

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