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Chargers XC Focus on Teamwork

Front row L-R: Dawson Ingersoll, Kenny Roesner, Ethan Slock, Jordan Brown,Casen Armstrong, Kevin Miner, Austin Fisk, Lauren Lehman 2nd row L-R: Assistant Coach Ben Fredrickson, Ethan Lehman, James Hofstra, Collin Bishop, Max Aghamiri, Dawson Armstrong, Les Miner, Brianne Calkins, Hannah Gibbs, Tatyana Lawson, Molly Wortz, Zoe Lehman, Hannah Hofstra, Coach Danielle Davies

Front row L-R: Dawson Ingersoll, Kenny Roesner, Ethan Slock, Jordan Brown,Casen Armstrong, Kevin Miner, Austin Fisk, Lauren Lehman
2nd row L-R: Assistant Coach Ben Fredrickson, Ethan Lehman, James Hofstra, Collin Bishop, Max Aghamiri, Dawson Armstrong, Les Miner, Brianne Calkins, Hannah Gibbs, Tatyana Lawson, Molly Wortz, Zoe Lehman, Hannah Hofstra, Coach Danielle Davies

The Chargers Cross Country team could not have asked for a more perfect morning to race at the Portage Invitational on Oct. 8, which was the biggest meet in the state. The Chargers took advantage of the ideal weather and solid footing on the course. The team’s season-long effort and hard work are producing commendable results!

The varsity boys team focused on closing gaps and racing against the clock to meet their goal times. As a team, the Portage Invitational was their best race of the season. Junior Les Miner pulled forward and set a new season personal record (PR) while placing 5th overall. This accomplishment did not go unnoticed as a coach from another team approached Coach Davies and commented, “Les is back!” Collin Bishop is quickly moving forward and sets a new lifetime PR at each race. Ethan Lehman is proving his strength and the definition o f # noexcuses as he set a new season PR, all the while battling an injury and a cold. James Hofstra broke into the 19s at this meet and set a new season PR as well. Kenny Roesner and Dawson Ingersoll have shown excellent teamwork these past few races, keeping their focus and gauging off of each other. Dawson Armstrong did not let illness slow him down either and had a great race.

The varsity girls ran great races as they surged past those ahead of them. Hannah Hofstra took the lead looking strong and confident as she set a new season PR! Tatyanna Lawson followed not far behind with a great pace. Brin Calkins and Zoe Lehman showed excellent teamwork as Zoe kept her eyes on Brin and worked to hold a consistent pace.

The last race of the day was Max Aghamiri’s race in the Men’s Reserve meet. Max was not sure at first how he would do or what exactly his goal was, but he put forth his best effort and managed to set a lifetime PR!

It was a wonderful day for the team and we look forward to more work, goal setting, and our next two meets next week – Conference Championship and Montabella Mustang Meet. Let’s Go Chargers!

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2nd Annual Walk-A-Thon A Huge Success

PA Volunteers hold a pool noodle for students to limbo under during the annual Walk-A-Thon.

PA Volunteers hold a pool noodle for students to limbo under during the annual Walk-A-Thon.

The 2nd Annual CTA Parent Association (PA) Chargers Walk-a-Thon was held on Friday, Sept. 30th. While it was scheduled to be a day-long event at Skinner Field, with the ongoing rain, the team decided that the festivities would be held at the CTA campus. All students in grades K-12 walked at a designated time during the day in order to earn money for class field trips. The students raised over $4,700 to offset the cost of educational field trips for the year.

The CTA Parent Association volunteers (PA) started early to set up the course and cheered the kids on to the finish line. Obstacles, such as hula hoops and a limbo stick were set up around the course. The students and volunteers kept their spirits up – in true Charger fashion – despite the rainy day. They all enjoyed fresh apples from Klackle Orchards and received a blue Charger water bottle as a gift from the PA.

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The Improv Show

 

Presented by the CTA Drama Club

What: Come for a night of laughter and fun as CTA drama students make up hilarious situations based on your suggestions – you might even have a chance to be in the show! Come both nights as the show will be different each time!

cta-improvshowWhen: Friday, Nov. 4th at 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5th at 7:00 p.m.

Where: CTA auditorium

Admission: $3

Concessions available for purchase

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SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

 

October 17 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

17-20 Student-Led Parent Teacher

Conferences (K-8 Only)

Scholastic Book Fair

17 & 19 MS Conferences

18 Elementary Field trip to Klackle Orchards

21 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

Box Top Fall Turn In

Popcorn Day

22 Cross Country MI Class D

State Championship

24 Picture Retakes

27 Girl Talk Meeting

Girl Scouts Meeting

PA Meeting

28 Elementary Halloween Parties & Parade

29 Cross Country West MI Independent State Championship

November 4 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

Cross Country Banquet

Hearing & Vision Screening

4 & 5 Drama Club Improv Show

10 Girl Talk Meeting

Girl Scouts Meeting

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Business Manager Employment Opportunity at CTA

 

CTA is seeking a Business Manager to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of a long-term employee. Employment will begin on or about January 9, 2017. See the summary at www.ctaschool.com

under “Employment Opportunities” or email dgeorge@ctachargers.org for more details.

Application Deadline: November 15, 2016

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Welcome Back Chargers

Elementary students gather to kick off the school year.

Elementary students gather to kick off the school year.

WOW! We have started another year at Creative Technologies Academy Elementary, we love having so many fresh, new faces in our halls along with the many returning faces! The hallways have been filled with laughter, kindness, and lots and lots of learning in these first couple weeks! One new face in the CTA elementary is Mrs. Mattson, the new Dean of Students, and CTA is very lucky to have her on board as we work on character development and what being a Charger is all about! We are so excited to experience all that she has in store for us this year!

The kids are ready and excited for this school year to begin. Zoey, a returning first grader said, “I am excited to make new friends!” These kids are ready to start receiving the knowledge the teachers at CTA are more than willing to give. “I am excited to read more books,” said Liam, another first grader. The staff and students are ready to have another GREAT year at CTA!!!

GO CHARGERS!!!

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CTA Character Education

 

Dean of Students, Autumn Mattson, meets with high school students to engage them in conversations about Respect - CTA’s character trait of the month.

Dean of Students, Autumn Mattson, meets with high school students to engage them in conversations about Respect – CTA’s character trait of the month.

September Character Trait is RESPECT

Each month, CTA focuses on a character trait that we discuss, learn, collaborate and implement into our lives at school, home and our community. Our administration meets with our high school students twice a month and meets weekly with our elementary and middle school students to focus on this character trait. Our teachers at CTA spend time each day implementing this character trait into their instruction.

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Character Day

 

Over 62,000 groups in 96 countries have already signed up for the third annual Character Day, set for September 22! CTA will join this global conversation around the importance of developing character strengths (resilience, grit, empathy, courage, kindness) – all rooted in evidence-based research.

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CTA Welcomes New Teaching Staff

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CTA welcomes new teachers to the team for the 2016-17 school year. Justin Harding, 8th grade and Middle School Science; Ben Fredrickson, High School Science; Todd Bowmar, High School English and Lisa Perry, K-12 Physical Education.

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CTA Assists With GRPD Appreciation Project

 

cta-grpd-1CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. – Creative Technologies Academy teamed up with a volunteer group to assemble approximately 200 bags for the Grand Rapids Police Department. CTA parents, Laura Wortz and Ruthanne Brinks, were asked to be involved and plan an appreciation dinner for the GRPD as their husbands both protect and serve as police officers.

“We wanted our school to be a part of this,” Wortz commented. “We wanted them to have the opportunity to give back to the men and women who give so much to all of us.”

cta-grpd-218 members of the CTA Cross Country team, along with their coaches, helped pack the bags with chips, granola bars, gum and mints. CTA’s elementary students and Charger Kid’s Club spent time decorating the bags before they were filled. The bags that were leftover from the appreciation dinner were given to the community officers to share with the youth that they encountered during their shifts.

Meijer was a major sponsor and provided a generous donation for the supplies for the event.

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