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CTA makes outdoor lighting improvements with help from Consumers Energy

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Lumecon 112.5 watt LED flood lights

Daniel Clark, receiving check from Dru Ross, representative from Consumers Energy

Daniel Clark, receiving check from Dru Ross, representative from Consumers Energy

CTA has completed a relighting project working with Consumers Energy Business Solutions.  These two Lumecon 112.5 watt LED floods replaced two 1500 watt halogen quartz to greatly improve the lighting covering the main entrance to the campus.  Daniel Clark, facility manager at CTA, is shown receiving the $1100.00 check from Dru Ross, representative from Consumers Energy.

 

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Sweetheart Swirl

CTA-Sweetheart-swirlThe Class of 2014 Presents

Sweetheart Swirl 

Starry, Starry, Night

February 22, 2014

Rockford Community Cabin

220 N Monroe

Rockford, MI

7:00 – 11pm

Grades 8-12

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CTA Calendar

 

 

January  

28 Basketball @ Quad City Mustangs – Girls 6 pm; Boys 7:30 pm

30 Basketball @ WMAES – Girls 5:30 pm; Boys 7 pm

31 Boys Basketball @ WMAA – 5:30 pm

 

February

4 Basketball@Ellington Academy – Girls 5 pm; Boys 6:30 pm

5 Basketball @ WMAES Tourney – Girls 5:30 pm; Boys 7 pm

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

7 Bball Championship (if needed) @ WMAES – Girls 5:00 pm; Boys 7 pm

13 Basketball @ Grattan Academy – Girls 5:30 pm; Boys 7 pm

14 No School for Students and Staff (possible weather make-up day)

17-18 No School for Students and Staff (Mid-Winter Break)

19 CTA Board Meeting – 3:30 pm

21 Basketball @ Grace Bible College vs. WMAA – Girls 5:30 pm; Boys 7 pm

22 Sweetheart Swirl @ Rockford Community Cabin

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CTA Saves Christmas

CTA-ToysCTA-Toys-2By CTA Third Graders

 

Students at Creative Technologies Academy raised $600 for Toys for Tots in a coin drive competition last month.  CTA was able to buy over 60 toys with the money they raised.  Students in kindergarten through eighth grade participated in this event to make sure that kids have toys under their Christmas trees.

Each class had their own bucket and brought in coins to earn points for their class.  One seventh grader, Nathan Lovett, collected $50 from his family and friends.  All of the classes raised a lot of money, but the seventh graders brought in the most.

The coin drive was organized by Kindergarten teacher, Lauren Bostic.  When she was asked why she organized the event, she said, “I love seeing our students care so much about kids.”

School leader, Dan George, agreed with Miss Bostic.  “I think it’s a great thing that students are doing,” he said. “It teaches them how to be givers, and it will give opportunities for kids to have a Christmas that wouldn’t otherwise have it.”  The students had a lot of fun with the coin drive and were happy to help other kids in need.

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CTA Academic News

Creative Technologies Academy has started a new school wide initiative this year.   Every student that attends CTA has a data binder.  The data binder helps the students take a more proactive role in the learning process.  The students track their achievement data for different subjects in their data binder as well as come up with goals and a plan to achieve their goals. Research shows that when students track their own learning and understanding with student data tracking, there is an improvement in student learning and a tremendous amount of motivation.  Some of the items the students track in their data binders are their reading levels, math test and spelling test scores.  The students also use these data binders to help lead conferences with parents and teachers.  During the fall the school had their first ever student led conferences.  Parents, teachers and students all agreed that it was a success.  The students took ownership and pride in their work and were excited to share it with their parents. The school will have their next student led conferences in January.

 

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CTA Calendar – December and January

December

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  

 

January  

6 – Classes resume

6-31 – Global Scholar Winter Testing

9 – Boys Basketball @ WMAA – 7 pm

14 – Basketball at Grattan Academy – Girls – 5:30 pm; Boys 7 pm

14-16 – Student Led Parent/Teacher Conferences (required of all students and parents)

15 – CTA Board of Directors meeting – 3:30 pm

16 – Box Top Store 

17 – Basketball @ Algoma Christian – Girls 5:30 pm; Boys 7 pm

20 – No School for Students and Staff – MLK Day

28 – Basketball @ Quad City Mustangs – Girls 6 pm; Boys 7:30 pm

30 – Basketball @ WMAES – Girls 5:30 pm; Boys 7 pm

31 –  Boys Basketball @ WMAA – 5:30 pm

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JOB POSTING – SEARCH REOPENED

SPECIAL EDUCATION – PART TIME

 

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

QUALIFICATIONS:

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

APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 30, 2013

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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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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