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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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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.


August 1, 2013



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Integrated Pest Management Policy and Plan

Creative Technologies Academy

Annual Public Notice

Integrated Pest Management Policy and Plan


In accordance with Michigan Regulation 637, 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.


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.



Board Adopted:  August 9, 2001

Board Recorder: Lexie K. Coxon


August 1, 2013

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Asbestos Management Plan

Creative Technologies Academy

Annual Public Notice

Asbestos Management Plan


The Asbestos Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requires all schools to have an “Asbestos Management Plan” and to make that plan available to all concerned parties.  Creative Technologies Academy, an asbestos free school, hereby notifies all parents, building occupants, and the parent association that the Asbestos Management Plan for all buildings under the jurisdiction of this local education agency is available in the principal’s office of Creative Technologies Academy located at 350 Pine Street in Cedar Springs Michigan.


This notification is to advise all concerned parties that the Asbestos Management Plan required under the AHERA is available for review upon request.  The plans can be viewed by any person during normal business hours. Those interested in reviewing the Asbestos Management Plan can inquire about the hours and times that the plans are available by contacting Mr. Dan Clark, Director of Energy and Maintenance, or the School Leader at 616-696-4905.


Creative Technologies Academy has followed all of the laws pertaining to asbestos in schools for the state of Michigan.  Based on the findings, there is no asbestos on the CTA campus.  Steps have been taken for a permanent exemption because there is no asbestos to monitor or remove.


August 1, 2013


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Graduation 2013

*GRAD-CTA group photo
Creative Technologies Academy held its 15th Commencement on Wednesday, May 29 at the Kent Theater in Cedar Springs. Forty-three graduates received their diplomas this year, CTA’s largest graduating class in its short history. Salutatorian Andre Winters honored outgoing science teacher Gerry Verwey, and Valedictorian Grace VanEnk challenged her classmates to show compassion to a world in need.
The graduation address was given by EnGedi founder and Solon Center Wesleyan Church Senior Pastor, Tom Holloway. He spoke to the graduates about “Leaving a Legacy.”
Congratulations, Class of 2013!
*GRAD-CTA VanEnk_GraceCTA Valedictorian
The Valedictorian of the Class of 2013 is Grace VanEnk, daughter of Brian and Susan VanEnk of Sand Lake. Grace has been accepted and will continue her education at Davenport University where she will major in forensic accounting.



*GRAD-CTA Winters_AndreCTA Salutatorian
CTA’s Salutatorian for the Class of 2013 is Andre Franz Winters, son of Michelle Winters of Cedar Springs and Troy Winters of Rockford. Andre plans to continue his education at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, South Carolina.



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5th Grade and 8th Grade Receive Principal Awards

The Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association, and CTA Superintendent/School Leader Dan George presented the “Principal Award” in award ceremonies held in CTA’s auditorium on Friday, May 31 .  This award is issued to one student from the exiting grade in each middle school and each elementary school in the State of Michigan.
Autmn E. Shelagowski, an eighth grader, and Zoe M. Lehman, a fifth grader, have been selected by Mr. George to receive the “Principal’s Award” for special recognition in  “Making a Difference in the Things that Matter,” and making a significant contribution to the quality of life we so highly value at the Academy.
Autumn is the daughter of Danita Baker and Zoe is the daughter of Matthew and Holly Lehman. The Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association, and CTA are proud to recognize Autumn and Zoe for their extraordinary accomplishments.

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(Highlights for 2013-14; full calendar will be published
at www.ctaschool.com the last week of June)

August    22    FlexTrac Only – Parent/Student Required Orientation – 6 pm
August    27    Traditional – Orientation and Open House – 5:30 – 8:00 pm
September    3    First Day of School
September    13    CTA Fall Community Carnival
October     14    No School for Students
October     22-24    Parent Teacher Conferences (required of all parents/students)
October      25    No School for Students and Staff
October      28    Parent / Superintendent Town Hall Meeting
November     22    End of 1st Trimester (57 days)
November     27-29    No School for Students and Staff – Thanksgiving Break
December  23 – January  5    No School for Students and Staff – Winter Break
January     6    Classes resume
January    14-16    Parent Teacher Conferences (required of all parents/students)
January    20    No School for Students and Staff – MLK Day
February    14    No School for Students and Staff  (possible weather makeup)
February    17-18    No School for Students and Staff – Mid-Winter Break
March     4-6    ACT/MME Testing (Regular School Day for all others)
March     7    End of 2nd Trimester (58 days)
April    3    No School for Students
April    4    No School for Students and Staff (possible weather makeup)
April    7-11    No School for Students and Staff – Spring Break
April     22-24    Parent Teacher Conferences (required of all parents/students)
April     27    Parent / Superintendent Town Hall Meeting
May     2    No School for Students (possible weather makeup)
May     23-26    No School for Students and Staff – Memorial Recess
May     28    Graduation
June    6    Last Day of School / End of 3rd Trimester (55 days)
June    9-13    Possible weather makeup days

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The Post goes to Frankenmuth

N-Post-at-FrankenmuthThe Cedar Springs Post got to go on its very first senior class trip last week! The 2013 Creative Technologies senior class took the Post with them when they went to Frankenmuth, Michigan, on May 16 and 17. Thanks for taking us with you!

If you are traveling, take along a Post and snap a photo of you with it, then email it to us with some info and your contact info to news@cedarspringspost.com.

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Family Night and Town Hall Meeting

CTA held its annual Family Night on Monday, April 22. Middle school students held a bake sale with games and activities mixed with delicious desserts. Grades K-5 had a variety of projects and activities on display. The Kindergarten space ship was a big attraction. 1st grade displayed their seed growing science project. 2nd graders focused on their reading activities while the 3rd graders were proud of all the things they could make out of recycled or discarded items. Ms. Burton’s 4th graders gave their annual tour of world foods and cultures (passport required) and Mr. Kenemer’s 5th graders presented their annual wax museum.

CTA held its 5th Town Hall Meeting on Monday, April 22 as a part of Family Night activities. It was the most attended Town Hall Meeting since School Leader Dan George initiated the practice in April, 2011.

The meeting began with Mr. George celebrating the good news of CTA’s academic achievements for the year. Other highlights of the evening included:

Dean of Students, David Oldebekking reviewed important end of year dates and activities.

Elementary teachers Lauren Huston and Hannah Barrett reported on K-3 technology initiatives for 2013-14.

Assistant Principal, Carrie Paddock discussed curriculum initiatives for 2013-14.

Mr. George reported plans to have more specials and electives available for 2013-14 and introduced representatives from the YMCA who discussed the after school care initiative for next school year.

Mr. Oldebekking outlined enrollment and marketing plans for next year and distributed handbooks for parents of sophomores and juniors to help them prepare for college.

The evening ended with a question and answer period. CTA thanks all of the families who turned out for the meeting. Your participation is greatly valued!

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