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CTA Basketball Preview

 

The boys and girls basketball teams of Creative Technologies Academy are poised for big seasons this upcoming year due to talent, experience, and late season success from last season.

The Charger boys are led by head coach Scott Bultman, who is in his third year with the program. Bultman lost a few key players off of last year’s team, but there returns a lot of talent this year, including previous starters Junior, Brandon Beck, and Sophomores, Dawson Armstrong and James Hofstra. A couple of important reserves are back as well for the Chargers: Junior, Bailey Hawkins and Freshman, Charles Wortz. There are other returners as well, such as Juniors, Jackson Bowes and Jarod Bouma, and 8th graders, Collin Bishop and Luke Hubbard. Two new players are expected to add some depth to the team as well in Junior, Isaiah Piskun and 7th grader, Casen Armstrong.

The ladies of CTA have a new head coach for the 2015-16 season: Mr. Steve Washington. Coach Washington has spent the past few years coaching West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science, but is looking forward to taking over the reins for the Lady Chargers this year. CTA is led by seniors, Aubrey Slocum, Kaleigh Keech, Annalise VanEnk, as well as, junior Holly Fahling. Each of these four players have had at least three years of varsity experience, which will help with an otherwise young team. Other notable returnees are senior, Cassie Sager, freshman, Brianne Calkins, and 8th graders, Hannah Hofstra and Faith Watson. Adding depth to the roster are newcomers: Junior, Shauna Russell, Sophomore, Autumn Watson, and 7th graders, Tori Weirda and Devin Slocum.

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CTA Calendar

 

November

20 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

20 Picture Retake Day

Popcorn Friday

20-24 High School Exams

24 End of First Trimester

25-27 No School – Thanksgiving Break

December

1 NHS Meeting

2-9 Schoolwide Toys for Tots and Change Wars

3 Girl Talk

4 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

4 Hearing and Vision Re-Screening K-9

8 Girls & Boys Basketball vs. Wellspring at 5:00 p.m.

17 Girl Talk

17 Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Grattan at 5:30

18 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

Popcorn Friday

21- Jan. 3 Winter Break

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Chargers Show School Spirit at Walk and Festival

Students enjoying a snack after the Walk-A-Thon

Students enjoying a snack after the Walk-A-Thon

WOW! What an awesome start to the year for the little Chargers of Creative Technologies Academy! CTA Elementary was busy with lots of fun things: the annual Walk-A-Thon and the Red Flannel Festival!

The Walk-A-Thon included obstacles for the students, including a finish line they got to cross after each lap.

The Walk-A-Thon included obstacles for the students, including a finish line they got to cross after each lap.

The CTA Parent Association decided to have one – and only one – BIG fundraiser this year: A Walk-a-Thon. The students were asked to contact their friends and family to donate to their participation in the Walk-a-Thon at our local Skinner Field. All of the donations are going towards funding for educational class field trips. In fact, every grade in the elementary raised enough to go to Klackle Orchards where they will learn about various apple processes, agricultural practices and of course enjoy samples and experience apple picking – completely paid for by the donors! Nice work, Chargers!

Chargers lining up to walk in the Red Flannel Festival Parade.

Chargers lining up to walk in the Red Flannel Festival Parade.

CTA was ever-present in the Red Flannel festivities this year. We participated in the window decorating competition. Congratulations to third grade for a first place ranking this year. This was also the first year that CTA walked as a school in the Red Flannel parade. And boy, did we pick a good year to start! A little rain and cold won’t hold us Chargers down! NO WAY!

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CTA Creates Brings Art to the Classroom

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CTA Elementary students share their works of art.

CTA Creates took advantage of the great weather to take their lesson outdoors.

CTA Creates took advantage of the great weather to take their lesson outdoors.

For the month of October, the CTA Creates art classes will be studying Henri Matisse, who used cut paper to create amazing works of art. The students will be cutting and designing their very own artwork using a similar method to that which Matisse used. The students also will be working on a collaborative project later in the month which will represent all CTA students.

CTA Creates is a 100 percent volunteer-run program in its third year, which is run by a group of parents who work together to bring art to the students of CTA. They study different artists every month and let the kids try many different art processes and use different mediums. Students, teachers and parent volunteers all love Art Thursdays!

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NHS and Girls Charging Ahead Volunteer Project

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CTA National Honor Society and Girls Charging Ahead teamed up to volunteer at Le Tour de Donut bike race at Klackle Orchards in Greenville. The group helped direct bikers through the mountain bike trail and assisted at the donut stations. It was a great morning spent volunteering!

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CTA Calendar

 

October

16 Cross Country – Montabella Invitational – 4:00 p.m.

16 Middle School Fun Night – 5:30-7:00 p.m.

17 Charger Voices Perform at Grand Rapids Griffins

19 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting – 6:00 PM

19-22 Student-Led Parent Teacher Conferences

(required of all students and parents)

19-22 Scholastic Book Fair

23 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

23 Box Top Fall Turn In

Popcorn Friday

24 Cross Country – Michigan Class “D” State Championship – 11:30 a.m.

26-30 Spirit Week – All Grades

29 Girl Talk MS/HS – 3-4:00 p.m.

31 Cross Country – Mich. Independent Schools State Championship – 8:30 a.m.

November

3 Cross Country Banquet – 5:30-7 p.m.

5 Hearing & Vision Screening Grades K-9

5 Boys & Girls Basketball Tryouts – 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.

6 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

10 Mobile Dentist at CTA

12 Girl Talk MS/HS – 3-4:00 p.m.

12 6th Grade and High School Choir Concert 7-8:00 p.m.

19 Girl Talk MS/HS – 3-4:00 p.m.

20 Picture Retake Day

Popcorn Friday

20 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

20-24 High School Exams

24 End of First Trimester

25-27 No School – Thanksgiving Break

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New Music and Drama Classes at CTA

 

Creative Technologies Academy is excited to announce the addition of music and drama classes to their curriculum.  After a four-year absence, CTA has added an elementary music program for K-5, a middle school and high school choir program, and a high school drama class which is currently learning improvisation techniques.  The high school choir, Charger Voices, will have the exciting opportunity to sing the National Anthem at the Grand Rapids Griffins game on October 17th.  These courses are being taught by Jeremy Holtrop who received his bachelor’s in Music Education from Indiana Wesleyan University and his Master’s in Music from Colorado State University.  Mr. Holtrop has taught choir and drama for eight years and is excited to be a part of CTA and to bring music back to the school.

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Chargers have strong showing at Conference Meet

 

The Creative Technologies Academy Cross Country teams have been  pushing all season long to meet their individual and team goals, and many of them did just that at Riverside Park this past Wednesday. It was the second conference meet of the year for the Chargers, and they did not disappoint.

The boys cross country was led once again by sophomore Les Miner with a time of 17:17. Junior captain, Ethan Lehman had a nice run as well with a time of 18:52. Sophomore James Hofstra came in third for the team finishing at 20:36, but the real surprise was the personal best time for seventh grader Casen Armstrong, beating his previous time by more than two minutes with a time of 20:54. His brother, sophomore Dawson Armstrong, also had a nice race with a time of 21:42, and Sophomore John LeTourneau cruised past his old personal best by more than four minutes, finishing his race at 22 minutes flat.

The girls also had a great run, with eighth grader Zoe Lehman leading the way, gathering in her personal best time at 25:10. Not far behind was fellow eighth grader Hannah Hofstra (25:16), Freshman Brianna Calkins (25:25), seventh grader Amy LeTourneau (30:16), junior Tatyanna Lawson (30:20), and senior Kaleigh Keech (36:42).

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A red carpet kick-off to the school year

The school-wide Hula Hoop Challenge paired each leadership group together to stand hand-in-hand and pass the hula hoop down the line without releasing their partner’s hand. Photo credit: Aspire Photo and Design

The school-wide Hula Hoop Challenge paired each leadership group together to stand hand-in-hand and pass the hula hoop down the line without releasing their partner’s hand. Photo credit: Aspire Photo and Design

Students stroll the red carpet heading to their first day of class.

Students stroll the red carpet heading to their first day of class.

Hoots, hollers, high-fives, and “paparazzi” were awaiting the CTA elementary students as they strolled the red carpet to their classrooms on the first day back after summer break.  Superintendent, Dan George, and Dean of Students, David Oldebekking, treated the students to granola bars to make sure they were well-fueled for for the full day of education and activities.

Leadership is a school-wide area of focus for the 2015-2016 school year. In order to emphasize this character trait, the elementary created small groups by mixing grades together with the plan to empower the older elementary students to serve as mentors to the younger students. Within the groups, the students will participate in teambuilding activities, have discussions on leaderships and the “WE ARE CHARGERS” initiative.

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CTA Cross Country Teams Charging Ahead 

The Charger Girls’ Cross Country team works together at the Independent Conference Meet.

The Charger Girls’ Cross Country team works together at the Independent Conference Meet.

The 2015 Creative Technologies Academy Cross Country Team has already participated in their first two races: Kent City Long Lake Invitational and their first  Independent Conference Meet. Running for this year’s varsity girls’ team is senior Kaleigh Keech and freshman Brianne Calkins. This year’s boys’ varsity team consists of junior, Ethan Lehman; sophomores Les Miner, James Hofstra, Dawson Armstrong, and Jonathan LeTourneau; freshman, Dawson Ingersoll. The current school team has strong and seasoned runners who are serving as mentors to the newer and younger middle school runners. There are eight runners in grades 6-8 participating in cross country this season. And while the current high school team is going strong, CTA is also excited for the future with a strong and growing middle school team. With eleven meets left in the season, both the high school and the middle school teams are continuing to work hard and press on for a great 2015 cross country season!

Junior Ethan Lehman uses the knowledge of his years of racing as he mentors the Middle School CTA Cross Country Team.

Junior Ethan Lehman uses the knowledge of his years of racing as he mentors the Middle School CTA Cross Country Team.

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