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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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New Staff

 

CTA-New-Staff-2015Creative Technologies Academy welcomes new teaching staff for the 2015-2016 school year. L to R: Mr. James Fredenburg, high school science; Mrs. Kate Bialkowski, first grade; Mr. Jeremy Holtrop, K-12 music and drama; and Carolynn Davidson, high school mathematics.

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Chargers Kid’s Club

 

CTA has an exciting new after school program where we encourage kids to explore their world using their creativity in all the activities we offer to them. Chargers Kid’s Club is for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade and runs Monday through Friday from 3 – 5:00 p.m. The fee is $4 per day per child to attend. The program is also available on early release days from 1 – 5 p.m.

In September, the group will spend time getting to know one another through story time, group games, craft time, and educational activities. They will enjoy a lot of hands-on fun and each child will be encouraged to bring a unique perspective to the activities. In October, they will begin working on creating short stories, painting works of art, investigating through experiments, and other fun.

If you would like more information about the Charger Kid’s Club or are ready to join in on the adventures, you can contact the Chargers Kid’s Club leader, Amanda Brinks at abrinks@ctachargers.org or call CTA at 616-696-4905.

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CTA Calendar

 

September

17 Girl Talk (Middle School and High School) – 3:00 p.m.

18 Cross Country – Spartan Invitational – 12:00 p.m.

19 Le Tour de Donut – NHS Volunteer Work

24 Cross Country – Fremont Invitational – 4:00 p.m.

25 Picture Day – ALL grades

25 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

30 Cross Country – Conference Meet – 4:00 p.m.

October

1 Girl Talk (Middle School and High School) – 3:00 p.m.

2 School Walk-A-Thon

2 Student vs. Staff Football Game at Skinner Field – 4:00 p.m.

3 Cross Country – Allendale Falcons Invitational – 8:30 a.m.

9 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

10 Cross Country – Portage Invitational – 8:30 a.m.

13 Cross Country – Conference Championship – 4:00 p.m.

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

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

19-22 Student-Led Parent Teacher Conferences

(required of all students and parents)

23 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

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

26-30 Spirit Week – All Grades

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

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Important First Dates!

 

K-12 Orientation and Open House

Tuesday, September 1, 5:30 PM – 8 PM

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

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CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMY SCHOOL CALENDAR – 2015-16 — 175 SCHOOL DAYS

 

Grades K-5: 8:00am – 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) 

 

Aug. 26 New Teacher Orientation 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Aug. 31 Teacher PD day – 8 hours – 8 AM –  4 PM

Sept. 1 Employee Orientation 12:30-3:30 PM

Sept. 1 Traditional Orientation & Open House (K-12) – 5:30 – 8:00 PM

Sept. 2 Teacher PD day – 8 hours – 8 AM – 4 PM

Sept. 3 Teacher PD day – 8 hours – 8 AM – 4 PM

Sept. 8 First Day of School

Sept. 25 Student Early Release – PLC (2 hours)

Oct. 9 Student Early Release – PLC (2 hours)

Oct. 19 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting – 6 PM

Oct. 19-22 Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences (required of all students and parents)

Oct. 23 Student Early Release – PD Data Teams (2 hours)

 

Nov. 6 Student Early Release – PLC (2 hours)

Nov. 20 Student Early Release – PLC (2 hours)

Nov. 24 End of 1st Trimester (56 days)

Nov. 25 No School for Students and Staff 26-27 No School for Students and Staff – Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 4 Student Early Release – PLC (2 hours)

Dec. 18 Student Early Release – PLC (2 hours)

Dec. 18 Last Day before Winter break

Dec. 21-No School for Students and Staff – Jan 1 Winter Break

Jan. 4 Classes Resume

Jan. 15 Student Early Release – PLC (2 hours)

Jan. 25-28 High School Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences (required of all High School students and parents)

Jan. 29 Student Early Release – PLC (2 hours)

Feb. 12 Student Early Release – PD (2 hours)

Feb. 15-16  No School for Students and Staff – Mid-Winter Break

Feb.26 Student Early Release – PLC (2 hours)

March 11 End of 2nd trimester (63 days)

March 11 Student Early Release – PLC (2 hours)

March 25 Student Early Release – PLC (2 hours)

April 1 No School for Students and Staff  (possible weather  make up day)

April 4-8 No School for Students and Staff – Spring Break

April 15 Student Early Release – PLC (2 hours)

April 29 Student Early Release – PD Data Teams (2 hours)

May 9 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting – 6 PM

May 9-12 Student Led Parent Teacher Conferences (required of all students and parents)

May 13 Student Early Release – PLC (2 hours)

May 27 No School for Students and Staff (possible weather make up day)

30 No School for Students and Staff – May Memorial Recess

June 9 Last Day of School – End of 3rd Trimester (56 days)

June 10 Teacher Work Day

June 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 Possible make up days for inclement weather

NOTICE OF OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR 2016-17:  

JANUARY 15, 2016 – FEBRUARY 15, 2016

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Creative Technologies Academy Annual Public Notices

 

PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW

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.

INSTRUCTIONS MATERIALS — RIGHT TO INSPECT

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 12, 2015

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.

Affirmed by the Board of Directors, August 12, 2015

 

 

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 

Reaffirmed by the Board of Directors, August 12, 2015

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CTA Calendar

May 21 Literacy Night – 3-5 pm

May 21-22 Senior Trip to Cedar Point

May 22 No School for Students and Staff

May 25 No School for Students and Staff – Memorial Recess

May 29 Graduation @ Cedar Springs High School – 7 pm

June 2 Field Day (K-5)

June 4 Last day of school

June 8 Whitecaps game for CTA families

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2015 Wall of Honor

CTA Wall of Honor Members (L-R): Dr. DeWayne Coxon, Lexie K. Coxon, Alecia J. Terpstra, Amy Burton-Massey, Gary Bailey, Kyle Bohl, Gerry Verwey

CTA Wall of Honor Members (L-R): Dr. DeWayne Coxon, Lexie K. Coxon, Alecia J. Terpstra, Amy Burton-Massey, Gary Bailey, Kyle Bohl, Gerry Verwey

CTA inducted five people into the Wall of Honor for 2015, joining the two inaugural inductees from 2014, Dr. DeWayne Coxon and Lexie K. Coxon. The 2015 inductees are:

Gary Bailey – Director of Student Services, Board Member (President)

Mr. Bailey started the position of Director of Student Services and served the school for eleven years in that position. He most recently served CTA as President of the Board of Directors.

Kyle Bohl – Teacher, Director of Student Services, Board Member (Vice President), Mentor

Mr. Bohl is the only person to serve CTA as a teacher, administrator, and board member. Always willing to share his time and knowledge, he remains one of the most popular staff members among students, parents, and colleagues.

Amy Burton-Massey – Teacher, Building Leader, Mentor

Mrs. Massey was an elementary teacher for 11 years at CTA. Her infectious smile and outgoing personality was the face of our K-5 grades during her time her. She provided a safe, warm, and welcoming environment for our students and leadership for young teachers in our elementary.

Alecia J. Terpstra – Teacher, Class Advisor

Mrs. Terpstra is completing her 14th year of teaching secondary mathematics at CTA. She created the driver education program and taught driver education for several years. She has worked tirelessly over the years as a class advisor, sponsoring dances, fundraising, and planning, organizing, and implementing senior trips.

Gerry Verwey – Teacher, Coach, Mentor, NHS Advisor

Mr. Verwey taught secondary science for 7 years at CTA and he continued to coach cross country and basketball after leaving to teach at another school. He was a mentor to several young teachers and he will always be our “Coach” no matter where he is teaching and coaching.

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