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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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National Honor Society



CTA inducted 14 new members into the CTA chapter of the National Honor Society on Wednesday, April 24. 12 existing members will be graduating in May. Social Studies teacher, Mr. Benjamin Watson is the faculty advisor for NHS. The entire membership list includes: Seniors – Austin Armstrong, Naomi Colburn, Esther Hubbard, Travis Johnson, Skyler Ingersoll, Sage Patchett, Grace VanEnk, Andre Winters, Jeremiah Wortz, Timothy Holmberg, Caitlin Marek, Ashley Marek; Juniors – Dani George, Maria Huizinga, Katie Tow, Michaela Smith, Alicia Beck, Justin Mead, Erin Munger; Sophomores – Emma Bishop, Matthew Wheaton, Hunter George, Dylan Yarrington, Grace Price, Hannah Hubbard, Jonathan Hoops, Rachelle Temple, Derek Winters, Kaitlyn Larsen, Olivia Wortz, Kaylynn Botruff, Brianna Bricker.

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Reading Month Follow Up!

As you may have read last month in the Post, CTA’s elementary had a reading contest during the month of March. The first goal was to read 600 books by the end of the month. However, we blew that goal away by March 20th; on that day, we had read over 800 books. Nice Job, CTA Elementary! As a group we decided to push that goal up to 1,000 books by March 27th.  That meant that students had to read over 200 books in a single week. WOW! That was quite a feat, but no one was surprised! The students of CTA Elementary are known for rising to meet the challenges set before them. By the morning of March 27th, the leaves had been counted and we had a total of 1,193! CTA Elementary read 1,193 books during the March is Reading Month initiative. We accomplished not just one goal but two! WOW! We are so proud of all of our K-5 students!

To top off Reading Month, CTA had a visit from our State Representative, Mr. Rob Verheulen, who read to each class in K-5. Thank you, Mr. Verheulen!

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CTA Calendar

May 3 Weather Make Up Day for FlexTrac - School is in session!

3 Traditional K-12 No School for Students and Staff  

3 Prom – “Masquerade Ball” – Boulder Creek 

24-27 No School for Students and Staff – Memorial Recess

29 Graduation – Kent Theater – 7 pm


June 6-7 High School Exams

7 Last Day of School – End of Trimester

10 Teacher work day


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Daddy Daughter Dance

CTA-DD-DanceOn Thursday, February 28, CTA had their second annual Daddy/Daughter Dance.  Over 70 people attended this year’s Hoe Down.  Dads and daughters had an amazing time getting their pictures taken, playing games, dancing, and enjoying desserts.  Senior Austin Armstrong and sophomore Hunter George led the dads and daughters in line dance lessons.

CTA’s fourth grade student, Madelin DeKraker, stated, “I loved it!  The detail and decorations were wonderful.  I also loved spending time with my Dad.  It was fun to dance with him.”  Overall, this dance was a huge success.  “The kids and staff had an incredible time.  It was nice to see families spending time together.  I can’t wait for next year’s dance!” stated the kindergarten teacher, Miss Bostic.

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Reading Month Celebration

CTA-K-5-Celebrate-ReadingMarch is Reading Month and our elementary school is celebrating! Grades K-5 set and exceeded their goal of 600 books for the month and met last week to set a new goal. 4th Grader Gillian Crowder gave this report:

“Today at CTA, students are reading like crazy! It’s a reading frenzy! The elementary students had a goal of 600 books, and they have already read 853 books as of last Wednesday, March 20th. With one week left, can the elementary students reach their new goal of 1000 books, or will the frenzy fail? Stay tuned to find out if they’ll meet their goals.”

School Leader, Dan George, reads to the CTA 2nd graders

School Leader, Dan George, reads to the CTA 2nd graders

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