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Character Day


Over 62,000 groups in 96 countries have already signed up for the third annual Character Day, set for September 22! CTA will join this global conversation around the importance of developing character strengths (resilience, grit, empathy, courage, kindness) – all rooted in evidence-based research.

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CTA Welcomes New Teaching Staff


CTA welcomes new teachers to the team for the 2016-17 school year. Justin Harding, 8th grade and Middle School Science; Ben Fredrickson, High School Science; Todd Bowmar, High School English and Lisa Perry, K-12 Physical Education.

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CTA Assists With GRPD Appreciation Project


cta-grpd-1CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. – Creative Technologies Academy teamed up with a volunteer group to assemble approximately 200 bags for the Grand Rapids Police Department. CTA parents, Laura Wortz and Ruthanne Brinks, were asked to be involved and plan an appreciation dinner for the GRPD as their husbands both protect and serve as police officers.

“We wanted our school to be a part of this,” Wortz commented. “We wanted them to have the opportunity to give back to the men and women who give so much to all of us.”

cta-grpd-218 members of the CTA Cross Country team, along with their coaches, helped pack the bags with chips, granola bars, gum and mints. CTA’s elementary students and Charger Kid’s Club spent time decorating the bags before they were filled. The bags that were leftover from the appreciation dinner were given to the community officers to share with the youth that they encountered during their shifts.

Meijer was a major sponsor and provided a generous donation for the supplies for the event.

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Chargers Cross Country Team Preps for A Great Season


This year’s cross country team is focusing on the importance of leadership in conjunction with its size. As the size of the teams have grown, so has the character of the team grown exponentially, as they learn the value of communication, teamwork and creativity. Great strides are already being made as these core values are being applied in practice and on the race course. Coaches Danielle Davies and Ben Fredrickson are excited about the talent of the teams and are looking forward to the great things that both the Middle School and Varsity Teams will accomplish this season.

This year’s seniors are Ethan Lehman, Tatyanna Lawson and Kenny Roesner. The captains leading the varsity teams are senior Ethan Lehman and junior James Hofstra and sophomore Brianne Calkins and freshman Hannah Hofstra. There are a total of 13 varsity and seven middle school runners this year.

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Charger Kid’s Club


CTA’s Kid’s Club is back! The program runs Monday-Friday from 3-6:00 p.m. (1-6:00 p.m. on early release days) for students in grades K-6 and is administered by Vicki Ross. Students will spend time making crafts, doing homework, working on team-building skills, playing games and participating in outdoor activities. Miss Vicki brings 10 years of daycare experience and many years of volunteering with preschool programs. She has four children – one of whom is in 8th grade at CTA – and eight grandchildren. She loves to cook, bake and spend time with her children and grandchildren. She has a passion for working with children, volunteers at the Cedar Springs Library and her church. She is excited about being at CTA and working with the students. Contact Student Services at 616-696-4905 if you are interested in enrolling your child in Charger Kid’s Club.

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Creative Technologies Academy SCHOOL CALENDAR



22 National Character Day

23 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

Popcorn Day

30 School Walk-A-Thon 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Students vs. Staff Football Game @Skinner Field 4:00 p.m.


7 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

14 Elementary Library Day

Middle School Fun Night

17-20 Student-Led Parent Teacher Conferences (K-8 Only)

Scholastic Book Fair

21 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

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

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

Box Top Fall Turn

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Follow CTA on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute events and activities

• Creative Technologies Academy Family (closed group)

• Creative Technologies Academy (public group)

• Dan George, CTA Superintendent/School Leader (inspirational/character building group)

• Twitter: @ctachargers


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From the Superintendent


Laura VanDuyn

Laura VanDuyn

Dear Cedar Springs Public Schools Families:

Welcome back to school for the 2016-17 school year!  It is my hope you enjoyed the last few months doing the things you love to do during our beautiful Michigan summers.  I can assure you that you have been missed.  Our students and families fill our schools with excitement each school year and you are precisely why we choose to be educators…we love our kids and families!

As you have been away this summer we have been working on preparations for your return.  Our teachers, administrators and support staff have been preparing classrooms and schools for you.  They have been actively engaged in preparing for the academic and extracurricular year to begin.  They are anxious to have you back for another great year of learning adventures.

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your CSPS superintendent.  I take great pleasure in knowing that at CSPS, students come first.  On behalf of the CSPS Board of Education, administration, teachers and support staff, thank you for partnering with us to provide the very best education for our students.  Please know I enjoy meeting and getting to know our students and families so call or drop by for a visit at any time.


Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

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Show your Spirit


Fall 2016 Cedar Springs High School Athletics Spirit Themes all attending are encouraged to participate

September 1 – Beach Out Football vs Sparta

September 9 – Red White and Blue Football vs Greenville

September 16 – Black Out Football vs Northview

September 23 – Neon Out Football vs GR Christian

September 24 – Red Out Cross Country Red Hawk Invite

September 28 – White Out Tennis vs Cadillac

September 30 – White Out Football vs Lowell

October 4 – #Rickerstrong Soccer vs Greenville

October 7 – Pink Game Football vs FHN

October 14 – Red Out Football vs FHC

October 20 – Black Out Volleyball vs FHE

October 21 – 80s Night Football vs Ottawa Hills

November 4 – Gray Day Band During the School Day

Come out and support Red Hawk Athletics.  Follow on Twitter @Cedar_Athletics

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Mark Your Calendar 

Homecoming Football Game 

September 16  @ 7 pm vs Northview Wildcats

Red Hawk Stadium

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