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XC Team pushes the limits


Front (L to R): Austin Fisk, Dawson Ingersoll, Jordan Brown, James Hofstra, Collin Bishop, Les Miner, Molly Wortz, Hannah Nickelsen. Back (L to R): Assistant Coach Ben Fredrickson, Ethan Slock, Kevin Miner, Faith Watson, Hannah Hofstra, Autumn Watson, Casen Armstrong, Brin Calkins, Head Coach Todd Bowmar.

The CTA cross country season is drawing to an eventful conclusion. With two races remaining, 12 of 15 runners have achieved lifetime Person Records including Autumn Watson and Hannah Nickelsen who have taken nearly 10 minutes and 5 minutes off their times respectively. As the Chargers move into championship season, they are primed with early successes. Les Miner was runner up in the conference championship race while seven runners medaled, just two days after conferences at the Montabella Mustang Invite. Faith Watson, Hannah Hofstra and Brin Calkins led the Girl’s HS team to a 3rd place finish while Les Miner, Collin Bishop and James Hofstra paced the Boy’s HS team to a solid team finish. Jordan Brown also medaled in the MS race. The Chargers will look for even better Career Personal Records on Sat. Oct. 21st and Sat. Oct. 28th at the Class D and Independent State Championships.

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Cross Country teams show individual and team success


The boys team puts their strongest foot forward at the Hill and Bale Invitational.

Captain Brin Calkins, doesn’t miss a step as she hurdles the straw bales at the Hill and Bale Invitational.

CTA’s cross country season is off to early successes for both the team and its individual athletes. The Chargers have had individuals medal in each of its first three invitationals; Baker Woods, Hill and Bale and Spartan. The Chargers boy’s team is led by Senior Captain Les Miner and Sophomore Collin Bishop. The Lady Chargers have a mix of returning runners and first time runners led by Sophomore Faith Watson and Captain Brin Calkins. The Chargers look to continue their success after a week off with a conference dual meet on 9/27 and the Falcon Invite in Allendale on 9/30. The Chargers Cross Country teams are both coached by Head Coach Todd Bowmar and Assistant Coach Ben Fredrickson.

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Chargers Join Charter Day at The Capitol


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CTA Chargers let their voices be heard as they joined other charter schools at the Capitol.

Chargers had the opportunity to meet with Senator MacGregor during their visit to Lansing.

Every year, the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA) facilitates a charter school advocacy day. This year CTA was able to bring approximately 60 individuals – students in 8th – 12th grades, parents and staff members. During the day, they had the opportunity to let members of our Michigan government know that our ability to choose our schools matters. We heard Representative Kelly speak, saw the Michigan Supreme Court in session, and spoke with Senator MacGregor.

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The Second Annual CTA Spelling Bee 2017


CTA Spelling Bee: Brenna Jibson, Middle School English Teacher Jenny Bangma and Conner Warner.

CTA Spelling Bee: Brenna Jibson, Middle School English Teacher Jenny Bangma and Conner Warner.

In January, 23 students in grades fourth through eighth competed in the second annual CTA School Spelling Bee!

For several weeks prior to the Bee, participants practiced, practiced, and practiced lists of spelling words in preparation for the School Bee. These same participants also attended the weekly CTA Chargers Spelling Club hosted by sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Jenny Bangma; it was here that participants gained strategies for spelling words, remembering letter patterns, and etiquette for the actual Bee. Lots of hard work was put in by our Charger Spellers over the last few months in preparation for this event!

The CTA School Spelling Bee went nine rounds, resulting in a Champion and a Runner-up. The Bee Champion is fifth grade student, Conner Warner; the Runner-up is sixthgrade student, Brenna Jibson. The winners will head to the Regional Spelling Bee competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Thursday, Feb. 16. Our entire school community is so proud and excited for our Chargers!

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Chargers Basketball Off To A New Start


 

The CTA Lady Chargers headed into the 2016-17 season looking to improve on last year’s 4-11 record.

Lady chargers have 9 returning players, including senior captain Holly Fahling. “We are looking to Holly’s leadership to continue to help our younger players grow,” head coach Steve Washington commented. Along with Fahling, the Lady Chargers returning starters are sophomore Brin Calkins, and freshmen Hannah Hofstra and Faith Watson. The Ladies are rising to the challenge so far, and have started off with 3 wins and 5 losses so far this season.

The boys basketball team is developing an offensive system (with only a single court practice with new head coach Todd Bowmar), they have a strong defensive presence and the boys have bought into the idea of team success. Coach Bowmar shared that when he joined CTA, there was a lot of talk of the CTA Way, which he understood the concept of. “Today was a demonstration of that philosophy – Chargers don’t quit. Chargers play the game the right way. Chargers hold themselves to the highest expectations,” shared Bowmar as he referenced a recent game against an incredibly talented team. “I am proud to be a part of the CTA Way.”

Bowmar, who is also CTA’s high school english teacher, is looking forward to the opportunity to work with the students outside of the classroom, “ I would like to thank the players and parents of CTA for such a wonderful opportunity to work for these young men. As a team, we are growing so rapidly. I have high hopes for the rest of the season.”

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Chargers Take It To The Hoop


 

The ladies fought but fell to the Algoma Christian Knights in their second game of the season, which was played at “home” at Cedar Springs Middle School on Dec. 9. Faith Watson led the ladies scoring efforts with six points and was supported with points from Brianne Calkins, Holly Fahling, Hannah Hofstra, Tori Wierda and Devin Slocum. Zoe Roesner and Autumn Watson contributed valuable defensive minutes and were key players in the game. The Lady Chargers showed growth in their confidence in their roles and are looking forward to their next challenge against Aviation Academy on Dec. 22. Everyone got in on the action and was able to gain game experience. The girls are making progress and are demonstrating a stronger grasp on their offensive and defensive roles. Creative Technologies Academy Boys Varsity Basketball won against Algoma Christian with a final score of 67- 61.

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Welcome Back Chargers


Elementary students gather to kick off the school year.

Elementary students gather to kick off the school year.

WOW! We have started another year at Creative Technologies Academy Elementary, we love having so many fresh, new faces in our halls along with the many returning faces! The hallways have been filled with laughter, kindness, and lots and lots of learning in these first couple weeks! One new face in the CTA elementary is Mrs. Mattson, the new Dean of Students, and CTA is very lucky to have her on board as we work on character development and what being a Charger is all about! We are so excited to experience all that she has in store for us this year!

The kids are ready and excited for this school year to begin. Zoey, a returning first grader said, “I am excited to make new friends!” These kids are ready to start receiving the knowledge the teachers at CTA are more than willing to give. “I am excited to read more books,” said Liam, another first grader. The staff and students are ready to have another GREAT year at CTA!!!

GO CHARGERS!!!

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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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CTA News


Annual CTA Blood Drive

The annual CTA Blood Drive will take place Thursday, March 10, from 1-6:45 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, log onto www.redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: CTACHARGERS) or call Jennifer August at 616-799-0559.

Come donate blood and register with Delete Blood Cancer to be a part of the bone marrow donor registry at the same time.

Chargers Earn Consolation Victory Over Academy of Environmental Science

After being defeated in the first round of the West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science (WMAES) tournament, the Creative Technologies Academy Boy’s Basketball team answered strongly in the consolation game, defeating the host team with a final score of 65-44.

WMAES scored 8 of the first 11 points of the game. The Chargers had an answer however, with brothers Dawson (13) and Casen (6) Armstrong combining for 19 of the Chargers’ 26 first quarter points. The Chargers controlled the rest of the game, never relinquishing their double-digit lead.

Junior Brandon Beck and the aforementioned Dawson Armstrong tied for the team high with 24 points a piece.

“I felt we were ready to execute our full court press for extended minutes for the first time this season, and execute it we did,” said CTA coach Scott Bultman.

The Chargers defense with its full court press wore down WMAES, which led to multiple fast breaks in the second half.

“With the Environmental Academy defense tiring from our fast break and press, we were able to pound the ball down low in the second half to our captain Brandon Beck, who finished well around the basket,” continued Bultman.

NBA – Never Been Absent 

At CTA, we believe there is no substitute for being in the classroom with our amazing teachers; we feel it is vital for the growth of our students that they attend school as many days as possible. The NBA (Never Been Absent) Program was developed to promote school attendance at both an individual and class level.

The attendance incentive program is for those in Kindergarten through fifth grade.

The first grade class had an average of 95% attendance for the month of January!  As a reward, the students received a classroom picnic lunch with Jet’s Pizza and a movie!  The first graders have earned the attendance award on two other occasions this year!

We are very proud of the fact that students continue to show up every day to work hard and learn!

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Chargers team starts strong


 

The Creative Technologies Academy boys’ basketball team came into Friday night’s game against West Michigan Aviation with something to prove, as they had lost to Aviation’s JV team last year. This time, they played the varsity, and the Chargers were focused and came to play their best.

At the half, CTA was tied with Aviation, in a tight, back-and-forth affair. “I felt like we did a great job against the full court press in the first half,” said Coach Scott Bultman.

The Aviators built a ten-point lead going into the fourth quarter. The Chargers held their own throughout the fourth quarter, but couldn’t make up the gap from the third quarter. The final score was 50-39. Sophomores Dawson Armstrong and James Hofstra led the Chargers in scoring with 17 and 12 points, respectively.

CTA is off for the rest of the week, with their next games coming against West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science on Tuesday, the 19th.

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