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Open Enrollment


Creative Technologies Academy

350 Pine Street | Cedar Springs, MI  49319

Open Enrollment Period for the 2015-16 School Year

January 15, 2015 – February 15, 2015

You may register students for grades K-12 by calling Mrs. Atkins or Mr. Oldebekking at (616) 696-4905

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Boys Basketball Preview


 

Chargers Look to Flip the Script in 14-15

The Creative Technologies Academy boys basketball team had a few highlight moments during last year’s basketball campaign, but unfortunately were unable to come up with any victories. This year, the players and coaches are confident that a young Chargers team can turn it around.

Led by second year head coach Scott Bultman, the Chargers have gained a year of experience playing with each other, and are looking for quite a few victories on the scoreboard this season. Senior and team co-captain Preston Hawkins likes what he has seen in his team this preseason. “I believe our team is a lot better than last year” Said Hawkins. “We are much deeper than we were. I expect us to win at least half of our games this season.”

Joining Hawkins as the only other upperclassmen on the Charger roster is the other co-captain, senior Hunter George, senior Logan Ogden, and junior Nate Marble. Although young, the Chargers have many younger players who earned valuable experience from playing on the team last year. CTA has two very athletic wings who are poised for great things this year in sophomore Brandon Beck and freshman Dawson Armstrong. Armstrong sees a couple of keys for his team to have a successful season. “In practice we are doing a much better job of minimizing turnovers and we are being much more patient offensively, which will help us during the season.”

A couple of other returning players who are expected to see a lot of minutes this year are freshman James Hofstra, and sophomores Logan Colter and Bailey Hawkins. Hofstra will be stepping into the starting point guard role this season. “It is very important that we are unselfish as a team this season” said Hofstra. “We have been working a lot on our team chemistry, and are moving the ball very well.”

Sophomore Tim DeVries, who is in his first year at Creative Technologies Academy, likes what he has seen in the team so far. “There is a lot more talent here than where I had played before. We work very hard defensively, and coach Bultman makes sure we are very well conditioned.”

Rounding up the roster for the Chargers are sophomores Jackson Bowers and Jared Bouma, eighth grader Charles Wortz, and seventh graders Luke Hubbard and Collin Bishop.

The Chargers have a 16 game schedule this season, and begin the season Tuesday, December 16, at the West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science. Best of luck this season to Coach Bultman and the Chargers of Creative Technologies Academy.

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Lady Chargers Excited for new start in 2014-15


 

In a season full of new faces, the Creative Technologies Academy Lady Chargers basketball team is prepared to take the court and get back to business.  Led by first year head coaches Gerry Verwey and Danielle Davies, the Chargers will look much different from a year ago. Gone are five seniors and one foreign exchange student, but a few familiar faces still remain.

The CTA Lady Chargers are led this year by their two senior co-captains Olivia Wortz and Hannah Hubbard. Both have been four year varsity players, and have improved both their basketball and their leadership skills in the offseason.

“This year, we expect to be great defensively,” said Hubbard. “We are very active with our hands and feet, and we are much better in terms of defensive communication this year.”

Joining Wortz and Hubbard as returning players are Juniors Kaleigh Keech, Aubrey Slocum, and Annalise VanEnk, as well as Sophomores Holly Fahling and Vicky Hanes.

With only seven high school players on the team, Coach Verwey has had to look down to the middle school to fill out the rest of his roster. Eigth grader Brin Calkins, a returner from last year, is out for at least six weeks with a broken wrist. Fellow eigth grader Hayley Miller is in her first year of competitive basketball, and is joined by seventh graders Hannah Hofstra, Faith Watson, Annie Rabideau, and Taylor Stong.

“We have a great team full of hard workers” said VanEnk. “Our biggest focus right now is our team chemistry. With so many new players, we have a lot of work to do, and I think we have been doing a great job so far.”

The Lady Chargers begin their season Tuesday, December 16, at the West Michigan School of Environmental Science. Let another great season of Lady Charger basketball begin.

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Dan George inducted into GBC athletic hall of fame


Dan George was inducted into the Grace Bible College athletic hall of fame last weekend. Courtesy photo.

Dan George was inducted into the Grace Bible College athletic hall of fame last weekend. Courtesy photo.

Grace Bible College announces the selection of Dan George, Associate Head Coach for Men’s Basketball, to the Grace Bible College Athletic Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies took place on Saturday, October 18, in the Aldrich Center on campus.

“I am humbled and extremely appreciative of this honor,” said Coach George.

George, a Cedar Springs resident, begins his 10th season with the Tigers in 2014-15. Coach George has a unique connection to the program as he was head coach at Jordan College, and recruited, signed, and coached the Tigers’ Head Coach Gary Bailey in 1978-82. The two have remained friends over the years and Bailey knew who to turn to for assistance, when he took over the helm of the Tigers in 2005. In the nine years the two have been together at Grace, the Tigers have won seven regional championships and five national championships.

“When Gary took the head coaching position at Grace in 2005, I was flattered that he asked me to come help him,” said Coach George. “I said, ‘OK, I’ll do it for a year.’ And then we won a regional and national championship that first year, and I was hooked on working with this team and being a part of the Grace atmosphere. I told Coach Bailey I would stay as long as he wanted me.”

Coach George has served in several capacities over the last nine years. He assisted Coach Bailey with game management and he has always had a passion for teaching and developing defensive skills. He has also teamed with supporting Coach Kent Karnemaat in the team’s “Champions to the Core” initiative. He will continue to assist in all those areas but his focus this year is to pursue a long time passion and team need to develop and implement a new program for game preparation and analysis.

“Dan brings strong leadership skills and great basketball knowledge to our program,” said Coach Bailey, “but it is his passion for assisting young men in the development of character and life skills that we value most.”

Dan played high school ball at Walton Central School (class of 1970) in Walton, New York and college basketball at Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York. He served as athletic director and head basketball coach at Jordan College where his teams were nationally ranked. An avid sportsman and conservationist, Dan enjoys hunting, fishing, and camping and he owns an outdoor adventure consulting/booking business, Quest Expeditions, offering worldwide hunting and fishing adventures. Dan received a B.A. in History from Hartwick College in 1974 and a M.A. in Education from Michigan State University in 1980. He currently serves as the Superintendent/School Leader at Creative Technologies Academy in Cedar Springs, where he lives with his wife, Debi, and son, Hunter, a senior at Creative Technologies Academy. Daughter Dani, is in her freshman year at Indiana Wesleyan University.

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Charger Cross Country team goes to state 


*S-Cross Country CTA Les Miner State ChampionIt may have been a cold, damp Saturday morning, but it did not slow down the Chargers of Creative Technologies Academy at their Cross Country Class D State Championship meet. Head Coach Gerry Verwey challenged every one of his runners to set a new lifetime personal record during the race, and many of them did just that.

The boys’ team finished in an overall place of 14th out of 34 teams, which was quite an accomplishment. They were once again led by freshman Les Miner (17:10), who received all state honors. Not far behind was Sophomore Ethan Lehman, who finished with a lifetime PR of 18:31. Freshman James Hofstra (19:40) finished third for the Chargers, while Sophomore Logan Colter (20:24) and Freshman Dawson Armstrong (lifetime PR 21:28) rounded out the top five.

While the girls team did not have enough participants required to be scored in the team results, two Charger ladies still had great meets. Senior Olivia Wortz finished with a lifetime PR of 27:56, and Junior Kaleigh Keech continued her impressive improvement by posting a time of 36:22.

The Chargers have one week left of practice, followed by the Michigan Independent High School Championships next Saturday in Allendale. It is the final race of the season, and the Chargers will look to close out the season strong.

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A Great Week for the Chargers


CTA’s Logan Colter passes an opponent.

CTA’s Logan Colter passes an opponent.

The Creative Technologies Academy Cross Country team came in with a focused mindset this week, knowing that the state meet was coming up soon, and their results certainly showed it. Even without their number one runner who missed the race due to an illness, the Chargers performed well at the conference championship meet at Riverside Park. Captain Ethan Lehman, a sophomore, finished in 8th place overall with a time of 18:53, a new lifetime personal record. He and Freshman Les Miner were given all conference awards for finishing in the top ten on the season in total points. Freshman James Hofstra continued his hot streak by breaking the 20 minute mark (19:57), with Logan Colter (21:17) and Dawson Armstrong (22:36) not far behind. It was quite an impressive day for the boys, finishing fourth out of six teams, even with Miner, their number one runner.

The girls also had an impressive day, led by 7th grader Zoe Lehman, who set a lifetime pr with a time of 24:31. Fellow 7th grader Hannah Hofstra finished second for the Chargers (26:28), with senior Olivia Wortz (28:49), 8th grader Brin Calkins (lifetime pr 28:54), and Junior Kaleigh Keech (lifetime pr 35:05) right on her heels. Just like the boys, the girls finished fourth out of six teams in their conference.

Just when Coach Verwey thought his team had their best meet of the season, he saw even more progress at the Montabella Invite Friday evening. The Charger boys finished in 5th place, ahead of teams such as White Cloud and Kent City, a true achievement. They placed three runners in the top 25 overall, led by Les Miner in fourth place (17:32), Ethan Lehman in 13th place with his second lifetime pr in three days (18:50), and James Hofstra in 25th place (19:59). Logan Colter (20:58), Dawson Armstrong (lifetime pr of 21:46), and Johnathon LaTourneau (lifetime pr of 25:35) rounded out the top 6 for the Chargers.

The varsity girls competed hard as well, with Olivia Wortz missing her lifetime personal record by only four seconds with a time of 28:02, and Junior Kaleigh Keech setting her second straight lilfetime personal record with a time of 34:27.

The Chargers have a full week to rest up before their next race, which will be this weekend for the Michigan Class D State Championships. The race is being held in Shepard, MI this upcoming Saturday at Maple Creek Golf Course. Go Chargers!

 

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Artisan Craft Fair


Creative Technologies Academy 

  2nd Annual 

Artisan Craft Fair  

Saturday December 6, 2014 

Vendor space available for Artisan Crafters 

$25.00 for an 8’ table, or $40.00 for 2 tables.  

 Space is limited so hurry and reserve yours today!

All proceeds from vendor space rentals support school enrichment programs.

Please contact: Sherry Fisk for further information.

Phone: (231)937-4050

email: sdzssne@frontier.com

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Young Chargers perform well at Portage Invitational


Casen Armstrong

Casen Armstrong

Les Miner

Les Miner

On a cold, wet Saturday morning (Red Flannel Day), the Creative Technologies Academy Chargers Cross Country team made their way to the Portage Invitational. The invite included both a varsity race, as well as an open 5K race. The entire coaching staff, which consists of Coach Gerry Verwey, Coach Tyler Buitenwerf, and Coach Danielle Davies, competed in the open race. All three posted impressive times, with Coach Verwey leading the way with a time of 19:49. Coach Buitenwerf was not far behind with a time of 21:56, and Coach Davies also had an impressive run, with a total time of 25:52. Casen Armstrong, a 6th grade student at CTA, posted a fantastic time of 24:40 in the open race as well.

The varsity race turned out to be one of the best showings the Chargers have had all season. Freshman Les Miner, the #1 runner for the Chargers, received a medal and finished 29th overall with a time of 17:47. Several other members finished with either season personal records or lifetime personal records. Sophomore Ethan Lehman  and Senior Olivia Wortz set lifetime personal records with superb times of 18:55 and 27:59, respectively. Sophomore Logan Colter set his own season personal record with a time of 20:40, missing his lifetime PR by a mere 6 seconds.

With the season coming near a close, the Chargers have three races this week. On Tuesday, they will be competing in the Kent City Invite, followed by the Conference Championship on Wednesday at Riverside Park, and then finishing the week at the Montabella Invite on Friday. Friday’s race will be the last race for the 6th grade runners. It should be a great week for all involved.

 

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Celebration Assembly


Creative Technologies Academy held a Celebration Assembly on Wednesday, April 3rd to celebrate some awesome accomplishments and share some great news.  As the elementary reading madness challenge came to an end, the students had much to be proud of.  The winner of the contest was the 6th grade with an astounding 19,039 minutes read this month. Through the month of March the total amount of minutes read by the students in kindergarten through 7th grade was 90,791 minutes!  The students were given some awesome stats about their reading as well.  Their reading totaled up to 1,513 hours in the month of March, or 63 total days, or 8 hours of reading per student for the month.

Here are just a few of the amazing things that are happening around campus.  First grade students Addyson Moeggenberg and Aubrey Smith and second graders  Timiah DenBoer, Kaden Winters, William May and Alivia Taylor were honored for their progress in their rocket math program.  The third graders were celebrated for working hard to meet their personal math goals and reading goals.  The fourth grade class was honored for receiving their 200th positive behavior point. The fifth graders will be heading up a kindness project where they will be supporting the group “Sole Hope”.  This organization makes shoes out of jeans and sends them over to help the people of Uganda.  They will be collecting pop cans, jeans, plastics, and other much needed items to help with this amazing cause.  The sixth grade class was celebrated for their hard work they have put into running the school bank in its inaugural year.  Several middle school students were honored for being caught exemplifying great character.  The freshman English class was celebrated for their willingness to cooperate and their hard work over the last few months.  Ms. Hill specifically gave a shout out to “Thomas McKinney, who volunteers to read for us on a daily basis.” Some students from Miss Chilcote’s Current Events class have been participating in the 2014 UNICEF “Tap Project”.  Students gave up their cell phones for a designated amount of time to help provide clean water and adequate sanitation to children around the world.  Several high school students were celebrated for their hard work in class, looking out for someone in school, being caught doing something awesome and also doing random acts of kindness.  Dean of Students, Mr. Oldebekking closed the assembly by saying “Many times students don’t even know they were being caught doing an act of kindness, but their great actions are what make our school an amazing place.”

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Creative Technologies Kindergarten Teacher receives award


Meredith Lange of the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan presented Lauren Bostic with the Educator of the Year Award.

Meredith Lange of the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan presented Lauren Bostic with the Educator of the Year Award.

The CTA team of teachers supporting the kindergarten class and two students with Down syndrome. (L to R) Sarah Classen, special education teacher; Lauren Bostic, kindergarten teacher and award recipient; Grace Middlebrook, student; Adyson Merritt, student; Susan VanEnk, teacher aide.

The CTA team of teachers supporting the kindergarten class and two students with Down syndrome. (L to R) Sarah Classen, special education teacher; Lauren Bostic, kindergarten teacher and award recipient; Grace Middlebrook, student; Adyson Merritt, student; Susan VanEnk, teacher aide.

In recognition of World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan (DSAWM) recognized and honor Lauren Bostic, kindergarten teacher at Creative Technologies Academy (CTA) in Cedar Springs, with West Michigan’s Educator of the Year Award.

“We are thrilled to present this award to Lauren. Her commitment to serving the needs of her students is exemplified both in and out of the classroom, said Executive Director of DSAWM, Melissa Werkman. “Focused on recognizing teachers who include students with Down syndrome in learning opportunities in classrooms with typically developing peers, enhancing the lives of students through educational practices and serving as role models for their fellow educators, this award was initiated to bring attention to the many teachers in our service area, such as Lauren, who work tirelessly every day to improve the learning environment for students with special needs.”

Katie Merritt, whose seven-year-old daughter, Adyson, has Down syndrome and has been in Lauren’s class for two years, nominated Bostic. In her nomination, she shared that Bostic takes the time to learn methods that the different therapists are using and incorporates those for her entire class to use. For instance, her students do not always stand in a straight line and walk to their destination, but instead, they incorporate various gross motor skills and walk like a bear or a crab in order to use different muscles and complement what the therapists are doing. Merritt also noted the extra attention Lauren invested during the summer by continuing to meet with Adyson on a regular basis.

“We all know our children hold amazing potential, but without the help of great teachers and staff, that potential can never be achieved. We are so thankful for everything that Miss Bostic, Mrs. VanEnk and all the staff at CTA have done to support our children,” commented Merritt.

CTA held a presentation on March 21 for its kindergarten through eighth grade students to recognize Lauren and also to bring awareness to Down syndrome.

“Miss Bostic has been a dedicated teacher at Creative Technologies Academy since 2008. Her compassion and skills in working with young children are phenomenal,” said Dan George, CTA Superintendent. “She has a wonderful ability to work with students with special needs and she is devoted to helping her students succeed to their maximum ability.”

 

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