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CTA selects new dean of students/athletic director


Cutline: Autumn Mattson will become the new dean of students/athletic director at Creative Technologies Academy. She is shown here with her husband, Scott, and their two sons.

Autumn Mattson will become the new dean of students/athletic director at Creative Technologies Academy. She is shown here with her husband, Scott, and their two sons.

Autumn Mattson, the former athletic director and dean of students at Cedar Springs High School, has been selected to fill that same position at Creative Technologies Academy at the end of this school year.

Creative Technologies Academy, a Ferris State University-authorized public school academy located on Pine Street in Cedar Springs, made the announcement Monday, May 9, after a five-week search.

Mattson will assume her new position in June. She succeeds the school’s current and outgoing dean of students/athletic director, David Oldebekking, who will remain in the position until the end of the school year to ensure a seamless transition.

CTA School Leader/Superintendent, Dan George believes Mattson is the right person for this position.

“Autumn knows the Cedar Springs community well and has a passion for helping kids. We are excited to have her fill the position of Dean of Students at CTA,” he stated. “My goal for CTA since I came here over six years ago was for us to be a valued, and viewed as, a partner, not a competitor, with the other exceptional school districts that surround us in doing what is best for kids. I believe Autumn will help us in that endeavor,” George continued.

Mattson served as athletic director at Cedar Springs for almost 10 years and was both dean of students and athletic director for almost 3 years. She also held several other positions within the school district prior to that. She resigned in February 2016.

Mattson holds her Masters of Education and Leadership and Elementary Teaching Certification from Aquinas College and her Bachelor of Arts from Lake Superior State University. Mattson has received many honors, including the 2014 Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrator Association Regional Athletic Director of the Year, and the 2014 West Michigan Officials Association Athletic Director of the Year recognitions.

“I am so honored to have this opportunity to work with the staff, families and students of CTA,” shared Mattson. “From the minute I stepped on the campus I knew this was the place for me. The love and care this staff shows towards their students is inspiring. I am looking forward to getting to know the entire CTA family and working with our community to help each student dream big, reach their goals and experience success.”

Mattson is married to Scott Mattson, and they have two children.

Oldebekking, who was appointed in 2012 after spending six years teaching at CTA, led the school during a period of growth and also oversaw student athletic programs.

“My time at CTA has been great. I started as a teacher and the relationships with the students, staff and families are irreplaceable,” said David Oldebekking, current dean of students. “There are so many great people that make up this school family and I am going to miss them all.”

“Dave Oldebekking has exceptionally served CTA for 10 years,” shared Dan George, School Leader/Superintendent. “I am sad to see him leave education because he has been an outstanding teacher, administrator, coach, mentor, and role model for kids and staff. I am also excited for him and his family for the opportunity that awaits him in his new position.”

When Oldebekking’s new opportunity arose, he hoped that CTA would find someone who loved the school and wanted to see it flourish and believes that Mattson fits the bill. “I am confident that she will do great things and I cannot wait to see what she does,” he commented.

 

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Chargers Finish on High Note, Sweep Senior Night


 

CTA Boys Basketball Team: Front (L to R): Casen Armstrong, Bailey Hawkins, James Hofstra, Jarod Bouma, Collin Bishop, Mason Dood, James Bishop. Back (L to R): Dawson Armstrong, Isaiah Piskun, Coach Scott Bultman, Charles Wortz, Brandon Beck, Luke Hubbard, John Wortz, Jackson Bowers

CTA Boys Basketball Team: Front (L to R): Casen Armstrong, Bailey Hawkins, James Hofstra, Jarod Bouma, Collin Bishop, Mason Dood, James Bishop. Back (L to R): Dawson Armstrong, Isaiah Piskun, Coach Scott Bultman, Charles Wortz, Brandon Beck, Luke Hubbard, John Wortz, Jackson Bowers

In their only home games of the year, the Creative Technologies Academy boys and girls basketball teams came up with great performances, winning both games against West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science (WMAES).

In the first game, the Lady Chargers battled throughout, trailing by as many as 8 in the fourth quarter. Senior Aubrey Slocum and junior Holly Fahling came up with big baskets to give the Chargers their first lead of the quarter with only two minutes remaining. Stifling defense by 8th graders Hannah Hofstra and Faith Watson shut down WMAES, and the Lady Chargers went on to win their final home game at Grace Bible College, 34-30.

CTA Girls Basketball Team: Front (L to R): Gabriela Fahling, Bridget Lass, Zoe Lehman, Faith Watson, Holly Fahling, Autumn Watson, Cameron Medwayosh, Molly Wortz. Back (L to R): Assistant Coach Danielle Davies, Hannah Hofstra, Kaleigh Keech, Aubrey Slocum, Brianne Calkins, Shauna Russell, Tori Wierda, Sierra Medwayosh, Devin Slocum, Coach Steve Washington

CTA Girls Basketball Team: Front (L to R): Gabriela Fahling, Bridget Lass, Zoe Lehman, Faith Watson, Holly Fahling, Autumn Watson, Cameron Medwayosh, Molly Wortz. Back (L to R): Assistant Coach Danielle Davies, Hannah Hofstra, Kaleigh Keech, Aubrey Slocum, Brianne Calkins, Shauna Russell, Tori Wierda, Sierra Medwayosh, Devin Slocum, Coach Steve Washington

It was the last home game of the careers of Slocum, Kaleigh Keech, and Shauna Russell. Many tears were shed, but it was exactly the way the seniors had hoped to go out, with many hugs passed around after the game. The girls’ team showed great improvement throughout the season, ending with a 4-10 record.

The CTA boys team came out with great intensity after the senior festivities had ended. Junior Brandon Beck and sophomore Dawson Armstrong got started early, and the Chargers never looked back, holding a comfortable double digit lead throughout the majority of the game, winning by 15.

The Chargers varsity team finished with their best record in four years, at 8-6. With no seniors on the team, and growth and maturity expected over the next year, the Chargers could be an extremely dangerous team come next November. Congratulations on a great season, Chargers!

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Girls Talk program gives back to school, younger students


7th Graders (left to right) Willow Sidlauskas, Sophyna Ross help clean and change out seasonal clothes at the Alpha Women’s Center in Cedar Springs.

7th Graders (left to right) Willow Sidlauskas, Sophyna Ross help clean and change out seasonal clothes at the Alpha Women’s Center in Cedar Springs.

Creative Technologies Academy’s Girl Talk is an after school mentoring program in which high school girls mentor middle school girls.

The group meets 2-3 times per month after school and have activities that foster discussion of topics that impact the everyday lives of these girls – all of which is coached and moderated by the middle school math teacher, Ms. Liscombe.

Some topics covered include: being a good friend, being true to yourself, “Downplay the Drama”, positive body image, and many more!

Autumn Shelagowski (11th grade), Destiny Batchelder (8th grade), Ashley Shelagowski (8th grade) work in library.

Autumn Shelagowski (11th grade), Destiny Batchelder (8th grade), Ashley Shelagowski (8th grade) work in library.

They also participate in various service projects throughout the school year to give back to the local community.

For the past two years, they have participated in service projects for the Alpha Family Center and the Cedar Springs Library. At Alpha, they have done a variety of activities including: changing out seasonal clothing, cleaning and organizing, and stuffing envelopes.

At the Library, the group has helped clean and reorganize book shelves.

Cleaning and reorganizing aren’t always the most exciting tasks for teenagers, but the girls are able to build teamwork and cooperation skills in a fun way by giving back to their own community.

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CTA’s Les Miner named Cross Country All-American


Les Miner, a sophomore at Creative Technologies Academy was named All-American last weekend. He is shown here at a meet earlier this year.

Les Miner, a sophomore at Creative Technologies Academy was named All-American last weekend. He is shown here at a meet earlier this year.

Creative Technologies Academy’s sophomore Les Miner was named All-American last weekend at the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships, with a time of 17:53. The meet took place in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Sunday, December 13.

More than 3,000 youth athletes journeyed for the championship and competed at Balloon Fiesta Park. The youth competition took place in two-year age divisions—236 of whom were in Miner’s 15-16 year-old age group. These age divisions provide young athletes the opportunity to compete with other athletes of similar ability. Entry for the national championship is based on athlete performances at preliminary, Association and Regional levels and Miner qualified two weeks ago at a Detroit meet. He also set two new school records this season and was the runner up for the Class D Championships.

In order to be named All-American, he needed to finish in the top 25 at nationals.

“I knew I wanted All-American, but seeing the times of all the great athletes at this race made me doubt that goal,” said Miner. “But my family, friends and coaches believed in me. When the gun went off I didn’t think about anything but running.” While the course proved to be challenging, Miner never thought he couldn’t do it and remembered the encouragement and advice of his family, friends and coaches.

At the first mile, he was in 28th place and put an extra surge in his step to move him up to 18th place by mile two. Two runners passed him in the final mile putting him in 20th place. “The speed up drained my energy and the altitude made it hard to breath,” commented Miner. “The race was well set up and located on a difficult course,” he added.

“Les did very well this past cross country season,” praised Coach Danielle Davies. “He knew what he wanted and he pursued it. As he competed in the Junior Olympics, he had his mind set on being an All-American from the start and worked hard and pushed forward to reach his goal. We are very proud of Les and all he has accomplished.”

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Fall Fun and Festivities


Mrs. Bialkowski’s First grade Halloween party

Mrs. Bialkowski’s First grade Halloween party

What a ghoulish and ghostly October for Creative Technologies Academy! CTA celebrated another great Halloween season with our annual Halloween parade and Halloween parties.  The elementary students paraded around the campus in their costumes for the whole school to see. Upon their return, mothers and fathers put on great parties for their youngsters. Thank you to everyone who made the Halloween parties a success!

Mrs. Krombeen’s Second grade Halloween party

Mrs. Krombeen’s Second grade Halloween party

Our school community also wants to give a HUGE shout out to the parents and guardians of CTA Elementary because you helped us make our goal of having 100 percent attendance at Student-Led Conferences this Fall. Thank you all for coming and supporting your child’s education; your support is extremely important and valued! There will be a second set of student led conferences in the spring, but all the teachers are free to hear your questions and or concerns anytime of the year!

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Chargers Show School Spirit at Walk and Festival


Students enjoying a snack after the Walk-A-Thon

Students enjoying a snack after the Walk-A-Thon

WOW! What an awesome start to the year for the little Chargers of Creative Technologies Academy! CTA Elementary was busy with lots of fun things: the annual Walk-A-Thon and the Red Flannel Festival!

The Walk-A-Thon included obstacles for the students, including a finish line they got to cross after each lap.

The Walk-A-Thon included obstacles for the students, including a finish line they got to cross after each lap.

The CTA Parent Association decided to have one – and only one – BIG fundraiser this year: A Walk-a-Thon. The students were asked to contact their friends and family to donate to their participation in the Walk-a-Thon at our local Skinner Field. All of the donations are going towards funding for educational class field trips. In fact, every grade in the elementary raised enough to go to Klackle Orchards where they will learn about various apple processes, agricultural practices and of course enjoy samples and experience apple picking – completely paid for by the donors! Nice work, Chargers!

Chargers lining up to walk in the Red Flannel Festival Parade.

Chargers lining up to walk in the Red Flannel Festival Parade.

CTA was ever-present in the Red Flannel festivities this year. We participated in the window decorating competition. Congratulations to third grade for a first place ranking this year. This was also the first year that CTA walked as a school in the Red Flannel parade. And boy, did we pick a good year to start! A little rain and cold won’t hold us Chargers down! NO WAY!

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New Music and Drama Classes at CTA


 

Creative Technologies Academy is excited to announce the addition of music and drama classes to their curriculum.  After a four-year absence, CTA has added an elementary music program for K-5, a middle school and high school choir program, and a high school drama class which is currently learning improvisation techniques.  The high school choir, Charger Voices, will have the exciting opportunity to sing the National Anthem at the Grand Rapids Griffins game on October 17th.  These courses are being taught by Jeremy Holtrop who received his bachelor’s in Music Education from Indiana Wesleyan University and his Master’s in Music from Colorado State University.  Mr. Holtrop has taught choir and drama for eight years and is excited to be a part of CTA and to bring music back to the school.

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Chargers have strong showing at Conference Meet


 

The Creative Technologies Academy Cross Country teams have been  pushing all season long to meet their individual and team goals, and many of them did just that at Riverside Park this past Wednesday. It was the second conference meet of the year for the Chargers, and they did not disappoint.

The boys cross country was led once again by sophomore Les Miner with a time of 17:17. Junior captain, Ethan Lehman had a nice run as well with a time of 18:52. Sophomore James Hofstra came in third for the team finishing at 20:36, but the real surprise was the personal best time for seventh grader Casen Armstrong, beating his previous time by more than two minutes with a time of 20:54. His brother, sophomore Dawson Armstrong, also had a nice race with a time of 21:42, and Sophomore John LeTourneau cruised past his old personal best by more than four minutes, finishing his race at 22 minutes flat.

The girls also had a great run, with eighth grader Zoe Lehman leading the way, gathering in her personal best time at 25:10. Not far behind was fellow eighth grader Hannah Hofstra (25:16), Freshman Brianna Calkins (25:25), seventh grader Amy LeTourneau (30:16), junior Tatyanna Lawson (30:20), and senior Kaleigh Keech (36:42).

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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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CTA 5k raises funds for Wounded Warriors


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S-CTA-5K2Creative Technologies Academy’s newest after school running program, Girls Charging Ahead, which encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running, held its first 5k on Monday, May 18.

The team consisted of over 20 girls from grades 2nd-6th, many high school volunteers, and the two head coaches, Samantha Liscombe and Amy VanHarten. In connection with the celebration 5k, the girls on the team chose to take pledges to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Foundation, as their team service project. The group raised a total of $1,003.35 for the foundation.

The 5k was held on the portion of the White Pine trail just North of Pine St. There was a huge turnout that consisted of many CTA staff and students as well as family members of the girls on the team.

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