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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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First graders and families celebrate


N-Library-card1Almost 250 first-graders were at the Kent Theatre Monday and Tuesday to celebrate March is Reading month and their brand new library cards.

The Cedar Springs Public Library launched its 16th Annual First Grade Library Card Roundup last month, in partnership with the Kent District Library, Cedar Trails, Creative Technologies Academy, and Algoma Christian School.

“The program is largely successful due to the classroom visits by Children’s parapros Shannon Vanderhyde, of Cedar Springs Library, and Sara Magnusen, of KDL, and the great cooperation and support by each first grade classroom teacher,” said Cedar Springs Library Director Donna Clark.

First graders and their families were invited to celebrate “March is Reading Month” by getting a library card and thereby gaining access to hundreds of thousands of books and other materials available at the 81 libraries and branch libraries in the 8 counties served by the Lakeland Library Cooperative.

N-Library-card2Free movie passes to see “Nut Job” at the Kent Theatre were issued to all 320 first graders, paid for by the Cedar Springs Public Library via a grant from a local Cedar Springs sponsor. Students showing a library card also got a free popcorn to eat during the show, compliments of the Kent Theatre. About 246 came to the movie and almost every single child/family had a library card.

Just before the movie started, local children’s author Amanda Litz hosted a drawing to give away 6 of her books, one of which was just released that afternoon. To find out more about Amanda, her books, her new bookstore located at 25 S. Main, and the events she has planned, go to her website at www.travelerstrunkpublishing.com

The library card program was originated in 1998 by Mike Metzger, a former library board member.

 

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First graders get library cards


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March is reading month—which means it’s time for all first graders to get a chance to sign up for their very first library card.

Cedar Springs Public Library and KDL’s Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library team up to visit kids at school and get them excited about this new privilege.

Shannon Vanderhyde, Youth parapro at Cedar Springs, and Sara Magnuson, youth parapro at Sand Lake/Nelson Township, recently visited 11 first grade classrooms at Cedar Trails Elementary, and one at Creative Technologies Academy to hand out the envelopes with information on what to do. Algoma Christian will also receive a visit this year.

N-Library-cards2-webThe cards are good at any library in Michigan.

To celebrate, all first graders get to attend a movie March 3 and 4 at The Kent Theatre for free, with other family members welcome for $3 each. The movie is “The Nut Job.” Doors open at 5:30 with the movie starting at 6:30. A child’s library card or family library card entitles the first-grader to a free small popcorn that night. Just present your card at the concession stand.

 

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CTA Saves Christmas


CTA-ToysCTA-Toys-2By CTA Third Graders

 

Students at Creative Technologies Academy raised $600 for Toys for Tots in a coin drive competition last month.  CTA was able to buy over 60 toys with the money they raised.  Students in kindergarten through eighth grade participated in this event to make sure that kids have toys under their Christmas trees.

Each class had their own bucket and brought in coins to earn points for their class.  One seventh grader, Nathan Lovett, collected $50 from his family and friends.  All of the classes raised a lot of money, but the seventh graders brought in the most.

The coin drive was organized by Kindergarten teacher, Lauren Bostic.  When she was asked why she organized the event, she said, “I love seeing our students care so much about kids.”

School leader, Dan George, agreed with Miss Bostic.  “I think it’s a great thing that students are doing,” he said. “It teaches them how to be givers, and it will give opportunities for kids to have a Christmas that wouldn’t otherwise have it.”  The students had a lot of fun with the coin drive and were happy to help other kids in need.

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CTA Academic News


Creative Technologies Academy has started a new school wide initiative this year.   Every student that attends CTA has a data binder.  The data binder helps the students take a more proactive role in the learning process.  The students track their achievement data for different subjects in their data binder as well as come up with goals and a plan to achieve their goals. Research shows that when students track their own learning and understanding with student data tracking, there is an improvement in student learning and a tremendous amount of motivation.  Some of the items the students track in their data binders are their reading levels, math test and spelling test scores.  The students also use these data binders to help lead conferences with parents and teachers.  During the fall the school had their first ever student led conferences.  Parents, teachers and students all agreed that it was a success.  The students took ownership and pride in their work and were excited to share it with their parents. The school will have their next student led conferences in January.

 

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JOB POSTING – SEARCH REOPENED


SPECIAL EDUCATION – PART TIME

 

Creative Technologies Academy, a self managed public school academy, chartered through Ferris State University, located in Cedar Springs, Michigan is seeking a certified teacher for immediate hire for:

TITLE: Special Education Teacher – Part Time

REPORTS TO: School Leader and Special Education Coordinator

QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Must possess a State of Michigan Teaching Certificate, K-12 with endorsement in Special Education

2. Learning Disabilities endorsement preferred

3. Must meet NCLB and Highly Qualified certification requirements

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Email letter of interest/application and resume’ to: Dan George at dgeorge@ctachargers.org,  or by postal mail send to Dan George, Superintendent/School Leader, Creative Technologies Academy, 350 Pine Street, Cedar Springs, MI  49319

APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 30, 2013

CTA participates in the Michigan Retirement Program (MPSERS).  CTA has 300+ students in K-12.  Specific questions may be asked by emailing dgeorge@ctachargers.org or you may visit CTA’s website at www.ctaschool.com.

 

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Open Enrollment


Creative Technologies Academy

350 Pine Street

Cedar Springs, MI  49319

Open Enrollment Period for the 2014-15 School Year

January 15, 2014 – February 15, 2014

You may register students for grades K-12 by calling

Mrs. Atkins or Mr. Oldebekking at (616) 696-4905

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CTA students open bank


Post photo by J. Reed.

Post photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

 

Employees and students at Creative Technologies Academy don’t have to worry about making it to the bank after school—they just have to walk across campus to make a deposit.

Last month was the grand opening of a new branch of Independent Bank at CTA—and it’s run entirely by sixth graders.

Julie Wheeler, of the Cedar Springs branch of Independent Bank, approached CTA with the idea. She said that the Sand Lake branch had been doing something similar for the last 15 years. “I went and visited them, and their school loves it,” remarked Wheeler. “It’s a great opportunity. It’s our future—we’ll do whatever we can do for our students.”

Post photos by J. Reed.

Post photos by J. Reed.

City and school officials were on hand for the grand opening, as was Dave Reglin, Executive Vice President, Independent Bank. “We are proud of Julie and the Cedar Springs team for doing this,” he said.

Wheeler and sixth grade teacher Jenny Bangma worked together on the idea. Kids had to apply for the job, then went through a training program with Wheeler. Eight students were hired—a manager, alternate, site engineer, two marketing directors, and three tellers. They work directly for Independent Bank.

“The kids seem to really be enjoying it,” said Bangma, “especially those who are employed with the bank. Julie and her team are very professional and treat the students as employees versus just students.”

The bank is open two Wednesdays a month, for an hour each time. Students in grades four through eight have been invited to open accounts, and a few faculty members have opened accounts as well. Students can make deposits freely, but must have a parental note to make a withdrawal.

“So far it’s going well,” said Bangma. “Julie and I anticipated that we would start small, with only a few students and staff opening accounts; however, the participation is continuing to grow each week!”

Bangma said she chose not to grade students on their participation in the bank. “I feel like their experiences should be as authentic as possible,” she explained. “Students were made very aware of the expectations, and they know that they could be asked to leave their post if they do not meet them. We want to build work ethic through intrinsic motivation. Julie and I communicate regularly about the progress of our student workers.”

School leader Dan George thinks the bank is a great idea. “It’s a fantastic opportunity. We are always looking to incorporate project-based learning,” he explained. “They get experience in math, personal finance, getting along with people, etc. It’s a great opportunity for kids this age.”

 

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Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting


Creative Technologies Academy

Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting

Monday, October 28, 2013

5:30 PM – Parent Dinner with CTA Staff

6:00 PM – Town Hall Meeting

“Keep Getting Better”

This is an opportunity for parents, prospective families, and other members of the community to visit with teachers and administrators about how we can better serve our children. Bring your questions and your answers. We value your input and feedback and we will greatly appreciate your attendance at this event! Thank you!

 

• iPad Drawing – A free iPad will be given to someone who recommended CTA to a family who enrolled for the first time this year.

 

All adults in attendance will be eligible for a $100 gas card drawing.

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