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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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SCHOOL CALENDAR – 2013-14


CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMY

SCHOOL CALENDAR – 2013-14

 

Traditional Grades K-5: 7:50am – 2:35pm

Traditional Grades 6-12: 7:45am – 2:32pm

FlexTrac Grades 9-12: 3:00pm – 6:50pm

 

Thursday, August 22 FlexTrac Only Parent/Student Orientation – 6 PM

Tuesday, August 27 Traditional Orientation & Open House (K-12) – 5:30 – 8:00 PM

 

Tuesday, September 3 First Day of School

September 3-October 4 Global Scholar Fall Testing

 

October 8-24 MEAP Testing

October 14 No School for Students; Teacher PD day 8 AM – 4:00 PM

October 22-24 Parent Teacher Conferences (required of all students and parents)

October 25 No School for Students or Staff

October 28 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting

 

Visit our website at www.ctaschool.com for entire school year calendar.

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PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW


Creative Technologies Academy

Annual Public Notices

PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW

 

The Creative Technologies Academy’s Board Policy Manual contains the following policy which is applicable to all Title I schools. CTA does NOT receive Title I funds, nevertheless it adheres to the following policy:

 

In accordance with the requirement of Section 1111 of Title I, for each school receiving Title I funds, the School Leader shall make sure that all parents of students in that school are notified that they may request, and the Academy will provide the following information on the student’s classroom teachers:

A. whether the teacher(s) have met the State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade level and subject areas they are teaching;

B. whether the teacher(s) is teaching under any emergency or provisional status in which the State requirements have been waived;

C. the undergraduate major of the teacher(s) and the area of study and any certificates for any graduate degrees earned;

D. the qualifications of any paraprofessionals providing services to their child(ren);

 

In addition, the parents shall be provided:

E. information on the level of achievement of their child(ren) on the required State academic assessments;

F. timely notice if the student is assigned to a teacher who is not “highly qualified” as required, or if the student is taught for more than four (4) weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified.

 

The notices and information shall be provided in an understandable format, and to the extent possible, in a language the parent(s) understand.

 

INSTRUCTIONS MATERIALS — RIGHT TO INSPECT

 

Parents have the right to inspect any instructional materials used as part of the educational curriculum for their student. Instructional material means instructional content, regardless of format, that is provided to the student, including printed or representational materials, audiovisual materials, and materials available in electronic or digital formats (such as materials accessible through the Internet.) Instructional material does not include academic tests or academic assessments.

 

August 1, 2013

 

 

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Integrated Pest Management Policy and Plan


Creative Technologies Academy

Annual Public Notice

Integrated Pest Management Policy and Plan

 

In accordance with Michigan Regulation 637, the following policy and plan has been adopted at:

 

Creative Technologies Academy

350 Pine Street

Cedar Springs, Michigan  49319

 

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) requires that the Academy use the least hazardous methods first (fly swatters, vacuuming, housekeeping practices, elimination of insect/rodent food, harborage of entry points, etc.) to remove pests from the school environment before resorting to chemical treatment.

 

Only professional licenses individuals shall be allowed to apply commercial grade pesticides or herbicides and proper advance notification of application(s) shall be given.  No area(s) shall be treated while occupied by staff or students

 

Notice of this service shall be published to all parents, guardians or students, and staff.  In case of emergency, limited use of pesticides or herbicides is permitted without advance notice.

 

This universal sign shall be posted for 48 hours after commercial application of pesticides or herbicides is made, or for an appropriate period of time as recommended by the licensed professional.

 

Pesticides In Use

 

Rodent or pest sightings shall be reported to the school office and shall be recorded in the IPM Log Book.  The licensed person providing the pest control service shall review this list prior to providing treatment within or outside the building.

 

 

Board Adopted:  August 9, 2001

Board Recorder: Lexie K. Coxon

 

August 1, 2013

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Asbestos Management Plan


Creative Technologies Academy

Annual Public Notice

Asbestos Management Plan

 

The Asbestos Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requires all schools to have an “Asbestos Management Plan” and to make that plan available to all concerned parties.  Creative Technologies Academy, an asbestos free school, hereby notifies all parents, building occupants, and the parent association that the Asbestos Management Plan for all buildings under the jurisdiction of this local education agency is available in the principal’s office of Creative Technologies Academy located at 350 Pine Street in Cedar Springs Michigan.

 

This notification is to advise all concerned parties that the Asbestos Management Plan required under the AHERA is available for review upon request.  The plans can be viewed by any person during normal business hours. Those interested in reviewing the Asbestos Management Plan can inquire about the hours and times that the plans are available by contacting Mr. Dan Clark, Director of Energy and Maintenance, or the School Leader at 616-696-4905.

 

Creative Technologies Academy has followed all of the laws pertaining to asbestos in schools for the state of Michigan.  Based on the findings, there is no asbestos on the CTA campus.  Steps have been taken for a permanent exemption because there is no asbestos to monitor or remove.

 

August 1, 2013

 

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Openings still available at Creative Technologies Academy for 2013-2014


Creative Technologies Academy, a tuition free public school academy in Cedar Springs, still has some openings in a few classes for the 2013-2014 school year according to Dean of Students, David Oldebekking.
“Space is filling fast but we still have room in our middle school, high school, and FlexTrac programs,” he said.
Creative Technologies Academy is a free public school that emphasizes small class sizes and a personal educational experience.  “We have been around for 15 years and almost every day I still hear people say, ‘We didn’t know that there was this option for our students education,’” explained Mr. Oldebekking. “We are located on the north side of Cedar Springs on Pine Street, across the street from the water tower, and we have so much to offer families. We have a highly qualified and experienced staff, an innovative learning environment, and many opportunities for blended and online learning.”
One of those opportunities is in the FlexTrac program.  “Our FlexTrac program is in its third year and it has been a great success so far. It is a completely online program. The students are on campus from 3:00 pm-6:50 pm every day, and then do two hours of at home work daily,” said Mr. Oldebekking. “The program is built for students who maybe have a job that they need to attend to, have the ability to accelerate their high school learning, have a need for credit recovery, or just feel more comfortable working outside of the traditional classroom.”
Space is filling fast for both the traditional day school and the Flex Trac Program, so please contact David Oldebekking at 616-696-4905 to set up your personal meeting and school tour.

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