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Hip Hop Concert Shares a Message of Hope


Beacon Light performed for the community and took time to autograph after the concert.

CTA had the privilege of welcoming Hip Hop artist Beacon Light on Tuesday, October 30! Beacon’s songs have been featured on Spotify playlists, iTunes Top Billboard charts, television shows, and films. His video “Haters” won Video of the Year in the 2016  We Love Christian Music Awards .

Beacon shared at a student assembly during the day and offered a free community concert in the evening. Beacon’s performances included both his music and his story, which offers encouragement and hope to the audience.

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NHS Supports All Students Through Tutoring Club


K-12 Students receive free tutoring support from NHS students.

This year, our chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) is offering free tutoring and homework support for all students on Thursdays from 2:45-4:00 p.m. This opportunity is available to all of our K-12 students; students can sign-up or drop-in. This is the first year that this has been offered, and our NHS students are really excited about helping their fellow students.

The NHS members not only help with assigned homework, they also try to help students improve academically. With the younger elementary students, the NHS members sit and listen to younger students read and help them with spelling words. The students enjoy either typing them or writing them on a whiteboard. At the end of our time, the NHS members and the students play “Hangman” or Pictionary with spelling words. Through this, the students are able to get to know each other better and have something to look forward to. With the older students, the NHS members help them in whatever subject they are struggling with and try to make it easier to understand.

I asked some of our NHS members what their favorite part of tutoring students is. Danielle August, the president, said, “I really enjoy getting to know the younger kids and being able to help them learn. It is a way to make a difference in someone else’s life and hopefully make a lasting, helpful impact.” Willow Sidlauskas, a new inductee said, “Tutoring the younger kids gives me a sense of confidence in that these kids aren’t going through school feeling frustrated with their classes. We’re here to make homework a little less work and a lot more fun.” Lastly, I asked the NHS advisor, Trisha Rose, what her favorite part about tutoring was and she said, “I like watching the NHS students create relationships with the younger students.”

Tutoring Thursdays are making a positive impact on the school’s community. More and more students are coming, and NHS is excited to meet and help any additional students who decide to join over the course of the year.

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Beacon’s Run Your City Tour Concert at CTA Oct. 30


Free community concert

On Tuesday Oct. 30 at 7:00 p.m., Beacon Light will be performing a free concert at Creative Technologies Academy as part of the Run Your City Tour with Kevi Morse. Beacon Light is an award winning hip hop artist who has landed multiple songs on the Billboard Top 30 Radio Charts. His music video, “Haters,” won Best Video of 2016 in the We Love Music Awards. His songs have been featured on the NFL, Netflix, FOX, and Starz. He has performed alongside Grammy winning artists and tours the United States sharing his music and message. Beacon will be performing and speaking at CTA earlier in the day for an assembly to secondary students. During his assemblies, Beacon connects to students through music and powerful stories. His message challenges them to change their communities for the better and treat each other with respect. As a survivor of abuse, he tackles the content of bullying in a way that is real and relatable to students. “Love your haters. Its that simple,” says Beacon. “Everybody has someone in their life who has done something to offend or hurt them. But each of us has a choice, are we going to choose to respond to those people in a negative way? Or will we choose to make good decisions regardless of our circumstances and emotions?” Come on out to hear Beacon at CTA and help stomp out bullying.

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Our Mission


Creative Technologies Academy is a K-12 community of learners committed to changing our world by developing students in character, scholarship, and leadership.

 

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL MONDAY, AUGUST 20

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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.

Affirmed by the Board of Directors, August 15, 2018

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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 

Reaffirmed by the Board of Directors, August 15, 2018

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CTA celebrates 20th anniversary


L to R:  Dan George, CTA School Leader/Superintendent; Ron Rizzo, Director, Ferris State University Charter Schools Office; Lexie Coxon, former Superintendent; Dr. Richard Halik, Consultant for Board Policy, National Charter Schools Institute; and Dan Quisenberry, President of Michigan Association of Public School Academies. Courtesy photo.
This ceiling in the auditorium at CTA (which was formerly Jordan Chapel) is made up of planks from area barns. Post photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

This ceiling in the auditorium at CTA (which was formerly Jordan Chapel) is made up of planks from area barns. Post photo by J. Reed.

When Lexie Coxon was told in May of 1998 that Ferris State University was going to issue a charter to Creative Technologies Academy to become a school for grades 7-12, she wasn’t sure how they were going to get the 120 students they needed to open. But they did it by the skin of their teeth—and opened with 122 that September.

“It was a tremendous challenge,” she said.

Coxon and others spoke about the school’s journey during CTA’s 20th anniversary celebration on Friday, May 11.

The property at 350 Pine Street, in Cedar Springs, was originally the home of Jordan College, founded by Lexie and her husband DeWayne. In 1966, they bought the property, and in 1967 they built their first building. Coxon explained how back then, they got building materials from area farmers who were tearing down their barns. A good example is in the planking in the chapel roof—it all came from area farmers.

In those early days of charter schools, Lexie and DeWayne’s son, Rob Coxon, told them to get a charter, they would need to have something unique. So they decided to go into being a computer based program. “We were one of the first schools to have computers for all students,” said Lexie.

She also noted that while most charter schools were for-profit, they wanted to remain a non-profit. And needing to have 120 students was tough—they had no money and no resources. But they made it work.

As time went on, they added in grades K-6. This year the school had 319 students K-12.

Lexie was also proud of the fact they have had 100 percent compliance with all of the paperwork that is needed. Ron Rizzo, with FSU, backed her up on that. “I don’t think there is any other academy that has had 100 percent compliance for 17 years,” he said. “It’s amazing. That means every document turned in on time.”

Rizzo said CTA was one of their original class of nine academies. “I’ve been here for 16 of those 20 years. It’s very welcoming. You truly are here for kids, doing what’s best for the trajectory of their lives. You should very proud of what you have accomplished here,” he said.

Dan Quisenberry, President of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies noted that CTA feels like family. “Charters were intended to be that—partnerships. Think of the kids’ lives you’ve impacted here. You are doing something important.” He also noted that charter schools are the “R&D” (research and development) of education. “Dan (George, current school superintendent) doesn’t view CTA as a competitor, but as a partner,” he said.

He noted that CTA teacher Kayla Campbell, who was recently named one of the top 5 charter school teachers in the state by MAPSA, represented CTA well. “We did a Facebook live announcement and I think you had every student in here. When we announced it, I thought this place was going to fall down,” he said.

Former teacher and coach Gary Bailey shared both some funny stories and some more serious thoughts. “Most coaches know that our success is measured by #s (winds and losses) after our name. But we know success is more than that.” He went on to share how a former student had sent him a video at 1:40 a.m. that morning, thanking him for being a mentor.

Kurt Mabie, a former educator who retired five  years ago from public education, said he’s been involved with CTA for 15 years. And he has been happy to work with Dan George and CTA via the Community Building Development Team. “Through collaboration, great things can happen,” he said. “Nothing happens on its own.”

One of those things is the recent donation of 10 acres to CTA by Fred and Carolee Gunnell. The property will be the future home of a new gymnasium for the school with a soccer field, and a couple of classrooms. And when it is not being used by the school, it will be open to the community, which fulfills one of the goals of the CBDT—to have a recreation center. 

George said that the planning, fundraising, and construction of that facility would be a major undertaking and their biggest project over the next five years.

The Post asked George what he is most proud of accomplishing at CTA. “I can answer that in two ways, institutionally and personally. First, we are proud to be able to give the families of the communities we serve a quality choice for the education of their children while partnering, not competing, with our neighboring traditional public schools. That produces a shared focus on doing what is best for kids. Personally, I’m proud of the staff that has become my team over the last 8+ years. Their dedication, love of kids, professionalism, and pursuit of learning is unsurpassed,” he said.

For more on CTA, visit www.ctachargers.org.

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Senior Awarded Congressional Honor


 

Autumn Watson and Secondary Principal Jennifer Colin after the program in Grand Rapids.

On Saturday, May 5, Creative Technologies Academy Senior Autumn Watson was a recipient of Justin Amash’s Congressional Medal of Merit at the Gerald R. Ford Museum. The Congressional Medal of Merit is awarded to students who demonstrate exemplary citizenship and academic excellence. CTA is proud of Autumn and her contributions to our school and the community. Autumn plans to attend Ferris State University this fall.

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Two Cedar Springs area students receive Congressional Medal of Merit 


Two CS area students receive Congressional Medal of Merit 

Autumn Watson, of Creative Technologies Academy, received the Congressional Medal of Merit on Saturday, May 5, from Rep. Justin Amash. Courtesy photo.

Jacob Ryan Outwin, of Cedar Springs High School, received the Congressional Medal of Merit on Saturday, May 5, from Rep. Justin Amash. Courtesy photo.

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) recognized the 2018 service academy appointees and student Congressional Medal of Merit recipients from Michigan’s Third District at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum on Saturday, May 5. 

Applicants to the service academies require a nomination from an authorized nominating source, which includes members of Congress. To assist with the nominating process, Amash assembled a committee of military and civic leaders who reviewed applications, interviewed potential nominees, and made recommendations. 

In addition to the seven service academy appointees recognized, Amash honored 34 students with the Congressional Medal of Merit. Among them was Jacob Ryan Outwin, of Cedar Springs High School, and Autumn Watson, of Creative Technologies Academy.

The Congressional Medal of Merit recognizes high school seniors who have demonstrated exemplary citizenship and academic excellence. Recipients were nominated by their principals or guidance counselors. 

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Battle of the Books


Battle of the Books teams and their coaches were supported by classmates during the event.

The 3rd-6th grade students at Creative Technologies Academy were separated into mixed-grade level teams in an effort to face off against other teams in their third annual Battle of the Books event! Each team was given six books to read for this year’s competition. On Thursday, March 29, students battled it out against their peer teams by answering questions from each book. Although the scores were very close, here were the final results: 1st Place: Hard Covers (Green) 2nd Place: Fictionaries (Yellow) 3rd Place: Book Dominators (Red)

Congratulations to our third annual Book Battlers! We were so very impressed with your hard work and dedication in reading the books on your list this year.

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