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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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Amash holds town hall meetings


Rep. Justin Amash answered questions from constituents at the Cedar Springs town hall meeting last week. Courtesy photo.

Rep. Justin Amash answered questions from constituents at the Cedar Springs town hall meeting last week. Courtesy photo.

Third District Representative Justin Amash (R-MI) held town hall meetings in both Cedar Springs and Sparta, on Monday, July 1.

He was at the Sparta Carnegie Township Library, 80 N. Union in Sparta from noon to 1 p.m., and then at Creative Technologies Academy, 350 Pine Street in Cedar Springs from 6 to 7 p.m. Ben VanderVeen, a spokesman for Rep. Amash, said the meetings turned out well, with about 45-50 people at the Sparta meeting and 50 to 60 in Cedar Springs.

Rep. Amash gave a 5 to 10 minute update on some specific issues and then opened it up to questions from the audience. The meetings ran about an hour each.

“He (Amash) was pretty pleased with how they went,” said VanderVeen.

The representative tries to hold two to four town hall meetings a month throughout the third district.

 

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Creative Technologies Academy Annual Public Notices 2012


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:

 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.

 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-teacher organization 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 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.

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

 

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Congratulations to the Class of 2012!


Guest speaker, Rick Cooper

Creative Technologies Academy celebrated its 14th Commencement on Thursday, May 24 in the campus auditorium. Thirty-one graduates were presented their diplomas and seniors with honors and scholarships were recognized. Salutatorian Chelsea Coffman and Valedictorian Jacob Tow addressed their classmates and families.

Guest speaker, Rick Cooper, challenged the graduates with “Eight Words that Make You a Winner in Life!” Mr. Cooper is the Director of Marketing and play-by-play announcer with CCSN, a former broadcaster with the Marshall University Football Radio Network, and he has broadcasted 19 championship contests for the NCAA and NCCAA in 20+ years of broadcasting. Rick shared stories from his long career in sports broadcasting and interviews with stars like Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, A.C. Green, Mark Price, Randy Moss, Orel Hershiser, Mike Singletary, and Bob Uecker. He encouraged the graduates to “Exhibit Character, Act Selflessly, Take Risks, and Press On.”

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Legal Notice


Creative Technologies Academy

 

Please be advised that Creative Technologies Academy, located at 350 Pine Street, Cedar Springs, Michigan, 49319, will conduct a public hearing on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 3:20 p.m. The Board will consider its proposed budget for 2012-2013.  A copy of this budget is available for inspection at the same address.  This meeting is open to the public.  Individuals requiring special accommodation to attend this meeting should call the Academy’s School Office at 616-696-4905 at least three (3) days prior to this meeting.

 

Dated May 31, 2012


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Creative Technologies Academy Staff Changes for 2012-13


Creative Technologies Academy is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Hannah Barrett as second grade teacher for 2012-13. Ms. Barrett is a 2010 graduate of Hillsdale College where she received a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Elementary Education, Integrated Science, and Physical Education. She also holds an Early Childhood endorsement. Ms. Barrett has been employed as a kindergarten teacher at Will Carleton Academy in Hillsdale for the last two years. She currently lives in Comstock Park, Michigan.  Ms. Barrett will be available to meet students and parents at the CTA campus on Friday, June 1.

 

Ms. Barrett will take the position most recently held by Ms. Abby Terry and Ms. Carrie Paddock, who team taught the second grade this year. Ms. Terry will be leaving CTA at the end of this school year to be a “full time mom” to daughters Chloe and Cassidy. Ms. Paddock will remain at CTA as a full time administrator as the Assistant Director of Academics with responsibilities for Curriculum, Instruction, Achievement, and Assessment.

 

“We will miss Ms. Terry in the classroom,” says Superintendent/School Leader Dan George.  “She has been a wonderful part of our school for a number of years. Ms. Paddock is looking forward to her new administrative responsibilities and we are confident Ms. Barrett will be a great addition to the CTA community.”

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