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CTA From the Eyes of an 8th Grader


Tori Lynn Wierda

Tori Lynn Wierda

My name is Tori Lynn Wierda. I am thirteen years old, and I am in the eighth grade. My school of choice is Creative Technologies Academy. I have been going here for eight years now. I love going to CTA; they treat you like family most of the time. The teachers and staff love you and all your flaws. I remember when I was younger that the principal at the time had to carry me up to the office when I got in trouble because I refused to walk up there. Yet, they forgave me and I am still welcomed here today.

Also, I love how we have all these fun programs such as Women’s/Men’s Choir (which gives students the chance to sing at outside venues), basketball (which gives us the chance to play a sport that a lot of us love), Drama Club (because some of us just need to let-it-out somewhere), and cross country (where we get to run and have fun and compete in races). I love all the reading, writing, cheer, music, and basketball they offer here. Also, I love that they have activities here that I personally love to do. I love reading because it makes me feel like I’m separated from the world once in awhile. I love writing because it is a way for me to express my feelings on paper. I love singing because it calms me and makes me happy when I’m mad or depressed. I love Cheerleading because I get to have fun with my friends and perform for people. I love basketball because I love the feeling of competition. I also love dancing because it’s a way to express your feelings through one of the many ways of art.

Speaking further of things I enjoy, I really love going to CTA because I have friends here that I never would have thought I could ever make. My friend/sister Maddie is one of them. She is my best friend and without the love and care CTA provides and encourages, I probably would have never met her in third grade. She is to this day still my best friend and we share everything with each other. There is not one thing she doesn’t know about me and vice versa.

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HS Hands On Hatching Lesson


Biochemistry students Sierra Medwayosh, John Foss and Caleb Cook show the three chickens that were hatched during their hands-on mitosis and meiosis project.

Biochemistry students Sierra Medwayosh, John Foss and Caleb Cook show the three chickens that were hatched during their hands-on mitosis and meiosis project.

How can there be 8 billion people on earth, yet not a single person is genetically the same?

Such questions can be answered from Biochemistry students at Creative Technologies Academy. Over the course of 3 weeks, students learned about mitosis and meiosis. The class incubated chicken eggs to demonstrate how cells can reproduce and be identical (mitosis) or different (meiosis). Biochemistry students were responsible for the viable living conditions for the chicken eggs. The incubation period for chicken eggs was 21 days. Each day, students were responsible for maintaining a constant temperature of 99.5 degrees fahrenheit and carefully flipping the eggs three times a day, both conditions are essential to the development of the chicken embryo.Through the process, students also learned responsibility. If students neglected the eggs, the chance a healthy chicken would hatch decreases. “I am proud of the students and their handling of the eggs,” commented high school science teacher Ben Fredrickson. “Out of a small batch of eggs, we had three chicks hatch due to the dedication and responsibility of the students.”

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Creative Technologies Academy names new business manager


Lori Oestrike, new Business Manager

Lori Oestrike, new Business Manager

Kim Burge, retiring Business Manager

Kim Burge, retiring Business Manager

Creative Technologies Academy completed a search and announced the appointment of Lori Oestrike as the Business Manager of the Ferris State University-authorized public school academy.

Oestrike began her new position January 4. She succeeds the school’s current and outgoing Business Manager, Kim Burge, who is retiring but will remain in the position until the end of January to ensure a seamless transition.

CTA School Leader/Superintendent, Dan George believes Oestrike is well-suited for this position.

“We are excited to welcome Lori Oestrike to fill the Business Manager position,” shared George. “Lori comes to us with all the credentials and experience we are looking for and we look forward to working with her.”

Oestrike comes to CTA from Ionia County Intermediate School District where she served as their Fiscal Services Coordinator for eight years. Prior to that, she served with Central Montcalm Public Schools for six years. She received her Masters in Accounting at Liberty University and completed her undergraduate degree at Davenport University. Oestrike has earned the Chief Financial Officer certification through MSBO (Michigan School Business Officials).

“Creative Technologies Academy is dedicated to developing students in character, scholarship and leadership as stated in their mission,” commented Oestrike. “I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to effectively integrating my skills and education with that of the team at CTA to meet future goals and learn and grow together.”

Burge, who has been with CTA since its founding year in 1998, was one of the schools’ first hired employees. While overseeing the finances of the school, she also handles human resource responsibilities and oversees the Food Services department and the Energy and Maintenance department—all of which Oestrike will now assume responsibility for.

“Kim has loyally served CTA since the first year of the school’s existence, and she has served our community as CTA’s representative in Rotary,” commented Dan George. “We wish her the best in her retirement.”

“It was a challenge when the school was first founded to get it up and going. The school has grown and stabilized and I’m glad that it is in a good position both financially and academically,” shared Burge. “I’m confident that it is being left in good hands with Lori.”

Oestrike is married to Richard Oestrike, and they have one son.

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Open Enrollment


Creative Technologies Academy

350 Pine Street

Cedar Springs, MI 49319

Open Enrollment Period

for the 2017-18 School Year

January 15, 2017 – February 15, 2017

You may register students for grades K-12

by calling Mrs. Atkins or Mrs. Mattson

at (616) 696-4905

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Chargers Take It To The Hoop


 

The ladies fought but fell to the Algoma Christian Knights in their second game of the season, which was played at “home” at Cedar Springs Middle School on Dec. 9. Faith Watson led the ladies scoring efforts with six points and was supported with points from Brianne Calkins, Holly Fahling, Hannah Hofstra, Tori Wierda and Devin Slocum. Zoe Roesner and Autumn Watson contributed valuable defensive minutes and were key players in the game. The Lady Chargers showed growth in their confidence in their roles and are looking forward to their next challenge against Aviation Academy on Dec. 22. Everyone got in on the action and was able to gain game experience. The girls are making progress and are demonstrating a stronger grasp on their offensive and defensive roles. Creative Technologies Academy Boys Varsity Basketball won against Algoma Christian with a final score of 67- 61.

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2016-17 Creative Technologies Academy Honor Roll


 

Middle School Honor Roll

Grade Name GPA

08 Alverson, McKenzie 4.0

08 Armstrong, Casen 4.0

07 August, Elizabeth 3.0

06 Beiter, Landon 4.0

08 Bennett, Derek 3.2

07 Benson, Jesse 3.6

07 Besmer, Evan 4.0

07 Brecker, Carlene 3.5

08 Buchanan, Anthony 3.8

08 Calkins, Calvin 3.2

07 Cook, Brittanie 3.1

06 Corrigan, Spencer 3.2

06 Covell, Remington 3.4

06 Davenport, Haydn 3.7

08 Dekraker, Madelin 3.9

06 Fessenden, Joshua 3.6

07 Fisk, Austin 3.8

07 Fisk, Nathaniel 3.3

07 Fleet, Raven 3.3

06 Greenfield, Dylan 3.3

06 Hanes, Joel 3.2

06 Harvey, Laila 3.5

07 Hawkins, Keegan 3.0

08 Hawley, Nash 3.1

08 Hutchins, Nathan 3.6

06 Jibson, Brenna 4.0

07 Lehman, Lauren 3.9

08 Marek, Jeff 3.9

07 Marek, Sawyer 3.6

07 Mason, Cheyenne 3.3

08 Mauric, James 3.5

08 McSorley, Carson 3.9

07 Merritt, Adanna 3.5

08 Miner, Kevin 3.2

06 Phillips, Reiley 3.5

06 Pienton, Johnathan 3.0

08 Sanchez, Cynthia 3.3

07 Shelagowski, Alyssa 3.5

08 Sidlauskas, Willow 4.0

06 Slock, Ethan 4.0

06 Slock, Kaden 3.7

07 Stevens, Zachary 3.6

07 Thebo, Michael 3.3

06 Tompkins, Parker 3.5

08 Tompkins, Ruby 3.3

06 VanderZyl, Gerald 3.3

06 Walker, Malikia 3.9

08 Wierda, Tori 3.9

08 Wilhelm, Kristina 4.0

08 Willis, William 3.2

06 Wineman, Rebekah 4.0

07 Winters, Ivan 3.8

06 Winters, Landon 3.2

08 Wortz, John 3.7

07 Wortz, Molly 4.0

High School Honor Roll

Grade Name GPA

12 Alverson, Allie 3.1

11 Armstrong, Dawson 3.3

11 Aspinall, Cortney 3.6

10 August, Danielle 3.3

12 Beck, Brandon 3.8

11 Buchanan, Briannah 3.4

09 Bucholtz, Kaela 3.9

10 Calkins, Brianne 3.9

09 Coffee, Summer 3.4

10 Davison, Matthew 3.9

10 Dillon, Joshua 3.0

10 Dillon, Justin 3.5

09 Fahling, Gabriela 3.5

10 Fulkerson, Lily 3.7

11 Gibbs, Hannah 3.6

12 Hickox, Annalise 3.0

09 Hirsch, Travis 3.0

09 Hofstra, Hannah 4.0

11 Hofstra, James 3.1

11 Howard, Austin 4.0

11 Imhoff, Elise 3.7

10 Jahns, Elizabeth 3.5

12 Lehman, Ethan 4.0

09 Lehman, Zoe 4.0

10 Lovett, Nathan 3.3

09 Martinek, Olivia 3.7

12 Mauric, Eleanor 3.1

11 Miner, Leslie 3.8

10 Roebuck, Isaac 3.9

12 Roesner, Kenneth 3.3

11 Roesner, Zoe 3.2

11 Ryder, Jamie 4.0

12 Ryder, Jessie 4.0

09 Shelagowski, Ashley 4.0

11 Sidlauskas, Violet 4.0

10 Slock, Keegan 3.9

10 Starr, Marjorie 4.0

11 Thebo, Tayler 3.4

09 VanderMeulen, Anya 3.9

11 Watson, Autumn 3.6

09 Watson, Faith 3.6

10 Winters, Logan 3.7

10 Wortz, Charles 3.0

09 Wright, Aaron 3.5

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CTA cross country awarded academic all-state


(L to R): Coach Danielle Davies, Collin Bishop, Dawson Ingersoll, Ethan Lehman, James Hofstra, Les Miner and Dawson Armstrong. Not pictured team member is Ken Roesner.

(L to R): Coach Danielle Davies, Collin Bishop, Dawson Ingersoll, Ethan Lehman, James Hofstra, Les Miner and Dawson Armstrong. Not pictured team member is Ken Roesner.

Creative Technologies Academy boys cross country team was awarded the Michigan Class D Cross Country Championship Team Academic All-State Award. Only the top five highest ranking combined GPA team averages are awarded “Team Academic All-State.” The Championship meet was held at Maple Creek Golf course in Shephard, Mich.

In order to be eligible, individual team members must have a 3.50 GPA or better, who finish in the top 25 percent of places overall in order to receive the honor. Athletes must be at least a sophomore and the GPA is based on a standard 4.0 grade scale with no weighted grades.

“The award is for all of the hard work, diligence and sacrifice the cross country athletes put forth in the classroom during the season,” said Coach Danielle Davies. “Fewer than 10 percent of all athletes in the Class D State Championship receive this team award. It is a high honor to have such a great team committed to both their education and cross country.”

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Open Enrollment Period for the 2017-18 School Year


Creative Technologies Academy

350 Pine Street

Cedar Springs, MI 49319

Open Enrollment Period for the 2017-18 School Year

January 15, 2017 – February 15, 2017

You may register students for grades K-12

by calling Mrs. Atkins or Mrs. Mattson at (616) 696-4905

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Never Been Absent


 

The K-5 students at Creative Technologies Academy are competing for positive attendance! In an effort to promote the importance of attendance, teachers created the “Never Been Absent” program (NBA), a friendly classroom competition in which students receive a weekly in-school average on their attendance. At the end of each month, the class with the highest weekly average wins fifteen minutes extra recess!

In September, Mrs. Campbell’s third grade class won with a 98% attendance rate! In October, Mrs. Norman’s fifth grade class won with an average of 98% for the whole month.

“We feel the majority of our students find NBA to be a friendly competition,” shared Mrs. Norman. “It promotes positive attendance, and in turn helps prevent gaps of missed instruction throughout the school year.”

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Welcome Back Chargers


Elementary students gather to kick off the school year.

Elementary students gather to kick off the school year.

WOW! We have started another year at Creative Technologies Academy Elementary, we love having so many fresh, new faces in our halls along with the many returning faces! The hallways have been filled with laughter, kindness, and lots and lots of learning in these first couple weeks! One new face in the CTA elementary is Mrs. Mattson, the new Dean of Students, and CTA is very lucky to have her on board as we work on character development and what being a Charger is all about! We are so excited to experience all that she has in store for us this year!

The kids are ready and excited for this school year to begin. Zoey, a returning first grader said, “I am excited to make new friends!” These kids are ready to start receiving the knowledge the teachers at CTA are more than willing to give. “I am excited to read more books,” said Liam, another first grader. The staff and students are ready to have another GREAT year at CTA!!!

GO CHARGERS!!!

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