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Rotary chooses essay winners


The Cedar Springs Rotary recently selected the winners of their 4-way test essay contest at Cedar View Elementary.

Each year the Rotary works with the eight fifth grade classes at Cedar View, and added a fifth grade class from Creative Technologies Academy this year as well.

The theme this year was “Setting a good example—integrity.” All essays were written at school in 200 words or less. Teachers chose the 2 best essays from their class, and then the 4-Way Committee, including Julie Wheeler, Carolyn Davis and Clark, chose their top three. Or, in this case, their top four—there was a tie for third place.

“We looked at grammar, writing mechanics, spelling, presentation and the story line,” explained Clark. “We looked for a clear outcome, such as the lesson learned or character revealed.”

The first place winner was Haley Price, of Ms. Zank’s class. She won $50. Second place went to Heather Mann, of Mrs. Luttrell’s class. She won $25. Julia Simpson, of Mr. Harmon’s class, and Maddi Huntoon, of Mrs. Boverhof’s class, tied for third, and won $10 each.

“We as Rotarians are aware of the example we set as individuals and as a club in our community,” said Rotary President Denise Gates. “As community leaders and partners, we are mindful of what we think, say and do.”

The Rotary 4-way test says, “Of the things we think, say or do: 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

The Rotary 4-Way test is one of the most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics in the world. It was created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932, when he was asked to take charge of the Chicago-based Club Aluminum Co., which was facing bankruptcy. Taylor looked for a way to save the struggling company mired in depression-caused financial difficulties. He drew up a 24-word code of ethics for all employees to follow in their business and professional lives. The 4-Way Test became the guide for sales, production, advertising and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company was credited to this simple philosophy.

 

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First graders get library cards


Four happy first graders show off their library cards at the Kent Theatre.

In what’s become an annual event, first graders at Cedar Trails Elementary and Creative Technologies academy were invited to celebrate “March is Reading Month” by getting their library cards. This is the 15th year of the event.

Cedar Springs Public Library Director Donna Clark visited Creative Technologies Academy to hand out envelopes with special invitations to 20 first graders and families of Mrs. Presler’s class to get a new library card. Shannon Vanderhyde, Children’s Parapro for the Cedar Springs Public Library and Sara Magnuson, Children’s Parapro for Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library and Kent District Library presented the special invitation letters to the 11 classes at Cedar Trails on February 22, which included about 270 students.

All students who registered for or already had a library card were invited to see a special showing at the Kent Theatre of “The Adventures of Tin Tin” on Monday and Tuesday this week. About 212 first-graders and family members attended the event.

Cedar Springs children’s author Amanda Litz was on hand to raffle off three books each evening from her “Sam and Pam can and you can, too” series.

Mrs. Presler’s class at Creative Technologies Academy were happy to be invited to get their library cards.

Clark said they are appreciative of their partnership with the Kent Theatre in this endeavor. “It’s really great to have a theatre in your own hometown,” she said.

Clark also paid tribute to Cedar Springs resident Mike Metzger, who started the annual drive. “The library card drive began all those years ago because Mike Metzger had a dream and a passion to see that every child in the first grade had a better chance of becoming a proficient reader early on. It was his idea to start a Library Card Drive through the Library, and he is as passionate today as he was then,” she said.

Mrs. Sendler’s class at Cedar Trails were also happy to be invited to get their library cards.

 

 

 

 

 

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Open Enrollment


Creative Technologies Academy
Cedar Springs, MI  49319

Open Enrollment Period
for the 2012-13 School Year

January 15 – February 15, 2012

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Students clean up trail


Teens from Creative Technologies Academy hit the White Pine Trail last Friday, April 29, to pick up trash.
The activity was a Service Learning Project for Mr. Ben Watson’s and Mrs. Jennifer Cathey’s Class Meeting Advisory.  “We meet with these students (a mix of grades 9-12) every Friday to discuss character education and community service,” explained Cathey. “The students chose this particular task for their service learning project.”
Half of the group cleaned the trail from Pine Street to Morley Park, and the other half went north, from Pine Street to just north of 18 Mile Road. The group collected eight large bags of trash in the 2-1/2 hours they cleaned.

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Creative Technologies Academy Honor Roll 2010/11 – Term 1


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CTA Cross Country “Charges” through Carson City Invite


CTA Cross Country “Charges” through Carson City Invite
Creative Technologies Academy’s cross-country team enjoyed some good competition this past Saturday at the 35th Annual Don Baese Invitational in Carson City.  CTA was among nearly 100 other schools, 21 of which competed in the “Blue C/D” division race. Although a lot of rain had fallen the day and night before the race, sandy soil and firm footing provided for excellent course conditions.
On the boy’s side, the “Chargers” finished in 15th place as a team. The top three harriers for CTA had an impressive race, in which all three competed up near the front of the race and finished within 27 seconds of each other. Junior Kyle Biddlecome finished first for CTA in a time of 19:27. Freshman Jeremiah Wortz followed closely behind in 19:35, and then senior CJ Bouck crossed the line in 19:54. Sophomore Halfdan Lien Kjaer (20:44.1) and freshman Andre Winters (20:44.7) rounded out the top five for the Chargers.
For the girls, freshman Grace VanEnk stepped up in a big way to lead her team with a time of 23:52, a new personal best time for VanEnk. Erin and Ashton Willis continued their strong season with times of 24:06 and 25:03, respectively. Senior Cassie Dille continued to improve with yet another personal best time for herself (28:04).
CTA’s middle school girl’s team continued to impress the crowds with Maegan Roach finishing third overall, just getting past in the last few feet, with a time of 10:36. Hannah Hubbard and Alicia Beck finished 27th and 28th, respectively, earning medal honors along with Roach.
“As coaches, we saw some very encouraging signs today,” commented varsity coach Gerry Verwey. “The top three boys were the most competitive and determined I have ever seen them.  Grace VanEnk stepping up as a freshman to lead for the girls was awesome. In the middle school, Maegan continues to amaze us with her effort, and when she doesn’t win she doesn’t give excuses, she simply says she needs to do better next time.”
CTA will compete in the Portage Invitational this Saturday.

S-CTA-Cross-countryCreative Technologies Academy’s cross-country team enjoyed some good competition this past Saturday at the 35th Annual Don Baese Invitational in Carson City.  CTA was among nearly 100 other schools, 21 of which competed in the “Blue C/D” division race. Although a lot of rain had fallen the day and night before the race, sandy soil and firm footing provided for excellent course conditions.

On the boy’s side, the “Chargers” finished in 15th place as a team. The top three harriers for CTA had an impressive race, in which all three competed up near the front of the race and finished within 27 seconds of each other. Junior Kyle Biddlecome finished first for CTA in a time of 19:27. Freshman Jeremiah Wortz followed closely behind in 19:35, and then senior CJ Bouck crossed the line in 19:54. Sophomore Halfdan Lien Kjaer (20:44.1) and freshman Andre Winters (20:44.7) rounded out the top five for the Chargers.

For the girls, freshman Grace VanEnk stepped up in a big way to lead her team with a time of 23:52, a new personal best time for VanEnk. Erin and Ashton Willis continued their strong season with times of 24:06 and 25:03, respectively. Senior Cassie Dille continued to improve with yet another personal best time for herself (28:04).

CTA’s middle school girl’s team continued to impress the crowds with Maegan Roach finishing third overall, just getting past in the last few feet, with a time of 10:36. Hannah Hubbard and Alicia Beck finished 27th and 28th, respectively, earning medal honors along with Roach.

“As coaches, we saw some very encouraging signs today,” commented varsity coach Gerry Verwey. “The top three boys were the most competitive and determined I have ever seen them.  Grace VanEnk stepping up as a freshman to lead for the girls was awesome. In the middle school, Maegan continues to amaze us with her effort, and when she doesn’t win she doesn’t give excuses, she simply says she needs to do better next time.”

CTA will compete in the Portage Invitational this Saturday.

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Chargers find success at Big Red invite


S-CTA-cross-countryThe Creative Technologies Academy cross-country team competed in the Muskegon Big Red Invite at McGraft Park this past Saturday.  Perfect weather and a fast course helped push the Chargers to some new personal best marks.

The boys team placed 7th, edging out Ravenna by two points. Kyle Biddlecome earned medal honors with a time of 19:33.  CJ Bouck continued a strong senior season with a solid finish as well.  Also scoring for the Chargers were Jeff Spicer, Jeremiah Wortz, and Andre Winters.

The Lady Chargers had two individuals earn medals. Senior Erin Willis set another new school-best time of 22:42, earning 18th place.  Sister Ashton Willis ran a personal best time of 23:45, finding a 30th place finish.  Grace VanEnk rounded out the scoring for CTA in the 40th position.

“It was an extremely successful day for us Saturday,” commented Coach Verwey. “We had numerous personal best times, earned three medals, and were even complimented for our enthusiasm, hard work, and sportsmanship by some of the other teams. The coaches are very satisfied with the outcome.”

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Free Child Care Available


Free child care is provided to CTA students between 7 – 7:45 am and 3 – 4 pm Mondays through Fridays.  Information has being sent home in your child’s (grades K-8) backpacks along with the new lunch charging policy.

Call Mrs. Vicari at 696-4905 for additional information.

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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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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.

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