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March Reading Madness


Senator Peter MacGregor read to young students.

Senator Peter MacGregor read to young students.

Senator Peter MacGregor stopped by Creative Technologies Academy for a visit the morning of March 13 and read to the kindergarten, first, and second grade students. He read Bobby Bramble Loses His Brain by Dave Keane. Senator MacGregor discussed the difference between fiction and nonfiction books with the young students and encouraged them to read with their peers, siblings, and adults. He made sure to allow time to answer the many questions the students had, such as: How did you get elected? Who’s your boss? What do you like to read? What’s your favorite color?

Players from the Ferris State University Girls Basketball team take time to pose with third grade student, Aiden Dood, after reading with his class.

Players from the Ferris State University Girls Basketball team take time to pose with third grade student, Aiden Dood, after reading with his class.

Ferris State University’s women’s basketball Coach, Kendra Faustin, and Assistant Coach, Sharonda Hurd, brought a few of their players to the CTA elementary in order to spend time reading with students during March is Reading Month. The coaches and players also visited with the middle and high school students in an assembly to share powerful lessons about the importance of personal responsibility and accountability in everyday life.

CTA’s middle school students were visited by the Grace Bible College Tigers basketball team. The students watched a video, produced by MAPSA and Buddy Morehouse, about the story of Curtis Jones. Jones was widely considered the greatest basketball talent ever to come out of the city of Detroit, but his dreams died and his life spiraled downward because he couldn’t read and write. After viewing the video, team members led small group discussions with CTA students about lessons to be learned from Curtis Jones, specifically, about the importance of getting the best education possible.

Players from the Ferris State University Girls Basketball team pose with several middle school students.

Players from the Ferris State University Girls Basketball team pose with several middle school students.

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Putting the “Fun” in Fundraiser


Drama Teacher Jeremy Holtrop (back left) gets into the singing groove with CTA students.

Drama Teacher Jeremy Holtrop (back left) gets into the singing groove with CTA students.

On Saturday, February 18, the choir students of Creative Technologies Academy held a karaoke fundraiser to help raise money for their upcoming performance at District Choral Festival. Many fundraisers can be tedious and time-consuming, so the choir students came up with the idea to do a fundraiser that was more fun! Students in grade 6-12 came out for an evening of karaoke, dancing, games, and food. The evening started off with a few well-known belting karaoke songs, and then continued with student requests. Midway through, students participated in a “Singing Bee” style competition in which they had to complete the lyrics to well known songs for a prize. Also included in the event were a few group dance numbers like “Cha Cha Slide” and “The Chicken Dance.”

When students weren’t singing or dancing they could have their picture taken at the photo booth or grab some snacks. All of the funds raised at the event went right back to the choir who is preparing to go to the District Choral Festival on Thursday, March 16.

For the CTA choir, Charger Voices, this will be the first time attending the festival and the group has worked hard to be able to go. At the festival, the choir will be singing two prepared songs and then will sight read for a group of judges. Jeremy Holtrop, the director of the group, said, “The students show a lot of pride and dedication to this choir. It has become a family, and we are so excited to challenge ourselves to go to the next level!”

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Positions Available


Substitute Positions Available

Teachers and Classroom Aides

$90-110/day – Temporary Teachers

Creative Technologies Academy is seeking interested individuals that could work as substitute teachers for the Academy. We have daily substitute teaching opportunities for this school year. To qualify to substitute teach in our school, applicants must have a transcript indicating completion of 90 credit hours from a four year college or university with a minimum 2.0 GPA or hold a valid or expired Michigan Teaching Certificate. All interested individuals should contact Dan George, Superintendent/School Leader at dgeorge@ctachargers.org.

$10.00/hour – Temporary Classroom Aides

For additional information regarding classroom aide requirements and position details, contact dgeorge@ctachargers.org .

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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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