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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


 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.


 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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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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