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Class of 2014 Valedictorians Announced


Alicia Beck

Alicia Beck

Dani George

Dani George

CTA is proud to recognize Dani George and Alicia Beck as Co-Valedictorians for the Class of 2014. The two seniors have identical 4.17 GPA’s and they have never received less than an A in any high school or dual enrollment college class.

Dani is the daughter of Dan and Debi George of Cedar Springs and Barbara Mull of Rochester, New York. She plans to continue her education at Indiana Wesleyan University where she will major in biochemistry leading to a career in medical practice or research.

Alicia is the daughter of Clint and Amy Beck of Sand Lake. She plans to continue her education at Valparaiso University where she will major in elementary education.

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CTA 5th Grader Wins National Award


 

CTA-Calvin-Caulkins-National-Award-WinnerThe Read Naturally program, a research based literacy development program selects one student in the nation each month as its Star of the Month. The Read Naturally Star of the Month program is designed to celebrate students who work hard to improve their reading skills. Each month, they select one student to feature in their newsletter. The selected student wins a $20 Barnes & Noble gift card, and the school or teacher who nominated the student will receive a $200 gift certificate for Read Naturally materials.

Read Naturally released this statement recently:

“Congratulations to Star Student Calvin Caulkins from Cedar Springs, MI! Calvin is a fifth-grade student at Creative Technologies Academy. Calvin’s teacher, Sarah Classen, had this to say about him:

Calvin came to me at the beginning of last school year. Calvin has a hearing impairment that was undetected until 3rd grade. Due to this, he missed much of his reading phonics instruction.

When he first started working with me, Calvin was not able to read. He wanted to be able to show me that he could do these things, but he truly did not know how to do them.

Calvin has been nothing short of a hard worker for me from day one. He comes into the Reading Lab every day and gets right to work on his stories. Since last year he moved up from one and a half levels! He always has a positive attitude and even though some sounds are hard for him to hear, he strives extra hard to make those sounds in all the words he is now reading. He no longer struggles with writing and reading like he did before. He sounds unfamiliar words out and smiles a lot more these days! His confidence has grown a great deal and he has even taken on a Kindergarten reading buddy, once a fear of his, this past month. He is a bright spot in my day and I am super impressed at all the progress he is making!”

 

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CTA Girls Baskteball Sponsors Euchre Tournament to Help Our Own


CTA-Euchre

On January 31st a house fire totally destroyed the home of a CTA family.  The family lost their home and almost all of the family’s possessions.  In keeping with our “CTA Family Values” we wanted to come together to help this family in their time of need.  The girls’ basketball team rallied together right away to help their teammates get new shoes and new gear.  PE teacher and varsity women’s basketball coach, Ryan Krombeen, organized a euchre tournament to help raise money for the family.  The euchre tournament was held on Saturday February 8th at the TGIF on Alpine Avenue.  Twenty people competed in the euchre tournament.  The students and staff that participated in the euchre tournament were Hunter George, Dani George, Analiese VanEnk, James Hoftstra, Mrs. Terpstra, Mrs. Honeysett, Mrs. and Mr. Krombeen and Mr. George.  James Hoftstra was partnered with his father and they made it all the way through the bracket to the finals.  They ended up losing in the finals but they put up a good battle. “I was really happy with the turn out and the excitement shown by the participants.  It was great to see CTA families coming together to help support one of their own,” Mr. Krombeen commented.

 

 

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CTA Calendar


February

21 Basketball @ Grace Bible College vs. WMAA – Girls 5:30 pm; Boys 7 pm

22 Sweetheart Swirl @ Rockford Community Cabin

 

March

4-6 ACT/MME Testing (Regular School Day for all others)

4-21 EXPLORE/PLAN Testing

6 Basketball Awards Night – 6:00 pm

7 End of 2nd trimester (58 days)

19 CTA Board Meeting – 3:30 PM

20 Bloodmobile

 

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CTA Boys battle, but fall to the Grizzlies of Grattan Academy


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In what has turned into a quite a rivalry over the years, the Chargers put forth their best effort of the year, but it wasn’t quite enough falling 52-46.  Some early misses coupled with some foul trouble to key players led to a slow start, but the Chargers fought through the adversity. “I thought the tempo change in the second quarter utilizing full court pressure and rotation of fresh bodies, coupled with depth, facilitated our comeback.  Our players are inexperienced but work hard in practice to learn their roles with our press and last night we saw some of the fruits from this labor,” explained Coach Bultman after the game.  Fighting is what they did, as they came all the way back and cut the lead to two points with a minute to go, but timely free throw shooting for the Grizzlies ultimately lead to the victory for Grattan.  “I feel we are on the brink of some really good basketball as we drastically reduced our unforced errors,” said Bultman. “With 7 players on the roster who have never played on a basketball team before, this season is a learning experience.  It is great to see the skills improve and see the players come together as a team.”

CTA received a strong game from Dylan Yarrington who led the way with 14 points, and only two turnovers.  Freshman Brandon Beck poured in a career high 15 points, and Derek Winters added 12 points while battling foul trouble. The Chargers have no games next week before they start a very busy stretch on January 28th when they battle the Quad City Mustangs.  The game will be played at the Fremont Rec Center and the game tips at 7:30.

 

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CTA Ladies defeat Greenville Grattan Academy


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The CTA girls basketball team traveled east to take on the Grattan Grizzlies and were able to pull away in the second half defeating them 36-22.  It seemed early that no team was going to pull away as the lead changed hands multiple times in the first half with the Lady Chargers settling in with a 13-11 lead.  Things changed quickly in the second half as the Chargers half court trap defense led to some steals and layups on the other end.  “The half court trap is something that we spend a lot of time on, and it was nice to see it have some success in this game.”  “We did a nice job of anticipating in the second half and were able to get some layups from that increased anticipation,” explained an excited Coach Hill after the game.

CTA-girls-basketballAlthough this was a complete team effort there were a couple of players who really stood out.  Aubrey Slocum and Nadine Merz were dominant on the boards with 9 rebounds each, and Alicia Beck led the charge offensively with 10 points.  “We have such great senior leadership on this team and it really showed through in this game.” Coach Hill said. “It is such a privilege to work with such talented and hardworking ladies, they come to practice every day and want to improve. It has been a real treat so far.”

The Lady Chargers are off next week but are back in action on January 28th when they head to Fremont to take on the Quad City Mustangs.  The game will be played at the Fremont Rec Center and the game tips at 6:00pm. Come cheer on the Chargers.

 

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CTA makes outdoor lighting improvements with help from Consumers Energy


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Lumecon 112.5 watt LED flood lights

Daniel Clark, receiving check from Dru Ross, representative from Consumers Energy

Daniel Clark, receiving check from Dru Ross, representative from Consumers Energy

CTA has completed a relighting project working with Consumers Energy Business Solutions.  These two Lumecon 112.5 watt LED floods replaced two 1500 watt halogen quartz to greatly improve the lighting covering the main entrance to the campus.  Daniel Clark, facility manager at CTA, is shown receiving the $1100.00 check from Dru Ross, representative from Consumers Energy.

 

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CTA Saves Christmas


CTA-ToysCTA-Toys-2By CTA Third Graders

 

Students at Creative Technologies Academy raised $600 for Toys for Tots in a coin drive competition last month.  CTA was able to buy over 60 toys with the money they raised.  Students in kindergarten through eighth grade participated in this event to make sure that kids have toys under their Christmas trees.

Each class had their own bucket and brought in coins to earn points for their class.  One seventh grader, Nathan Lovett, collected $50 from his family and friends.  All of the classes raised a lot of money, but the seventh graders brought in the most.

The coin drive was organized by Kindergarten teacher, Lauren Bostic.  When she was asked why she organized the event, she said, “I love seeing our students care so much about kids.”

School leader, Dan George, agreed with Miss Bostic.  “I think it’s a great thing that students are doing,” he said. “It teaches them how to be givers, and it will give opportunities for kids to have a Christmas that wouldn’t otherwise have it.”  The students had a lot of fun with the coin drive and were happy to help other kids in need.

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CTA Calendar – December and January


December

19 – Basketball @ Algoma Christian – Girls 5:30; Boys 7:00

20 – Last day before Winter Break

23 – January 5 No School for Students and Staff – Winter Break  

 

January  

6 – Classes resume

6-31 – Global Scholar Winter Testing

9 – Boys Basketball @ WMAA – 7 pm

14 – Basketball at Grattan Academy – Girls – 5:30 pm; Boys 7 pm

14-16 – Student Led Parent/Teacher Conferences (required of all students and parents)

15 – CTA Board of Directors meeting – 3:30 pm

16 – Box Top Store 

17 – Basketball @ Algoma Christian – Girls 5:30 pm; Boys 7 pm

20 – No School for Students and Staff – MLK Day

28 – Basketball @ Quad City Mustangs – Girls 6 pm; Boys 7:30 pm

30 – Basketball @ WMAES – Girls 5:30 pm; Boys 7 pm

31 –  Boys Basketball @ WMAA – 5:30 pm

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JOB POSTING – SEARCH REOPENED


SPECIAL EDUCATION – PART TIME

 

Creative Technologies Academy, a self managed public school academy, chartered through Ferris State University, located in Cedar Springs, Michigan is seeking a certified teacher for immediate hire for:

TITLE: Special Education Teacher – Part Time

REPORTS TO: School Leader and Special Education Coordinator

QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Must possess a State of Michigan Teaching Certificate, K-12 with endorsement in Special Education

2. Learning Disabilities endorsement preferred

3. Must meet NCLB and Highly Qualified certification requirements

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Email letter of interest/application and resume’ to: Dan George at dgeorge@ctachargers.org,  or by postal mail send to Dan George, Superintendent/School Leader, Creative Technologies Academy, 350 Pine Street, Cedar Springs, MI  49319

APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 30, 2013

CTA participates in the Michigan Retirement Program (MPSERS).  CTA has 300+ students in K-12.  Specific questions may be asked by emailing dgeorge@ctachargers.org or you may visit CTA’s website at www.ctaschool.com.

 

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