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Girls Varsity Soccer


Front Row (L to R): Ruby Tompkins, Gaby Christie, Saige Montambo, Nadelynn Brinley, Elizabeth Jahns, Ana Besmer, Trinity Besmer and Jayda Schreiber.

Back Row (L to R): Coach Justin Harding, Dani Piskun, Kaela Bucholtz, Analiese Van Harten, Molly Wortz, Alyssa Shelagowski, Hannah Hofstra and Malikia Walker.

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Senior Honored with Congressional Medal of Merit


 Elizabeth Jahns with Representative Justin Amash.

On Saturday, May 4, Creative Technologies Academy Senior Elizabeth Jahns was a recipient of Justin Amash’s Congressional Medal of Merit at the Gerald R. Ford Museum. The Congressional Medal of Merit is awarded to students who demonstrate exemplary citizenship and academic excellence. CTA is proud of Elizabeth and her contributions to our school and the community.

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Choir Concert is a Tribute to the Class of 2019


The Harmonic Chargers

CTA’s final choir concert of the year was a tribute to seniors. On Thurs., May 9, the CTA choir program put on their final choir concert of the year. This concert featured our middle school choir, Harmonic Chargers, our high school a cappella group, Voices of Lightning, and our bigger high school mixed group, Charger Voices. Each group performed three to six songs. Audience favorites included “Bora Maisha,” a fun middle school piece that featured a student on the bongos, “Seasons of Love” performed by Voices of Lightning, a big group number, “River in Judea” and a combined piece with both the middle and high school choirs called, “Stand Together”. Another big highlight of this concert was some special senior performances. Senior Tobius Potter performed the solo, “Der Mond” by Felix Mendelssohn. Tobius recently performed this at State Solo & Ensemble and received a one rating. The seniors also selected, “7 Years” as their senior song. They got to sing the melody on it while the rest of the choir members sang back up vocals. Overall, it was a fitting end to their CTA choir career.

The Charger Voices perform their class song with the seniors featured on the melody.


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Elementary Students perform Broaway-Style for concert


4th grade students Deegan Van Harten and Colren Bailey were two of the students who aided in introducing songs.

On Tuesday, May 7, the Elementary students performed in a music concert called “Broadway Beat” which featured songs from various Broadway musicals. The students donned snazzy clothes as if they were going to attend a show on Broadway in New York City. Some of the musicals that were featured were “The King and I”, “The Music Man”, and “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”. Several 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders read a script that went along with the concert and introduced each song. The songs “For Good” from Wicked and “We Go Together” from Grease featured soloists. The concert was directed by Bethany Holtrop.

Student incorporated hand motions into several of the songs as they sang.


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Students Showcased Iconic Charlie Brown Moments In Spring Musical


Lucy (Audrey VanDyke) gazes at her love interest, Schroeder (Nolan Patin), as he plays piano.

The CTA Drama Department brought the beloved comic strip ​Peanuts​ to life in their spring musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” On Fri., May 3 and Sat., May 4. This was CTA’s first full-length musical and the students did an amazing job. The show consists of several iconic Charlie Brown moments such as Charlie trying to get a kite to fly, Snoopy reenacting the World War I flying ace “Red Baron,” Lucy’s infatuation with Schroeder and many others. Meant to be a series of vignettes versus an overarching plot, this show was fun for all ages. Thirteen students participated and the show was either sold out or very close in both performances. “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” was also the final performance for three seniors. Tobius Potter (Charlie Brown), Logan Winters (Peppermint Patty), and Elizabeth Jahns (Marcie). Logan and Elizabeth were in all of CTA’s productions during their high school career.

Snoopy (Willow Sidlauskas) rests atop her red doghouse.


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Creative Technologies Academy


Dads and Daughters 80’s Skate Night

Dads and daughters rocked to 80’s music, did the limbo, and kicked their skates off for some dance time.

The annual daddy daughter event hosted by the Creative Technology Academy Parent Association was a great night for young girls and their fathers to spend a special evening together. The event took on a new look this year as the fathers and daughters took to the floor with roller skates. Girls and their fathers came dressed up in 80’s rockstar attire.

They arrived at Skate Estate in Howard city to be ushered down a “red carpet” aisle to get their pictures taken. Then, the girls were given backstage passes and sent to get their skates.

The evening was filled with food, fun, dancing, and laughter as the guests took the floor to skate, dance, and play games. It was a night to remember.


Basketball Wraps Up and Soccer Kicks Off

The 2018-2019 basketball seasons came to a close with many highlights for CTA. The Lady Chargers ended their season with a record of 7-9 and third in the Great Lakes 6 Conference. Junior Faith Watson was selected as First Team All-Conference. Senior Brin Calkins and Junior Hannah Hofstra were selected as Second Team All-Conference. On the boys’ side, the middle school team finished 6-5 in their first season. The Varsity team finished 15-3, including an undefeated conference schedule. As conference champions, Senior Charles Wortz, Junior Collin Bishop, and Junior Luke Hubbard were named as First Team All-Conference. Freshman Ivan Winters was named as Second Team All-Conference.

The Lady Chargers soccer has started its conditioning sessions in anticipation for its upcoming inaugural season. The Lady Chargers soccer team will open up play after spring break, on April 9, at Barry County Christian, and the first home game on April 11 vs. West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science.


Elementary Showcase Night Partners Parents and Teachers

Parents gathered in different workshops during the showcase, which allowed them to learn a few best practices aligned with the curriculum and to assist their children with homework.

On March 12, we provided a workshop-style event for our elementary curriculum night. Our hope was to connect with families and to provide insight on the different strategies of teaching and learning of their child’s classroom experiences at CTA.

We provided three 20-minutes sessions on the following topics:

Student Talk: Academically, student talk is proven to increase critical thinking, problem solving, and student ownership of their learning. We demonstrated how we provided this practice in K-5 classrooms and ways to practice at home!

Close Reading:  We learned about the K-12 reading strategy that we teach all students for digging deeper into all types of text,

Foundations of Early Literacy: We demonstrated how the K-3 Fundations program looks like in the classroom and provided take-home resources and strategies.

Word Study:  We shared the  why  and  how  behind a new approach to reading and spelling.

Music:  We learned a variety of songs from around the world and practiced rhythm exercises that can be duplicated at home.

Technology:  We provided resources for our parents to navigate through the instructional program MobyMax.

We were excited to give our families choice, flexibility, and a customized night of partnership. We had a great time learning together and provided some great techniques to make the most of our families’ time with their children at home!


PA Rolls in the Dough with Pie Sales
The Parent Association (PA) recently hosted their spring fundraiser. They chose to do a pie sale through Great Lakes Fundraising Company. All Students in grades K-12 were encouraged to sell pies to raise funds for field trips and other needs for the school.

They sold Michigan Apple and Michigan Cherry pies. After the sale of the pies, the PA rounded-up volunteers to make the pies that were sold. This was a great experience for both kids and adults. The students sold a total of 335 pies. The PA was very proud of the students’ hard work selling, and they are very grateful for the hard work and involvement of everyone who helped make this sale a success!


CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMY SCHOOL CALENDAR

SCHOOL HOURS

Grades K-5: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Grades 6-12: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

March 22 Early Release Day | School Bank

25 PA Meeting

26 Students vs. Staff Basketball Game 

28 Early Release Day | Popcorn Day

29 No School – Spring Break Begins

April 1-5 Spring Break

9 Jostens Cap & Gown and Ring Delivery 12 Early Release Day

12-13 Charger Voices Field Trip to Gaylord

16 PA Meeting

19 School Bank

26 Early Release Day | Popcorn Day | Prom

*Early Release Dismissal Schedule

● K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

● 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

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CTA is accepting enrollment for the 2019-20 school year!


To schedule a tour and pick up a registration packet, please contact: Autumn Mattson, Elementary Principal:  amattson@ctachargers.org Jennifer Colin, Secondary Principal:  jcolin@ctachargers.org

Or call: 616-696-4905

Or visit our website:  www.ctachargers.org

CTA Highlights:

● Small class sizes , hands-on learning experiences, individualized small group instruction, and an energetic staff;

● CTA Elementary WIN (Whatever I Need)/Middle School Interventions Time: Strategically organized schedule to better support teachers and students so that our intervention time no longer only applies to just our below grade level learners but to ALL students;

● Great Start Readiness Program  4 year-old preschool;

● The  CTA high school  offers opportunities for community service and leadership, advanced learning, KISD programs, and dual enrollment options;

Advanced Placement®  Offering added to CTA Coursework;

Drama Department  produces two performances each year by students in grades 5-12;

Athletics  available to students in grades 6-12 include: Varsity Soccer, Varsity Basketball, and Varsity Cross Country;

● K-5 Specials:  physical education, music, and technology.

● Middle School Electives  include: physical education, technology, choir, or drama production.

● Field Trips  for all grades to provide real-world experiences.

AP® or Advanced Placement® are trademarks registered by the College Board, which is not affiliated with Creative Technologies Academy.


CTA Students Participate in Honors Choirs

Tobius Potter and James Hazen auditioned for the Regional Honors Choir during first semester. Both were chosen to participate. At that performance, both auditioned for the State Honors Choir. Tobius was selected to proceed onto State. At State Honors Choir, he auditioned for all-state, but unfortunately, he was not selected.

On to the next event! In February, Tobius performed at the District Solo and Ensemble Festival where he sang two art songs (one in Italian and a traditional Scottish song), and he received feedback and a score from a judge. A score of 23 or higher would earn him the right to participate in the State Solo and Ensemble Festival. Tobius scored a 25 and will be participating at State Solo and Ensemble in the end of April.

“Tobius and James have challenged themselves both individually and within their choirs this year,” shared choir director, Jeremy Holtrop. “They have put in a lot of extra work to compete with and against other area students. It has been great to see their growth.”


Tribute to Martin Luther King

Mrs. Marsman’s 7th grade class pays tribute to Martin Luther King by creating a collaborative collage. 
Saige Montambo shared her piece of the collage.

From the Desk of the Superintendent

Dear CTA Staff and Families,

State law requires CTA to hold school for a minimum of 180 days in 2018-19. Even if we meet or exceed the required hours, we must account for 180 school days. The Michigan Department of Education allows us to close school when weather conditions adversely affect the ability to hold school safely, and MDE provides for forgiveness of up to six days under these conditions. This has been an unusually harsh winter with severe cold and ice forcing an unusual amount of closings. To date, we have cancelled school thirteen times due to severe winter weather conditions, exceeding our forgiveable number by seven days.

MDE allows districts to apply for a waiver for an additional three closings. We will be applying for our waiver in the next few days. If our waiver request is approved, we will be required to make up four days at the end of the school year. If our waiver request is not approved, we will be required to make up at least seven days at the end of the school year.

At a regular meeting of the Board of Directors on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, the Board approved a revision of the school calendar to add the following days:

● June 3 – Regular full day of school

● June 4 – Regular full day of school

● June 5 – Early Release for Students and Staff

● June 6 – Early Release for Students and Staff

● June 7 – Early Release for Students and Staff

This gives us a one day cushion to get through the rest of February and March if our waiver is approved. If we have no additional cancellations before April 1, and our waiver request is approved, I will ask the board to revise the calendar to delete June 7 and the last day of school would then be June 6, 2019. Additional days have identified beyond June 7 if our waiver is not approved or if we have further cancellations this year. As of now, we anticipate no changes to the last day for seniors or the date of graduation. Changes in those dates could be forthcoming if we have further cancellations. The full revised calendar will be posted on our website.

As always, I very much appreciate your support and cooperation.

Sincerely,

Dan George Superintendent


CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMY SCHOOL CALENDAR

SCHOOL HOURS

Grades K-5: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Grades 6-12: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

February 28 Varsity Boys & Girls Basketball Game @ Home @5:30 p.m.

March 8 Early Release Day School Bank

11 PA Meeting

15 Mobile Dentist

18 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting 

18-21 Student-Led Conferences (K-12)

Book Fair

22 Early Release Day School Bank

29 No School – Spring Break Begins

April 1-5 Spring Break

*Early Release Dismissal Schedule

● K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

● 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

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Creative Technologies Academy reauthorized by Ferris State University


Academy to Receive Longest Contract Issued by FSU

In anticipation of the expiration of CTA’s current contract with Ferris State University in June of 2019, the Academy met with a team from the FSU Charter Schools Office in early November for a rigorous reauthorization review and evaluation of the Academy. 

The results of that review and evaluation were very positive for the Academy and the Charter Schools Office recommended reauthorization to the Ferris State University Board of Trustees.

The FSU Board of Trustees met on Friday, December 14, and unanimously concurred with the Charter Schools office and approved the reauthorization of Creative Technologies Academy with a seven year contract beginning July 1, 2019. Dr. Ronald Rizzo, Director of the FSU Charter Schools Office, said this about the Academy: “Ferris State University is proud of the efforts and achievement of Creative Technologies Academy. The seven-year reauthorization by the FSU Board of Trustees represents our confidence in the continued growth and development of the academy. FSU looks forward to our ongoing partnership with the Board and administration of CTA.”

During the evaluation process, the FSU Charter Schools Office looked at CTA’s school improvement process, initiatives, and results; facilities; school culture; mission accomplishment; website; student outcomes; governance and leadership; resources and support systems; contract performance; and curriculum. 

Dan George, CTA Superintendent, expressed gratitude for the staff and families that make up the CTA community. “We’ve tried to create a no excuses culture at CTA that focuses on growth and continuous improvement and our staff and families have bought into those goals,” said George.

“Many people don’t understand the accountability process for schools like ours. We have the same accountability requirements as any other public school for the state, and we have the additional rigorous reauthorization process with Ferris State University. Seven-year contracts are given sparingly by FSU. Most contracts are 3-5 years and some schools don’t make it through the reauthorization process and are closed. We are grateful for this expression of confidence and trust by Ferris State University and the Charter Schools Office. When people believe in what you’re doing it is extremely gratifying.”


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CTA Drama presents hilarious spoof on Charles Dickens’ classic story with “A Christmas Chaos”


Sydney Petersen and Nolan Patin “accidentally” ended up in each others’ costumes and added much laughter to the performance.

On Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15 the CTA Drama department presented their third annual fall play. This unique twist on Charles Dickens famous story follows a group of actors who are forced to put on  A Christmas Carol  after the Royal Shakespeare Company gets lost. The local actors scramble to do their best to bring the story to life, but end up with two Tiny Tims, a narcissistic Scrooge, ghosts in bed sheets, an actor who plays both Bob and Mrs. Cratchit at the same time and much more! The CTA drama department continues to build and expand the program with bigger shows. This show was performed by 22 students in grades 9-12. Because of the unique script writing, students not only got to play classic Christmas carol characters but also got to play themselves trying to put on the show. It was a show within a show! Overall, the play brought some big laughs yet still told the story of “A Christmas Carol”.

Elizabeth Jahns and James Hazen played out the scene between the beggar and Ebenezer Scrooge.

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Chargers Quest for the Net


The girls and boys basketball programs are off to a great start. This year, the boys program added a middle school team that has kicked off the season and currently with a 2-3 win-loss and are led by captains Avery Bishop and Landon Winters. The boys varsity team is off to a strong start at 4-1 and are led by captains Charles Wortz and Luke Hubbard. Both teams are coached by Todd Bowmar. The girls varsity team is 2-2 on the year so far and are led by captains Brin Calkins, Hannah Hofstra, and Faith Watson and are coached by Lisa Perry. CTA is now a part of the Great Lakes 6 league and both teams are looking like strong contenders. Be sure to come on out to support them and watch them in action at any of their home and away games!

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