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Sweetheart Sock Hop


CTA students had an opportunity to take a step back in time at the Sweetheart Sock Hop on Saturday, February 15. Festivities included retro decor, throwback music, and fun photo opportunities!

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March is A Reading Adventure


Elementary and middle school students partner to read ​Wish​.

CTA is celebrating March is Reading Month school-wide!

In the elementary, Ms. Lane created a bulletin board filled with staff and student book recommendations. There have been a slew of parents and community members in the building as mystery readers, and 4th & 5th graders are building a Yellow Brick Road to Oz as they log their reading!

The freshmen created a world map for students in grades 6-12 to promote reading books from around the world, and secondary students are accumulating as many reads as they can throughout the month. Students are competing to see which class can read the most!

The map created by freshmen to denote reading around the world and exposing students to different genres and cultures.

ALL students are having a shared reading experience through ​One School – One Book​, partnering the elementary and secondary together! Every Monday morning in March, K-5 students read Barbara O’Conner’s ​Wish​ with their secondary partners, and preschool students and their partners will read a variety of picture books. You can find students throughout the campus reading and discussing together. ​Every student will be able to keep his or her copy!

Happy reading, everyone! 

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CTA boys and girls basketball teams conference champs



The CTA Varsity Lady Chargers Basketball team celebrated their championship after the game by cutting the net.

Creative Technologies Academy had two teams win conference championships this past week. Both the CTA women’s varsity basketball team and the CTA boys varsity basketball team earned the Great Lakes 6 League Conference Championship title.

The girls finished 7-1 in the league and hope to bring home the district title next week. The team swept the series 2-0 versus West Michigan Lutheran, Libertas Christian, and West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science. The girls split the series with Algoma Christian giving them their only loss. “The Lady Chargers have developed into a strong team led by returning captains, seniors Faith Watson and Hannah Hofstra,” shared Coach Lisa Perry. “Both girls have been leaders both on and off the court and will be missed next season.”

The boys finished 8-2 in league play and look forward to their district tournament. The boys are being led by senior caption Luke Hubbard who averaged 25.7 points per game and sophomore Ivan Winters who averaged 21.1 points per game. The conference came down to the last game where the Chargers defeated Barry County Christian by a score of 59-56. The Chargers swept the series 2-0 versus Algoma Christian, West Michigan Lutheran, and Hudsonville Libertas Christian. The boys split the series with West Michigan Academy of Environmental Sciences and Barry County Christian. Good luck to the Chargers as they look to bring home a district title next week.

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CTA celebrates 20 years



From Left to right: Autumn Mattson – CTA Elementary Principal; Jen Colin – CTA Secondary Principal; Dan George – CTA Superintendent/School Leader;  Art Willick – CSO Field Representative; Dr. Ron Rizzo – FSU Director of the Charter School Office;  Dr. Paul Blake – Vice President-Provost Ferris State University, Michigan’s Charter Schools, Ferris State Charter Schools.

Creative Technologies Academy was recognized this week for over 20 years of continuous operation as a Michigan Public School Academy authorized by Ferris State Charter Schools. 

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The Fifth Annual CTA Spelling Bee 2020


Raelynn Dells and Jaxson Morey with Mrs. Bangma


In January, seventeen students in grades third through eighth competed in the fifth annual CTA School Spelling Bee! For several weeks prior to the Bee, participants practiced, practiced, and practiced lists of spelling words in preparation for the School Bee. These same participants also attended the weekly CTA Chargers Spelling Club hosted by the 6-12 Academic Specialist, Mrs. Jenny Bangma; it was here that participants gained strategies for spelling words, remembering letter patterns, and the etiquette for participating in the actual Bee. Lots of hard work was put in by our Charger Spellers over the last few months in preparation for this event!

The CTA School Spelling Bee lasted over ten rounds, resulting in a Champion and a Runner-up. The CTA School Spelling Bee Champion is third grade student, Jaxon Morey; the Runner-up is fourth grade student, Raelynn Dells. The winners will head to the Regional Spelling Bee competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Our entire school community is so proud and excited for our Chargers!

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CTA donates to Hand2Hand



Hand2Hand, the agency that supplies meals for almost 300 students in our area to take home every Friday after school, received a donation from Creative Technologies Academy last week to help fund their effort.

According to Pastor Craig Owens, who oversees the program, he received an email about the donation last week. “Kelly Atkins, the administrative assistant at Creative Technologies Academy, emailed me to say: ‘Every year the staff at CTA collects money and donates it to a charity we pick.  We do this in honor of our administration in place of buying them gifts. We have chosen Hand2Hand this year.’” 

The donation was $432.

“About 1-in-5 of the nearly 290 students Hand2Hand serves each week attend CTA,” explained Owens. “We are very appreciative of their very generous donation!” 

The group takes both financial and food donations from individuals and churches in the area, and volunteers help keep the pantry stocked and fill the grocery bags each week and put them in a special backpack in the student’s locker.

For more information on specific needs of the Hand2Hand ministry, contact Craig Owens at craigtowens1@gmail.com or craig@cscalvary.org.

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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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