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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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Holiday Concert Features Three Choirs and Alumni


The Charger Voices were conducted by Mr. Jeremy Holtrop.

On Monday, December 17, the CTA middle school and high school choirs performed their annual holiday concert. This concert featured three different choirs. Our middle school choir, Harmonic Chargers; our high school choir, Charger Voices, and our recently formed a cappella choir, Voices of Lightning. Each group performed 4-6 pieces and then all singers performed together to close the concert on “Christmas Canon Rock” which featured CTA student, James Mauric on electric guitar. James rocked it out mimicking the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Also, CTA alumni choir students came back and performed “Carol of the Bells” as part of a yearly tradition.

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Toys for Tots Campaign Huge Success


Boxes were located in each of the three campus buildings
 for donations to be dropped off.

This year Creative Technologies Academy once again participated in the Toys for Tots toy drive. Over the past two weeks, students and their families have brought in a total of 109 toys. In addition to that, the CTA staff usually pool funds to purchase gifts for the administrators and chose this year to do a donation to Toys for Tots on behalf of the administrators. The staff raised $225 for more gifts. “…it was such a blessing to shop and donate these additional gifts so that children can have a toy under the tree on Christmas day,” shared elementary principal Autumn Mattson. It’s part of the CTA way to believe that it is better to give than to receive.

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Beacon’s Run Your City Tour Concert at CTA Oct. 30


Free community concert

On Tuesday Oct. 30 at 7:00 p.m., Beacon Light will be performing a free concert at Creative Technologies Academy as part of the Run Your City Tour with Kevi Morse. Beacon Light is an award winning hip hop artist who has landed multiple songs on the Billboard Top 30 Radio Charts. His music video, “Haters,” won Best Video of 2016 in the We Love Music Awards. His songs have been featured on the NFL, Netflix, FOX, and Starz. He has performed alongside Grammy winning artists and tours the United States sharing his music and message. Beacon will be performing and speaking at CTA earlier in the day for an assembly to secondary students. During his assemblies, Beacon connects to students through music and powerful stories. His message challenges them to change their communities for the better and treat each other with respect. As a survivor of abuse, he tackles the content of bullying in a way that is real and relatable to students. “Love your haters. Its that simple,” says Beacon. “Everybody has someone in their life who has done something to offend or hurt them. But each of us has a choice, are we going to choose to respond to those people in a negative way? Or will we choose to make good decisions regardless of our circumstances and emotions?” Come on out to hear Beacon at CTA and help stomp out bullying.

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CTA Float Bridges Eras and Wins 2nd Place Trophy


A group of Charger students and parents spent two days working on the Lego-themed float for the Red Flannel Festival Parade and took second place for their creativity and hard work. The motto they used for the design was “The Past is the Building Block of the Future.” 

Stacy Keuhs spearheaded the project and used her creativity to develop the float and theme to help promote CTA and what it stands for to the community. “Legos came out the same time that the Red Flannel Festival Parade started and I thought it would be a great way to tie the two eras together,” shared Keuhs. “Our school likes to keep things fun and interesting and it was a lot of fun to build and design!” Thank you to those who contributed to the float building, decorating and driving, walked in the parade and to the family friend who opened her home and garage to host the float-building – it was a true reflection of the CTA spirit!

The CTA float is piled high with “Legos” and the handprints of the students helping to build the future.

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Soccer Team Wraps Up First Season


Front (L to R): Joey Hanes, Austin Fisk, Evan Besmer, Aaron Wright, Carson McSorley, Jesse Benson, Sawyer Marek, Ivan Winters. Back (L to R): Assistant Coach Kyle Knarr, Tom Guerrato, Jeff Marek, Avery Bishop, Kaden Winters, Jake Perry, Landon Winters, Ryan Rypma, Matt Willis, Parker Tompkins, Head Coach Mark Winters. Not pictured: Binh Nguyen.

The soccer team had a good run for its first-ever team in school history. The team, comprised mostly of underclassmen, went up against some tough varsity teams and held their own. Under the direction of coaches Mark Winters and Kyle Knarr, the team has improved tremendously this season both offensively and defensively. We look forward to the team growing together over the next few years and becoming a leading competitor. We are very proud of the first-ever soccer team at CTA!

 

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CTA Welcomes New Teaching Staff


Courtesy Photo: CTA Teachers

CTA welcomes new teachers to the team for the 2018-19 school year. Jon Gwizdala, High School Science; Heather Dibell, Great Start Readiness Program Assistant; Bethany Holtrop, Elementary Music and Interventions; Jennifer Lumbert, Great Start Readiness Director; Allison Hite, Second Grade; Cyndi Parker, First Grade; and Teresa Marsman, Middle School Social Studies and 7th Grade.

 

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