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NHS and Girls Charging Ahead Volunteer Project


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CTA National Honor Society and Girls Charging Ahead teamed up to volunteer at Le Tour de Donut bike race at Klackle Orchards in Greenville. The group helped direct bikers through the mountain bike trail and assisted at the donut stations. It was a great morning spent volunteering!

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CTA Calendar


 

October

16 Cross Country – Montabella Invitational – 4:00 p.m.

16 Middle School Fun Night – 5:30-7:00 p.m.

17 Charger Voices Perform at Grand Rapids Griffins

19 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting – 6:00 PM

19-22 Student-Led Parent Teacher Conferences

(required of all students and parents)

19-22 Scholastic Book Fair

23 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

23 Box Top Fall Turn In

Popcorn Friday

24 Cross Country – Michigan Class “D” State Championship – 11:30 a.m.

26-30 Spirit Week – All Grades

29 Girl Talk MS/HS – 3-4:00 p.m.

31 Cross Country – Mich. Independent Schools State Championship – 8:30 a.m.

November

3 Cross Country Banquet – 5:30-7 p.m.

5 Hearing & Vision Screening Grades K-9

5 Boys & Girls Basketball Tryouts – 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.

6 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

10 Mobile Dentist at CTA

12 Girl Talk MS/HS – 3-4:00 p.m.

12 6th Grade and High School Choir Concert 7-8:00 p.m.

19 Girl Talk MS/HS – 3-4:00 p.m.

20 Picture Retake Day

Popcorn Friday

20 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

20-24 High School Exams

24 End of First Trimester

25-27 No School – Thanksgiving Break

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Chargers Kid’s Club


 

CTA has an exciting new after school program where we encourage kids to explore their world using their creativity in all the activities we offer to them. Chargers Kid’s Club is for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade and runs Monday through Friday from 3 – 5:00 p.m. The fee is $4 per day per child to attend. The program is also available on early release days from 1 – 5 p.m.

In September, the group will spend time getting to know one another through story time, group games, craft time, and educational activities. They will enjoy a lot of hands-on fun and each child will be encouraged to bring a unique perspective to the activities. In October, they will begin working on creating short stories, painting works of art, investigating through experiments, and other fun.

If you would like more information about the Charger Kid’s Club or are ready to join in on the adventures, you can contact the Chargers Kid’s Club leader, Amanda Brinks at abrinks@ctachargers.org or call CTA at 616-696-4905.

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CTA Calendar


 

September

17 Girl Talk (Middle School and High School) – 3:00 p.m.

18 Cross Country – Spartan Invitational – 12:00 p.m.

19 Le Tour de Donut – NHS Volunteer Work

24 Cross Country – Fremont Invitational – 4:00 p.m.

25 Picture Day – ALL grades

25 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

30 Cross Country – Conference Meet – 4:00 p.m.

October

1 Girl Talk (Middle School and High School) – 3:00 p.m.

2 School Walk-A-Thon

2 Student vs. Staff Football Game at Skinner Field – 4:00 p.m.

3 Cross Country – Allendale Falcons Invitational – 8:30 a.m.

9 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

10 Cross Country – Portage Invitational – 8:30 a.m.

13 Cross Country – Conference Championship – 4:00 p.m.

16 Cross Country – Montabella Invitational – 4:00 p.m.

19 Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting – 6:00 PM

19-22 Student-Led Parent Teacher Conferences

(required of all students and parents)

23 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

24 Cross Country – Michigan Class “D” State Championship – 11:30 a.m.

26-30 Spirit Week – All Grades

31 Cross Country – Mich. Independent Schools State Championship – 8:30 a.m.

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CTA Calendar

May 21 Literacy Night – 3-5 pm

May 21-22 Senior Trip to Cedar Point

May 22 No School for Students and Staff

May 25 No School for Students and Staff – Memorial Recess

May 29 Graduation @ Cedar Springs High School – 7 pm

June 2 Field Day (K-5)

June 4 Last day of school

June 8 Whitecaps game for CTA families

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2015 Wall of Honor


CTA Wall of Honor Members (L-R): Dr. DeWayne Coxon, Lexie K. Coxon, Alecia J. Terpstra, Amy Burton-Massey, Gary Bailey, Kyle Bohl, Gerry Verwey

CTA Wall of Honor Members (L-R): Dr. DeWayne Coxon, Lexie K. Coxon, Alecia J. Terpstra, Amy Burton-Massey, Gary Bailey, Kyle Bohl, Gerry Verwey

CTA inducted five people into the Wall of Honor for 2015, joining the two inaugural inductees from 2014, Dr. DeWayne Coxon and Lexie K. Coxon. The 2015 inductees are:

Gary Bailey – Director of Student Services, Board Member (President)

Mr. Bailey started the position of Director of Student Services and served the school for eleven years in that position. He most recently served CTA as President of the Board of Directors.

Kyle Bohl – Teacher, Director of Student Services, Board Member (Vice President), Mentor

Mr. Bohl is the only person to serve CTA as a teacher, administrator, and board member. Always willing to share his time and knowledge, he remains one of the most popular staff members among students, parents, and colleagues.

Amy Burton-Massey – Teacher, Building Leader, Mentor

Mrs. Massey was an elementary teacher for 11 years at CTA. Her infectious smile and outgoing personality was the face of our K-5 grades during her time her. She provided a safe, warm, and welcoming environment for our students and leadership for young teachers in our elementary.

Alecia J. Terpstra – Teacher, Class Advisor

Mrs. Terpstra is completing her 14th year of teaching secondary mathematics at CTA. She created the driver education program and taught driver education for several years. She has worked tirelessly over the years as a class advisor, sponsoring dances, fundraising, and planning, organizing, and implementing senior trips.

Gerry Verwey – Teacher, Coach, Mentor, NHS Advisor

Mr. Verwey taught secondary science for 7 years at CTA and he continued to coach cross country and basketball after leaving to teach at another school. He was a mentor to several young teachers and he will always be our “Coach” no matter where he is teaching and coaching.

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K-5 News


Mother Son Game Night was a hit!

Mother Son Game Night was a hit!

Daddy Daughter Dance is always a favorite.

Daddy Daughter Dance is always a favorite.

April and May were very busy months for the students at CTA’s elementary. We had two wonderful events occur during these months: the Daddy Daughter Luau and the Mother Son Game Night.

The Daddy Daughter Dance is one of our favorite events at CTA! At the beginning of every year, many, many questions are asked about the theme of the current year’s Daddy Daughter Dance. This year’s theme was that of a Luau, complete with lots of flowery leis and even a tiki hut!

Like every year, the girls enjoyed the time spent dancing, munching on yummy desserts provided by our families, and sipping on this year’s delicious smoothies made by two amazing CTA high school students: Hunter George and Kaleigh Keech. The greatest part of the evening occurred when all the dads joined their daughters out on the dance floor. The girls’ faces lit up with excitement to be dancing alongside their favorite guys.

Mother Son Game Night was a HIT! Moms and sons joined CTA staff members in playing every game known to man. You could hear the laughter coming from the Scattergories table, guesses being shouted out at the Pictionary station, and you could even feel the floor move in the Twister and Just Dance rooms. Seeing all of the smiling faces makes events like this a fantastic time for everyone!

The 2014-2015 school year is coming to a close and what a great year it has been for CTA’s elementary! Thank you to students, families, teachers, and administrators for making 2014-2015 one for the books!

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K-5 News: Reading Month Wrap Up


Mrs. Atkins reads to 2nd graders

Mrs. Atkins reads to 2nd graders

March was Reading Month and it is a favorite of ours at CTA! We Chargers really get into the friendly competition of reading. This past March was no different. Our theme was “Isle of the Reading Chargers.” Each grade had its own pirate ship that moved every week depending on the number of hours read. In order to reach the first island, “Port of Poems”, classes had to read 50 hours. The second island, “Port of Fairy Tales”, the class had to read 150 hours. When classes reached each port, the teacher would read texts from those specific genres to his or her class. When classes reached 400 hours, Mystery Readers arrived to their rooms. Pictured below: Mystery Reader, Mrs. Kelly Atkins, is reading to our lucky second grade class.

Mr. Oldebekking gets sprayed with silly string

Mr. Oldebekking gets sprayed with silly string

The K-8 staff set a goal of 4000 hours throughout the whole month of March. After the first week, students in grades K-8 read almost 1000 hours! Each week of March, we met altogether and unveiled the leading class. It was a tight race between three grades throughout the month; first, fourth, and a surprise appearance by the sixth grade class. In the end, the first grade pulled out the win; they read over 720 hours during the month! Since they were the highest reading class, the students were able to pick a staff member to spray silly string. Of course they chose our much-beloved Mr. Oldebekking! During our Student Showcase, the first graders were able to silly string him in front of the whole school! This year’s March is Reading Month was quite the success! Thank you everyone for your support of this initiative!

CTA K-8 during the Month of March read 4339 hours! WAY TO GO CHARGERS!!!!

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CTA Calendar


 

April 23 Daddy/Daughter Dance (grades K-6): 5-7 pm

27 HIV/AIDS Health Curriculum Meeting for 5th grade Parents: 4-4:30 pm

Family Night: 4:30-6 pm

Parent/Superintendent Town Hall Meeting: 6-7 pm

May 1 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm

6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm

HS Prom @ Boulder Creek – 7 pm

4-8 Teacher Appreciation Week

5  New/Prospective Family Open House: 5:30-7 pm

6 NHS Induction Ceremony: 1:30 pm

7  Mother/Son Game Night for grades K-6: 4-6 pm

8 Mobile Dentist: 8:30 am

12 Wall of Honor Celebration: 2 pm

15  Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-5 Dismissal at 12:55 pm

6-12 Dismissal at 1:06 pm

Carnival/Art Gallery Night: 5-8 pm

18 Girls Charging Ahead 5K – 3:15 pm

21 Literacy Night: 3:15-5:15 pm

21-22 Senior Trip to Cedar Point

22 No School for Students and Staff

25 No School for Students and Staff – Memorial Recess

29 Graduation @ Cedar Springs High School – 7 pm

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Employment Opportunities


 

There are no position openings at CTA at this time. However, the administration invites interested parties to submit a letter of interest and resume for the following positions that may become available during the 2015-16 school year:

• Certified teachers at all grade levels and subject areas (please include letter of interest, resume, and copy of teacher certification)

• Online learning teacher (please include letter of interest, resume, and copy of teacher certification)

• Administrative Assistant (four year degree preferred)

• Food preparation and custodial staff

Please submit letters of interest, resumes, and appropriate credentials by email to Dan George, Superintendent/School Leader, at dgeorge@ctachargers.org.

Submitted letters of interest and resumes will be kept on file. If a position becomes available that aligns with a letter, resume, and credentials, CTA will notify the prospective applicant with an email including the job posting, application deadline, and job description.

CTA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion or any other legally protected characteristic in its programs, activities, or employment opportunities.

Our Mission

Creative Technologies Academy is a K-12 learning community committed to strengthening character and promoting a safe, scholarly, and supportive environment that develops life-long learners.

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