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CTA Calendar – December


December

3 Boys Basketball @ West Michigan Aviation – 7 PM

5 Box Top Store

5 Basketball @ Wellspring Academy – Girls 4:30; Boys 6:00

12 Basketball @ Ellington Academy – Girls 5:00; Boys 6:30

13 Santa Workshop / Family Night 7:00 PM

17 Basketball @ Grattan Academy – Girls 5:30; Boys 7:00

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    

                 

 

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JOB POSTING


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: November 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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CTA students open bank


Post photo by J. Reed.

Post photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

 

Employees and students at Creative Technologies Academy don’t have to worry about making it to the bank after school—they just have to walk across campus to make a deposit.

Last month was the grand opening of a new branch of Independent Bank at CTA—and it’s run entirely by sixth graders.

Julie Wheeler, of the Cedar Springs branch of Independent Bank, approached CTA with the idea. She said that the Sand Lake branch had been doing something similar for the last 15 years. “I went and visited them, and their school loves it,” remarked Wheeler. “It’s a great opportunity. It’s our future—we’ll do whatever we can do for our students.”

Post photos by J. Reed.

Post photos by J. Reed.

City and school officials were on hand for the grand opening, as was Dave Reglin, Executive Vice President, Independent Bank. “We are proud of Julie and the Cedar Springs team for doing this,” he said.

Wheeler and sixth grade teacher Jenny Bangma worked together on the idea. Kids had to apply for the job, then went through a training program with Wheeler. Eight students were hired—a manager, alternate, site engineer, two marketing directors, and three tellers. They work directly for Independent Bank.

“The kids seem to really be enjoying it,” said Bangma, “especially those who are employed with the bank. Julie and her team are very professional and treat the students as employees versus just students.”

The bank is open two Wednesdays a month, for an hour each time. Students in grades four through eight have been invited to open accounts, and a few faculty members have opened accounts as well. Students can make deposits freely, but must have a parental note to make a withdrawal.

“So far it’s going well,” said Bangma. “Julie and I anticipated that we would start small, with only a few students and staff opening accounts; however, the participation is continuing to grow each week!”

Bangma said she chose not to grade students on their participation in the bank. “I feel like their experiences should be as authentic as possible,” she explained. “Students were made very aware of the expectations, and they know that they could be asked to leave their post if they do not meet them. We want to build work ethic through intrinsic motivation. Julie and I communicate regularly about the progress of our student workers.”

School leader Dan George thinks the bank is a great idea. “It’s a fantastic opportunity. We are always looking to incorporate project-based learning,” he explained. “They get experience in math, personal finance, getting along with people, etc. It’s a great opportunity for kids this age.”

 

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CTA 7th grade rides the Inland Seas


by: Tyler Buitenwerf, Middle School Science Teacher

 

CTA-7th-graders-with-Ms.-Moon-and-Mr.-BuitenwerfOn September 20, 17 students from Creative Technologies Academy traveled to Suttons Bay to sail aboard Inland Seas, an educational research vessel run by the Schoolship program.  The trip was sponsored by George Wagoner and Diana Glass, grandparents of CTA student, Lily Fulkerson, and they accompanied their granddaughter, her classmates, and teachers Ashley Moon and Tyler Buitenwerf on their half day sail aboard a traditionally rigged schooner where the group had the opportunity to become Great Lakes scientists and sailors for the afternoon.

CTA-Inland-SeasThe students arrived at the dock and were given the important instructions about what it means to be a sailor on the Great Lakes.  They were taught the parts of the ship along with the basic commands that are necessary for a safe and fun trip.  When asked why this was important student Dawson Ingersoll replied, “We learned the communications that you have to know on a boat.”

Shortly after boarding Inland Seas students were greeted with a deafening blast of the air horn that meant the ship had left the dock.  The students immediately began their time as research scientists.  They were allowed the opportunity to collect samples from Suttons Bay that included fish, water, zooplankton and sediment samples. “We got to learn all the names of the tools and what they do.” said Brianne Calkins about getting to do hands on science.

Once all the samples were collected and recorded in the students’ logs it was time for the students to raise the anchor so they could begin sailing.  With a call of “Heave” and a response of “Ho” the anchor was pulled off the bottom of the bay.  The sails were raised and the Inland Seas was now sailing.  “I liked it when we got to put the sails up,” remarked student Marjorie Starr.

CTA-The-Inland-SeasThe crew of Inland Seas spent the next one and a half hours rotating students through various learning stations where the students were taught seamanship and allowed the opportunity to examine the many samples that were collected earlier in the day.  Seamanship was clearly the favorite of many students. Charles Wortz, another CTA student, voiced his enjoyment by saying, “. . . love that they let us steer and control the boat.”

Much to the dismay of the students the sails were lowered and the Inland Seas returned to dock for the crew and students to disembark.  The trip was well summarized by Mya Turoski when asked why she enjoyed the trip.  “I liked how they had one on one groups with the students and showed us how FUN science and sailing can be.”

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PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW


Creative Technologies Academy

Annual Public Notices

PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW

 

The Creative Technologies Academy’s Board Policy Manual contains the following policy which is applicable to all Title I schools. CTA does NOT receive Title I funds, nevertheless it adheres to the following policy:

 

In accordance with the requirement of Section 1111 of Title I, for each school receiving Title I funds, the School Leader shall make sure that all parents of students in that school are notified that they may request, and the Academy will provide the following information on the student’s classroom teachers:

A. whether the teacher(s) have met the State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade level and subject areas they are teaching;

B. whether the teacher(s) is teaching under any emergency or provisional status in which the State requirements have been waived;

C. the undergraduate major of the teacher(s) and the area of study and any certificates for any graduate degrees earned;

D. the qualifications of any paraprofessionals providing services to their child(ren);

 

In addition, the parents shall be provided:

E. information on the level of achievement of their child(ren) on the required State academic assessments;

F. timely notice if the student is assigned to a teacher who is not “highly qualified” as required, or if the student is taught for more than four (4) weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified.

 

The notices and information shall be provided in an understandable format, and to the extent possible, in a language the parent(s) understand.

 

INSTRUCTIONS MATERIALS — RIGHT TO INSPECT

 

Parents have the right to inspect any instructional materials used as part of the educational curriculum for their student. Instructional material means instructional content, regardless of format, that is provided to the student, including printed or representational materials, audiovisual materials, and materials available in electronic or digital formats (such as materials accessible through the Internet.) Instructional material does not include academic tests or academic assessments.

 

August 1, 2013

 

 

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Asbestos Management Plan


Creative Technologies Academy

Annual Public Notice

Asbestos Management Plan

 

The Asbestos Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requires all schools to have an “Asbestos Management Plan” and to make that plan available to all concerned parties.  Creative Technologies Academy, an asbestos free school, hereby notifies all parents, building occupants, and the parent association that the Asbestos Management Plan for all buildings under the jurisdiction of this local education agency is available in the principal’s office of Creative Technologies Academy located at 350 Pine Street in Cedar Springs Michigan.

 

This notification is to advise all concerned parties that the Asbestos Management Plan required under the AHERA is available for review upon request.  The plans can be viewed by any person during normal business hours. Those interested in reviewing the Asbestos Management Plan can inquire about the hours and times that the plans are available by contacting Mr. Dan Clark, Director of Energy and Maintenance, or the School Leader at 616-696-4905.

 

Creative Technologies Academy has followed all of the laws pertaining to asbestos in schools for the state of Michigan.  Based on the findings, there is no asbestos on the CTA campus.  Steps have been taken for a permanent exemption because there is no asbestos to monitor or remove.

 

August 1, 2013

 

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National Honor Society


CTA-National-Honor-Society-2013

 

CTA inducted 14 new members into the CTA chapter of the National Honor Society on Wednesday, April 24. 12 existing members will be graduating in May. Social Studies teacher, Mr. Benjamin Watson is the faculty advisor for NHS. The entire membership list includes: Seniors – Austin Armstrong, Naomi Colburn, Esther Hubbard, Travis Johnson, Skyler Ingersoll, Sage Patchett, Grace VanEnk, Andre Winters, Jeremiah Wortz, Timothy Holmberg, Caitlin Marek, Ashley Marek; Juniors – Dani George, Maria Huizinga, Katie Tow, Michaela Smith, Alicia Beck, Justin Mead, Erin Munger; Sophomores – Emma Bishop, Matthew Wheaton, Hunter George, Dylan Yarrington, Grace Price, Hannah Hubbard, Jonathan Hoops, Rachelle Temple, Derek Winters, Kaitlyn Larsen, Olivia Wortz, Kaylynn Botruff, Brianna Bricker.

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Daddy Daughter Dance


CTA-DD-DanceOn Thursday, February 28, CTA had their second annual Daddy/Daughter Dance.  Over 70 people attended this year’s Hoe Down.  Dads and daughters had an amazing time getting their pictures taken, playing games, dancing, and enjoying desserts.  Senior Austin Armstrong and sophomore Hunter George led the dads and daughters in line dance lessons.

CTA’s fourth grade student, Madelin DeKraker, stated, “I loved it!  The detail and decorations were wonderful.  I also loved spending time with my Dad.  It was fun to dance with him.”  Overall, this dance was a huge success.  “The kids and staff had an incredible time.  It was nice to see families spending time together.  I can’t wait for next year’s dance!” stated the kindergarten teacher, Miss Bostic.

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Reading Month Celebration


CTA-K-5-Celebrate-ReadingMarch is Reading Month and our elementary school is celebrating! Grades K-5 set and exceeded their goal of 600 books for the month and met last week to set a new goal. 4th Grader Gillian Crowder gave this report:

“Today at CTA, students are reading like crazy! It’s a reading frenzy! The elementary students had a goal of 600 books, and they have already read 853 books as of last Wednesday, March 20th. With one week left, can the elementary students reach their new goal of 1000 books, or will the frenzy fail? Stay tuned to find out if they’ll meet their goals.”

School Leader, Dan George, reads to the CTA 2nd graders

School Leader, Dan George, reads to the CTA 2nd graders

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CTA 2nd Trimester Honor Roll


Middle School

Student Name • Grade • GPA

Armstrong, Dawson 07 4.00

August, Danielle 06 4.00

Beardsley, Grace 07 3.84

Beck, Brandon 08 3.33

Bouma, Jarod 08 3.44

Caldwell, Anna 07 4.00

Calkins, Brianne 06 3.75

Davison, Matthew 06 3.83

Fulkerson, Lily 06 3.92

Grabinski, William 07 3.50

Heydenburg, Emily 08 3.22

Hickox, Annalise 08 3.78

Hofstra, James 07 3.17

Howard, Austin 07 4.00

Ingersoll, Dawson 06 4.00

Jenkins, Derek 08 3.67

Kangas, Kaelen 06 3.67

Knott, Ryan 08 3.22

Konrad, Allen 06 4.00

Konrad, Arabelle 08 4.00

Korody, Michael 07 3.17

Lawson, Tatyanna 08 3.67

Lehman, Ethan 08 4.00

Lovett, Nathan 06 3.08

McKinney, Thomas 08 3.67

Miner, Leslie 07 4.00

Price, Nicholas 07 4.00

Shelagowski, Autumn 08 3.89

Starr, Marjorie 06 3.50

Watson, Autumn 07 3.34

Winters, Logan 06 3.00

Wortz, Charles 06 3.50

 

High School

Student Name • Grade • GPA

Armstrong, Austin 12 4.10

Beck, Alicia 11 4.00

Bishop, Emmalee 11 3.95

Boshoven, Tyler 12 3.07

Botruff, Kaylynn 10 3.22

Bricker, Brianna 10 3.42

Colburn, Lydia 11 3.80

Colburn, Naomi 12 3.97

Cooper, Daniel 12 3.00

Couturier, Esther 12 3.42

Davison, Joshua 09 3.72

Fahling, Adam 12 3.29

George, Dani 11 4.17

George, Jonathan H 10 4.08

Herweyer, Kyle 10 3.17

Hickox, Evan 09 3.56

Holmberg, Timothy 12 3.17

Hoops, Jonathan 10 3.63

Hubbard, Esther 12 3.78

Hubbard, Hannah 10 3.90

Huizinga, Clare 09 3.56

Huizinga, Maria 12 3.08

Ingersoll, Skyler 12 4.09

Johnson, Travis 12 3.67

Keech, Kaleigh 09 3.67

Kibitz, Colton 12 3.00

Knott, Stephen 11 4.25

Kyser, Jordan 09 3.28

Larsen, Kaitlin 10 3.00

Marek, Ashley 12 3.47

Marek, Caitlin 12 3.56

Mead, Justin 11 3.56

Munger, Erin 11 4.06

Ogden, Logan 10 3.33

Patchett, Sage 12 3.50

Price, Grace 10 4.08

Smith, Michaela 11 3.89

Stahle, Jared 09 3.53

Temple, Rachelle 10 3.86

Tow, Kathryn 11 4.17

VanEnk, Annalise 09 3.95

VanEnk, Grace 12 4.17

Wheaton, Matthew 11 3.61

Winters, Andre 12 3.42

Winters, Derek 10 3.92

Wortz, Jeremiah 12 3.61

Yarrington, Dylan 10 4.08

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