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February

21 Basketball @ Grace Bible College vs. WMAA – Girls 5:30 pm; Boys 7 pm

22 Sweetheart Swirl @ Rockford Community Cabin

 

March

4-6 ACT/MME Testing (Regular School Day for all others)

4-21 EXPLORE/PLAN Testing

6 Basketball Awards Night – 6:00 pm

7 End of 2nd trimester (58 days)

19 CTA Board Meeting – 3:30 PM

20 Bloodmobile

 

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CTA Boys battle, but fall to the Grizzlies of Grattan Academy


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In what has turned into a quite a rivalry over the years, the Chargers put forth their best effort of the year, but it wasn’t quite enough falling 52-46.  Some early misses coupled with some foul trouble to key players led to a slow start, but the Chargers fought through the adversity. “I thought the tempo change in the second quarter utilizing full court pressure and rotation of fresh bodies, coupled with depth, facilitated our comeback.  Our players are inexperienced but work hard in practice to learn their roles with our press and last night we saw some of the fruits from this labor,” explained Coach Bultman after the game.  Fighting is what they did, as they came all the way back and cut the lead to two points with a minute to go, but timely free throw shooting for the Grizzlies ultimately lead to the victory for Grattan.  “I feel we are on the brink of some really good basketball as we drastically reduced our unforced errors,” said Bultman. “With 7 players on the roster who have never played on a basketball team before, this season is a learning experience.  It is great to see the skills improve and see the players come together as a team.”

CTA received a strong game from Dylan Yarrington who led the way with 14 points, and only two turnovers.  Freshman Brandon Beck poured in a career high 15 points, and Derek Winters added 12 points while battling foul trouble. The Chargers have no games next week before they start a very busy stretch on January 28th when they battle the Quad City Mustangs.  The game will be played at the Fremont Rec Center and the game tips at 7:30.

 

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CTA Ladies defeat Greenville Grattan Academy


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The CTA girls basketball team traveled east to take on the Grattan Grizzlies and were able to pull away in the second half defeating them 36-22.  It seemed early that no team was going to pull away as the lead changed hands multiple times in the first half with the Lady Chargers settling in with a 13-11 lead.  Things changed quickly in the second half as the Chargers half court trap defense led to some steals and layups on the other end.  “The half court trap is something that we spend a lot of time on, and it was nice to see it have some success in this game.”  “We did a nice job of anticipating in the second half and were able to get some layups from that increased anticipation,” explained an excited Coach Hill after the game.

CTA-girls-basketballAlthough this was a complete team effort there were a couple of players who really stood out.  Aubrey Slocum and Nadine Merz were dominant on the boards with 9 rebounds each, and Alicia Beck led the charge offensively with 10 points.  “We have such great senior leadership on this team and it really showed through in this game.” Coach Hill said. “It is such a privilege to work with such talented and hardworking ladies, they come to practice every day and want to improve. It has been a real treat so far.”

The Lady Chargers are off next week but are back in action on January 28th when they head to Fremont to take on the Quad City Mustangs.  The game will be played at the Fremont Rec Center and the game tips at 6:00pm. Come cheer on the Chargers.

 

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CTA makes outdoor lighting improvements with help from Consumers Energy


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Lumecon 112.5 watt LED flood lights

Daniel Clark, receiving check from Dru Ross, representative from Consumers Energy

Daniel Clark, receiving check from Dru Ross, representative from Consumers Energy

CTA has completed a relighting project working with Consumers Energy Business Solutions.  These two Lumecon 112.5 watt LED floods replaced two 1500 watt halogen quartz to greatly improve the lighting covering the main entrance to the campus.  Daniel Clark, facility manager at CTA, is shown receiving the $1100.00 check from Dru Ross, representative from Consumers Energy.

 

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CTA Saves Christmas


CTA-ToysCTA-Toys-2By CTA Third Graders

 

Students at Creative Technologies Academy raised $600 for Toys for Tots in a coin drive competition last month.  CTA was able to buy over 60 toys with the money they raised.  Students in kindergarten through eighth grade participated in this event to make sure that kids have toys under their Christmas trees.

Each class had their own bucket and brought in coins to earn points for their class.  One seventh grader, Nathan Lovett, collected $50 from his family and friends.  All of the classes raised a lot of money, but the seventh graders brought in the most.

The coin drive was organized by Kindergarten teacher, Lauren Bostic.  When she was asked why she organized the event, she said, “I love seeing our students care so much about kids.”

School leader, Dan George, agreed with Miss Bostic.  “I think it’s a great thing that students are doing,” he said. “It teaches them how to be givers, and it will give opportunities for kids to have a Christmas that wouldn’t otherwise have it.”  The students had a lot of fun with the coin drive and were happy to help other kids in need.

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CTA Calendar – December and January


December

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  

 

January  

6 – Classes resume

6-31 – Global Scholar Winter Testing

9 – Boys Basketball @ WMAA – 7 pm

14 – Basketball at Grattan Academy – Girls – 5:30 pm; Boys 7 pm

14-16 – Student Led Parent/Teacher Conferences (required of all students and parents)

15 – CTA Board of Directors meeting – 3:30 pm

16 – Box Top Store 

17 – Basketball @ Algoma Christian – Girls 5:30 pm; Boys 7 pm

20 – No School for Students and Staff – MLK Day

28 – Basketball @ Quad City Mustangs – Girls 6 pm; Boys 7:30 pm

30 – Basketball @ WMAES – Girls 5:30 pm; Boys 7 pm

31 –  Boys Basketball @ WMAA – 5:30 pm

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JOB POSTING – SEARCH REOPENED


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: December 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 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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