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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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Creative Technologies Academy

Annual Public Notices



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.




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 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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March 29 Weather Make Up Day – School is in session!


April 1-5 No School for Students and Staff – Spring Break

April 18 Cedar Springs Community Night @ Cedar Springs High School – Come visit our booth!

April 22 Family Night – 5-7 pm

April 22 Parent / Superintendent Town Hall Meeting – 7-8 pm

April 23-25 K-8 Parent/Teacher Conferences (by appointment)

April 25 9-12 Parent Teacher Conferences (by appointment)


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CTA Honor Roll


Creative Technologies Academy 1st Trimester Honor Roll

High School Honor Roll

Middle School Honor Roll


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Open Enrollment

Creative Technologies Academy

350 Pine Street

Cedar Springs, MI  49319

(616) 696-4905


Open Enrollment Period

for the 2013-14 School Year

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