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CTA Senior Night

Senior athletes and their parents were recognized on Senior Night at the February 13 basketball game at Grace Christian University. Honored seniors were (L to R): Hannah Hofstra, Faith Watson, Luke Hubbard, and Gabriela Fahling.

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CTA Girls Basketball Highlights

Front Row (L to R): Stella Shafer, Léda Gitchel, Nadelynn Brinley, Katie Christie, Jayda Schreiber, Gabi Christie
Back Row (L to R): Assistant Coach Tori Wierda, Analiese VanHarten, Dani Piskun, Alyssa Bishop, Sydnee Shepherd, Natalie Haan, Coach Justin Harding

The girls middle school team finished the season with a record of 4-6. This was the first year that CTA had a girls middle school team. They learned so much throughout the season, as this was the first year of basketball for many of the girls. Coach Harding was happy to work with such a great group of girls. He is excited to send five of the 8th Graders to Varsity and continue to watch the rest of the team grow and learn.

Boys Varsity has continued their league dominance with a record of 12-2. The boys look to play 2 remaining league games vs. Barry County Christian for the Great Lakes 6 League Championship.

The Girls Varsity are also continuing their winning ways with a record of 11-1. The girls look to play 1 remaining league game vs. Algoma Christian for the out-right league Championship.

Good luck to the Chargers on their remaining games!

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Charger Cheer Squad

The cheer team consisted of 10 students in grades 5-12. Cheerleaders performed during half time for both MS Girls and Varsity Boys basketball games on February 13. Cheerleaders are: Melody Atwood, Maria Cardenas-Lamas, Karly Fisk, Katlyn Johnston, Natalia Mateo-Cardenas, Grace Middlebrook, Skylar Parks-Thompson, Kylee Turoski, Coach Faith Watson and Jasmine Zimmer.

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The Fifth Annual CTA Spelling Bee 2020

Raelynn Dells and Jaxson Morey with Mrs. Bangma

In January, seventeen students in grades third through eighth competed in the fifth annual CTA School Spelling Bee! For several weeks prior to the Bee, participants practiced, practiced, and practiced lists of spelling words in preparation for the School Bee. These same participants also attended the weekly CTA Chargers Spelling Club hosted by the 6-12 Academic Specialist, Mrs. Jenny Bangma; it was here that participants gained strategies for spelling words, remembering letter patterns, and the etiquette for participating in the actual Bee. Lots of hard work was put in by our Charger Spellers over the last few months in preparation for this event!

The CTA School Spelling Bee lasted over ten rounds, resulting in a Champion and a Runner-up. The CTA School Spelling Bee Champion is third grade student, Jaxon Morey; the Runner-up is fourth grade student, Raelynn Dells. The winners will head to the Regional Spelling Bee competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Our entire school community is so proud and excited for our Chargers!

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Charger Voices

Teacher Mr. Dominic Morlan conducted the Charger Voices (High School Choir) as they performed The National Anthem prior to the start of the basketball games on February 13. The Varsity Boys, Middle School Girls and Varsity Girls all played games that night, which was also Senior Night. The cheerleaders performed at halftime for both the Varsity Boys and Middle School Girls games.

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Enrollment Tours

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Celebrating Black History Month

During the month of February, the school is incorporating different activities and lessons to celebrate Black History Month. CTA second grade teacher Ms. Meredith Lane created a bulletin board as an opportunity for students to learn more information about some amazing world changers during Black History Month! Books are intentionally selected and read to showcase significant African American individuals and raise awareness of the culture. Middle school students had an assembly celebrating the contributions that African Americans have made throughout our history.

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Attaboy Concert Shared Message of Hope and Courage

The band performed in the CTA Auditorium for two performances.

On January 20, Creative Technologies Academy was privileged to welcome Attaboy. ​Attaboy, an energetic and talented band from Indiana, presented an assembly for our students during the day, then performed a free community concert that night. This amazing group shared the message that hope and courage can always be found—even in the midst of doubt and pain​.

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Grades K-5: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Grades 6-12: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

FlexTrac Grades 9-12: (7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. including 2 self-scheduled hours)

February 22 Open Enrollment Tour 10-11:00 a.m.

24 PA Meeting @6:30 p.m.

25 Boys Varsity Basketball @Sparta @4:00 p.m.

27 Open Enrollment Tour 8:30-9:30 a.m.

28 Girls Varsity Basketball @Cedar Springs @4:00 p.m.

March 5 Open Enrollment Tour 8:30-9:30 a.m.

6 Early Release Day

MS/HS Event @Skate Estate 1:30-3:30 p.m.

9 Elementary Math Night @6:00 p.m. Open Enrollment Tour 7-8:00 p.m.

16 Town Hall Meeting @6:00 p.m. 16-18 Student-Led Conferences

18 School Board Meeting @3:30 p.m. 20 Early Release Day

21 Open Enrollment Tour 10-11:00 a.m. 23 PA Meeting @6:30 p.m.

April 2 Early Release Day

3-10 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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Changing The World One Charger At A Time

Character Ed Award Recipients: Elementary students who were recognized for their exceptional character were honored at an assembly in December.

Each month, Creative Technologies Academy focuses on a character trait that we discuss, learn, collaborate and implement into our lives at school, home and in our community.

For the first semester, we have focused on the first four character education traits: ​Caring, Hardworking, Appreciative and Responsible​. ​For the second semester, we will focus on being ​Growth-Minded, Empowering, Respectful, Strong​ a​ nd will end our school year focused on being a ​WORLD CHANGER​!

For our awards assembly, each classroom teacher selected a student from their class that has demonstrated one of these character traits all semester. We also gave out a CTA World Changer award and this award was given to a student who demonstrated all four of these character traits for the entire semester.

Congratulations to our 2019 First Semester CTA Character Education Award Recipients!

CARING: ​Clair Cross, Addisyn Dells, Jonah Fleeger, Mya Brinks, Bethy VandenBerg and Jayden Danks

HARDWORKING:​ Eden Gitchel, Mercer Batchelder, Savannah Byl, Hannah Reichelt, Harlee Ostrom and Kendal Proctor

APPRECIATIVE: ​Marcus Brinks, Luke Reichelt, Gabby Lopez, Gwen Middlebrook, Selah Rohne and Calyssa Brinley

RESPONSIBLE: ​Zito Mateo, Ella Montambo, Cal Faustin, Avery Gitchel, Micah Rympa and Joshua Watson CTA WORLD CHANGER AWARDS: ​Gwen Middlebrook (Music), Deegan VanHarten (Physical Education.) and Illys Mateo (Technology)

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