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CTA response to governor suspending face to face learning for the rest of the year

From Dan George, Superintendent, Creative Technologies Academy

With the governor’s formal announcement this morning of the closing of school for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, I understand we are moving into unexplored territory. The decision to close our buildings is highly disappointing, but understandable and necessary.  The governor had no choice. If this decision saves only one life, it is worth it.

Our entire nation is facing a challenge perhaps unlike anything since World War II, certainly unlike anything I’ve seen in my lifetime. But hope springs eternal for Americans and our community. We know how to pull together. And we will! And we are! Even though our campus is closed, teaching and learning will continue through the end of May. I have been so encouraged by the spirit of the educators in this community, those on my own staff and those at CSPS. I am blessed by the partnership of CSPS Superintendent Scott Smith to feed the children of CSPS and CTA. My administrators and teachers have been collaborating with educators from other districts, sharing ideas for distance learning. My staff has been sharing resources with parents and students for three weeks, having Zoom meetings, and preparing for this announcement. 

We continue the development of our plan for continuity of learning to meet the emotional and academic needs of all our students, and we will implement it as soon as possible. We will especially reach out to our seniors and collaborate on some innovative ways to celebrate their achievements. 

We also want you to know this:

  • Our staff is not surprised by this and we have been preparing for this event. We believe we are ahead of the curve in our preparation. We are experienced in innovation and personal instruction.
  • Our target date for implementing our plan is April 20. This date could change depending on factors for approval. We will keep you posted.
  • Spring Break (April 6-10) will be honored for our students.

We are extremely proud of our families and staff for their flexibility, patience, and understanding during this crisis. We also know this situation presents unique challenges to each family. We want our CTA families and the Cedar Springs community to know you are our family. We are in this together. Please reach out if you are in need of help.

Lastly, please take the appropriate measures to keep your family healthy.

Sincerely,

Dan George
Superintendent
Creative Technologies Academy
350 Pine Street
Cedar Springs, MI 49319
Office: (616) 696-4905
Mobile: (616) 893-1507

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Boys Varsity Basketball Finishes on Top

The varsity boys take a minute to pose with their victory net after the district championship game.
Front Row (L tor R): John Wortz, Luke Hubbard, Ivan Winters. Back Row (L to R): Coach Eric Besmer, Evan Besmer, Ethan Watson, Landon Winters, Avery Bishop, Kaden Winters, Jake Perry, Parker Tompkins, Assistant Coach Mark Winters

Boys Varsity won the Great Lakes 6 district championship. The boys had a great season and Coach Eric Besmer is proud of the boys as they came together to finish the season strong.

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Sweetheart Sock Hop

CTA students had an opportunity to take a step back in time at the Sweetheart Sock Hop on Saturday, February 15. Festivities included retro decor, throwback music, and fun photo opportunities!

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March is A Reading Adventure

Elementary and middle school students partner to read ​Wish​.

CTA is celebrating March is Reading Month school-wide!

In the elementary, Ms. Lane created a bulletin board filled with staff and student book recommendations. There have been a slew of parents and community members in the building as mystery readers, and 4th & 5th graders are building a Yellow Brick Road to Oz as they log their reading!

The freshmen created a world map for students in grades 6-12 to promote reading books from around the world, and secondary students are accumulating as many reads as they can throughout the month. Students are competing to see which class can read the most!

The map created by freshmen to denote reading around the world and exposing students to different genres and cultures.

ALL students are having a shared reading experience through ​One School – One Book​, partnering the elementary and secondary together! Every Monday morning in March, K-5 students read Barbara O’Conner’s ​Wish​ with their secondary partners, and preschool students and their partners will read a variety of picture books. You can find students throughout the campus reading and discussing together. ​Every student will be able to keep his or her copy!

Happy reading, everyone! 

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SCHOOL CALENDAR

*Subject to change per government mandates.

SCHOOL HOURS

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)

April 3-10 Spring Break

13 Classes ressume

14 Jostens Cap & Gown Delivery

14 Girls Varsity Soccer Game @Algoma Christian School @4:30 p.m.

16 Girls Varsity Soccer Game @Barry County Christian School @4:30 p.m.

17 Wall of Honor Celebration @1:15 p.m.

17 Girls Varsity Soccer Game @Cedar Springs HS @4:30 p.m.

20 Girls Varsity Soccer Game @Cedar Springs HS @4:30 p.m. PA Meeting @6:30 p.m.

21 Girls Varsity Soccer Game @Algoma Christian School @4:30 p.m. 22 Board Meeting at 3:30 p.m.

24 Early Release Day

*Early Release Dismissal Schedule

• K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

• 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

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CTA boys and girls basketball teams conference champs


The CTA Varsity Lady Chargers Basketball team celebrated their championship after the game by cutting the net.

Creative Technologies Academy had two teams win conference championships this past week. Both the CTA women’s varsity basketball team and the CTA boys varsity basketball team earned the Great Lakes 6 League Conference Championship title.

The girls finished 7-1 in the league and hope to bring home the district title next week. The team swept the series 2-0 versus West Michigan Lutheran, Libertas Christian, and West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science. The girls split the series with Algoma Christian giving them their only loss. “The Lady Chargers have developed into a strong team led by returning captains, seniors Faith Watson and Hannah Hofstra,” shared Coach Lisa Perry. “Both girls have been leaders both on and off the court and will be missed next season.”

The boys finished 8-2 in league play and look forward to their district tournament. The boys are being led by senior caption Luke Hubbard who averaged 25.7 points per game and sophomore Ivan Winters who averaged 21.1 points per game. The conference came down to the last game where the Chargers defeated Barry County Christian by a score of 59-56. The Chargers swept the series 2-0 versus Algoma Christian, West Michigan Lutheran, and Hudsonville Libertas Christian. The boys split the series with West Michigan Academy of Environmental Sciences and Barry County Christian. Good luck to the Chargers as they look to bring home a district title next week.

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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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