Announcements Week of 1/27/20



ANNIE, JR. REHEARSAL:  The roles have been cast and rehearsals are in full swing. Watch for the full rehearsal schedule to come and for show dates so you can purchase your tickets to watch the students perform! 

LEGACY TRIBE: Next week’s Legacy Tribe meeting is cancelled. Mrs. Bangma, our Tribe’s leader, is restructuring! Stay tuned for more information. Thank you!

GERMAN CLUB: Nadine Merz, a former CTA foreign exchange student, is conducting a German Club on Wednesdays from 2:48-3:45 p.m. in Mrs. Rose’s room. She will be teaching students about the country’s landscape, language, currency, national anthem and the German language. Email Mrs. Rose at or sign up in her room if you are interested in learning more about the German culture! 

YEARBOOK CLUB will resume Tues., Jan. 28!  Anyone interested in helping create our yearbook, please meet in Mrs. Rose’s room from 3-4:00 p.m. 

SWEETHEART SOCK HOP VALENTINE’S DAY DANCE: Sat., Feb. 15, 2020 from 7-10:30 p.m. in the CTA Auditorium. Grades 8-12 are invited to attend this semi-formal dance. Tickets are $5 each and will be sold during HS lunch and MS FIT. *Non-CTA student guest policy: Must be approved by CTA Administration before the event takes place. Failure to complete the required guest approval form will result in denied admittance. Acquire forms from the office. 

GERALD R. FORD STUDENT WRITING CHALLENGE: Students in grades 9-12 are invited to submit an essay, narrative, or prose on the topic of determination.  Some ideas include: How do YOU define determination, grit, or perseverance? Tell about a time that your own determination was tested and you prevailed.  Is there someone in your life, or in history, that you admire for their determination? The essay should be 500-750 words and can be submitted online or by mail.  The deadline is March 13, 2020. First place will receive a cash prize of $1,000 plus a $500 Meijer gift card for their teacher; second place will receive $750 plus a $250 Meijer gift card for their teacher; and third place will receive $500 plus a $100 Meijer gift card for their teacher.  There will also be up to seven Honorable Mention awards winning $250 each. For more information and rules visit

OFFICIAL PESTICIDE APPLICATION NOTIFICATION FROM CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMY: This district practices Integrated Pest Management (IPM), an approach to pest control that reduces pest populations while minimizing pesticide applications.  After trying non-chemical means to control a current pest problem, a pesticide has been deemed necessary. On Jan 24, 2020, an application of diatomaceous earth will be applied at the high school, room 202 for the control of ants. We are using diatomaceous earth because it works mechanically opposed to chemically.  The application will be over a weekend to minimize exposure. If you have questions please contact Daniel Clark, Operations Director, at 616-263-7172.

2020 US CENSUS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: The U.S. Census factors in with the count for State of Michigan Schools by distributing federal assistance for School Lunch Programs, Special Education Grants, Title 1 and teaches students the importance and value of statistical literacy. It provides a fair representation and taking part is a civic duty. Visit if you are 18 or older and a U.S. citizen. 




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  • A Breakdown of the Student Aid Report (SAR):  Do you have questions about your student aid report? This easy-to-share SAR guide explains it all.

SCHOLARSHIP SWEEPSTAKES:  It's the last month to enter to win a $5,000 scholarship from the 2019 Discover Student Loans Scholarship Sweepstakes! Visit to enter today. No purchase or loan necessary to enter or win. See Official Rules for details.

CEDAR SPRINGS WOMEN’S CLUB SCHOLARSHIP: Every year the Cedar Springs Women's Club awards a $1000 scholarship to a female of any age, who resides in the Cedar Springs Public School District.  The recipient may be considering any type of skill training or degree program. The scholarship is awarded based on a competitive process which considers a typed essay, personal or academic achievement, as well as family, school and community activities.  All awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, religion, or national origin. Application can be found here:  Applicants must MAIL five copies of the completed application with essay to the Cedar Springs Women's Club and must be postmarked by March 15, 2020. For questions or further information, call Sue at 616-696-0456 or Carol at 616-696-0090.

THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN CLUB OF GRAND RAPIDS SCHOLARSHIP: The U of M Club of Grand Rapids currently provides financial aid to over 60 students from West Michigan who are attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The scholarships are awarded for four years and currently $4,000 per year per student. In addition to meeting academic qualifications, students must demonstrate financial need and outstanding citizenship. To qualify for the scholarship, students must be a senior preparing to graduate from an eligible West Michigan area high school within the club's footprint. The scholarship for students graduating during the 2019-2020 school year is now live at The application deadline is Friday, February 21, 2020 at 11:59 pm. Questions may be sent via email to Scholarship Chair at

ROGER B. CHAFFEE SCHOLARSHIP FUND: The Roger B. Chaffee Scholarship Fund presents a $3,000 scholarship each year to an outstanding senior from a Kent ISD high school who intents to pursue a college career in engineering, mathematics, or the sciences relating to space technology. Applications are available at Deadline is Sat., Feb. 29, 2020.  

ATTENTION GRADUATING CLASS OF 2020: Lake Michigan Credit Union is celebrating its 30th year of providing high school seniors with the Lloyd F. Hutt Scholarship!  You could be one of 15 students to receive $2,000.00 towards college by answering the following question: “In 30 years, what’s the one thing you hope you still have and why?  Deadline is 1/31/20. Learn more at

UNIVERSITY CLUB OF GRAND RAPIDS SCHOLARSHIP: The University Club of Grand Rapids Scholarship Foundation has been established for individuals who intend to build, support, and serve the West Michigan community after college graduation.  Applicants may attend any college or accredited vocational school: in state, out of state, 2-year or 4-year program. Amount of Scholarship: $1,000.00 that may be renewed for 3 consecutive years. See Mrs. Dille for application. Application deadline is Feb. 3, 2020.

MARY JANE DOCKERAY SCHOLARSHIP We are pleased to announce the Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarship sponsored by the Regional Math and Science Center at Grand Valley State University. This is a named scholarship in honor of Mary Jane Dockeray, founding curator of the Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids. Each year, the Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarships for Careers in Science are awarded to graduating high school seniors from public or private schools in the Kent, Muskegon, and Ottawa Intermediate School Districts with an interest in pursuing a career in science. Two $2,500 scholarships will be awarded this year to graduating seniors who plan to pursue a career in science. The application process consists of submitting the completed application form, a personal essay, a high school transcript, and two recommendations in support of the applicant. Detailed information and application forms can be obtained by contacting high school counselors within the three counties listed above or by contacting the RMSC at (616) 331-2267. Deadline is March 30, 2020. Click here for more information: