Weekly Word 2/19-3/2
Weekly Word 2/19-3/2
Autumn Mattson
Thursday, February 22, 2018


Tell your lawmaker to fund charter schools equitably! MAPSA knows all the great things your charter school is doing for families, yet this education is provided with less money than traditional public schools. However, in the Governor's budget proposal, there is still a funding gap between public charter schools and traditional public schools. As the 2018-19 State Budget is released, lawmakers will vote on how much charter school students are worth. Now is the time to demand equitable funding for charter school students. It only takes 60 seconds to send an email to your lawmakers. Click here to email your lawmaker now:  http://bit.ly/2ERTCVM

Art Club (MS/HS):  Art Club for MS and HS students will run from 3-4:30 p.m. on Thursdays. The cost is $5 per class. The maximum per class is 20 students.  Sign up with Mrs. Atkins in the office.

Attention HS Parents:  The Parent Association is looking for parents willing to serve as class advisors for students in grades 9-12.  These parents would commit to representing a group of students as they advance toward graduation, helping them with fundraisers, etc.  If you would like to serve in this capacity, please contact Sherry Fisk at sfisk@ctachargers.org.

Traffic Control Volunteers Needed: If you would like to help keep our students safe and assist with traffic control in either the morning or afternoon, please contact Dan Clark at 616-263-7172.

Host an International Exchange Student: Spread global awareness and understanding by hosting an International Exchange Student. ECEP is seeking host families for students attending Creative Technologies Academy.

from student services

Student Messages:  Please use CTA's office telephone number to get messages to your students rather than texting them. Student cell phone use is restricted in the classroom and students' phones will be taken if they are not using them in compliance with teacher guidelines. 

Tardy Sign-In Policy: If your child is late, a parent/guardian MUST bring them to the office to sign them in and get a pass. MS/HS need a pass after 7:45 a.m. and EL need a pass after 8:00 a.m. Building doors are locked at the times noted and students cannot go directly to their classroom door.

Medicine - Parents can drop off any meds to student services to give to their child during the school day.  You will need to fill out a form – see Mrs. Atkins in Student Services.

Absence/Tardy - Please call student services @696-4905 Ext 211 if your child is going to be absent or late to school. You may leave a message at any time before or after school hours.

Charger Kid’s Club:  CTA has an after-school program for K-5 students.  Chargers Kid’s Club runs Monday through Friday from 3 – 6:00 p.m. The fee is $6 per day per child to attend. The program is also available on early release days from 1 – 6 p.m. for $9 per child. If you would like more information about the Charger Kid’s Club, call CTA at 616-696-4905.

counselor’s corner

The Roger B. Chaffee Scholarship Fund:  Will offer a $3,000 scholarship to an outstanding senior from a Kent ISD high school who intends to pursue a college career in engineering, mathematics, or the sciences relating to space technology! See the attached application, which is also available at www.rogerbchaffeescholarship.org . The deadline for submitting applications is: February 28, 2018.

Mary Jane Dockeray Scholarship sponsored by the Regional Math and Science Center at Grand Valley State University. This year, three $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors who plan to pursue a career in science. Applicants must be seniors from public or private schools within the Kent, Ottawa, or Muskegon Intermediate School Districts. See link for application and requirements. http://www.gvsu.edu/rmsc/mary-jane-dockeray-scholarship-24.htm  Deadline is March 2, 2018.    

FSU Scholarship Opportunity: Students graduating from Ferris State University-authorized public school academies are automatically eligible for consideration of the Charter Schools Office scholarship. See the attached flier for eligibility criteria and other information. Students who are interested in Ferris State need to go ahead and apply now.  This scholarship will become available Mid December, and the deadline for the application is the end February. 

fine arts department

If you ordered a DVD of the middle school/high school Christmas choir concert we are sorry for the delay. The DVDs will be done ASAP.

District 7 Choral Festival:  On Friday, March 16, middle school and high school choir students will be traveling to Greenville High School to participate in the District 7 Choral festival. Students will arrive early to CTA (time TBA) and board the bus for Greenville High School. As soon as festival is done, we will head to Craig's Cruisers for the remainder of the day. Students will return around 2. Permission slips are being sent home. Students need to bring in $18 cash or check made out to CTA for this trip.

Middle School and High School Choir Concert:  Students will perform a concert in the CTA auditorium on Thursday, March 8th at 7:00 p.m.