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October 2017
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Superintendent Soma visits the Eastern Elementary construction site.Superintendent Soma visits the Eastern Elementary construction site.

“The rise of social media has given us the power to connect in new ways across county lines and continents.”

TCAPS Families, Staff and Friends,

The safety, health, and wellbeing of every child is our top priority. With each generation comes new technology and advancements that present great opportunities for society as well as many challenges. Whether it’s TV, video games, the internet, or now social media, as parents, educators, and community members, we have a responsibility to help our children stay safe and smart when they are online.

The rise of social media has given us the power to connect in new ways across county lines and continents. It also has the ability to impact how we interact with each other. Research shows that teens and adolescents go through changes that can and do impact their decision making abilities. They are more willing to take risks, try new relationships, experience inconsistent emotions, and make decisions that could put them in harm's way. When this stage of development is coupled with social media, it can sometimes lead students to make bad decisions online.

As the positive adults in the lives of our teens, we need to remind our children that actions in the cyber world can also have real world consequences. Students who post disturbing, threatening, or inappropriate content on social media may be suspended, expelled, and may face legal action. It is vitally important that anyone, parent or student, who sees inappropriate or threatening content on social media report it to a school official or to law enforcement.

Whether your child has just begun their educational journey or is on a pathway to graduation, the following are a few resources that you may find helpful:

  • John's Hopkins University has put together an interactive guide called The Teen Years Explained that offers information about physical, cognitive, and social and emotional development.
  • The web site Common Sense Media is another great resource for families to vet various genres of books, movies, video games, apps, etc.  
  • The Screenagers parent site will e-mail families Tech Talk Tuesday tips from the Screenagers web page. The site also shares ‘conversation starters’ for parents and teens to talk about social media issues, research, and more.
  • In addition, Traverse City West Middle School will be hosting an OK2SAY assembly on October 30th and Traverse City East Middle School will run its “Teens and Technology Series” again this year.

It is critical to know what your child or young adult is viewing online and who they are chatting with. By working together, we can create safe, healthy habits for our students when using technology.


Paul A. Soma
Superintendent, Traverse City Area Public Schools

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WMS students visit TentCraft as part of Manufacturing Day.
WMS students visit TentCraft as part of Manufacturing Day.
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“students...learn about what they do and the career opportunities that exist in the manufacturing sector.”

Students Participate in Manufacturing Day

Groups of students from TCAPS middle and high schools took part in the 2017 Manufacturing Day. Students visited local manufacturing facilities including TentCraft, United Engineered Tooling, and many more. The annual event coordinates visits by student groups to local companies to learn about what they do and the career opportunities that exist in the manufacturing sector.

West Middle School students at United Engineered Tooling.

STEM Kits Enrich Student Learning at Cherry Knoll Elementary School

Second graders in Marie Willis' class at Cherry Knoll Elementary School are having a blast learning with their new STEM kits. TCAPS Partner In Education TBA Credit Union awarded the classroom a $600 grant to purchase the kits after Mrs. Willis sought out ways to give her students fun, enriching educational experiences. Watch the kits in action in this story by 9&10 News.

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Long Lake Parents Go to School

On October 12th, parents at Long Lake Elementary School attended the 2nd annual Parents Go to School Night. At the event, the school’s teachers and staff offered 13 workshop sessions for parents on various topics. In addition, Mary Richards from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the publisher of the Math Expressions curriculum, provided the evening’s keynote remarks. Twenty community organizations were also present to share more about themselves and their connections to educating students and supporting families.  

Exhibits and sessions at Long Lake Parents Go to School Night.

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Traverse City High School Downtown Art Walk—October 25th

Traverse City High School (TCHS) will host its annual Downtown Art Walk on October 25, 2017, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. During this time, students from TCHS art and marketing classes will give away prints of art that the students have created. The event is a way for students to interact with the community in a positive and meaningful way.   

Blair Elementary School 5th Graders to Attend Advance Screening of Wonder—October 26th

Fifth grade students at Blair Elementary School are receiving a special treat after K-12 Library Media Specialist, Stephanie Luyt, won 50 free tickets to an advance screening of the movie Wonder as part of the Wonder Certified Kind Classroom program. The showing will take place at the AMC Cherry Blossom 14.

Based on the New York Times bestseller, Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie's extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can't blend in when you were born to stand out. - Lionsgate

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Upcoming Craft Shows

Applications are now being accepted for the East Middle School, Long Lake Elementary, TC Transportation Association, and West Senior High Craft Shows. Please visit TCAPS' Community Events and Resources page to download the applications at

26th Annual East Extravaganza Craft Show
Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 9AM - 3:30PM
East Middle School (1776 Three Mile Rd)
Arts & Crafts and Silent Auction
Free admission, everyone welcome!
Applications: 231.933.7322 or

Long Lake Elementary School Craft Show
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 9AM - 3PM
Long Lake Elementary School (7600 N Long Lake Rd)
Handmade vendors preferred. Direct sale vendors will be limited.
Applications: 617-694-9687 or

Traverse City Transportation Association (TCTA) Scholarship Benefit Craft Show
Saturday, November 18th, 2017 - 9AM - 3PM
VFW Post #2780 (3400 Veterans Drive)
Join us to raise $1,500 in support of our scholarship funds for three TCAPS graduating seniors. Arts and Crafts and a Bake Sale!
Contact: Ruth Ann Segovia 231-342-0875

West Senior High School 9th Annual Arts and Craft Show
Saturday, November 18th, 2017 - 10AM - 4PM
Traverse City West Senior High School (5376 N Long Lake Rd) Only original, handcrafted work will be accepted. Some commercial items will be accepted, however, based on available space. 

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November Calendar Reminders

Friday, November 3rd Half day for students, full day for staff
Wednesday, November 22nd No school for students, full day for staff
Thursday, November 23rd No school, Thanksgiving recess
Friday, November 24th No school, Thanksgiving recess

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Students Honor Area Veterans on Hometown Heroes Tour

Students at Central Grade School and TCAPS Montessori at Glenn Loomis honored area Veterans on their Hometown Heroes Veterans Appreciation tour. Buses filled with Veterans toured area memorials, including the “All Gave Some – Some Gave All” memorial at Thirlby Field. Students lined 8th and 13th Streets with special handmade posters and flags to say thank you to the men and women who fought for our freedom. TCAPS was proud to be part of this special day.

Eastern Elementary School Hosts Annual Jog-A-Thon with Portion of Proceeds to Benefit Hurricane Affected School

Eastern Elementary School jog-a-thon-ed for a great cause this year, to support a fellow school in need. After hurricanes ravaged southern states and Puerto Rico, the Eastern Elementary School community decided to rally around a school to provide support. Lee Elementary School, one of Tampa, Florida’s oldest schools, will soon be receiving much needed school supplies after their school burnt down on September 12th, in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

TC High School Teacher to Run New York City Marathon for 261 Fearless

Traverse City High School teacher, Leah Doriot, is raising funds to support the charity 261 Fearless as she prepares to run in the New York City Marathon on November 5, 2017. 261 Fearless aims to reach women all over the world and introduce them to the transformative power of running in overcoming adversity and challenges while connecting with other women in a safe and fun way. The organization was started by Kathrine Switzer, who was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon 50 years ago and went on to run 39 more marathons. In addition, she helped get the women's marathon into the Olympics, and became a sports commentator among many other great accomplishments to support women in running. Her charity sets up running clubs throughout the world for disadvantaged women. Doriot is one of 13 women selected from around the U.S. and world who will be running with Kathrine in the Big Apple. Doriot hopes to raise $5,261 dollars for the charity. 

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TCAPS Appreciation Week Kick-Off

In appreciation of TCAPS staff and student families, Sam's Club is proud to announce TCAPS Appreciation Week Saturday, October 28th through Saturday, November 4th. TCAPS staff and student families can get a non-member temporary card for a FREE shopping day any day during appreciation week to explore and take advantage of the "savings made simple." Simply show your TCAPS ID, student ID, this newsletter, etc. to show your connection to TCAPS for your free shopping day.

Kicking off the week is a Firefighter and TCAPS Appreciation Day on Saturday, Oct 28th from 11AM to 3PM! Stop and see firetrucks, wear your Halloween costume and get some candy to start your Halloween week off right! Save room for a lunch combo for $3, with all proceeds benefiting the Garfield Township Fire Department. Come out on Saturday, October 28th to Sam'sClub (2401 N US Highway 31 S, Traverse City, MI) and look for local Club Manager, Jesse Gauna behind the grill. Sam's Club is a proud TCAPS Partner In Education, helping to support the students we serve every day.

Shop Your Community Day

Shop Your Community Day is November 11 in downtown Traverse City! Downtown merchants will donate 15% of your purchase amount to the charity of your choice. You can get a jump on your holiday shopping and support your favorite charities! Please consider choosing the TCAPS' Students in Transition Empowerment Program (STEP) as your charity of choice!

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