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TCAPS Horizons

TCAPS Hour of Code Inspires Students and Staff

Computer Science Education Week surpassed last year’s count of 3,500 participants and inspired more than 5,000 Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) K-12 students to learn about computer science and coding! To highlight this special week (12/5 - 12/11), all TCAPS students, staff, and families were invited to participate in TCAPS Hour of Code. Read full article

College for Kids

Jason Morrow to Lead Traverse City West Boys Track

Traverse City West Senior High School (WSH) is pleased to announce the hiring of Jason Morrow as the next boys head track coach. Read full article

Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) Offers Discounts on Internet Services and Devices

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a federal government program that helps families pay for home internet and connected devices. Read full article

This Story Starts at TCAPS Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight

To celebrate the success of students and graduates, the district is sharing weekly social media spotlights featuring alumni whose stories started right here at TCAPS! Read full article

Inclement Weather Alerts & School Closures

School closures are announced no later than 6:00 a.m. to news media, email, and if opted-in, a district text message. Announcements will also be posted to the TCAPS website, social media, and bus hotline (231.933.1955). If you do not already receive texts, individuals who have a phone number on file with the school may opt-in at any time by texting the word YES to 87569.


Tech Tip of the Month for Parents from the TCAPS EdTech Loop

There are many engaging and easy-to-try ways to begin your exploration of computer science at home. Learn more: Computer Science at Home | For more tips on Parenting Digital Kids, check out our Parenting Digital Kids Guide.

Upcoming Events & Calendar Dates:

Tompkins Boardman Administration Center Holiday Hours

The Tompkins Boardman Administration Center will be closed to visitors during TCAPS' winter break from Thursday, December 22 through Monday, January 2. If you are scheduled to visit, please ensure you have the phone number and/or email address of the individual you are scheduled to meet with so you can reach them directly when you arrive for admittance.

TCAPS Hiring

Superintendent Office Hours: Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

Dr. John VanWagoner’s next community office hours will be at Horizon Books, 243 E. Front Street, on the second floor (Mezzanine level).

TCAPS Board of Education Monthly Office Hours - December 15, 2022 at 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

TCAPS Board of Education will host its next monthly office hours at Horizon Books, 243 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684. This month, Treasurer Andrew Raymond will be in attendance.

TCAPS Open Interviews

Employment interviews are hosted at the Boardman Administration Building, 412 Webster Street, Traverse City.

  • Friday, January 13: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, January 24: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.



TCAPS events and performances can be found on TCAPS Media. Recent performances include:

This Just In…

TCAPS lit up Front Street during this year’s Downtown TC Light Parade! Thank you to all of the Courtade staff, students, and families that participated and great job to the Traverse City Central High School Drumline and Choral-Aires who performed in the parade and during the tree lighting.

TC Light Parade

Shoutout to Blair Elementary 5th graders for raising funds to support a 5th grade trip to Mackinac Island in June, which will cost just over $3,000. Students created many crafts for their table at the Traverse City West Senior High School Craft Show and raised $1,300 toward their effort! WOW! If you are interested in supporting these students, visit Complete the form and write "Blair 5th Grade Field Trip" in the subject line. Thank you!

Blair Craft Sale

Great job to First Robotics Team 1711 RAPTORS for hosting a successful Super Science Saturday at Traverse City Central High School on December 10th! Titans Team 3766 also collaborated and supported the event. What a great crosstown collaboration to support STEM and awareness of STEM to the entire community!

Super Science Saturday

Students from Mr. Skodack’s AP Computer Science class at Traverse City West Senior High School mentored 7th and 8th grade students and teachers from TCAPS Montessori on computer science during the Hour of Code. Great job to everyone participating this week!

Coding Mentors

Traverse City West Senior High School Football presented The Munson Cancer Foundation with funds that were raised during this year's Pink Out Game--WSH Football raised over $3,760 and Nicolet Bank, who partnered with Q100 raised another $1,000. WSH varsity and JV volleyball teams also made a donation of $1,000 to the Cancer Patient Needs Fund. Traverse City Central High School Football donated $3,016 and volleyball raised $3,267! Thank you to everyone who supported the WSH and CHS Pink Out Games this year!

Volleyball Cancer Donation

TCAPS Montessori adolescent students recently hosted a microeconomy bake sale! Students were tasked with planning, prepping, packaging, and marketing the event from start to finish.

Montessori Bake Sale

A Special Thank You To…

Team One Credit Union for their generous donation of $1,000 to the Student Support Network!

Credit Union One Donation

Marco's Pizza for adopting Central Grade School, Silver Lake Elementary School, and Willow Hill Elementary School to receive support, encouragement and coupons for free pizza! They've committed to sharing coupons and helping local families throughout the year!

Grand Traverse Deputy Sheriff's Association (GTDSA) Community Partnership Program for the generous donation of coats, snow pants, gloves, and hats to the TCAPS Student Support Network (SSN)!

Sheriff's Donation

Corporate sponsors: North Bay Produce, Meijer Traverse City, Bill Marsh Auto, Grand Traverse Construction, Jimmy John’s, and Centre Ice Arena for supporting the 7th Annual Titan vs. Trojan Hockey game to raise funds for the Student Support Network (SSN).

SSN Hockey Game

Serra Subaru of Traverse City for donating 23 personal hygiene kits for students in need. The kits have a toothbrush/toothpaste, comb, shower gel, shampoo/conditioner, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, and ear plugs. Thank you to everyone at Serra Subaru for your kindness!

Serra Donation