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TCAPS District Newsletter

TCAPS Junior Kindergarten Now District-wide

To provide equitable programming across the district, TCAPS has expanded the Junior Kindergarten program to all traditional elementary buildings. Some students may benefit academically or socially from the gift of a year of extra time prior to entering a traditional Kindergarten program. This program is the first year of a two-year Kindergarten experience. Families who have not yet registered for Kindergarten or Junior Kindergarten can begin the process online.

TCAPS FIRST Robotics Teams Finish Strong in District Event

Traverse City Central High School (CHS) hosted the Traverse City FIRST Robotics District Event March 16-18, 2023. Read the full article.

April is Social Host Responsibility Month

At its March 13, 2023 Board of Education meeting, board members signed a proclamation stating April 2023 as Social Host Responsibility Month and calls upon all parents, citizens, homeowners, and property owners to host gatherings responsibly and to take measures to eliminate access to alcohol to persons under the age of 21. Read the full proclamation.

2023-2024 School Year Calendar

The full 2023 - 2024 academic year calendar will be finalized and shared following Spring Break. At this point, the dates for 2024 Spring Break are determined and will be March 22-29, 2024. We will share the full calendar as soon as possible.

Transportation Returns After Break

As a reminder, TCAPS Transportation is able to return to full busing services as of Monday, April 3. The district would also like to share that the current BATA transportation alternatives for high school students in the afternoon will continue to be an option for the remainder of the school year. Thank you to everyone for your cooperation during this time. If you have questions about your student’s bus route, please visit the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

Gavin Richmond Selected as Trojan Varsity Soccer Coach

Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) and Traverse City Central High School (CHS) announce Gavin Richmond as the next head coach of the Trojan Varsity Boys’ Soccer team. Read the full article.

Tompkins Boardman Administration Center Spring Break Hours

The Tompkins Boardman Administration Center will be closed to visitors during TCAPS' spring break from Friday, March 24 through Friday, March 31. 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.

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This Just In
Robotics Award

TC West Robotics was awarded the prestigious Industrial Design Award, sponsored by General Motors, at this month's district competition at Calvin University. This award is given to the team that distinguishes itself from others in demonstrating industrial design principles in their robot, striking a balance between form, functional design, and aesthetics. TC Central Robotics was awarded the Innovation in Control Award.

Isaac Gray
photo credit Record Eagle

Traverse City Central High School senior Isaac Gray's quick thinking and action saved a woman's life at the Cherry Capital Airport on February 23. Isaac was scheduled to work in the airport cafe at 4 p.m. that day, but went in early due to the snow day. Not long after beginning his shift, he noticed a commotion in the cafe. An older woman was on the ground, not breathing. Gray is a student in the public safety program at Northwest Education Service’s Career Tech Center and quickly asked those around to call 911, as he began chest compressions until an automated external defibrillator was brought over. He then read through the instructions and was able to administer it on her, ultimately saving her life. Great job to Isaac!

Irish Queen

Eastern Elementary Kindergarten teacher Julie Jennings-Edwardson was named the 2023 Traverse City Irish Queen in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and the women of Irish heritage. Congratulations, Julie!

CHS WorldQuest
WSH WorldQuest

The Traverse City Central High School (CHS) team of Amara VanWagoner, Cole and Trey Harding, and Jackson Price placed first at the local Academic WorldQuest competition at NMC this month, earning them a trip to compete at the national competition in Washington, D.C. in April! A total of 15 teams from local schools competed, including three teams from CHS and one team from Traverse City West Senior High (WSH). The CHS team of Aidan Schleuder, Carter DeBruyn, and Ben and Nate Brewer finished 4th and the team of Henry Sullivan, Arthur Lijewski-Lee, Helly Taylor, and Dawson Payne finished tied for 5th. The WSH team of Elliot Hayes, Liam Hoxsie, Logan Newcomb, and Riley Jass finished 3rd. Congratulations to all the teams and students that participated!

Peace Flows Concert

Thanks to a generous donation from TCAPS Music Boosters, the TCAPS Choral program was able to host Composer-in-Residence, Jacob Narverud. The donation also allowed for a week-long collaborative project, including in-class clinics and a concert on March 9, held in Interlochen. Traverse City Choirs are thankful for this incredible experience and thrilled to have performed the world premiere of “Peace Flows” as part of the concert. Bravo to all involved!

Congratulations to Traverse City West Senior High School's Orchestras and Concert Bands who performed at the 2023 MSBOA District 2 Band and Orchestra Festival at Grayling High School this month. All three concert bands (Concert Band, Symphony Band and Wind Ensemble) and both Orchestras (Symphony and Philharmonic) received straight first division or "superior" ratings from all four judges, which is the highest possible rating.

Reading Month

March is Reading Month! Schools around the district have been celebrating with fun reading activities, events, and challenges.

Interlochen Day Camp
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A Special Thank You to...

Soup and Bread

The Little Fleet for hosting a Soup and Bread fundraising night for Student Support Network. Sugar2Salt, The Cooks’ House, Modern Bird, The Good Bowl, North Country Grill and Pub, and Stone Hound Brewing Co. came together at Little Fleet and provided delicious soups accompanied by delicious bread from Common Good Bakery. Donations totaled $1,461.00! Thank you to all who attended!

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa Chippewa Indians 2% Grant for providing funding towards a new summer outreach initiative to provide food and basic necessities to students in need. This initiative will operate June - August.

TCAPS Academic Communities: Global Studies - Student Perspective

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TCAPS Academic Communities: Global Studies - Student Perspective

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