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TCAPS District Newsletter

Welcome to the 2023-2024 Academic Year!

Whether you are a first year family or parent of a rising senior, TCAPS welcomes you to the 2023-2024 academic year. As with every new school year, there are a handful of important initiatives, details, and reminders to share with families as the first day of school approaches. Below you will find links to pertinent information families need to know.

Orientation, Open Houses, & Kindergarten Signing Days
Transportation Information
Lunch Information
Safety & Security
New Cell Phone Policy
Programs & Extracurricular Activities
Athletic Event Ticket Policy

We hope you and your family are excited for the academic year ahead and have confidence knowing TCAPS will continue to provide the best in education, opportunities, and resources for your child. Thank you for being a part of our success, and thank you for your support of Traverse City Area Public Schools. See you September 5!

Important Food Service Update: Free Meals for All Students; Applications Still Requested

Free & Reduced Lunches

Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) proudly offers healthy and delicious breakfast and lunch meals to our students every school day in all of our buildings.This year, we are pleased to announce that all TCAPS students will receive free breakfast and lunch each school day. This benefit is provided under new State of Michigan legislation that emphasizes the need for all children to have healthy meals to fuel learning and a commitment to ensure students have access to breakfast and lunch daily.

All families are asked to continue submitting a free & reduced meal application. Information obtained from these applications allows TCAPS to apply for grants and state and federal funds for programs that support all students. These programs are essential to continue offering all students a world-class education. Completing this form will also reduce the amount of meals paid by the State of Michigan by identifying students who are eligible for the free and reduced federal program. Our hope is that by reducing costs for the State of Michigan, we can maintain a long-term free meals program for all Michigan public school students.

Completing this application is vital to district funding regardless of your family income level. Please complete the application online at You can also print and deliver the application (found below) to your school or mail it to:
TCAPS Food Service
1180 Cass Road,
Traverse City, Michigan 49685

Free and Reduced Meal Application
CEP Education Benefits Form (Blair and Traverse Heights Only)

For more information, click here. If you have additional questions, contact TCAPS Food and Nutrition Services at 231-933-1910.

TCAPS GSRP Enrollment

2023-2024 Start of School Year Bus Route Assistance Hotline

Families who have beginning of the school year bus route questions or need routing assistance may call the temporary Start of School Year Bus Route Assistance Hotline at 231.933.1956 the week of August 28th through September 1st during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit

School Bus Safety Reminders

Bus Safety

With the school year just around the corner, it's time to brush up on school bus safety tips to keep our children safe. Michigan State Police encourages parents to share these essential tips with kids:

  • Pick a Safe Spot: Choose a safe waiting area away from traffic and streets.
  • Buddy Up: Always walk to the bus stop with a friend or guardian.
  • Stay Calm: Avoid running or playing while waiting for the bus.
  • Stay Visible: Never go behind the bus and stay in the driver's view.
  • Wait for the Signal: Don't board until the bus stops and the driver signals.
  • Cross Safely: Follow traffic signals and crossing guards.
  • Be Cautious: Don't talk to strangers, and let parents know if approached.
  • Stay in Sight: Never enter a stranger's vehicle.
Motorists need to pay attention, too! For drivers, it's crucial to follow the state’s school bus stop laws:
  • Yellow Lights: Slow down when the bus's yellow lights flash. Prepare to stop.
  • Red Lights: STOP! When red lights flash, stop at least 20 feet away. Wait for the bus to move and the driver's signal.
  • Hazard Lights: When hazard lights are flashing, proceed with caution.

Traverse City Central High School Student Receives Perfect Score on SAT

Lucy Poppleton

Lucy Poppleton earns a 1600 on college proficiency test
Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) is pleased to announce that Lucy Poppleton, a Senior student as part of the graduating class of 2024, at Traverse City Central High School, has received a perfect score of 1600 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) on the school day test in April, 2023. Read Full Article.

TCAPS Board of Education Discuss Pre-Bond Planning

The Traverse City Area Public Schools Board of Education held a retreat on August 16 to discuss pre-bond planning work related to the strategic plan. The Board reviewed data provided by the experts hired to complete this work. The meeting was facilitated by Marianne Swank of Northwest Education Services. Read Full Article.

New Student Health Center Coming Soon!

Student Health Center

Through a partnership with Northwest Michigan Health Services Inc (NMHSI) the new Student Health Center will provide convenient and affordable primary care and behavioral health services to TCAPS students ages 5-21. By offering convenient access to both preventative and acute care within the school district, we will provide students a holistic approach for overall wellbeing.

The Student Health Center will be located at West Middle School and will be open all year. Insurance or not, new patients are always welcome. To view a map of the health center, click here. Learn more at

TCAPS to Host Community Health and Wellbeing Event

Health and Wellbeing Fair

Traverse City Area Public Schools is excited to host a community-wide health fair on Monday, August 28 on the track of West Senior High School, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m..

During the event, attendees will be encouraged to walk around the 1/4 mile track to learn and interact with a variety of community partners with a focus on health and wellbeing. Participating businesses and organizations will be offering free information, samples, wellness tips, giveaways, and more! For more information, visit

TCAPS Enrollment
This Just In
Cherry Festival

Great job to all of the amazing students, families, staff, and volunteers who represented TCAPS and our community during this year's National Cherry Festival, and congratulations to all of the princes and princesses!

Choir Students

The CHS and WSH choral departments were represented by 18 students and choral directors at the 3rd annual Michigan School Vocal Music Association's Choral Student Leadership Conference on June 21st at Eastern Michigan University. A total of 140 singing musicians from across the state of Michigan attended “Being Human Together - Inside Out” led by Coty Raven Morris from Portland State University.

Enrollment Tour

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Summer Enrollment Tour Events, August 1-4. We look forward to a wonderful school year ahead! Special thanks to our community partners who joined us or provided space for the events. Partners included Tom’s Food Market, Walmart, Cherryland Shopping Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Northwest Michigan Health Services, Traverse Area District Library, and Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (NMCAA). Thank you for all you do for our students!

Summer Explorers Club

It's been a fun and busy summer for TCAPS' Summer Explorers Club! Students experienced awesome field trips thanks to our amazing staff and community partners. Special thanks to the Traverse Area District Library for hosting a Summer Golf Challenge, Lucky Jack's for hosting bowling and pizza, Handz On Art for inviting campers to create wonderful masterpieces, and Old Town Playhouse for not only welcoming our program with open arms, but for organizing a complimentary 5 hour field trip! We can't thank these organizations enough for their support.

TCAPS thank you

Student Support Network (SSN)

The Student Support Network (SSN) is a program administered by Traverse City Area Public Schools that provides free supportive, educational-related services and non-academic support to help overcome obstacles that may create barriers to learning for all students, ages 3-20. SSN provides backpacks, school supplies, personal hygiene items, clothing for school purposes; referrals for housing, medical and mental health needs, transitional living, and more. If your student(s) needs help overcoming obstacles, please contact SSN Coordinator at 231.933.1789 or complete the Student Support Network Request Form.

The Student Support Network is successfully removing barriers to learning thanks to community donations and programs. If you would like more information about SSN, or to donate, please visit TCAPS Student Support Network.

Sunshine Bus Summer Food Program

TCAPS Student Support Network (SSN) rolled out a summer food and basic needs program with weekly stops to provide free supplies and food for students. The bus will make its final route on September 1. All children aged 18 and under are welcome. Route details and information is available online. Food is provided by Father Fred Foundation and basic needs provided by TCAPS Student Support Network. If you have questions or are a student in need who cannot access these locations for assistance this summer, email

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