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2024 Outstanding Educators

Northwest Education Services, Traverse Connect, and TBA Credit Union announced the 2024 Outstanding Educator Awards on May 17. Congratulations to four TCAPS staff members who were named as Top 10 Outstanding Educators in our region. These employees will be recognized at the June 10, 2024 Board of Education Meeting.

  • Terry (Munson) Freeman - Lead Custodian, Central High School
  • Kate Heydlauff - Science Teacher, West Senior High School
  • Mary Beth O’Neil - Math Teacher, West Middle School
  • Paige Paul - Social Studies Teacher, Central High School
Read more.

Outstanding Educator Award

TCAPS Receives 19th Consecutive Certificate of Excellence in Annual Financial Reporting

Traverse City Area Public Schools achieved the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 19th consecutive year for the Annual Comprehensive Financial Report. The Association of School Business Officials presented the award to TCAPS for the fiscal year 2023. Read more.

Certificate of Excellence

Staff Appreciation Week

TCAPS celebrated Staff Appreciation Week May 6-10. Thank you to the students, families, businesses, and community members who shared their gratitude for TCAPS staff during this time. Visit the staff appreciation webpage to read comments shared during the week.


High Schools Host Student Voter Registration Events

Central High School student groups and West Senior High Student Senate hosted voter registration and information sessions at their respective schools this month. The purpose of the event was to provide information on eligibility and encourage eligible students to register.
Read more.

West Athletic Fields Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

TCAPS celebrated the opening of West Athletic Fields with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 16. Thank you to TCAPS staff, contractors, and subcontractors who worked behind the scenes to bring the project forward.
View the ceremony here.

WAF Ribbon Cutting

TCAPS Continues Tradition for Veterans to Receive High School Diploma

TCAPS is pleased to continue the opportunity for Veterans to receive a diploma. Under Public Act 181 of 2001 and Public Act 55 of 2014, the Board of a Michigan school district can award high school diplomas to WWII, Korean Conflict and Vietnam Era Veterans in recognition of their service and sacrifice. The law permits WWII Veterans who left high school between December 16, 1940 and December 31, 1946 for immediate military service, and did not subsequently receive a high school degree, to now apply for a diploma. Korean War Veterans who left high school between June 27, 1950 and January 31, 1955 may also apply. Veterans of the Vietnam Era must have been drafted or enlisted between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975 to qualify for this diploma. Family members may apply on behalf of a living or deceased Veteran. For more information, please contact Erika Swartz at 231.933.1722.

2024-2025 Enrollment Information

Enrollment is now open for the 2024-2025 school year! Learn more at

TCAPS Enrollment

This Just In
Bike to School

Students from Central Grade School participated in Bike to School Day. This was a community-wide celebration of National Bike & Roll to School Day.

Trashion Fashion

West Senior High School students competed in the Trashion Fashion Show. First place went to Annika Bushbaker and Annie Kroupa for “Avant Garbage”. Second place went to Ellen Racine for “Songbird". Third place went to Lucy Bodie for “Parotia”. Lucy also received the Viewers' Choice award.

Hazel Burden, Zoey Limon, and Charlie McGregor from West Middle School attended the award ceremony for the National Cherry Festival Art Competition. There were over 120 submissions on display. Charlie McGregor and Zoey Limon were awarded for Top 30 works of art.

Art Competition

Local Asparagus

TCAPS Food Service received a shipment of fresh asparagus from Norconk Farm in Empire, Michigan. All TCAPS buildings served local asparagus with the lunch program. To learn more about TCAPS Food and Nutrition Services Farm-to-School program, click here.

Long Lake Kindness

Long Lake Elementary students participated in a Level Up assembly and parade focused on KINDNESS. Staff and students focused on sharing kindness throughout the school during the month of May.

Beaded Graduation Cap

TCAPS Indigenous Education Program’s class of 2024 were invited to participate in a beaded graduation cap event with Alexa Rae Day, a Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa citizen and decendant of the Hochunk and Lakota Tribes.

Central High School STEM 9 and West Senior High School STEM Academic Community students set sail with the Inland Seas Education Association. This was an educational experience where students investigated Lake Michigan water quality and fish populations.

Inland Seas STEM

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

Sunshine School Bus
Health Center

TCAPS Student Health Center Accepting New Patients

The TCAPS Student Health Center (a Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc. clinic) is located on the West Middle School campus and open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. year-round. The center is accepting new patients for behavioral health and medical services. All TCAPS students ages 3-21 are welcome, regardless of ability to pay. All insurances are accepted along with a sliding fee scale, and insurance enrollment assistance. Please see the TCAPS FAQ handout for a refresher of their services and commonly asked questions!

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