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TCAPS Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremonies for Innovation and Manufacturing Centers

Innovation and Manufacturing Centers Gropundbreaking

Traverse City Area Public Schools hosted groundbreaking ceremonies for the Innovation and Manufacturing Centers at Traverse City Central High School and West Senior High School on Friday, October 27. The ceremonies marked the official beginning of construction for the new Innovation and Manufacturing additions, which will be used for various academic and co-curricular needs tied to STEM. These facility additions are funded through the district’s 2018 capital bond.

Thank you to the students, staff, community, and project managers who attended the ceremonies through rain and shine! A special acknowledgment to both schools' robotics teams, including students David Russel, Dillon Sparks, and Jackson Hochstetler who spoke about their excitement for the additions and how it will positively impact education. The centers are slated to open in December of 2024.

TCAPS Honors Staff Veterans

Thank You Veterans

Thank you to all Veterans for your service, selflessness, and the sacrifices made for the freedoms we cherish in our great nation. In honor of Veterans Day, TCAPS would like to recognize the following TCAPS staff members who served our country:

  • Aaron Smith, Air Force - 10 years
  • Angela Hicks (Mama Tank), Air Force - 25.5 years
  • Carol Johnson, Navy - 10 years
  • Doug Partlo, Army - 22 years
  • Gene Brzezinski, Navy - 6 years
  • Jim Coneset, Coast Guard - 5 years
  • John Brazaski, Army - 2 years
  • John LaBarbera, Army - 8 years
  • Joshua Veith, Navy - 4 years
  • Kristin Perkowski - Army National Guard & Air National Guard - 22 years
  • Patrick Mangan, Marines - 5 years
  • Paul Crowley, Air Force - 6 years
  • Phillip (Rick) Forton, Army - 6 years
  • Russell Nyland, Navy - 12 years
  • Solon Barnes, Army - 2 years
  • Steve Lautner, Army - 4 years
  • Tom Freitas, Navy - 4 years
Thank you for your dedication and service to our country, community, and students!

TCAPS Executive Director Selected for Fellowship Program

Gerstacker Fellowship Program

Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) Executive Director of School Improvement and Innovative Programs and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) K-12 Curriculum Leader, Heidi Maltby-Skodack, has been selected for Saginaw Valley State University's (SVSU) 2023-24 Gerstacker Fellowship Program. Read More

College for Kids teachers needed

Patriot Game Donation

TC Patriot Game

The 12th Annual TC Patriot Game took place on Friday, October 20, 2023 at Thirlby Field. Each year, Student Senate members from both schools determine a beneficiary for the event. This year, the TC West Titans and TC Central Trojans combined forces to raise a total of $4,765.15. Proceeds will support Veterans for Peace Chapter 50, American Legion Post #35 Bowen-Holliday, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Cherryland Post 2780.

TCAPS Names Rich Axtell Lead Girls Lacrosse Coach

Rich Axtell

Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) is pleased to announce the hiring of Rich Axtell as TCAPS’ Girls Varsity Lacrosse Coach. Axtell brings with him a wealth of coaching experience, leading East Grand Rapids High School’s women's lacrosse team to seven state championships. Read More

Inclement Weather Alerts & School Closures


Fall has arrived and winter is coming! Families of TCAPS students will be notified of inclement weather school closures through 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. The determination is typically made by 5:00 a.m., if possible, and by 6:00 a.m. at the latest.

If you do not already receive texts, you can opt-in at any time by texting the word YES to 79041, using the phone number that is already on file with the school. If your cell phone number is not on file with the school and added to your child's account, you will not be able to receive text messages. Texting is limited to contact numbers tied to the district’s staff and student databases, and therefore is not available to the general public. At any time, families may also call the Bus Hotline at 231.933.1955 to hear a daily message with information about school closures or transportation delays. For additional information about inclement weather closures, alerts, and snow day FAQs, visit

This Just In
Feed the Kids

Mrs. Annelin's fifth graders, along with their little buddies in Mrs. Edwardson's kindergarten class at Eastern Elementary School, decorated bags for Project Feed the Kids! The students are learning there are kids living all around them who, in their words "have hungry bellies," and that there are ways they can help and show they care.

MASSP Conference

Eight female student leaders from Traverse City Central High School had the opportunity to attend the MASSP Women in Leadership Conference in Grand Rapids with Head Principal, Ms. Houghton and Student Senate Advisor and CHS Science teacher, Ms. Johnson.

NewsLit Nation

Danelle Brostrom, TCAPS EdTech Coach, TCAPSLoop podcast co-host (and more), was selected as an ambassador for The News Literacy Project's Ambassador Program, a national network of teachers, librarians, school leaders, and others who help champion news literacy initiatives in their communities. Learn More

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month! Students at Long Lake Elementary School celebrated by opening their minds and hearts to amazing stories written by Native authors.

Disney and Desserts

Traverse City Central High School's Disney and Desserts event was a huge success and so much fun! Thank you to everyone who came to support and to the CHS choir students for an amazing show!

50th Day of School

Kindergarten classes at Cherry Knoll Elementary celebrated the 50th day of school today in true 50’s style. They even had a sock hop to end the day!

Midland Leadership Summit

A group of Traverse City West Senior High School students spent their "day off" on November 7th learning and making new connections at the Saginaw Valley League Leadership Summit at Midland High School!

Track Donation

Traverse City West Middle School and Traverse City East Middle School Track and Field programs received generous grants from the Traverse City Track Club. TC West was granted $3,000 to fund the replacement of pole vault equipment and TC East received $2,920 to fund a team tent. Thank you, TCTC, for your continued support of our students!

Homeless Awareness Month
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

Pay it Forward

A huge thank you to the TBA Credit Union 2023 Pay It Forward Campaign. Nine TBACU teams donated to area organizations; Chris Givens' (Traverse City Central High School's hockey coach) team chose the SSN to be the recipient of the funds they raised.

OMPT School Supplies

Our friends at OMPT Specialists - Physical Therapy stopped by with an enormous donation of bulk snacks and school supplies. We are grateful for the restock!

Help in Heels

Area professional women's group, Help in Heels, came with two carts of much needed items for our high school pantries! SSN Specialist Haley McDonald was thrilled to receive these items for students!

Premier 31 Salon

Premier 31 Salon celebrated their one-year anniversary with a fundraiser for winter gear and undergarments. Thank you for the generous contribution to our supply closet!

Sunrise Rotary continues to support our students in need with a generous donation of boots, snow pants, and coats!

Thank you to the many families in the district who donated to our Winter Gear drive. We were blessed with many coats, hats, and gloves to share with students in need. You are making a difference!

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