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TCAPS District Newsletter

12th Annual TC Patriot Game Set for October 20th - Tickets on Sale Now

TC Patriot Game

The 12th Annual TC Patriot Game takes the annual football clash between the TC West Titans and TC Central Trojans and combines a focus to honor Veterans, first responders, active-duty military, and area heroes who died while serving our country. Each year, Student Senate members from both schools determine a beneficiary for the event. Proceeds from this year's t-shirt sales will support Veterans for Peace Chapter 50, American Legion Post #35 Bowen-Holliday, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Cherryland Post 2780. Read more at

TCAPS Hosts Student Learning Experience Listening Tour

Listening Tour

To align with goals set by the COMPASS Strategic Plan, Traverse City Area Public Schools has invited Digital Promise, in partnership with the Learner - Centered Collaborative, to conduct a listening tour. This listening tour will focus on learning about the district’s current state as it relates to competency-based, personalized, authentic, and inclusive learning experiences for students. Read more.

Groundbreaking For Innovation and Manufacturing Centers

Manufacturing & Innovation Center Groundbreaking

TCAPS is pleased to extend the opportunity to attend groundbreaking ceremonies for TCAPS Innovation and Manufacturing Centers on Friday, October 27. The first ceremony will be held at Central High School at 3:30 p.m. followed by a ceremony at West Senior High School at 5:00 p.m. Read more.

Gun Safety Resolution

TCAPS Board of Education would like to remind families of the BE SMART Gun Safety Resolution, adopted during the regular meeting on November 14, 2022. The resolution focuses on the importance of gun safety and firearm storage. Read the full resolution.

TCAPS Alerts & School Closures


Fall has arrived and winter is coming! TCAPS families 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 FAQs, visit

Teen Driver Parental Toolkit

Traffic safety advocates across the country are working to encourage parents and their teens to talk about the importance of safe driving during National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 15-21, 2023. To help parents manage their teens’ driving and safety, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) has created a Parent Toolkit and video. Please review this material with your teen driver.

This Just In
Perfect Score

Congratulations to Traverse City West Senior High School senior Foster Douglass for earning a PERFECT score on the Advanced Placement 2-D Art and Design Exam! Foster not only received the top score of 5, but was also one of only 337 students in the world to earn every point possible on the AP 2-D Art and Design Exam, receiving the maximum score on each portion of the exam. Nearly 44,000 students took this exam in the Spring of 2023.

Debate Team

The TCC Debate team traveled to West Bloomfield High School at the end of September for their first in-person debate in four years. Team members Annabelle Lancaster, Lucy Desmond, Emilia Curet, Arthur Lijewski-Lee, Aviannah Stieve, Nikolas Hatton, Madison Vandenberg, and Sarah McSwain took home a collective seven wins for the team against tough competition from teams all over the state of Michigan. Special congratulations to Lucy Desmond who won 5th place overall in individual Varsity Public Forum speaking.

Quinoa at Long Lake

As a part of TCAPS Food and Nutrition Services’ Farm-to-School program, students at Long Lake Elementary tried quinoa salad. This was a new food for the majority of the students. The results varied when it came to trying, liking, and loving the quinoa salad, but the students who either “loved” or “tried” the quinoa were in the majority.

TCLP at Eastern

Second graders at Eastern Elementary got a visit from Traverse City Light & Power. In this touch-the-truck opportunity, linemen talked with students about electrical safety and showed them the equipment they use - including the bucket!

AP Honor Roll

Congratulations to both Traverse City Central and Traverse City West Senior High School on earning a place on the AP® School Honor Roll for the 2022-23 school year! The AP School Honor Roll recognizes schools that have done outstanding work to welcome more students into AP courses and support them on the path to college success. Learn more about TCAPS Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

Courtade Farmers Market

Thanks to our friends at North Ed Farm to School for organizing another Pop Up Farmers Market for Courtade Elementary students, staff, and families! Special thanks to the generous vendors who came to support the event and offered special pricing for students: Nine Bean Rows, Howling Moon Farms, Zenner Farms, Warren Orchards, Still Point Market, and Hilbert’s Honey.

Safety Around Water

TCAPS' Board of Education and administration team recognized the Grand Traverse Bay YMCA during this month's regular meeting for its partnership with TCAPS staff and students. The recognition focused on the YMCA’s Safety Around Water and afterschool programs. Chief Executive Officer Andrew Page was in attendance to accept the recognition.

Cross Country Meet

The Shepherd Invitational, the biggest cross country meet in Michigan, featured 4,300 high school and middle school runners. In the middle school division, TC East Middle School girls finished first and TC West Middle School girls were second! Pictured are the combined middle school girls' teams. TC West Middle School boys finished first and TC East Middle School placed fourth! Both high schools participated in the ELITE Division, featuring the best of all school divisions. TC Central High School boys and TC West Senior High girls teams were third, while the TC West Senior High Boys finished 10th overall and TC Central High School girls were 14th. Great job to both sides of town!

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