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TCAPS District Newsletter

TCAPS Announces Four National Merit Semifinalists

Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) is pleased to announce four students as Semifinalists in the 69th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors reach this level of academic achievement. Read Full Article

TCAPS Seeks Volunteers for PA 226 Sex Education Advisory Board

Traverse City Area Public Schools is recruiting volunteers to serve on the Sex Education Advisory Board (SEAB). The SEAB meets on a monthly basis to review sex education curriculum and materials according to Public Act 226 and our local bylaws. Membership is for 3 years. Membership on the SEAB includes:

  • Parents whose children attend the TCAPS District
  • Students in the TCAPS District
  • Educators
  • Clergy
  • Community Health Professionals
If you are interested or would like more information, please email Dan McGee, TCAPS Sex Education Coordinator To apply please fill out the SEAB Application and submit by Monday, September 25, 2023.

Plans Underway for 12th Annual TC Patriot Game

TC Patriot Game

Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) is pleased to announce the 12th Annual TC Patriot Game is currently scheduled for Friday, October 20, 2023. Student Senators from Traverse City Central High School and Traverse City West Senior High School are planning to carry on the long-standing tradition of honoring Veterans, active duty military, and first responders through the TC Patriot Game. Additional details will be provided as soon as possible at

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Pathfinder: A Tool for Students in Grades 6-12

The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity has relaunched Pathfinder, a career exploration and planning tool specifically for students in grades 6-12. Learn more at

Installation of Peace Poles Highlights International Day of Peace

Peace Pole

Traverse City Area Public Schools highlighted the International Day of Peace with the installation of new peace poles at five schools around the district. Read Full Article

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

This year, all TCAPS students will receive free breakfast and lunch each school day. This benefit is provided under new State of Michigan legislation. Applications, however, are still very important. Information obtained from these applications allows TCAPS to apply for grants and state and federal funds for programs that support all 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. For more information, click here. If you have additional questions, contact TCAPS Food and Nutrition Services at 231-933-1910.

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This Just In

The TC West High School Robotics team is excited to help Traverse City West Middle School launch two competitive FTC robotics teams this year. In addition to the game reveal, the TC West Titans led sessions in strategy, mechanisms and drivetrains, and programming.


Traverse City West Senior High School students signed "applause" during their first home game in memory of Mr. Shawn Lent, former American Sign Language teacher. Mr. Lent is greatly missed by all!

Northwest Leaders

Congratulations to Traverse City Central High School Principal Jessie Houghton and TCAPS Board Member Holly T. Bird for being named to the Traverse City Record-Eagle Leaders of Northern Michigan list. To read the section in its entirety online, go to:

TBACU Library Grant

Congratulations to Cherry Knoll Elementary School Library Media Parapro Jennifer Wejrowski for receiving a $1,000 TBA Credit Union Classroom Improvement grant.

Courtade Garden

Courtade Kindergartners had fun learning, working, and exploring in the school garden this month!

911 Memorial

Traverse City West Senior High School senior, Alex Roush sang the "American Anthem" during the community 9/11 Memorial at the Grand Traverse 9/11 Memorial Park.

CHS Volleyball Clean Up

The TC Central volleyball program gave back to the community by volunteering for Tart Trail Clean Up. Great job, girls!

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.

Blessing Bag

Our friends at First Congregational Church for the continued support of Blessings Bags. We appreciate your kindness and generosity to our students in need.

YMCA School Supplies

The YMCA and its members for the generous gift of school supplies collected during the month of August. Thanks to these and other amazing community organizations, our students have the supplies they need to be ready for learning!

Presbyterian Church Backpacks

Jill Beauchamp of the Presbyterian Church of Traverse City, who stopped by with a wonderful supply of backpacks filled with items students needed to start the year off right! Thank you to the entire church congregation for your kindness and generosity.

Chelsea Park Snacks

Chelsea Park West for the overwhelming donation of snacks and financial contributions to purchase more in the future as needed.

BAM Book Drive

Books-A-Million for hosting a book drive that generated 10 large boxes of brand new books for our schools with a value of over $4,000! They were shared with staff at our recent Welcome Back event to add to classroom libraries!

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