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Traverse City East Middle School
1776 N Three Mile Road
Traverse City, Michigan 49696
(231) 933-7300

Fax: (231)-933-6998

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School Hours
7:40 AM - 2:37 PM

Colleen Smith, Principal




Welcome to Traverse City East Middle School!



College Planning Night at EMS December 9th!

Get a head start on the laborious process of applying and paying for college with a free one hour presentation in our LMC from 6:30 7:30 pm. RSVP at 231-947-0203
















2014 Dates to Remember

  • November 3              No School for TCAPS Students
  • November 4              Quarter 2 begins (11/4 - 1/22)
  • November 11            7th & 8th Grade Fall Choir Concert - 7:00 p.m.
  • November 18            6th Grade Fall Choir Concert - 7:00 p.m.
  • November 20            6th Grade Band Concert - 7:00 p.m.
  • November 27 & 28     No School - Thanksgiving Break
  • December 2              VASA Ski Club Presentation - Both Lunch Periods              


VASA Ski Club - Jr. Ski Program  

We are excited to announce that the VASA Ski Club is once again hosting the after school Junior Ski Program at Timber Ridge Resort.  The VASA Ski Club has been hosting this after school program for over 20 years to middle school students in our community.  This program meets on Tuesday and Thursday beginning January 8, 2015 - February 26, 2015 from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.   

The cost for the program is $100.00 per student skier.  The fee includes ALL of the following:  


  • Bussing from students school to Timber Ridge immediately following the end of the school day (Parents are responsible for pick up)
  • Timber Ridge Season Trail Pass
  • Coaching by experienced/trained coaching team
  • Pizza Party on Thursday, Feb. 26th to celebrate all of the seasons accomplishments!

Please contact the program coordinator, Angela Lyon at: or 1.231.392.9775, or visit to register for the program.


LEAP Information:

Express Yourself! Acting Academy starts Monday, Nov. 10!

Drama Develops Kids! Enthusiastic students who learn to speak out clearly and relate confidently with others will have an inside track to lifetime success. Lessons are carefully planned so that students can enroll at any time and will never repeat a lesson. Students participate in a wide range of creative activities including speech, dramatic movement, improvisation, snippets and scene starters. In a fun-filled atmosphere, our classes aim to give young people ongoing confidence, self-esteem and skill in verbal communication.

Classes are held one day per week for one hour, starting 10 minutes after school concludes for the day. Sessions run 6 weeks in length. Drama Kids is a year long program and sessions can be taken individually or continuously. Students who enroll in multiple terms will experience new activities and challenges each term.

Drama Kids/Acting Academy is a LEAP program. Please register directly with Drama Kids:

Cost is $90 / 6 week term

When: Mondays from 2:47 PM - 3:47 PM in the auditorium

Pitching Clinics start November 23rd

Long-time baseball coach Dave Kenny will be offering pitching clinics again this year on Sundays this Fall and Winter at West Middle School. Clinics will be small group instruction (no more than 3 athletes at a time) and each pitcher must supply their own catcher (this can be a sibling, parent, etc.)

Session Information:

  • Ages 8-12:  12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Ages 13 and up:  3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Sessions run 30-45 minutes in length
  • Sessions will not exceed a 4 to 1 player to coach ratio
  • Fall/Winter Sessions: 11/23, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 1/4, 1/11, 1/25
  • Winter/Spring Sessions: 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22 


  • $20 per session
  • Register for an individual date or for multiple dates 
    (no more than 1 time slot per week, please)
  • Payment for each session must be made prior to the session date.
  • Reduced rates are not available for this program. 

Visit the LEAP website  for more information or to register online using a Master Card or Visa. To register and pay with cash or check, please stop by the LEAP office at Central Grade School, 301 W. Seventh St. (at the Pine St. entrance).


Washington DC Trip Information & Sign UP Available For All 8th Grade Students

There are 12 spots available for the 8th Grade Washington DC triip.  If you would like to know the details of the trip or would like to register, go to for sign-up instructions. The trip ID# you will need is 107433.  If you would prefer to call Customer Service, the number is: 1.800.468.5899.  If you have further questions, you can email the Program Leader, Debbie Pascoe at  There are information packets available in the 7/8 grade office and the Main Office.



Thank You Peegeo's for your support of EMS!

Peegeo's, owned by George Vankersen, have been wonderful contributors and partners to East Middle School and our PTO. Their support of our student activity nights and Teacher Appreciation weeks are so appreciated. Thank Peegeo's for being great supporters of our school!






IB Middle Years Programme Options for 2014-15

Learn more about the IB opportunities* available to 6th and 7th grade students beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. Watch a Trojan TV news segment about IB here.






East Middle School Spirit Wear Sale Coming Soon:

SPIRIT WEAR will be available to purchase beginning in November.  Please watch for a Connect Now message and Spirit Wear Order Form as an attachment.




*TCAPS International School at Bertha Vos and Interlochen Community School are candidate schools** for the Primary Years Programme. TC East Middle School and TC West Middle School are candidate schools** for the Middle Years Programme. These schools are pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering challenging, high quality, programmes of international education that share a powerful vision.  **Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition, the IB Career-related Certificate). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit



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