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TCAPS News/Events

All TCAPS news releases are posted on here on a regular basis. The most current news releases can be viewed below by clicking on the heading of the release you wish to view. To view past news releases, please select a month from the archives on the left. For more information on other events happening throughout the district, visit our Calendar page.


Author: - TCAPS Created: 9/29/2006
News items from Traverse City Area Public Schools

Traverse City West Senior High School student, Charles Rogers, earned the highest possible score of 36 on the ACT. The ACT is designed to provide colleges with evidence of a student’s readiness for the academic rigors of higher education.

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Traverse City West Senior High School students Daniel Hansen, Hayden Northrup and Charles Rogers have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test.

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Traverse City Central High School will host College Application Week as part of the Michigan College Access Network’s Michigan College Application Week. The goal is to provide every graduating high school senior the opportunity to apply to college, with a particular focus on helping first-generation college students, low-income students and students who may not otherwise apply to college. One-on-one support will be provided by volunteers, including high school staff, registrars, post-secondary admissions officers and representatives from the community, to help students fill out applications at school.

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The elementary Learning Enrichment and Athletic Program (LEAP) is seeking game officials in the following sports for the 2014-15 school year:

  • 4-5 grade Girls’ Basketball
  • 4-5 grade Boys’ Basketball
  • 4-5 grade Co-ed Volleyball

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On Friday, October 24, 2014, Central Grade School will host its first Chrysler Drive for Kids event from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Parents and community members are invited to test drive a new car free of charge. Each test drive earns $10 for Central Grade School. Anyone interested in test driving a new car must present a valid driver’s license.

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On Saturday, October 25, 2014, Traverse City East Middle School will host the 23rd annual East Extravaganza Craft Show from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The event will include food, arts and crafts, a silent action and a book sale. There will also be a blood drive from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the East Middle School library.

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There will be a half day of school for students on Thursday, October 30, 2014, and no school for students on Friday, October 31, 2014, for scheduled teacher work days. On November 3, 2014, there is no school for students due to scheduled professional development for staff.

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On October 24, 2014, Willow Hill Elementary School is hosting “The Great Pumpkin Lighting” from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. The school will decorate Ashton Park woods (on Hill Street) with homemade jack-o-lanterns and will light them with fire-less candles and lights. Families and the community are invited to walk through the park to see the students’ creations. Donations of canned goods, boxed goods, diapers or personal hygiene items will be accepted to benefit Traverse City High School.

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On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, the Traverse City Central High School Orchestra will perform the original “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saens. Senior pianists Colin Huls and Nick Suminski will be featured. The performance will take place at 7:00 p.m. in CHS Auditorium. The concert is free of charge, however, donations are welcome.

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Traverse City Area Public Schools announces Traverse City West Senior High School principal Joe Tibaldi and assistant principal/athletic director Patti Tibaldi have announced their plan to retire effective after the school day on Friday, December 19, 2014.

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Traverse City Area Public Schools invites parents and the community to attend two input sessions to gather feedback about the Talented and Gifted (TAG) program.

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Today, Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) held its fall 2014 “Count Day,” a district-wide student count to determine enrollment numbers. 90% of the funding the district receives is dependent on fall 2014 “Count Day” numbers and 10% on the count that will take place in February 2015.

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On Friday, October 3rd and Saturday, October 4th, Traverse City Area Public Schools will host “Purple Community” events to benefit the Van Andel Institute’s research to fight cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, like Parkinson’s.

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Traverse City Area Public Schools will hold its annual fall Count Day on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Schools receive funding based on the student attendance numbers taken on Count Day. Being in class, when possible, on Count Day helps TCAPS continue to provide the areas widest variety of high quality academic, athletic and arts programs.

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On October 3, 2014, eight local manufacturers will open their doors to 250 area high school students for the area’s first Manufacturing Day. Manufacturing Day is an annual national event designed to showcase the career opportunities offered by modern manufacturing technology.

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The National Writers Series and Front Street Writers program announce fall and winter writing workshops for students. Writing workshops are available for elementary, middle and high school students and include a high school workshop on writing essays for college and scholarships, a middle school workshop offered in October that focuses on telling “terrifying tales,” and an elementary school workshop where students can create their own book. For more information and to register for a workshop, visit: www.nationalwritersseries.org/student/workshops/.

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On Saturday, October 25, 2014, Traverse City East Middle School will host the 23rd annual East Extravaganza Craft Show from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (1776 Three Mile Road). The event will include food, arts and crafts, a silent action and a book sale. All proceeds will benefit the East Middle School library. If you are interested in renting a booth at the event, please contact Sandy Forsman at: 231-933-7322 or forsmansa@tcaps.net.

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On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, the Traverse City Central High School Orchestra will perform the original “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saens. Senior pianists Colin Huls and Nick Suminski will be featured. The performance will take place at 7:00 p.m. in CHS Auditorium. The concert is free of charge, however, donations are welcome.

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Traverse City Area Public Schools is recruiting parent volunteers to serve on the Sex Education Advisory Committee.

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