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Partner In Education

What is the Intense Student Support Network (ISSN)?

  • The ISSN provides tools for staff to effectively nurture and support students whose non-academic needs may create obstacles to high achievement.

Why is ISSN necessary?

  • Nearly 40% of area families qualify for free and reduced meals.
  • Students whose basic needs have not been met may not be ready to learn when they enter the classroom.

How does the ISSN help?

  • Offers immediate resolution to a barrier to learning
  • Improves student achievement
  • Relieves stress on staff

How does the ISSN work?

  • A school social worker, teacher or administrator identifies a student's need and completes a form to describe the need and urgency level.
  • The district Partner In Education Coordinator monitors and works to fulfill requests via a human service agency, community business, independent donor or directly from funds raised specifically to support the ISSN.

What would my donation support?

  • In the 2019-2020 school year, $21,073 was donated to the ISSN to support students in need.
  • Needs fulfilled included: school supplies, winter wear, shoes, clothing, bunk beds, band fees, food service assistance, grocery store gift cards, BATA passes, school photos, water bottles, snacks, toiletries, noise-canceling headphones, and more.

How do I make a monetary donation?

  • Visit www.tcaps.net/donate or click on the red donate button on the home page of any TCAPS school's website.
  • Complete the form. In the program description section, designate "ISSN" or any other program of your choosing.
  • To make an online donation by credit card, you will be taken to PayPal once you hit submit on your donation form. Follow the PayPal instructions.
  • To donate by check, make payable to TCAPS, write "ISSN donation" in the memo line on your check, and mail to: TCAPS, Attn: Karyn Hertel, 412 Webster St., Traverse City 49686.

PDF DocumentDownload the ISSN information flier to share with your friends.

Ongoing Needs - District Wide

  • Tissues
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Dry erase markers
  • Water bottles
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Erasers
  • Scissors
  • Pencils - MANY requests at secondary schools
  • Notebooks - single subject

Snacks - District Wide (Please be sure to avoid anything with peanuts.)

  • goldfish crackers
  • pretzels
  • applesauce
  • fruit cups (not in syrup)
  • graham crackers
  • whole grain crackers
  • dried fruits
  • sunflower seeds
  • sugar free pudding
  • 100 calorie snack bags
  • water bottles
  • low sugar/sugar free juice boxes/pouches
     

Blair Elementary School

  • Water bottles
  • Paper cups
  • Junior-sized masks (fabric and disposable)
  • Girls leggings (S,M,L)
  • Boys athletic pants
  • Yoga mats
  • Large kids waterproof snow gloves
  • Addition and subtraction flash cards
  • Multiplication flash cards
  • Thick pencils for beginners (kindergarten and first grade)
  • Band-Aids


Central Grade School

  • Underwear (XS, S and M sizes - nothing bigger than size 8)

Recess equipment like TH - cornhole, balls for all sports, jump ropes, hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, etc.

TCAPS Montessori at Glenn Loomis

  • So many families have reduced income or lost jobs due to COVID-19. We would love to get some holiday gifts to share; board games and puzzles that families can do together at home.

Traverse Heights Elementary School

  • In need of recess equipment, With the division of the playground, some areas have no equipment to play on, so the kids need activities to do: volleyballs, basketballs, soccer balls, footballs, sidewalk chalk, jump ropes and kickballs. They also added snow art spray kits for when the snow falls.

Donate Directly to the Intense Student Support Network

  • One other way individuals can make a donation this holiday season is by giving directly to the ISSN via the district's donate webpage at www.tcaps.net/donate. All of those funds are used strictly for student support and are available for schools and school social workers to use as a resource when helping to remove non-academic barriers to student learning.

Thank you so much for thinking of others, especially at this time. We truly appreciate it! Questions? Contact Karyn Hertel at 231.933.1790 or hertelka@tcaps.net.

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