UpNorth Virtual

Locally-Based K-12 Online Learning

About UpNorth Virtual

Enroll Today!

Traverse City Area Public Schools is pleased to offer families a new full-time K-12 online learning program. Open to K-12 students in the five-county region, UpNorth Virtual provides a unique opportunity for students to receive 100% of their courses virtually while still being part of a local school community. 

Every student learns differently and what works for one, may not work for another. No matter the reason, whether it's the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, you are homeschooled, or you just prefer to work at your own pace, UpNorth Virtual is here for you. 

What Makes UpNorth Virtual Unique?

UpNorth Virtual allows families to choose a full-time online learning program, while still being part of a local school community, including opportunities to participate in school activities and events and to utilize school resources, like counseling services, while taking courses completely online.

The district utilizes Lincoln Learning, an online platform for K-5 students and Edgenuity for secondary students. The curriculum is aligned with state standards. In addition, the district will offer local connections and enrichment opportunities. Local learning labs will be held where students can study from school libraries and receive support from a teacher or mentor.

Two Program Options Available

UpNorth Virtual Live (2a)

Core content classes taught remotely by TCAPS teachers (please note, this may not be the same teacher your child would have had for face-to-face instruction). Electives will be taken at the school building or virtually through Lincoln Learning (K-5) or Edgenuity (6-12). Students may drop-in to a local Learning Lab where students can study from school libraries and receive support from a teacher or mentor during the following Google DocLearning Lab days, times/locations. Students can choose any location and time from their current grade band options for attending learning labs. Students may not attend a learning lab that is outside of their grade band. Students will also be able to connect to a school community and access services like counseling. Available for students in grades K-12. 

A minimum of 25 students must be enrolled per live core class. This option is available on a semester basis. Current students and families living within the TCAPS boundary area will receive enrollment preference. Schools of choice families electing this option will be initially waitlisted and then will be enrolled in live core classes, space allowing. 

UpNorth Virtual On Demand (2b)

Full-time, self-paced virtual learning opportunity utilizing Lincoln Learning (K-5) and Edgenuity (6-12) taught by Michigan certified teachers with TCAPS teacher support. Students may drop-in to a local Learning Lab where students can study from school libraries and receive support from a teacher or mentor during the following  Google DocLearning Lab days, times, and locations.  Students can choose any location and time from their current grade band options for attending learning labs. Students may not attend a learning lab that is outside of their grade band.  Students will also be able to connect to a school community and access services like counseling. Available for students in grades K-12.

Families selecting this option can register by following the instructions found below in the "Enrollment Information" section.

Learning Labs for UpNorth Virtual Students

Students may drop-in to a local Learning Lab where students can study from school libraries and receive support from a teacher or mentor during the following Google DocLearning Lab days, times, and locations. Students can choose any location and time from their current grade band options for attending learning labs. Students may not attend a learning lab that is outside of their grade band.

Other time slots may be available by appointment only. Contact your mentor to schedule an appointment. Prior to coming to the school building, please screen for symptoms of COVID-19 using the PDF DocumentHealth Screening Tool. Do not come to the school if you are ill. Students must wear a mask and practice social distancing while in the building. 

Elementary UPV On Demand: Start of School / Mentor Information

UpNorth Virtual On Demand - Elementary

For Technology Issues

For technology issues, please contact the student help desk at tech-info@tcaps.net or 231.933.3328.

Teacher Mentors

Every On Demand student is assigned to a TCAPS Mentor. They will be checking in with you weekly to make sure you are making the progress needed and are finding success in your online learning.

Heidi Kay
Heidi Kay
Traverse Heights
Central Grade
Cherry Knoll
kayhe@tcaps.net



Jessica Owen
Jessica Owen

Blair
Courtade
Eastern
TCAPS Montessori
owenje@tcaps.net



Tammy Lantz
Tammy Lantz

Long Lake
Silver Lake
Westwoods
Willow Hill
lantzta@tcaps.net

 

Learning Labs

Students may drop-in to a local Learning Lab where students can study from school libraries and receive support from a teacher or mentor during the following Google DocLearning Lab days, times, and locations. Students can choose any location and time from their current grade band options for attending learning labs. Students may not attend a learning lab that is outside of their grade band.

Other time slots may be available by appointment only. Contact your mentor to schedule an appointment. Prior to coming to the school building, please screen for symptoms of COVID-19 using the PDF DocumentHealth Screening Tool. Do not come to the school if you are ill. Students must wear a mask and practice social distancing while in the building. 

Newsletters & Updates

Google DocWelcome Letter (Sept. 8)

Google DocWeek 1 Newsletter (Sept. 11)

Google DocWeek 2 Newsletter (Sept. 18)

Learning Platforms

Lincoln Learning

  • For school each day you will be logging in to Lincoln Learning (https://pulse.llsapps.org). This is where all of your learning will take place.  
  • Your username for Lincoln Learning is the same as your username and password for all TCAPS programs. If you do not know this, please contact your mentor. They will help you get logged in to Lincoln Learning. If that still doesn’t work, please contact info@tcaps.net. For a reminder of how to log in view this video

Google Classroom

  • We have a Google Classroom setup for all On Demand Learners. This will be a place for communication, not for assignments, as assignments will take place in Lincoln Learning. 

Orientation Presentation

View the orientation slideshow 

Secondary UPV On Demand: Start of School / Mentor Information

UpNorth Virtual On Demand - Secondary Students

For Technology Issues

For technology issues, please contact the student help desk at tech-info@tcaps.net or 231.933-3328.

Grade 6-12 Teacher Mentors

Every On Demand student is assigned to a TCAPS Mentor. We will be checking in with you bi-weekly to make sure you are making adequate progress and are finding success in your online learning. We are here to help and support you in your educational journey. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

6th and 7th Grade

Jeff Culver
Jeff Culver

Office Location:
East Middle School
culverje@tcaps.net

 

 

8th & 9th Grade and 10th Grade (Last Names A-Bro)

Andy MacTavish
Andy MacTavish

Office Location:
West Middle School
mactavisan@tcaps.net


 

10th Grade (Last Names Bru-Pol) and 11th Grade

Mitch Heethuis
Mitchell Heethuis
Office Location:
Central High School
heethuismi@tcaps.net

 

10th Grade (Last Names Rap-Zea) and 12th Grade

Will Westphal
William Westphal
Office Location:
West Senior High School
westphalwi@tcaps.net

 

Technology Coach

Dave Noller
David Noller
Office Location:
West Senior High School
nollerda@tcaps.net
 

Learning Labs for On Demand Students

Students may drop-in to a local Learning Lab where students can study from school libraries and receive support from a teacher or mentor during the following Google DocLearning Lab days, times, and locations. Students can choose any location and time from their current grade band options for attending learning labs. Students may not attend a learning lab that is outside of their grade band.

Other time slots may be available by appointment only. Contact your mentor to schedule an appointment. Prior to coming to the school building, please screen for symptoms of COVID-19 using the PDF DocumentHealth Screening Tool. Do not come to the school if you are ill. Students must wear a mask and practice social distancing while in the building. 

Newsletters & Updates

Google DocWeek 1 Newsletter (Sept. 8)

Google DocWeek 2 Newsletter (Sept. 11)

Orientation Presentation

View the orientation presentation

UpNorth Virtual FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Google DocUpNorth Virtual Frequently Asked Questions (for both Live and On Demand options)

Google DocTCAPS Athletics - Fall 2020 Start-Up FAQs

Google DocK-5: Lincoln Learning Solutions Questions

Google DocMontessori Specific Questions

Additional Login / Classroom Questions

Q. Who do I contact for login issues, computer or internet-related issues, or general tech support?

A. Contact the student help desk at tech-info@tcaps.net or 231.933.3328. Please let them know if you are a part of the UpNorth Virtual On Demand program. Please note for Edgenuity: Logins will be reissued when accounts are activated.

Q. What are the class schedules for UpNorth Virtual Live (UNVL)? What is the class schedule for UpNorth On Demand (UPVD)?

A. For the first two weeks (Sept. 8-18), elementary will follow this schedule for UNVL and Face-to-Face (f2f). For the first two weeks, secondary will follow these schedules (EMS, WMS, WSH, CHS, TCHS) for UNVL and f2f.

UpNorth Virtual On Demand is on demand through Lincoln Learning or Edgenuity and does not have a fixed schedule.

Q. I'm an UpNorth Virtual On Demand student. How can I get academic support?

A. TCAPS will offer Learning Labs where On Demand students can meet with a mentor face-to-face and receive support. Times and locations will be announced once in-person instruction begins. Students may also reach out to their Teacher Mentor at any time. Mentors are listed in the above elementary or secondary sections.

Q. Who do I contact if I am not receiving UpNorth Virtual updates or emails?

A. Contact your school office to ensure they have the most up-to-date contact information in PowerSchool. 

 

Online Registration Information

2020-2021 Registration Information

Registration Period for UPV On Demand Open August 1 - September 28, 2020 [Registration for UPV Live is now closed.]

The registration form for the UpNorth Virtual program will ask you to sign up for classes, so please take a moment to review the Google Sheet2020-2021 K-12 TCAPS Course Guide prior to registering. 

Enrolling a Current TCAPS Student

Current TCAPS families can log directly into the PowerSchool Parent Portal and use their child's current access ID information. Click on the Forms link and scroll down to the UpNorth Virtual program section. 

Can't remember your login information?

If you are a current TCAPS parent and have never logged in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal or you do not remember your login information, please email Kim at bailski@tcaps.net for assistance. You do not need to follow the same steps as Non-TCAPS families. 

Please Note: PowerSchool online registration does not work on mobile devices (phone, tablet, iPad, etc.). You must use a laptop or desktop computer.

Online Forms Required for Enrollment 

Google DocInstructions for Current TCAPS Families on Completing the Online Registration Process

  • Contacts (Please update this form.)
  • Demographics (Please verify the information is accurate.)
  • One2World Laptop Use Agreement (One form for parent and one form for student if not on file already)
  • Handbook Acknowledgement Form
  • UpNorth Virtual Parent Contract (filled out by parent)
  • UpNorth Virtual Student Contract (filled out by student)
  • UpNorth Virtual Program Registration Form

Additional Online Form to Complete if Not Enrolling at Your Home School
 

  • School of Choice Form (if you live outside of the TCAPS district) OR
  • Open Enrollment Form (if you live within the TCAPS district but wish to attend a school other than your home school)

Enrolling a Non-TCAPS Student

To get started, please review the Google DocInstructions for New Families on Completing the Online Registration Process.

Other Registration Help Resources

Video DocumentVideo Instructions for Starting the Enrollment Process

Google DocGetting Started on the PowerSchool Public Portal

Please Note: PowerSchool online registration does not work on mobile devices (phone, tablet, iPad, etc.). You must use a laptop or desktop computer.

Online Forms Required for Enrollment
 

  • Contacts
  • Demographics
  • Medical and Essential Health
  • Public Act 328
  • One2World Laptop Use Agreement (One form for the parent and one form for the student)
  • Handbook Acknowledgement Form
  • UpNorth Virtual Parent Contract ( filled out by parent)
  • UpNorth Virtual Student Contract ( filled out by student)
  • UpNorth Virtual Program Registration form

Online Form to Complete if Not Enrolling in Home School
 

  • School of Choice Form (if you live outside of the TCAPS district) OR
  • Open Enrollment Form (if you live within the TCAPS district but wish to attend a school other than your home school)

Additional Information Necessary to Complete Enrollment

Copies of the below information can be emailed to Kim Bails at bailski@tcaps.net or hard copies can be dropped off at the Tompkins Boardman Administration Center, 412 Webster Street in Traverse City.

  • Immunization record in accordance with state statute. Students who enroll in a public school who do not have up-to-date immunizations or an authorized waiver will not be allowed to attend school until appropriate paperwork is on file in the school office. View requirements here: Health Information
  • Certified birth certificate or other birth documentation if accompanied by a birth affidavit (A birth affidavit form can be obtained from any school office.)
  • Proof of residency

Virtual Course Offerings

The district utilizes Lincoln Learning, an online platform for K-5 students and Edgenuity for secondary students. All curriculum aligns with state standards.

Google SheetView the course catalog for all grades here.

For Homeschool Students

UpNorth Virtual is a tuition-free, full-time online public school option. Perfectly designed for homeschool students and students seeking an education outside of the traditional classroom, this program uses a personal approach to empower students to learn in a way that is suited to their strengths and needs. 

UpNorth Virtual Offers

  • A high quality, free K-12 in-home, 100% virtual learning experience
  • Flexible pacing with an individualized approach to learning
  • Support from passionate, experienced, professional teachers and/or mentors
  • Local learning labs available for students to study in school libraries
  • Local connections and enrichment opportunities offered
  • Option to belong to  participate in school events and activities
  • Option to participate in co-curricular and extracurricular activities
  • Access to school resources, like counseling services, technology, etc.
  • Access to courses anywhere, anytime
  • An active, supportive school community

Enroll Now

Call 231.933.1785 to enroll today.

For More Information

For more information, please contact your school office directly. 

 

(page updated 09/22/2020)