Parents & Students

Below you will find information, resources and links to the most commonly asked for information.

School Pictures

Picture Day is Friday, October 6. For more information about Picture Day, check out the flyer sent home with your child on Monday, September 25, or visit: External Link

Please send your child prepared on Friday, October 6 for Picture Day. This means your child is dressed for the picture and IF paying by cash/check a picture envelope is given to the teacher. Envelopes and/or email confirmation are not needed for online orders.

If wishing to pay with a credit card, visit: External  The Willow Hill Picture ID# is EVTNGDSZ3

Picture Retake Day is Friday, November 17.


2023-2024 Kindergarten Video


TCAPS 2023-24 K-12 Courses

TCAPS offers both in-person and 100% virtual learning options for students in grades K-12. Below you'll find resources to assist with your class selections:

TCAPS K-12 Course Catalog

Attendance Hotline: 231.933.8577

Regular school attendance is important and a major factor in the academic success of each student.  Active participation and interaction by students in the classroom is an essential part of the instructional process and is only experienced through regular attendance. The primary responsibility for ensuring regular school attendance rests with the parent(s)/guardian(s) and the student. Through the cooperative efforts of parent(s)/guardian(s), it is hoped each student will develop attendance habits and attitudes which will be helpful to his/her present and future endeavors.

All student absences and lateness (tardies) must be communicated with the school office. 

Please be sure to include the following information when communicating with the school office:

  • Student’s full name (with spelling)
  • Teacher's name
  • Applicable date and time
  • Your name and relationship to the student 
  • Reason for the student’s absence (If ill: report student's symptoms and diagnosis by doctor if applicable)
  • Length of time you expect the student to be absent or tardy
  • Number where you can be reached


Find Out if You Qualify for Free/Discounted Meals

TCAPS is proud to offer healthy meals to our students every school day. Children need healthy meals to fuel their learning and your child(ren) may qualify for free or reduced meal benefits

Whether or not your child plans to participate in the free and/or reduced meals program, the information is vital for the district. It is used not only to determine meal prices for qualifying families, but it is also used as part of the application process for a number of grants and other opportunities TCAPS participates in. We are pleased to be able to offer qualifying families with free or discounted meal rates, so if you think your family might qualify, please External Linkapply today

National School Breakfast Program

All schools in the TCAPS district participate in both the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. A hot breakfast is available every school day that school is in session. If your child participates in the Free or Reduced School Lunch Program, they automatically qualify to receive breakfast at free or reduced rates as well. All students and their families are invited to have breakfast at school External LinkView current menu pricing. All schools will have drinking water and cups available in the cafeteria at lunch time. We invite students to bring water bottles to fill during lunch to help decrease waste. Skim chocolate and white milk will still be offered at lunch. Juice will be available to at breakfast only.

  • Breakfast Service: 8:15 AM
  • Lunch Service: 11:20 AM - 1:30 PM (see daily school schedule for each grade's time slot)

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Looking for safe routes to walk or bike to Willow Hill? 

Walking or biking to school is a great way to energize the mind and body, and gear up for a great day of learning. Willow Hill has teamed up with Norte to help families get moving. 

Norte has created a website offering Willow Hill families suggested routes to school, ideas for getting active and frequently asked questions. It also includes the many walk/bike programs and events available including Fridays Fantásticos and so much more.  

External LinkView Norte's Safe Routes to Willow Hill Information. 

If your busing needs change at any time, please contact your school office or call the transportation department at 231.933.1933 for more information.

Start of Day Schedule

  • Students Enter Building: 8:45 AM
  • First Bell: 8:45 AM
  • Classes Begin: 9:00 AM

Dismissal Schedule

  • Full Day Dismissal: 3:56 PM
  • Half Day Dismissal: 12:07 PM   
  • Early Release Dismissal: 1:56 PM                 

TCAPS extended day child care programs are licensed by the State of Michigan. Extended day programs are available at TCAPS elementary schools for students in grades K – 5, with select schools offering extended hours for preschool-age students. The programs offer the opportunity for personal attention from an experienced staff and enrichment activities that develop social skills, teamwork and interpersonal relationships.

Before school hours begin at 7:00 a.m. and continue until the start of the school day. The after school hours begin when the school day ends and continues until 5:30 p.m. each day. The program starts with the first scheduled day of school and ends with the last scheduled day of school. This service is available to parents on a pre-arranged and pre-paid basis. Visit the External LinkTCAPS Extended Day Child Care website for registration information and contact information.

Online Registration & Payment Information

The online extended day registration process is completed through the External LinkPowerSchool (Parent) Public Portal. Before starting the registration process, you will need to have your child's unique PIN number which can be obtained from your child's school office. 

PowerSchool Public Portal Information

E-Funds Information

For additional registration information contact the Early Childhood office at 231.933.1759 or

How to Report Bullying

Traverse City Area Public Schools takes bullying very seriously and will investigate all reported incidents. Reports can be made by contacting your school office or by filling out the Google FormsTCAPS Bullying Preventions & Intervention Incident Reporting Form.  

All reported incidents reported will follow the PDF Documentbullying/cyberbullying investigative process.


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The online extended day registration process is completed through the External LinkPowerSchool (Parent) Public Portal. Before starting the registration process, you will need to have your child's unique PIN number which can be obtained from your child's school office. 

PowerSchool Public Portal Information

E-Funds Information

For additional registration information contact the Early Childhood office at 231.933.1759 or

PowerSchool Public Portal can be accessed by both students and parents to view class schedules,  keep track of grades and attendance, set up email notifications, and receive comments from teachers. 

Willow Hill Elementary School PTO invites all parents to get involved in school activities and events and/or considering becoming a member of the PTO board. The PTO works throughout the year to bring quality enrichment opportunities to our students as well as raise funds for student programming. PTO meetings are held quarterly and are open to the public. All Willow Hill families are encouraged to attend. Please join us to learn more.

Please Plan Ahead

We realize that mornings are often a busy, hectic time but we need to ask parents to please make your after school plans with your children before they leave for school in the morning. There are occasional unexpected changes in schedules and emergencies that must be communicated with your child before dismissal. All phone calls requesting a last minute change in transportation (pickup, bus, walk) or destination (extended day, home, sitter), must be received by the office before 2:30 PM. We appreciate your cooperation! 

Student Pick Up & Drop Off

Just a reminder that students should not be dropped off at school prior to 8:45 AM. We want to keep your children safe, and staff supervision does not begin until 8:45 AM. We do offer an extended day child care program for students which begins at 7:00 AM and ends at 5:30 PM. Breakfast is served at 8:15 AM. We appreciate your assistance in this matter.  


Prescription and over-the-counter medications need to have a doctor’s written approval along with a parent signature to administer during the school day. These forms can be picked up at the school office.

Thank you for your cooperation, as we strive to provide our students with a safe school environment.

There are multiple ways you can find out if school is closed due to inclement weather:

  • All local radio and televisions stations announce school closings on a regular basis
  • Call the bus hotline - 231.933.1955
  • Visit the External Linkdistrict website or the school website. A pop up will come on the screen if there is a closing alert (pop up blocker must be turned off)
  • Follow the district on External LinkFacebook and/or External LinkTwitter

Want more information? View PDF DocumentSnow Day FAQs

Interpreter/Translation Services

Interpreting during any meeting or translation of any documents will be provided for any parent who requests interpreting or translating. The process to request these services is:

  • Contact your school and make a request. The school will then make the request through the Human Resources Department, and an interpreter will be provided.
  • A school may use the Tele-Interpreter Service if no interpreter is available, or if interpreter/translation services are an immediate need.


Throughout the school year, Willow Hill Elementary School looks for parent volunteers to help in various positions. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the main office or speak with your child's teacher. All volunteers will need to complete the district's online volunteer application and a background check before volunteering at the school. To complete the application and for more information on volunteering, please visit the External Linkdistrict's volunteer page. Thank you for your support!