Parents & Students
Breakfast & Lunch Information
- Menus & Prices
- Nutritional Information
- Pay for Lunch Online
- My School Interactive Online Menus
- My School Menus Video Tutorial
- Free/Reduced Online Lunch Application
- Request for Special Dietary Needs Accommodation Form
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 apply today.
PowerSchool Public Portal
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 district 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 Facebook and/or Twitter
Want more information? View Snow Day FAQs
Classroom Resource Links
Documents & Resources
- 2019 Washington D.C. Trip Parent Letter & Sign Up
- 2019 Washington D.C. Trip Packet & Information
- Athletic Physical Form
- Concussion Information & Form
- Enrollment Information & Forms
- Free/Reduced Lunch Online Application
- Medication Treatment Form
- Student/Parent Laptop Agreement Form
- Yearbook Orders & Information
Documents & Resources
- Annual Education Report
- EMS 2019-2020 Course Guide
- EMS 2020-2021 Course Guide
- Student Handbook
- School Safety Drills
Services & Information
Helpful Research Websites
- Detroit Free Press
- ABC News
- Fox News
- USA Today
- Michigan Newspapers
- U.S. Newspapers by State
Local Weather and Information
- Underground Weather for T.C.
- 9&10 Doppler Weather
- 7&4 Storm Team State Radar
- The Weather Channel
- National Weather Service Enhanced Radar Image, Gaylord, MI Radar
Check an Encyclopedia
Quick Access to Reference & Research
- Bridges-CX Online (home use available with password from LMC)
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
Links for Teachers
- Middle Web
- Young Readers Choice Awards
- Virtual Middle School Library
- The Math Forum - Middle School Students
- National Middle School Association
- Block Scheduling
- Artful Thinking - Harvard's Website
- Shari Tishman - Research Associate at Harvard Project Zero - Article
- Intervention Central
More databases and resources can be found under the Library Media Center section on the Parents & Students webpage.
School Locker Tips
One of the biggest challenges to new students is the school locker. Here are a few helpful tips:
- Step 1: Get your locker assignment. East Middle School gives out locker assignments at registration when you get your books and schedule of classes. The locker assignment will tell you your locker number and the combination that you will need to open the locker.
- Step 2: Write down your combination in several places. It is easy to forget your locker combination at first. Be sure you have it written down on something in your backpack, at home and a copy with your parents if all else fails. If you really forget your locker combination and don't have a backup written somewhere, the office can usually look it up for you.
- Step 3: Do a test run. If you get your locker combination in advance, ask your parents to take you over to the school so you can find your locker and practice opening it.
- Step 4: Locate the locker. While lockers have numbers on them you might also want to find a memorable landmark to help you find it quickly such as a heating vent, classroom door, or bulletin board that is close to your locker. The faster you find your locker when you are in school, the more time you will have to get what you need and get to class on time.
- Step 5: Practice the locker combination several times. All locker combinations have three numbers. The standard combination lock has you turn right to the first number, left past the next number and then to it again, then right to the last number. Practice opening your locker until you can do it with ease. Don't worry, you won't be the only one who is doing it for the first time.
- Monday - Friday
- 7:15 AM - 7:35 AM
Items for Sale
- Trojan swag (pens, pencils, key chains, gym bags, clothing)
- Gum, mentos, etc.
The store is run by students in the middle school and is supervised by Advisor Erin Ryan. Students interested in applying for the school store must complete an application and participate in an interview with Mrs. Ryan, and the current store managers, Grant Manker and Gabe Glidden.
Erin Ryan, Advisor
Student Work Permits
Student Work Permits
Per Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-140 that took effect on June 30, 2020, and expires on July 31, 2020, school districts are permitted to continue to complete work permits by remote/electronic means due to COVID-19. Therefore, TCAPS is processing work permits remotely through email through July 31, 2020. Following is the District’s temporary process:
- Student obtains a copy of the appropriate blank work permit form from his/her employer or by using the appropriate link below (based on student age). The requirements of printing on colored paper, front to back have been temporarily lifted by Executive Order 2020-140):
Link to Work Permit for students ages 16 or 17
Link to Work Permit for students under 16 years of age
- Student completes Section 1.
- Student takes the form to his/her employer.
- Employer completes Section 2.
- Student sends completed form to his/her school as an email attachment (i.e., scanned document or photograph). If student is unable to email form as an attachment please contact Mindy Neuhardt for assistance.
School reviews the work permit, confirms information with the student's PowerSchool record, and completes Section 3 of the work permit.
School emails the student the completed and signed work permit.
Student prints the completed work permit and takes it to his/her employer.
While the email method is preferred, as an alternative to the email process, a student may still present his/her work permit and school ID card in person at his/her school’s main office during the summer months Monday through Thursday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m, or at the Tompkins Boardman Administration Center (412 Webster Street, Traverse City, MI 49686) in the Human Resources office on the first floor, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PLEASE NOTE, A FACE MASK IS REQUIRED TO ENTER ANY TCAPS SCHOOL BUILDING OR THE ADMINISTRATION CENTER, AND SOCIAL DISTANCING MUST BE PRACTICED WHILE IN THE BUILDING.
If you have questions about this process or need further assistance, please email your school contact as listed above or call Human Resources at 231.933.1710.
Attendance Line - 231.933.7444
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
Busing & Transportation
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.
ECO Parent Organization
All TC East parents are invited to participate in the East Community Organization (ECO) and to get involved in school activities and events. The ECO works throughout the year to bring quality enrichment opportunities to our students as well as raise funds for student programming. ECO meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month and are open to the public. All East families are encouraged to attend. Please join us to learn more. Visit the ECO webpage for meeting dates more information about the ECO.
Field Trip Info & Forms
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, East Middle 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 district's volunteer page. Thank you for your support!
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