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November 2018
Giving Thanks
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Superintendent's Message

This month’s video features students, staff and teachers of Silver Lake Elementary School as they discuss what they are thankful for this November.

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Jason Blyth

Cherry Knoll Elementary School Honors Local Veteran and Future Educator

Mrs. Marie Willis’ class at Cherry Knoll Elementary School honored a member of their school community, hosting a surprise party for Retired O4 Lieutenant Commander Jason Blyth. Blyth was stationed out of Air Station Traverse City and before that, he spent two years in Kodiak, Alaska. After 21 years of service, Jason has decided to pursue a career in education and currently attends Northwestern Michigan College. As part of his learning, he observes one day a week in Mrs. Willis’ 2nd grade classroom. The students surprised him with a cake, song, and book of thank you letters to say "thank you" for his service.

Long Lake, Silver Lake and Eastern Elementary Schools Host Trick or Treat for Troops

Students from three TCAPS elementary schools shared some of their sweet treats collected this Halloween with our troops serving overseas. Long Lake Elementary School, Silver Lake Elementary School and Eastern Elementary School all collected Halloween candy and together collected nearly 500 pounds of candy to send. Thank you, Veterans, for your service.

Trick or Treat for Troops

TC High School Students Raise Money to Support Community

Traverse City High School’s Student Council hosted a Rotary Interact Fundraiser on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Students offered a coffee/cocoa and sweet treats drive-through at Traverse City High School. The event raised funds for local charities and to support school events.

Rotary Fundraiser



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"Easy access to complete nutrition information for the school meal programs anytime, anywhere"

Video Tutorial Available for "My School Menus" App

My School Menus
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A new video tutorial on using the My School Menus interactive online menus is now available. My School Menus allows easy access to complete nutrition information for the school meal programs anytime, anywhere.

Features Include:
  • Nutrient data by menu item - hovering over a menu item will show nutrient data
  • Build-a-Meal nutrient data - choose build-a-meal to get totals of individual nutrients for all items chosen by a student
  • Ingredient information for certain menu items
  • Complete list of all food choices available to students
  • Allergen identification - allergen filter to strikethrough foods containing the following allergens: wheat, soy, eggs, fish, peanuts, tree nuts, milk
  • Attribute identification - symbols identifying foods as GMO free, kosher, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, locally grown, made from scratch
  • Translation to 180 languages using Google Translate
  • Ability to link to child nutrition sites like pre-payments, applications and policies
  • Information about child nutrition

View Online School Menus

Download the My School Menus Mobile App in the iTunes store or the Google store OR scan the QR Code on this flyer.

If you are unable to access these documents and would like a printed listing of the nutritional information, or if your child has individual nutritional needs, please contact the TCAPS registered dietitian at 231.933.1912.

Newly Formed TC Wrestling Club Seeking Student Participation

Students K-8, join the TC Wrestling Club today with individual and team tournaments for all age groups. The season begins November 20th and ends March 31st. Practices will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Central High School (1150 Milliken Rd). Visit to register today! Questions? Email Coach Donald Funk at

Wrestling Team

Traverse City West Choirs Host 4th Annual “Mix and Mingle with a Holiday Jingle”—December 8th

The fourth annual "Mix and Mingle with a Holiday Jingle" is being presented by the Traverse City West Choirs on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at BlueBridge Event Center, located in Grawn. This seasonal celebration features music sung by the award-winning TC West High School Choral-Aires, Westmen, Bella Voce and West Middle School Madrigals. Ticket prices include all you can eat hors d'oeuvres, a dessert bar, and seasonal music performed in a relaxed atmosphere. A raffle and silent auction will also be held. Join TC West vocalists for a wonderful evening of music, amazing food, and the chance to pick up a few holiday gifts for that special someone. Tickets are $30/Premier, $25 each, or 2 for $45 or 4 for $75 and can be purchased at

Mix and Mingle

Super Science Saturday—December 8th

SAVE THE DATE! Are you a kid who enjoys science? Come to Super Science Saturday on December 8th! An experience for all ages! Enjoy playing with slime, doing science experiments, driving robots and much more! Just announced: former NASA Astronaut Greg Johnson will at the event to give a talk and take picture with kids! The event will take place in the Traverse City Central High School cafeteria (1150 Milliken Dr.) from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This is a FREE event put on by the Raptors Robotics Team 1711 and sponsored by Newton’s Road.

Super Science Saturday

Meals for Musicians, Panera—December 11th

Traverse City Central High School’s EuroChorale hosts Meals for Musicians! Generous local eateries are donating a percentage of sales to support the 2019 EuroChorale. Student’s will travel to Italy for four very special performances, including one at St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City. Join us! This trip of a lifetime will only be attainable for many students through community support. Dine in or carry out at Panera! 10% of all food sales between 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. will directly support students traveling to Italy. Make sure to mention that you are there to support the TC Central High School EuroChorale. Questions? Email Sarah at

Five Student Athletes Participate in NCAA Signing Day

Traverse City Central High School senior Chloe Sandy and Traverse City West Senior High School student athletes Anika Dy, Morgan Lyon, Brendan Pierce and Katey Bank all signed on to play collegiate level sports.
  • Chloe Sandy signed with Stetson (Florida) University and its women’s rowing program.
  • Anika Dy signed with the University of Michigan to play golf.
  • Morgan Lyon signed with Northern Michigan University’s cross country and track and field programs.
  • Brendan Pierce signed with Wingate University (North Carolina) to play baseball.
  • Katey Bank signed with Merrimack College’s (Massachusetts) rowing program.

Titan Robotics Fundraiser Raises $3,000 and Offered Opportunity to Learn About Robotics

On November 3, Titan Robotics Team 3767 hosted a spaghetti dinner and silent auction fundraiser at the Masonic Lodge on West Bayshore Drive. More than 100 community members, including STEM industry leaders, attended the event. The silent auction, featuring items donated by local businesses and artisans, combined with event ticket sales raised more than $3,000 for Titan Robotics.

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Calendar Reminders

November 21st No school, full day for staff
November 22nd-23rd No school, Thanksgiving recess
December 21st Holiday recess for students begins after the school day
January 7th School resumes

View the school year calendar here.

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"A brand new book to take home and share with your family is a very special gift."

Hagerty to Share the Joy of Reading on Giving Tuesday

Hagerty Classic Cars will once again participate in Giving Tuesday on November 27, 2018, by donating a brand new book, "If I Built a Car," to all 2nd grade students. Hagerty staff members will read the book, answer questions from students, and each book will have a special message from a Hagerty staff member. A brand new book to take home and share with your family is a very special gift. Thank you for being a tremendous Partner In Education!

Thanks For Giving!

Thanks to Save-A-Lot for donating 40 milk crates to TCAPS’ technology department! This donation will solve a unique storage and delivery problem for the district’s new Chromebooks. Special thanks to Store Director Dave Green for coordinating this effort so quickly.

The Traverse City Buffalo Wild Wings (BWW), in addition to their annual LEAP sponsorship, has generously agreed to underwrite the production and printing costs of all athletic tickets for the 2019-2020 school year. Each ticket will include a discount offer at the local Buffalo Wild Wings. Thank you, BWW, for supporting TCAPS athletics.

Fox Motors led a Drive for Snacks campaign and delivered a van load of snacks to be shared with students in need.

Know that the impact of your kindness is so great, providing an important component of supporting EACH child because caring adults, in a caring school community, are the link to achievement, graduation, and a future of meaningful options for students.

Grand Traverse County Senior Center Network Seeks Volunteers

The Grand Traverse County Senior Center Network is seeking tech savvy teens (16-18 yrs) to volunteer to help older adults with the finer points of their cell phones, tablets, and laptops. The group meets once a month in the late afternoon, early evening for up to 90 minutes. If you are interested in supporting this Partner In Education, please email for more details.

Bill Marsh Price Point Leads Community Drive to Raise Funds for Student Lunches

Traverse City Central High School - TCAPS graduate and author, Mandy Toomey, donated $1,000 to the School Lunch Payoff Fundraiser: Price Point Cares event. Toomey wrote the children’s book “Goodnight Traverse City” and dedicated $1,000 from the book sales to help families that can’t afford a hot lunch in the public schools. She has pledged to donate 10% of the proceeds from the book to TCAPS food assistance program.

“When I heard that Price Point was taking donations and matching up to $2,000, I felt this would be an opportunity for my donation to have a greater impact,” says Toomey.

“We believe students can’t get the most out of the classroom unless they have a balanced, healthy lunch,” says Price Point manager Lisa Groleau. Groleau says she has heard from other organizations that plan to help support the lunch program. The fundraiser will continue through Friday, December 21st. Cash or checks can be dropped off at any Bill Marsh or Price Point location. More information is available on Facebook.

Goodnight TC

Willow Hill Elementary Seeking Community Partners to Fund Community Walking Track

Willow Hill Elementary School - TCAPS is seeking funds to help build a community walking track. This will provide the school and community with many benefits. It will foster an appreciation of walking as a lifelong exercise, stimulate participation of families in health-related activities, provide structure at school recess time and support the school P.E. program. The cost is approximately $30,000 and they have raised $5,500 already. If you or your business would be interested in supporting this project, please contact Partner In Education Coordinator Karyn Hertel at 231.933.1790 or

TCAPS 3rd Graders Receive Dictionaries from the Kiwanis Club of Traverse City

TCAPS 3rd graders were excited to receive their own dictionaries from the Kiwanis Club of Traverse City. Thank you for this generous donation that inspires students’ learning!
Kiwanis Dictionary

Willow Hill Elementary School Receives Healthy Schools Initiative “Big Check” for Participation in the Cherry Kids Fun Run

The Traverse City Track Club awarded Willow Hill Elementary School with a $250 check for their participation in the National Cherry Festival Cherry Kids Fun Run Mile during the summer.
TC Track Club Donation

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