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March 2022
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Important 2022-2023 Enrollment & Registration Dates:

Enrollment has begun for many 2022/23 TCAPS schools and programs. TCAPS will continue to offer both LIVE and On Demand options for the 2022/23 school year. For general enrollment information, please visit, or follow the links below for more information about specific programs:

Current 8th Grade Area Students Invited to Apply to the SCI-MA-TECH Program for 2022-23 School Year

Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) is pleased to announce the application period for the district’s SCI-MA-TECH (SMT) program is now open. Applications for the 2022-2023 school year will be accepted now through Friday, March 18, 2022. Any current eighth grade student within the Grand Traverse area is invited to apply.
Sci-Ma-Tech Promo

The SMT program offers students enhanced and accelerated opportunities in science, math, engineering and technology, and Advanced Placement coursework. Students join SMT as freshmen and participate in the program for four years earning credit in AP classes, SMT Math, SMT Science and SMT choice Technology and Engineering courses. SMT students also visit colleges and businesses, hear from speakers, conduct authentic research, complete an internship, and participate in extracurricular activities. The program is offered at both Traverse City Central High School and Traverse City West Senior High School pending sufficient enrollment. Learn more about SMT at

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Traverse City Area Public Schools Celebrates Women’s History Month

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National Merit Scholarship Finalists

Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) is pleased to announce six students, who were previously selected as Semifinalists, in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program have all advanced to Finalist standing in the academic competition. All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarship awards to be offered in 2022.
National Merit Scholars

“TCAPS is so proud that six of our students now have a chance at receiving scholarships offered through this year’s National Merit Scholarship program,” said Superintendent Dr. John VanWagoner. “This is an elite level of academic achievement, and we are celebrating with these students, their families and our staff today.”

Traverse City Central High School students Colin Gordon, Grady Luyt and Lauren May and Traverse City West Senior High School students Ella Beck, Matthew Popp and Xander Shumaker were among the 15,000 students across the country who have advanced as Finalists in the competition. National Merit Finalists may now be considered for the 7,600 National Merit Scholarships being offered this year, worth more than $30 million. Less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors make it into the final round of the competition.

In addition, Central High School students William Galsterer, Francisco (Paco) Haas, Maria Linck and Samuel McDonough, and West Senior High School students Marguerite Church, Leo Shelp and Anna Childs were named Commended Students in recognition of their outstanding academic promise.

About 1.5 million juniors in more than 21,000 high schools entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2020 PSAT/NMSQT, which serves as an initial screen of program entrants.

Tech Tip of the Month for Parents from the TCAPS EdTech Loop


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Personal Safety Security Awareness Videos - Wizer
Security Awareness starts at home. These short, under one minute videos are great for the entire family, but they are especially awesome for your teens!

For more tips on Parenting Digital Kids, check out our Parenting Digital Kids Guide. We are here to share tools and resources to support you in whatever decisions you make about the role of digital devices in your home.

Source: Wizer

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Extended Day Care Positions at TCAPS

Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) is seeking qualified candidates to serve as extended day care assistants and managers for the current school year. For more information, please visit the TCAPS Employment page.
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Student Breakfast and Lunch Reminder

Don’t forget! Breakfast and lunch are FREE for ALL students at all TCAPS buildings this year. Be sure to take advantage of this wonderful program and opportunity for your child(ren) to enjoy a delicious and nutritious meal every day. For more information, click here.
Free Lunch

TCAPS Superintendent Monthly Office Hours – April 19, 2022

Based on feedback from the community, Traverse City Area Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. John VanWagoner, provides a monthly opportunity for community members to attend “office hours” alternating each month between in person and virtual meetings. In person office hours are held at Horizon Books, 243 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684. Virtual office hours will be held via Google Meet and can be accessed here or by calling +1 707-785-6547 and entering PIN: 692 435 167#. All meetings begin at 5:00 pm.

The alternating schedule will be as follows:
  • Tuesday, April 19 - Google Meet
  • Tuesday, May 17 - Horizon Books
  • Tuesday, June 14 - Google Meet

TCAPS Board of Education Monthly Office Hours - March 17, 2022

The Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) Board of Education will host its next monthly “office hours” in person on Thursday, March 17, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Horizon Books, 243 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684. The meetings will be located on the mezzanine level of the bookstore. TCAPS Board office hours provide community members with the opportunity to talk to a school board trustee. This month, Josey Ballenger will be attending. Visit the Board calendar to view the board schedule in its entirety, or visit:

2021-2022 School Year Calendars

Please review the 2021-2022 school year calendars linked below. Dates to pay special attention to include: half days, early release days, spring break, last day of school, and potential inclement weather make-up dates.

Important Calendar Dates:
March 25: No school, full day for staff, spring recess begins
April 4: School resumes
April 15: No school
April 21: Two hour early release, teacher collaborative routines

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TCAPS Media: In Case You Missed It

With so many amazing TCAPS events and performances happening, it's hard to catch them all! So, please enjoy these impressive performances again, if you’ve already seen them, and for the first time, in case you missed it…
Want to see more amazing TCAPS performances, events, and videos? Check out TCAPS Media on Youtube!

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  • Mamma Mia! has arrived at West Senior High! Final performances will be this weekend, March 18-20. Tickets can be purchased at
    Mama Mia

  • Reading month is off to a great start across the district. Students have enjoyed read-ins, reading in the dark, dressing up as their favorite book characters, competing in reading contests, and more!
    Reading Month

  • Central Grade School fourth graders organized a coin drive to support Cherryland Humane Society, while Traverse Heights Elementary students collected pet supplies. Together, Central Grade raised $937.14 and Traverse Heights donated over 50 items! What an amazing display of compassion and generosity from students and families.
    Coin Drive

  • As the Gatorade Michigan Football Player of the Year, Central High Schools, Josh Burnham was offered a $1000 grant to an organization of his choosing through the Gatorade Play It Forward program. Josh selected the Traverse City Youth Football Association!
    Play It Forward

  • Congratulations to Dylan Gryglewski! Dylan is an 8th grader in the TCAPS Montessori at Glenn Loomis Adolescent program and a member of the newly formed middle school band program. He received a TCAPS Music Booster Award and a scholarship to attend Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. Dylan has been playing trumpet in the Montessori Band Program since his Upper Elementary years and is the first Montessori band student to audition and be accepted to this prestigious summer music camp.
    Montessori Band

  • Congratulations to Brynn Smith, freshman at Traverse City West Senior High School, for being TCAPS' first female qualifier for the first MHSAA sanctioned Girl's State Wrestling Tournament!
    Brynn Smith


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Community Partner Celebrates March is Reading Month

Many thanks to Structure and Function Chiropractic and Rehab PLC, Traverse City for surprising Ms. Ferguson's Kindergarten classroom at Eastern Elementary School with a free book! As part of their many community support efforts, Structure and Function has dedicated surprise visits to four classrooms with free books to celebrate March is Reading Month! Who will be next?
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