TCAPS Board Coffee Conversation—Jan. 26
The TCAPS Board of Education will host its monthly Coffee Conversation on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at Horizon Books in downtown Traverse City from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss any other topic of interest with a TCAPS board member at the meeting.
Traverse City High School to Host Maverick Minds All Arts Fair—Jan. 26
Traverse City High School will host its annual Maverick Minds “Giving Back” All Arts Fair on January 26, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Traverse City High School (3962 Three Mile Rd. N.). Students will display a variety of talents at the event, ranging from art to music to academics. There will be artwork on display, live performances, and a dinner, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., for the community to enjoy. The focus of the event is to give back to the community that gives so generously to Traverse City High School.
Chinese Spring Festival—Jan. 28
Students preparing for the spring festival.
On Saturday, January 28, 2017, West Senior High School will host a Chinese Spring Festival from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (5376 N. Long Lake Rd.). The free event will include traditional Chinese dance, musical performances, and food. The show will take place in the school’s auditorium. The event is being sponsored by China Fair.
Governor’s 21st Century Education Commission Public Listening Session—Jan. 30
The Governor’s 21st Century Education Commission’s Northern Michigan Listening Tour stop has been rescheduled to Monday, January 30, 2017, at Traverse City Central High School. The 21st Century Education Commission listening tours are designed to gather input directly from residents about the current state of education in Michigan and the education systems citizens envision. The input will help shape the commission’s final report and set of recommendations, which will be released at the end of February.
Who: The Governor’s 21st Century Education Commission
What: Listening Tour - Northern Michigan Stop
When: Monday, January 30, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Traverse City Central High School (1150 Milliken Dr.)
RSVP here to participate. In order to accommodate the session’s format, registration will be capped at 150 attendees. Learn more about the commission: www.mieducationcommission.com.
West Senior High School to Host Dance Fundraiser—Feb. 11
The West Senior High School Senior Class Council will host a daddy-daughter dance on February 11, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event is for children ages 4-12 and their parent or guardian. Tickets are $30 per parent/guardian and child pair and $5 for each additional child. The dance is an opportunity for elementary school aged students from across Traverse City to attend a fun night including a photo booth, refreshments, prince and princess meet and greet, and crafts. Proceeds from the event will go to support the West Senior High School food pantry. Tickets can be purchased at www.mynorthtickets.com.
TCAPS Preschool Enrollment Fair—Feb. 18
Families wishing to enroll their child in preschool next year are invited to attend TCAPS’ preschool enrollment fair from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on February 18, 2017, at Eastern Elementary School (1600 Eastern Ave.). Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about TCAPS’ preschool programs, tour a classroom, and complete the registration process. For more information, please call 231.933.1759 or visit: www.tcaps.net/programs/preschool.
Central High School Debate Team Wins State Championship
The Traverse City Central High School debate team won the Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association (MIFA) Varsity State Championship. The varsity team of Sam Franz and Jill Murdock took first place at the event held at Calvin College in Grand Rapids on January 6-7, 2017. It is the second consecutive state championship win for the team. The team has also qualified for the national Tournament of Champions, which will be held at the University of Kentucky in May.
TCAPS Offers School Breakfast Program
Traverse City Area Public Schools is proud to offer the school breakfast program, which is available to all students every weekday morning. Students do not need to register in advance and may eat breakfast at school every day or only occasionally. The breakfasts offered are well balanced and follow standards backed by the best nutritional science available. For menus and meal pricing, visit: www.tcaps.net/menus.
Local Harvest of the Month: Parsnips
Parsnips are a root vegetable that grow well in Michigan. They look like a white carrot, but are actually sweeter than a carrot if they are harvested after a frost. The cold temperature is necessary to turn the starch in the parsnip to sugar. Parsnips are high in fiber, vitamin C, and potassium.
Baked Parsnip Fries with Rosemary Recipe
- 2 1/2 pounds parsnips (or carrots), peeled, cut into about 3 x 1/2” strips
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon (or more) ground cumin
- Preheat oven to 450°F. Mix parsnips, chopped rosemary, garlic and oil on baking sheet.
- Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat.
- Spread out evenly onto baking sheet.
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