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October 7, 2011

Calendar of Events



College Night, Hagerty Center, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM




Orchestra Concert, Auditorium, 7:00 PM


PSAT - Juniors



Band-O-Rama, Gym,

7:00 PM


MEAP Testing, 9th Grade



P/T Conferences

4:30 PM - 7:30 PM




Fall Choral Concert, First Congregational Church, 7:30 PM



Academic Awards

1:00 PM, Auditorium


Half Day for Students


No School


School Musical Grease


Grease Matinee



Planning for Your Future, Counseling Office,

6:30 PM


School Musical Grease


Grease Matinee


1st Trimester Exams (1-3)


Exam 5/ Half Day


No School


No School


2nd Trimester Begins

Go to Calendar & Schedules

Community Resources

In an effort to reduce the amount of paper coming home in your child's backpack, we have created a Community Resource Page to share upcoming community events, programs, local resources, and information.

Go to Community Resources

Check Your Grades!

TCAPS' online option to keep track of student grades, assignments, and attendanceParents and students can view student grades, assignments, and attendance online. Contact ID Number and Parent Internet Password are required for access. Login information has changed for 2011-12. You will receive a letter from your school with the new information. An AlertNow message will be sent to inform you when the letters have been mailed. Login information cannot be provided over the phone, but parents can request information by email starting in October.

Go to Internet Viewer

Lunch Information

Free and reduced lunch program available. Applications can be picked up at school or completed online at


The cafeteria is open for breakfast at 7:00 AM each school day and during both lunch periods. Money can be placed on account for students by way of cash or check given to the cashiers or by credit card at

View Menus

The Attendance Line



This is a great number to add to your cell phone! Call to report an all-day absence by voicemail and connect to the attendance secretary for your child's grade.


If your child will be arriving late or needing to leave mid-day, please send a note with your child to give to their grade office upon arrival. All the ins and outs regarding attendance can be found on our Website.


Central High School is a large and busy campus with many students. Please call as early in the day as possible if there is a change in arrangements for the end of the day concerning your child. We really appreciate your help with this.

Office Directory

Principal's Office


Rick Vandermolen, Principal

Julie Waligorski, Admin. Asst.

9th Grade Office


Located on 1st Floor C151

Jay Larner, Asst. Principal

Brenda Mortensen, Admin. Asst.

10-12 (A-K) Office


Located on 2nd Floor C223

Toby Tisdale, Asst. Principal

Tamie Olshansky, Admin. Asst.

10-12 (L-Z) Office


Located in F Building F149

Bryan Burns, Asst. Principal

Pat Bowen, Admin. Asst.

Complete Staff Directory


Main Office Hours

7:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Monday through Friday


Attendance Hotline



TCAPS Transportation

Bus Hotline 933-1955

Bus Routes 933-1933


School Closings

Bus Hotline at 933-1955


All visitors need to obtain a guest tag while in the building. You may check in at the Main Office or the L-Z Office in F Building

Music Hotline /

Ticket Information


Music Hotline: 933-8982


Box Office: 933-3573



If you are looking for Trojan apparel, check out the athletic page of the CHS Website. Click under the Trojan head or call the Athletic Office at 933-8207.

Please share this newsletter with your friends and neighbors

Principal Rick Vandermolen

Principal Rick VandermolenRecently, one of the students who graduated from the Class of 2011 came back to CHS to “give back.” Mr. Jake Ansorge graduated in June 2011 but his journey to get his diploma was difficult. Jake arrived at CHS in the fall of 2009 from the TCAPS expulsion school. During his junior and senior year Jake joined the wrestling team and attended the Traverse Bay Area Career Tech Center for precision machining.


Jake attributed his success at CHS to the opportunities he faced and the decisions he made to embrace them. He also attributed his success to the people and relationships he had while attending CHS, “Wrestling taught me life lessons and kept me focused, and it didn’t end after the season was over. I continued to keep my grades up, remained committed, and focused on my goals.” In Jake’s senior year he took a larger role as a leader, mentor, and teacher on the wrestling team.


Today Jake is working full-time in a job related directly to his experience in the Career Tech Center program. He is responsible for running a computer numerical control machine that cuts steel parts for companies like Cone. He is also attending Northwestern Michigan College and working on an associate’s degree in Advanced Manufacturing Technology.


Jake received a scholarship from the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation for improvement as a student at Central High School. Since Jake is now gainfully employed and working on his associate’s degree, he desires to let others know how important it is to never give up, set goals, stay focused, and look for opportunities to succeed. As a result of his high school experience, Jake is now showing how important it is to give back. He has come forward to sponsor a $500 scholarship for the next five years for a student athlete on the wrestling team who best demonstrates leadership, responsibility, and mentorship to others.


Jake is not only working and continuing to learn, but also giving back to other students who may need the assistance he is offering to positively alter their future.


Thanks Jake, for reminding all of us to never give up hope and to stay focused on what the future may hold for each student at CHS.


In service to the CHS Community,


Rick Vandermolen



Traverse City Central High School is a place where strong personal bonds between students and staff translate into greater academic achievement and post-secondary readiness for every child.

- Vision -


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School News


Parent/Teacher Conferences Schedule

Our first conferences of the year are scheduled for Thursday, October 20, from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM. This year conferences take place on Thursdays. Please remember to bring a list of your child’s teachers with you.


Grease..... is STILL the word

Grease – is Central High School's high energy musical, consisting of over 100 CHS students (65+ cast members, 8 Pit Band members, and many students helping backstage, with costumes, box office, set, etc). Rehearsals are underway, and the show runs November 10th – 20th. Tickets will go on sale in October and it will be sure to sell out! Call the Box Office 933-3573 for more details.


Award-Winning Documentarian Larry Cappetto to Visit CHS

Larry Cappetto, award-winning documentarian for his Lest They Be Forgotten PBS television series will visit with all TC Central Social Studies classes in a special assembly on October 14 between 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM. Students will learn about what goes into making documentary films and how Larry has used the art of film capture and share the personal stories of veterans all across our nation. For nearly 10 years, Larry has documented the stories of American and Canadian war veterans who have faithfully served their country over the past 60 years. Larry's visit is in conjunction with TCAPS' Wounded Warrior Project, a fundraiser event at Thirlby Field at the October 14th football game.


The entire community is invited to a Wounded Warrior Project Tailgate Dinner Fundraiser at Thirlby Field Stadium on October 14th from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Proceeds from the Tailgate Dinner will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Dinner and admission to the game will be free to all veterans and active duty men and women in uniform. For all others who wish to attend the game, the admission is $6.00 ($3.00 for students), and $7.50 for a Tailgate Dinner ticket ($5.00 for students). Larry Capetto's visit is being sponsored by Reynold-Jonkhoff and in addition to visiting with students in TCAPS' schools, he will be interviewing and filming veterans while he is here in town and will be part of the Thirlby Field Wounded Warrior Event.


Power Puff Football to Benefit Wounded Warrior Project

Central High School Student Senate will host two Power Puff Football games to be held at 4:00 PM on October 14 prior to the Central High School vs. Gaylord Football game at Thirlby Field (14th Street side). Cost is $15 to play. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.


Academic Awards

Academic awards will take place on October 25 at 1:00 PM in the auditorium. Students will be notified by invitation. The Counseling Office sent out announcements and posted a list of students who would be receiving an invitation. For more information, please call the Counseling Office at 933-3560.


Order Your Yearbook Early!

Yearbook order forms are now available online. Be sure to check it out on our website. You will be able to print the order form and send in with your payment.


Senior Party Tickets

Tickets will be available at Parent/Teacher Conferences on October 20. The cost is currently $25.00 but will increase as the day of this event grows closer.


More School News

Counseling News

PSAT Testing

PSAT testing will take place on October 15 from 9:00 AM -12:00 PM in the cafeteria and library. October 12 is the alternate day for students unable to attend October 15 because of sports, etc. Registration takes place October 3-11, the cost is $18.00.


Click here or on the link below for more ACT / SAT / AP testing dates and deadlines as well as other important dates to remember.


Planning for Your Future

Planning for Your Future is scheduled for Tuesday, November 15, outside the Central High Counseling Office, 6:30 PM. Topics include: The college admissions process for both traditional and selective schools, earning college credit before your high school graduation, financial aid, researching careers, scholarships and colleges via the Internet.


Click here for counseling staff contact information.


More Counseling News

Trojan Athletics

Athletic Passes

Punch cards and sport passes (adult, student, & senior citizen) are available for sale daily in the Athletic Office. Adult passes are $70, student passes are $45 and senior citizen passes are $25. These passes are good for the entire 2011-12 school year. Sport pass costs are discounted at the beginning of each sport season.



MHSAA ScholarAthlete Award

Application forms can be accessed through the web at

  • Scroll down under “Student” column and click on “scholar-athlete”.
  • Click on “scholar-athlete application”
  • Complete the form and when completed, print it out and bring the hardcopy to the Athletic Office.

Completed application forms are due in the Athletic Office no later than November 18th. This award is sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance and is available to athletes who have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA. Prior to their senior year the athlete must have won at least one varsity letter in which the MHSAA sponsors a post-season tournament.


Check the Athletic page of the school website for information that can be helpful, i.e., pre-participation physical cards, links to sport team websites, transportation deviation forms, and more!


Click on the link below for information on winter sports including tryout and contact information. Please remember that your student’s completed physical card (dated no earlier than 4/15/11) must be on file in the Athletic Office before you can participate in any way.


More Athletics

District Notes

Local Farm Fresh Food Featured on Next Week’s School Lunch Menus

As part of National School Lunch Week, October 10-14, and National Farm-to-School Month, TCAPS will feature local farm fresh food including apples, pears, squash, cucumbers, potatoes, and broccoli. Children who eat a healthy breakfast and lunch do better on tests, have better attendance, have fewer discipline problems and get the nutrients they need for their growing bodies.


All TCAPS schools:

Prepare and serve breakfast and lunch on site daily.


Provide hot entrees, fruits, vegetables and a wide variety of healthy choices daily.


Serve locally and Michigan-grown produce.


Use the freshest, highest quality foods and ingredients available.


Ensure all students receive a meal each school day if they want one.

Visit for more food and nutrition information.



TC Music Boosters

Did you know that you and every family with a child in music at TCAPS from Kindergarten through 12th grade is a member of the TC Music Boosters? TC Music Boosters is an all-volunteer organization that supports music education in our schools. Click here to view the Fall 2011 Newsletter.



Michigan Businesses for Michigan Schools


Click here for more information about the Michigan Businesses for Michigan Schools program


TCAPS and the Michigan Businesses for Michigan Schools (MBMS) sponsorship program are partnering in support of TCAPS’ athletic and extracurricular programming. MBMS is an affordable way for area businesses to market their business and support our future leaders. MBMS provides display boards at select local high-traffic locations to host space for your business cards. Each display board has 33 slots holding up to 250 cards each and is maintained weekly. 50% of all sponsorships go to TCAPS! Click here to learn more.


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Special Thank You to Our TCAPS Title Sponsor:

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Thank you TBA Credit Union, a proud sponsor of TCAPS

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