Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District
February 2019
Superintendent's Message
Dear Staff,

In our region and in our schools, there is much to celebrate. In the spotlight during the past month we’ve seen Buckley Community Schools and teacher Sara Papineau selected to be a part of the statewide Innovative Educator Corps (IEC). Ms. Papineau’s efforts awarded the district a $10,000 grant to bring additional advanced curriculum to Buckley’s middle and high school students, expanding opportunities to explore computer numerical control (CNC) technology. Another standout was Suttons Bay Public Schools for receiving an award of more than $30,000 to advance their elementary and middle school VEX robotics program. As servant leaders, our propensity when achievement is gained is to let others enjoy the well-deserved limelight. However, we would be remiss if we did not celebrate a very prestigious honor bestowed upon one of our own TBAISD programs. On January 28, our CTC Film and New Media team was one of three groups recognized by the Michigan Department of Education with the 2019 Excellence in Practice Award at a ceremony in Grand Rapids . This was the fifth CTC program in nine years to receive this distinguished accolade. Congratulations to our friends, colleagues, and students in the Film and New Media program!

While we have so much to be proud of, we continue to strive to provide the best programs and services to our students, families and local schools. To that end, during the month of March we will be engaging our stakeholders in a comprehensive needs assessment survey. As mentioned in the January Check It Out , the feedback we will be seeking will coincide with our Focus Group results and will be the primary driver for building our long range strategic plan. YOUR participation will be extremely beneficial as we strive to improve our service...Lead, Serve and Support!

Nick Ceglarek, Ed.D.
New Employees

Amanda Bailiff ,
Teacher Assistant

James Kudlack ,
Teacher Assistant

Teresa Whitscell ,
Adult Community Experience
The ACE program has moved and is now located at 521 S. Union Street in Old Town Traverse City. This new location provides an optimal learning environment convenient to downtown, public transportation, and other community resources that help adults in transition gain confidence in becoming more independent. Stop by for a visit!
Current Job Board
Please help with outreach and awareness by sharing the current TBAISD job opportunities LINKED HERE with others in your social circle. More opportunities throughout the region are also listed on the TBAISD website under Employment .
TBA Early College Student/Parent Info Night

Wednesday, February 20
Join TBA Early College Coordinator Ashley Darga from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Career-Tech Center for an introduction to the early college experience. For more information contact Ashley at
MTA Student/Parent Info Nights
Tuesday, February 26
Wednesday, March 13
Each session is 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Career-Tech Center. For more information contact Tim Wheatley
Excellence in Practice

The CTC Film and New Media program was honored on January 28 by the Michigan Department of Education Office of Career and Technical Education with the prestigious 2019 Excellence in Practice Award .
Ezekiel "Zeke" Louis Wrzesinski
Born January 14, 2019
9 lbs. 8 oz., 21.5" long to
Molly Wrzesinski, Speech Pathologist

Eleanor Anne Smith
Born January 24, 2019
8 lbs. 9 oz., 20-3/4" long to
Amy Smith, School Social Worker

Keenan Cosmo Jenkins-Jones
Born February 3, 2019
8 lbs. 4 oz., 21" long to
Rachel Jones, School Psychologist
Community Event - February 15**
2nd Annual Skate to See Event
Join in a FREE* fun family event on Friday, February 15 at 7:30 p.m., 4645 S. Lake Leelanau Drive, in Traverse City. Bring your own skates or borrow a pair on site. While you're there, experiment with simulation goggles to experience Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). Snacks and giveaways are planned throughout the evening. This event is for all ages. For more information contact TBAISD teacher consultant Amy Trumbull at .
*Donations to support the Foundation for Fighting Blindness are welcome.
** Date Changed from February 16 to February 15
Save the Date - March 10

The Traverse City Dream Team will host a Baseball Bash Sunday, March 10, 3-7 p.m. at The Parlor, 205 Lake Avenue in Traverse City. This family fun event will include a silent auction, food and beverages with music performed by Soul Patch, Turbo Pup and Liz Landry. Cost is $15/per person or $30 per family. Go to for more information.
Spring Craft Show - April 13
Join the Life Skills Center for a Spring Craft Show
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, April 13.
Vendor space is available to artists from across the region. A registration fee of $25 supports enrichment activities for students. Contact Maishelle for more information or to reserve a space.
Parent Network Workshop Series

Disability Network Northern Michigan and various community partners are pleased to present a winter/spring workshop series hosted at TBAISD Conference Center, 1101 Red Drive, 6:00- 8:00 p.m. Topics are designed to promote personal empowerment and positive social change for people with disabilities.
February 20 - Employment
March 20 - Recreation and Community
April 17 - Housing
Parents are encouraged to attend and learn about helpful resources that support students in transition. For more information or to RSVP contact Nicole Miller, 231-922-0903 ext. 318, or
TBAISD Board of Education Links


Birthday Spotlight
See who celebrates a birthday this March. LINK 
Dates to Remember - LINK to annual calendar
February 20 - National Technical Honor Society Induction
March 5 - Board of Education March Meeting
March 25-29 - Spring Recess, School Not in Session
April 1 - School Resumes
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