Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 2, 2010

Education in Brief: 11/02/2010


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Students stage 'Prince Caspian'

Traverse City — The Homeschool Arts Project has two performances remaining in their stage production of C.S. Lewis' "Prince Caspian."

The play will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, in Lars Hockstad Auditorium at Central Grade School, 301 Seventh St. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for students. They are available at Tickets at the door are $7 for adults and $4 for students.

Native American events planned

Traverse City — Northwestern Michigan College's Native American Student Association invites the community to events commemorating Native American Awareness Month.

"Tar Creek," the story of a mine turned toxic Superfund site on former Indian land in Oklahoma, will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, followed by a discussion with director Matt Myer. "Incident at Oglala: The Leonard Peltier Story" will be screened at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9. The 1992 documentary, narrated by Robert Redford, documents the 1975 killings of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and the legal case surrounding the trials of Robert Robideau, Darrell Butler and Leonard Peltier. Only Peltier was convicted of murder and many believe him to be innocent. Both films will be shown in Milliken Auditorium, 1701 E. Front St., and admission is free. Donations to the Native American Student Association will be accepted.

Cultural Awareness Day will feature hand drumming, basket making and more from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, in the West Hall lobby and conference room.

The last activity will be a screening of "For the Next Seven Generations" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in Milliken Auditorium. Filmmaker Carole Hart has followed 13 indigenous grandmothers from Africa, Asia, the Arctic Circle and North, South and Central America since their first meeting in the fall of 2004 when they started a mission to save Mother Earth through prayer, education and healing. The movie will be preceded and followed by the Medicine Lodge Singers from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. A donation of $5 for adults and $3 for children is requested. After film royalty fees, proceeds will go to the grandmothers featured in the film to help support their mission.

Educational series looks at anxiety

Traverse city — The next program in the ninth annual Teacher and Parent Educational Series will focus on anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.

Sander Weckstein, MD, board certified child, adolescent and general psychiatrist will give the presentation from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in the library at Central High School, 1150 Milliken Dr. Admission is free and the public is invited.

The next program, planned for Feb. 8, will take a look at depression and bipolar disorder in children and adolescents. For details, call 935-0355.

Pathfinder students hold sock drive

Traverse City — The sixth grade students at The Pathfinder School, with the support of the United Way, are holding a sock drive as their community service project for November.

New socks of any size, shape and color can be dropped off through Nov. 30 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Pathfinder office, 11930 S. West Bay Shore Dr. E-mail Leisa Eckerle Hankins,, for more information.

TCAPS' November schedule reminder

Traverse City — Traverse City Area Public Schools reminds families of days in November when students will either have a half-day of classes or no school.

On Thursday, Nov. 12, all TCAPS' students will have a half-day of school because of elementary parent/teacher conferences and secondary professional development. Students will have no school on Wednesday, Nov. 24, because of parent/teacher conferences; and no school Thursday and Friday, Nov. 25-26, because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes will resume Monday, Nov. 29.

For current TCAPS calendar information, visit

Advisory committee volunteers sought

Traverse City — Traverse City Area Public Schools is recruiting volunteers to serve on the Sex Education Advisory Committee.

The committee meets monthly to review sex education curriculum and materials according to state law and local bylaws. Membership on the board must include parents whose children attend TCAPS' schools, students in the TCAPS district, educators, clergy and health professionals.

The application deadline is Nov. 15. Applications are available at under "Nursing Department." Call Sue Wilson, 933-5687 or 933-5610, for more information.

Bridge Program is enrolling for spring

Traverse City — Nontraditional students are invited to experience a fresh start, upgrade skills for the workplace and prepare for lifelong learning by joining Northwestern Michigan College's Bridge Program Experience.

Started in 1993, the Bridge Program is designed as a learning community in which nontraditional students learn and help each other as well as receive specialized attention.

Enrollment is under way for Spring 2011 semester and students receive guidance through admissions, financial aid and registration. Classes start Jan. 18 with an orientation and first day get-together. Both day and evening schedules are available.

For more information and an appointment to find out more about Bridge, call 995-1971 and ask for Lauren Jackson or Charlene Lutes.