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Space Balloon Launched

May 12, 2016, 12:00 am

Weather conditions were just right the morning of May 5 for Mr. Smith's Upper Elementary class to launch their near space balloon.  Near space is the region of Earth's atmosphere that lies between 65,000 and 328,000 feet above sea level.  The successful launch capped off a project that tied into multiple subject areas and was part of the Global Space Balloon Challenge, in which people around the



GTA Excels at Music Festival

May 12, 2016, 12:00 am

Eleven “Superior” (1st place) ratings and two “Excellent” (2nd place) ratings were awarded to our students at the Northern Michigan Region Charter School Solo & Ensemble Contest on April 30.  Independent judges evaluated students on musical skills such as intonation, tonal quality, stage presentation, technique, rhythmic accuracy, interpretation, and musicianship as they performed a piece of music solo or in a group.  Superior ratings were awarded to Jessica Hardy (B♭ clarinet & contra- 



Charity Event a Success

April 28, 2016, 12:00 am

Thanks to the efforts of the Children with Hair Loss Committee and event volunteers, Grand Traverse Academy’s Key Club put on a very successful event on May 6.  Over 40 individuals donated their hair, and a number of people stopped by to make monetary donations.  One individual donated 18 inches of hair and a local couple donated more than 34 inches between the two of them!  Committee members are to be commended for their hard work and dedication to this semi-annual event. 



Help Us Win the TBACU Challenge

April 7, 2016, 12:00 am

Grand Traverse Academy is one of 12 area schools which entered the TBA Credit Union Box Tops Challenge.  Credit Union customers are dropping off their Box Tops for Education coupons, which will be awarded to the school that receives the most “likes” on the TBACU Facebook page by September 30.  We are currently in first place, but the second place school is nipping at our heels!  If you haven’t already done so, visit the TBACU Facebook page and “like” Grand Traverse Academy.  Feel free to encourage your Facebook friends to do the same – with your help, we can win the challenge and all the Box Tops that TBACU collects!



It's Time for Mustang Madness!

April 7, 2016, 12:00 am

Basketball season is over, spring is (almost!) here and it’s time to celebrate with our annual Mustang Madness student vs. staff basketball challenge and fundraiser auction, set for Friday, April 15.  It’s an all-day affair with fun for the whole family!  New this year is a tailgate party in the south parking lot starting at 1:00 pm (with a hot dog or hamburger meal available for purchase), a bounce house and obstacle course for kids in the Small Gym, and a “car smash,” where you can take out your frustrations on a junk car for a small donation.  A silent auction of donated gift certificates and merchandise will be set up in the hallway leading to the Elementary Wing 



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