TES Staff Update

For the week of October 8-12

Our Mission

Lapeer Community Schools is a dynamic community organization embracing our students with a quality learning environment, developing independent and confident learners for the future.

Non-negotiable Goal

Collaboration, Compromise and Commitment

We are "Turrill Tough"

#TurrillTough means...

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...at Turrill we're not just building things. We want to work with our parents to build better people!! A Community of Success!

We think that each one of us is strong individually but we are even stronger when we work together.

Being Kind and Using our Manners is...

being Turrill Tough!!

Teacher Day:

  • The teacher workday for Turrill teachers is from 8:40 – 3:45.
  • On Collaboration or SIP/Staff Meetings the teacher workday is 7:50 - 3:45.
  • 1-Hour Professional Development Days are from 7:40-8:40.
A Further Look Ahead - Click here for School Calendar

Building events will be posted to the calendar on our school website.

Nuts and Bolts for the Week

Pledge Helper's these Weeks - Campbell (Lawrence on deck)

Monday, October 8 -

  • Penny Wars this Week
  • Blue Plate Lunch
  • Sam's Club is here

Tuesday, October 9 -

  • Morning Collaboration at 7:50
  • Fire Drill
  • Lawrence's Class to Skinner Lake

Wednesday, October 10 -

  • I have a K-5 Admin meeting in the afternoon

Thursday, October 11 -

  • Staff Meeting at 7:50
  • Good News Club after school

Friday, October 12 -

  • Campbell's class to Skinner Lake
  • Popcorn Day
  • Smith's class to Skinner Lake
  • March is Reading Month Movie Night
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Halloween News!

The Halloween Parade will begin at 2:30 on Wednesday, October 31st followed by classroom celebrations.

The following will be communicated to parents regarding costumes in next week's Parent Update:

Halloween Costumes:

  • Students may wear Halloween costumes that are appropriate for an elementary school. No blood or gore.

  • Face painting is allowed if the student is recognizable and the painting applies to the costume being worn (i.e. whiskers for a cat, nose for a clown).

  • No toy (or real) weapons are allowed at school.

  • If a costume is determined by a staff member to be a disruption in the classroom, a possible safety hazard, or inappropriate the student will be asked to change or modify the costume.

  • Students may be allowed time to change into their costume at the discretion of the teacher.

  • Parents are encouraged to supervise their child's costume choice – keeping in mind that ultimately Turrill Elementary is a place of learning, safety and appropriateness.

  • The administration reserves the right to address students with inappropriate costumes to either change or determine other possible solutions.

Young Scholar Dates

Lower Elementary 2:00-2:30

Upper Elementary 2:45-3:15

  • All classes dismissed at the same time
  • Designated areas for classroom
  • Honoring the Reader (certificate and Hungry Howie's certificate), Author (certificate and Hungry Howie's certificate), Teacher selected Student of the Month (certificate and Pizza lunch with the principal)
  • Picture time at the end for parents with students on the stage
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Just for Fun...


Toward a Better Understanding of Bloom’s Taxonomy

Toward a Better Understanding of Bloom’s Taxonomy In this Education Week article, Ron Berger (EL Education) says that Benjamin Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning, originally published in 1956 and revised in 2001, has served as a useful reminder of the need to balance lower- and higher-level thinking. “Classrooms that don’t allow students to become experts in rich content knowledge are missing a vital foundation and contribute to a knowledge-equity gap in America,” says Berger. “Conversely, classrooms that focus almost exclusively on content and memorization with little application, analysis, and creation cause a different problem.”

But many educators believe that students need to progress up the taxonomy pyramid step by step – Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analyzing, Evaluating, and Creating. “This hierarchical vision of discrete, sequential steps in learning was not Bloom’s intent,” says Berger. “Nevertheless, it is now widespread among teachers and is as deeply troubling as it is fundamentally wrong.”

If you wanted to learn the guitar, computer coding, or yoga, says Berger, “It is unlikely you would want to separate learning from doing. You would not want to sit at a desk for months listening to someone lecture about carpentry tools or musical instruments without being allowed to pick up a chisel or guitar… But that is often what school is like for our students.” Could that be why so many are turned off school and forget most of what they’ve learned after taking a test? The key is integrating the levels of Bloom’s taxonomy in natural ways and hooking students’ interest and engagement through authentic projects and applications in their communities – for example, producing books on local history, field guides, and water quality reports. Students who are taught this way, says Berger, “are learning content, analyzing data, and building understanding of both local issues and the broader fields of science and history at the same time as they are applying that learning to create and contribute.” Berger believes that when teaching and learning are orchestrated in this way, racial/economic achievement gaps close.

Building Collective Efficacy

  • Build instructional knowledge and skills
  • Create opportunities for teachers to collaboratively share skills and experience
  • Interpret results and provide actionable feedback on teachers' performance
  • Involve teachers in school decision making
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Important Dates

Additional Professional Work Time Requirements

Seven hours of required professional development time shall be provided in accordance to the schedule that follows. Absences during this professional development time which are covered by sick leave or personal business leave shall be deducted from such accrued leave. Absences relating to student competitions (not practices) are allowable with prior approval of school business leave.


  • October 18 one-hour PD
  • November 15 one-hour PD
  • February 28 one-hour PD
  • March 14 one-hour PD
  • April 11 one-hour PD Elementary Only (K-5)
  • May 16 one-hour PD

Four additional hours of online professional development are required to be completed no later than June 1, 2019. Topics for online professional development sessions will be reviewed and approved by the evaluator no later than the conclusion of the Initial Teacher Evaluation Meeting in the fall. Topics for online PD must support building and/or District School Improvement Plans. Documentation of completion of online sessions must be submitted in June. Online professional development may not be completed during times assigned for student instruction, teacher collaboration, professional development, or SIP.

K-5 Collaborative Planning Days are scheduled as follows:

  • October 2 changed to Oct 9
  • October 16
  • October 30
  • November 13
  • December 4
  • December 18
  • January 8
  • January 22
  • February 5
  • February 26
  • March 5
  • March 19
  • April 9
  • April 23
  • May 7
  • May 21
  • June 4

General School Improvement activities and staff meetings are scheduled as follows:

  • October 4 changed to October 11
  • November 1
  • December 6
  • January 10
  • February 7
  • March 7
  • April 25
  • May 9
  • June 6


Content Area Building Level Leads

ELA - Jessica Oliver

Math - Crystal Hoganson

Science - Dave Chaffin

Social Studies - Jennifer Christian

Technology - Jennifer Christian & Jennifer Palecek


Emergency Drills (Updated on 6-27-18):

Three Lockdowns (one during lunch/recess)

  • Monday, Sept 17

  • Friday, November 9

  • Thursday, March 14

Five Fire Drills (three before Dec 1 and one during lunch/recess)

  • Thursday, August 9

  • Friday, September 7

  • Tuesday, October 9

  • Wednesday, April 24

  • Monday, May 13

Two Tornado Drills (one in March)

  • Tuesday, Sept 11

  • Tuesday, March 5


Purpose: called in Emergency Situations when Staff and/or Student Safety is at risk.

Emergency Situations:

1. Is there an ongoing emergency?

2. Does the student's behavior pose an imminent risk to student's or others' safety?

3. Does the situation require an immediate intervention?

Protocol for Summoning the Team:

  • Classroom teacher will contact the office by any means necessary
  • Secretary (or available office staff) will use Walkie Talkie to call for "CARE Team to Room (include teacher's name)

Team members:

  • All Level 2 CPI trained staff
  • Custodial Staff
  • Office Staff

Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT)

Purpose: called in emergency Medical situations.

Protocol for Summoning the Team:

  • Classroom teacher will contact the office by any means necessary
  • Secretary (or available office staff) will use Walkie Talkie to call for "MERT Team to Room (include teacher's name)

Team Members:

  • Robert Downey - CPI, CPR, Epipen, AED
  • RaeAnne Fielder - CPI, Epipen
  • Shannon Newton - CPI, First Aid/CPR, AED
  • Dennis King or Rick Martin