TES Staff Update

For the weeks of August 13-17

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...

...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.

Using our Manners is...

being Turrill Tough!!

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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 - Berry (Chaffin on deck)

Please Review Bathroom Expectations this week using the video below

Monday, August 13 -

  • Mini Rounds (download the schedule below)

Tuesday, August 14 -

  • Amy is going to be at the GISD for Social Studies training

Wednesday, August 15 -

  • E5/Kindergarten DRA Day
  • Novi Schools is visiting (you'll see Theresa Hribar!)
  • PTC Open Meeting at 3:45
  • Parent Volunteer Training from 6:30-7:00 in the gym

Thursday, August 16 -

  • I'll be at CPI Training for Admin all day
  • 1st Grade DRA Day

Friday, August 17 -

  • I'll be at RW all day
  • 2nd Grade and 2nd/3rd DRA Day

DRA Days - Full Day

Wed, August 15 - E5/K

Thurs, August 16 - 1st

Fri, August 17 - 2nd and 2/3 split

Mon, August 20 - 3rd and 4th

Tues, August 21 - 4/5 split and 5th

  • Each classroom teacher gets one full day sub.
  • Plan to meet at 8:40 in the PLC room.
  • The first part in the morning will consist of a brief conversation with Learning Coaches and grade level teams to discuss DRA and MLPP administration and scoring guidelines. The purpose is to continue to develop commonalities across the district.
  • We will come together as a group at the end of the day to discuss how the day went and how you will use the data as we move forward with supporting our students.
  • The time in between is for you to administer and analyze DRA and MLPP tests individually and with your grade level.

Coaching Program

Points to Remember

One objective of the Coaching Program is to provide coaching support for ALL teaching staff. How it looks and how the purpose of the coaching cycle is determined varies.

Coaching focus may be determined through:

  • Grade Level/Department Focus based on Summative Data
  • Student-Centered Need, Determined Collectively with Coach/Teacher(s) based on data, formative or summative
  • Teacher’s demonstrated need for support, based on observational or student performance data

Examples of Coaching Practices that may be implemented within a cycle:

  • Cognitive Coaching: Planning Conversation, Event, Reflecting Conversation, Problem-Solving…
  • Data Analysis: Among coach/teacher or coach/teacher team to identify student needs and focus of coach support.
  • Co-Planning: Regular collaborative planning throughout the coaching cycle centered on the jointly determined focus.
  • Model Lesson, Co-Teaching, Observation with Pre-/De-briefs: A me, us, you model in which the coach models, co-teaches, and provides feedback to classroom teachers. Because the coach position is not evaluative, the feedback should be focused on the jointly determined focus area(s).
  • Peer Observation with Pre-/De-brief: Focused observations and conversations on what was going on in the classroom and how it relates to cycle goal.
  • LAB, Lesson Study with Pre-/De-brief: includes goal setting, lesson observations, collaborative discussion and planning, and ongoing follow-up/support related to teacher implementation of lab classroom concepts.
  • Research Review or Classroom Action Research

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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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.


  • September 20 one-hour PD
  • 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:

  • September 18
  • October 2
  • 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:

  • September 6
  • October 4
  • 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)

  • Tuesday, August 14

  • 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)

  • Wednesday, August 29

  • 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 Staff trained in CPI
  • 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