TES Staff Update

For the Week of April 9-13

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"

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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

Teach/Review/Practice - Week 31: Basic Behavior Expectations – Classroom, Bus, Playground

Pledge Helper's this Week - Christian (Craft on deck)

Monday, April 9 -

  • I'll be hosting two Prospective Parent Tours (one in the AM and one in the PM)
  • District PAC meeting

Tuesday, April 10 -

  • Morning Collaboration at 7:50
  • Lunch provided by Flint Area School Employees Credit Union
  • Talent Show Audition from 3:50-6:00

Wednesday, April 11 –

  • SAT meeting at 7:45 in the PLC room
  • Turrill PTC Board Meeting
  • I'll be attending a Grandparents Luncheon with Grandma Sue
  • Blue Plate Lunch from 12:00-1:00 (Tpr. Martinez)
  • K-5 Admin Meeting at ASC in the PM

Thursday, April 12 -

  • Staff Meeting at 7:50 in the Specials Room
  • LAB Day for 2nd (AM) and 3rd (PM)
  • Speech and Language shadow in the house

Friday, April 13 -

  • Probably a fire drill today!
  • Turrill Tough Challenge assembly in the gym at 3:00 (even though my video says 2:30)

5th Grade M-STEP Testing

Chromebook carts being used for testing:

  • 5th grade and Special Ed carts since we are only testing up to two classrooms at any one time.

Special Ed Staff will be Proctoring M-STEP:

  • This will impact times they see students in other grade levels. We appreciate your flexibility when it comes to understanding that the normal times students see Special Ed staff for support are subject to change. We'll do our best to minimize these instances.

Testing times:

  • The schedule will be shared with all staff (see below)
  • The days that testing is being conducted will be announced in the morning

  • Hallway doors will be closed and signs posted when testing is underway

  • Student usage of the bathroom, including CI students, should be limited to the Kindergarten or 3rd grade hallway during testing

  • Travel through the hallway during testing should be minimized or avoided by going outside weather permitting with teacher supervision

Student Incentives:

  • I'll be talking to the 5th grade classrooms on Monday, April 9

  • Breakfast with the principal incentive earned through consistent effort on the M-STEP (I'll go into more detail during my talk with the classrooms)

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Upcoming Lab Days

I'd like to give you a heads up on some dates on some upcoming lab opportunities because they're coming up quickly. The district's next lab focus will be a chance to dive deeper in small group work and discuss another structure to meet students' needs - strategy groups.

This is a great next step for our building in continuation of our conversations during data days and PD about needs based groupings. Follow up labs will continue in the fall, along with the lab opportunities you expressed interest in from the survey results. Please look for a follow up email from Michelle with more details.

Here are lab dates for Murphy, Schickler, and Turrill teachers to come together as a group:

Thursday, April 12

  • 2nd - am
  • 3rd - pm

Monday, April 30

  • K - am
  • 1st - pm

Tuesday, May 22

  • 5th - am
  • 4th - pm

Snow Day Makeup Information

Michigan law allows school districts to count six days or equivalent hours of “forgiven” time toward our day and hour requirements when school is canceled due to reasons such as bad weather. This school year, we experienced nine cancellations for students on the traditional calendar and eight for students on the year-round calendar. We have two days built-in to our calendars to account for two of the canceled days.

For students and staff on the TRADITIONAL calendar:

April 2 (the Monday after Easter) and May 25 will now be scheduled days of instruction. The additional canceled day for traditional calendar students will be added to the end of the school year unless the state approves the waiver application.

For students and staff on the YEAR-ROUND calendar:

May 4 and May 25 will be scheduled days of instruction.

While it's rare to lose school days to weather in the spring (total jinx), please be aware that any additional days will be added to the end of the school year (pending waiver status) in order to be in compliance with state requirements for instructional days.

Next Young Scholars Assembly

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#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.

Carter Poniatowski (5th grader) represented Turrill exceptionally well at the Countywide Spelling Bee!

He made it to round eight, with just six kids remaining when he got out. This is fantastic, particularly as a fifth grader in a 5th-8th grade competition.

Turrill is proud of Carter Piontowski who placed in the top six at the county wide spelling bee. Carter correctly spelled etymology, acronym, and other challenging words. Well done Carter!

That's being Turrill Tough!!

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"Silly" Time!

Did you know?

  • 6 out of 8 months during this school year our office referrals have decreased compared to last year.
  • We are on a two month streak! The past two months (February and March) have seen a decline.

In order for us to create a learning environment where everyone can learn, it has to be safe first! We believe the decrease in office referrals is an indication that we are all doing better at helping to make our school a great place to learn!

So...on Friday, April 13th I'll be getting "Silly Stringed" during an assembly in the afternoon to honor your efforts!!



More Guided Reading Books are on Their Way!

The Board approved the purchase of over $65,000 of Capstone books aligned to NGSS (science standards) for use during Guided Reading.

Each building will receive a package of K-5 guided reading books, one package per grade level for grade level teams to share. They will be shipped to individual buildings very soon and need to be stamped with your building stamp.

The next step - we will need to determine where they will be stored so teachers have easy access to them along with a system for sharing them within and across grade levels as necessary.

Politics in Education

Click here for the site recommended by Marie for the latest in legislative updates.


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Content Area Building Level Leads

ELA - Jessica Oliver

Math - Crystal Hoganson

Science - Dave Chaffin

Social Studies - Jennifer Christian

Technology - Bob Losinger, Jennifer Christian

The latest Curriculum Update: November 2017


Emergency Drills (Updated on 8-7-17):

Three Lockdowns (one during lunch/recess)

  • August 16 (will be rescheduled)

  • November 9

  • March 16

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

  • August 10

  • September 13

  • October 11 during lunch/recess

  • April 13

  • May 14

Two Tornado Drills (one in March)

  • August 22

  • March 8


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
  • Kim Sullilvan - CPI, First Aid/CPR, AED, Epipen
  • Shannon Newton - CPI, First Aid/CPR, AED
  • Dennis King or Rick Martin