TES Staff Update

For the week of December 31 - January 4

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.


Remember the "Boast Board" or send a personal letter using our school mail system! Taking the time to acknowledge the kind deeds of others 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 Helpers this Week - Brown (Abeare on deck)



Monday, December 31 -

  • No School
  • Rooting for the Spartans to beat Oregon!
  • Getting ready for the New Year!!


Tuesday, January 1 -

  • No School
  • The first day of a bright New Year!


Wednesday, January 2 -

  • No School
  • Getting ready to get back to school tomorrow


Thursday, January 3

  • Back to School today
  • Good News Club after school


Friday, January 4 -

  • PTC sponsored Popcorn Day

Opportunity Night at Lapeer High School

Monday, Jan. 14th, 5:30-8pm

933 South Saginaw Street

Lapeer, MI



Parents and Students:


We are proud to announce that Lapeer is hosting an Opportunity Night on Monday, January 14th from 5:30-8:00pm! The purpose of this event is to provide our community with an opportunity to learn more about the wide variety of programming we offer 6-12. Understanding the various opportunities at this level will enable you to help guide your son/daughter’s academic decisions, enabling you, in conjunction with our counseling and teaching staff, to create a plan that is unique and addresses his/her interests, aptitudes and aspirations. Now is the time to plan!


At Lapeer High School, there will be representatives from all of our programs. Beginning at 5:30 with a general presentation in the auditorium, you will have the chance to sit in on up to four educational sessions lasting about 25 minutes each in a small group setting. In addition, you will be able to check out and gather information about our clubs, groups and departments in the cafeteria during the entire evening.


This is your opportunity to learn more about the CHOICES at Lapeer Community Schools! Come check us out!


For more information, check out Lapeer Community School’s website or contact Jan Ciaramella at (810)667-2418 or jciaramella@lapeerschools.org.

Young Scholar Dates for December and January

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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TEACHER CORNER

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHKYN-jugjs

5410 - PROMOTION, PLACEMENT, AND RETENTION

REMINDER - If there is reason to believe that retention/promotion may benefit the student, a Preliminary Student Retention/Promotion Conference is held and documented on Retention/Promotion Form 1 by the end of term 2.. During the preliminary conference, parents and teachers collaborate to review the current intervention plan and any existing SAT documentation.. An action plan for further interventions is developed, implemented and monitored following the Preliminary Student Retention/Promotion conference. :



5410 - PROMOTION, PLACEMENT, AND RETENTION


Student Retention/Promotion Procedures (K- 8)

Generally, research does not support retention as having long-term benefits on academic achievement for most students.. However, it is noted that in some circumstances, retention may be determined to be in the best educational interest of the student.


For the purposes of this policy, promotion is defined as the advancement of at least a full grade level for all academic content.. For example, after a student completes 1st grade, he/she advances to 3rd grade the following year never having completed 2nd grade.. These guidelines are not applicable when advancing a student in individual coursework within a grade.


Parent involvement in the educational process is an important component of the success of every student.. Therefore, ongoing parent communication throughout all phases of retention/promotion consideration is required and essential.. Parents must be notified as soon as concerns regarding student academic progress arise, and parent communication should continue throughout each phase of consideration.

Consideration of retention/promotion for K-8 students may only occur following careful monitoring of academic achievement and multiple documented student interventions through the RtI (Response to Intervention) process.. A referral to a Student Assistance Team (SAT) must also be completed.. If following careful monitoring and collaborative support, a student is not demonstrating expected progress at the end of term 2, retention may be considered as an option.


If there is reason to believe that retention/promotion may benefit the student, a Preliminary Student Retention/Promotion Conference is held and documented on Retention/Promotion Form 1 by the end of term 2.. During the preliminary conference, parents and teachers collaborate to review the current intervention plan and any existing SAT documentation.. An action plan for further interventions is developed, implemented and monitored following the Preliminary Student Retention/Promotion conference.


A Final Determination Retention Conference is held prior to the end of the school year to review progress of the action plan and documented on Retention/Promotion Form 2.. A final determination will be made based on academic achievement, academic growth and social considerations.


Retention/promotion consideration forms should be retained in the students SAT folder.. If a final recommendation is made to retain a student, a copy of the Student Retention/Promotion Conference Final Decision Form 2 should be forwarded to the Department of Instruction and the original placed in the student CA.


Early 5 or Kindergarten Considerations

If, within the first six weeks after the start of the school year, there is reason to believe that retention/promotion may benefit an early five or kindergarten student, an E5/K Student Status Change conference is held and documented on the E5/K Student Status Change Form (Form 3).. During an E5/K Student Status Change conference, parents and teachers collaborate to review the change proposed/new classroom if applicable.. Final determination is approved by the building principal and central office.


Consideration of retention/promotion for early five or kindergarten students beyond the first six weeks after the start of the school year may only occur following the process for retention/promotion documented above on Retention/Promotion Form 1 by the end of term 2 and Retention/Promotion Form 2 at the end of the school year.

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.


Remaining ONE HOUR PDs:

  • 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.


Remaining K-5 Collaborative Planning Days are scheduled as follows:

  • December 18
  • January 8
  • January 22
  • February 5
  • February 26
  • March 5
  • March 19
  • April 9
  • April 23
  • May 7
  • May 21
  • June 4


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

  • January 10
  • February 7
  • March 7
  • April 25
  • May 9
  • June 6

CURRICULUM RESOURCES

Content Area Building Level Leads

ELA - Jessica Oliver


Math - Crystal Hoganson


Science - Dave Chaffin


Social Studies - Jennifer Christian


Technology - Jennifer Christian & Jennifer Palecek

SCHOOL SAFETY

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

CARE Team

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