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Mr. Kennedy's Community Newsletter

TSGA School Hours 8:05-3:05pm

Dates to Remember

October 9: Turner Days 9-5pm

October 15: NO SCHOOL Teacher Work Day

October 20: Parent Teacher Conferences (Evening)

October 21: Parent Teacher Conferences (All Day)

October 22: No School

October 28: TSGA Trunk or Treat

Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences

We will be having our fall parent-teacher conferences on the following dates and times:

Wednesday, October 20th

  • 4-7pm

Thursday, October 21st
  • 8-11 AM Conferences
  • 11-12 PM - NO CONFERENCES Teacher Lunch
  • 12-4 PM Conferences
  • 4-5 PM NO CONFERENCES Teacher Dinner
  • 5-8 PM Teacher Conferences

You will enter the main doors at TSGA during conference hours. We will have staff members who will give you a conference form that your child filled out. Your child is more than welcome to attend with you.

You will have the option to going to visit each of your child's classroom teachers (ELA, Math Science & Social Studies). Our Exploratory teachers (Art, Mobile Media, Music & PE) will be set up in the gym. We will not schedule conferences. This will be on a first-come-first-serve basis. You may have to have a seat and wait until a certain teacher is available. We will have a translator available for our Spanish speaking families.

We do set aside an hour for our teachers to have a lunch and dinner on Thursday, October 21st. Our doors will be closed at that time and teachers will not be available.

If you have additional questions about this process, please reach out to our office.

TSGA Trunk or Treat

On Thursday, October 28 TSGA will host a drive-thru "Trunk or Treat" event from 6-7pm. The will take place in our South parking lot. We invite all Bulldog families to attend. We will ask that you enter through our main entrance, around to the back parking and receive candy from staff members in costumes all from the comfort of your car. We encourage your child(ren) to dress up in a Halloween outfit as well!
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Student will receive information on Major Saver next week...Stay Tuned!!!

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Clubs & BOOST


Each homeroom teacher shared a video that highlighted the clubs we offer at TSGA. If your child was interested in a particular club they received a permission slip with additional information about that specific club. Those forms were due Friday, October 8th, but if your child would like to turn one in they are more than welcome to. Our club options are:

  • Coding
  • Writing
  • Math
  • Science
  • Creativity
  • Project LIT


Beginning October 26, TSGA will be providing BOOST for students. This will take place every Tue/Wed/Thur from 3:30-4:30pm.This is an after-school program that will support your child’s academic needs in reading and math. You may receive additional information at your child's parent-teacher conference. If you child is able to participate they will bring a form home that needs to be filled out and returned to school. A snack is provided. Transportation is available as well.

COVID Quarantine Information

Below are three different scenarios for students who test positive and/or who are exposed to COVID. Our nurse is able to administer a rapid COVID test with parent permission.

Positive Student

Quarantine for 10 days starting day symptoms began or date of test. Return to school on day 11.

School/Outside of Household Exposure

Quarantine for 10 days from last date of exposure OR stay in school and test every 7 days.

Household Exposure

Quarantine for 10 days WITH positive member, starting day symptoms began or date of test, PLUS 7 days for their own quarantine period. Return on day 18 OR quarantine for 10 days WITH positive member, starting day symptoms began or date of test and return to school on day 11, and test every day for 7 days.

Nurse Information

Debbie Pittman is our school nurse. I hope you got to meet her at back to school night. She will be the one who takes care of your child at TSGA if they are not feeling well or if they just need an ice pack or band aid. She is a great resource if your child:

  • has a health condition that needs attention at school
  • becomes sick or ill
  • needs hygiene supplies

We still have COVID procedures for in place in the Turner School District. Nurse Debbie will explain these to you if your child goes home sick so that you have more information. She school will ask if you would like an optional COVID test if your child were go home sick.

Any student with a temperature of 100 degrees, or higher, will have to go home. If this occurs parents will be notified and have to pick them up immediately. You will not need to come into the office, just call 913-288-3800 and we will bring them out to you.

If a student goes home with a temperature they cannot return until they are fever free for 72 hours without medication.

It is important that you have an updated phone number and email address so that we can contact you if this occurs. You can check and update this in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account. If you have issues access your Parent Portal account please use the following email address for assistance: ParentPortalHelp@turnerusd202.org

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Arrival and Dismissal

Car Rider Arrival

Car riders can be dropped off starting at 7:40am in the front circle drive. We have two lanes. When your student enters the building through the double doors. If you arrive after 8am your child will have to enter through the main office doors. They will have to press the buzzer to the right of the door to be let in.

Car Rider Dismissal

Car rider will go to our gym/cafeteria at 3:05pm. They will sit/stand socially distanced in this space while they wait for you to arrive or to be called to leave. Once you pull up in the front drive a staff member will ask you who your child is, call for them and then they will come out. After the first couple of weeks our staff members will recognize you and may not have to ask who you are picking up. This process will become quicker with practice and familiarity.

Bus Arrival

They must wear a mask while on the bus and will have assigned seats so that they are socially distanced. Busses will be unloaded one at a time as they arrive at TSGA. A staff member will walk them from the bus into they building. Upon entering they will go straight to their homeroom.

Bus Dismissal

We will load busses starting at 3:05pm. We will load one bus at a time so that students can social distance while leaving their classrooms and getting on the bus. This process may be slower at first, but will eventually become quicker. Students must wear their mask on the bus ride home.


Our goal is to have all of our students here every day. Classes start at 8:05am. After 8:05am a student will be counted tardy. All students get 10 excused absences. If your child is out for a medical purpose, you can share their doctor's note and our office staff will enter this as a medical absence. If your child is absent for any reason, please call the school at 913-288-3800. Our office staff will get this marked in our attendance system.


We will have breakfast available for students. This is set up as a grab and go breakfast. We will have two food service employees who will distribute breakfast to students as they arrive in the morning. Students who choose to eat breakfast do so in their homeroom classroom.

Transportation Ride 360 & Bus Cards

Traversa App

All TUSD buses are now equipped with technology that will allow parents to track their student’s bus and receive notifications about the bus location. Students will have swipe cards that they use when they get on or off of the their bus. This will allow parents to see track the bus ride. Students will need to keep this swipe card in a safe place. They receive one free lost card per year. If they need a third card, they will be charged $5.

If you have any questions or need assistance getting your student(s) linked in the Ride 360 app, please call us at 913-288-3700. We encourage you to watch the below videos to learn more about how to download the Ride 360 app as well as the many features you will find in the app, including phone notifications for when the bus is nearing your stop.

Features of the Ride 360 App: https://youtu.be/tXlMRen-snQ

Downloading and Linking Students to the Ride 360 App: https://youtu.be/Estz9DOdDi4

Bus Cards

Student should have bus cards and lanyards . Students will swipe their card when they get on the bus. This will allow parents to use the Traversa app to track their child's bus ride.

Remind your child to keep this bus card in a safe place. If a student loses their card, they do receive one free card. If they lose it a second time they are charged $5. If a student loses their card, please let our office staff know. There is additional information about the Traversa app in this newsletter.


Schoology is our district's learning management system. Your child will use this daily at TSGA. When logged is as a parent you can view information about your child's grades and can communicate with their teachers. I encourage you to download the app, if you have not already done so, in preparation for the upcoming school year. Use the link below if you need additional support.


TUSD Enrollment

Use this link to find additional information about enrolling your child for the 2020-21 school year.

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TSGA Staff

Principal - Matthew Kennedy

Office Staff - Tammy Wake and Teresa Torres

Nurse - Debbie PIttman

Kitchen Manager - Joanna Romo

Math - Theresa Clifford, Angela Riley, Karen Parra, Carrie Weber

ELA - Sarah Holland, Mollie Carty, Ron Wilks, Nichole Zuniga

Science - Breanna Copple

Social Studies - Darian Nave, Bruce Dougherty

Mobile Media - Shelby Smith

Music - Erin Highland

Art - Dana Hetzler

PE - Pete Neri

Band - Wesley Lewis

Special Education (SPED) Teachers- Erica Etzel, Ashley Pieper

SPED Paraprofessionals - Samantha Carey, Cateeka Evans

English Language Learning (ELL) - Melissa Smith

Counselor - LIndsey Fisher

Social Worker - Susanna Hendrickson

Psychologist - Jacquline Cowher

Insctructional Coach - Sarah Tidwell

Title I Paraprofessional - Misty Deckard, Rachel Way, Jen Deckard

Speech - Jennifer Ramshaw

Custodian - Rosie Kurtz, Heath Roland

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