Important Information

Dear Council Members & TTCS Staff,

The State Public Education Department has released our school grade for the 2013 - 2014 school year. I am extremely pleased to announce that TTCS has received an "A" - up from the previous years grade of "D". This represents an incredible effort, and hard work at every level of TTCS. Governance Council members, administration, and staff have all done an amazing job of focusing on improving the schools grade - while NEVER forgetting our #1 priority - preparing students academically and socially for lifelong success.

I want to thank the TTCS staff for your hard work, dedication, and commitment to the students of TTCS.

I want to thank Dr. Griffin, whose leadership in his first year at TTCS played a crucial role in our success.

I want to thank the Governance Council members for having the vision of a successful TTCS, while providing the responsible stewardship which has been critical to the schools success.

I want to congratulate all of you on this impressive achievement. While we still have work to do, this is the time for us to celebrate.

Well Done!

Sincerely,

-fjt-

Floyd J. Trujillo

President

TTCS Governance Counci


Press release from The TTCS Governing Board
July 18th, 2014

Turquoise Trail Charter School press release 7-18-2014

 To all media outlets
Turquoise Trail Charter School to Apply for State

Authorization

At its regular monthly meeting on Thursday July 17th, the Turquoise Trail Charter School Governance Council voted unanimously to become a state charter school. The school chose to apply for its fifth five-year charter with the New Mexico Public Education Commission. The school’s charter authorizer for the past 20 years has been Santa Fe Public Schools.

Turquoise Trail is the oldest charter school in New Mexico, and one of the largest charter schools in the state, with 525 students in PreK through 6th grade. The school is located on Highway 14, south of the Santa Fe city limits.

The Governance Council, which acts as the decision making authority for the school, released the following statement:

“After several years of discussion and analysis, and following a strategic planning process, the Turquoise Trail Charter School Governance Council, acting on behalf of the school community, has concluded that the school is now ready to become an independent charter school.

The Turquoise Trail Charter School community is grateful for the support and guidance provided by the Santa Fe Public Schools, its board and its current and past superintendents. The past 20 years have brought new funding and programming opportunities for New Mexico charter schools, and we believe that this is the right time to become fully independent and to be authorized by the Public Education Commission rather than continue as a dependent charter in our school district.”

Floyd J. Trujillo, President of the school’s Governance Council added “This decision was a very difficult one, especially given the longstanding support we have received from Santa Fe Public Schools. However, we believe that this step will give us additional flexibility necessary to improve our students’ educational opportunities.”

Turquoise Trail Charter School was founded in 1990 by the Santa Fe Public Schools as an experiment in site-based management. In 1994, the school board authorized

Turquoise Trail as the first conversion charter school and one of the first three charter schools in New Mexico. In 2001, under newly revised charter school statutes, Turquoise Trail gained financial autonomy.

Head Administrator and Principal Dr. Ray Griffin noted that “Turquoise Trail is now taking another step towards independence and is ready to embrace the excellence required of a truly self-governing institution. Working together as an independent school community, our families, staff and volunteers will forge higher standards for Turquoise Trail and pave the way for our students’ success in a demanding and engaging world.” 



Turquoise Trail Charter School – Charter Renewal

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

1)  What is a charter school?

            A charter school is a public school which is independent of a school district.  Charter schools have their own Governing Board (or Governance Council) which is responsible for setting school policies, creating and maintaining the school’s budget, and hiring and evaluating the Head Administrator of the school.


2)  How long has Turquoise Trail been a charter school?

            Turquoise Trail was granted its first charter in 1994.  It is currently the oldest charter school in New Mexico.


3)  What does the “Change in Authorizer” mean?

            By law, charter schools must renew their charters every 5 years.  TTCS has always been chartered through the SFPS district.  However, at the July meeting the TTCS Governance Council voted to renew its charter through the New Mexico Public Education Commission (PEC).  While this will change the process for TTCS in terms of reporting (progress reports, financial reports etc. will be sent to NM PED instead of SFPS), we anticipate little (if any) change to the day to day operations of TTCS.

Commission-authorized schools are often called “state chartered schools.”


4)  When will this change go into effect?

            TTCS will submit its' application to the NM PED in October of 2014.  PED will make its decision on renewing the charter in January of 2015.  This new charter will go into effect on July 1, 2015.


5)  Will there be any changes for the current school year (2014 – 1015)?

            No.  The current charter is in place until June 30, 2015.


6)  Is there an effect on admission to the school?

            No. We have always been required to admit our students through a lottery that is held each spring. None of the policies or procedures now in place for the lottery will change.


7)  Is there an effect on employment at the school?

            No. Our staff and faculty are already employed independently by Turquoise Trail and no one’s status will change because of the change in authorizer.


8)  How do Commission-authorized charter schools differ from district-authorized charter schools?

·      Funding is received directly through from the state and does not pass through the school district.

·      Applications for special programs such as Pre-K and Title I (assistance to economically disadvantaged schools) are made directly to the Public Education Department and are not written by the school district.

·      Funding is expected to be greater for certain special programs.

·      The Public Education Commission has a staff charged with monitoring the progress of state chartered schools. This staff also provides technical assistance and support for state chartered schools.

·      Generally, state chartered schools outperform other schools around the state in academic measures.

·      Because state chartered schools are independent of school districts, they must meet higher standards for competent governance and administration.


9)  What other benefits does the school anticipate from this change?

            As schools of choice, identity is important to charter schools. We want our school community to recognize our independence and our freedom to define our own mission, set our own goals and promote our own high standards. It can be difficult for the public to appreciate our independence when we are perceived as a district school. Re-chartering through the PEC is just another in a series of steps we have taken since 1994 to solidify our position as an independent school.

 

            


Daily Announcements


Have you ever wondered what a charter school is? How we are different? Why?
this is an excellent website to answer most of your questions

What is a charter school?
http://www.vox.com/cards/charter-schools/what-is-a-charter-school





REMINDERS 
Contact Mary, in the front office, if your contact information has changed: 467-1700. Students should be in the cafeteria by 7:45 a.m.  school begins in the classroom at 7:50.We have had several parents arrive late to pick up their children from aftercare. Beginning on
Monday, August 26, parents arriving late will automatically be charged $1 per minute past 5:30. We will use the displayed time on our staff ’s cell phones as the official time (not the clocks on the school walls). If you arrive late, staff will show you the time on their cell phones and record it on the sign-out sheet. Thank you for your cooperation.


Start of School information 2014-15

Supply List 2014-15

School supply list 2014-15
all grades


Other Events

Dear TTCS community:
Our entire community should celebrate the NM School Grade Report Card A recognition of our school and the extraordinary efforts everyone made last school year to improve our school grade-- especially our students, and their teachers. Make no mistake- everyone at TTCS played an important role in our significant improvement.

The 2014 School Grading Reports are now available publically on the PED website:
 
 
If you see a map on this web site, look for the "list view" button


NEW TEACHERS at TTCS for 2014-15


We are very pleased to announce that we have hired the following new teachers for the 2014-15 school year:

BAND:
Dan Borton, a well respected professional woodwind player and teacher back in Santa Fe after a few years in Texas, will begin to teach 5th and 6th grade band this coming year. Band will be a "pull out" class again on Wed. and Fridays. We have reconditioned may flutes and clarinets and hope to have as many students in band this year.  Important note: Char Rothschild will continue to be our music teacher- teaching M-TH this coming year.

Pre-K

Beth Murray
(Former TTCS pk teacher) morning Pre-K session
Carolann Gutierrez
- afternoon Pre-K session- Many years experience in SFPS as a teacher, district administrator and charter school leader.
Nancilee D'Angelico will continue to teach  both morning and afternoon sections.

1st Grade
Shauna Griffin- comes from Ramirez Thomas elementary in Santa Fe.

3rd Grade
Debbie Hart- Debbie was one of our librarians last year and has held many other teaching positions at TTCS.

5TH Grade
Kathy Hillock- Kathy was a student teacher last year in 5th grade at TTCS. 

Special Education

Linda Tucker-  Linda comes to us from Wood Gormley elementary in Santa Fe

ESL Bilingual
Karen Weigle has joined our Bilingual staff and will be teaching 3 days per week, K-6.  By profession she is an industrial engineer. Originally from Honduras, She has lived in Santa Fe for 5 years. She worked at Agua Fria Elementary for the past 2 years.









SUMMER SCHOOL at TTCS

The TTCS k-3 summer school has started. Its not too late to join us!
Gardening- Spanish- Library, music, art, projects, reading, writing, PE and lots of great learning opportunities await.

Buses/Transportation and free breakfast and lunch are available.
Come to school now and get started.... Our teachers are waiting.

TTCS Policies

As of February 2014, Turquoise Trail Charter School has adopted the attached policy regarding NEW STUDENT ASSESSMENT AND SUMMER SCHOOL.
Policy%20333-NewStudentAssessment.pdf

Turquoise Trail Charter School

Governance Council: Cyberbullying Policy

7-1-14
“Cyber-bullying”
is defined as bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, which includes but is not limited to any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by such things as electronic mail, internet communications, instant message, text message or facsimile. Cyber-bullying includes (i) the creation of a web page or blog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person or (ii) the knowing impersonation of another person as the author of posted content or messages, if the creation or impersonation is a violation under the law. Cyber-bullying also includes the distribution by electronic means of a communication to more than one person or the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed by one or more persons, if the distribution or posting is a violation of the law.

It is the responsibility of every student, parent and employee of the school district to recognize acts of bullying, cyber-bullying and retaliation. Any student who believes that he or she has been the victim of bullying, cyber-bullying or retaliation should report it immediately to his or her teacher or principal.

Students, parents and members of the school staff (including but not limited to educators, administrators, school nurses, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, coaches, advisors, advisors to an extracurricular activity, or paraprofessionals), who witness or become aware of bullying cyber-bullying or retaliation should immediately report it to the principal.

Reports of bullying or cyber-bullying will be promptly investigated. If the school principal or a designee determines that bullying or retaliation has occurred, the school principal or designee will (i) notify the police if the principal or designee believes that criminal charges may be pursued against the perpetrator; (ii) take appropriate disciplinary action; (iii) notify the parents or guardians of the perpetrator; and (iv) notify the parents or guardians of the victim, and to the extent consistent with state and federal law, notify them of the action taken to prevent any further acts of bullying or retaliation.

The School district will provide age-appropriate instruction on bullying prevention and provide professional development to build the skills of staff members, as required by law. The Superintendent will develop a Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan, which shall set forth the administrative guidelines and procedures for the implementation of this policy. Such Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan shall include, but not be limited to: procedures for reporting, responding to and investigating reports of bullying or retaliation; the range of disciplinary actions that may be taken against a perpetrator for bullying or retaliation or against someone for making a false accusation of bullying; procedures for remedying incidents of bullying and restoring a sense of safety for a victim and assessing that victim’s needs for protection; strategies for protecting from bullying or retaliation a person who reports bullying or provides information during an investigation; any notification requirements consistent with state and federal law; a strategy for providing counseling or referral to appropriate services for perpetrators, victims and family members; and provisions for educating and informing parents about bullying and the School District’s bullying prevention curriculum.

Students and parents or guardians will receive notice of the relevant student-related section of the Plan annually and faculty and staff at each school shall be trained annually on the plan applicable to the school. Each building principal shall be responsible for the implementation and oversight of the Plan at his or her school. The building principal or designee shall assist students, parents, and employees of the School District who seek guidance or support in addressing matters relating to any form of bullying, cyber-bullying or retaliation.

Any student who knowingly makes a false accusation of bullying or retaliation will be subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to reprimand, detention, loss of privileges, and/or suspension. An educational component will be part of the actions taken. If the false accusations have civil and/or criminal elements then further actions may be taken by appropriate law enforcement agencies.

Any staff member, parent, and/or community member who knowingly engage in false accusations will be subject to appropriate consequences administered by the school system and/or law enforcement agencies.

Complaints of bullying or retaliation may be made anonymously; however, no disciplinary action shall be taken against a student, staff member, parent, or community member solely on the basis of an anonymous report.

FROM NM STATE GUIDELINES:

TITLE 6                 PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION

CHAPTER 12       PUBLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION - HEALTH AND SAFETY

PART 7                 BULLYING PREVENTION

 

6.12.7.1                 ISSUING AGENCY:  Public Education Department

[6.12.7.1 NMAC - N, 11-30-06]

 

6.12.7.2                 SCOPE:  All public schools, including charter schools, and state supported educational institutions.

[6.12.7.2 NMAC - N, 11-30-06]

 

6.12.7.3                 STATUTORY AUTHORITY:  This regulation is adopted pursuant to Sections 22-2-1 and 9-24-8 NMSA 1978.

[6.12.7.3 NMAC - N, 11-30-06]

 

6.12.7.4                 DURATION:  Permanent

[6.12.7.4 NMAC - N, 11-30-06]

 

6.12.7.5                 EFFECTIVE DATE:  November 30, 2006, unless a later date is cited at the end of a section.

[6.12.7.5 NMAC - N, 11-30-06]

 

6.12.7.6                 OBJECTIVE: This rule establishes requirements for districts, schools and state supported educational institutions to address bullying of students by adopting and implementing policies.

[6.12.7.6 NMAC - N, 11-30-06]

 

6.12.7.7                 DEFINITIONS:

                A.            “Bullying” means any repeated and pervasive written, verbal or electronic expression, physical act or gesture, or a pattern thereof, that is intended to cause distress upon one or more students in the school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, at a designated bus stop, or at school activities or sanctioned events.  Bullying includes, but is not limited to, hazing, harassment, intimidation or menacing acts of a student which may, but need not be based on the student’s race, color, sex, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation.

                B.            "Department” means the public education department.

                C.            “Harassment” means knowingly pursuing a pattern of conduct that is intended to annoy, alarm or terrorize another person.

                D.            “IDEA” means the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 USC Secs. 1401 and following, including future amendments.

                E.             "Local school board" means the governing body of a school district or charter school.

                F.             "School district" means an area of land established as a political subdivision of the state for the administration of public schools and segregated geographically for taxation and bonding purposes.

[6.12.7.7 NMAC - N, 11-30-06]

 

6.12.7.8 REQUIREMENTS:

                A.    This section applies to local school boards, local school districts, and charter schools and governs policies to be adopted and implemented by local school districts with regards to addressing bullying.

                B.     Each school district and charter school shall develop and implement a policy that addresses bullying, no later than April 1, 2007.

                C.     Any such anti-bullying policy shall at least include, but shall not be limited to:

                   (1)   definitions;

                   (2)   an absolute prohibition against bullying;

                   (3)   a method to ensure initial and annual dissemination of the anti-bullying policy to all students, parents, teachers, administrators and all other school or district employees;

                   (4)  procedures for reporting incidents of bullying which ensure confidentiality to those reporting bullying incidents and protection from reprisal, retaliation or false accusation against victims, witnesses or others with information regarding a bullying incident;

                   (5)   consequences for bullying which include consideration of compliance with state and federal IDEA requirements;

                   (6)   consequences for knowingly making false reports pursuant to the anti-bullying policy;

                   (7)   procedures for investigation by administration of incidents reported pursuant to the anti-bullying policy;

                   (8)   a requirement that teachers and other school staff report any incidents of bullying; and

                   (9)  a requirement that anti-bullying is included as part of the health education curriculum as set forth in 6.30.2.19 NMAC (“content standards - health education”).

[6.12.7.8 NMAC - N, 11-30-06]

 

History of 6.12.7 NMAC:  [Reserved]


New Activities for Students

The Santa Fe Botanical Garden is pleased to cosponsor an afterschool gardening program with the Turquoise Trail Charter School.  We will be focusing on creating beds in which native plants and edibles can be cultivated.  This project will require extended periods outside and regular physical exertion, as we build garden boxes, haul soil, and plant.  Please make sure you dress your children in warm layers, clothes that can get muddy, and closed toed shoes on gardening days.  This will insure that we will all have a fun and comfortable experience as we create a beautiful garden for the Turquoise Trail community.

Mollie Parsons (Education Director, Santa fe Botanical Garden), Lyne Grimes, and Sarah Thomas


The Howler/El Aullado

Download the current issue of The Howler
Howler-050114.pdf
Descargue el último número de EL AULLADO
ElAullado-040314.pdf

Upcoming Events

Monday, August 4
k-3 Summer School Ends
Last day for the k-3 summer school
K-3 summer school trip to the ZOO
Field Trip to the Zoo. All day. Buses leave at 8am, return at 2:30
Wednesday, August 6
PTC meeting
3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Join us in Room C7
Wednesday, August 13
Gathering the Pack
Students parents families.  Find out who your teacher will be.

Class lists will be  posted.
Food, deserts, potluck.  bring a dish for the gathering!
Raffles- door prizes...
Live Music and  entertainment!!!
Parents will have information about all 2014-15 events.
Teachers will have sign up lists for volunteerism.
Mon, Aug 18 - Tue, Aug 19
Kindergarten Kick-off
Monday, August 18
First Day of School!!!

Weather

Today, 7/31/2014
High: 75 Low: 54
Thunderstorms
65% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 8/1/2014
High: 75 Low: 55
Thunderstorms
51% chance of precipitation.