School information

Enrollment for 2015-2016 School Year

Interested in sending your children to Turquoise Trail Charter School for the 2015-2016 school year? Enter the lottery and attend an Open House. 

Lottery registration begins on Monday, January 5, 2015 -- and closes on Friday, February 27 at 5 pm MDT.

TTCS SchoolMint link will be "live" and accepting lottery registrations on Monday, January 5 for grades Pre-K to 6.

Open House for pre-K and K students, January 29 [Note date change!]
Open House for all other grades, February 6
8:30 - 9:30 am each day, including tours of the school and Q&A sessions with the Head Administrator

Estimated class openings:
   Pre-K           30-45 students
   Grade K       5-10 students
   Grade 1       3-5 students
   Grade 2       3-5 students
   Grade 3       3-5 students
   Grade 4       3-5 students
   Grade 5       3-5 students
   Grade 6       3-5 students

Only enrolled siblings have lottery priority.
Multiple children require multiple lottery registrations.

Lottery drawing and announcements at 4:00 pm (MDT) on Tuesday, March 3 in the TTCS lobby.  

Public Lottery -- all welcome to attend.

2nd Annual Benefit Gala: "Celebrating Excellence in EducAtion"
Saturday, April 25, 2015
6:00 pm
Eldorado Hotel, Santa Fe

Planning now underway! Volunteers needed!

Link to sponsor and auction donations form: Gala sponsor and auction donation form, revised

Link to Ticket sales online: http://mkt.com/ttcs-ptc-gala-committee

Link to GoFundMe DONATIONS page: www.gofundme.com/ttcsptc

TTCS 25th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, August 15, 2015

On Saturday, August 15, 2015, Turquoise Trail Charter School will hold a no-holds-barred celebration to honor 25 years as a charter elementary school. All former students, parents and guardians, and the community are invited to attend the festivities. There will be speeches (the governor, the mayor, and other notables have been invited), entertainment, games, and a potluck picnic for former and current students to kick off the 2015-2016 school year.

First planning committee meeting: Friday, February 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm
Anyone interested in volunteering is welcome to attend!
Questions? Call Barbara at 505-986-4004

TTCS passes PEC's charter renewal process

To TTCS students, parents, and staff:

I am pleased to announce that the Public Education Commission has approved our charter renewal application for 5 years, without conditions. Head Administrator Ray Griffin and Business Manager Randy Freeman did an EXCELLENT job of presenting to the Commision, and the final vote was 6 - 0 (1 abstaining).

This is an important step in our continuing effort to fulfill our vision and mission for the school.

According to the renewal summary and recommendations, "the school operates efficiently in terms of governance procedures, its reporting duties, and organizational stability." In addition, TTCS "demonstrates compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations relating to fiscal management and oversight expectations as evidenced by an audit devoid of significant findings and conditions, material weaknesses or significant internal control weaknesses." PEC's Charter School Division noted the stable leadership on TTCS's governing council and the current School Report Card grade of A as two strengths of a school "located in a remote area of Santa Fe."

I want to congratulate and THANK all of you -- because without your leadership this would not have been possible.

Floyd J. Trujillo
President
TTCS Governance Council

Link here to read the full text of the press release: Press release_12.12.2014.docx

Link here to see the official document: Charter Renewal Letter

SNOW DAY & DELAY INFORMATION
If the Santa Fe Public School district decides to cancel or delay school due to weather, a robocall will be sent out to all TTCS families. PLEASE make sure Mary, in the front office, has your current and working phone number or else you may not receive a call. Information will also be available online through the local news outlets and in a ticker on the news programs on TV. TTCS follows the Santa Fe Public School snow day/delay decisions.

In the event of a delay, there will be NO morning Pre-K. All other students are due in class by 9:50 am. Please do not drop students off before 9:15 am on delay days because there will be no supervision before that time.

Turquoise Trail Charter School named 2014 NMCCS Charter School of the Year

Award presented at the New Mexico Coalition for Charter Schools’ Annual Conference in Albuquerque

          Santa Fe, NM, October 31, 2014:  Turquoise Trail Charter School was named the 2014 NMCCS Charter School of the Year at the New Mexico Coalition for Charter Schools’ annual conference, held in Albuquerque this past week. The award is presented each year to a school that exemplifies the best in charter school education in the state.
          “We have worked hard to make improvements in the school, so this award is a gratifying recognition from our peers.,” said Head Administrator Dr. Ray Griffin, on accepting the award on behalf of the school. “We’re thrilled to be celebrated in this manner, especially as we will be celebrating 25 years as a charter school in August of 2015.”
            The school is especially deserving because of the measurable achievements of its students, teachers, and staff in the 2013-2014 school year. For example, test scores improved, especially among the lowest performing cohort; the school is moving into the future, potentially as a state-chartered institution, on a sound financial footing; the school earned many accolades in national and state extracurricular and academic programs; and despite its rural location, the school is in more demand than ever for student enrollments from pre-kindergarten to grade 6.

Link here to read the full press release:

Press release_10.31.2014.docx

Link here to the Santa Fe New Mexican notice that appeared on Monday, November 3, 2014:  

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/education/smartboard/smartboard-nov/article_fb475bcd-90d5-5540-ad5a-7e4051a1f799.html


Silent Auction Update -- Thanks to all of our donors

TTCS teachers, staff, and students would like to give a big "shout-out" to the generous donors who made our fall Silent Auction such a big success. We raised $3,915.95 for classrooms . ..  and everyone came away a winner!

Donors included:
   
   AMENERGY Solar Services
   Armstrong McCall
   Barker Realty
   Buffalo Wild Wings
   Cleopatra's Cafe
   Cowgirl BBQ
   Eight Skin Care
   Firestone Complete Auto Care
   Gruda Veterinary Hospital
   Jackalope vendors: Stephen Schmidt, Carolina Sicar, and Hernandez Imports
   Le Creuset Outlet Store
   Ricardo Martinez
   Merrell Shoes
   Outback Steakhouse
   Plaza Cafe Southside
   The Ranch House
   Samuel Design Group
   Second Street Brewery
   Sprouts Farmers Market (Cerrillos Road location)
   Trader Joe's

Thanks for your thoughtful and plentiful support!


iPads are in the classroom at TTCS!

Many students are using our new iPads in the classroom. 

Pictured here (from left to right) are Russell Thal, Jordan Stack, and Lyanna Parra -- in Ms. Aranda's Kindergarten Enrichment class.


News: School Lunch Program

Beginning October 1, TTCS students who may be eligible but have not renewed their free or reduced food program applications will be charged full price.

Please contact Lucy King in the TTCS kitchen if your child ends up being charged and you believe you would qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

Our meals at TTCS are provided by the Federal School Food Program. The services at TTCS this year are provided by Santa Fe Public Schools.
Sign up for Free and Reduced Price Food Programs
Families must apply and qualify each year.  If you have qualified for free and reduced meals in previous years, you must reapply and qualify by October 1, 2014.
  
IF YOU ARE NEW TO TTCS: you must fill out an application form as soon as possible. These forms are available in the business office at TTCS.

Forms to apply will be available at the "Gathering of the Pack": August 13th at 4:00 PM. Look for the table marked "Food Program"

PRICES for meals 2014-2015
Breakfast: free or $0.30 reduced or $1.00 Full price
Lunch:       free or $0.40 reduced or $2.10 Full price



New Activities for Students

Round Mountain & The Lensic Performing Arts Center present

Round Mountain: Beginnings Where the Endings Be

featuring:
Santa Fe Youth Philharmonia
Students from Santa Fe University of Art and Design
Students from Turquoise Trail Charter School

March 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Tickets: $20 / Available at www.lensic.org, 505-988-1234, or at The Lensic, 211 W. San Francisco St., Santa Fe

SANTA FE, NM—On Friday, March 13, Round Mountain and The Lensic will proudly present a very special evening celebrating the generational continuity of music and Round Mountain’s musical heritage.

Round Mountain: Beginnings Where the Endings Be will feature Santa Fe’s own Round Mountain (Robby Rothschild and Char Rothschild) and the Santa Fe Youth Philharmonia, along with students from Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) and Turquoise Trail Charter School.

Tickets are $20 and proceeds benefit the Santa Fe Youth Philharmonia and the Steven M. Miller Endowed Scholarship for Music Composition and Sound Design at SFUAD.

Round Mountain has a unique take on folk music that’s both foreign and familiar, blending dusty American grit with a worldly amalgam of global influences. Between them, Robby and Char play a dozen instruments during their concerts, leading them to be called “the two-man singing folk orchestra.”

The Rothschilds have strong personal connections with all three of the groups that will appear with them on the Lensic stage. The Santa Fe Youth Philharmonia, part of the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association, is conducted by Richard Snider, who was Robby and Char’s band teacher at Alameda Junior High School and Capital High School. The brothers studied music at the College of Santa Fe, which is now the Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD). And both brothers teach music in Santa Fe: Char at the Turquoise Trail Charter School, Robby at SFUAD.

Round Mountain’s March 13 concert presents them with the opportunity to share their own musical heritage with a hometown audience.

"As Santa Fe kids, we were lucky to grow up in this unique confluence of musical cultures,” says Char. “Some of the biggest influences on our journey happened in our school years—Richard Snider, who'll be conducting the Youth Symphony as they perform with us, was a formative influence throughout junior high and high school.”

"The Contemporary Music Program at the College of Santa Fe, which is now Santa Fe University of Art and Design, also played a huge role in opening our ears to the world's musical traditions, and to the possibilities of brotherhood between them,” says Robby. “It’s amazing to be performing with today's Santa Fe kids, many of them our students, at the same time as we’re on stage with those who guided us here.”

“We're living in a time that feels like it's on the verge of some huge and unknowable change,” Robby continues. “We acknowledge this and look to music from all places for sustenance and courage. We stand together with musicians, those who have raised us and those who inspire us with their new ideas and energy.”

Turquoise Trail Charter School students appearing in the show

   Luca Agoyo                          Marianna Miller
   Ona Saige Archie                 Samantha Ortega
   Yadhira Castillo                    Imelda Rodriguez
   Natalya Cruz                        Julian Rodriguez
   Raeven Gonzales                Jazmine Smith
   Claire Johnston                    Peyton Smith
   Sam Johnston                     Brennan Trujillo
   Lila Loweree                        Reeve Trujillo
   Leona McKennie                 Clementine West
   Caterina Miller

Got Girl Scout Cookies??  We do!! 

Support Girl Scout Troop 10052 at TTCS and buy some cookies.
All varieties available now. 
$4.00/box 


Contact:
Andrea Gallegos at 505-470-1879 wailea444@yahoo.com or
Camille Castillo at 505-660-3895 countingmyblessings2006@gmail.com

SCIENCE FAIR 2015 - 1ST AND 2ND PLACE WINNERS GO ON TO DISTRICT EXPO
Held on Friday, January 30, 2015

2nd grade

1 – Precious Romero
2 – Alex Lovato
3 – Maelynna Brito
HM – Nicole Quinonez and Isabella Martinez

3rd grade 
1 – Alex Wohlberg
2 – Wailea Gallegos
3 – Raven Calloway-Kidd

4th grade
1 – Willow Shaffer
2 – Jackson Yocham
3 – Leona McKennie

5th grade
1 – Olivia Wohlberg
2 – Collin Chambers
3 – Natalia Lucero
HM – Anthony Montoya, Michael Wissman, and Daelyn Abeyta

6th grade
1 – Evan Longworth
2 – Noelle Morning Star
3 – Maggie Gibson
HM – Nimkees White Eagle and Ricky Rosacker

SCIENCE FAIR 2015 - District winners
Held on Thursday, February 5, 2015

2nd grade
Alex Lovato, 3rd place

4th grade
Willow Shaffer, Judges' Pick

5th grade
Olivia Wohlberg, 2nd place

6th grade
Noelle Morning Star, tied for 2nd place

Students moving on to the Regional Science Fair in Las Vegas on March 7:

    Olivia Wohlberg (5th grade, in Sarah Thomas’s class)
    Noelle Morning Star (6th grade, Jeff Davis's class)

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR WINNING JUNIOR SCIENTISTS!

Pictured: Noelle Morning Star and her exhibit "Musical Eggs"



Session 3 for After-School Enrichment Clubs begins 
on Monday, January 26

Session 3 of After-School Enrichment Clubs
Time: 3:00- 4:00 pm

Mondays:
Lego "Plus" Club, grades K-6
Art & Gardening Club (begins after Spring Break), grades 3-6
ASL Club (American Sign Language), grades K-6
Singing & Songwriting Club, grades K-6
Animation on iPads, grades 4-6

Tuesdays:
Lego 1 Club, grades K-6
Hour of Code (computer coding), grades 1-3

Thursdays:
Jump Rope Club, grades K-6
Lego Club 2, grades K-6
Chess Club, grades 2-6
Hour of Code (computer coding), grades 4-6

Clubs cost $20 per student ($15 for each additional sibling), and they meet from January 26 to March 2.

There is still room in some clubs, if your student is interested. Sign-up sheets are available in the front office, and you can leave a check with Mary, too.

Link to forms:


Santa Fe Independent Youth BKB - Boys Basketball

A SQUAD

Division = Div 1    Team = Coyotes 1

Gm#   Day   Date          Time       Court                 Hm/Vis       Opponent
191     Wed  01/14/15    4:30p     Gonzales CS     Vis              Lobos 1
195     Sat    01/17/15    12:15p   Aspen CS          Vis              Mustangs 1
198     Wed  01/21/15    5:30p     El Camino Real  Home         Raiders 1
201     Sat    01/24/15   12:15p    Capshaw MS      Vis             P-Eagles 1
208     Wed   01/28/15    4:30p    Chaparral            Vis             Firebirds 1
213     Tue    02/03/15    5:30p    Sweeney             Vis             Hornets 1
216     Sat     02/07/15    2:30p    DeVargas MS      Vis             W-Panthers 1
228     Tue    02/10/15    5:30p    Turquoise Trail     Home        Mustangs 1
221     Thu    02/12/15    4:30p    El Dorado  Home        Lobos 1
226     Sat     02/14/15   12:15p   Aspen CS            Home         Trailblazers 1

Total Games:  10       Visitors: 6   Home: 4


B SQUAD

Division = Div 4    Team = Coyotes 2

Gm#   Day   Date          Time      Court                 Hm/Vis       Opponent
86       Wed  01/14/15    5:30p    Wood Gormley  Vis              White Tigers 1
90       Sat    01/17/15    1:30p    Ortiz MS            Vis              Firebirds 2
92       Wed  01/21/15    4:30p    Turquoise Trail  Home          Mustangs 3
94       Sat    01/24/15   12:15p   DeVargas MS    Home          Vikings 2
102     Sat    01/31/15    1:30p    Capshaw MS     Vis              W-Panthers 2
106     Sat    02/07/15    2:30p    Aspen CS          Home          Cougars 1
105     Mon   02/09/15    4:30p    Larragoite          Vis              White Tigers 1
109     Wed  02/11/15     5:30p   Chaparral           Vis              Firebirds 2

Total Games:  8        Visitors: 5   Home: 3


C SQUAD

Division = Div 6    Team = Coyotes 3

Gm#   Day   Date          Time      Court                 Hm/Vis       Opponent
30       Wed  01/14/15    5:30p    E J Martinez      Vis              Matadors 2
34       Tue    01/20/15    4:30p   Turquoise Trail   Home         Raiders 3
36       Sat    01/24/15    1:30p    Capshaw MS     Vis              Firebirds 3
40       Tue    01/27/15   4:30p     NMSD               Vis              N-Roadrunners 1
41       Sat    01/31/15    9:00a    DeVargas NS     Home         Blackhawks 2
46       Tue    02/03/15    4:30p    Turquoise Trail   Home        Matadors 2
47       Sat    02/07/15    9:00a    DeVargas MS     Vis              Raiders 3
50       Wed  02/11/15     3:30p    El Dorado           Home         Firebirds 3

Total Games:  8        Visitors: 4   Home: 4


Coyote Chorus meeting every Tuesday

Rehearsals in the Music Room, C1, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm


Our Thanks to Donors and Volunteers

Our Thanks to Donors and Volunteers

Turquoise Trail Charter School gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the Miller-Margaritondo Family for their kind gift in honor of Sue Shinskey.

posted: Feb. 5, 2015

TTCS wins prestigious Wells Fargo Golden Apple Foundation Teacher Partner Grant

December 10, 2014 -- Sixth-grade teachers Sharon Gray, Jeff Davis, and Harry Phillips received a grant today for the Integrated Studies Trip to Chaco Canyon, which the sixth-grade students will be taking in May 2015.

The organization received 130 applications for classroom and school-wide grants, and they awarded 30 grants for a total of $49,876.00 to various schools at a ceremony in Albuquerque on Wednesday, December 10, 2014.

According to the grant application, eligible sixth graders at Turquoise Trail Charter School will be studying the ecology, history, culture, math and science of the ancestral Puebloans (Anasazi) of Chaco Canyon in an experiential learning journey that culminates their years as TTCS students. In addition to their academic subjects, students will learn practical skills, including planning, provisioning, and budgeting for the three-day trip.

Since its inception in 2009, the Wells Fargo/Golden Apple Teacher Partner Program has provided more than $225,000 to fund 155 projects serving more than 21,000 New Mexico students. Wells Fargo created the Teacher Partner Program to provide opportunities for academic enrichment and to encourage positive change in classroom instruction.

Pictured: Teacher Jeff Davis holding a check for the total (our grant was fully funded at $3,000.00)

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

REMINDER 
Contact Mary, in the front office, if your contact information has changed: 505-986-4000. Students should be in the cafeteria by 7:45 am. School begins in the classroom at 7:50 am. We have had several parents arrive late to pick up their children from after-care. Beginning on
Monday, August 26, 2013, parents arriving late will automatically be charged $1 per minute past 5:30 pm. 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.


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 year's 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 that our no. 1 priority is 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 that has been critical to the school's 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,

Floyd J. Trujillo, President
TTCS Governance Council


Press release from the TTCS Governance Council, July 18, 2014

Turquoise Trail Charter School to Apply for State Authorization

At its regular monthly meeting on Thursday July 17, 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 Pre-K 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."

Link here to read the entire press release:

http://www.turquoisetrailcharterschool.org/www/TTCES/site/hosting/Press releases/Press release_07.18.2014.docx


Turquoise Trail Charter School – Charter Renewal

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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.


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 Grade Reports are now available publicly on the PED website:
 
 
If you see a map on this website, look for the "list view" button.


NEW TEACHERS at TTCS for 2014-15

Staffing Update, February 2015

Samantha Brown
has starting teaching in the first-grade classroom of Lisa Slocomb, who is on maternity leave this spring. Please take a moment to introduce yourself to her as she becomes acquainted with our school community!

Staffing update for Turquoise Trail Charter School

Several new teachers have been hired since the start of the school year. Please welcome them to the TTCS family!

Molly Maze joins us as a first grade teacher. She was formerly at Agua Fria Elementary (SFPS), where she taught first and second grades for eight years. Before that, she taught third grade at an international school in Costa Rica -- and she goes back every summer with her family, including her husband, who is from Costa Rica, and two daughters. She speaks Spanish fluently. Molly originally hails from Taos, but she went to college at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she received a bachelor's degree in sociology. Her hobbies include travel, skiing, and hiking.

Elisabeth Keller is our new Reading Interventionist, coming to TTCS with about 22 years of teaching experience. She's originally from the Bay Area of California, but she first came to Santa Fe as a student at St. John's College. She went back to California for a while, but she has been a permanent resident of Santa Fe for 19 years. Her previous job was at La Tierra Montessori Charter School, for a time she was the education director at the Children's Museum, and she has taught at the Tesuque Pueblo School. Her hobbies include hiking, cooking, reading, and ping-pong.

Kathy Hillock has transitioned to a part-time job working out of the Reading Room, with multiple duties, including fifth-grade Reading Interventionist and supervising the school's SAT process. She will also be part of the after-school tech "coaching" program, beginning this fall.

Paul Ortiz is on temporary assignment in the fifth grade through the Winter Break while interviews continue for a permanent replacement teacher for the fifth grade team. He's studying to become a school administrator, and he will return to full-time studies in the spring semester. He will be replaced by the new permanent teacher, Mia Goldman, beginning on January 5, 2015.

Dan Borton has taken on additional duties, and he will now be available in the computer labs for real-time support. He continues to assist Laine Patterson, our IT guru, keeping the school's computers in good form, in addition to his position as Band Director twice a week.

Posted: November 11, 2014


We are very pleased to announce that we have hired the following new teachers for the 2014-2015 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 Wednesdays and Fridays. We have reconditioned many flutes and clarinets and hope to have many students join the 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
Shawna 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.


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

The Howler -- El Aullado

Find current issues of The Howler/El Aullado on the "School Resources" pull-down menu

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, March 3
School Lottery - drawing today
Time: 5:00 pm
Thursday, March 5
Spring School Picture Day
Class and Club pictures
Friday, March 6
Pop n Toss
Benefits pre-K program
$1.00 per bag
NDI classes
8:00 AM - 10:40 AM
Grade 4
Monday, March 9
Governance Council Work Session
Time: 5:30 pm
PTC Meeting
3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
 

Weather

Today, 3/1/2015
High: 42 Low: 28
Chance rain
43% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 3/2/2015
High: 47 Low: 32
Rain showers likely
43% chance of precipitation.