School information

Fall Fundraiser: BelieveKIDS Cookie Dough & Holiday Gifts

It's that time of year again -- Fall Fundraiser!

Your child was sent home with a catalogue of products and an order form in a large, orange envelope.
Orders are due on or before Friday, November 7.

Make checks payable to Turquoise Trail Charter School

The purpose of this fundraiser is to pay for essential programs not currently funded through tradition means.  Our goal is for each child to sell at least 10 items. 

Sales "associates" (students) can win lots of prizes from the prize envelope and online. Check out and enter to win hundreds of awesome prizes and giveaways.

Fundraising tips:
  • Make a list of all the people you know
  • Call, visit, and email them to ask for support.
  • Tell them they can also view products online at
  • Tell them what the money raised is for, and offer them time to make a decision.
  • Remember to smile and say "Thank you," even to people who don't make a purchase!
  • Return checks and order forms by the deadline (Nov. 7).

FluMist® and student shots are on the way!

I will send home consent forms next week and hope to have the FluMist/flu shot clinic the week of October 20. Please watch for the consent forms next week in your student's backpack!

Vision Screening

Vision screening for pre-K, Kinder, 1st, and 3rd grades will take place on Tuesday, October 6. The Lions Club will help with their digital screening. If your student should be wearing glasses, PLEASE have them wear them!

Also, I have several pairs of LOST glasses in my office. Your child cannot be successful at school if they cannot see the board or their books and papers.

Pre-K Vision, Hearing, Dental, Height and Weight screenings will be done this week. I will send referrals home if needed.

Cold and Flu Season is Here

As always, make sure your child has breakfast and does not come to school if vomiting during the night or running a fever of 100 degrees F or more! Practice washing hands regularly and coughing or sneezing into the elbow, not the hands!


Jennie, Your School Nurse

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

Halloween Festival, Friday, October 31

Halloween Parade
Time: 8:30 am
Location: Gym
Judging and prizes!!

Trunk or Treat

Time: 10:00 am-12 noon
Location: Main Parking Lot
Classes will come out during Recess before Lunch; students will then head to lunch!

Silent Auction

Starts Friday, Oct. 24
Ends at 3:00 pm on Oct. 31
Location: School lobby

Monster Mash Dance
Grades 4, 5, & 6 -- costumes encouraged
Time: 1:00- 3:00 pm
$1.00 donation
Location: Cafeteria
DJ Walter will be spinning the tunes

The dance will end promptly at 3:00 pm. Students will need to arrange for parent pick-up if they stay for the dance. (We encourage parents to stay and help clean up.)

Concessions available all day long
Location: Front of school (outside)

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED. Sign up using VolunteerSpot at

All K-3 students who attend our after-care program will meet Jenny in the Library at 1:00 pm. Younger students in this program will have a fun afternoon in the library, outside, and in the Cooking with Kids room.

"Lady Coyotes" Basketball Schedule

Game days

Wednesday, October 29
4:30 pm, Trailblazers vs. Coyotes (home game)

Thursday, October 30
4:30 pm, Blackhawks vs. Coyotes (home game)

Wednesday, November 5
4:30 pm, Knights vs. Coyotes (home game)
5:30 pm, Vikings vs. Coyotes 

Check out game photos under "Students" --> "Sports and Activities"

Turkey Pardon Ceremony & Family Turkey Lunch

Our unofficial TTCS turkey "mascot" has won a place in the SF New Mexican pet calendar. Congratulations to Raven Mackey and all those who voted for Smalley.

Mark your calendars for Wed., Nov 19.


Box Top Contest

Deadline: November 24

The class with the most Box Top's will win a cupcake party. YUMMY! 

Arts & Crafts Vendors: It's time to think about Winterfest!

Date: Saturday, December 13
Time: 10:00 am- 4:00 pm

Vendor applications are due no later than December 1, 2014.

$30 for a 6' x 8' space, $5 for child's space (up to age 18)

Click here for an application:
Winterfest_Vendor Application 2014.docx
Science Fair is only 17 weeks away!!

It's not too early to start thinking about science fair projects.

Science Fair will take place on Friday, January 30. All grades are invited to enter. The best inquiry-based projects will be displayed in the Library for district judging. All others, including demonstrations, can be entered in the Cafeteria for TTCS judging.

September is not too early to begin talking about projects -- get kids thinking about what they might want to investigate!

Feel free to talk to Mr. Davis or go to Room D9 to look at the resources he has to kick-start ideas.

Posted: September 19, 2014

Coyote Chorus begins on September 23

Members of the Coyote Chorus will meet 

for the first time on Tuesday, September 23.

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

The Santa Fe Botanical Garden is pleased to co-sponsor an after-school 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-toe shoes on gardening days. This will ensure 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), Lynn Grimes, and Sarah Thomas

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?

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 #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!


Floyd J. Trujillo, President

TTCS Governance Council

Press release from the TTCS Governance Council
July 18, 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 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.

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 long-standing support we have received from Santa Fe Public Schools. However, we believe that this step will give us the 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 (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

We are very pleased to announce that we have hired the following new teachers for the 2014-2015 school year:

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.


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.

The Howler -- El Aullado

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

Upcoming Events

Friday, October 24
P/T conferences K-6
Report Cards
Girl Scouts
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Cooking with Kids Room
Monday, October 27
P/T conferences K-6
Report Cards
Tuesday, October 28
Coyote Chorus
Rehearsals in the Music Room, C1
Time: 3:00- 4:00 pm
Wednesday, October 29
NM Coalition for Charter Schools Conference
Location: Albuquerque


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