Daily Announcements

Early Release Tuesday November 24th at 1PM

Congratulations to the 6h Grade NM Electric Car Challenge Team!
They got a Trophy for 2nd place in the Oral Competition!  Photos HERE

Winter Weather Procedures
We follow the Snow Closure and 2 hour delay decisions of SFPS
More info PDF

TTCS Supports the Arts
Thanks to our Independent State Charter School status,
TTCS does not follow SFPS policies.
Our school values music and the arts so much not only are we keeping band,
we are adding other 
music and art programs.  

It's Coming!  December 12th, 10am to 4pm,
Vendor applications: WORD and PDF

TTCS' Governance Council!
Awarded-NMCCS Charter school Board of the Year 2015!

The Turkeys were Saved!
After much deliberation and several convincing essays for and against pardoning the Turkeys
NM State Treasurer Tim Eichenberg made the final decision to spare the Turkeys for this year!
Photos of the event: HERE

Science fair info HERE

CLICK HERE for Food Services PDFs (print / fill out forms/bring to school)

School information

TTCS 2015-2016 Supply List

Click here to access the supply list for your child
for the 2015-2016 school year:

TTCS_Supply List for 2015-1206.docx
2015 Summer Reading Lists

Link to the 2015 summer reading lists here:

2015 Summer Reading Lists

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.
If you're late to student pick up:
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.

Parents/Guardians, Alumni, and Community Members: "Like" TTCS on Facebook

Find us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/TTCSSF. You will find the latest information here.

(NOTE: You cannot access Facebook from school computers.)

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
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

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:  


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.

Legal Advertisement


Turquoise Trail Charter School seeks qualified professionals to submit proposals to perform Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech/Language Therapy services for special needs students on an as-needed basis for the 2015-2019 fiscal years. Bidders may bid on one or more of the requested services. 

Please contact Phillip Robinson, Turquoise Trail Charter School, 13A San Marcos Loop, Santa Fe, NM 87508 or call 505-986-4053 or e-mail Phillip Robinson at probinson@ttschool.org to request RFP specifications.  Proposals will be received until 3:00 P.M. MDT, Tuesday June 30, 2015. 

Proposals can be mailed to Phillip Robinson, Turquoise Trail Charter School, 13A San Marcos Loop, Santa Fe, NM 87508 or may be hand-delivered to Turquoise Trail Charter School, 13A San Marcos Loop, Santa Fe, NM 87508 no later than the appointed date and time. All proposals must be clearly marked in the lower left-hand corner of the envelope with the name and number of the PFP to which you are responding.

Link to RFP document: RFP Related Services 2015-16 01.pdf

Our meals at TTCS are provided by the Federal School Food Program. The services at TTCS this year are provided by Canteen Food Services of New Mexico.
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, 2015.
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 15th at 4:00 PM. Look for the table marked "Food Program"

PRICES for meals 2014-2015
Breakfast: free or $0.30 reduced or $1.50 Full price
Lunch:       free or $0.40 reduced or $2.50 Full price

New Activities for Students

Cooking with Kids is BACK!!!

Click here for more!

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

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!


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

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?

Charter School Renewal FAQs

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.

TTCS Policies

The latest version of school policies and new policies passed by the Governance Council can be found (in numerical order) under the "The School" link, then click on "School Policies" to access the documents.

The Howler -- El Aullado

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

Upcoming Events

Wed, Nov 25 - Fri, Nov 27
Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, December 2
Cooking with Kids Llapingachos
8:30, Amy Oler, Kindergarten
Thursday, December 3
21st Century Learning Night at TTCS
5:30 to 7:00 PM
Cooking with Kids Llapingachos
9:30, Russell Ray, Pre K
12:30, Diane Conboy, 3rd 
Solar Panel Committee Meeting 5PM