By The Numbers
Turman Elementary is a K-5 Elementary in Harrison School District 2. Located in southeastern Colorado Springs, Turman is home to around 275-300 students annually. Currently, 87.8% percent of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch. We are an ethnically diverse school with Hispanic students comprising 42% of our total student population, White students comprising another 30%, Black students comprising 14%, and American Indian/Native Alaskan, Pacific Islander, Asian, and students reporting membership in two or more ethnic groups comprising the remaining 13%. The 2016 ACCESS assessment results indicated 9 of 41 (21.9%) of the school’s language learners performed at the Non-English Proficient (NEP) level, 17 (41.5%) performed at the Limited English Proficient (LEP) level, and 15 (36.6%) performed at the FEP level.
The school’s teaching faculty is comprised of thirteen classroom teachers (K-5), three enrichment teachers (Art, Music, and Physical Education), a Literacy Coach, a Social Worker, two special education teachers, and one CLDE teacher. There are five instructional paraprofessionals that provide support in Guided Reading and Intervention within the school’s literacy program. Four paraprofessionals serve within the school’s Significant Supports Needs (SSN) special education program. Fourteen members of the teaching faculty (75%) are new to the teaching profession in the last three years. Classes average around 20.6 students.
The 2015-2016 school years marked the school’s transition to an alternate calendar year, one of two elementary schools in Harrison School District Two to do so. Based on a 45-15 calendar model, each quarter within the calendar year is followed by a 3-4 week interim vacation block. The traditional 12-week summer vacation is now distributed over these four interim sessions. Both Turman Elementary and our partner school utilize the interim blocks to provided extended learning opportunities to our students during two of the three weeks. The half-day sessions employed during the interims are used to provide targeted instruction in the core content areas of mathematics, reading, and writing. Remediation and enrichment opportunities are provided to students in grades K-5 and all instruction is provided by the school’s certified staff. The school has also partnered with the City of Colorado Springs through its Deerfield Hills Community Center to provide affordable, quality childcare after school each day and during the interim sessions.
The 2015-2016 school years also marked the school’s transition to becoming a designated Community Partnership for Childhood Development (CPCD) preschool site. A total of 9 classrooms now serve 120 to 150 three and four-year old students and their families annually. CPCD is a designated Head-Start program service provider. The Colorado GOLD program is being utilized by both the preschool and Kindergarten teaching staff to monitor student progress toward reaching critical developmental and school readiness milestones.
Mondays are an ''early-release'' day with a 2:05 dismissal time. Professional Learning Community meetings are conducted for 90 minutes following dismissal. PLC meetings are designed to support both team-based and whole faculty efforts to implement a ''continuous cycle of improvement'' model centered on four main initiatives: 1.) collaborative instructional design, 2.) development of common grade level assessments and 3.) analysis of student achievement data, and 4.) Student concern's collaborations to identify students who are not making sufficient progress toward achieving grade level benchmarks, to develop intervention caseloads, development of progress-monitoring schedules, and to ensure the effectiveness of previously implemented interventions. MTSS Team process is implemented on a weekly basis to further analyze and plan for interventions for each student experiencing academic or social-emotional difficulties. Staff meetings are scheduled weekly.