Turpen families,

We are so glad to see our students back at Turpen and to meet all of out new students. The Secretary of Education for the state, came to Turpen on July 27 to talk about our growth in test scores and congratulate our students and staff. Thank you families and students for the hard work last year. We will continue to work hard so that our students are proficient in math and reading.

Cynthia N. Mowrer

Principal, Turpen Elementary

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  • Holoween parties/Fall Festival

    Halloween is coming and so are Halloween parties. If you want to send a snack for a party, please let the teacher know and send it in the morning with your child. That way we do not interrupt classes by delivering snacks all day. We will be having a Zumba/Turkey Trot/Reading night on November 2nd as our Fall Fest this year. Teachers will have reading games in their classrooms for you to play with your child. There will be Zumba and line dancing in the gym and Karaoke in the library. More information will be coming soon.

    Turpen Elementary School
  • Locking Doors

    You may have noticed a small camera box by out front doors. We will soon have a locking front door with a security camera. The doors will be unlocked until 8:00 in the morning and then locked until the buses leave. Students who arrive after 8:00 will need to buzz in and speak with a secretary.  Adults coming into the building will need to ring the buzzer tell the secretary what they need and then be buzzed in. This will help make everyone feel more secure about or childrens' safety. I am not sure when the system will be operational, but will let you know in advance. This will change how we dismiss students. Bus students will go out the west gym door. Families picking up students will need to wail outside until the bused have left for the front doors to be unlocked. As usual, students will not be checked out after 2:15.

    Turpen Elementary School
  • Survey = free lunch

    We still have 30 free lunch tickets left for family members willing to take a short survey about the lunch. Ginger has the tickets and will give you the survey after you eat lunch. Our food service provider is trying to improve out lunches and you can help. The tickets must be used before November 2nd.

    Turpen Elementary School
  • Advisory School Council Members Election

    All schools are holding elections for Advisory School Council Members. This council helps make decisions to help our students and school be successful. If you would like to nominate a parent or community member fro this council, please fill out the nomination form. You can even nominate yourself.

    Turpen Elementary School
  • Early Release

    Please remember that we have early release on Fridays. School will dismiss at 12:30 on Fridays.

    Turpen Elementary School
  • Handicapped Parking

    Families , we realize that parking at Turpen is an issue, but please do not park in the handicapped spots if you do not have a handicapped sticker. We do have parents that need these spots, so please use these spots only with an appropriate sticker.

    Turpen Elementary School
  • Contact Information

    Please keep us up-to-date with phone numbers and contact information. This information is crucial in case of an emergency.

    Turpen Elementary School

What's going on at Turpen?


  • Report cards go out

    Turpen Elementary School
  • Red Ribbon Week

    Monday pajama with stuffed animal day

    Tuesday sports team jersey day

    Wednesday sunglasses day

    Thursday crazy hair/hat day

    Friday  awesome boots/shoes/socks day

    Monday Red Ribbon Day

    Turpen Elementary School
  • Zumba & Turkey Trot

    Turpen Elementary School
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