Principal's Message

  • Lisa Spalding  
     On behalf of all the staff, I would like to welcome everyone to Turner Creek Elementary School! It is an honor to serve as principal of Turner Creek. Our school has an outstanding reputation, and I am proud to be part of such a wonderful program. Turner Creek is filled with enthusiastic students excited to learn and work together, supportive parents/guardians interested in their children's education, and a dedicated professional staff committed to providing the students with a quality education.

    I would like to encourage each parent/guardian to be active in your child's education. Not everyone can volunteer at school so taking just a few minutes in the evening to read to your child, talk with your child about school, or simply see that your child is organized for the next school day can have great benefits.

    On a personal note, I have been in education for 26 years. I was a classroom teacher for 15 years which I absolutely loved! I have been an administrator for the past 11 years and have enjoyed the role of an educational leader. I have two wonderful dogs, Carter and Finley, and I am a huge Wolfpack fan, hence their names! I enjoy the outdoors during my time away from school but more than anything I am committed to the success and happiness of the children at Turner Creek Elementary.

    Lisa Spalding

About Our School

  • Turner Creek Elementary opened in 2004. We operate on the year-round calendar. Students at the year-round schools are divided into four groups, called tracks, with each track having its own calendar. In a year-round elementary school, the traditional 180-day school year is divided into nine-week quarters with a three week break at the end of each quarter. Students are in school the same number of days as their counterparts in traditional schools; the days are simply redistributed throughout the year. The reorganized schedule is called a 45/15 - 45 days in school, 15 days off.

    Schedules are staggered so that, at any given time, three tracks are in school and one is on break. These staggered schedules make it possible for the school to serve up to thirty-three percent more students than its intended capacity. 

    Year-round schools provide a more continuous learning process. Since students do not have long summer vacations, major reviewing in the fall is eliminated. Students and teachers are more energized throughout the year due to regular breaks. The three-week breaks provide frequent enrichment and remedial opportunities for students during the year.