Award Year: 2014

Turner Elementary School

91 Matthews Way
Turner, ME, 04282-3929

(207) 225-1050

Mrs. Cynthia Ann Alexander, Principal at time of Nomination

RSU 52

School Website

Mission

Turner Elementary School Wildcats are committed to being respectful, responsible, and safe. We provide excellence in education and promote lifelong learning.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 91%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 1%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application
Turner Elementary School students perform following a week-long residency.

Turner Elementary School students perform following a week-long residency.

Turner Elementary School (TES), located in Turner, Maine, is one of four elementary schools in RSU 52. Turner is a farming community producing dairy products, fruits, organic meats, and vegetables. TES is near the Nezinscot River, and the town green, public library, and gazebo are part of the school campus. Turner’s curriculum is aligned to the Common Core. Literacy instruction is facilitated using a workshop model, and the Everyday Math program provides for differentiation. Learning takes place through individual scaffolding, partner work, conferring, and small and whole group instruction. Students are made aware of the learning targets and often are given rubrics/exemplars to guide and assess their learning. Professional development is aligned with district goals, the Common Core, and is designed in response to teacher feedback. Literacy and math consultants deliver training related to program implementations and best practices. Our state scores increased in both math and reading due to improved instruction. For example, teachers observe model lessons on essay writing and are able to translate that knowledge into instructional practice. Students now produce high-quality essays with a supported thesis. As professionals and lifelong learners, Turner Elementary staff members constantly develop new skills to increase their educational expertise. This not only impacts instruction; it makes teachers role models for students. In the culture of TES, staff shares learning with one another through weekly Professional Learning Community meetings, staff meetings, and workshop days.