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cbaker - Posted Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 

We would like to share the exciting news and extend a warm welcome to our newest Board Member, Mr. Brendt Stallings. Brendt joins the Board of Trustees this October in his 3rd year as a Turning Point parent. He and his wife, Tracey Letteau, are the proud parents of four current students: Mason (Level 6), Ramsay (Level 3), Camille (Level K), and Graham (Primary).

Brendt is an Executive Vice President at DoubleLine and the founding partner of DoubleLine Equity LP. He was previously associated with TCW for sixteen years, most recently as a Group Managing Director and head of the firm's Small and Mid-Cap Equity team. He is also a CFA charterholder.

In addition to his Turning Point contributions and other professional work, Brendt serves on the Board of Directors for Agere Pharmaceuticals and Inglewood Park Cemetery, where he is also a Trustee of the Endowment Care Fund.

Brendt is a graduate of Stanford University and earned his MBA from Dartmouth College. His financial savvy, professionalism, generous support, and commitment to Turning Point School will serve our Board and community well.

Turning Point School - Posted Monday, Oct 20, 2014 

It's time for the Annual Turning Point Book Fair! Our PSA volunteers worked hard today, beautifully displaying this year's selection of books and other fun items. We are excited to officially open the Book Fair to our students and parents tomorrow and Wednesday. See you there!

Turning Point School - Posted Monday, Oct 20, 2014 
In the Core Literature program, Level 2 reads a book called "Tornado" which is about a boy and his dog. The students read many chapters detailing the adventures of the two main characters. As part of this unit, the students are able to take part in pet share. They bring in their pets and share their adventures with the class. The teachers are even able to bring in their furry friends! Be on the lookout for dogs, cats, bunnies, and even a few reptiles!

Ashley Cockerham
Turning Point School
Level 2 Head Teacher


Turning Point School - Posted Friday, Oct 17, 2014 

In our After School Classes program, students in Beginning Sculpture have been exploring their artistic sides with various materials and projects. 

In their second week, they made red clay pinch pots, which students were able to creatively design. Last week, the class started working on a Wassily Kandinsky inspired recycled art sculpture. First, students chose a color for the base of their sculpture and painted it. After painting, they rolled tubes of colorful construction paper to create cylinders. The cylinders are then glued on to the base to create the sculpture. 

The class is looking forward to their next project; creating four-legged animals. Many thanks to Ms. Norton for leading our students through such fun and enriching activities!

Turning Point School - Posted Friday, Oct 17, 2014 

Level 3 recently completed a project where they worked in small groups to make Recycled Superheroes. Each group member was responsible for making a part of their superhero's body (head, torso w/arms, or legs) completely out of recyclable materials from home. The groups came together in class to put their superheroes together, name them, and create a list of super powers that are used to help the environment. Students loved the opportunity to work creatively and collaboratively on this project!

Level 8 Community Leadership Team - Posted Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 

This year, several Level 8 students are taking on the responsibility of maintaining our Turning Point Garden. We would like to provide members of our community with organic, locally grown, fresh herbs and greens. We will deliver herbs to families that submit email requests to tpsgardenproject@gmail.com. Currently, you can request the following herbs: Basil, Lemon Basil, Mint, Chives, Thai Basil, Thyme, Rosemary, Oregano, Kale, and Dinosaur Kale.

The bags (made from 100% recycled paper) of herbs will be given to the students to bring home. If we have any additions to the herbs in our garden we will be sure to update our list and notify families through the Wednesday Weekly.

Thank you for participating in our garden project!

Sincerely,
Level 8 Community Leadership Team

Turning Point School - Posted Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014 

Level 5 students welcomed "Explorer in Residence" Denis Belliveau this week, as they wrapped up their Social Studies curriculum on early European exploration. Denis spent two years retracing the steps of Marco Polo's 25,000 mile journey from Venice to China and back, and brought to life some of the amazing discoveries Marco Polo made on his trip through the Silk Road.

On Monday, Denis led students through a conversation on why exploration began - largely as a result of Marco Polo's stories and the discoveries people made during the Crusades. He shared some of the goods discovered on the Silk Road, such as nutmeg, cinnamon, Lapis Lazule, and paper money. On Tuesday, students made geometric designs, decorated in part by a small amount of Lapis Lazule paint that Denis made in the classroom with egg whites. When completed, the designs will hang together in the hallway and form a large mosaic. 

Many thanks to Denis Belliveau for creating such a wonderful hands-on learning experience for our Level 5 students!

Turning Point School - Posted Friday, Oct 10, 2014 

On September 26, Levels K an 1 had the opportunity to host Sabina Sandoval and her band from Free to Be Me drum circle for our first in-school experience at Turning Point. Students had a wonderful time participating in the Friendship Drum Circle by drumming, singing, and dancing. Students were exposed to a variety of global instruments, costumes, and played on drums hand painted by local artists.

Ms. Cockerham, Level 2 Head Teacher - Posted Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014 

Level 2 had some special visitors to help culminate their Social Studies Unit on Fire Safety. The Culver City Fire Department dropped by with a fire engine and ambulance to teach students how to prevent fires. They also put on full fire fighting gear so the students would know who to look for in case they were ever caught in a fire. With "stop, drop, and roll" demonstrations and stories about fire dogs, these fighters helped our students learn the importance of fire safety!

Turning Point School - Posted Friday, Oct 3, 2014 

For their Environmental Studies class, Level 7 students are participating in "Sandy Beach Monitoring" through a state-wide project called LiMPETS (Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students.) Using tools and methods employed by real scientists in the field, they will be taking samples and uploading data to analyze and share with others in the program. This is real-world experiential learning at its best! Learn more about the program at http://limpetsmonitoring.org.

Turning Point School - Posted Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 

The Fall Sports season is underway! Please support our athletes by attending games and cheering them on. The game calendar can be found here. Go, Tornadoes!


Turning Point School - Posted Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 

If you visit the Turning Point campus this year, you may notice some creatively decorated boxes placed strategically around our two buildings. They are part of the Level 4 and Level 7 Mentor/Mentee "Box that Rocks" initiative. 

During the course of the year, students and Faculty/Staff are asked to place their empty chip and snack bags in one of the boxes. As the boxes fill, the Level 4 and Level 7 Mentor/Mentee pairs will empty them and mail the chip bags to Terracycle, an upcycling and recycling company that collects difficult-to-recycle packaging and products and repurposes the material into useful items.

To see how they do it, watch this 2.5 minute video:

Turning Point School - Posted Monday, Sep 29, 2014 

Prospective parents are invited to join us for our Primary/Elementary Open House on Saturday, October 11 from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm. 

Enjoy refreshments, learn about our Primary and Elementary programs, tour our campus, and meet Faculty, Staff, and students.

RSVP online at www.turningpointschool.org/openhouse. Reservations required by Monday, October 6, 2014.

This event is for ADULTS ONLY who are seeking admission for their children for the 2015-2016 school year.



Turning Point School - Posted Friday, Sep 26, 2014 

After reading Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street, a classic American novel told in vignettes, Level 8 Humanities students were inspired to write personal monologues describing a shared trait in their families. Students were challenged to mirror Cisneros' use of figurative language and enhance their dramatic performances with movement and expressive tone. Impressive depth of thought and honest introspection resulted in eloquent pieces that facilitated students getting to know one another, and themselves, on a profound level. 


Turning Point School - Posted Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 

During the month of August, Turning Point Middle School art teacher, Ms. Faith Purvey, worked with the M12 artist collaborative 's International School of Rural Experiences (ISRE) program, based in the High Plains of Eastern Colorado. There, she built a site-specific artwork called Resonant Outpost.

Based on Native American legends of fairy circles and the creation of the constellations, the work was a circular area with eight different objects hanging in sections. Formerly junk from the creek bed, Ms. Purvey built a contact microphone at a maker house in Arizona, and recorded the vibrations or 'inner voices' of these very old objects. She plans to put together a sound/video composition in the coming months as a finished piece.

In addition, Ms. Purvey assisted an Irish visiting artist, explored different ecological and historical areas around the region, and wrote the first five entries for the ISRE archive: http://www.ruralexperiences.org/.

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