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Mr.  Darron  Franklin
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Principal's Corner

Be R.A.R.E.3

Welcome back for the 2017-2018 School Year

On behalf of Turner’s faculty and staff, I welcome you back for the start of a new school year. I trust that our families had great summers and time to recharge.

Last year, we saw the positive impact of great home and school relationships. I have long used academics, arts, athletics and service to the community as ways to show how schools I have led performed. Below are a few examples.

  • Douglas County Math Competition 1st Place Winners; 6th Grade Math Champs three years in a row.
  • Reach Scholar-Jade Cervantes (8th)
  • 2017 Beta National School of Merit
  • Douglas County Young Georgia Authors Contest Middle School Winner-Julia Milton (8th)
  • 2017 Douglas County Middle School Chess Champion –Corey Valentine (8th);
  • “Beat the Odds” –Turner Middle School performed better than statistically expected on the 2016 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI),
  • Douglas County Spelling Bee -2nd Place Lena Bowers (7th)
  • All District Softball Team-Eden Fleming (8th) and Aniya Moore(8th)
  • Jasmine Hillery (8th) serves on DCS Superintendent's Middle School/High School Student Forum
  • Jaslyn Dukes, Counselor-recognized by GaDOE Program Manager, School Counseling/School Social Work for outstanding work on Career Day
  • School Science CER Teacher Spotlight- Dr. Amy Gilbert, TMS Science Chairperson, was recognized by Douglas County School Improvement Specialist
  • 17 Duke Tip Scholarship Recipients
  • Douglas County Science Fair Winners: Honorable Mention: Ahn Ho (8th); 2nd Place: Kelsey Simmons (8th); Miles Joseph (8th); Sammy Zhu (8th) Alexander Kuiper (6th); Judges Choice Medal Recipient: Alexander Kuiper (6th)
  • TMS band students made Douglas County Honor Band; 8 TMS band students made the GMEA District 7 Honor Band; 7th grade band achieve superior and excellent ratings at their Large Group Performance Evaluation I, II, II, Sr I
  • All District Football-Micheal Wilson (8th) & Jordan Robinson (8th)
  • Mrs. Jaslyn Dukes named 2016-2017 Emma LeGare Jordan Middle School Counselor of the Year
  • TMS Boys Soccer team won 2016-2017 Douglas County Championship for the second year in a row with Coach Desiue Tabue
  • SGA provided meals to families in the community.
  • Beta Club participated in a community clean-up day.
  • Chorus hosted a community car show.

We look forward to growing our efforts to build positive relationships with students and their families. It is well documented that people perform better when they know that someone cares for them. That is true at home, at work and at school. Students and parents, we truly want to forge relationships that will result in students having the best experience, so students can achieve at their highest levels of ability. We may not all grow at the same speed, but we must all grow.

One of the largest measurements for growth is the Milestones. Unlike the past four years, Turner lost ground on growing and improvement on the Milestones. While there are some spotlights on Milestone performance, we have to make significant improvements in preparing our students to perform well. That must be a concerted effort among students, parents and the school.

TMS employees’ sole purpose in being here is to support the growth and development of our students where academic performance is the main indicator of success.

In order for any of us to be successful, we must be smart. We will encourage our students this year to participate in setting personal S.M.A.R.T. goals. S.M.A.R.T. goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant/Results-oriented and Timebound. We will encourage our students give Maximum Effort as they seek to be Resectful, Accountable, Responsible and to give Earnest Effort Everyday. Be R.A.R.E.3 students. 

Parents and students, we need your full support in providing you the best learning experiences. Parents, we welcome your input and support. There are a myriad of opportunities for you to be engaged in the life of your child and in Turner. Students, we need your Maximum Effort in order for you to excel this year. 

The world is searching for those rare people to make a difference. Let us all work together for this aim: Be R.A.R.E.3

I look forward to meeting you in the coming months and partnering with you to support your student’s success. Please do not hesitate to contact me via email: or phone at 770-651-6512 if you have questions or concerns.