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Attendance Procedure:

Teachers will continue to take attendance for all classes according to parameters teachers have set up and communicated with students and/or parents. This might be something as simple as being counted present for being present for an online check-in. We also will be running grade reports every Monday and sending out letters to the parents of children who are lagging behind. The point is not to be punitive, but rather make sure all students are keeping up with their studies. Read the Covid-19 Update below for more details.

April 3rd, 2020 :

Covid-19 Update

Turtle Lake – Mercer Distance Learning Plan – Approved 3/30/2020

Turtle Lake – Mercer Distance Learning Plan


Dear parents,

Please review the attached document to identify your student’s belongings. Boys did not turn in their locker numbers to their phy ed instructor and/or coach. School personnel emptied these lockers and put them in bags, labelling the bags with the locker number. You will notice some bags have names on them, you will want to verify these are your student’s belongings. Arrangements may be made for pickup by emailing Steven.Heyd@k12.nd.us or calling the school at 448-2365. Please include the following information:

• Date and Time you want to pickup
• Photo Number
• Student Name
• Phone Number for call back

We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused.

Steve Heyd
Principal, Turtle Lake Mercer Public School



Residents who desire to be on the ballot for the school board election being held on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 must file a statement that includes the candidates name and the specific position being sought along with a financial disclosure statement.  This must be filed before 4:00 p.m., April 6, 2020 with Susan Davis, Business Manager, at the Turtle Lake-Mercer School, Turtle Lake, North Dakota.   The financial disclosure form and statement of candidacy form may be obtained from Business Manager Susan Davis by appointment by calling 1 701-448-2365 Extension 103 or 1-701-351-7647 in Turtle Lake.

Please return the forms before the deadline using one of the following methods:

Appointment by calling 1-701-448-2365 Extension 103 or 1-701-351-7647.

E-mailed to susan.davis@k12.nd.us.  Please keep in mind the deadline for filing is before 4:00 p.m., April 6, 2020. All e-mails must be sent accordingly to be accepted.  Please call me to let me know you sent the e-mailed documents so I can make sure I receive it. 



Website Notification of Interactive Dashboard

North Dakota has an accountability system reported through Insights, more commonly referred to as the “Dashboard.”  The Dashboard contains reports that display the performance of school districts, schools, and student groups on a set of state and local measures to assist in identifying strengths, challenges, and areas in need of additional support.

North Dakota’s Insights website is designed to help communities across the state access important information about K – 12 districts and school – including ours.  The North Dakota Dashboard features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, English Learner progress and attendance.  The Dashboard replaces the former School District Report Card and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports.

Please note, the data made available to the public masks or hides data for groups with 10 or fewer students to protect confidential information about individual students.

For questions concerning K – 12 education data, please contact the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction.  Phone: (701)328-2260.

You may also direct questions regarding our specific district data to Sheila Schlafmann at (701)448-2365 ext. 102.

Our kids are awesome readers!



E-Funds (Electronic Meal Payments)

Long Term Planning

The Turtle Lake-Mercer School Board has approved the adoption of the 2016-2021 Long Range Planning Document.  The document is available to the public at the high school office during normal business hours.

3-to-5 Year Demographic Plan updated 2018

By order of the Turtle Lake-Mercer School Board.

Susan Davis

Business Manager

Your Right To Know

The Turtle Lake – Mercer School District does everything within its power to assure that your children are being instructed by the most highly qualified instructors and para-professionals available.  If at any time during the school year your child is taught by a teacher for four or more consecutive weeks who is not highly qualified according to North Dakota state standards, you will be notified by our school district.

If you have any questions please contact the superintendent’s office at 701-448-2365 Ext 102.

Website Student Privacy

Turtle Lake –Mercer Public School is proud of the many
accomplishments of our students and staff. Often, such accomplishments will be
highlighted on our school website.

We will often use photos of our students on the school website.
For our protection and the protection of your child’s privacy, we need to know
if you do not want your child’s photograph to be used on our school website.

If you do not want your student on the website, contact the school
office. The school website is accessible to all who have access to the
Internet. Therefore, no home address or telephone number will appear with any
work or photo posted on the web.