The Triton Tribune

Be Kind ~ Be Awesome ~ Make The Right Choices

Volume 2 ~ Issue 20~ December 14, 2020

Awesome Triton Staff,


WE DID IT! This is the final week of Semester 1. I am so proud of all of you and how you have persevered during this unconventional semester. Please take time to enjoy this holiday season. Relax with your family and do something new. Happy Holidays and See You in the New Year!


Final Exam Week during December 14 - 18, 2020

Please see the final exam schedule below. Note that on Monday - Wednesday, school ends at 1:40pm with only two classes for each testing day. In preparation for finals, below are the links for you to prepare.


  1. Illuminate Testing Systems Instructions
  2. Illuminate Teacher Portal
  3. Illuminate Student Portal
  4. CAASPP Testing Systems Instructions
  5. CAASPP Student Portal Instructions
  6. CAASPP Administration Guide


Semester Grades Information

Click on the board presentation link and unadopted revision of Grades Policy link to read about the options for alternative grades for the semester.This is being presented to board on Monday. In reading it, they have kept the NM mark as a possibility for a grade during the pandemic and it looks like the guidelines for grade recovery is the same as an NC or I. To make it simple, if you want to give an alternative grade, use the NCP grade as the requirements for credit recovering is simpler. Also note, the E grade can only be given in middle school. A reminder that grades are due in Infinite Campus by 5:00pm on Wednesday, December 16. Also email Laura an e-copy of your grades.


Student Empathy Survey This Week

Please identify a student with whom you will do a face to face meeting regarding their distance learning experiences. Click on this link to submit your names. Thank you for your support. Once you have submitted your student name, click on this link to access the Empathy Survey Questions to ask your student via TEAMS or Meet. Teachers, this is really important data that we can use to improve our services next semester. Right now we have 24 students who have completed this face-to-face survey. Let get at least 65 students to participate.


POSTPONED: ELM 20-21 T-Shirt Distribution Drive-Through

Unfortunately due to the rise in COVID rates, all non-essential drive through events have been postponed until further notice. Our T-shirt distribution falls in that category for now. We have been given permission to add it to an essential distribution next semester, either a meal distribution or instructional materials distribution. In the mean time, please be sure to submit your T-shirt sizes by clicking on this link. You must use your district's gmail/G-Suite account to access the form. Please take time to complete this form


Eastlake Educational Foundation Fundraising Campaign

This past Friday, EEF launched its fundraising campaign. This campaign raises funds to support the technological needs of ELM as well as other schools in the area. As distance learning continues, our technological needs will increase. I am inviting you to join me in supporting this year's campaign. Click on this link to learn about the Come Together Community Campaign. There are different levels of sponsorships. Each donation, no matter how big or small, counts and WILL make a difference. You may also donate by texting to 619. 333.5548 and text the code: elmiddle. This will ensure that 100% of your donation will go directly to ELM. The donation window is from November 19 - December 31. We can do this!


Yearbook Sales begins this Week

As we are starting finalize the yearbook, we have begun the sales for this year. Please look for the details in the ASB Section of the newsletter. Additionally, the district is finalizing its contract with Jostens for the yearbook pictures for students to upload. Once the contract is signed, student will be able to upload a portrait for the 20-21 yearbook.


Additionally, there are two requests for Yearbook Entries:


  1. Winter Activities and Travel Requests
  2. Keeping Triton Company


Important Semester 2 Information

Teacher First day back for Semester 2 is January 12, 2021. This is a district professional development day in the morning and you have teacher time in your classroom in the afternoon. Click on this link to access a general schedule. A more specific schedule will be emailed from Curriculum and Instruction later this week. First day for students is Wednesday, January 13, 2021. It is a Schedule A day (Per. 1, 2, 3). Please see the schedule slide below.


Two ASB Activities this Week on Thursday, December 17, 2020

  1. Ugly Sweater Competition
  2. Name That Tune Lunch Activity


Final Meal Distribution of Semester 1

The district has resumed its distribution of meals for the next two week.


Below are slides and video information that are pertinent to the week. They appear in this order:


1. ASB Holiday Message

2. Eastlake Educational Community Fundraising Campaign

3. Final Exam Week Schedule

4. Important Bell Schedule for January 2021

5. November / December Triton Trait of Gratitude

6. Triton Trait Nomination: Gratitude

7. ELM Artist of the Week

8. Yearbook Requests and Sailes

~Yearbook Sales

~Winter Activities and Travels

~Keeping Triton Company

9. ASB Activities This Week

~T-shirt Sizes Needed

~Ugly Sweater Competition / Name That Tune Lunch Activity

~Purple Pride Club

10. Meal Distribution Information

11. ELM Holiday Poll Results

12. ELM Teacher Attendance Change Form

13. ELM Staff Handbook

14. ELM Google Calendar

15. Genius Bar Teachers Support Form

16. ELM Technology Support Line


Finally, here is the link to the parent newsletter


Let's have a wonderful week!


Mrs. Finley

ASB Holiday Message

Happy Holidays Triton Families

ASB Holiday Message 2020
Eastlake Educational Community Fundraising Campaign

Please join me and other Eastlake schools principals and raise funds technology needs for our schools. The donation window is November 19 - December 31. We got this Triton Families!

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Final Exam Week Schedule

Note that we have kept the start time the same and changed the end time to accommodate a minimum day schedule

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Important Bell Schedule for January 2021

Tritons, first day of school is January 13, 2021.

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November Triton Trait: Gratitude

The Triton Trait for October is Gratitude. "Life is better when you develop an attitude of gratitude." Lewis Howes. This means making it a habit to express thankfulness and appreciation for both the big and small things alike in your life.

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Yearbook Information

Yearbooks are now on sale for $25. Prices will increase to $30 after December 19.

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Purple Pride Club

This video is brought to you by ELM's Purple Pride Club. We want to promote awareness and acceptance of the LGBTQ community and ALL people. Thanks for watching!

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Meal Distribution Information

We apologize for the inconvenience but the district has canceled all meal distributions this week.

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ELM's Winter Holiday Poll Results

Look to see how Tritons voted about the holidays.

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ELM Teacher Attendance Change Form

Click on the title bar to access the form to change a student's attendance.

ELM Google Calendar

Click on the title bar to access the staff calendar.

ELM Staff Handbook

Click on the title bar to access this year's staff handbook.

Genius Bar Support Form

Do you need technology help. Genius Bar is available from 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Complete the form by clicking on the title bar. A Genius Bar Teacher will call you.

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