The Triton Times

The Official E-zine of Eastlake Middle School

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Thanksgiving Edition

November 15, 2017

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ELM Band and Choir Tuning up for Holiday Performances!

The ELM Band and Choir, led by the incomparable Mr. John Academia, has a busy winter schedule. Many of our fine students will be performing at various venues and will make a few television appearances! Be sure to set your DVR!

ELM Choir Performance Dates:


Eastlake Middle Pavilion

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.


KUSI-TV Studios in Kearny Mesa

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Bonita Valley Community Church

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

6:00 to 9:00 p.m.


Eastlake Village Marketplace (between Panda Express and Jamba Juice)

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

3:30 to 3:50 p.m.


Otay Ranch Town Center (Food Court)

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

5:30 to 6:00 p.m.

ELM Band Performance Dates:


ELM Middle School Pavilion

Thursday, November 30th

6 p.m.


Downtown Chula Vista

Saturday, December 2nd

6 p.m.

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Make bicycle safety a priority!

1. Choose the right bike. Children should be able to sit on the bicycle seat, hands on the handlebars, and have the balls of their feet touch the ground. Don’t select a bike for your child to “grow into.” Foot-operated brakes, rather than hand brakes, are safest for younger children.

2. Always wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet.

The helmet should sit on top of the head in a level position and not rock forward, backward, or side to side. The helmet straps should form a V under the ears, and should be snug, but comfortable. Watch the one minute video after this list to see how it’s done.

3. Check the bike’s mechanics often. Are the brakes working properly, the gears shifting smoothly, and the tires tightly secured and properly inflated?

4. Wear neon, fluorescent, or other bright colors. It’s important to wear a bright shirt, jacket, or vest, even during daylight hours. Front white lights, rear red lights, and other light reflectors should be placed on the bicycle and worn by the cyclist.

5. Never ride at dusk or after dark. Night riding requires skills that most children haven’t acquired.

6. Don’t wear headphones or listen to tunes while riding.

Cyclists need to be able to hear oncoming traffic and be fully focused on hazards.

7. Follow the rules of the road. Ride on the right side of roads, in the same direction as other vehicles. (Almost one fourth of bicycle-car collisions result from bicyclists riding against traffic.) Obey all traffic signs, signals, and lane markings. Use hand signals when turning.

8. Beware of drivers in parked cars. They may open their doors or pull out unexpectedly.

9. Don’t wear long or loose clothing. It can get caught in bike chains or wheel spokes.

10. Make eye contact with drivers. Be sure that they’re paying attention before crossing in front of them or pulling into their lane. Just because you can see a driver doesn’t mean they can see you.

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ELM students dress to impress on Halloween

"On October thirty-one when the sun goes to rest, it's the night of Halloween, when fun is at its best." Or so the old grammar school song goes. But students also had plenty of fun dressing in their Halloween costumes at school during the day (while still, of course, focusing on their schoolwork)! It wasn't just the students having a blast, though. Dozens of teachers dressed up as zombies (at least, we think they were dressed up) and even performed the 'Thriller' dance from the famous 1980's Michael Jackson video. Mrs. Kellie Leslie, our P.E. teacher (and a dance instructor), was kind enough to teach each and every student the steps to 'Thriller' during P.E. classes the week before. During that time, a number of teachers joined in to learn the moves, and surprised the students with their own 'Thriller' dance during both 7th and 8th grade lunches!