Triton Times

Eastlake Middle School 3.4.19

Dear Parents/Guardians and Community Members:

It has been a busy six weeks. Please make sure you check on your student's grades as they have been posted and sent home. Contact a counselor or teacher(s) with any concerns. I hope to see many of you at the next Coffee with the Principal on March 12th at 8:30 AM in the library. Let's finish this semester in a strong manner. We have a few items that you need to review for planning and reflective purposes:

A. Vaping Presentation. There has been concern by our parents and staff about this issue that seems to be gaining popularity with students. We want you to be informed on how you can help monitor and support your student. We tentatively have the American Lung Association coming out on March 12th at 6:00 PM to discuss the issues with vaping and its harmful effects on young people. We will have final confirmation shortly, but please pencil in the date. It's an important conversation that needs to happen!

B. Promotion. Due to lack of credit recovery opportunities, for this year the Board will allow for a validation process whereas students who pass their second semester classes will receive credit for any past classes in that subject area(s) in which they did not pass. They will be allowed to participate in this year's ceremony. It's a great opportunity for our 8th grade students to buckle down and keep moving forward. We do not know the process for next year's class. I do have the right to review case by case situations that are unique. Please contact me with any concerns.

We will have several meetings from now until June 5th about promotion. Our promotion will take place on June 5th at 5:00 PM at Otay Ranch High School. Attendance is limited by fire code and expect that each family will receive five tickets to the event. There will be a streaming video of the event. We are trying to secure shuttle services and creating special drop-off spots for Uber/Lyft. We will send more information home in the next few months.

There will also be several 8th grade events at the end of the year and school will still be open to 8th graders on the 6th and 7th.

C. MOMO. Unfortunately, there has been a serious and dangerous online challenge/dare called Momo. Please see this LINK for more information and talk to your students about this concern.

D. Registration. We will be sending out registration material shortly. We are tentatively planning for mid April for our first registration night for new parents. We are hoping to have a more efficient and effective process. If you are are a returning parent with no changes (medical, address, etc.), you simply have to go to the Online Registration Portal and simply click on update. No need to go to the school! Information forthcoming.

E. SBAC Testing. Our students will be participating in testing from April 15 to May 17. During this testing window students will display proficiency in English, math and science (8th grade only). The test is a good evaluation of our student's abilities. We utilize the data to inform practices and support systems

F. Library and Tutoring. We are going to continue keeping our library open Monday through Thursday from 3:20 to 4:20. Tutoring will be provided on Wednesday and Thursday by our ELH tutoring program.

F. Lots Going On! Please see the calendar below for all of the great activities happening at our school site. Especially note the following...

  • April 17 - Olympian HS 9th Grade Parent Orientation (6:00 OHS Multi Purpose Room)
  • April 23 - Eastlake HS 9th Grade Parent Orientation (6:00 ELH Pavilion)

G. Suicide Prevention Community Forum. Please join us for this important conversation about a topic affecting our community. The event will be held on March 7th from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at Otay Ranch High School's pavilion area.

H. Recognition. If you have a moment, please recognize our awesome teachers with the link below.

H. Student Concern? If you feel that your student might be a victim of bullying or your student knows of another student being bullied, please use this LINK to report your concerns and we will follow up.

We are lucky to have amazing parents and guardians at ELM. Keep shining and let us know what we can do to support your student.

Follow us on Twitter @EastLakeTritons!

As always, Go Tritons!

EEF Golf Tournament!

Please consider participating in the great event for the EEF. All monies collected go back to our students!

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Take Care of This Place

ELM is our home and we should treat it with respect. Unfortunately, we have had a rough month of students not picking up their trash leading to our school looking dirty, custodians spending more time cleaning and seagulls returning in large groups. For the next two weeks, we will be on sit-down lunches to better monitor the students and to get these pesky seagulls out. Please join us in talking with your students about accountability. Here is an example of students simply hiding their trash under their seats during presentations in the pavilion.

Future Tritons Night

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Welcome Future Parents and Students!

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A House Packed with Future Tritons!

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Fun in Art Class

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Check out our Students in STEM

Dangers of Vaping
Recognize an Awesome Triton Staff Member!

Please take the time to recognize our great staff. I will share your kind note as well as a small token of appreciation. Our staff loves good news!

How Can We Serve You Better?

Do you have concerns that you would like to share with the administration team? Please let us know.

Triton Trait of the Month (Enthusiasm)


Enthusiasm is putting your whole heart into what you do. Whatever the task, no matter how big or small, it will always turn out better if you put your whole heart into it! A great thing about enthusiasm is that it's contagious! Your spark of energy and excitement can ignite others to live their lives with enthusiasm.

Its also important to remember that enthusiasm is be more than just showing energy and excitement. It is also represented by a passion for a cause or project. One does not have to be the life of the party to build enthusiasm. By treating even the smallest, insignificant jobs as important, paying attention to details even when the newness wears off, and aiming to be an encourager to others, we build relationships and share enthusiasm with everyone around us.

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Week At A Glance

This section will be updated shortly. Please check back by Monday.

Down The Road

  • February 26-27 – Incoming 7th Grade Parent Nights
  • February 27 – Teacher Deadline: Progress Report 1
  • February 27 - Mrs. Fields Fundraiser Money Due
  • March 4 – Progress Report 1 Distribution
  • March 25 - April 5 - Spring Break
  • April 17 - Olympian HS 9th Grade Parent Orientation (6:00 OHS Multi Purpose Room)
  • April 23 - Eastlake HS 9th Grade Parent Orientation (6:00 ELH Pavilion)

A Message from our Assistant Principals!

Dr. Shannon Chamberlin and Mendel Nafarrete

Let us know how we can serve you. We are to support your student and family. If you have questions about the school's programs or how to get additional help for your student, please contact us at your convenience.

Please be aware that we will be utilizing an app called P3 so that students may report directly to the police station any concerns about possible violence, bullying or other areas of concern. It's an anonymous program.


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Mission Statement

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Core Beliefs

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PTSO - We need your help!

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