The Triton Tribune
Be Kind ~ Be Awesome ~ Make The Right Choices
Volume 2 ~ Issue 7 ~ September 8, 2020
Wonderful Triton Staff,
"You know, I'm fairly intelligent, but I don't think my grades reflected that" ~Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions Running Back~
Happy Labor Day! I hope that you enjoyed your three-day weekend and took time to rest. I hope that your family was safe from the firestorms this past weekend. We continue to pray for those who have been affected by them.
As the first progress report approaches and as you continue to diligently grade the work students have submitted, I want to remind you that FAC was in 100% agreement about giving grace to grades in the first three weeks of school. While you and students are starting to get more comfortable with distance learning, there are still a lot of technical issues that students are experiencing as they submit the work. Many of them are still confused about where they turn in their work. While you are 100% in charge of the grades you assign to work, you are also 100% in charge of grace. By now, you know some of your students and can make a reasonable judgment as to whether or not they are telling you the truth about missing assignments. Keep in mind, we still have 88 students without IPADs. So as you grade the work, know that grading during distance learning is not as black and white as if we were on campus.
Below are information that are significant to Week 6 and beyond.
Communication with Parents
As progress reports is around the corner, this is a reminder that we have a responsibility to communicate with parents using multiple means. Although email is the most expedient method for us, know that you also need to call home if you were unsuccessful in getting a hold of parents via email. For your neediest students who are struggling, please make sure you are trying multiple ways of communicating with them. Counselors are also preparing themselves to call students who are struggling to date.
Possibly Going to One LMS and One Video-Conferencing Tool Starting Quarter 2
In the last two weeks, we all have received communique that has increased our number of systems that parents and students use. For LMS, we can now use Google Classroom and Jupiter Grades. For video-Conferencing tools, we have Google Meets and Microsoft TEAMS with Zoom joining in by Quarter 2. These choices have brought us back to the same place that we were in April. These multiple options have provided ongoing confusion to our students and parents. In thinking about this all week, I am considering the idea of going to one platform for each use - one LMS and one video-conferencing tool. I will be bringing this issue up to FAC on September 15 for discussion only. Just like with the addition of Jupiter as an LMS, there will be a memo from the district that will give principals directions on the availability of Zoom. Once that memo comes out, I will know more which direction to proceed. If you have any strong opinion regarding this potential decision, please email me.
Celebrating Patriot Day, September 11
This Friday, we will be remembering the 19th anniversary of 911. Many students do not know the significance of this day. We will be remembering this day by holding a Spirit Activity where we are asking everyone to wear Red, White, Blue or a combination. Click on this link to submit a photo of you wearing your patriotic colors. Teachers, I am asking that take time on Friday during Period 1 to discuss this event. Below is a video that I have recorded to introduce the 911 activity on Friday. Please take time to share your memory of 911 with your children. Here is a link to some resources that Mr. Almero and I culled for you to use.
Coffee With the Principal: September 17 at 10am and 6pm
There will be a Coffee With the Principal the week of progress report. I will be sending a TEAMS invitation in next week's newsletter. Each TEAM meeting will be able to host 300 attendees. Please encourage your parents to attend.
Progress Report #1: September 18
Do not forget that grades are due to Laura by Wednesday, September 16 at 5pm.
Below are slides and video information that are pertinent to the week. They appear in this order:
1. This Week's Schedule: 9/8-8//1
2. Understanding the Attendance Policy
3. Remembering and Honoring 9/11
4. August Triton Trait: Kindness~Kindness Boomerang Video
~Tritons of the Week Nomination
5. Lunch Application Information
6. ASB Activities Announcement
~Patriot Day Spirit Activity on 9/11
~Purple Pride Club Announcement
~Dungeons and Dragon Club Announcement
~Throwback Thursday Video
7. Important Updates for Next Week
8. Attendance Clearance Form
9. ELM Restorative Practice Parent Referral Form
10. Genus Bar Teachers Support Form
11. ELM Technology Support Line
Finally, here is the link to the parent newsletter.
Let's have a wonderful and safe week!
Please read the slide below to ensure that you add the follow schedule changes to your family calendar.
Many of you have asked questions about attendance and why it is important especially since we are not physically in school. Below is a recorded presentation on our attendancy policy.
Although we are in September, I want to spend one more week on our Triton Trait of Kindness. Below is a video on how kindness always returns to the person many times over.
If you have not completed your lunch application yet, please do so as soon as possible. The deadline is fast approaching.
2020-21 School Year Lunch Applications for Free or Reduced Meals
In order to receive free or reduced lunch, all students must complete a 2020-21 lunch application. If you received free or reduced meals last year and have not renewed your lunch application this year, services to you may have already stopped. To make sure that you have secured this support, please complete the lunch application using one of the methods below.
1. Complete the ONLINE lunch application in your Campus Portal.
- This is the preferred method.
- Click on this link to access Campus Portal
- Click on this link to access the PowerPoint Tutorial on how to complete the application.
2. Complete the PAPER lunch application.
- Contact Dr. Adams for a paper copy. Click on this link to email her.
- Click on the link on how to complete the paper application. English [link] Spanish [link].
If you have completed your application and you have been approved, you will need to obtain your child's barcode. To create a student barcode from your Campus Portal, please click on this link to follow the instructions on creating a student barcode.
9/11 - Patriot Day Spirit Activity - Wear your Red, White or Blue!!
Here is another opportunity for you to participate in Spirit Days. On Friday, September 11, we will honor the victims and first responders of 911 by wearing red, white and blue. To submit your patriotic photo, please click on this link. I cannot wait to see your picture representing our nation pride.
Purple Pride Club Announcement
To know more about the club, click on this link to access the club's video introduction.
Dungeons and Dragons Club
Date: Thursday, September 17
Location: Google Classroom (code: peu76q3)
Have an absence to clear. Click on this tile bar to access the ELM Attendance Clearance Form.
Parents, if your student exhibiting high stress levels, has not adapted well to the start of the school year or need additional support, please click on the title bar to complete the Parent Referral Form.
Triton Students, are you in need of TECH support? If so click on the title ELM Genius Bar Support Form, fill it out and an ELM Techy Teacher will reach out to you. Also check out the video below, to learn more about the Genius Bar
If you need help with any technology issue, please contact Mr. Doyle, our site IT support. He will get back to you faster.