The Triton Tribune

Be Kind ~ Be Awesome ~ Make The Right Choices

Volume 2 ~ Issue 1 ~ July 27, 2020

Wonderful Triton Staff,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! I hope that you have enjoyed your much-deserved break!

With the unusual end to the 2019-20 school year, I am so proud of the professional commitment that all of you made to our students, parents, and to each other. We finished strong and proudly. We supported each other in ways that we would have not thought of because of the COVID storm. And now, we are starting in similar conditions for the 2020-2021 school year. As we begin, I know that we will see the opportunity to teach and interact with students in creative and novel ways. I believe you will look for ways to be innovative and push the envelope on what we provide for, and what we expect from our students.

As we shift our attention to the opening of the school year, please be patient with yourself and others as you implement new strategies, as you keep track of information (like the information below), and as you balance your personal and professional needs. We will all have to exercise grace, patience, resilience and flexibility like never before. I believe this COVID storm will draw out the very BEST from each of us. There are lessons that can only be learned in the midst of a storm. I want you to ask yourself, "What am I supposed to learn about who I am as a teacher in this storm?" I am certain that when you find the answer, you will be a stronger educator that you could have ever imagined than you were before COVID entered your lives. I cannot wait to see what will be revealed.

I would like to welcome four new teachers to our Triton family. They are Carl Song (Spanish), Luz Antick (Math), Roberto Del Busto (Math) and Monica Lehpamer (Math). We still have two unfilled positions. We are hoping to fill them by the end of the week.

Communication with each other and with our students and parents will be crucial in effectively executing distance learning for the year. I am working with Courtney, our new webmaster, to make our website a more effective tool of communicating. One of those things is to introduce who you are to our new families. We are revamping the look of each department's page. This will include your pictures so that students and parents can visualize their teachers. We would like to include your pictures in your department page. If you have not done so already, please click on this link to send in your picture. If you prefer for us to use last year's yearbook picture, please email Courtney.

Finally, below are some important updates for you to start on Monday. There are still some things that are negotiated. They are expected to be approved by the board tomorrow night. Once that happens, I will be able to share more detailed information.

Let's have an amazing week!

Mrs. Finley

ELM Optional PD Days: July 27-July 28, 2020

During these two days, you will have an opportunity to participate in virtual technology training to assist you as you prepare for your first week of school. I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity.

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Mandatory Daily Self-Screening Questionnaire

All person entering the campus will have to complete a mandatory daily self-screening questionnaire. You can do this in your car before you come to the main entrance.

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Access to Campus to Pick Up Materials

Below is the email from Mr. Nafarrete and other information I added about picking up materials on campus.

From Mr. Nafarrete:

Safety Protocols

Prior to stepping on campus, a self-screening process must be conducted. These posters are placed outside the main office. When you arrive on campus, please type in the link or if you have a QR code reader, place your phone over the QR Code to access the link. Please complete the questionnaire on the link, and then enter the Main Office. These entries are recorded and deleted daily if all answers are negative. The poster is also included in this newsletter. Additionally, in the sign-in sheets, it is imperative that you follow the sanitation protocols below:

  1. Use hand sanitizer first.
  2. Use new pens only when signing in.
  3. After signing, dispose of the used pen in the used box so they can be sanitized.
  4. Clean your hands with hand sanitizers again.

Key distribution:

Lidia has worked hard in organizing the keys for this upcoming school year. I have the keys in my office and will distribute the keys beginning July 22 for those of you who would like to get an early start. If you can please reserve a time on this link so that we can abide by state, local and district policies regarding the current COVID mandates. This document will also help me to organize/prepare the keys and documentation for you to initial to expedite the process limiting your time on campus.

Belkin Tablet Stage Stand:

Several of you completed a survey last semester requesting a presenter tablet stand. We have them in! If you signed up for a tablet stand, and would like to pick it up, I can have it available when you pick up your keys. Because this is school equipment, I will have you sign it out and then sign it back in when we do our key/equipment collection at the end of the school year.

Tabletop Whiteboard:

Last semester, we purchased a tabletop whiteboard for each classroom, which many of you received on our Teacher of the Year Appreciation. If you did not get yours, please email me so that we can have it ready for you.

Teacher PD Days: July 29 - July 31, 2020

Below is the PD schedule for when you return on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. We are part of Cohort A.

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IPAD Distribution

Date of Distribution: July 29, 202

For more information, click on this link for English and this link for Spanish. If you are not able to come on your designated time, please choose another time on July 29 to come and pick up your IPAD.

Textbook Distribution

Date of Distribution: August 10 - 14, 2020

Many of the textbooks for middle school are available electronically to students. Teachers will provide the code for students to be able to access each textbook. All other textbooks will be physically distributed. Plans for distribution are still being developed.

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Tentative Daily Schedule: Pending Board Approval

Below is the tentative daily schedule for ELM and ELH. We are waiting for board approval on July 27.

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