The Triton Tribune
Be Kind ~ Be Awesome ~ Make The Right Choices
Volume 2 ~ Issue 8 ~ September 14, 2020
Amazing Triton Staff,
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed no hope at all." ~Dale Carnegie~
"Don’t worry about failure. Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try." ~Sherman Finesilver~
"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." ~Albert Einstein~
"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail." ~Confucius~
As we enter mid-September, you will have your first experience of assigning grades during the COVID pandemic. Under normal circumstances, progress report week is a stressful time as you grade in overdrive. This week has become more complex through the lens of distance learning. I know that many of you are feeling the stress because there are so many issues affecting your students' grades that are beyond your control. As I have said in my Friday email about grades, You are 100% in charge of grades and also 100% in charge of grace. And your decision to assign grades will come down to knowing each student and what they have demonstrated in the first six weeks. You know which students are facing challenges and deserve to be shown grace. You know which ones need to be held accountable to a higher degree. To help you in your grading journey this week, take time to read the three articles below. They are short and might give you some guidance on what to include in your grades.
This month, we are learning about growth-mindset. Remember, having a growth mindset applies to not just our students and their families but also to us. Stanford professor, Carol Dweck, researched and coined this term and it speaks to the belief that intelligence can grow over time with enough effort by providing challenging tasks that allow the brain's plasticity to increase; in turn, higher achievement is achieved. This pandemic has provided more than enough challenging tasks to test our brains' plasticity. This speaks to the Power of YET for us as educators. You have all risen to the challenge. This week is an opportunity for you to demonstrate growth mindset in your professional and personal life.
Last Wednesday, the counselors sent a check-in survey to all students. I did a preliminary analysis of the responses. So far 247 students have responded. What it revealed is that regardless of how they felt, more students had more negative feelings than positive ones about distance learning. In culling through the data, many stated they would prefer to see their teachers and friends. Many revealed that while they are fine, they are struggling. We also asked a question about opportunities to socialize safely. The analysis revealed there were a significant group of students who have not had the opportunity to socialize. Those who said they were feeling poor or very poor had fewer opportunities to socialize. Below are the slide of my analysis. We will discuss this analysis in FAC.
Finally, FAC will meet on Tuesday, September 15 starting at 2:45pm and on Friday, we will have our scheduled staff meeting at 1:45pm.
Below are information that are significant to Week 6 and beyond.
Lunch Application: September 14
If you qualified for free or reduced lunch last year and have yet to renew your application, please scroll down the newsletter and find the directions on how to apply this year. Even if you don't think you qualify, I encourage you to apply as every year, the income threshold for the application changes annually. The deadline is September 14, 2020.
Free Meal Service for Families with children ages 2 - 18
Starting Tuesday, September 15, any family who live in the community and have children ages 2 - 18 may participate in the lunch distribution. No barcodes needed. Meal service is from 11:00am - 1:00pm.
Coffee With the Principal: September 17 at 10am and 6pm
There will be a Coffee With the Principal the week of progress report. Each TEAM meeting will be able to host 300 attendees. I look forward to seeing you all at either time. Below is the picture of the invitation.
Progress Report #1: September 18
Next week, teachers will be submitting grades for the first grading report. PLEASE DO NOT PANIC. Remember, these progress report grades are ONE snapshot of progress. They are not permanent. Know that I am working with teachers on the grading of work these past four weeks. I know how stressful many of you feel but I want to encourage you to have conversations with your children about grades and how they do not define who they are as individuals. I will be discussing grades in the upcoming Coffee With the Principal. In the meantime, encourage your children to self-advocate by communicating with their teachers.
Below are slides and video information that are pertinent to the week. They appear in this order:
1. Questions About Grades for PR1
2. Counselor Check-in Survey Responses Preliminary Analysis
3. This Week's Schedule: 9/8-8//1
4. ASB Officers Election (Students, voting closes at the end of the day on Monday, 9/14)
5. Coffee With the Principal Invitation
6. Understanding the Attendance Policy
7. September Triton Trait: Growth Mindset - The Power of Yet~Carol Dweck's Growth Mindset Video
~Growth Mindset Quotes
~Tritons of the Week Nomination - Kindness
8. Yearbook Submission Request
9. Lunch Distribution Information
10. Patriot Day Video Highlights
11. Attendance Clearance Form
12. ELM Restorative Practice Parent Referral Form
13. Genus Bar Teachers Support Form
14. ELM Technology Support Line
For your own perusal, here is the link to the parent newsletter.
Let's have a wonderful and safe week!
Click on the Title Bar to cast your ballot for this year's ASB Officers Election. Voting Ends Monday, September 14.
Please join me for Coffee With the Principal on Thursday, September 17
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.
One of the most powerful word you can teach your children is the power of "YET." That is the key word in this month's Triton Trait of Growth Mindset. How do we encourage Growth Mindset with your children? What would it look like? During the pandemic?
Our yearbook staff needs you! If you like, share your back to school and learning space photos with us. Some may make it into this year's picture.
Starting this Tuesday, anyone with children ages 2 - 18 in the community may participate in this free meal service.
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.