The Triton Tribune Parent Edition
Be Kind ~ Be Awesome ~ Make The Right Choices
Volume 2 ~ Issue 4 ~ August 17, 2020
Amazing Triton Parent/Guardians and Students,
"Without patient endurance, even the smallest thing becomes unbearable. A lot depends on our attitude." ~Dalai Lama~
It's hard to imagine that Week 3 is upon us. And while Week 2 was not perfect, it was much improved from Week one. Add to that a Cox Outage in the midst. I want to thank you for continuing to demonstrate grace, patience and endurance as we continue to improve at distance learning.
Common Syllabus Released
Teachers will be releasing their syllabi starting Monday. We waited to release them to ensure that we included distance learning expectations in them. Please see picture below for more details.
Class Changes to Balance Student Counts
This week, class changes will be the biggest challenge we will face. Due to contract language and based on actual enrollment, this is the final week where changes to students' schedules will be made. We will be making these changes starting tomorrow. Most of these are whole class changes where a class will be transferred to other teachers. Please note that all changes to "balance" student counts will be finalized by Friday, August 21.
If your child experienced connectivity issues last week, please email our attendance technician, Ms. Corona at email@example.com. All corrections to attendance will no longer be at the teacher level. We will excuse absences due to technical issues just like we have in the last two weeks. If students are absent for other reasons, these will be treated as verified absences and will need the excuse notes from you. Please read the picture slide on attendance below. Please note: if you live in the 91910 zip code, there is a scheduled Cox outage in the area. If you live in that area, your children need to attempt to attend the class. If they are not able to attend because of the outage, they need to email their teachers as soon as they can because teachers have to submit attendance at the end of the day.
As teachers are starting to grade work, please be patient as they are still trying to grade the work submitted. This is for work submitted on time. If your children submitted work late, please know that teachers will grade them accordingly but most likely not right away.
Communication between Students and Teachers
One of the most important skill that students need to develop is the ability to communicate with their teachers, especially when they have missed school and therefore need to make up work. Before emailing teachers, have students look in Google Classroom to see what they have missed for the day.
Virtual Open House
The date for our Open House will be Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 6:00pm - 7:30pm.
Below are information that are pertinent to the week. They appear in this order:
- Understanding Middle Schoolers and Helping Them To Thrive
- PLC Common Syllabus Released
- Necessary Class Changes Starting This Week
- Attendance Information
- World Language Textbook Distribution
- ELM Virtual Daily Schedule
- A Message From Ms. Arroyo's Class
- ELM Virtual Open House
- ELM Technology Support Line
- A Guide to Student Login Credentials
Finally, please refer to the website for updates. We update it on a daily basis.
WE GOT THIS!
Let's have an amazing week!
So the question is, what does working together look like so that our children/students thrive, ready to conquer high school and beyond? In 2016, the Washington Post released an article titled, "Top 10 Skills Middle School Students Need to Thrive, and How Parents Can Help." [link] They are:
- Make Good Friend Choices
- Work in Teams and Negotiate Conflict
- Manage a Student-Teacher Mismatch
- Create Organization and Homework Systems
- Monitor and Take Responsibility for Grades
- Learn to Self-Advocate
- Self-regulate Emotions
- Cultivate Passions and Recognize limitations
- Make Responsible, Safe and Ethical Choices
- Create and Innovate
Having been in education for 29 years and 15 of those years were in middle school, these skills are very important in the whole development of those we call "tweeners." Many of these skills move middle schoolers to become more autonomous and more resilient so they are successful in later years. This also requires parents to let go and allow them to experience both success and failure. This is hard to do because our natural instincts as parents is to rescue. However, if we want our middle schoolers to thrive, we have to release them to practice these skills KNOWING they will become stronger mentally, socially, emotionally and academically.
As we proceed to Week 3 of the school year, I am asking you to partner with me and our teachers in teaching our middle schoolers the skills they need to thrive. The first step is allowing them to do the communicating with the teachers regarding their grades and assignments. They must learn to self-advocate and it can begin now.
This is the second year of implementing the Common Syllabus. I asked teachers to wait to release their syllabi until Week 3 so that teachers could incorporate distance learning expectations into their respective syllabi.
Your child's schedules may be changed this week. Please read below for the reasons this may happen. Counselors have done a great job to minimize these moves but this is part of the annual process of what we call balancing classes.
Please read the instructions below on how teachers will be taking attendance and what students should do on their end to ensure that they will not be marked absent.
- Create a window shield/dashboard sign like shown below. Click on this link to access the template.
- Come at your designated time. If you are not able to make it then, Friday is a make-up for those who cannot come.
- If you cannot come on the make-up date on Friday, please email Mr. Nafarrete at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment for a special time.
- If you have an 8th grader who has NOT returned books, this is an opportunity for you to return these books. Place unreturned books in the trunk, and when you get to the pick up station, we will take your 7th grade books and replace them with 8th grade books.
- NO WALK-UPS or BIKING TO SCHOOL to pick up textbooks.
Students do not have to be present to pick up textbooks. But they will need the receipt to clear attendance with their World Language Teachers.
This is the latest schedule for ELM, which now includes office hours from 8:20am - 8:50am. Note that students must make an appointment for office hours to ensure that adequate time is secured.
If you need help with any technology issue, please contact Mr. Doyle, our site IT support. He will get back to you faster.
Click on the title which is a link to the pdf version of the picture below.