Triton Times

Eastlake Middle School 2.19.19

Dear Parents/Guardians and Community Members:

We hope you enjoyed the President's Day Weekend. Before you know it, we will arrive at Spring Break and then Promotion is just around the corner. We had a great sports seasons with many of our teams finishing near or at the top of the league. 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. The Issues with Hoodies. I understand that there was some confusion about the wearing of hoodies at ELM. I want to address your concerns so that we may be on the same page. While we did not update the student/parent handbook earlier in the year (it has been now), students have known through at least two assemblies and more than ten announcements that hoodies can be worn, but hoods cannot be on one's head. This is a fairly common policy with many schools. We explained to students that it is a safety issue for us (we need to identify students quickly, in crowded spots students walk without peripheral vision, and students use the hoods to conceal technology such as earbuds). We apologize if this was not communicated in a more effective manner, but I assure you that your students have been aware of this policy since the beginning of the school year and that I have spoken about this topic with parents at various meetings. We do allow students to wear hats and beanies. Parents expressed concerns about rain and cold. Our compromise is during inclement weather (rain) students can put on the hoods during the passing period. I do not advise this! We experimented this past week. In the rain, the students who wore the hoods were simply soaked. it did not really matter if they had a hood on. We encourage slickers and umbrellas. Let's work together on this issue and I would appreciate that you speak with me with any concerns. We are partners in this process. We have warned students that hoodies will be confiscated if the hoods are worn.

B. Promotion. 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. Also, please note that due to the lack of a credit recovery system for some of our students, students who pass all of their second semester 8th grade classes will received validation for their other 7th and first semester 8th grade classes (regardless if they passed or not) and be eligible for promotion. I will deal on a case by case basis for students who passed all of their previous classes, but fail a class this semester.

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. ELPAC Testing. In the next two months, one hundred and thirty-five of our English Learner Triton students will be taking the ELPAC (English Language Proficiency Assessments for California) Test. The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is California’s assessment system that is used to determine the English language proficiency of students whose primary language is not English. The ELPAC is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards and assesses four domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. The Summative ELPAC is given only to students who have previously been identified as an English learner based upon Initial ELPAC results. The Summative ELPAC measures how well they are progressing with English development in each of the four domains.

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. 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. 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.

I. African American Scholars Conference at Olympian High School. Please join us for a great cultural and academic event on February 23rd. Register students here.

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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An Issue with Trash

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.
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Our Teacher of the Year -- Melinda Degele (Social Sciences)

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Purple Pride

Check out our Students in STEM

Triton Champs!

Girls Soccer

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Girls Basketball

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Judging Our Great Artists for the Principal's Selection

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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

Monday – February 18

  • No School in observance of President's Day

Tuesday – February 19

  • Full Menu Day
  • Nutrition Supervision Team F (Abeyta, B Velasquez, Ulle, Spates, Zamora, Sullivan, Ayllon, Kennerly, Jett, A Cooke, Ankers)
  • Incoming 7th Grade Orientation - Counselors Visiting Feeder Elementaries (10:00 Marshall, 1:30 Arroyo Vista)
  • Harry Potter Club Meeting (3:15 Rm 169)
  • Dungeons & Dragons Club Meeting (3:15, Rm 418)
  • Mountain Bike Club Meet (4:15 Salt Creek Park)

Wednesday – February 20

  • ELPAC Testing – reading, writing (Library & ELD Classes)
  • Art Club Meeting (3:15 Rm 206)
  • Cyber Security Club Meeting (3:15 Rm 312)
  • Girls’ Basketball Practice (3:30 Pavilion Courts)
  • Personal Website Expo (6:00 Room 312)

Thursday – February 21

  • ELPAC Testing – reading, writing (Library & ELD Classes)
  • Cheer Practice (3:30, Pavilion)
  • Robotics Team Practice (3:30, Rm 604)

Friday – February 22

  • ELPAC Testing – reading, writing (Library & ELD Classes)
  • Boys Basketball Championship (10:00 SUHI)
  • Girls Basketball Championship (9:00 SUHI)
  • Girls Soccer Championship (9:00 SUHI)

Saturday - February 23

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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PTSO - We need your help!

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