The Triton Tribune

Be Kind ~ Be Awesome ~ Make The Right Choices

Volume 2 ~ Issue 15~ November 9, 2020

Wonderful Triton Staff,

Happy Veteran's Day to all our military families and all those who have served before. We thank you for serving your country and be willing to sacrifice for all of us so that we can all luxuriate in the freedom we have because of individuals like my husband and other military men and women who made a decision to commit their lives to protecting this freedom.

This past week, we were able to exercise our freedom to vote in a presidential election. Regardless of our personal political opinions and preferences, history was made because of the freedom that allows us to exercise the right to vote. Kamala Harris became the first African-American and Asian-American to be elected as the 46th Vice- president of the United States. Gender and racial glass ceilings were shattered because of our freedom to vote. So we are thankful for the men and women who ensure that we can participate freely in the democratic process of this nation.

Finishing Strong in the Academic Journey

As we march toward the end of the semester, we want to make sure that our students are maintaining their good grades or working to improve any failing grades. If they need to improve your grades, please encourage them to take advantage of all the virtual tutoring that we are offering. Some of our students have been identified to come back to school for additional support. If you have these students, please encourage them to attend.

Communicating Potential Fs to Parents

Progress Report 2 serves as official notice of potentially failing a class in which your students has received an F. But it is not too late as long as they take advantage of every available academic support that we office. We hope to see an increase in your children using these supports. However, if you have students whose grades decrease from a passing grade, it will be necessary for you to communicate with parents that they will potentially fail. You may offer parent conference or send a written report home. We have change the district's Report on Student Progress Form into a fillable document. Later this week, I will be sending a screencastify on how to use this document. If you want to use physical copies, please arrange to pick up documents, envelopes and stamps from me. I prefer that you use the fillable document but you can choose your preference.

Principal Honor Roll Scheduled on November 20

For those students who received a 3.75 GPA or higher, there will be another drive-through celebration on November 20. We are expecting to celebrate 540 students.

ELM Spirit Gear Purchase Window Is Open Again:

Tritons! The online spirit gear store at Next Day Printed Tees is open again! Orders can be placed on until November 30th. Expected completion date of items is December 15th (the week before Winter Break). Paid shipping or free customer pickup at NDPT available.

National City 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Drive:

Our own, Mr. Josue Villegas, is a major sponsor of the National City 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Drive, a community service that he started to give back to the community that has given him so much. If you would like to donate to this drive, please click on this link.

Faculty Meeting on November 6:

If you missed the faculty meeting this last Friday, click on this link to access the information.

Below are slides and video information that are pertinent to the week. They appear in this order:

1. Schedule for Veteran's Week

2. How To Improve Your Grades for the Next Six Weeks

3. ELM Artist of the Week

4. November Triton Trait: Gratitude

~Gratitude Quotes

~Triton Trait Nomination

5. Yearbook Submission Request: Triton Trait of Gratitude

6. ASB Activities This Week

~Purple Pride Club

~Oreo Cookie Challenge

~Eastlake Middle School Gear - Round 2

7. Important Schedule Date Changes

8. Meal Distribution Announcement

9. Attendance Clearance Form

10. Genius Bar Teachers Support Form

11. ELM Parent Restorative Practices Request Form

12. ELM Technology Support Line

Finally, here is the link to the parent newsletter.

Let's have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Finley

Please note there is a major change for the veteran holiday schedule for the week. Eastlake High has adopted the A-B-H-A-B schedule. Since both schools share families and share teachers, ELM will also change its Thursday schedule from B (Periods 4, 5, 6) to A (Periods 1, 2, 3).
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Students have six weeks to improve their grades if they are not the grades that they want to have in the end. Please encourage all students to use all the available academic support that ELM has to offer. Check the picture slides below to see how your students can access them.


  1. Office Hours and Asynchronous Sessions [See slide below]
  2. Virtual Math 7 and 8 Tutoring [See slide below]
  3. Virtual 7th Grade Science Tutoring [See slide below]
  4. Virtual 8th Grade Science Tutoring [See Slide below]

Onsite In-Person Support Begins November 9

In the works are several plans to bring a select group of the most at-risk students on campus to provide them the support they need. Students who are identified will be asked if they are willing to attend the online support tutoring that has been identified for them. Below are the cohorts that have been identified.

During The Day Support

  1. General Support - Mr. Alvarado: Begins November 9
  2. Moderate Program - Ms. Coleman: Begins November 16

Afterschool Support

  1. General Support for Sped Students - Ms Schult: Begins November 9
  2. Mon & Wed General Support - Mr. Rapp: Begins November 9
  3. Tues & Wed General Support - Mr. Winczowski: Begins November 10
  4. Spanish Support - Ms. Velazquez: Begins November 16

Not all students will be able to access the onsite support, so it is important that you access all available virtual support.

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November Triton Trait: Gratitude

The Triton Trait for October is Gratitude. "Life is better when you develop an attitude of gratitude." Lewis Howes. This means making it a habit to express thankfulness and appreciation for both the big and small things alike in your life.

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Purple Pride Club

This video is brought to you by ELM's Purple Pride Club. We want to promote awareness and acceptance of the LGBTQ community and ALL people. Thanks for watching!


Oreo Cookie Challenge

Tritons! You have a minute to win it! Move an oreo cookie from your forehead to your mouth without using your hands. Submit your video to
Oreo Challenge ELM
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Meal Distribution Information

If you qualify for free and reduced lunch, weekly meals are available for you and your family

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ELM Teacher Attendance Change From

Click on the title bar if you have attendance that need to be changed

ELM Google Calendar

Check our calendar for the latest updates

ELM Staff Handbook

All important documents and links are located in our handbook

Genius Bar Support Form

Do you need technology help. Genius Bar is available from 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Complete the form by clicking on the title bar. A Genius Bar Teacher will call you.

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