Triton Times

Eastlake Middle School 04.29.2019

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Mighty Tritons


Thanks for your attention to the SBAC. It has been a fairly smooth process. Lots of great opportunities observed for the future. Let's keep pressing on for the next three weeks and encourage our students to do their best. Continue reminding students to bring fully charged iPads. We do have a lot of visitors (STEM presentation, poet, etc.) on campus this week especially on May 3rd. Just be aware. Please be mindful of the following:

A. Report Cards. Thanks for getting those report cards done on time. Per administrative regulations, please submit a Report on Student Progress for all students who earned a D or grades that you consider could signify a student is in danger of failing the course to the counselors by May 3rd. You are not required, but you may also fill out reports for students with an F. Otherwise, the 12 week progress report will suffice for written communication for failing students.

I do want to share with you my hopes as a staff when it comes to communication with our parents. I see only upside to sending a Report on Student Progress for both D and F students. In many cases, there still exists an opportunity for students with an F to pass the course. I want to encourage to try hope whenever possible. Thank you for your consideration.

B. 8th Grade Awards Ceremony. The award ceremony is on May 15th from 6:00-8:00 pm. Please nominate two top Tritons per department and submit names on this form by this Wednesday, May 1. In efforts to spread the love, you may refer to this spreadsheet with all submissions.

Also consider nominating students for the Top Triton Award to Dr. Cooke. Recipients of this award embody all 8 Triton Traits and truly exemplify what it means to be a Triton. Please submit names and a description as to why each student should receive the Top Triton Award directly to Dr. Cooke by May 1.

Please keep in mind that it means a lot to the students when their nominating teacher presents the award.

C. Dress Code Discussion. I reviewed the responses for the dress code survey and tried my best to organize the major themes and questions that came up. We are really all over the place on the overall issue of the dress code. I will bring the discussion to our next FAC. Please start discussing in your departments some of the topics below.

1. Consistency of enforcement amongst the staff.

2. Can the dress code be gender neutral?

3. Other than a uniform, How do we address inconsistencies/gray areas for interpretation?

4. What are appropriate consequences?

I look forward to solutions. Here are my expectations...

*Students will not lose significant academic time to deal with a dress code violation.

*Whatever is decided, we must be consistent in enforcing the rules.

*I believe a reasonable approach that can encapsulate our concerns would be No Bra Straps/Briefs showing, No Butt Cheeks showing, No excessive (we will need to discuss) Belly and Back showing. We can also have appropriate visuals with students about what is acceptable.

Obviously, we will discuss in details these expectations with students and our parents/guardians.

D. Common Syllabus and Yubbler. In the spirit of collegiality and creating equitable practices, please make sure you use these last few PLC meetings to focus on creating those shared practices and beliefs. The syllabus is due May 31st. Let me know if you need support at one of your PLC meetings. Also, I want to us to consider Yubbler for a fundraiser. It will require our departments to have similar beliefs about material necessary for their classes. This can be a tremendous opportunity for us!

E. LCAP District Meeting. I sent a mass email about this opportunity. I hope you will consider attending the LCAP meeting on May 8th. Your voice is important.

F. Master Schedule and Calendar. We are getting closer and closer to our next iteration of the master schedule. We will get this out in the next week or two. Our goal is to have the master schedule and master calendar for next year done before Memorial Weekend.

Let's have a great ending to the school year. As always, let me know of your concerns, questions and/or suggestions. Go Tritons!

May 2nd is Star Wars Day - Dress up and May the Force Be with Us

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A Message from our Assistant Principals!

We are working on implementing Restorative Practice (RP) strategies to our school policies and practices next year. If you want to familiarize yourself with the practice, please check out this short video. For more detailed information, please see this link for what it is considered to be the defining organization for this practice. I want to be clear about this one point: Students will still receive disciplinary action according to their behavior and school guidelines. However, the key to RP is what we do next to make sure the student learns from this behavior and how they return to the classroom with a new perspective and a sense of responsibility to the community. It is about teaching on the importance of relationships and it should be pro-active. We will be developing a series of professional development opportunities around this topic. Thank you to the culture and climate team for helping out!

Safety Tip of the Week: Have a hard copy of your attendance ready at all times—this will help in the event of an evacuation.

We came across these awesome opportunities from Sea World and Disneyland. You might want to check them out!

Talented Tritons!

DLI Student Conferences

Great job DLI in leading a wonderful evening of learning.
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Celebrating our awesome administrative professionals!

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Teamwork (Triton Trait of the Month!)

We have all heard many of the inspiring words or belief systems around the concept of Teamwork -- Teamwork makes the dream work, There is no "I" in team, We > Me, If you want to go faster, go alone. If you want to go farther, go as a team, Together Everyone Achieves More. Indeed, many of us have been part of great teams through work, athletics, band and community organizations. At the heart of any team is the belief that everyone can contribute their own talents in a positive manner to better achieve goals. The most difficult part of being a great team member is surrendering the ego for a bigger cause. This month we celebrate those teachers and students who exemplify the concept of teamwork. Let's recognize those special individuals who do everything possible to help everyone succeed and is a great team member. They are selfless and promote others. Team Triton!

Check out our library of resources that we can use to discuss the Triton Traits with our students. Please feel free to add links to any documents you have created (upload to google drive and copy link) or links to videos, articles, and images you have found online that we can all use to share with our students.

Also, consider nominating students for Triton of the Week who exemplify the Triton Trait of Teamwork.

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Week At A Glance

Monday April 29

  • Progress Report 2 Distribution
  • CAASPP Testing - English PT Session 1
  • Spanish 1/2 Parent Day Rehearsal w/ Marquez's Class (Pavilion)
  • ELHS Color Guard Visit (Lunch)
  • Mountain Bike Club Meet (4:15 Salt Creek Park)

Tuesday, April 30

  • CAASPP Testing - English PT Session 1
  • Spanish 1/2 Parent Day Rehearsal w/ Marquez's Class (Pavilion)
  • Dungeons & Dragons Club Meeting (3:15 Rm 418)
  • Harry Potter Club Meeting (3:15
  • Mountain Bike Club Meet (4:15 Salt Creek Park)

    Wednesday, May 1

    • CAASPP Testing - English PT Session 2
    • Spanish 1/2 Parent Days w/ Marquez's Class (Pavilion)
    • Art Club Meeting (3:15 Rm 206)
    • Cyber Security Club Meeting 3:15 Rm 312)
    • Girls Volleyball Practice (3:30)

    Thursday, May 2

    • CAASPP Testing - English PT Session 2
    • Spanish 1/2 Parent Days w/ Marquez's Class (Pavilion)
    • Cheer Practice (3:15 Pavilion)
    • Robotics Team Practice (3:30 Rm 604)

    Friday, May 3

    • May 3 - STEM in your Backyard
    • CAASPP Testing - Make Up
    • Mrs. Fields Fundraiser Prize Day: Limo Ride (Lunch)
    • Impact 7/8 Bible Study (Lunch Rm 914)
    • Cyber Security Club Meeting (1:00 Rm 312)
    • Robotics Team Practice (1:00 Rm 604)
    • Boys Volleyball Practice (1:30)
    • DLI Family Picnic (4:30 Mountain Hawk Park)

    Saturday, May 4

    • Girls' Field Hockey vs. MOM (8:00 ORH)
    • Mountain Bike Club Meet (8:15 Salt Creek Park)
    • 8th Girls' Volleyball vs. CVM (10:00 ORH)
    • Girls' Field Hockey vs. NCM (10:00 ORH)
    • 7th Girls' Volleyball vs. VDM (12:00 ORH)
    • Boys Volleyball vs. NCM (1:00 SOH)

    Down The Road

    • May 7 - Noche De Emilio
    • May 8 - LCAP Community Meeting
    • May 14 - Spring Choir Concert
    • May 15 - 8th Grade Awards Ceremony
    • May 16 - Spring Band Concert
    • May 16 - DLI Recognition Ceremony
    • May 21 - Spring Orchestra Concert
    • May 27 - No School in observance of Memorial Day
    • June 5 - 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony (5:00 ORH)
    ELM Facility Calendar

    The ELM Facilities Calendar will be ran on the linked Google Calendar. Please note that we will no longer be updating the outlook calendar from 1st semester.

    Hyperdoc Link

    Click here to access the Hyperdoc for ELM.

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