Triton Times

Eastlake Middle School 1.16.2019

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Mighty Tritons


I hope you had a great break building great memories with families, friends and your passions. In the past, we would have a few days to ease into the second semester, but we will be moving right into our classes on January 16 .Please stop by the front office to meet our new secretary, Karina Campos. She and her parents have graciously provided us with tamales for the 16th in the principal's conference room. We will also have donuts and coffee for you. So, stop by!! Please be mindful of the following:

A. Locator Cards. They will be placed in your boxes before the 16th. All students will report to their first period class. Students should only be sent to the office if they have a duplicate class or are in the wrong level. If a student does not have a locator card, send them to the library. Students can make change requests during the breaks. Campus supervisors will come around to collect no-show cards and get a live count.

B. EduAbroad. We will have our Chinese visitors with us from January 22nd to the 25th. We will alert teachers who will be affected. There will be 24 students.

C. Budget Update and Master Schedule. I will be meeting with Department Chairs to discuss our updated budgets and to review the timeline for the master schedule.

D. Safe School Ambassadors. Our next training will take place on January 28th and 29th. The students will be checking in with the teachers with permission slips prior to the training. They will report directly to the pavilion. Student rosters should be set by January 24th.

E. Calendar of Events. Please preview the Hyperdoc for the most updated calendar of events/weekly schedule semester II. Please take note of important dates especially the safety drills.

F. Taste of Eastlake. We would love to see out at this great event. Please see the information at the end of this flyer.

G. Happy Trails! We wish our gardener Anita Rodriguez a happy retirement. She recently resigned. She was a great worker who took great pride in the look of our school. We hope to recognize her at the end of the year.

H. Student Teacher? Are you interested in being a mentor teacher this semester. The district is trying to place several student teachers. Please email if you are interested. At this time, they have many different subject areas to fill.

I. Social Emotional Learning Survey. Dean and Shannon will be sending you information about a mandatory survey being administered by the district. You will get more information shortly and link to share with your TSP classes.

J. Celebrate! We owe you an extended lunch. On January 31st, we will have a double lunch for you to pay you back for the extended time during EOCs and in honor of the Super Bowl. Please join us for a social luncheon in the library on this day. Fill out this link if you would like to order Phil's BBQ. Otherwise, bring your own food and join your colleagues!

Let's start off the second semester with a bang. Reconnect with your students and continue to make a great difference in their lives. Also, check out the AP section near the end for some great deals from Sea World and Disneyland!

Meet the New Staff!

Karina Campos and Scotty Ruiz (in a new role)

Karina Campos has been selected to be the next great administrative assistant at Eastlake Middle School. She has been an administrative assistant at National City Middle for the last several years and brings a wealth of experience to our school. She is a community member whose daughter attends our school. Diana worked with her over the past week to give her insights on our great school. Diana will be missed, but we are in good hands with Mrs. Campos. Please stop by the front office to introduce yourself! We will have coffees and donuts for you in the principal's conference room.

Scotty Ruiz has been selected to be our Plant Operation Supervisor. Don Owen came by last week to formally turn in his keys. During that moment, he expressed great joy in having opened the school and he believes that the new POS will do an exceptional job maintaining our school at a high level. We are lucky to have Scotty in the position as he has been with us since the school opened. We are fortunate to have him step up in a leadership role.

New Year's Resolutions

Resolutions are synonymous with the beginning of a new year. Some of us have made personal commitments to one's health, family and/or other pursuits of note. As we reset for the new semester, I hope we take time to reflect on our own professional goals. As you consider our students and community, I hope you consider our school/district goals as we move toward our work around equity. This year, I am making my own commitment to being a better listener and advocate for our staff. Below is the link for you to alert me to any follow-through items that you want me to explore. I will also hold another listening campaign throughout the next semester. Thank you for being an exceptional staff. Let's take our next step together to being a better school by growing as educators and making sure that we hold high expectations for each other and our students.
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Curiosity (Triton Trait of the Month!)

“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”

—Albert Einstein

Why does curiosity matter? From Character Lab

When you’re curious about something, you process it deeply, rather than superficially. You also voluntarily spend more time learning about things that spark your curiosity. As a result, you more readily remember what you learn. In general, people who are more curious are happier and better liked.

In the weeks to come, be sure to nominate students for Triton of the Week who exemplify these traits of Curiosity.

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Week At A Glance

Wednesday, January 16

  • Students and Staff Report from Winter Break
  • Block A Day (Students report to 1st period for locator cards)

Monday, January 21

  • No School in observance of MLK Day

Tuesday, January 22
  • Full Menu Day

  • EduAbroad Visit #2 (January 22-25) Welcome Breakfast (8:15 Library)

  • Incoming 8th Grade Course Selection Presentations (All Periods in World Cultures Classes)

  • Coffee w/ Cooke (9:30 Library)

  • Faculty Advisory Committee (3:30 Cooke's Conference Room)

  • Harry Potter Club Meeting (3:15 Room 169)

  • PTSO Meeting (6:00 Library)

Wednesday, January 23

  • EduAbroad Visit #2
  • Elective Fair (Both Lunches, Pavilion)
  • Art Club Meeting (3:15 Room 206)
  • Cyber Security Club Meeting (3:15 Room 312)
  • Boys Soccer Practice (3:30 ELM Field)
  • Girls Basketball Practice (3:30 Pavilion Courts)

Thursday, January 24

  • EduAbroad Visit #2
  • Robotics Team Practice (3:30 Room 604)

Friday, January 25
  • EduAbroad Visit #2 - Farewell Lunch (11:15 Library)
  • Guest Speaker: Marissa Ugarte (All US History Classes in Pavilion)
  • Cyber Security Club Meeting (1:00 Room 312)
  • Robotics Team Practice (1:00 Room 604)
  • Taste of Eastlake (5:00pm The Venue at Eastlake)

Saturday, January 26

  • Girls Basketball vs. BVM (11:00 SOH)
  • Boys Basketball vs. BVM (12:00 SOH)

Down the Road

  • January 28-February 8 - 6 Year Plan/8th Grade Course Selections (Library)
  • January 28-29 - Safe School Ambassador Training Session #2 (All Periods in Pavilion)
  • January 30 - Science Fair (3:30 Pavilion)
  • January 30-31 - Safety Drills
  • February 6 - Spelling Bee (3:30 Pavilion)
  • February 7 - 8th grade panoramic picture
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.

Nominate a Sweetwater Star!

Do you know a Triton Staff member doing great things? Let's recognize them at the district level by clicking on this button.

Taste of Eastlake

We would love to see you at this great event!

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Purple Pride! Thank you Diana and Don!

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A Message from our Assistant Principals!

Shannon and Dean

Welcome back everyone. We look forward to supporting you in your classrooms and making a difference on campus. We came across this awesome opportunities from Sea World and Disneyland. You might want to check them out! (Coincides nicely with our Spring Break!)


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