The Triton Tribune - Parent Edition

Be Kind ~ Be Awesome ~ Make The Right Choices

Volume 2 ~ Issue 22~ January 19, 2021

Wonderful Triton Families,


Happy Martin Luther King's Day!


One of the things I love about this weekend is that I always get to celebrate my birthday with the late esteemed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As I was preparing for to write this newsletter, I came across this quote from Dr. King, ""The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically, Intelligence plus character – that is the true goal of education." This is the work we do at ELM - the balance between the HEAD and the HEART. And we do this in community where we (students, teachers, parents and families) work together to produce a future generation that is hopefully better than our generation. Our actions in the present will always shape our future.


Dr. King also said, "Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality." As the nation prepares for the presidential inauguration, it is even more important than ever before that we work together to teach our children and community just how interrelated we are; that what we do NOW will be inextricably woven into our lives forever, for better or worse. This week, please take time to discuss with your child(ren) how actions, good or bad, affect all of us, and only through our collective efforts can we ensure that we act in a manner that ENHANCE our lives community, country, world and everything in it. Our collective work and conversations about TRUE COMMUNITY and what that looks like in action is something that Dr. King would be proud of.


I want to end this greeting with another quote from Dr. King:

"So even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL."


Please read the entire newsletter as I changed the format slightly.


Let's have an amazing week!


Mrs. Finley

Virtual Math Tutoring Begins This Week

Don't wait to ask for help in math. Start now. See the links and times below for Math Tutoring in both 7tth and 8th grades. As soon as we secure teachers for other subject ares, we will offer virtual tutoring for them also.

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In-Person Academic Support Begins January 25, 2021

Below is the tentative in-person support that ELM will provide.

On January 25, our in-person academic support will commence. Mr. Nafarette and his team have been meeting last week to determine whom to invite to attend. While we are using grades and attendance as part of the selection process, other metrics have been added to ensure that students who are selected will take full advantage of this academic support. If you have been added to the list of potential students, your counselors will be calling you this week to see if you would like your child(ren) to attend the in-person academic support. We will also be adding another full day cohort that we hope to begin on February 1.


Below is the picture of all available in-person support to date. If you have any questions, please email your counselor

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8th Grade Promotion Information

Please read the letter from the district regarding credit requirements for promotion. This will be discussed at the Coffee With the Principal on January 26

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Yearbook Pictures Needed for your Child(ren)

Parents, please follow the instructions to send in a picture for your child(ren) to be included the 2020-2021 yearbook. Click on this title bar to go to the submission website.

Attention Parents:


We want to include your child in our yearbook! Below are the instructions on how to submit a portrait of your child(ren) for our People section. Please note that for each child, you will need to use a unique email THAT IS IN OUR STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM in order to be able to submit a photo as the email is the identifier for each account. STUDENT EMAILS CANNOT BE USED. Please upload your photo by January 30, 2021.


What will happen if students do not submit a photo/portraits?

If we do not receive portraits, we will either use a silhouette or the ELM logo as a placeholder. We would rather not do that but at least, every student name will be in the yearbook.


What if I have more questions about the submissions?

Please email Ms. Heather Bolles at heather.bolles@sweetwaterschools.org for any questions you may have about the yearbook.


Can I still buy yearbooks?

Yes, you can still buy yearbooks. The cost is now $30.00.


WE CAN DO THIS!

A Preview of the 2020-2021 Yearbook....

Yearbook Preview Video

Follow the Instructions Below...

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January Triton Trait: Curiosity

The Triton Trait for January is Curiosity. As educators, we must encourage students to be curious throughout their learning. Below is a video about as an organization we can encourage you to be curious so that you are a model for our students.

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Meal Distribution Is Wednesday, January 20, 2021

We apologize for the inconvenience but the district has canceled all meal distributions this week.

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Important Bell Schedule for January 2021

Tritons, first day of school is January 13, 2021.

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ELM Daily Virtual Bell Schedule

Below are the three bell schedules that will be utilized this semester: Schedule A (Per.1, 2, 3); Schedule B (Per. 4, 5,6) and Schedule F (Per. 1-6 minimum day).

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Parent Attendance Excuse and Change Form

Click on the title bar to access the form to submit a student's absence or to request a change in attendance.

ELM Restorative Practice Parent Request Form

Please click on the title bar above to request a restorative conference with Ms. Quinn.

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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