The Triton Tribune
Be Kind ~ Be Awesome ~ Make The Right Choices
Volume 2 ~ Issue 9 ~ September 21, 2020
Wonderful Triton Staff,
"I stopped worrying about the start. The end is what is important." ~Usain Bolt~
"It's hard to beat a person who never gives up." ~Babe Ruth~
No one asked for distance learning but it is what we have been given. Seven month ago, we started on this journey with trepidation and reluctance and we struggled through the bumps along the way. We learned lessons that made our experience better each day. So, as we move into quarter 2, the need to evaluate our progress is a MUST so that we continue to move forward with greater success. The two quotes I have at the top speak to the lessons I learned in this journey: don't give up and how we start is not as important as how we finish. Tomorrow night, we will find out if we are continuing on this journey of distance learning or we are returning partially to school. Either way, we must choose to walk bravely into the decision and see it to completion. Either decision will present challenges but together, we resolve to find better ways to walk our journey together with greater success.
How are we doing so far in distance learning?
In the last three weeks students, parents and teachers completed surveys to determine how we are doing so far in distance learning. Five (5) different surveys were conducted to determine strengths and challenges that we have experienced as a school. Preliminary analysis of the surveys points to three major challenges: 1) meeting the socio-emotional needs of all stakeholders, especially students; 2) feeling overwhelmed and overloaded; and 3) having too many platforms and applications. The ELM leadership team is diving deeper into the results this week to determine how we can improve the overall experience and success of students. I have shared 23 slides that shows the compilation of all the results of the surveys given. Last Friday, I shared these results with you and we had a healthy, earnest and emotional discussion about the results. I have highlighted the top three challenges again.
Meeting the Socio-emotional Needs of Students
At our Friday's faculty meeting, we discussed in length how each teacher can embed some form of SEL/RP/Empty the Cup activity at the beginning of each period.Many of you indicated that you commit to integrating this action daily in order to provide the essential socialization that students need to connect with other students and staff.
The Use of Asynchronous Time
We also discussed that the feeling of overload could be a result of students NOT utilizing the asynchronous portion of the period. The Student Workload Survey revealed that only 50% of students using the asynchronous or independent time after the live session; thus, there needs to be an increase in how student access this particular support. At the faculty meeting, we discussed ways in which we can be more purposeful on how to get students to proactively utilize this embedded support. I am also asking parents to talk to their students about using this time because making this small adjustment could change the feeling of too much work.
Accessing Embedded Support System that are already in place
Distance learning at ELM has embedded systems of support. They are the: 1) use of asynchronous time; 2) use of office hours; 3) use of Friday interventions; and 4) use of Genius Bar. As we move into Quarter 2, please encourage your students to access these supports regular. We hope that if they do access them, they are able to complete work with little work to do after school hours.
My thoughts and what I am struggling with
It was difficult for me to not think about our discussion this weekend because students and parents reported as the solution to the challenges is opposition to what teachers reported as the solution to the challenges. In looking at the results again, it is clear that students and parents want to decrease the platforms and tools for distance learning. On the other hand, you have so passionately defended why we need to continue as is - with two platforms and two video-conferencing tools. I have heard both sides and I am in a quandary. The levels of stress that emanate from each discourse is evident and highly charged. How do we resolve this challenge? Whatever it is, know that it will include compromise from all sides. This is the discussion that I will have with my leadership team this week.
Optional PD for you and your PLC
Building capacity is very important in garnering success. We have planned several optional PDs for you so improve your skills as distance learning teachers. For those of you who are using TEAMS, there will be two trainings available: September 25 and October 2 during PLC time. TEAMS have new updates that you may not be aware of. Additionally, on the last week of Quarter 1, I would like to have optional PDs for all our platforms and video-conferencing tools. If you would like to lead a PD on any of the these tools, please email me so I can make these available to the teachers. Finally, while you have the whole week off for fall break, some of you may decide to plan for Quarter 2 as a PLC. On October 8-9, your PLC may want to meet to plan Quarter 2. If so, please follow the guidelines I have set as you will be getting paid for meeting and planning. See the slides below under the Important Dates section.
School Site Council Members Needed
We are still in need of two more staff members to complete our School Site Council Committee. If you are able to serve, please email Dr. Adams this week. Our first meeting is this Thursday, September 24 at 3:30pm.
Below are slides and video information that are pertinent to the week. They appear in this order:
1. This Week's Schedule: 9/21 - 9/25
2. Introduction of the 2020-2021 ASB Officers
3. District Re-Opening Update
4. Important Dates to Add to Your Calendar
5. September Triton Trait: Growth Mindset - The Power of Yet~Growth Mindset Quotes
~The Power of Yet Video
6. Yearbook Submission Request - It's All About Twins
7. How Are We Doing So Far in Distance Learning: Survey Results (20slides)
8. Lunch Distribution Announcement
9. Attendance Clearance Form
10. ELM Restorative Practice Parent Referral Form
11. Genus Bar Teachers Support Form
12. ELM Technology Support Line
Finally, please refer to the website for updates. We update it on a daily basis.
Here is the link to the parent newsletter.
Let's have an amazing week!
Below are dates that you might want to add to your calendar.
One of the most powerful word you can teach your children is the power of "YET." That is the key word in this month's Triton Trait of Growth Mindset. How do we encourage Growth Mindset with your children? What would it look like? During the pandemic?
Our yearbook staff needs you! If you are TWIN, please submit your pictures in the links below.
Below are some the top three challenges that have been called out in all the surveys that we have given out in the last three weeks
Starting this Tuesday, anyone with children ages 2 - 18 in the community may participate in this free meal service.
Have an absence to clear? Click on this tile bar to access the ELM Attendance Clearance Form.
Parents, if your student exhibiting high stress levels, has not adapted well to the start of the school year or need additional support, please click on the title bar to complete the Parent Referral Form.
Triton Students, are you in need of TECH support? If so click on the title ELM Genius Bar Support Form, fill it out and an ELM Techy Teacher will reach out to you. Also check out the video below, to learn more about the Genius Bar
If you need help with any technology issue, please contact Mr. Doyle, our site IT support. He will get back to you faster.