Principal’s Message

Dear Triton Community:

Welcome to Eastlake Middle School!  You are part of an award-winning tradition of excellence in academics, arts and athletics.  Just recently, Eastlake Middle School was recognized as a Gold Ribbon School.  In order to receive this distinction, a school must exemplify strong student outcomes for all students.  Our visual and performing arts program has been consistently recognized as one of the top middle school programs in the county.  Finally, our students compete at a high level in a variety of athletic contests having recently won league titles in a number of girls and boys events.

Eastlake Middle School is composed of a strong certificated and classified staff.  Each staff member is dedicated to the success of your student.  You will find that our staff has high expectations for all students and provides support systems to meet these expectations.  Eastlake middle school has a talented collection of teachers dedicated to providing educational experiences that promote career and college options.  We have a tremendous counseling and special education program that meets the social, academic and emotional needs of all students.  Walk our beautiful campus and you will see that our custodial and gardening staff have put in an inordinate amount of time to keep it pristine.  Walk into the main office and our wonderful clerical staff is here to help.  Our campus supervisors ensure that our students are safe and supervised.  Our nurse and cafeteria staff provide healthy life choices.  Our librarian creates an inviting space for students to explore their interests as well as receive additional support for their classes.  Together, we strive to make a positive difference.

When I interviewed for the position of principal at Eastlake Middle School, I asked several students what they loved most about being a student at this school.  Across the board, students expressed that Eastlake Middle was a school where every student had access to a caring adult and could participate in a variety of experiences that match their academic and social interests.  I look forward to supporting our students, staff and community as we continue to make Eastlake Middle School a special place.  We are all partners in helping our students prepare for the next steps in their lives.  We ask that all students be respectful, resourceful and responsible.  I promise to do the same for your student and this community.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments and/or concerns.  I can be reached at 619-591-4000 or via email at ricardo.cooke@sweetwaterschools.org.   I am personally vested in this district as I was a student at Mar Vista Middle School as well as Chula Vista High School.  I was also a teacher at Bonita Vista High School.  In addition, I live in this community and I know that Eastlake is an amazing place to raise children.   I have included a link to my résumé as well as my digital portfolio to give you additional insights on my background. I look forward to meeting you in the near future.  Go Tritons!

In Your Service,

Ricardo Cooke, Ed.D.

Principal, Eastlake Middle School