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Messages from Coronado Middle School May 4-8, 2020

May’s Key of Excellence: Balance

Live your best life! Be mindful of self and others while focusing on what’s meaningful and important in your life. Inner happiness and fulfillment come when your mind, body, and emotions are nurtured by the choices you make.

This week's mindset quote:“Balance is not something you find. It’s something you create.” -Jana Kingsford

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It's CMS Staff Appreciation Week, so let's tell them how special they are!

Teachers and staff would love to hear from you! Please take a few minutes to let them how much you appreciate all that they do!!

May 4-8, 2020

This Week: Week 5 Distance Learning

May 4:

May 5: National Day of the Teacher

May 6: It's CSF Telethon Day! Tune in from 5-9 pm (info below)

  • National School Nurses' Day
  • 11:15-12: pm 7th Grade student Zoom with Ms. Mellina (see PS page)

May 7:

SAFE present Game Club at 3:30 pm Zoom Link to Game Club (info below)

May 8: Village and Silver Strand Parades at 2:00 pm

Link to:Video Message to Students for May 4-8, 2020

Hi Parents,

It was great to see so many of you at the parade on Friday. We loved being able to see so many of our kiddos to say hello and send some love. (photos below and CMS Staff Parade Video)

All my best,


Application Electives and Electives 20-21: Students who applied for KCMS, Advanced Art, ASB, Advanced Performing Arts or Yearbook will be notified by email on May 12th.

The non application electives form and all information will be available and sent out on May 13th. These classes include coding and engineering, performing arts, band, choir, Spanish 1A and 1B, art and digital media, office aide and teacher's aide (TA).

CMS Principal PowerSchool page: Please encourage your child to visit my page for information, activities, challenges and more. 7th graders wanting to join the Wednesday Zoom with me can find the link and information on my PowerSchool page.

CMS Robotics 2020-2021: The Robotics application and teacher recommendation form is available now. They are due on Friday, May 8th. Click on the link CMS Robotics Information Link

Link Superintendent Update 4/29/20
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Coronado Schools Foundation - It's Telethon Week!!

Tune in on May 6th, 2020 at 5 pm and support our schools! The CSF Telethon will broadcast live and virtually on AT&T Ch 99, SpectrumCH19, The show will run from 5-9 pm, and each hour will spotlight a different CUSD campus.

If you would like to donate early, visit and click DONATE. Each and every donor to Telethon will be acknowledged LIVE on air. The annual Telethon is one of Coronado Schools Foundation’s largest fundraising events of the year and all proceeds raised through Telethon go directly back to our schools to fund the STEM and Arts Pathways programs. At CMS, CSF funds our STEM and Arts classes such as Engineering, Coding, KCMS Broadcasting, Performing Arts, Digital Media, Art as well as our new state of the art innovation lab where students can reach beyond typical learning through design thinking and creative problem solving.

Distance Learning Week 5

Grading Codes:

DLR - Distance Learning Received

DLN - Distance Learning Not Received

DLI - Distance Learning Incomplete

Some teachers have asked if they can use the abbreviations of R, N, and I.

Assignments and Late Work: Students are given weekly assignments which are due every Friday (note: some assignments may be due at a later date) Teachers have posted their late work policies. All students have at least two weeks to turn in assignments after the due date.

To contact teachers, you may email through PowerSchool or at their CUSD email


  1. Please be patient with your children as they learn how to access distance learning and adjust to the change in their routines.
  2. Please be patient with our teachers, administration, staff and technology as we navigate this new teaching and learning process.
  3. Establish routines to include school time and physical movement - and be okay if that routine isn’t perfectly followed every day. The social-emotional wellness of our students, staff, and community is our highest priority.


Parents: Please be sure you are logging into PS under YOUR account and setting up notifications so you don't miss an email. Your child should also have notifications set up. Use these tutorials below.

  1. Student login tutorial handout-Synergy and PowerSchool
  2. Parent login tutorial handout-Synergy and PowerSchool
  3. Parent video tutorial for using PowerSchool
  4. Student video tutorial for handing in an assignment in PowerSchool
  5. Student video tutorial for turning on notifications in PowerSchool
  6. Parent video tutorial for turning on notifications in PowerSchool

Messages from CMS Counselors

Counseling Lesson: Every week, we post a different lesson on our PowerSchool page. This week’s lesson focuses on BALANCE – one of our 8 Key’s of Excellence. Check it out Balance Lesson for May 4-8, 2020!

The Weekly Link:

Dear Parents,

You and your student have just completed week 4! There have been successes and speed bumps. Take a moment to celebrate the successes and congratulate yourself for making it over those speed bumps.

We want to thank all the parents, and families for being a partner in your child's distance learning education. We are all in this together, we are all connected, and we all need each other.

As counselors we have the privilege of connecting with many of you from across the district and across grade levels. One theme we have heard this week is the theme of lasting motivation. A question we often hear is, “how do we help our kids finish strong and stay motivated?”

This week’s one link is to an article on teen motivation from Child Mind Institute. While some of the information is directed towards the high school teen, much of the information is relevant to your middle school child. Here is the link to the one article, but the Child Mind Institute is full of helpful articles and information, and it is extremely easy to use. We hope you find this week’s one link helpful.

Until next time, we wish you well.

Ms. Kint and Ms. Vu

CMS Counselors


Thank you to our incredible PTO for all of your generosity and support.

A special thank you to PTO President, Heather Goodmanson, for serving these past two years. Her leadership and efforts have made a difference in the opportunities CMS provides for our students and kindness for our staff.

THANK YOU to those of you who will be moving on to CHS or moving away. We're fortunate and grateful to have such a caring and generous community of parents who make a difference in the lives of our kids!! You'll be missed.

We want to welcome our new (and returning) CMS PTO Board .

PTO Board for 2020-2021

President: Megan Parma

Vice President: Abby Lund

Secretary: Janet Thoms

Treasurer: Bryn Reina

Messages from ASB and President Pate

Students and Parents,

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! ASB wants to thank every one of you who inspire curiosity and a passion for lifelong learning. You are incredible at boosting confidence through your motivation and instruction. You serve as a mediator, a supportive listener, and an all-around problem solver, and now you’re doing it all remotely. Please don’t forget how appreciated you are and how you touch the lives of countless students every single day. THANK YOU!

Check out the CMS Tritons PowerSchool page! We have new activities this week including our new Triton’s Cookbook where you can share your recipes! We also have a new Art Share Out for us to express ourselves with poems and paintings!


President Pate

Attention: 8th Grade Parents

Awards and Promotion: Our annual 8th Grade Awards Ceremony and 8th Grade Promotion will be held on their scheduled dates of June 9th and 10th. It is yet to be determined whether the celebrations will be held virtually or in person. More information to come.

Promotion Committee: The committee, headed by Roelof Roos, has been discussing ways to recognize our 8th graders and be sure they head off to CHS with resources in their class of 2024 ASB account. These monies are used for the multiple events and celebrations throughout high school. More information to come

Photo of Your 8th Grader Needed: It's important that we have an individual photo of your 8th grader that we can use for promotion. Please email a photo to

Late Work: All 8th grade students may turn in late work for DLR credit until June 4th.

Late work will be due by May 29th for academic awards eligibility. Academic Honor and Excellence awards will be based on grading period 3 and work completion during distance learning. Students should complete at least 80% of their distance learning assignments.

8th Grade Video: We are creating a video slideshow that includes the 8th grade class. please help us make this a SPECIAL GIFT for our 8th Graders. To help complete this project, please email 3 clear and edited JPEG pictures

The absolute deadline to produce this quality video is May 15, 2020. We are excited to be a part of this fun production.

Send photos and/or questions to:

Thank You,

Kimberly Schulrud & Doug Grossmann

9th Grade Scheduling: If your child’s 8th grade high school registration appointment was cancelled due to the school closure or if you did not meet with Mr. Cummins already, please use the following links to sign up for a new appointment. The appointments will be held virtually through Zoom.

For ALL 8th grade parents/students: if you wish to make any changes to your child’s 9th grade course requests, you must contact your child’s high school counselor by May 15.

CHS Individual Daily Schedule Preference Response Needed:

If you have already completed this task, there is no further action required.

It has been decided that CHS will remain a 6 period bell schedule for the 2020-2021 school year with any changes in schedule format not taking place until the following year. With this decision, E Period classes (starting at 7:00 am daily) will now be an option. In order to best meet the needs of you and your family, we are asking that ALL students designate their preferred schedule start/stop time so that we can schedule you accordingly to the best of our ability.

In order to access the survey link, you will need to first log into Google from your student's CUSD email log-in or it will not let you proceed. This is the same log-in used for PowerSchool.

Survey Link:CHS Daily Schedule Preference Link

Future Islander Athletes - Congratulations! I want to welcome you to Coronado High School. While these are crazy times and we still are not sure what will happen with athletics this coming school year I don’t want you to miss out. If you are interested in playing ANY sport at Coronado High School, I would love to hear from you. Please send me an email with your name, email address and what sport(s) you are interested in. That way I can help guarantee that you will be in the loop for any updates. You can look at to see what sports we offer.

Again I look forward to you to being an Islander and hope many of you will consider playing sports. Go Nado!

Robin Nixon

Coronado High School Athletic Director

KCMS Broadcast

Our KCMS students are continuing to broadcast from their living rooms! Find the KCMS Broadcast on:

CMS Triton page: Link to KCMS on PowerSchool


CMS iLab

The CMS Innovation Lab challenges students to imagine, innovate, create and have a hands-on learning experience. So, refer your child to the CMS iLab page.

Does your child need a break from the computer, but still needs to be engaged in an activity? There you can find fun, engaging activities and challenges. These activities are completely optional; they are not assignments. If your child is excited about their completed product, please have them send a picture to Mrs. Narmore on the CMS iLab page. We'd love to see what their creative minds can come up with!

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Coronado SAFE Resources

GAME CLUB for CMS Students!!

Connect with friends and peers! Join in every Thursday at 3:30 pm starting April 30th

Apr 30, 2020 03:30 PM

May 7, 2020 03:30 PM

May 14, 2020 03:30 PM

May 21, 2020 03:30 PM

May 28, 2020 03:30 PM

Jun 4, 2020 03:30 PM

Zoom Link to Game Club

Meeting ID: 832 9454 5002

Password: 458235

Find your local number:

Coronado SAFE is an excellent resource for students and families during this challenging time. Please take a few minutes to look at how Coronado SAFE can help.


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Community Mother’s Day Card Drive

In celebration of Mother’s Day 2020, The Coronado Recreation Department is asking Coronado school children to hand make a Mother’s Day Card this May for a mom or grandmother who is all alone. These cards will be delivered or mailed to someone who lives alone or lives or works in a nursing home, assisted living facility or hospital.

When making the card, be creative; be thoughtful; be heartfelt. Write a sentiment inside that is appropriate for a mom, mother-to-be, grandmother, aunt, friend’s mom, mother-in-law or “someone who is like a mother.”

This act of kindness will recognize moms who children may not be around to share their love. Plus, all of us can use an extra hug right now! This is a simple way to make a big difference with an incredible impact! Encourage your friend’s and neighbor’s children to make a card too even if they are preschoolers or teens.

Send your handmade card in an unsealed envelope, that you put in a larger envelope. Mail to:

City of Coronado

Recreation Department

1845 Strand Way

Coronado, CA 92118

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10, 2020 so send your card today.

Any questions, contact the Coronado Call Center at (619) 522-6380.

Youth Strength and Speed


Need something for your kids to do for PE during Distance Learning or just need a break? This class is designed for students looking to:

~ Safely and effectively build muscle and endurance

~ Gain Confidence

~ Get an edge in athletics

~ Increase quickness, agility, and reaction time


Tuesday/Thursday - 3:30 - 4:15

Zoom Meeting Link:

Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC) Supports

Video/Telephone Counseling: Our CMS MFLC, Mrs. Lisa Poli, can be contacted to establish a telephonic or video non-medical counseling appointment. Parental consent is required. Please call or email for additional details. Stay safe and healthy. (see flyer below)

CMS MFLC, Lisa Poli

contact: or 619.592.0821

Virtual Military Kid Club: Mrs. Poli, is looking to set up a session once a week via zoom. It's a great way for students to reconnect with friends and provide support to one another during this challenging time. If your kids are interested, please contact Mrs. Poli at #619-592-0821 or

If you or any any military-connected families you know are struggling during this time, please contact Mindy Hayes, School Liaison Officer Naval Base Coronado, for more resources.

Mindy Hayes


Military Family Resources:

The Special Edition of the Academic Anchor Academic Anchor Special Edition

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Coronado Summer Arts Intensives

“Give your student a one-of-a-kind experience in the summer of 2020! Coronado School of the Arts’ two-week Summer Intensives program brings together students from around the world to develop skills and creativity in drama/acting, dance, visual art, ceramics, digital arts and music with acclaimed artist-instructors in San Diego. The two week program emphasizes collaboration between students. Expand your horizons with CoSA’s Summer Intensives!

**Please note: if the Shelter-in-Place Order continues through summer, some Intensives may have capped enrollment to adhere to social distancing guidelines; other Intensives may be offered in a Distance Learning format, and some Intensives may be cancelled and refunded.”


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Grab-and-Go Meal Service at Village Elementary and Silver Strand

When: Every Monday

Location: Multi-Purpose Rooms at VES (H Street) and Silver Strand Elementary

Distribution Time: 11:00AM - 1:00PM (while supplies last)

Families with children 18 and under will be able to pick up free breakfast and lunch meals via curb-side pick-up. Students who are receiving meals are encouraged to be physically present at the time of pick-up. Additionally, adults may pick up meals for students not present by printing and submitting this form at the time of pick-up. All meals will be distributed curb-side to decrease the risk of exposure. Only those in cars will be served meals during this pick-up time, no walk ups or bicycles allowed in order to maintain social distancing. If you are unable to pick-up meals by car or during the scheduled distribution time, please email on or before Friday, April 10 at noon and we will schedule an alternative window to pick-up a meal.

While the program was designed to serve the neediest families in our community, children are not required to be students of Coronado Unified School District. On April 6, the first day of meal distribution, we served 5 breakfast meals and 5 lunch meals to 630 children, 6300 meals in total. With such an overwhelming response, we will be preparing even more meals to accommodate our school community. This is free for all children, regardless of meal status - please spread the word!

Technology and Support

Chromebooks and Tech Support: The CUSD IT Department will have office hours on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10-am- 12 pm. Students without access to a device should fill out the CUSD Chromebook Device Request

Should you need to pick up a device or meet with a member of IT, you will need to go to the District Office at 201 6th Street. Parents are to enter the parking lot and walk to the rear frosted glass door to checkout a Chromebook. (Signs will be posted) Although the door will remain open, we ask that no one enters the office.

Support: If you and/or your child is struggling to meet expectations outlined by staff, or you are interested in sharing feedback on Distance Learning, please go to for administrative, counseling, or technological support.