Triton News

Welcome to Coronado Middle School

Dear Triton Families,

Welcome to the Coronado Middle School 2019-2020 school year! I am grateful and proud to serve and support dedicated and inspiring staff, kind and curious students, and generous and involved families and community members.

Coronado Unified School District believes every child every day needs a connection, a challenge, and a champion. Our Tritons have the opportunity to connect with peers and teachers through our new T3 advisory period, innovative classroom activities, clubs, lunch time events, spirit days, sports, and more.

Coronado Middle School offers curriculum, instructional approaches, resources, interventions, and enrichment opportunities to meet the needs and styles of our diverse learners. Each student will be challenged to achieve based on individual strengths and areas of growth within an environment where student voice is encouraged and appreciated. Through collaborative learning groups, rigorous curriculum, reflective practices, and personalized learning opportunities, students will stretch their thinking and challenge themselves to approach problem solving through an innovative lens.

The CMS Triton family recognizes how critical it is to belong to a safe and supportive community which champions the gifts and contributions of everyone. Triton students and staff believe in living the 8 Keys of Excellence, embracing a growth mindset, and taking time to reflect and celebrate individual growth and successes. We believe that every child needs a champion, and through our tight knit, caring community, we will support every child in building strong connections that will foster a sense of belonging and care within the Triton Family.

Our programs and opportunities are the result of generous community support. We encourage you to connect with us and other families through joining and volunteering with our Coronado Middle School PTO, the Coronado Schools Foundation, and attending school events and activities.

Middle school is an important and critical time of transition when students learn to navigate their social and emotional lives and prepare for the challenges of high school and beyond. What happens during these few, short years will make a lasting impression on their development and growth.

I look forward to connecting with you to inspire your child to recognize their strengths, foster their confidence, and challenge them to be the best version of themselves as we, together, champion their efforts every day.


Karin Mellina, M. Ed.

CMS Principal

Registration Information

CMS Hours for Monday, August 12th - Friday, August 16th

8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 pm to 3:00 p.m.

NEW Students to CUSD Registration

1. Register online at and select Registration link. Complete the online Registration.

2. Come to Coronado Middle School to drop off your documentation. Please bring the following documentation with you:

· Affidavit (Print form during Online Registration)

· 2 current documents for proof of residency (dated within 30 days of August)

· Original birth certificate

· Immunization record

· Last report card

3. Come to Coronado Middle School on either August 12th or 13th for school photos.

RETURNING Student Registration (CMS students, Strand and Village in-coming 6th graders are “returning” students)

1. Register online at

2. Bring the following documentation on your assigned date:

· Affidavit (Print form during Online Registration)

· 2 current documents for proof of residency (dated within 30 days of August)

August 12-13: Registration Packet Drop Off: CMS Returning Students: This includes all returning 6-8th grade students who were enrolled in CUSD schools last year:

Please note the ASSIGNED DATES are by Last Name

August 12th: 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 pm to 3:00 p.m. Last Name A-K

August 13th : 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 pm to 3:00 p.m.Last Name L-Z

All student photos will be taken August 12th and August 13th, so please dress accordingly.

Photo Make-up day will be September 25th

August 20: CUSD New Family Night: CUSD Board Room, 210 Sixth Street 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. Join your new friends and neighbors for a family-friendly event to learn about our schools, programs, and community resources. Please join us in welcoming you to our community!

August 21: Schedule Pick Up/Orientation/Campus Walk Through

8:45-9:30: 8th Grade Schedules

9:30-10:15: 7th Grade Schedules

10:15-11:00: 6th Grade Schedules

11:00-11:30: Orientation in Granzer Hall: This is for new families or those who missed orientation in April 2019

11:30-12:15 Campus Walk Through: Students may visit their classrooms, get to know the campus, and briefly meet their teachers in this informal setting.


Student hours are 8:20 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. (Wed. 8:20 a.m. – 1:41 p.m.)

Campus opens at 8:05 a.m.

Academics: CMS students continue to demonstrate academic excellence through state and national assessments. We are committed to the implementing a rigorous, relevant, California Standards based instructional program and emphasize conceptual awareness, problem solving, design thinking, collaboration, support of claims through evidence, relevant and real-world connections, and perseverance through the challenges of discovery and understanding. We look forward to providing student learning through our integrated mathematics program, CPM, Discovery Education History curriculum, Amplify English Language Arts and our Next Generation Science Standards pilot curricula. Our outstanding CMS teachers continue to collaborate across all content areas in order to provide a rich learning experience for every student. We’re excited to implement our new makerspace innovation lab (iLab) which we’re fortunate to have funded by Coronado Schools Foundation. Our new innovation iLab will provide students with opportunities to challenge themselves to stretch their learning through a design thinking approach to problem solving.

Triton Team Time (T3): Our CMS vision focuses on student-centered learning and building a community of empowered and invested respectful learners who embrace the 8 Keys of Excellence. Our new schedule strengthens our commitment to both academic achievement and character development for our Triton community. In alignment with the CUSD Long Range Plan, students will have a new class period, Triton Team Time (T3), four days a week. Based upon a homeroom model, T3 will be made up of no more than 25 students and provide an environment where students can build community, establish authentic connections with staff and students, work on their MLP (Click here to learn about MLP) and academics, and receive valuable information on how to be responsible and contributing members of CMS and our greater community.

Campus Safety: Your children’s safety is our priority! We're fortunate to have CMS Campus Security Assistant, Mr. Nick Sherar, who supports our efforts in securing the campus throughout the school day. We appreciate you following safety policies and protocols and encourage you to read notifications regarding new systems that may be put into place. Please remember to always check in at the front office when visiting the school. ALL visitors must present their identification in order to receive a visitor badge.

CMS Front Office Hours: 8:05 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Dollyanne Huthcins: School Secretary

Lamarshell Karnas: Registrar and Attendance

Amanda Ellison: Office Clerk

Please remind your children to come to school prepared with all of the items they’ll need for the day. This will lessen the amount of traffic in our office and people entering and leaving the campus.


  • Lunch drop off: Lunch bins are in the front foyer. Please leave in the correct lunch period. Lunches are not delivered to classroom.
  • Homework and/or medical items will be delivered to the classroom. All other items will remain in the office for your child to pick up.
  • If your child has a scheduled appointment, please call the front office, in advance, to let us know.
  • If you're picking up your child, you will need to come in to sign him/her out.
  • Cell phone use is not permitted on campus. Please refreain from texting your child during the school day. If a student needs to make a call, he/she may use the office phone for emergencies only.
  • Please use the CMS website for all information and events.

CMS Faculty and Staff:

Our team is committed to the achievement and care of each and every student on our campus. We're excited to welcome some new Triton team members.

Mrs. Alison Keehan: Student Services Program Specialist: Mrs. Keehan has been a teacher at CMS for seven years, and we're thrilled to welcome Mrs. Keehan to her new administrative role.

  • Mrs. Amy Amerling: Educational Specialist grades 6 and 7
  • Mrs. Megan Appel: Math 6 and 7
  • Mr. Eric Bachman: PE 7
  • Mrs. Cara Hetrick: Math 6, Math Lab 6 and Math Lab 7/8
  • Ms. Katie Martel: Educational Specialist grade 6
  • Ms. Laurie Narmore: Innovation Lab (iLab)
  • Ms.Stacy Salimando: Science 6
  • Ms.Paulina Vu: Guidance Counselor
  • Ms.Lisa Falletta: Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC)
  • Ms.Tina Tafuri IA (coming from VES)
  • Ms.Shante Kunin-Trieschman IA (coming from VES)

Coronado Schools Foundation (CSF)

CMS is fortunate to benefit from our generous and committed Coronado community. The Coronado Schools Foundation (CSF) funding has enabled CMS to offer students STEAM experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics through courses like engineering, digital media, coding, broadcasting,as well as classes that drive students' passion for the Arts through varying levels of performing arts, visual arts, and more. This year, Coronado School’s Foundation return over of over $900,000 to our schools allowing CMS the opportunity to develop our new innovation lab (iLab) Please support our students and schools through CSF!! Learn more about CSF, and become a part of Hive 365!!!

CUSD and CMS Communication

We are committed to providing you with pertinent and timely information throughout the year. Teachers consistently use PowerSchool to communicate with students and parents. You’re strongly encouraged to check PowerSchool on a regular basis in order to monitor student progress and celebrate successes. Please email teachers through PowerSchool. The CMS website and Facebook are updated regularly, and you’ll receive a weekly principal email with a link to Triton News (every Sunday at 5:00pm) Please take time to read through this important information and reminders.

Student Lunch: CMS cafeteria offers a variety of lunch options. The cost for lunch is $3.75 per paid meal and the reduced price is $.40, for those families that qualify. The meal includes one entree, milk, juice, and an all-you-can eat salad bar that features 7-10 fruits and vegetables daily. Nutrition Services Department prides itself on having better quality ingredients by reducing the amount of by products and fillers in our food. They also partner with a farm to school program to bring fresh/locally available produce to our café.For more information on CUSD meals and policies, please visit our website at CUSD Food Services Please click on the “Welcome to the 19-20 School Year” link to learn more about this policy.

Meal Account Balance

If your student has a negative meal account balance over $20.00, they will be given an alternate meal until it is paid in full or until a payment plan has been arranged. Payments can be made online at: Please have “Student ID Number” when signing up for the first time. or, you can drop a check in the payment box in the CMS front office. For questions, payment plans, or to check your student’s account balance, please call 619-522-8907 x2085

Back to School Night: Wednesday, August 28th 5:10 p.m. – 7:00 p.m Parents will follow their child’s schedule from period one through seven. During the evening, teachers will present course content and academic and citizenship expectations. Space and time limitations require us to ask that students NOT attend Back-to-School Night. Plan to be in your student’s first period classroom promptly at 5:10 p.m. More information to come!

Homework Club: CMS offers students the opportunity to work on homework in the CMS Library on Mon. Tues. and Thurs from 3:05-4:15. A certificated teacher is present to provide support, as needed. Homework Club is open to all students and begins on September 3rd.

Important Upcoming Events

Mark your calendar for upcoming dates:


Aug 19 CMS Campus closed for CUSD Welcome Back Day

Aug 20 New to the District Family Night 6:30-7:30 pm CUSD Board Room -201 6th Street,

Aug 21

  • 8:45-9:30 8th Grade Schedule Pick Up
  • 9:30-10:15 7th Grade Schedule Pick UP
  • 10:15-11:00 6th Grade Schedule Pick Up
  • 11:00-11:30 New Families Orientation in Granzer Hall
  • 11:30-12:15 Open House – students and parents visit classrooms and meet your teachers
  • 12:15 Campus closes – front office remains open

Aug 22 First day of school: Quarter 1 begins

Aug 28 Back to School Night at 5:10pm

Aug 29-30 Vision Screening All Grades


Sep 2 Labor Day - No School

Sep 3-27 ASB Popcornopolis fundraiser