Triton News

Coronado Middle School May 3-7, 2021

Live the 8 Keys of Excellence

This week's mindset quote:" Life is like riding a bicycle. You have to keep moving to keep your balance." Albert Einstein

May Key: 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.

CMS Happenings

This Week: Mandated statewide assessments, CAASPP, begins this week.

May 4-7: CAASPP Testing for Hybrid students

May 3-7 Staff Appreciation Week

May 3 National Day of the Teacher

Non-Application Elective Form Available to Students (on Counseling PowerSchool page)

May 4 Hybrid Students A-L CAASPP Testing 8:05 am -11:10 am

Bridge and Hybrid students M-Z log into class at 11:25 am

CUSD Special Board Meeting 5:00 pm @ DO (Zoom)

May 5 Hybrid Students A-L CAASPP Testing 8:05 am -11:10 am

Bridge and Hybrid students M-Z log into class at 11:25 am

May 6 Hybrid Students M-Z CAASPP Testing 8:05 am -11:10 am

Bridge and Hybrid students A-L log into class at 11:25 am

May 7 Hybrid Students Only M-Z CAASPP Testing 8:05 am -11:10 am

Bridge and Hybrid students A-L log into class at 11:25 am

May 7-14 Follett Spring Book Fair 8:00 am - 2:30 pm CMS Library- Students Only

Parents may purchase gift cards for students at

It's National Staff Appreciation Week!

We're looking forward to celebrating the Triton Team.

General Electives form for 2021-2022 7th and 8th graders due May 10: General electives information for rising 7th and 8th graders will be presented on May 3rd during T3. The elective form is available for students to submit through the PowerSchool Counseling page under academics and non application electives: Deadline to complete elective choice form is May 10.

  • Electives include: Beginning Band, Advanced Band, Choir, Art/Digital Media, Spanish 1A, Spanish 1B, Coding/STEM, Office Aide (contact Mr. Garcia for more information) and Teacher's Aide (TA) (teachers will invite interested students)

Selections are due May 10th.

CMS Robotics Application: The application is now posted. Completed applications are due by May 14th at 3:00pm It can be emailed to or dropped off in the CMS office. Application link:

8th Grade Families: We are preparing for promotion activities! Please click on this link: 8th Grade Promotion Info and Registration Your timely response is needed and appreciated.

Student Day until 2pm. Reminder - starting May 4th all students will have a longer school day. Hybrid students will be having lunch on campus. Please know that the cafeteria will NOT be open and students will need to bring their own lunch. For information about lunch through nutrition services, click on this link: Special Edition: Triton News

Phase 5 begins on May 10th: You can find the Phase 5 schedule below

Students on the waitlist: We have recently brought back many students and will be suspending the return of additional students until May 10th, after Hybrid CAASPP testing. If your child is currently on Bridge and would like to change to Hybrid, please know that your student will be placed on the waitlist and contacted as soon as space is available.

Follett Book Fair! CMS will be hosting a book fair from May 7 -14. For details on how to purchase items, see the detailed section below.

Student Protocols and Lunch: Maintaining physical distance during break and lunch is extremely important. We appreciate your assistance with reminding our Tritons about following on campus protocols.

New students this week: Enjoy this fun series of Interviews with a CMS Author

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Statewide Testing - CAASPP Smarter Balanced Assessment: Reminders

All students must test on a CUSD device.

· Students who currently have a CUSD school issued device MUST bring it to campus for testing.

· Students must bring their CUSD device FULLY CHARGED.

· Students must bring their computer charger with them.

· Students who do not have a school issued device will be provided with one to use during testing, only. (These students need to bring their own device to use in classes after testing)

All students need to bring earbuds

· Earbuds must have an AV prong or a lightening connector.

· No wireless earbuds or Airpods

· The school will issue wired earbuds if a student doesn’t have them.

Student must bring a non-computer based activity

· Early finishers may read a book, draw in a sketchpad

  • HYBRID Students: Testing will be May 4-7
  • HYBRID: 8th grade students will be taking the CAST (California Science Test) test the week of May 10th, in their science class.
  • BRIDGE: Details for 8th grade CAST (California Science Test) testing will be provided soon.
  • BRIDGE: Students who will not be testing on campus will receive remote testing information in the coming weeks.
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CAASPP Hybrid Student Testing Schedule

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Important Reminders

  • If your child is on BRIDGE, please be sure to complete the survey: CAASPP testing for BRIDGE students
  • COVID Information: Students required to have a test done to clear them for return to school must have one of the following molecular tests: PCR, RNA, CPCR, and NAA. A rapid ANTIGEN test will not clear a student to return. For SDCPH regulations, please see the decision tree (photo below)

  • HYBRID - On campus days: Please keep your child home if they are not feeling well. Be sure to contact CMS and provide your child's symptoms. You will then be contacted by our site or CUSD nurse to determine next steps. Should you keep your child at home and he/she is not sick, we appreciate your honesty and will not have a nurse follow up with you.
  • Attendance: If your child is sick or unable to participate in school on any given day, please contact our attendance clerk, Mrs. Karnas at 619-522-8921 ext. 3096 or email at
  • You're strongly encouraged to check your child's PowerSchool, regularly, for grade updates, announcements, and emails.
  • CUSD Covid-19 Dashboard

CMS Book Fair

Dear CMS Families,

Our school is hosting a Follett Book Fair!

Supporting a love for reading is critical to student success. Supporting your school is just as important. The Follett Book Fair encourages your child's reading habits, builds their personal libraries and raises funds for the school, all at the same time.

What makes Follett Book Fairs different?

Follett has been supporting schools for more than 140 years which means you can expect an awesome selection of titles, from a wide range of publishers. These are the books your children want to read. See the attached flyer for some examples. Visit to purchase a Follett gift card for your child.

Book fair dates: 05/07/2021 - 05/14/2021

Book fair times: 8:00 am - 12:45 pm

Only students will be allowed on campus. Parents/Guardians can purchase gift cards for their students.


Megan Pettit, Librarian

All sales benefit the school. Find out more about Follett Book Fairs online at

Coronado Schools Foundation: 2021 Summer Enrichment Classes Enrollment Now Open!

We are thrilled to be offering CSF's Summer Enrichment program this summer. During the weeks of June 21-25 & June 28-July 2, CSF will be offering a wide range of STEM and Art courses for students entering grades TK-12th. Classes, taught by credentialed teachers and experts, are open to students from all school districts. Scholarships are available to students within the Coronado school district.

Sign up here:

T3 - Triton Team Time

CUSD is committed to creating safe, inclusive and respectful environments free from discrimination and harassment that promote the safety and affirmation of all students.

CUSD recognizes the link between students’ social and cognitive development, and research has shown that a sense of belonging is core to academic success. CUSD views addressing students' need for belonging and value is central to successful teaching and learning.

CMS strives to foster social emotional learning, mindful self awareness and overall character in tandem with academic skills to support student’s ability to access learning. Within the context of the 8 Keys of Excellence and district wide character education events including Red Ribbon Week and the Great Kindness Challenge, the CMS T3 lessons provide opportunities for dialogue and connection. Within T3, students may encounter sensitive topics, and each T3 class has agreed upon ground rules for respectful discussions. T3 supports a culture of respect through encouraging student voice while celebrating each individual's identity.

This week's lesson- Link to: T3 PDF for 5-3-21

Messages from CMS Counselors

We're here for you! Students can visit our PowerSchool page to find resources and /or reach out to us!

Application Electives: Students that applied to an elective (KCMS, Yearbook, ASB, Advanced Performing Arts, and Advanced Art) will be notified on Friday, April 30th of their status.

General Electives: Information for rising 7th and 8th graders will be presented on May 3 during T3. Deadline to complete elective choice form is May 10.

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Now, more than ever, it is important to prioritize self-care and wellbeing. CUSD is celebrating by hosting Wellness Month activities throughout the district. During the week of May 17-21 CMS will be holding wellness stations at lunch and broadcasting information about mental health and wellness.

FACTS: 1 in 6 youth (6-17 years old) experience a mental health disorder and 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 15. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34 (links to original studies).

Wellness Month Activities May 17-21, 2021

“Zen Den” will be hosted on campus during lunch on May 18 and 20 to practice practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase their resiliency. Student and staff are invited to walk through and visit various stations to practice stress reduction, relaxation, art, and yoga.

Visit these websites to get involved, and learn about upcoming awareness events and screening information:

Messages from ASB and President Shoemaker

Hello Triton Families!

It’s Staff Appreciation Week! Take the time this week to thank a teacher for all they do!

Check out our CMS Tritons Powerschool page! ASB updates our page nearly everyday!

Check out the following:

· Triton Birthdays- Updated Monthly to celebrate every one of our Tritons

· Triton Spring Break- Read about what some of our students did over the break!

· Triton Teacher of the Month- Every month our students vote to recognize one of our teachers! This month is our incredible art teacher Ms. Grossini!

Buy your CMS Merch! Store Link!

  • CMS Trident Zip Up Hoodie $25 in Sizes S-XL
  • CMS Trident Crewneck Sweater $25 in Sizes S-XL


Charlotte Shoemaker

ASB President


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Coronado SAFE

Sign up for the monthly SAFE Parenting Tool Box at and take advantage of this great resource.

CMS Military Family Life Counselor Supports

Zoom Military Student Lunch Bunch : Tuesday’s 1:00-1:30pm.

Military Spouses Meeting to be held virtually on May 11th, 2021 at 9AM. Zoom link to be provided at later time. The topic will cover Conflict Resolution with teens.

Lisa F. Poli

MFLC- Military & Family Life Counselor for Coronado Middle School
Cell Phone: (619) 592-0821


Military Families Resources


May 4-6, 3:30-5 pm

Wellness Together School Mental Health, in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education and the California Department of Education, is excited to announce Mind Out Loud, a free online event for STUDENTS. Students join together for a live three-day virtual experience to:

· Connect with peers

· Hear from engaging speakers to be equipped with practical tools for wellness

· Increase mental health awareness and advocacy for themselves and their friends

· Learn about suicide prevention

· Reduce stigma around mental health



This year, the Navy will BRIDGE the distance between us, and participate virtually! Participate from anywhere in the US in any way you want! You'll receive your commemorative 34th Annual event medal, high-quality poly blend T-shirt, and race number in May. Once received, record your "results" through our website, print your custom finisher certificate, wear your swag with pride, and tag us on social media.



Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) Parent Programs is offering a new series of Parent Education Virtual Workshops for military-connected parents and professionals who work in support of military-connected children.

  • Coaching a Home Run Reader, May 4, 9 am


  • Kindergarten Readiness, May 5, 9 am


  • Preventing the Summer Slide, May 11, 9 am


  • Mindfulness, May 12, 9 am


  • Transitions: What Every Parent Needs to Know, May 18, 9 am


  • Transitioning Your Family Out of the Military, May 19, 9 am


  • Show Me the Money for Exceptional Needs Students, May 25, 9 am


  • Maximizing Your Military Child’s Summer Experience, May 26, 9 am


Not available to attend the live webinar? Register at the links above to receive the recording.

Take care,

Mindy Hayes

School Liaison Officer

Naval Base Coronado


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Arts 4 Learning Teaching Artists Share Professional Experience followed by a Lesson in their Art Form

Videos for CMS, CHS & COSA Students



Theatre Director and Designer, explains what drew him to a career in theatre, the job of a director and the rules of theatre which also apply to life. If you are interested in theatre, you don’t want to miss this!

DATE: Saturday, May 1



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Triton Shout Outs

Student to student, staff to student, student to staff. We love celebrating our Tritons!! To view all of the shout outs, click on the link. Triton Shout Outs on PowerSchool



  • Gates open at 7:55 am. Class begins promptly at 8:05 am.
  • Students that arrive late to class will be marked tardy.
  • Students are REQUIRED to bring a charged device (personal computer or school issued Chromebook) every day they are on campus. Loaners will not be available.
  • Students are required to follow all safety protocols such as appropriately wearing a face covering and maintaining physical distance.
  • Please make sure your child is prepared for school every day! Students must come to campus with their device, assignments, supplies, and water/snack, daily. We are not able to deliver items to students at this time.
  • Hybrid students are expected to be on campus on their assigned days. They are only permitted to Zoom in if they have been called in sick or have communicated circumstances.
  • Rainy days: Please send your student to school with a warm jackets and umbrella on rainy days.


  • Starting March 1st: Students that do not remain on Zoom for the entire period will be marked absent (unless prior communication). Students are expected to be on time to class. If students are more than a couple of minutes late, they will be marked tardy (unless prior communication)
  • As noted in Superintendent Mueller's update, students who have been designated by the parent/guardian survey as an on-campus student are required to be on campus during their scheduled day/time. We are finding that some of our learners are 'opting' to zoom from home when we anticipate them physically in class. Our goal is to maximize enrollment and capacity. As such, our schedules were purposefully designed for a balance of those on campus and off. On campus students who do not attend class in person on their designed days will be marked absent.


  • Students that do not remain on Zoom for the entire period will be marked absent (unless prior communication). Students are expected to be on time to class. If students are more than a couple of minutes late, they will be marked tardy (unless prior communication)

Mark your calendar for upcoming dates:

May Key of Excellence: Balance

May 10 Phase 5 Begins

Non-Application Elective Forms Due

May 11: Military Spouses Meeting at 9AM. Topic Conflict Resolution with Teens. Zoom link to be provided soon

May 12 Virtual 5th grade visit

May 17-21: Wellness Week

May 20 CUSD Board Meeting 4:00 pm @ DO (Zoom)

May 31 Memorial Day No School