Tiff Talk

A Monthly Newsletter from the CoSA Director

April 2020

Earth Without Art Is Just "Eh"

Dear CoSA Families,

We wish everyone good health and safety during these uncertain and unprecedented times. While the world may seem to be slowing down, we must forge ahead in the Arts. On days like these, while practicing social distancing, art becomes more important than ever to process our emotions and connect with others.

As you know, Coronado Unified School District (CUSD) launched its Distance Learning Plan (DLP) on Monday, April 6, including all 6 CoSA Conservatories. And although not physically in the same space together, the CoSA Office staff is working to ensure the 2019-20 school year continues successfully, as well as preparing for a strong 2020-21 school year.

As for the remaining Semester 2 CoSA events, we are following calendar directives from the district office, which currently is definitively set only through April 24. As we learn more, we will determine if the performance/presentation/production...

  1. Can occur at the original date/time/venue?
  2. Can be rescheduled/postponed/relocated?
  3. Can happen virtually or in an alternative format?
  4. Will need to be canceled, unfortunately.

If students need to retrieve any items from their lockers, they can report to the CHS Front Office Monday-Friday at 8AM-3PM, and they will be escorted to get their supplies.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us should you have any questions and/or concerns, and please remember that we are 'here' to support you throughout this challenging period of time. We miss you all so much! Most importantly, please take care of yourselves and each other.


Tiffany Bouchard, CoSA Director

Liz Josset, CoSA Office Assistant

Beth Connelly, CoSA Foundation Executive Administrator

"We are not working from home; we are at our homes during a crisis, trying to work."

CoSA Conservatory Distance Learning Highlights

  • All 20 Classical & Contemporary Dance students participated in a Contemporary Jazz technique and conditioning Zoom class on Monday, April 6 afternoon; They were in living rooms/bedrooms/garages all over town, but dancing together.
  • In Digital Arts, Graphic Design students are working on a brochure and a children's book; Freshmen are working on 2-Point Perspective; Juniors are creating a presentation from their Job Shadow experience! Animation and Game Design students were provided a survey link this week that informs the instructor about individual technology and software needs for distance learning; Alternate free software programs and resources have been listed on the students PowerSchool page that should enable students to continue working at home whether they have a Chromebook, phone, tablet, laptop, or PC/MAC device.The expectation is that we will be able to move forward with class content and still use our creativity even if from afar.
  • Instrumental Music parents are more involved, and students are more accountable because they really manage their time more.
  • All Musical Theatre & Drama students had jazz and tap Zoom sessions on Monday, April 6 and they had 100% participation; Seniors met for directing class on Tuesday, April 7; All MTD students will be watching "Behind the Scenes at the Old Globe" on Wednesday, April 8 at 3PM; Everyone is happy to be back, students and teachers!!
  • Theatre Production Design & Management students are learning about lighting composition and storytelling while taking photos of both inside and outside their homes.
  • Visual Arts Home Studio Portfolios are starting to be created, and the Conservatory Chair, Karrie Jackson, has been so thankful to connect with some of the students to provide feedback on their work.

CoSA Distance Learning Photo Project

We are encouraging CoSA students and teachers to send in weekly creative photographs of themselves "doing" Distance Learning including, but not limited to:

  • Creating artwork
  • Stretching
  • Dancing
  • Posing in front of their computer on Zoom

We will compile a collage of photos and post it on our website (http://cosasandiego.com), the Coronado School of the Arts Facebook Group Page, etc..

Please mail your photos to Liz.Josset@coronadousd.net and Tiffany.Bouchard@coronadousd.net.

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Save the Date

To kick off CoSA's 25th season, the CoSA Foundation's Fall Fundraiser has been scheduled for Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 6-10PM at Parq West!
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Purchase a digital copy of your student’s professional headshot. Great for college applications, auditions, and a wide variety of uses! Professional headshots can cost up to thousands of dollars – your student’s headshot is available thanks to the generosity of CoSA Parent and Professional Photographer, Jenece Hamby, for a $50 donation to the CoSA Foundation.


Internship Opportunity

Students: Are you interested in an internship in the Arts? Mariah Gillespie, Arts Education Commissioner, is seeking CoSA volunteers to help her manage the City's Live Music Calendar, organize pop up concerts for our public pianos, plan recitals, and more. Email her for more information at mariah@msmariahsmusic.com


Dear CoSA Families,

Congratulations on being part of the Nationally Recognized, Award-Winning Coronado School of the Arts.

CoSA relies on contributions from EVERY family to ensure that every CoSA student receives the very best, pre-professional level education in the Arts.

Did you know that although CoSA is a school-within-a-school on the campus of Coronado High School, Coronado Unified School District ONLY supports 1 hour out of the 3 hours daily of arts education? The annual $2,000 per student request is a tax-deductible contribution that breaks down to roughly $1.49 per hour for the school year. The value and return on your contribution is more than tenfold!!

WHY Contribute?

  • CoSA relies on parent donations and the community to support 2 hours daily of instruction for our children. WITHOUT THESE CONTRIBUTIONS COSA CANNOT SURVIVE!
  • YOUR donation funds teachers' salaries, office support, and materials & supplies.

HOW to Contribute:

  1. DIRECT: Visit the CoSA Foundation website: cosafoundation.org. YOU can make a one-time donation of $2,000, or set up convenient monthly contributions via credit card or check. Click on the Purple button.
  2. WORKPLACE: You can reach out to your company and ask if they will sponsor your child, or if they will match your donation.
  3. NETWORK: You can send an email blast to family and friends, providing them the link (cosafoundation.org) and your child’s name and conservatory.
  4. FUNDRAISE: You can fundraise on behalf of your child and their conservatory.

WHERE your funds go:

We are all in this together and believe every child should have access to San Diego County’s Elite Choice for Arts Education. Call Beth Connelly, our CoSA Foundation Executive Administrator, at 619-522-6202 to discuss creative ways to contribute.

Thank You for Your Support!

CoSA Foundation

Beth Connelly

Executive Administrator, CoSA Foundation


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