CoSA Communique

A Monthly Newsletter from Coronado School of the Arts

Welcome to Coronado School of the Arts -December 2020

Greetings CoSA Families!

On behalf of all of us at Coronado School of the Arts, allow me to wish each of you a Happy Holiday season filled with joy and love. Take this time to recharge and take care of yourselves and others. We have a lot of action in store for us on the other side of the new year. Biggest of all, it's application season. If you know a high school aged student with a love for the arts, be sure to let them know that it's time to apply for CoSA!

Stay safe and warm, and we will see you all in 2021!

Catherine Burling

Director, Coronado School of the Arts

December 2020

Dec 18 CoSA 2021-22 Applications available

Dec 21-Jan 4 Winter Recess, Schools Closed

January 2021

Jan 5 Schools reopen

Jan 6-8 CoSA Juries

Jan 11 CoSA preview at CMS

Jan 13 Rotary Music Contest Applications due

Jan 18 Dr. M. L. King Jr. Day, Schools Closed

Jan 19 CoSA Preview Night, Virtual Edition

Jan 25-29 Finals Week

Jan 28 End of Semester 1

Jan 29 Teacher Work Day, Non-Student day

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Classical & Contemporary Dance

CoSA Dance is basking in the afterglow of our recent digital dance concert achievement, The Space Between Us. Thank you to all who tuned in to watch and support! In the final weeks before breaking for the holidays, our students have been creating final choreographic studies incorporating aspects of space as a compositional element. We were also very happy to host CoSA Dance alum Dominique Chapman for a Modern Funk master class in the middle of our weekly technique schedule. We are preparing for a Modern Dance History final exam, as well as Ballet and Modern Dance phrases for Juries.

Schedule for Juries Week in January:

T Jan 5 - Modern class for All 2:30-4

W-F Jan 6-8 - Students have individual 20-minute time slots with a panel of faculty. There will be no group CoSA Dance classes these days.

Click on the content block below to view our dancers in action during filming of The Space Between Us.

Gina Sorensen

CoSA Dance Director

The Space Between Us, sneak peak.

Digital Arts (Animation, Filmmaking, Game Design and Graphic Design)

Due to the restraints that we have before us we will not be doing live Semester 1 ZOOM juries. For the semester 1 jury all CoSA DigArts students will prepare a pre-recorded presentation of learning (POL) from their Semester 1 courses.

We will brief students on the specifications prior to winter break but please note all Design in New Media classes will have time during their courses to prep and ask questions the week of January 11-15, 2021. Final presentations and written responses are due to the DropBox by January 17th, 2021.

Design in New Media 1-4 classes will not meet the week of finals January 25-29, 2021. All other CoSA courses within the regular school day will be in session. The teachers will review the jury submissions and provide feedback by the end of finals week January 22, 2021.

Riana Bucceri

DigArts Conservatory Chair

Instrumental Music

CoSA Instrumental Music continues to navigate distance learning. Woodwind ensemble is rehearsing Weberโ€™s Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra as well as building their jazz repertoire. Alex Leyva is working on a transcription of John Coltraneโ€™s saxophone solo in Giant Steps. CoSA Brass is working on a holiday recording of Sleigh Ride and Little Drummer Boy. Jazz Ensemble has been composing solo works which are being recorded and will be shared on SoundCloud before the new year.

Matt Heinecke,

IM Conservatory Chair

Musical Theatre and Drama

Semester 1 Juries will be January 11 - 22. A detailed schedule will be emailed to all conservatory families. The Rep Show Clichรฉs was another hit! Currently MTD students are busily working on our winter play: The Laramie Project. The spring musical will be I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. More information including audition dates will be emailed the week of Jan. 4.

Barbara Wolf,

MTD Conservatory Chair

Theatre Production, Design and Management

Students in technical theatre design and management have been learning about lighting design and all of the important documents generated throughout the process. They have learned how to create a Channel Hookup, Instrument Schedule, and Magic Sheet from using the Lighting Plan as a reference. Along the way, they have discovered how to read lighting plans and coordinate the symbols key and unit types with the different lighting instruments along the pipe. They have learned terminology such as instrument type, purpose, unit number, channel number, and dimmer number and why those terms are important to know in order to refer to different lights that are hung throughout a theatre. The magic sheet was discovered to be a useful document to create and use for tech rehearsals. It contains the entire lighting plan condensed onto one piece of paper for easy reference. This makes it easy to recall lights on the light board and program in the most efficient way possible. Juries will be scheduled the week of January 5-8 during CoSA class time.

Curtis Mueller,

Theatre Production, Design and Management Chair

Visual Art

CoSA Visual Art students have been documenting their artwork from the semester with even lighting and proper resolution for AP and College Application Standards as well as labeling their work by professional standards. They have been working hard during JURY Prep week to prepare slideshows and reflections on their work. Students had an opportunity to present their Jury Presentation to peers and receive feedback before given time to revise their presentation to make it stronger. Students then met again in zoom breakout rooms with different students from all levels of CoSA Visual Art to present their Jury presentation in a discussion format where peers could ask them questions about their work. I am so proud of the effort, creativity and success evident in their work, and I AM SUPER EXCITED to hear them speak about their process in their Final JURY Portfolio Review!


๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’› MONDAY. DEC 14 Individual Zoom

2:00 pm ๐Ÿ’– @Serena

2:20 pm ๐Ÿ’– @Ethan

2:40 pm ๐Ÿ’– @Natalia

3:00 pm ๐Ÿ’– @Xavier

3:20 pm ๐Ÿ’– @Cater

3:40 pm ๐Ÿ’– @Jess

๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’› TUESDAY DEC 15 Individual Zoom

2:00 pm ๐Ÿ’– @Stella

2:20 pm ๐Ÿ’– @Leah

2:40 pm ๐Ÿ’– @Ava

3:00 pm ๐Ÿ’– @Austin

3:20 pm ๐Ÿ’– @Patrick

3:40 pm ๐Ÿ’– @Gomez


2pm - 4pm ๐Ÿ’– GROUP Portfolio Reviews JURY



๐Ÿป still remaining to turn in

๐Ÿ’– @Esteban

๐Ÿ’– @Kristianne

๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’› FRIDAY DEC 18 Individual Zoom

๐Ÿ’– 2:00 @Aleksandra

๐Ÿ’– 2:20 @Emme

๐Ÿ’– 2:40 @Dean

๐Ÿ’– 3:00 @Emma

Karrie Jackson,

VA Conservatory Chair

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CoSA Preview Night, Virtual Edition is Jan 19!

Open the Door to your future in the Arts!

Do you know a prospective applicant or family interested in CoSA? This Zoom presentation will be a great introduction to all that CoSA offers. Pre-registration is required, click here. Please share this link and flyer within your circles. More information found here.

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CoSA Ambassadors

On December 5 a small, masked and socially distant group of CoSA Ambassadors gathered to create festive chalk art on the Orange Avenue sidewalk by Spreckels Park. This was a fun collaboration with our friends at Crown Garden Club of Coronado. Thank you Vicki Fisk and fellow club members, for your generous donation to the CoSA Foundation. Please see a short video created by videographer Brad Willis below:
Coronado Garden Club & CoSA Team Up to Create Christmas Chalk Art for All to Enjoy

Faculty In Action

In this section we shamelessly brag about our amazing CoSA faculty and share creative pursuits in their respective industries.

A Touch of Christmas Magic: Matt Heinecke performs "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas".

Mr. Heinecke's rendition of the classic song will surely put you in the Holiday spirit!

Click on the link below to watch.

Video credits Brad Willis.

Meet Karrie Jackson: Artist, Studio Art Teacher/Creative Coach, Director of Arts Integration

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This article appeared in the November 24, 2020 edition of SHOUTOUT SOCAL

We had the good fortune of connecting with Karrie Jackson and weโ€™ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Karrie, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
As soon as my career became fully creative, painting was no longer the best way to get away and relax. To find life balance, I found I needed an unrelated way to connect with inspiration. I have thoroughly enjoyed gardening as a creative collaboration with nature. It has connected me with my inner child and made me much more grounded which has given me the capacity to engage in bigger projects and reach more people that take more creative energy.

Letโ€™s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Much of my current art has been demos for students. Everything from live models, still lives, master studies and mixed Media abstract collage. Teaching and Coaching young artists in their personal creative practice continues to stoke my creative flame. For 4 years, I have dedicated much of my creative efforts in curating Arts Integration curriculum guiding teams of teachers and teaching artists in creating exciting learning experiences for kids. This year, as the project closes, I am enjoying the simplicity and immediacy of alla prima paintingโ€ฆwhich feels like home to me. Nature and Beach scenes are my odes to the pure joy the gift to us.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Hahaha! Entertaining someone for a week is beyond my independent spirit and creative practice. I would do a day trip for a meaningful connection. I would take them to pick up picnic food at Boneyโ€™s Market in Coronado, and then chill out for a day at the beach. At night, I would cook a homemade meal and share a good conversation by candlelight or fireside..

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I give credit to my community! Through the synchronicities, hard work and inspirations many peopleโ€™s creativity have fueled the magic that is Coronado. I also give credit to natureโ€ฆthe birds, the trees, the wind, the oceanโ€ฆall have been council to my heart keeping my intuition alive.

Instagram: kare4art

Image Credits
Master Study Demo, (nude by fire), Anders Zorn Surfer, Quarantine Recreation, painting by Anders Zorn.

Alumni News

CoSA Alumni Bring Passion & Creativity to their Production Company

Click on the content block below to read the full article that appeared on the Coronado Eagle & Journal on 12/14/2020.

Do you need a Tutor? Help is now available!

Expanded NHS Tutoring Hours

NHS is expanding tutoring hours to accommodate CoSA students. In addition to regular Monday tutoring hours, the CHS National Honor Society is now offering later tutoring hours every Wednesday from 4:00pm-5:30pm. Tutors will be assigned to students on a first come, first serve basis. Visit the CHS Library Powerschool page for the Zoom access information.

Zoom Tutoring Hours:

  • Mondays, 2:30pm-4:00pm
  • Wednesdays, 4:00pm-5:30pm

MATH TUTORING outside of CoSA time:

Miss McGreevy will be offering tutoring for Integrated 1,2,3 and Statistics students only. Pre calc and AP students will need to contact their individual teachers for support. Tutoring will be available on Monday 1/11 from 4:30-5:30 PM. Pre-register HERE.

CHS MATH Homework Help

Please use the link to SIGN UP HERE for an hour long homework help session for your current math class. Tutoring sessions are held every other Tuesday from 2:00-3:00 PM. Each student is permitted to sign up for ONE homework help session per week.

Do you need a Counseling appointment?

Parents! Did you know the CHS Counselors have their own powerschool page filled with helpful information on mental health and academic resources? The Counseling PowerSchool page can be found on the landing page of your student's powerschool account, along with links to sign up to see a counselor. If your student wants to talk to their counselor about college, classes or social emotional concerns sign up here:

Ms. Goldman - (last names A-G)

Ms. Johnston - (last names H-O)

Mr. Cummins - (last names P-Z)

Ms. Safaie- Clinical Counselor

Ms. Miller- Military & Family Life Counselor

Ms. Ereno - Career Counselor and K12 Strong Workforce Program Coordinator

Prior to your student's return to campus make sure you have completed the following form:

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