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Messages from Coronado Middle School April 20-24, 2020

April’s Key of Excellence: Flexibility:

Be willing to do things differently. Recognize what’s not working and be willing to change what you’re doing to achieve your goal.

This week's mindset quote: “Be like a tree. Stay grounded. Connect with your roots. Turn over a new leaf. Bend before you break. Enjoy your unique natural beauty. Keep growing.”

April 20-24, 2020

This Week: National School Librarians Week

April 20: Week 3 Distance Learning

April 21:

April 22: Administrative Professionals Day

April 23 PTO Meeting PTO Meeting Zoom Link 5:00 pm

April 24 Electives Applications Due at 3:00 pm

Video Message to Students for April 20-24, 2020

Happy National School Librarians Week, Megan Pettit!

We miss and appreciate you!

Hello Triton Families,

I hope that you and your family are safe and well and you were able to enjoy some of the beautiful sunshine last week.

As mentioned last week, all students are expected to engage in the lessons, assignments, and experiences teachers have prepared and provided. As we move into our third week of distance learning, I want to champion your children for their efforts and continued commitment to learning. I applaud and appreciate your encouragement and support during this complicated time.

I want to recognize, however, that the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of our students is top priority. Uncertainty and isolation can exacerbate feelings of anxiety and stress, and children of the middle school age are among a vulnerable group. Disruption in routine and lack social interaction can lead to feelings of insecurity, loss of control, and pervasive negative thinking. Therefore, it's critical that we provide them with coping strategies to navigate these feelings. Take time to check in, daily, even if you don’t see signs of anxiety or depression. It’s amazing how well tweens can hide their feelings. Support them in changing their negative thoughts by having them shift their focus off themselves. Ask them, “What would you say or do to support a friend who was feeling worry, anxiety, or depression?.” Focusing on someone else will allow them to start thinking about strategies that they would use to be compassionate to someone, but that they may not use for themselves. Help them examine what they are saying to themselves—consciously or not—inside their heads and to ask themselves, ‘is my self-talk helpful?’

CMS counselors have provided great information and resources, below, and many supports are available through Coronado SAFE. Take care of yourselves and your family, enjoy time together, be forgiving of yourself and your child, and reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

All my best,


April is the Month of the Military Child: Enjoy this fun video of our Triton community. Thank you to ASB for putting this together, Triton Purple Up Video

2020-2021 Application Electives: Applications are due Friday, April 24th at 3:00 pm. Check the Counseling PowerSchool page or go to this link Electives Application 20-21 Questions should be directed to CMS Counselor, Paulina Vu at

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.

Picking up PE clothes: We will be planning for students to pick up their PE items from the locker room sometime in the next couple of weeks. Parents will receive pick up information with specific time frames according to grade level and last name. Thank you for your patience.

Trip Refunds: The 8th grade Knotts Berry Farm field trip refunds were mailed on April 14th. The Yearbook JEA trip refunds will be mailed on April 20th.

One Stop Shop for DL Information: When you visit the CMS website, you'll find a Distance Learning drop-down menu on the right hand side of the menu bar. Here's the link to CMS Website. I will continue to add important information here to this menu.

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.

Link to Superintendent Mueller Update: 4/15/20 CUSD Update

Distance Learning Week 3

Grading Policy: As mentioned by Superintendent Mueller, CUSD Staff is currently collecting data and engaged in discussions to determine how we will assess student achievement during distance learning. The two most adopted models, issuing pass/no pass semester marks or traditional letter grading, have advantages and disadvantages. With our guiding principles of equity, access, and fairness for every child, our CMS decision will be based on what is best for our middle school students. The District and CMS anticipate releasing distance learning grading policies by April 27th.

Office Hours: Teachers have set, 2-hour blocks of time each day of the week so students can ask questions or access support.

**Office hours are designated times to provide students with feedback. Parents, please communicate with teachers via email, and they will get back to you.

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

Office hours may include:

1. Zoom Video Conferencing Meetings

  • group or individual

2. PowerSchool discussion boards
3. Email Communication
4. Phone Call


  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.

Messages from CMS Counselors

8th Grade Parents: The 8th grade registration appointments have been rescheduled to May 4th – May 22nd. The appointments will be held via Zoom and you will be able to sign up for a date and time through Calendly. We will send out the Calendly link in the parent newsletter soon.

The Weekly Link:

Dear Parents,

Week Two of Distance Learning in the books! No matter how your week looked, you did it!

As counselors we have contact with parents across the district. We can assure you many parents felt frustration and stress this week. Many of you told us, this week was all about trying to get a schedule in place, and that you were not feeling super successful. At CMS, we KNOW you are successful, and we thank you for partnering with us.

When Ms. Kint was a frustrated teenager, her mom would remind her, "There is much more right with you, than wrong with you." This helped her shift her focus to her successes. We share that story with you today, to remind you to focus on the successes of the week, both big and small. Celebrate those success and revel in them.

Last week we promised you one link, once a week. This week’s link, Resources for CMS Families, was created to give you a one-stop-shopping resource page. We created this page based on questions we were getting from parents. It is full of links to guide you and help you and your child.

Until next time, we wish you well,

Misty Kint and Paulina Vu

CMS Counselors

Tools for Students


  • Work in blocks of time. Take a short movement break (1-2 minutes) after every 20 or 30 minutes
  • Designate one area of the house for learning
  • Add your teacher’s office hours to your schedule
  • Communicate with their teachers at least once a week during the teacher’s office hours
  • Use your agenda to maintain structure and keep track of your work

Teachers may use Zoom for lessons and meetings :

  • Students DO NOT need a Zoom account to JOIN a meeting.
  • Students will be provided the Zoom meeting invite code any time there is a lesson or meeting.
  • When students join a meeting, they will be placed in a waiting room until the teacher admits them to the meeting. This is just one of the safety features we are using.
  • In order for teachers to ensure safety, please remind your child that his/her screen name should be their first and last name. They should not use a nickname or inappropriate name.

Messages from ASB and President Pate

Our CMS Triton PowerSchool page is now live! During this time of social distancing, ASB is committed to providing ways for Triton students to stay connected and participate in some fun spirit events! The CMS Tritons page provides a safe and structured way to share photos, videos, activities information and more.

The page will also host our incredible KCMS News broadcast for everyone to see!

Link: CMS Tritons PowerSchool page

We look forward to continuing to develop new ways to connect with our Triton Family. Stay tuned!


President Pate

8th Grade Parents

Hello future Freshman Parents & CHS Class of 2024,

As we enter into these exciting times for our young students, let's not forget how they started their middle school years: campus orientation, 6th Grade Olympics, 6th Grade Camp, Cotillion, Drug Store, Medieval Times etc. We plan to create a video slideshow that includes the whole class and will be shown at CMS 8th Grade Promotion Breakfast. To help complete this project, please email 3 JPEG pictures of your student to us. Please ensure they are clear, edited and ready for inclusion in our CMS 8th Grade Promotion end-of-year video.

The absolute deadline will be May 15, 2020. There will be reminders, but the deadline to produce this quality video of 200+ students 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

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


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Coronado Schools Foundation Virtual Telethon

Coronado Schools Foundation’s mission is to raise and manage funds to provide exceptional learning experiences for all Coronado Unified School District students. 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.

CSF asks that business partners, community members, donors, and colleagues to work strategically with them to ensure that the May 6th VirtualTelethon is again another exceptional success for our schools.

****If you feel compelled to give at this time, visit and click on DONATE. All donations will be acknowledged LIVE on air.

We thank you for your partnership in this time of public uncertainty and applaud each one of you for continuing your commitment to the educational enrichment of our children.

Coronado SAFE Resources

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.


Please help us get more community members trained in recognizing the warning signs and knowledge of how to help someone who may be suicidal.

Suicide Prevention Training

Monday, April 20th


ZOOM Virtual presentation and discussion

Register Here

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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

Anchored 4 Life: See flyers below and the link for the list of webinars available April-August. Register at

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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!