Triton News

Welcome to Coronado Middle School March 2-6, 2020

This week's mindset quote:“Don’t wait to be successful at some future point, have a successful relationship with the present moment and be fully present in whatever you are doing. That is success.” – Eckhart Tolle

March Key of Excellence is "This Is It!"

CMS Happenings

This Week:

March 2 8th Grade Registration meetings begin

Homework Club 3:15- 4:15 pm

March 3 Homework Club 3:15- 4:15 pm

Garden Club 3:05-4:00 pm

9th Grade Information Night 6:30 pm Granzer Hall for students and parents

March 4

March 5 Homework Club 3:15- 4:15 pm

Cotillion Granzer 7:30-8:30pm

Mar 6 Advanced Art to Getty Museum 7:45 am to 7:00 pm

"Thirteen" Musical 6:00 pm at CHS Theater

Mar 7 Saturday School Science Expo 8-12

"Thirteen" Musical 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm at CHS Theater

Mar 8 "Thirteen" Musical 2:00 pm at CHS Theater

Dear Parents,

I'm happy to announce that Assistant Principal Falar and her husband are expecting their second child later this month. Mrs. Falar's last day for the school year will be March 25th. We wish her and the Falar family all the best, and we look forward to seeing her back at CMS in August 2020.

I'm please to announce that Mr. Ryan Keller, CMS Teacher and Administrative Designee, will step in as interim assistant principal during Mrs. Falar's leave. Mr. Keller has been teaching at CMS for eight years and serves in several leadership roles on campus and in CUSD. He holds an administrative services credential, and therefore, will function in the same capacity as the CMS administrative team. Mr. Keller will begin his interim transition on March 18th and his duties will officially begin on March 26th. Mr. Keller can be reached at

As always, I thank you for your ongoing support. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions.


Karin Mellina


Get your Yearbook! This is the last week to buy your yearbook. Don't miss out. Click on the link below.

Come see Performing Arts in "Thirteen the Musical":

Friday, March 6th 6:00 pm

Saturday, March 7th 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm

Sunday, March 8th 2:00 pm

Performances are at the CHS Theater. Buy your tickets at Please print and bring your tickets.

Application Electives for 2020-2021: The following electives require an application: ASB (Associated Student Body), APA (Advanced Performing Arts), KCMS Broadcasting, Advanced Art, and Yearbook. There is an informational meeting on March 18th during both lunches. Students who plan to apply for an application elective must attend the meeting and submit the application by April 9th.

Applications will be available on Monday, March 18th:

8th Grade Information

CHS counselors present to 8th graders: Registration appointments begin this week through March 26. Letters will be mailed home with your child’s 15-minute appointment time. if you have not received a letter, please contact the CMS office.

A Message from CHS Principal Schmeichel

Coronado High invites 8th grade students and parents to open house on

Tuesday, March 3rd 6:30 pm Granzer Hall

In order to maximize student achievement and minimize course and schedule changes, administrators, teachers, and counselors will be using data, performance, and evidence of effort and motivation to recommend students for honors and AP courses with prerequisites. We invite you to open dialogue with your child about planning a course schedule aligned with areas of career interest, passion, and motivation, while considering the importance of balancing challenges in the course load so that healthy life balance and time to pursue extracurricular and family and community activities are possible.

In general, we DO NOT RECOMMEND enrolling in summer online courses to accelerate or skip to a next level course at CHS in the fall.

Click on the link for more information about 9th grade courses:

We look forward to helping you start your transition to high school.

Mr. Schmeichel, Principal

Knott's Berry Farms - 8th Grade Field Trip: Permission slips and payment are due Friday, March 6th. Permission slips were sent home but can also be found on teachers PowerSchool pages. Payment should be made online at

8th Grade Promotion:

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

6th Grade Parents

On Tuesday, March 24th, your child will be taking part in a program called "Drug Store," which is put together by Coronado SAFE and held at the Coronado Middle School.

The role of parents in drug and alcohol education is very important. The goal of the Drug Store Program is to engage our children to critically think about making positive, healthy lifestyle choices. The Drug Store is a dramatic, experiential program that takes students on a journey through the natural consequences of poor choices with regard to drugs and alcohol. More than 300 local sixth grade students from Coronado Middle School, Sacred Heart Parish School and Christ Church Day School go through this program. This community-wide event involves more than 100 volunteers including parents, DEA agents, police officers, EMTs, lawyers, judges, therapists, ministers, and more!

There are volunteer opportunities that take place the evening before the event, as well as throughout the event the following day. Please understand that you may be reassigned to a different role depending upon the needs of the program. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding.

We need your help to make this event a success!

  • Follow this Sign Up Genius link: Drug Store Volunteer
  • Feel free to contact us if you have questions about the volunteer roles.

Liz Riebe and Abby Lund

If you're unable to volunteer but want to help out, click here Drug Store Food Contributions Sign Up Drug Store Food Contribution Sign Up

To learn more, click here to see Coronado SAFE's site about the Drug Store event.

Thank you for your support.

Liz and Abby

Parent Coordinators

Messages from PTO

Join us for our next PTO meeting on March 18th at 9:00am in the CMS Library.

Saturday School

Saturday School: Teachers provide fun, enriching experiences, and it's a great opportunity for students to make up any unexcused or excused absence.

March 7, 2020

Annual Science Festival (All Grades)

Teacher: Ms. Byrd Time: 10:00am-2:00pm Location: Meet Ms. Byrd at the corner of Park Blvd. and Tony Gwynn at Petco. You’ll need to sign in when you arrive and sign out when you leave in order to receive credit. Description: Come to the 12th Annual Science Festival Expo Day at Petco Park on March 7th! It’s a FREE event with over 125 hands-on science activities and stage performances covering all fields of science. Students will be able to participate in discussions with local scientists, watch competitions, and view cool demonstrations.

Please turn in all permission forms to the front office by Thursday, March 5th. For more information and the Permission slip Science Expo 2020

Science class extra credit will be given to all who attend!

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Coronado Schools Foundation

Win a 6-passenger Golf Cart! CSF Opportunity Drawing Link

CSF Telethon March 18th 5:00 pm-9:00 pm at the CHS Theater CSF Telethon Link

Message from President Pate and CMS ASB:

CMS March Madness- March 23-27: Teams will be formed by student representatives from each T3 class. Games will take place during both lunches, and we will track the bracket to determine which T3 becomes the CMS March Madness Winner! The winning team will earn a Donut party!

New Triton Gear! Buy your new CMS Visors! ASB is selling CMS Visors every Thursday at our Pop-Up Shop in the quad. Visors are $15 . We also have Keith Hawkin’s "Better than Good" T-Shirts on sale for $20.

Parent Appointments: We are committed to supporting student accessibility and the daily instructional program. Therefore, administration is not able to take walk in appointments. Please contact Dollyanne Hutchins to schedule appointments with Principal Mellina , Assistant Principal Falar, or Program Specialist, Mrs. Keehan so we can provide you and your child with dedicated time to answer your questions and discuss concerns. You can schedule appointments with counselors, Ms. Vu at or Ms. Kint at

We appreciate your support.

Mark your calendar for upcoming dates:

March - This Is It!

Mar 9 8th Grade Vision and Hearing Screening by Rady’s Hospital nurses

Junior Optimist Meeting 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Room 201

March 10 SAFE Outreach 11:45-1:15pm Granzer Hall

Mar 11 Fantasy Book Club CMS Library 1:45-2:45 pm

Mar 12 PTO Meeting CMS Library 9:00 am

CUSD Board Meeting 4:00-5:00 @ DO

Mar 13 Lockdown Drill per 2

Band and Choir Spaghetti Dinner 5pm-8pm Granzer Hall

Mar 16-20 ELPAC testing

Mar 17 Spanish 1B to Latin Film Festival 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Mar 18 Application electives student information meeting at lunch

CSF Telethon CHS Theatre


Mar 20 Swim Day - all grades

PTO Baked Potato & Salad Bar

Mar 23- 27 Swim Week - all grades

Mar 23- 27 ASB March Madness

Mar 23 SAFE Outreach at lunch

Mar 24 6th Grade Drug Store Program 8:00- 11:30

NO swim for grade 6

Drug Store Parent Night Granzer (time TBD)

Mar 25 Fantasy Book Club CMS Library 1:45-2:45 pm

Mar 26 All Band concert at CHS 6:00pm

Mar 27 End of the 3rd grading period

Kona Ice 2:00-4:00pm

Mar 30-Apr 3 Spring Recess NO SCHOOL