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Messages from Coronado Middle School April 27-May 1, 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:“The most successful people are those who are good at plan b.” – James Yorke

April 27-May 1, 2020

This Week: Week 4 Distance Learning

April 27:

April 28:

April 29

April 30: Ms. Mellina's Zoom with 8th graders 12:00-12:45 pm

May 1:Spirit Day Wear your Triton Gear and join us at Car Parade

Link to Video Message for Students April 27- May 1, 2020

Hello Parents,

Last week, Superintendent Mueller sent out the CUSD temporary grading policy for semester 2. In aligning with our commitment to fairness, equity, and the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of our students, CMS will be assigning Pass/No Pass. We have taken in account varying scenarios impacting this decision and recognize that while there are some pros to a letter grade, it’s our responsibility to be mindful of our students current state. CMS teachers have provided students with standards-based lessons, and students will continue to receive feedback, support and credit for their work.

We’re proud of our Tritons for actively participating and putting forth effort to continue their learning from home. We appreciate your continued support and encouragement as the distance learning lessons will provide knowledge for success in the next school year. Students are learning excellent life skills of advocacy, communication, time management, independence, and work ethic. Let's be sure to champion those skills that they will use for the rest of their lives.

All my best,


Application Electives: If your child applied to an application elective, he/she will receive an email regarding their status. Students can also check this link for audition or interview information Interviews and Auditions Link

CMS Principal PowerSchool page: Please encourage your child to visit my page for information, activities, challenges and more.

CMS Robotics 2020-2021: The Robotics application and teacher recommendation form is available now. They are due on Friday, May 8th. Click on the link CMS Robotics Information Link

Link Superintendent Update 4/22/20

Join us for the Car Parade!!

Friday, May 1st at 2:00 pm, CMS staff are going to drive through Coronado

to say hello to you!!

ALL CMS students and families are invited to be along the parade route to kick off celebrating our promoting 8th graders and wave/say hi to ALL of our Tritons.

Promoting Class of 2020, we can't wait to celebrate you!

Social Distancing in REQUIRED:

Please do not get within 6 feet of anyone you do not live with.

IT IS HIGHLY recommended that masks be worn!

All participants must remain safely on the sidewalks as this parade route does not have police escort and/or barriers for your protection. Do not block intersections and follow social distancing guidelines - Have fun and BE SMART! All roads will still be open for regular traffic.

If you live south of Coronado (Cays, etc.) or East/North (over the bridge) we encourage you to drive to Coronado and be along the parade route so we can see you!

The parade starts at 2:00 pm at Tidelands Park/Marriott and will take about 30 to 45 minutes before we come to the end of our route over by Glorietta Bay.


All of 2nd Street

Most of Alameda Blvd

Most of 10th between J and C

I between 10th and 5th

5th between I-F

Palm between 5th and 6th

D in front of the school

Most of Olive Ave

Most of 10th between J and C

C between 10th and 5th

5th between C-A

All of Margarita Ave

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Distance Learning Week 4

Grading Policy: In order to unify the grading system, starting Monday, April 27th all teachers will be using same coding system for logging work in PowerSchool. Teachers will have this information posted in PowerSchool.

DLR - Distance Learning Received

DLN - Distance Learning Not Received

DLI - Distance Learning Incomplete

Some teachers have asked if they can use the abbreviations of R, N, and I.

Grading Period 4 Gradebook on PowerSchool: In an effort to clearly document distance learning work, students will have a grading period 4 for April 6th - June 11th. Students and parents will still be able to access grading period 3 grades.

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


  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.
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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.

Messages from CMS Counselors

The Weekly Link:

Dear Parents,

Week three! DONE! Time to recognize and celebrate your successes. This week, we especially want you to recognize how much flexibility you have modeled for your children. Whether it was smooth or you hit some speed bumps, you have all successfully moved forward to plan b, distance learning, and that is something to celebrate!

There is nothing like a plan b. This week’s counseling lesson for students is all about thinking outside the box, thinking creatively, and being flexible. We know you have modeled this skill for your students many times in the past three weeks. On behalf of CMS, we thank you for being flexible and helping your student(s) get on the road to successful distance learning.

This week’s one link is a YouTube channel to albums by SonicAid. SonicAid makes music for positive thinking, sleeping, stress relief, concentration, creativity and more! Ms. Kint discovered SonicAid when she had a long bout of insomnia. The creator, Dr. Lee Bartel, used neuroscience to create music that impact brain waves. Ms. Kint still returns to SonicAid when she is having one of those sleepless nights. We have included five albums, for five different needs; sleep, concentration, stress relief, and happiness. We hope you find them helpful. You can also find all their albums on Spotify, and in the iTunes store, for a commercial free versions you can play on a loop. Click here to visit the YouTube channel.

Until next time, we wish you well,

Misty Kint and Paulina Vu

CMS Counselors

Messages from ASB and President Pate

Students and Parents,

Thank you for taking the time to write such kind words for our incredible librarian, Mrs. Pettit!

Friday, May 1st will be CMS Spirit Friday! Celebrate your Triton Spirit by wearing your CMS gear or wear our school colors: Blue and White! You can participate by sending a photo to our CMS Tritons PowerSchool page and join us at the CMS Car Parade.

****Please be sure to submit your photo by Saturday, May 2nd. The photos will be put together into a spirit slide show.

Let's stay connected! Visit the CMS Tritons PowerSchool page and join in the fun.

No matter how near or far away we are, we all are a strong Triton Family!


President Pate

Attention: 8th Grade Parents

Awards and Promotion: Our annual 8th Grade Awards Ceremony and 8th Grade Promotion will be held on their scheduled dates of June 10th and 11th. It is yet to be determined whether the celebrations will be held virtually or in person. More information to come.

Promotion Committee: The committee, headed by Roelof Roos, has been discussing ways to recognize our 8th graders and be sure they head off to CHS with resources in their class of 2024 ASB account. These monies are used for the multiple events and celebrations throughout high school. More information to come

Photo of Your 8th Grader Needed: It's important that we have an individual photo of your 8th grader that we can use for promotion. Please email a photo to

9th Grade Scheduling: If your child’s 8th grade high school registration appointment was cancelled due to the school closure or if you did not meet with Mr. Cummins already, please use the following links to sign up for a new appointment. The appointments will be held virtually through Zoom.

8th Grade Video: We are creating a video slideshow that includes the 8th grade class. please help us make this a SPECIAL GIFT for our 8th Graders. To help complete this project, please email 3 JPEG pictures of your student. Please ensure they are clear, edited and ready for inclusion in our CMS 8th Grade Promotion end-of-year video.

The absolute 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


CMS iLab

The CMS Innovation Lab now has a PowerSchool page that all students can access for optional activities and fun challenges from Mrs. Narmore during distance learning. There are engineering challenges that allow students to imagine, innovate, create and have a hands-on learning experience. We would enjoy having students share their creations with us. They can email them to Mrs. Narmore on PowerSchool.

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.


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Youth Strength and Speed


Need something for your kids to do for PE during Distance Learning or just need a break? This class is designed for students looking to:

~ Safely and effectively build muscle and endurance

~ Gain Confidence

~ Get an edge in athletics

~ Increase quickness, agility, and reaction time


Tuesday/Thursday - 3:30 - 4:15

Zoom Meeting Link:

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

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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


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!

Technology and Support

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.

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.