The Wave

Coronado Middle School May 18-22, 2020

May’s Key of Excellence: Balance

Live your best life! Be mindful of self and others while focusing on what’s meaningful and important in your life. Inner happiness and fulfillment come when your mind, body, and emotions are nurtured by the choices you make.

This week's mindset quote:“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” – Thomas Merton

Messages from Karin

Calendar :

May 18: Karin Office Hours 9:00 am-10:00 am

May 19: No TLT Meeting

May 20: 2:00 Staff Meeting (15 mins) PL CMS STAFF Virtual Shout Outs! 5/18/20

May 21: quaranTIME hang out Zoom with 8th graders (see counseling corner)

May 22: Karin Office Hours 10:30 am-11:30 am

  • Electives and Hybrid PE forms due

Karin: Office Hours Zoom Link

Items collection: Please complete this information by Wednesday at 3:00pm. Student Books and Supply Returns and Pick Up

Master Schedule: We are still working on the schedule, however, I will be sharing placements this week.

Wednesday Staff Meeting at 2:00 pm: We'll have a short staff meeting and you'll then meet for PL Staff Meeting Zoom Link

Being on Campus: Please follow safety and security protocols if you visit the site and any shared spaces (workroom, office, staff lounge). Please use wipes and sanitizer and avoid touching unnecessary surfaces. Please be sure that all doors are CLOSED and LOCKED.

Staff appreciation egift card: To retrieve gift card, phone, address, and email is needed. You may use CMS information.


CMS Zoom Meeting Links: Staff, Department, Grade Level

CMS Triton News May 18-22, 2020

Link to Superintendent Mueller Message May 11, 2020

Link to Superintendent Mueller Message May 15, 2020

Link to Karin's YouTube


Teaching and Learning

Grades: Reminder, students will receive a Pass (P) or Not Pass (NP) at the end of the semester. I will work with Lamarshell to be sure that these codes can be put into Synergy. We will not be providing citizenship grades.

Thoughts: As we get closer to the end of the student school year, I'd like to know your questions and thoughts regarding distance learning planning for June. Please document thoughts here. June 2020 - Questions/Ideas

Staff Feedback: Thank you for taking this survey by May 20th. Link to Staff Feedback Survey

Planning and Collaboration Meetings: As we wrap up the student year and begin June planning, please continue to use this document so we know when and where teams are meeting. Collaboration meeting information

Professional Learning Opportunities: Please contact your department leader regarding All virtual PL opportunities you'd like to attend. Department leaders will share the information with TLT in case there are others who may also want to attend . For PL requiring a payment, a PL Request form needs to be completed and submitted to your department leader, Dollyanne and me. Reminder: Dollyanne schedules attendance but does not approve PL.

From the CUSD Learning Department

Big picture

Awards and Promotion - ALL STAFF - Please READ

8th Grade Awards Recording: Thank you, team, for completing the awards list. I know you had to make some difficult choices. Teachers who will be presenting awards will be asked to send a recording to a shared folder in the Google drive. Michelle will be sending an email, early next week, to those teachers. She and KCMS students will be creating an awards video to go along with the live broadcast we will have in the KCMS studio on June 9th at 10:00 am.

Recordings must be completed and submitted by May 29th.

Vidhug Video: ALL STAFF: We're asking all staff to record a 30 second video to say congratulations to the 8th graders (can be from your phone) that you'll send to the provided vidhug link. Be on the lookout for an email from Michelle.

Promotion Event on June 10th: 8th grade promotion plans are underway. We will be holding a drive-up promotion event starting at 10:00 am and ending around 2:00 pm. This will require staff support, and I'd like to thank Michelle, Brooke B., Amanda, and Laurie for volunteering to help with coordination.

There are several tasks requiring support - ALL staff are welcome/needed

  • This week, you'll receive an email from Laurie requesting your help with a shift of time.

What will this look like?

  • Students and families will arrive in their cars during a designated time frame.
  • They will be in designated groups of 40. Cars will line perimeter of the school, starting on 6th St. to G Ave. to 5th St. and then stopping in front of the school.
  • At that time, they will be given a large Ziplock bag holding their promotion certificate, award certificates, 8th grade photo, yearbook, and an 8th grade gift from the parent promotion donations.
  • The front of the school will be decorated by the parent promotion committee with a designated area for students to take a photo. With parent permission, the student (only) will get out of their car, wearing a facemask, and will be appropriately socially distanced while they have their photo taken by CMS staff.(If social distancing norms and restrictions change prior to June 10th, we will update our community on any adjustments to our promotion ceremony. )
  • We will have an additional camera set up for students who do not get out of the car.

Karin's Office Hours and Meetings


  • Please continue to send me a Zoom invite to one planning /discussion meeting every week.

Recurring Link: Karin: Office Hours Zoom Link

Mon., May 18 : 9:00 -10:00 am

Thurs. May 22: 10:30-11:30 am

Note: I'll be in AdCab Tuesday morning and 5th grade SPED Transition Meetings all Wednesday and Thursday

Messages from Alison

My Self-Care Tip: I know times are incredibly stressful right now and we are all working harder than we could ever have imagined. Something I have committed to as part of my daily winddown routine is to watch something lighthearted and funny before going to bed. If you want any of my recommendations, send me a message.

Messages from Ryan

Thank you to Eric, Bonnie, Todd, Paula, James, Nick, Amanda, Eddie, and everyone who supported P.E. locker room pickup this week. We had great turnout and are working on a plan to accommodate the needs of those students who did not make it.

Maintenance: Maintenance will not be stripping the floors at this time. You are welcome to work in your classrooms if you wish; you do not need to notify us, but please continue to use appropriate precautions. If you are aware of any maintenance needs in or around your classroom, please send me an email with the details.

Referrals: Please continue to use this link for any disciplinary referrals you need to send. Please send me an email to let me know when a referral is given so I can check the form.

AP Office Hours: Feel free to stop by to share needs, ask questions, or just to say hello.

→ Tuesdays 8 am - 9 am: link to Zoom meeting

→ Thursdays 2 pm - 3 pm: link to Zoom meeting

Counseling Corner

The Key of Excellence for May is Balance – Live your best life! Be mindful of self and others while focusing on what’s meaningful and important in your life. Inner happiness and fulfillment come when your mind, body, and emotions are nurtured by the choices you make.

Weekly counseling lessons and resources for students will be posted on our PowerSchool page but also in the Wave for your reference. This week’s lesson focuses on balance and how to manage stress. Here is the link to the Counseling lesson for week of May 18th.

The elective class form for the 2020-2021 school year for current 6th and 7th graders to complete is now available to students on the counseling PowerSchool page. The deadline for students to submit the form is Friday May, 22nd.

It’s quaranTIME to hang out with the 8th graders! We will be hosting a trivia game zoom meeting for 8th graders on Thursday, May 21st from 2:00-2:30. If you are available, please join us!

Meeting ID: 732 9189 6045

Meeting Password: 8re2F9

Invite Link

Mindset Quote of the Week:

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” – Thomas Merton

California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS)

WestEd, the publishers of the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS), have developed a survey to obtain information from students about learning from home. The questions have been adapted from the school climate survey in the CHKS core module to learn about students' mental health, stress, and coping skills during distance learning.

Student participation is voluntary. It is also very important. The information provided will help guide district and school efforts to promote safety, enhance learning supports, improve student achievement, and reduce health risks that stand as barriers to learning.

This is an anonymous survey. It is designed so that no one can be identified from the data. Students do not have to respond to any questions that they feel could be used to identify them. Instruct them to simply skip any such questions.

All questions apply to this school only.

The results are for the use of the district. CDE and WestEd will preserve data confidentiality and refer any data requests to the district.


Access the survey using the following URL:

Messages from Kevin and ASB

Thank you to everyone who came to our ASB ZOOM Kahoot!

ASB is putting together a Digital Talent Show! The Talent Show will be hosted virtually on Powerschool on May 28th . Students can audition their talent by submitting a video. Click here CMS Talent Show Information and Permission Slip If you have questions please contact Mr. Ramirez at

Check out our CMS Tritons PowerSchool page!

·Julia’s Triton Cookbook: Tritons are sharing some great new recipes! We would love to see some staff favorites!

Lauren’s Triton Vlogging: Tritons are vlogging what they’re doing during the quarantine. If you’d like to participate you can submit a short 10-60 second clip of what you’ve been up to the students would love to see you all!

Eva’s Triton Picks: List your top 10 favorite things!

Sophia’s Triton Art Share Out: Check out some beautiful and inspired art from our Tritons!

Kody’s Video Game Discussion: What are some new or classic games you’ve been playing lately? Lets share out some hidden gems!

Charlotte’s Music Share Out: Share your favorite songs and artists!

Koehn’s Triton Workouts: Let's stay active! Try out some of our best workout picks!

Dylan and Wyatt’s Movie Discussion: Come by and chat about your favorite films or try one of the many recommendations

Messages from Laurie - iLab

Thanks to all of you who have asked for my assistance with distance learning and invited me to your zoom meetings. I love the opportunity to meet and plan with you guys. Here is the Google sign-up sheet for curriculum support, continue to use as needed. Reminder; the iLab PowerSchool page has new challenges weekly. If you have students that need some fun and challenging activities, encourage them to take a look.

Messages from Megan - Library

“As I reached with my fork and thrust into my mouth, I immediately recognized the putrid taste of the vegetable.It was like trying to eat dry grass and dog food, drink curdled milk, and ingest cardboard at the very same time. In addition, I started to gag; tasting the bile that was climbing up my throat. My brain went into overdrive: I tried to smile, but failed miserably and tried to re-swallow the food, but again, did not succeed. Eventually, with a will of steel and an astronomical effort not to retch, I, slowly, piece by piece, choked down the vile asparagus.”

Jack Harvey, 7th grade, Red Scarf Girl Final Essay

I sat down with 7th grader Jack Harvey to discuss the elements and style of writing.

Jack, what would you say is your most unusual writing quirk?

“[ insert very long pause…] Oh, okay, here’s one….I write my beginning, then the end, and fill in the middle last.”

What do you think makes a good writer?

“Someone who doesn’t give up, because it’s hard to do this, you know? Someone who is creative. Someone who is able to take criticism. Someone who is not just working by themselves all the time, because you have to get support from other people too.”

To continue reading my author interview with the hilarious Mr. Harvey, please go here

Tech Update

The link that will answer many of your questions! Make this a Favorite on your Bookmark Bar.

Messages from MFLC Lisa Poli

Military Family Life Counseling Team and Coronado School Liaison Program are partnering to host the quarterly CORONADO MILITARY SPOUSES. This interactive workshop will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, May 20 at 8:30 am. The topics are Coping with Uncertainty and Self Care. The MFLCs will facilitate this timely discussion and provide prompts to get the discussion rolling.

Interested attendees are asked to RSVP to the School Liaison Officer at or 619-991-2509. They will then be provided the Zoom meeting ID and password.

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

CMS MFLC is available to support our Military students and families with video non-medical counseling sessions. Parental consent is required. If you have a student who may benefit from this service, please email Lisa or provide the student with the link on the photo or Lisa's email address.

Triton Shout Outs

Katey and Matt - Shout-out to Katey and Matt for their awesome Athens and Sparta videos, as well as, their weekly assignment videos. They are GREAT!

Matt Smith for helping me so much! I will eventually be able to format as well as you do!- Katey B

Jennifer L- I'm just singing your praise! YOU WORK SO HARD! -Linda

Katie Martel I appreciate your ability to power through everything! Alison Keehan

Laura Noonan - Thank you for being so consistent in your support and care for the students we work with, and for your "Science at Noon with Noonan" sessions. Your positivity, commitment, and high expectations make such a difference. - Ryan

Karin - Thank you for doing all that you do for our students and staff. Thanks especially for helping us keep it together during these times. - Eric

Amy-helping me organize a breakout a session, all your help with the support document, and just in general being awesome!

Karin - Thanks for helping me with a parent issue and encouraging me to reach out and address a challenging situation directly. I appreciate the opportunity to learn and grow!

Kim Pittner, thank you for your positive! It is contagious. -L Ry

Amy for her patience, encouragement, and thoroughness with the students! She is always smiling and a pleasure to work with ! Kim G

Amy Amerling: Thank you for covering one of my Zoom meetings this week when I was double-booked. I appreciate your help!

Melissa - for being so wonderful in all of the work that you do. I appreciate you beyond words! - Cara

Amy Amerling for all you do to support our students.

Karin, yes you! for the way you are SO inviting, engaging, enthusiastic and real! You truly make it a pleasure to work at CMS!! Kim G

Amy Amerling, I appreciate your attention to detail and continuous generosity! Alison Keehan

Dollyanne- Helping me with the Hamilton ticket confusion.

James McDowell: Thanks for helping with P.E. locker room pickup, and keeping an eye out for rogue high school students. I appreciate your support! - Ryan

Kim - Thank you for assisting 6th grade. Everything you do is appreciated! We all benefit from your support!

Thanks English Department for letting me take part in your distance learning plan and the Zoom meeting this week! Laurie Fountain

Katey-I can't wait to go get coffee with you!

Melissa Miller, I appreciate your amazing headphones that put a smile on my face as soon as I saw you on screen and throughout our meeting! Alison Keehan

Nancy-Thank you so much for being in my Zoom with me!-Sarah

Laura Noonan - For being an amazing ray of sunshine! :) - Stacy S.

Amy Amerling - For being an incredibly supportive coworker each and every day! - Stacy S. Paulina - For always checking in on me and being fantastic! - Stacy S.

Coach Eddie: Thanks so much for your help with P.E. locker room pickup, and for always being willing to help out wherever needed. You're awesome! - Ryan

Meg Appel- You rock! -Sarah

Paula S. for listening to over 40 potential APA kiddos audition with a smile.

Amy - Thank you for being an awesome 6th grade team member! Getting to know you has been GREAT!

Matt-Thank you for your humor and keeping me on my toes-Sarah

Thank you Allyson for the great video for 8th grade! - Ramona

Barb-helping me run a breakout session that kids actually came to!

Haley Leverton, thank you for being an amazing team leader. I appreciate your guidance. -Allyson Heyen

Michelle E- For taking the time to help me create the best APA class for 20-21

Kristina Byrd - You are awesome! Thanks for finding ways to support and connect with students that have been very disengaged so far in science through Zoom support sessions. Your efforts are appreciated! - Ryan

Matt H- for your insight in teaching music to these kiddos.- Linda

Alison, Ryan, Paulina and Mike - thank you for your support with master schedule planning - Karin

Michelle I appreciate you for everything that you're doing to make the 8th grade awards and promotion so special. You're awesome! -Karin

Brooke B., Amanda and Laura for your initiative and support of making

Alison thank you for being a remarkable support for our team, students and parents.Karin

Ryan thank you for your initiative, creativity and willingness to take on whatever I throw you :) Karin

Paula - I appreciated all of your input for KCMS and Yearbook interviews! Michelle

Jennifer, you are incredible. A total rockstar!- Katey B

Tracy W- I am going to miss you, that's all. - Linda

Lamarshell - Thank you for all of your encouragement, support, and logistical assistance. I appreciate you greatly! - Ryan

Karin for always being awesome, that is all. -Amerling

Thank you Kathy for your creative ideas and super awesome and positive ways! - Ramona

Katey B for the way she watches the students for cues in order to meet their needs. It is always a pleasure to see your smiling face and work with you!

Kelly and Matt for all your hard work to pull together Warlords of Japan. Let the battles begin! KC

Matt for encouraging students to work in an engaging way. It is always a pleasure to work with you and watch them get on board.

Lauren Ingersoll - For going above and beyond to help prepare work for G. Thank you! - Cara

Alison Keehan- Thanks for supporting with IEPs, anxious moments, and MORE! Barto

Cara Hetrick - Thank you for reaching out and connecting with your students who are disengaged. I'm so grateful that teachers are finding different ways to connect, challenge, and champion our students, even if they are not always reaching back. - Ryan

Barb Jones: Thank you for all you are doing for our 7th grade students, for jumping in to Math 7 zoom meeting this week when I am unavailable, and for reminding me when you notice I might have missed something on PowerSchool. You always go above and beyond. Thank you! - Ryan

Brooke Barto, I appreciate your all around amazingness! Alison Keehan

Ramona, thank you for being my constant on-the-fly tech support. I appreciate you! -Allyson

Kevin, Paulina and Karin - Thank you for everything you did for me during applications! Michelle

Thank you Karin for keeping our staff afloat and in a steady direction. You are our rock. - Ramona

Katey B for all of your wild and crazy ideas -Matt

Noonan for KILLING her first Zoom call! With a ton of kids too! I am so proud of you! -Amerling

Bonnie McCann: Happy Birthday! Thanks for all your help with the P.E. locker rooms. - Ryan

Amy and Katie - for your insight into our math lessons for sixth grade. It is wonderful to have your advice and perspective. - Cara

Linda - I'm glad we did interviews and auditions together. Thanks for all of your input! Michelle

Jennifer Landry: Thank you for all you do in your many roles, now more than ever! You are such an example of patience, professionalism, and support. I appreciate you! - Ryan

Thank you Ryan for setting up a safe and successful PE Uniform pickup!

Thank you Amy for being an awesome teammate! I enjoy our weekly Zoom meetings! - Ramona

Kevin - Thank you for asking me to be involved with ASB interviews. It was a lot of fun working with the kids outside of the classroom. Thanks for ALL that you do with ASB! - Meg Appel

Amy Amerling - I appreciate you for getting on board with 30 days of 50 burpees!! - Meg Appel Barb - Thanks for being an awesome Zoom teacher with me! You're so good with the kids. - Meg Appel

Ryan - I loved your number talk idea as our "warm-up" on Zoom last week. It was great to hear the kids share their strategies and be so invested. - Meg Appel

To Kellysama and Kathysama for being amazing War Lords of Japan emperoresses

Thank you Paula, Amanda, Eddie, and James for helping in PE Uniform pickup:-)

Sarah - Wow! Love all of the writing activities! You’re awesome!

Thank you Coach for making an audio recording of the Health Lessons for the PE Lessons!

Kevin Ramirez: Thanks for all of the effort you are putting into ASB right now and helping students make connections. It's so great to see what you are inspiring your students to accomplish during distance learning! - Ryan

Amy Amerling, for your thoughtfulness and awesome attitude. CMS is so lucky to have you! -Barto

Kathy-all your advice, I miss walking across the hall to see you!!

To Sarah and Julia for all of your hard work on our Greek Myths Assignment!

Haley for your open minded willingness to teach the English 8 Foundations class- Karin

The English team for all your hard work and creating PowerSchool pages! KC

Kevin - Thank you for being so kind and inclusive … and awesome, too! Your ASB activities rock!

Haley Leverton - Thank you for taking over leadership of our 7th grade team meetings, and for all of your hard work right now as English department leader. You're awesome!

Humanities 6, I look forward to every meeting we have. You are all the most positve and fun group. I love you all- Katey B

Amanda Ellison: Thank you for all your help setting up the logistics of P.E. locker room pickup. You are appreciated! - Ryan

Shout out to the CMS PE team for keeping the kiddos active during distance learning!!!

Nick Sherar: Thanks for your help at P.E. locker room pickup yesterday! Students were excited to see you! - Ryan

Barto, thank you for meeting with me, even when no students show up. I appreciate your friendship. -Allyson Heyen

Eric Bachman: Thank you for all your support during P.E. locker room pickup! - Ryan

Thank you To Laurie for helping make a fun interactive project for the 6th Grade Humanities Students!

Kevin R- Being an awesome ASB Advisor and keeping the Triton spirit going!

Jeremy Handysides, I appreciate all the hard work you have been doing to keep your students engaged throughout Distance Learning. Alison Keehan

Thank you Eric for the support talks and again help with the lessons!

Paula: So great to work with you during P.E. locker room clean out! Thank you for your positive attitude, your hard work, and your playlist! - Ryan

Thank you Katey B for being a really great friend. Love you! - Ramona

Thank you to Haley for making a great quiz for our students this week! - Ramona

Misty Kint- Man, you are just such a gem! I always feel much better after hearing your voice. -Barto

Eddie Shanholtz - Thank you for all your help making audio docs of the health readings. I really appreciate it and I am sure a number of students benefited from your assistance. - Eric

The Entire "Room 124" team: I'm so grateful to know how much you care for the students you work with and all of the efforts you have been making to reach out and provide support, meaningful learning, and connection to the families you work with. You are making such a positive impact! - Ryan

Katey - You’re the best! Your camaraderie, kindness, positive vibes, enthusiasm, professionalism … the list is never-ending! You’re simply amazing!

Matt - You just ROCK at everything! Thank you for being so amazing!

Kevin Ramirez- For your dedication to CMS and to your students. -Matt Smith

Kevin Donahue for being consistent in his efforts to support our students. Everyday 9am Zoom- THANK YOU! -Barto

Dollyanne - Thank you for being such a positive, helpful, and hard-working colleague! We couldn't do it without you. - Ryan

May Birthdays

Happy Birthday!

10 Haley Leverton

13 Bonnie McCann

17 Matt Heinecke

21 Katie Martel

24 Kevin Donahue

26 Kevin Ramirez

26 Laurie Hikel

27 Dollyanne Hutchins

29 Shante Kunin


End of year dates:

May 25: Memorial Day

May 26:TLT Meeting at 3:00 pm

May 27: Staff Meeting / Department Meeting

Student books and materials drop off

May 28: Student books and materials drop off

May 29: 8th grade completion rate document completed

  • 8th grade awards recordings completed and submitted
  • 5th grade recommendations due
  • Grading window opens

June 2: Staff Meeting 10:00 am

Staff Meeting Zoom Link

June 2-5: Student books and materials drop off and pick up

June 9: Virtual Awards Presentation 10:00 am

June 10: Promotion Ceremony 10am-2pm Virtual Promotion Ceremony 6:00 pm

June 12: Grading window closes at 3:00 pm

  • 20-21 Supply Lists due to Dollyanne (from dept. leaders)