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Messages from Coronado Middle School May 11-15, 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:““Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving” – Albert Einstein

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May 11-15, 2020

This Week: Week 6 Distance Learning

May 11:

May 12: PE Items Pick Up A-L (see schedule below)

May 13:11:15-12:00 pm 6th Grade student Zoom with Ms. Mellina 6th Grade Zoom Link Password: 025524

May 14:PE Items Pick Up M-Z (see schedule below)
SAFE Game Club at 3:30 pm Zoom Link to Game Club (info below)

May 15: CMS Kahoot at 11 am Kahoot Game Zoom Link Password: 014479

Link to: Ms. Mellina's Message to Students for May 11-15, 2020

Hi Parents,

Happy Mother's Day to all of the wonderful moms! I hope you're showered in love today and always.

Thank you to everyone who celebrated CMS Staff Appreciation Week by sending emails and notes of thanks and support to the Triton Team! We loved hearing from you and your kids. A very special thank you to the PTO for your generosity and constant care. We appreciate you!

I want to recognize the work of our 8th grade promotion committee who have spent countless hours working on a plan to make this a special time for our promoting students. The committee, headed by Mr. Roelof Roos, would appreciate the support of all 8th grade parents so our students can be presented with a memento/gift and an opportunity to capture one final Triton moment before they move on as an Islander. Please make your donation here Link to Donate (more information below)

Be sure to check out the CMS Tritons PowerSchool page. I'm so proud of our students for staying connected through the fun experiences and opportunities offered. And, be sure to take a look at the Shout Outs below. Way to go, Tritons!

All my best,


Application Electives and Electives 20-21: Students who applied for KCMS, Advanced Art, ASB, Advanced Performing Arts or Yearbook will be notified this week. The non application electives form and information will be available on May 13th. See the counseling section below for more details.

CMS Principal PowerSchool page: Please encourage your child to visit my page for information, activities, challenges and more. 6th graders wanting to join my Wednesday Zoom can find the link and information on my PowerSchool page.

Coronado Schools Foundation: Thank you to everyone who tuned in to the Telethon and donated so CUSD can continue to provide exciting and innovative experiences for our kids. You can still donate today at .

Link to: ATTN 8th Grade Parents - Important News

Link Superintendent Update 5/9/20

PE Items Pick Up

PE Lockers: Since our distance learning model is continuing at this time, we ask that CMS students pick up their P.E. clothes and other belongings from their P.E. lockers. Due to social distancing, we ask that you adhere to the time frames listed below.

Important Information:

  • Come any time during the 90-minute blocks associated with the first letter(s) of the student’s last name.

  • Check in with a CMS staff member at the gate.

  • Students should bring a bag in which they can put their belongings.

  • Students should bring their locker combination. If they forget, we may be able to look it up or cut the lock.

  • Facial coverings and social distancing (six feet apart) are expected for students and adults per San Diego County health order.

  • Only students are to enter the locker rooms; parents and family members are asked to wait outside the locker room area.

  • NOTE: Students will be allowed into the locker rooms in spaced intervals to promote appropriate physical distancing.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Keller in advance at

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Messages from CMS Counselors

Application Elective Classes: If your child applied to ASB, Advanced Performing Arts, Advanced Art, KCMS, or Yearbook, notifications letters will be sent to parents’ email addresses on Tuesday, May 12th by 3 pm. Notifications will be sent from this email address:

For Current 6th and 7th Graders: The form for your child to select an elective class for the 2020-2021 school year will be available on the Counseling PowerSchool page on Wednesday, May 13th. All current 6th and 7th graders who will not be in an application elective must complete and submit the form by Friday, May 22nd. These classes include coding and engineering, performing arts, band, choir, Spanish 1A and 1B, art and digital media, office aide, and teacher's aide (TA).

Counseling Lesson on Balalnce: This week’s lesson focuses on balancing school, homework, and sleep. Check it out by clicking this link- Counseling lesson for Week of May 11.

The Weekly Link:

Dear Parents,

We have completed 5 weeks of distance learning. Take a moment to celebrate the successes of all the hats you wear. We continue to be blown away by your partnership with us. Thank you.

This week’s link deals with the big emotions our teens and preteens are experiencing due to the quarantine. While there are many things you, and your child cannot control, recognizing the things you can control is key to helping your child control over those big emotions. The link contains a couple of easy exercises you can do with your child, in order to help them cope. Here is the Washington Post article. “This crisis won’t last forever,” she says, “but the lessons you’re teaching your kids right now will last a lifetime.”

In addition, we are hearing from many of you how difficult it is to balance helping your child with school work and being your child's parent. We encourage you to build non-screen breaks into your child's schedule and use the time to reconnect as parent and child. We've included a list of some of our favorite screen-free activities.

  • Make a tie die shirt
  • Take a walk
  • Take a bike ride
  • Create a collage/vision board
  • Make a time capsule
  • At home camping (tent/smores)
  • Send postcards to family and friends
  • Fly a kite
  • Have a dance off,
  • Start a gratitude journal
  • Play charades
  • Plant something

Until next time, we wish you well.

Ms. Kint and Ms. Vu

CMS Counselors


Thank you, PTO, for your generosity and love for our staff during Staff Appreciation Week. We're so grateful for YOU!

Distance Learning Week 6

Grading Codes:

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.

Assignments and Late Work: Students are given weekly assignments which are due every Friday (note: some assignments may be due at a later date) Teachers have posted their late work policies. All students have at least two weeks to turn in assignments after the due date.

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.


Parents: Please be sure you are logging into PS under YOUR account and setting up notifications so you don't miss an email. Your child should also have notifications set up. Use these tutorials below.

  1. Student login tutorial handout-Synergy and PowerSchool
  2. Parent login tutorial handout-Synergy and PowerSchool
  3. Parent video tutorial for using PowerSchool
  4. Student video tutorial for handing in an assignment in PowerSchool
  5. Student video tutorial for turning on notifications in PowerSchool
  6. Parent video tutorial for turning on notifications in PowerSchool

Messages from ASB and President Pate

Students and Parents,

ASB is hosting a Live ZOOM Kahoot Game this Friday, May 15th at 11:00 a.m.! Head over to the CMS Tritons Page on PowerSchool for the Zoom link. The game will be Middle School Trivia and we would love to see some of our staff there too!

Kahoot Game Zoom Link

Password: 014479

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


President Pate

Coronado SAFE Resources

GAME CLUB for CMS Students!!

Connect with friends and peers! Join in every Thursday at 3:30 pm starting April 30th

May 14, 2020 03:30 PM

May 21, 2020 03:30 PM

May 28, 2020 03:30 PM

Jun 4, 2020 03:30 PM

Zoom Link to Game Club

Meeting ID: 832 9454 5002

Password: 458235

Find your local number:

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.


CMS iLab

The CMS Innovation Lab challenges students to imagine, innovate, create and have a hands-on learning experience. So, refer your child to the CMS iLab page.

Does your child need a break from the computer, but still needs to be engaged in an activity? There you can find fun, engaging activities and challenges. These activities are completely optional; they are not assignments. If your child is excited about their completed product, please have them send a picture to Mrs. Narmore on the CMS iLab page. We'd love to see what their creative minds can come up with!

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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



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!

Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC) Supports

Your 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.

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:

Coronado Summer Arts Intensives

“Give your student a one-of-a-kind experience in the summer of 2020! Coronado School of the Arts’ two-week Summer Intensives program brings together students from around the world to develop skills and creativity in drama/acting, dance, visual art, ceramics, digital arts and music with acclaimed artist-instructors in San Diego. The two week program emphasizes collaboration between students. Expand your horizons with CoSA’s Summer Intensives!

**Please note: if the Shelter-in-Place Order continues through summer, some Intensives may have capped enrollment to adhere to social distancing guidelines; other Intensives may be offered in a Distance Learning format, and some Intensives may be cancelled and refunded.”


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Attention: 8th Grade Parents

Please click on this link for all 8th Grade Information: ATTN 8th Grade Parents - Important News

PROMOTION EVENTS: The 8th grade promotion committee needs your support. Annually, parents of 8th grade students are asked to make a monetary donation to provide memorable events and experiences for our promoting students. At this time, we were hoping to be in the busy stages of planning the Promotion Dance and 8th Grade Breakfast. We're saddened that we will not be able to provide our children with this experience, but we certainly want to recognize their efforts, hard work, and commitment to their middle school years.

It's important to know that the annual events donation not only pays for the dance and breakfast, it also supports funding the "Class of 2024 CHS ASB fund." These monies are used by the Class of 2024 for activities and community building experiences such as homecoming, spirit events, prom, graduation festivities, and much more. It's essential, and tradition, that they are set up for success as they become the CHS Freshman Class of 2024.

The monies raised will not only be used for the Class of 2024 fund, additionally, each 8th grader will receive a CMS memento. We are also hopeful that we will be able to provide an opportunity during the second week of June for our soon-to-be Islanders to capture one final memory as a CMS Triton.

We hope you will make a $40 donation to support our promoting 8th graders. (Additional funds are appreciated.) Please use the link below to make your donation.Cash and checks cannot be accepted.

Please make your donation here Link to Donate

The 8th-grade promotion committee can use your help with creating memories. Please reach out to Roelof Roos (

Thank you for your support of our 8th graders.

The CMS Promotion Committee

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:

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.


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