The Weekly Trident

August 17, 2021

Dear Triton Families,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year at Coronado Middle School! I am honored to serve as the Interim Principal and look forward to an outstanding school year. Each week I will provide CMS families with a weekly update of important information, activities, and upcoming events. Please take some time to read through the first edition of The Weekly Trident, below.


Registration Packet Drop Off: CMS Returning Students: This includes all returning 6-8th grade students who were enrolled in CUSD schools last year:

· August 18th Times: 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 -3:00 p.m. Last Name A-K

· August 19th Times: 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 -3:00 p.m. Last Name L-Z

School pictures will be taken on these two days, so please dress accordingly.

CMS Gear Items and Prices

Bell schedule: CMS Campus opens at 8:05 a.m. and period 1 begins at 8:20 a.m. Link to CMS Bell Schedule 2021-2022

Transportation Update: Please read this very important update from Deputy Superintendent, Donnie Salamanca, regarding school buses for this school year. Transportation Update 21-22

Guitar: CMS is now offering a beginning guitar class for 7th and 8th graders with Mr. Heinecke! Guitar class is for first year students looking to develop basic and intermediate skills on the guitar. Students will learn chords, strumming, single note melodies, scales, along with solo and group ensemble music to get you playing. A wide range of musical styles, from classical to pop and rock and roll will be covered. No experience necessary! A limited number of school owned guitars will be available.

If your student is interested in taking guitar for their elective, please email CMS guidance counselor Brian Garcia at or fill out the survey at this link.

Robotics: Students entering 6th, 7th, or 8th grade in Fall 2021 may apply for CMS FLL Robotics Competition Team. The application is due on Friday, August 20, 2021 at 3:00 pm. It must be completed and emailed to or you may drop of your completed application in the CMS front office. CMS Robotics Application 21-22

Student Lunch: CMS cafeteria offers a variety of lunch options. For more information on CUSD meals and policies, please visit our website at CUSD Food Services.

Please read the important update from Charity Campbell, the CUSD Child Nutrition Services Director. below. To read the full document, click on the following link. Lunch Update 21-22

The USDA has approved universal free lunch meals for all students enrolled in the Coronado Unified School District for the entire year regardless of meal status. No applications will be needed to receive the free daily lunch meal. We will be taking proper precautions including increased sanitation and cleaning procedures. We may be providing free bulk breakfast meals (5 days’ worth of milk, fruits, cereal, yogurt, and cheese) for pick up once per week for all children between the ages of 1-18 years old.

Payments for a la carte sales may be made by cash or check in the “CNS Deposit” box at each of our school offices. For your convenience, credit card charges can be made online by logging on to and setting up an account. You can view your child’s account balance anytime and receive reminder emails. In addition, those who have a smartphone can download the EZSchoolPay app to make payments and check balances for your child’s meal account even easier.

Devices: Coronado Unified School District is committed to preparing students for success in school and beyond. Part of this preparation includes exposing students to technology and guiding them in its appropriate uses. We are happy to announce that in the 2021-2022 school year, all 1st through 12th grade CUSD students will be issued a Chromebook for educational use at school and at home. Chromebooks will be treated like a textbook and students will be issued devices at the start of the year for the entirety of their career in CUSD, or until the next replacement cycle. Families may keep their devices over the summer to continue their learning. Students’ access to district-provided technology at home promotes our CUSD vision and supports personalized learning, opportunities for enrichment, equitable access to resources, and career readiness. Students will practice responsibility for operating and maintaining their individual devices.

Devices will be handed out at registration. If you are a new family to CUSD, you will receive your device at the start of school.

For more information about this program, please follow the links below:

1:1 Student Device Program Frequently Asked Questions

Purchase an OPTIONAL Mobile Device Protection Plan for just $20 a year

Device Check-out and Inspection Form

Please scan the QR code at the bottom of the newsletter to access the CUSD Technology page. Since every 1st-8th grade student is receiving a CUSD Chromebook, it is imperative that parents review the information, guidelines, and protection plan offer.

Parent Teacher Organization: Our wonderful PTO is dedicated to supporting the students and staff all throughout the year. We’re so grateful for all that they do to support field trips, scholarships, student activities, staff luncheons and much more! Please join PTO! Click here to Join PTO invitation code is “CoronadoMS”.

Athletics: Registration for Fall Sports is open! Fall Sports includes: Baseball, Co-Ed Advance and Beginner Tennis, Girls Intramural Volleyball, Girls Competitive Volleyball, Boys Beach Volleyball, Co-Ed Sports Performance Enhancement, Co-Ed Beach Yoga, Co-Ed Recreation Sports, Co-Ed Bike Club, Flag Football, and Co-Ed Cross Country.

Please visit this link for registration. Physical forms will only be accepted on the registration website.

Surf Club: If your child is interested in joining the CMS surf club, please join the CMS Surf Team and K-5 Club Facebook page.


Season begins 9/9/21 through 5/26/22

Practices Tue/Thu 3:30pm-5:30pm.

Location: Stan’s Beach (Coronado Shores parking lot) Total Cost: $300 for middle school $350 for K-5 Includes a t-shirt.

Surf Club email is

COVID protocols: COVID19 Updates and Safe Reopening Information from Superintendent Mueller: Our collective focus and responsibility is safely returning our students and staff, in person, to campus five days a week. The State and County Department of Public Health direct public policy on public health guidelines and we will comply with and enforce their guidance. Challenging this authority may compromise or jeopardize the district’s State funding, insurance coverage, and our ability to have all students return to campus. State and CDPH directives have been issued, challenged and changed a number of times through out the pandemic and we anticipate this pattern will continue. CUSD will follow current mandated guidelines to support our focus on keeping all grade levels and staff safe and on campus in full day schedules.

In an effort to keep our community informed, we have created the following “user-friendly” summary to provide updates regarding the latest information on frequently changing guidance on public health protocols. Please take time to acquaint yourself with this important document. If you have questions or need additional information about this plan, please contact the COVID Response Team at

Click here for the link to the COVID19 Guidance Updates and Safe Reopening Plans

Important Upcoming Dates for CMS students and families:

AUGUST 18-19: Registration Packet Drop Off: CMS Returning Students: This includes all returning 6-8th grade students who were enrolled in CUSD schools last year:

· August 18th Times: 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 -3:00 p.m. Last Name A-K

· August 19th Times: 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 -3:00 p.m. Last Name L-Z

School pictures will be taken on these two days, so please dress accordingly.

AUGUST 24: CUSD New Family Night: CUSD Board Room, 3:00 -5:00 p.m. Join your new friends and neighbors for a family-friendly event intended to welcome you to the Coronado Unified School District, brief you on the information you need to know, and provide access to the resources that are here to support you. Please join us in welcoming you to our community

AUGUST 25: Schedule Pick-Up for all new and returning students to CMS:

· 8th grade schedule pick-up – 8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

· 7th grade schedule pick-up – 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

· 6th grade and all new students to the district – 10:15 a.m. -11:00 a.m.

Orientation for Students and Families New to Coronado: 11:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Granzer Hall: Administration and counselors will present helpful information about our instructional program, clubs, sports and many other details about CMS. This is designed for families who are new to school or may have missed the orientation last spring. Following the program, you are encouraged to participate in the classroom walk-through mentioned below.

AUGUST 25: 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. School and classroom walkthrough for all new and returning students:

· Students may visit their classrooms, get to know the campus and briefly meet their teachers in this informal setting. You are invited to visit any time between 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. There will be no formal presentation during the visitation.

AUGUST 26: 8:20 a.m.-3:05 p.m. FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

Student hours are 8:20 a.m. -3:05 p.m. (Wed. 8:20a.m. -1:41 p.m.)

Campus opens at 8:05 a.m.

Wednesday, September 1: Back to School Night: 5:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Back to School night will be hosted, live from the classroom, via zoom. More details to follow.

We hope you and your family have had a terrific summer! The CMS Team and I are excited to see your children on Thursday, August 26th for the first day of school. We look forward to partnering with you this year and providing a tradition of excellence for all of our students!


Brooke Falar, M.Ed.

CMS Interim Principal

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