Coronado Middle School April 27 - May 1, 2020
Messages from Karin
April 27: Karin Office Hours 9:00 am-10:00 am
April 28:Karin Office Hours 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
April 29: Staff Meeting at 2:00 pm (20 mins) PL(55 mins)
- Complete a Virtual Shout Outs! 4/29/20 before the meeting
April 30: :Karin Office Hours 10:30 pm-11:30 am
May 1: Spirit Day ( Wear your Triton Gear) and Car Parade
T3 Meetings: The students miss you!! If you haven't connected or met with your T3, please consider calendaring a weekly meeting to catch up, play a game, do the weekly counseling lesson or an activity. Reach out to Paulina and Misty for ideas. H
8th grade Zoom: This week I'll be holding a Zoom to connect with 8th graders. Stop by!
Meeting ID: 713 8969 2446
Wednesday Staff Meeting at 2:00 pm: We'll have a (20-minute) staff meeting for some announcements, and you'll then meet for PL. .Staff Meeting Zoom Link
Application Electives: Auditions and interviews will begin this week. Thank you to Linda, Michelle, Tracy and Kevin and everyone who is helping out with this process.
ISF Athletic Director: ISF is looking to hire a replacement athletic director for the Middle School Sports program. The job description and posting is on the ISF webpage at https://islandersportsfoundation.com/2020/04/21/hiringcmsathleticdirector/
Being on Campus: It's critical that you 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
Running Updates Doc check throughout the week.
Student Grades: Students will receive a Pass or No Pass at the end of the semester. On Monday, April 27th, we will shift to the uniform coding system below.
- DLR - Distance Learning Received
- DLN - Distance Learning Not Received
- DLI - Distance Learning Incomplete
- You DO NOT need to change the T and NT
Some teachers have asked if they can use the abbreviations of R, N, and I. If you do, please be very clear with students and parents .
Grading Period 4 Gradebook on PowerSchool: In an effort to clearly document distance learning work, please use this slideshow to create a GP4 gradebook in PS. GP 4 dates will be April 6th - June 11th. Keeping these codes separate from the 3rd grading period will be helpful. Thank you, Melissa, for making this slideshow. Grading Pd. 4 Gradebook on PS
DO NOT UNPUBLISH GRADING PERIOD 3 GRADES - students and parents still need to be able to view.
Late Work: Late work must be accepted for up to 2 weeks after due date. Thank you for discussing and documenting in grade level meetings. We will have a uniform late work policy for all grades: All Grades will accept work for 2 weeks after due date
Starting next week, students will need to have access to weeks 2 and 3.
***Further discussion at TLT
Message to Parents:If a parent contacts you due to being displeased with Pass/No Pass, please use the following: "Students will continue to receive feedback, support and
credit for their work.We appreciate your continued support and encouragement as the distance learning lessons will provide knowledge for success in the next school year. If you have further questions, please contact CMS Principal, Karin Mellina. "
Teaching and Learning
This week I’ll be focusing on 7th grade classes: 7th grade teachers, please let me know if there is a meeting, office hour, discussion board or activity you’d like me to attend.
"Office Hours" Many of you have mentioned that students are not utilizing office hours as much as you'd thought they would. After reading some survey results, some students stated they don't understand what "office hours" means. We'll be discussing at TLT this week.
Tracking Participation: Thank you for documenting and reaching out to students who are not engaging in their work. More information from Ryan.
Lesson Planning: Please continue to prepare weekly DL plans, and post one week at a time - try to hold off from allowing access until Mon. morning
Professional Learning Opportunities:
SDCOE archived many Innovative Digital Learning Zoom webinars in the past two week:
CMS CAR PARADE
CMS Car Parade: Join us for a car staff parade to kick off the celebration of our promoting 8th graders and wave and honk at our kids - Friday, May 1st - We will start lining up on Mullinix Drive at 1:30 (road that takes you to the entrance of Tidelands Park parking lot). We WILL NOT have police escort, so all drivers need to follow road signs and stoplights.
We'll have some markers to write on cars and feel free to bring signs. We'll start the parade at 2:00 pm
Wear your Triton Gear!
May 8th parade for VES and SSES
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., April 27: 9:00 -10:00 am
Tues. April 28: 12:00-1:00 pm
Thursday, April 30: 10:30 -11:30 am
Messages from Alison
MANDATED REPORTERS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS: I wanted to send out a reminder that during this time we all continue to be mandated reporters. The San Diego County Office of Education has created a helpful one-pager that outlines our role and what to look for in our students. If you need support, please reach out.
Messages from Ryan
Student Outreach: We appreciate you filling out this Student Tracking Form to document any students who are completing approximately 25% or less of the assignments you are providing.
Thank you for reaching out to your students who are not participating. We will be looking at the tracking document and are happy to reach out, as well. Sample email or call communication
If you connect with a student or family and you want us to be aware, please use the coding below on the tracking form. (Ex. if you emailed a parent and got a positive response, you could remove your X and replace it with EP+ in the box.) You do not need to go back and update responses, but feel free to use this going forward.
E = email or PowerSchool message
P = phone conversation
V = left voicemail
P = parent
S = student
B = both
+ = positive communication
? = no response
- = challenging issue, needs further support
Referrals: Please continue to use this link for any disciplinary referrals you need to send.
Maintenance: Our maintenance and operations team continues to work hard to support our school sites and prepare for when students return. If you are aware of any maintenance needs in your classroom, please send me an email with the details.
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
The Key of Excellence for April is 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.
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 flexibility of the mind and takes you on a virtual trip across the world! You can find the Lesson for week of 4.27.20
8th grade registration appointments have been rescheduled to May 4th – May 22nd. The appointments will be held via Zoom and parents will be able to sign up for a date and time through Calendly. The link is being sent out in this week’s parent newsletter.
Check out our Teacher’s Thrival Manual for some encouraging words and resources!
Mindset Quote of the Week:
“The most successful people are those who are good at plan b.” – James Yorke
CSF Virtual Telethon
Messages from Kevin and ASB
CMS Triton PowerSchool Page: Check it out!! We are working hard to create new connection opportunities for all our Tritons and really appreciate the support!
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 or email me directly at Kevin.Paiz-Ramirez@coronadousd.net
Please submit by Saturday, May 2nd.
No matter how near or far away we are, we all are a strong Triton Family!rd to create a special video to showcase our support.
Messages from Laurie - iLab
It is exciting to see that some of you have reached out for extra lesson activities and ideas. Please continue to use the signup sheet if you want any lesson extensions. Please allow a 48-hour turn around on requests. I also wanted to mention that I now have a PowerSchool page for ALL CMS students to access. I will have weekly challenges, resources, and fun activities for all students to enjoy. If you have students wanting more distance learning, please refer them to the CMS iLab page.
The link that will answer many of your questions! bit.ly/CUSDTechnology
ZOOM: Teachers can help each other out. If you need to meet with a student one on one, just contact another teacher to see if he/she can "sit in" on the Zoom. The teacher sitting in can mute his/her microphone and even turn off video, but can still hear and see what is happening to be a second teacher in the meeting. Teacher "sitting in" can be working on grading or other tasks while the main teacher and student meet.
Messages from MFLC Lisa Poli
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 MFLC.CMS@coronadousd.com.
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. MFLC.CMS@coronadousd.net.
Messages from Megan - Library
“Books, precisely because they are so demanding of our attention, might be the best antidote for the psychological toll of the socially distanced life.”
Do you ever notice that after reading, you feel differently, and thus, act differently? You may see people you love, your students, YOURSELF struggling to relax during this time. So how do we fill the void? Many of us are grasping for ways to not only feel normal again, but to maintain some routine. So, we’ve all binged Tiger King and learned how to make the best sourdough bread, now what? WE READ.
I’m going to hop on my soapbox real quick. I’m very good at suggesting books based on your interests. I’m here to help. If you think a student needs reading recommendations, send them my way! If YOU need suggestions, give me a shout! I’ve had a lot of kiddos send me emails for this very reason. We are in an interesting space right now, let's do something we can feel good about. Let's read!
Haissam shared his wind powered innovation.
Last week was National School Librarian Week.
We want to recognize and thank Mrs. Pettit for her commitment to our students. Thank you, Mrs. Pettit
Staying connected on Zoom.
Last week was National School Librarian Week.
Triton Shout Outs
Megan Pettit for always having just what a team needs. You're a gem! Karin
Brooke Barto for being such a supportive and encouraging co-teacher. Thank you! -Allyson Heyen
6th Grade Humanities- I appreciate the amazing teamwork and positivity! Megan Appel- Thank you for all of your support and overall awesomeness!
Katie M - Thank you for your tireless work with our co-taught Students!! They are so lucky to have you encouraging and supporting them through distance learning! - Melissa
Shout out to Kim Gomez for creating supports for students who need them! -Katey B.
Thank you Allyson Heyen for being such an awesome teammate! - Ramona
To Cara, who works tirelessly, to make sure parents and students have everything they need. Your Zoomy, Tina
Cara - Thank you for being such an amazing collaborator!!! I am so grateful for your advise, teamwork, and awesome ideas for how to make distance learning productive. - Melissa
Misty Kint for her kind encouraging way. You always make me smile! Alison Keehan
Ananda- For your unending work and amazing support! -Kelly S.
Brooke B. and Kevin- For all of your support of our shared students and helping them to be ready for their history test! -Kelly S,
Matt and Kathy- You are awesome teammates! Thanks for all of your help with everything for History 7!- Kelly S.
Ryan and Amy- Thanks you for your support of our shared students! -Kelly S.
Kim Gomez for always being so kind and making me smile - Karin
Alison for doing an outstanding job in everything you do -Karin
Triton Leadership Team for support with decision making and leading your team Karin
Ryan for your investment and care for our students Karin
Dollyanne and Lamarshell: I appreciate absolutely everything about the both of you! You are truly amazing and a gift to us all! Alison Keehan
To Katey Bouwman - Thank you for chatting earlier this week, for taking care of issues before I even get a chance to ask you about them, and for your consistent positivity and support. - Keller
Paulina, Misty, and Crooker for recreating a terrific 6th grade orientation presentation Karin
To everyone - Thank you for your support, encouragement, and trust as I try to navigate the role of interim assistant principal in such an unusual season of education. I appreciate your patience, your friendly reminders if you think I might have missed or forgotten something, and the incomparable sense of community, togetherness, and purpose that I continue to experience year after year as a part of the CMS team. - Keller
Megan Pettit: You are such an asset to CMS! I love everything that you do and your amazing outfits! You inspire me! Alison Keehan
Megan Pettit for her enthusiasm and innovation, which is infectious! -Allyson Heyen
Shout out to the Sixth Grade Humanities Team! GREAT COLLABORATION! So happy to have you on board, too, Sarah! :)
Dollyanne and Lamarshell: You're the best! Karin
Meg Appel - for all your hard work with math 7, Demos & Quizizz lessons. - Brian
Shout out to Tracy W. for helping students complete art assignments in an online platform. You rock Tracy! - Katey B.
Tracy, Kevin, Linda, Michelle for their tireless work on applications, interviews and auditions - Karin
Shout out to Kim Pittner for creating reading and writing supports and extensions for all of our awesome students. Your knowledge is incredible and you are helping so many students to be successful! - Katey B
Kathy Cotten- For all of your hard work and for getting our exam ready. You rock! -Matt Smith
Kelly Sailers- For all of your hard work, organization, and for you amazing ideas! -Matt Smith
Shout out to Megan Pettit and Laurie Narmore for helping me make some of my Distance Learning visions into reality.
Lauren Ingersoll (VI) for her consistent dedication and communication with me over the upcoming science curriculum! You are awesome! - Stacy S.
Thank you Haley for all your support as department chair! - Ramona
Michelle E. - Thanks for helping me set up my T3 in PowerSchool & getting me caught up on Zoom setting/practices.
To Megan Pettit - Happy School Librarians Week! Thank you for everything you do for our staff and students, for your positive attitude, for your efforts to connect with staff and students, and for being patient when you want to make coffee but I'm already using the Keurig. : ) - Keller
Kim Pittner- For all of your awesome ideas and materials that you create for our team! -Matt Smith
Paulina Vu for being a great person to bounce ideas off of! You know how to make everything jazzy! Alison Keehan
To Amy Amerling - Thank you for being a great partner in 7th grade special education, for everything you do for students, and for your positivity and commitment! I miss seeing you each day! - Keller
Jennifer Landry for helping me "debunk" student PowerSchool assessment taking "stories' to their parents... Lol :-) You are a Ninja! Thank you for ALL of your hard work helping all of us!! Bonnie
Karin Mellina I appreciate you for always being my champion and giving the best advice! Alison Keehan
Paulina and Misty for the amazing support for our students! The Calm app is the best! - Ramona
Thank you Bryd for all you do to help me during this time! - Laurie Fountain
Eric - I am so glad you are a part of the CMS team. Thanks for being so positive and a great friend! Michelle
Michelle- for supporting the KCMS students so well!!!
Alison Keehan for being such an amazing resource! Thank you!
Paulina & Misty - for checking in and following up with our students (and parents)! Meg Appel
Shout out to Sarah Cammann for making her first 6th grade reading document! It was incredible! - Katey B.
Thank you Amy A. for everything! You are so awesome and such a wonderful support for our students. I appreciate you! - Ramona
Karin, thank you for your leadership. You are amazing!! - Ramona
To Lisa Ryan - Thank you for creating the CMS Zoom meeting google doc, where we can have all of our department and grade-level meetings linked in one easily accessible document. It is super helpful! - Keller
Katie Martel for being prepared and ready to go for 3 IEPs on Tuesday! - Alison Keehan
Shout out to Matt Smith for making an awesome video explaining legalism. - Katey B.
Amanda - Thank you for being an incredible department chair! I so appreciate your willingness to always being there to listen and provide support for all my distance learning needs :) Melissa
To James McDowell - Thanks for your willingness and enthusiasm to support 7th grade history, ASB and the CMS Tritons Page, and Mr. Handysides's class. That's a lot of different hats, and we appreciate all your efforts. - Keller
To Barb Jones - It's so great to have you back with us, even virtually. Thank you for your willingness to support students and all of your insights! - Keller
Laura Noonan - for being an amazing friend! You can always me laugh. - Ramona
Brooke Barto for 2 outstanding IEPs on Tuesday! - Alison Keehan
English 7 and 8 Team! WE ARE AWESOME! Go Team!! - Ramona
Karin - Thank you for all you are doing to support the staff and students through distance learning. You are an incredible leader and I feel so fortunate to have you as a principal!!! Melissa
Thanks Katey B. for your help with PowerSchool! - Laurie Fountain
To Kevin Ramirez - Thanks for inviting me to your ASB leadership zoom meeting! I appreciated connecting with your students, hearing their great ideas, and watching you facilitate growth, leadership, and great conversations. - Keller
Staff and Department /Grade Level Meetings will be on Wednesdays from 2:00-3:15
May 6, 2020 Staff (30 mins) Department
May 13, 2020 Staff(20 mins) Grade Level
May 20, 2020 Staff (20 mins) PL
May 27, 2020 Staff (20 mins)Grade Level
June 3, 2020 Staff (20 mins) Department
April 28, 2020
May 12, 2020
May 19, 2020
May 4, 2020 CMS SSC Zoom Link