The Wave

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

Messages from Karin

Calendar :

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)

April 30: :Karin Office Hours 10:30 pm-11:30 am

May 1: Spirit Day ( Wear your Triton Gear) and Car Parade

Karin: Office Hours Zoom Link

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

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!

8th Grade Zoom with Ms. Mellina

Meeting ID: 713 8969 2446

Password: 006320

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

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


CMS Triton News April 27-May 1, 2020

Link to Karin's YouTube

Superintendent Update 4/22/20


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: 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

Big picture

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.

SDCOE COVID-19 Mandated Reporter Flyer

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

Counseling Corner

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

CSF Telethon: Thanks to everyone who participated in the Triton Quarantine Moments. Be sure to tune in to the CSF Telethon on May 6th, 2020 at 5pm and support our schools! More info can be found at

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

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.

Tech Update

The link that will answer many of your questions!

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

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.

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!

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

April Birthdays

Happy Birthday!

5 Laurie Narmore

13 Ryan Keller

30 Nick Sherar


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

Staff Meeting Zoom Link

TLT Meetings will be on Tuesdays from 3:00 to 4:00 pm

April 28, 2020

May 12, 2020

May 19, 2020
SSC Meeting

May 4, 2020 CMS SSC Zoom Link