Triton News

Messages from Coronado Middle School April 14-17, 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: "We must either find a way or make one."

April 14-17, 2020

This Week:

April 14: 6th Grade Wheel Class Rotation

April 15:

April 16: CUSD Board Meeting (see info below)

April 17: Purple Up Day for Month of the Military Child

Application Electives: Applications DUE by 3:00 pm

CMS Teacher of the Year: Congratulations to Melissa Miller!! Mrs. Miller is a beloved math teacher who has been part of the CMS and CUSD Family for 17 years. Melissa sees the gifts and talents of all students and realizes that each student develops, grows, and learns at an individual pace, We're excited to honor Mrs. Miller for her unwavering commitment to students, her outstanding and dynamic teaching and her ability to champion every student for their efforts and successes. Congratulations, Mrs. Miller!

Video Message to Students for April 14-17, 2020

Hello Triton Families,

I hope that you and your family are having an enjoyable holiday weekend and everyone is safe and well. Congratulations on completing the first week of distance learning. I recognize and empathize with the challenges of this new reality and appreciate your kindness and support as we all adjust. I applaud the efforts of the Triton Staff, the resilience of our Triton students, and your encouragement and patience.

As we move into week two, your child is expected to fully engage in the lessons, assignments, and experiences teachers have prepared and provided, and students should participate in teacher 'office hours' if they have any questions or concerns.

Student Grades: All CUSD Staff is currently collecting data and engaged in discussions to determine how we, as a district, will assess student achievement during Distance Learning. The two most adopted models, issuing pass/no pass semester marks or traditional letter grading, have advantages and disadvantages. We do not believe that our elementary and secondary schools have to be aligned in grading practice. Our guiding principles of equity, access, and fairness for each child are non-negotiable. This decision will be made on what is best for all of the students we serve in Coronado Unified. The District and CMS anticipate releasing our grading policy by April 27th.

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.

All my best,


Principal video message for students will be provided via email tomorrow afternoon.

April is the Month of the Military Child: This Friday, April 17th, let's purple up to show our support of all of our military students. Wear your purple and share a photo!

2020-2021 Application Electives: Applications are due Friday, April 17th at 3:00 pm. Check the Counseling PowerSchool page or go to this link Electives Application 20-21 Questions should be directed to CMS Counselor, Paulina Vu at

One Stop Shop for DL Information: When you visit the CMS website, you'll find a Distance Learning drop-down menu on the right hand side of the menu bar. Here's the link to CMS Website. I will continue to add important information here to this menu.

CUSD Board Meeting: April 16th at 4:00 pm live on Spectrum Cable, Channel 19, and also on the internet at For more information, please see Superintendent Mueller's update from 4/9/20. (below)

Link to Superintendent Mueller Update:4/9/20 CUSD Update

Distance Learning Week 2

Office Hours: Teachers have set, 2-hour blocks of time each day of the week for office hours. Those hours will be during the typical school day of 8:20:am to 3:05 pm.

**Office hours are designated times to provide students with feedback. Parents, please communicate with teachers via email, and they will get back to you.

To contact teachers, you may email through PowerSchool or at their CUSD email

When teachers are not holding office hours they will be providing written feedback, responding to emails, developing virtual lessons to deliver standards-based content, collaborating with colleagues, and providing additional supports, as needed.

Office hours may include:

1. Zoom Video Conferencing Meetings

  • group or individual

2. PowerSchool discussion boards
3. Email Communication
4. Phone Call


  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.

Messages from CMS Counselors

6th Grade Wheel Rotation Classes: Wheel classes will rotate and begin this Tuesday the 14th. Students who were in performing arts will move to coding; students who were in coding will move to digital media; students who were in digital media will move to art; students who were in art will move to performing arts.

8th Grade Parents: The 8th grade registration appointments have been rescheduled to May 4–22, 2020. The appointments will be held via Zoom and you will be able to sign up for a date and time through Calendly. We will send out the Calendly link in the parent newsletter soon.

2020-2021 Application Electives: Application classes information is posted on the Counseling PowerSchool page. Applications are due by 3pm on April 17th.

The Weekly Link: Congratulations on making it through the first week of distance learning! We hope you take time to celebrate the successes of the week, both big and small. Now, more than ever, recognizing the successes, and taking a moment to celebrate is important.

We recognize and salute the monumental job you are doing to support your student(s) during this unique time. Thank you for partnering with us. We also know you have been inundated with information globally, nationally, and locally. While information is powerful, too much information, or information overload, can create additional stress.This is why we are creating The Weekly Link - one link, once a week to help you manage the potential stressors of this unique time.

This week’s link is CALM. The link includes meditations, soothing music, sleep stories, yoga exercise, and a whole lot more. There is a sleep story narrated by Matthew McConaughey. We have yet to stay awake for the entire story. We hope you find something in the app that helps you relax, rest, and refresh. Click here to access CALM.

Until next week, we wish you and your family well.

Misty Kint and Paulina Vu

CMS Counselors

Tools for Students

Student Schedule: As we begin week two, continued structure and organization is recommended to maintain consistency and work completion.

All work for the week will be provided on each teacher’s PowerSchool page.


  • Work in blocks of time take a short movement break (1-2 minutes) after every 20 or 30 minutes
  • Designate one area of the house for learning
  • Add your teacher’s office hours to your schedule
  • Students should communicate with their teachers at least once a week during the teacher’s office hours
  • Use your agenda to maintain structure and keep track of your work

Teachers may use Zoom for lessons and meetings :

  • Students DO NOT need a Zoom account to JOIN a meeting.
  • Students will be provided the Zoom meeting invite code any time there is a lesson or meeting.
  • When students join a meeting, they will be placed in a waiting room until the teacher admits them to the meeting. This is just one of the safety features we are using.
  • In order for teachers to ensure safety, please remind your child that his/her screen name should be their first and last name. They should not use a nickname or inappropriate name.

Messages from ASB and President Susanna Pate

This week our ASB officers met with Mr. Ramirez, ASB Adviser, and Principal Mellina to discuss some new ways we can continue to reach out to our Triton Family. In the coming weeks, we will be creating an ASB PowerSchool page which will allow for all our Triton students to participate in some fun spirit events and give them the option of sharing photos or short form videos in a safe and structured manner. We are excited to develop new ways to continue keeping our Triton community connected.


President Pate

(MFLC) Military Family Life Counselor Support

MFLC's are providing TELEHEALTH SERVICES to our military community during the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic. These services include telephonic and video non-medical counseling in areas where face-to-face support is restricted due to COVID-19. We are pleased to announce this temporary capability to provide continuity of care. The model of MFLC telehealth is below.

Support for Adults:

  • Telephonic and video non-medical counseling

Support for Children and Youth:

  • Individual video non-medical counseling sessions for minors age 13 to 17 (parent or guardian must be available at the start of each video session to give parental consent and provide line of sight requirements)
  • Family video non-medical counseling for minors 6 to 12 years of age (parent or guardian must attend each session)

Our CMS MFLC, Mrs. Lisa Poli, can be contacted to establish a telephonic or video non-medical counseling appointment. Email is not an available option.

Lisa Poli


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:

Military OneSource (counseling and additional resources):

Online Tutoring (free for active duty):

Coronado Schools Foundation Events & Updates:

The annual CSF Telethon is one of Coronado Schools Foundation’s largest fundraising events of the year, and all proceeds raised through Telethon go directly back to our schools to fund the STEM and Arts Pathways programs impacting the education of every child enrolled in our district. Without CSF, CMS wouldn't have Engineering, KCMS, Coding, Performing Arts, DIgital Media, and several other STEM and Arts electives. CSF asks business partners, community members, donors, and colleagues to work strategically with them to ensure that the rescheduled Telethon is again another exceptional success for our schools.

****If you feel compelled to give at this time, visit and click on DONATE. All donations will be acknowledged LIVE on air.

Coronado Schools Foundation’s mission is to raise and manage funds to provide exceptional learning experiences for all Coronado Unified School District students. We thank you for your partnership in this time of public uncertainty and applaud each one of you for continuing your commitment to the educational enrichment of our children.

Coronado SAFE Resources

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.


Big picture


Grab-and-Go Meal Service at Village Elementary and Silver Strand

When: Every Monday (this week Tuesday, April 14th)

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!