Triton News

Coronado Middle School March 8-12, 2021

Live the 8 Keys of Excellence

This week's mindset quote:" Wherever you are be all there." Jim Elliot

March Key: This Is It!

Make the most of every moment Focus your attention on the present moment. Keep a positive attitude.

CMS Happenings

This Week:

Mar 8 T3 at 8:05am

Application Elective Classes -applications available

All class periods on Zoom today

Application Elective Forms available to students

Mar 9 School Site Council 3:30-4:20 pm

Mar 11 CUSD Board Meeting 4:00 pm @ DO (Zoom)

Mar 12 Antigen Testing at CMS 12:30 -3:00 pm

Support time altered due to staff meeting: 2:15-2:45pm

Mar 14 Daylight Savings Time Begins (Spring Forward @ 2 am)

Application Electives for 2021-2022: The following electives require an application: ASB (Associated Student Body), APA (Advanced Performing Arts), KCMS Broadcasting, Advanced Art, and Yearbook.

  • Information will be provided to our current 6th and 7th graders in T3, and applications will be available on Monday, March 8th on the Counseling PowerSchool page. Before completing applications, students should view the informational videos explaining the different offerings and application process.
  • Link to ALL Application Electives Videos and Applications

  • All applications are due by 8:00 am on March 22, 2021
  • Questions should be directed to CMS Counselor, Brian Garcia, at

Non-Application Elective Choices for 2021-2022: Students will select their elective choices in May. These electives are: Beginning Band, Advanced Band, Choir, Art/Digital Media, Spanish 1A, Spanish 1B, Coding/STEM, Teacher's Aide (TA)

Enjoy this fun series of Interviews with a CMS Author

Important Reminders

  • HYBRID - On campus days: Please keep your child home if they are not feeling well. Be sure to contact CMS and provide your child's symptoms. You will then be contacted by our site or CUSD nurse to determine next steps. Should you keep your child at home and he/she is not sick, we appreciate your honesty and will not have a nurse follow up with you.
  • Attendance: If your child is sick or unable to participate in school on any given day, please contact our attendance clerk, Mrs. Karnas at 619-522-8921 ext. 3096 or email at
  • You're strongly encouraged to check your child's PowerSchool, regularly, for grade updates, announcements, and emails.
  • Superintendent Mueller: March 5, 2021, CUSD Update.
  • CUSD Covid-19 Dashboard

8th Grade Familes

Information for Incoming Freshman Class 2021-2022:

  • All parents/guardians should have received a registration appointment email last week. If you did not or need to reschedule, please contact CHS Counselor, Misty Kint, at
  • Students are required to turn in their registration planning forms to their science teacher by March 10th. Students on Bridge should email their forms to by March 10th.. Planning form can be found here: Link to 9th Grade Course Offerings

All information about CHS scheduling can be found at this link:

CHS Principal Schmeichel's Newsletter:

CoSA: Applications are still being accepted at

T3 - Triton Team Time

CUSD is committed to creating safe, inclusive and respectful environments free from discrimination and harassment that promote the safety and affirmation of all students.

CUSD recognizes the link between students’ social and cognitive development, and research has shown that a sense of belonging is core to academic success. CUSD views addressing students' need for belonging and value is central to successful teaching and learning.

CMS strives to foster social emotional learning, mindful self awareness and overall character in tandem with academic skills to support student’s ability to access learning. Within the context of the 8 Keys of Excellence and district wide character education events including Red Ribbon Week and the Great Kindness Challenge, the CMS T3 lessons provide opportunities for dialogue and connection. Within T3, students may encounter sensitive topics, and each T3 class has agreed upon ground rules for respectful discussions. T3 supports a culture of respect through encouraging student voice while celebrating each individual's identity.

This week's T3 lesson: T3 for 3-8-21 Mindful Awareness

No Place for Hate Activity #1

No Place for Hate Introduction Video

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Coronado Schools Foundation

Want to Win a Golf Cart?

The very popular Telethon Opportunity Drawing is back! Enter to win a brand-new 2021 Icon 6 Passenger Lifted Golf Cart valued at $14,000! All proceeds benefit CSF.

The winner will be drawn LIVE on air, March 24th at 8:55pm at the 34th annual Telethon. Be sure to join in at

3 Ways to Enter:

1. Click here to get a printable ticket. Print, complete and mail to 201 Sixth Street, Coronado, CA 92118 with payment.

2. Click here to get a printable ticket. Complete and email to

3. Call 619.437.8059 and leave a voicemail. A CSF staff member will return your call and take information and payment over the phone.

More details can be found on our website!

Save the Date! CSF Telethon 2021: Wednesday, March 24th 5-9pm

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We are looking to fill our PTO Board positions for 2021-2022. All positions are available!

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Hospitality

Please email me at if you have questions or are interested in supporting the students, staff and families of CMS.

Our last meeting will be held on April 7th at 6:30 pm. That night, we'll vote on the new board.

Haven't joined PTO yet? Click on the link.


Megan Parma

CMS PTO President

Messages from ASB and President Shoemaker

Hello Triton Families!

Spirit Week is coming! We are really hoping to encourage all our students and staff to participate and have some fun to see everyone dressed up on campus and over zoom!

Mon March 15th- Jersey Day! Represent your favorite team!

Tues March 16th – Pajama day! Comfort is a must!

Weds March 17th – Special Mask Day! Show off your favorite face mask!

Thurs March 18th – Triton Spirit Day! Wear your CMS Pride!

Fri March 19th – Passion Day! Wear a shirt that shows what you’re passionate about! (Bands, Tv Shows, movies) Let's get to know each other!

Buy your CMS Merch! Store Link!

  • CMS Trident Zip Up Hoodie $25 in Sizes S-XL
  • CMS Trident Crewneck Sweater $25 in Sizes S-XL


Charlotte Shoemaker

ASB President


Spirit week!

Messages from CMS Counselors

We're here for you! Students can visit our PowerSchool page to find resources and /or reach out to us!

Digital Drug Store Presentation for Sixth Graders: Each year, Coronado SAFE collaborates with CMS to host the annual DRUG STORE event for 6th graders. This school year, the in-person event is not possible and Coronado SAFE has worked with CMS to offer a virtual presentation on Monday, March 22 during T3.

The Key of Excellence for March is THIS IS IT! which focuses on building habits of self-awareness and taking positive action in the moment. In line with the Key of Excellence, the goal of this presentation is to offer students important information about healthy decision making and the consequences (developmental, medical and legal among others) of drug and alcohol use.

More details of the presentation and its contributors will be offered in next week’s update. The T3 presentation in school will be followed by an evening zoom Coffee Talk event (“Talking to Your Kids About Drugs”) hosted by SAFE. Details below.

No Place for Hate® committee is now formed, and meetings are underway and No Place for Hate student/parent/staff meetings continue consistently. In collaboration with administration and Coronado Unified School District, T3 lessons will support mission to build inclusivity and equity.

Coronado SAFE

On a community level, we choose 6th grade as a target for the Drug Store program because it is a time before student’s beliefs about drug and alcohol use are solidified. We know that attitudes towards drugs and alcohol are important predictors of behavior, so our goal is to provide this important information to students as those attitudes are being developed. We also know the adolescent period 6th graders are entering is a particularly vulnerable period for drug use and addiction:

  • 9 out of 10 people with substance abuse problems began using drugs before age 18.
  • People who begin using any addictive substance before age 15 are six and a half times as likely to develop a substance use disorder as those who delay use until age 21 or older (28.1 percent vs. 4.3 percent).
  • Introducing toxic substances during adolescent brain development creates long-lasting changes in brain structure and reactivity to reward circuitry.

We know that the role of parents in drug and alcohol education is even more important the information shared at school, especially in the context of changing laws and public opinion around substance use. Research is clear that parents/guardians have the most power to prevent harm and that the biggest deterrent for young is concern about disappointing their parents. While law enforcement and therapy have a role, it is trusted, caring and knowledgeable adults who can help children learn to thrive in a world where recreational intoxication is part of life as a source of pleasure as well as risk. Please take the opportunity to engage your children in conversations about drugs and alcohol on an ongoing basis.

Sign up for the monthly SAFE Parenting Tool Box at and take advantage of this great resource.

CMS Military Family Life Counselor Supports

Zoom Military Student Lunch Bunch : Tuesday’s 1:00-1:30pm.

Lisa F. Poli

MFLC- Military & Family Life Counselor for Coronado Middle School
Cell Phone: (619) 592-0821


CMS Library

CMS and The Coronado Public Library are excited to announce our partnership for The Human Library Program!

Each month, this enrichment program will connect Coronado youth to inspiring professionals with different inspiring careers. Participants will have the opportunity to hear about their career paths and ask questions!

March Feature: Coding wizard Dr. Korey Sewell and Balboa Park marketing marvel Katy Titus! Dr. Korey founded Hands-On Technology Education, a company committed to empowering youth through mobile technology and the practical application of Computer Science. Katy Titus, a CMS and CoSA alumna, works as Marketing and Community Engagement Coordinator at San Diego Model Railroad Museum.

Join them via zoom on March 15th from 2:30- 3:30. Registration and additional information can be found on the Coronado Public Library page.

Open to students grades 6-12.


It’s easy to browse, check out, and hold books through Classlink! Once you sign in, click the Follett icon and you will have access to the CMS library catalog. Once a book is put on hold, Mrs. Pettit will bag your books for pick up. Book pickups and returns will be on Wednesdays, ONLY for safety purposes, and can be obtained between 8 am-3 pm at the F. Street entrance of the middle school.

PLEASE NOTE: Books that are catalogued as YA (Young Adult), will require a guardian signed permission slip. If you are a returning CMS student and already had one of these filled out last year, you are good to go! However, all incoming 6th graders and new students will need this form completed at the time of pick up. Permission forms can be printed or emailed to Mrs. Pettit.

If you have any questions concerning the YA form, or how to access books through our Follett system, please email Mrs. Pettit at:

Megan Pettit

CMS Library Technician

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2022 East Coast Trip

Hello, 7th grade Coronado Middle School families!

Planning has already begun, and I am thrilled to again be leading a group of Coronado Middle School students on an exciting WorldStrides program to Williamsburg, VA, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, PA, and New York, NY. Next year’s trip will take place during the 2021-2022 school year over Spring Break. On this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, students will explore our nation's most important historical sites and experience incomparable learning moments. This trip will enrich the learning experience of students, however, it is not a school activity nor a school-sponsored trip.

Virtual Meeting: to provide a little more information about our trip and answer any questions you may have.

Meeting Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Meeting Time: 4:00pm

Log In to the Meeting through the link below:

Meeting ID: 854 5035 1848

Passcode: 818300

One tap mobile

+16699009128,,85450351848# US (San Jose)

+12532158782,,85450351848# US (Tacoma)

I’ve created a website just for our trip. It has more details about the trip, including information on our No Risk Guarantee for 2022 trips and important safety information from our Back to Travel Task Force. Here’s the link to our trip web page:

**Please note: the dates posted for the trip are just a guide at this time. The trip will take place during our Spring Break in 2022, and those dates will be confirmed when the school calendar is released for the 2021-22 school year.

How to register your child for the trip:

● Online at

(use Trip ID#192680 to sign up)

● By phone – call WorldStrides’ Customer Service

Team at 1-800-468-5899

●By mail - information in PDF linked above.

Please don’t hesitate to send me an email if you have any questions.

Ananda Dejarnette, M.Ed.

Program Leader – 8th grade East Coast Trip

Contact email:

Military Families Resources


Back for Spring 2021, with new En Español sessions! Every Wednesday, learners have another chance to dive into high-demand topics such as Critical Thinking and Stress Management, while Spanish speakers can enjoy a new en Español session on Study Skills. These webinars are suitable for high school and college-level learners.

  • Critical Thinking & Research Skills: March 10, 2-2:45 pm


  • Stress Management: March 17, 2-2:45 pm



Saturday, March 20

The U.S. Naval Academy is hosting a virtual Girls Only STEM Day open to middle schools girls. Visit the link below for full details. I believe event times are EST.



Monday, March 8, 6:30 pm

Women of color are changing and impacting the county in amazing ways. There are awesome women of color right here in San Diego impacting their communities for the better. Join the Girl Scouts of San Diego to virtually celebrate these women, learn how they achieved their goals, and how we can choose to challenge all the girls to be amazing as well!



Monday, March 22, 6:30-8 pm

Join the professionals of Coronado SAFE to learn how to address drug abuse/misuse without breaking or losing trust. Get help to know what to say, learn myths, reality and warning signs, plus information on dealers, online ordering, “kid-friendly” dispensaries and recognizing paraphernalia.



Thursday, March 25, 9 am-3 pm (or as you are available)

This unique Fleet & Family Support Center Metro San Diego event is open to all prospective, current, and former XO, CO, CMC and COB spouses. It is a time to meet, network, share support, and collaborate! Topics include "How to Foster Volunteerism in your Group" and "Understanding and Identifying Bias." Also, there will be a panel discussion with key leadership spouses from various Naval communities, a perfect opportunity to tackle those questions you have wondered about and may never had the ability to ask. Pre-submitted questions will be answered by experienced and knowledgeable spouses. This is a virtual event.

Register via email:


2021 Theme: “How has COVID-19 impacted me and my military family?”

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2021

The annual Armed Services YMCA Art & Essay Contest gives military children a voice. It also serves as reminder of the sacrifices military children, service members and their families make for our country. Winners will be announced at the end of April in honor of the Month of the Military Child. For full details, visit:


March 15-18, 7 am-3 pm

NBC MWR has planned a fun, physically distant, 2-mile run event to shake up March! Start times will be staggered and participants receive a FREE shirt upon completion. Open to all patrons with base access.



This year, the Navy will BRIDGE the distance between us, and participate virtually! Participate from anywhere in the US in any way you want! You'll receive your commemorative 34th Annual event medal, high-quality poly blend T-shirt, and race number in May. Once received, record your "results" through our website, print your custom finisher certificate, wear your swag with pride, and tag us on social media.


MWR’s Community Recreation team is planning a full calendar of kid-friendly events. Up next: Step It Up Challenge, Class of 2021 Senior Photos, Bunny Garland, DIY Command Board, and more. Check them out (and register) at
Info: 619-437-3028

Follow MWR on Facebook and Instagram to for the most up-to-date info: @NavyLifeNBC and @SanDiegoNavyCommunityRecreation


Take care,

Mindy Hayes

School Liaison Officer

Naval Base Coronado


Triton Shout Outs

Student to student, staff to student, student to staff. We love celebrating our Tritons!! To view all of the shout outs, click on the link. Triton Shout Outs on PowerSchool



  • Gates open at 7:55 am. Class begins promptly at 8:05 am.
  • Students that arrive late to class will be marked tardy.
  • Students are REQUIRED to bring a charged device (personal computer or school issued Chromebook) every day they are on campus. Loaners will not be available.
  • Students are required to follow all safety protocols such as appropriately wearing a face covering and maintaining physical distance.
  • Please make sure your child is prepared for school every day! Students must come to campus with their device, assignments, supplies, and water/snack, daily. We are not able to deliver items to students at this time.
  • Hybrid students are expected to be on campus on their assigned days. They are only permitted to Zoom in if they have been called in sick or have communicated circumstances.
  • Rainy days: Please send your student to school with a warm jackets and umbrella on rainy days.


  • Starting March 1st: Students that do not remain on Zoom for the entire period will be marked absent (unless prior communication). Students are expected to be on time to class. If students are more than a couple of minutes late, they will be marked tardy (unless prior communication)
  • As noted in Superintendent Mueller's update, students who have been designated by the parent/guardian survey as an on-campus student are required to be on campus during their scheduled day/time. We are finding that some of our learners are 'opting' to zoom from home when we anticipate them physically in class. Our goal is to maximize enrollment and capacity. As such, our schedules were purposefully designed for a balance of those on campus and off. On campus students who do not attend class in person on their designed days will be marked absent.


  • Students that do not remain on Zoom for the entire period will be marked absent (unless prior communication). Students are expected to be on time to class. If students are more than a couple of minutes late, they will be marked tardy (unless prior communication)

Mark your calendar for upcoming dates:

March: 8 Keys: This Is It

Mar15-24 Registration appointments for 2021-2022 9th grade (via Zoom)

Mar 15 Human Library Program 2:30- 3:30 pm Registration Coronado Public Library page.

Mar 22 @ 8:00 am Application Elective Forms Due

Mar 23 CUSD Special Board Meeting 5:00 pm @ DO (Zoom)

Mar 24 CSF Telethon 5:00-9:00 pm

Mar 26 Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day

Mar 29- Apr 5 Spring Recess