Coronado Middle School Activities
6th Grade Camp
The highlight for every 6th grader comes toward the beginning of the year: Going to Camp Cuyamaca. The camp is located near Julian and provides a curriculum and outdoor learning that focuses on hands-on, kinesthetic learning. Students are eager to learn and have time to bond and build trust between each other and teachers.
The cost per student is approximately $290 and scholarships are available. Because of strong community support from our various Partners in Education we have been able to make sure that no student has ever been restricted from going to camp because of financial need.
Forms and Resources
- SDCOE Student Registration and Health Form
- Meals Information
- Meals Allergy Form
- Medication Authorization Form
- What to Take to Camp
7th Grade Beach Day
Toward the end of each school year the 7th grade class takes the classroom to the outdoors by having a hands-on physical education, health, and science-related learning day at the beach. The day is designed to tie in what students have been learning throughout the year in life science, mathematics, and physical and health education. This memorable experience is a an excellent project based learning activity.
8th Grade Knotts Berry Farm Educational Field Experience
The 8th grade annual trip is quite similar to the one that happens in 7th grade. It takes place at the end of the year and brings together learning with fun related, hands-on activities in the areas of mathematics, physics, engineering, and the other sciences. While the students have tremendous experiences on the various attractions, they are also asked to take note of how their learning throughout the year, particularly in mathematics and the sciences, play into these attractions.
Forms and Resources
The intent of the Associated Student Body course at CMS is to bring the school community together. Students in the course are tasked with leading the school in creating and supporting spirit, community, citizenship, and character development. They are given a significant budget to plan activities that take place on Fridays at lunch, school spirit days, assemblies, fundraisers, and school dances.
This course is one the most popular and admission is by application only. Students are selected by a group of teachers on a set of criteria including academic record (GPA) and citizenship history (community service/involvement). Once the class is selected the students in the class select their class officers. The group is typically composed primarily of 8th graders, but also has representation from both 6th and 7th grade. The class meets every day during their class period to plan events for the student body.
Character, Leadership, Service Award
The CLSA is an inclusive non-academic award – anyone can earn it. This award recognizes school participation and community service. There are two levels for Character, Leadership, and Service Award: (1) Recognition and (2) Award. Students earn points for activities at school and in the community. Suggested activities are listed on this application. In addition school-year activities, students are required to perform community service.
Coronado Schools Foundation
One of the most significant and special relationships CMS has with its Partners in Education is with the Coronado Schools Foundation (CSF). The Coronado Schools Foundation is committed to educational excellence for every student in the Coronado Unified School District. CMS and CSF working together believe in our community’s shared commitment to fund our children’s academic excellence befitting Coronado’s reputation and potential.
As a nonprofit organization, the Foundation raises funds to bridge the gap created by insufficient government funding to our public schools. These funds provide essential programs, materials, and equipment to help meet the District and community’s expectations of an exemplary education for every student.
We hope that every family supports their children's education by learning more about CSF and finding ways to get involved with this incredible organization.
The Coronado Student And Family Enrichment (SAFE) is one of our partners in education. SAFE is funded by the City of Coronado, has an executive board, hosts monthly meetings with a commission composed of members from the various schools, community organizations, and civic services. The purpose of SAFE is to promote healthy lifestyle choices through sponsoring guest speakers, healthy living workshops, family education classes, and drug and alcohol awareness.
Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is a group of committed parents who are actively involved by being ambassadors to the school who support the school's mission, strategic plan and six pillars of character development. Parents can be involved in the PTO in various ways including, attendance at monthly meetings, getting involved on various committees, and providing resources such as time or donations. The PTO holds monthly meetings on the third Thursday of each month. They have an executive board, adhere to bylaws, and an active parent membership designed to assist the school in providing resources for student learning.
Parks and Recreation
CMS has a strong relationship with the City of Coronado’s Parks and Recreation Department. Parks and Recreation sponsor several programs that serve our middle school students. One of those happens almost every day of the school year at lunchtime where THREE staff members are provided to set up and guide recreation activities. Some of these activities include flag football and March Madness-related activities.
A second program run by Parks and Recreation is the Branch Out Adventures. These are longer events that happen on weekends and take place in the San Diego area. Past activities have included kayaking at La Jolla Shores, beach clean up days, mountain bike trips, and geo caching. At least one opportunity is offered every month.
One of the more popular programs is known as Friday Night On the Strand (FNOS). This offers a safe place for students to go on Friday nights and takes place at the Parks and Recreation facility toward The Strand. The FNOS program runs three hours, providing activities, movies and snacks for the kids.
Pasta 4 Pennies
Each February the Junior Optimist Club hosts a Pasta 4 Pennies fundraiser. This nation-wide campaign raises money for research by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. For approximately three weeks every year, students collect pennies (and any other denominations of change) by placing 5-gallon water jugs in each homeroom. Students donate and compete by putting their spare change in the jugs. The homeroom class that brings in the most change wins and gets a pasta party sponsored by Olive Garden. This annual event has a special place in the heart of CMS because of the impact leukemia and lymphoma has had on the school community.
Jr. Optimist Club
The Junior Optimist Club is a service club where students are taught and encouraged to implement skills in their communities. As an extension of the Optimist Club of the City of Coronado students serve their school, their city and also the greater San Diego region. One of the most important annual events the club sponsors is Pasta for Pennies. For more information on this program please click here.
The Midderact Club is an extension of Rotary International with a focus on servant-leadership that extends to the community. Students in this club are encouraged to learn by service as well as how to use their passions to serve their community. Some recent projects have included beach clean up days and opportunities to serve San Diego’s homeless population.
CMS offers an opportunity for students to extend their love of reading by joining this after school club that meets regularly each month to read and discuss their latest chosen novel. The reading club continues to build literacy skills by actively participating in reading and dialoguing with members of the club about essential literary concepts including plot development, character analysis, and the various genres associated with reading and literacy.
The Surf Club is organized by parents and community members interested in promoting one of Southern California’s best-known sports. Often the club competes in local surf competitions. It meets independent of CMS both before and after school with all levels of surfers are encouraged to attend.
Our award-winning yearbook class is one of the most popular courses offered at CMS and is nationally recognized by nationwide organizations including the Columbia Scholastic Press. The course sees the development of each year’s yearbook as documenting the history of the school. There is a focus on celebrating student’s experiences at CMS and accurately representing the life of the school. Each yearbook has color throughout, but the written content is also a strong component. Lastly, we are always looking for new facets to add; this year past year we introduced QR codes.
Our yearbook is a work of art, as well as a piece of CMS history. The life of our school and our past is documented through this class.