Islander Family Email - 2-13-18

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Islander Family Email - 2-13-18



Dear Islander Families,


We hope you enjoyed a long weekend and look forward to another extended weekend with next Monday (Feb 19) off for President’s Day!  


We are hearing that members of our senior class may be considering a “ditch day” this Friday to further extend their long weekend.  We have a number of reasons to discourage our students, especially our seniors, from “ditching” school:

  • The senior class schedule for their last week of high school includes many days when students report to school late for special senior celebration activities (Universal Studios trip, Senior Awards, Senior Breakfast, etc.) in lieu of attending class.  We design this week after college acceptances, state and AP exams, and senior finals, to create opportunities for graduates’ time together as a class and with family in anticipation of graduation.  Seniors ditching BEFORE these days risk losing those days/necessitating changes in the schedule to make up attendance.
  • Unexcused absences result in Friday School and/or ineligibility for dances (such as prom), field trips, and other activities.
  • Calling in sick for a “ditch day” is dishonest.  
  • This season’s flu epidemic has so affected school attendance that Public Health agencies have requested data on number of students marked absent with reported flu symptoms.  We are invested in providing authentic data to agencies recording data on health trends.  
  • A collective ditch day communicates lack of respect for staff members who have planned lessons and activities at school.  
  • School funding is based on each student’s daily attendance, and daily attendance is associated strongly with student achievement in the classroom.  


Today we held our annual Site Strategic Planning meeting with students, staff, parents, and community members.  Representatives worked in small groups to examine data related to grades, attendance, and state and national testing, and discuss strengths and areas of growth in systems and strategies of support and communication at CHS.  Teachers prioritized topics for professional development opportunities for next school year.  We will compile findings and related goals and actions to share in an upcoming email. 


Tonight CHS staff and students will present a mid-year report to the Coronado Schools Foundation Board, highlighting our Computer Science, Engineering, and Robotics programs, which are generously supported by CSF.  Our multi-year electives pathways and programs are so fortunate to benefit from the generous support of families and community members who contribute to CSF, and every campus on classroom is enriched by CSF donations.  If you are not already a member or contributor of volunteer hours or funds, we encourage you to learn more here:


February is Black History Month, and we are sharing poetry, art, quotes, and achievements over the announcements.  Here are two quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr. to coincide with Valentine’s Day this week:  

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  


Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will be selecting their proposed courses SOON so we can accurately plan for staffing and scheduling for school year 2018-19.  Counselors will hold classroom presentations and schedule registration appointments with individual students.  Be aware that in order to maximize student achievement and minimize course and schedule changes, administrators, teachers, and counselors will be using data, performance, and evidence of effort and motivation to recommend students for honors and AP courses with prerequisites.  We invite you to open dialogue with your child about planning a course schedule aligned with areas of career interest, passion, and motivation, while considering the importance of balancing challenges in the course load  so that healthy life balance and time to pursue extracurricular and family and community activities are possible.  If you have questions about your child’s preparation for specific honors and AP courses, please contact your child’s current content teacher and/or counselor.   In general, we DO NOT RECOMMEND enrolling in summer online courses to accelerate or skip to a next level course at CHS in the fall.


Yearbook Deadline extended:  All parents and students can order their yearbook at until FEB 28.


College Board AP (Advanced Placement) exams registration is open for CHS students (Deadline March 16) here:  AP exams are associated with AP courses at CHS and are voluntary.  Students are encouraged to research which AP exams and scores are eligible for credit/advancement at their preferred colleges.  



Baseball, Boys Golf, Boys Tennis, Swimming, Boys Volleyball, Lacrosse, Softball  and Track are all starting soon.  Please click on link below for information on start dates and times.  Reminder that all paperwork must be turned into the student store BEFORE the first day of practice – DO NOT BRING PAPERWORK to practice.


Coronado High School National Honor Society Applications are now available!

Link to application:

Students must be a current CHS sophomore or junior with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 to be eligible.  Paper applications are also available in the front office.  Deadline is 3/1/18.  Please turn your application in to your counselor!


Optimist Club of Coronado 2018 Oratorical Contest

“To be, or not to be…” famously spoke Hamlet. Local Coronado students are invited to speak their own thoughts on the topic Where Are My Roots of Optimism? in the 2018 Optimist International Oratorical Contest sponsored by the Optimist Club of Coronado. This year’s contest will be held in the Winn Room at the Coronado Library on Wednesday, February 28th at 3:30 p.m.  The students’ 4 – 5 minute speeches are judged on content, presentation, poise, and overall effectiveness. The top three students receive medallions and cash awards. The top two students can compete at the zone and district level contests in April for college scholarships.

All Coronado students, including home-schooled students, under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017 are eligible to participate and encouraged to apply.  Application forms and contest rules are available at and from Gene Rathswohl, the contest coordinator, at  Completed application forms should be either emailed or mailed to Gene Rathswohl, 924 Eighth St., Coronado, CA 92118. Applications must be received by Wednesday, February 21st.  A maximum of 20 students can participate, so the earlier an application is submitted the better. Feel free to contact Gene with any questions regarding the contest rules.


The Lions’ Club is sponsoring a Speech Contest with a deadline of February 15.  More info here:


Click here for a link to our daily bulletin, with updated events and activities:

Thank you,


Jennifer Moore, Principal
Coronado High School
619.522.8907 x2096

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