Coronado Explorer

Of the Dons, for the Dons, for the Coronado Community

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Happy May, Coronado Families and Community!

We are in the home stretch of the school year! There may have been some bumps and sharp turns in the road, but with your help and support, we continue to persevere. I am proud of our learners for staying the course. We all want to work together to finish strong!

These next few weeks will be very important for success in the 2020-2021 school year! Continue to support your students and encourage them to show up on time every day. Urge them to seek help when needed and take advantage of their teachers’ tutoring time. We are also offering Saturday Catch Up in the library every Saturday from 8 am - 11 am. Come see us for a quiet place to work and get help from teachers. Breakfast, water, and snacks are provided. Sign up here.

We have so much to celebrate this month and in this edition of The Explorer. The cornerstone of our school that we always need to celebrate is our amazing teachers and staff! This past week was Teacher Appreciation Week! Please join me in thanking and appreciating our educators. Take a moment to send a quick email or note to teachers who have made a difference in your child’s life. All contact information can be found here or in the Staff Directory link at the bottom of this Explorer. Notes can also be mailed to the school and we will make sure they get to the teacher of your choice!

Please enjoy this edition as we celebrate the accomplishments of our students this month! You can also find information about upcoming events and celebrations this month. If you want to show your Coronado Pride and support for our Class of 2021 stop by the front office to pick up a senior sign for your yard!

Amy Palatucci

Proud Principal

PTSO is so excited for the upcoming celebrations of our seniors!

We have received grants from Scottsdale Community College for $3500 and Scottsdale Charros Foundation for $2000. We will be using these funds to host the Senior Sunset BBQ on 5/21/2021 for our seniors, as well as provide each senior with a gift bag and the opportunity to win prizes to take with them on their future adventures.

We will be purchasing some of the items that can be won in raffle drawings, but if anyone in the community would like to donate anything, we welcome the donations. The students love gift cards for food, coffee, shopping, movies, anything fun they can do or ways they can purchase what they need for future schooling. They also appreciate computers, laptops, gaming systems, monitors, and many other forms of technology.

If you are able and want to donate anything, please bring items to the front office and ask for Mrs. Rivera or Mrs. Brumfield.

Thank you to our generous donors through Facebook, SCC, Charros, and parents, teachers, and staff!


Brandi Brumfield

PTSO President

Congratulations JAG State Competition 2021 Award Winners!

  • Program of Work JAG Commercial: 1st Place Coronado High School
  • Chapter Picture: 2nd Place, Coronado High School
  • Employability Skills: 2nd Place, Aylin Garcia
  • Script Reading News Desk Division 1: 1st Place, Jamie and Jayleen Baray Ortiz
  • Program Cover Design: 3rd Place, Jaleen Baray Ortiz
  • Writing Skills: 3rd Place, Dianette Molina
  • Public Speaking Upper Division: 2nd Place, Max Gonzalez
  • Communication Triathlon Lower Division: 3rd Place, Jasmine Ramirez
  • Communication Triathlon Upper Division: 3rd Place, Dianette Molina and 2nd Place, Elena Esquivel
  • Math Skills 101: 1st Place, Luke Dorris
  • Entrepreneurship Executive Summary: Jamie Baray Ortiz, Lisbeth Hernandez, Samantha Guzman
  • T-Shirt: Coronado High School
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Congratulations JAG 2021 Scholarship Winners

  • The Dr. Oranté Jenkins Leadership in Education Scholarship: Ashley Alvarado $500 Cash Prize
  • Republic Services: The Environment and Me Scholarship: Max Gonzalez $1,000
  • Successful Impressions: Aylin Garcia $1,000
  • Kenneth Smith National Scholarship: Arianna Silva $1,000, Alumni Michelle Islas Hernandez $1,000 and Alumni Celina Lopez $1,000
  • Olesen Scholarship: Arianna Silva $500, Alumni Michelle Islas Hernandez $500 and Alumni Celina Lopez $500
  • Grace Garcia Candia Philanthropy Award:
    • Ashley Alvarado $1,000
    • Aylin Garcia $1,500
    • Dianette Molina $2,500
  • Carolyn Warner Legacy Scholarship (Amount to be determined):
    • Evelyn Amaro
    • Ashley Alvarado
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Mr. Keller's class learns about the importance of alliances and resources in World War I.

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Dance Department with student teacher, Courtney King!

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P.E.O.P.E.L PE Performs "We're Back"

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Dance I performs "Back to the Streets"

Dancers: Amy Alcantar * Diana Alvarado * Anesha Anderson * Alana Bennett * Cindy Bernal * Paris Blalock * Itsell Cabrera Ocampo * Zaira Gaytan Rebolledo * Geanine Gonzalez Vega * Myra Guzman * Xochitl Maldonado Flores * Jaeden Martell * Jennifer Ojeda Cervantes * Melanie Ramirez * Selena Salgado * Pamela Sanchez * Cynthia Santoyo * Tamicee Seckletstewa * Heily Sinones * Shay St Claire * Genesis Venegas

DonX Performs at the Lunchtime Pep Assembly

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Nurse's Notes

COVID-19 Update from Nurse Kris

Greetings Coronado families! As we head into these last few weeks of the school year we would like to remind our community that COVID-19 is still present, and we are still asking our families to be vigilant. Please continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, and stay home if you are sick.

Students ages 16 and up are currently eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. Please see below for information on where to get your student vaccinated. The FDA/CDC are anticipating that children ages 12-15 will be able to start being vaccinated this summer. *As a reminder, if your student is fully vaccinated please send in those records to Nurse Kris so we can input this in their health file. Students that are fully vaccinated do NOT have to quarantine due to close contact, per CDC/Maricopa County guidelines.

Please feel free to always reach out to me with any questions or concerns at or 480-484-6811. See below for vaccine updates. Thank you and stay safe!

Vaccine Eligibility

No matter who you are, where you live, or how well you are able to get around, Public Health wants to make sure you get vaccinated if you want. Take a look at the resources below:

Find a vaccination site >

Sign up for alerts about vaccination
events in your area >

For homebound individuals: Call 602-506-6767.

For those who cannot or do not want to register online: Call 1-844-542-8201.

Si usted desea asistencia en espanol, marque al 2-1-1 y luego 271 de lunes a viernes de 8am a 5pm.

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Melinda Splitek - Assistant Principal, Educational Services

Educational Services Updates

Senior Awards Ceremony: May 12 @ 6 pm

We are super excited to celebrate some of our outstanding seniors and all that they have accomplished throughout their time at Coronado!

Seniors being recognized received invites for our Senior Awards Ceremony this week. Each senior can invite 2 guests to attend this very special event.

Senior Cap & Gown Pick-up: May 13 @ Lunch

Seniors will be able to pick-up their cap and gowns on May 13 during lunch in the auditorium lobby. In order to pick up their cap and gown, any school fines or fees (school debt) must be paid. If you are in need of support or assistance with this, please email Ms. Splitek at

If your senior still needs to order a cap and gown they need to do so ASAP. Seniors can order a gown by visiting Our gowns are scarlet this year and cap/gowns must be ordered through Balfour.

Graduation Reminders

Graduation is May 27 at 8 pm. Only graduates who have successfully earned the required 22 credits are eligible to participate in graduation.

Please take note of the following:

  1. Graduation rehearsal is required for all graduates. Graduates who fail to attend will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony. Graduation rehearsal is at 8 am on May 27.
  2. Graduates will be given their 4 tickets after graduation rehearsal.
  3. Anyone who attends graduation needs to have a ticket – regardless of the age of the guest.
  4. Graduates need to be at Coronado at 7 pm to get checked in for graduation.
  5. Masks are required for everyone attending and participating in graduation.
  6. Because of COVID-19, graduates and their families will not be able to mingle after the ceremony. Graduates and their families will be encouraged to participate in our post-graduation parade.

For more information on graduation, please watch this video.

Senior Electronic Device Return (Surface Go’s & Hot Spots)

Seniors will need to return their school issued devices: Surface Go’s, Hot Spots & Charging Cords before graduation.

Seniors can return devices to the Coronado Bookstore during the times outlined below. Please email Ms. Brumfield in the bookstore with questions (

  • May 25: 12:45 – 3 pm
  • May 26: 12:45 – 3 pm
  • May 27: (Graduation Rehearsal – starts at 8 am): 7:15 – 8 am

Final Exams

Final exams will be May 25 & 26 for seniors and May 25, 26 & 27 for underclassmen. See schedule below.

Final Exam Schedule 2021

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2021 Senior Meeting

Coronado Graduation Information Video
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GEAR UPdates!

Seniors! Get ready for a Senior Celebration in 3 parts on May 12!!

  • ALL Seniors: Leave your mark for future Dons! After school, come to the courtyard and sign a Class of 2021 banner with advice for the underclassmen.

  • Are you planning to continue your education in a Community College, University, Trade School, or the Military? If yes, come party with us at Senior Signing Day at 4:00pm in the courtyard! There will be individualized cards to sign to proudly show off your future plans. We will also have a fun photobooth with props, lawn games, and A LOT of pizza and cookies!

  • If you are being honored at Senior Awards Night, you will close the night with the awards ceremony.

You may bring two family members! We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Freshman Focus:

GEAR UP is participating in a welcoming event for future Dons. Incoming freshmen will learn about Coronado through an interactive scavenger-hunt-style tour led by NHS students. They will also get some Don swag after making their way through a club fair. We want to start students off with a positive attitude and get them excited about becoming a part of the Coronado family.

GEAR UP is also preparing for a week-long Freshman Boot Camp this summer. Our goal is to build a strong foundation of soft skills to set the participating students up for success in high school. Keep an eye out for registration information coming soon! Space is limited!

Celebrating end-of-year successes:

Despite the countless struggles and setbacks that COVID-19 caused, Coronado students continually impressed the GEAR UP team with their ability to adapt.

  • The Class of 2021 increased FAFSA completion rates by 15% compared to the Class of 2020.
  • The Class of 2021 increased college-going rates by 15% compared to the Class of 2018.
  • Collectively, the Class of 2021 has been awarded over two million dollars of scholarship money.
  • The Class of 2021 has twice as many students being honored for scholarships at the Senior Award Ceremony compared to the Class of 2019.

Congratulations to the following recipients of local scholarships:

Coronado Foundation for the Future:

Promise Scholarship:

Jaleen Baray Ortiz

Jamie Baray Ortiz

Andres Cortes Ontiveros

Justin Coston

Maximiliano Gonzalez Sanchez

Samantha Guzman

Edwin Loa Gomez

Grace Mundt

Daniela Ramos Mijares

Cesar Santoyo

Cynthia Schmaltz

Arianna Vado

Jasmyne Withers

Serna Scholarship:

Leslie Moreno

CFFF Board Challenge Scholarship:

Sabrina Rodriguez Esquivel

Scottsdale Charros

SCC Scholarship:

Anthony Ciavola

Rotary Club of Scottsdale

Peter J. Fish Vocational/Trade Scholarship:

Erik Montoya

Community Celebrating Diversity

MLK Scholarship Award:

Aylin Garcia Lugo

Arianna Silva

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Joe Olney - Assistant Principal, Student Services

Student Services Updates

  • You can order the 20-21 yearbook for $65. Please contact Brandi Brumfield to purchase a yearbook. She can be reached at or 480-484-6848.

  • Thank you for giving it your all on state assessments this month!

  • Having great attendance and being on time for classroom instruction is important for students to be successful. Your students attendance and grades can be monitored through ParentVue: If you need assistance with ParentVue please contact Rebecca Rivera at 480-484-6822.
Coronado Video Announcements 5/6/21
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Tony Miller, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

Coach Holmes Throws First Pitch!

On May 5, we were fortunate to have Coach Buck Holmes throw out the first pitch. Buck is in our Hall of Fame, he is a 2x State Coach of the Year, and 9x Region Coach of the Year. Additionally, the program won 1 State Title and had 3 Runners Up while Buck was our head coach. Thank you Buck for commitment to our program!
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Athletics Updates

  • Thank you to all of our student-athletes for all of your hard work this year. Your commitment to study hall, health screenings, and safety at practices was amazing!

  • Athletic summer camps will be occurring during the month of June. If you are a current Coronado student, please reach out to your coach for more information.

  • We hosted our 2nd Annual Hall of Fame Ceremony on Saturday, April 24. We officially have 21 new members of the Coronado Hall of Fame!

  • Coronado Athletics has created an all new booster club to help support all of our athletic programs. If you are interested in becoming an athletic sponsor, please reach out to our Athletic Director, Tony Miller at

Follow us on Social Media

Facebook - Coronado Don's Athletics @CoronadoAthletics

Instagram - Donnie Coronado, coronado.dons.athletics


Events and Celebrations!

Saturday Catch Up! Every Saturday in the Media Center until end of school year!

May 7: Opening of Visions at SMOCA, Coronado student art on display

May 11:Charros Award Celebration (Teacher: Shannan McClure. Students: Aylin Garcia Lugo and Anthony Menjivar Calixto. Athletes: Rachael Grapevine and Dylan Pendleton)

May 12: Senior Signing Day at 4 pm in the courtyard

May 12: Senior Awards Night at 6 pm in the Auditorium

May 13: 8th Grade Day. Tonalea students will visit Coronado

May 13: 68th Street Vision Meeting at 6 pm in the Coronado Boardroom

May 18: Governing Board Regular Meeting at Coronado in the Boardroom. Coronado students presenting

May 21: Senior Sunset and BBQ at 6:30 pm outside the cafeteria and the football stadium

May 24-27: Finals Week

May 27: Graduation at 8 pm on the Edward Anderson Stadium Field

Thank You for your continued support of Coronado High School!

Did you know that Arizona taxpayers can claim a dollar-for-dollar credit on donations made to Coronado? We use tax credit donations to fund extra-curricular student activities such as field trips, buses, competition entry fees, and substitutes so that teachers can attend professional development seminars and workshops. Tax credit funds are also used to pay teachers to tutor students after school and on weekends. Contact Brandi Brumfield in the bookstore - 482-484-6848
Tax Credit Donations

Contact Brandi Brumfield in the bookstore - 482-484-6848

Free and Reduced Application - English

If you would like to print and turn in a paper application, please follow this link.

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