Coronado Explorer

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

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Amy Palatucci - Proud Principal

Happy March, Coronado Families and Community!

It is hard to believe that this month commemorates the one year mark of COVID-19. We have all been through a lot together this past year and I appreciate your steadfast support for our learners. Your students continue to impress me with their ability to adapt, show resilience, and remain dedicated to their education. I applaud our entire community.

Next week we will be on Spring Break. There will be no school, either in-person or virtual, from March 8-12. School will resume at 7:45 am on Monday, March 15, with a return to a full in-person day. As a reminder, our school day starts at 7:45 am and ends at 2:33 pm. The updated bell schedule is included in this newsletter. This information would be beneficial to save for your reference. Please work with your student on the importance of following mitigation strategies, including lunch strategies, while on campus.

Don Lunchtime Rules:

  • Masks must be worn at all times and may only be removed when eating or drinking.

  • Students must maintain physical distancing. If you can spread your arms and touch someone you are too close.

  • Only three students may sit at a table. Places where you can sit have been marked with blue tape.

  • Students need to throw away all trash when finished. This is important to help us keep all staff safe as well.

  • If your student would like to have a place to eat where 6 feet of space can be guaranteed please contact me at and we will make arrangements.

Thank you again for taking the time to review these important rules with your student. Below you will find a video our students created to help set the expectations.

We are excited to share with you so many celebrations in this March edition of the Explorer! Please enjoy reading about the wonderful accomplishments of our students and staff and please help us continue to celebrate. If there is a staff member you would like to honor with one of our superintendent’s challenge coins, please nominate the individual here.

Please reach out if I can ever be of help or if you have any questions. We are all in this together and we are here for you!

Amy Palatucci

Proud Principal

Lunch Guidelines

Updated Quarter 4 Bell Schedule

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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

Please join me in celebrating our 2021 Scottsdale Charros Teacher and Students of the Year!

Aylin Garcia Lugo and Anthony Menjivar Calixto are our Charros Students of the Year. These two students are examples of hard work and perseverance and we could not be more excited to honor them. Congratulations, Aylin and Anthony!

Shannan McClure is our Charros Teacher of the Year. Ms. McClure is a beloved teacher and is so deserving of this recognition. Congratulations, Ms. McClure!

Spanish Students Create Video of Love and Friendship

Día del amor y de la amistad Feb 11, 2021 at 10 40 AM 1

From Harlem to Halsey - Coronado Poetry Slam

Ms. Simpson and Ms. Smith coordinate a Coronado Poetry Slam which embraces the voices of Maya Angelou, Halsey, Tupac, Jay-Z, Amanda Gorman, and most importantly, our very own Dons. Writing free verse poetry that covers critical topics like mental health, immigration, and social and racial inequality, these students are inspiring others and making their thoughts known.
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Nurse's Notes

COVID-19 Update from Nurse Kris

Greetings Coronado families! Covid-19 continues to spread. Please continue to follow social distancing guidelines, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, and stay home when you are sick. Though we want our kids in the classroom as much as possible, if your student does not feel well and has any one symptom of Covid-19, please keep them home from school and notify the school nurse. Please feel free to always reach out to me with any questions or concerns at or 480-484-6811. Thank you and stay safe!

COVID-19 Testing Resources

Maricopa County has partnered with Banner Health to provide free Covid-19 testing for students. Use the link on the flyer to make a testing appointment. Please contact Nurse Kris at or 480-484-6811; or Rebecca Rivera at or 480-484-6822 with any questions!

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Ms. Mandy Turner, Social Worker

Need Support?

Reach out to me via email at or through my Google Voice number, 480-331-6012. I am happy to do one-on-one check ins!

Turner's Tips

March can be a stressful month for many of us. The week before Spring Break can be filled with exams and sleepless nights. One year ago this month was the beginning of online schooling and lockdowns throughout the State. As we work on transitioning back to in-person learning, we understand some people might feel anxious or overwhelmed with the adjustment. However you are feeling, know that you are not alone. If you find yourself struggling with anything this month, please reach out to someone. Our school community is here to support you. You can also reach out to Teen Lifeline’s confidential hotline by calling or texting the number on the back of your school ID.

Teen Lifeline: call/text 602-248-8336

  • Calling remains available 24/7.
  • Texting available extended hours 12 pm-9 pm on weekdays and 3 pm-9 pm on weekends.
  • Peer counselors are still available from 3 pm to 9 pm every day.
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Melinda Splitek - Assistant Principal, Educational Services

Educational Services Updates

3rd Quarter Grades: Grades for 3rd quarter posted on March 5. If you have questions or concerns about your student’s grades, please contact your student’s teacher. Grades can be reviewed using ParentVUE or StudentVUE. Grades in high school are cumulative and do not reset at the end of each quarter.

Academic Support: If your student needs academic support, we have tutoring available after school each day – both in-person and online. Your student’s guidance counselor can help you with this if needed.

Summer School: SUSD Summer School Registration will begin on March 15th. This year the cost is only $25 and we hope that you take advantage of this excellent opportunity to catch up or get ahead. If your student needs to take summer school, a guidance counselor will be reaching out to your student to support them in getting registered for the correct class.

Seniors and Graduation: Graduation is right around the corner on May 27 at 8 pm. If you need help or are worried about your student’s graduation status, please contact Melinda Splitek in the Educational Services office ( / 480-484-6805).

GEAR UP for Success

The Coronado Promise Scholarship

Attention Seniors!

Do you have a 2.5 GPA or above?

Are you planning on attending Scottsdale Community College (SCC)?

If yes, then you should be applying for the Coronado Promise Scholarship! This is a quick scholarship application completely online and if selected you can receive $5000 over two years at SCC. The deadline is April 5, 2021! If you need help completing the scholarship come to the GEAR UP Room, B154. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity! Click here to apply.

Coronado Strong!

The theme for March is ‘Madness’. This March Madness is not about NCAA sports, but the madness that we have experienced over the past year. This month we are asking everyone to take time for yourself. Selfcare is so important to our physical and mental health.

Throughout the month of March, look for GEAR UP in the community!

  • GEAR UP with be co-hosting a Stress Management Workshop along with ASU on Wednesday, March 17 from 1 – 2pm (zoom link to come).

  • Sending out inspirational texts and memes.

  • Providing resources and tips to help find ways to relax.

Remember if you are going through a hard time, you do not have to go through it alone. Find a trusted person you can talk to. Our GEAR UP door is always open for all students. Stop by B154 any time.

Take a moment and watch the video below of how the Coronado Staff is feeling and how we will overcome these obstacles before us,

Coronado Strong
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Joe Olney - Assistant Principal, Student Services

Student Services Updates

  • You can order the 20-21 yearbook for $60. Please contact Brandi Brumfield to purchase a yearbook. She can be reached at or 480-484-6848.

  • 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 Parent Vue: If you need assistance with Parent Vue please contact Rebecca Rivera at 480-484-6822.
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Tony Miller, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

Athletics Updates

  • Congratulations to Rachael Grapevine, our March Student-Athlete of the month. Way to go, Rachael!

  • March is Athletic Trainers Month, so we want to send a special shout out to Tessa Powell. She takes care of all of our coaches and student-athletes. Thank you, Tessa, for keeping us safe!

  • Spring sports began on March 1. This includes baseball, softball, girls tennis, and track.

  • Boys Soccer is having a great season and we are currently ranked 5th in the state heading into playoffs!

  • Coronado will be the host of the winter playoffs for both basketball and soccer this year.

Follow us on Social Media

Facebook - Coronado Don's Athletics @CoronadoAthletics

Instagram - Donnie Coronado, coronado.dons.athletics


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