Coronado Explorer

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

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Amy Palatucci - Proud Principal

I have been working in the field of education since 2005, and I have been with SUSD since 2011. Before my current role as Principal of Coronado, I was a Special Education teacher and Department Chair at Chaparral High School. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I also have a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University. In my spare time, I love to read, watch movies, and travel.I got into education because one teacher believed in me. If I were a quote, it would be “I hope you believe in yourself as much as I believe in you."

Happy September Dons Family!

It has been so long since I have seen our Coronado Community and I cannot wait to welcome students back! I have had the opportunity to virtually pop-in to many of our classes and I am excited to see students engaging with their teachers and peers.

The SUSD Governing Board has approved a plan to phase our students to return to in-person learning. As of right now, Middle School and High School students will return to campus on October 12, after we come back from fall break. I will be sharing more information regarding the first day back to school as it becomes available, so keep a lookout for more details.

Coronado is dedicated to the success of our students and families, so we strongly believe that we are all partners in their education. Please ensure that you are reaching out to teachers or staff when you have questions or need support. The directory information for Coronado is linked below. You are also always welcome to reach out to me at



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Melinda Splitek - Assistant Principal, Educational Services

My career in education began after graduating from Arizona State University with a BA in Secondary Education and English, and a Masters in Educational Leadership. After spending 8 years teaching high school English, I transitioned into an administrator role at Coronado High School. I am passionate about making a difference in the lives of others and believe that it is never too late to make a positive change in your life and chase your dreams. I am an avid reader who also loves running and cycling.

Educational Services Updates

First Quarter Grades: The first quarter grading period comes to a close on October 2, 2020. In high school, grades officially close at the end of each semester. Your student’s grades will not start over at the end of the quarter. The quarter grade is important because it provides a mid-point snapshot your student’s grade. Please make sure that you are checking ParentVUE weekly for a real time update of your grades.

PreAP: This year, Coronado High School adopted College Board’s PreAP curriculum for all English 1, English 2 and World History classes. This rigorous and engaging program is designed to empower all students to experience high levels of success. College Board’s PreAP program is aligned with Coronado High School’s commitment to excellence and ensuring that all students are prepared to be successful after graduation. It also aligns with Coronado’s goals of implementing rigorous, first-best instruction every day, to every student.

GEAR UP for Success

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Coronado is the recipient of the 5E GEAR UP grant. This grant allows us the opportunity to fully support our students as they pursue various pathways after graduation.

On September 24 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm we will be hosting our first virtual workshop on College Basics. This workshop will provide information on the application process, ways to pay for college, the differences between community college and university and so much more! To RSVP for this event, click here. The workshop will be offered in both English and in Spanish.

FAFSA Financial Aid Overview Night

GEAR UP will host our FAFSA Financial Aid Overview night on October 1. Seniors, this is the first of many important steps to ensuring you are ready to go for college next fall. Even if you are unsure about your plans for after high school it is important that you attend this event. This event will also be virtual and will be offered in both English and in Spanish. To RSVP for this event, please visit this link .
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Joe Olney - Assistant Principal, Student Services

I started my teaching career as a math teacher at Chaparral High School. I am currently working on my 3rd year as the Assistant Principal of Student Activities at Coronado and 4th year as the SUSD Summer School Principal. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family and enjoying anything to do with astronomy and the outdoors.

Student Services Updates

Having great attendance and being on time for classroom instruction is important for students to be successful. Please encourage your learners to be on time, present, and engaged during class time each day. In the afternoon, encourage your student to attend asynchronous time with your teachers. Even in the enhanced distance learning model, the school day does not end until 2:33 pm. Have your child reach out to their teacher if they have questions about the asynchronous learning times for support.

Your students attendance and grades can be monitored through ParentVue: . If you need assistance with ParentVue please contact Rebecca Rivera at (480) 484-6822.

The 2019-2020 yearbooks are still for sale in the bookstore for $75. We are also currently in production on the 2020-2021 yearbook. You can pre-order the 20-21 yearbook for $55. Please contact Brandi Brumfield to purchase or pre-order a yearbook at or 480-484-6848.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 we will be offering a Freshmen walk-through/tour of Coronado HS to all Coronado Freshmen students. Please arrive by last name:

A-C ~ 2:30 pm

D-G ~ 3:00 pm

H-L ~ 3:30 pm

M-P ~ 4:00 pm

Q-Z ~ 4:30 pm

* Students will take the tour without parents in order to limit the number of people on campus

* Please wear a mask and maintain physical distancing

* Enter through front gate

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Tony Miller, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

This is my second year at Coronado High School, and my 15th year in education. This year will mark my 6th year in administration, and I love being an Athletic Director. I have a Masters in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University, and I hold numerous certifications in athletic administration/coaching. Besides my career in education, I have also served as a director for the Special Olympics, I was the president of National Youth Sports for two years, and I was a coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks for a decade in their academy.

Athletics Updates

  • Coronado Athletics will have a full season for our fall sports programs. These programs include: football, volleyball, cheerleading, golf, cross country, and swim.
  • Families can purchase a season pass to the games for $40, and this will get you and one guest in to all of the events here at Coronado for the Fall season. If you have any questions regarding purchasing a pass, please reach out to Brandi Brumfield in the bookstore at, Tickets will not be sold at the individual games.
  • Additionally, all football, and volleyball games will be streamed live
  • Student-athletes will receive a study hall daily after school on practice days. Study hall will be mandatory from 3:00-3:35 pm. Practice will immediately follow study hall, and all practices will end by 5:45 pm.
  • Please follow us on Facebook @Coronado Don's Athletics
  • Coronado has several clubs that are coming together on campus. If you are interested please reach out to John Rivera in the Athletics Department @, and he can put you in contact with the club sponsor.

2020 Fall Sports Athletics Schedule

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