Coronado Explorer

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

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Amy Palatucci - Proud Principal

Happy February, Coronado Family!

Even though February is the shortest month of the year, our teachers and students are really making the days count. We are in the midst of great learning lessons as we continue to move forward into the second half of our school year.

Please enjoy the activities, events, and lessons highlighted in this newsletter. Our Art Teacher, Ms. McGraw has highlighted her Studio Art and Da Vinci Dons this month. We have some talented artists among us. Ms. Pullin had her French II students create a cooking lesson entirely in French. I don’t know about you, but a piece of chocolate flan cake sounds delicious! Finally, we enjoyed our first spirit week of the year, and Harry Potter Day was a big hit.

Our Dons have been focused and engaged, and we are so glad they have the opportunity to be back on campus learning in person. Thank you for doing your part in helping to stop the spread of COVID. Your diligence in our mitigation strategies are working. Please continue to be safe and cautious (respect physical distancing, wear a mask, encourage mask wearing, wash hands etc. . .) so that we can all stay healthy and keep our COVID numbers low.

Remember the importance of encouraging your child to participate in educational activities from 7:45 am to 2:33 pm. Even though we may not be learning in person in the afternoon, there are many opportunities for academic enrichment or support. All teachers are available during the times outlined on the schedule for virtual or in-person help. There are also additional activities created for Wednesdays. See the guide for directions on how to access these Wednesday Learning Opportunities. Lessons are updated weekly.

As you look to the future, you can see the calendars for the next four school years. All calendars are posted here .

We need your continued partnership to keep Coronado the wonderful place it is. Encourage your students to work hard every day and seek assistance when they need it. They are not on this journey alone!

Amy Palatucci

Proud Principal

Nominate a Teacher for the Silver Apple Award for Excellence!

Deadline is Friday, March 12, 2021

Creating a cooking tutorial in French!

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The finished product...Chocolate Flan Cake!

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Spirit Week - Harry Potter Day. Wingardium Leviosa!

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

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Nurse's Notes

COVID-19 Update from Nurse Kris

Greetings Coronado families! COVID-19 continues to spread within our community. 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 FAQ’s and Answers from Maricopa County

What are the symptoms and complications that COVID-19 can cause?

Symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

Close Contacts and Quarantine

What does it mean to be a 'close contact' of someone infected with COVID-19?

Close contact is being within 6 feet of someone infected with COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period* starting from 2 days before the person shows symptoms (or, for those with no symptoms, 2 days prior to when they were tested) until the time the infected person begins their home isolation period. *Individual exposures added together over a 24-hour period (e.g., three 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). If you are a household member or a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should stay at home and follow the quarantine guidance.

Why does the Quarantine Guidance say to monitor for symptoms and wear a mask for 14 days after my last exposure to someone with COVID-19 if quarantine ends before that?

A person exposed to COVID-19 can develop symptoms of COVID-19 for up to 14 days after their last exposure. The risk of becoming infectious and infecting another person after 10 days following their last exposure is very low. However, since it is still possible, CDC, ADHS, and MCDPH recommend you continue to monitor for symptoms and wear a mask for the full 14 days following COVID-19 exposure, even if your quarantine has ended.

Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

COVID-19 diagnostic testing is now widely available, and in many cases, there is no cost due to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. You can get tested whether you are currently experiencing symptoms or are concerned you were exposed to someone with the virus, even if you have no symptoms of illness. To locate a free community testing event near you or find links to testing providers, visit our testing page.

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Melinda Splitek - Assistant Principal, Educational Services

Educational Services Updates

Senior Families: Please make sure your student is on track for graduation! If you are concerned about credits, please work with your student’s counselor. Graduation gowns are scarlet this year. Please order them online at Once we return from Spring Break, we will be sharing graduation information as well as information about senior participation in graduation activities. There will be a mandatory parent/guardian meeting in April.

Underclassmen Families: Registration for the 21-22 school year is underway. Please understand that students are locked into their choices on March 5. If your student has not completed their registration for next year, please reach out to your student’s counselor.

Grades: The third quarter will end on March 5, right before Spring Break. It is important that students are working with their teachers to get their work turned in and on time. We have numerous tutoring opportunities available for students – both on-campus and off. Please contact your student’s teacher or guidance counselor for help with this. We also offer virtual math tutoring through iTutor. Students can work with the GEAR UP team to get this scheduled.

GEAR UP for Success


The Coronado Foundation for the Future Promise Scholarship is now open! CFFF plans to award thirteen $5,000 scholarships to seniors heading to Community College or Trade School. Click this link to apply!

The Scottsdale Charros will award one SUSD senior with a $5,000 to attend Scottsdale Community College. The deadline is February 26, 2021! Contact GEAR UP to get an application.

GEAR UP for your Future! PEPS (Post-secondary Education Planning Sessions)

The GEAR UP Team will meet with every single student at Coronado to develop a plan for after high school. Whether that means University, Community College, Trade School, Military, or Workforce, Mr. TG and Ms. Kristal work hard to ensure that students are equipped with the tools needed to pursue their goals. Once a student completes their PEPS, they earn their 2020-2021 GEAR UP t-shirt!



Office: 480-484-6879

Text: 520-372-6528

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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.
Coronado News Network 1/15/21

Check out the 3:46 minute mark for a wonderful COVID musical rendition.

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Tony Miller, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

Athletics Updates

  • Congratulations to Vincent Mendez, our February Student Athlete of the Month.

  • Spring sports will be starting in a few weeks. Please see Mr. Rivera to make sure you are completely cleared in Register My Athlete.

  • Coronado will be the host of the winter AIA playoffs for basketball and soccer this year!

  • Please remember that you can watch all of our home sporting events on the NFHS Network. Simply look for Coronado High School in Scottsdale, AZ.

Follow us on Social Media

Facebook - Coronado Don's Athletics @CoronadoAthletics

Instagram - Donnie Coronado, coronado.dons.athletics


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