Coronado Explorer

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

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Amy Palatucci - Proud Principal

Happy December Don Family!

We are almost finished with another amazing semester here at Coronado High School! I know this has been an overwhelming time both at school and outside of school. I appreciate your support as we work to make our learners successful. It is important that we encourage our students to finish strong this semester. This includes arriving at school on time. First hour starts promptly at 7:45 am. In order for your child to be in class on time, they should be getting to the gate by 7:30 am. School hours are 7:45 am-2:33 pm every day whether your child is in person or online.

Teachers are available for tutoring and assistance outside of school hours. Encourage your child to reach out to their teachers for support when needed. Teachers are here, ready, and able to help all our learners. If your child is out of school ill or on a close contact quarantine please ensure they are still logging on to their classes and completing their work so they can continue to learn and progress.

In addition to academics, please ensure you are also encouraging your children to be safe and smart. Our students have been excellent at following the mitigation measures of wearing a mask, physical distancing at school, and staying home when sick. We all need to practice good hygiene, wash our hands frequently, take care of our physical and mental health, and wear our masks in order to keep ourselves healthy every day. Again, if your child needs support please reach out so we can help!

Our district leadership is working with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health to determine which learning model will be the safest in the spring. I will share details with you as more information becomes available. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to me. You can also use the Let’s Talk feature on the SUSD website.

As we head into the last days of the semester, please make sure you are taking care of each other. It takes all of us, and together we can finish the year strong!

Stay Safe and Healthy!

Amy Palatucci

Proud Principal

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.

Free and Reduced Application - Spanish

Si desea imprimir y entregar una solicitud en papel, siga este enlace.

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Nurse Kris

Nurse Kris graduated from St. Catherine University with a degree in nursing in 2010. She has worked in home health care, nurse case management, and for the last four years as a school nurse for SUSD. Her career as a school nurse began at Yavapai in 2017 and she transitioned to Coronado in 2019. She loves working with people, especially students. Kris lives in Scottsdale with her husband, two kids, and her dog Chewy. In her spare time she loves to read, swim, watch movies, bike and play basketball with her kids.

Nurse's Notes

Recommendations for the Use of Face Coverings in School

The face covering must cover both the nose and mouth. Always keep it in place. Students should not touch the eyes, nose, or mouth when removing or adjusting a face covering. Wash hands or use hand sanitizer immediately after removing or adjusting the face covering.

Please make sure that the face mask is the proper size for your child’s face and does not fit loosely or fall down leaving the nose or mouth uncovered.

Ideally cloth face coverings should be washed when they become wet or visibly soiled and at least daily. Have a bag or bin available to keep your cloth face coverings in until you can wash them. Launder the face coverings with detergent and hot water and dry on a hot cycle. If you must re-wear your cloth face covering before washing, wash your hands immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face.

Discard cloth face coverings that:

▪ No longer cover the nose and mouth

▪ Have stretched out or damaged ties or straps

▪ Cannot stay on the face

▪ Have holes or tears in the fabric

It is strongly recommended that you send spare face masks with your student in the event that their mask gets misplaced or soiled during the school day!

COVID-19 Update - Week of November 23, 2020

Mr. Keller - Social Studies Teacher

I began my educational journey like many of you did. I started at Yavapai Elementary School, moved onto Supai, and finally graduated from Coronado. After receiving my diploma from Coronado, I went to Arizona State University to study education. I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Secondary Education History with a minor in Economics.
King Keller ~ Prepping AP World History for their Shark Tank Maritime Invention presentations.

King Keller

Prepping AP World History for their Shark Tank Maritime Invention presentations.

Students: Join Coronado's New INTERACT Club!

Meet businesspeople and community leaders in the valley!

Get internships with local businesses!

Improve your community!

INTERACT is looking for Coronado students who want to make connections to businesspeople and community members to help improve our community while gaining experience that will help to propel them forward in life. If you would like to be an officer or founding member of Coronado’s new INTERACT club, please contact Mr. Stephan at

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Free COVID-19 Testing

SUSD has partnered with Embry Women's Health to offer free COVID testing at the Oak Learning Campus. Drive-thru tests are available 5 days a week, 7 am - 7 pm at 7501 E. Oak St. Results available within 36-72 hours following test.

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Melinda Splitek - Assistant Principal, Educational Services

Educational Services Updates

Final Exams: All Coronado students will take final exams on December 16, 17, & 18. The schedule for all students, those attending in-person and from home, is outlined below.

Wednesday, December 16 – Early Release for Final Exams

Period 0: 6:45 am – 7:40 am

Period 1: 7:45 am - 9:43 am

Period 2: 9:53 am - 11:50 am

Thursday, December 17 - Early Release for Final Exams

Period 3: 7:45 am - 9:43 am

Period 4: 9:53 am - 11:50 am

Friday, December 18 - Early Release for Final Exams

Period 6: 7:45 am - 9:43 am

Period 7: 9:53 am - 11:50 am

Semester 1 Grades: Grades for first semester will be finalized by the end of the day on December 18. Please make sure you are staying on top of your student’s current grades by checking ParentVUE or StudentVUE. Students and families should reach out to teachers if they need extra help or support. All teachers offer office hours each week to help students be successful.

Course Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year: The Coronado Guidance team has started registering current Freshmen and Sophomores for the 2021-2022 school year. If your freshmen or sophomore has still not completed this process, please have them set up an appointment with their guidance counselor.

Have you moved or changed your phone number? Please call us at 480-484-6800 to update your information in the system.

GEAR UP for Success

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GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. We provide free postsecondary planning services to students and their families at Coronado High School.

GEAR UP Office Hours are 7:00 am - 7:30 am and 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm Monday through Friday. Please call us, email us, or make an appointment through our Calendly links below.

You can also text us at any time! (520) 372-6528

Check out our GEAR UP website

Mr. John "TG" Acedo - GEAR UP Coach


Ms. Kristal Becerra - GEAR UP Coach (Hablo Español)

Ms. Siena Moreno - GEAR UP Assistant


Guidance Corner

Here are some helpful video tutorials that the Guidance Team created to help parents check grades and attendance in student view. Please click the tutorial links below.
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Joe Olney - Assistant Principal, Student Services

Student Services Updates

  • School photo retakes will be on January 8, 2021 in the auditorium. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Olney at 480-484-6806 or

  • Save the Date! - January 26, 2021. All sophomore and participating juniors will be taking the PSAT test. Room assignments and bell schedules will be shared prior to the testing date.

  • Also on January 26, 2021 all juniors will be taking the ASVAB test in the auditorium. The test will begin promptly at 7:45 am.

  • The 2019-2020 Yearbooks are still for sale in the bookstore for $75. We are also currently in production of the 2020-2021 Yearbook. You can preorder it for $55 prior to December 18. Please contact Brandi Brumfield to purchase or preorder a yearbook at 480-484-6848 or .

  • 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 or

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Tony Miller, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

Athletics Updates

  • Alexi Peterson, Varsity Volleyball, is the November Student Athlete of the Month. Congratulations, Alexi!
  • Winter online team store, closes December 11.
  • Winter Sports games will start the week of January 5th. (Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Wrestling, Boys Basketball & Girls Basketball)
  • Athletes please make sure you’re cleared in RMA prior to tryouts.
  • Coronado is honored to host the Fall Soccer Playoffs, Volleyball Playoffs and Football Playoffs. 6 state title will be awarded on the Coronado campus.
  • The Coronado Athletic Department was just awarded our NFHS Level 1 Certification. Currently our coaches have earned 55 national coaching certifications and they have completed 440 professional development courses.
  • Follow us on Facebook @Coronado Don's Athletics and on Instagram - Donnie Coronado, coronado.dons.athletics


2020-2021 Winter Sports Athletics Schedule

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