Mr. Darin Smith - Principal

Phone: 328.3602


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Mr. Darin Smith - Principal

Dear Coronado Community,

Herb Brooks, 1980 head coach of the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic hockey team at Lake Placid, said, “Great moments are born from great opportunities.” Students will rise to meet and even exceed our expectations if given the opportunity. We must place our students in situations that challenge and encourage them to achieve. High expectations convey confidence in their abilities and is necessary to rise above. Positive competition in all school related activities such as our athletic teams, performing arts, visual arts, clubs and classrooms promote a winning attitude where, more often than not, students and team members work together toward a common goal inspiring motivation, innovation, respect, empathy, collaboration and self-efficacy.

Over spring break, a group of our top concert band, jazz band percussionists and our chamber orchestra students travelled to New York City to perform at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall in Stern Auditorium where they gave a rousing performance. Concerts at this phenomenal venue in front of an audience of their peers and professional musicians elevate their level of performance. I wish you could have experienced it with me. Unforgettable! Likewise, a combination of Show and Chamber choir students travelled to New York City over spring break to perform at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the world’s largest Gothic cathedral.

The acoustics are incredible and after singing Gregori Allegri’s Miserere Mei, Deus, the cathedral’s music performance coordinator remarked that she had not heard anything that “perfect” since she worked in Rome. What a compliment! And, as a matter of fact, she sat for their ENTIRE performance. The students were grinning from ear to ear.

At Coronado, we believe how important it is to perform at the highest level and raise the bar for all our students and in all our programs in order to achieve greatness. The praise they receive and feeling of accomplishment will prepare them for the next step in life, working and living toward their fulfillment. Push yourself and your children to achieve the next great moment!