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Letter from the Principal: Planned Arizona Teacher Walkout Thurs. Apr. 26

Brett GobleDear City High School Families,

As you are probably aware, there is an Arizona teacher walkout scheduled for Thursday, April 26th.  The teacher walkout is designed to bring attention to the dire issues of teacher salaries and Arizona educational funding. 78% of teacher votes statewide were in favor of the walkout.

If/when the walkout happens on Thursday, the three CITY Center for Collaborative Learning schools will not be holding regular school. As part of this Instructional Closure, the downtown campus at 47 E. Pennington will be open to students in need of a safe place and access to breakfast and lunch.

During the Instructional Closure, because most of the staff will be participating in the walkout, there will be limited adult supervision. Instructional Closure supervision will be provided from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

In planning for this event, we would like you to know the following:

  • Please keep your young person safe at home during the walkout if at all possible.
  • If you need to bring your student to school, please plan on the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. High school students will not be released early without parent permission.
  • We will provide breakfast and lunch at the 47 E. Pennington campus during the Instructional Closing through the federal school lunch program and with donations. Students may bring a sack lunch if they prefer. If you can afford to send your student with a donation for the meals, it would be appreciated.
  • The activities of the day will NOT be the regular instructional program; instead, they will be comprised of easy to supervise activities such as videos, appropriate computer use, reading, writing, or drawing.
  • Any after school events scheduled during the closure (such as the Senior Research Symposium on April 26 and Prom on April 27) will go on as scheduled.
  • Instructional days that are missed due to the walkout, by state law, will have to be added to the end of the school calendar. Graduation will still be held Friday, May 25.
  • If the walkout continues for multiple days, you can expect daily communication and updates.
  • CITY Center for Collaborative Learning will continue to develop specifics for how to best handle the situation for students, families, and staff members.

We understand a walkout will likely cause a disruption to students and their families. We encourage you to share your opinions with your legislators and governor and voice support for public education. Visit to contact the state senator or representative for your state legislative district. Contact Governor Ducey at

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Brett Goble

Senior YPAR Symposium Thurs. Apr. 26

This Thursday evening, Apr. 26, seniors will be sharing their yearlong action research work with families and members of the Tucson community. Come and hear about the following issues, how they impact youth, and what can be done to make improvements:

  • extracurricular activities and academic achievement
  • solar energy and low-income neighborhoods
  • arts integration in the classroom
  • physical fitness and mental well-being
  • ways that schools can better support trans and queer youth
  • drug addiction and mental health

…and many more.

The event will be in our new Collaborative Learning Center at 37 E. Pennington, right next door to CHS, and will go from 5:30-7:00 p.m..

We look forward to seeing everyone at this first-of-its-kind Senior Research Symposium!

If you have any questions about this event, please do not hesitate to contact either Eve Rifkin or Krista Gypton.

NOTE: The research symposium will occur regardless of the instructional closure scheduled for 4/26.

Cultural Community Day Weds. Apr. 25

We are preparing for a Cultural Community Day this Weds. Apr. 25! Students will get to visit one of the following arts or cultural organizations:

Many of the groups will be walking to their destination, with the exception of the groups visiting the Mini Time Machine Museum, the Islamic Center, the UA Art Museum, and the Poetry Center. The group traveling to the DeGrazia Gallery will be riding in our new Activity Bus.

Students met with their Community Day groups during Advisory on Monday to learn a little about where they’ll be going on Wednesday. Community Day Dress is required for Weds. Students also should wear comfortable walking shoes! Students will be back by our normal Weds. dismissal time of 12:40 p.m.

Parent & Teen Night at City High Thurs. April 19

City High School is excited to host a Parent & Teen Night facilitated by Child and Family Resources Thurs., April 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.! This bilingual family workshop is free and open to the public as well as all CITY Center for Collaborative Learning students ages 13-19 and their parents. You’ll learn how to create open and honest family dialogue about sex and sexuality; tips for making responsible, healthy decisions about sex; and how to prevent pregnancy & sexually transmitted infections. Dinner is provided! Register online here or call (520) 326-8186 to RSVP.


AzMERIT Testing Begins This Week

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Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors will all be taking the AzMERIT Writing test this week. Freshmen will take the test this Tues., April 3 & Weds., April 4 during their English classes. Sophomores will test Tues., April 3 during Humanities. Juniors will be testing Fri., April 5 during their Culture  & Comp and Democracy classes.

Sophomores will take AIMS Science April 10 & 11. AzMERIT Reading tests will begin the week of April 16, and Math testing will be during the week of April 23. Please see the full AzMERIT testing schedule for specific days and classes.

On testing days, please make sure your student is well-rested, well-fed, and at school on time to begin testing. All AzMERIT and AIMS tests are online. Students are encouraged to bring their own headphones to use for the test, and to leave their cell phones at home on testing days.


Last Chance to Make Your 2017 Tax Credit Donation!

Every year City High School raises significant dollars through our tax credit campaign to support the most hands-on and intensive learning that our students experience: overnight field trips, arts residencies, after school workshops, and the Advisory program are just a few examples. This year, City High School aims to raise $55,000 in tax credit donations, but we can’t reach our goal without your help.

Make your contribution now through our CITY Center for Collaborative Learning website or by mailing in a check. Visit the tax credit page on our school website to learn more. Donate by April 17, 2018 to claim this state tax credit on your 2017 federal tax returns.

The Arizona State School Tax Credit Program is a great opportunity for any Arizona resident to make a financial donation to a public school of their choice and receive a state tax credit. Arizona residents who file individually may donate any amount up to $200, and residents who file jointly may donate up to $400, and receive a dollar-for-dollar reduction on their state taxes.

Your help in sharing our tax credit campaign to encourage your friends and extended family to donate will help us financially support the student learning experiences that engage and inspire.

AzMERIT Testing Begins in April

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April in Arizona means it’s AzMERIT testing time. Grades 9, 10, and 11 will be testing on various days throughout the month. Below is a grade-level breakdown of when students will be testing. AzMERIT tests are course-specific, though, so if your student is in an out-of-cohort class (for example, a Sophomore in Algebra 2), he/she will take the AzMERIT test for the class he/she is currently in. AzMERIT tests are designed to be given during one course meeting time, so testing will typically not interfere with most of your student’s other classes.

On testing days, please make sure your student is well-rested, well-fed, and at school on time to begin testing. All AzMERIT and AIMS tests are online. Students are encouraged to bring their own headphones to use for the test, and to leave their cell phones at home on testing days.


  • Tues. April 3 & Weds. April 4: AzMERIT Writing during English classes.
  • Tues. & Weds., April 17: AzMERIT Reading Part 1 during English classes.
  • Week of April 23: AzMERIT Math Parts 1 & 2. Specific dates/classes TBA.


  • Mon. April 2: AzMERIT Writing during Humanities II: American Studies.
  • Tues. April 10 & Weds. April 11: AIMS Science during Biology and Humanities II: American Studies
  • Thurs. Apr. 19:  AzMERIT Reading Parts 1 & 2 during Humanities II: American Studies.
  • Week of April 23: AzMERIT Math Parts 1 & 2. Specific dates/classes TBA.


  • Fri. April 5: AzMERIT Writing during Culture & Comp and Democracy classes.
  • Mon. April 16: AzMERT Reading Parts 1 & 2 during Culture & Comp and Democracy classes.
  • Mon. April 23 & Tues. April 24: AzMERIT Math Parts 1 & 2 in Chemistry, Algebra II, and Per. 5 electives classes

More information about AzMERIT can be found here:



Freshman Trip Info Night Thurs. Mar. 15

The Freshmen overnight camping trip to Molino Canyon will be April 5-6. Join trip leader Josh Banno to learn more about the plans this Thurs. evening, Feb. 15, at 5:30 p.m. in our new space at 37 E. Pennington.

2018-2019 School Calendar is Here!

The City High School Board approved the 2018-2019 school calendar at their last meeting. School starts for students Tues. August 7, 2018. We made a few changes to our typical calendar this year: school starts back for students after Winter Break on Tues. Jan. 8, 2019, and we will have a Spring Holiday on Fri. April 19, 2019. Another big change is that the last day of school and graduation will be Wed, May 29, 2019. We’re excited about next year!

CHS_1819_Calendar board approved




Important Dates in March and April

March 1: 37 E. Pennington Open House and Campaign Kickoff!

March 2: PSAT 9 & 10 (Freshmen and Sophomores)

March 8: Family Night: GSA Poetry Workshop Reading

March 9: Career Day

March 12-15: Sophomore Trip to Los Angeles

March 15: Family Night: Freshman Trip Info Night; How do I know my child is learning? Grading System Update

March 16: Professional Development Day— No school for students

March 19-23: Spring Break– No school

March 29: Family Night: College Night for Freshmen

April 5: Family Night: TBA

April 5-6: Freshman Trip to Molino Canyon

April 12: Family Night: Pennington St. Showcase Prep

April 13: Pennington Street Showcase

April 19: Family Night: TBA

April 25: Arts & Culture Community Day

April 26: Family Night: Senior Research Symposium

April 27: Prom @ Stillwell House