StoryShare Performance, Class of 2018
A City High tradition continues! This year’s freshmen have once again participated in a phenomenal program through Literacy Connects called StoryShare.
First, the students wrote original short stories around the theme of social justice, thinking about the power of storytelling. The two classes switched stories, and small groups in each class chose a story from the other class to turn into a short performance. The students have been working with guest artist Sean Cronin weekly since the beginning of the quarter to develop their theater skills and performances.
Come see the results of their hard work this Thursday, March 16! Refreshments from Culinary starting at 5:30 p.m.; the show begins promptly at 6 p.m.
Last year, Tucson legend Linda Rondstadt wrote an op-ed in the Arizona Daily Star arguing that Tucson needs a new plaza to replace the old La Placita de la Mesilla that was destroyed along with 80 acres of downtown Tucson in the 1960s. (All that remains is the gazebo, pictured above.)
“For Tucson to grow into a truly great city, our downtown needs a heart and soul. A plaza before the historic cathedral will provide this essential element. It will be an affirmation of our heritage, a way of connecting culturally with Mexico, and a wonderful new place — the very meaning of plaza — that resonates with Tucson’s history,” wrote Rondstadt.
Our 9th graders have been learning about urban development related to Tucson’s history. As a culminating project, they are currently developing proposals of their own for a new downtown plaza, inspired by Rondstadt’s proposal. “Zocalo” is the common name for the Plaza de la Constitucion in Mexico City, which, according to Wikipedia, is “a gathering place… the main venue for both national celebration and national protest.” The students’ proposals must make a case for the significance of the proposed location of their zocalo, and include details about what their zocalo will contain.
Come see the students’ proposals Tuesday, December 6, between 10-10:45 a.m. upstairs in Rooms 211/212. Audience members will be able to vote on their favorite proposals!
Ever heard of executive function skills? They’re skills related to thinking processes like reasoning and problem solving. It’s something we want all City High students to develop. Turns out, one of the best ways to sharpen your executive functions is to play games!
Student Voice Committee invites you to the first-ever City High Family Game Night Thursday, February 11, from 5:30-7:00 p.m.. Board games will be available for play in the Cafe (Set, Scrabble, Clue, and Battleship, to name just a few), and for the more musically-inclined, we’ll have Just Dance set up on the new big screen in the Whole School Meeting room. If you’re feeling like even more of a mental challenge, sign up to solve an original murder mystery created by members of the Student Voice Committee. The sleuth who finds out whodunnit wins a pair of tickets to Prom.
Free food provided by Culinary; popcorn and soda will be for sale to benefit Prom.
Last quarter, the 9th graders learned about the history of documentary filmmaking and made their own short films, with the help of Humanities teacher Annie Holub, video production teacher Jessica Melrose, and many community members. Two local filmmakers came in to teach lessons on filmmaking: Paul Holze of Groundwork Promotions taught the students how to use the cameras and shoot interviews, and Leslie Ann Epperson showed clips of her most recent documentary, Many Bones One Heart, and discussed her process. Both Paul and Leslie also volunteered to serve as mentors for the students, as did Evan Grae Davis, whose most recent film It’s A Girl explores the practice of gendercide worldwide; former Access Tucson director Lisa Horner; local photojournalist Anne Dalton, chair of the documentary group of the nonprofit Independent Film Arizona; and City High students Angelique Montano and Grey Peckham, who both have extensive skills in video production.
The 9th grade students made films about a range of topics: advice for freshmen; where to find local ice cream around downtown; family Thanksgiving celebrations; perceptions and stereotypes of video gamers; the importance of physical fitness (see screen shot, above); student’s thoughts on race, body image, and sexual orientations; City High’s Thanksgiving feast; pre-professional dancers; and a night in the life of teenage girls. Please join us for a screening of the student films Thursday, January 14, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. We’ll also formally thank the local filmmakers for their incredible guidance and support. Refreshments provided!
Please contact Annie Holub if you have any questions.
Sean Cronin teaching last year’s 9th graders.
Join the 9th graders this Thursday, October 8, during Family Night from 5:30-7:00 p.m. for their final StoryShare performances! The students have been working with guest artist Sean Cronin from Literacy Connects and Stories That Soar! to write and develop short stories into theatrical performances.
Starting back in August, the students began learning about stage directions and how to communicate emotions and stories just through their bodies. They learned about tableaux, or frozen pictures that depict a scene from a story, and worked in small groups to create images from fairy tales. They then each wrote a 1-2 page original short story in Humanities. Each class’s stories were given to the other class, and the students chose a select few to turn into performances. The students don’t know if their story was chosen until the night of the performance! Please join us for the unveiling, and for some very excellent original work. One night only! Don’t miss out!
Childcare and refreshments made by the Culinary class will be provided.
The Student Voice Committee has challenged students to bring a water bottle to school for 30 days. If a student is seen using a water bottle, he or she gets a funky sticker. 30 stickers=a prize! We have gift cards and coupons donated from 4th Ave. Deli, Ike’s Coffee & Tea, Rae’s Place Downtown Market, and eegee’s, and the grand prize is a narwhal stainless steel water bottle. We’re in the final weeks of the challenge, so students, be sure to bring your water bottle!
Student Voice Committee is challenging all students to get caught using a reusable water bottle during the months of March and April.
The disposable cups that we get from Sparklett’s create a lot of unnecessary waste, and they are too small to really provide good hydration throughout the day. According to WebMD, “About 70% to 80% of your brain tissue is water. If you’re dehydrated, your body and your mind are stressed.” Each small disposable cup only holds about 5 ounces of water. Most health professionals recommend drinking on average about 64 ounces of water a day to be properly hydrated— that means 12 trips to the water cooler, and 12 disposable cups in the trash, to ensure hydration throughout the day. Multiply that by 5 days a week and 180 students— now that’s a lot of waste.
Bringing a reusable water bottle means students will be better hydrated, more focused, and will be reducing waste in the process. Students will get a sticker if seen with a water bottle; once a student collects 30 stickers, he or she will get to select a prize. So far prizes include gift cards from Rae’s Place, 4th Ave. Deli, and Sparkroot, with more to be announced soon. At the end of April, we’ll do a drawing for the grand prize— a stainless steel narwhal water bottle, to use with City High pride everyday.
The 9th graders’ first City High overnight trip is coming soon! We will be traveling to Kitt Peak March 11-12 to participate in their amazing night sky experience. We will also visit the Tohono O’odham Cultural Center and Museum in nearby Sells. 9th grade parents, please complete the permission form in your email & return it to Annie Holub by this Friday, Feb. 13. The information packet and permission forms can be located on the Inside City High page of the school’s website. (Scroll down to locate PDFs.)
The Student Voice Committee has been hard at work planning a Winter Party at City High Friday, December 12, from 6-9 p.m. We’ll have pizza, eegee’s, games, music, performances by student bands, dancing, and a photo booth. Tickets are $10/single, $15/couple. Students can buy tickets from Student Voice Committee members at lunch every day this week. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.
We’ve all used maps to get around or find a location, but how many of us have actually made our own maps? In Humanities I: Self and Place, the 9th graders have been learning about various kinds of maps, including thematic maps, which are maps that have a theme and help provide information beyond just typical geographical information like place names. They created some thematic maps of downtown Tucson using Google MapsEngine, an interactive map-making platform. After brainstorming ideas for themes, the students then created teams to research and collect data for each map. Wondering what businesses are locally-owned? Or where to go to make and/or view art? Use the student maps to help you!
Next, students spent some time learning about cognitive maps– the maps we have in our heads that are unique to our own experiences and perceptions of places. Cognitive maps often reveal what’s important to the mapmaker, and can be an insight into his or her perspective of the world. The students had 15 minutes to a “quick draw” a map of one floor of City High (a few examples are photographed below). Each one is unique in that it shows how the mapmaker views the space.