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Important dates in August and September

Important dates during August and September at City High School:

August 24: Back-to-School Night from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

August 31: Whole School Retreat (More details coming soon!)

September 4: Labor Day. No school.

September 14-15: Parent-Teacher Conferences (More details coming soon!)

September 21: Junior Trip Parent Info Meeting at 5:30 p.m.

Other future events can be found on our 2017-2018 School Calendar and our Google Calendar.

Summer Bridge runs July 26-28 for new students

Class of 2018 during Summer Bridge 2014.

Incoming new students will get a chance to learn about being a City High student during this year’s Summer Bridge program. Summer Bridge runs Wednesday, July 26 through Friday, July 28, from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. at City High School for all incoming freshmen and transfer students. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

If you or your student is an incoming freshman or transfer student and has not yet signed up, please visit this link to register.

If you are a current, returning student and want to volunteer to help out at Summer Bridge, contact Tom Moore at

What’s been happening over the summer at City High School?

Summertime is always a optimal time to get things done. Lots of exciting things have been happening in and around the building the past few weeks:

  • We have a new bell schedule. The schedule was developed to work in more face-to-face time with classes, which is especially important for math and writing. 
  • New flooring has been installed on the second floor. Classrooms now have new carpet tiles, and the hallways have the same blue and white marmoleum that was installed on the ground floor a couple years ago.
  • The stairs between the ground and second floors got a fresh new coat of paint.
  • Renovations are finally underway next door at 37 E. Pennington. The roof beams are exposed and the space is well on its way to be ready for use sometime this school year.
  • Last but not least, we’ve hired some new staff members! More about each of them will be posted soon, but we welcome Carina Brokamp, Special Education Inclusion; Taylor Johnson, 9th grade Learning in Community and English 9; Kathy Moore, 9th grade Learning in Community and Biology; and Will Smith, Special Education Inclusion Assistant and Fitness.

Letter from the Principal: Important Back-to-School Dates for Students & Families

Brett Goble

Dear Students & Families,

We are busy gearing up for the new school year and look forward to seeing everyone soon! We hope you all received the packet sent home early last week. Included in the mailing were important forms to fill in and other school information for your reference. Here are reminders about the two big dates highlighted in the mailing:

Monday, July 31: Back-to-School Registration

  • All students are required to attend and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Registration is open from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Families with a last name beginning A-M are requested to come to the morning session
  • Families with a last name beginning N-Z are requested to come to the afternoon session

Students will receive their schedules and other important information at registration. They will also have their pictures taken for their school ID so please encourage your child to dress accordingly. Parents will have the opportunity to pay student fees, learn how to use PowerSchool to stay informed on their child’s progress and attendance, and turn in several required school forms that were mailed home last week.

Tuesday, August 8: First Day of School

Classes for all students begin on August 8. Students will attend a regular day of Tuesday classes on the first day of school (periods 1, 3, 5, and core electives).

If you have any questions about registration, please contact Office Manager Becca Dillon at 623-7223 x200 or


Brett Goble, Principal

Construction on Scott Ave.

Scott Ave., which runs just to the east of City High School, is getting a much-needed facelift! Trees, better sidewalks, bike racks, and new lighting are all part of the Scott Ave. Streetscape Project.

Construction is set to begin any day now, and may impact access to Pennington St. during drop off/pick up once school starts August 8th. According to the City Manager’s office, “One lane of traffic will be maintained during construction along with a clear and safe pedestrian travel path. Construction will not exceed 3 months.”

Will it float? Join us at the YMCA for Boat Day Thursday, May 11.

Why do boats float? The freshmen have been working on answering this question by designing and building their own life-size boats out of only cardboard and packing tape. Will they sink? Will they float? Join us Thursday, May 11, at 9:45 a.m. at the downtown YMCA to find out!

9th Grade StoryShare Performance Thursday, March 16


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.

9th Grade Zocalo Project Presentations Tues. Dec. 6!


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!

Play Together! Family Game Night on February 11

game night

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.

9th Graders Present Documentary Projects – Thursday 1/14

film crew

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.