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Open House at 37 E. Pennington Mar. 1

Our new collaborative learning center is taking shape!

The first phase of innovation is almost complete, and we are inviting the community in for a sneak peek! Please join us for an open house and campaign kick-off Thursday, March 1, from 5-6:30 p.m. at 37 E. Pennington. St.

Enjoy building tours, light refreshments, and student demonstrations from 5-6 p.m. A presentation at 6 p.m. will include remarks from the architect,  campaign chair, and CITY Center for Collaborative Learning‘s executive director.

RSVP on our Facebook event page.

Somos Familia: A Family Love Event Sat. Feb. 17

City High School’s Family Association invites the Tucson community to come celebrate the importance of community and family love.

Somos Familia is a community event that seeks to refocus the energy of St Valentine’s Day back to the importance of family and community solidarity. This event highlights and embraces all forms of family and community connections.

Join us Sat. Feb. 17 from 5:00-8:30 p.m.  for an evening of music, food, and dancing at Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Community Farm! $5 per person or $15 for a family. Live music by Tradiciones, Jamie’s Gang, and City High students Oliver Dewey & Payton Asch. Food will be available for purchase (cash only) from La Indita. Proceeds go toward future Family Association events.

Family Night Thurs. Feb. 15: Health and Wellness, Sophomore Trip Info Session

We have two events scheduled for Family Night Thurs. Feb. 15 from 5:30-7 p.m.

The first is our third workshop of the series “How to Talk to Your Child About_____.” This Wellness Family Night will focus on Prescription Drugs and be facilitated by Susan Towne, Family Court Liaison from the Pima County Juvenile Court Center. Please contact Erica Saunders, Wellness Coordinator, with any questions.

Also on the schedule is the Sophomore Trip Info Session with trip leader Dillon Martino. Sophomore families, please bring your completed permission forms and questions.

Check out our new bus!

CITY Center for Collaborative Learning has a new member of the family! It’s a 14-passenger bus! All 3 schools will have access to the bus, which will be parked by the Paulo Freire Freedom School- University campus, for small-group field trips and extra transportation for larger field trips. Already it’s being used to take students to Las Milpitas de Cottonwood for our new Desert Youth Gardening elective, and it’s scheduled to take Krista‘s Reading Class on a field trip to the MindPlay corporate headquarters Feb. 21. We’re all excited that this dream has finally been realized!

Family Night Thurs. Feb. 8: Algebra Character Project Showcase

For this week’s Family Night Thurs. Feb. 8, Josh Banno‘s Algebra 1 students will be showing off their work from their first semester Algebra Character Project. Students had to create a character that they then used in several Algebra assignments throughout the semester, for example, writing equations that involved that character’s qualities. We will have judges, voting and prizes. Food and beverages will be provided.

Students will also be exhibiting and playing the Algebra Character Card game.
Join us starting at 5:30 p.m.!

City High Senior to Compete in Citywide Poetry Out Loud Competition

Senior Rachel Gascho won City High’s school Poetry Out Loud competition with her performances of “The Kiss” by Robert Graves and “Diameter” by Michelle Y. Burke. Senior Jane Bendickson was the runner-up. Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition where students choose poems to memorize and perform. Students are judged on physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, and evidence of understanding of the poem.

Rachel will represent City High at the citywide competition at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 at the UA Poetry Center. The event is free and open to the public. Congratulations, Rachel, and best of luck at the competition!

Spirit Week Feb. 12-16!

Feb. 12-16 is Spirit Week at City High!

Monday Feb. 12: Pajama Day. Wear your comfy pjs to school.

Tuesday Feb. 13: Crazy Hair Day. Let your creativity show.

Wednesday Feb. 14: Twin Day/Impersonation Day. Show your love for your favorite people by dressing like your friend, or your favorite celebrity/character/person.

Thursday Feb. 15: Decades Day. Go back in time and dress like people did in a decade of the past.

Friday Feb. 16: City High Spirit Day. Wear your City High shirt or any other narwhal-themed clothing.

Using Project-Based Learning to Tackle Screen Time

JoAnn Groh, principal of Paulo Friere Freedom School Downtown, one of CITY Center for Collaborative Learning‘s middle schools, wrote about how her students used project-based learning to address issues surrounding screen time and social media use for the Buck Institute of Education‘s blog. The students did research to then offer suggestions to parents about how to help their students navigate the world of smartphones and digital technology. The students’ suggestions apply to high schoolers as well; we here at City High are also dedicated to helping our students become responsible social media users.

City High Partnering with SIROW To Offer Sexual Education To All 9th and 10th Graders

At City High, we aim to provide health and wellness education that all of our students will benefit from. We have partnered with the Southwest Institute for the Research on Women (SIROW) to provide comprehensive sexual education to our 9th and 1oth grade students (11th and 12th grade students participated in a condensed version during our Health and Wellness Day Jan. 26). SIROW is part of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona.

SIROW’s mission is “to develop, conduct, and disseminate collaborative outreach, education, intervention, and research projects of importance to diverse groups.

The sexual health curriculum, entitled SIROW-HEY (Health Education for Youth) is an 8-session comprehensive sexuality education curriculum. SIROW-HEY provides age-appropriate, culturally-informed, factual information through dynamic, interactive classroom sessions to assist youth in making healthy, informed decisions.

SIROW-HEY consists of the following sessions:

  • Sexual identity, puberty, and self-esteem
  • Sexual/reproductive anatomy & physiology
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
  • Safer sex protection methods
  • Practicing effective communication
  • Recognizing unhealthy relationships
  • Building healthy relationships

Additionally, students can opt to participate in a study, called the Spectrum Evaluation Study, that will evaluate the effectiveness of different programs and services in meeting the sexual education needs of all youth, not excluding youth who identify as LGBTQSA. Your student does not have to participate in the study to be able to receive the SIROW-HEY curriculum, although it is helpful to have this data to assess the overall effectiveness of the program. Consent forms will be sent home with students before the curriculum starts. 

Contact Health and Wellness Coordinator Erica Saunders with any additional questions you many have. Courtney Waters, Spectrum Program Coordinator, is also available to answer questions:

Health and Wellness Day Friday, Jan. 26

Our annual Health and Wellness Community Day is happening this Friday, Jan. 26, organized by Health and Wellness Coordinator Erica Saunders and our AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Ariana Garcia. Regular classes will not meet. Students will start the day in Advisory and then get to choose from a variety of community presenters throughout the day:

  • Sexual Education with Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW) (Morning Sessions- JUNIORS and SENIORS ONLY): The Southwest Institute for Research on Women will be talking about sexual health, sexually transmitted diseases, and contraception.
  • Glorious Greens with Jenn and Dani (Sessions 2, 4, 6): A quick, easy, DELICIOUS way to get greens in your belly! We will chop and sauté up some hearty winter greens for you to enjoy. Learn simple knife and cooking skills, and why/how eating dark, leafy greens can help support your health.
  • Opioid Overdose Prevention and Naloxone with Sonoran Prevention Works (All Sessions): Participants will learn about the trends in overdose rates both nationally and locally. They will learn good harm reduction messaging around preventing an opioid overdose and the major risk factors for overdose. Additionally they will learn how to recognize an opioid overdose and how to respond including how to use the life-saving medication Naloxone.
  • Body Positive (All Sessions): Our presentation will be entirely focused on promoting positive body image in young adults. We will be offering an introduction to Health at Every Size® and other topics related to weight and health.
  • Sugar and Nutrition with Tucson Village Farm (All Sessions): Elizabeth Sparks and Natalie Shepp (Tucson Village Farm/Arizona 4-H) will lead a hands-on demonstration that will teach students how much sugar is in common drinks and which drinks are the best choices. They will also provide a simple and tasty alternative to common sugary drinks.
  • Cyberbullying with University of Arizona College of Public Health (Morning Sessions): Lindsay Bingham from the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health will talk about bullying, with a focus on cyberbullying and social media.
  • Healthy Relationship dynamics with SAAF (All Sessions): SAAF will present about the HYPE/YELL program they facilitate at City High School about healthy relationships and LGBTQ youth leadership.
  • Self-care with SAAF (Afternoon Sessions): SAAF will present about the ALLY program that they facilitate about youth mental health and suicide, focusing on the LGBTQ community.
  • Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Awareness (All Sessions): DAPA City High will facilitate a conversation and interactive activity about the effects different drugs have on adolescent brains, and how to promote prevention in our community.
  • Let’s Play! (All Sessions): City High EA and Fitness instructor Will Smith will facilitate activities outside with students to get them moving and understand the importance of daily activity and fitness to overall wellness.
  • Hardwiring Positivity and Flowing Through Life’s Stressors with Maria Luisa (Sessions 1-5):  Former City High teacher and current substitute teacher Maria Luisa Ruiz Luna will facilitate workshops with students about the science of happiness and how to promote happiness in your daily routine and how to handle the stressors of daily life.
  • Yoga and Mindfulness (Afternoon Sessions): Yoga and mindfulness can be important parts of overall wellness, distressing, and movement in life. Ariana will lead students through a short restorative practice and a mindfulness meditation from
  • Guy Talk (for all genders) (All Sessions): The Guy Talk program offered by Child and Family Resources will explore topics related to healthy masculinity.