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Advisory Olympics at Jacome Plaza Weds. Dec. 20

City High has considered Jacome Plaza, the park surrounding the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, part of our extended campus for years. So when we heard that the Downtown Tucson Partnership was working on reactivating the space to be more usable for all of downtown’s populations, we were excited to help. If you haven’t seen the changes yet, make an effort to visit! There are tables and chairs and outdoor games, and lots of programming has been planned for the next few weeks.

One of the things we’re doing to make use of the space is the Advisory Olympics, scheduled for the morning of Wednesday, December 20. Instead of Whole School Meeting and Advisory that morning, students will descend on the plaza to compete in games like One-Legged Jousting, 4-Square, a Whiffle Ball Distance Throw, Musical Chairs, and Tug-Of-War. Students will compete individually to win points for their Advisory. Individual event winners will win school-related coupons, like a one-day pass for off-campus lunch, and the winning Advisory will win off-campus lunch together at a to-be-determined location. We’ll have a Spirit Fairy who will award bonus points to students who show enthusiasm and support for their Advisory and fellow classmates, and, since it’s December and it finally feels like winter outside, hot chocolate will be available. Classes will continue as usual afterwards. Let the games begin!

Sign up for a Student-Led Conference Jan. 10th, 11th, or 12th, 2018

Every student at City High School is expected to host a conference after the end of first semester. The Student-Led Conference is facilitated by the student’s Advisor and attended by parents, peers, and other teachers. Students discuss their development and mastery of City High School’s Habits of Heart and Mind by presenting evidence in the form of work they have done over the course of the fall semester. They also set and discuss goals for the spring semester.

Online sign up for Student-Led Conferences is now live! Thirty-minute conference time slots are available Wednesday, January 1oth from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.;  Thursday, January 11th from 12:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.; or Friday, January 12th from 12:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.

To schedule a conference for your City High student, please click on the following link:

Click on your student’s Advisor to select a conference at a time that is convenient for your family. You will only schedule ONE conference with your student’s Advisor. Please do not schedule more than one conference, or schedule a conference with another teacher. (Note: Angela’s Advisees, please select Sean Williams.)

Students are only expected to be at school for their Student-Led Conference Jan. 10th-12th, unless they have been invited by a friend to participate in a conference.

If you run into problems scheduling a conference online, please call us at (520) 623-7223 or email

We look forward to seeing you at your student’s Student-Led Conference!

Winter Party is Dec. 8 at Skate Country

Next Friday, December 8th, is the Winter Party! Come join us at Skate Country, 7980 E. 22nd St., from 5-7 p.m. for a night of skating and revelry. Ticket price is $6 and includes skate rental. The event is put on by Student Voice Committee.

Skate Country is reserved that night for just City High School; we have the whole place to ourselves! All friends are welcome, but if they do not attend City, they will need to fill out an emergency contact form. Tickets and forms are available in the Art Studio.

–Jane Bendickson, Student Contributor

Participate in StoryCorps’ The Great Listen this Thanksgiving

If you’ve ever listened to NPR on a Friday, chances are you’ve heard a story from StoryCorps. And chances are, you were moved to tears or laughter. StoryCorps is a program whose mission is “to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.” The basic premise is, people go to a StoryCorps booth, sit down, and talk to each other, ask each other questions, discuss their stories. The stories are recorded and then archived at the Library of Congress.

Three years ago, StoryCorps started a program called The Great Thanksgiving Listen. The idea is for high school students to interview an elder in their family during Thanksgiving to document that person’s life and story. Since StoryCorp’s goal is to build connections, The Great Thanksgiving Listen challenges high school students to sit down with someone in their family and ask questions about his/her life. To make things even easier, StoryCorps has created an app that students can download to record and then upload the interview to the StoryCorps website for archival.

During Whole School Meeting this week, Annie will be sharing the program with students, and during Advisory, students will get a chance to download the app and start thinking of questions and who they could interview. We’ll also provide students with a copy of the The Great Thanksgiving Listen placemat, which includes possible questions and discussion starters. Even if your family doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving, the long weekend could be an opportunity for your student to make a connection with you or someone else in your family through sharing stories.


Family Night: “How to Talk To Your Child About Marijuana.” Thurs. Nov. 16, 5:30 p.m.

City High School is hosting a FREE series of events called, “How to Talk to Your Child About ___.” The next workshop is coming up fast on Thursday, November 16th!

Susan Towne from the Pima County Juvenile Court Center is going to tell us “How to Talk to Your Child About Marijuana.” The name may sound parent-oriented, but the event is designed to be interactive and tailored toward middle and high school students and their families.

Join us for pizza, and this important information, on November 16th from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Erica Saunders, City High School Wellness Coordinator.

-Jane Bendickson, Student Contributor

Interested in City High School? Come visit us!

It’s not too early to look ahead to the 2018-2019 school year! Are you or someone you know interested in attending City High School? Prospective students and families are strongly encouraged to visit City High School as part of the application process.

We hold school tours throughout the year. The tours include a presentation and Q & A session for participants, and are a great way to learn more about City High School’s academic program, resources, and staff. Our next school tour is Friday morning, Nov. 17, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Please call Becca Dillon, Office, Office Manager, at 623-7223 to sign up. More tours are available in the mornings and evenings over the next few months.  We’d love to meet you!

Our open enrollment period has begun. The first step to enroll at City High School is to complete and submit the enrollment application.  The open enrollment deadline is February 1, 2018. Applications received prior to this date will be placed in a lottery if we have more applications than spaces available. Applications received after February 1, 2018 will be added to the waiting list. If you have any questions about the enrollment process, please contact Becca Dillon.

City High Senior Presents at Western Regional Citizens’ Climate Lobby Conference

Seamus Turner, a senior at City High School, was selected to present on a panel at the Western Regional Citizens’ Climate Lobby Conference, along with his middle school science teacher, Ariane Mohr-Felsen of Paulo Freire Freedom School. Turner and Mohr-Felsen spoke about the importance of engagement and involvement of underrepresented groups, including students and teachers, within the Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s work as well as the greater climate change movement. The conference benefitted Citizens’ Climate Education, and was held in Phoenix, AZ November 3-5, 2017.


Important Dates in November and December










November 2: Family Night: Drama Preview: The Handmaid’s Tale

November 9: 4th Annual Chili Cook-Off

November 10: Veterans’ Day; no school

November 16: Family Night: How to Talk to Your Child About Marijuana

November 23-24: Thanksgiving break; no school

November 30: Family Night: VOICES Showcase

December 7: Family Night: Math Honors Showcase

December 8: Winter Party at Skate Country (more info soon!)

December 14: Family Night: Art Show and Sale

December 14-16: City High Drama Presents The Handmaid’s Tale

December 21-22: Exam and Exhibition Days; End of Semester 1

December 25-January 5: Winter Break

Also check our City High Community Calendar for updates and events.

Community Day Friday, Oct. 27








Community Days at City High are an opportunity for students to engage with the community. Sometimes it’s guests visiting the school for presentations, like with Career Day or Health and Wellness Day, and other times it’s students going out into the community to do service projects.

Friday, October 27 is a service project Community Day. Students will be heading out all over the city to help out local organizations. Groups will be going to:

Most students will be riding SunTran to get to their locations, or walking, if their destination is downtown. The groups going to Pima Animal Care Center and A Mountain will be riding a school bus. Community Day dress is required. Students will be back at City High for lunch and their Period 6 and 7 elective classes.

Halloween at City High!







City High School’s Annual Student Halloween Costume Contest will be held on Halloween day after lunch. Periods 6 and 7 will not meet that day. Students are invited to wear their costumes to school on Halloween, as long as their faces are visible during classes, and no weapons are included in the costume.

Contest categories will be Scariest, Funniest, Most Creative, Best Group, and Best Overall. Guest judges will decide winners. Prizes include gift cards to Empire Pizza, Ike’s, eegee’s, and cookies from the new Nestle Toll House Cafe on Stone.

See some of the costumes from years past on our Facebook page for inspiration: 2016, 2015, 2014.