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Dye-namic Community in Color, April 26

The Restorative Program at City High School and Nonviolence Legacy Project invites Tucson families to come celebrate the importance of community and non-violent practice. Dye-namic: Community in Color is an event that seeks to create awareness around the impact of nonviolence practices within Tucson’s families. This event highlights and embraces all forms of family and community connections. Join us for an evening of music, food, and tie dyeing. Dye-namic Community in Color will be on Friday, April 26 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at 37 E. Pennington Street.

Admission is $5 for a family and $3 for a single person. Bring your own white shirt. Our own Becca Dillon will be the DJ. We’ll have food at no cost, including gluten free and vegetarian options. Bring two additional people and enter a raffle for a $50 visa gift card. Contact the Restorative Program Coordinator, Marisol Badilla, with questions.

AzMERIT Testing in April

April in Arizona means it’s AzMERIT testing time. Grades 9, 10, and 11 will be testing on various days throughout the month. The AzMERIT is one important indicator for how students are making progress in English, Math and Science. Please encourage your students to do their best on the test in order to get accurate information on their academic progress.

Below is a grade-level breakdown of when students will be testing. All of this information is also available on our on-line events calendar. AzMERIT tests are course-specific, so if your student is in an out-of-cohort class (for example, a Sophomore in Algebra 2), they will take the AzMERIT test for the class they are currently in.

On testing days, please make sure your student is well-rested, fed, and at school on time to begin testing. We will have some snacks available. All AzMERIT tests and the AIMS Science test are computer-based. Students are encouraged to bring their own headphones to use for the test. Cell phone use is not allowed during any of the testing sessions.

Freshmen

  • Wednesday, April 10: AzMERIT Writing
  • Friday, April 12: AzMERIT Reading Parts 1 & 2
  • Thursday, April 18: AzMERIT Algebra I Parts 1 & 2

Sophomores

  • Monday, April 8: AzMERIT Writing
  • Monday, April 15: AIMS Science
  • Tuesday April 16: AzMERIT Reading Parts 1 & 2
  • Tuesday, April 23: AzMERIT Geometry Parts 1 & 2

Juniors

  • Thursday, April 11: AzMERIT Writing
  • Wednesday, April 17: AzMERT Reading Parts 1 & 2
  • Wednesday, April 24: AzMERIT Algebra II Parts 1 & 2

More information about AzMERIT can be found here:

Pennington Street Showcase: STEM Edition, April 4

The Pennington Street Showcase STEM edition is happening on Thursday, April 4 from 5-7 pm at City High School. Student will present project work related to the subjects Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). All families are invited to attend.

The Pennington Street Showcase will feature DNA experiments using CRISPR kits, WWII-themed periodic tables, probability games, a giant, interactive Rubik’s Cube mosaic, and so much more!

This event is a public demonstration of student learning.  The Pennington Street Showcase allows students from Paulo Freire Freedom School -University, Paulo Freire Freedom School -Downtown, and City High School to show their rigorous, authentic, and real-world learning and understanding in front of a meaningful audience.  Come join us for an engaging and fun evening of student excellence.

School Board Approves Calendar

The City High School Board approved the 2019-2020 school year calendar at their meeting on March 5, 2019. Download a copy at this link: School Calendar 2019-2020

CITY Center for Collaborative Learning Hiring Fair, March 1

Join us for a hiring fair-happy hour combo. Drinks and light fare will be served. All educators (actively looking for positions or not) are welcome to attend.

CITY Center for Collaborative Learning‘s Hiring Fair will take place on March 1st, from 3:30-6pm, in our 37 E. Pennington St. space. Hope to see you there!

Somos Familia: February 16 at Las Milpitas Community Farm

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 Saturday February 16 from 4:00-7:30 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 Jamie’s Gang, and City High student performers, and DJ Humble Lianess. Food will be available for purchase (cash only) from La Indita. Proceeds go toward future Family Association events.

Las Milpitas Community Farm is located at 2405 S Cottonwood Lane, on the banks of the Santa Cruz River.

Family Association Meeting, January 24

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Join us Thursday night, January, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for a meeting of the  City High Family Association. The aim of the Family Association is to encourage sustainable and effective partnerships between all members of the school community, including teachers, families, and students. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

All parents of a City High School student are welcome and encouraged to attend. We will be discussing our plans for family events for the Spring semester and will be seeking your input. Questions? Contact the Family Association Co-Chair, Marisol Badilla. We hope to see you there!

Student-Led Conferences for 10th & 12th Grade Students, January 9, 10, and 11

Sophomores and Seniors have been preparing for their Student-Led Conferences, happening January 9, 10 and 11, the week after Winter Break. The Student-Led Conference , a City High School tradition, 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 as well as discuss their understanding of the social-emotional skills we’ve started to focus on this year.

Parents of Sophomores and SeniorsOnline sign up for Student-Led Conferences is now live! Thirty-minute conference time slots are available Wednesday, January 9 from 1:30-4:30 p.m.;  Thursday, January 10 from 8:30-11:00 a.m. and 4:00-7:30 p.m.,  or Friday, January 11 from 8:30-11:00 a.m.

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

http://www.meetme.so/student-led-conf-CHS2018

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. If you run into problems scheduling a conference online, please call us at (520) 623-7223 or email eve@cityhighschool.org. We look forward to seeing you at your student’s Student-Led Conference!

The school will operate on special schedules on January 10th and 11th to accommodate the conference schedule:

THURSDAY, January 10th

11:00 a.m. Building opens to students

11:40 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Lunch served

12:05 p.m.-12:45 p.m. PER 1

12:50 p.m.-1:30 p.m. PER 3

1:35 p.m.- 2:15 p.m. PER 5

2:20 p.m.-3:00 p.m. ADVISORY

Students dismissed at 3:00 p.m.

 

FRIDAY, January 11th

11:00 a.m. Building opens to students

11:40 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Lunch served

12:05 p.m.-12:45 p.m. PER 2

12:50 p.m.-1:30 p.m. PER 4

1:35 p.m.- 2:15 p.m. PER 6

2:20 p.m.-3:00 p.m. PER 7

Students dismissed at 3:00 p.m.

Congratulations, KC Engelmann, on Achieving National Board Certification!

KC Engelmann

City High School Math Teacher KC Engelmann achieved one of the teaching profession’s highest accolades earlier this month when she was named a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Mathematics for Adolescence and Young Adulthood.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) grants individual teachers National Board Certification following a performance-based assessment of a teacher’s pedagogical skills and content knowledge; the process is lengthy and rigorous, involving numerous essay submissions, videotaping of classroom instruction, and content exams in one’s subject area.

The Board awarded 85 new national board certifications to Arizona educators in December. KC was one of only four high school teachers in the state to achieve National Board Certification in mathematics 2018. KC joins Brett Goble and Eve Rifkin as the third National Board Certified staff member at City High School.

Pennington Street Showcase: Arts & Culture Edition, December 13

The Pennington Street Showcase Arts and Culture edition is happening on Thursday, December 13 from 5-7 pm at City High School.  All families are invited to attend.

The Pennington Street Showcase will feature a fashion runway show narrated in Spanish, a jazz club featuring musician stories from the segregated South in the 1940’s and 1950’s, DNA lp’s, classical guitar, modern dance, a performed scene from To Kill A Mockingbird by the City High School drama productions class, and an art gallery with art prints for sale.

This event is a public demonstration of student learning.  The Pennington Street Showcase allows students from Paulo Freire Freedom School -University, Paulo Freire Freedom School -Downtown, and City High School to show their rigorous, authentic, and real-world learning and understanding in front of a meaningful audience.  Come join us for an engaging and fun evening of student excellence.