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Sophomores Gear Up for Multi-Day Field Trip

The 10th grade class travels to Los Angeles next week for their big multi-day academic field trip of the year. The trip connects most closely with the American Studies course that all sophomores take, with a specific focus on 20th-century American history and culture. Students will visit the Japanese American National Museum, the Museum of Tolerance, and the Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument.

The trip will involve some beach time too! The group will camp at Leo Carillo State Park in Malibu and and get to enjoy the Pacific Ocean. Accompanying the students will be teachers Dillon Martino, Jessica Melrose, Jessica Janacek, Angela Marquez, and Sean Williams.

Reminders for 10th grade students and families:

  • Students need to report to school at 7:00am on Monday, March 13.
  • Buses are scheduled to return Thursday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m.
  • Check the packing list to make sure you are prepared.
  • Contact Trip Leader Dillon Martino with any questions.

Ensuring Our Schools Are Safe Places for All Students

Dear Students and Families,

Last week the United States Departments of Justice and Education rescinded the guidance that the Obama administration issued less than a year ago advising schools districts to let transgender students use the bathroom of their choice. This recent move by the federal government has created a lot of uncertainty and fear about the status of students’ rights, especially the status of students who identify as LGBTQ.

Our three schools have been out in front on this issue, taking a proactive approach that respects student identity and inclusion and works continuously against discrimination and bullying. Despite the national political debates and about-faces, our schools will continue to be places where all students are protected and nurtured.

Here are links to two recent articles on the issue that provide context, both local and national:

Additionally, an interview of a City High School student was featured in a KGUN9 news story this evening: Local transgender student responds to bathroom protection reversal.

Last week’s actions by the federal government were not the first of its kind since the new administration took office in January. We recognize that many students from a variety of backgrounds, especially those from immigrant and Muslim families, are feeling confused and threatened in response to proposed legislation. And Jewish students and families are increasingly concerned about the rise of threats against their community, including a bomb threat in Tucson earlier today.

On behalf of all of the staff at the Paulo Freire Freedom Schools, City High School, and CITY Center for Collaborative Learning, we want to assure you that our schools will continue to be inclusive and safe spaces for all of our students. It is also part of our mission to collaborate with our Arizona colleagues to help all schools become similar safe havens.

If students or family members have questions or suggestions about our policies or practices, please contact us. We welcome your input and collaboration.


Chad Blair, Brett Goble & JoAnn Groh, Principals

Carrie Brennan, Executive Director

Yo Soy Student Showcase this Saturday at Studio ONE

Come celebrate multi-media and multifaceted artistic representations of the power of identity. The Yo Soy Student Showcase is a mulit-media art show and reception focused on honoring and embracing students’ views regarding their own personal identities. The Yo Soy Student Showcase will be held this Saturday, March 4 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Studio ONE: A Space for Art and Activism, 197 E Toole Ave. 

The Yo Soy project is part of Marisol Badilla‘s Spanish class curriculum. Throughout the project students learned about the verbs (ser, estar and tener) in the present tense, in order to reflect on how their identity is constructed based on their own perceptions of who they are, the actions they take, and the influential people around them. Students also learned about different stages of political consciousness in their investigations. All of these internal struggles and realizations were the inspirations for their Yo Soy poems and their artistic displays.

Sophomore Trip to Los Angeles, March 13-16

Sophomore Each grade level at City High School participates in a multi-day field trip during the academic year to enhance their knowledge of our region and to create community as a class. The 10th grade field trip to LA is now in its seventh year at City High School. The trip focuses on 20th-century American history and culture, and students will have the opportunity to visit world class museums including the Museum of Tolerance and the Japanese American National Museum.

Students and staff chaperones will depart from City High School on the morning of Monday, March 13 and return the evening of Thursday, March 16. Contact trip leader and American Studies Teacher, Dillon Martino, for more information. 

Freshman Trip to Kitt Peak March 1 & 2

Kitt Peak 2013
Teachers and students will be traveling to Kitt Peak March 1 and 2 to participate in an amazing night sky experience. The trip is intended to enhance learning in a Physics class unit of study which focuses on optics and astronomy. Students will also visit the Tohono O’odham Cultural Center and Museum in nearby Sells to extend their learning in Humanities.


Rodeo Break — February 23 & 24

This week is a short one! City High School joins other district schools in Tucson in taking a Rodeo Break on Thursday and Friday, February 23 and 24. We will resume school on Monday, February 27. The next Spring Semester school days off will be Spring Break, March 20-24.

Updates on After School Academic Support Sessions


City High School is committed to supporting all students to reach their academic potential. At times, students require additional, focused time with their teachers or with a tutor to complete classwork and develop skills. Among the many varied after school enrichment activities, the VOICES extended day program includes office hours before and after school as well as tutoring in all subjects after school.

In order to provide more timely and targeted academic support to students we are changing the way we assign required after school office hours. There are two major changes that students and parents need to be aware of:

  • The day for required after school office hours changes from Monday to Tuesday. Required office hours on Tuesdays will begin on February 14 and the sessions will go from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m..
  • Teachers, not Advisors, will be assigning Tuesday after school office hours to students in order to reteach content and skills. Teachers will also assign after school office hours to students who do not turn in major assignments or are inconsistent with completing and turning in homework.

The times for morning office hours for all teachers remains the same: Tuesdays through Fridays from 8:30 to 8:55 a.m. These are optional office hours for students who need extra help or need to get caught up on school work due to an absence.

After school tutoring sessions for all academic subjects continue on Thursdays and Fridays from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.. These are optional help sessions open to all students. However, teachers and administrative staff may be requiring some students to attend these tutoring sessions to help them build up their skills and get caught up on work. For more information on required after school support, please contact Brett Goble, Principal.

Come See Our Progress at 37 E Pennington Street

City Facade

Want to participate in our planning for the renovation of the building next door to City High School? Join us on Monday, February 13 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. for an Open House at 37 E Pennington Street. Meet the architect and staff from our nonprofit organization, CITY Center for Collaborative Learning, enjoy some snacks, and share your perspective on the expansion into our new space!

Accreditation Site Visit, February 7 & 8

This year, City High School successfully renewed its status as an accredited school with AdvancED. Early in February, 2017 the school hosted a team of reviewers who conducted a comprehensive review of all aspects of our educational program; the visit included classroom observations, analysis of academic performance and stakeholder survey data, and interviews with students, staff and parents.

Being an AdvancED accredited school means that all aspects of our school are evaluated every five years based on rigorous standards by outside peer professionals. As an accredited school, City High School is recognized by schools and institutions across the country as a quality school committed to continuous improvement. The process of renewing our accreditation has helped us carefully examine our practice as educators and develop plans for improving what we do to help all students learn and succeed. If you would like more information about the AdvancED accreditation process, please contact Brett Goble, Principal.

Enrollment Application Deadline – February 1st

February 1, 2017 is the deadline for prospective families to submit enrollment applications for the 2016-2017 school year. Applications received on or before 2/1/16 will be considered in our enrollment lottery. Visit the Enrollment section of our website for more information.

Prospective students and their families interested in enrollment next year are strongly encouraged to visit the school as part of the enrollment process. Enrollment tours include a presentation and Q & A session for participants to learn more about the academic program, resources, and staff.

City High School’s next tour of the season is an evening tour on Thursday, February 16 at 5:30 p.m., followed by a morning tour at 8:30 a.m. the next day, Friday February 17.

For additional enrollment information and the 2017-2018 application form you can link to enrollment information on school website.

If you have any further questions or to make a reservation at the upcoming enrollment tour, contact Heather Moreno, Office Manager.