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Back-to-School Night is Thursday, August 23

Parents and guardians are encouraged to join us for our annual Back-to-School Night on Thursday, August 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.. This annual event is a great opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and find out more about course expectations.  We will highlight:

  • School mission and goals
  • Ways the parents can get involved at school
  • How to support your child’s learning at home
  • Teacher and support staff qualifications*
  • Academic support and enrichment programs available to students
  • Title 1 funding priorities

Back-to-School Night is primarily designed for adult family members; students may accompany their family members but are not expected to participate.

Questions? Contact: Brett Goble, Principal – 623-7223 x 203 –

¡Bienvenidos a TODAS nuestras familias! Para información en español, por favor llame a Leslie Newman, 623-7223 x 103.

*PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW NOTIFICATION: Parents have a right to know details regarding teacher qualifications. Parents may request information on the professional qualifications of their child’s teachers. Information includes:

  • teacher certification status
  • teacher educational background
  • qualifications of paraprofessionals

Staffing Updates for the 2018-2019 School Year

Some familiar faces at City High have changed roles for this upcoming school year:

  • Annie Holub is teaching Literature, Rhetoric, and Composition (a class that all 12th grade students take)  as well as Reading Support, Creative Writing, and Passion Project, an independent research elective.
  • Eve Rifkin is our Dean of Students.
  • Krista Gypton is teaching Senior Seminar and is our Senior Internship and Community Partnerships Coordinator.

We are excited to have several new staff members join our team this year:

  • Jennifer Knochel is teaching Biology and Desert Youth Gardening. Jennifer is an experienced science educator with a background in anthropology, sustainability, farming, mindfulness, and wilderness catering. Jennifer is part of a cohort of Tucson educators in Recharge the Rain, a 4-year program funded by NOAA and developed by Watershed Management Group and Arizona Project WET to promote climate literacy and resiliency through community action projects.
  • Gia Bloomstrand is a Support Services Education Assistant, and co-teaches a math support class. Gia has been a math teacher for many years, teaching at schools in Tucson and Oakland, California. Gia is moving into the field of Special Education.
  • Andie Sweetman is a Support Services Education Assistant and also co-teaches a math support class. Andie was formerly an after-school and garden educator for the Primavera Foundation; she’s also had internships in West Bank, Palestine and Aman, Jordan.
  • Raevyn Crews is a Support Services Education Assistant. She is currently studying Sociology at the University of Arizona. Raevyn graduated from City High School in 2016 and we are so excited to have her back!

Find out more about these amazing people as well as everyone else on staff by visiting the Staff Directory on our website.

UPDATE: 9th Grade Orientation on August 6 to end at 1pm

Dear 9th Grade Parents and Students,

On Monday, August 6 all incoming 9th grade students will join some of their teachers and the LinkCrew Seniors for a fun day of team building activities at the Pima 4-H High Ropes Course.

Due to the excessive heat warning, we are limiting the day to end at 1:00 p.m. rather that the originally planned end time, which was 3:00 p.m.

The plan is still to meet at City High School at 9:00 a.m., but the outing to the ropes course will be limited to the morning hours. There will be water stations, shade and hose down stations.

We will return to school for lunch at noon, and students will be ready for pick-up at 1:00 p.m. If early pick-up is a problem, we will have activities available for students.

Please contact me with any questions you might have about tomorrow’s plans. Thank you,

Brett Goble, Principal


Important Dates for Back-to-School

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 in July. Included in the mailing were important forms to fill in and other school information for your reference. Here are reminders about some of the important dates highlighted in the mailing:

Monday, July 30: 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.

Monday, August 6: 9th Grade Orientation–All incoming 9th grade students will join our LinkCrew Seniors for a fun day of team building activities to get our freshmen ready for the year.

Tuesday, August 7: First Day of School–Classes for all students begin on August 7. Students will attend a regular day of Tuesday classes on the first day of school (periods 1, 3, 5, and core electives).

Thursday, August 23: Back-to-School Night–Parents are invited to follow their student’s schedule and meet the administration and teachers to learn more about the year ahead.

If you have any questions about registration or the beginning of school, please contact Office Manager & Registrar, Becca Dillon at 623-7223 x200 or


Brett Goble, Principal

Senior Gateways 2018: Thursday, May 17

senior presenter

Senior Gateways are happening this Thursday! Seniors are furiously rehearsing this week and are excited to present their learning. All students present gateways at the end of each year as part of our Schoolwide Assessment Program. Gateway Presentations are a central part of the City HS culture and provide each student an opportunity to reflect on their learning and development throughout their time as students here.

Parents of Seniors should have received a schedule of student presentations; please contact Eve Rifkin for more info about your child’s schedule or if you have any questions. Students in grades 9-11 will be presenting their gateways next week May 22-25.

We look forward to seeing all of our City HS families this week and/or next as we celebrate the end of another successful year.

Pennington Street Showcase, April 13

Join us on Friday, April 13 for the Pennington Street Showcase! This Spring semester showcase event will feature student projects and performances from classes and after school programs from the current year and is hosted by City High School and Paulo Freire Freedom Schools. Join us for this important recognition of what young people can do to make our community a better place.

Please note that City High School will be holding a special schedule on April 13 to accommodate the Pennington Street Showcase. Students are expected to arrive at school no later than 1:30 p.m.. Release time for all students will be at 7:30 p.m.

The Showcase will kick off at 4:00 p.m. with a keynote speaker on the main stage. Four rounds of half-hour student work sessions are to follow. The event will wrap up by 7:00 p.m. with a raffle drawing, a final music performance and food trucks!

Here’s a sneak peek into some of the student learning that will be on display:

  • An interactive, powerful Rubiks cube mural from KC Engelmann and Jessica Melrose‘s Art and Algebra II class
  • Students in Krista Gypton‘s Seed Spot Next Social Entrepreneurship class will pitch their innovative business ideas on solutions to social and environmental problems.
  • Character profiles from the Fantastic Creatures Project by students in Josh Banno‘s Algebra I classes
  • House of the Future scale models from Sean Williams‘ Geometry students.

These and many more exhibitions of student learning will be featured at the Pennington Street Showcase, as well as food trucks, community partner information tables, performances, and other fun activities. Hope to see you there!

Festival of Lights in Winterhaven Dec. 17

The City High School Family Association invites you to the Festival of Lights this Sunday, Dec. 17 in Winterhaven at the home of Family Association Co-Chair and alumni parent, Meta Everett. The event will be a potluck of sweet treats, so bring something to share if you would like.

The event is an open house from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m.. Plan on stopping by as you take a walk around Winterhaven to enjoy a backyard bonfire and student musical performers. City High School families can enjoy the reserved parking lot at the Tucson Lodge #4, F. & A.M. 3590 N. Country Club Road
(SE corner of Country Club and Prince).

We hope to see you on Sunday evening!



City High Radio Podcast Has Arrived!

City High Radio’s podcast is now up and running on iTunes. We are releasing radio stories from the City High Radio archives, so when you subscribe, you’ll get our latest episode in your podcast library.

City High Radio is an award winning youth radio program led by teacher, Sarah Bromer. Stay tuned for new material produced by the City High Radio after school program in the Spring semester, 2018.

City High Launches 2017 Tax Credit Campaign

Every year City High School raises significant dollars through our tax credit campaign to support the most hands-on and intensive learning that our students experience: overnight field trips, arts residencies, after school workshops, and the Advisory program are just a few examples. This year, City High School aims to raise $55,000 in tax credit donations, but we can’t reach our goal without your help.

Make your contribution now through our CITY Center for Collaborative Learning website or by mailing in a check. Visit the tax credit page on our school website to learn more. Donate by December 31 to claim this state tax credit on your 2017 federal tax returns.

The Arizona State School Tax Credit Program is a great opportunity for any Arizona resident to make a financial donation to a public school of their choice and receive a state tax credit. Arizona residents who file individually may donate any amount up to $200, and residents who file jointly may donate up to $400, and receive a dollar-for-dollar reduction on their state taxes.

Your help in sharing our tax credit campaign to encourage your friends and extended family to donate will help us financially support the student learning experiences that engage and inspire.

CityServes Dinner at Jacome Plaza

On Wednesday, November 22, CityServes celebrated the true spirit of Thanksgiving by providing a dinner to the homeless at Jacome Plaza in downtown Tucson. The event was coordinated and organized by City High School senior, Oliver Dewey, and was made possible by many student volunteers who stepped up to the plate. Local restaurants donated enough food to feed the over 50 people that showed up, and the students happily treated them to a beautiful meal, engaged company, and a place to be seen.

CityServes is a new, student-led service club at City High School; its aim is to find ways to channel the energy of young people, their optimism and generosity of spirit to improve and enrich the community.