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Link to Annual Parent Survey

Help us achieve 100% return rate on this important annual survey for parents and guardians. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to provide us with essential feedback on our educational program.

Parents, please follow this LINK to the survey.

 

 

Eve Rifkin Earns a Doctoral Degree from Vanderbilt University

There’s a doctor in the house! City High School just got a whole lot smarter as, last weekend, City High School co-founder, Eve Rifkin graduated with a doctoral degree in Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development. Eve successfully completed the three-year EdD program at Vanderbilt while serving full-time as the school’s Director of College Access. As one of the top scholars in her program, Eve was awarded the Arlo Wheeler prize. The Wheeler prize honors a graduate who works in K-12 education and is the only prize awarded by Peabody’s EdD program. Congratulations Dr. Rifkin on this incredible achievement! We are so proud!

Demo Day this Saturday, May 6 — Watch It Live!

Students in Krista Gypton‘s Social Entrepreneurship class will pitch their innovative business ideas on solutions to social and environmental problems to a panel of judges in Phoenix this Saturday, May 6 at the Seed Spot Next Demo Day. Each team in class has three minutes to deliver their pitch!

Oliver Dewey and Angelique Montano will compete in the final round at the National Demo Day beginning at 6:30 p.m. ! Watch them live from here!  https://seedspot.org/hsdemoday2017/  Password: HSNEXT

Krista Gypton Receives UA Wildcat Writers Award

Congratulations to City High School English Teacher, Krista Gypton, who will be honored with a Wildcat Writers‘ Service Learning Award. Krista will receive the award at the University of Arizona Writing Program’s annual awards ceremony on Thursday, April 27 at 5:00 p.m. at the Arizona History MuseumThe Wildcat Writers’ program connects high school and college writing teachers and students, engaging them in service learning projects within their communities.

This year, Krista was selected to be part of the Wildcat Writers cohort of high school teachers. Krista facilitated exchanges between her students and writing students at the U of A, one of which involved the students surveying their community to identify problems in need of solutions. She also organized the event Big Change, Little City, hosted at the U of A, which brought together a panel of community leaders and activists who seek to ignite and adapt to change in their professional work. The event provided City High School and U of A students an opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue and share ideas about how we navigate change in our lives.

2017-2018 School Calendar Approved

At their meeting on April 6, the City High School board approved the calendar for the 2017-2018 school year. A copy of the calendar, as well as other important school documents, can be found on the Inside City High page.

Get Your Tickets Now for Demo Day: April 21 at the Pennington St. Showcase

One of the featured events at the upcoming Pennington Street Showcase on April 21 is Demo Day. Students in Krista Gypton‘s Social Entrepreneurship class will pitch their innovative business ideas on solutions to social and environmental problems to a panel of judges. Each team in class has three minutes to deliver their pitch!

The winning team will have the chance to compete in Phoenix at the Seed Spot Next Demo Day in front of 3,000 people. The pitches will take place during the Pennington Street Showcase at our partner, Startup Tucson‘s, location next door at the Co-Lab Workspace from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Entry to Demo Day is free; however, seating for this special event is limited. Please secure your spot in the audience with your registration.

2016 Tax Credits Accepted Until April 18

If you haven’t already done so, make your 2016 tax credit contribution today to City High School before filing your taxes on April 18. Thank you to all of you who have already made your 2016 tax credit contributions. We appreciate your support in helping us reach our goal.

Arizona law allows taxpayers to contribute to schools ($200 for an individual and $400 for married couples) and receive a tax credit for the donation.  A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction of the taxes one owes to the state.

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. Thank you for your ongoing support for City High School!

 

AzMERIT Testing Continues in April

The next phase of AzMERIT continues this week with Reading tests for all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students. AzMERIT Math tests will be administered next week. The online calendar located on the school website has all testing days noted.

AzMERIT, the statewide test required of all public schools, is an important indicator of student performance on state standards for reading, writing and math. The tests for high school students are designed as end-of-course tests. The best way for students to prepare for the tests is to be actively engaged in their humanities, English, and math classes throughout the year.

Student scores on AzMERIT are one important indicator of student achievement. City High School also values other assessments, such as performances, exhibitions, and projects to provide a complete picture of what a student knows. This week, for example, City High School students will be showcasing their learning to a public audience at the Pennington Street Showcase on April 21. 

Read more about the AzMERIT at the Arizona Department of Education AzMERIT portal.  For any specific questions regarding testing at City High School, contact Brett Goble.

Pennington Street Showcase April 21

Join us on Friday, April 21 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 21 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.

Most of the exhibits and presentations from Paulo Freire Freedom School will be scheduled in the first two hours of the event, from 3:00-5:00 p.m.; City High School student presentations follow, mostly scheduled from 5:00-7:00p.m..

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

  • Social Entrepreneurship Demo Day: Watch students pitch their innovative business ideas on solutions to social and environmental problems to a panel of judges. Each team in Krista Gypton‘s class has three minutes to deliver their pitch! The winning team will have the chance to compete in Phoenix at the Seed Spot Next Demo Day in front of 3,000 people. The pitches will take place during the Pennington Street Showcase at our partner, Startup Tucson‘s, location next door at the Co-Lab Workspace from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Geometry Camera Obscura Demonstration: Experience similarity like never before!  Angela Marquez‘s Geometry classes will have the power of using similar triangles on display using an old-fashioned Camera Obscura. The installation will be in the lobby and will be open during the entire Showcase, 3:00-7:00 p.m.

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!

 

 

Save the Date for the Pennington Street Showcase, April 21

Pennington Street Showcase

The Pennington Street Showcase is set for April 21, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.. Building on the success of the Block Party, our new format will concentrate activities on the sidewalk and inside our school buildings in order to allow family members and friends to focus on the display and celebration of student learning.  Included among the exhibitions will be theater and musical performances, debates, poster presentations, community partner tables and other creative demonstrations of learning. A complete schedule of events is being finalized and will be sent out soon. Check out our Facebook event page for updates and news about the event.

For this special event, our school day will begin at 1:30 p.m. for students and will end after the Showcase has been taken down at 7:30 p.m..  If this late start represents a challenge to you, please contact Dean of Students, Jeff Hartman to make special arrangements. Hope to see you there!