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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.

Letter from the Principal: A-F Accountability

Brett Goble

Dear City High School Families and Community,

On Monday, October 9, the Arizona State Board of Education released A-F letter grades for all schools in Arizona. The letter grades are calculated based on a formula that includes proficiency and growth rates on AzMERIT tests as well as graduation rate and college and career readiness indicators.

The A-F grading system provides us with useful information we can use to make adjustments in our instruction and support structures in order to help our students reach higher levels of achievement. The grade and the data that comes with it also affirms what we are doing well so that we can build on those strengths and acknowledge the efforts of our teachers, students, and community partners.

City High School received a “B” under the new accountability system. The State Board of Education considers schools that scored a ‘B’ to be Highly Performing. While we would like more of our students to demonstrate proficiency in Math and English on the AzMERIT tests, students showed significant growth in Math. Our graduation rate and college and career readiness indicators were among our strongest scores.

While we have much to learn from in the data as we continue efforts to improve, we also recognize there are other factors that contribute to the overall quality of our educational program. We regularly engage in projects that ask students apply the subjects they learn to real-world situations and issues. Through our Advisory program and in Student-led Roundtable Conferences and Gateways, we ensure that every student is known well, feels supported, and is appreciated for their unique abilities and passions.

Your own perceptions and the experience of students as they grow academically, socially and emotionally are perhaps the best indicators of our success as a school. Thank you for your ongoing support for City High School as we continue our mission to engage all minds in relevant and meaningful learning.

If you have any questions about the A-F accountability system please visit the State Board of Education’s webpage or contact me.


Brett Goble, Principal

Best Wishes to Our Colleague Jeff Hartman

Jeff Hartman

One of our longest serving staff members, Jeff Hartman, will be leaving City High School at the end of June to begin his “semi-retirement.” Jeff has been with City High School since 2005, our second year as a school. In those early years, Jeff was the 9th grade math and science teacher. He then moved into several school leadership roles over the past seven years.

Jeff has been instrumental in building many long-standing community partnerships and helped coordinate numerous field experiences for City High School students. We would not be the school we are without Jeff’s care, contributions and positive energy. We all wish our friend and colleague, Jeff Hartman, the best of wishes for all of his future endeavors after City High School.


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 Arville 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!