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Last Chance To Sign Up For Gateways!

Parents: If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for your child’s Gateway as soon as possible.

At the end of every school year, City High School students create a gateway presentation to demonstrate their academic progress and personal development as it pertains to the school’s mission and our Habits of Heart and Mind. Each grade level has a different critical question that guides their performance and a successful gateway is required to move on to the next grade level.

The seniors recently completed their Gateways and now it is the time for the rest of the students to demonstrate what they know and can do. The ninth graders will zoom in on the Habits of Heart and Mind,  the tenth graders have to include a demonstration/lesson for their audience, and the eleventh graders will explore the concept of what it means to be a “lifelong learner.”

To schedule your child’s gateway, please visit the following link and sign up for a time slot under the name of your child’s advisor.

Parents are expected to attend their child’s gateway and extended family members and supportive community members are welcome. These formal exhibitions provide excellent opportunities to reflect on the past school year and celebrate successes.

We hope to see you there!




Spring Break March 20th to 24th!

Grease performance


Here are a couple reminders regarding the school schedule and upcoming events:

  • Friday, March 17th: No school for City High students. It is a professional development day for staff.
  • March 20th to March 24th: Spring break! The school building will be closed during this time.
  • Quarter Three: Grades. Report cards for third quarter will be mailed home during the spring break. Please make sure to check for them in the mail!
  • Monday, March 27th: Fourth quarter begins. The end of the school year is quickly approaching.
  • Mark your calendar: The Pennington Street Showcase is scheduled for Friday, April 21st. We hope to see you all there!


Waiting Lists at All Grade Levels for 2017-2018

City High School’s enrollment deadline came and went last month, and we now have waiting lists at all grade levels for next school year (2017-2018). Interested new students can continue to fill out application forms and will be placed on our waiting lists in a first-come-first-serve order.

Families of current City High School students in grades 9 through 11, please contact Assistant Principal Jeff Hartman if your student is NOT planning on attending City High School next year.

Family Association Benefit this Saturday!

Join us this Saturday, February 11, at the Las Milpitas Community Farm, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. for the Family Love celebration to benefit City High School’s Family Association.  The event is an opportunity for City High School staff, family and friends to gather in a relaxed social setting, meet new people, and enjoy some fantastic music and food.

Headlining the entertainment will be Vox Urbana, set to perform at 6:00 p.m.. Student performers, Zoe Fisher and Payton Ash, will also perform. In addition to music, you can enjoy games, crafts, food, dancing, and great conversation.

Tickets are $5 for an individual or $15 for an entire family. Tickets can be purchased at school, cash or check only, from from Jessica Melrose, Art Teacher.  You can also purchase tickets with a credit card by visiting our website. Tamales from La Indita will be available for purchase. All proceeds will go to fund future Family Association social events.

Please reserve the date and share this post with your friends. We hope to see you there!


Ninth Graders Are Going To Kitt Peak!

The ninth grade class will soon be studying optics and Native American history in preparation for its annual overnight trip to Kitt Peak National Observatory and the Tohono O’odham Cultural Center.

The group will leave on Wednesday, March 1, and return on Thursday, March 2. On Wednesday afternoon the group will tour Kitt Peak and learn how the various telescopes that are used to explore the universe, as well as the history of that sacred mountain. In the evening, the group will watch the stars through world-class telescopes and then spend the night on the mountain. The following day, the group will travel to Sells to visit the Tohono O’odham Cultural Center.

There will be a parent information meeting on Thursday evening, February 16th for all ninth grade parents.

Every class at City High School takes one multi-day field trip each year, and Kitt Peak has proven to be a great way for students to start!



Welcome to Our Newest Staff Member!

Welcome to our newest staff member, Jenn Choi! Jenn started this week as the National School Lunch Program/Farm to School Coordinator for CITY Center for Collaborative Learning. Jenn has been teaching the culinary class at City High School since October and will continue to do so, in addition to taking on leadership of the National School Lunch Program and developing the farm-to-school efforts of City High School and the two Paulo Freire Freedom Schools.

Jenn previously worked at the Tucson Village Farms before joining the staff at CITY. She says,  “While working there, I found creative ways to prepare nutritious and delicious food for kids of all ages and groups. I designed and led Farm-to-Table cooking classes that not only taught them how to follow a recipe, but taught them about the science, math, and creativity behind cooking.  I am ecstatic to be the new NSLP and Farm-to-School Coordinator and to bring my skills and experience to CITY.”

To contact Jenn with questions or comments, you can email her at:

Finals Week Schedule

This week, City High students are taking final exams and completing final projects in all their classes. Though some of the classes may meet for an extended time to facilitate testing, presentations, and project completion, the school hours will remain the same on  Tuesday, 12/20, and Wednesday, 12/21. School will be dismissed early (12:40) on Thursday, 12/22, unless a student has a make-up final. Teachers will notify families if there is a need to make up a final on Thursday.

There is no school for students on Friday, December 23rd.

Here is the schedule for the rest of the week:

Wednesday, 12/21 – Special Schedule:

  • 9:00-10:45 Period 1
  • 10:55-12:40 Period 3

Thursday, 12/22 – Special Schedule:

  • 9:00-10:45 Advisory [Roundtable Prep/fun closing &/or reflective activity]
  • 10:55-12:40 Period 5
  • 12:40-1:15 Lunch
  • 1:15-3:00 Make-up finals

 Friday, 12/23 – No school for students

For more information on the Holiday Schedule and Intersession Week in January, please consult the school calendar.

Sign Up for Roundtable Conferences!

Semester Roundtables City High School student-led conferences


Every student at City High School is expected to host a roundtable conference at the end of first semester. The student-led conference 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 for the spring semester.

Online sign up for roundtable conferences is now live!

Thirty minute appointments can be scheduled on Wednesday, January 11th from 8:30 to 4:00, on Thursday, January 12th from 12:30 to 8:00, and on  Friday, January 13th from 12:30 to 3:30.

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

Then click on the student’s advisor to schedule a conference at a time that is convenient for your family. Sign up is first come, first served. If you run into problems scheduling a roundtable online, please call the front desk at 623-7223  x 0.

We look forward to seeing you all at roundtables!

City High Partners With IBM on United Way’s Days of Caring


Volunteers from IBM joined a group of City High School staff and select seniors to give 37 East Pennington a makeover during the United Ways Days of Caring. This annual event is the Tucson community’s single largest volunteer event. Every year, thousands of people from area businesses, schools, and community groups lend their time, talents and energy to volunteer for projects that make a difference in our community.

This year’s project was designed to clear out and clean up the building at 37 East Pennington (formerly known as Shoe City). Volunteers filled a thirty yard dumpster with old furniture and then swept, organized, and painted the interior to make it more accessible. Volunteers also helped out with an alley planting and beautification project. By the end of the day, two critical spaces in our school were utterly transformed.

Many thanks to the United Way and to the intrepid volunteers from IBM.



Volunteer Opportunity at Tucson Meet Yourself


Interested in promoting sustainability, learning about waste reduction, and enjoying some good food? Then come join other City High School students as they volunteer alongside the University of Arizona Compost Cats at  Tucson Meet Yourself.   This annual Tucson festival will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 6th, 7th and 8th. There is no school for students on Friday, October 6th, so students can participate in all three days of this iconic Tucson happening.

You do not need any experience to be a volunteer at the festival. It is a great resume builder for students. All volunteers will be trained by University of Arizona students, will receive a meal voucher for each shift, and will learn about what goes on behind the scenes of Tucson’s premier food festival.

To register to volunteer, please go to this link:

If you would like help registering, or have any questions about volunteering at the festival, please contact City High School’s Urban Sustainability teacher, Ariel Rosen:

We hope to see you there!