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Internship Spotlight: Brooklyn Olson


Brooklyn Olson is interning at Miles Elementary school with Jana Martin, where she gets to work with 3rd through 5th-grade students. Brooke chose this internship because she wanted to learn more sign-language and have the opportunity to practice her sign-language skills. “This has helped me discover what I really want to do in life, I would love to be an interpreter in a classroom. My internship makes me so happy!” She is not sure what grade-level or type of classroom she would like to eventually end up in, so her plan is to volunteer in a variety of grade levels to see what she likes the best.


College and Career Family Workshops

College and Career Family Workshops

Navigating high school and making sure that you have the right information in the time you need it can be very challenging. Here is the list of workshops for this semester that will help support parents and guardians in making the most informed decisions to help their students. All the workshops are free, food is provided and all members of the family are welcome. Workshops take place at 37 Pennington.


Paving the Road for Post High School

Junior Parents

January 31 5:30pm – 7:00pm

  • Junior parents are invited to learn about how to best support their students with the steps needed to move into their senior year successfully and out into the world with a goal and a plan. We will go over senior internships, post-high school options and how to best prepare for any path you choose. It doesn’t matter what path you take, just that you have a goal and a clear way to get there. This workshop will pave the way for you.


JTED Night

Sophomore and Junior Parents

February 7th 5:30pm – 7:00pm

  • Amanda Simeza from Pima County JTED. The ‘Joint Technical Education District’ offers a long list of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, many of which lead to licenses or certificates that can lead directly to employment. Come learn about the variety of programs available. Some examples: cosmetology, construction, and medical assistant, just to name a few. Don’t miss out!


It’s Never Too Early

Freshman Parents

March 7th 5:30pm – 7:00pm

  • It’s never too early to make sure students are on a clear path to the life they want after high school. Now is the time to make sure students are setting up a 4-year plan. Know what classes they need to keep their options open for after high school. Learn what programs are available at City High School and in the community to support and direct their interests, abilities, and goals.


Sophomore Year: The Middle Child of High School

Sophomore Parents

April 18th 5:30pm – 7:00pm

  • You are no longer the new freshman and not yet the upperclassman. Sometimes it can be hard to know what you should be doing to best prepare yourself for a solid path both in high school and beyond. Families will look at graduation plan and map out the decisions you need to make in order to ensure that you are on the right path toward what you want to do after high school.

Internship Spotlight: Ella Dunkle


Ella Dunkle is having the experience of her dreams by interning at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) with Eli Burke, the Education Director. Last semester she spent most of her time helping with set-up and direct support for their educational outreach youth programs. This upcoming semester she is looking forward to creating and implementing her own educational programs. “I have really enjoyed the experience of getting to know the people and the space. Learning about professionalism and responsibility has been so helpful. I hope to continue working here even after I graduate.”

Need Unique Beautiful Gifts? See the brilliance of our own Leslie Newman Cho!

Many of you know Leslie Newman as the talented and creative Spanish teacher. What you may not know is how brilliantly talented she is as a jewelry designer. She will have her pieces available this Sunday, December 9th at the Fiesta de Guadalupe celebration at De Grazia Gallery in the Sun. The event is only Sunday from 10-4.
There will be food, music, and artists…lots to do. The gallery is beautiful. Just seeing the gallery is worth a visit. Hope you will go and visit her to see her incredible work and attend the celebration.
The Gallery is located at 6300 N. Swan Road.
Here’s a link to the Fiesta de Guadalupe on FB.

Juniors Take to the Polls

Our Juniors have been researching and learning about the democratic process and elections for the past few weeks.  Last week, they spent time learning about the propositions and presented the information to help inform others. This week they are taking to the polls and casting their vote. Students were asked to research their own districts, discover which candidates will represent them and then cast their ballads. This is amazing work by Democracy teacher Jessica Janecek who strives to make sure her students are fully informed about all sides of the issues and ready to participate authentically in the process when they turn 18!

Food Science Gets Real

Ming-Min Lee (lab manager) and students prep for hands-on lab work at the University of Arizona Microbiology lab.

This year City High School has a new Food Science class and students have been getting out of the classroom and into labs all over Tucson to get their hands dirty and see the concepts move from the textbook into reality.

They have visited Dr. Betsy Arnold’s microbiology labs where the amazing lab assistants lead them through a fungi lab experiment.

They have been to the University of Arizona’s Agriculture and Life Sciences Extension campus to learn all about how meat is processed.

And they even had the local Fermented Tea Company come to class and share their expertise with our students on how to grow your own SCOBY and produce homemade kombucha. Students learned about fermentation, dangers of cross-contamination and how to analyze PH levels.

There are many more hands-on field trips and experiences coming up. This is a true example of taking advantage of all our amazing local resources to enrich the learning process.


Volunteering Toward the Future


Samantha Zazueta is a senior this year with big dreams of going to college to become a doctor or a nurse. While many students choose to take it easy their senior year, falling for the trap of “senioritis”, Sam is dedicating her extra time to volunteering at Banner Health in the Children’s Wing. Sam invested time and energy going through the selective and challenging process of becoming an official volunteer for Banner Health. She had to go through a background check and an interview process to make sure that she is ready for the level of responsibility it takes to work with that population.

Sam is shining in the Habit of Action by taking on the challenge with a smile and is most excited about, ” Being able to be in a field where I can possibly find my absolute passion in life.”

Lathes in the MakerSpace, Thanks to Community Support!

The MakerSpace afterschool program is now learning how to spin and shape wood on their brand new lathes that were donated by some community members. Dan and Candy Davis of the Pueblo Optimist Club donated a lathe. Dana Mahan donated all the way from South Africa stating, “I spent the first 5 years of my career  working with young people in Tucson that would have greatly benefited from more time behind a lathe!” We are so fortunate to have the community from all over come together to support our students.

Be on the lookout for crafts on display and for sale in the not too distant future from these amazing young craftspeople.


Internship Spotlight: Tala McKenna-Johnson

Tala McKenna-Johnson is at their dream internship with Lisa Marie at Straight to the Point, whose mission it is to “… serve and accentuate the beauty of individuality and self-love through professional body piercing.” Tala has been learning a ton about how to run a business, how to take care of piercings and jewelry, and how to successfully be a part of a team.

Tala says, “I am having the time of my life. The other employees help me with everything and teach me as they go. I was being taught how to pick jewelry for customers and get it fully sanitized,  I picked out 3 pieces all by myself successfully. I am also being taught how to use the metal cleaning room which is REALLY scary but once I know how to use it the piercers won’t have to, which will make their lives a lot easier.” This is exactly what we love about our Internship Program!

You’re Invited: Day of the Dead Celebration


Leslie’s Spanish classes have been teamed up with Barrio Viejo Elderly Housing and MOCA to dive into the rich culture of Dia de Los Muertos. Students have been making decorations and shrines for the event. This is a beautiful example of what place-based learning looks like.

We invite all families to join us on November 2, 2018, at Barrio Viejo Elderly home where we will be joining our neighbors in a traditional celebration of loved ones passed away. The event begins at 4 pm and most likely will start to wind down at about 7:00-7:30. Please join us for the celebration at 124 W 18th st. Bring your own mementos and photos of a loved one that has passed to add to our City High altar. I’m sure there’ll be lots of extended family and friends of the seniors at the complex. They are delighted that our school is joining them in their celebration. I am hoping that our extended City High School family can come that evening as well.