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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.

Internship Spotlight: Christian LaVigne

Christian LaVigne is interning with Clayton Clark,  the Property Manager of the Historic Y. “The Historic Y is a center for the arts, education, human rights and social and environmental justice and full-service professional office building offering long-term office leases; short-term space rentals for classes, meetings, recording and events; and dance and theatre classes and performances”. Clayton makes sure that the 40+ businesses, organizations and a school have a facility that is kept in amazing condition so they can keep doing the incredible work they do for the community.


Christian has been learning a variety of helpful skills, like how to lay flooring, use a wood sander, and install LED lights in the classrooms at Paulo Freire University campus. He has been loving riding the streetcar to his internship and he and Clayton have built a supportive mentoring relationship.

To learn more about our internship program check out our Senior Internship page.

Internship Spotlight: Paloma Martinez

Senior year can be stressful and daunting, but at City High School our internship program makes it exciting and relevant! We will be running a series of internship spotlights so we can share with the community the amazing experiences our Seniors are having.


Paloma Martinez is interning with Dr. PennElys Droz at Sustainable Nations.  Paloma is passionate about the environment and has been getting to complete many hands-on projects. Recently she helped work on a chicken coup in the garden at Davis Elementary School, working side-by-side with students and other community members, they mixed mud with straw using their hands and feet, even had a mud fight and sang songs. She also took a weekend trip to Uplift, an awesome youth conference in New Mexico where she talked about climate action, participated in workshops, sang and connected with other youth. Paloma says her internship is,  “helping encourage me to and understand how I’d like to run my own business, helping me to navigate the career path I’m deciding to go towards and also more recently has shown me the importance of having connections and knowing the existing resources within your community.”


Click HERE to learn more about our Internship Program.

PSAT Coming Up for Juniors

On Wednesday, October 24th, City High School will administer the PSAT/NMSQT®, a test that showcases the classroom skills and knowledge that are essential for college and career readiness and success. All juniors will take the test which will last the entire morning of the 24th.

We encourage your child to take advantage of the many benefits the PSAT/NMSQT offers:

  • Connects students to colleges and universities across the country, and to scholarship organizations.
  • Prepares students for the new SAT® and college and fuels practice recommendations on Khan Academy®.

If you have any questions about how to support your student on their college journey, please do not hesitate to call or email Krista Gypton, Community Outreach Coordinator, or visit our College Prep section of the website.


Free College and Career Workshops for Families

City High School is partnering with the Metropolitan Education Commission’s Regional College Access Center,  Pima Community College and Arizona Works, to help all families have access to the information, as well as support needed, to best help students with their post-high school options. Workshops will be conducted in both Spanish and English. Childcare available.


SEPTEMBER 20th 5:30 – 7:00

Unsure of how you go about applying for college? Think college is not an option for you? This workshop will provide information for all students, from any background or situation, understand what they need to know in order to apply to college. Supply and get help with all the needed paperwork. All attending Seniors will leave having applied to at least one of the in-state colleges.


OCTOBER 4TH 5:30 – 7:00

Come to this workshop and you will leave with your FAFSA application for Federal Aid completed! All your questions answered and the support and help you need to get financial aid for college.


OCTOBER 18th 5:30 – 7:00

This workshop will cover everything you need to know about applying for Pima Community College. The benefits of going to community college as well as funding available for students.


October 25th 5:30 – 7:00

This workshop will help you develop a solid scholarship application essay, as well as where to locate scholarships.


 NOVEMBER 29TH 5:30 – 7:00 

Want to get training and head right into a job? Love working with your hands and are curious if you can make a career out of it? Come to this workshop and see what options are out there.

We encourage all Juniors and Seniors to attend the workshops, but all families are welcome. It is never too early to learn what your options are.

Other Important Dates!

Juniors Take the PSAT-Wednesday, 10/24 from 9:00-12:30–All juniors will take the PSAT on Wednesday morning 10/25. The test will last for the better part of the morning and will give students the opportunity to experience a practice version of the SAT, an important college admissions exam. More information about the PSAT can be found here.

For more information about these events or anything else related to college planning, please contact Krista Gypton, Community Outreach Coordinator, or visit our College Prep section on the website.