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Free Yoga Class for Families 5/5


You’re invited to the final event of the Spring 2016 Family Wellness Series!! Erica Saunders, City High’s resident school counselor and yoga instructor, will teach a rejuvenating wellness yoga class this Thursday, 5/5 at 5:30 pm. After scaling walls and dodging gaga balls at Playformance last week, it’s time to unwind with some free, all-levels yoga.

This is a great session for beginners and advanced yogis alike and will focus on the healing power of yoga for a wide variety of ailments. Erica will guide the class through postures that alleviate insomnia, stress, digestive issues, back pain, anxiety and depression.

The class is open to all CHS and PFFS students, staff and families. Yoga mats will be provided but feel free to bring your own. Refreshments will be provided by the CHS culinary workshop. The tension taming lemonade will feature student-grown herbs from our alley garden. Please arrive between 5:30 and 6 pm to set up your mat and have a snack.

The Family Wellness Initiative’s first Spring Series has been a great way to connect families to the unique resources of our city and school community and to each other. We triumphantly hiked Tumamoc Hill at sunset, enjoyed a Farm to Table cooking lesson with a renowned local chef and spent an invigorating evening playing games and climbing walls at Playformance. This wellness yoga class will be the last opportunity to come out this semester for a free, fun, family-friendly activity hosted by the Family Wellness Initiative.

We hope you’ll join us!

Come Play at Playformance: 4/28

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The Family Wellness Initiative Spring Series continues this week with an action-packed night at Playformance, Tucson’s premier parkour and play-based fitness center! City High and Paulo Freire students and their families are invited to experience the magic of Playformance, a space and an organization that regularly inspires CHS and PFFS students to discover a lifetime love for movement and play. Students visit Playformance through fitness-based elective classes, community day activities, summer camps and more. Playformance is a popular destination for youth throughout the city and for one night only will be open to the entire family! Come for a free night of play and cooperative games and see what the buzz is all about!

When: THIS Thursday, 4/28, 5:30- 7pm

Where: Meet at Playformance at 5:30 pm

                Address: 119 E Toole Ave

Dress: Comfortable activewear!

Refreshments will be provided by the City High culinary crew.

Discounted tickets for VegFest Tucson


From April 18-22 CHS will have discounted $5 tickets available for Sunday’s VegFest, ask at the front desk!

We’re excited to announce that City High School will be the recipient of 10% of ticket sales for the 1st Annual VegFest Tucson! Attending VegFest will not only be a food and fun-filled time for all but will also benefit City High student programming! Below are some more details about the event:

VegFest is a local food festival to celebrate Tucson’s unique and thriving plant-based food scene. A number of restaurants and producers will have food available for purchase and consumption (including samples). There will be other exhibitors educating attendees about the environmental, health, financial, and ethical reasons for choosing to support plant-based businesses.

The event features a cast of nationally renowned guest speakers who will offer TED style talks about their own personal stories and experiences. Speakers Robert Cheeke, Emily Barwick, Katie Cantrell and Mark Devries will be joined by four local chefs providing educational cooking demonstrations. One of the featured chefs is 15 year-old Tucson native Haile Thomas, a health advocate who has appeared on the Food Network, the Today Show and Dr. Oz and has recently visited the White House to share her youth-friendly recipes.

There will be activities for kids, live music and more, all focused on celebrating the vibrant plant-based community and food of Tucson, AZ.

City High will host an informational booth and plant sale at the event and many City High students will be acting as event volunteers. Come out to support CHS and experience all of the delicious food Tucson has to offer!

When and where:

The 1st Annual VegFest will take place on Sunday, April 24th at the Whistle Stop Depot (same location as CHS prom) from 10 am to 6 pm.

Whistle Stop Depot address: 127 W 5th St, Tucson, AZ 85705

Family Wellness Initiative to Host Thursday Cooking Class


This Thursday, City High will host the second event of its Family Wellness Initiative Spring 2016 Series. The new Family Wellness Initiative is aimed at connecting families to wellness activities and resources in the Tucson community. This event series, open to all CHS and Paulo Freire students, staff and families, kicked off on March 17th with a fun family fitness hike up Tumamoc Hill. We caught a beautiful sunset while working up a sweat. There are three more events in the series that we hope you’ll join us for!

This Thursday will feature a family cooking class with a renowned local chef. We will be cooking with produce grown by City High students this winter at Las Milpitas Community Farm. Be sure to bring an appetite, we’ll be cooking several dishes and a cook must always taste their creations! The event will take place at City High and will begin at 5:30 pm.

Mark your calendars for the final two events: an evening of play at Playformance, a close community partner, on Thursday April 28th and a family connections workshop on May 5th. Stay tuned for details about each event. All events are free and open to City High and Paulo Freire students, families and staff.

Spring 2016 Family Wellness Initiative: Family Night Schedule

March 17   HIKE         A family fitness hike up Tumamoc Hill

March 31   COOK       An exclusive family cooking lesson with a local chef   

April 28      PLAY        A special night of fun at Tucson’s Playformance

May 5        TALK         A workshop on building strong family connections

*Family Wellness Initiative poster artwork by CHS senior Andrew McKale*

City High Launches Family Wellness Initiative

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This Spring, in collaboration with the VOICES Afterschool Program, City High is launching a Family Wellness Initiative. The initiative is aimed at connecting families to wellness activities and resources in the Tucson community. As wellness has recently become a strategic focus of the City High experience, it is fitting to extend this effort to our CHS and PFFS families.

We will launch the Family Wellness Initiative with a series of four Thursday Family Night activities. The activities, including a family hike, a cooking class and a visit to Playformance, will center on being active, building strong family relationships and healthy home cooking. See the schedule below for dates and stay tuned for details about each event. All events are free and open to City High and Paulo Freire students, families and staff.

Our first event will take place this Thursday, March 17th. This week’s theme is family fitness and we will take a hike up nearby Tumamoc Hill. For those who haven’t yet enjoyed this local treasure, it is a beautiful walk up a paved hill. The total distance is under three miles. There are many places to stop and rest and take in the summer wildflowers, currently in bloom. Tumamoc Hill offers gorgeous 360 degree views of Tucson and is a great place to be at sunset.

We will meet at City High at 5:15 pm on Thursday 3/17 to carpool to the hill, which is about 5 minutes from the school. Please wear comfortable clothes, good walking shoes (sneakers are best) and bring a water bottle. A light picnic will be provided at the top. We hope to see you there!!

Spring 2016 Family Wellness Initiative: Family Night Schedule

March 17   HIKE        A family fitness hike up Tumamoc Hill
March 31   COOK       An exclusive family cooking lesson with a local chef
April 28      PLAY        A special night of fun at Tucson’s Playformance
May 5         TALK        A workshop on building strong family connections

CHS Awarded Environmental Education Grant


This morning City High students accepted one of Tucson Clean and Beautiful‘s Environmental Education grants! City High Farm to School was awarded the $500 grant to implement a composting system on our campus, in the newly renovated SLUG. City High students were involved in writing the grant proposal and students from the Urban Gardening elective class and Senior Seminar will be responsible for selecting the necessary materials, installing the composting bins, educating their fellow students about composting and maintaining the system. Tucson Clean and Beautiful offers the grant to schools seeking to improve the environment while educating students about sustainability. We look forward to making our campus even greener through this generous grant!

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Food Smart Families – Program Update

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Last week kicked off our month-long Food Smart Families programming at Las Milpitas. For the first of four student sessions, we learned about the primary nutrients we get from our food, why we need those nutrients and where to get them. Students learned how to make easy, healthy salad dressings at home and tasted their salad dressings on a variety of student-grown greens. We also learned about some great Tucson resources for keeping the cost of fresh food down. It’s not too late to join us! All City High and Paulo Freire students welcome.

More about Food Smart Families:

Community partner Tucson Village Farm is offering a FREE four-part program for youth and their families called Food Smart Families. Participating students will meet four times at Las Milpitas to learn fun hands-on nutrition lessons and simple, healthy food preparation ideas, as well as practice useful food budgeting tips and tricks. A focus of the program will be cooking with produce from the garden. All City High School and Paulo Freire Freedom School students are invited to participate. The students will also work toward planning their own event where families are invited to learn about the same nutrition concepts. Families attending this event, tentatively scheduled for March 17th, will receive two bags of groceries to take home to make two healthy meals.

The remaining sessions for students will be held during usual Wednesday Farm Crew visits to Las Milpitas on the following dates: January 20th, 27th, and February 3rd.

Transportation will be provided. Please contact Farm-to-School VISTA member Leah Farbstein for more information.

Our SLUG Project Featured in Edible Baja’s ‘Community Spotlight’


This week, City High School’s Farm to School program was once again featured in local media. The article describes how our SLUG project is taking root with help from Native Seeds/SEARCH’s Community Seed Grant. Edible Baja Arizona is writing a five part series on the different aspects of the work Native Seeds/SEARCH does. Because City High received one of these Community Seed Grants this fall, Edible Baja chose to feature us in this week’s piece, entitled “Community Spotlight: Native Seeds/SEARCH Community Seed Grant”. The article shares some insights about how City High plans to use the donated seed and includes many beautiful photos of our new urban alley garden.

Read the Edible Baja article here – great coverage and great photos!

Farm to School Month Celebration


On Thursday October 29th, City High School and Paulo Freire Freedom School will celebrate Farm to School Month by hosting a launch party for our new urban garden on our Pennington Street campus. The garden, which includes an aquaponics system, is an important component of our Farm to School program, along with our involvement in Las Milpitas de Cottonwood Community Farm.

The event will begin at 4 pm and conclude by 5:30.Come learn about our Farm to School efforts, enjoy farm fresh beverages and snacks prepared by our culinary students and listen to live music performed by talented City High students. Urban Gardening students will be on hand to give tours and answer questions.

The project, known as the SLUG: Sustainable Laboratory + Urban Garden, was designed and created by students from the University of Arizona’s College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) in collaboration with students and staff from City High School and Paulo Freire Freedom School. Other project partners included Originate and the Pima County Library’s Seed Library.

The garden provides an open-air space for play, exploration, learning and growing food that ties with the schools’ focus on project-based learning and sustainability. Stop by on Thursday afternoon to help us celebrate this new awesome space downtown – and Farm to School Month!

City High Receives Two Green Grants

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City High School was recently awarded two exciting grants, from US Green Building Council and Native Seeds/SEARCH! These grants will help us in our continual efforts to make City High a green and sustainable school. 

US Green Building Council Green Apple Day of Service Grant

The Green Apple Day of Service grants give parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through greening and conservation projects. We will host a Green Apple Day of Service on November 4th to launch our “Pitch In, Green Up” conservation initiative. Students will create signage, to be displayed around the school, relaying the importance of turning off lights, limiting water use, recycling, and campus greening and gardening projects. Thank you to the US Green Building Council and Pierce Energy Planning for helping us to green up City High!

Native Seeds/SEARCH Community Seed Grant

City High School was also awarded one of Native Seeds/SEARCH’s Community Seed Grants for the fall semester! These grants are designed to support the work of educators and those working to enhance the nutritional, social, economic, or environmental health of underprivileged groups in the region, while simultaneously keeping locally-adapted crop varieties alive and in active use in schools, farms and gardens. City High’s Farm Crew and Urban Gardening class will use the seeds donated though the grant at Las Milpitas Urban Community Farm and on campus, in our alley garden and aquaponics system. Thank you NS/S!