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VOICES After School Program Launches

For the 7th year, the federal 21st Century Community Learning Center grant has supported City High School’s VOICES extended day programs. This free programming is available before and after school every day of the week.

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City High School staff and community partners teach academic, artistic, leadership, and wellness skills through a variety of regular tutoring opportunities, enrichment classes, school clubs, and periodic workshops. There is something for everyone. And there are free snacks available after school for all participants.

See the full weekly VOICES Fall 2016 schedule here:

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Student participation leads to new skills and new friends, and attendance in VOICES programs of 30 days or more can earn students off-campus lunch privileges. To join a program, students simply need to come to a class or workshop when they can, though attendance at the first meeting is strongly encouraged.

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Free or low-cost special workshops with community partners are coming up this Fall including opportunities with  Ironwood Tree Experience, Sonoran Glass School, and two writing workshops sponsored by Casa Libre. Stay tuned for details coming soon!

Our official VOICES program launch will once again take place over Labor Day Weekend when City High School hosts the International 3-Day Novel Contest. School will be open and staffed 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. all weekend for any student to work on a novel; a winner will be selected as the school’s official contest entry.

VOICES also supports our weekly Family Nights on Thursday, 5:30-7:00 p.m., hosted by City High School staff and showcasing student work and performances, Family Association meetings, and fundraising events like our popular annual Chili Cook Off, All Souls Procession Prep Party, Drama Performances, Art Show & Sale, and VOICES Showcase.

This year we are continuing our Family Wellness Initiative, with a variety of health & wellness programming designed specifically for students and adult family members. Enjoy free snacks are provided by our after school Culinary Arts students.

Upcoming Family Nights:

August 25:  Back-To-School Night

September 1: Parent Involvement for Student Success

September 8: Family Association Meeting

September 15: Parent-Teacher Conferences

September 22: Junior Trip Info Meeting

September 29: Algebra 500

Please contact VOICES program coordinator Tom Moore  for questions.

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

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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!

July Primitive Skills Workshop with Ironwood Tree Experience

Ironwood Tree Experience will lead the  second Primitive Skills workshop of the summer on July 16 – 18, 2012. This trip is currently full, but students can be added to the ‘Wait List’ if they are interested.

All students who have registered, and their parents, must read the information that Ironwood Tree Experience has provided. Please click here for information about departure and return times, a packing list, and other important information.

Start:  July 16, 2013 7:45 am

End:  July 18, 2013 5:00 pm (anticipated return time)
Meet-up Venue: Prescott College Tucson Center  (NOTE:  this trip does NOT depart from City High School)
Phone:  520-271-5748
Address:  Google Map
Tucson, AZ, United States, 85745

Title: Brown Canyon Exploration 3-day 2-nights 

Description: Teens experience the soaring beauty of the Baboquivari Mountains where I’itoi resides and golden eagles wheel through the sky while learning about the art of nature, native reptiles and amphibians, and primitive skills, ranging from fire starting, cordage making and designing traps! USFWS staff will introduce opportunities for wildlife study and management while unfolding the marvels of this beautiful ecosystem just a couple of hours from Tucson! Teens will have a diversity of activities and time to explore, help cook meals and share stories. All participants will reside in the Historic Education Lodge where beds, rooms, full kitchen and bathrooms and showers are available.

THIS PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY FULL – Please call Eric Dhruv 520-271-5748 about upcoming EcoPrograms

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New VOICES / Kore Press Workshop Starts Next Week!

VOICES and Kore Press are joining forces once again to offer a dynamic workshop for the female students at City High School. We are calling all young women/teen grrls. A new Kore Press’ Grrls Literary Activism Project is starting next week (running Feb 8 to mid-May). In “The Listening Project” grrls will interview and record stories for the radio of women war veterans to help create an on-line audio site accessible by millions all over the world. Mondays and Wednesdays 3:15-5:45pm at City High School. 16 grrls from various Tucson high schools and the University of Arizona will make up the 4 interviewing teams. Learn real-world documentary arts and civil discourse skills (ie, the art of the interview, transcribing, radio story-telling, editing, audio engineering, photography); work with scholars and adult mentors in the field. Be a part of this historic moment!

City High School’s humanities teachers are offering Honors Credit for students that complete this workshop!

Contact VOICES Director Krista Niles for more information or register online right now!

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Spring 2013 VOICES Workshops

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This spring VOICES in the CITY continues with fun and engaging after-school opportunities for the students of City High School. Workshops include tutoring and homework help, cooking class, video game design, urban farming,  and darkroom photography, to name a few. All workshops are free for City High School students.

Check out the details on all of the spring semester VOICES offerings on the City High School website – and use the on-line form to register for workshops. Contact Krista Niles, VOICES Director, with any questions.

There is a new VOICES opportunity this spring, offered in partnership with Kore Press as part of the Grrls Literary Activism Project. Female students are invited to participate in “The Listening Project” and interview and record stories of women war veterans to help create an on-line audio site accessible by millions all over the world. The Listening Project will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays 3:15-5:45pm at City High School, starting February 4 and run through mid-May. Students from various Tucson high schools and the University of Arizona will make up the 4 interview teams. Learn real-world documentary arts and civil discourse skills (ie, the art of the interview, transcribing, radio story-telling, editing, audio engineering, photography); work with scholars and adult mentors in the field. Be a part of this historic moment! City High School students can register for “The Listening Project” using the VOICES on-line registration form for Spring 2013.

VOICES workshops are funded by City High School’s 5-year 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, as well as generous tax credit donations to City High School to enhance our after-school program.

Two Great Events for This Week’s Family Night

This week’s Wednesday Family Night event features two great celebrations that you won’t want to miss!

First, during a gallery walk led by Division II Math Teacher K.C. Englemann’s senior College Algebra students who will showcase the kites they created in collaboration with a local artist, TC Tolbert. The kites, made for the All Souls Procession in dedication to the memory of the many transgengered people who were killed during the last year because of their sexual orientation.  TC has spent time in the classroom to lead discussions on this topic, and your students have created some amazing kites while studying a segment on right triangles. During the gallery walk, students will explain their project and the design of their kite, as well as answer any other questions that arise.  Please join us for this amazing display of creativity and thoughtfulness.

Secondly, a group of students that traveled last summer to Costa Rica, as part of a joint international studies project between City High School and the Ironwood Tree Experience, will share stories and pictures from their trip to abroad. This group spent two years raising money and planning the trip. The students and trip leaders will thank their families and supporters, celebrate with each other one last time, and share their experiences with a wider community audience. Students who are interested in participating in a future trip are specifically encouraged to attend.
What:  Family Night
Date:  Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Time:  5:30-7:30pm
Location:  City High School – All School Meeting Room & Cafe
We are looking forward to seeing you!

 

Mural Workshop is back on Fridays from 1-4pm

The fun and creative public art project workshop — Mural Making — that designs and paints fantastic murals on the walls of City High School this year is back for its second session! For 4 Fridays only from October 19 – November 9th, guest artist Johanna Martinez will be on campus to help students leave their creative mark on their high school. Register online today!

VOICES in the CITY! Workshops Begin This Weekend

VOICES in the CITY! workshops kick-off this weekend with the 3-Day Novel contest, which is an international marathon writing contest in which participants attempt to write an entire novel over the Labor Day Weekend! The school will be open from 8am – 8pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. This will be City High’s third year participating in this fantastic literary challenge and we are very excited to see what stories students create this year!

Next week the full complement of after-school workshops will launch on Tuesday, September 4th. Workshops include Homework Help (academic tutoring), Urban Farming (gardening and food education), Mural Making (public art), Portal 2:  Lab Rats (video game design), Darkroom Photography (art & science), and more!

For a more information on these great workshops and to register, visit the VOICES Fall Opportunities page or contact VOICES Director Krista Niles.

 

 

Summer Activities Coming to a Close

The first session of Summer Bridge 2012 has been a ton of fun! Incoming 9th grade students met instructors Keith Quillen, Megan Valanidas, and AmeriCorps member Karyn Light. Students played with super fun technology, got a refresher in Math and English, and met a few of the VOICES in the CITY! instructors who lead super fun workshops throughout the school year, including Mural Making with Johanna Martinez, Darkroom Photography with Tucson Community Darkroom, Culinary Arts with Chris Alvarez, Urban Farming with Megan Valanidas, and School Culture with Principal Jeff Hartman and Counselor Erica Saunders. We are looking forward to session two of Summer Bridge 2012 that runs next week – July 30 – August 3!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today is the final day of VOICES in the CITY! summer workshops! The workshops included our video game design workshop ‘Portal 2 – Lab Rats’, three different sessions of Culinary Arts with Chris Alvarez, Sketching 101 with Tucson artist Gavin Troy, and Mural Making with Johanna Martinez. Check out the photos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on our Summer Bridge and VOICES in the CITY! programs, please contact Krista Niles, the Director of VOICES in the CITY!.

VOICES in the City! Latest Updates on Summer 2012 Workshops

City High School and VOICES are pleased to offer some totally rockin’-awesome-fabulous workshops for the students of City High School as part of our Extended Day Learning program. More workshops will be announced, so please check back often to see what new options are available for students.

Click here to register for any of the following FREE workshops!

GREENHOUSE = GREEN ALLEY:    

  • June 11 – 27th
  • 9 – 11:30am

Instructor:  Megan Valanidas

Want to play in the dirt? Interested in creating a greenhouse at school and helping build a garden in the alley? Spend a few days in  June creating a cooler and more “green” alley to eat your lunch in.

CULINARY ARTS – Week 1:  Baking Intensive:

Days & Hours:

  • Monday – Friday
  • July 9 – 13, 2012
  • 9am – 12pm

Instructor:  Chris Alvarez
Email:  chrisa@cityhighschool.org

Limit:  20 students

The goal of Culinary VOICES goal is to enrich the participant’s skills and attitudes of food and food issues. By teaching the fundamentals of cookery and preparing the students to apply concepts of English, math and science to daily life skills. To be a community resource that caters to the needs of the individual and engages in service learning projects. To nourish the hearts and minds by teaching the art of service. This session will focus on baking essentials – including cakes, cookies, pastries, and more!

CULINARY ARTS – Week 2:  Know Your Cuts of Meat

Days & Hours:

  • Monday – Friday
  • July 16 – 20, 2012
  • 9am – 12pm

Limit:  20 students

 This session will focus on increasing student’s awareness of the wide variety of cuts of meat and how to cook them in ways to accent their flavor and nutrition.

CULINARY ARTS – Week 3;  Vegetable Varieties

Days & Hours:

  • Monday – Friday
  • July 23 – 27, 2012
  • 9am – 12pm

This session will focus on increasing student’s awareness of the wide variety of delicious and nutritious vegetables that can be found at the grocery store and local farmer’s markets. Students will learn how to cook vegetables in ways that accent their flavor and pair them well with other flavors.

PORTAL 2 –  LAB RATS:  Week 1:  Introduction

Days & Hours:

  • Monday – Friday
  • July 9 – 13, 2012
  • 9am – 12pm

Instructor:  Ben Truman
Email:  bent@cityhighschool.org

Limit:  10 students

This workshop is an introduction to designing and building maps for Portal 2 using the same development kit as Valve software – using Portal 2. Participants will create fun and interactive 3D puzzles while learning all about game design and game development. Portal 2 is a hilariously mind-bending adventure that challenges you to use wits over weaponry in a funhouse of diabolical science. Using a highly experimental portal device, you’ll once again face off against a lethally inventive, power-mad A.I. named GLaDOS. And this time you won’t be alone. Meet an expanded cast of characters as you think your way through dangerous, never-before-seen areas of Aperture Laboratories. Break the laws of spatial physics in ways you never thought possible, with a wider variety of portal puzzles and an expansive story that spans a single player and co-operative game mode.

PORTAL 2 –  LAB RATS:  Weeks 2-3:  Advanced 

Days & Hours:

  • Monday – Friday
  • July 16-20th, 2012
  • 9am – 12pm

Instructor:  Ben Truman
Email:  bent@cityhighschool.org

Limit:  10 students

This workshop is for students who have previous experience designing and building maps for Portal 2 using the same development kit as Valve software – using Portal 2.

MURAL MAKING:

Days & Hours:

  • Monday – Wednesday
  • July 9-25th
  • 9am – 12pm

Instructor:  Johanna Martinez

Email:  kristan@cityhighschool.org
Are you interested in painting or drawing? Are you curious about and how to create a mural and want to learn more about which paints work best on different surfaces? During this workshop, participants will work with super-talented local mural artist Johanna Martinez to design and paint a mural in the upstairs student’s restrooms that will brighten the days of City High School students for years to come.  Bring your creativity, imagination and “leave your mark” on your high school.
SKETCHING 101:

Days & Hours:

  • Monday – Friday
  • July 23-27th
  • 10am – 12pm

Instructor:  Gavin Troy

Email:  kristan@cityhighschool.org

If you are one of those awesome individuals who is always drawing, sketching or doodling – this workshop is for you! Join local artist Gavin Troy for a week-long intensive workshop in which you will make your own sketchbook and then head around downtown to sketch. Gavin will guide students to refine their sketching technique to improve their artistry. Downtown sketching spots will include time spent in the cool air-conditioning at the Tucson Museum of Art, where workshop participants will receive free admission.
Click here to register for any of the following FREE workshops!