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FAFSA Extravaganza! Tues. Oct 5, 6:30 p.m. on Zoom

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will go live on October 1.  All current Seniors should complete this application regardless of post-high school plans.

Current Seniors and their families, please join College & Career Counselor Annie Holub over Zoom on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. to start and hopefully complete your application. Annie will be available to answer questions and walk you through the application process. Zoom link:

Students will need their Social Security number* and a phone number or email to complete the FAFSA.

(*Students: if you are undocumented, you are not eligible to complete a FAFSA, but there are options and resources available to you through Pima Community College’s IRSRC and the University of Arizona’s ISRC)

If you cannot make the FAFSA Extravaganza, it will be recorded, and FAFSA support is available through the Arizona Department of Education’s FAFSA Challenge site.


City High Seniors Participate in Border Writing Workshop with Arizona State Museum

In January, the Period 3 English 12 class participated in a month-long workshop series called Exploring Walls through the Arizona State Museum. Local writer Marge Pellegrino and Arizona State Museum Head of Community Engagement (and parent of a City High graduate) Lisa Falk led the series, which was inspired by the traveling exhibit A History of Walls: The Borders We Build

Students researched the Berlin Wall, the Israel/West Bank barrier, the Great Wall of China, and the US/Mexico border wall, and wrote poems inspired by what they learned. The series culminated in the creation of a class poem, with lines contributed by multiple students.

You can read the poem the class wrote and hear a recording of the poem on the Arizona State Museum’s website.

City High Radio students win big at AIPA 2020 Journalism Contest

City High Radio students in 2019

Congratulations to the following City High Radio students, who won big at the annual AIPA 2020 Journalism Contest. This is a statewide contest, open to all journalism students in Arizona. The winners are usually announced in October, but the awards announcement was delayed by several months this year due to Covid (which is why these are the 2020 awards). You can hear these stories and more on City High Radio’s SoundCloud, or by following City High Radio on Facebook

Feature story (TV/RADIO/FILM category)
  • Honorable MentionIman Flenory, “School Shootings: How Worried Are We?”
  • Excellence Category (Second Place)Pilar Lopez “What’s On Your Bucket List?”
  • Superior Category (First Place)Geronimo Sanchez “When Teachers Misbehave”
  • Superior Category (First Place): Alex Soto “What Is The Most Beautiful Sound”

Commentary (TV/RADIO/FILM category)

  • Superior Category (First Place): Juila Ortiz and Cougar Miller, “Our Generation, Our Climate)
  • Superior Category (First Place): Nigel Van Pelt and Elijah Nixon, “Social Media: Healthy or Harmful?”

Best Podcast

  • Superior Category (First Place)City High Radio Podcast

In addition to these accolades, Alex Soto’s “What Is The Most Beautiful Sound?” continues to gain national attention after being recognized as a finalist for NPR’s Student Podcast Challenge contest last year; Soto was featured on an episode of NPR’s Students’ Podcast in January.

From Kathy Moore: Quarter 4 Hybrid Learning Plan/Encuesta de Aprendizaje Hibrido

(Spanish version below)

Dear City High Students and Families,

As we approach the end of 3rd quarter and the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the pandemic lockdown and our remote learning experience, I want to let you know that we successfully launched our return to in-person learning Wednesday, March 10, 2021, when the students enrolled in our biking elective completed their first in-person ride!

Beginning on Monday, March 22, 2021, we will expand our in-person learning options for those students who opt-in to hybrid learning. Please know that the physical safety and emotional well being of our students, staff, and community are our highest priority as we move forward into this next phase.

Our CCCL board voted last fall that we would not move to Phase 3 Hybrid Learning until Pima County was at 5% COVID test positivity for 2 weeks. Governor Ducey’s 3/3 Executive Order and the recently revised CDC guidelines override that and we are now able to safely offer some in-person learning opportunities beginning the week of 3/22/21. Because Pima County remains in the “substantial transmission” category, we are not required to offer all of our classes in-person at this time. Families will have the option to continue with remote learning for all their classes.

We can meet the CDC safety guidelines for in-person classes with our existing classrooms and ventilation system if we are at less than 50% occupancy. Other safety protocols that will be required are: wearing a school-provided kn95 mask at all times when inside the building; hand-washing/hand-sanitizing frequently (new stations will be added to the alley); classroom desks/tables 6ft apart and cleaned between uses; lunch will be outdoors in Jacome Plaza. Materials will not be shared by students: each student will have a computer assigned to them to use for all of their classes and to take home to complete assignments. We will provide more details on staggered arrival times and bathroom use policy.

We will make every effort to accommodate all students who wish to attend classes in-person but students must enroll in advance, students can not attend in-person classes without completing and signing a safety-protocols contract and a liability waiver. Students must comply with all safety protocols to participate in the in-person learning opportunities. Students who do not comply with safety protocols will need to be picked up and will not be able to return to in-person classes until they meet with an administrator.

Please complete this survey as soon as possible to let us know your intent to participate in the in-person classes or to remain in remote learning. There will be Q&A sessions offered next week; stay tuned for details on those sessions. Use this Zoom Link to attend. A FAQ document will be posted on the City High website.

The Hybrid Learning Plan details:

* Students will be assigned to attend school 2 days a week in cohorts (10th and 12th grade on Monday and Tuesday – 9th and 11th on Thursday and Friday). A small number of students may be allowed to attend 4 days a week if necessary and if space allows. Priority will be offered to those students who are already on campus 4 or 5 days a week in our existing School Bound Remote Learning program. We may adjust the 2 days or add a 3rd day (as 50% capacity allows) for students who are “out of cohort” for a grade-level course or for students in mixed grade-level classes in order to maximize their in-person learning with a teacher present.

* If a student is on campus on a day when their class is not offered in-person, they will be able to attend that class remotely from school.

* Wednesday elective classes will be offered in-person if they can be done outside or safely in a hybrid format (Biking, DYG, MakerSpace, Art in Community, etc). Students may opt-in to the Wednesday electives (if offered in-person) without opting-in to their core classes.

* In-person “booster” activities such as outdoor advisory meetings or small group field trips will be offered to all students regardless of their participation in hybrid in-person instruction.

* 4th period on Tuesdays will be moved to 10:30 am to noon for all students.

* Flextime on Tuesdays will be moved to the afternoon beginning at 1:30pm; tutoring and clubs may be available in-person for students attending on Tuesdays and Fridays.

* Advisory will be moved to 12 – 12:30pm so that students can leave immediately after advisory on Tuesday and Friday if they are not staying for flextime activities.

* Afterschool clubs may be available in person. More information will be provided next week.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we move to the next phase of our education plan for this unprecedented year. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please let us know.

Kathy Moore


Estimados estudiantes y familias de City High:

 A medida que nos acercamos al final del tercer trimestre y al primer aniversario del inicio del bloqueo pandémico y nuestra experiencia de aprendizaje remoto, quiero informarles que lanzamos con éxito nuestro regreso al aprendizaje en persona ayer, miércoles 10 de marzo de 2021, cuando los estudiantes inscritos en nuestra electiva de ciclismo completaron su primer viaje en persona. A partir del lunes 22 de marzo de 2021, ampliaremos nuestras opciones de aprendizaje en persona para aquellos estudiantes que opten por el aprendizaje híbrido. Por favor, sepa que la seguridad física y emocional de nuestros estudiantes, personal y comunidad son nuestra máxima prioridad a medida que avanzamos hacia la siguiente fase.

 Nuestra junta de CCCL votó el otoño pasado que no pasaríamos a la Fase 3 de aprendizaje híbrido hasta que el condado de Pima tuviera un 5% de positividad en la prueba COVID durante 2 semanas. La Orden Ejecutiva 3/3 del Gobernador Ducey y las pautas de los CDC recientemente revisadas anulan eso y ahora podemos ofrecer de manera segura algunas oportunidades de aprendizaje en persona a partir de la semana del 22/03/21. Debido a que el condado de Pima permanece en la categoría de “transmisión sustancial”, no estamos obligados a ofrecer todas nuestras clases en persona en este momento. Las familias tendrán la opción de continuar con el aprendizaje remoto para todas sus clases.

Podemos cumplir con las pautas de seguridad de los CDC para las clases presenciales con nuestros salones de clases existentes y el sistema de ventilación si tenemos menos del 50% de ocupación. Otros protocolos de seguridad que se requerirán son: usar una mascarilla KN 95 proporcionada por la escuela en todo momento cuando esté dentro del edificio; lavarse las manos / desinfectarse las manos con frecuencia (se agregarán nuevas estaciones al callejón); escritorios / mesas de salón de clases a una distancia de 6 pies y limpios entre usos; el almuerzo será al aire libre en Jacome Plaza. Los estudiantes no compartirán los materiales: cada estudiante tendrá una computadora asignada para usar en todas sus clases y para llevar a casa para completar las tareas. Proporcionaremos más detalles sobre los horarios de llegada escalonados y la política de uso del baño.

 Haremos todo lo posible para acomodar a todos los estudiantes que deseen asistir a clases en persona, pero los estudiantes deben inscribirse con anticipación, los estudiantes no pueden asistir a clases en persona sin completar y firmar un contrato de protocolos de seguridad y una exención de responsabilidad. Los estudiantes deben cumplir con todos los protocolos de seguridad para participar en las oportunidades de aprendizaje en persona. Los estudiantes que no cumplan con los protocolos de seguridad deberán ser recogidos y no podrán regresar a las clases en persona hasta que se reúnan con un administrador. Complete esta encuesta lo antes posible para informarnos su intención de participar en las clases presenciales o de permanecer en el aprendizaje remoto. Habrá sesiones de preguntas y respuestas que se ofrecerán la próxima semana, estad atentos para obtener detalles sobre esas sesiones. Utilice este enlace de zoom para asistir. Se publicará un documento de preguntas frecuentes y un enlace a la encuesta en el sitio web de City High.

El plan de aprendizaje híbrido incluye:

 * Los estudiantes serán asignados a asistir a la escuela 2 días a la semana en grupos (10º y 12º grado los lunes y martes; 9º y 11º grado los jueves y viernes). Se puede permitir que un pequeño número de estudiantes asista 4 días a la semana si es necesario y si el espacio lo permite. Se ofrecerá prioridad a aquellos estudiantes que ya estén en el campus 4 o 5 días a la semana en nuestro programa existente de aprendizaje remoto escolar. Podemos ajustar los 2 días o agregar un tercer día (según lo permita el 50% de la capacidad) para los estudiantes que están “fuera de la cohorte” para un curso de nivel de grado o para estudiantes en clases de nivel de grado mixto para maximizar su experiencia en persona. aprender con un maestro presente.

* Si un estudiante está en el campus en un día en que su clase no se ofrece en persona, podrá asistir a esa clase de forma remota desde la escuela.

 * Las clases electivas de los miércoles se ofrecerán en persona si se pueden realizar al aire libre o de forma segura en un formato híbrido (Ciclismo, DYG, MakerSpace, Arte en la comunidad, etc.). Los estudiantes pueden optar por participar en las materias optativas de los miércoles (si se ofrecen en persona) sin optar por participar en sus clases principales.

* Se ofrecerán actividades de “refuerzo” en persona, como reuniones de asesoramiento al aire libre o excursiones en grupos pequeños, a todos los estudiantes, independientemente de su participación en la instrucción híbrida en persona.

* El cuarto período de los martes se trasladará a las 10:30 am al mediodía para todos los estudiantes.

* El horario flexible de los martes se trasladará a la tarde a partir de la 1:30 pm; Puede haber tutoría y clubes disponibles en persona para los estudiantes que asistan los martes y viernes.

 * El aviso se trasladará de 12 a 12:30 pm para que los estudiantes puedan irse inmediatamente después del aviso el martes y viernes si no se quedan para actividades de horario flexible.

* Los clubes después de la escuela pueden estar disponibles en persona. Se proporcionará más información la próxima semana.

 Gracias por su paciencia y flexibilidad mientras avanzamos a la siguiente fase de nuestro plan educativo para este año sin precedentes. Si tiene preguntas o inquietudes adicionales, háganoslo saber.

Kathy Moore

Memorial for Stefano Panchesin (Class of 2019), Sat. Aug. 1 at 4 p.m.

City High’s memorial in honor of 2019 graduate Stefano Panchesin, who passed away July 4, 2020, will be livestream via Instagram on Saturday, August 1, at 4 p.m.

If you would like to participate in the live program by saying a few words, reading something, playing a song, etc., please contact Annie Holub at You can also prerecord yourself and submit your video via this Google Form.




Scholastic Book Fair is OPEN April 26-May 9

Our online Scholastic Book Fair is now OPEN! 

25% of all sales come back to the CityCCL schools so we can buy new books. Free shipping directly to your house on orders over $25.

Support our schools and get some fresh, new reading materials!

Shop online April 26-May 9, 2020.

Online Scholastic Book Fair Starts April 27!

Before the coronavirus pandemic, we had been planning on having a Scholastic Book Fair for CityCCL schools at the beginning of May. Even though we can’t browse books in person, Scholastic has set up an online book fair for us!

Starting April 27, you can shop for books online through our special site, and 25% of your purchases will come back to CityCCL schools. Books will be shipped to your house. If you spend more than $25, you get free shipping. Stock up on summer reading material and support CityCCL literacy programs! The Book fair runs through May 11.

Check Facebook, your email, and the 3 schools’ websites for the book fair link soon. For now, check out this interactive book fair flier.

Community Day & Potluck Dec. 4

Our first Community Day for the 2019-2020 school year is Weds. Dec. 4. Students are choosing to participate in one of the following activities:

(Wait, potluck? Yes! When students return from their activities, we will have a school-wide potluck! Students, staff, and families can bring in food to share. Want to bring something? Complete this form.)

On Weds. Dec. 4, Students will check in with their Advisors at 9 a.m. and then go to the meeting place for their activity. Students will travel via SunTran, SunLink, and school bus to their activity locations. Students will return to school by noon and the potluck will be from noon-12:40. Students will be dismissed at 12:40 p.m.


Family Night Thurs. Apr. 25: Writing 101S News Analysis Presentations

The Seniors who are taking the dual-enrollment Writing 101S class through Pima Community College will be sharing their News Analysis Presentations during Family Night this Thursday, Apr. 25, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Learn about why it’s important to think critically about how the media presents information and where to find accurate information about the following current issues:

  • The “Heartbeat” abortion bills
  • The college admissions cheating scandal
  • Responses to the Mueller Report
  • Defunding of the Special Olympics
  • Chick-Fil-A ban in airports

You’ll hear analyses of how several different media outlets reported on the same story and whether the reports were fair or biased.

Halloween at City High!







City High School’s Annual Student Halloween Costume Contest will be held on Wednesday, 10/31, from 11:40-12:30. Students are invited to wear their costumes to school on Halloween, as long as their faces are visible during classes, and no weapons are included in the costume.

Our schedule will be as follows:

Period 2: 9:00-10:15

Period 4: 10:20-11:35

Costume Contest: 11:40-12:30.

Lunch: 12:40

Contest categories will be Scariest, Funniest, Most Creative, Best Group, and Best Overall. Guest judges will decide winners. Prizes include gift cards to local businesses.

See some of the costumes from years past on our Facebook page for inspiration: 2016, 2015, 2014.