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ACT, AzM2, and AzSCI testing in April

City High School will be administering statewide achievement tests (AzM2 and AzSCI) for 10th grade students and the ACT college entrance exam for 11th grade students throughout the month of April. All of these tests are in-person and will be administered at the school on the days and times listed below.

The AzM2 are tests required by the Arizona Department of Education that measure student learning in Math, Reading, And Writing. All 10th grade students are expected to take these tests.

The AzSCI is a required statewide achievement test for Science. All 11th grade students are expected to take the AzSCI.

For all students who are doing in-person hybrid learning, you will take the AzM2 and the AzSCI when they are given on the days and times listed below. For all students doing all remote learning, please complete the registration form to indicate that you will or will not be participating in these state-mandated tests. AzM2 Registration (for 10th grade students) and AzSCI Registration (for 11th grade students).

The ACT is a college entrance exam intended for current 11th grade students. The ACT is one of the two college entrance exams that some colleges look at for college admissions and scholarship purposes (the other test is the SAT). There are other testing dates available at other locations for students (here are the links to testing days for the ACT and the SAT), but as a service to students and families we are offering the ACT free of charge at City High School on April 13. In-state universities in Arizona (UA, ASU, and NAU) do not require these tests for admission if the applicant has a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or higher. However, a score on the ACT could give an applicant an advantage for merit-based scholarships or admission, if the student has below a 3.0 GPA. A student can also take these tests (ACT and SAT) more than once to try to improve their score. There will be test dates available as late as October 2021 for college applications for Fall of 2022.

Juniors who are planning to take the ACT test or their parent/guardian, need to send an email to Luci Pavlich, Test Coordinator, at In your email please include the student’s name. Luci will email you the pre-test information, your student code, and registration to be filled out prior to the testing day.  Please respond by Thursday, April 8. Please note the arrival time for ACT testing is 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, April 13.

Here are the testing dates and times for the AzM2, the AzSCI, and the ACT:

AzM2 Writing: 10th grade students will test during their English class period–one of the times listed below:

  • Monday, April 12: 3rd period: 10:35 a.m. -12:05 p.m.
  • Monday, April 12, 5th period: 1:30-3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 13, 4th period: 10:35 a.m.-12:05 p.m.

AzM2 Reading: 10th grade students will test during their English class period–one of the times listed below:

  • Monday, April 19: 3rd period: 10:35 a.m.-12:05 p.m.
  • Monday, April 19, 5th period: 1:00-3:00 p.m. (please note the earlier start time for this class)
  • Tuesday, April 20, 4th period: 10:35-12:05 p.m.

AzM2 Math:

10th grade students who have Geometry for period 3 or period 5 and any 10th grade student taking Algebra 2 will take the test on:

  • Monday, April 26 10:35 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (this testing session will include a midday break for lunch and Advisory)

10th grade students who have Geometry for period 4 will take the test on:

  • Tuesday, April 27, 10:35 – 3:00 p.m. (this testing session will include a midday break for lunch and Advisory)


11th grade students who have Biology/Life Science for 5th period will take the AzSCI on:

  •  Thursday, April 15 1:00- 3:00 p.m.

11th grade students who have Biology/Life Science for 4th period and any 11th grade student who does not have a Biology/Life Science class this year will take the AzSCI on:

  • Friday, April 16 10:30-12:00 p.m.


Any junior (11th grade) can take the ACT on:

  • Tuesday, April 13 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.




City High School Applies To Renew VOICES After School Grant

Las Milpitas / Voices

City High School’s VOICES after school program will reach the end of the 5 year cycle of the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant at the end of June.  It has been a very successful last 11 years building a fun and engaging after school culture and we are excited to reapply for another 5 year grant in March, 2021 to gear up for programming beginning next school year.

The 21st CCLC grant provides funding for our summer programs, after school academic tutoring, ACT Prep, enrichment classes like Culinary Arts/Gardening, D & D, Basketball, Family Night programming, as well as special workshops and programs in collaboration with community partners like the Lohse YMCA and the Loft Cinema.

JTED Night: Thursday, February 18

Stacey Hackett, School Counselor from Pima County’s Joint Technical Education District (JTED) will be presenting on JTED programs on Thursday, February 18 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.. This will be an online, virtual presentation. Please fill out this form to register and receive the Zoom link.

JTED 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!

JTED pre-registration opened in January. Students who are interested in a JTED program for the 2021-22 school year should pre-register. Enrollment is done on a first-come-first served basis. The student is not committing to enrolling in JTED by pre-registering; they can change their minds at any time after.
Most JTED programs are two years, and are designed to be taken in the 11th grade and 12th grade years. Some programs are three years and start in the student’s 10th grade year. There are a few JTED programs that are one year and can be started in 12th grade. Please contact Brett Goble if you have any questions about JTED as a possibility for you or your student in the 2021-22 school year.

College Road Map for Parents/Guardians of Juniors, February 9 or February 15

On Tuesday, February 9, and on Monday, February 15, from 5:30-6:30pm, Brett Goble, Director of College Access, will host a workshop specifically designed for juniors and their families. Both sessions will be identical so please choose to attend the one that works with your schedule. The workshop will focus on college planning issues specific to juniors, including:

  • the college application process
  • financial aid
  • college admissions exams
  • local scholarship opportunities

Please plan on attending this informative event. This will be an online presentation. If you are planning on attending, please register for the event to receive a Zoom link. Students are encouraged to attend as well. If you have any questions about the event or anything else college related, please contact Brett Goble, Director of College Access,, and visit our College Guidance page on the school’s website.

FAFSA Assistance Night

On October 1, 2020, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened up. FAFSA is a federal program that all colleges, universities, and many trade schools examine to determine the amount of money students will be offered during their time of study. It is based on a family’s income and most students and families qualify for some form of financial aid, ranging from grants, subsidized loans, and scholarships specific to the institutions.

On Tuesday, December 8 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. representatives from Pima Community College will be on a Zoom call with me to share guidance on the FAFSA application and answer any questions that students and families may have about the FAFSA. The session is open to any 12th grade student and family, regardless of the colleges you are applying to. The session will include information regarding:

  • How to get the FSA ID
  • How to complete FAFSA
  • Specifics about dependency status, income information
  • What happens after they submit their FAFSA
  • How to apply for Scholarships at PCC

The meeting will take place on Zoom. Please email Brett Goble,, for the link to join the video conference call.

FAFSA Priority Deadlines:

Northern Arizona University: November 15, 2020

Arizona State University: January 15, 2021

University of Arizona: March 1, 2021

Pima Community College: April 4, 2021

Please email Brett Goble with questions and to let him know if you will be in attendance on 12/8.

Letter from the Executive Director on School Closures

Hello Wonderful Students, Families, and Community Partners-

Queridas familias,

Deseamos que nuestras familias que hablan Español (Hispano hablantes) estén bien de salud y de ánimo durante este tiempo tan difícil. Si necesitan instrucciones en Español ó cualquier otro tipo de apoyo, por favor comuníquense con: Karen ( ó con Arnulfo ( .

Yesterday the governor and the superintendent announced that all Arizona schools will be closed through the end of this school year.  This decision was made to ensure the safety and well being of our students, staff, families, and communities both near and far.  We will continue with our remote learning plan through May 22nd for the middle schools and May 27th for the high school- our last school calendar days.  The governor also announced there will be no added days into the summer and that all standardized testing will be cancelled this spring.

For us, this means all overnight trips, expeditions, and events are cancelled.  The school closure particularly affects our eighth and twelfth-grade students and their graduation ceremonies.  We are thinking through a variety of creative ways to honor and celebrate this important achievement.

I am so grateful for the dedication and commitment of every staff member in our schools in making sure each and every one of our students is safe, feels connected, and has the resources they need.  Every advisor has maintained a powerful connection to their advisees and will continue to monitor and support both their academic and, more importantly, their physical, social, and emotional well being.  The quality of interpersonal relationships and personalized education is what sets CCCL schools apart from others.  Never has this work been more important than now as we navigate through this crisis together.  So a huge shout out to our kind, compassionate, patient, brilliant advisors who are doing the difficult and necessary foundational work of keeping students connected and engaged.

Our food service program is ongoing.  We are still serving take out breakfast and lunches from 8-10 every weekday morning at 300 E. University Blvd.  There is no longer a need to sign up or reserve meals.   Simply show up and grab what you need for your family.

Last week we distributed around a hundred Chromebooks to students who needed them.  We also worked with many families to get them connected to free internet.  Both the food and the technology outreach efforts have been lead by Seth. Seth and a selfless team of Chuy, Susan, Araceli, Becca, and Jean have done an incredible job of supporting students, families and community partners with food, technology, and other necessary resources and supports so they have what more of what is needed to be healthy and engaged.

We kicked off our remote learning program this week with a modified curriculum designed to teach, inspire, and support all of our students.  We realize every student and every household is in a different space and has different needs, so our programs will continue to be flexible and prioritize relationships first.  These are stressful and traumatic times; our goal is to provide structure and engagement to our students without adding unnecessary anxiety on our students or our families.  Our teachers and advisors will continue to listen to student and family input and make changes as necessary to ensure the learning is relevant and engaging without being overwhelming.  We will also continue to add elective opportunities and other ways students can connect and learn together in creative and fun ways.

Please reach out to your student’s advisor if your student or your family needs anything.  We will continue to do everything we can to support you.  This crisis is more likely to get worse before it gets better, but we are a strong community full of amazing people. I am so appreciative of all the ways students, parents, and staff have stepped up to support others in brave and kind ways.

Thank you for everything you’re doing right now.  Be safe and take good care of yourself, your family, and your community.

We miss you!

with gratitude,


Pennington Street Showcase, January 31 from 5-7pm

The Pennington Street Showcase Arts and Culture edition is happening on Friday, January 31 from 5-7 pm at City High School.  All families are invited to attend.

This year’s Arts & Culture-themed Showcase will include student performances from Music Workshop, American Studies research projects inspired by the New York Times 1619 podcast, Math Honors Projects, and an art gallery with art prints for sale.

This event is a public demonstration of student learning.  The Pennington Street Showcase allows students from Paulo Freire Freedom School -UniversityPaulo Freire Freedom School -Downtown, and City High School to show their rigorous, authentic, and real-world learning and understanding in front of a meaningful audience.  Come join us for an engaging and fun evening of student excellence.

9th Grade Trip to Tohono O’odham Nation Cultural Center and Museum and Kitt Peak National Observatory, Friday, 11/22

We are very excited to be traveling to Kitt Peak and the Tohono O’odham Nation with our freshman team this year. We developed this trip to enhance our learning about Astronomy and Tohono O’odham culture and border issues in our Big History Project Science/Humanities class as part of City High’s dedication to experience-based learning. This is a unique Tucson opportunity and we want to make sure every freshman student can say that they have looked through a telescope at distant stars! In order to have access to the telescopes after dark, this field trip requires a late start (10:30 am) and late return (approximately 11:30pm) to Tucson. 

Here are the details of the trip:

We will leave Friday, November 22nd at 10:30am and return that evening at approximately 11:30pm. Please note: students are expected to be at school at 10:15am. All students will travel to and from Kitt Peak National Observatory and the Tohono O’odham Nation Cultural Center & Museum in a chartered busThe group will return to City High School at approximately 11:30p.m. Please make arrangements for your student to be picked up from school at that time.

Please call or email Kathy Moore, 9th Grade Math and Science Teacher, if you have any questions. 

7th Annual Chili Cook-Off, Thursday, 11/21

Chili cook-off


One of our most highly attended events at City High School, the Chili Cook Off!
OR just come and enjoy some chili!
$5 for non-chili chefs, (chili chefs eat free!)
See you there!

City High Radio Wins Top Honors at AIPA Conference

City High School took home 8 awards at the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association (AIPA) Fall Conference and Awards Ceremony. The AIPA hosts Arizona’s only state-wide journalism contest. Students compete in each category with peers from all over the state.

  • Best Broadcasting–First Place (“Superior”) for overall excellence in broadcasting in TV/Film/Radio for our podcast “City High Radio”
  • Best Podcast–First Place (“Superior”) for our podcast “City High Radio”
  • Geronimo Sanchez–First Place (“Superior”) in the Radio/TV/Film Feature category for the story “What Is Your Greatest Fear?”
  •  Geronimo Sanchez-– Second Place (“Excellence”) in the Radio/TV/Film Commentary category for the story “Living Dangerously”
  • Duri KimHonorable Mention in the Radio/TV/Film Commentary category for the story “What Holds You Back In Life”
  •  Paloma Martinez–First Place (“Superior”) in the Radio/TV/Film Commentary category for the story “I Haven’t Given Up on Christmas Yet”
  • Paloma MartinezHonorable Mention in the Radio/TV/Film Feature category for the story “A Crisis In the Desert.”
  • Samantha Zazueta–Second Place (“Excellence”) in the Radio/TV/Film Feature category for the story “My Incarcerated Family.”

City High Radio is a youth-produced podcast led by teacher, Sarah Bromer. Students produce both longer length stories as well as shorter Vox Pops. Vox Pops are meant to capture the “voice of the people” and focus on one central question with a medley of community members’ responses woven together and set to a song.