Author Archive

Important Announcement: School Closures

CITY Center for Collaborative Learning Families,

As you can see below, Superintendent Kathy Hoffman and Governor Doug Ducey have just announced that all Arizona schools will be closed until at least April 10th.

The leadership team at CCCL has been preparing for a variety of possibilities over the past couple of weeks.  This news is not catching us off guard.

All school meetings and events at City High School and Paulo Freire Freedom Schools during this time will be postponed or cancelled.

We understand that a disruption to our school schedule puts our most vulnerable students at risk. Starting on Monday, March 23rd, our first day back after spring break, and then throughout the entirety of the school closure, we will serve breakfast and lunch at our University campus.  We are also working on other ways we can support students and families who will be most impacted by the school closures.  If there are any specific needs you have during this time, please reach out  and we will do what we can to help.

If you are able, one way to support our community is to donate money to the Community Food Bank.

I will be sending out additional updates this week with more information about curriuculum and other logistics.

The email from the governor’s office has some really important reminders about steps students and families should be taking to support the health of our community and protect the most vulnerable amongst us.  Please read through the email and practice social distancing as much as you are able.  The data is clear that this is our best and safest path forward until we get sufficient testing set up in our nation.

These are challenging times, and it is difficult to know what is ahead for all of us.  It is an honor to be part of our CCCL community, and I know we will all look out for and support each other through this crisis.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your student’s advisor, your school leader, or myself if you need anything.

Sincerely,

Chad Blair

March 15, 2020

 

Dear Arizona families, educators, school leaders, and education community members,

In our roles as Governor and Superintendent of Public Instruction, we stand united in working with you to keep Arizona’s kids, families, and school communities safe and healthy.

Over the past few weeks and in coordination with public health officials, we have been in close communication with school administrators to provide guidance and be a resource as it relates to the recent outbreak of COVID-19. The health and safety of all our students is our top priority, and we’ve worked hard to keep our school doors open — these are important assets in people’s lives and many families rely on them for nutrition and access to health care.

Both of our staffs have been working together in partnership through the weekend, and we’ve been in touch with educational leaders on the frontlines. Currently, staffing and potential absences are a concern in many districts. Many schools and school districts have announced closures.

Today, we are jointly announcing the closure of all schools from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020. We will continue to work together and assess this situation on a 24/7 basis.

It’s important for families and parents to know that while this will address operational issues, doing this will not stop the spread of COVID-19.

The safest place for children during this time is at home. They should not be cared for by elderly adults or those with underlying health conditions, including grandparents and other family members.

Additionally, we are committed to working together to minimize the impact of these closures. To that end, we are assembling resources and forming community partnerships that will reduce the impact of these closures on families, teachers, and school communities.

Efforts are underway to ensure that any child has access to meals while schools are closed. We have also worked with USDA to allow schools to begin summer food service operations and provide boxed meals as needed. Your local school will have more information about how and where to access meals.

We understand many parents have questions about childcare options. It is the recommendation of public health officials that kids who are not at school remain at home to the greatest extent possible. For families for whom that’s not an option, we are coordinating with partners in the non-profit, faith-based and education communities to make available childcare options to families who need it.

For our dedicated school employees, we’re working together to make sure you don’t see any disruption to your pay. We’ll also be consulting with our district and legislative partners to determine the extent of any potential makeup days.

Many parents, teachers, and administrators may have questions about statewide testing. We’re currently engaging with our federal partners in the event that we need to secure a waiver.

The Department of Education will provide additional guidance to schools that will be posted to azed.gov. For the latest information about COVID-19, please visit azhealth.gov. This website is updated daily with new information.

We will continue to remain in close contact with state and public health officials to provide the most up-to-date information and ensure that the State of Arizona is doing everything we can to keep every member of our community healthy and safe.

We are asking schools to please adhere to the following measures during this period of closure:

  • School administrators should make every effort to provide continued education learning opportunities through online resources or materials that can be sent home.
  • School administrators should develop a plan to continue breakfast and lunch services for Arizona students.
  • As demand rises on healthcare professionals and first responders, schools should expand child care programs currently available to ensure minimal disruption to these critical jobs as a result of the school closure.
  • When school resumes, school administrators should develop and implement precautions to ensure schools are a safe learning environment, including social distancing measures, regular intervals for administrators to wash and sanitize their hands, and guidance on how to properly and frequently sanitize election equipment and common surfaces.

 

Sincerely,

 

Governor Doug Ducey & Superintendent Kathy Hoffman

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

IT’S FINALLY (ALMOST) HERE!

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!)
5:30-7pm
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.

National Merit Scholarship Program Recognizes Iris Zepezauer

Iris Zepezauer and her Advisor, Jean Mulvaney

City High School senior, Iris Zepezauer, has been named a Commended Student in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although these students will not continue in the 2020 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top scorers of more than 1.5 million students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) in 2018. We are so proud of Iris for her hard work and for her dedication to academic excellence.