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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.

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.