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No School on Labor Day, 9/6/21

The first few weeks of school have sped by, and we are all looking forward to a much-deserved Labor Day weekend. There is no school Monday, September 6, 2021 in observance of Labor Day. 

On Tuesday, September 7, we will hold a special schedule so that the classes that normally meet on Monday are not missed.

PER 1: 9:00-9:50
PER 2: 9:55-10:45
PER 3: 10:50-11:40
PER 4: 11:45-12:35
LUNCH: 12:35-1:15
PER 5: 1:15 – 2:05
PER 6: 2:10 – 3:00


Use our on-line calendar available on the City High School website to stay the up-to-date on school happenings!

Back-to-School Night: Wednesday, September 1 from 5:30-7:30pm

Dear Students, Families, and City High Community,
It’s been quite a start to the 2021 – 2022 school year and no small feat for all of us to return to full-time, in-person learning after more than a year of lockdowns, remote and hybrid classes, part-time cohorts, and to face all the stresses and challenges of the pandemic education experience. Congratulations to everyone who has persevered in spite of all these changes. We’re back and we’re ready to resume our annual Back to School Night event on Wednesday, September 1st, 2021 from 5:30 – 7:30pm. Due to the continued substantial spread of COVID-19 in Pima County, we’ll be hosting this event over Zoom. 

All parents and guardians are encouraged to join us for our return to this annual event to meet your student’s teachers, advisors, and support staff and to find out more about our classes, course expectations, special programming, and more. Your student will be creating a personalized schedule of Zoom links (like this sample) that they will email to you later today. To participate on Wednesday, you’ll just need to click on the Zoom links in the invitation to follow your student’s schedule. Don’t worry if you can’t join us on Wednesday evening, all the information will be available on our website by Thursday, September 2nd.
We’ll have information on Wednesday about our After School Programs, Tutoring, and Teachers’ Office Hours. There will be additional Zoom meetings scheduled in the coming days for families to meet our School Counselor and to learn more about our Health and Wellness protocols; EmpowerLearning and Competency-Based Learning; and the City High Family Association. Click on Inside City High for more information and updates.
Please know that the health and wellbeing of our students, families, and community is our highest priority and is a necessary prerequisite for students to engage with learning and participate fully at school. We continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and will update our protocols as needed. Stay tuned for a follow-up email about our Health and Wellness Protocols and a requirement to include COVID vaccine status with your teen’s immunization record.
***Why do we need this information? While it is NOT a district or county requirement to have a COVID vaccination to attend school, Pima County Health Department has different exposure protocols for vaccinated and unvaccinated students and staff. In the event of a COVID exposure at City High School, we will need to have students’ vaccine status on file to comply with the Health Department’s notification, quarantine, and testing procedures.***
In the meantime, students and staff should continue to stay home if they are sick, or if a member of their family is sick, or if they think they have been exposed to an illness. CCCL and CHS recommend that all our community members get vaccinated if they are eligible, wear a mask at school regardless of their vaccination status, sanitize or wash their hands frequently, and maintain physical distance when possible. We have KN95 and surgical masks available at the front desk, we are arranging to have rapid Covid tests at school, and are scheduling a Pima County Vaccine Clinic on site in the coming days.
Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and continued support as we return to in-person schooling. Please reach out to me or to your teen’s advisor if you have questions, suggestions, or concerns.
with gratitude,
Kathy for the Admin Team

Registration for Summer School is Now Open

Building Photo 47 East Pennington

The Summer School program at City High School offers students the opportunity to recover credit for a course a student received an ‘F’ or ‘NG’ (no grade) in a previous semester or year. 

This year, we will be holding summer school in person. There will not be a remote learning option. The school will require students to wear KN95 masks at all times while in the building. We will also be seating students at least 3 feet apart from each other and promoting hand-washing and the use of hand sanitizer throughout the day. 

Session One: Monday, June 7 to Friday, June 18–Class runs from 9:00am – 2:30pm (includes breaks and a ½ lunch break–lunch is free for all students). Students can earn .5 credit in either:

  • Math (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, or Quantitative Reasoning)
  • English (all grade levels)

Session Two: Monday, June 21 to Friday, July 2–Class runs from 9:00am – 2:30pm (includes breaks and a ½ lunch break–lunch is free for all students). Students can earn .5 credit in:

  • Math (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, or Quantitative Reasoning)

To earn credit in Summer School, all required assignments and assessments for the course must be completed by the end of session. The successfully completed course will be added to the student’s transcript with a letter grade earned and .5 credit. The highest grade a student will be able to earn in summer school will be a ‘B’. The previously earned and notated F will be changed to an ‘NG’ (No Grade) and the student’s GPA will be recalculated with the F removed. Students who do not successfully complete a course will have no update made to their transcript. A student who finishes the coursework and testing prior to the end of session will not need to attend the remaining days of the session.

There is no charge for Summer School. Our program is fully funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant program. Register today for credit recovery Summer School.


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.