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Halloween Movie and Potluck! Results!

Don’t forget to join us on October 25, 2019, from 5 pm to 8 pm currently the lead movie is Beetle Juice. Hocus Pocus is currently second, you can still cast your vote here!

  • Beetle Juice: Thanks to the carelessness of a cute little dog, newlyweds Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin are killed in a freak auto accident. Upon arriving in the outer offices of Heaven, the couple finds that, thanks to a century’s worth of bureaucratic red tape, they’re on a long celestial waiting list. Before they can earn their wings, Davis and Baldwin must occupy their old house as ghosts for the next fifty years. Alas, the house is now owned by insufferable yuppies Catherine O’Hara and Jeffrey Jones. Horrified at the prospect of sharing space with these obnoxious interlopers, Davis and Baldwin do their best to scare O’Hara and Jones away, but their house-haunting skills are pathetic at best. In desperation, the ghostly couple engage the services of a veteran scaremeister: a yellow-haired, snaggle-toothed, profane, flatulent “gonzo” spirit named Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton). The problem: Beetlejuice cannot be trusted-especially when he falls in love with O’Hara and Jones’ gloomy, black-clad teenaged daughter Winona Ryder. 

Bring a dish to share with the community; free popcorn will also be provided. Which movie do you ask? Email marisolb@cityccl.org to RSVP and for more information.

Halloween Movie and Potluck Night!

Join us on October 25, 2019, from 5 pm to 8 pm to watch a movie! 

Bring a dish to share with the community; free popcorn will also be provided. Which movie do you ask? It’s your choice! The following options are: 

  • Caroline: Coraline Jones is a girl of 11 who is feisty, curious, and adventurous beyond her years. She and her parents have just relocated from Michigan to Oregon. Missing her friends and finding her parents to be distracted by their work, Coraline tries to find some excitement in her new environment. Coraline seriously doubts that her new home can provide anything truly intriguing to her, but it does; she uncovers a secret door in the house. Walking through the door and then venturing through an eerie passageway, she discovers an alternate version of her life and existence.
  • Hocus Pocus: The people of Salem capture and execute three witches for practicing witchcraft. Before their deaths, they vow to return to Salem 300 years on Halloween to exact their revenge. Three hundred years later, a skeptical, newly transplanted Californian, Max, explores the ruins of the legendary witches house and dares the witches to manifest themselves. Disregarding the warnings of his sister and girlfriend, Max lights the Candle of Black Flame. With that, the witches reappear to wreak havoc on the town. The kids take off with the witches spellbook. The sorceresses, who will die by the morning light if they don’t recite the incantation for immortality, have to get the books by whatever means they can.
  • The Addams Family Movie (1991): The eccentric lifestyle of the Addams family is threatened when the family attorney and a greedy mother/son team conspire to steal the family fortune.
  • Beetle Juice: Thanks to the carelessness of a cute little dog, newlyweds Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin are killed in a freak auto accident. Upon arriving in the outer offices of Heaven, the couple finds that, thanks to a century’s worth of bureaucratic red tape, they’re on a long celestial waiting list. Before they can earn their wings, Davis and Baldwin must occupy their old house as ghosts for the next fifty years. Alas, the house is now owned by insufferable yuppies Catherine O’Hara and Jeffrey Jones. Horrified at the prospect of sharing space with these obnoxious interlopers, Davis and Baldwin do their best to scare O’Hara and Jones away, but their house-haunting skills are pathetic at best. In desperation, the ghostly couple engage the services of a veteran scaremeister: a yellow-haired, snaggle-toothed, profane, flatulent “gonzo” spirit named Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton). The problem: Beetlejuice cannot be trusted-especially when he falls in love with O’Hara and Jones’ gloomy, black-clad teenaged daughter Winona Ryder. 
  • Corpse Bride: Tim Burton returns to the dark but fanciful animated style of The Nightmare Before Christmas with this stop-motion black comedy. Victor (voice of Johnny Depp) lives in a small European village in the 19th century, where he is pledged to marry Victoria (voice of Emily Watson), a partnership arranged by their parents. The two only meet the day before their scheduled nuptials, and Victor performs disastrously in the wedding rehearsal. Later that evening, while he is walking through the woods and hopelessly practicing his vows, he puts Victoria’s wedding band on what looks like a branch. Victor quickly discovers this was a big mistake; as it happens, he has put the ring on the skeletal finger of the enchanted Corpse Bride (voice of Helena Bonham Carter), who then whisks him off to a dark and mysterious netherworld where they are now married. Victor is frightened in the land of the dead, and even realizes that he has fallen in love with his true fiancée, Victoria, so he searches for a way back to his own world. 

You can cast your vote here. The poll ends on October 19, 2019.

Narwhals Combat Climate Change!

On September 20, 2019, our students joined the masses of young people in the Nationwide School Strike. The strike was the first time in history that so many areas around the world participated in the same movement. The global action demands that youth are given the future by acknowledging, recognizing, and combatting climate change. On Friday, many City High students walked out to join this action by protesting at Jacome Plaza and Presidio Park downtown. These students empowered their community by organizing themselves and standing up for a better and healthier world where all people can thrive. We are very proud of them.

Go Narwhals! We appreciate you standing up for the future of our planet!

City High School Students Support Youth on their Own!

Earlier this month, CHS students extended their support to Youth On Their Own (YOTO). YOTO is an organization that supports the graduation and success of homeless youth in Arizona. This year the entire student body had the opportunity to make a difference by creating cards for youth that are overcoming homelessness and attending high school. These cards are given throughout the year as a reminder to keep striving for success. 

If you’re interested in supporting homeless youth in Arizona, please contact YOTO at 520.293.1136 or visit their website https://yoto.org/. Also, follow our Facebook page to keep up with Narwhals in the Tucson community and beyond. 

Volunteer Opportunities at Tucson Meet Yourself!

The City High Community has the opportunity to be a part of Tucson history by becoming Tucson Meet Yourself Volunteer! Did you know that it takes over 800 hundred volunteers to bring this festival of culture, food, music, dance, and folk art to life!? For CHS, this is an excellent opportunity to work with a community partner and learn by exploring the cultures that create Tucson. Volunteers do not have to have any experience and can use this experience on college applications and more! Volunteer shifts are 4 hours, each volunteer getting work experience in an array of tasks. Volunteers receive a free shirt, a lunch voucher, and a UA endorsed volunteer certificate. For more information, email Monika Cabrera at TMYVolunteer@gmail.com. Or you can register here: https://www.tucsonmeetyourself.org/volunteer-basic/.

Tucson Meet Yourself will begin on Friday, October 11th through Sunday, October 13th. Note: volunteer shifts start on Tuesday, October 8th.

City High School Student Wins New York Times Student Podcast Contest

Samantha Zazueta, a 2019 graduate of City High School, had one of twelve winning entries in the New York Times’ annual student podcast contest! High school students from around the world submitted over 900 podcasts to the Times for the contest. Sam’s story got top billing and a photo feature.

To hear Sam’s compelling story, “My Incarcerated Family,” visit the New York Times story or listen directly on SoundCloud.

Samantha Zazueta, Class of 2019, worked with Radio Teacher Sarah Bromer (left), for countless hours on her podcast. Photo by Jessica Melrose.

“My Incarcerated Family” tells the story of Sam’s quest to understand why so many people in her family have been imprisoned. Her mom tells her it’s just “poor choices” that land people in the system, but Sam isn’t satisfied with that answer. She wants to know why people make bad decisions, and whether the system teaches them to make better choices. She interviews her mom, her formerly incarcerated uncle, Pima County Public Defender Joel Feinman, and several members of the Pima County Criminal Justice Reform Unit. It is an informative and moving story. 

Samantha produced her winning story in Sarah Bromer’s Radio Production class, where students learn to write, record, edit, and produce their own radio pieces for City High’s podcast. Sam’s story was also an integral part of her Senior YPAR (youth-led participatory action research) project in Krista Gypton’s Senior Seminar class.

Sam’s radio teacher, Sarah, had this to say about Samantha’s win:

“I can’t think of a student more deserving of this honor. Sam was committed to telling this story as perfectly as she could, and she succeeded. She met with me after school for at least 40 hours during the production of this piece, in addition to the time she spent in class and at home on it. And she was an interviewing machine! She gathered more than ten hours of tape for this five-minute story.

Sam has produced a beautiful piece of journalism. It’s sweet and innocent, but it packs a hard punch. We’ve all heard stories about America’s problems with mass incarceration, but to see it from the inside, from the perspective of a young person struggling to understand her family’s place in the system—it just makes it feel fresh and new, and that allows the listener to engage on a much more emotional level to the content. Her story is so illuminating and it has forever changed the way I will look at criminal justice in America.”

For more of Sam’s story and City High Radio:

Graduation 2019: May 29 @ 7:00

City High School graduation

Graduation will take place Wednesday, May 29, at 7:00pm. The location for this year’s ceremony is The Leo Rich Theaterlocated at 260 S. Church Avenue. The entrance to the theater is located in the Tucson Convention Center complex. Directions to the theater can be found here. Parking is available in the TCC parking lot as well as on the streets in the neighborhood to the east of the TCC.

Please note: there is a major construction project happening in that area, so please give yourselves extra time to get there and park.

Graduating seniors will need to be at Leo Rich no later than 6:00pm that evening to prepare for the event. For other details about the event, contact Eve Rifkin.

New Student Registration: 4/23 4:30-7:00

We are excited to welcome all new students and their families to the 2019-2020 school year! We are hosting a new student registration night on Tuesday, April 23, from 4:30 to 7:30. There will be an orientation by Principal Brett Goble at 5:30. Please come to the school to turn in paperwork, buy a t-shirt, and take care of other student fees.

A parent or guardian must accompany each student.

Please bring the following documents to registration night:

  • birth certificate
  • immunization records
  • proof of AZ residency
  • completed registration packet (mailed to all homes)

Please do not hesitate to contact Office manager Becca Dillon with any questions at 623-7223 X 200.

Seniors Out and About in Community

Thursday, February 28th all City High School Seniors were out in the community volunteering with organizations related to their YPAR projects. YPAR (youth participatory action research) is a graduation requirement for all seniors. They get to choose an issue that impacts a community they are a part of, research it through interviews and experiences and then create an impact solution to help address the problem. The goal is to help students see they truly are the change we have been waiting for. They are the voices that will make a big difference and they don’t need to wait to do so.

You can see where they spent the day and some reflections on their experiences here!

Savannah Valenzuela spent the day at the YWCA!

Substance Abuse Prevention Night for Parents and Students, February 27 at 5:00pm

PFFSD and City High School have teamed up with the Pima County Community Prevention Coalition to schedule an evening of free food and parenting education around the challenging topic of how to talk to your child about drugs and alcohol.  This event will be on Wednesday, February 27, from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. at 37 Pennington.

The evening will cover how marijuana and other controlled substances affects the developing body and brain, effective communication strategies and tips for talking with your child, and how to respond to and handle those tough questions that may come up. We have found that having these conversations with kids at an early age creates more opportunities to build trust, even if they are difficult. While these workshops will cover the risks associated with illegal substances and underage drinking, they will mostly focus on how to have successful conversations with your child that build openness and trust and lead to safer, more well-informed choices as they get older.  

Dinner will be provided for all families. Please RSVP to Jgroh@paulofreireschool.org or ericas@cityhighschool.org so we know how much food to order.  Space is limited.