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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!

PSAT for 9th and 10th Grade Students, February 28

On Thursday, February 28th, all freshmen and sophomores will take the PSAT, a test that showcases the classroom skills and knowledge that are essential for college and career readiness and success. The test will take place all morning, during periods 1-5. All students should come to school well-rested and on time so that testing can begin at 9:00.
Students will be taking a version of the PSAT that is specifically geared to the grade level. Freshmen will take the PSAT 8-9; sophomores will take the PSAT 10.
We encourage your child to take advantage of the many benefits the PSAT offers:
• Connects students to colleges and universities across the country, and to scholarship organizations.
• Prepares students for the new SAT® and college and fuels practice recommendations on Khan Academy®.
If you have any questions about how to support your student on their college journey, please do not hesitate to call or email Krista Gypton, Community Outreach Coordinator, or visit our College Prep section of the website.



We need you!

There is a huge blood shortage right now due to all the cold weather and the American Red Cross needs up to step up and give. So City High School is hosting a blood drive at 37 E. Pennington St., on March 5, 2019 from 9:00am- 1:00pm. Please sign up for your appointment!

Schedule your appointment now! Click HERE

If your 16 you just need the consent form signed and returned. Pick them up at the front desk!

Student Voice Committee Attend the Teen Leadership Summit!

The Pima Association of Governments hosted the Teen Leadership Summit at the University of Arizona and Andie Sweetman, our new Student Voice Committee Advisor, made sure her leaders did not miss out. Sophomore Teddy Providence, Junior Trinity Ferguson and Senior Sam Zazueta came back fired up and full of excitement from the day. Trinity was excited that she got to speak to law enforcement officers and lawyers learning how their work relates to their lives. Sam was able to get up on stage and share her story about what she does to Rise Up!, which was the theme of the conference. All three of them loved that they had the opportunity to practice their problem solving with real problems that people are facing in our community today. This is what becoming stewards of our world is all about!

Internship Spotlight: Eddie Holm


Eddie Holm is interning with Professor Betsy Arnold at the University of Arizona in the Arnold Microbiology Lab. He is helping them try to figure out the relationship between fungus and plants. On a typical day, Eddie works to parafilm fungus. This means there are several vials filled with samples from Petri dishes that he wraps parafilm around to prepare for storage. Eddie’s favorite part about working in the lab is getting to interact with the students and professors and learn more about what they are doing. His favorite task was sorting specimens my morphotyping-sorting them by their different characteristics. “For example, if we had a brown fungus we group them with other brown fungi.”  Eddie is heading to the University of Arizona next year to study Oceanography, but, “if I can I would like to keep working in the lab.”

College and Career Family Workshops

College and Career Family Workshops

Navigating high school and making sure that you have the right information in the time you need it can be very challenging. Here is the list of workshops for this semester that will help support parents and guardians in making the most informed decisions to help their students. All the workshops are free, food is provided and all members of the family are welcome. Workshops take place at 37 Pennington.


Paving the Road for Post High School

Junior Parents

January 31 5:30pm – 7:00pm

  • Junior parents are invited to learn about how to best support their students with the steps needed to move into their senior year successfully and out into the world with a goal and a plan. We will go over senior internships, post-high school options and how to best prepare for any path you choose. It doesn’t matter what path you take, just that you have a goal and a clear way to get there. This workshop will pave the way for you.



JTED Night

Sophomore Parents

February 7th 5:30pm – 7:00pm

  • Amanda Simeza from Pima County JTED. The ‘Joint Technical Education District’ 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!


It’s Never Too Early

Freshman Parents

March 7th 5:30pm – 7:00pm

  • It’s never too early to make sure students are on a clear path to the life they want after high school. Now is the time to make sure students are setting up a 4-year plan. Know what classes they need to keep their options open for after high school. Learn what programs are available at City High School and in the community to support and direct their interests, abilities, and goals.


Sophomore Year: The Middle Child of High School

Sophomore Parents

April 18th 5:30pm – 7:00pm

  • You are no longer the new freshman and not yet the upperclassman. Sometimes it can be hard to know what you should be doing to best prepare yourself for a solid path both in high school and beyond. Families will look at graduation plan and map out the decisions you need to make in order to ensure that you are on the right path toward what you want to do after high school.

Internship Spotlight: Zoe DiSanto

Zoe DiSanto is interning with Angel Brophy, the EON Project Coordinator. “What I love about interning at SAAF is that I’m given an opportunity to give back to a community that has done so much for me. I started going to EON and SAAF some number of years ago, when I was still mostly closeted, and they provided me with a community that took me in and showed me love and support, and I do think that had I not found EON, I may have chosen to take my life, because I was so isolated from others and was dealing with bullying, harassment, and self-loathing. At EON, I’m treated like someone worthy of respect and love, and I’ve never felt more valued in a space.” This is exactly why we love our internship program at City High School!

Internship Spotlight: Brooklyn Olson


Brooklyn Olson is interning at Miles Elementary school with Jana Martin, where she gets to work with 3rd through 5th-grade students. Brooke chose this internship because she wanted to learn more sign-language and have the opportunity to practice her sign-language skills. “This has helped me discover what I really want to do in life, I would love to be an interpreter in a classroom. My internship makes me so happy!” She is not sure what grade-level or type of classroom she would like to eventually end up in, so her plan is to volunteer in a variety of grade levels to see what she likes the best.


Internship Spotlight: Ella Dunkle


Ella Dunkle is having the experience of her dreams by interning at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) with Eli Burke, the Education Director. Last semester she spent most of her time helping with set-up and direct support for their educational outreach youth programs. This upcoming semester she is looking forward to creating and implementing her own educational programs. “I have really enjoyed the experience of getting to know the people and the space. Learning about professionalism and responsibility has been so helpful. I hope to continue working here even after I graduate.”

Need Unique Beautiful Gifts? See the brilliance of our own Leslie Newman Cho!

Many of you know Leslie Newman as the talented and creative Spanish teacher. What you may not know is how brilliantly talented she is as a jewelry designer. She will have her pieces available this Sunday, December 9th at the Fiesta de Guadalupe celebration at De Grazia Gallery in the Sun. The event is only Sunday from 10-4.
There will be food, music, and artists…lots to do. The gallery is beautiful. Just seeing the gallery is worth a visit. Hope you will go and visit her to see her incredible work and attend the celebration.
The Gallery is located at 6300 N. Swan Road.
Here’s a link to the Fiesta de Guadalupe on FB.