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Summer in the City! Check Out the Many Opportunities

City High School will be full of activity this summer! A wide variety of programs – both academic and enrichment – will be offered throughout the summer for students of City High School. Students: Check out the options and sign up to reserve a spot today.

Summer School:

This June, City High School is offering two 3-week summer school sessions during which students will have the opportunity to recover one-half credit in Mathematics (Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Precalculus). Only City High students may attend and each session will have a maximum number of 25 students. Click here for more information on Summer School 2012 and to register.

Summer Bridge:

City High School is happy to announce our second annual Summer Bridge Program happening in late July and early August for all incoming 9th graders. The purpose of Summer Bridge is to enhance students’ experiences with the transition from middle school to high school. The week-long program includes technology orientation, skill-enrichment projects, fun community-building activities, and an introduction to after-school opportunities. The daily schedule is Monday through Friday, from 9am-2:30pm. Lunch and snacks are provided. All incoming 9th graders are expected to attend one of the two Summer Bridge Sessions. Click here for more information on Summer Bridge and to register.

VOICES in the CITY!:

All current, incoming and graduating City High School students are invited to participate in summer VOICES in the CITY sessions being offered in July. The always-awesome workshops will include three different sessions of Culinary Arts (Baking, Know Your Cuts of Meat, Vegetable Varieties), designing & painting a mural on the second floor of the school, Sketching 101, Video Game Design,  and more to be announced soon! Click here for more information on VOICES in the CITY! and to register.

Physics Factory Summer Camp:

City High is especially pleased to announce that the phenomenal science and mathematics educational team from the Physics Factory! will be holding their summer camp 2012 here at City High School. The camp, open to youth ages 10 and older, will be here from June 9 – July 20th. The camp will include workshops in Wood Working, Robotics, Catapults, Lasers, Rockets and Electronics for a reasonable fee of $160 per session. Click here for more information on Physics Factory and to register.

Greater Tucson Youth Leadership Program:

The Youth Leadership Institute is a two-week summer program based upon Greater Tucson Leadership’s issue-day model.  Each day youth participants will be exposed to important issues facing our community through exploratory trips and discussions with high-level leaders.  Youth will leave with a greater interest in civic engagement, confidence in their leadership abilities, knowledge about the issues that are important to them, and a personal leadership plan.  Youth must commit to both weeks and attend all sessions. The fee for the program is $300, which will be waived for 3-5 City High School students. Click here for more information on GTYLP and to register.

Alley Clean-Up & Green-Up a Big Success!

Thanks to the volunteer power of Division I teacher Sarah Miller’s church group and parent volunteers, the City High Alley underwent the beginning of  a multi-phase makeover that will eventually include a way cooler lunch space for students, a chef’s herb garden, and a eventually skateboarding area (We hope!). The lunch space was repainted and plants were potted to “green-up” the area. We are in the planning stages for the Phase II of the project and will keep you updated on the next volunteer day!







Members of the volunteer group from Pantano Christian Church, including Division I teacher Sarah Miller (middle, background).












More painting.












Paint supplies.










More painting.


VOICES in the CITY! workshops – Spring 2012

City High School and VOICES are pleased to offer some totally rockin’-awesome-fabulous workshops for the students of City High School as part of our Extended Day Learning program. More workshops will be announced, so please check back often to see what new options are available for students!



Days & Hours:

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays (April 4 – 26)
  • 3:30 – 5:30pm

Instructor:  Karyn Light and Kari Imoro
Email:  KarynL@cityhighschool.org

Join the totally awesome arts mentors Karyn and Kari to create some school spirit that celebrates our glorious school mascot, the Narwhal. We’ll sculpt an UpCycled Narwhal with recycled materials and our Narwhal will be on display in our front windows for all to see and celebrate during the Pennington Street Block Party on April 20th! This workshop also celebrates Earth Day, Global Youth Service Day.
*SIP requirements can be met through this project*


Days & Hours:

  • Wednesdays & Thursdays (April 4 – 26)
  • 3:30 – 5:30pm

Instructor:  Anabelle Baggs
Email:  albaggs@gmail.com

Struggling with your upcoming Gateway presentation? Don’t know how to build a PowerPoint presentation? For help, head over to the Gateway workshop with mentor Anabelle and create a presentation that will “Wow!” your instructors, classmates and your family.


Days & Hours:

  • Tuesdays & Wednesdays (January 10 – May 16, 2012)
  • 3:30 – 5:30pm

Instructor:  Chris Alvarez
Email:  chrisa@cityhighschool.org

Limit:  20 students

The goal of Culinary VOICES goal is to enrich the participant’s skills and attitudes of food and food issues. By teaching the fundamentals of cookery and preparing the students to apply concepts of English, math and science to daily life skills. To be a community resource that caters to the needs of the individual and engages in service learning projects. To nourish the hearts and minds by teaching the art of service. Click here to sign up!


Days & Hours:

  • Mondays & Wednesdays (January 16 – May 16, 2012)
  • 3:30 – 5:30pm

Instructor:  Ben Truman
Email:  bent@cityhighschool.org

Limit:  6 students

Design and build maps for Portal 2 using the same development kit as Valve software – using Portal 2. Participants will create fun and interactive 3D puzzles while learning all about game design and game development. Portal 2 is a hilariously mind-bending adventure that challenges you to use wits over weaponry in a funhouse of diabolical science. Using a highly experimental portal device, you’ll once again face off against a lethally inventive, power-mad A.I. named GLaDOS. And this time you won’t be alone. Meet an expanded cast of characters as you think your way through dangerous, never-before-seen areas of Aperture Laboratories. Break the laws of spatial physics in ways you never thought possible, with a wider variety of portal puzzles and an expansive story that spans a single player and co-operative game mode. Click here to sign up!


Days & Hours:

  • Fridays (January 9 – May 18, 2012)
  • 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Instructor:  Megan Valanidas
Email:  meganv@cityhighschool.org

Every Friday join Megan V. for gardening at the Southside Farm off of 29th St right next to the Santa Cruz River.  City High is collaborating with the Tucson Community Food Bank who is managing the site. Students/participants will bus to the site with Megan to plant, weed, water, and otherwise tend to City High’s very own garden plot!  Participants will gain a knowledge of organic gardening by growing vegetables, herbs, and medicinals.  We will cover plot fertilization, seasonal planting, companion planting, organic pest control, and water conservation in a desert garden!  (Irrigation is provided by the Food Bank.) Click here to sign up!


Days & Hours:

  • Fridays (January 9 – May 18, 2012)
  • 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Instructor:  Tucson Community Darkroom – Jasper Ludwig and Julia DeConcini
Email:  tucsoncommunitydarkroom@gmail.com

Limit:  12 students

This Darkroom Photography Intensive will allow participants to explore documentary photography throughout history. Students will learn the origins of documentary photography while learning to use film and alternative processes. We will critique the work of well-known documentary photographers, helping us to understand visual literacy and composition. Exercises in perspective, time, framing, portraiture and critique will help students mature as artists (documentary and otherwise). From Anna Atkin’s botanical cyanotypes to Milton Rogovin’s striking social documentation to Robert Frank’s secretive critique of the American people, we will discuss and explore photography from historical, ethical, political, artistic and humanitarian perspectives. Using provided cameras, students will become competent and proficient in the use of film and film processing, darkroom chemistry, photographic enlargement & mural printing, cyanotype alternative process, and critique – all the while having ridiculous amounts of fun – we promise! Note:  All equipment and supplies will be provided. Click here to sign up!


Days & Hours:

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays (August  6 – December 14, 2011)
  • 3:15 – 4:30pm

Instructor:  Megan Valanidas
Email:  meganv@cityhighschool.org

This elective is being offered Tuesdays and Thursdays during the 7th hour and continuing after school to the 8th hour.  This is your opportunity to be a part of City High’s student newspaper! Through group collaboration we will spearhead and invent this new semi-quarterly publication.  Students will be trained as editors and journalists.  We will write news stories, editorials, music/movie/food reviews and whatever else we decide should be included in this new publication! As a member of the publication course you will get experience in layout, interviewing, headline writing, print/pre-press and much more.  As always, plan on meeting dynamic journalists and photo-journalists from Tucson and taking the occasional field trip.  Expect hands-on work-shopping and creative time to occur during the 8th hour portion of this course.  The group will discuss and decide the physical representation of the publication. Click here to sign up!


Days & Hours:

  • Mondays & Wednesdays (September 7 – December 14)
  • 7:45 – 8:45am

Instructor:  Megan Valanidas
Email:  meganv@cityhighschool.org

Early risers, early drop-offs, or people with funky bus schedules can relax in the VOICES lounge reading the paper with a cup of coffee.  This is time for you to get caught up on the news; local, national, and abroad. VOICES will be providing coffee to enhance your experience.  There will be quiet discussion and mostly time to read and caffeinate to prepare for the day.  You will be able to choose from the New York Times, the Arizona Daily Star, the Daily Wildcat and other publications – or bring your own! Don’t be an “ugly American,” read the news, know your issues.  Please bring your own coffee mug. Click here to sign up!



Alley Clean-Up & Green-Up This Saturday

This Saturday – March 31st – the City High Alley will be undergoing Phase I of a makeover that will eventually include a way cooler (literally!) lunch space, a chef’s herb garden, and a skateboarding area! (Too cool!) Thanks to the volunteer power of Division I teacher Sarah Miller’s church group, we will be painting, planting, and begin building our new alley garden. If you would like to donate plants, planters, pots, or other working gardening materials, please drop them by the school. Or if you have a few hours of your time to donate, we’d love to have you! We’ll be working from 9am – 1pm. Hope to see you there!


  • Date:  Saturday, March 31, 2012
  • Time:  9am – 1pm
  • Location:  City High Alley

For more information contact Krista Niles, Director of VOICES in the CITY!