Cienega High School
Cat Chat Newsletter
August 2014    


Dear Cienega Families,

The 2014-2015 school year is underway, and students and staff are already working hard. It is because of everyone's hard work last year that Cienega earned an A label for the second year in a row!

Earning an A label from the state of Arizona is something our whole bobcat community can be proud of. It could not have happened without the intentional instruction of our amazing teachers or the unending support of the CHS staff. It also could not have happened without the support of you -- our families -- who supported our programs, encouraged your children, and worked with us to reach our goals.

As we head into the new school year, we thank you in advance for all you do.  Thank you for entrusting us with your children and working with us to make each and every one of them college and career ready.

Julia Kaiser

Interim Principal of CHS

School Way APP
Site Council
NJROTC Happenings
Picture Day
Costa Rica
Support Cross Country
FCS Conference
Lunch Applications online!
COX Savings
Bobcat TV
Fry's Rewards and Safeway Escrip
Class Shirt Sale
Senior Info




We are happy to announce the launch of our school's NEW official mobile app. School Way™ allows you to get the school information you want and need-anytime, anywhere and straight from your phone. It's free to download and use!

School Way offers information like:

Activity calendars
Sports schedules and scores
Teacher contact information
Access to student grades
Alerts from school and teachers
So much more!

Download from the app store today!





Thank you to the nine CHS parents who ran for our 2014-2015 Site Council and to all who voted. Your new Site Council representatives are Steve Chamblee and Michelle McClelland. Welcome to Cienega High School's Site Council!





NJROTC Cadet Kennis Pannell was featured in the Davis-Monthan AFB Public Affairs website.  GySgt Lara worked with the Davis-Monthan AFB Public Affairs Officer to get Cadet Pannell USAF pilots to shadow for her Senior Exit Project.  Below is the link to the article for your review.  The shadowing was also an excellent CTE opportunity.

On Friday, 8 Aug NJROTC cadets traveled to Desert Willow Elementary to mentor their Safety Patrol and teach flag etiquette.  The NJROTC cadets who assisted are Morgan Wheeler, Cristina Thompson, Christian Delgado, Dallas Sotelo, Catalina Mitchell, and Stevie Tucker (attends Vail AcOn Friday, 8 Aug NJROTC cadets traveled to Desert Willow Elementary to mentor their Safety Patrol and teach flag etiquette.  The NJROTC cadets who assisted are Morgan Wheeler,
Cristina Thompson, Christian Delgado, Dallas Sotelo, Catalina Mitchell, and Stevie Tucker (attends Vail Academy).  It was a great learning experience for all. 



Picture Day for 9th 10th and 11th grade students will be Tuesday, August 19th and Wednesday, August 20th during English classes.  Picture Makeup day will be Thursday, August 22nd.

Seniors! Please make sure and call Silhouette Photography right away to schedule your yearbook and senior photos. Reminder: You must take your yearbook picture at Silhouette so that it will be included in the book. 

Any questions should be directed to Mr. Eric Tatham at 879-2864.





Cloud Forest, Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Ziplines through the rainforest canopy, beach days, whitewater rafting, kayaking, horseback riding, planting your own tree in the rainforest...if any of that sounds like you, you just might be a Costa Cat! Cienega, through the Foreign Culture Club, and Andrada Poytechnic are getting together to go to this spectacular place during Spring Break 2015, this March 10th through 18th. Please see Dr. Rathman in room 512 or Mrs. Conrad in room 524 for more information. Stay tuned for dates/times of informational meetings.  


Email Mrs. Conrad or Dr. Rathman at:  or 









The Fellowship of Christian Students (FCS) at Cienega teamed up with the FCS clubs at Empire and Andrada High Schools to put on a student conference on August 9th at Empire.  Chris Fabry, author and radio talk show host, was joined by three members of the University of Arizona's Fellowship of Christian Athletes as the guest speakers.  Each of the athletes shared encouraging words and advice about high school and college life while Fabry encouraged the 65+ students to use their gifts to better their schools and the world.  Cienega Alum Nick Fergerson, now a youth pastor at The Journey Church in Tucson, served as the MC for the morning and the band from Santa Rita Community Church (from Corona)  provided live music during the event.  The event culminated with a hotdog barbecue and students from across the district hanging out and enjoying a beautiful day.  Below are a handful of the students who were in attendance along side the U of A athletes and some recent Vail graduates who came to help.





Dear Parents/Guardians,

As a reminder, if your child qualified for free or reduced meals last year you need to fill out a new application, that eligibility will expire in August.  You can fill out an application on line at or get a paper application from the school.  If you have any questions you can contact Chelsea Slunaker at 520-879-2090.


Click here for additional instructions. 




Cox offers $10/month home internet service to families of students on free/reduced lunch. It's internet only, not phone or cable TV...but Cox internet is generally pretty fast and high quality.

The family has to live in a Cox service area and not currently have service with them.

Here's a useful link for you:




Check out the great things Jason Miller and Bobcat TV are doing!!! Great job Mr. Miller!






Dreaming of going to Greece?



Well now you can, and inexpensively!

$2925 - this price is being held through August and then it goes up so act now!!

You only need a $95 deposit (online) to hold your spot 

March 09, 2015-March 17, 2015


Here is the link for this fabulous trip!  


There will be a ...

Mandatory parent meeting on Wednesday,

August 13th or 27th 2014 at 6:00pm in room 323

(From 6:00-6:30pm will be new parent information meeting and from 6:30-7:00pm will be our fundraiser meeting)


If you sign up for the trip you are automatically eligible for monies raised from our fundraisers - it's free money for your trip!! We have already raised $1000!


This trip is includes airfare, entrance to all exhibits, hotel and two meals every day!


Some of the sites we will be visiting are:

Athens - including the temple of Athena

Olympia - Where the Olympics were born!

Dephi - the temple of Apollo


Mycenae and much, much more!




Fry's & Safeway Grocery Stores give back to Cienega Athletics. If you desire, please follow the directions below to sign up and link your grocery card to Cienega High School. Thank you for your support!
How to Re-Enroll for the Fry's Community Rewards Program:


*Go to 

*Select 'Sign-In.'
*Enter your email and password then select 'sign in.'  
*Select 'My Account', you should see Account Summary at the top.
*Scroll down, Click 'ENROLL' under Community Rewards. If prompted, enter personal information.
*Under Find Your Organization: Enter the NPO number or name of organization then select 'search'. (You can get the NPO number from your organization.)
*Under Select Your Organization: Select box next to your organization.
*Then select 'save changes.'
*If you have registered correctly, you should now see your organization information listed under 'Community Rewards' on your Account Summary page.
***Remember, your participants must re-enroll to support your organization; they may begin re-enrolling Friday, August 1, 2014.

Safeway contributes money to Cienega High School Athletics every time you buy your groceries.

 Sign up each year at ......


 Our group number is connected to your Safeway card number and contributions are made to Cienega Athletics.

 Cienega Athletics Group Number:

# 10383691

       Log on to

       Enter your Safeway card number and our group number

       Both numbers are linked together and contributions are   made as you shop  





Welcome senior parents and students!


I am John Tritz, the counselor for the Class of 2015. The senior year in high school is full of exciting challenges and opportunities. Exciting traditions are in place to celebrate our senior's successes and accolades this year. One of the traditions started three years ago is our "Wall of the Future". When a senior has been accepted to a college, signs military enlistment papers, or enrolls in a technical or trade school, we want to acknowledge this achievement by hanging a plaque in the front office. Last year we had over 80 plaques on the wall and over 280 names on those plaques. For every accolade mentioned on this wall, the senior student will be placed in a drawing for a free iPad to be given away at Honors night next May!


Other important information:


-Download the new SchoolWay  APP and join the "Class of 2015" Group to stay up to date on college visits and other important information through out the year.

-Senior Survivor Night for parents and students is Tuesday, August 26th at 6:00 PM in the Student Union. See the flier on the website calendar for details.

-Seniors needing a transcript will now need to request them electronically through We no longer manually process transcripts for students. Go to: to request a transcript.

-ZAPS Learning Company offers an affordable 5 hour test prep session to help students improve their scores on the SAT for seniors and PSAT for Juniors. A letter was sent home recently on how to register for this class. It will be on 9/10 and 9/11 after school and the cost is $89.99. Go to to register.

-Fall Testing Deadlines for SAT and ACT:

-All seniors attending a 4 year College or University must take the SAT OR ACT. It is strongly recommended to take it this fall if a student has not already done so. Practice tests are available in the counseling office.

-Click here to access testing dates and deadlines for both tests.

-Scholarship opportunities are listed and updated on the Cienega Website on the "Counselor Page." View the site often for regular updates.

-Financial Aid Night will be October 29th at 6:30 PM, look for details in future Cat Chats!


I look forward to working with the students and parents of the class of 2015! You can contact me at 879-1843 or




Thank you parents for your support of Cienega. We truly appreciate your involvement! 


Cienega High School


8/13 - Half Day - 12:40 dismissal

8/19, 8/20 & 8/21 - Picture Day

8/27 - Half Day - 12:40 dismissal

9/1 - No School - Labor Day

9/2-9/12 Benchmark Testing - English and Math

9/6 - Intermediate Monologue Showcase

9/8 - Cat Frat Meeting

9/8-9/19 Benchmark Testing - Biology

9/11 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

9/14 - SEP Proposal Review

9/22 - 10/3 Fall Break

10/13 Cat Frat Meeting

10/28-10/30 - AIMS Retakes for 11th and 12th graders

11/7 & 11/8 - Drama Fall Showcase

11/11 - No School - Veteran's Day

11/21 ASVAB Testing

11/17 & 11/28 - No School - Thanksgiving 



Cienega High School

Vision Statement


Cienega High School creates an educational environment utilizing partnerships among community, parents, and staff to assist students in maximizing their academic potential and promoting life-long learning.


Front Office   - 879-2800     Attendance   -  879-2803   
Bookstore     -  879-2824 
Registrar       - 879-2812

Health Office - 879-2810
Volunteer Coordinator

Front Office/200 House   
Nemer Hassey
Secretary - Cathy Ochoa 879-2816 
Senior Counselor
John Tritz - 879-1843 

300/700 House
Assistant Principal
Julia Kaiser

Secretary - Kim Thielke 879-2855
Freshmen Counselor
Eric Boxley - 879-2854


400/600 House/Athletics      
Assistant Principal
Kelly Hadden
Athletic Director - Whitney Holland - 879-1813            

Secretary - Chris Rich  879-2892
Counselor A - L
Dainah Graham - 879-2819

500 House/Special Education/Security          
Assistant Principal
Dean Nourse
Secretary - Teri Tatham 879-2874

Counselor M - Z
Colette Clendaniel-879-2817

Special Education Secretary Patty McKnight 879-1804


Communications Coordinator

Elizabeth Taggart - 879-2878 


CHS website:               


Silhouette Photography - 886-1710  (Senior pictures for yearbook)
Sodexho - 879-2090 or   

District Office - 879-2000

Transportation - 879-2475

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Spirit Wear & More!

Cienega Stadium Chair

Cienega Stadium Seat


Only available at our on-line store.


 Click here for Online Ordering  



Support Cienega while supporting your back. Convenient pockets hold concessions and necessities. Features include: 600 denier polyester. Adjustable straps on each side of seat for perfect fit and easy carrying. Large zippered pocket for additional storage. Dimensions: 17"w x 15.5"d (seat)




Job Openings

Are you looking for a job?


The Vail School District is looking for dynamic, energetic and positive staff members. Please click on the link below for the job descriptions, qualifications, salary guide, and the application process.


Click for job openings here   


Cienega High School

It's that time of year again to pre-order your yearbook.  Go to


Would you like an extra 4 pages in your yearbook that you design?  This year, you can buy an extra 4 pages to be put in only your yearbook.  Go to  

for more information.