Cienega High School
Cat Chat Newsletter
December 2014    


Dear Cienega Families,


I would like to formally introduce myself as Cienega's new principal. I just finished up a memorable football season and now will be providing leadership to the entire school. I am proud and humbled to take over this position and am excited to serve all of you and our students.


Julia Kaiser, our interim principal and now assistant principal over the Freshman Academy, has done a fantastic job in leading us the past few months. She truly is a team player and cares so much for our students.


December is the month of finishing strong. Please take the time to go onto Power School and check your child's grades. High school grades are final at the end of each semester, and it is imperative that we push hard to finish strong academically. Please do not hesitate to contact your child's teachers if you need information about what you find on Power School.


December is also a great time to contribute your yearly tax credit. All 2014 tax credits must be turned in by December 31, 2014 for the 2014 tax year.


Tax Credit Contributions are a 100% dollar-for-dollar credit. For those that pay Arizona state taxes, for every dollar that is contributed, 100% will be returned back in their state tax return. Single families can contribute up to $200 per year, and married couples can contribute up to $400 per year. 


Extra curricular programs at Cienega depend on tax credits to function. Tax credit contributions can be given to any club, sport, fine arts program, activity, or the greatest need. I would like to thank you in advance for contributing your tax credits to any of the extra curricular Cienega programs.



Nemer Hassey



Fiesta Bowl Bound
Signing Day
Cheer in 4th Place
Track & Field News
NJROTC Happenings
Sophomore Class Needs You!
Volunteer Coordinator
Senior Info
College and Career Fair
SchoolWay App
FREE Tutoring
Phat Cat Winner




Cienega's very own Copper Thunder Marching Band is performing in the 44th Annual Fiesta Bowl Parade on Saturday, December 27th. The parade starts at 11:00, although the band is near the end of the parade. The parade can be watched in the Phoenix area on ABC Channel 15 and it will be streamed online at




Congratulations to the following Lady Bobcats for signing their letter of intent:

Treyanna Clay - Iona College - Girls Basketball 
Melanie Cross - University of Wisconsin - Softball 
Shelby Kennedy - Yale University- Softball 
Kayla Green - New Mexico State - Softball 
Kassidy Johnson - Utah State - Volleyball

Congratulations ladies. We are very proud of you!



Congratulations to our Varsity cheerleaders for taking 4th place at the AIA State Qualifier competition on Saturday, November 15th! The girls competed with 25 teams throughout the State to earn their 4th place position! We are so proud of their hard work, commitment to excellence, and their well-deserved placement! We also want to give a shout out to their coaches for their outstanding leadership! The girls will compete again, January 24th, for a final State placement. Nice job Lady Bobcats!




Preseason practice starts January 6th. Interested students should meet at the stadium dressed out in sweat pants, t-shirt and athletic shoes. Students who wish to join the team need to pick up an athletic packet from the 400 office right away. Our parent meeting is on February 19th. The regular season starts on February 9th. We look forward to an amazing season!  





Vail NJROTC cadets competed on Saturday, 6 December, at the NJROTC Area 11 Valley of the Sun Field Meet held at Moon Valley HS in Phoenix.  NJROTC units from Arizona and Southern California competed.  Our cadets did very well against the established schools in Area 11 and received trophies and medals in the following events:

2nd place in Color Guard 
3rd place in Academics  
3rd place in Curl Ups 
3rd place in the 8 x 200 run 
4th place in the 16 x 100 run

Our cadets are proud of their achievements considering this is only the second time they have competed in this event.



On Saturday, 22 November, Vail NJROTC cadets assisted the American Legion Post #109 Ladies Auxiliary with their Produce On Wheels - With Out Waste (POWWOW) community service event.  POWWOW disperses fresh produce to communities throughout Southern Arizona and the metro Tucson and Phoenix areas.  Anyone can donate $10 to shop up to 60 lbs. of fresh nutritional rescued produce, to share with neighbors, friends, family, or someone who's in need.  The cadets were honored to lend a helping hand.


NJROTC cadets had the opportunity to visit Davis-Monthan AFB on Friday, 14 Nov. They had a "U.S. Navy" A-10 pilot come speak to them and they saw fire fighting and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) displays. They also visited the flight line where they boarded a C-130 and a HH-60 helicopter for a hands-on experience. The cadets are grateful to the U.S. Air Force for this great educational tour.




 Dear Cienega Teachers, Staff, and Families,

The sophomore officers in Student Council are working diligently on preparing decorations for Cienega's Winter Formal.

If you would be willing to let us use or have any of these supplies we would be very thankful.  Please leave a note with the item(s) letting us know who you are, so that we can send you a thank you note.  The items should be designated for Ms. Romeo or Mrs. Mat and are needed by December 18th.

- icicle lights
- white tree lights
- cotton balls
- white 11" x 8.5" computer paper
- popsicle sticks
- silver and/or gold spray paint
- silver and/or gold tulle
- fishing wire

Thank you for your help. We appreciate it very much.




Season's Greetings Bobcats!

I am thankful for YOU, our Bobcat VOLUNTEERS! Today, we celebrate YOU! Thank YOU for supporting our many causes with donations of YOUR Time, Talents, Food, Gift Cards and Money...YOU are AMAZING!

A special Holiday Thank You to our CAT FRAT volunteers, Angelica Rodriguez and St. Rita's Catholic Parish for providing Holiday meals for our Vail/Cienega families, and to our Cienega/Vail Community for adopting so many families this Christmas season!!! You know the true meaning of this season...GIVING and SHARING!

Have a Blessed Christmas and Holiday Season! Be safe.

Amy Burton  
Volunteer Coordinator




Cap and Gown Information:

  • The deadline to order your Cap and gown has passed. Go to to order ASAP.

SchoolWay App:

  • If you have not yet downloaded the SchoolWay, I highly encourage you to do so. The senior counselor sends push alerts to your Smart phone, or texts or emails if you don't have a SmartPhone. Go to to download the App. Join the Vail School District, then Cienega High School and then the GROUP: Class of 2015

Testing Information:



  • SAT registration deadline for the January 24th test is December 29th. Go to to register.


  • ACT registration deadline for the February 7th test is January 9th. Go to to register

Financial Aid:

  • Students and Parents may submit the FAFSA form AFTER January first, but NOT before. Go to for details.
  • To get a head start on the process go to to get your PIN. Both the parent and the student will need a PIN. You must have this in order to apply on line. This can be done now, so don't delay the process, get your PIN today!


  • In order to have the best chances of receiving scholarships or financial aid at any of the state universities, seniors should have already applied to these schools. Do not delay any longer if you have not yet applied. For out of state or private colleges, deadlines vary. Go to the specific college website for deadlines and information.


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



Bobcat Parents and Partners:

My name is Rebecca Carrier.  I have worked with many of you before to help to make Cienega High School's College and Career Fair a huge success.  Our 2014-2015 Career Fair will take place on January 28, 2015  from 8:30 AM until 12:40 PM.  I hope you will consider coming to share you college, career, and career opportunities for our students!  We will have over 1,000 students circulate through the browse style fair throughout the day.  Most of these will be sophomores and juniors, but there will be some freshman and seniors as well.  If attending, please fill out and return the attached form to me at your earliest convenience (no later than January 16th please).  If you prefer, you can call me and we can discuss this opportunity further! Thank you for enriching our Cienega family.  I can be reached at 879-1825 or  Please download flier below.

College and Career Fair Flier



If you haven't already downloaded our School Way APP click on the link below... it's that simple!










Congratulations to Kelsey Morgan for winning the Phat Cat drawing on Friday, December 12th...Kelsey won the Pizza Hut certificate good for one free item per month for a year! Congrats!



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


Cienega High School


12/12 Cocoa and Cram 3:40 - 6pm
Freshmen Only

12/16 - 12/18 - Finals for students - half day

12/22 - 1/2 - WINTER BREAK

1/10 - Winter Formal

1/12 - Cat Frat Meeting 6:30 in Library

1/19 - No School Martin Luther King Day  



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.


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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

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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.


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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  

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