Cienega High School
Cat Chat Newsletter
March 2015     



Dear Cienega Families,


It's hard to believe, but we are now in the final stretch of the 2014-2015 school year! This is traditionally our busiest time of year, so I'd like to highlight some upcoming events and
also recognize some of the amazing things our staff and students have accomplished recently.


Brittany Matsushino and Vanessa Romeo have done an incredible job with their organization and leadership of our Student Council program. Student Council students
are getting ready for the spring assembly along with our annual Junior-Senior Prom, which will be held this Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Savoy Opera House. Their enthusiasm and hard work has directly impacted the level of school spirit here at Cienega.  


Under their leadership, our student council students developed a video for our revised dress code policy to better communicate the expectations of Cienega's dress code to our students. They did an incredible job! Please look at the link in the article below to view the video.  As parents, your support and assistance with the dress code is always helpful.


Our fine arts department is in preparation for their spring performances and shows. Mr. Matsushino, Mr. Vega, Mr. Garmon, Ms. Armistead, Mrs. Gaylor, and Mrs. Latona are all
preparing to show us how incredibly hard they and their students have worked all year. It is this hard work and dedication that make our programs some of the strongest in the state. Below are some fine arts events to put on your calendar.


* Art Show, April 8th
* Taming of the Shrew, April 10th & April 11th
* Once on This Island musical, April 24th & April 25th
* Band Concert, May 4th

* Choir Concert, May 11th



Nemer Hassey



Science Fair
StuCo Adresses Dress Code
.5 High Five
Black Heritage Day
Senior Info
TSW Grant
Senior Parent Info
Greece Recap
Adult Ed
BandAid 5k
Volunteer Corner
Costa Rica 2016
Bookstore Discount
Australia 2016
SchoolWay App
FREE Tutoring
Math Tutoring





Congratulations to Savannah Barnes and Paige Langford for presenting their science fair research poster at the BECUR Biology, Engineering, Chemistry, Undergraduate Research conference at the University of Arizona on Saturday, February 21st. The title of their project is "Patterns of Egg Hatch Variability in 
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.  Savannah and Paige represented Cienega High school well with their project and will move on to the Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Science Fair (SARSEF)  in March.  




The following CHS long distance track & cross country students competed in the Ragnar Del Sol 2015 relay race for 205.9 miles over the weekend. The awesome athletes ran this race and came in 1ST in High School Mixed Open division with a finish time of 29 hrs! They deserve some big congratulations on this HUGE accomplishment!! The runners were: Sam Dupras, Jake Hall, Zack Clifford, Jeung Park, Connor Tipping, Sionna Johnson, Caleb Blevins, Mitch Midel, Carlos Vizcaino, Alec White, Aron Carey and Emily Marie (from Andrada).




Kudos to Cienega's Student Council! StuCo was asked to create a video about some of the dress code changes. This video shows some of the styles that do and do not meet dress code standard.


CHS Dress Code Fashion Show
CHS Dress Code Fashion Show


To view the video in the highest quality, click on the "Settings" wheel at the bottom right hand corner of the video, and select "720p HD".


Great Job StuCo and to Mrs. Matsushino and Ms. Romeo for their leadership!




Student who improved their GPA by a .5 or higher from 1st to 2nd quarter were rewarded and recognized for this improvement.The Renaissance Club held an ice cream sundae party in their honor for about 160 Cienega students last month.  This is an exciting new tradition that the Renaissance club will continue. Encourage your student to improve their GPA so they can join us!








Some of our students from the African American Culture club attended the 7th Annual Black Heritage day in February... representing Cienega well!




On Saturday March 7, NJROTC cadets presented the Colors for The Tucson Challenger Little League Opening Ceremonies.  The Challenger Little League is a division of Little League Baseball for boys and girls with physical and/or mental disabilities.  Their ages range from 5-21.  As always, our cadets did an outstanding job and were excellent Vail representatives.  



Through a highly competitive process, Cadet Catalina Mitchell has been selected by the U.S. Naval Academy Dean of Admissions to attend the U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar (NASS).  The U.S. Naval Academy is located in Annapolis, MD.  NASS is a fast-paced, six-day experience for high achievers who have completed their junior year in high school.  NASS will provide Cadet Mitchell the exceptional opportunity to become familiar with U.S. Naval Academy academics, physical training, and leadership programs.  Cadet Mitchell's goal is to attend the U.S. Naval Academy when she graduates next academic year. 




On Saturday, 28 Feb Vail NJROTC "Raider Team" competed at the Tombstone High School JROTC Raider Challenge. Events included modified U.S. Army physical fitness test, Litter Carry, Biathlon, Obstacle Course, Tire Flip Relay, 5K Endurance Run, Vehicle Pull and One-Rope Bridge.   17 JROTC Raider Teams from across Arizona and New Mexico competed in the event.  Our Vail team was the only non U.S. Army JROTC team present at the meet.  Our cadets placed 2nd in the Obstacle Course and 5k Endurance Run, and 3rd place in the Litter Carry and Tire Flip Relay.  








Seniors and parents of seniors: If you want to stay updated on all of the details for this last semester of your high school career, be sure to download the SchoolWay app. Join the Vail School district, then Cienega High School, then the group "Class of 2015" Push notifications will be sent to you regarding scholarship deadlines, graduation information, grad night information and any last minute senior information. Go to to download the app or use the web based app if you don't have a smart phone.  





TSW/Vocational Training program was awarded a grant from Tucson Clean and Beautiful. The grant will provide the Cienega campus with 30 more new trees over the next year and $500.00 towards the beautification of the 300 Building court yard. Students from the TSW program will work together with students from Cienega's Landscape Design and Graphic Design classes to design and implement the enhancements to the courtyard. Student workers in the TSW/Vocational Training program will provide ongoing and future maintenance and upkeep for our beautified courtyard.


Shown in the picture are Julie Wilson, B.J. Cordova, Development & Communications Director, Dean Nourse, and Sandra Mooney.



Senior Parents!! - Is your senior ready for graduation? Cap and gown ordered? All fines paid in bookstore, cafeteria, library? Grades passing? SEP presentation ready to go? Figured out what dress clothes they will wear that night under their gown? Told employer they need May 20th and May 21st off? Found their name on the seating chart?

Time is running short - lets finish strong!!! 



The Cienega World History Club traveled to Greece over spring break, a once in a lifetime trip for 27 students and many family members. Students took guided tours through some of the most notable landmarks in history, ancient Athens, the Acropolis, the Oracle of Delphi, the Temple of Poseidon, Mars Hill, Greek Islands, we ran in the original Olympic stadium, and so much more. With professional local guides, participants were able to ask questions to the experts and interact with these amazing relics from another time. Next year the group will be heading to the homes of kangaroos, koalas, and kiwis....That's right, we're going to the Land Down Under! We will have two weeks in New Zealand and Australia. If you are interested, please contact Cindy Shroder or Jack Erickson for more information. These opportunities are more rare as we enter into adulthood, maybe the South Pacific will be the trip of a lifetime for your family!






Vail Community Programs is bringing Adult Education classes to you starting this Spring!


Whether you want to explore Chinese cooking, take up photography, or brush up on your outdoor survival skills, these diverse and innovative courses tap into our local resources, where you can learn from and be inspired by amazing instructors right here in Vail.


Six courses will be offered beginning on March 18th and running through mid-May. Classes will include Zumba, Self Defense, Government, Chinese Cooking, Technology Safety for Teens, and Beginning Photography. Class fees range between $35 and $100 and will be held in Vail Schools across the district. All instructors are Vail residents and many of them are District teachers.


Click on the link below or call (520) 879-3938 for more information.





We hope that you can join us for the Second Annual Band Aid 5k on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 8:00am   


The cost for 17 and under is $20 and a case of water: 18 and older pay $25 and a case of water.  This race benefits

Cienega High School's Copper Thunder Marching Band.

All participants will receive a free t-shirt if registered by 4/4/2015.  Tech shirts available until 4/1/15.

The 5K will be run on the cross country course on campus. The race will start and finish at the Stadium.  

Day of race registration and bib # and t-shirt pick-up starts at 7:00 a.m. Don't forget to bring your case of water for the band!







SEP Judges NEEDED! Volunteer TODAY to judge Senior Exit Project (SEP) presentations. This is the culmination of our seniors hard work throughout the year, and it's extremely rewarding watching them present their projects and topics.

~ Judges MUST commit to the full 3.5 hour time slot per day
~ APRIL 29-30th, 4:00-7:30PM (Wednesday/Thursday)
~ MAY 1st, 1:00-4:30PM (Friday) * 1/2 day *
~ No experience necessary
~ Teacher's available to assist you, students judged using a rubric that is provided to all judges
~ Volunteer multiple days, please!  
~ Contact Amy Burton with questions or to volunteer at (520) 879-2811 or
~ We gladly accept our Community Business Partners, Companies and their volunteers!

Thank you, you won't regret it!

Amy Burton
Volunteer Coordinator
CIENEGA High School
(520) 879-2811





Want to spend sp  ring break, 2016 in Costa Rica?  Of course you do!  Sign up soon for the opportunity of a lifetime:  
Costa Rica Expedition.  Go to The tour
number is 1685106JA.   Both 2015 and 2016 tax credits can be used to pay for the trip, and there is a $100.00 early enrollment discount.  This trip is very affordable with monthly payment plans. See Dr. Rathman in 512 or Jason Thomas in room 319 for more information and enrollment information.   Picture yourself hanging out with sloths in a tropical rainforest next March!  Our first parent meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 8th at 6 pm in room 512.  




Check out our clothing at the Bookstore!  Prices range from $10-$60.  Get your Bobcat gear today!

Or if you can't get into the bookstore, check us out online and get a 10% discount!




Want to go to Australia and  

New Zealand?


Well now you can, and reasonably!



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

Monthly payments are reasonable for this ALL inclusive trip!  

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

  • There will be a ... Mandatory parent/student information meeting on Wednesday April 8
    th, 2015 at 6:00pm in room 323
  • If you sign up for the trip you are automatically eligible for monies raised from our fundraisers - it's free money for your trip!!
  • You can also use tax credits 2 times before the trip!
  • Also, Raytheon matches funds. Come to the meeting and let us show you how!


A sneak peek into our trip:

  • New Zealand's thriving Maori culture and unique natural wonders draw visitors from around the world.
  • In Australia, Sydney greets you with its iconic sights: the Opera House, the tower and the harbor bridge.
  • Get up close to the famous local wildlife-koalas, crocs and kangaroos-and enjoy the stunning scenery and local history along the Gold Coast.

Don't miss out on this

15 day, all-inclusive trip! 



Here is the link for this fabulous trip!  



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










Congratulations to the following students for winning the Phat Cat drawings for the month of March:
Joy Gainey - 2014-2015 Yearbook

Rowan Lehr - Free Tux Rental from Men's Wearhouse

Shannen Donnelly, Prom Beauty Package - Hair, Nails and Make-up

David Mayhue - Prom Tickets

Congratulations to all of our winners!



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


Cienega High School


3/28 - Prom - Savoy Opera House

4/3 - Good Friday - No School

4/8 - Spring Art Show

4/10 & 4/11 - Taming of the Shrew 

4/11 - Band Aid 5k

4/18 - Bobcat Golf Classic

4/24 & 4/25 Once on This Island musical

4/28 - ACT Testing for All Juniors

4/28 - 5/1 SEP Presentations

5/1 - Half Day for Students

5/7 - Band Concert

5/8 - Senior Parade

5/11 - Choir Concert

5/13 - Senior Honors Night

5/19-5/21 - Finals - Half day for Students

5/21 - Last day of school

5/21 - Graduation for CLASS OF 2015!



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
Sylvia Lewandowski-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.