Cienega High School
Cat Chat Newsletter
April 2015     


Dear Cienega Families,


It is amazing that we are now in our final few weeks of the school year. It's the time of year to encourage all of our students to have a laser focus on academics, attendance, and behavior. After working so hard for the last eight months, we all must "finish the race" with success. You can support your child in their final few weeks by looking at their progress on power school, and I encourage you to contact teachers to help with this process. Tutoring and reteach are still going on almost everyday, classroom instruction is going strong, and finals are just around the corner. We don't slowdown until the very last day of school.


I am so excited for our seniors and their future endeavors as they prepare to graduate from Cienega. They have a very busy six weeks ahead of them especially with SEP presentations on April 29, 30th and May 1st. This can be a very stressful time for our seniors as they are checking off the final boxes and thinking about what comes next. Please assist your senior in their final weeks as a Cienega student.


This past year has been a great year for Cienega. I appreciate the hard work and dedication of our teachers, staff, students and 

our parents.




Nemer Hassey



Key Club
Bobcat Bash
Senior Parent Info
Selma March
Library Info
UCHC Dental Services
$25,000 Awarded!
CHS Bookstore
Senior Info
Senior Parent Info
Costa Rica 2016
Australia 2016
Sports Physical Night
Volunteer Corner
SchoolWay App
FREE Tutoring
Phat Cat Winner




NJROTC Cadet Kenniss Pannell was awarded a 4-year Navy ROTC scholarship.  She will attend the University of Arizona and will be the 6th cadet from Cienega to join this unit on full scholarship. This future Naval Officer plans to pursue a career as a Naval Aviator.



On 8 and 9 April NJROTC cadets participated in the Leadership Reaction Course (LRC) on Fort Huachuca U.S. Army base.  The primary purposes of the LRC are:

(1) To assess the student by measuring the degree to which certain leadership traits and behaviors are possessed by the students.
(2) To provide students the opportunity to observe the effects of strengths and weaknesses of others during a team operation.
(3) To develop individuals as leaders.

Our cadets were outstanding Vail representatives.





On 26 Mar the NJROTC unit had their official Annual Military Inspection.  The annual inspection is an assessment required by the U.S. Navy that tests the cadets on basic JROTC knowledge and skills and also evaluates the overall JROTC program.  The 196 cadets who make our NJROTC unit received the highest mark of "Outstanding".  Active duty Navy and Marine Corps personnel from the University of Arizona NROTC unit conducted the inspection.






During the last weekend in March, the Key Club traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico to attend the annual Southwest district convention. While there, the attendees enjoyed several opportunities to explore leadership classes and brainstorm ideas for our Key Club! Special kudos to Audrey Schreiner and Sydney Erickson! Audrey was elected as the Governor for all of the southwest district Key Clubs! Sydney was elected as the Lieutenant Governor of the Catalina division, which includes Cienega and the Tucson areas. Congratulations to these two wonderful, young ladies!





Hey Bobcats: Summer is almost here and we are going out with a bang! Bring your groove and join your friends for an evening of excitement: The First Annual Bobcat Bash! This event will take place from 5-9pm on May 8th, right here in the Cienega courtyard. Admission will be $1 into this end-of-the-year extravaganza.  The Bobcat Bash is for high school students only and student IDs are required; limit one guest per CHS student and the guest must be a high schooler with student ID.   No guest pass required, but there will be a guest sign-in before entering the fun! There will be a variety of delicious options to purchase for dinner, snacks, and refreshment.  Come embrace the opportunity to create lasting memories with your classmates; either enjoying the free games, the music, or the carnival games you can buy tickets to play. Come support your Student Council and individual graduating class! Get ready for summer in an exciting fashion. See you at the Bobcat Bash!




The last day to purchase honor cords will be April 24th. Honor cords can be purchased from Mrs. Oliver in the front office. High honor cords are $10 and honor cords are $6. 






To mark the 50th Anniversary of the March in Selma, Alabama that became the battleground for the fight for suffrage for African Americans, students at Cienega High School recreated the silent demonstration. Students played the roles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his wife, john lewis, Lyndon Johnson, Jimmie Lee Jackson and Viola Liuzzo.


The African American Culture Club sponsored the march, in which students walked around the Cienega Courtyard and cafeteria with more students joining in over time similar to the way the march grew 50 years ago.  

Club Sponsor: Cristina Hernandez

Adult Supporters : Kahmena Spiegel , Wendy Garrett, Ron Burton and Francine Prewitt.





The last day to check out books will be Friday, May 1st.  All books must be returned to the Library by Friday May 8th.   


All fines and lost book fees are also due by May 8th.

Please call the library at 879-2808 or email if you have questions.  





The UCHC Dental Program for Kids is pleased to offer dental service to patients under the age of 21. They are able to provide screenings, sealants, treatments for decay and other dental problems and diseases via their mobile clinic. Packets were sent home with your student on Tuesday the 14th. 


Click here for more info and a link to their website.





Cienega's Construction Technology classes were awarded $25,000 in grant money by Lowe's Home Improvement
Corporation and SkillsUSA, due to the efforts of four student grant writers.  The advanced students teamed up with
their instructor and the Vail Preservation Society to write the grant for use in community improvement projects like the
Railroad Section Foreman restoration project on the campus of Esmond Station School.  The money will help keep
the project progressing with a projected finish date to come in the next school year.  Congratulations students!  







They're here...... at the CHS Bookstore only $12.00... get yours today!





-Ceremony is Thursday May 21st


-Graduation Rehearsal is Wednesday May 20th


-Honors Night for Seniors is May 13th. In order to be recognized, the counseling department needs to know what honors or awards your son or daughter has earned. Forms are available outside of Mr. Tritz's office and available on the counselor link of the CHS website.


-Have your senior bring in their acceptance letters or enlistment papers to be added to the Wall of the future. Every time a students name is on the wall, they are entered in the drawing for a free iPad to be given away at Honors night. Student must be present to win.




There is only one more opportunity to take the SAT or ACT this year!


SAT: Registration Deadlines:

SAT Test Dates:

May 8th

June 6th

Go to to register


ACT: Registration Deadlines:

ACT Test Dates:

May 8th

June 13th

Go to  to register


-If your student is taking any courses through correspondence or Dual Enrollment through Pima, it is their responsibility to bring the transcript from that school to the registrar in order to get credit for the class and to be able to participate in graduation ceremonies. This deadline is MAY 1st unless taking a Pima class. That deadline will be two days after the class has been completed.


-If seven absences are accumulated in any class regardless of the reason, unless it is a school related activity, the student will not pass the class and if the class is a required class for graduation, the student will not graduate. Attendance appeals can be scheduled beginning April 27th with Tina Ehlers.


-Seniors planning on attending a four-year college should have applied to their schools by now. You may lose valuable scholarship opportunities by procrastinating any longer.


-Be sure to check the CHS Website for updated scholarship opportunities. The link can be found by entering the website at click on the "Counselor" link, from there click on "Scholarships". This page is updated regularly, so check back often.


-Senioritis can sometimes creep up on students. Please be aware of this and monitor your students attendance and grades carefully so that there will be no unhappy surprises in May when it is time to celebrate the graduation of your son or daughter from Cienega.


-Please utilize PowerSchool on a regular basis and stay informed of the progress your son or daughter is making in his or her classes  







Then go on the Cienega's Spain, French Riviera and Italy Trip during your Spring Break 2016!






CONTACT: Ms. Rivera @  879-2846 room 523 or Mrs. Levinson @ 879-2832 


Go to to view the itinerary and sign up!

La Sagrada Familia

Vatican City

 Roman Coliseum

French Riviera 



Four Cienega teachers want to take YOU to Costa Rica!  Mr. Thomas, Mr. Farr, Mrs. Conrad, and Dr. Rathman would LOVE for you to experience "Pura Vida!" or "Pure Life" and all that Costa Rica has to offer over 9 days of discovery and exploration during spring break 2016.  Want to learn more right now, I mean you can't even wait to see what it's all about?  Fine, be that way! Click here to learn more or keep reading below:  


Not only will there be abundant wildlife in Costa Rica (like SLOTHS!), but also hikes to waterfalls, snorkeling, and LOTS OF GREEN PLANTS totally different from Vail.  Not only are we super excited to offer such a cool trip, but we are excited to take the learning outside of the classroom, city, and country.  


These teachers have just opened up a second parent info meeting on Earth Day for you to gain more info about the trip.  How appropriate is that, a meeting on Earth Day???  


Bring your parents and friends to room 520 on April 22nd at 6pm in room 520 to learn about an amazing trip that will get you on the path to becoming a world traveler!  See Thomas, Farr, Conrad, or Rathman for more info. 


And once again, think "Pura Vida!"




Want to go to Australia and New Zealand?

Don't miss out on this

15 day, all-inclusive trip!!


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 29th 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.

Here is the link for this fabulous trip!  



Sports Physical Night will be on Wednesday, May 13th from 5:00 pm until 8:00pm in the 600 building. The cost is $30 (cash or checks payable to Cienega High School)
Please call 520-879-1822 to make an appointment although
walk-ins are welcome.  If you can't make it on Wednesday, check out the flier below from United Community Health Center regarding sports physicals.




Please consider VOLUNTEERING for (1) or more days to Judge our Senior Exit Project (SEP) presentations. THANK YOU to those of you that have already contacted me and signed up to become a judge!  

This is the culmination of our seniors hard work throughout the year, and it's extremely rewarding watching them present their projects.

~ 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 or a single day  
~ 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 for the Gift of Your Time! 

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



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









Congratulations to Autumn Keller for winning the Phat Cat Drawing on April 2nd... Autumn won the Complete Auto Care Kit, which consisted of Armor All Care Kit, Auto Safety Kit, $25 Fry's Gas Card, Oil Change and Tire Rotation from Thoroughbread Nissan and a set of color changing speakers... (Good thing her dad was here to help her with her prizes!) Congrats Autumn!



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


Cienega High School


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

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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.


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.