Cienega High School
Cat Chat Newsletter
August  2015     

Dear Cienega Families,
I hope that all of you had a relaxing summer break with a chance to connect with family and friends.
The 2015-2016 school year is underway, and students and staff are already working hard. Along with our strong academic programs: athletics, fine arts, and clubs are in full strength and have begun their preparations for the school year. Please contact us for information on any extra curricular programs that your child may be interested in joining.
The Pima County Sheriff's Department has brought back the School Resource Officer (SRO) program. We are very fortunate to have Deputy William Farmer on our campus as our Cienega SRO. Deputy Farmer is passionate about our students' success and safety and is already building connections with staff, parents, and students.
I would also like to introduce our new Assistant Principal, Kim Middleton. Prior to being selected as the new Assistant Principal, Mrs. Middleton was the Cienega English Department Head and Senior English Teacher. I have highlighted each of our Assistant Principal's responsibilities below. Use this as a guide to assist you in connecting with the correct administrator in order to help you throughout the school year.
Kelly Hadden - Grades 10-12, A - L, 400 Building: Athletics, Fine Arts, Clubs, CTE
Kim Middleton - Grades 10 -12, M - Z, 500 Building: Upper Level Curriculum/Instruction
Dean Nourse - Freshman Academy, 300 Building: Special Education
In closing, please keep up with your child's academics by using all of the parent resource tools found on the CHS Webpage Here you can get connected into PowerSchool, free tutoring/reteach in Math and English and other helpful resources to assist you in being fully involved in your child's schooling. It is imperative that all of our students start the school year strong to carry them through the entire school year.
As we head into the new school year, we thank you in advance for all you do to make Cienega one of the top high schools in Arizona.
We are Bobcat Nation!!!
Nemer Hassey
FFA Fundraiser
Cross Country 2015
FREE Tutoring
Cat Frat
Fry's Rewards
Band Camp
Senior Info
SchoolWay App
Spain, France & Italy 2016
Costa Rica 2016
College Tours 2016
Australia/New Zeland 2016



Come shopping with us!  Enjoy dinner (snack bar will be open),  get your flu shot and help Cienega at the same time! Please either print the attachment below or show the flier on your mobile phone. You must be a member or join that night... Kino & I10 location ONLY!



Do you like cookies? Do you Love cookies? Do you go CRAZY about cookies? If you said YES! YES! ! YES!!! We have a way for you to feed your cookie cravings and help our FFA chapter raise money. We will be selling 2.5 LBS tubs of delicious, ready to eat out of the tub, cookie dough. There are 8 mouthwatering flavors to choose from. They are $16 each and come in a specialized FFA tub. You can order until September 10th. Please see any Cienega FFA member to get your cookie dough today!  Contact Nevolin McCrae or Michael Gaspar for additional information.


The Cienega Cross Country team keeps defying records!  This years preseason group included over 30 student athletes...that was the size of the whole team last year!  At the end of the first week, 20 of these athletes took on the challenge of running up Tumamoc Hill and all of them made it to the top.  This run was not only a physical challenge, but a great mental and psychological task that will prepare these student athletes for the season, the school year, and life beyond the 5k!  Go Bobcat Cross Country! 

Our first home meet will be on Wednesday, September 16th starting at 4:30pm.  After the meet, we will hold a "People's Race" called the Wild Wednesday at CHS, a 3 mile Run/Walk Fundraiser.  Click on the link provided for a registration form or to sign up online.  THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!





We offer Math tutoring.  Please see the schedule below:


Zero Hour - Sharon Newman - Room 421 

Tuesdays after school Sam Johnston - Room 521

Wednesdays after school - Gretchen Stickney - Room 628 




Please click on the link below to read a letter from Marc Carter, Cat Frat President.


Letter From Cat Frat President 


Caat Frat Membership Form 

Fry's Food Stores has a community rewards program that provides funding for Cienega High School Athletics just from grocery shopping. If you choose to support this program, once you enroll, the Cienega Athletics Fry's number and your Fry's V.I.P. number will be linked for the school year. Every time you grocery shop, Fry's will donate funds to Cienega Athletics. If you are interested, follow the below procedures. Thank you in advance for your support!


Cienega Athletics & Fry's Community Rewards Program

Please follow the below steps to link your Fry's grocery card to the Cienega Athletics number. The Cienega Athletics number is 80420

STEP 1: Creating an Online Fry's Account

**NOTE: If you already have an online Fry's account, skip to #2

*Go to

*Select 'Create an Account'.

*Under Sign-In information, enter your email and create a password. (Write down your email & password-will need it in step 2)

*Select 'Use Card Number'.

*Enter your Fry's V.I.P Card Number, last name and postal code.

*Under 'Select Your Preferred Store' enter your postal code.

*Select 'Find Stores'.

*Choose your store then select 'Create Account'.

*You will then be prompted to check your email for a confirmation email.

  Click the hyperlink in your email to finish creating your Online Fry's Account.

*Continue to step #2 to register for the Fry's Community Rewards Program of your choice.


STEP 2: Register for the Fry's Community Rewards Program

*Go to

*Select 'Sign-In'.

*Enter your email and password then select 'sign in'. (This will be the email and password you created in step 1)

*Select 'My Account then select 'Account Settings' from drop down menu.

*Click 'edit' under Community Rewards. If prompted, enter personal information.

*Under Find Your Organization: Enter the NPO number or name of organization then select 'search'. (Cienega Athletcs NPO # 80420)

*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.

We appreciate all you do for our school!

Cadet Catalina Mitchell and Cadet Madison Rawls attended the NJROTC Sail Academy which was held last week in San Diego, California.  Our cadets learned leadership, team work, communications, decision-making, critical thinking skills and participated in physical fitness.  Classroom training included theory of sailing, parts of a sailboat, seamanship, nautical rules of the road, charting, and sail boat racing.  On the water they learned swim/drown-proofing, paddleboat handling (stand up paddle and kayaks), small sail boat handling (16' sail boats),and large sail boat handling (22', 25' & 27' fixed keel sail boats).  This was the first time Vail Cadets were selected to attend this academy. These first true "Vail NJROTC Sailors" were excellent representatives.

Cadet Adrian Nava and Cadet Catalina Mitchell have returned from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.  Cadet Mitchell and Cadet Nava were selected by the U.S. Naval Academy Dean of Admissions to attend the U.S. Naval Academy Summer Seminar (NASS).  NASS is a fast-paced, six-day experience for high achievers who have completed their junior year in high school.  NASS provided our cadets an exceptional opportunity to become familiar with U.S. Naval Academy academics, physical training, and leadership programs. They were excellent Vail representatives.

Five outstanding cadets from our Vail NJROTC unit graduated on Saturday, 13 June, from the Area 11 NJROTC Leadership Academy, held at Moon Valley High School in Phoenix.  Standout cadets from Area 11 NJROTC schools (Arizona and Southern California) attended the academy.   The purpose of the week long academy is to challenge and motivate cadets to push toward their physical and intellectual limits.    In a "boot camp" style setting, cadets were continually called upon to meet high standards of personal appearance, self-discipline, and meticulous attention to detail.  Our cadets were awarded their "silver cord" and will act as mentors and assume formal leadership roles in our unit in the coming academic year.  Our Vail cadets were sponsored by the American Legion Post 109 Riders. 
NJROTC cadets from Cienega and Empire have returned from their week long AZ JROTC Summer Leadership Camp, which was held at Fort Huachuca.  The JROTC leadership camp was attended by Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy cadets from across Arizona.  Our cadets excelled in the Leadership Reaction Course, Obstacle Course, Self-Defence Course, Survival Swimming Course, and Land Survival Course.  These student leaders were excellent Vail representatives.

On Friday, May 15, 46 NJROTC cadets supported the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event at Empire High School.  The purpose of the event is to have communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.   The cadets joined other Southern Arizona Relay For Life teams who camped out and took turns walking or running the Empire track all night.  Running or walking the track all night is symbolic because cancer never sleeps.


Copper Thunder Marching Band held its annual Camp July 13 to 17.  Over 100 dedicated students worked from 8:00am to 5:30pm each day learning basic drill commands, techniques and music. The week ended with a rousing performance in the Dining Auditorium.  Mark your calendars for our first halftime performance on September 4.  The show this year is "Rush-ian," a medley of RUSH and the classical composers Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky.  Band and guard kids are excited to perform for Bobcat Nation!



Welcome senior parents and students!

I am John Tritz, the counselor for the Class of 2016. 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 four 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 2016" 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 Thursday, August 13th at 6:30 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.
The Door Way to College Foundation 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 9/9 and 9/10 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 scheduled this fall with the HEFAR Group. Look for details in future Cat Chats!

I look forward to working with the students and parents of the class of 2016! You can contact me at 879-1843 or



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





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 


Hey cats! Want to take a walk on the wild side? Come to
Costa Rica with us this Spring Break! See Green turtles in
the Tortuguero Canals, accessible only by boat, and so
much more! Come to an informational meeting at lunch with
us in room 512 on Tuesday August 18th. Also, please click on this link to check us out on Facebook!:

WHERE WILL WE GO?  Our journey will travel to some of Costa Rica's 11 different habitat zones.  Here's a snapshot of the trip:
HOW CAN I LEARN MORE? Check out our trip website:  


BOSTON TO NEW YORK COLLEGE TOUR: Would you like for your child to tour some of the best, most beautiful, and most diverse colleges in the country? Harvard, Yale, Columbia, NYU, and more all over Spring Break 2016.   Come to our informational meeting on August 19th for more information.  Please click on the pdf for the complete flier.  Contact Rebecca Carrier at for additional information.


Want to go to Australia and New Zealand?
Don't miss out on this
15 day, all-inclusive trip!! And don't forget about the optional 2-day extension to HAWAII!

Well now you can, and reasonably!
You only need a $95 deposit to hold your spot!
Monthly payments right now are reasonable for this
ALL inclusive trip March 2016 (Spring Break)

Here is the link for this fabulous trip!
  • We will have our LAST ... Mandatory parent/student information meeting on
    Thursday, August 20th 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!
  • Raytheon matches funds. Come to the meeting and let us show you how!
  • This trip is almost full - don't wait to reserve your spot!!
  • Email Mrs. Shroder for more information -
This trip is includes airfare, entrance to all exhibits, hotels and two meals every day!
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.




Thanks to all the volunteers who came out and helped at registration and with the Freshmen and new student Health Screenings!  YOU GUYS ROCK!


We are still in need of some volunteers for the SEP Proposal Review on Thursday, August 13th from 4:00-6:00pm in the Library (dessert provided) Please contact me if you can donate your time...


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



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


Cienega High School


8/13 SEP Proposal Review 4pm Library

8/18 Cat Frat Meeting 6:30 Library

8/18, 8/19 & 8/21 Picture Day


8/26 Half Day for Students

9/4 Labor Day
No School

9/12 Intermediate Monologue Showcase 7pm Blackbox

9/15 Cat Frat Meeting
6:30 Library

9/17 Parent/Teacher

9/28-10/9 FALL BREAK




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
Dean Nourse

Secretary - Kim Thielke 879-2855
Freshman 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
Kim Middleton
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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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)




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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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