Cat Chat Newsletter - March  2016

Dear Cienega Families,
It's hard to believe, but we are almost in the final stretch of the 2015-2016 school year! This is traditionally our busiest time of year, so I'd like to highlight some upcoming events.
  • ACT & SAT Prep Courses throughout the Spring. Call 879-2864 to sign up.
  • Intersession Classes to Improve 3rd Quarter Grades. March 14-17 and March 21-24.  Call 879-2809 for information.
  • Senior Prom on April 9, 2016
  • Spring Musical on April 15 & 16 (Brigadoon)
  • Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser on April 16, 2016. Call 879-2816 for information.

Nemer Hassey
Intersession Info
Golf Classic
Sweet Tomatoes Fun-Raiser
Graduation Info
STUCO Happenings
Girls Basketball Fundraiser
Senior Information
Thespian Society Fundraiser
Volunteer Corner
ACT Test Prep Courses
Galapagos Island 2017
SchoolWay App
Phat Cat Winners


Are you looking for a way to bring up your students third quarter grade?  Then check out Intersession!  The first session begins Monday March 14th and runs through March 17th.  The second session runs from Monday, March 21st through March 24th.  The cost is $75 per class.  Classes are capped at 25 students with a 15 student minimum.  First Session offers the following courses:  English 9-12, Biology and Freshman Physics. The second Session offers:  Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, World History, US History and GovernmentCLASSES ARE FILLED ON FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS.   
Click below for registration form and bus route information.


The Aquaculture team competed on Friday, March 4th and brought home a win for Cienega. The Aquaculture Career Development Event consists of hands on practicums that include fish identification, calculating feeding ratios, fillet, plumbing and determining water quality. Pictured below are Mrs. McCrea,  Clay Lyman (1st high individual), Tanner Lyman, Mike Kvilvang, Colt Lyman (5th high individual), and Mr. Gaspar.



Please click on link below to obtain information regarding the 16th Annual Cienega Bobcat Golf Classic sponsored by Cienega High School Athletics on April 16, 2016.
Cienega's Annual Golf Tournament
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Del Lago Golf Course
Proceeds benefit Cienega Athletics



Congratulations to Mr. Mat and his band and orchestra students pictured above.  This year, the Southern AZ Regional Honor Band was held at Tucson High School on February 20 & 21.  

On Friday, March 4 Jazz Band performed at the Area Jazz Festival, and brought home a "Superior With Distinction!" That is the highest score possible, and it indicates that all the judges rated the group as superior.

Symphonic Band will perform at the Ara Concert Festival on Wednesday, March 9. 

Bobcat Nation is proud of you all!




Senior Parents: In order for your senior to participate in the graduation ceremony, all fines in the Library, Bookstore and Cafeteria must be taken care of. Their name cannot be added to the seating chart if they owe fines.
Avoid the stress at the end of the semester and do it now.  Contact the library, bookstore, and cafeteria at the numbers below:
Library: 879-2808
Bookstore: 879-8813
Cafeteria: 879-1888  


Attention Seniors parents!

ONE LAST EVENT FOR SENIORS. Student Council has put together, an event for seniors to gather for the last time with their friends and create lasting memories. For $20 your student can enjoy dinner catered by Mama's Hawaiian Bar-B-Que, an authentic performance by Hawaiian dancers, a personalized slideshow, a dance floor, photo booth, and door prizes. This Island Escape will take place on Saturday, May 21st in Cienega's courtyard from 6-10 PM. Stay tuned to know when tickets will be on sale. Contact our STUCO advisors Vanessa Romeo or Brittany Matsushino for more information.  
Prom tickets are still on sale!
March 7-11: $90
March 28-April 1: $95 
April 4-8: $100
Students must have ID and guest form turned in at time of purchase. Tickets will not be sold at the door. 
Reminder that prom is April 9th at the Westward Look Resort from 8pm-12am.  Shoes must be worn at all times, ladies!  There will be a complimentary bag check available.



Cadet Eli Petrovich has been selected by the U.S. Naval Academy Dean of Admissions to attend the United States 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 will provide Cadet Petrovich the exceptional opportunity to become familiar with U.S. Naval Academy academics, physical training, and leadership programs.

On Saturday, 27 Feb 2016 our cadets competed at the Tombstone HS JROTC "Too Tough" Raider Challenge.  Our Navy unit competed against the the following Army JROTC schools: Tombstone, Rio Rico, Deming, Flowing Wells, Marco De Niza, Maryvale, Cholla, and Central.   Events included the following: Modified PFT (Push-Ups, Sit-ups), Litter Carry, Biathlon, Obstacle Course, Tire Flip Relay, 5K Endurance Run and One-Rope Bridge.   Our cadets placed 1st in the 5K Endurance Run, Obstacle Course, and Tire Flip Relay, and 2nd in the Litter Carry and Modified PFT.  These wins placed our team 3rd overall.

Cadets presented the Colors at the Vail Pride Day 2016 Opening Ceremonies.


SchoolWay App: 
  • If you have not yet downloaded the SchoolWay app, 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 Cienega High School and then the GROUP: Class of 2016, or just enter the WayCode: 25fdhd

Cienega Seniors are definitely C2G College!

  • Over 150 college acceptance letters have been sent to the students in the class of 2016. Each time a senior brings in an acceptance letter, they will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad to be given away at Honors Night on May 18th.
Graduation Reminders:
  • All caps and gowns must be ordered by THIS FRIDAY March 11th from or 1-800-JOSTENS.
  • Ceremony is Thursday May 26th
  • Graduation Rehearsal is Wednesday May 25th
  • Honors Night is Wednesday May 18th
Testing Dates: 
There are only a couple more opportunities to take the SAT or ACT this year!
General Reminders:
  • 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 nine 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 WILL NOT GRADUATE IF THE CLASS IS A REQUIREMENT FOR GRADUATION! Refer to the student agenda for exceptions to this policy.
  • 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 (
  • Too many seniors have still not passed their Senior Project Paper or Portfolio. If your senior has a class called "SEP Ineligible" on their schedule, be aware they must have a passing grade by spring break or they will be required to attend intercession to complete this portion of the SEP. Students who do not have a passing paper and portfolio when the 4th quarter starts may not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony in May.




Thank you to our FABULOUS Volunteers for working our VPD Pizza Booth and Teen Zone! Thank you for supporting CatFRAT, our parent teacher organization by stopping by our pizza booth. We would not be so successful without your incredible assistance, thank you very much! 

Congratulations to our Volunteer Ambassador of the Year Patricia Sutton! Thank you, Pat for the gift of your time and expertise, you're AWESOME! 

I would also like to thank our Renaissance Recognition Chair Amy Obukuro and volunteer Mary Gardiner! 

Upcoming Volunteer opportunities at CHS

SEP Dates - Senior Exit Project Volunteers Needed
May 4th - 4:00pm - 7:00pm (Wednesday)
May 5th - 4:00pm - 7:00pm (Thursday) 
May 6th - 1:00pm - 4:30pm (Friday, 1/2 day) 

Sign-up NOW to volunteer for (1) day or multiple days. Call or email Amy Burton at 879-2811 or
Thank you!


Our Cienega DECA members traveled to Phoenix for the DECA State Competition.  After an intense two-day competitive event series, 5 of our students were honored with medals, one of our students earned a $2,500 DECA scholarship, and one of our students qualified to compete in the National DECA ICDC Competition in Nashville, TN in April.  The results of the competition are as follows:

Gaby Villa - Top Role Play Medal

Jessica Acosta - Top Role Play Medal

Luke Stewart - Top Role Play Medal, Top written test medal, and was a Hotel and Lodging State Finalist

Alana Wade - 2 Top Role Play Medals and Alana also won the AZ DECA Scholarship for $2,500

Sydney Kratzert - Top Role Play Medal, Finalist Medal, and took 5th place in Retail Merchandising. Sydney qualified for and will be attending the International DECA conference in Nashville, Tennessee in late April.

Congratulations to all of our Cienega DECA members!


Cienega is offering ACT prep courses to any student planning to take the ACT test this spring. These courses will go a long way in helping you to increase your composite scores. The cost is $35 for a set of three classes. Please contact Eric Tatham at 520-879-2864 or if you would like more information.


Explore the Galapagos Islands over spring break 2017!

Mr. Joshua Farr and Dr. Robin Rathman will be leading this epic trip through EF tours.  All students are welcome.  If you are interested and motivated, we can work together to make it happen!  With moderate effort, students can overcome financial hurdles.  Come find out how!
We will meet shortly after this spring break.  Keep an eye out for announcements and invitations to informational meetings.
Please email questions to:
Dr. Robin Rathman -
Mr. Joshua Farr -  
Check out the tour itinerary and details here:


The Vail School District uses Caredox, a secure online program, to gather and organize your student's health and medical information.

At the start of the new school year you will receive an email from our partner, Caredox, which will contain a unique link and instructions on how to login and update your student's health and medical information each school year.

Attached is a frequently Asked Questions flyer, and if you have any other questions or concerns please contact us.

Thank you for helping to ensure your child's health and safety.

Vail School District Health Services
(520) 879-2010



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



Congratulations to Maura McDonough for winning the "Spa Day" from Great Waves Salon in the second Phat Cat drawing today! Maura won a hair up-do, makeup application and a mani/pedi. Just in time for Prom! Congrats Maura!

Congratulations to Tyler Black! Tyler was the Phat Cat Drawing winner on March 4th. Tyler won two tickets to the Prom! Congrats Tyler!

Congratulations to Audrey Schreiner for being the Phat Cat Winner on February 19, 2016 ! Audrey won gift certificates to Chipotle, Texas Roadhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings, and AMC Movie Theatre... Congrats Audrey!



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


Cienega High School


3/14 - 3/25 - Spring Break 
3/14 - 3/24 - Intersession

3/28 - Drama Booster Meeting 7pm

4/7 - Choir Booster Meeting 6:30

4/9 - Prom 8pm Westward Look Resort

4/14 - Art Show 5pm

4/15 & 16 - Brigadoon

4/16 - Golf Classic

4/18 - Drama Parent Booster Meeting 7pm

5/2 - Band Concert 7pm

5/5 - Choir Booster Meeting 6:30

5/9 -
Drama Parent Booster Meeting 7pm

5/16 Choir Concert 7pm 



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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