Cat Chat Newsletter - May 2016

Dear Cienega Families,
It is amazing that the school year is just about over. Our students and staff can certainly see the "light at the end of the tunnel." It has been another great year for Cienega with so many outstanding accomplishments.
With just about eleven days remaining, it is imperative that our students finish strong academically. Please encourage your son or daughter to put their best effort forward as we approach final exams.
Below are some key points as we finish off the year. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Have a great summer and be safe. See you in July!
Final Exam Schedule
  • Thursday May 19th (senior finals periods 1 & 5)
  • Monday, May 23rd (senior finals continued periods 0, 1 & 5)
  • Tuesday, May 24th Day (final exams 0, 3, & 4)
  • Wednesday, May 25th Day (final exams 2 & 6)
  • Thursday, May 26th Day (final exams 1 & 5) and the last day of school for students.
  • Thursday, May 26th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Summer School Dates
  • 1st semester classes: May 31 - June 3, June 6-9, June 13-14
  • 2nd semester classes: June 16-17, June 20-23, June 27-30
  • Find the summer school form at:

Nemer Hassey
Senior Luau
Transportation Info for Graduation
Important Graduation Info
Senior Information
Summer School Info
Summer Work for AP Classes
Summer Basketball Camp
Summer Enrichment Camps
Summer YMCA STEM Camp
Volunteer Corner
CatFRAT Info
VDLP Open House
Sports Medicine
U of A Visit
Spain, France & Italy 2016
Italy Summer 2017
Phat Cat Winners




For your convenience, we will have shuttle buses running from Empire High School, Old Vail Middle and Esmond Station to Cienega High School starting at 5:00pm until 10:30pm the evening of graduation.  These shuttle buses will be running approximately every 15 minutes and will deliver you to the main entrance of the stadium. If you require wheelchair accessible transportation, please contact Dean Nourse at 520-879-2857. Please consider using this mode of transportation as the parking lot at CHS has limited parking spaces. 


ATTENTION SENIOR PARENTS: We have many seniors who owe money/books/fines. Their names will be removed from the ceremony starting Friday May 20th if this is not taken care of. Please contact Kathy Good in the Bookstore at 879-2824 prior to May 20th. 


Graduation Reminders:
  • Ceremony is Thursday May 26th. (Seniors report to the gym at 5:30 PM)
  • Graduation Rehearsal is Wednesday May 25th (Seniors report to the Gym at 5:00PM)
  • Honors Night for Seniors is May 18th. Invitations were delivered the week of May 9-13 to invited students.
  • Have your senior bring in their acceptance letters or enlistment papers to be added to the Wall of the future.
  • Shuttle buses will be available.
  • Order Graduation DVD for $25 (download form here)
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 was 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 if the class is a required class for graduation, the student will not graduate.
    • Attendance appeals can be scheduled beginning April 29th with Molly Koenig in the Library
  • 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.


1st semester: May 31-June 3, June 6-9, June 13-14

2nd semester: June 16-17, June 20-23 and June 27-30

How long: 
Includes two 15 minute snack breaks and a 30 minute lunch

How much:
$175.00 per semester.  Checks payable to Vail School District.

What content areas: 
Freshmen Physics, English, Algebra, Biology, World History, US History, Geometry, Government

All classes are held at Cienega High School.

Summer School registration forms can be picked up at the front office or download below.
Registration forms are due May 16th for 1st semester and on May 20th for 2nd semester.  A $10 late fee will be added for forms turned in after the due date.

Contact Brandy Dujmic at 879-2033 email if you have any additional questions.





Any student that is registered to take an Advanced Placement (AP) course for the 2016-17 school year should make sure to pick up the summer homework. Homework packets can be picked up from the teacher or you can visit the Advanced Placement Information - Tatham Moodle for a digital version. There is also a link to "5 Tricks and Tips to Completing Summer Homework" that can be found there. Do not delay getting started preparing for AP classes.


This camp is open to all players who will be incoming 2nd-8th graders. The camp will focus on the following skills:  dribbling, passing, shooting, offensive skills, defensive skills, and team concepts. The camp runs from June 27-30 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. The cost of the camp is $50 for Pre-registration and $60 at the door. Please contact Farbod Safavi at 520-903-7455 or if you have any questions.

Download flier here 


Vail Community Programs is offering fabulous Summer Enrichment Camps! Registration is NOW OPEN! 

Give your child the gift of a summer experience that will expand their interests in a whole new way! Each of our Enrichment Camps is designed to provide your child with a unique adventure. Our campers will dive into a different culture, take the stage in a dramatic performance or become an intrepid outdoor explorer! Join us for a summer experience that will not be forgotten! See our attached flyer!

Sign up today... our camps will fill FAST!

Register by phone: (520) 879-3938  or email Heather Stough at

Download flier here

Thank you to our WONDERFUL SEP Volunteers! We had over 250 community members, teachers and staff judge over 400 senior exit projects, Wow! Thank you for saying YES by helping shape the minds and hearts of these TALENTED and AMAZING high school seniors! We continue to be blessed by your willingness and generous support of our students and staff! Bobcat Volunteers ROCK!!! 
Thank you for your generous donations of desserts and drinks for our staff appreciation luncheon! Thank YOU, CATFRAT for our AWESOME and beautifully wrapped staff gifts, we LOVE them! Last CATFRAT meeting of the school year is Tuesday, May 17th, 6:30pm in the Library/Education Center. Come and check out who we are and what we're all about.
~ Volunteer NEEDS in May ~ 
Thursday, May 12th - Senior Farewell Ice Cream Social
9:00am-12:00pm - set-up, serve and clean-up
Laptop pick-up dates - 2 shifts per day 
May 17th - May 20th - (need 4-6 volunteer each shift) 
8:30am-12:30pm - 1st shift 
11:30am-3:30pm - 2nd shift 
Please check your summer calendars dates...
July 2016 Registration - Volunteers Needed  
July 11-15th - Times TBD
July 18-21st - Times TBD 
Thank you for your time, we adore our Bobcat Volunteers! ~ Summer Blessings ~

Amy Burton
Volunteer Coordinator

Hello CHS Families,
My name is Mark Carter and I have had the honor of being your Cat FRAT President for this school year. The Cienega High School Parent Teacher Organization, CAT FRAT, exists to enhance and support the educational experience at Cienega High School, to develop a closer connection between school and home by encouraging parental involvement, and to improve the environment at CHS through volunteer and direct financial support. Your annual sponsorship/dues provide funds to support various programs, classroom needs, student/faculty appreciation, and more as we support our staff and students through Fundraising, Recognition, Appreciation and respect for Tradition!
Your CAT FRAT Team consist of:
Mark Carter                           President   
Michelle White       
             Vice President
Shanne Youngblood              Treasurer
Amy Obukuro                        Secretary
Amy Burton                           Volunteer Coordinator     
As we come to the end of another successful school year, it is time for elections
. All elected offices (President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary) are now available for nominations for the 2016/2017 school year. Description of the duties can be found in Section 4 of the bylaws.
Please join us at the next CAT FRAT meeting scheduled for Tuesday May 17, 2016 at 6:30pm in the library. We will be accepting nominations and electing the new board at that time.
Special thanks to all of you that volunteer your time or provide donations, without your support, we would not be successful. To all you parents with graduating seniors, job well done and take time to breath in the next couple of weeks...
Mark Carter
CatFRAT President 


CHS will be offering Sports Medicine for the 2016-2017 School Year.  Contact Mr. Hassey at if interested.     


On Friday, April 29th three U of A students from Cellular and Molecular Biology visited the classroom of Dr. Rathman to talk about university life and STEM opportunities at the U of A.


Our NJROTC program has received the Distinguished Unit Award for 2016. The NJROTC Distinguished Unit designation is awarded annually to schools whose program ranks in the top 30 percent of units throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Competing units are ranked according to the degree of excellence attained in administration, military proficiency, and host school support.  This is the first time since our unit was established in 2012 that our program has earned this honor.

Vail NJROTC Cadets from have been volunteering with Tucson Habitat for Humanity.  Eight cadets per day volunteered on 19 Mar, 2 April and 23 April.  Habitat for Humanity is currently working to complete several homes in the west side of Tucson.  The cadets have been excellent Vail representatives.


On Monday, 25 April 2016, cadets assisted Honor Flight Southern Arizona welcome home WWII and Korean War Veterans at Tucson International Airport.  The veterans were returning from Washington D.C. where they visited memorials built in their honor.  The veterans returning to Tucson are given a big welcome home event.  The cadets were excellent Vail representatives.

Six NJROTC cadets received 4 year fully-funded NROTC scholarships.  This is the largest NROTC scholarship class to date, the second largest was in 2015 with 5 NROTC scholarships awarded.

Cadet Catalina Mitchell, NROTC Marine Option, University of Arizona
Cadet Ethan Petrovich, NROTC Marine Option, University of Arizona
Cadet Madison Rawls, NROTC, University of Arizona
Cadet Morgan Wheeler, NROTC, University of Arizona
Cadet Kate Midel, NROTC, University of Arizona
Cadet Summer Linton, NROTC, University of Arizona.

Are you interested in the trip of a lifetime?
Then go on the "Spain, French Riviera and Italy Trip" during your Spring Break 2017!!
Why should you go?
Madrid, Barcelona, French Riviera, Monaco, Pisa, Assisi, Florence, Rome and the Vatican City
See the Vatican! See the Roman Coliseum!
Take a bike ride in Barcelona
Why is our trip different?
More countries to visit and tour
Go to and enter Tour Number: 1825006HA
For more information contact:
Mrs. Levinson (room 522) 879-2832
         Ms. Rivera (room 523) 879-2846 


How would you like to go on an ADULT only tour to ITALY?
I have taken well over 100 kids to different countries over the past few years and now I'm heading up an adult only food and wine tour to Italy in the summer of 2017! (June 24-July 3)

This tour is all-inclusive like we have come to expect from EF tours. However the adult tours work a little differently. What's included? 8 nights in awesome hotels, breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 3 dinners with wine or beer, several wine tastings,
1 cooking lesson, a full time tour director, a private motor coach and sightseeing entrance fees.
We will be traveling to Florence, Siena, Perugia and Rome!
The only thing that is not included is the airfare. You can book through EF (price is on my website. There are plenty of ways to get cheaper airfare but since this is not a student tour, we do not have to fly together. I know that Groupon has specials and I know a couple of travel agents as well plus there are those of you that might want to use your frequent flier miles as well!
I have several people lined up to go on this trip and the max I can take is 26. My cell number and email address are listed on the link. Please call, text or email me with any questions! Let's go to ITALY!!

Congratulations to Dallin Henderson for being the Phat Cat Prize winner on Friday, April 29th. Dalllin won movie tickets and dinner at Chuy's NYPD Pizza, Texas Roadhouse and Coldstone Creamery... Congrats Dallin!

Congratulations to John Borja. John was the Phat Cat Drawing winner  on Friday, April 15th and won a 2015-2016 YEARBOOK.  Congrats John!




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


Cienega High School


5/13 Courtyard Dance

5/16 Choir Concert 7pm

5/17 Cat Frat Meeting 6:30pm

5/18 Senior Honors Night

5/20 Powder Puff Game

5/21 Senior Luau

5/23 Senior Finals

5/24, 5/25, 5/26 Finals

5/26 Class of 2016 Graduation 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 - Chris Rich 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 -  Sandy Morrison
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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