Cat Chat Newsletter - November 2016

Dear Cienega Families,

November is a great time of year to pause from our busy lives, take a moment to reflect, and be thankful.
Thank you for entrusting us with your children. It truly is wonderful showing up to work everyday to help shape the lives of over 2000 teenagers.
We are thankful for our Bobcat Family here at Cienega High School. Our teachers and staff are some of the most hardworking, dedicated, school-spirit filled people around. Working beside people we respect and trust is priceless!
To improve school communication, we are continuing to utilize a free App called SchoolWay. We will be using this App to push information to parents and students. Please download the App to your smart phone or to your computer. To download the App, go to the App store or the Android Play Store and search for SchoolWay, or go to  for the web application.
1. Create an Account
2. Select your Role
3. Enter the following WAYCODE: roct44 (This will automatically link you to Cienega High School)  
Lastly, I would like to invite you to come see our students excel in their extra-curricular activities. Our Fine Arts and Athletic programs are excelling. We will have many performances and athletic events in the near future. Please check our calendar for the schedule.
As always, thank you for your support in helping to get all of our students college and career ready.


Nemer Hassey
Senior Information
Senior Portraits
STUCO Happenings
'Tis the Season
Special Education Records
College & Career Chronicle
Yearbook Info
Early Childhood
Copper Thunder Marching Band
Phat Cat Winner


Cap and Gown Information:

About 300 seniors have not ordered their cap and gown. Go to to order ASAP or you will miss the first spring delivery.


SchoolWay App:

If you have not yet downloaded the SchoolWay, 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 the Vail School District, then Cienega High School and then the GROUP: Class of 2017, or just enter the WayCode: t0maph

Testing Information:
SAT registration deadline for the January 21st test is December 21 st. Go to to register.
ACT registration deadline for the February 6th test is January 3 rd. Go to to register.
Financial Aid:

Students and Parents should have submitted the FAFSA form. Go to to do this now.


In order to have the best chances of receiving scholarships or financial aid at any of the state universities, seniors should have already applied to these schools. Do not delay any longer if you have not yet applied. For out of state or private colleges, deadlines vary. Go to the specific college website for deadlines and information.

Scholarship opportunities are listed and updated on the Cienega Website on the " Counselor Page." View the site often for regular updates.
Attendance Issues:
Any student who exceeds eight absences (9 is 9) will not receive credit for that class. If it is a zero hour issue and other classes are not in line with the zero hour absences, a student will be required to drop zero hour and add a class after lunch. Schedule an attendance appeal with Ms. Mari (located in the ACE room in the Education Center) after December 1st to appeal the absence.


On Saturday, 29 October, NJROTC Cadets from Cienega, Empire, Andrade and Vail Academy competed in the annual Valley of the Sun NJROTC Field Meet held at Moon Valley High School.  NJROTC programs from Arizona, New Mexico and California participated.  The cadets excelled in the physical fitness team events placing 3rd in curl ups, 2nd in push ups, 3rd in the 16 X 100 relay race and 3rd place overall.  Several cadets also received medals for placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in individual events.


To all the Bobcats that attended Homecoming this year, Student Council would like to thank you for you for coming and maintaining a great spirit throughout the dance. Our dance this year was one of the most successful we have ever had, with over 730 students in attendance. We hope to host you once again at our Winter Formal dance on  January 21st.
Starting  on Monday January 23rd, Student Council will be selling tickets for the Junior-Senior Prom 2017! The starting price will be $60 and increase by $5 each week, until the  Friday  before Prom. Prom is on  May 6th  at a secret location that will be revealed at the winter formal assembly. Due to AP testing, the Prom Assembly will be held on  Tuesday, May 2nd . Buy your tickets early for the best deal, hope to see you at Prom!



The Vail School District Special Education Office is in the process of destroying SPECIAL EDUCATION records for students that graduated from high school five years ago. We are required to notify parents or students, if they are 18 years or older, to give them an opportunity to review the records before they are destroyed. If you believe that you or your child might have Special Education records and would like to review them, please contact Cindy Cahill at 879-2051 or email at Records are due to be destroyed on March 1, 2017.


College Exploration
On November 1st interested Cienega High School seniors were treated to a tour of Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. The folks at GCU provided a comfortable chartered bus, led students on a tour of their beautiful campus, and treated the students to the lunch of their choice. Applicants had their application fees waived.

On November 7th Cienega High School freshman students in the Bobcat Scholars Academy visited the University of Arizona. They learned about the history and offerings available at the U of A, questioned a panel of current students, toured the campus, and ate lunch with the college students at the Student Union.
Did you know?
Students have access to as many as seven full-length, timed, ACT and SAT practice tests through the following website : . It's a free website and scores are received immediately. This website provides users access to online study materials to help improve their scores on standardized tests such as state exit exams, college entrance exams, military entrance exam (ASVAB) and others.  The content includes self-paced study programs in Math, English and Science, with a focus of materials on grades 8-12.  The High School Math and Verbal Skills course and College Readiness online course each start with a pre-assessment test, using the results to generate a custom learning path.  The learning path includes interactive lessons, quizzes and additional practice tests.  The High School Science Hub provides lessons and practice tests in Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The website is established by the U S Army, but the Army does not use it as a recruitment tool, nor do they share your information with others.
There are only a few weeks of classes left until the end of the semester. Make every grade count!
Dainah Graham
College and Career Counselor
Bobcat Scholars Academy


Students remember to pre-order your yearbook for $90 right now by going to and typing in Cienega in the box next to  "Get Started Now". Price of the yearbook goes up to $100 once they arrive in April. Please Contact our Yearbook advisor Chance Calgher ( ) with any questions.

Parents, show your Senior how proud they make you with a Senior Recognition Ad. You can either create one your self through or have one of our wonderful yearbook students create one to your liking. Deadline to start your Senior Recognition Ad is January 13th. Please Contact our Yearbook advisor Chance Calgher ( ) to get started or with any questions.

Our Early Childhood Education program here at Cienega is in full swing! Our hard working students are not only learning about human development, they are enhancing their employability skills while working at Vail Inclusive Preschool.

Recently our ECE students have been working on the preschool campus every Monday during class and last week MANY of our dedicated students volunteered to work the preschool's FALL FESTIVAL, where they ran the games, a dance room, donut eating contest, face painting and so much more. Our students in ECE make this program amazing!!


Copper Thunder represented Bobcat Nation in excellent fashion during this marching season.  They performed at three different festivals: Flowing Wells, the UA, and NAU.  At each competition they earned Excellent ratings.  At Flowing Wells they also earned special caption awards for Visual Performance and Percussion.

Congratulations to Alyjahnay Blair. Alyjahnay was the Phat Cat drawing winner on Friday, October 14th. Alyjahnay won a 2016-2017 Yearbook!

Congratulations to Jadon Strider. Jadon was our Phat Cat Drawing winner on Friday, October 28 th. Jadon won a $50 gift card and men's cologne to Ambercrombie & Fitch. Congrats Jadon !



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


Cienega High School


11/11 - Veterans Day No school

11/15 Cat Frat Meeting

11/21 - Band Concert

11/23-11/25 Thanksgiving
No School

12/16-12/20 - FINALS Half day for students

12/21-1/3 - Winter 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 - Chris Rich 879-2816 
Senior Counselor
John Tritz - 879-1843 
Bobcat Scholars Counselor
Dainah Graham - 879-2819
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
Colette Alvarado 879-2904

500 House/Special Education/Security          
Assistant Principal
Kim Middleton
Secretary - Cassandra Bahrychuk 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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CHS Online Store
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It's that time of year again to pre-order your yearbook.