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Cat Chat Newsletter

January 2021

Cienega High School Vision Statement: Cienega High School builds a foundation for our students to excel in life through Connections, High Standards and Success by providing students with college and career readiness using a wide range of educational and cultural experiences. These opportunities foster an environment that produces successful and well-rounded high school graduates.

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Artist: Milan Riha

Dear Cienega Families,


Happy New Year!


Second semester promises to be very busy for both our staff and students. 

Please encourage our seniors to remain strong with keeping their grades up, completing their Senior Exit Project, and finalizing their college and career planning. Before we know it, graduation will be upon us. 

Our 2021 Graduation Commencement planning committee is busy making arrangements and working out details for our upcoming ceremony.  I will share additional details in regards to the 2021 Graduation Commencement that will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2021 as we get closer to that date.  We are excited about this final semester of the 20-21 school year and we want to be sure every single one of our seniors is a part of this amazing celebration.


As our seniors are making plans for after graduation, our freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will be choosing their classes for next year. Pre-registration begins January 29th. The Course Selection Handbook will be finalized and available on the counselor link of our website the week of registration, and your student will be bringing home a course selection form for you to look through and sign. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s counselor if you have any questions regarding graduation requirements and suggested courses.  


Lastly, thank you for your tax credit donations! Even during the pandemic our extra-curricular programs and clubs have received many tax credit contributions in the last few weeks. We truly appreciate your continued support!






Kim Middleton

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Artist: Leilah Butler

CATS Care (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Moment

Our CATS Care Team is busy implementing practices to increase student and staff connectivity, and increase student academic performance. Our CATS Care projects include: A pandemic version of our popular Phat Cat Cards that roll out this quarter! All students can be awarded Phat Cat Cards for positive behavior observed in class and online. We have Copper and Navy awards, and the ever-popular Phat Cat Awards Drawing. Also, our AMAZING Student Council is working to bring the traditions and culture of Cienega to our current learning environment!

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What can I do when our student has technology issues?

-Email the CHS Technology Office. You can set up an appointment for personal, individualized help. 

-Use the CHS Technology Handbook .

How can I see my child's grades and assignments?

-Go to PowerSchool.

-Create a parent PowerSchool account. Email the Tech Office with the following information: your name, email, full list of all the students you have enrolled in the Vail School District and the school they attend.

Artist: Aislin Martinez- Pompa

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NJROTC Cadets gave back to the community with two service projects. On Friday, 11 December 2020, NJROTC Cadets acted as assistants for the Greater Vail Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament held at Del Lago Golf Course. On Saturday, 12 December 2020, NJROTC Cadets assisted with the Corona de Tucson American Legion Post 109 Produce on Wheels-Without Waste (POW-WOW) event. They sorted and packed produce and helped load vehicles.  

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Happy New Year Bobcats !

Are you ready to build skills and find your passion? 

JTED Central Campus programs are an excellent way to find your path whether you plan to go directly to work or attend a university. 

Check out their interactive Program Guide

Mark your calendars because Pre-enrollment begins on January 19th.

Please feel free to contact Kim Bailey with any questions.

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Artist: Harlie Yingling

ACT Prep

For Juniors, it’s time to start preparing to take the ACT test. It is recommended that you and your student log onto the websites of College/Universities of interest to see the desired ACT score. Once you have that in mind, find a date and location that works best for your student and sign up. All Juniors will be registered to take the ACT test this Spring at no cost. However, if students would like an additional opportunity to test, there are several locations for ACT testing in Tucson. 


For only $40, your child can attend three prep courses Reading/English, Mathematics, and Science. Students can make their payment and pick up materials in the bookstore. Please email Mrs. Greene to reserve a spot!

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ZAPS SAT Test Prep:

ZAPS Prep courses have been coming to Cienega for years – and now they are hosting test prep online! During a 5 hour seminar students receive tips for the multiple choice tests, strategies on how to approach questions, and a method to improve their essay score. To make participation easy, the online seminars are offered at least six days a week with multiple time slots available. Choose from recorded or live virtual sessions. Register online at:

All materials will be shipped to your home prior to the seminar. Spots will fill up quickly, so sign up today!

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FREE Tutoring!!

Attached below you will find the schedule for Free Tutoring that we have available this semester. In this document you will find times and teachers that are available for Math and English tutoring. The teachers will be available through Schoology Conferences, in the Cienega Tutoring Schoology Course, during their scheduled tutoring time. If you have any questions, please direct them to Mrs. Greene, Student Achievement Teacher, at (520) 879-2809.

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Artist: Vanessa Quintana

Yearbooks are currently $90!

Get them while they are on sale


Senior Ads for the 2021 Cienega Yearbook are live!

New lower prices for this unprecedented year:

Full Page Ad: $75

1/2 Page Ad: $40

1/4 Page Ad: $25

Completely designed by you on!

The deadline is January 31st! With only a few full pages available, they will sell out fast! Act fast and recognize your senior for their many high school accomplishments!

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Hello Bobcat Nation,

The 2020-21 Cienega yearbook is in production and we want to give everyone the opportunity to be featured! Below is a link to a google form that you can fill out and submit a photo of yourself for a chance to be featured. If you do not participate in a sport/club or are one of our “brick to click” bobcats this is one of your best chances to be featured in the 2020-21 Cienega Yearbook. 

Also, follow us on Instagram @Cienega.Yearbook for more opportunities to get featured 

Google Form Link.

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Savanna Prentice

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CHS NJROTC Cadets present the Colors at our State Capital for the opening of the Senate on Monday, 11 January 2021
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Cadets: Ava Gardner, Blake Weller, Trinity Condosta, Dylan Morton, and Amelio Salmen

Tiny House Progress!

The Construction classes made very strong progress on the Tiny House before Winter Break. Students were able to build all of the interior walls and install all of the roof trusses Winter Break! 

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Their new goal is to Install the roof sheeting and facia boards, then move on to the “rough-in” of the plumbing, mechanical, electrical systems- all before Spring Break. Great work Students!

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On December 29, 2020 the NJROTC Marksmanship Team competed in the Arizona Junior Olympic Marksmanship Qualifier in Phoenix, AZ. Cadet Dylan Simpson placed 1st in the Precision male category, Cadet Dylan Morton placed 3rd in the Precision male category, and Cadet Trinity Condosta placed 2nd in the Precision female category.

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Artist: Carmen Hernandez

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Artwork courtesy of Ms. Latona's Art students.

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