CAT CHAT
AUGUST 2020
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.

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Welcome Back Bobcat Nation Families!
 
I realize that the 2020-2021 school year looks vastly different than we envisioned it to be, however I hope that you and your family are still excited to be a part of this amazing Bobcat Nation community.
 
Our 20-21 school year is underway, and students and staff are already working hard. Along with our strong academic offerings: athletics, fine arts, and clubs are beginning their preparations for the upcoming school year. 
 
I would like to introduce some of our staff in order to offer assistance to you and your child for the 20/21 school year. 

Assistant Principals:                                                        
Chris Wittoesch - Grades 10-12, A – L
400 Building: Special Education, CTE        
Stephanie Magnuson - Grades 10 -12, M – Z
500 Building: Upper Level Curriculum/Instruction
Kelly Hadden - Freshman Academy
300 Building: Freshman Curriculum/Instruction, Athletics, Fine Arts, Clubs


Counseling Department Secretary:
Paula Wagner (520) 879-2878

Bobcat Nation Counselors
Colette Alvarado (520) 879-2904
Eric Boxley (520) 879-2854
Jessica Erickson (520) 879-1825
Sylvia Lewandowski (520) 879-2817
Sheri Mitzel (520) 879-2868
Kristen Morett (520) 879-1843 
Chelsea Roberts (520) 879-2867
Bobcat Scholar Academy 


School Resource Officer
Deputy Lynsey Cole (520) 879-2895
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
In closing, please keep partnering with us by staying up to date with your Bobcat’s academics by using all of the parent resource tools found on the CHS Webpage http://chs.vail.k12.az.us/resources/parent-resources/. Here you can get connected to PowerSchool and Schoology. You can also learn about free tutoring that is available as well as become familiar with other helpful resources to assist you in being fully involved in your Bobcat’s academic success this year. It is imperative that all of our students start the school year strong to carry them through to a successful completion of 20-21. We are extremely dedicated to partnering with you to help with that success.
 
As we head into the new school year, we thank you in advance for all you do to make Cienega one of the top A+ high schools in the state of Arizona. We are excited that you and your family chose to allow our Bobcat staff to serve you.
We are Bobcat Nation.

Sincerely,
 
 
Kim Middleton
Principal

Important Information from the Student Achievement Office:
Senior Exit Project

SEP (Senior Exit Project) is a governing board approved, Vail School District, requirement for all Seniors who are preparing to graduate. This year the Senior Exit Project will look a bit different. The paper on the critical issue will still have the same requirements, which students will learn about in their Senior English course. The other components will be further detailed and sent to you no later than August 21st. If you have any questions, please contact the SEP Coordinators, Mikel Greene (SAT) at 520-879-2809 or Lisa Scott (IST) at 520-879-1807.

ACT for Seniors ONLY

Due to the school closures, in the Spring of 2020, we were unable to administer the ACT test to the class of 2021. We have scheduled an ACT testing date for Cienega Seniors on October 6th. We will enroll all of our current Seniors for this test, so there is no need for you to register. If you have any questions please contact Mikel Greene at greenem@vailschooldistrict.org or Mrs. Scott at scottm@vailschooldistrict.org.

ACT Prep at Cienega
For juniors and seniors, it's time to start preparing to take the ACT test. It is recommended that you and your child 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 child and sign up soon! We will be offering a test for Seniors on October 6th and for Juniors in the Spring of 2021, at no cost, however if you're looking for multiple opportunities, check out the dates listed on the flyer below.
We offer ACT Prep courses here at Cienega to help your child prepare! For only $40, your child can attend three prep courses and receive the materials to. Students can email Mrs. Scott at scottm@vailschooldistrict.org to register and make their payment in the bookstore, where you will also pick up your materials. See the attached flyer for more details.
SAT

The SAT will be hosted at Cienega on October 3rd. You may register by visiting https://www.collegeboard.org/ by September 4th. The cost is $52. If you are unable to attend the October 3rd date, there are multiple testing dates available in the Tucson area.

PSAT/NMSQT
 
Who can take it? Bobcat Scholars, Sophomores, Juniors
When is it? Thursday, October 29th
What is it? A practice exam for the SAT college entrance exam
What is “NMSQT”? National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
Who can earn NMSQT? Juniors Only
Results come in when? End of December
How much? $21 (tax credit can be used)
Where to pay? CHS Bookstore
Deadline to pay? September 11th
Have questions? Contact Mikel Greene greenem@vailschooldsitrict.org or 879-2809 or Lisa Scott scottm@vailschooldistrict.org or 879-2807

ZAPS/PSAT Prep Info

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: https://www.doorwaytocollege.org/webinars and use
Coupon Code = CienegaTestPrep
All materials will be shipped to your home prior to the seminar.
Spots will fill up quickly, so sign up today!
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. During Remote Learning, 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 Lisa Scott, Instructional Support Teacher, at (520) 879-1807.
NJROTC
We didn't get the chance to share this wonderful news last year, so we wanted to make sure to recognize our NJROTC for their achievements...

Cienega's NJROTC program was awarded “Distinguished Unit” from NJROTC Headquarters for academic year 2019-2020. This is the highest award given to NJROTC units nationally. 

Great job NJROTC!
NJROTC Scholarship recipients for academic year 2019-2020 (from left to right)

Cadet Joy Ojala was awarded a University of Arizona Presidential Navy ROTC Preparatory Scholarship and an Arizona State University Navy ROTC Preparatory Scholarship. Cadet Aaron Wheeler was awarded a Navy ROTC Scholarship to the University of New Mexico. Cadet Wheeler served as the unit’s Cadet Commanding Officer. Cadet Quintin Sherrod was awarded an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School at West Point. 

NJROTC Spring Break Trip

The U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) hosted 28 NJROTC Cadets on Camp Pendleton CA 9-12 March 2020. The cadets had the opportunity to learn about USMC Amphibious Assault Vehicles and get a personalized tour of the base Armed Mechanized Museum. The cadets also enjoyed the base beach and a visit to Knott’s Berry Farm Amusement Park in Buena Park, CA. 
Photo Credits: Commander Murga March 2020, May 2020
Vail School District 2020/2021
Meal Program Changes
Starting Monday,
August 17th

Dear Parents,

On Monday, August 17th, our Curbside Meal Service will be changing. Meal distribution will be located at four sites throughout the district with service on Monday and Wednesday only. We have added both an AM and a PM pick-up time to accommodate our busy families on those two days. Each distribution day will include a multi-day meal pack. Monday’s distribution will include meals for Monday and Tuesday, and Wednesday’s distribution will include meals for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Please see the information below for additional details.
Thank you Bobcat families, staff and community for your continued support. We truly appreciate you. Let's make this a great year!

-Cienega High School
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