Cat Chat Newsletter - January 2017 


Dear Cienega Families,
Happy New Year!
Second semester promises to be very busy for both our staff and students. Seniors need to remain strong with grades, SEP, and their college and career planning. Before we know it, graduation will be upon us. As you are all aware, we are hosting our 2017 Graduation Commencement at the Tucson Convention Center. We are excited about this new location and want to be sure every senior is a part of this ceremony.
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 the last week in January. 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 review and sign. Please do not hesitate to contact your child's counselor if you have any questions regarding graduation requirements and suggested courses.
Spring sports will be starting in February. For those that are interested in signing up, please get your paperwork turned into the 400 building athletic office as soon as possible.
Thank you for your tax credit donations! Our extra-curricular programs and clubs have received many tax credit contributions in the last few weeks. We truly appreciate your support!

Nemer Hassey
Testing Corner
AP Exam Fee Schedule
Senior Information
STUCO Happenings
College & Career Chronicle
Spiritline Tryouts
ACT Prep Courses
Yearbook Info
Volunteer Corner
Phat Cat Winner


AP Potential
This resource, found at the College Board, uses the results from the PSAT test to identify potential AP courses where students should have the most success.  It is another tool that will help families guide their students into the courses that fit them best.  Letters have been sent home to students who took the PSAT and received recommendations.
Khan Academy
This resource is so valuable for all students.  It is a free, YouTube based video series that helps students to study and go deeper into concepts.  Struggling in a particular subject?  This is the perfect tutor for you!  FYI - It also helps with PSAT, SAT, and ACT preparation. 
Testing Corner
April is a busy month for testing.  Please mark these dates on your calendars to help your students remember! 
Civics testing is March 6th - March 10th in the U.S. History classes. 
Benchmark testing for the third quarter is from February 27th - March 10th.  These tests are administered through your student's English, math, or biology classes.  
AZMerit testing is the End of Course testing that all Arizona students are required to take within their English and math classes.  Those dates are:
April 10th & 11th: AZ Merit - Writing
April 12th & 13th: AZ Merit - Reading Part 1
April 17th & 18th: AZ Merit - Reading Part 2
April 24th & 25th: AZ Merit - Math Part 1
April 26th & 27th: AZ Merit - Math Part 2
ACT Testing
The ACT test will be administered to all juniors at Cienega on April 19th.   


It is never too early to pay for your AP exams in the bookstore. The attached AP Exam Fee Schedule was sent out earlier in the school year so that parents could plan to spread payments out over time.  This was intended to help families reduce the stress of paying for many tests at one time in the spring. Even though the final deadline to pay for AP exams is not until March 31st, we encourage you to pay early. The tests cost $93. There are scholarships available for students that need assistance and you have the option to use tax credit money. Please contact Eric Tatham at (520) 879-2864 if you have any questions.

AP Exam Fee Schedule  


Parents and Students: Cienega High School has been accepted as an AP Capstone school and we couldn't be happier!  Please see the attached flyer for all of the reasons that your AP student should pursue these classes at registration.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Eric Tatham or Josh Farr.

AP Capstone Flier 

Congratulations to NJROTC Cadet Captain Eli Petrovich who was awarded a 4-year full funded Navy ROTC scholarship as well a 4-year full funded Army ROTC scholarship.  Cadet Petrovich will attend the University of Arizona.

The NJROTC Orienteering Team competed at the AZ JROTC Orienteering Competition held at  Lake Pleasant, AZ on 10 Dec 2016.  Over 450 JROTC cadets representing 26 schools from Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico competed.  Our cadets placed 5th and 6th in the co-ed category. 


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 the Vail School District, then Cienega High School and then the GROUP: Class of 2017, or just enter the WayCode: t0maph
Graduation Reminders:
Cap and Gown and Announcements: Contact Jostens: 1-800-JOSTENS
Parent graduation meeting is April 4th at 6:00 PM in the Student Union
Ceremony is Saturday May 20th at the Tucson Convention Center           
Graduation Rehearsal is Friday May 19th in the gymnasium
Honors Night is Wednesday May 17th in the Student Union
Testing Dates :
There are only a couple more opportunities to take the SAT or ACT this year!
Go to for dates and deadlines for the SAT
Go to for dates and deadlines for the ACT
Or use the Counselor website for all of this information
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 1 st 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.
  • The FAFSA (free application for financial student aid) should be completed by February 14th if you are expecting to be awarded some type of grant.
  • 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 (


Pre-college Summer Programs
Now that it's spring semester, it's time to start thinking about summer, particularly pre-college summer programs. Why look into summer programs now? Many application deadlines for summer programs range from January through March.
Pre-college summer programs offer high school students a one-week or longer "college" experience. Students often have the opportunity to live in a dorm and complete one or more rigorous classes, and get a sense of what college is like.
These programs not only teach students new information and skills, they can also make students more attractive candidates for admission into top-tier schools. A few of the benefits of pre-college summer programs are: o pportunities to experience on-campus life, opportunities to experience real college classes, opportunities to examine potential majors . Taking college courses in a pre-college summer program can help students decide whether or not a specific field of study is a good fit.
A Sampling of Pre-college Summer Programs For two weeks every summer, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication brings top-performing high school students to ASU for two weeks of intensive, hands-on experiences in broadcast and digital journalism. The 2017 institute will take place June 4-16, 2017
App Camp for High Schoolers
Innovation: Introduction to Making and Tinkering for High Schoolers
Ultimate Technology Bootcamp
Inspire is a free, 7-day residential, college readiness program for American Indian students from tribal nations in Arizona. The program runs June 18 - 24, 2017 at Arizona State University. It's open to students entering grades 10-12 in fall 2017.  
Arizona Youth University
Out of State:
Duke University's Summer College for High School Students . This 4-week credit-bearing program offered by Duke University attracts students who represent the next generation of leaders from around the world.
Reed College invites a highly qualified group of high school seniors from around the US to campus for a three-day, two-night exploration of Reed and the City of Portland. Students stay in residence halls with current students and participate in Discover Reed, a program of classroom visits and student-professor engagement opportunities. 
Engineering Summer Academy at PENN. Six rigorous course: biotechnology, complex networks, computer graphics, computer science, nanotechnology and robotics give high school students an advanced look at the learning experience they can expect in college.
Dainah L. Graham
College & Career Counselor
Bobcat Scholars Academy
(520) 879-2819



Reteach and tutoring for the second semester will resume the week of January 9th. Please see the attached Reteach and tutoring schedules for each math and English teacher. If you have any question, please contact Eric Tatham at (520) 879-2864.


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 at  to get started or with any questions. 


~ Happy, Healthy NEW YEARS Blessings Bobcats ~ 

Thank you to our AMAZING and GENEROUS parent volunteers, CATFRAT volunteers, Bobcat cooks/chefs/bakers...WOW! We are a very spoiled CHS staff! Thank you for the delicious homemade soups, chili, breads/rolls, desserts, and for the money that was so generously donated for extra needed items! We were stuffed just like the Christmas turkey, haha! Thank YOU again!!! 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - January/February 2017  

College/Career Fair Day - Wednesday, January 25th
7:30am-8:45am - Set-up
8:30am-12:45pm - Assist and serve
12:00pm-1:15pm - Clean-up

Science Fair - JUDGES - Wednesday, February 8th 
Library and Education Center 
No experience needed nor required 
Thank you for your consideration. Please contact me directly if you would like to volunteer for these events. GO BOBCATS!

Amy Burton 
Volunteer Coordinator

Congratulations to Tyler Boswell. Tyler was the Phat Cat Drawing WINNER of the DRONE on Friday, December 9th. Congrats Tyler!

Congratulations to Dorian Jaquez who won the Phat Chat drawing on Friday, December 20th. Dorian won gift cards to Native Grill, Texas Roadhouse, Chuy's Cold Stone Creamery and movie tickets to Cinemark. Congrats Dorian!



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


Cienega High School


1/25 Half Day for Students - College & Career Fair

1/26 Incoming Freshmen Open House

2/5 - Half Day for Parent/Teacher Conferences

2/17 - Half Day

2/18 - Vail Pride Day

2/23 & 2/24 - Rodeo Break

3/13 - 3/24 - Spring 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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