Cat Chat Newsletter - May 2017 

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 a few 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!
Senior Final Exam Schedule
  • Monday, May 15th Block Day (0 & 4)
  • Tuesday, May 16th Block Day (0 & 3)
  • Wednesday, May 17th Block Day (2 & 6)
  • Thursday, May 18th Block Day (1 & 5)
Sophomore-Junior Final Exam Schedule
  • Tuesday, May 23rd ½ Day (final exams 0, 3, & 4)
  • Wednesday, May 24th ½ Day (final exams 2 & 6)
  • Thursday, May 25th ½ Day (final exams 1 & 5)
  • Saturday, May 20th at 7:00 p.m. at the Tucson Convention Center
Summer School Information

Nemer Hassey
From the Bookstore
Senior Information
STUCO Happenings
STUCO Happenings
Phat Cat Winners

ALL Senior fees must be paid in the bookstore no later than 4:00pm on Thursday, May 18.  Fees for all other students must be paid by 4:00pm on Thursday, May 25

All textbooks, calculators, and other books checked out from the bookstore must also be returned by those dates.

Contact Mrs. Good or Mrs. Koenig in the bookstore at 879-2824 or 879-1819, or by email at, or if you have questions about your student's account.


The Vail NJROTC Unit has been named a "Distinguished Unit with Honors" by the Navy for NJROTC Area Eleven for academic year 2016/2017.   This is the first time the unit has achieved this highest distinction. Only 11 of the 56 NJROTC units in Area Eleven received the honor.

Five NJROTC Seniors received 4-year full funded ROTC scholarships worth up to $180,000.  Our unit had the most ROTC scholarships awarded from all the Arizona NJROTC programs.    

Yaniel Aponte - will attend the University of Arizona Navy ROTC unit
Leilani Eib - will attend the University of New Mexico Navy ROTC unit
Eli Petrovich - will attend the University of Arizona Navy ROTC unit
David Granillo - will attend the University of Arizona Navy ROTC unit
Davis Goolsby - will attend the University of Arizona Air Force ROTC unit.


Graduation Reminders:
  •  Ceremony is Saturday, May 20th at the TCC.  Seniors arrive at 5:00pm and must be there by 5:45pm.  Doors open at 6:00pm for guests.
  • Graduation Rehearsal is Friday, May 19th in the gymnasium. Breakfast will be served at 8:15, Rehearsal starts at 9:00 AM.
  • Honors Night for Seniors is May 17th. Invitations were delivered the week of May 8-12th to invited students.
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.

  • Seniors must have passed all classes necessary for graduation to be in the ceremony. Verification of credits will be finalized on May 18th at 4:00 PM. If a course required for graduation is not completed or passing by this time, the student will not be permitted to be in the ceremony. They can finish the class and still receive a diploma by the end of the school year, but cannot participate in the ceremony.

  • 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 Juanita Mari in the Library.

  • Please utilize PowerSchool on a regular basis and stay informed of the progress your son or daughter is making in his or her classes

  • For students needing final transcripts to be sent to their college or university, they can be requested through and will be processed after grades are stored on May 30th. The class of 2017 is C2G!


Thank YOU to our SEP Volunteers! Wow! Our students gave AMAZING presentations and our volunteers were FABULOUS! We know how busy you are and we thank YOU for DONATING your time to judge our students SEP's, CHS V olunteers ROCK!!! You are a blessing, thank you again! 

~ Save the date ~ 
*** 2018 SEP *** 
May 2-4, 2018

~ Volunteer opportunities...NOW and SUMMER 2017 ~
Honor's/Grad program prep
May 10, 11th and 12th
Volunteer as much or little as you can
(Front Admin. Office)

Laptop pick-up/collection
May 11-12th, and May 17-19th
(In the Bookstore)

Honor's Night Awards Reception
Set-up, serve and clean-up
May 17th only
5:15pm- 8:30pm
(In the Student Union/Cafeteria) 

~ Future Volunteer Dates ~ 
Registration volunteers needed
July 11-14th, and July 17-20th
Times TBD later - WATCH your EMAILS! 

Thank you for your time, we so appreciate you and your support of Cienega students and staff!

Amy Burton
Volunteer Coordinator
(520) 879-2811 


Congratulations to Justin Ramirez. Justin was the Phat Cat winner on Friday, April 28th.  He won an Atmosphere UE ROLL 2 wireless speaker.  Congratulations Justin!




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


Cienega High School


5/1-5/12 - AP Exams

5/15 - Choir Concert

5/17 Honors Night

5/19 Baccalaureate

5/20 Class of 2017 Graduation @ TCC

5/25 - Last day of Classes for students




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 -  Sandi 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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