Cat Chat Newsletter - November 2017 


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!
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 doing very well. We will have many performances and athletic events throughout the rest of the semester. 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.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Nemer Hassey



Join us on Thursday, November 9th for FAFSA night.  Please RSVP with Cassandra Bahrychuck at 520-879-2874 and pick up your FAFSA worksheet. 


The Renaissance Club is sponsoring a shoe drive for The Tribe Tucson. We are collecting gently used shoes especially men's size 10 or larger. There are many families who don't have shoes for the winter. Please help us make sure children and families have shoes. The collection box will be located in the Education Center/Library near the Coffee Cat and will run from November 6th through the 17th.  Students who bring in shoes will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Coffee Cat gift card.  


It's that time of the year again. Sunnyside School District and Vail School District are once again coming together to hold their Annual Silent Auction. The silent auction will take place on SunnyVail's Silent Auction Facebook page:  
Members of the community can bid for their favorite items from November 6th through November 27th. SunnyVail will be auctioning U of A Basketball tickets, AZ Bowl Game tickets, and handmade home decor, just to name a few. The proceeds from this auction will go towards funding the 2018 SunnyVail Conference on March 1, 2018. This conference supports students with learning difficulties to develop career awareness. Thank you for your support.


Cap and Gown Information:
  • About 250 seniors have not ordered their cap and gown. Go to to order ASAP or you will miss the first spring delivery.
  • Jostens will be on campus one last time November 14th during lunch ONLY.
Graduation Information:
  • It's official! The graduation ceremony will be on Saturday May 19th at the Tucson Convention Center. The actual time of the ceremony is yet to be determined.
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: nd53e4
Testing Information:
  • SAT registration deadline for the March 10th test is February 9thst. Go to to register.
  • ACT registration deadline for the February 10th test is January 12th. Go to to register
Financial Aid:
  • Students and Parents should have submitted the FAFSA form by now. Do not leave any potential free money on the table. Every College bound student needs to apply even if you don't think you qualify. Go to to do this now.
  • Click here for a worksheet.


  • 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.
  • Bring in your acceptance letters or enlistment paper and receive a free College Bound or Military Bound shirt to wear proudly on C2G Wednesdays and be entered into a drawing for a free iPad given away at Honors night in May.

  • 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 may 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.
 You can contact me at 879-1843 or

Parents - Please view the attached AP Testing Fee Schedule and use it as a guide to pay for exams. We understand that waiting to pay for every test your student takes can be difficult, so this guide is intended to help families plan ahead. If you have any questions, please call Eric Tatham at (520) 879-2864.
A bus load of Cienega Construction Tech students recently attended Construction Career Day at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds. Students were able to run heavy equipment under controlled conditions, and participate in many hands-on construction activities under the tutelage of local construction professionals - an awesome field trip!
Student playing "Backhoe" basketball.

Down on the ground level - going up!
Up 40 feet in the air in just a few seconds!  

Students laying bricks under the watchful eye of a former construction student now working out in industry.
How to Choose a Best Fit College
With nearly 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States, choosing a college to attend can be a daunting and anxiety-provoking experience for many students. Students seldom arrive at a clear cut 'yes' when it comes to making a choice about which college to attend. However, with proactive planning the decision process can be handled smoothly. Students need to engage in careful self-examination of their goals, desires, and financial situation.
Some important first questions to ask are: Do I want to attend a large or small school? What type of setting will I enjoy most, rural, urban, or suburban? Are there internship opportunities nearby? Is the school within your price range or worth going into debt over? What types of other financial aid or scholarships are available at this school? Do most students receive financial assistance? How far am I willing to be from home? What geographic vicinity will I enjoy most? Do I want to be within an hour or a day's drive from home? Are the professor's renowned in their field? Are they approachable? How does the school rank academically? Are students at this school happy? What is the school's acceptance rate?
There are numerous search engines that can help students narrow their choices by allowing students to compare schools side-by-side such as:
All students should be aware that they should identify and apply to schools that they know they can get into as well as one or two dream schools. However, caution should be used when applying to a dream school. Dream schools are often highly selective and only admit a small fraction of the total applicants. Before applying, students should make sure that their grades and accomplishments give them a good chance of being a competitive applicant.
Taking a college tour is one of the best ways to determine if a particular college will be a good fit. If possible, tour the campus on a regular school day. In addition to a tour, spending the night can give you a real feel for what the campus is actually like. Many colleges offer opportunities for overnight experiences. Be prepared before your tour with questions and if possible videotape parts of your tour.
If you are unable to tour colleges, many offer online video tours. Some campuses even offer live webcams so you can view the campus interactions at different times of the day. Reach out to alumni if you can. They can provide valuable insight about what it is like to spend four years on campus. You can search for alumni through and send them a message requesting information about their experience.
Finally, the key things to consider are cost, financial aid, work options, school rankings, graduating data, campus size, student-teacher ratio, housing options, major availabilities and perhaps most importantly pure emotion or your gut feeling.
Dainah L. Graham, M.S., M.Ed. 
College and Career Counselor
The Tucson Complex L.E.T.R. sponsored a Kiss the Pig Competition to benefit the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics!  
On Thursday, November 2, 2017 Cruella de Pig, a rescued potbelly pig from the Cienega High School FFA program, visited the Tucson Complex for a smooch!
The Administrator with the most donations in their name puckered up for a kiss. Warden Ramos & Deputy Warden Monson won a date with the dashing young pig! $200 was raised for this event! 

 Meet the 2017-2018 Cienega FFA Chapter Officer Team 
Pictured left to right: Jolee Arnold: Treasurer, Micah Trejo: Vice President, Brandon Oram: Sentinel, Samantha Reece: Secretary, Megan Dailey: President. Not Pictured: Sheyanne Pruett: Reporter

Cienega FFA's Annual Canned Food Drive
FFA members are currently taking donations of nonperishable food items and turkeys/ hams that will be provided to families in our community during the upcoming holiday season. We are collecting until November 20th.


On 4 Nov 2017 the NJROTC Physical Fitness Team competed at the Rio Rico High School Army JROTC Raider Field Meet.  JROTC programs from across Arizona competed in varies military physical fitness events designed to build teamwork and test strength.




Cienega will be offering the ACCUPLACER math test on November 28th for sophomores and juniors. This test is designed for students hoping to take an upper division math class next year. This test will also help your student see where they currently stand with math in relation to Arizona college students. Our dual enrollment math classes are Math 151 (College Algebra), Math 188 (Pre-Cal I), and Math 189 (Pre-Cal II). 

Another ACCUPLACER for seniors will be held in the spring.

For questions, please contact your math teacher or our Student Achievement Teacher, Brittany Matsushino at (520) 879-2809.


Please find the schedule for Free Tutoring that we have available on our campus throughout this school year.  On this document you will find times, locations and teachers that are available for math and English tutoring.  If you have any questions, please direct them to Eric Tatham, Instructional Support Teacher (520) 879-2864.

The 12th Annual Vail Jingle Trail 5k and Santa's Little Helper 1k is on Saturday, December 16th. This event benefits the Cienega Key Club and the Shyann Kindness Project Toy Drive. Last year we raised over 500 toys thanks in part to Meghan McKinney who collects toys from her students! Jeremy Vega and his choir have come out the last couple of years and they will be there again this year.  Thanks to TSW, Be Kind Club, Art Club and Sandi Morrison for the cool finisher awards this year for the first 400 participants. Come on out, we have awesome long sleeve t-shirts for ALL our participants. It's a great "feel good" event. 
Click on the link to download a flier.

Congratulations to Cole Eddins who was the Phat Cat drawing winner on Friday, October 27 th. Cole won a $100 gift card to Best Buy. Congrats Cole!
Order your senior's 2018 yearbook senior ad today on! Deadline for submissions are January 31st.


~ Happy Thanksgiving Bobcats! ~
Thank you for your deliciously generous donations for our staff luncheon during our parent teacher conferences, you've spoiled us, again! Thank you to all of our FABULOUS volunteers that helped us setup, serve and cleanup this AMAZING luncheon,
CHS Volunteers ROCK!!! Thank you to our Friday night football popcorn volunteers, WOW! The faithful and the few, way to go Bobcat Volunteers!!! 
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I'd also like to thank some OUTSTANDING student volunteers assisting with the Bobcats Helping Bobcats Food Pantry and Lunch Program, they've been AWESOME!!! Lexi Taylor, Wow, gorgeous posters and your time and attitude have been invaluable to me and this program! You have a kind, fun, gentle soul and a heart of gold! Thank YOU Lexi!!! Naomi Mortensen and Aracelly Silva, thank you both for helping us kick-off this program! I've had so much FUN with the three of you girls! Thank YOU! Thank YOU Ms. Jennifer Jepson for jumping right in with your students and making this new program ROCK!!!

Thank you to our CHS families, parents, grandparents, staff and the VAIL VIKINGS for giving so generously and freely with your hearts, time, energy, in food and monetary donations! WOW, WOW, WOW!!! Cienega is blessing others by paying it forward within our own community.
Bobcats Helping Bobcats indeed! 

~ Upcoming Volunteer/Donation Opportunities ~ 

Friday, November 10th - 5:30-9:30pm 
CatFRAT Friday Night Football Popcorn Sales
Hosting 2nd round State playoff game at CHS 
3-5 volunteers

Wednesday, November 29th - 9:30-11:30am
Bobcat Student of Success - Student Union 
3 volunteers

Wednesday, December 20th - 9:30am-2:30pm
Staff Luncheon - 1/2 Day-Finals  
Crockpot Soup and Chili Luncheon
Need volunteers:
Set-up - 9:30am-12:00pm
Serve - 11:30am-1:30pm
Clean-up - 1:00pm-2:30pm 
Donations of
SOUPS, CHILI, Breads/Rolls, Salads/Dressings, Desserts and Drinks. Please watch emails for more details. 
Cienega is thankful for our GENEROUS, Kind, Caring, Hardworking and FUN VOLUNTEERS! Bless you this Fall Harvest season! 
Amy Burton 
Volunteer Coordinator 
(520) 879-2811 



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


Cienega High School


11/9 - FAFSA Night
11/10 - Veterans Day No School
11/20 - Band and Orchestra Concert
11/22, 23 & 24 Thanksgiving Break
11/28 - Cat Frat Meeting  
11/29 - Bobcat Student of Success 
12/20, 21 & 22 Finals  
12/25 - 1/5 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 -  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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