BOBCAT BUZZ - October 2018 
(formerly CatChat)

Dear Cienega Families,
Welcome back from fall break! I hope all of you had time to relax, "catch your breath" and connect with family and friends.
We are now well into our 2nd quarter of the year. Please monitor your child's grades and overall progress this quarter. At the high school level, grades and credits are final at the end of each semester (December & May). Students must pass their classes to earn credit towards graduation. Additionally, please keep track of student absences. Excessive absences may result in earning "No Credit" for that specific class. Below is our attendance policy, which is stated in our student handbook.
Absence Policy : Each semester, if a student reaches 9 absences in one class, it will result in "No Credit." If you have circumstances beyond your control and reach 9 absences, please appeal absences through your counselor in order to earn credit. Their offices are located in our Education Center and Library.
It is Federal Impact Aid survey time again. Surveys will be available on Oct 17th. For your convenience, you will have the opportunity to fill  out the form online. You will receive an email from us on Oct 17th reminding you to log in to your PowerSchool account to complete the survey for each of your students. If you choose to complete a paper copy, you can print blank forms from the district website on or after October 17th.  We are asking that all forms (online or paper copy) be completed and returned before Friday, October 26th.  English classes are competing for an Eegee's party; please get the surveys done as soon as possible.  The first class to return all forms completed properly (online or paper copy) will be the winner. In the past, Cienega has received over $20,000 from the federal government for the completion of these forms. We use these funds for tutoring and for other support for our students. Your timely participation is greatly appreciated.
It is with excitement that I share with you great academic achievements occurring on our campus. The Department of Education released the letter grades for schools across Arizona. Cienega High School earned a B for the 17/18 school year. The score is more than 3 percentage points higher than our 16/17 B grade. We are only 1.14 percentage points away from an A rating.
It is evident that our success is due to the support of our parents and families. Your commitment to supporting things such as our academic practices, testing schedules, after school tutoring and reteach make this achievement possible. I believe that Bobcat Nation is filled with amazing staff and students that strive for success everyday. This increase in our score reflects the hard work and dedication by all of our Cienega staff committed to students succeeding in high school and beyond. In all aspects of our school, continuous improvement is woven into the fabric of our culture. Although we are celebrating this success, we are continuing to grow and strive for the highest rating in the state.
Have a great quarter and please do not hesitate to reach out to administration, counselors or teachers if you need assistance with any concerns or questions.
We are Bobcat Nation!!!

Nemer Hassey



Cienega has fifteen new teachers this school year! We will be   presenting our new teachers to you via this forum for the next few months.  We thought this would be a fun way for you to get to know them a little better. 

Claudette Webb- World History 

Where were you born?  Mammoth, AZ 
Where did you go to college? I have a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Prescott College and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.
What is your favorite movie: Sandlot
What is your favorite TV show: The Goldbergs
What is your favorite sports team: Chicago Cubs!!!
What was/is your favorite vacation: I love to go the mountains to unplug and unwind.  Mountain air is just so therapeutic.
What is your favorite quote:  Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. 
 -Nelson Mandela 
What is your favorite thing about Cienega: I love t
hat I get to see my two sons throughout the day.  I become overjoyed when I hear, "Hi mom."

Alan Lansang- Geometry 

Where were you born: Leyte, Philippines
Where did you go to college: University of San Jose- Recoletos
What is your favorite movie: Avatar
What is your favorite TV show: American Ninja Wa rriors
What was/is your favorite vacation: anywhere with nature.
What is your favorite quote: The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
What is your favorite thing about Cienega: I found a new family being a BOBCAT. I feel I belong and I appreciate all the support.

As the second quarter begins, many exciting things begin to happen in the senior year. Students are receiving their college acceptance letters and are seeing their hard work has paid off with their school and scholarship offers from colleges and universities around the country. When students bring in their acceptance letter, they receive a free "College Bound" T-Shirt that we request they wear proudly every Wednesday to show their Commitment to Graduate to their future has paid off.
  •  Start applying to colleges and universities NOW! The Arizona universities have a revolving admissions process (first in, first processed). Right now, a decision is made in about 4 - 6 weeks. Additionally, the student will be notified if a merit based scholarship has been awarded. This helps plan for added savings if needed or for finding additional scholarships.
  • College Representatives are now on campus regularly. Have students stop by the Counseling Hub or check their Schoology calendar for a schedule of dates.
  • College night is Tuesday, October 23rd at the Tucson Convention Center from 6:30 - 9:00 P.M. Parking is free. Hundreds of colleges from across the country will be available for questions.
  • Fall Testing Deadlines for SAT and ACT:
  • All seniors attending a 4 year College orUniversity must take the SAT OR ACT. It is strongly recommended to take it this fall if a student has not already done so. Practice tests are available in the counseling office.
Web Address:
December 08
November 02
December 1
November 2
  •  Scholarship opportunities are listed and updated on the Cienega Website on the "Counselor Page." View the site often for regular updates.
  •  Any student taking online classes other than VDLP, MUST complete the course and deliver a transcript to the registrar prior to May 1st. Failure to do so will result in possibly not participating in the graduation ceremonies.
  • The deadline to order Cap and Gown and Announcements from Jostens is on November 15th. Go to to order.
  • If you have not already done so, I strongly encourage you and your student to download the SchoolWay App and join the group called "Class of 2019" for important information that is push notified throughout out the year. Go to or the App Store or GoogleWay to get the app.

The Cats CARE Team     

The past couple have mentioned this "thing" called PBIS, but what is that exactly?  PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.  In the simplest terms, it means we work hard to recognize and reward positive behavior, and thus reduce the amount of discipline problems we have on campus.  Here's an example: In the last CatChat, the dress code policy was discussed.  Before PBIS was adopted at Cienega, a dress code violation was solved with a donated CHS shirt or PE shorts that had "Security" written on it somewhere, a clear sign that someone had been dress coded earlier in the day.  Our PBIS model looks a bit different; teachers and staff can recognize those students who look sharp with the Best Dressed Bobcats cards and those students who have been dress coded are dealt with discreetly and given clothes that no one would recognize as school property.

The committee is called the CATS CARE team another great acronym; Changing Attitudes Towards Success, Caring Acts of Responsibility for Everyone. The team has represents many stakeholders; teachers, administrators, counselors, parents, students, special education, security, support staff, and our school resource officer.  We want to make sure that any intervention we put in place is examined through all possible lenses and is a good fit for our community.

How are decisions made? Data!  We collect 19 data points from every discipline referral to help identify what problems are occurring, where, and with what frequency.  We compare current data with past data to look for trends that need to be addressed.  We also get input from students about what they recognize as problems in our Bobcat Nation. Once problems are identified, we look at the CAT statement (same verbiage as the ACT Statement-see what we did there?) and examine how we can encourage students to 

Care about each other, 
Are they being respectful and trustworthy, and are they 
Taking responsibility. 

School can't be all about test scores and grades, there's a certain amount of citizenship that is also learned at Cienega. A special thanks goes out to those who have volunteered innumerable hours to keep our campus safe, to provide a positive learning environment, and to make everyone feel welcomed at school!

Special Education Records   

T he Vail School District Special Education Office is in the process of destroying  SPECIAL EDUCATION records for students who withdrew, transferred or graduated from high school four or more years ago. We are required to notify parents or students, if they are 18 years or older, to give them an opportunity to review the records before they are destroyed. If you believe that you or your child might have Special Education records and would like to review them, please contact Cindy Cahill at 879-2051 or email at
Otherwise, records are due to be destroyed on May 1, 2019.


The 13th Annual Vail   Jingle   Trail   5k and Santa's Little Helper 1k   will be on Saturday, December 15th. 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, and Art Club. for the cool finisher awards 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. 


ACT, SAT or Both?
Quite often just thinking about college testing can be a daunting experience. With a little knowledge, students can make informed decisions about which college tests they should take.
Comparisons between the ACT and SAT
                                           SAT                                          ACT
Why Take This Test
Many colleges require SAT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships
Many colleges require ACT scores for admissions and merit-based scholarships
Structure of Test
Writing & Language
Essay (Optional)
Science Reasoning
Essay (Optional)
Length of Test
3 Hours (without essay)
3 Hours, 50 Minutes (with essay)
2 hours, 55 Minutes (without essay
3 hours, 40 Minutes (with essay)
5 Passages
4 Passages
1 Science Section (Critical Thinking)
Algebra I & II
Geometry, Trigonometry & Data Analysis
Algebra I & II
Geometry, Trigonometry, and Probability & Statistics
Not permitted on some math questions
Permitted on all math questions
Optional. Tests comprehension of a source text
Optional. Tests how well the test-taker evaluates an analyzes complex issues
Scoring Scale 400-1600
Scoring Scale 1-36
Arizona state universities do not require either test for college admission, but ACT or SAT scores are often required for most scholarships. There are several places where you can take practice tests.
After taking both practice tests you can easily see how your test scores stack up. If you score much higher on one practice test than the other, it's often recommended that you study for and take the test you did better on.  Many students are increasingly taking both tests and submitting their best test scores to colleges.
All VUSD juniors are required to take the ACT each April at the district's expense. Students who choose to retake the test to try for a better score must register and pay for it through Many students wait until spring of junior year to take the SAT. Much of the test material has been covered by then and is still fresh in memory. Students must register and pay for the SAT on their own through The SAT is offered at many nearby locations, but Cienega is an SAT testing site each October and June. Students may take these tests as often as they are willing to, however they should allow enough time to retake it before college applications are due during their senior year. Quite often a modest increase of two or more points in test scores can generate a significant increase in scholarship funding.
With a little practice and preparation students can do well enough on these tests to earn scholarship money and/or college admission. Start studying and practicing. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain!
Dainah L. Graham, M.S., M.Ed.
College and Career Counselor



Winter Athletes please remember that all packets for next season are due by Friday, October 25, 2018. If they are not turned in you can't participate at tryouts/practice. The Link below has all forms needed to complete the packet.


Come by and checkout the new Cienega winter wear!!


Vail NJROTC Cadets competed in two events on Saturday, 22 Sept 2018.  The Academic Team placed 4th out of 16 teams and received medals at the Apache Junction High School NJROTC "Brain Brawl".  The Marksmanship Team competed at the Cesar Chavez High school Army JROTC Air Rifle Tournament and placed 9th out of 19 JROTC teams.

Volunteers and Volunteer Coaches...please remember to complete a new volunteer application or renew/update your current application once, every school year, AFTER July 1st at  Please contact me with any questions or concerns, and to sign up for any on-going volunteer opportunities. This way you'll be invited to be our guest at the Vail Pride Day 20th Celebration Volunteer Thank You Luncheon in February 2019 at the Pima County Fairgrounds. 

Cienega tracks and collects our  Amazing volunteer hours annually and reports them to our Superintendent, Mr. Calvin Baker, who requests volunteer hours from each of our schools. Please email me your  TOTAL VOLUNTEER HOURS for the  2018-19 school year, by  March 30, 2019 ! 

Would you please email me any FABULOUS pictures you take of our students, parents, volunteers, coaches and staff throughout the school year? 

Thank you! 
Amy Burton 


Thank YOU for supporting CatFRAT with your popcorn, water, Bobcat Fan, CHS Mugs, Entertainment Books sales and memberships! We are successful because of YOU and your AMAZING support! Thank you!!! 
2019 Entertainment Books are in and selling fast! $25 each, 
FREE Mobile APP! Please contact our treasurer, Shanne Youngblood at to purchase an ET
BOOK. Great Gifts.   We accept  cash, check (CatFRAT), credit/debit or Paypal.

It's not too late to join CatFRAT and get into our drawing for a 
FREE $25 gift card! Woohoo!
 It's $10 to join as a family, must join to enter drawing before October 26th, drawing held at the last regular season home varsity football game on 10/26, senior night.  

Please join us at our next CatFRAT meeting on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 6:30pm in the CHS Library and Educational Center.

Thank you, 


Congratulations to the following Bobcats for being our Phat Cat Drawing winners.

Kendall Pederson- won Women's Fossil Watch

Sadi Cummings- 2 Tickets to UofA cs. ASU Football Game




Congratulations to Issac Dorothy for winning a $25 Gift Card to Hollister.  

Keep Dressing Classy Bobcats

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

Cienega High School


10/17- Federal Impact Aid Forms Day 

10/18- Senior Grad.
Trip Parent Meeting 

10/19- Senior Picture Makeups

10/25 and 10/27-
Drama Production 
"Vietnam 101: The War on Campus"

10/31- Student Council 
Haunted House

11/7- Half Day for Students
11/12- Veterans Day 
No School

11/15- ASVAB Exam

11/19- Band and Orchestra Concert

11/20- Cat Frat Meeting

11/21, 11/22 & 11/23
Thanksgiving 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

Front Office/200 House   
Nemer Hassey
Secretary - Chris Rich 

300 House
Assistant Principal
Dean Nourse

Secretary - Gianni Wanaka 

Education Center
Eric Boxley 
A-C 879-2854
Rebecca Carrier-  D-G 879-1825
Colette Alvarado-  H-L 879-2904
Sylvia Lewandowski-  M-Q 
Sheri Mitzel -  R-S 879-2868
John Tritz - T-Z 879-1843  
Dainah Graham - 879-2819
Bobcat Scholar Academy

400/600 House/Athletics    
Assistant Principal 
Kelly Hadden
Athletic Director - Whitney Holland - 879-1813            

Secretary -  Sandi Morrison

500House/Special Education  
Assistant Principal 
Kim Middleton
Secretary - Cassandra Bahrychuk 879-2874

Special Education Secretary Patty McKnight 879-1804
Communications Coordinator
Juanita Mari- 879-2815   
CHS website:                 


Sodexo - 879-2090 or 

District Office - 879-2000

Transportation - 879-2475

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