LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL, MONICA WRIGHT
July 15, 2020
Thank you for your patience during these unprecedented times! In addition to the weekly updates that you have been receiving from Supt. Carruth, I wanted to reach out to you to provide a few insights that are specific to Pantano’s plan to provide a rigorous, mastery based learning experience to your student(s).
Based on the guidelines established by the Governor, the CDC, and other health experts, as of today, we are unable to open the doors to our school. We are as anxious as you are to have things return to normal, but we recognize that the safety and health of our students, faculty and staff, is most important at this critical time.
Until we are given permission to return to our school building, you will have the opportunity to choose between two learning options that are presented below. I want to take a minute to explain how each will work at Pantano.
- “Remote Learning” – Starting August 10th, students will follow an established schedule just as they would if they were in the school building. The difference will be that they will be at home, in front of a computer. Teachers will conduct the classes “live” from their classrooms, via ZOOM or another remote platform. Quality materials and aids will be provided prior to the week’s lessons. These materials will be easily accessible through Google and Schoology for use during the lessons. Attendance is taken every period and procedures will be in place to make the “remote learning” choice as close as possible to our normal school day …given the circumstances. This option allows your student(s) to remain visually and actively engaged with their peers, teachers, and staff.
- “Fully Online” – Students will enroll online through the Vail Innovation Center and select classes that they need. This is a fully online program, where students will work at their own pace, on a computer, at home. Students WILL have access to teachers for help, administering assessments and other issues that may need to be addressed.
Both of these options are excellent and will provide a robust curriculum for your student(s).
Over the next couple of weeks, we will continue to build, refine and put into place schedules, curriculum, procedures, and the technology that we will need to effectively educate our students. Please remember that guidelines, deadlines, and information are constantly changing and we are hard at work to monitor and adjust as quickly as possible.
Stay tuned for updates! If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to me at via my email: firstname.lastname@example.org. or leave a message at 520.879.1202 and we will get back to you.
Monica H. Wright
SCHOOL OPENING & COVID-19 INFORMATION
For information on when Pantano High School will open for the 2020-21 school year, visit Vail School District’s web page with all of the current information.
The FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) cover a wide of topics, including:
- Educational Options
- Safety & Wellness guidelines
- School Calendar
- School Hours
- Food Service
- Letters from the Superintendent
To access the District’s website, click here.
PANTANO HIGH SCHOOL MAY 2020 GRADUATION VIDEO
It was a joyful celebration under unusual circumstances, but Pantano Scorpions ROCK!
Congratulations to the May 2020 Graduates of Pantano High School!!!
To view it, click on the link below:
VAIL SCHOOL DISTRICT FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER
Interested in supporting Vail School District’s schools?
WANT TO HELP STUDENTS IN NEED?
From June 1-8, Vail Family University is fundraising to purchase backpacks and school supplies for students in need. And Greater Vail Community ReSources is matching those gifts up to $5,000!
To donate, click here.
A VERY SPECIAL MESSAGE TO THE GRADUATING PANTANO HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2020 FROM JAY KING (CLUB NOUVEAU)
To watch the video, click on the link below. It will take you to Dropbox where you can download the video!
OFFICIAL CLASS SONG OF THE GRADUATING CLASS OF 2020
Club Nouveau – Lean On Me (Official Music Video)
PROJECT SAFE PLACE
If you have suffered trauma and need some help, contact Project Safe Place at (520) 795-0300.
Project Safe Place is making a difference in Pima County. This grant-funded program is free of charge to all who qualify. Referrals can be made by any front-line staff in an emergency situation and can also be submitted via email to email@example.com.
For more information, click here.
VAIL FAMILY UNIVERSITY IS GOING VIRTUAL
Let’s Educate, Equip, and Empower Vail with the tools needed in our homes right now!
Join our 4-Week Series! New sessions will be added to our website every Friday @ 5 PM starting May 15th. There will be brief (no more than 15 minutes) videos on parenting, health, finance, technology, relationships, and family. For more detailed information, click here.
Questions? Heather Stough can be reached at (520) 879-3915 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to print out a Weekly Gratitude Journal, click here.
GRADUATION CAP & GOWNS
Caps and gowns have been delivered to the school office. The cost is $30.00. If paying by check make it out to Jostens. Caps & gowns can be picked up at the school office during office hours. Someone will be in the office on Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 9 am – 2 pm.
If you are unable to pick up during these times leave a message on the school phone at 520-879-1202 and we will do our best to make arrangements for pick up.
GRADUATION WEEK EVENTS
What’s going on?
The faculty and staff are encouraging you to participate in a week’s worth of activities that we will use to honor you as the 2020 Spring Graduating Class of Pantano High School. Listed below are the dates and activities that we would like for you to do to join in on the fun!
Why should I do these things?
Every photo that we receive, if appropriate, will be placed in our video-taped graduation keepsake! Think of it as a video yearbook with highlights of your year as well as the graduation!
- Friday, May 8 – Senior Yard Signs and T-Shirts
- Monday, May 11 – Take an appropriate Selfie
- Tuesday, May 12 – Write a Quick Note
- Wednesday, May 13 – Parting Thoughts
- Thursday, May 14 – Selfie in Cap & Gown
- Friday, May 15 – Marque Picture
For more information, click here.
VAIL HIGH SCHOOLS’ GRADUATION PARADE
Pantano – May 19th, Tucson Dragway (6:30 – 7:30 PM)
Here are the guidelines for our event. We are asking everyone’s cooperation in following these guidelines.
PANTANO HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION!
Here are the guidelines for our event. We are asking everyone’s cooperation in following these guidelines, along with the standard laws pertaining to being on school grounds. This will allow us to have a unique but SAFE Drive-Through Diploma Experience! For more information, click here.
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THE VAIL VOICE INTERVIEW WITH SUPERINTENDENT JOHN CARRUTH
Lucretia Free from The Vail Voice goes on the road with the new Superintendent of the Vail School District, John Carruth, to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the school district and what students are currently experiencing with the educational opportunities available to them in the last quarter of the 2019/2020 school year. Click here to watch the video!
LETTER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
April 16, 2020
Dear Families of Current Vail School District Seniors,
This past week around the world, many took part in Easter and Passover traditions that have been recognized for thousands of years. Although these events unfolded differently this year, they still occurred, and people found ways to keep important pieces constant, while being creative in finding meaningful ways to connect and celebrate.
I think of these events as we prepare for the end of the school year for our seniors.
Our seniors will have a path forward to become graduates, and our graduates will be celebrated.
The path to move from senior to graduate:
Seniors are still students. They are not yet graduates. While our schools are closed, educational opportunities are still being provided. All seniors are encouraged to engage in these educational opportunities to solidify their prior learning and prepare them for the next phase in their lives.
Seniors who had passing grades in current classes prior to the school closures and have earned the required credits to graduate can expect to graduate as planned.
Seniors who were failing a class prior to the closures but were within a range of 50-59% in a class may be able to graduate on time if they participate in provided educational opportunities and take advantage of other remediation opportunities provided.
Seniors who have significant credit deficiencies and/or finished third quarter with extremely low grades (grades below 50%) may take online Credit Recovery courses during fourth quarter rather than waiting to take these credit recovery courses during the summer.
Any senior who has a failing grade or is in need of a Graduation/Recovery Plan will be contacted by his/her teacher or school counselor to lay out the specific plan. Parents of these seniors can also expect to be contacted by the school to ensure that they are also aware of the plan.
Celebrations for graduates:
State and local authorities have prohibited large public gatherings. We have no way of predicting when these restrictions will be lifted, so having our traditional graduation ceremonies is simply not possible at the present time.
Working within these guidelines, each of our five high schools will be wrapping up plans to provide meaningful connections and celebrations for their graduates. One constant among all of our schools is that May 11-19 will be held aside for these activities.
You will be hearing from your senior’s school about the details of these plans in the coming days.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support.
Students, this is how much Pantano Staff miss you!
May 2020 COVID Senior Exit Project Requirements
UPDATE: New SEP requirements have been released in light of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Click here for more information.
- Electronic Submission Deadline: On or before Friday, May 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm.
- Paper Submission Deadline: Thursday, May 7, 2020 at the school, so that it can be graded and given back if changes are necessary.
AN ENCOURAGING MESSAGE FROM MS. LANGE
Monday, April 6, 2020
@ 11:00 am
Hope you are doing well and staying healthy. Please know that we are here for you if you need ANYTHING!!!!
Just a reminder, you have two more days to complete the work for this week (4/1 – 4/7). This is
technically week 5 of the term, so one more week and we will be recording grades for the Term
5 classes. Due to this, it is very important that you are at least attempting to complete the work
that has been uploaded into your folders. If you are having trouble accessing the work or have
questions, please let me know.
There will be NO “Got It” assessments for this term, so just keep working on the assignments that are placed in your folders. (Remember, if you weren’t able to complete the work from Week 1, it is still available for you to work on.)
We will upload new assignments for Week 3 (last week of Term 5) on Wednesday, 4/8, which will be accessible to you by 1:00 pm. Ms. Schimke will be sending out information (if she hasn’t already) for the SEP process during this time. Please be on the lookout for that!!!!
You should be hearing from your teachers (especially your “contact” person) mostly to just
check in with you and your well being. This is a very unique time in all of our lives and we want
to be sure that you and your family are taking care of yourselves by staying safe and healthy!
Should you need anything or have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out!!!
Most teachers are working from home, so email will always be the quickest way to get in touch
with them, as well as connecting with the main number at the school: (520) 879-1202.
We greatly love and miss all of you!!!!
PARENTS: DON’T FORGET TO EXPLORE THE PARENT RESOURCES AVAILABLE!
Below the large staff picture above, there are various menus to navigate the website. Under the Resources menu, there are pages dedicated to Parents, Students, and Staff. Current topics on the Parents Resource page include:
- Talking to Children About COVID-19
- Parents: Coping with COVID-19
- COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide
- Parents Guide to Healthy Conversations
- Video: Tips & Reminders for Supporting Problem-Solving When Kids are at Home 24/7!
We hope you make use of these helpful, practical resources during this difficult time!
VAIL SCHOOL DISTRICT’S GRAB & GO MOBILE MEAL PROGRAM
For a revised schedule of Vail’s Grab & Go Mobile Food program, click here.
The Grab & Go Mobile Meal program will begin on Tuesday, March 31st and will run until the school closures end.
Daily lunch and breakfast will be provided Monday through Friday, 10 am-12 pm.
If possible, children should be present to receive meals. If children are not present, parents must complete additional verification to receive meals for their children.
No reservations necessary… just head to any one of the stops most convenient to you
that are listed on the flyer and on the Vail School District website!
Please stay in your cars, as we are implementing a drive-through system of pick-up.
If you are walking to one of the stops, remember to wait in line with proper social distancing.
If you have any questions or would like further information, please email Heather Stough at email@example.com.
For a list of sites where meals may be picked up, click here.
PANTANO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS
Hi All!!! Hope you are doing well and staying healthy. Attached are instructions on how to access your work over the next few weeks. To see the detailed instructions, click here.
It may be helpful for you to look over this document prior to tomorrow when your work will be available.
PLEASE follow the directions and reach out to any of us with questions or concerns.
It is imperative that you work on these activities in order to finish the Term 5 classes and earn those credits.
We GREATLY miss all of you, and please know that your Pantano family is here for anything you may need!!
UPDATE: TERM 5 STUDENT ASSIGNMENT DEADLINE
- The deadline to turn Weekly Assignments is Wednesday, April 15, 2020!
PANTANO HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS & STUDENTS
Parents and students: Be on the lookout for general education opportunities coming your way by Wednesday afternoon! Students check your G-Mail for further instructions!
UPDATES REGARDING CORONAVIRUS AND GENERAL HEALTH
If you would like current updates from Vail School District, click here.
LETTER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
RE: School Closures – March 15, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Governor Doug Ducey has just announced statewide school closures to take effect March 16th through March 27th.
Please review the announcement from the Governor and the State Superintendent to parents here.
This means that Vail students will have an extended Spring Break through March 30th. We are making plans to provide learning opportunities for the week of March 23rd through March 27th and beyond if necessary.
The Governor’s announcement encourages the continuation of childcare options. As of now, our Community Services and VIP childcare will remain open.
Please be on the lookout for further communication before school resumes on March 30th.
John Carruth – Superintendent
2020 VAIL PRIDE DAY: CONGRATULATIONS TO SCOTT HAGEN & IRENE SIFUENTES!
PARENT CHOICE NIGHT
Monica Wright, principal of Pantano High School, presenting at Old Vail Middle School
Parent Letter: Vaping on Campus
Please see the attached letter from Mrs. Wright about vaping on campus. Click here to read more.
Vail Transportation Letter
Here is a Q&A from Vail Transportation regarding bus routes for the 2019-20 School Year. Click here to read more.
Congratulations to the Winter Graduation Class of 2019!
Congratulations, Irene Sifuentes!
On August 15th, Irene Sifuentes was honored by the Heat Optimist Club as their 2019 Partner in Education Award Winner! Irene was recognized for her dedication to the students at Pantano High School where she is the Student Services Coordinator and works with multiple agencies, as well as Youth on their Own, to provide students with food, clothing, toiletries, and school supplies. In addition she helps students schedule doctor and dentist appointments, and apply for and secure social security cards, birth certificates, and driver’s licenses when needed. If there is a need for transportation to and from activities, she is quick to volunteer her time. Irene does not stop there. If there are some students who want lunch, but don’t have the money, she digs deep into her own pockets to ensure that students don’t go hungry! She is seen here being presented her award and a coaster engraved with the Optimist’s Creed by President Jim Pekny!