Category Archives: Parent Resources

Cienega Offers “Town Hall” on Internet Safety, Open to All Parents

Dear Parents,

This year, Cienega is offering a Parent Town Hall Series open to all district parents and guardians. A presentation and round-table discussion on internet safety, titled, “Being Safe, Smart, and Legal in the Internet Age,” will occur on September 1, 2015, at 6:00pm at the CHS Library. Pizza will be provided.

Description: The Internet is an environment that we all live in.   This “town hall” will help provide parents with the necessary knowledge and skills to help their students navigate the internet appropriately. Please join us as we learn to continue to keep our children safe throughout high school and have meaningful conversations regarding issues in todays internet, such as cyber-bullying, social media etc.

Internet Safety Town Hall Meeting

Graduation Information


Graduation is drawing near. The graduation ceremony will be held at the Vail Theatre of the Arts at 10701 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way, Tucson, AZ 85747 on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.


Due to the large numbers of graduates and limited seating in the theatre, we’ve decided to utilize tickets for admission to the graduation ceremony.

Each graduate will be receiving five admission tickets via mail. Additional tickets may be requested by completing a request form (which has also been mailed to you) and returning it to the school by May 8, 2015. If you do not need all five you have been given, please return them to the school by May 8, 2015 as well, so we can make sure to fill as many seats as available.

Please note, in an effort to be fair to all families, every attempt will be made to honor your requests, but we cannot guarantee the number of tickets you request.

Parents will be notified on Monday, May 11, 2015 regarding additional tickets that can then be picked up at the school the week of May 11-15, 2015.

Plans are being made to have live streaming of the ceremony in the dining auditorium for non-ticketed attendees.

We appreciate your understanding.


Schedule for Graduates May 18, 2015

8:30 AM                                 Graduation Breakfast (Pantano High School)

9:30 AM-12:00 PM               Graduation practice at Vail Theatre of the Arts

6:00 PM                                  Graduates arrive at Vail Theatre of the Arts for group picture; picture will be taken at 6:00 PM sharp

6:30 PM                                 Theatre doors open to the public

7:00 PM                                  Graduation Celebration at the Vail Theatre of the Arts



  • Guys– The gown looks much better with a collared dress shirt and tie; but it is not mandatory. Slacks or nice jeans and appropriate shoes. No shorts.
  • Girls-The gown looks better if it covers the hem of your dress, but it is not mandatory and appropriate shoes. If you are wearing high heels, bring them to practice Monday morning.



Where: Vail Theatre of the Arts at 10701 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way Tucson, AZ 85747.

When: 7:00 PM Monday, May 18, 2015

Seating: Open and tickets are required

Students, family members and guests, we respectfully ask that you refrain from bringing food, drinks and gum into the theatre as they are not permitted. Balloons are acceptable in the lobby but not in the theatre.



  • Caps, Gowns and other Senior Memorabilia purchased through Jostens if you have not already done so. You can place your order with Jostens by calling: 520-344-8777 or e-mail: or complete the attached order form and return it to school. An order form is included in this mailing.

Nan’s Photography will be taking picture of the ceremony on graduation night, Monday, May 18, 2015. If you are interested in having additional photos taken you can contact the photographer, Nan Cowley, directly at 520-762-8653 to make individual arrangements.

Any questions you may have can be referred to the Pantano High School office at 520-879-1202.

Scholarship Opportunities

Dear Pantano Students, Parents, and Alumni,

As graduation rapidly approaches, we know many of you are starting to think about life after high school. Every so often, we receive notifications about new scholarships available to high school students. Since we’d love to see you attend college, we’re passing that information along to you.

Remember, if you ever need assistance in applying for a scholarship, just ask! We have a whole staff that would love to help you succeed!

In addition, our website has lots of links about college, scholarships, tests, and military careers under the tabs: Student Resources > After Graduation

The following six scholarships are currently accepting applications.

1. SP Scholarship – $10,000 – 1 Award (Deadline: September 30, 2016)

Student Eligibility:
A) Must be attending an accredited post-secondary institution by the fall of 2015 at the latest.
B) Must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a program that is at least two years in length.
How to win: 
Random Drawing:  Fill out online profile on the Scholarship Points website. Winner will be drawn at random.

Applications can be found by going to:

2. Odenza Vacations Scholarship – $500 – 1 Award (Deadline: June 1, 2016)

Student Eligibility:
A) Be between the ages of 17 and 24 on September 1st, 2015
B) Submit answer to the essay question, which can be found on the application page, prior to the June 1st, 2015 deadline.
C) Have a GPA of 2.5 or greater.
D) Be a resident of the United States or Canada
How to win:
Essay Contest:  One question, under 1000 words.
Why do you want to go to College?
Your essay must include two essential elements:
1. The essay must provide a clear and coherent thesis statement (in the introductory paragraph).
2. The essay must follow basic rules of format and grammar.

Applications can be found by going to:

3. Got a Spine Scholarship – $500 – 1 Award (Deadline: June 2, 2016)

Student Eligibility:
A) Be attending college or university no later than October of 2015.
B) Be attending college or university on a full-time basis by October of 2015.
C) Have achieved a GPA of 2.5 or greater during their last academic year.
D) Be attending a school in the U.S. or Canada by October of 2015.
How to win:
Essay Contest: Write two essays, 1000 words and 250 words.
In under 1000 words, write an essay that answers the following questions:
1.What are common ways that people develop back problems?
2.What are three ways that you can ensure that you do not experience chronic back pain in the future?
3. What are three methods chiropractors use when treating back pain?
In under 250 words, write a brief essay answering the following question:
1. Why do you feel that you deserve the Scholarship?

Applications can be found by going to:

4. BBG Communications Scholarship 2016 – $500 – 1 Award (Deadline: June 30, 2016)

Student Eligibility:
A) Be between the ages of 16 and 21 on June 30, 2015
B) Submit answers to the two essay questions, which can be found on the application page, prior to the June 30, 2015 deadline.
C) Have at least one full year of post secondary studies remaining at the time of the award
D)Have a GPA of 2.5 or greater.
How to win:
Essay Contest: Answer two essay questions, under 1500 words each.
Question #1: What do you think is the greatest advancement in the information and communications technology industry over the last 10 years? Information and communications technology consists of IT as well as telephony, broadcast media, and all types of audio and video processing and transmission.
Essay Question #2: Why do you think a College/University education is important?

Applications can be found by going to:

5. Zumper Scholarship – $1000  – 1 Award Per Season (Deadline: Winter · November 15, 2015)

Student Eligibility:
A) Any legal U.S. resident in high school or college
B) Must be planning to attend an accredited university or college in Fall 2015
C) “We’re looking for outstanding students who have helped their classmates or community in a tremendous way. Maybe you started a club that raised $10,000 for charity, or championed recycling and sustainable practices across campus. Whatever it is, we’d love to hear about it!”
How to win:
Submit a short piece of writing, that includes the following:
1. How you’ve impacted your fellow student body or community.
2. An intro to housing near your school. Where are the best areas for students to live? You can also include up to 5 original images from around campus. If we like them, we may include them on our site and mobile apps (accredited to you of course!).
3. Recipients will be selected based on the overall strength of their application materials.

Applications can be found by going to:

6. SLAC Scholarship – $500 – 1 Award (Deadline: September 15, 2015)


Student Eligibility:
A) Be Enrolled in full-time studies at a college, trades, or technical school by no later than September 2015.
B) Complete the Online Application no later than September 15, 2015.
How to win:
Essay Contest: One question, under 1000 words.
The cost of college/university has increased substantially over the course of the last 20 years. Please explain what you believe are the three main causes of these increases. Please use MLA formatting when citing works.

Applications can be found by going to:

Child Find Statement

The Vail School District ensures that all children with disabilities within the boundaries of the district, including children with disabilities who are homeless or wards of the State, and children with disabilities attending private schools or who are home schooled, and who are in need of special education and related services are identified, located and evaluated.   Anyone interested in receiving information about special education is encouraged to contact the Special Education Office.

Cindy Cahill
Special Education Office Manager
Vail School District
520-879-2088 (fax)