Dear Pantano Parents, Family, & Friends,

Barbara Bush once said…“Cherish your human connections – your relationships with friends and family.”

These words never rang truer for our Pantano Family than it does for us today. It is with great sadness that we share with you that one of OUR kids lost his life in an automobile accident on his way to school yesterday morning. Two other Pantano students were also involved. While emotionally traumatized, fortunately they managed to walk away with minor injuries.

Counselors from Pantano and other Vail High Schools were on campus to assist with the roller coaster of emotions felt by our students, faculty and staff as the reality of the tragedy began to sink in. Counselors will remain on campus and will be available as long as there are students who are in need of our support.

Our friend, brother, and classmate was a wonderful young man, full of life, happiness, and a smile that could light up any room.  We will miss him terribly.

We continue to remain close to his family and will provide details regarding services as they are made available to us. A “GoFundMe” page has been set up to assist the family with funeral expenses.

Go to if you’d like to help.

As we continue to grieve for his family as well as our own Pantano family, we ask that you respect his memory by sending warm thoughts and prayers for all who were affected.

With deepest sympathies,

Monica H. Wright


Attention Former Graduates (and their parents)

Notice:   INACTIVE Special Education Records

The Vail School District Special Education Office is in the process of destroying SPECIAL EDUCATION records for students that graduated from high school five 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 . Records are due to be destroyed on March 1, 2017.

Emergency Services Career Fair for Students

The Pima County Office of Emergency Management would like to invite high school students to attend an Emergency Services Career Fair. It will be held at Kino Sports Park on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 9:00-11:30 AM.  (This is during Fall Break for Vail School District.)

Admission is free. Parking is ample.

There will be displays of emergency vehicles and equipment as well as emergency personnel on hand representing many different emergency service related career fields, including, fire, law enforcement and rescue.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Judy Lynn at or (520)724-9309. See attached flyer. This event is open to all high school students whether they are from public, charter or private schools.

Hope to see you there!



Join us for Parent Teacher Conferences September 15th!

Hi Parents,

It’s that time of year again. Parent Teacher Conferences are right around the corner, on Thursday, September 15th.

Thursday will be a half day, with students leaving school at 12:30 pm.

Parent Teacher Conference Schedule:

1:30 pm              Parent Teacher Conferences begin

4:30- 5:00 pm    Teachers break for dinner

5:00 pm              Parent Teacher Conferences resume

7:00 pm              Parent Teacher Conferences end


We hope to see you there!


PHS Fundraiser – COSTCO Night!

Costco Fundraiser Night

Save the date (and save your bulk shopping) for the Costco School Event Fundraiser benefiting Pantano High School on Saturday, August 27, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

How to help Pantano:

Save your Costco shopping for this exclusive event, and don’t forget bring a flyer (print one from the image above, or pick one up at PHS). For every $100 you spend, PHS gets a ream of paper (but only if you have the flyer!)

If you’re feeling extra generous, you can donate one of these Wish List items when you shop. Just purchase an item and throw it in our student-decorated Pantano High School Box when you exit.

PHS Wish List 

Expo markers (As many as we can get!)




Poster Board

Printer Paper

Crayola Markers (10 or 12 packs)

Twin-Pocket Folders with Fasteners

1-inch Three Ring Binders

College Rule Filler Paper

Zebra Pens

Construction Paper


Composition Books

Elmer’s Glue

Scotch Tape

*You must be a member to shop at Costco during this event.