Student Evacuation (Weather)

Attention Parents,

Due to today’s severe storms, students from Pantano High School and Andrada High School will be taken to Cienega High School where they can be picked up by parents starting around 12:30pm. Cienega’s address is 12775 E Mary Ann Cleveland Way, Vail, AZ 85641.

Students who drove today were released from school and allowed to drive home at 12:15pm to help them avoid the storm.

Thank you for your understanding. Drive safe out there.



Pantano High School


Reminder: Apply for Free or Reduced Lunch


Your child may qualify for free or reduced price meals 

July is a busy time of the year for parents. Parents are reviewing budgets for school related purchases such as clothing, school supplies, getting children ready for the upcoming school schedule and getting prepared to support many daily activities such as homework and after school activities. Your food service department is here to help relieve another one of the common causes of stress: having to budget for your child’s meals. This way you can focus on the other areas that require your attention.

How can we help? By finding out if your child qualifies for free or reduced priced meals for this upcoming school year. This is why filling out a National School Lunch Program application as soon as possible is very important! Otherwise you may find yourself paying for full price meals when your child could have been receiving a free or reduced price meal!

Don’t forget, if your child does qualify for a free or reduced price meal, this applies not only to lunch, but to breakfast as well. So take advantage of both meal programs! Want to find out if your child qualifies for a free or reduced price meal? Fill out an application today!

How to apply for free or reduced lunch:

Visit or your school office for a free and reduced meal application and information on how you can take full advantage of this helpful program.

S.T.E.M. Camps Summer Program

Are you interested in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math? Are you fascinated by either robots or bioengineering? If so, you may want to consider spending your summer with the Arizona Youth University’s S.T.E.M. Camps, located at the UA Tech Park.

Explore a future career this summer. See the flyer below for more information. Financial assistance is available for all programs.

YMCA Stem Camps Flyer

Aspiring Artists – Chance to Show What You’ve Got (ages 18-25)


The National Park Service is celebrating its Centennial (1916 – 2016) this year, and as part of this celebration, we are extending an invitation to young artists to collaborate with our National Park through art. The Centennial Youth Art Show is completely coordinated, curated, and judged by young people employed at Saguaro National Park.

They are calling for young artists ages 18-25 to create and submit 2D or 3D art with a Sonoran Desert theme. Submissions will consist of an image of the art piece, a Word document that gives the title, medium, size, and description (max 200 words) of each piece; if artist would like to include a short paragraph about his/her background/inspiration, it can be added as well. Submissions will only be accepted via email in JPEG format with appropriate resolution and no later than May 13th, 2016. The chosen artists will submit their artwork by May 25th, 2016.

The art will be on display June 3rd and 4th, from 6 – 8 PM during a special program. They will display up to 3 pieces of art (1 main submission –  4’x’4 max, and the option of 2 equal/smaller pieces) per selected artist at the Saguaro National Park (Tucson Mountain District) visitor center auditorium in a show open to the public. These artists will have an opportunity to gain exposure in the community and possibly sell their art! Main submission pieces will be judged by a youth judging panel and two winners will be selected to have their art on display at the visitor center for an extended 3 weeks. Also, with the help of Friends Of Saguaro National Park (a non-profit who will be funding our artist reception), the winners will be selected to participate in FOSNP’s professional art auction in October as well as receive an Annual Pass to enter any national park or federal recreation site fee-free.

If there are any questions, please contact the chair of the Youth Art Show Committee, Corina Yeh at or 520-733-8603.

Prop 123 Information Night with Vail Parent Network

Arizona’s next election will give you the chance to vote on Prop 123, which will affect education across Arizona. Vail Parent Network invites you to attend an informational night where you can listen to advocates on both sides of the argument, and participate in a question and answer session.

When: Tuesday, March 29th, 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Vail School District Office

Prop 123 VPN

Career Pathways & Employment Fair for Youth Ages 16-24

Hey Pantano Students!

Need a job? Want a career? The Career Pathways & Employment Fair,  (for youth ages 16 – 24) offers opportunities to apply for internships, employment and job shadowing, and will provide you with information about the careers you’re interested in.

The event is May 4, 2016, 3:00pm at the Tucson International Airport.

REGISTER EARLY:  Find out more information and register online at

Career Pathways and Employment Fair

Nominate that Special VSD Staff Member in Your Life

Dear Vail Parents and Community Members,

We are proud to announce that Vail Pride Day is quickly approaching! It will be held on February 20th, 2016 at the Pima County Fairgrounds!

One of the many exciting events that happen around that time is our Staff Appreciation Awards and Luncheon. On the Friday before Vail Pride Day, the entire VSD staff comes together at the fairgrounds. One facet of that event is our Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year awards that are given out to each site.

If you have that special teacher, parapro, bus driver, or any other staff member on campus that has truly impacted your lives, please take the time to nominate them 🙂

The links are attached below.

Support Staff of the Year

Teacher of the Year

Also, if you have that amazing new staff member in your life (who just started this school year)…. please nominate them with the ‘Rookie of the Year’ link below!

Rookie of the Year

Thank you so very much for the support that you give our VSD staff. Vail is a place where education truly is a community effort!

Act soon! The links close on December 14th at 5:00 pm.