Support Pantano Activities – Vail Tax Credit Website

Good Afternoon,

While tax credits can be collected and contributed all year long, we are in the full swing of tax credit season now as people try to wrap up their year end finances. We are proud to introduce you all to a brand new tax credit website where you can support Vail and Pantano High School!

The new site’s purpose is simplicity.

Go check it out at and share with your friends, neighbors, students’ parents, etc.

Tax Credit

Update! Vail Parent Network Info Night Schedule Change

Greetings!  As many of you know, Vail Parent Network has planned several parent information nights for the month of November. These nights are open to parents from any school who would like to discuss and learn more about issues affecting education in Vail School District including teacher pay, teacher shortages, and capital budget cuts.

We would like to notify you that tonight’s Info Night that was previously scheduled for the APHS commons has been cancelled. Parents are invited to attend one of the two alternate meetings scheduled tonight, at either Mesquite Elementary School (in the library at 6:00pm) or Cottonwood/Desert Sky (in the CWE library at 4:30pm).  See flyer below for more information.

Vail Parent Night Flyer

High School Choices for Vail 8th Graders

Want to know what options your 8th Graders have for next year? Learn about the similarities and differences between our Vail School District High Schools, and find the one that’s best for your family. Information nights start in January, and are held at middle schools all over the district. See the flyer below for details.

8th Grade Choice Flier-page-001

Scholarships to Apply for Soon!

As promised, when we find scholarships, we’ll pass the information along. We want you (our students and the families of our students) to be thinking about life after high school. We also want to help you be successful in reaching your higher education goals by helping you find and apply for scholarships!

Below are five scholarships that have deadlines approaching. If you need help applying, ask a Pantano Staff Member!

1. Kaibab Industries, Inc Scholarship Fund-

Student Eligibility: Future ASU students only! Are you planning to attend ASU? Kaibab Industries Inc. is offering a scholarship opportunity that is only open to future college freshmen who have already been admitted to ASU.

To apply:  If that describes you, you can view the link to the Kaibab Scholarship online starting in November.

2.  Horatio Alger Scholarship – $5,000 – 50 Awards (Deadline: October 25, 2015)

Student Eligibility: Open to students who are enrolled full-time as a high school senior in the United States, progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2014 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation. Additional criteria can be found on their eligibility page.

To apply: Go to their application page and follow instructions.

3. Good360 Sustainability Scholarship – $1,000 – 1 Award (Deadline: November 30, 2015)

Student Eligibility: “We want to hear how sustainability has touched your life. If you’re a high school senior applying to college, or you’re currently a college student, and you have an interest in sustainability and the environment, then we’d love to hear your thoughts on what sustainability means to you. Thus, we’re sponsoring a college scholarship with an award of $1,000 to go towards tuition.”

To apply: Applications can be found by going to their application page.

4. Flosum Scholarship – $750 – 1 Award (Deadline: December 15, 2015)

Student Eligibility: You are eligible if (A) you are enrolled in an accredited 4-year university or college located in United States; or (B) you are a graduating high school seniors with a GPA of 3.5 or above.

To apply: Applications can be found by going to their scholarship page. 

5. Points Raffle Scholarship – $10,000 – 10 Awards (Deadline: November 3, 2015)

Student Eligibility: You must be at least 13 years old and enrolled or will enroll in a college or university in the US, and be a legal resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico.

To apply: This is given away as a raffle drawing. You can enter the raffle at this link.

Upcoming Events

Hello Pantano Family,

Just in case our lovely notes didn’t make it to your hands, we wanted to take yet another minute to share some exciting Upcoming Events affecting PHS students.


Parent teacher conferences are being held on Thursday, September 17th, 2015, so it will be a HALF-DAY!

Conference Hours – Round 1: 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Conference Hours – Round 2: 5:00pm -7:00pm

Conferences are on a drop-in basis. The PHS staff is looking forward to seeing you. We hope you’ll be able to attend.


WELLNESS EXPO – Saturday, Sept. 19th at Desert Sky Middle School

All Vail students and families are invited to a Wellness Expo at DSMS from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Activities include a rock wall, bungee trampoline, chair massages, flu shots and immunizations, complimentary screenings, school performances, and more!

When: Saturday, September 19th, 2015, 9:00am to 12:00pm

Where: Desert Sky Middle School, 9850 E. Rankin Loop, Tucson, AZ 85747


NEXT STEPS NIGHT and FREE HOT DOG BBQ – Wednesday, Sept. 23rd

Pantano High School welcomes parents and students to join us for a barbecue at the 2015 Next Steps Night. We are providing an opportunity for students and parents to make contacts and gather information to develop a plan following graduation. We have invited representatives from:

Pima Community College

Grand Canyon University

United States Armed Forces

Vocational Training Programs

JTED – Joint Technology Education District

When: Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015,
6:00-6:20pm – FREE HOT DOG BBQ
6:20-7:30pm – “What Are your Options: An Introduction to your Choices”


For more information on any of these events, please feel free to call the school.