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During every previous edition of the Trojan Update, it has been my practice to write to you about topicsrelated to academics and school improvement. While it is important to keep you briefed on what is goingon in our school, recent events prompt me to write in a different vein today. I hope you will understandthe reasons for this shift in focus at the conclusion of this article.September 25 th was a very unusual day for me. That day I cried on three differentoccasions and for three very different reasons. All three situations helped me torecall why working in a high school is both challenging and fulfilling.I first cried was when I saw an injured student who was returning to school for thefirst time since he had been hurt. I gave him a hug to welcome him and as I wastelling him how wonderful it was to see him, my voice cracked. The student pattedme on the shoulder, and said, “It’s okay, Mr. Scott.”Later that morning, as I was speaking to the students at Ms. Gould’s annual ChallengeAssembly about how they need to take advantage of opportunities available tothem at Catalina, I told them about the honorary diploma the Class of 2010 gavePrincipalRex Scottme. I reminded them that I never earned a real high school diploma because of bad choices I made as ateenager. The tears came for the second time that day.That afternoon I was informed that a position at several TUSD high schools was being eliminated. It wasmy duty to tell the person who held that job at Catalina that she was going to be out of work. This personhad been a dedicated staff member at our school for nine years. When I met with her, it was no easy taskfor either of us…and tears flowed as we discussed her parting, her service to Catalina, and the hardshipsshe and her family would face because of her job loss.There have been many moments since that special Tuesday when I have reflected on the events of thatday and the lessons I’ve taken from them.The first situation reminds me of the strong bonds of devotion all who work in schools have for ourstudents. We have difficult jobs. Today’s social and political pressures make our tasks even moredaunting. We carry on, with purpose and joy, strengthened by our commitment to the young people weare privileged to serve.High school was a rotten time in my own life. The memories I have are tarnished by the reality of all thesquandered moments that were the result of my attitude and actions. It is a disappointment whenever Isee kids at Catalina making similar mistakes. As caring adults in their lives, we must work every day toassist, correct, and guide them.As a principal, I am fortunate to work with extraordinary adults. Each member of our staff works hard andcares so much for every Catalina student! The person who lost her job that day was representative of ourentire team. When I reflect on what it meant for me to cry with her, I am reminded of my responsibility asthe principal to support each member of our staff in the fulfillment of his duties.Thank you for taking the time to read this admittedly unusual article. Thank you for the honor of servingas the principal of Catalina Magnet High School. Most of all, thank you for all you do to help the youngpeople in your lives to be happy and successful.- Rex Scott, PrincipalTROJAN UPDATE October, 2012 Page 2


Booster Club Needs You!The Booster Club is a group of parents whose students are athletes at Catalina.We raise money by running the snack bar after school and at athletic events. Theevent snack bar helps teams raise money for items no longer paid for in the schoolbudget. When a team works an event they get $50 or 15% of the sales, whichever islarger. We keep track of their funds and when the coach needs something for his teamhe requests the money from us. It is a much easier process than getting tax creditmoney. We also sell spirit wear items, such as girl’s V-necked t-shirts, guy’s t-shirts, beanies, hoodies,long-sleeved T-shirts, and more. They are all great items that help show school spirit.If your student is an athlete, we need you! All of the current board members are parents of seniors.We need parents of underclassmen to step up and get involved. It takes parents to oversee the running ofthe snack bar, buy supplies, and stock the snack bar. We have a lot of fun doing this for our athletes. Wemeet once a month on the first Monday at 6:00 p.m. in the lobby of Hines Gym. Please consider joining ourgroup. The students might not always say it, but they appreciate everything we do for them. The coachesare always so thankful for everything we do for them. It is a great group of people working toward a greatcause! Hope to see you at our next meeting on October 8 th .Catalina Reads and RunsCatalina Reads and Runs is seeking funds to purchase copies of the book, Runningthe Rift, by local author Naomi Benaron for all students, teachers, and staffmembers. An entire community reading the same book provides incredible opportunityfor discussion, collaboration, and learning. We are planning a kick-offevent in the auditorium with the author and local athletes on November 9, 2012and expert panels and opportunities to exercise to follow. If you are interested indonating money, please contact Meg Riley at 232-8451.Literature of War and HolocaustMrs. Fox’s Literature of War and Holocaust students completed research projectson wars throughout time before concentrating their studies and readingson the Vietnam War. Students compared the differences and similarities of ourcurrent war in Afghanistan to the Vietnam War. Students also compared thedifferences and similarities of the homefront to the battlefront, studying theVietnam protests on the homefront as well as hearing firsthand battlefrontexperiences from a Vietnam war veteran. Pondering questions of war, peace,responsibility and blame, students learned and wrote about the controversialevents of Kent State and My Lai. Students will be writing literary analysisessays and will be interviewing primary sources (Vietnam war veterans orformer Kent State students, for example) to conclude the Vietnam War unit. InEnglish TeacherJoan Foxfuture units, students will be studying our current war, the Holocaust and World War Two, the Japaneseinternment in the United States, the American Indian Wars, and the genocide in Rwanda.TROJAN UPDATE October, 2012 Page 4


Choir and Musical Theater - Alive and Well!I am the new Choir and Musical Theater teacher here at Catalina. Thishas been a fast and exciting first nine weeks. All my students have been workinghard to become a unified performing team. I would like to invite you to our firstconcert on Thursday, October 18, at 7:00 p.m.As school started, we had the opportunity and privilege to watch theOlympics. Have you ever wondered how the athletes compete with such excellence?First of all, I believe it’s because they have talent. But, I also believe it’sbecause they “show up” every day and “practice, practice.” I would like to recognizesome of my students who have fabulous attendance and come prepared topractice every day!Alex Talley Richard Cruger Shelly LimbuShreejana Katel Stephanie AlvarezRomero Cassandra SanchezAmanda Davis Christian Chacon Debora DeebomSerena Collins Jinella Pereira Stephanie MachucaJohn Sailors Brittany Schauch Connor WareQuresha MohamedJordan HenkeSusan SaldivarChoir and MusicalTheater TeacherHomecoming News!Homecoming is Friday, October 19th! Thehomecoming carnival will be held from3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in front of the MagnetBuilding. Games and acivities will include a carsmash, Plinko, football Toss, a DJ, and manymore. Food? We’ll have chili dogs, burritos,eegees, and much, much more!Our fantastic Trojanvarsity cheer squad, led byCoach Lucy Quintana, willbe at Homecoming. WillYOU?Homecoming Ticket Deal: $12 gets you into thegame, dance, and $5 worth of tickets for thecarnival. See the wonderful Ms. Terri Herlein inthe Finance Office to get this special deal!Carnival Tickets @ $.50 each can be purchasedat the Carnival or in advance in the Finance Office.And then you can watch the mighty Trojanssmash Sahuaro High School at 7:00 p.m.!TROJAN UPDATE October, 2012 Page 5


Trojan Pride UpdateSenior members of the Trojan Pride show off theirterrific new uniformsThe Trojan Band is off to a greatstart this school year! We are enjoying ournewly-renovated band room and auditorium,and are very proud of our NEW banduniforms! The new uniform sports a professionallook with black slacks, shoes andgloves, and with a brilliant royal blue jacketwith white and black accents. The studentsare so excited to be the first ones to wearthe new uniforms and are looking forwardto Homecoming on October 19 th ! We hopeeveryone will come out to see our 2012marching show “In Pursuit of Troy.” Themusic is exciting and features some wonderfulyoung musicians on solos – Edgar Barnes, Alejandro Castro, Karina Martinez; and some amazingmallet percussion work by Branden Adams and Maria Cruger!You can see the Trojan Pride Band at the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Tucson on November12 th ! Give us a shout out! We love hearing from families, friends, and alumni! Our Winter Concert will beTuesday, December 18 th , 7:00 p.m., in the Catalina Auditorium.Please remember the Trojan Pride Band, Vocal Music, and Mariachi clubs when making your 2012TAX CREDIT donation! You can make your donation year-round online at http://www.tusd1.org/contents/distinfo/aztaxcredit/index.asp.How about this news? The Catalina Magnet HS Performing Arts Department was selected to receivea $2000.00 grant from the GRAMMY Foundation! Students in the following classes will benefit fromthis grant – Band, Guitar, Mariachi, Musical Theatre, and Vocal Music.Meet New Counselor Rochelle LongMs. LongCounselor A-LPlease welcome our new counselor, Ms. Rochelle Long, who’ll bejoining us shortly after the fall break. Ms. Long comes to us withvast counseling experience from Mountain View High School andthe Whiteriver Apache School District. She will be filling the positionleft by Ms. Hille when Ms. Hille became Catalina’s LearningSupport Coordinator.Ms. Long will serve students with last names A-L and can bereached at 232-8502 or by email at rochelle.long@tusd1.org.Please stop by the Counseling Center and give her a big Trojanhello!TROJAN UPDATE October, 2012 Page 6


News from Career and Technical Education (CTE)2012-2013 Link CrewLink Crew is a nationally recognized program that gives juniors and seniors the opportunity toconnect with freshmen. Link Crew, along with several football players and cheerleaders, helped deliverthe freshman orientation on the first day of school, where they already started making connectionswith the class of 2016. Over 250 freshmen and 60 Link Crew students, divided into groups, were seatedon the gym floor and got to know one another. These same students are being trained in leadership,Entrepreneurship, and technology, where they take what they have learned and deliver mini-lessons tothe Freshman Success classes on a monthly basis. They have already delivered their first lesson, whichcovered the topic of decision making. Link Crew believes that a positive experience in the first year ofhigh school will help guide freshman students in the proper direction, with the ultimate goal being thereceipt of a high school diploma.Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)Future Business Leaders of America is a nationally-recognizedCareer and Technical Student Organization (CTSO). The students in upperlevel Entrepreneurship classes are also members of FBLA and Link Crew.Later in the year, the FBLA members will be responsible for running twoschool-wide community service collection projects, “Fill-a-Closet” and“Stuff-a-Sack,” which provide food and clothing to the less fortunate. FBLAmembers will be attending the Fall Leadership conference in Phoenix onNovember 9, 2012. We are planning on helping with the annual CatalinaNeighborhood Perimeter Cleanup in November.Connie LawsonCTE Dept. ChairCareer and Technical Education (CTE)Career and Technical Education is a huge part of the package of services offered to our students atCMHS. We offer the following programs: Culinary Arts, Construction Technologies, Heating Ventilation &Air Conditioning (HVAC), Aviation Structures Technologies, Sports Medicine, and Business Managementand Administrative Services. Each program offers career training that will allow our students to earn apaycheck out of high school and put them on the path to success in their chosen career path.We are trying to coordinate field trips that are program-specific, so students can see firsthand theins and outs of the field they may be studying, or eventually want to pursue.We are in the process of creating a Career and Technical Education Center, which will be housedin M215. Students will be able to come in and work on their individual career plans and receive helpwith their career path. As part of the new Career Guidance Team, Melisa Pippen and I will be meetingindividually with students to create a program of study so students know they are on the right path, bothnow during high school, and later when they graduate.All of our programs have rigorous and relevant curriculum, state-of-the art technology andequipment, and experienced teachers who have actually worked in the areas they are teaching. JTEDsupports our programs both financially and professionally.We invite you to learn more about our CTE programs and to take advantage of the opportunityto enhance your high school education. An educated choice now can make all the difference in beingsuccessful after high school.TROJAN UPDATE October, 2012 Page 7


Student Lab Work Reveals ResultsFrom the Math DepartmentDuring the summer of 2012, I joined the Keep Engaging Youth inScience (KEYS) program at The University of Arizona. I worked in Dr.John Konhilas’ lab at the Department of Physiology. Our lab studies acardiac disease called Familial Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (FHC).FHC is caused by gene mutation. This cardiac disease enlarges the leftventricle of the heart and thickens the cardiac muscle, which resultsin sudden heart failure. My mentor, Dr. Hao Chen, and I used a modelof FHC from a mouse to study the mouse’s protein and DNA sequencefrom Western Blot and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). Through theKEYS program, I learned about a new disease that kills many peoplein this world and about the research field. The people in my lab aresome of the smartest and nicest people that I have met and workedwith, which made me go back and volunteer at my lab after the KEYSprogram was over. Students interested in science will definitely lovethis amazing program. It is the best program that I have been a part ofand I am glad that I joined it.- Dagem Eshate, Class of 2014Mathematics is a sequential subject. The first year of Algebra is veryimportant as most of the other math classes use the knowledge gained fromAlgebra 1 as their foundation. It is for this reason that we require that a studentpass Algebra 1 before going on to Algebra II or Precalculus.This year the class of 2013 must have four years of Math credits tograduate. I would like to recommend the course “Financial Algebra.” This coursedeals with much of the math that you will encounter in “real life,” things likeloans, banking, and taxes.We would like to remind you of the importance of homework, note taking,and good study habits. Homework is a very important part of mastering mathskills. Math is a very complex subject, and it is important that the skills learnedMichael McGlynn,Math Dept. Chairin class are reinforced as soon as possible. Parents, most math teachers will assign work every day, soplease ask your child to show you their homework, at least occasionally. You can also check your child’sprogress by using the TUSD parents portal on the districts web site; grades should be updated by teachersat least every two weeks. It is usually helpful to do your homework in a quiet, well lit place with minimaldistraction. It is also helpful to set up a routine of doing your homework at a certain time each day. If youkeep up with your math homework, the class will be easier and your grade will benefit.If you find that you are struggling with the math we have tutoring available before school andafterschool. You can also make arrangements with your regular math teacher for help before or afterschool. Help is always just a question away. Don’t be shy. (We won’t bite; you have my word on it.)Juniors and seniors should be aware that the next session of AIMS testing is at the end ofnext month, October 23-25. There is tutoring available just for AIMS. Please take advantage of theopportunity.TROJAN UPDATE October, 2012 Page 8


From Ms. Fortier’s ClassroomIn our classroom, we are starting this year witha Life Skills curriculum approach which blendsacademic, daily living, personal/social, and occupationalskills into integrated lessons designedto help students to begin learning how to functionindependently in society. We have started offwith Special Olympics bowling. The skills they arelearning are taking turns, how to score, countinghow many pins are left, learning their shoe sizeand how to have fun. Our tournament is at the endof October. We are also cooking and planting ourgarden. In the garden, students have a chance towork on their fine motor skills by learning howto work with soil. Planting seeds in the soil andcovering it helps the students work on dexterity and coordination and watering the plants help work themuscles of the arms. These activities benefit the body and the mind.Our class was also involved with The United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona Campaign that kickedoff at Hi Corbett Field. I am looking forward to many new experiences for the student in my class.- Jackie Fortier, Exceptional Education TeacherLEARN Center Holds Annual Challenge AssemblyCatalina LEARN CenterSupporterJohn BremondThe LEARN Center held its annual Challenge Assembly onSeptember 25 th in Catalina’s beautiful auditorium. The Challenge issponsored by Mr. Steve Santa Cruz, and Mr. John Bremond, long-termbusiness partners and supporters of the LEARN Program. The Challengerequires students to have no unexcused absences, stretch themselves,and work hard every in every class to improve their achievement, andset goals. Mr. Santa Cruz and Mr. Bremond addressed the students inMs. Marge Gould’s classes, and then showed a brief film clip of previousLEARN Center students receiving exciting incentives for achieving theChallenge. They then issued the Challenge to the students, who wereasked to stand, and repeat a Challenge pledge. Students who achieve theChallenge during the first semester will receive an incentive in December.Challenge awards for the 2 nd semester will be presented at the LEARNCenter’s annual Celebrate Literacy Evening in May.- Marge Gould, Catalina LEARN Center TeacherTROJAN UPDATE October, 2012 Page 9


CHS Foundation Mini-Grants Support Biology,Sports, Life Skills, and After-School TutoringAward winning volleyball coach and CHS alumna Heather Moore-Martin received $450 for the entrancefee for her Catalina team to the prestigious La Jolla Girls Volleyball Tournament this fall. Heather feels thisis an excellent training opportunity.Monica Holden received $500 for Fetal Pig Dissection Kits for her 53 biology students. The CHS Foundationpurchased Fetal Pig Dissection Kits two years ago for a different science teacher. They were very wellreceived by the students, which resulted in more students enrolling in biology classes.Ms. Holden also received $500 for Lifeguard Training CPR/AED forthe Professional Rescuer. The American Red Cross has increasedthe cost of this training to $95. This lifeguard class provides notonly PE credit, preparation for certification, and training for a job.In the last five years, this course has resulted in a 95% employmentrate. Additionally, the grant will help purchase needed lifeguardequipment. Chelsey Earnhart, who received this training beforegraduating in 2011, is now the head lifeguard at the American Red Cross and is in charge of the SpecialOlympic Swim Team for Tucson.Jennifer Johnson received a $518 grant for an upgrade for the Exceptional Education Kitchen to purchaseappropriate kitchenware for 5 classes of students. Existing kitchenware was donated but was mismatchedand incomplete. It included heavy glassware that is unsafe for students and supplies were not adapted tothe individual abilities of the students. This class helps students learn key life skills pivotal to the students’independence and transition into adulthood including learning how to properly prepare meals withindependence. This grant will allow the kitchen to accommodate a larger number of students.William Abate was provided $500 for a “Wonder of Diversity and Balance of Interdependency” project topurchase and maintain various animal and plant species in appropriate cages. Students will observe andcare for other life forms, such as birds, small animals, small furry animals, fish, and reptiles. This grant willreach about 200 biology and anatomy students, will bring some hands-on training, and will pique curiosityfor the culturally diverse population of Catalina.Elliott Price received $500 for nutritious snacks for after-school teacher tutoring. The Foundation can’tpraise the Catalina teachers enough for all they do for the students and their future success.- Jenni Bond ’66, Grants ChairmanEditor’s note: We can’t thank our friends at the Catalina High School Foundation enough for their care andsupport, not only for their funding of critical campus needs, but also for their enormous part in keeping ourproud Trojan culture and traditions alive and vibrant. Please check out the Foundation’s website at http://www.catalinahighschoolfoundation.org/ and consider becoming a member!TROJAN UPDATE October, 2012 Page 10


Catalina’s Grad Night: An Evening in New YorkThe theme for this year’s grad night is “An Evening in New York.”For the fourth consecutive year, the parents of Catalina students areproviding a fun and safe environment in which students can celebratetheir graduation. Our plans are to make the kids feel they are experiencingan evening in New York, with all the sights, sounds, entertainment andfood associated with the Big Apple. We have already had a couple ofplanning meetings but will welcome many, many more helpers/plannersat our next meeting. It is a lot of work but the parents have as much fundoing the planning and during the event as the kids do.For just $50 the students will have an entire night of food and fun.The kids are kept safe and cannot leave without parental permission.They come into the gym after the graduation ceremony and are fed adelicious dinner. Afterwards, there are dancing, games, movies and loadsof snacks and drinks. There will be great entertainment also but we can’tshare it in this article in case the students read it. We want them to besurprised!A ticket to grad night would make a great birthday gift, holiday giftan early graduation gift, or a reward for wonderful grades. To buy a ticket,see Ms. Herlein in the Finance Office.We would love to see many more parents at our next meeting onWednesday October 24 th at 6:00 p.m. in the lobby of Hines Gym.Friendly Reminders from Nurse CindyA few reminders about protocols regarding health issues.1. There are three types of medication that students are permitted to self-carry:A. Inhalers for asthmaB. Insulin for diabetesC . EPIPENs for treatment of life-threatening allergiesIf your student needs to carry one or more of these types of medications, be sure you tell the Health Officestaff. There are instructions to be read and forms to sign to make it permissible.2. Some students are so sensitive to latex, that even being around latex balloons can be dangerous forthem. If you are bringing or sending balloons for a birthday or other event, it is suggested that they beMylar, not latex.3. Remember to keep the Health Office staff informed if there are changes to your child’s health statusduring the year. In an emergency, it is important to know if a student has health conditions and/or takesmedication on a routine basis. Current phone contact information is essential too. If you have changes tophone numbers and/or addresses, we ask you to advise us.- Cindy Wood, RNTROJAN UPDATE October, 2012 Page 11


CMHS Fall/Winter Athletics NewsVarsity volleyball player Chloe Cox receives the September TUSD Female Scholar Athlete Award, sponsored byAnthlon/Ft. Lowell Physical Therapy. From left to right, Mandy Tvedt of Anthlon/Ft. Lowell Physical Therapy,CMHS Athletic Director Ken Harcus, Ms. Cox, Volleyball Coach Heather Moore-Martin, and Carrie Anderson,Director of Business Development at Anthlon/Ft. Lowell Physical Therapy. Chloe’s award means she could wina $500 college scholarhip at the end of the year!Hello, Trojan fans! Catalina has 265 students involved in extracurricular activities for the fall season thatstarted on August 2 nd . As with all other Tucson area high schools, it would be great if all 1194 studentsat Catalina were able to participate in at least one extracurricular activity during the year. Catalina hasworked hard at developing programs by hiring the right coaches, people who believe in keeping the sportfun and lively while also developing each students talents.On October 29 th , winter sports begin their practices for boys’/girls’ soccer, basketball and wrestling. Girlsare welcome to participate on the wrestling team. There are several students who will finish their fallsport and report to a winter sport without missing a gear! The majority of our extracurricular activitystudents are capable of managing the ten-hour days to which they commit while at school.One of our goals for our students is that when their sport or sports are completed for the year, or afterthey graduate, that they will be able to demonstrate the characteristics they learned while being a part ofa team that made them a better person.- Ken Harcus, CMHS Athletic DirectorTROJAN UPDATE October, 2012 Page 12


What’s Cookin’ in FEAST?First year culinarians have been eagerly devouring principles of sanitation and safety, and reading recipes,measurements and product identification so that they can get cooking in the kitchen. We have hadsome fun experiments! Ever tried making Rice Krispie treats one-handed? Have you ever made a recipeusing glops of this and dibbles of that? Well, the first year Culinary Arts students have. Ask them!Second year culinary students have been reviewing principles from last year and trying new seasonings.They did a spice comparison by sprinkling spices on mashed potatoes and comparing the flavors!They are also mastering their knife skills. They made a wonderful dish called ratatouille, showing off theirability to cut a variety of sized vegetables into uniform cuts, a medium dice. There was such a bounty ofthis late summer dish that we had to make some fresh pasta to go with it! YUMMMY!Third and fourth year culinarians are chomping at the bit to fundraise, compete and teach and, of course,cook! They have helped organize food for a large event, made challah bread for Rosh Hashanah, researchedthe history of risotto and saffron, made delicious falafel sandwiches, and had a veteran culinarystudent and CCAP award winner turned personal chef come work with them on the CCAP competitioncucumber salad.All culinary students are invited to participate in the garden next to the kitchen. We are working with theExeceptional Education department to grow some fabulous herbs, lettuce, and winter vegetables! Stop onby and ask, “What’s sprouting?”FEAST has elected our officers for FCCLA! Congratulations to Sylvia Martinez, Eduardo Zazueta, Katie Haileyand Yliana Moreno for representing FEAST as Class Presidents, to Laura Salazar, Sal Montoya, CourtneyWheaton and Zack Bryerton for representing FEAST as Class Vice Presidents., to Amber Thibodeaux,Margarita Coronado, Brittany Wilmore and John Petrush for representing FEAST as Class Treasurers, toJasmine Moreno, Kathya Ledezma, Kamilla Castanada for representing FEAST as Class Secretaries, and toMashel Nabi, Jessica Smithson and Gabriel Gracia for representing FEAST as Members at Large.- Chefs Becky Yim and Stacie RiosTROJAN UPDATE October, 2012 Page 13


SWAT UpdateWelcome back, Trojans! Catalina’s SWAT TEAM is bigger and better than ever andchomping at the bit to make a difference in the Catalina student body and community.We’ve signed up new members who are motivated to start encouraging better nutritionand physical activity amongst our entire school community. We’ve already startedbrainstorming ideas for the 2 nd Annual Family Fitness Night, so be on the lookoutfor details! We are excited to start off our Wellness Week with a dairy theme that willculminate with milk mustaches, with a “Rethink Your Drink” theme to follow. Pleasecontinue to encourage good nutrition for your student and try to make physical activitya part of your life. More teenagers are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes (adultonset) and making those changes can greatly reduce the chances of our students beinga part of that group.Erica Addison,Club SponsorThank You, Alumni Foundation, for Improvingour Exceptional Education Kitchen!Thanks to the Catalina Alumni Foundation, theexceptional education kitchen is getting a face lift!Through a funded grant proposal the Foundation iskicking in just over $500.00 to help purchase neededequipment and tableware that students will use tolearn to prepare meals. Over the many years Catalinahas provided instruction in food preparation to exceptionaleducation students the kitchen has alwaysbeen comprised of a mismatched, thrift store, secondhand bunch of goodies. Teachers, support staff, students,and parents provided, as much as possible, thebare necessities. Cooking was always an adventure!The toast would brown on one side, cake mixes werestirred by hand, and non-stick was synonymous with“OMG, are we really going to use that pan?”Now, students can set a table with matching plates, cups and bowls. The silverware all matches and eachperson can use a fork at the same time. Pans gleam as food is prepared. The can opener, long, easy-usehandle spinning away, never once losing its grip… ah, the little things. We settle in at the table, all sevenstudents and a couple of staff, and there’s the sound of soft clinking as forks and spoons connect withplates and bowls. Sighs of contentment fill the room as mouths fill up. Life at Catalina is very good.!- Jennifer Johnson, Exceptional Education TeacherTROJAN UPDATE October, 2012 Page 14


Art Classes are Off to a Good Start!The advanced and beginning art classes are learning about drawingtechniques and the use of value, line, texture and shape. The clayclasses have been working on various hand building skills while makingmasks and hand sculptures. Advanced clay class has been learningwheel throwing techniques and various other individual hand builtprojects. It looks like this will be a very exciting year, with many talentedand dedicated students.- John Faruolo and Jill Bastin, Art TeachersWhat’s New in Construction Technologies?A new partner for our Construction Technology departmentis the University of Arizona. In a Septembermeeting UF staff members explained that they have543 facilities employees of which 50% will retire overthe next 10 years. During the summer they advertisedfor a journeyman electrician and ended up hiring a 67year-old as the only qualified candidate. Because of thatwe are creating an employee pipeline through our AdvancedConstruction classes. By next year we will havea formalized program, offering job shadowing for freshmen,sophomores and juniors. Seniors will then haveinternships available to them. The UA has an array ofjobs that is mind boggling, beginning with landscape maintenance, custodial jobs, and of course the highpayingjobs in areas like carpentry, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and machining available to our graduatingseniors. The university produces 60% of its own electrical power. They have systems that date back to theearly 1900s and systems that use cutting edge technology. All this means a plethora of job opportunitieswith one employer. Beyond a state job at the university students could also qualify for $25 a credit-hourtuition for any courses at the UA. If they marry that tuition cost could then apply to their spouses and thento their children as long as they work at the UA. For a full load of 12 credit hours the semester cost wouldbe $300 versus $6000 at current tuition rates.At that meeting the UA Vice-President in charge of facilities said, in about these words: If your studentscan dress up nicely in a shirt and tie, if they can shake hands firmly as they look you in the eye, if theyoften say “Yes, sir” and “No, ma’am,” if they are computer literate, if they can communicate adequately, ifthey show up every day on time and work hard, we want to recruit them to work for the UA.I will try whole-heartedly to teach this concept to each of our students. If they show up every day andgive an hour’s work for an hour’s pay (their grades) they can go to college, even the University of Arizona,whether as an employee or as a employee/student. I cannot imagine a better opportunity for our kidsthan this and every one of them can take advantage of it if each just works hard!- Jack Draper, Construction Technologies TeacherTROJAN UPDATE October, 2012 Page 15


Women In Leadership – AZ943’s Top FourThere have always been femalerulers, but this is the first timein my JROTC career that we havehad all of our top leadership representedby women. Our currentleadership work well togetherand lead a corps of about 100students. Below you will find aprofile on our female leadershiphere.Tosha Wilson, Lieutenant Colonel,Group CommanderTosha manages and leads ALLour cadet activities and functions.She is responsible to lookforward, and to provide leadershipand direction for the corps.She helps develop and is responsiblefor our cadet goals. Her equivalent in responsibility at Catalina would be the Student Council President.Tosha has held the following positions during her career: Element Leader, Flight Commander, personnelOfficer, Unarmed Drill Team Commander, Operations Commander, and finally Group Commander.She has participated in girls’ JV basketball, Kitty Hawk Air Society, Rocketry Club, and commands theAFJROTC Unarmed Drill Team. Her goal is to receive an Air Force ROTC Scholarship, be accepted intoNorwich University, attain a Nursing Degree, and acquire a commission as a USAF Officer. Her biggestchallenge is being responsible for the corps. To overcome this challenge, she will improve her organizationalskills and ensure all subordinate officers do their jobs.Chanel Wilson, Captain, Operations CommanderChanel is responsible for leading and managing all our Flight Commanders/Sergeants (class leaders),drill teams and honor guards. Chanel has held the following positions: Element Leader, Flight Commander/Sergeantand now Operations Commander. In school, Chanel has participated in football, basketball,Student Council, and the JROTC Unarmed Drill Team. Her goals after high school are to apply to the NavalAcademy, Merchant Marine Academy or University of Arizona. Chanel says her biggest challenge is keepall cadets compliant and to not stray away from the corps.Justice Scales, Captain, Mission Support CommanderJustice supervises the support function of the corps, which includes such activities as Recruiting, PublicAffairs, Logistics, Personnel, Rocketry, Historian, and Information Systems. Previous positions held includePublic Affairs NCO and Recruiting. In school she is a member of the golf team. Her goals after highschool are to study Journalism and attend a college on the East Coast. Her biggest challenge is for hersubordinate officers to become more involved and come up with better ideas. She will try to better motivatethem by setting an example, letting them know she will work just as hard if not harder than they.She will encourage and listen to their ideas.- continued next pageTROJAN UPDATE October, 2012 Page 16


Michaela Contreras, Senior Master Sergeant, First SergeantMichaela serves as First Sergeant and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the corps. She is responsible for morale,discipline, the Outstanding Cadet Board, and for educating our supervisors on how to complete aPerformance Evaluation. Michaela has held the positions of Element leader, Information Systems Officer,Flight Commander, and now First Sergeant. Her community service activities included volunteering atSt. Mary’s Hospital and at the Most Holy Trinity Church. She is a member of the JROTC drill team, participatedin cross country, and is a member of Catalina’s College Bound Club. Her goal after high school is togo into the Air Force Academy and her fallback position is to a major university and acquire a degree. Shecites her biggest challenge as separating her friendships from her friends and becoming more professionalin her cadet duties. She plans to overcome this challenge by treating everyone equally and not givinganyone special treatment.- LtCol. (Ret.), USAF, Robert Maldonado, AFJROTC InstructorSupervised by Link Crew members, freshman students play the “Wright Family Game,” an exercise incommunication skills.- Lysa Nabours-Childree, Entrepreneurship TeacherTROJAN UPDATE October, 2012 Page 17


Opening Minds Through the Arts (OMA) hasCome to Catalina Magnet High School!OMA is an Arts Integration program offered by TUSD. Arts integration is an approach toteaching where students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form.This year, Mr. Fomeche’s ELD II class will be working with Mr. Chris Moseley, an Art IntegrationSpecialist in theater. Mr. Fomeche’s class will be using theater techniques to helpthem understand concepts and use English in new ways! Their work will culminate in theperformance of a play they write, direct, and perform themselves. Above, students workwith Mr. Moseley to create a tableau. Left to right, Mr. Moseley with students Marisol Gaitan,Mohammad Momand, Abeba Gezaei, and Pabitra Karki.- Stephen Fomeche, ELD TeacherTROJAN UPDATE October, 2012 Page 18


Five Good Reasons Why You Should Be Learninga Foreign LanguageSource: www.vistawide.com1. To increase global understanding“A different language is a different vision of life.” - Federico Fellini, Italian film director“No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive.” - Mohandas K. Gandhi, Indian nationalist and spiritualleader2. To improve employment potentialChances are that knowing languages will open up employment opportunities that you would not havehad otherwise. And you will be able to command a greater salary in the workplace. All else beingequal, knowing languages gives you an edge over monolingual applicantscompeting for the same jobs.3. To increase ability in one’s first language“Those who know nothing of foreign languages, knows nothing of their own.”- Johann Wolfgang von GoetheForeign language learners have stronger vocabulary skills in their nativelanguage, a better understanding of the language, and improved literacy ingeneral. With each additional year of foreign language instruction taken, astudent’s scores on college and graduate school entrance exams such as theSATs, ACTs, GREs, MCATs, and LSATs improve incrementally.Alicia Lara, Dept. ChairWorld Languages“We have strong evidence today that studying a foreign language has a ripple effect, helping to improvestudent performance in other subjects.” - Richard Riley, U.S. Secretary of Education under Bill Clinton.Children who have studied a language at the elementary level score higher on tests in reading, languagearts, and math. People who have learned foreign languages show greater cognitive development inareas such as mental flexibility, creativity, and higher order thinking skills, such as problem-solving,conceptualizing, and reasoning.4. To improve chances of entry into college or graduate schoolToday, most colleges and universities require a minimum of two years of high school foreign languageinstruction for admission. And once enrolled in an undergraduate program, students are likely to findthat their college or university prescribes foreign language courses as requirement for the degree. Themajority of universities rightly consider knowledge of a foreign language and culture part of what everyeducated person should know.5. To avoid miscommunication“Here speeching American.” - A sign in a Mallorcan shop entrance“Cold shredded children and sea blubber in spicy sauce.” - From a menu in China“Refund!” - On a “Caution! Wet floor!” sign in a McDonald’s restaurant in ItalyTROJAN UPDATE October, 2012 Page 19


You Can Do It! You Can Go to College!What a great year Catalina is off to in terms of students being ready for college! I have already met personallywith over 120 students to discuss their college plans and what they need to do to make themcome true. All of our seniors got a chance to speak with schools from all over Arizona and New Mexico atthe AZ/NM College Day. The College Bound Club is meeting every other Monday in the library right afterschool and we have over 30 members. We have had counseling office visitsfrom several colleges already, including Grand Canyon University, West Point,and Northwestern University. We have seniors already accepted at NorthernArizona University, University of New Mexico, and New Mexico State!Upcoming events include the big College Fair at the Tucson Convention Center,Tuesday 10/16 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Admission and parking is freeand there will be over 200 colleges and universities there from all over thecountry! Don’t miss it! Wednesday, October 17 is College Prep Day at Catalina,when all freshmen will take the ACT Explore test, sophomores and juniorswill take the PSAT test ,and seniors will take the ASVAB. All of these exams aredesigned to help students understand what their strengths are and what areasthey need to work on to be ready for college or a career after high school.They are also very helpful in your decision about what might be a good careerpath for you to follow. In addition on that day we will have visits from IndianaUniversity and St John’s University right after the tests.Mark HannaCollege/Career ReadinessCounselorAs always I remind you – You can do it! You can afford it! You can go to college! Please make an appointmentso Mr. Hanna can help you!TROJAN UPDATE October, 2012 Page 20


SENIOR PICTURE DAY AT CATALINAPhotographer: Interstate PhotographyWhen: October 23, 2012Where: Library4 images will be taken (2 with regular clothing, 2 with cap/gown- if you prefer we can doone with the cap and one without) Students may bring one small prop to be used in thepicture.The proofs will be distributed a few weeks later and will come with order information.Seniors who do not purchase pictures will be able to choose the picture for the yearbookat no charge.Catalina Magnet High School – Seniors Prices with Proof ProgramPackage Contents Net Price1 2-8x10, 2-5x7, 2-3x5, 8-Wallets with Names $48.002 1-8x10, 2- 5x7, 2-3x5, 8-Wallets with Names $39.003 1-8x10, 1-5x7, 2-3x5, 4-Wallets with Names $36.004 2-5x7, 2-3x5, 8-Wallets with Names $32.005 1-8x10, 2-3x5, 4-Wallets with Names $28.006 1-5x7, 2-3x5 4-Wallets with Names $24.007 2-3x5, 4-Wallets with Names $20.008 2-5x7 $10.009 8-Wallets with Names $10.0010 16-Exchange $10.0011 1-8x10 $10.0012 1-10x13 $15.00**There is no sitting fee and students/parents are under no obligation to purchase pictures*If you take your picture with a different photographer, you need to submit yourpictures via email to Ms. Pippen as a jpeg by January 15, 2013.For more information contact Ms. Pippen at 520-232-8463 or melisa.pippen@tusd1.orgTROJAN UPDATE October, 2012 Page 21


Want to give a gift that will last a lifetime?Senior Tributes for the Catalina Yearbookare now available!Due Date: March 1, 2013Dear Friend or Family Member or Guardian of a Senior,Each year the Torch offers parents a chance to honor their graduate with a tribute in aspecial section of the yearbook. A senior tribute is a great way to include a message ofcongratulations to your senior as well as pictures to create a lasting memory.What a surprise for your proud graduate to open up the yearbook and find a page with apicture of himself/herself and a touching message from family and friends. Capture yourson or daughter’s special moments in one of these senior tributes. Give them a graduationpresent they will cherish forever.If you are interested in purchasing a tribute ad for your student, please return the enclosedform, pictures if not digital (if digital email them to melisa.pippen@tusd1.org), a message,and check or cash by Friday, March 1, 2013 to: Catalina Magnet High School, Terri Herlein,Finance Office, 3645 E. Pima Street, Tucson, AZ 85716. Checks or money orders should bemade payable to Catalina Magnet High School Yearbook.No late tribute ads will be taken due to deadlines with our publisher. Thank you in advancefor your observations of the deadline and the requirements.If you have any questions, please contact the yearbook adviser, Melisa Pippen, at 520-232-5865, or e-mail to melisa.pippen@tusd1.org.Prices$40—Single Tribute page (1 picture + 35 words or less message)$80—Double Tribute page(1-3 pictures + 75 words or less message)$120—Triple Tribute page(1-4 pictures + 100 words or less message)*Sizes and examples are on attached pagesTROJAN UPDATE October, 2012 Page 22


Catalina Magnet High SchoolSenior Tribute Order FormSenior’s Name ___________________________________________________________Name of Person Ordering Tribute __________________________________________Phone Number__________________________ Email ______________________________________________Ad Size (circle one) triple double single$120 $80 $40Pictures Provided (circle one) 0 1 2 3 4 or emailed digital photosMessage (please print or attached typed message):________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________PAYMENT INFORMATIONCost of Tribute triple double single $______________$120 $80 $40Any additional costs:Yearbook $ 70.00Name Personalization on Cover $ 10.00Print the name the way you want it on the cover: ______________________________________________TOTAL PAYMENT SUBMITTED: $_____________________ I have paid to the finance office $___________ cash_____ I have enclosed a money order for $__________________ I have enclosed a check for $______________ Check # _________Address where we can mail you a receipt and return any photos:________________________________________________________________________________Mail order form and payment to: Catalina MHS, Terri Herlein, Finance Office3645 E. Pima StreetTucson, AZ 85716Or turn in to the Finance Office at Catalina Magnet High SchoolTROJAN UPDATE October, 2012 Page 23


AFTER-SCHOOLTUTORINGFOR ALL GRADESMath, English, History, Science, Health,and All Other Subjects!Get help with your classwork or prepare for theupcoming AIMS exams!Monday, Tuesday, Thursday3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.In the CafeteriaIT’S FREE!Tutoring Begins Monday, October 8th.Certified Catalina Teachers Will Be There to Help!TROJAN UPDATE Vol. III No. 1 October, 2012The Trojan Update is a quarterly publication of Catalina Magnet High School. All rights reserved.View this quarter’s newsletter in living color at our website, http://edweb.tusd1.org/Catalina. Produced on a Mac, of course, using Adobe PhotoShop, InDesign, and with hugethanks to all the Catalina staff members who took the time to contribute articles and photographs!This issue of the Trojan Update is dedicated to our long-time friend and colleague, and a tirelessstudent advocate, Ms. Holly Dominguez.

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