May, 2012 - Teacher Resources

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May, 2012 - Teacher Resources

Dear Families and Friends of Catalina-Many thanks to all of you for everything you did to make sure that we had another terrific school year atCatalina! When we return to classes on August 2 nd , we will be working hard to build on the successes ofthe past school year and ensure that every student at Catalina is treated like the unique learner and personhe or she truly is. Here is a preview of some of what you can expect in the year to come:We are always concerned with the fact that most students who leave Catalina do so because they are not“on track” for graduation. To help those students, we will have three sections of PLATO credit recoverybuilt into the master schedule so that credit-deficient students have on-campus, teacher-supervised optionsfor making up credits from classes they have failed in previous years.The Impact Team will meet weekly and will play a more central role in followingup with students with academic, attendance, and behavioral problems. ImpactTeam members include administrators, counselors, and other concerned staffmembers at our school. Our focus is to discuss individual students, the problemsthey may be experiencing, and how to help them to be more successful in school.We will have one full-time counselor working directly with English languagelearners and certain recently “reclassified” English language learners to helpthem with their graduation plans. These students now account for close to 40%of our student population.Principal Rex ScottAn administrator on special assignment will be working at our school on a part-time basis. His role will beto work primarily with certain academically “at risk” students, their families, and their teachers on addressingany problems that are impeding academic success.We will have an “Algebra retake” course in place for students who fail this foundational math class. It willbe individually paced and the classes will be small so that students can get a lot of time and attention withthe teacher and tutors assigned to the class.We intend to expand the use of our Response to Intervention classes to all grade levels, not just freshmenand sophomores, and to base the work in these classes on building skills that will lead to success on thestate-mandated AIMS tests and in students’ classes.Two instructional coaches will be working with our teachers to support them in their goals for professionalgrowth. We know that the academic success of our students is tied in with our efforts to improvethe quality of instruction in every Catalina classroom.Many student errors in any classroom can be traced back to the fact that students are not well-versedin “the language” of the course they are enrolled in. If every teacher at our school made more concertedefforts to pre-teach, teach and assess student knowledge and use of course-specific vocabulary, that oneapproach could help more of our students to better understand and master the content being presentedto them. It is crucial that students be given opportunities to use those words and terms in context. Wealso know that teachers need to check for understanding on a frequent basis and that our students needto be actively engaged in those checks. When students are asked to summarize in their own words what- continued next pageTROJAN UPDATE May, 2012 Page 2


has been presented to them, both they and their teacher have a better sense that they “get it.” Any writtensummary required of students is made even more helpful if students are asked to use course-specific vocabularywhen they write them. Schools across this nation that have been more purposeful and systemicin focusing on the importance of course-specific vocabulary and student summarization have seen largegains in student achievement and confidence. If we implemented the use of a “vocabulary and summarizationlog” in all our classrooms, they could serve as a true “running record” of a student’s work in eachof their classes. Our two instructional coaches will be able to provide assistance and support to teacherswith creating these logs for their students.I will be scheduling monthly parent meetings so that you can share your concerns with me on a regularbasis. It will also be my goal to have a guest speaker, or topic at every meeting that will appeal to parentsof teenagers.Our Student Council is organizing a student “pep club” called The Trojan Army that will do more to promotestudent attendance and involvement at our athletic contests.The student-run Trojan Advisory Group will continue its work to promote intercultural awareness on ourdiverse campus and to schedule activities that celebrate the many different cultures and languages representedon our campus.There is always a lot to do during the summer to get ready for the coming school year, especially this yearbecause of the new calendar adopted by TUSD. Please be sure to check out the 2012-2013 calendar athttp://tusd1.org/contents/distinfo/calendar.html. If I can answer any questions about the new calendar,or anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact me.Rex ScottPrincipalFine ArtsThe 2011-2012 school year has been a very good, albeitbusy, year for Fine Arts. In January, we celebratedour remodeled Auditorium, Little Theater, and FineArts classrooms with the Curtains Up! afternoon highlightingstudent and alumni creative and talentedwork. Throughout the year, Fine Arts students explored,learned, celebrated, and shared their work ina variety of forms.CLASS NOTES:- Kaitlyn Matney - Ahreum ChoeMs. Tammy Stewart - Mariachi Los Aventureros, the CMHS mariachi group, has finished the year in a whirlwindof performances! In collaboration with our FEAST program, we performed at A & B lunches whilethe teachers enjoyed a fabulous Mexican meal to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. We also enjoyed the awardspresentation at the 25 th Anniversary of the LEARN program’s “Celebrate Literacy.” The Davis Elementaryschool mariachi group, directed by Jaime Valenzuela, joined us for a school wide Cinco de Mayo assemblyon May 4 th .- continued next pageTROJAN UPDATE May, 2012 Page 3


Finding Voice Publication CelebrationOn May 10, 2012, the international students of Catalina Magnet HighSchool filled the Catalina auditorium with their poetry, essays, dance, song,fashion, hopes, and dreams. The annual Finding Voice Publication Celebrationwas a tremendous success this year, drawing one of the largestaudiences ever. It was wonderful to see so many family members, Catalinaand Finding Voice Project alumni, and community partners and volunteersin the audience. Thank you to everyone who participated and to everyonewho attended.Etsehiwote HunegnawThierry Chibasa and Joseph Leonidas, two of the Finding OurVoice Club officers, did a great job as MC’s. Zeljka Klipic, club vicepresident,was wonderful in terms of helping to organize everythingand working closely with Bonnie and Ron Morlock, our outstandingtechnology team. Special thanks also to Snehapriya Nalliand Carine Kosseke for welcoming people and for being in chargeof magazine sales. And our biggest thank you to every one of theamazing students who shared their life, their art, and their culturein a presentation at this event: Omar Azat, Patricia Cole, LaythDakhil, Uma Dhimal, Dulce Diaz, Muzakeye Emmanuelina, SoraiaBriana Lalimo & CA Marshallese DanceFazya, Goma Gautam, Krishna Gautam, Carmen Gutierrez, Weijian(Alex) He, Sharifa Hematkhel, Jian Ping Huang, Etsehiwote Hunegnaw, ZuberiIdy, Filimon Kahsay, Krishna Katel, Shreejana Katel, Carine Kosseke BrianaLalimo and her CA Marshallese dance group, Bisi Leonard, Joseph Leonidas,Dawazam Magar, Kedar Magar, Mashel Nabi, Mursal Nabi, Zaroon Nasir, BambiNdjibu, Egide Nduwimana, Devota Ntahuga, Mihad Rahal, Muna Timsina, andJose Velazquez.Jose VelazquezThese students were professional and courageous. They are futureleaders and we are so proud of the progress they’ve made both interms of language development and personal growth. They haveincreased their confidence and established a sense of belonging intheir new homeland, the United States.We hope you will pick up a copy of the 2012 Finding My Voice magazine.They are only $5 and can be purchased from Julie Kasper inRoom M219 or Susan Curtis in the Family Wellness Center. We alsoBambi Ndjibu & Carine Kosseke hope you will purchase a copy of our new project book – the cover isnot the book – online by visiting www.blurb.com.And, finally, we really hope you will join us for specialevents like this next year. Visit our project website – www.Zaroon Nasirfindingvoiceproject.com – or the Catalina website for informationabout previous projects and future events. Catalinais the international heart of Tucson; join us to learn aboutand celebrate the world!- Julie Kasper, ELD Dept. Co-Chair and Finding Voice FounderTROJAN UPDATE May, 2012 Page 7


End-of-Year Cuisine and CocinaOne of the fun aspects of learning a foreign language is learningabout LA CUISINE/LA COCINA.So, for the end of the year, Mr. Cyr’s French classes are havingauthentic French pastries for breakfast, “pains au chocolat” and“danoises,” special-ordered from Le Delice bakery on the EastSide of Tucson.Throughout the school year, Ms. Lara’s Spanish classes havelearned about foods associated with different holidays andtraditions in the Spanish speaking culture. For example, onNovember 1 st and 2 nd students learn about Dia de los Muertos(Day of the Dead) and partake in the traditional pan de muerto(bread of the dead).On January 6 th , el seis de enero, students samplethe rosca de reyes, a ring shaped pastry which istypically eaten on this day. Finally, around Cincode Mayo, students visit a local restaurant, “LasMargaritas,” and use their knowledge of foodsvocabulary and basic grammar to interact withthe waiters and waitresses in Spanish.Bon apetit! ¡Buen provecho!- Alicia Lara, World Languages Dept. ChairNurse Cindy Says “Beat the Registration Rush!”Parents and guardians, did you know that you can reduce the amount of beginning of the yearpaperwork you need to complete for registration? You can! By now you should have received a packetof registration materials to complete for your Catalina student for next year. Complete it now andreturn it to school. Please remember to sign the emergency card prior to turning it in!! If your childneeds immunizations, you will receive notice in the mail. It will include information on immunizationclinics which will be held this summer. Be smart—get it done early. Students must be current onimmunizations in order to start school in August.- Nurse CindyTROJAN UPDATE May, 2012 Page 9


LEARN Center Marks 25 th Year withCelebrate Literacy EveningThe LEARN Center’s Celebrate Literacy Eveningwas held on May 3 rd , in the Ballroom of theDoubletree Hotel. More than 400 students,parents, business & community partners,dignitaries, volunteers, and mentors attendedthe event. This year’s program celebratedthe achievements of our current students andhighlighted some of our LEARN Center alumni.The LEARN Center is 25-year partnership ofthe Arizona Supreme Court and TUSD. We wereextremely honored to have Dr. John Pedicone,Superintendent of TUSD, Catalina PrincipalRex Scott and Mr. Dave Byers, of the ArizonaSupreme Court in attendance to share some brief comments with us. Mr. Dave Byers started the CatalinaLEARN Center with Justice Frank X. Gordon for the AZ Supreme Court, in 1987. Interestingly, Dr. Pediconewas not at TUSD at that time, but knows all about the LEARN Program because he was a Marge Gould’sprofessor in her Master’s Degree program, and he attended our first Open House in 1987, and followedthe progress of the program over the past years.Following the opening of the program, there were many happy and exciting surprises. All of Ms. Kasper’sand Ms. Gould’s students were presented with Certificates of Achievement, and 80 students also receivedflash-drives, earned by accomplishing the Challenge. Sponsored by our Mr. Steve Santa Cruz, our businesspartner, and benefactor of 25 years, the Challenge requires students to have no unexcused absences,Stretch Themselves, and work hard every in every class to improve their achievement.The following students were presented scholarships from the Pima Community College Foundation:Adrianna Lambe, Arnoldo Delgado, Pita Kafley, Diego Garcia, Bisi Leonard, Esmeralda Rodriguez, FatumaAdem.Three students received Herman Gould MemorialScholarships of $500 each for Pima CommunityCollege: Angela Valdez, Juan Gonzalez, KrishnaSubedi.The following students are this year’s laptoprecipients: Francisco Danese, Angela Valdez, JuanGonzalez, Sumitra Timsina, and Adrianna Lambe.Francisco will attend the University of Arizona, andplans to study Aerospace Engineering. Angela willattend Pima Community College and plans to transferto U of A to earn a Bachelors Degree in nursing.- continued next pageTROJAN UPDATE May, 2012 Page 10


Juan Gonzalez will attend Pima Community College and transfer to U of A to study civil or aerospaceengineering. Sumitra Timsina will attend the University of Arizona and transfer to a university whichoffers courses in dentistry. Adrianna Lambe will attend Pima Community College and to prepare tobecome a Probation Officer.Highlights of the program were the success stories presented by 4 of our alumni who graduated between1993 and 1998. Jose Villalobos is now a Senior Systems Engineer taking college courses and celebratinghis 15 th year at TMC. Monica Monge spent 15 years in pharmacy at TMC. Daniel Camacho has aBachelors Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in chemistry. He received an internshipat the National Institutes of Health, doing research on Cancer. For the past 3 years, he has been doingCancer Research at the U of A Cancer Center. Shannon Roberts (now Dr. Shannon Roberts) received a PHDin Human Resources. Shannon is the Director of Employee Relations and Chief Negotiator for TUSDThe Catalina ROTC Honor Guard opened the evening by presenting colors and with Cadet Rumor Jensenleading us in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Saber Team created an arch of honor with their sabers forthe scholarships and laptops recipients to walk through to receive their awards. The fabulous CatalinaMariachis, under the direction of Ms. Tammy Stewart, treated us to beautiful, festive music as everyoneenjoyed goodies and lemonade during the reception following the program.- Marge C. Gould, LEARN Center TeacherIT’S A WRAP!This has been an action packed year for our dance classes!First semester we were busy with ballroom dance. The basics of the Tango, Triple Time Swing, Bachata,Salsa and Foxtrot were taught. Choreography for these dances was put together for each dance, and ourdancers performed some of these choreographed pieces at our first school assembly.In January, 40 dance students attended a Creative Dance Workshop which was featured in our last newsletter.I also attended a two day Creative Dance Workshop. Both workshops were paid for by the BarbaraMettler Foundation, sponsored by TUSD. It was a wonderful learning experience for both me and our students.Because of cost and transportation issues, most of our students would not have been able to attend- continued next pageTROJAN UPDATE May, 2012 Page 11


this educational workshop, so when this fantastic opportunity came up, we snatched it! Instructor CaroleMarlowe was great, and it was wonderful to work in Ms. Mettler’s historic studio. We really enjoyed it.In April, Anne Pollack, Capoeira instructor at the University of Arizona, brought a couple of her studentsto give each class a one day workshop in Capoeira, a form of Brazilian dance and martial arts. Studentswere introduced to a variety of Capoeira skills and movements. Ms. Pollack also gave us a brief history ofits origins, along with demonstrations of musical instruments used and music history. Capoeira is verychallenging and fun. Students got a “kick out of it!”Throughout second semester, I had two guest hip hop teachers, come in to work with my each dance class.These two young men, Rhey Orme and Matthew Love, were both products of TUSD schools. In their ownwords, “we love to dance!”, and “someone taught us, and we want to do the same for your students.” Forboth Rhey and Matt, dance is a passion and a profession. And that was evident based on their dedicationto our students. Each session was challenging and different. They taught choreographed work pieces. Infact, they choreographed 5 separate dances, one for each class. And as many of you know, our studentsperformed at the last school assembly in April. It was great having Rhey and Matt teach a genre that isvery popular with our youth. If everything goes as planned, in the near future, we’d like to create a danceteam; one that will prepare students to compete against other dance teams throughout Tucson. Wehaven’t had a team in quite a few years, so if enough students show interest, we’ll give it a try.To add to what was mentioned above, students were taught a variety of fun social dances. Included weresome of the more popular line dances, such as The Boot Scootin’ Boogie, The Cotton Eyed Joe, Tush Push,etc. Of course, we can’t have a dance class these days without The Electric Slide and The Cupid Shuffle.And thrown in for good measure, students got a taste of a few old fashioned square dances, such as TheVirginia Reel and also a variety of international folk dances. Before finals started, I even went as far as toteach an oldie but goodie, The Hustle, a disco dance from the 70’s! “Stayin’ Alive!!”Earlier this month a handful of students attended a free workshop taught by Pima Community CollegeDance students. Following the workshop we were treated to a dress rehearsal of Pima’s “The Four Season’s”performance. The show was amazing and inspirational. Who knew that Pima CC had such a greatdance program?!? We were fortunate enough to meet Pima and U of A dance instructor Aurora Goncalves-Shaner. She, as well as Pima students, choreographed the 17 dances which were in their fall and springperformances. One of my students, Angela Valdez, who’s enrolled at Pima, was so impressed and inspired,giving her confidence and courage, has decided to continue with her dance education while at Pima. Nopressure, but I can picture Angela on stage, performing in a future dance production in Pima’s CreativeArts Center.Dance is not only a great form of exercise, but it inspires and can help bring out your creativity. Dance hasgiven many of our Catalina students the opportunity to work with their peers and also with members ofour Tucson community. Together with exhibiting appropriate dance etiquette, politeness, kindness, personalresponsibility, good attendance, cooperation, communication, memorization, problem solving andpatience, combined with learning how to choreograph and perform in front of an audience, my studentsmade this a very exciting and rewarding semester.Students, families and faculty, have a great summer. Stay in shape!- Rosa Lara, PE Dept. Chair and Dance TeacherTROJAN UPDATE May, 2012 Page 12


He Did It! He Helped 80% Get Into College!Hello from your friendly College and Career Readiness Coordinator! What a great year I’ve had helpingstudents from all grade levels prepare themselves for college! Again this year we have over 80% of oursenior class planning on attending post secondary education. Forty-five of our seniors have been admittedto 4-year colleges and universities including UA, ASU, NAU, New Mexico State, Western New Mexico,Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Johnson & Wales University, and Vanguard University. Our seniorshave racked up a total of $3.5 million in scholarships and grants for college.On Saturday, April 21 st I coached our Financial Face-Off team at the event sponsored by the UA Credit WiseCats. Our team of students was comprised of membersfrom Ms. Gould’s English for the 21 st CenturyWorkplace class (Rumor Jensen, Angela Valdez, MarinaCervantes, Francisco Danese, Johana Nunez, andSilviano Vasquez). We had a fun day playing gamesand answering questions about personal finance andpurchasing a home. Although we didn’t finish in firstplace we brought home a trophy, $100, and learned alot!Safio MohamedI also have had the great honor of attending awardceremonies for two of our seniors this past month. SafioMohamed was honored by the Tucson Women’s Club ata luncheon where she was awarded a $1,000 scholarshipfor the UA. Joseph Leonidas was given the San XavierKiwanis Club “Student of the Year” award at a specialbreakfast held Saturday, May 12th. Among many otherspecial college scholarships awarded to a number ofour seniors this year, one of the most prestigious is theRaytheon Tucson Management Club scholarship. Ms.Jaclyn Pulliam will be honored at a dinner given by theRTMC on June 21 st where she will be awarded $8,000 tobe used towards her college career at the UA.You may have heard me say before “I love my job”. It istrue! I love helping students plan for college, apply forcollege, and most importantly find the money to payfor it! It is never too early to come see me about yourcollege plans (that means you freshmen and sophomores!).If you or your student will be a junior or seniornext year please come see me as soon as you return toschool next fall so we can put your plan into action.Joseph Leonidas- Mark Hanna, College and Career Readiness CounselorTROJAN UPDATE May, 2012 Page 13


HOT! HOT! HOT!It has been a wonderful year in the Beginning FEAST classes. This year we learned a lot, cooked a lot, andhad a lot of fun doing it. As the year closed we showed off our new talents by competing in a class SalsaCompetition. We used our knowledge of knife cuts, cooking techniques, safety and sanitation, teamwork,and time management in this team cooking competition.The final products were full of flavor, colors and textures, somereally packed a punch. Awards were given for Hottest Salsa, BestPresentation, Most Flavorful, Most Likely To Buy, and Best NamedSalsa. We did not make it easy on our judges; each salsa was deliciousin its own way, using unique combinations of flavors andingredients.“Jamaica Blazin’”Hottest salsa of the day was awarded to “Jamaican Blazin” whichused ghost chilies and boy were the judge’s months blazing aftertasting Tanner Giessuebel, David Howe, Cooper Watsons, andYahya Rheinhardt’s creation.Senior Toni Ruiz won two awards for her “Chili Coronation”. Shewas awarded Best Name and Best Presentation. Toni taped intoher creative side while plating her salsa in the form of a red hotchili pepper.Chef Yim and the judges really enjoyed Tropical Mango Salsacreated by John Boese, Daniela Paz and Marquis Wellington ofher first period class. Judges comments included “Great with anymeal”, “Great for a BBQ” and “Very colorful and appealing to theeye”.“Chili Coronation”My personal favorite of the day was a pineapple mango salsa createdby Ada Licea, Fernanda Mendoza, Alex Daniel, and KenedyRhode in my fourth period class. This fruity salsa was the perfectcombination of sweet and citrus flavors complimented with lot ofheat at the end from the habanera peppers that were added.We would like to thank Mrs. Encinas, Mrs. Lawson, Mrs. Dunn,Mrs. Morse, Mr. Berry, Mr. Madrid, Mr. Harcus, and Mr. Naegel fortaking the time out of their busy schedules to help evaluate ourculinary delights. A very special thank you goes out to Cesar Navarroand Rudy Valencia who won the award for Best Guest Judge.“Pineapple Mango Salsa”Chef Yim and I could not be prouder of our young chefs; they alldid an excellent job. We are looking forward in continuing the funnext year.- Stacie Rios, FEAST teacherTROJAN UPDATE May, 2012 Page 14


Changes to the Library this Past Year -- andLooking AheadSuch a fantastic year at the Catalina Library! I can’t believe it is already over. So many wonderful thingswere accomplished since I started here. I have to give big thanks to all the library aides who worked inthe library this year as we never could have accomplished all that we did without them. They worked andworked and worked, most of the time with a smile. They are the greatest!As you know one of the main goals of a library is that it be clean andwell organized. This makes access to resources quick and easy for allusing the library. In various “storage” areas of the library were oldaudio visual equipment, maps, and books that hadn’t seen the light ofday for years. So old they had the aides asking, “Miss, what is this?”We went through these areas and all their contents to decide whatto keep and what not to keep. The aides cleaned and cleaned. Weremoved so much old, outdated equipment and paper junk that wenow have areas that can be used for other more important functionssuch as workspace, study space and meeting space. Our collectionhad been continuously updated with new books for staff and students and new videos for classroominstruction.One of the biggest changes to the library was the district’s “refresh” of all the old computers to brand newones. Many thanks go to our in-house computer tech Bonnie Morlock and her always helpful husbandvolunteer,Ron, who help keep our computers and technology running. Due to their combined efforts thelibrary now has a “Lab” in the back of the library that full classes can schedule to support their curricularwork. Many of our students do not have access to technology in their homes so this is a huge benefit totheir overall education.As a centralized school, Catalina is used quite often for all sorts of district and community meetings. Useof the library by various groups from both inside the school and outside the school including tutoring,Catalina Foundation, Professional Development workshops for district staff and various other districttrainings and organizations has expanded greatly. We try to make sure the room is presentable for allwho come to use it.Looking ahead, I always hope that the library is looked at as an open, available and friendly place forall who want to use it. I think we have accomplished that fairly well this year. I like knowing thatresources the students and staff need to support their curriculum and pleasure reading needs are thingswe can make available. Sometimes this is hard to do when school budgets keep getting slashed but theadministration at Catalina values their library tremendously and they do all they can to provide much ofwhat we need. I applaud them for that.Thank you to everyone here who welcomed me into the Catalina family this year. I am excited to bereturning next year! Enjoy the summer!- Kate Gallion, LibrarianTROJAN UPDATE May, 2012 Page 15


“An Amazing Year at Catalina” - Ms. MorseIt has been an amazing year at Catalina. Students have made tremendous progress toward creating acommunity and campus, which is celebrated. Response to Intervention, freshmen houses, Superintendent’sStudent Advisory Council and Trojan Advisory Group are all facets of Catalina that have made thisyear truly remarkable.In its first year of implementation, Response to Interventionsought to provide support to students in readingand math. The dedication of its teachers, Ms. Beran andMr. Greco, alongside the effort of students chosen for theprogram, demonstrated how strong relationships and differentiatedinstruction work together to improve studentprogress. Over 200 students received services through thecourse this year, and we expect to see long lasting resultsfrom their participation, which will be evident in both currentand future academic success.After its second year as a revamped structure, freshmenhouses also proved to be a powerful tool in assisting studentachievement. Four house teams, Griffin, Pegasus, Phoenix and Terra Firma, worked diligently toaddress students’ needs through weekly teacher meetings, student and family conferences and regularcommunication between the school and home. On May 16 th , houses came together to celebrate their successes.In addition to games, music and prizes, this celebration recognized six student from each housefor their overall outstanding performance this year. Congratulations to all award recipients!The work of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SSAC)made a permanent mark on the Catalina campus this year, afterpartnering with the Ben’s Bells Foundation to promote a kindcampus. During the week of April 22 nd , TUSD’s Community TransitionProgram, SSAC and a remarkable number of Catalina studentsworked meticulously over the course of two days to install a 10’x10’mosaic in the cafeteria. (See photos on this page.) The mosaic isadorned with the message to be kind and symbolizes the efforts ofa truly kind and collaborative community.Trojan Advisory Group (TAG) is yet another amazing example ofstudent interest in making Catalina great. Although students investedin TAG only began meeting in February, their excitement anddedication to the cause speaks volumes. Preparations are alreadyunderway to organize and facilitate a multicultural celebrationweek in the ’12-’13 school year. Under the leadership of President,Zeljka Klipic, Vice President, Love Francis, and Junior Representative,Amber Hall we anticipate outstanding community events,which promote Catalina’s vision, for next year.- Mary Morse, Learning Support CoordinatorTROJAN UPDATE May, 2012 Page 16


2011-12 Social StudiesThe Department is losing Bruce Murchison so he can take a year off for law school studies at ASU. He hasbeen at Catalina for five years and has always had dreams of law as a profession and has constantly beenconcerned with issues of the legal field in his Mock Trial and Criminal Justice classes. Good luck, Mr. Murchison!A wish for parents of our Social Studies students: if your student’s grades are in question call or e-mailtheir teacher and get involved. Check his grade out online at TUSD Stats and ask the teacher first what isgoing on in some cases and then talk to your child. Students should do well if they are completing workon time, trying their hardest, asking questions, and paying attention to classwork and assignments.Expect your student to get an “A” or “B” in all of their courses and let them know your expectations!Booster Club Awards ScholarshipsAt the annual Honors Night for seniors two outstanding athletes each receiveda $500 scholarship. Jaclyn Pulliam plans to attend U of A to pursue acareer as a pediatrician. Luke Wood-Hromidko plans to attend Pima, studycriminal justice, and become a border patrol agent. Both these students finishedthe year in Catalina’s top 25, have outstanding recommendation lettersfrom their coaches, and are involved in amazing community service projects.The Booster Club was immensely impressed with each and every applicationwe received. We have some amazing students here at Catalina and we are sovery proud of them.- Cindy Dunn, Booster Club and Staff Member- Mark Shaffer, Social Studies Dept. ChairLink Crew members Fernando Zazueta,ZamZam Hirsi, and Rodrigo Elenes teach alesson to freshman Phoenix House studentsin Ms. Nabours’s third period Entrepreneurshipclass.Catalina’s Link Crew, led by CTE DepartmentChair Connie Lawson, has workedrelentlessly this year to help freshmen withtheir transition from middle school to Catalina.- Lysa Nabours-Childree,Entrepreneurship TeacherTROJAN UPDATE May, 2012 Page 17


Catalina English Department Looks to2012-2013The Catalina English Department is excited to offer thematic courses again this comingyear! Juniors and Seniors may choose to focus their English studies on psychology andphilosophy, mythology or war, instead of taking regular English 11 or English 12. Allcourses, as always, meet the same objectives and prepare students for the requirements ofcollege and career.Mythology and Folklore is a course offered to both juniors andseniors. It is an elective that will provide one English credit tothe student that successfully completes the course. The coursecontent will focus on a variety of myths, legends, folktales, andfairy tales from many cultures. The initial focus will centeraround Archetypes, the Greeks, as well as Norse myth, and themodern influence of mythology on our culture. There will alsobe a variety of investigations of persisting modern myths, fairytales, folktales, and legends. The classic text, Mythology, byEdith Hamilton, will be a primary text, but other more moderntexts will also be used. We’ll also look at the influence ofpopular culture and myth’s influence on popular culture. Filmstudy and the analysis of mythsys will also be incorporated. The creative student has thechance to thrive here with many opportunities for enrichment awaiting them.War has been part of the human experience since time immemorial; war has testedhumans in every way, causing pain and suffering, defining heroism and cowardice. In theLiterature of Holocaust and War class, we will be reading works addressing aspects ofwitness, survival, genocide and heroism.Psychology and Philosophy of Literature will use modern and classic stories and poems toexplore major schools of thought in the cognitive sciences. The first portion of the classwill survey a history of psychology, theories of intelligence and development, the normaland abnormal personality, and memory and perception. The philosophy semester will digin to philosophical reasoning and arguments, the mind/body issue, morality and ethics,and existentialism. This in an honors class, students will be expected to read and writeeach day outside of the classroom. An absolute must-have class for anyone interested inthe art and science of the mind and brain.- Heather Pohlmann-Reilly, English Dept. ChairTROJAN UPDATE May, 2012 Page 18


Catalina Foundation UpdateDIRECTOR BRINGS SKILLS TO FOUNDATIONSarah Lavetter McCraren ‘91 has a unique combination of professional experience which spans across awide range of industries and businesses.Sarah spent eight years at the Kimberly-Clark Corporation in their Global Health Care manufacturingsector, and she has been a small business owner in both service and manufacturing industries. She was anadministrator for three years.Sarah joined the Catalina High School Foundation to lend support to its objectives. Her business skills inbudgeting, cost analysis, and management will benefit the Foundation. Sarah volunteers her time at herson’s school and supports fundraising activities for his youth football organization. In Sarah’s free time, shecontinues to develop her yoga and meditation practices. The Board welcomes Sarah and appreciates hermany talents.CHSF STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE CHOSENJunior Amber Hall, the Catalina Foundation’s new student representative, is a busy gal. She will be takingpre-calculus and honors third-year Spanish as well as third-year culinary classes next year. Amber passedthe AIMS test as a sophomore. She volunteers at PetSmart most Saturdays with an organization called SaveAnimals from Euthanasia (S.A.F.E). “I play varsity golf and soccer. Soccer is my passion and I plan to playon club teams while I’m in college. I’m not sure what I will study in college, but it will be with dogs andcats.” Amber is a member of the Catalina TAG committee. Amber is “very excited” about being a part of theFoundation. Welcome to the Board.- Margaret-Ann Fangmeier, Class of 1958, CHSF Board MemberLife Skills ActivitiesOur Life Skills class offers a variety of learningopportunities, such as art, health, cookingclasses and nutrition, computer, fitness, andmuch more. The unique quality of our programallows us to fulfill each student’s individualneeds. This semester we collaboratedwith Flowing Wells High School, and we participatedin many social activities. Among ouractivities were a Staff Appreciation Picnic atFlowing Wells, Pima County Fair, Prom, bowling,and a graduation party. We also receivedtennis tackets and balls and some lessons fromMark Swenson, USTA South Arizona CommunityProgram Coordinator. Thanks, Mark! This will get us ready for Special Olympics tennis next year.Wishing all a good summer -- see you next year!- Jackie Fortier, Ex Ed TeacherTROJAN UPDATE May, 2012 Page 19


1 Credit and $10 an Hour - Trojans to the RescueStudents in Monica Holden’s Lifeguarding class receive certification in CPR, First Aid,and lifeguarding. But many students earn even more -- jobs with the City of Tucson aslifeguards at our public pools. Congratulations to our Trojans and Tucson summerlifeguards -- Robert Beal, Cade Borel, Krystlynn Creedon, Tuan Do, Kristy Encinas, MichaelGard, Colin Judstra, Cole Kowalski, Jaymz Lewis, Alexis Lujan, Brittney Milhoulland,Andrue Rodriguez, Robert Switzer, and Stephen Zadro-Young! And a big shoutoutto Ms. Holden!CMHS Pilots and Mechanics Reach New HeightsIt’s been wonderful, rewarding and trying within the Aerospace programthis year. On the flight side of the program, Nick Petropoulos and NathanReyes received their private pilot certificate by overcoming a grueling scheduleset upon them. I am truly proud of all the student pilots (Dustin Desilets, AmyFederico, Alan Garcia, and Paul Robledo) for all the hard work and time they putforth. We have started interviewing for next year’s pilots and see nothing butgreatness coming from them. Good luck!!This year in the structures area the students have started putting an engine in our Pitts aircraftunder the guidance of former program graduate Jason Lees. We are hoping to have it running before theschool year ends. I want to congratulate the following juniors -- Moises CuellarValenzula, Edward Federico,Daniel Feuerbach, Gabriel Hopkins, Philip Marlin, Dennis Nguyen and Carlos Rios -- and the followingseniors -- Andres Aldaz, Reginald Demic, Cody Erickson, Luis ValenzulaGardoni, and Fernando ZazuetaCarino-- for passing their state assessment test and beating the statewide average. Way to go guys!I want to say thank you and good luck to all the seniors departing the Catalina halls to embark ontheir next adventure. I have truly enjoyed the past four years with you and look forward to hearing aboutyour successes. I look forward to the classes of next year and what they will teach me!- Matt Trumbull, Aerospace InstructorTROJAN UPDATE May, 2012 Page 20


Dropout Prevention Helps Keeps Eyes on PrizeI wish you could see the faces of a senior student whenhe or shee sees the caps and gowns for graduation. Allof the hard work and effort is evident in the royal blueand white attire. You can see a change in the faces andthe shoulders are suddenly squared and a young personsees the future on a hanger. They made it and soonthey will walk across the stage and move on to the nextchapter in their lives.Here at Catalina we have bunches of caps and gownsthat we lend to the students for that special night ofcelebration. With the help of the Catalina Foundationand others we have built a supply of graduation attire.Right now we have a rack all ready to go to students.The names are attached and the tassel enclosed. Theywill thrill their parents, inspire their friends, and remindus all why we do what we do on a daily basis.The next time our students wear a cap and gown willbe when they graduate from college and I hope they rememberthe high school that got them to that momentousday. For now I think I will hang a cap and gown inmy office to remind the students how wonderful it is towear the school colors and celebrate a graduation.Congratulations, seniors, and thank you to all the hardworkingpeople at Catalina. A huge than you to theCatalina Foundation for all the support it offers.- Susan Curtis, Dropout Prevention SpecialistTROJAN UPDATE May, 2012 Page 21


ELD Students are Readers -- and AuthorsMs. Samorano’s students have put together the second issue of their magazine, “Stories from the Heartand Mind: Say It With Poetry!” Please enjoy the whimsical poetry and the fun pictures we have takenthroughout the year at http://issuu.com/cmhs/docs/magazine2Students have been learning about poetry, figurative speech,research, and career planning. Many students met the class’sSustained Silent Reading requirement and read 200 pagesthis semester. Quite a few students exceeded that requirementand participated in the SSR contest. The winners wereLimbert, who won first place by reading 1164 pages, Neelam,who came in second with 921 pages, and Amanuel, whoplaced third with 847 pages. Congratulations!I also want to congratulate the following students for receivingrecognition and awards for their academic excellence:Limert, Abdirahman, Esteban, Purna, Sharifa, Devota, Dawazam,Amanuel, Shamam, Ngan, Harira, Mihad, Neelam, Sabitra,Anjan, Layth, Krishna, and Maddiel.- Ari Samorano, ELD Teacher2012’s “Under the Big Top” a Big SuccessThanks to the efforts of dozens ofparent, staff, and student volunteersand the hard work of a committee thatspent the year planning, Catalina’sGrad Night, “Under the Big Top,” wasa big success. From just after graduationuntil 5:30 a.m. the next morning,seniors enjoyed fun, games, food, acts,and fellowship with their friends fromthe Class of 2012.See more photos of the fun throughthe link at our website, http://edweb.tusd1.org/Catalina/TROJAN UPDATE May, 2012 Page 22


Exceptional Education Department NewsAs the year draws to an end, we will bid farewell to several students who are leaving us and graduating.Some will be moving into community programs and others on to post-secondary sites. It is exciting toreflect on the growth each student made in his/her time with us. We wish them well as they move on tothe next chapter in their lives. Although we need to finish this year, we need to remind parents that forany returning student with an IEP, it will be necessary, if they have not done so, to complete the enrollmentpaperwork for next year immediately to insure transportation is in place for the first day of schoolin August.Our teachers are working hard to complete IEP paperwork before the end of theyear. Parents should expect to receive a copy of their child’s IEP progress reportthe week after school is out, if not sooner. Many teachers are having end of theyear activities to celebrate their students’ successes!We will have some changes in our department next year in staff and classes. Ms.Ezzo will be moving to a resource position for English, and we will have a new,yet to be determined, teacher in her former classroom for students with multipledisabilities. Additionally, we will have a new resource teacher who will be focusingon working with general education teachers to modify curriculum for our students and supportingacademics with academic core classes. This is new position for us. We are working with general educationteachers to develop a plan to have an “inclusion” class in each core academic area next year in whicha resource teacher will be in the classroom to assist with accommodations.We wish everyone a safe, relaxing summer!- Marilyn Calhoun, Exceptional Education Dept. ChairChemistry Experiments with Mr. DipHinStudents in Mr. Diffin’s Chemistryclasses identify the pHof common household itemsusing anthocyanin, a chemicalfound in red cabbage.Anthocyanin changes colors atdifferent pH’s and is the reasonfor some of the color variationseen in plants.- Bernie Diffin,Chemistry TeacherTROJAN UPDATE May, 2012 Page 23


We Will Miss You!As the 2011-2012 school year closes, we bid a fond and sad farewell to four wonderful colleagues,each of whom brought rigor, humor, care, and kindness to her classroom and leavesus now for the fun of retirement.Anne Bedford, ESL TeacherHer colleagues will miss her kind and unassuming demeanor, behindwhich lies years of experience and expertise in teaching ESL. Thereare hundreds of non-native English speakers, Trojan alums, who areleading successful lives because of Ms. Bedford’s wisdom. Thank you,Ms. Bedford, from all of us!Susan Bellamy, Math TeacherA respected member of Catalina’s Terra Firma community, Ms. Bellamyhas taught some of our toughest math classes to many of ourcollege-bound students. She’s known for her high standards andincredible math expertise. Best wishes and thank you, Ms. Bellamy!Mary-Claire Ketchum, Art TeacherWhen her retirement was announced just before graduation, theentire Class of 2012 rose to its feet as one, turned to the back of theauditorium where she quietly sat, and gave her a loud and heartfeltovation. What can we write to equal that?Cathy Pishos, Science TeacherSite Council leader, Science Department chair, environmentalist,wonderful mentor to new science teachers, and a relentlessstudent adovocate, Ms. Pishos will leave a hole in our schooland in our hearts that will not be quickly repaired.The puppies’ gain is our loss!TROJAN UPDATE Vol. II No. 4 May, 2012The Trojan Update is a quarterly publication of Catalina Magnet High School. Allrights reserved. View this quarter’s newsletter in living color at our website,http://edweb.tusd1.org/Catalina. Produced on a Mac, of course, using AdobePhotoShop, InDesign, a brand new coffee pot, and with huge thanks to all the Catalinastaff members who took the time to contribute articles and photographs!

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