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One of many year-end activities: ninth graders race cardboard boats that they designed and built.

May is a happening month around here! We launched the final stretch of the school year with 8thgrade portfolio gateway presentations on May 1 and have not slowed down. The seniors spent a few days camping on Mt. Lemmon reflecting and connecting, and then came down the mountain to do their gateway presentations on May 14. This week we celebrate the culmination of middle school with our 8thgraders and then send off City High School’s class of 2019 on May 29 – all in joyful and emotional graduation ceremonies that honor each student and reflect a deep commitment to learning.

Educators participate in summer institute on professional learning communities, June 2018.

And we don’t slow down in summer. Once the school year ends and students depart for camps and jobs, we turn our attention to teacher programs. Our new collaborative learning center will be bustling with activity in June and July, hosting over 200 local and national colleagues for workshops on a variety of best practices – creating professional learning communities, deepening culturally responsive practices, and embedding more project based learning, to name a few.

As you might already know by now, this is my final school year with CITY. I am proud of what I have accomplished in my 16 years on the job and am grateful for the generous support and collaboration that have helped me succeed. Thank you! My last request is to help me end this year – and my tenure – on a high note. Contribute to what’s next: our next generation of students and our next level of impact on teaching and learning. 

Please make a tax-deductible donation to our annual fund and help fuel our momentum – this season and for many seasons of learning to come! Donations can be mailed or made online at CITYccl.org/donate.

In gratitude,

Carrie Brennan, Executive Director