Catalina Courier

November 2022

From the Principal

Happy Chilly November!
Thank you for attending Trunk-or-Treat it was well attended and it was a pleasure to meet our families.
Please note the following no-school days as there are plenty this month:
• November 3 Professional Learning Thursday only teachers attend school and no school for students
• November 11 Veterans Day
• November 24th and 25th Thanksgiving Break
Also winter sports start this month, students please visit Mr. Bridges for more information.

I want to take the time to share with you some important information.
• You may view grades now through ParentVue or in your students’ StudentVue. If you have questions about your students’ grades, please reach out to your students’ teachers. Daily attendance is critical to maintain grades, please make sure your student is in school, on time every day.
• Reminder to fill out the School Quality Survey to provide us important information.
• December 1st is Middle and High School Expo at the Tucson Convention Center Exhibition from 5:30-7:30.

¡Saludos Comunidad Catalina!
¡Feliz noviembre frío!
Gracias por asistir a Trunk-or-Treat, hubo una buena asistencia y fue un placer conocer a nuestras familias.
Tenga en cuenta los siguientes días sin clases ya que hay muchos este mes:
• 3 de noviembre Jueves de aprendizaje profesional solo los maestros asisten a la escuela y no hay clases para los estudiantes
• 11 de noviembre Día de los Veteranos
• 24 y 25 de noviembre Descanso de Acción de Gracias
También los deportes de invierno comienzan este mes, los estudiantes deben visitar al Sr. Bridges para obtener más información.

Además, quiero tomarme el tiempo para compartir con ustedes información importante.
• Puede ver las calificaciones ahora a través de ParentVue o en StudentVue de sus estudiantes. Si tiene preguntas sobre las calificaciones de sus alumnos, comuníquese con los maestros de sus alumnos. La asistencia diaria es fundamental para mantener las calificaciones, asegúrese de que su estudiante esté en la escuela a tiempo todos los días.
• Recordatorio de llenar la Encuesta de Calidad Escolar para brindarnos información importante.
• El 1 de diciembre es la Exposición de Escuelas Intermedias y Secundarias en el Centro de Convenciones de Tucson de 5:30 a 7:30.

College and Career Center Updates

Dear Catalina Students and Parents,

This week marks the beginning of our 6th annual FAFSA Frenzy at Catalina!

What is the FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has been open for almost 2 months. At Catalina, we encourage all our eligible students to complete the FAFSA before they graduate. This application for student aid allows students to accept federal Pell grants (almost $7000/yr.), scholarships, and federally backed student loans to pay for many after high school training and educational opportunities- including universities, colleges, trade schools, beauty/barber colleges, tech school and more.

2022-2023 FAFSA FRENZY!

Starting this week through December 9, Catalina High School is sponsoring our 6th annual FAFSA Frenzy! This is a friendly competition between all of the senior ECON/GOVT classes. The class with the highest percentage of FAFSA completion rates will win the FAFSA Frenzy and their teacher will have to wear a dollar bill costume while teaching!

FAFSA Completion Rates and Prizes

In addition to the class competition, each student who completes the FAFSA will receive a $5.00 gift card to a local fast food restaurant. In addition to this immediate gift, seniors can work together to reach class level milestones. If we meet the below goals, all students who have completed the FAFSA will receive the following:

  • 25% FAFSA Completion Rate: Ice Cream Sunday Bar at Lunch
  • 50% FAFSA Completion Rate: FAFSA Fiesta luncheon
  • 75% FAFSA Completion Rate: Movie and Popcorn in the auditorium
  • 95% FAFSA Completion Rate: Senior Field Trip

Over the next few weeks- students can come to the Catalina College Center during 5th-7th period to get assistance completing their FAFSA’s. Students and parents can be prepared to complete this application by having their social security numbers, parental birthdates, and social security numbers (if applicable) and annual household income. We ask that parents be available to help students collect this information to complete the FAFSA.

Please let me know if you have additional questions or concerns and remember, first you hafta FAFSA!


Jennifer Miranda
College and Career Readiness Coordinator