Inspiring Excellence

Casa Grande Union High School District | February 2023

Staff Member of the Month

Mr. Simon Apodaca was recognized Tuesday, February 7, as the Staff Member of the Month at the district’s Governing Board meeting. Mr. Apodaca is a vibrant personality who is warm and welcoming at all times. His level of service in ensuring our facilities are extremely well sanitized and clean has been nothing short of exemplary. He is professional, positive, upbeat, courteous, and goes above and beyond in his job duties for the district. Several employees throughout the district count it a blessing to get to interact with him on a daily basis. One leaves an interaction with Mr. Apodaca feeling better about the day!

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CGUHS Band Boosters

The CGUHS Band Boosters were recognized at the district's Governing Board meeting on Tuesday, February 7, for all the awesome work they do for our students. Mr. Hebda, Band Director, sees their dedication and commitment to the band program on a weekly basis, “It is exciting that others see it as well. Our group of boosters spends hours a week helping to plan our events, build props, and making sure we have drivers and food to feed the students. For years, all the props for our Marching Band and Indoor Drumline/Guard shows have been designed by and built by our boosters. Our current President Patsy Burruel and Vice President Wayne Oden ask, ‘What do we need to make the show great?’, then they always deliver! Sometimes, the design team comes up with some unconventional ideas (stage in the middle of the field, movable platforms that the guard can stand and spin on, five Easekes that can magnetically attach puzzle pieces, and, of course, this year, Mr. Hebda wanted to turn the entire band red!). The boosters just nod their heads and say, ‘We can make that happen.’ They put in so many hours to support our students. We could not function without them and are honored to have the opportunity to work with them. They are a class act all the way!”

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CTE Students of the Month

Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Over 1,600 students are enrolled in thirteen (13) Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs throughout the Casa Grande Union High School District (CGUHSD). Each month, a different CTE program nominates a deserving student for this honor.

CTE Student of the Month: [CGUHS] Early Childhood Education

Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Estrella Perez (CGUHS) was recognized Tuesday, February 7, as one of the CTE Students of the Month at the district’s Governing Board meeting. Estrella was nominated by her CTE Early Childhood Education teacher, Miss McKenzie Rains. “Estrella is a shining example of a leader both in and out of school. She is currently enrolled as an advanced student in the Early Childhood Education program and holds the Vice President of Finance position with FCCLA. She is a dedicated individual who is consistently focused on developing best practices in the classroom and is always striving to reach her goals. Estrella is a natural leader and is willing to step up to any task when asked. She provides guidance to her peers and is a champion to all. She is seen as the “mother hen” of the team and can be found assisting another student with their work or motivating them to do their best. I cannot thank Estrella enough for the level of commitment she has granted the program throughout the course of the academic year. Her enthusiasm and passion for learning has allowed others to follow her lead and enter a leadership role for the following years to come. She is truly deserving of this recognition. It is a great honor to nominate her for the February CTE Student of the Month Award.” Estrella’s parents are Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Perez of Casa Grande, Arizona.

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CTE Student of the Month: [VGHS] Early Childhood Education

Career & Technical Education (CTE)

Melissa Bolivar Mendoza (VGHS) was recognized Tuesday, February 7, as one of the CTE Students of the Month at the district’s Governing Board meeting. Melissa was nominated by her CTE Early Childhood Education teacher, Mrs. Cassandra Yeo. “This is Melissa’s third year in Early Childhood Education. She is always on time and willing to do whatever is needed in the preschool. Melissa is kind and generous to her fellow classmate and favorite among our preschoolers. She is morning snack maker in the preschool and is great at making our morning run smoothly. Melissa is also serving as Vice President in our Early Childhood Education FCCLA chapter. We have been working really hard to meet our chapter goals. Melissa is always willing to do what it takes. Melissa, thank you for being such a big part of our successful year. We are so blessed to have you part of our program.” Melissa’s parent is Ms. Cecilia Lujan of Casa Grande, Arizona.

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Rotary Student of the Month [CGUHS]

Hailey Grace Mace was recognized Tuesday, February 7, as the February CGUHS Rotary Student of the Month at the district’s Governing Board meeting. Hailey’s accomplishments and activities include being Valedictorian, Class of 2023 President, Tennis Team Captain, 4.76 GPA (on a 4.0 Scale), Pointe Ballet, National Honor Society President, Advanced Placement Student, Student Council Member, Key Club Member, and Swim Team Member. She has also completed 32 college credit hours. Hailey plans to attend Northern Arizona University Honors College and focus her energies on Civil or Environment Engineering. Hailey’s supportive family includes her father Timothy Mace, mother Summer Breen, stepmother Amanda Mace, and grandparents Dale & Sharon Mace.

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Rotary Student of the Month [VGHS]

Justine Diaz, daughter of Fred Quintero and Jessica Diaz, was recognized Tuesday, February 7, as the February VGHS Rotary Student of the Month during the district's Governing Board meeting. Justine is an active member of the Vista Grande community and participates in numerous extracurricular activities. Since her freshman year, she has been a member of the Spartan Dance Company and is currently the Captain. Justine has also been in the Marching Band all four years and has been a Section Leader since her junior year. She was a Junior Officer and is the current President of the VG National Honor Society. Her other extracurricular involvement includes Link Crew, Cheer, Upward Bound, and Student Athletic Advisory Committee. Justine’s teachers describe her as having outstanding leadership skills as well as the drive and dedication to succeed in any environment. She has been accepted to the University of Arizona and received the Lumberjack Scholarship, a full-tuition waiver, to attend Northern Arizona University. Justine plans to study at the University of Arizona and earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Then, she wants to continue her education by earning a master's degree at the University of California - Los Angeles.

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Each week, Jennifer Kortsen, Public Relations Officer, interviews a staff member and posts it on social media. Check it out on the district’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube Channel, and Give Me Five Friday!

Give Me 5 Friday 1/20/2023
Give Me Five Friday 1/27/2023

It is our goal that every CGUHSD graduate demonstrates the following qualities and traits: resilience, critical thinking, accountability, collaboration, innovation, cultural literacy, and integrity. Ms. Jennifer Kortsen, Public Relations Officer, interviews current students on each of the qualities and traits, and post it on social media. Check out the first three videos on integrity, accountability, and resilience (more to come in the future)!

Portrait of a Graduate 2/10/2023
Portrait of a Graduate 12/02/2022

Ms. Jennifer Kortsen, Public Relations Officer, interviews a CGUHSD graduate and posts it on district social media. Check it out on the district’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube Channel!

Where Are They Now 2/3/2023

Class of 2020: John Travis Daniel

John Travis Daniel (CGUHS 2020), a graduate of the CGUHS CTE Engineering program, is an Electrical Engineering major in his third year of the 4+1 Master's program at the Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU). He was recognized as a recent recipient of the Tomalee Doan LibAid for Student Success Award. Travis received the first-place award for his work in the Makerspace. Inspiring Excellence!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Honored

On Monday, January 16, a large number gathered inside City Hall to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Local elected officials, leaders, community members, and students joined together to celebrate the life, work, example, and message of the civil rights leader. Due to inclement weather, CGUHSD students, clubs, and teams planning to volunteer at the event were unable to do so.

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Superintendent Student Ambassadors: Dreamscape Learn

The Superintendent Student Ambassadors from Casa Grande Union, Vista Grande, and INOVA experienced ASU’s Dreamscape Learn on Thursday, February 2. The Dreamscape Learn partnership delivers avatar-driven immersive experiences for campus-based and online courses, starting with introductory biology and expanding throughout the sciences and beyond. These learning labs enable students to work beside leading-edge science, arts, and engineering faculty to solve problems, engage with virtual worlds, and dive deeper into their learning. What an awesome group of students and leaders!

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Casa Grande Youth Commission

Students from Casa Grande Union and Vista Grande make up the Casa Grande Youth Commission. They hosted the Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at the city’s recreation center on Wednesday, January 25. The city-based organization members are young, diverse leaders making a positive and reliable impact on our community: Anthony Amado, Alexis O'Neal, Sheldon Moglia, Elle Wiles, Mila Lopez, Drake Maestas, Reese Maestas, Iris Moreno, Kiara Dela Cruz, Neal, Sheldon Moglia, Elle Wiles, Mila Lopez, Drake Maestas, Reese Maestas, Iris Moreno, and Kiara Dela Cruz.

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Girls Flag Football Team

On Tuesday, January 31, Kayla Tacker and Janiya Zamora were joined by Randy Robbins, Villago principal Jeff Lavender, and Mike and Daranne Tacker at CGUHSD to discuss starting an all-girls flag football team at the high school level. The girls talked about their passion for the sport that they currently participate in the valley.

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Student Council: 1st Semester Recap

During the Governing Board meeting on Tuesday, January 10, Student Council Student Body Presidents, Anika Gates (VGHS) and Cadence Kahn (CGUHS), made a wonderful, informative presentation recapping their activities during the first semester at their schools.

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DECA Marketing

On Tuesday, February 7, CGUHS DECA Marketing members Corinne Jacobsen, Drake Maestas, and Andres Ybarra participated in the 2023 Arizona DECA State Officer Candidate Interviews at the Arizona Department of Education in Phoenix, Arizona. The day consisted of an online exam covering DECA facts, an interview with state staff, and the making of a presentation about DECA. All three received nominations and are now official Arizona DECA State Officer candidates. Currently, they are formulating their campaigns to deliver at the 2023 Arizona DECA State Career Development Conference, February 23-25, in Phoenix, Arizona. The Cougars are advised by David Carter, CTE Marketing Teacher.

Arizona DECA District 3 Leadership Conference

CGUHS DECA Marketing participated in the Arizona DECA District 3 Leadership Conference competition on Friday, January 27, at Central Arizona College. Award winners included: Top 10% Marketing Comprehensive Exam Scores: Andres Ybarra (Finance Exam) and Anthony Rodriguez (Marketing Exam); and Overall Finalists (Role Event & Comprehensive Exam): Annia Kolaniak (Business Finance – 3rd Place Overall), Drake Maestas (Entrepreneurship - 2nd Place Overall), Lily Reid (Food Marketing - 1st Place Overall), Noah Duran (Quick Serve Restaurant Management - 3rd Place Overall), and Corinne Jacobsen (Restaurant & Food Service Management - 1st Place Overall). The Cougars are advised by David Carter, CTE Marketing Teacher.

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Arizona DECA District 3 Leadership Conference Competition

VGHS DECA Marketing participated in the Arizona DECA District 3 Leadership Conference competition on Friday, January 27, at Central Arizona College. Award winners included: [Apparel and Accessories Marketing] Allen Sloan-Exam Medal-3rd Place; [Entrepreneurship] Joel “Gus” Huber-Exam Medal-1st Place; [Financial Services Team Decision Making] Mya Gambrel and Jose Mogyoros-2nd Place; [Hotel and Lodging Management] Paul Sanchez-3rd Place; [Principles of Business Management and Administration] Nadia Baca-1st Place; [Principles of Hospitality and Tourism] Natalie Soule-1st Place, Roberta Alwin-2nd Place, and Saphira Patterson-3rd Place; and [Retail Merchandising] Anthony Amado-1st Place. The Spartans are advised by Annie Hunter, CTE Marketing Teacher.

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FFA Regional CDE Contest

The CGUHS FFA competed at the regional level. At the end of February, they will compete at the state contest held at the University of Arizona. FFA has worked hard these past five months to prepare for this and are excited to move on to the state level. Placing in the Career Development events: [Agronomy-1st Place Team] 1st Place Individual-Olivia Keeling, 2nd Place Individual-Reid Barnes, 3rd Place Individual-Hannah Hartman, and 4th Place Individual-Cameron Lyons; [Livestock Evaluation-1st Place Team] 3rd Place Individual-Wyatt Murrieta, Thomas Hartman, Clair Murrieta, and Tanner Larkin; [Dairy Evaluation Team A-1st Place Team] 1st Place Individual-Canyon Teel, 2nd Place Individual-Riata Boyle, Aspen Teel, and Peyton Elliott; [Dairy Evaluation Team B-2nd Place Team] Olivia Vance, Lacey Zambrano, Hannah Pratt, and Rannyn Shuman; [Aquaculture-2nd Place Team] 2nd Place Individual-Robby O’ Grady, 3rd Place Individual-Zachary Handcock, Alma Atrian, and Katherine Clarridge; [Food Science-2nd Place Team] Kaylynn Jordan, Cade Riggs, Ian Wilkie, and Brent Crockett; [Job Interview] 2nd Place Individual-Alexis O’Neal and Brooklynn Lopez; [Wildlife-3rd Place Team] Malyn Ogle, Austin Pratt, and Isaiah Corralejo; and [Horse Evaluation Team] Emily Vacca, Taylor Curtis, Tabitha Wright, and Delilah Sharp. The FFA is advised by Casey Farnsworth, CTE Agriscience Teacher.

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Southeast Regional Honor Band & Choir Ensemble Auditions

Seven CGUHS Band and Choir students auditioned Saturday, January 28, at the University of Arizona for the Southeast Regional Honor Band & Choir and earned a spot in the ensemble: Xavier Bojorquez (Trumpet), Curtis Maroney (French Horn), Charlie Melton (Piccolo), Brayden Moore (Choir), Manuel Peralta (Oboe), Nathan Valencia (Alto Sax), and Maya Winegrad (Clarinet). Earning top score of the day on their instrument were Charlie Melton, Curtis Maroney, and Nathan Valencia. The ensemble’s performance will take place, February 17-18, at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Arizona. Band is instructed by Martin Hebda and Choir is instructed by Benjamin Dague. Visit the Fine Arts Department at

English 10

On Monday, February 6, Ms. Stephan Noya’s English 10 classes participated in Vocabulary Bingo. Students were given Bingo cards with a new set of words in preparation for the next day’s test. Definitions were distributed through a randomizer. Students were asked to identify the word described to them to scratch it out. When students obtained four across, diagonally or vertically, they yelled out "Bingo." Three students who earned a Bingo received prizes.

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We The People

Mr. Robert Peterson’s We The People class (CGUHS) competed for the first time at the Arizona State Mock Congressional Hearing Competition held at Mesa Community College on Friday, January 13. They competed against other high schools including Chandler Hamilton, Mesa Mountain View, Mesa Red Mountain, Gilbert Classical Academy, Mesa Dobson, Tempe Corona Del Sol, and Lake Havasu. Mesa Mountain View won the overall competition and will represent Arizona at the national competition in Washington, D.C., this April. The CGUHS team was small, with only nine competitors, meaning each student had to testify in two units of study each, compared to the other teams who were larger with twenty plus students and only had to compete in one unit each. The CGUHS Unit #5 team, which consisted of seniors Kaitlyn Mills, Meya Garcia, and Aracelly Ortiz, won the best overall Unit #5 team. This was a great experience for these outstanding students. The Cougars look forward to competing again next year with a new group of seniors.

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Miss Amerind & 1st Attendant

Alayna Mark was named the 2023 Miss Amerind and Odessa Thomas was named the 2023 Miss Amerind 1st Attendant at the Amerind Pageant on Saturday, January 7. Alayna and Odessa are both from the Gila River Indian Community. The Amerind Club is advised by Gene Manuel, JOM Student Advisor, and John Garvey, Social Studies Teacher. Pictured [L-R] Alayna Mark and Odessa Thomas

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Key Club Valentine's Activities

Casa Grande Union’s Key Club recently held a Valentine’s party and Valentine’s card making for Oasis Nursing Facility. The Cougars are sponsored by Melanie DeCarlo, Parent Advocate.

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Black Student Union Attends Black Changemaker Summit

On Wednesday, February 8, VGHS Black Student Union (BSU) attended the ASU West Black Changemaker Summit - Super Bowl Edition. The Black Student Union is advised by Mr. Cedric Collins.

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Student Council State Convention

Vista Grande Student Council attended the AASC (Arizona Association of Student Councils) State Convention, Wednesday, January 25 - Saturday, January 28, held at Mohave High School in Bullhead City, Arizona. Over 100 Arizona schools attended. The students received four (4) days of inspiring keynote speeches, team-building activities, idea sharing with other councils, awards, and a whole lot of spirit all centered around the central theme of "The Nature of Leadership". For the entire 2022 calendar year, VG Student Council was awarded Outstanding Council of Distinction for everything they have done for the school and community, Platinum Level Award for charitable contributions (over $1000 donated), and Platinum Level Award for community service hours (over 2,800 hours), all of which are the highest-level awards. Mr. Scheeler was also 1 of 9 Student Council sponsors nominated for Advisor of the Year. For the themed days, the students dressed as a pack of bears with Goldilocks and the forest and showed their Spartan pride. They also celebrated Mr. Scheeler's 40th birthday with him on the 28th.

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Boys Basketball 3-Point Shootout Contest

Casa Grande Union Boys Basketball participated in a 3-point shootout contest at Villago Middle School’s pep assembly on Thursday, February 9. Coached by Chad Howell and assisted by Lance Lenard and Cameron Armstrong, the Cougars face Chaparral in the Playoffs at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 10, at Chaparral.

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Boys Basketball Senior Night

It was senior night for the CGUHS Boys Basketball team. The Cougars are coached by Chad Howell.

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Pinal Prep Performer of the Week

CGUHS's Anthony Garcia, Boys Basketball, posted a triple double with 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists in the Cougar's win over Williams Field. The Cougars are coached by Chad Howell.

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Girls Soccer San Tan Region Teams

Congratulations to the CGUHS Girls Soccer players who were named San Tan Region [First Team] Andrea Valdez-Paz (Midfield); [Second Team] Anaya Guadian (Forward); and [Honorable Mention] Andrea Garcia (MF), Hannah Shawcroft (Def), and Alejandra Vasquez (MF). The Cougars are coached by Michael Wagner, CTE Construction Technologies Teacher. Photo courtesy of Yearbook.

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AIA Spirit State Qualifier & Championships

The AIA Spirit State Qualifier & Championships were held January 19-21 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona. The Casa Grande Union High School Cougar Spiritline competed in the All-Girl, Division 2, show cheer category against 22 other teams from around the valley. The Cougar Spiritline's performance Friday at qualifiers placed them in the top 10, advancing them to the championships on Saturday. They came home with a sixth-place finish. This year is the eleventh consecutive state championship placement for the Cougar Spiritline program. The competition team is coached by Katie Kramer, Michelle Estrada, Brooklyn Nolasco, and Dominique Estrada.

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CGUHS Purchase Home Game Tickets

All CGUHS athletic events are cashless. Purchase your tickets online at Students may also purchase tickets at the CGUHS Bookstore until 2 p.m. on game days.

Baseball Banner Sponsorship

The VGHS Baseball team is promoting the sale of advertisement banners that will be displayed on the bleachers at all home games. With the purchase of a banner, your company will also be advertised on the team's social media accounts. Complete the sponsorship form at Payment is due upon ordering. Please make check payable to “Vista Grande Baseball”. If you have questions, contact Harley Grigg at

Boys Basketball Senior Night

It was Senior Night on Wednesday, February 1, for the VGHS Boys Basketball team. Congratulations to all the seniors and their families! The Spartans are coached by Corey Downs, English Teacher.

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Pinal Performer of the Week: Stefanie Trantham

Stefanie Trantham was named Pinal Prep Performer of the Week on February 2. She posted a triple-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 steals in the Spartans’ win over Cortez. The Spartans are coached by Ryan Barrett.

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Girls Soccer Senior Night

It was Senior Night on Thursday, January 26, for the VGHS Girls Soccer team. Congratulations to all the seniors and their families! The Spartans are coached by Ramon Estrada-Vega, CTE Automation & Robotics/World Languages Teacher.

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AIA Spirit State Championships Qualifier

On Friday, January 20, the Vista Grande Spiritline team competed at the AIA State Championships Qualifier. They competed against 22 other teams. The Spartans had not competed in this competition and category since 2014. After almost 10 years, the team went out and put VG back on the map! Their goal, next year, is to make it on to Day 2. The Spartans are coached by Serina Felix, Vanessa Martinez, and Dena Seavello.

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Wrestling Sectional Tournament: Saturday, Febr 11 @ 10 AM

Vista Grande Wrestling’s sectional tournament is Saturday, February 11, at 10:00 a.m. at Campo Verde High School. This is the state-qualifying tournament. Tickets can be purchased on GoFan. The Spartans are coached by Martin Lopez, Federal & State Grants Coordinator.

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INOVA Attendance

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PACE: Coming 2023/24!

PACE (Pathways Accelerating Career Experiences) High School is a face-to-face campus that will be the flagship for what is possible in student academic achievement. It will be rooted in skills mastery, project based learning, and social emotional growth. PACE graduates will carry with them marketable and college-ready skill sets, including a bilingual literacy certificate. PACE students will participate in mentoring and internships with Lucid, Nikola, Kohler, and other potential community partners. For more information, send an email to

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CGUHS Newsletter

The CGUHS News newsletter is created by CGUHS Principal Brian Mabb and published weekly during the school year.

INOVA Newsletter

The INOVA School Newsletter is created by INOVA Headmaster/Principal Crystal Danzy and published weekly during the school year.

VGHS Newsletter

The Weekly Dish newsletter is created by VGHS Principal Vance Danzy and published weekly during the school year.

VGHS News Video

VG News videos are created by the VGHS Student Council and posted weekly during the school year. The Spartans are advised by Nathan Scheeler, social studies teacher. Subscribe today!


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Children need healthy meals to learn. Casa Grande Union High School District offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $2.00; lunch costs $3.00. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals (see below). Reduced-price is $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch.

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Upcoming Events

Feb 08-13 = VGHS Valentine Grams

Feb 10 = VGHS Blood Drive @ 9:30 AM-1:30 PM

Feb 10 = VGHS Cupid Sweetheart Dance @ 7:00-10:00 PM

Feb 11 = Wrestling Sectional Tournament @ 10:00 AM

Feb 13-17 = CGUHS Spirit Week

Feb 13 = CGUHS Site Council @ 5:30 PM

Feb 14 = VGHS Site Council @ 4:30 PM

Feb 15 = Early Release (Students) @ 1:05 PM

Feb 20 = Presidents Day (No School/Offices Closed)

Feb 22 = Early Release (Students) @ 1:05 PM

Mar 01 = CGUHSD Transition Fair

Mar 06 = CGUHS Site Council Meeting @ 5:30 PM

Mar 07 = Governing Board Meeting @ 5:30/6:30 PM

Mar 10 = Q3 Grading Period Ends (46 Days)

Mar 13-24 = Spring Break (No School/Appointments Only)

Apr 01 = VGHS 5K Run/Walk @ TBA

Apr 04-14 = State Testing

Apr 07 = In-Lieu Day (No School/Offices Closed)

Apr 10 = CGUHS Site Council Meeting @ 5:30 PM

Apr 11 = VGHS Site Council Meeting @ 4:30 PM

May 08 = CGUHS Site Council Meeting @ 5:30 PM

May 09 = VGHS Site Council Meeting @ 4:30 PM

May 23 = CGUHS Graduation

May 24-25 = Semester Exams

May 25 = VGHS Graduation

May 25 = Q4 Grading Period Ends (43 Days)

May 26 = Teacher Checkout

Jun 19 = Juneteenth

VGHS Valentine Grams (Feb 8-13)

VGHS Valentine Grams

$2 Valentine Gram

February 8-13

Send a crush soda to a friend, teacher, or someone you care about. Delivered with a note on February 14.

Purchase During 1st-2nd Lunch

VGHS Blood Drive (Feb 10)

9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

VGHS Small Gym

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VGHS Cupid Sweetheart Dance (Feb 10)

Tickets Sold = February 6-10

Pre-Sale Cost = $10/single ticket = $15/two tickets

At-The-Door Cost = $15/person

Doors Close @ 8 PM

Semi-Formal Attire, School ID, & Ticket Required

CGUHS Spirit Week (Feb 13-17)

Mon, Feb 13 = Status Update

Tue, Feb 14 = Date Night

Wed, Feb 15 = Wear Pink

Thu, Feb 16 = Head Over Heels

Fri, Feb 17 = Famous Couples

CGUHS Site Council (Feb 13)

Site Council is an excellent way for you to be involved in our school. Come learn about our academic initiatives, school activities, and more. Site Council is a group of teachers, parents, classified employees, and students who work with the principal to develop, review, and evaluate school improvement programs and budgets. Site Council meets once a month (generally, the 2nd Monday of the month) at 5:30 p.m. in the CGUHS Library. The next meeting is Monday, February 13, in the CGUHS Library at 5:30 p.m.

VGHS Site Council (Feb 14)

Site Council is a group of community members, parents, students, VGHS administration, and VGHS staff who typically meet on the second Tuesday of each month, with the exceptions of October (Fall Break) and March (Spring Break), at 4:30 p.m. in the Vista Grande Conference Room. To join the Site Council, email Mr. Vance Danzy, Principal, at or call 520-876-9400 ext. 4101. The next meeting is Tuesday, February 14, in the Vista Grande Conference Room at 4:30 p.m.

Presidents Day (Feb 20)

Monday, February 20

No School/Offices Closed

CGUHSD Transition Fair (Mar 01)

CGUHSD Transition Fair

ESS & 504

Wednesday, March 1

5-7 PM

VGHS Small Gym


Sonya Hendricks, Transition Specialist

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Governing Board Meeting (Mar 07)

Tuesday, March 7

Special Governing Board Meeting @ 5:30 PM

Regular Governing Board Meeting @ 6:30 PM

District Office Board Room, 1st Floor

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YouTube Livestream (Watch Live)

Spring Break (Mar 13-24)

No School/Offices Open for Appointments Only

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In-Lieu Day (Apr 07)

Friday, April 7

No School/Offices Closed

CGUHS Graduation (May 23)

Tuesday, May 23

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VGHS Graduation (May 25)

Thursday, May 25

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Blackboard Access

Parents are encouraged to log in to Blackboard to support their student’s academic progress. In Blackboard, parents are able to review their student’s classes, check assignments completed, and better understand what students are learning in class. Please ask your student for their password information in order to access it. If you need support in accessing your student’s password, please call (520) 374-7170.

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Each year, the U.S. Department of Education rewards over $120 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds to more than 13 million students. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the only way to apply for federal, state, and college aid. It is completely free and it typically takes ONLY 30 minutes to complete. Many schools offer money on a first-come-first-serve basis, so the sooner one applies, the better. For more information on Financial Aid, visit your high school's webpage (CGUHS or VGHS).

PowerSchool App

The PowerSchool App is available for download on Android and Apple devices with the district code of QJDT. Your username and password are the same as you use to access the web-based PowerSchool portal.

District Code = QJDT

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Scholarship Opportunities

It is a known fact college is expensive and the cost is rising. Do not let that deter you from applying for college. There are many opportunities to help you cover the cost of college. Scholarships are gifts of "free money" that do not need to be paid back, unlike student loans. Most scholarships can be awarded based on merit, which means that students earn them for having good grades, athletic talent, volunteering, or even for a certain demographic. Every year, hundreds of billions of dollars are awarded in scholarship money. There are many sources of scholarship, such as colleges and universities, military, individuals, communities, nonprofits, ethnic/historical organizations, businesses, religious groups, and more. Some scholarships are highly selective but many are not. The best practice is to apply for as many scholarships as possible and start early.

Tutoring (CGUHS) Updated 01/18/2023

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Tutoring (INOVA) Updated 01/04/23

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Tutoring (VGHS) Updated 01/04/23

Math: Mon-Fri

English: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri

Brainfuse: Wed

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Civics Essay & Video Contest

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Inspiring Excellence Newsletter

The Inspiring Excellence newsletter is created by Marilyn Twehous, Social Media Specialist, and published monthly during the school year. Submit articles and photos to

Casa Grande Union High School District

1362 N Casa Grande Ave

Casa Grande, AZ 85122

520-316-3360 Phone

520-316-3352 Fax