Civano Community School

19 February 2021

Returning to Campus Updates

As we move into spring, we would love to see our students returning to campus for in-person learning. Our smaller class sizes will allow for all students to return to campus and meet public health guidelines for safely learning together. We have learned to navigate mask-wearing, physical-distancing, increased hand-washing, and staying home when sick with much success at Civano. Many of our staff members have been vaccinated and/or will be receiving their second vaccinations soon.

A few steps toward that:

  • For the remainder of the year, students may return to campus on any Monday, as long as they have notified me via phone call or email and I have confirmed their return date.
  • Students may come to campus for benchmark test-taking and will be expected to come to campus for state-testing later this spring (see information below). Again, please email or call me to let us know you'll be coming to campus for benchmark 3 testing the week of March 8.
  • We will continue to implement and refine best practices for the health and safety of our students and staff as we progress toward a more typical school week and school day.

THANK YOU for being part of the Civano Community School family!




Annual Parent Survey

Dear Parents,

As per VSD’s mission statement, we exist to ". . . PROVIDE PARENTS WITH SAFE AND NURTURING SCHOOL COMMUNITIES, WHERE THEIR CHILDREN CAN OBTAIN A QUALITY EDUCATION." Please let us know how we are doing by completing this brief survey (it will only take 2 to 4 minutes).

VSD Parent Survey 2021

We take these surveys very seriously. Each year we compare results to the results of prior years and look for trends in improvement and areas that need attention.

We also use the results for both teacher and administrative evaluations.

Please help us help you by providing the quality responses needed to make the results meaningful.

The survey is open through 5:00 pm on Sunday, February 28, 2021

(I apologize if you received multiple notices of this survey. To promote participation we are sending notice of the survey out through several distribution systems.)


K/1: Youngers: Ted Harrison inspired Landscape with Polar Bear

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Tobacco Policy Survey

This survey is intended for parents, guardians and adult family members that are residents of Pima County and the City of Tucson. There is a group of students and educators who would like your input to help guide possible new policy for City Parks. (The term Tobacco use in this survey is inclusive of Cigarettes, Vaping, E-cigarettes, chew, snuff, cigars and any other nicotine delivery system). Your survey responses are anonymous.

You can complete the survey here: Tobacco Policy Survey

Arizona Tax Credits

Dear Civano Families & Friends,

We are writing to ask for your continued support with an Arizona Tax Credit contribution. These tax credit contributions are how we fund our Arts program at Civano!

We are asking each Civano family to contribute at least $400 (or $200 for families with individual filers) and to reach out to three other Arizona tax payers and ask them to contribute their public school tax credits to our school. Almost 80% of households in Arizona do NOT have school-age children. You likely have friends or relatives in this situation. Often taxpayers in those households don’t know about the tax credit program or they forget to make the contribution. We urgently need your help to educate these taxpayers and encourage them to give to Civano Community School.

About Public School Tax Credits: If you owe taxes to the state of Arizona, your contribution will offset what you owe dollar-for-dollar. If you give more than what you owe, you’ll get the extra back as a tax refund. It’s really an amazing opportunity! While none of us enjoy paying taxes, with tax credits you can know that at least some of your tax dollars go directly to your child’s school. Here’s how it works


  • Couples filing jointly may take a credit of up to $400 and individuals up to $200.

  • Contribute online or via check in the school office.

  • Giving online? Please select “Greatest Need” at the bottom of the page and when directed to choose a school, select “Civano Community School”.

  • Public school tax credit gifts for the 2020 tax year may be made right up to April 15, 2021.

How Civano Uses Tax Credits: Greatest-Needs tax credit contributions fund

  • Specials -- Art, Drama/Music

  • Artists-in-Residence programs (like previous year’s drumming and movement)

  • Outdoor education programs and field trips (Ironwood Tree Experience, 8th grade backpacking trip) and so much more.

Civano wouldn’t be the school we love without these important programs! Thank you for helping us rise to the challenge!


The Staff and Students of Civano Community School

P/S -- You can help by sharing the Tax Credit Contribution page with your AZ friends and family or by handing them a contribution form for mailing in or dropping off in the office. You can download the form HERE.

Civano Student Artwork Selected for Tucson Festival of Books

From Vince: A few weeks ago I put some of our students' artwork together to submit to the Tucson Festival of Books Art Contest. The contest is a juried show, that is hosted by The Friends of Western Art. Schools can submit artwork along with parent permission forms. This art contest is part of the Tucson Festival of Books Show that is held at the U of A each year. This year it will be virtual. Over 75 entries were received. The jury selected 25 pieces to be winners that would be included in the show. From those 25, the jury selected 9 Civano Middle School students' artworks to be included in the show.

Another special honor was given to our 7th grader Maelina R., whose watercolor painting was chosen to be the cover of the booklet/catalog of the show. This printed catalog of the show lists the winners along with a photo of their artwork. A large poster is also printed, with photos of the artworks and names of the artists.

Winning students will receive a booklet, a poster, and an award/certificate of recognition. Each student will also receive a $100.00 gift certificate to be used at Sarnoff Art in the form of art supplies the students can choose.

Nine winners makes this a $900.00 support of our students' artwork, and recognizing art in our school. Amazing.

Thank you to The Tucson Festival of Books, Cindy Clayberg, The Friends of Western Art, Michael Ewing, and Sarnoff Art, Henry Sarnoff for your continued support of my students' artwork and art at Civano Middle School. We are honored and most appreciative.

Special Education Records Destruction

The Vail School District Special Education Office is in the process of destroying SPECIAL EDUCATION records for students who withdrew, transferred or graduated from high school four or more years ago. We are required to notify parents or students, if they are 18 years or older, to give them an opportunity to review the records before they are destroyed. If you believe that you or your child might have Special Education records and would like to review them, please contact Cindy Cahill at 879-2051 or email at

Otherwise, records are due to be destroyed on June 1, 2021.

UPDATED Community Time Link:

We have a new link for Community Time each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday that school is in session! Please bookmark this!

Topic: 3rd & 4th Quarter Community Time

Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 857 6259 3840

Passcode: Civano21


8:35am -- Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday that school is in session -- Community Time

February 22 -- Writing Benchmark, Grades 2-5

Information is shared on your child's class Schoology page.

February 24 -- Writing Benchmark, Grades 6-8

Information is shared on your child's class Schoology page.

Feb 24 -- 2021-2022 Lottery 3pm via Zoom

Feb 25-26 -- Rodeo Break, NO SCHOOL

March 1 - 5 -- Love of Reading Week

March 1 - 12 -- Scholastic Virtual Book Fair

March 8 -- Benchmark 3/Reading Grades 2-5

March 9 - Benchmark 3/Math Grades 2-5

March 10 - Benchmark 3 Reading Grades 6-8

March 11 -- Benchmark 3 Math Grades 6-8

March 15 - 19 - Spring Break

April 2 - No School

Civano Attendance and Office Information

Please contact the office and/or your child's teacher if your child will be absent from classes. The attendance line is 879-1702 or you can email