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YUHSD invites Class of 2024 to FAFSA Finish Line event
Eric Patten

As a way of ensuring that members of the Class of 2024 have access to financial aid for postsecondary education, Yuma Union High School District is hosting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Finish Line event at Somerton High School on Saturday, June 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will focus on helping individuals who were a part of the Class of 2024 and did not complete their FAFSA, get the document completed and submitted. It will also feature additional information for families about postsecondary education including opportunities to meet with colleges and universities.

“FAFSA is an important source to different types of aid,” Somerton High School Director of Counseling Maria Dillard said. “Completing and submitting your FAFSA form is easy and free. It gives you access to different scholarships, work-study, grants, and loans. It’s a great day to do your FAFSA.”

While the event is geared towards students who graduated in May, families with younger students, especially those are welcome to attend and learn more about FAFSA and the transition from high school to college.

“Getting our students and parents involved together to look at financial literacy as a senior is crucial, especially when it comes to post-secondary education,” San Luis High School Director of Counseling Cesar Castillo said. “I feel like this is a huge stepping stone for our families to know that they may get assistance to at the very least start at a trade school or junior college.  The hardest thing to do is to start something.”

Families with questions about completing the FAFSA are highly encouraged to reach out to YUHSD’s new FAFSA Hotline at (928) 502-4628. The hotline will be in place Monday through Friday through July 16 from the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the exception of June 19 (Juneteenth) and July 4 (Independence Day).

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Helios Education Foundation and YUHSD announce Class of 2024 RNY scholarship recipients
Eric Patten

Helios Education Foundation and Yuma Union High School District announced six recipients of the annual Helios Ready Now Yuma Scholarship this week.

The scholarship is worth up to $15,000 each year and is renewable up to three additional years and is part of Helios’ more than $3 million investment over 10 years in YUHSD students through the scholarship program, which began with the Class of 2019.

“We are incredibly proud to support these outstanding students through the Helios Ready Now Yuma Scholarship,” said Grace Smith Kaus, director of postsecondary success initiatives for Helios Education Foundation. “Their dedication and hard work have earned them this opportunity, and we believe in their potential to transform their lives through postsecondary education. By investing in their future, we are also investing in the future of our community.”

Students were given an oversized check and balloons by their school counselor and principal as part of a surprise presentation on campus. A video compilation of the surprises can be viewed on YUHSD’s YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/q1oxV0tK49Y

“I have all of the money I need to pay for college, and now I’m not going to need loans or anything,” said Cibola senior Grace Villa, who is planning to attend Arizona State University in the fall. 

San Luis High School senior Anelys Romo Herrera, who will attend Arizona State University, said, “I felt a weight off my shoulders when I received this scholarship. I am more than grateful to know I have the opportunity to further my education on my passion for the environment with no financial burden. I am filled with joy, hope, and support. Receiving this award felt like everything I ever worked for actually paid off.”

The Helios Ready Now Yuma Scholars program supports seniors with financial need attending an accredited post-secondary institution and pursuing any field of study. Students must be enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university and pursuing a 4-year degree. This scholarship is renewable if students are in good standing and maintain the required GPA.

More than 70 qualified applicants were considered by Helios and the Arizona Community Foundation. 

Here are this year’s recipients, their high school, and what college or university they plan to attend: 

Grace Villa, Cibola High School, Arizona State University

Kirra McDowell, Gila Ridge High School, Arizona State University

Emma Connor, Kofa High School, Boston University

Anelys Romo Herrera, San Luis High School, Arizona State University

Nalani Acosta, Vista High School, Arizona Western College

Patrick Argomaniz, Yuma High School, Northern Arizona University

More about Helios Education Foundation:

Helios Education Foundation exists to support postsecondary attainment for all students, especially low-income and underrepresented communities, in Arizona and Florida. Driven by our fundamental beliefs of community, equity, investment, and partnership, Helios has invested about $350 million in partnerships and initiatives focused on improving third-grade reading, college-going, and postsecondary attainment in the two states we serve since 2006.

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YUHSD announces no-cost breakfast and lunch for all students in 2024-25
Eric Patten

Yuma Union High School District announced Wednesday, May 8, that beginning in the 2024-25 school year they will be taking part in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) to provide no-cost school breakfast and lunch to all students enrolled in the district.

“We are in a position now, more so than before, reimbursement rates for meals served have gone up, the direct certified percentage of students has gone up, and the state is really encouraging and supporting districts who take the step to provide CEP to their students,” YUHSD Executive Director of Student Nutrition Elena Hildreth said. “I think we are in a time, especially in high schools, ‘lunch shaming’ is an indirect cause of students not eating. If they don’t have money on their account at the school’s that have to pay, students just don’t come into line. By providing CEP, we are kind of breaking the barrier. All students are on the same playing field, there’s no financial stigma, everyone is provided meals, and equally, it also increases learning. Students with full bellies, do better in school.”

CEP is a Special Provision of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) that was first authorized in the United States as part of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.

Some of the benefits of a CEP program include: increased access to nutritious school meals at no cost to students, increased student participation, improved learning environment, eliminates social stigma, eliminates paperwork (no applications), eliminates student meal debt, and eases administrative burden and improves program efficiency.

For the past two school years, Cibola High School and Gila Ridge High School have been under the traditional school meal program, which necessitates meal applications to be completed by families and for students to be categorized as “free, reduced, or paid” lunch. Students at all YUHSD schools have been receiving no-cost breakfast for the past decade or longer.

Over the past several years, YUHSD’s student nutrition department has continued efforts to improve, including analyzing data to reduce wait times for meals, increasing the number of staff members at certain school sites, and surveying students on meal preferences to improve overall participation.

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YUHSD continues to sponsor No Cost Summer Food Service Program
Lesley Avila

Yuma Union High School District is proud to sponsor the Summer Food Service Program at no cost for all children, ages 18 and younger through U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Arizona Department of Arizona (ADE) funds.

The program offers breakfast and lunch throughout the summer at no cost for ALL children at all seven YUHSD high schools.

“YUHSD recognizes that children's nutritional needs extend beyond the traditional school year,” YUHSD Student Nutrition Executive Director Elena Hildreth said. “Taking advantage of USDA & ADE funding, YUHSD is extending breakfast and lunch to children during summer programing.”  

All children are welcome at all sites. Meals are required to be consumed on-site. No registration or ID is required.  

The full summer food schedule is listed below:

San Luis
Breakfast: inside campus next to the attendance office. 
Lunch: go to the main entrance and inside the cafeteria.

Yuma High 
Enter through the main entrance head over to the cafeteria. Breakfast will be outside of the cafeteria and lunch will be served inside the cafeteria.

Cibola
Enter through the main entrance head over to the cafeteria where a breakfast cart is right outside serving breakfast. Lunch will be served inside the cafeteria so enter through the main entrance and head to the cafeteria.

Vista
Enter main entrance. Breakfast is served in lobby, lunch is in cafeteria.

Kofa
Once on campus follow signs to Kofa King archway. Meals served by the bookstore. 

Somerton
Enter through office, breakfast served on cart in courtyard and lunch in the cafeteria.

Gila Ridge
See banners, enter through gate, breakfast and lunch served from cart in courtyard.

Yuma Union High School District No. 70 reserves the right to change and/or cancel a site or serving period. Menu is subject to change depending on the availability of products. 

Meals will be provided to all children, ages 18 and under, without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. 
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is
prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age,
or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of
communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible
state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through
the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form
which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-
28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the
complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the
Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter
must be submitted to USDA by: 1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or 3. email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
 

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YUHSD schools to celebrate Class of 2024 graduation ceremonies
Eric Patten

The graduating Class of 2024 for Yuma Union High School District is expected to include more than 2,400 students who have met the Arizona and YUHSD requirements to receive their diplomas. 

In-person graduation ceremonies will take place on Friday, May 24, at 8 p.m. at each comprehensive high school, while Vista High School will host their graduation ceremony at Yuma High School’s Snider Auditorium on Wednesday, May 22 at 7 p.m.

YUHSD is committed to preparing every student to be successful in college, careers, and the community, and the graduating Class of 2024 has earned an estimate of $36.5 million in grants and scholarships to support their higher education goals. Additionally, dozens of students enlisted in U.S. Armed Services, including the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy and more than 1,900 will graduate with an industry certification earned through completion of a Career & Technical Education program. 

"We are incredibly proud of the Class of 2024,” Gila Ridge High School Principal Kathy Hoover said. “They are a diverse group of learners who have enriched our Gila Ridge community over the past four years. Our graduates are ready for their next endeavors, and we couldn't be more proud of their journey so far.”

For the fourth consecutive year, all ceremonies will be live-streamed on each school’s Facebook page during the event. A Facebook account is not needed to watch the festivities. The following week, the recorded live stream will also be available on school and district websites and YUHSD’s YouTube account. 
 
Here is a list of websites and official Facebook pages for YUHSD schools:

School Website Facebook

CHS https://cibola.yumaunion.org          @CibolaHighSchoolRaiders

GRHS https://gilaridge.yumaunion.org   @GRHSOfficial

KHS https://kofa.yumaunion.org             @KofaHighSchoolKings

SLHS https://sanluis.yumaunion.org      @SanLuisHighSchoolSidewinders

VHS https://vista.yumaunion.org             @VHSLobos

YHS https://yumahs.yumaunion.org        @YumaHighSchoolCriminals

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GRHS Chemistry Teacher Erin Pierce
Lesley Avila

Gila Ridge High School chemistry teacher Erin Pierce accepted an invitation to be a part of the second cohort of the Arizona State University (ASU) Impact Corps. 

According to the ASU Decision Center for Educational Excellence, the ASU Impact Corps is a collection of teachers and educators who are making an impact on postsecondary trajectories of Arizona's students and who can offer experience to other educators in Arizona. 

“Personally, it means quite a bit to be recognized for the effort I put into not just into the lessons I build, but also the relationships that I try to build with my students,” Pierce said. “The goal that I have always had is to be a teacher that supports the students in becoming lifelong learners and reaching their goals beyond high school.”

It was a multi-step process for Pierce to be selected for the ASU Impact Corps. First, GRHS Principal Kathy Hoover nominated her for the program. She then had to complete a video interview and got observed during a lesson in her classroom.

“Mrs. Pierce's acceptance into the ASU Impact Corps cohort demonstrates her significant impact on the postsecondary trajectories of Gila Ridge High School students,” Hoover said. “Her instructional creativity and care for students is exceptional. Through this opportunity, she will get the chance to share the great things she does and network with other great teachers to bring more innovation and energy to our science programs.”

As part of the cohort will be attending a retreat with teachers from all around Arizona to focus on pedagogy, community-building, invocations, and leadership development. Throughout the year she will also be participating in mentor events across Arizona and online to share her work with other educators.  

Pierce is the second YUHSD teacher to be selected for the ASU Impact Corps. San Luis High School’s Fernando Ramirez was a member of the inaugural corps in 2022-23.

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YUHSD Summer Learning program to begin in June
Eric Patten

Yuma Union High School District will offer a robust Summer Learning program at all seven of its campuses beginning in June.

Classes at Cibola, Gila Ridge, Kofa, San Luis, Somerton and Yuma High will take place from June 4-21, Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Summer Learning for Vista High School takes place in two sessions, June 3-14 and July 8-19. Morning sessions will be held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. with afternoon sessions lasting from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Vista will also be a full-day session lasting from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Please note: Classes will not be held on June 19 in observation of the Juneteenth holiday.

All classes allow students an opportunity to retrieve learning and earn credits lost, and are available at no cost.

To register, students should talk to their school counselor before May 21.

“The summer learning programs will provide students with the opportunity to determine what their needs are along with their counselor, the space to work, and the opportunity to receive assistance from in-person instructors and online tutoring through Paper.co,” YUHSD Director of Education Technology and Learning Management Systems Bibi Frazine said.

Breakfast and lunch will be available to students at no cost, while transportation will be provided to and from school. 

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Gila Ridge High School student earns Dorrance Scholarship worth $40,000
Christian Magana

Gila Ridge High School student Katie Youngs has been selected as a 2024 Dorrance Scholarship Recipient worth $40,000. 

"I'm really grateful to have been given the opportunity of a lifetime," Youngs said. "It's encouraging to know that hard work and dedication really does pay off in the end. I've read through the new scholar handbook about all of the events and tools this scholarship has to offer. I'm definitely excited to get started on them right away. 

Youngs was one of 30 students in Arizona who were selected as finalists and then asked to continue the interview process in Tempe. She was notified within two days that she was one of 20 students that would receive the scholarship.

Youngs will be attending the Northern Arizona University (NAU) in the fall and will be majoring in Music Education (Instrumental). 

As part of the scholarship requirements, Youngs will be attending a new scholar orientation in Tempe and will also attend a Summer Bridge Program before starting at NAU. 

The Dorrance Scholarship Program is run by the Dorrance Foundation for Education, an Arizona nonprofit corporation. The Dorrance Scholarship is a need-based award that aims to instill college-going traditions in future generations of Arizona families.

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YUHSD students advance to Nationals in multiple CTSO events
Eric Patten

More than 50 students from Yuma Union High School District SkillsUSA, Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Heath Occupations Students of America (HOSA), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), and Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) programs advanced to national competitions following their success at the state level.

In addition to the students who won gold medals at their respective state competitions, six YUHSD students will represent Arizona as state officers.

“Our CTE students raised the bar even higher than their previous year’s success rate,” YUHSD CTE Executive Director Lorie Honeycutt said. “This year is especially poignant because every school who could compete brought home winners. In some events, our students earned a perfect score from the industry members who judged. I give the credit to our amazing CTE staff who work tirelessly to ensure every student is successful.”

YUHSD has upwards of 100 Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes across its schools with nearly 8,000 students enrolled in at least one CTE course. All students who take a CTE class are required to also participate in its requisite Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO). Each spring, CTSOs host state leadership conferences with event winners (or gold medalists) qualifying for nationals in the summer.

“There’s no feeling like being on stage as a finalist, hearing them announce third and second, and realizing you’re the only one left, and you won,” said Kofa High School senior Hunter Daniels, who finished with a perfect score in the job demo event at SkillsUSA’s state event in March.

SkillsUSA state Officer Josh Lopez, from Cibola High School, added: "If there is one school event I'm never forgetting, it is easily state championship. The state championship provides students like me the opportunity to put my skills to the ultimate test and meet people with similar interests across the state. Not only that, but it gave me the honor to run for state officer, and with my election into office, I am prepared to give back to my community."

At least two students from Cibola, Gila Ridge, Kofa, San Luis, Vista, and Yuma High School will be taking part in a national competition. Somerton High School, which only has a ninth-grade cohort, will likely have eligible national competitors in 2025.

Below is a list of all the individuals who will be attending nationals:

FBLA
Cibola High School

Miguel Salazar (Introduction to Financial Math)

Yuma High School
Xzandria Serna, Carmen Palomares (Sales Presentation); Leslye Rocha (Business Concepts); Miguel Cancio (State Officer) 

FCCLA
Cibola High School

Ian Guzman (Culinary Arts); Isabella Padilla (Food Innovations – team); Taylor Nelson (Food Innovations – team); Jazmin Magana (Food Innovations – team); Angelita Robles (Nutrition and Wellness); Emma Cuevas (Sports Nutrition – team); Roxan Canchola Gomez (Sports Nutrition – team)

Gila Ridge High School
Samantha Roman (State Officer); Karidee Ellsworth (Event Management – team); Aymar Morales (Event Management – team); Natalia Rosas-Marquez (Event Management – team)

Kofa High School
Lilyan Madrid (State Officer); Elizabeth Valdez Estudillo (Teach or Train)

Vista High School
Brody Perez (Entrepreneurship – team); Michael Ramos (Entrepreneurship – team) 

HOSA
Cibola High School

Alaina Tracy (Home Health Aide); Brisenia Chavez, Yenell Colunga, Anna Crosthwaite, Angela Espino, Merlyn Ramos (Mental Health Promotion)

Kofa High School
Aleyah Lopez Velador (Job Seeking Skills)

JROTC
Kofa High School

Mildreth Hernandez, Jasmine Escalera, Delila Mendez, Karla Borel (Regional Rifle Champ – team); Mildreth Hernandez (National Service Championships)

SkillsUSA
Cibola High School

Stuart Buchanan (Commercial sUAS Drone); Rudy Garza (Commercial sUAS Drone); Josh Lopez (State Officer);

Gila Ridge High School
Jazlynn Cuellar, Ivette Contreras, Leslie Llamas (Career Pathway Showcase – Human Services); James Mailo (Prepared Speech);

Kofa High School
Kassandra Pantoja, Amy Mena, Constanza Rosales Espinoza (Occupational Health and Safety); Kassandra Pantoja (State Officer); Jalea Sandoval, Isaac Velazquez (Models of Excellence); Irene Garica, Ayzia Ramos, Natalie Cordova (Crime Scene Investigators); Hunter Daniels (Job Demo Open); Ayzia Ramos (State Officer); Adan Rodriguez (Building Maintenance)

San Luis High School
Yomaira Robles Santacruz, Frida Jimenez Atondo, and Erika Alarcon (Promotional Bulletin Board)

Yuma High School
Ryan Miller (Welding Sculpture)

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Eric Patten

The Gila Ridge High School baseball team recently honored two former Hawks who had significant impacts on the program with banners affixed to the outfield wall.

Former head coach Greg Osowski and GRHS Class of 2013 second baseman and pitcher Irving Lopez became the first two members to be included in what is expected to be a long-lasting baseball ring of honor. The banners were publicly unveiled in March.

"Being around the program as an assistant coach since 2011, I've been able to see a ton of talented players and overall great people and I've always had the idea of recognizing the players that have achieved great things,” GRHS baseball coach James Kuzniak said. “It always felt as if we were still too young of a campus to have a wall of honor but now in our 15th Varsity season I really felt the time is right to have this celebration.”

Osowski was the first head coach in program history, starting in 2007 as they prepared for their first season in the spring of 2008. Under Owsoski's guidance, the Hawks had a run of four consecutive years advancing to the state playoffs, culminating with a Final Four appearance in 2014. The Hawks advanced to the playoffs five times under Osowski, who retired after the 2017 season.

The 2014 playoff appearance saw the Hawks play in six playoff games losing two games to eventual state runner up Nogales High School in the double-elimination Division II (currently 5A) tournament.

"Coach Osowski was my first base coach as a player at Cibola High School, so getting a chance to come full circle and coach alongside him, I was very fortunate to learn so much about not only the game of baseball but what it took to mentor the players on and off the field. Coach Osowski was a tremendous role model who really looked after the players like they were his own kids,” Kuzniak said.

One of the key members of the program prior to its run to the state semifinals was Lopez, who, according to MaxPreps.com, batted .434 without a single strikeout his final two varsity seasons at Gila Ridge, while serving as the team’s second baseman and one of its top pitchers.

After graduating as one of the most decorated baseball players in recent Yuma Union High School District history in 2013, Lopez attended Arizona Western College (AWC) and Florida International University in Miami and was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 19th round of the 2017 amateur baseball draft. He spent six years in the team’s minor league system before making his Major League Baseball debut with the Cardinals last September. He is currently a free agent and is serving on Kuzniak’s staff as a volunteer.

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Yuma Union High School District, in partnership with Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) will be hosting a no-cost sports physical event on April 26, 2024 at Cibola High School.

The event is open to all YUHSD student-athletes. 

Doors open at 3 p.m. and exams will conclude at 7 p.m. by Dr. Ryan Zerr and other medical residents from YRMC. Parents/guardians must be in attendance. 

“The partnership between YUHSD and YRMC provides student-athletes with no-cost sports physicals so that they can participate safely,” YUHSD Athletic Trainer Shannon Carmody said. “It is a great resource for families to take advantage of if their child is interested in participating in sports throughout the coming school year. We are so thankful to have supportive doctors willing to help out at this event.”

A physical is required to participate in Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) competition. All physical examinations completed at the event will cover the student-athlete for the 2024-25 school year.

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Lesley Avila

Nine students from Yuma Union High School District attended the Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair (SARSEF) on March 7, 2024 at the University of Arizona in Tucson. 

After spending the majority of the fall semester designing their projects, collecting necessary data, writing their narratives and creating their posters, students from Gila Ridge, Kofa, San Luis, and Vista all came home with an award or placed first or second in their project category at SARSEF. 

“When I heard my students won first place in the earth science category, I was ecstatic by the news,” San Luis High School Advanced Placement Environmental Science Teacher Aimee Gomez said. “I feel like earth science isn't appreciated enough so knowing they were recognized and how much hard work they put into it made me super happy and very proud of them.”

Apart from students earning awards, Kofa High School Biology Teacher Jason Flora also received the SARSEF Champion Educator of Science and Engineering award for his work as a biology teacher at Kofa. 

“For me, winning Champion Educator of Science and Engineering is awesome and humbling all at the same time,” Flora said. “I was grateful to go from two years ago having no Kofa students taking part in SARSEF, to this year having 10 students compete in a regional Science Fair competition and four of them winning different awards.”

SARSEF provides students opportunities to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, network with STEM professionals, and a chance to earn scholarships and prizes. 

Below are the names and awards each student/class received:

Kofa High School
Anthony Gutierrez: Gil’s Heros Award
Diesel Young: Understanding Use of International Metric System Award
Elizabeth Treynor: NASA Earth System Science Award
Nathan Salasibarra: AZ Psych Association Psychological Science Award
Jason Flora: SARSEF Champion Educator of Science and Engineering Award

San Luis High School
Dora Franco, Valeria Vazquez: Powered by Perseverance High School Award
Emeli Garcia: Second Place in Social Sciences Category, Policy and Society Awareness Award, SARSEF Board of Directors Community Impact Award
Aimee Gomez’s AP Environmental Science Ninth Grade Class: First Place in Earth Science Category

Gila Ridge High School
River Trent: Outstanding Exhibit in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Award

Vista High School
Alejandro Bautista: SARSEF Board Award

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YUHSD Jazz Night 2024
Christian Magana

San Luis High School will host a “Jazz Fest” concert on March 26, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. in the San Luis High School Performing Arts Center.

The event was organized by SLHS Band Director Martin Peralta and will include performances from Cibola High School, Gila Ridge High School, and San Luis High School.

“It feels exciting and harmonious to have Jazz bands from different schools unite for a night of music,” Peralta said. “The collaboration fosters a sense of camaraderie, mutual respect, and shared passion for jazz, creating an unforgettable experience for performers and audience alike.”

Attendees can look forward to a diverse range of jazz pieces, including “Switch in Time,” “What’s Going On,” “Manteca,” and many more. The concert provides an exciting opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the art of jazz.

It is exciting that we all get to come together and celebrate the artform,” CHS Band Director Amanda Dallabetta said. “Having the students witness each other's performance is a great opportunity to make connections, discover new music and see other students interacting with the art.

Admission to the concert is free and doors open at 5 p.m., offering the community a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a night of exceptional music. 
 

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Yuma Union High School District will be closed for spring break.


District and school offices will be closed from Friday, March 29 through Friday, April 5, 2024 in observance of good friday and spring break.


Offices will re-open and students will return to class on Monday, April 8, 2024.
 

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YUHSD schools to administer ACT Exam for Juniors on April 9
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Yuma Union High School District will administer the ACT Exam on Tuesday, April 9, 2024 for 11th Grade (Class of 2025 cohort) students. 

Students in Grades 9, 10 and 12 (non-testers) will work independently from home on their classes through the Canvas Learning Management System and enter their attendance through a Google form for each class.

Students in Grade 11 (testers) will be the ONLY students on campus on this day. School will start at its regularly scheduled time and will be dismissed at the following times:

  • Cibola, Gila Ridge, Kofa, and Yuma High Schools: 1:40 p.m. 
    • A late bus run at 2:40 p.m. is available for students needing additional time to complete the ACT Exam.
  • San Luis High School: 1:30 p.m. 
    • A late bus run at 2:30 p.m. is available for students needing additional time to complete the ACT Exam.
  • Vista High School: 2:37 p.m.

Please note: Somerton High School will follow its regular bell schedule on April 9 due to having no students who are members of the Class of 2025. 

All students will return to campus on Wednesday, April 10, 2024.

The ACT includes multiple-choice tests in English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science, and a Writing essay in English. The ACT matches well with the state’s education standards, measures what is learned in high school, and provides a measure of academic readiness for college classes. Additionally, the results may be used when exploring college majors, careers, and life goals. Results are available to schools 6-8 weeks after students participate in testing.
 

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