Spring is in the Air

Hello Pantano Family,

Spring is almost upon us! Pantano High School will be enjoying Spring Break from Monday March 13 through Friday March 24.

We hope you have a great break (and PHS seniors, we want to remind you that this is a great time to complete your Senior Exit Project Shadowing if you haven’t yet)!

Be safe, and we will see you on Monday, March 27th!

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Rodeo Days!

Howdy Pantano Families,

Grab your partners, and do-si-do down to the Tucson Rodeo this week, because there will be no school Thursday or Friday, (February 23rd – 24th). If you want to be part of this local event, you can check out the week’s schedule on the Tucson Rodeo website; or you can just enjoy a long weekend off.

Ya’ll come back Monday, ya hear?

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Vail Pride Day is Here!

Hello Pantano Families,

Just a quick reminder that Pantano will be having a half day on Friday, February 17th, for Vail School District’s Teacher Recognition Event, an annual precursor to Vail Pride Day. Enjoy your half-day off, and we hope that you will all join us for the festivities of Vail Pride Day on Saturday February 18th!


Where:  Pima County Fairgrounds

When: Saturday, February 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Why: There is so much fun to look forward to this year!

  • We’ve added an additional stage! Music performances and the awards ceremony will be held in Thurber Hall. Academic Jeopardy, Math Bowl, and the STEM Showcase will be held at our NEW stage in Old Pueblo Hall.
  • Grab your Vail Pride Day Passport when you enter the fairgrounds! Visit all six locations, get your passport stamped, and then receive your prize as you leave the gate!
  • Visit our NEW STEM Showcase area from 2:00 – 4:30 in Old Pueblo Hall! Interact with Science that will be both educational and fun for the whole family!

Please check our the program below that gives you all of the information that you need to enjoy Vail Pride Day.

Join us to celebrate the Achievements, Community, and Culture of the Vail School District!

See you at the fairgrounds!


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The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.
                                 -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Hello Pantano Families,

This is the first of our monthly “newsletters” you can expect to see. We will do our best to keep it full of useful information and great things going on at our school.

Feb. 2           Community service field trip

Feb. 3           Last day for students to have a 60% in order to pass a class

Feb. 4           Vail District Job Fair from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
                     Celebration of Life for Julian @ Pantano H.S., from 2:30-4:00 p.m.

Feb. 9           Early student release @ 12:30 p.m.
                     Parent Teacher Conferences from 1:00-4:00 and 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Feb. 10         End of Term #4

Feb. 14         Happy Valentine’s Day
                     Site Council meeting @ 4:15 p.m.

Feb. 16         Awards Assembly during Community Time @ 10:30 a.m.
                     Volunteer luncheon @ 12:00 p.m. @ Pima County Fairgrounds

Feb.17          Early student release @12:30 p.m.

Feb. 18         Pride Day @ Pima County Fair Grounds

Feb. 23/24    Rodeo Break- No School

Dear Pantano Parents, Family, & Friends,

Barbara Bush once said…“Cherish your human connections – your relationships with friends and family.”

These words never rang truer for our Pantano Family than it does for us today. It is with great sadness that we share with you that one of OUR kids lost his life in an automobile accident on his way to school yesterday morning. Two other Pantano students were also involved. While emotionally traumatized, fortunately they managed to walk away with minor injuries.

Counselors from Pantano and other Vail High Schools were on campus to assist with the roller coaster of emotions felt by our students, faculty and staff as the reality of the tragedy began to sink in. Counselors will remain on campus and will be available as long as there are students who are in need of our support.

Our friend, brother, and classmate was a wonderful young man, full of life, happiness, and a smile that could light up any room.  We will miss him terribly.

We continue to remain close to his family and will provide details regarding services as they are made available to us. A “gofundme” page has been set up to assist the family with funeral expenses.

Go to https://www.gofundme.com/houghton-road-tragedy if you’d like to help.

As we continue to grieve for his family as well as our own Pantano family, we ask that you respect his memory by sending warm thoughts and prayers for all who were affected.

With deepest sympathies,

Monica H. Wright