2017 Cienega Rotary Award goes to Ray Salazar

Each year, the Cienega Rotary Club recognizes the achievements of students from Vail area high schools. Selected students were chosen for their excellence in academics, community service, and leadership potential.

The 2017 Pantano High School recipient was Ray Salazar, nominated by Pantano Staff, who demonstrates these qualities (and more) every day.

Ray Salazar with other Vail students, accepting awards from Cienega Rotary

Upon receiving the award, Ray submitted the following words:

“I want to thank my school and Cienega Rotary Club for providing me with the opportunity to receive this award. It’s an honor to have been selected by my teachers at Pantano High School as Student of the Year, 2017. Attending Pantano has been an amazing experience because they have helped me to graduate with my class of 2017. Considering how well I was doing at school and the successes of my shadowing for my SEP, made me want to follow my dream of become a pharmacist. Again, I want to thank everyone for this opportunity.”

Congratulations Mr. Salazar, we are very proud of you!

May Newsletter

“I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me.”

Hello Pantano Families,

Please enjoy our monthly newsletter. We will do our best to keep it full of useful information and great things going on at our school.

Thank you all for a wonderful year. It has been our pleasure to get to know many of you and to have your child at our school. If your student is graduating, please feel free to pick up his/her cap and gown in the front office. The check may be written out to Josten’s, for $30.00.

Have a great summer!

Important May Dates:

  • Monday, May 1          – Teacher Appreciation Week
    –                                 – AZ Merit- Math Make-Ups
  • Tuesday, May 2         – Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Wednesday, May 3    – Teacher Appreciation Week
    –                                 – Fire Drill @ 12:20 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 4        – Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Friday, May 5             – Teacher Appreciation Week
    –                                 – ½ Day for students
  • Monday, May 8          – Cienega Rotary Club Recognition for Ray Salazar, Student of the Year, 5:30 p.m. @ Del Lago Country Club
  • Tuesday, May 9         – Site Council Meeting @ 4:15 p.m.
    –                                 – Civics Test
  • Thursday, May 11      – Community Service Field Trip @ 8:30 a.m.
    –                                 – All Special Education Day
  • Tuesday, May 16       – Equine Voices Field Trip from 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 17  – Parent Information Night @ 6:00 p.m. Pantano Courtyard
  • Friday, May 19           – Vail School District Baccalaureate @ Vail Theater of the Arts
  • Saturday, May 20       – Andrada and Cienega’s Graduation @ Tucson Community Center
  • Monday, May 22        – Senior Breakfast @ 9:00 a.m.
    –                                 – Pantano’s Graduation @ 6:30 p.m.
    –                                 – Awards Assembly for Seniors
  • Thursday, May 25      – Last Day for Students

Vail Introduces Online Summer School

Vail is now offering another great option for students needing credit recovery — online summer school! Check out attached information to get back on track this summer.

All classes held at the Vail Innovation Center
10775 East Mary Ann Cleveland Way


  • Summer session begins on May 31st and goes through June 30th.
  • Students may take up to 2 half credits during the summer session.
  • Registration is due to the school bookstore by May 18th.
  • Registration after May 18th , may delay your start time for summer school.

Important Information:

  • VAHS, Pantano, Empire, Cienega, Andrada and any out of district students may enroll.
  • All classes are recovery courses and may not be taken for credit acceleration.
  • Any/all discipline problems are grounds for immediate dismissal with no refund. (i.e. fighting, insubordination, illegal substances, disruptive behavior, etc.)
  • Busing will be provided on May 31st, June 1st and all AzMerit testing dates.
  • Contact your school’s front office for a copy of Summer School bus routes.
  • Summer School grades will be on your official high school transcripts.
  • Students are not allowed to leave campus for lunch. Student time logs will be maintained each day that students attend.
  • Spots are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Print or view the following forms:

VSD is excited to offer this change to our students and families. More information is available on the Vail School District website!

April Newsletter

“I’m not going to tell you it’s going to be easy. I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.”
                                                                                                  -Art Williams

Hello Pantano Families,

Please enjoy our monthly newsletter. We will do our best to keep it full of useful information and great things going on at our school. 

Please note, GRADUATION CAPS AND GOWNS HAVE ARRIVED. Students may see Mrs. Newsom for details. The cost is $30.00.

  • April 3  1st Monday of the Month, teachers wear college shirts to encourage and represent higher education.
  • April 4  AzMerit Testing- Writing
  • April 5  AzMerit Testing- Reading
  • April 6 Field trip to Las Milipitis Nursing Home 
                 AzMerit Testing- Writing
  • April 7 AzMerit Testing- Reading
                Official 30-day Graduation Countdown begins
    Field trip to Santa Rita Nursing Home
  • April 8 ACT Testing
  • April 11 Vail School District Board Meeting
                  AzMerit Testing- Writing
  • April 12 AzMerit Testing- Reading
  • April 13 Awards Assembly @ 10:30 a.m.
  • April 19 ACT Meeting
  • April 25 Site Council Meeting @ 4:15 p.m.
  • April 26 AzMerit Testing- Math
  • April 27 AzMerit Testing- Math
  • April 28 AzMerit Testing- Math
  • April 29 Vail School District Job Fair @10:00 a.m.

Dear Parents, 

We are 23 days away from graduation! With the school year coming to an end, it’s important to talk to students about the dangers of distracted driving. Money Geek has created an educational guide to relay driving risks to teenagers.

We encourage you to explore the following link with your child to help them understand and avoid risky driving behaviors.

Crashes, Car Insurance and Beyond: The High Toll of Distracted Driving- https://www.moneygeek.com/insurance/auto/resources/distracted-driving/

Be safe out there!


It’s Almost May Graduation!

Hello Pantano Family,

Graduation is almost upon us, so we would like to share with you the important information that all graduates (and their families) must know. Please take the time to read the details below. Any further questions you may have can be referred to the Pantano High School office at 520-879-1202.


Schedule for Graduates   May 22, 2017

8:30 AM   Graduation Breakfast (Pantano High School)

9:30 AM-12:00 PM Graduation practice at Empire High School football field

5:30 PM  Graduates arrive at Empire High School football field for group picture; picture will be taken at 6:00 PM sharp

6:30 PM   Graduation Celebration at Empire High School football field.

Graduate Attire

  • Guys The gown looks much better with a collared dress shirt and tie; but it is not mandatory. Slacks or nice jeans and appropriate shoes. No shorts.
  • Girls-The gown looks better if it covers the hem of your dress, but it is not mandatory and appropriate shoes.  If you are wearing high heels, bring them to practice Monday morning.

Graduation Celebration

Where: Empire High School football field at 10701 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way Tucson, AZ 85747.

When: 6:30 PM Monday, May 22, 2017

Seating: Open

Students, family members and guests, we respectfully ask that you refrain from bringing food and drinks to the ceremony. Water is permitted.


  • Caps & Gowns have been placed on order for your student. Cap & gown units are available for pick up in the Pantano High School office at a cost of $30.00. If paying by check make it out to Jostens.
  • Senior Memorabilia can be purchased through Jostens. If you would like to purchase other items in addition to the cap & gown an order form is included in this mailing. You can place your order with Jostens by calling: 520-344-8777 or e-mail:  www.jostens.com or complete the attached order form and return it to school.
  • Photos- Students will have a staged shot with the principal taken during the ceremony. An order form will be coming soon for you to pre-order the photo.

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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