Casa Grande Union High School District

Presidents Day: Our schools and offices will be closed on Monday in observance of Presidents Day.

Support Our Students: Join us on Sunday, Feb. 23, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the CGUHS cafeteria for Support Our Students’ sixth annual Bites and Baskets fundraiser. Sample savories from local restaurants and purchase a winning ticket for a specialty basket to help a worthy cause. SOS helps disadvantaged students at all Casa Grande area public schools by funding help closets that provide basic needs such as food, clothing and personal hygiene items. In addition, they assist students with Advanced Placement testing and caps and gowns. Tickets are available at the Mission Royale Adult Community front desk and Casa Grande public schools. There is a minimum donation of $15 per person and an additional charge for raffle tickets. For more information, visit

Hotspot Checkout: This program is open to families with at least one student enrolled in a school within the district who are without household internet access at the time of sign-up. Hotspot devices can be checked out through the Technology Service Center at Casa Grande Union High School or Vista Grande High School. A Wi-Fi Hotspot Agreement must be completed at the time of checkout. Hotspot devices can be checked out for up to one semester at a time and must be returned at the end of the current semester. For more information, visit

Casa Grande Union High School Brian Mabb, Principal

Pilot Testing: State testing takes place for all juniors on Tuesday during the 2.5 period. For the bell schedule, visit

Graduation Information: Check out the graduation information posted at

Senior Night: It was Senior Night for the CGUHS boys basketball team on Feb. 6. Congratulations to the seniors and their families! The Cougars are coached by social studies teacher Robert Peterson. Visit

Robotics Team: STEM engineering senior Madison Confer provided the first of a three-part training on quality management systems to the members of the team. Confer, who is a fourth-year member of the team, took on the challenge this year of developing and implementing a formal quality program. She has been busy the past few weeks researching and creating a Quality Management Plan, writing a Quality Manual and implementing a Quality Control Plan for the building of this year’s competition robot. She is being mentored by Troy Rosenow, director of North America quality for Abbott Nutrition, and Sharon Bottock, quality director at Abbott Nutrition in Casa Grande. The team is advised by CTE and mathematics teacher John Morris.

Color Guard: Congratulations to the CGUHS Color Guard. On Feb. 8, they competed at Ironwood Ridge and received second place. The Cougars are directed by fine arts teacher Martin Hebda.

Elite Dance: The Casa Grande Elite Dance Company had a blast at their Disney Performing Arts Tour this past week. The team took a Masterclass where they learned professional Disney Parade choreography. CGEDC also had the opportunity to experience a professional Disney Dance mock audition. In the audition, the dancers had to fill out paperwork, learn two short high-energy routines and go through a cut process. The Disney experience was thrilling and inspirational for the team. Thank you to Spartan Elite Dance Company for joining us on our trip and helping make this trip possible. We had so much fun dancing with you! The Cougars are coached by fine arts teacher Kaitlyn Quintana.

NHS Trip: The CGUHS National Honor Society sent 13 students to Washington, D.C., for five days through Feb. 2. Two parent chaperones and advisors Paul and Norma Machelor accompanied the students. Students participating were Nicholas Camacho, Jenna Gonzales, Amberlyn Goswick, Genevieve Hayes, Sienna Husted, Caden Mace, Maria Emilia Machelor, Alexis Mohler, Rebecca Myers, Hannah O’Neil, Alyssa Price, Andrea Ramirez and Corbin Smith. All involved had an excellent and very rewarding experience. Highlights included museums and monuments on the Mall, learning from and interacting with NHS students from all over the country during the NHS LEAD Conference, and having a blast ice skating on the Mall.

SEDS Club: The CGUHS Students for the Exploration and Development of Space Club are busy creating podcasts. Check out their second podcast, “The Case for Space Podcast S01 E02,” at Keep up with the latest news and activities of the SEDS Club at The Cougars are advised by CTE and mathematics teacher John Morris.

Culinary Students: CGUHS culinary students catered the accreditation team visit. They did an outstanding job as usual! The Cougars are advised by CTE teacher Stephanie Adams.

Blood Drive: There was an excellent turnout at the CGUHS blood drive, exceeding the goal with record numbers. Thanks to everyone who made a difference. The drive was sponsored by the Key Club, which is advised by Linda Cassidy, R.N.

Vista Grande High School Glenda Cole, Principal

Parent Orientation: Join us for VGHS’s High School Parent Orientation Night on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Parents will receive important information about spring preregistration, academics, course pathways, student organizations and clubs, sports and activities. Student-led campus tours will be available. Questions? Contact the VGHS Counseling Department at 876-9400, ext. 4111.

Boys Soccer: It was Senior Night for the VGHS boys soccer team on Feb. 6. Congratulations to the seniors and their families! The Spartans are coached by world languages and CTE teacher Ramon Estrada-Vega.

Boys Basketball: It was Senior Night for the VGHS boys basketball team on Feb. 6. Congratulations to the seniors and their families! The Spartans are coached by Hank Bias.

Spiritline: It was Senior Night for the VGHS spiritline on Feb. 6. Congratulations to the seniors and their families! The Spartans are coached by English teacher Katie Mummert.

Elite Dance: The Spartan Elite Dance Company completed a Disney trip together this past weekend. They took two classes in Disneyland. One was a parade class, and the other was an audition class. This was the process of auditioning for Disney. It was a great experience. The Spartans are coached by fine arts teacher Candralina Sanchez.

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School

Sister Carol Seidl, Principal

On Monday there is no school in honor of Presidents Day! On Tuesday, Smart Moves will be doing a presentation to grade five. From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., committee members will be making the decorations for the Father-Daughter and Mother-Son dance.

Bishop Edward Weisenburger will be at the 8:30 a.m. school Mass. The 4:30 p.m. girls basketball game will be against Villago Middle School in St. Anthony of Padua Community Center. Friday will be a school fundraiser at Panda Express on Florence Boulevard from 10 to 10. Father-Daughter Dance will be at 5:30 p.m.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is part of a regular feature provided by Casa Grande-area schools about their programs and activities.