Casa Grande Union High School District

Fall Break: There is no school next Monday to Friday.

Dance Teams: VGHS and CGUHS brought their dance teams together for their rivalry game on Oct. 4. They had warmups and practice together for the game, presenting their performance to each other while cheering each other on and providing constructive feedback. The students cheered each other on during their teams’ performance at the game. They also exchanged a basket between each team showing support and gratitude. The students got along very well. Mrs. Kaitlyn Quintana (CGUHS Elite Dance Company) and Mrs. Candralina Sanchez (Spartan Elite Dance Company) were happy to bring the teams together instead of creating a rivalry barrier on a night such as the rivalry game.

Mrs. Sanchez graduated from CGUHS. She studied dance education at Arizona State University and completed her internship and student teaching with Mrs. Quintana. Since then, they have become great friends and have been able to find ways to combine their units and connect their students. The week after fall break, they will be doing what they call a Swap Week. They will swap for a week and teach each other’s students their specialty styles — Mrs. Quintana’s being jazz and Mrs. Sanchez’s being hip-hop.

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Casa Grande Union High School Brian Mabb, Principal

FFA Steak Fry: The CGUHS FFA held its largest fundraiser of the year on Oct. 3. The annual FFA Steak Fry served 1,950 steaks in just a few hours! Money raised from the event will assist FFA students in attending local and state conferences and national conventions. Funds will also support scholarships and activities for the growing FFA membership. Special thanks to everyone for all their support.

Marching Band: On Oct. 5, 5he Pride of Casa Grande Marching Band competed at Mesquite High School with 28 bands. The Cougars finished the evening in first place. They also received awards for Outstanding General Effect, Outstanding Music Performance, Outstanding Visual Performance and Outstanding Percussion Section. The Marching Band is directed by Mr. Martin Hebda.

HOSA and Biotech: Five HOSA and biotech students attended the Chapter Leadership Camp held at the beautiful Pine Summit Camp in Prescott, with 150 students coming from different schools in Arizona. Special thanks to CTE Director Employees of the Month Mr. Steven Sipes and Ms. Eva Steinhoff for finding the means for the student leaders to attend this camp; Principal Brian Mabb and the district Governing Board for approving such an event; and to the parents/guardians for their support toward the leadership growth of their children. AzHOSA CGUHS Chapter’s adviser is Mr. Noel Que.

Robotics Team: Students from the CGUHS Robotics Team, led by senior Chloé Buchanan, traveled to Sacaton Middle School on Monday to mentor the robotics team there. The goal is to prepare the middle school teams to compete in state qualification tournaments in November and December. Other members of the high school team are seniors Julia Leila, Benjamin McFann, Madison Confer and sophomore Alora Linehan. The CGUHS Robotics Team is sponsored by Mr. John Morris.

Vista Grande High School Glenda Cole, Principal

“Little Shop of Horrors”: VGHS auditorium, $5 cash at door only, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2 and 6:30 p.m.

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School

Sister Carol Seidl, Principal

The St. Anthony of Padua girls volleyball A team took first place in the Signal Peak League. The team is coached by Mr. Frank Velazquez and Mr. Bill Holtz.

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