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 17th Flinn Scholar Selected From Catalina Foothills High School

Noah Wellman

Noah Wellman was selected as the 17th Flinn Scholar in the history of Catalina Foothills High School. Flinn Scholars are asked to recognize a special teacher who helped them along the way, and Noah chose CFHS math teacher Alyssa Keri as his distinguished educator on the Flinn application. Wellman said Ms. Keri guided him through math understanding, not just for himself, but also “learning how to communicate and share that understanding with others.” Wellman also highlighted English teacher Brian Bindschadler from Orange Grove Middle School, who helped build a strong foundation in writing that carried him through his high school years and definitely helped with the Flinn application process. 

“I’m really grateful for all the opportunities. I enjoyed not just the science side of things, but I also got to participate in the band as a drum major. We got to do arranging and orchestrating in a small ensemble class,” Wellman said. “That helped make it a really fulfilling high school experience.” 


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 Spanish Immersion

The Spanish Immersion program in CFSD started in the 2009-2010 school year with 20 kindergarten students. Fast forward to present day, Ventana Vista Elementary School now boasts more than 450 immersion students. Not only does our program continue to grow, but we know that it is working. The students from that first class of immersion students from Ventana Vista are graduating from high school this year. Each of these students who took the Arizona Seal of Biliteracy assessment received the highest level of recognition and received the CFSD GOLD Seal.

As we close out the 2021-2022 school year, we're pleased to share with you one of the many celebrations of learning held at Ventana Vista: our third graders performing Un Poco Loco.


9 Foothills Alumni in the
U of A College of Medicine Class of '22



Alumni MDs

Out of 116 members in the University of Arizona College of Medicine Class of '22, NINE graduated from Catalina Foothills High School. From left to right in the picture, the graduates are Rayna Schwartz '13, Tesneem Tamimi '12, Shoujit Banerjee '13, Bianca Kao '12, and Andriana La Mantia '14. Not pictured are Katie Bullock '12, Cait Myrdal '12, Mimi Tyree '03, and Alexa Anderson '12. We are thrilled to see these new doctors soar!

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 CFHS senior was named a Flinn Scholar for the Class of 2022.

  The CFHS Blue Science Olympiad team won the Science Olympiad Arizona Championship, held at the ASU Tempe campus.

  Four CFHS students are National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars.

  Three CFHS students are National African American Recognition Program Scholars.

 The CFHS FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team, Pioneer 327, captained the winning alliance in the robot matches at the Queen Creek Copper Invitational.

 Manzanita 1st/2nd grade teacher was honored this month with the Tucson Values Teachers' Teacher Excellence Award.

 The Foothills Falcon Band has been invited to perform in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA, on January 1, 2023.

 Five CFHS singers were admitted into the Arizona All-State Choir.

 The CFHS Winterguard won the Scholastic Regional A Division at Mountain View High School.

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What is the District’s Open Enrollment Program?

Open enrollment is a state law that allows students to attend schools outside of their resident school if the receiving school has the capacity to accept them. CFSD residents who wish to attend a school other than their home area school must apply under the open enrollment program as well as non-resident families.


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