CBI Warriors Strike A Pose On Halloween

By Adam Bonillas

Students (and teachers, too!) love it when Halloween falls on a school day (this year, a Tuesday)—as they have the opportunity of boasting some very creative costumes to their peers and teachers.

This year was no exception.

Some of the most Halloween-spirited students were PHS’s CBI students, who definitely showed off their costumes to the Pueblo community.

CBI teacher Mr. David Hooper said, “Our [CBI] kids had a great time playing different games on Halloween and at the dance—as well as showing off their great costumes.”

Clothing Bank Offers Opportunities to CBI Students


By Yamilex Garcia and Omar Quintana

On Dec. 16, 2016, Pueblo Magnet High School held its grand opening to commemorate the school’s first clothing bank, in the former T-5 building, offering a enormous variety of shoes, clothes and accessories for boys and girls—as well as adults—in need of these items.

The clothing bank also teaches Pueblo’s CBI students special job skills including sewing, ironing, working with the cash register and stocking items regularly.

“It’s challenging for our CBI students to get jobs, so we’re offering opportunities to build on their resume of skills,” said Ms. Trevia Heath, who is Pueblo’s Exceptional Education Coordinator.

Everything in the community bank was donated by teachers, staff and students. All working items are then washed, ironed, and hung in the clothing bank racks.

“If it needs to be washed, vended or sewed, we teach our students how to fix it,” said Heath.

Health acknowledged many Pueblo individuals for making the clothing bank a reality—and especially the following: Ms. Rhonda Alexander, Mr. Derek Gunnels, Ms. Jamie Hogue and Mr. Miguel Sandoval.

Gunnels said, “The entire project was Ms. Heath’s idea, and slowly but surely, it became a reality. Our first period core class helped us a lot with getting the clothing bank looking the way it is today.”

Sophomore Celestina Mariñez, one of the many students who were instrumental in helping to make the clothing bank a reality, said, “I wish people could have seen this space a year ago! I was one of the first people to be in this room and wonder if we could really make it work. But, Ms. Heath never let us believe that we couldn’t achieve this dream. There were pigeons living in here! And, you can’t believe all of the [trash] that we found while cleaning this room!”

Mariñez said that she will be one of the workers in the clothing bank. She said that she is looking forward to her training—learning how to be a cashier, a stocker and anything else that needs to be done.

Heath said that many individuals made this clothing bank possible, including: Dr. Augustine Romero (principal) and the rest of the administrative team; TSW staff members; Tucson area businesses (Cathey’s Sew and Vac, Home Depot, Office Depot and Lowe’s Home Improvement) as well as the entire Pueblo community, including parents, who have been “beyond generous,” Heath said.

“We’ve been overwhelmed with people’s generosity,” Heath said. “Some of these donations have been individuals outside of the school, which means a lot to the Pueblo community.”

The clothing bank owes its existence to the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), who approved the $10,000 grant which was used to buy racks, hangers and sewing machines—among other items necessary to making the clothing bank a reality.

Students in need of any sort of clothing item or accessory can simply talk to the teachers, who then refer them to the TWS staff.

Heath said, “Sometimes it’s hard for students to ask for help, so we make it a discreet process.”

She added that if a grant gets approved for next year, her plan is to open a greenhouse near the Science Club’s garden.

“This [garden] could definitely give students a chance to learn agricultural skills and add to their resumes,” Heath said.

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CBI Teacher Becomes a Part of the Warrior Family

By Victor Garcia and Anthony Gutierrez

Hannah Peatrowski surronded by some of her students

Last school year, Ms. Hannah Peatrowsky joined the Warrior family as a community based instructor (CBI). To some, her face seemed very familiar—as she had been a Pueblo coach for both track and cross country.

This is Peatrowsky’s fourth year of teaching altogether, and her contract position at Pueblo is her first “official” teaching position. She was a long-term sub beginning in 2013, mostly assisting teachers rather than actually substituting for them.

Peatrowsky’s said that her classes focus primarily on teaching her CBI students basic skills such as cooking and home economics. Students learn about kitchen safety, food preparation, and measuring ingredients.

“I wish that all students at Pueblo could have the same opportunities that I had back in high school,” said Peatrowsky. As a student at Coconino High School in Flagstaff, Ariz., she said that she had access to many scholastic programs that involved outdoor activities such as learning survival tactics.

Her husband, Mr. Patrick Peatrowsky, also teaches at Pueblo as an economics and government teacher.

I enjoy working together [with my husband] because we can carpool,” she said. “He even brings me lunch. However, I don’t really get to see him throughout the day, but I hear great things about him around the school.”

CBI Hosts Luncheon With Success

By Lya Thurston

On November 23, 2016, Pueblo’s CBI students hosted a luncheon for 35 students and some selected faculty and staff members—serving Thanksgiving Dinner a day early, including turkey, side dishes and several pies.

Ms. Indelisa Mendibles, a CBI teacher-assistant, said, “For all 16 years that I’ve been at Pueblo, our CBI students have been hosting this event.”

Mendibles explained that CBI constructed the place mats, decorations and the name plates as well as the streamers, which created a festive ambiance for the classroom T-8—which ended up looking more like a restaurant.

Mendibles said that the construction of the place mats was important because the CBI students are currently learning about patterns and certain colors—and they got to use this knowledge to help with the decor.

One student, Juliane Douriet, said, “It’s been a lot of fun to eat with my family and friends. It’s very lively with all of the decorations.”

Alyssa Tapia, another student, said, “The luncheon was very exciting, and it’s very relaxing to eat with people I know.”

A third student, Jesus Egurrola, said, “I really like all of the food that is being served. It’s like we’re a family eating together today.”

Some of the volunteers for the luncheon had started preparing food as early as 2 a.m., but in the end, all agreed that this was another successful event for our CBI students and another shining moment for our Pueblo community.