CAS Elementary Students Learn about Electricity Safety through Magic Presentation

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Kinder and first graders assist with the magic show.

21 April — Chris Dixon, a national presenter and magician — performed at the CAS cafeteria for grades k-3 to teach students about electrical safety in a memorable, entertaining way. The presentation was made possible and sponsored by the Sulfur Springs Valley Electrical Co-op and offered at no cost to CAS schools.

Dixon wowed the crowd with disappearing and reappearing coins, magical scarves, and a drawing that came to life all while reinforcing safety with electricity. Students learned why electricity and water never mix, how to act safely around power lines, and why plugs are the only things that go into electrical outlets.

CAS would like to thank both Mr. Dixon and the Sulfur Springs Valley Electrical Co-op for making this fun and important presentation possible.

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CAS Blood Drive — Rescheduled for April 27th

red crossThe Center for Academic Success will hold its semi-annual blood drive on Monday, April 27th from 9:00 – 2:00 pm in conjunction with the American Red Cross. The event was rescheduled from April 15th to allow for standardized testing to take place at CAS schools uninterrupted. Please note, this event is open to the community and while walk-ins are welcome, you may schedule your appointment to donate by calling Wendy Koop at 520-439-3500. The blood drive will take place in the Sierra Vista campus’ administration building located at 900 Carmelita Drive. Students and community members wishing to donate must be 18 — 16 with signed parent consent form — and present a valid, state-issued photo ID or American Red Cross donor card.

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CAS High Schooler Accepted to Pretigious Summer Leadership Institute

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Dayra Nuno, 11th grader at CAS High School.

We are very proud to announce that Dayra Nuno, an 11th grader at CAS High School Douglas Campus, has been accepted to the prestigious César E. Chávez Leadership Institute at Arizona State University in Phoenix this Summer!  The Institute runs from June 7-13th, 2015.  The César E. Chávez Leadership Institute is a week-long summer program filled with workshops, lectures and activities designed to build communication skills, develop critical thinking, and inspire a passion for community service. Students are selected for this institute based on a minimum criteria of a 3.0 GPA, demonstrated leadership capacity, community volunteerism, and a written essay submitted by the student.

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Parent/Community After School Survey — Please Give Us Your Feedback

Parents, Teachers, Community Members, and Concerned Citizens,

The Center for Academic Success High School is in the process of conducting a community needs assessment for the teens of the Sierra Vista area between the hours of 3:30 – 5:30 or “after school.” It is our hope to apply for and obtain a grant that would allow us to run a free and robust after school program for community teens in an effort to boost academic outcomes and responsible citizenship similar to the program we currently offer at our K-8 building. We value your feedback on how we could best meet these needs.

Would you consider responding to an 8-question survey? It should only take about 10-15 minutes of your time Please select the link to take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7FR686Q

Thank you in advance for your help with our efforts to create a free After CARE program at our high school and meet the needs of community teens.

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CAS Students Win 1st and 3rd Place in County Youth & Engineering Science Fair

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Winner Macayla Fetting displays her third place ribbon in front of her project board.

CAS is excited to announce that two CAS students have placed in the county’s annual Youth and Engineering Science Fair (YES Fair) for their science fair projects which were submitted for judging on Monday, March 23rd, 2015.

Ethan Johnson, 7th grade, was awarded first place in the category of  Energy and Engineering for his project “Get Wired” which analyzed alternative sources of electricity.  Macayla Fetting, 7th grade, earned third place in the category of Biological Science for her project “Toothbrush Invaders”  which answered a household dilemma of the best location to minimize bacterial growth.

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Ethan Johnson poses with his first place ribbon in front of his science fair board.

Community students grades 5-12 from Sierra Vista, Bisbee, Douglas, Nogales, and Tombstone are eligible to compete in the county’s annual YES fair. Approximately 500 students attended this year’s YES! Fair as applicants or spectators. Students in grades 5-8 may compete in the categories of Energy and Engineering, Technology, Physical Science, Earth & Space Science, and Biological Science while students in grades 9-12 compete in one division only. Those selected as winners are invited to a celebratory dinner. To learn more about the YES! Fair, please visit its website at:  http://www.yesfair.com/

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CAS Douglas Students Attend Youth Leadership Conference March 13, 14

Group photo CAS Douglas school Center for Academic SuccessSeveral students from CAS High School attended the Youth Leadership Conference in Somerton, AZ on March 13 and 14th.  Students from Cocopah, San Luis, and Somerton attended the conference which was themed “The Courage to Speak.”

Students and chaperones from CAS Douglas pose for a group photo at leadership conference.

Students and chaperones from CAS Douglas pose for a group photo at leadership conference.

The theme centered around helping students become encouraged to speak their opinions and to exercise leadership within their schools and local communities.  There was a reception and dinner on the first night.  Main speakers and breakout sessions continued on Saturday with a Comic Festival at the end of the day. The students learned a lot about student leadership and activism and had a great time.

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CAS Celebrates STEM Learning with Baseball Connection

CAS Students practice fielding and hitting after learning physics of baseball.

CAS Students practice fielding and hitting after learning physics of baseball.

The Center for Academic Success was excited to host the Arizona Diamondbacks street team on February 27th for its second-annual Science of Baseball spring training event.

Students in Kindergarten through eighth grades rotated through a series of teacher and baseball player led stations which combined the fun of America’s favorite pastime with hands-on physics and bio-mechanical study. Some stations included face painting, where students could get a baseball painted on their cheek, trajectory of flight, where students used blocks and rubber bands to send projectiles through the air with the goal of landing on paper plates worth varying amounts of points, and elasticity ball drop, where students predicted which of four different types of ball would bounce the highest based on its elasticity.

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Students launch small balls off wooden platforms cut a differing angles to envision trajectory.

Students also enjoyed testing trajectory of flight by launching rubber baseballs into the air with a large slingshot. This allowed students to field test how “pop-flies” and “line drives” result from a bat hitting a ball at differing angles. Further, they tested their base-running skills and the idea that a curved arch provides a faster route from home base to second than two straight lines would otherwise.

Earlier that week, students and teachers had reviewed the scientific topics of: trajectory of flight, elasticity, and angular momentum all within the context of baseball in motion. This culminating, hands-on activity provided a three-dimensional physics and mathematics lesson all while having a great time in the Arizona sunshine. The middle school dance team kicked-off the event with its first-ever performance to keep the mood celebratory.

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Face painting lends a fun atmosphere to the baseball-themed event.

The Science of Baseball is a year-long program for which CAS schools has partnered with the Arizona Diamondbacks to provide excellence in education coupled with fun, kinetic activities. Students in CAS middle school perform a series of baseball-related physics experiments as part of Friday electives to envision science and math learning in a new environment. For more information about this program, visit its website at: http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/ari/community/scienceofbaseball.jsp

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Arizona Diamondbacks Come to CAS for Science of Baseball Spring Training

CAS, Science of Baseball, Arizona Diamondbacks, Center for Academic SuccessCAS Sierra Vista is excited to host the Arizona Diamondbacks street team on Friday, February 27th from 3-5pm for our second-annual Science of Baseball spring training event. k-8 students will rotate through a series of teacher and baseball player led stations which combine the fun of America’s favorite pastime with hands-on physics and bio-mechanical study.  Topics covered will include: trajectory of flight, elasticity, and angular momentum all within the context of baseball in motion. To allow for maximum participation, middle school students will be released at 3:00 with elementary students. While parents are welcome at any time and may join their students in the fun, parents should allow for some extra time during after CARE pick up due to the high volume and traffic for this event. Parents on a very tight timeline are encouraged to pick up their students at 3:00 release or wait until the activity has concluded at 5pm. Students are highly encouraged to wear jeans or shorts and sneakers/athletic shoes for the event. We hope to see you there!

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CAS Douglas Students Raise Goods, Awareness for St. Vincent de Paul

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CAS students taped Mr. Hernandez (center) to the pole in celebration of their accomplishment fundraising for St. Vincent de Paul. Principal Mungia poses with him for a photo.

Students at CAS schools recently competed to see which class could donate the most cans to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, a national not for profit that seeks to “end poverty through systemic change.”

Each class competed against each other raising both awareness and donations for the charitable society. As an added incentive, the winning class was permitted to chose a teacher to duct-tape to a pole in the cafeteria.

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Ms. Hernandez poses with several students who taped her to the pole.

Students in the winning class voted for Mrs. Montano and Mr. Hernandez (a tie) and so they taped both to the pole today at lunch time.

For more information about St. Vincent de Paul, please visit the organization’s wesbite at http://www.svdpusa.org.

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Seventh and Eighth Grade Science Fair Stimulates Excellent Scientific Inquiry

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Eighth grade science fair winners proudly display their science fair boards

Seventh and eighth grade students at The Center for Academic Success participated in a science fair on February 6 in the cafeteria. CAS holds a science fair every year; this year there were around 57 students who entered. Windy Petit, middle school science teacher, helped organize the fair and Angelica Brown, high school science teacher, Meredith Galloway, assistant principal, and Romilly Gardner, third grade teacher, acted as judges during the event.

There were six winners: three seventh grade winners and three eighth grade winners. For seventh grade, Ethan Johnson won third place, Macayla Fetting won second place and Gienezza Melendez won first place. For eighth grade, Ian Sandbourne won third place, Licia Borowski won second place and Erin Gainey won first place. First place winners from both grades will continue on to the Youth Engineering and Science (YES) Fair. This year’s award-winning science projects demonstrated a unique blend of inquiry and creativity investigating the efficacy of bullet-resistant vests, environments that foster bacterial growth, behavioral patterns in canines, and soil pollution near gas stations.

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7th grade science fair winners display project boards and ribbons.

According to the YES Fair Rule Book, the YES Fair is “an organized exhibit of student projects in the areas of science, research, technology, mathematics, and engineering. The YES Fair is affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair and follows its rules and guidelines.” The YES Fair will be held at the end of March at the Windemere Hotel and Conference Center.

Students were required to include a hypothesis, materials, procedures, data/observations, results, a graph of their results, conclusions, applications and future research, a bibliography and acknowledgements on their poster boards which were displayed at the fair. All of these things played a role in the judging process.

Petit said, “[The science fair is] to get the students involved with learning and finding out new things that they can.”

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