Yearbook Sparks New Interest in Students

History is being made at CAS! This is the first year that students will have a yearbook, and have creative input on the structure and aesthetics of the yearbook. Although nothing is set in stone just yet, members of the yearbook club have said they’ve made it very student friendly and want it to feel like every class has their own unique trait. In previous years, CAS has not had a yearbook only adding to the excitement for the new addition to our school. Julie Mendoza, Senior, said “I love that each class gets to choose characteristics for the yearbook that seems really fun.” Mendoza also mentions that she feels like many other students will enjoy the way that the yearbook will be constructed around them. Mrs. Hughes, Journalism and Yearbook teacher said “I’m just hoping that this year’s yearbook captures the enthusiasm and pizazz of the CAS community. The yearbook should highlight all that CAS has to offer, especially the great things our students have accomplished and been a part of throughout the school year.” Mrs. Hughes has mentioned that yearbook is off to a great start and hopes that the first CAS yearbook will set an example for many yearbooks to come. If you have any suggestions for yearbook themes and ideas or are seeking advice, please visit the suggestion box in the front office.
–Allison Zavala, Senior

For more stories like this, check out the CAS Chronicle on our Sierra Vista CAS page.

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State Board of Education Announces Website for Feedback on K-12 Standards

Phoenix, Ariz. – September 17, 2015

The State Board of Education (SBE) has created a website for Arizonans to review and provide comment on Arizona’s Mathematics (math) and English language arts (ELA) Academic Standards.

The site,, provides parents, teachers, community members, and others an easy way to review the current standards and provide their thoughts on how the standards can be improved. This information will be used to assist the state in the improvement of Arizona’s current academic standards.

In addition to the site, the SBE is working with county superintendents to host meetings around Arizona so people may provide their thoughts on the standards via a public meeting. Dates of the meetings will be released in the coming weeks.

Comments on the standards may also be mailed to:
State Board of Education
Attn: K12 Standards Public Input
1700 W. Washington
Executive Tower Suite 300
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

For information about the Arizona Standards Development Committee, click HERE.

Read the Chairman of the Arizona Standards Development Committee, Scott Leska’s, letter to the Charter Schools, HERE.

Links to the K-12 Math and English Language Arts Standards may also be found on The Center for Academic Success website under “Important Information.”

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CAS is Awarded the 21st Century Grant

CAS logoThe Center for Academic Success is proud and excited to announce that we have been awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant for our high school.  This is in addition to the program we have had at the elementary and middle school for the past six years.  This grant will assist us in providing opportunities before and after the regular academic school day.  We are extending our school day from 7:00am to 5:00pm.  These extended hours will allow our students opportunities to receive additional assistance with their regular classes, tutoring or homework help. It will also provide opportunities to catch up on classes or move ahead in their studies. We will also provide enrichment clubs and activities to include; Robotics, Wall Art, Yearbook, Zumba, Solar Go Cart, and many more.  We invite parents and students to take advantage of this opportunity where we can continue to provide a safe, secure supervised learning environment, both before and after school.

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NED Show Promotes Positive Attitudes

NED's interactive program teaches positive life lessons with a fun twist.

NED’s interactive program teaches positive life lessons with a fun twist.

The NED Show came to perform for students at CAS Middle School in Douglas on August 18th.  NED is a character education program that promotes positive attitudes and encourages students to do their best every day.  Named after the show’s main character, NED is an acronym that stands for Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best.  This program has been performed all over the United States, including the White House.  They have also toured internationally in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.  Both the students and their teachers enjoyed plenty of laughs, and are looking forward to applying what they learned to prevent bullying, build relationships, and continue to keep the kindness going.

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CAS Kicks Off the Summer with Field Day Fun

Students team up to compete in the water balloon toss

Students team up to compete in the water balloon toss

CAS Sierra Vista Schools marked the end of the school year last week with two days of summer fun.  On Thursday, May 21st, the High School Student Council hosted a Field Day for their fellow students featuring activities ranging from tug of war and flag team tag to water balloon tosses.

The Elementary School held its own Field Day the following morning.  Students participated in sack races, cooled off with wading pool games and a watermelon eating contest, and climbed through a “bounce house” specially brought in for the event.

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CAS Celebrates Earth Day

First Place

First Place

Earth Day took place on April 22 this year and did not go unnoticed at The Center for Academic Success Elementary School. Students in Romilly Gardner’s third grade class paid special attention to the holiday by learning all about environmental stewardship. Students had already been learning about climate and Gardner thought that Earth Day was the perfect excuse to tie in stewardship as well.

Students learned about endangered species, the greenhouse effect, global warming and how to reduce their carbon footprints. In addition students learned about the three R’s, reduce, reuse and recycle. Gardner focused specifically on the idea of reusing materials and even had students read a Scholastic article about a man in Asia who creates new items out of old flip flops. Gardner then tasked each student with creating an art project made of recycled materials to be brought in to school on Friday and shared with the class. She encouraged them to be as creative as possible.

Second Place

Second Place

The projects were then judged by Diana Santa Cruz, third grade teacher’s aide, Jessie Carmell, second grade teacher’s aide, Traci Tomlinson, lead teacher, and Sabine Marshall, art teacher. The judges took into account not just how creative the students were, but also how recyclable the materials that they had used were.

Wednesday Moore won first place for her tree, Yasmin Hernandez Acosta won second place for her alligator and Micah Olson won third place for his recycling factory.
Gardner was very happy with the results of the project and said, “I thought that a lot of them were really creative.”

Third Place

Third Place

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CAS Holds High School Graduation in Bisbee Auditorium

CAS, Center for Academic Success, graduation, 2015

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Sierra Vista Community Chorus Performs at CAS Elementary

Costumed members of the SV Community Chorus perform their final number

Costumed members of the SV Community Chorus perform their final number

1 May 2015 – Students at CAS Elementary School in grades kindergarten through third attended a Sierra Vista Community Chorus production of Disney musical numbers held in the CAS cafeteria. Adult chorus members dressed in Disney character costumes throughout the performance to bring the spirit of fun alive for the kids. Selections included songs from: “Mary Poppins”, “Aladdin”, “The Lion King”, and “101 Dalmatians”. The chorus even brought a trained show dog who participated in the 101 Dalmatians song.

Chorus member Lindy Gilbert arranged for the production to perform as CAS as she felt students would enjoy the familiar songs and the colorful costumes. CAS administration and teachers agreed that not only would this provide some much needed fun, but that it would also function as an incentive and reward for positive behaviors. Second-grade student Lilly B. stated, “It was so cool…My favorite [part] was all the Disney music. I liked to sing along.” CAS Lead Teacher, Ms. Tomlinson added, “It was great…I loved that they had someone dressed as the Cheshire Cat. The whole thing was a lot of fun; the chorus did a phenomenal job.”

Students and parents can enjoy another chance to “sing along” at CAS’s final music performance at 4:00 6 May 2015. The high school and middle school choruses will be performing a variety show of musical numbers. Show will be held in the CAS cafeteria and is open to the public.

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Hands-on Learning Takes Center Stage at CAS Douglas Middle School

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Fifth grader proudly displays egg that survived the drop.

Students in grades 5-8 who attend the Douglas campus of CAS Middle School have recently excelled in exploratory learning and educational trips. Mrs. Alvarado’s and Mrs. Peraza’s fifth grade classes conducted an elasticity experiment with eggs constructing differing surrounds which would help the egg survive a drop off a 20-foot structure. Students then had the opportunity to test their theories with an outdoor egg drop.

6th graders pose beside their research posters.

6th graders pose beside their research posters.

The sixth grade classes also continued with project-based learning in their research projects. Students researched famous inventors such as   Alexander Graham Bell and George Eastman Kodak. Later, they recreated famous inventions so that the students could see what they looked like. All of the sixth grade students in Mrs. Robles’ science classes have been working hard on this project for the past two weeks, and projects are now on display for all students to see.

7th graders enjoy their tour of Pima Air & Space Museum

7th graders enjoy their tour of Pima Air & Space Museum

Finally, the students in Mrs. Gonzalez’s and Ms. Paredes’ 7th grade science class went on a field trip to the Pima Air and Space Museum.  The students learned about the evolution of flight and were able to walk around and look at various types of airplanes.  They saw planes that have been in various wars, as well as space.  They also toured to the Airplane Boneyard viewing hundreds of planes that were previously engaged in military efforts around the globe.

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Sierra Vista PD Brings Swift Close to Social Media Threats

CAS, Center for Academic Success, Sierra Vista AZOn Sunday, April 26th a sixteen year old male anonymously posted a message on social which included a threat of violence against Sierra Vista schools and the mall. The Sierra Vista Police Department as well as the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office immediately began investigating the threat and had apprehended the juvenile who allegedly posted the threats by approximately 8:30 Sunday evening. The threats are now considered to be a hoax with no credible evidence of planned attacks or accomplices coming to light.

In an official press release Sunday evening Sheriff Dannels stated, “the hard work and dedicated effort by both the Sierra Vista PD and Sheriff’s Office staff in this incident confirms that shared intelligence in a streamlined and collaborated effort brings greater efficiency to any criminal investigation. It is also with the invaluable input from the public that we were able to bring swift closure in such a serious incident. Our deepest appreciation to all of those who contributed to this success.”

In an exercise of an abundance of caution, local police also provided extra security at all Sierra Vista schools on Monday morning. CAS had a uniformed officer patrolling the campus and interacting with classes throughout the school day and into after care on Monday. Increased police presence will occur throughout the remainder of the week as the police continue their investigations.

By Monday April 27th at 12:30, law enforcement officials had confirmed that the 16-year-old acted alone with his hoax threats. However, many students and parents had elected not to attend school on Monday. CAS saw about a 25% absenteeism rate, significantly higher than other school days.

CAS treats these threats very seriously, and the safety of our students, faculty and staff is of the utmost importance. Further, CAS would like to thank the Sierra Vista police for its swift actions and constant communication bringing this emotional issue to a close.

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