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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Just an FYI for all of our families

This was taken from the Sierra Vista Unified School District webpage:  Student safety is our top priority and due to that we find it necessary to inform you of an incident that occurred at Village Meadows elementary this afternoon. A white van having a multicolor swirl pattern on its side parked next to the Village Meadows School campus and a man exited the van and began taking pictures in the direction of the school grounds. When a staff member moved toward the van, the man got back in his car and drove away. Since he was not on school grounds, he has done nothing illegal but it caused the staff and students concern. The incident was reported to Sierra Vista Police as a precautionary measure. Even though there has been no illegal activity, we would still like to speak with this gentleman and let him know of the inappropriateness of his actions. If you see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood or as you travel to and from your child’s school, we ask that you contact the Sierra Vista Police at 458-3311. We will continue to work together for the safety and health of our community’s children.

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CAS Holds High School Graduation in Bisbee Auditorium

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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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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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