The 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.
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.
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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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.
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.”
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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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.
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
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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On 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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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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The 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.