CAS Preschool Celebrates Easter, Earth Day

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Students anticipate planting and learn about the importance of good soil.

Hands-on learning is vital to the growth of little minds, and CAS Preschool took advantage of the changing season to provide opportunities for creativity and learning for our students. Students participated in CAS’s annual Easter egg hunt, planted spring flowers, and made peanut bird feeders. Teachers also discussed ecology and simple switches for better sustainability such as setting lights on a timer and using reusable instead of disposable choices.

To read more about these events and other Preschool activities, click here.

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May 14th, 2014 — CAS Semi-Annual Blood Drive

CAS Center for Academic Success, Blood Drive, SeniorsThe Center for Academic Success will host its fourth blood drive this year on May 14th, 2014, from 10 am – 2 pm at the Sierra Vista campus. The event is open to the public. Partnering with the American Red Cross, CAS participates in blood drives as an important way to foster community involvement in our students and to raise awareness for diseases which can be cured or abated with blood transfusions. In the past, CAS has been recognized by the American Red Cross for its outstanding participation in this critical-need area. To participate, please contact the high school office at 520-439-3500 and sign up for your appointment time. Walk-ins will also be accepted during the event as space allows. Please bring photo ID, blood donor card (if applicable) and be prepared to answer some minor medical questions. Students ages 16-18 may participate only with parental consent. Please download the consent form here. For more information about how to volunteer with the American Red Cross or ways blood donations save lives, please visit the local chapter’s website, here.

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CAS Builder’s Club, Key Club Spend Saturday Giving Back

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Executive Director Jacob Carter shows students one of the therapy tortoises used for sensory therapy.

Volunteers from CAS Builders Club and Key Club (middle school and high school affiliates with Kiwanis Club) spent their Saturday, April 5th learning about the alternative therapies at TreeHouse Farm in Elgin, Arizona and assisting the facility with cleaning, maintenance, and yard work. The TreeHouse Farm provides sensory-relief therapies to children with serious chronic illnesses, wounded warriors, and their caretakers utilizing therapy animals, laughter yoga, and its serene setting. Students toured the facility with Executive Director Jacob Carter (pictured left) meeting many of the therapy animals. Later, students and Kiwanians split into groups which tackled different projects around the farm.

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TreeHouse Farm hosts a variety of animals (pig, pygmy goat, rabbits, ducks, turtles and tortoises, mules and horses) to provide a unique therapy experience.

Some weeded, while others cleaned. Additionally, members also worked with a companion charity — Beads of Courage — which provides commemorative beads to those reaching major medical milestones while battling illness. Volunteers packaged beads which will be later shipped globally to patients participating in the program. Thanks to all our student volunteers who joined in this activity, CAS Builders and Key Club directors, Ms. Garza and Mrs. Burton for organizing CAS’s participation and to TreeHouse Farm for hosting. To learn more about TreeHouse Farm or Beads of Courage, please visit their website For more information about our parent organization, The Kiwanis Club, please visit:

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CAS Engineering Program focuses on Tech, Real-World Solutions

CAS Center for Academic Success Engineering High School Students Charter School ArizonaWhat do cotton balls, rubber bands, a disposable diaper, and a Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) software all have in common? They have all featured in our high school’s Introduction to Engineering class in the last few weeks. Utilizing industry-standard CAD software, students in the class attempt to solve real-world problems with technology and available materials. The last “instant challenge” was a team solution to an oil spill. Read more about this program and our Project Lead the Way initiative by visiting our high school website.

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CAS Middle Schoolers Capture Solar Energy in Homemade Solar Ovens

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Students remove the chocolate chip cookie after baking in their solar ovens.

Ever wonder how solar energy works or how you could make a solar oven from recycled or found materials? Just ask one of our middle schoolers! CAS middle school studied solar energy, light refraction, and geometric construction in a unit that culminated with cooking chocolate chip cookies in their own solar ovens. Click here to read the delicious whole story of project-based science at CAS.

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Horseless Carriage Club Visits CAS with 100 year old Classic Cars

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Preschool Students at CAS get a chance to test-out a vintage streetcar.

As part of its “Chasing the Sun” Tour, the Horseless Carriage Club of America brought several unique heritage vehicles to the Center for Academic Success on February 14th, 2014. Students PreK-12th grade had opportunities to view the beautiful machines up close, ask their owners questions, and even sit inside the gleaming streetcars.

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High School CAS student views the detailed interior.

The club offered a show-stopping presentation with authentic automobiles which are painstakingly detailed. Seats in many were still covered with 100 year old leather over 100 year old horse hair. Owners provided a demonstration of how the cars were lovingly restored over many years and still maintain the integrity of the original vehicles. Owner Alan Travis even explained how he restored a car after it was damaged in a flood — 107 years ago! There was even a Model T present; the streetcar now synonymous with systematic production and standardization.

Education extended to how the streetcar impacted US city density, Economics, and even social norms as they became popular.

CAS Students clearly enjoy the awesome ride!

CAS Students clearly enjoy the awesome ride!

Students also learned about the inter-workings of the streetcar itself including body style, hand-painted exteriors, fuel and engine types, and headlamps which were originally gas lamps lit with a match.

Students of all ages had a great time both viewing and actually climbing into these legacy vehicles. Many thanks to the generosity of The Horseless Carriage Club for sharing their love of the streetcar with us at CAS. It was a day not to be forgotten! View more pictures of our fun day on our Facebook page at

Want to learn more about The Horseless Carriage Club, their mission, vehiciles, and tour schedules? Visit them online at

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School Celebrates 100 Days in School Year

January 21st marked the 100th day for students at the Center for Academic Success. As the school continues its excellence in meeting student needs, teachers and students celebrated the 100 day mark. Below is a photo of one of our 1st grade classes celebrating being “100 days smarter!” Keep up the hard work!

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CAS Hosts Community Blood Drive Feb 11th

red crossFebruary 11th — The Center for Academic Success will partner with the American Red Cross to host its quarterly community blood drive from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm in the Sierra Vista campus Administration Building. All interested in donating can call the high school office to schedule an appointment. Donating blood is nearly painless, takes less than an hour, and saves lives. Consider joining us as we give back to our community. Students interested in donating must be age 16 or older, have a valid photo ID and a parent permission slip if a minor.  To learn more about how giving blood is giving back or to learn how you can be involved in your local area’s red cross, visit their website

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CAS Preschool Warms Hearts with Christmas Program

Preschool students perform for the Christmas program at CAS.

Preschool students perform for the Christmas program at CAS.

Preschool students at the Center for Academic Success presented their annual Christmas Program on December 20th. Students sang classic Christmas carols, demonstrated their learning achievements throughout the semester, and enjoyed cookies and cocoa after the show. Many thanks to our great staff for putting on this event, and a big thanks to our wonderful parents for their attendance and ongoing support. For more information about this program or our Preschool, please visit our Preschool page by clicking here.

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6th Grader Wins School Spelling Bee

Overall spelling bee winners display their award certificates.

Overall spelling bee winners display their award certificates.

After two hours of spelling competition, Champion:  Ethan Johnson, grade 6, emerged victorious as this year’s spelling bee champion. Close behind in second and third place respectively were Grace Kelly, 3rd grade, and  Tyler Richards 3rd grade

About 50+ elementary and middle school students competed in the school-wide spelling bee held Friday, December 13, at 10 a.m. in the school cafeteria. Ethan Johnson  will go on to compete in the county spelling bee to be held in February at Cochise College. Congratulations to all who placed and those who entered as well. Way to “bee”! To view more photos of our champions, please visit our CAS Facebook page at

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