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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January Student of the Month Recipients Celebrate with over 150 Honor Roll Awardies

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K-8 Sierra Vista Student of the Month recipients showcase their certificates.

The last week of January marked one of great celebration at CAS school. Not only were over 150 k-8 student eligible to participate in our annual ice cream social for honor roll and high honor roll, but also National School Choice week facilitated review for reasons CAS is a great school choice.

Students pose with Principal Munguia displaying their certificates.

Students pose with Principal Munguia displaying their certificates.

Additionally, Friday marked our monthly celebration of the Student of the Month — an award given to the student who has exhibited excellent character and academic work (See photo above). Congratulations to all of the students we were able to honor this month! Our students and our great teachers are one of the many reasons why CAS continues to be a great school choice!

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CAS Rings in New Year with MLK Day Learning and 100 Days of School Celebration

Martin Luther King dayJanuary 2015 brought many new learning opportunities to CAS schools.  Many classes did special lessons for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and celebrated 100 days of school in unique ways.  Students in Cheryl Engol’s third grade class watched a YouTube video called My Friend Martin along with students in Romilly Gardner’s third grade class. Students in Engol’s class then discussed civil rights and also wrote an essay about what they would ask King if he were alive today. Engol’s students will also be reading a story about Ruby Bridges and comparing and contrasting what it was like for King to be fighting for rights versus what it was like for Bridges to be trying to act on those rights.
Students in Gardner’s class listened to King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, colored a picture of King and included a quote from the speech on their picture. Students also talked about general facts about King, such as that there had been a previous assassination attempt on him and that his mother was also murdered. Students will also be talking about Rosa Parks. They will be listening to Outkast’s song “Rosa Parks,” sometimes also known as “Back of the Bus,” and trying to analyze the meaning of the song. CAS Martin Luther King Day
Stacy Bernardo’s first graders colored silhouettes of King and wrote their dreams on pieces of paper. Each dream started with the words “I have a dream” and continued from there. Some dreams were “that no one will be angry,” “there will be no more wars,” “that everyone will smile” and “everyone can change the world.”

Many teachers also scheduled activities around the 100th Day of School. Jarad Young, Dean of Students, had his physical education students celebrate the 100th Day of School by taking a physical education challenge. Students were paired up with a partner and then took turns completing 10 different exercises, 10 times each. Some of the exercises included jumping jacks, hurtles and mountain climbers. Both students were supposed to cheer on their partners.

CAS, Center for academic success, 100 day celebrationStudents in Sarah Kelley’s Kindergarten class celebrated being 100 days older, brighter, taller, friendlier and smarter by writing a sentence that started “I could eat 100” and then allowed them to fill in the blank. Some students thought they could eat 100 brownies, skittles, bowls of cereal or apples. The students then drew a picture to accompany their sentence.

Students in both Diana Ramirez and Rosie Delgado’s fourth grade classes read a poem about the 100th day, set to the tune of Yankee Doodle. They also wrote a composition about what they would do if they had $100. The students also drew a picture of a $100 bill, substituting a picture of themselves for the picture of Benjamin Franklin. In addition, students calculated how many times different denominations would fit into $100, such as pennies and dollars.

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CAS Celebrates Christmas and Winter Holidays with Polar Parties, 4th Grade Play, & Christmas Around the World

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“Magic” indoor snow provides messy fun at the Polar Party.

The Center for Academic Success celebrated the Christmas season with plenty of fun surrounding the holiday in addition to high-quality learning activities. Students in the k-4 elementary held a Polar Party blowout in which students decorated sugar cookies, played pin the ornament on the tree (similar to pin the tail on the donkey), and molded indoor snowmen from “magic” Arizona snow [see photo left].

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Kinder students enjoy Donut Dangle game.

Students also raced to eat sugared donuts off a string and worked with art teacher Ms. Marshall to create reindeer clothespin ornaments. At the culmination, students selected three different reindeer snack mixes to take along to view the classic cartoon — The Grinch.

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Santa and elves review the “nice” list in 4th grade musical.

Fourth grade classes also performed a winter musical in which Santa decided that kids no longer found him “hip.” Santa then decides to transform into “The Clause” as he proclaims the entire north pole to change into a 1950’s-style workshop. Dual Santas, Mrs. Clauses, and elves set the fun stage for this drama as Santa learns that children still love their holiday traditions. In addition to memorizing all their lines, fourth graders also sang and danced to classic Christmas carols such as “Jingle Bells,” and “Here Comes Santa Clause” in addition to 1950’s classics like “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Rock Around the Clock.”

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Fourth Grade cast poses before their performance.

Many thanks to both the fourth grade class and Music Teacher Ms. Dokken who made this ambitious musical possible.

CAS also involved family and world-heritage traditions in its holiday celebrations with many classrooms decorating gingerbread houses, researching Christmas around the world, and explaining family food and gift traditions. Classes learned the stories of Father Christmas, Saint Nicolas, and the story of The Magi which have transformed over the years into holiday gift-giving. Although not every CAS family celebrates Christmas, those with differing traditions were able to explain holidays like Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, and Kwanza to their classmates. Several students who do not observe holidays also shared their family traditions and beliefs for this time of year.

Whatever your family traditions, CAS offers you and yours a very Merry Christmas and time of joy this holiday season as we reflect on the year. CAS will observe a half-day with a 12:00 release on Friday, December 19th and will be closed for the holidays for two weeks. Classes will resume on Monday, January 5th, 2015.

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CAS Celebrates Fall with Learning and Fun

harvest festWith the changing of the seasons and holidays approaching, the Center for Academic Success has no shortage of special learning opportunities and fall celebrations. Our first graders in both classes studied the change of seasons and its impact on foliage and native plants. Later, classes had a video chat with a first grade class in Dallas, Texas to compare and contrast the seasons in different climates. Students were excited to meet new friends and explore differing holiday traditions across the country.

Additionally, fourth graders finalized their presentations of Native American tribes, their cultures, and their histories in an oral presentation and dwelling diorama. The classes honored the Native American contributions to our United States democracy while learning about historical native constitutions and inter-tribal contracts. Students even studied and sampled indigenous foods. thanksgiving turkey

Students have also decorated the hallway commemorating the things for which they are thankful this year. Middle school teacher, Ms. Tacey, organized a turkey with thankful feathers to give students and staff an opportunity to reflect on items in their lives for which they are thankful. Also, the entire k-8 staff had a huge Harvest Festival celebration in After CARE in which students had faces painted, played games, stuffed scarecrows (see picture above) and created thankful murals.

Please note, CAS will be closed Thursday, November 27th and Friday, November 28th in recognition of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Please enjoy your time with your families and travel safely. Classes will resume Monday, December 1st.

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CAS Schools Closed in Observance of Veterans Day, Tuesday Nov. 11th

vet day 2014The Center for Academic Success will be closed Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 in observance of Veterans Day. This important holiday honors our many military families who have bravely sacrificed for our country. Thank you to our many CAS veterans and to all who serve! Please note, school is in session Monday, November 10th.

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Environment Science Class Conducts Water Quality Study

SAM_0939CAS believes that hands-on, active learning is often the best learning and CAS’s science classes are no exception. Environmental science classes at CAS High School provide a rich, interactive field of study. Recently, our high school environmental science students visited the San Pedro River Valley as part of a longitudinal water quality study.

Participants used computers, PH readers, and organic particulate spectrometers to evaluate water quality. SAM_0933Later, students will also journey to Parker Canyon Lake to conduct similar research. Students will then correlate data and revisit both bodies of water monthly analyzing data trends.

For more information about CAS Environmental Science classes contact Mr. Oh!, science department head.

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CAS Key Club Raises $416 for Kiwanis and Project Eliminate

ELIMINATE_LOGO_2ColorThe CAS High School Key Club held a car wash at Buffalo Wild Wings today, October 10th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They washed between 15-20 cars and raised $416. The money will go to pay membership dues and also to the Eliminate Project. The Eliminate Project seeks to eradicate neonatal tetanus by helping women in third world countries get tetanus shots. It only takes $1.80 for a woman to receive a shot and all of her subsequent children are protected. Key Club is also participating in Trick or Treat for UNICEF, which goes toward the Eliminate Project. For more information about Kiwanis and the Eliminate Project, please visit their site here.

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