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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1st and 2nd Grade Fall Music Fest Draws Big Praise

Led by Ms. Dokken, 1st and 2nd graders perform for a full crowd.

Led by Ms. Dokken, 1st and 2nd graders perform for a full crowd.

1st and 2nd grade students watch Ms. Dokken intently as they sing.

1st and 2nd grade students watch Ms. Dokken intently as they sing.

Oct 7th 2014 — Ms. Meyer’s and Ms. Austin’s 1st and 2nd grade classes performed in CAS’s first-ever musical production garnering applause and appreciation from over 100 parents and family friends. The singers — led by CAS music teacher Ms. Rosemarie Dokken — shared eleven songs most of which had an autumnal theme while others centered on family, friends, and positive attitudes.

Dokken, who organized the entire event, stated that she wanted to create a fun atmosphere in which students could showcase their hard work and achievements in music class. She certainly achieved her goal as songs like “Autumnal Equinox,” “There Once Was a Witch,” and “Have you Seen the Ghost of John” all featured musical skills like rhythm and movement while maintaining the fun theme. Students even scarred the audience with a surprise “boo!” at the end of “I’m a little Ghost.”

Students scare audience with their surprise "boo!"

Students scare audience with their surprise “boo!”

Additionally, songs like “School is Back in Session,” “You’re My Bud,” and “We Love our Grandparents” all showcased a positive message about school, friends, and family. Ms. Dokken even called for all grandparents attending to stand so they could be honored preceding the song about their special relationship with the students.

Parents and family responded with praise stating on surveys following the show that they “love the music program!” and “Can’t believe how much she [Ms. Dokken] could accomplish in such a short period of time.”

CAS also provided refreshments following the show and held a raffle for an elaborately-carved pumpkin (carved by high school student Alyssa Stoddard).  The music program is a new addition to CAS schools this year and, along with the art program, provides students a creative outlet for their passions in addition to a well-rounded education.

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CAS STEM Education Receives Outstanding Financial Support from Partners

SFAZCAS High School and Middle School continues their strong STEM focuses with new programs and ongoing partnerships for the 2015 school year including a $20,000 technology enhancement by Arizona’s 21st Century CCLC and over $35,000 from the Science Foundation Arizona.

The CAS Engineering Lab — which houses its very popular engineering curriculum — was generously provided in Memory of Joyce Marley Corrigan, with Funding from The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation and Science Foundation Arizona. pltw_logo_final Continuing partnerships have enabled CAS’s success in engineering, technology, and robotics. CAS’s engineering program led by Mr. Oh! is a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Curriculum which is among the nation’s top high school engineering programs.  In 2015, CAS begins its second year with PLTW with both introductory and advanced engineering classes.

Additionally, Arizona 21st Century Enhancement Funds will support After CARE elective clubs such as Robotics, Introduction to Cooking, Gardening, and Environmental Sciences. Funds will purchase both consumable and durable goods such as solar ovens, robotics kits and tools, and garden fencing.

Cyber PatriotsFinally, CAS is excited to launch a new program in IT/Cyber Security beginning in the 2014-15 school year. Eligible students participating in this track will qualify for hands-on IT training, certifications, paid IT internships, and an associates degree in Cyber Security through Cochise Community College all at no cost to the student. CAS’s partnership with the US Air Force Cyber Patriot program will further instill citizenship and honor as students learn these highly-marketable skills.  To read more about the Science Foundation Arizona, Project Lead the Way, or Cyber Patriots, follow the links here: Science Foundation Arizona, Project Lead the Way, Cyber Patriots.

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CAS Remembers 9/11 with Flag Ceremony

100_1671The Center for Academic Success held a short flagpole memorial ceremony in honor of the American tragedy of September 11th. Middle and high school students with staff met Dean of Students Jarad Young at the CAS flag pole for a few words on the importance of honoring the fallen and remembering the anniversary each year of the attacks.

Students and staff had a somber raising of the flag to half-mast in silence followed by a salute and pledge. On this day, and all days, CAS is proud to serve our families who work to protect our freedoms in the armed forces and employ so many veterans on our staff. 100_1674Students will continue to remember the day at CAS with moments of silence and readings about the 9/11 events which took 3,000 American lives 13 years ago.

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CAS September Blood Drive Has Potential to Save 135 Lives

red crossNow that the school year is in full swing, CAS students are participating in a variety of enriching activities; the semiannual CAS blood drive which took place September 9th was a prime example of service learning to benefit the greater community. CAS had a total of 45 units donated which represent 135 potential saved lives through blood transfusions.

Four times a year, CAS partners with the American Red Cross to offer a community blood drive for staff, students, and Sierra Vista residents who are all invited to donate to this worthwhile cause. Additionally, high school students earn volunteer hours by helping to set up and supervise the blood drive while learning about the life-saving medical technology. Students and community members age sixteen or older are eligible to donate though they will be required to answer routine medical questions and present a photo ID. Minors (under age 18) also must have a signed parental consent form in order to donate. Thanks to the high school volunteers and our blood drive coordinator, Wendy Koop, for making this event such a success. Another big thank  you to all our our donors without whom none of this would be possible. Be sure to check for photos of the event coming soon to our Facebook page at

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Picture Day 9/15

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Fall picture day also provides a chance to document the fun students are having this school year. Students will be called in class groups to take both individual and class portraits.

Click here to visit the photographer’s site and place online orders for portraits. Orders with checks/cash in envelopes will also be accepted.  Parents, please note that dress code and school uniform is still required on picture day, so students in the k-8 building must come in polos and jeans or khakis.  Students in the k-8 building will have a second picture day in the spring for which they may then dress down.

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Calling All Volunteers or Sponsors

Cyber PatriotsCAS is seeking an interested parent or community member who would like to be our high school after school club coach fort CyberPatriots. The CyberPatriots is a program where students learn the fundamentals of cyber network security and compete nationally and internationally in competitions. There is also a chance to offer the club in the Middle school as an afterschool program. The volunteer(s) would need to have an IVP fingerprint card (or be eligible to receive one). Those interested in heading up our CyberPatiots program should contact Mr. Oh! at


The CAS High School Engineering program is looking for corporate sponsors to support our competitive Solar GoCart Club.pltw_logo_final The Solar GoCart program is part of the Racing The Sun competition series. Racing the Sun is a solar go-kart competition for high school students.  Designed as a STEEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Math), the competition uses solar energy as the organizing technology. We also are seeking parent volunteers who have automotive mechanics or electrical experience. If you are interested in participating with CAS in this exciting STEEM educational experience, please contact Mr. Oh! at


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Dual Enrollment Student Receive Scholarship from Cochise Community College

Brandy S. enrolls at Cochise College, experiencing what it's like to be a college student for the first time.

Brandy S. enrolls at Cochise College, experiencing what it’s like to be a college student for the first time.

In addition to great high school electives like Engineering, Film Studies, Journalism, and Internet Technologies, CAS offers qualifying juniors and seniors a chance to take courses with Cochise County Community College for reverse and dual credit.

One course — CPD 150 — is offered right on CAS’s campus taught by Mr. Julian Barkley.  Thanks to a partnership between the two schools, students pay a reduced fee and are eligible for tuition reimbursement by maintaining an A or B average in the course.  Recently, several students received their Cochise College student identification cards and took a brief tour of the campus including the library, several academic buildings, instructors’ office locations, the college fitness center and the student union.

The students were accompanied by Mr. Barkley, Ms. McKay, and Mrs. Heather Skattebo, Brandy’s mother. Thanks to Cochise for partnering with CAS to offer the best in quality education for our Cochise County students.

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