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 www.facebook.com/CASSierraVista.

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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 jeff.ofstedahl@cpic-cas.org.

 

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 jeff.ofstedahl@cpic-cas.org

 

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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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Welcome Back!

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The Center for Academic Success is pleased to announce many of its schools are starting the school year with A ratings for our performance last year! Congratulations to our many hard working teachers, staff, students, and parents for an outstanding year of growth! To read more about the individual school ratings, please visit the AZ Report Card site here.

Wednesday, August 6th marks the first day of school for the Sierra Vista campuses with the Douglas campuses starting Tuesday, August 5th. The school day begins at 8:00 am! We can’t wait to get the year off to a great start!

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Back to School Fun

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Winners of our Back to School Basket raffle held at Fort Huachuca smile with their prize.

CAS is excitedly planning for back to school as we prepare to welcome one of our largest ever enrollments for the 2014-15 school year. We’ve started off the summer right with fun back to school events at the local mall and at Fort Huachuca. Parents — please remember CAS supplies all required school items. Students grades K-5 may carry a backpack. Older students may carry a zip binder.

For all our families, our open house will be held Monday, August 4th from 2-6pm. This is a fun time to meet your teachers, see the classrooms, and get students ready for the new year. Parents and students are strongly encouraged to attend as class schedules, After CARE enrollment, and Parent Portal enrollment will be available.

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 6th. We can’t wait to see everyone again and start our best year ever.

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CAS Engineering & Cyber Security Programs Partner with Key Leaders

pltw_logo_finalWhat do nationally-recognized programs like Project Lead the Way, The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation, The Science Foundation Arizona, and The US Air Force Association’s Cyber Patriot Program all have in common? CAS has partnered with all of them and is excited to provide the best in STEM education for Cochise County high school students. SFAZ

Visit our high school page here to learn more about our engineering and IT/cyber security programs for the 2014-15 school year.

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CAS Preschool Promotes 36 Five Year Olds to Kindergarten

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Preschooler holds up her certificate of achievement with mom (also a CAS employee) and baby sister joining her.

May 26th, 2014 — A packed house of family and friends were charmed by the CAS Preschool promotion ceremony themed, “A Night at the Oscars”. Students happily showcased what they had learned throughout the year and demonstrated the great fun and family-bond that develops at CAS. Please visit our Preschool page by clicking here to learn more about this and other great activities we have for our little ones.

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CAS High School Graduation Celebrates 40+ Graduates

CAS, Center for Academic Success, Graduation, 2014 gradsCAS High School’s 2014 commencement ceremony took place Tuesday, May 20th, 2014, at 6:00PM at the Bisbee High School Auditorium. Over forty graduates from both Sierra Vista and Bisbee campuses participated in the event with class speakers proudly representing excellence in both personal and academic achievement. To view more pictures and read more about our commencement, please click here for Sierra Vista and here for Douglas.

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