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My name is Kimberly Robinson. I am excited to be the full-time school counselor at CAS! I am the counselor for grades K-12. I recently obtained my Masters in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University (Go Lopes!). I have been working for CAS in Sierra Vista since July 2017.
What does a school counselor do?
School Counselors work to support the academic success, personal/social growth, and career development of students. This can be provided by supporting students through consultations and collaboration with parents, teachers, administrators, and other staff. The school counselor functions to provide support for students and their families and is responsive to the many social and emotional issues that invariably arise within the school and home setting that may impact a student’s learning and overall functioning in school. I can provide information and consultations on social and emotional development in order to promote student learning and growth.
Students are also supported via classroom lessons, grade level and other school related programs. I often meet with students individually or in small groups on topics such as on self-concept, behavior, anger management, making friends, bullying, anxiety, divorce, and grief counseling. Large group topics include: conflict resolution, socialization skills, drug free education, career exploration are examples. I consult with parents and staff, attend conferences and observe students throughout our school campus. I can also help coordinate outside referrals or services (i.e. psychotherapy, group services, etc.…).
How do I contact the school counselor?
As a counselor, I am often moving around the school campus. You can contact me at any time through email, or by phone. I will return calls and emails as soon as possible. If it is urgent, please contact the front office. They will know how to reach me right away. I encourage you to contact me if you have any concerns at all about your child. I can be reached at email@example.com or 520-439-3500.
(Updated June 6)
Dear Center for Academic Success Parents/Guardians,
Per Governor Ducey, the opening date for schools in Arizona has been scheduled for August 17, 2020. At CAS we will be following the guidelines set by the governor, so our first day of school has been moved from August 12th to August 17th. On this date CAS will be offering in person and online options for the upcoming school year.
This upcoming school year we will be prioritizing the safety of staff and students. At this time for in person instruction it will be required that all students and staff socially distance at six feet or when that is not possible use a face mask/shield. We are developing procedures and plans that may require other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. We will continue to update you as we get more information from our Cochise County Health Department and Arizona Department of Education. Due to the uncertain circumstances, all processes and procedures are subject to change.
New student enrollment, including Kindergarten, will begin June 1st. The CAS Elementary / Middle School front office will be open for enrollment by appointment. Please call us at (520) 439-3518 to schedule a time to come in.
Center for Academic Success Sierra Vista – COVID19 Closure Plan
Teachers will continue to offer instruction and enrichment through distance learning using Moodle, PLP,
IXL, Class Dojo, SeeSaw, Think Central, and paper packets.
Our main priority is to help all of our students to be successful during these difficult times. We
understand that different circumstances exist for every student. Some may not be able to complete
work during this time, while others may enjoy engaging in some of these opportunities. We do not want
our students to be penalized for not having the tools necessary for completing the fourth quarter due to
COVID19, therefore there will be no penalty for late work and no student will receive a zero for work not
turned in. Teachers should provide work that reinforces concepts already taught. There should be a very
limited amount of new material given to students.
Teachers at CAS are reaching out in a variety of ways to continue to support students and will assign
grades for each student’s individual circumstances. This could be a Pass/ Fail (“P” or “F”), an Incomplete
(“I”), or a letter grade based on the work a student has turned in. We completed three fourths of the
school year in a physical setting and believe that should be the largest indicator of the student’s abilities,
therefore no student’s grade will drop below the grade they received for third quarter.
We also want everyone to know that all statewide assessments are cancelled for the 2019-2020 school
year. Teachers will continually offer instruction and enrichment opportunities on a regular basis
through the end of the grading period, May 22, 2020. We appreciate everything our staff is doing to
keep our students connected during a time of uncertainty. We will continue to be available to students
and parents with any questions.
Please be advised that starting Monday, April 20th, there will be a change to the Food Service schedule.
Meals will be provided on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tuesday and Thursday service will include two days worth of meals.
This is due to providing our Food Service employees increased social distancing and less exposure to the public.
New student enrollment, including Kindergarten, will begin after the state-wide stay-at-home order is lifted and everyone returns to work. At this time we are not taking in any new applications for the 2020-2021 school year. We will post information here and on our Facebook page when our offices are open again. Thank you.
March 31, 2020
Dear CAS Families:
Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman announced the extension of Arizona school closures through the end of the school year. The extension follows updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and an announcement from the White House extending physical distancing guidelines until April 30, 2020.
As a result, we will continue our current efforts regarding the education of our students.
Please remember that if your student is able to access work online, there is no need for paper packets. All work, whether online or paper, may be submitted via email if possible. Paper packets are only for those families who cannot access their work otherwise.
We ask that anyone on campus practice recommended social distancing guidelines.
CAS Elementary/Middle School-
· Pick up/Drop off for paper-based students will be Wednesdays 7:00 am-12:00 noon.
· No points will be deducted for student’s late work. We recognize that everyone is doing their best during this difficult time.
· Parents of Middle School students will be hearing from CAS staff members this week to establish points of contact for any problems. Contacting staff via email is the best option.
· Please ensure that your phone numbers and email information is current.
CAS High School-
· Pick-up/Drop-off for paper-based students is Mondays from 8:00am-12:00 noon.
· Continue working on online coursework.
· All students are responsible for finishing classes and receiving final grades and credits.
· We will be following The State Board of Education and ADE’s guidance for graduation requirements. We will be contacting seniors this week concerning their progress.
End of the Year Activities:
All in-person activities are cancelled for the remainder of the year. This includes prom, class trips and graduations. As we move forward, we will continue to examine ways to formally acknowledge students’ achievements.
Breakfast and lunch will continue to be served on a to-go basis from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., Monday through Friday.
Telephone messages are checked daily to respond to questions as quickly as possible.
Our Counselor, Mrs. Jennifer DeMello, is available to respond to any requests for support for our students who may be experiencing problems during these difficult times. Her contact information can be found on our website, or you can leave a message for her at 520-439-3500.
Please continue to visit http://www.casschools.com, as well as our Facebook page for updates.
As always, your child’s success is our top priority. We appreciate your support and understanding.
Stephen Huff, Principal
For K-8 students picking up and dropping off paper assignments tomorrow (Wednesday, April 1, 8 a.m. to noon):
Dear High School Families,
CAS is beginning its 4th quarter of instruction starting this week starting on Wednesday, March 25th. In response to schools having to be physically closed during this pandemic, CAS High School is continuing instruction online. For students who do not have access to online service or a computer, physical copies of each week’s assignments may be picked up at the school during limited hours to avoid unnecessary potential exposure to the virus. We know these are trying times and we are attempting to adapt as best as possible.
If your child’s teacher, instructor or someone else from the CAS staff has not reached out to you, please call and leave us a message as to whether or not your student will be able to access their education online or if we need to provide them with paper-based lessons. Please call and leave your message at 520-439-3500.
For physical copies of assignments (paper packets):
The CAS High School building will be open this Wednesday from 8:00am until noon. Parents and students can come in to pick up paper packets for each classes’ assignments for this week. There will be tables in the hallway with teachers’ names marked on them. Each teacher’s class will be labelled with the week’s assignments available to be picked up. Please limit the number of people coming into the building. It would be best if your child came in, since she or he knows which classes they need.
After this week, the CAS High School only will be open on Mondays from 8:00 am until noon for assignment pick up and drop off. Students can drop off the previous week’s assignments and pick up the current week’s assignments then.
We understand that this is a limited amount of time. Again, we are trying to limit the potential of exposure to the virus both for you and for our staff. These times coincide with our K-8 students/parents who will be picking up and dropping off assignments in the cafeteria on Wednesday’s weekly.
For Online instruction:
CAS High School has converted all of our classes into online Moodle classrooms. Each or your child’s classes has a separate Moodle class. All classes can be accessed through the school website at http://www.casschools.com. Your child will have the same CAS teachers. Click on the Information tab, scroll down to COVID-19 Updates and then MoodleCAS. This is where your student can log in.
Note: Teachers will provide your login information for MoodleCAS. If your child does not see all her/his class listed when they log in right away, please be patient. Their teachers are still rostering each class.
Once your child is logged in, she/he will see their classes. They can click on each class to access content, communicate with the teacher, and turn in assignments. Your child also can communicate directly with his/her teacher using e-mail. Your teacher’s e-mail should be on the Moodle site. All CAS teachers’ e-mails are listed on the casschools.com website.
For students using PLP (independent study) classes, they will access their classes through the same casschools.com, Information and COVID-19 tab. They already know their log in information for PLP and they will be working on their independent study through Mrs. Marshall. Mrs. Marshall will not have a Moodle class.
Students will continue using IXL for their math classes. They already should know what their log in information is for IXL.
We are asking parents to complete a very short survey to help us to better help your child. It is available at: bit.ly/cassurvey2020
We know there is going to be a learning curve in this process. We apologize for the limited hours of public access to the school. We are hoping that flexibility will be key for everyone’s success.
Center for Academic Success
For our K-8 families:
Online and paper-based education will begin on Wednesday, March 25. If your child’s teacher or someone else from the CAS staff has not reached out to you, please call and leave us a message as to whether or not your student will be able to access their education online or if we need to provide them with paper-based lessons. Please call and leave your message at 520-439-3518.
If we have already made contact with you, and your student will be paper-based, then those paper-based assignments will be available in our cafeteria on Wednesdays from 8am to noon. Please sign in next to your student’s name so that we know you have picked up your student’s packet. Then the next week you will return the packet to be graded and will pick up the next week of work.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we transition to this very different format of learning. Again, if you have questions, please call us and leave a message and we will return your call.
To the extent possible, teachers will begin offering online and paper education beginning Wednesday, March 25th. We will set up a limited window of time for pick up and drop off for those students in need of paper assignments.
Breakfast and lunch will be served on a to-go basis from 8:00-10:00 a.m., starting on Monday, March 22, 2020.
We encourage our students and families to make use of the online learning tools already available to them, such as IXL and Reading A-Z, during this extended break, and will be reaching out with additional materials beginning Wednesday, March 25th.
NOTICE OF INTENT TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR THE 2020-21 21ST CENTURY COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTERS (CCLC) GRANT
In accordance with the application instructions from the Arizona Department of Education, the Center for Academic Success, Inc. submits a public notice to the community of Cochise County its intent to apply for the 2020-21 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Grant for public schools to be served in the aforementioned areas.
The purpose of the 21st CCLC Program, as described in federal statute, is to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities that focus on:
- Improving academic achievement of students
- Enrichment activities and services that reinforce and complement the academic program, and
- Active and meaningful opportunities for adult family members of students to engage in their children’s education.
The deadline for the application is May 1, 2020.
Federal Grants Office
Center for Academic Success, Inc.
Sierra Vista, Arizona | Douglas, Arizona
March 2, 2020
Center for Academic Success is announcing an increase for teachers’ salaries for the 2020-2021 school year.
|Average salary of all teachers employed in budget year 2021||$46,700|
|Average salary of all teachers employed in prior year 2020||$44,478|
|Increase in average teacher salary from the prior year 2020||$2,222|
Please note: We define Teachers as those eligible to be included in the Charter School AFR Teacher Count. Salary amounts shown include base pay, Instructional Improvement, and Proposition 301. Salaries do not include extra duty pay for before/after school programs or summer school.
|Average salary of all teachers employed in FY 2018||$37,868|
|Total percentage increase in average teacher salary since FY 2018||23.3%|
In addition, CAS continues to ensure that our teachers have no out-of-pocket costs by covering all classroom supplies and expenses.
We would like to thank all of our teachers at the Center for Academic Success for everything they do to support our students. Your care and efforts make a difference every day. Thank you.