Douglas Elementary School

Science is a Blast for Students at CAS

 

Foaming "lava" bubbles out of a student's volcano.
Foaming “lava” bubbles out of a student’s model volcano.

5th grade got the chance to present their volcano science projects to the rest of the class this week.

The model volcanoes showcased the uniqueness of each student.  Some even included toy animals and mossy trees to add to the effect.

Using baking soda, vinegar, and a dash of food coloring for flair, the students took turns demonstrating the chemical reaction that occurs when these ingredients mix.

The project gave students the opportunity to use their powers of creativity and scientific reasoning to learn more about volcanoes.  It was also a lot of fun! 

5th Grade Tours Fire Station

5th graders pose with fire truck at Douglas Fire Department
5th graders pose with fire truck at Douglas Fire Department

Ms. Alvarado and Ms. Peraza’s Fifth Grade class was recently invited to visit the Douglas Fire Department for a class field trip.  Students were given a tour of the fire station to see how fire fighters work and live while on the job and, in addition, learned about some of the equipment used in the event of an emergency.  The class even got the chance to take a look inside one of the station’s ambulances.  As part of the field trip, students were also instructed in fire safety rules.  They reviewed the importance of not playing with matches and being careful around hot pans, and were reminded to follow the “Cover face, stop, drop, and roll” rule if there is ever a fire.

CAS 4th and 5th Receive Book Donations from County Superintendent

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Students proudly display their new books

In an act of generosity, County Superintendent Ms. Trudy Berry gifted CAS fourth and fifth grade classes with classroom sets of age-level books in April 2015. Students were very excited for the brand-new books and wrote thank-you letters to Ms. Berry to express their gratitude.

 

 

 

 

CAS Celebrates January and February Student of the Month

Students pose with Principal Munguia displaying their certificates.
Students pose with Principal Munguia displaying their certificates.

In keeping with its tradition of honoring excellence, CAS celebrated its January and February Student of the Month recipients with a morning ceremony on February 5th. Teachers nominate and select students for this honor based on their character, scholastic achievements, and positive attitudes. Congratulations to all who received this recognition as they truly embody the spirit of CAS excellence.

Elementary School Celebrates Student Achievements in Fall 2014 Semester

CAS, Center for Academic Success, Douglas Charter School Students, teachers, and administration gathered in December to celebrate student success in perfect attendance and honor roll. Students were awarded in front of peers for their achievements in order to instill the value of hard work and character honor. Congratulations to all of our honored students; we can’t wait to see how far our students go in the new year. The Douglas campus will reopen after the winter break on Monday, January 5th, 2015.

Douglas Elementary Open House — Friday August 15th

Douglas CAS Elementary will have its open house on Friday August 15th  2014 from 1 to 2:30PM. Please come meet and greet your child’s teachers. We hope to see you there!

CAS Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony Moves 46 Kinder to 1st Grade

Principal Munguia poses with a portion of the kindergarten class at the promotion ceremony.
Principal Munguia poses with a portion of the kindergarten class at the promotion ceremony.

On Friday May 30th, CAS Kindergarten classes celebrated their Promotion Ceremony for their 46 Kinder students. The children dedicated their performances to their parents and family and friends. Students sand and danced while the parents wept from Pomp and Circumstance to “The World is a Rainbow.”

All of the children will be returning to CAS as First graders next Fall. We will be waiting with open arms.

 

 

CAS Elementary Spring Fling Celebrates the Official Launch of New Campus

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Executive Director Veda Phelps and Principal Marcela Munguia cut the ceremonial ribbon for the new campus.

On May 29th, CAS Elementary held their annual Spring Fling at their new address on 919 B. Ave.

To launch the festivities, Vada Phelps Executive Director and Marcela Munguia CAS Douglas Principal cut the traditional ribbon to inaugurate the opening of the new campus.  Fun, food and festivities was the theme of this special occasion with a special face painting  for the students.

Face painting makes the day special.
Face painting makes the day special.

CAS Elementary grades K-3 have been housed in this building since August of 2013 but the staff had not had the opportunity to celebrate their new building.

Needless to say, a great time was had by staff, students and parents!

 

Elementary Creates Festive Atmosphere with Christmas Decor Contest

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Principal Munguia evaluates a participant’s decor.

The staff at the CAS Elementary building participated in the window/door Christmas decoration contest as a way of bringing some friendly competition into the season’s festivities. Teachers created themed classroom displays with which the students participated and helped place. Themes included gingerbread houses, snowmen, the Polar Express, Santa and reindeer, Elf on the Shelf, and other Christmas themes. The art work was later judged by Dr. Don Derrick, Superintendent and Marcela Munguia, Principal (pictured left).

Elf decor brightens this classroom's door.
Elf decor brightens this classroom’s door.

Awards will be handed out at the CAS Staff Christmas party on December 19th for most creative designs and best student involvement. All of the classrooms did an excellent job and everyone agreed that the whole building looked “happier” with the decorations. Christmas celebrations are just one of the many ways the Center for Academic Success helps students feel like their school is a second home to them.

We wish all of our staff, students, and families a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for 2014!

Douglas Elementary Celebrates New Building as it Achieves Excellence in School Rating

ARankedSchoolThe Douglas CAS Elementary has moved to 919 3rd street, as of the
beginning of the 2013-14 school year. Kinder through Third grade
students started the school year in this iconic building on August 13th.
AZELLA and Special Ed staff will also keep offices in this building.

CAS Elementary has received an” A” grade from the Arizona Department of
Education. CAS Elementary is the ONLY “A” Elementary school in Douglas.
We have the 21 Century Grant for Before and After school programs which
include Homework Hotshots, Math mechanics, Dance, Art and Sports, as
well as tutoring in all subject areas.

Douglas EL HalloweenOn October 31st, the students and staff participated in the annual CAS Halloween costume parade to celebrate the holiday season. Students show off their creative side by fashioning costumes and a collation of teachers and staff judge the most creative and ambitious projects. Red ribbons were awarded to the best costumes. This is just one of the many ways CAS strives to foster a sense of community and well-being among its students, staff, and faculty.  

CAS Board of Directors Met at Douglas Elementary

douglas 3On Monday, November 19th, the CAS Board of Directors met at the Douglas Elementary building for their November meeting. After a quick tour of the elementary building, board president Doris Tolbert initiated the meeting. All items on the agenda were covered at great length, including state report cards, school and food service budgets and Special Ed identification requirements.

The board and most of the administration attended the Arizona State Charter Conference on November 1st and 2nd and after the meeting everyone shared their experiences and information gathered at the sessions.

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