Students of the Month Take Trip to New Mexico
Seventh and Eighth grade students of the month at CAS High School in Douglas were rewarded with a trip to the Chiricahua Desert Museum in Portal, New Mexico. The museum had an outdoor habitat where students were able to observe desert animals such as lizards, turtles, and a wide array of birds. Students also spent time learning about native snake species in the museum’s indoor exhibit. After lunch at the Southwestern Research Station, Dr. Howard Topoff showed them around the grounds and explained the use of the field station for research. The students then headed to a nearby research site where Dr. Topoff demonstrated how Mexican Blue Birds have been conditioned to respond to a whistle. Dr. Topoff blew the whistle and a swarm of birds flew in to feed on the peanuts he had thrown. The trip concluded with a hike up Barefoot Trail that took them to an elevation of 8,826 ft.
CAS Students Attend Youth Leadership Conference March 13, 14
The students from CAS High School attended the Youth Leadership Conference in Somerton, AZ on March 13 and 14th. Students from Cocopah, San Luis, and Somerton attended the conference which was themed “The Courage to Speak.”
The theme centered around helping students become encouraged to speak their opinions and to exercise leadership within their schools and local communities. There was a reception and dinner on the first night. Main speakers and breakout sessions continued on Saturday with a Comic Festival at the end of the day. The students learned a lot about student leadership and activism and had a great time.
Teachers Participate in In-Service Training
The learning never stops at CAS, even for its teachers! Last week, CAS conducted a teacher professional development training centering on differentiation for English Language Learners within the classroom. The training was led by CAS’ own staff members who are experts in Structured English Immersion [SEI] strategies. In this way, teachers can garner from one another’s expertise and implement successful strategies across curricular areas. Teachers will continue working together to teach each other once a month in an effort to serve their students even more proficiently.
High School Participates in Local Parade with “CAS Land” Float
CAS Douglas’ high school student council conceptualized then worked to create its annual Christmas parade float as part of the Douglas’ community’s evening Christmas parade. This year, the float’s theme centered on a play on a family favorite game — Candy Land — to create “CAS Land.”
Student council members stated that the idea helped them communicate how fun and “sweet” it was to be a CAS student while continuing the overall theme of the parade for a family-filled Christmas. Not only did the float contain classic Candy Land icons, but it also featured marching students and several gingerbread men in cardboard suits adding to the festive atmosphere (see picture left).
After working tirelessly to create the float, students also marched in the evening parade with high school teachers and advisers to represent CAS in its community (see picture right).
After a chilly evening of fun, students gathered at the school for an informal party and time of reflection for all of their accomplishments this semester. Congratulations to the CAS student council and its leadership for reflecting CAS values and pride in our great community!
Elementary School Celebrates Student Achievements in Fall 2014 Semester
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.
CAS High School Graduation — An Evening of Beginnings
The Center for Academic Success celebrated its annual graduation ceremony Tuesday, May 20th, at the Bisbee High School auditorium with 40 graduates representing both Bisbee and Douglas campuses. Representatives from the CAS administration spoke admonishing the graduates of their responsibilities and the opportunities that lie before them.
After a moving rendition of the National Anthem sung by teacher Sarah Burton, class representative, Daniel Escobar, gave a short speech detailing his growth over his years at CAS crediting both the CAS staff and his family for helping him turn his life around.
Salutatorians Shelianette Rodriguez (SV) and Deanne A. Flores Durazo (D) also addressed the audience about overcoming life’s obstacles in order to excel both academically and personally. Both mentioned their plans for continuing education and detailed what they learned from their years at CAS.
Valedictorians Alexander Laskie (SV) and Laura Jeanne Blair (D) delivered moving testimonials of their personal journeys to excellence thanking many who helped them along their paths. Close relationships among all who participated were evident from the packed crowd, the loud cheers, and the tearful hugs among parents, staff, and students.
Congratulations to the graduating class of 2014. We can’t wait to see where life’s journey takes you.
Student Council Awarded 2nd Place for Float in Douglas Christmas Parade
In this year’s annual Christmas Parade of Lights, the Douglas High School Student Council (see photo, above) not only entered a float of their own creation, but also placed second for their float in “Candy Canes and Christmas Carols”.
The students and Mrs. Del Rio worked on the float for a whole week, making all ornaments by hand. Students were also responsible fore obtaining entrance requirements, and walking in the parade as well. A trophy will be sent to the school from the parade council on December 18th and will be displayed in the high school lobby. Congratulations to our student council for your hard work and achievement. Many thanks to Mrs. Rio who spearheaded the design and oversaw student work. Merry Christmas!
“Fit for the Runway” Fashion Show Highlights Recycling & Sustainability
The students at CAS high school held their first “fit for the Runway” fashion show on November 14th. The event brought awareness to an important topic with a lighthearted spirit. Participants were responsible for making wearable garments out of recyclable materials. On the 14th, they wore their handmade outfits down the runway as a panel of judges evaluated the style, overall creativity, and emphasis on recyclable materials. Two students tied for First Place and teacher Alejandra Del Rio won Honorable mention for her origami vest (see photo below).
All candidates were required to submit a written report on the importance of recycling as well as a persuasive oral presentation as to how they would personally raise awareness in our community, on this important topic. Congratulations to all who participated in what we hope will become an annual tradition for many years to come.
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CAS High School Demonstrates Excellence and Participates in Citizenship-Building Events
The Douglas CAS High School received an “A” Alt. grade due to our test scores and graduation rate. The Fall AIMS tests were successfully administered in October and 82% of our parents showed up to our progress/monitoring conferences. Student Council is preparing sketches for the Parade of Lights Float as well as Coronation themes. A recycling project “Fit for the Runway” will be held on November 14th in the cafeteria. All models will wear garments constructed out of recyclable materials.
Both Middle school and High school will participate in a “Feed the Hungry” food drive for the local shelters during the Thanksgiving season. Thank you to all our students and families who demonstrate their generosity of spirit with us every day.
Douglas & Sierra Vista Campus Seniors Enjoy Graduation Night
Over 50 graduates from both the Douglas and Sierra Vista CAS campuses met at Bisbee High School on May 28th to celebrate their commencement with a formal cap and gown ceremony. The intimate and lively ceremony illustrated CAS’s close connection to its students as teachers, parents, graduates, and special guests honored graduates together.
Students thanked parents, teachers, and friends for pushing them to achieve in moving speeches throughout the ceremony. Student speakers included class valedictorians — Anjo Joven (Sierra Vista) and Luis Munguia (Douglas) who both mentioned family connections and personal pride as their main motivators. Nate Cummins (Sierra Vista salutatorian) credited several CAS teachers by name for sparking his imagination to dream big while Dayana Parra (Douglas salutatorian) credited the close relationship with CAS administration.
The ceremony also included other personal touches such as Kelsey Manchester (Sierra Vista graduate) and family singing the national anthem, photos of graduates as infant, personal banners and noisemakers in the crowd, and of course, decked-out graduation caps.
Administrative speakers included Mrs Veda Phellps (CAS and Cochise County Workforce Developement Executive Director), who welcomed attendants, Mr. Steve Huff and Ms. Marcella Munguia (Sierra Vista and Douglas principals, respectively) who thanked graduates for their hard work and emphasize the value of a CAS education, and Dr. Don Derrick (CAS Superintendent) who delivered the keynote speech.
Dr. Derrick charged graduates to enter their next phase of life as role models and positive citizens, upholding the ideals that make this nation strong.
Formal ceremony complete, attendees enjoyed light refreshments while watching a slideshow of graduate pictures, picture taking, and lots of hugs. Many thanks to both Karla Nistler, CAS senior advisor, and Ashley Hamilton, CAS registrar, who organized and executed the ceremony.
Congratulations, again, graduates! We can’t wait to see the wonderful things you accomplish in this next phase of life.
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Visits CAS Douglas Campus
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal visited the Center for Academic Success High School on Wednesday, November 07 as part of a statewide tour of exceptional schools. CAS High School received a performance profile letter grade of “A” for the 2011-12 school year. Superintendent Huppenthal visited CAS HS to see for himself “what they were doing right.” Huppenthal visited several classrooms, observing lessons in Trigonometry, Advanced English Literature, Economics, and Art. He also addressed the students, spoke about the value of their education they were receiving, and encouraged them to continue their education beyond high school. He asked individual students questions about their plans for the future and advised them to take advantage of every resource the school had to offer in order to fulfill their dreams. (Pictured left to right: Dr. Linda Denno, Vada Phelps, John Huppenthal, Marcela Munguia, Dr. Don Derrick)
CAS HS Principal Marcela Munguia said that the teachers, staff, and students were excited and gratified by the visit from Superintendent Huppenthal. Munguia remarked that it was nice to be noticed and appreciated for their successes. She noted that CAS also has an elementary and a middle school in Douglas. These schools also did quite well, each earning a performance profile letter grade of “B” with the elem
Jose Isaac Chavez and Lizeth Molina, representing CAS High School students, greeted Superintendent Huppenthal and his team and escorted them throughout their visit. Principal Marcela Munguia was accompanied by CAS Executive Director Vada Phelps, Superintendent Dr. Don Derrick, and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Linda Denno. Accompanying Superintendent Huppenthal on his visit to CAS were other Arizona Department of Education staff, including Associate Superintendent Marv Lamar, Deputy Associate Superintendent Ralph Romero, Chief of Staff Merve Blanchi, Highly Effective Scools Liaison Jason Wojcik, Education Program Specialist Karen Lattin, and Public Information Officer Molly Edwards.entary school missing “A” grade by only three points out of 200 possible.
Changes to Arizona Graduation Requirements:
The class of 2013 will be required to meet more rigorous course of study requirements to qualify for graduation. CAS has anticipated the changes to course of study requirements and has been adding teachers and classes in order to accommodate the increased demand. Starting this year, each student will be required to earn 22 credits (a change from the previous 20 credit requirement)to qualify for graduation. Additionally, within the 22 credits, students must earn 4 math credits, 3 science credits, and 1 Career and Technology or 1 Fine Arts credit. More information on credit requirements and changes can be found at the Arizona Department of Education or by following this link: http://www.azed.gov/state-board-education/high-school-graduation-requirements/
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