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PULSE and Aftercare Choirs Come Together for Spring Chords Concert
Thursday, May 5th, 2016, the PULSE and after-care choir under the direction of Rose Marie Dokken at the Center for Academic Success, performed their spring concert. The junior high PULSE choir performed 8 songs and the after-care sang three. The PULSE sang and dedicated to their mothers the song I Believe In You. The after-care sang and dedicated to their fathers the song My Dad. After each selection the parents were given a rose donated by Bloom Country Floral. The choirs combined for one song entitled I Am A Small Part Of The World. The concert ended with an audience participation number led by the PULSE entitled Come and Go With Me To That Land.
Students who were members of the choirs for the entire year were given certificates. They were: PULSE – Mackenzie D., Cipriana G., Ashlee P. and Alexys R.; After care: Tristen J., Jayden R., Yasmin H., Jada M., and Connor W. Door prize winners were Kara Adams (Domino’s) and Kara Gasson (Texas Roadhouse).
Refreshments were served following the concert donated by Golden Corral (cookies) and VFW (candy.) Members of the choirs were: PULSE – Maya C., Mackenzie D., Cipriana G., Amber G., Juan Miguel N., Ashlee P., Khalieca P., Alexys R. and Olivia E.; After-care: Alfred A., Lillyan C., Aaron H., Tristen J., Lucian M., Zariyah P., Jayden R., Harley V. Nilka E., Christian G., Yasmin H., Jada M., Natasha T. and Connor W.
Photo credit: Nayali H.
CAS PULSE Choir Performs at Prestige
Friday, April 22nd, at 9:15 a.m. the PULSE choir from the Center for Academic Success performed at the Prestige Retirement Facility at Sierra Vista. Under the direction of Rose Marie Dokken, the members of the group were Mackenzie D., Ashlee P., Olivia E., Juan Miguel N., Alexys R., Cipriana G., Maya C., Amber G., and Khalecia P. They sang ten songs for the residents. The last song, Come and Go With Me, was done as a sing along. The residents thoroughly enjoyed the show. Refreshments were provided for the students afterwards. A great time was had by all. Their next performance is Thursday, May 5th at 4:00 PM which is the spring concert.
CAS Middle School Focuses on Holiday Traditions and Green Innovations this Fall
- With the changing of the seasons and holidays approaching, the Center for Academic Success has no shortage of special learning opportunities and fall celebrations. Our middle school students focused their creative energies into producing essays on holiday traditions unique to their families — whether it be a special tree or family recipe in Ms. Silverwind’s writing class. Essays will be mailed and exchanged with a class in Russia fostering global awareness.
Middle schoolers also learned about the benefits of solar energies in a live cooking demonstration in solar ovens led by high school science teacher Mr. Oh! Students hypothesized how different pans placed in solar ovens would conduct heat then tested their theories with multiple solar ovens and dishes. Internal thermometers allowed for ready measurements as zucchini bread, chocolate cake, and hot dogs cooked inside solar ovens. Students even sampled solar-cooked food and estimated the monetary savings over electric and gas power realized by using solar energy.
Additionally, fourth graders finalized their presentations of Native American tribes, their cultures, and their histories in an oral presentation and dwelling diorama. The classes honored the Native American contributions to our United States democracy while learning about historical native constitutions and inter-tribal contracts. Students even studied and sampled indigenous foods.
Students have also decorated the hallway commemorating the things for which they are thankful this year. Middle school teacher, Ms. Tacey, organized a turkey with thankful feathers to give students and staff an opportunity to reflect on items in their lives for which they are thankful. Also, the entire k-8 staff had a huge Harvest Festival celebration in After CARE in which students had faces painted, played games, stuffed scarecrows (see picture above) and created thankful murals.
Local Teen Authors Present Works, Publishing Opportunities at CAS Middle School
Friday, April 4th — Local teenage authors Kesmin and Wilson Hickman joined the Center for Academic Success’ middle school Creative Writing class for a discussion on teen publishing and the writing process. With approximately ten published books between them, Kesmin and Wilson Hickman were inspiring examples to the class about self-publishing and teenage authorship.
- After the presentation, the Creative Writing class viewed samples of the authors’ works and asked questions about barriers to youth publishing and new technologies available in the publishing industry including fan fiction.
CAS middle school newspaper staff was impressed with their books, saying the pair were “awesome authors.” Thanks to both young authors who took time to inspire our students and to Mrs. Silverwind, Creative Writing teacher, who organized the event. To learn more about the authors and their books, visit them online at www.wilsonhickman.com or www.kesminehickman.com
- Middle Schoolers Explore Science and Renewable Energy with Solar Ovens and Middle School Science Fair
After lessons on renewable energy sources and scientific exploration, CAS middle schoolers created solar ovens out of recycled materials then tested their cooking abilities in the Arizona sunshine.
- Students successfully cooked both fried eggs and chocolate chip cookies under the watchful eye of middle school science teacher Ms. Angelica Garcia. The solar ovens were constructed out of recycled household materials including cardboard boxes, tin foil (for reflecting the sun’s energy), and plastic wrap to hold in heat and keep out dust.
Students studied angles of reflection and refraction as part of their analysis of how to harvest the maximum amount of solar energy, and they experimented throughout the day with different angles to produce differing baking temperatures. At the end of the day, students tested their baking skills and were surprised at how well their cheaply constructed ovens worked; several took ovens home to continue solar cooking in their own back yard.
- At the conclusion of the unit, middle schoolers joined together for a science fair where they presented a series of experiments they conducted individually. Several studied chemical reactions in common household products while others examined the effects of radiation on plant growth. Winners of the CAS middle school science fair will continue to the county science fair later this spring. Congratulations to all who participated and many thanks to science teachers Ms. Garcia and Mr. Oh! who facilitated this hands-on learning with our students.
- 6th Grade Ethan Johnson Wins School Spelling Bee
After two hours of spelling competition, Champion: Ethan Johnson, grade 6, emerged victorious as this year’s spelling bee champion. Close behind in second and third place respectively were Grace Kelly, 3rd grade, and Tyler Richards 3rd grade
About 50+ elementary and middle school students competed in the school-wide spelling bee held Friday, December 13, at 10 a.m. in the school cafeteria. Ethan Johnson will go on to compete in the county spelling bee to be held in February at Cochise College. Congratulations to all who placed and those who entered as well. Way to “bee”! To view more photos of our champions, please visit our CAS Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cassierravista
CAS Builder’s Club Helps Raise Scholarship Money for Local Students
The Center for Academic Success’ new Key Club joined the long-standing middle school Builder’s Club and the Kiwanis of Sierra Vista to raise money for local student scholarships at this year’s Sierra Vista Christmas parade. Coupled with the parade’s Cowboy Christmas theme and chilly temperatures, the group sold hot chocolate and popcorn to raise over $1,700 for scholarships. In keeping with CAS and Kiwanis values of giving back, the money will help local students afford a college education.
CAS Builder’s Club is led by middle school teacher Ms. Christine Garza and the newly-founded CAS Key Club is sponsored by high school teacher Sarah Burton. This was CAS Key Club’s first volunteer activity since the charter was founded. Both clubs are supported by the local division of the Kiwanis which is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis International partners with UNICEF, The March of Dimes, and The Children’s Miracle Network to provide meaningful volunteerism with global impact. For more information about Builder’s Club, Key Club, or Kiwanis, please visit their website: www.kiwanis.org
CAS Celebrates Halloween with Annual Costume Parade
In keeping with the spirit and tradition of Halloween, CAS elementary and middle school students celebrated Halloween by wearing costumes to school and participating in this year’s annual costume parade. The event fosters a sense of community within the school with students, staff, and teachers dressing for the occasion. Students show off their costumes as they march and collect small amounts of candy. Students also reviewed safety tips for this evening – staying in groups, visiting houses of family friends, and wearing reflective clothing.
Elementary students also practiced their manners with a review saying “Thank You,” taking only one piece of candy from a bowl, and allowing younger kids to go first while they waited. Because CAS has a small, self-contained campus, older students are able to mix with younger students in supervised activities such as the Halloween Parade, giving them a chance to demonstrate the social skills they are learning in class. Teachers, Parents, and Staff all participate with children as they march in the parade and celebrate the fun holiday. Teachers are encouraged as well as students to participate with costumes and many rise to the occasion each year.
Thank you to our many parents who have adapted the parade as part of their holiday tradition. We love being a part of your children’s lives. For those who would like to see more pictures, please visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CASSierraVista
Arizona Daily Star Recognizes CAS’s Science of Baseball STEM Program
As part of the Center for Academic Success’ ongoing efforts to make all subjects accessible and fun for students, CAS partnered with the Arizona Diamondbacks and The University of Arizona to present The Science of Baseball, a STEM program centering on science and math in baseball. The program, created by U of A associate professor Ricardo Valerdi, has already reached over 2,000 students and CAS has been proud to integrate it into elementary and middle school math and science curriculums. Last May, CAS held a kick-off event with the Arizona Diamondbacks (see article below) and continues to use sports and other real-world events to instill a love of learning these subjects. To read the full article by The Arizona Daily Star, please visit the link here.
Arizona Diamondbacks Partner with CAS for Summer “Extra Innings” Program — A free STEM-based June Enrichment
CAS School has partnered with the Arizona Diamondbacks to bring extra enrichment to their free summer program. Throughout the month of June, students at CAS school can participate in a Science, Math, Technology, and Engineering (STEM) based summer enrichment program free of charge to families. While the free summer program runs each year as part of CAS’s commitment to dynamic education, the Diamondbacks bring a new level of fun and hands on learning to the existing program. The D-backs partnership creates an out of the classroom learning experience as baseball is used in an interactive and exciting way to get students interested in learning about STEM.
On May 16th, the Arizona team traveled to the Sierra Vista CAS campus for a kick off event during which students and parents had a great time batting, running, and fielding as they participated in STEM activities and enjoyed ballpark food. Over 150 students and parents came out to learn basic fielding techniques, pitch for accuracy, and hit for the bleachers with members of the Street Team. Students proudly showed off their baseball and math skills to their parents as they participated in the activities.
The free summer program is open to all existing CAS students grades k-8. Parents must pre-register students in order to participate. If you are interested in registering your student for this summer enrichment program, please contact the elementary school office at 520-458-4200.
Middle School Builder’s Club Promotes Community Service
Teaming up with the local chapter of the Kiwanis and other area schools, CAS Builder’s Club spent Saturday, April 7th painting over graffiti and picking up debris near Colorado Drive. Student volunteers worked to promote civic values of teamwork and empathy while joining together to better their city. For more information, visit The Herald’s article here: http://www.svherald.com/content/news/2013/04/07/350725
Middle School Reading Projects Inspire Active Involvement with their Novels.
All middle school English language arts students are working on a Reading Project which incorporates all of the different reading comprehension and writing techniques they are learning (and have learned) throughout the school year by having students do a variety of activities based on their book of choice. Students are becoming very actively involved in their book through the activities they need to do for their project.
In addition to creating a cover, a table of contents, and reading logs for their project, some of the activities they can choose from include writing a children’s book, turning their book into a comic strip or a travel brochure, adding another scene or chapter to their book, creating a board game, or making a photo album based on their story and characters.
Those students who are of a more creative bent can make murals, posters, or even plan a party down to the invitations, decorations, clothing and menu for their characters. They may write poetry for (or of) their characters or the story, write a song or even create a scrapbook, a collage, or use the parts of the story or book to create a newspaper about a character, or characters, in the story. This activity is designed to help students become more analytical as they interact with the book and characters in the story.
CAS Middle/Elementary Students Toast the Season with Halloween Costume Parade
In keeping with the spirit and tradition of Halloween, CAS elementary and middle school students celebrated Halloween by wearing costumes to school and participating in this year’s annual costume parade. The event fosters a sense of community within the school with students, staff, and teachers dressing for the occasion. Students show off their costumes as they march and collect small amounts of candy. Students also learned and reviewed safety tips to practice this evening such as staying in groups, visiting houses of family friends, and wearing reflective clothing. Elementary students also practiced their manners with a review saying “Thank You,” taking only one piece of candy from a bowl, and allowing younger kids to go first while they waited. Because CAS has a small, self-contained campus, older students are able to mix with younger students in supervised activities such as the Halloween Parade, giving them a chance to demonstrate the social skills they are learning in class. Pictured top: elementary/middle school teacher Ms. Valdez dressed as Bat Girl supervises the Halloween parade.
Elementary/Middle School Art Contest:
The CAS Garden Club is sponsoring an art contest for students in K-8. The contest themeis “The Water Cycle.” The winning color design will be used as a template to paint a mural on the 1500-gallon rainwater harvesting tank at the high school. The names of all the students who enter a drawing in the contest will be included in the final mural design. The deadline for contest entries is Wednesday, Nov. 21. Please turn in entries to the front office, and they will be given to Mr. Oh!
For more information about the Arizona Water Cycle, please visit: http://www.kidzone.ws/WATER/
This is a great opportunity to explore the water cycle with your students.