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Hands-on Learning Takes Center Stage at CAS Douglas Middle School

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Fifth grader proudly displays egg that survived the drop.

Students in grades 5-8 who attend the Douglas campus of CAS Middle School have recently excelled in exploratory learning and educational trips. Mrs. Alvarado’s and Mrs. Peraza’s fifth grade classes conducted an elasticity experiment with eggs constructing differing surrounds which would help the egg survive a drop off a 20-foot structure. Students then had the opportunity to test their theories with an outdoor egg drop.

6th graders pose beside their research posters.

6th graders pose beside their research posters.

The sixth grade classes also continued with project-based learning in their research projects. Students researched famous inventors such as   Alexander Graham Bell and George Eastman Kodak. Later, they recreated famous inventions so that the students could see what they looked like. All of the sixth grade students in Mrs. Robles’ science classes have been working hard on this project for the past two weeks, and projects are now on display for all students to see.

7th graders enjoy their tour of Pima Air & Space Museum

7th graders enjoy their tour of Pima Air & Space Museum

Finally, the students in Mrs. Gonzalez’s and Ms. Paredes’ 7th grade science class went on a field trip to the Pima Air and Space Museum.  The students learned about the evolution of flight and were able to walk around and look at various types of airplanes.  They saw planes that have been in various wars, as well as space.  They also toured to the Airplane Boneyard viewing hundreds of planes that were previously engaged in military efforts around the globe.

CAS High Schooler Accepted to Pretigious Summer Leadership Institute

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Dayra Nuno, 11th grader at CAS High School.

We are very proud to announce that Dayra Nuno, an 11th grader at CAS High School Douglas Campus, has been accepted to the prestigious César E. Chávez Leadership Institute at Arizona State University in Phoenix this Summer!  The Institute runs from June 7-13th, 2015.  The César E. Chávez Leadership Institute is a week-long summer program filled with workshops, lectures and activities designed to build communication skills, develop critical thinking, and inspire a passion for community service. Students are selected for this institute based on a minimum criteria of a 3.0 GPA, demonstrated leadership capacity, community volunteerism, and a written essay submitted by the student.

Parent/Community After School Survey — Please Give Us Your Feedback

Parents, Teachers, Community Members, and Concerned Citizens,

The Center for Academic Success High School is in the process of conducting a community needs assessment for the teens of the Sierra Vista area between the hours of 3:30 – 5:30 or “after school.” It is our hope to apply for and obtain a grant that would allow us to run a free and robust after school program for community teens in an effort to boost academic outcomes and responsible citizenship similar to the program we currently offer at our K-8 building. We value your feedback on how we could best meet these needs.

Would you consider responding to an 8-question survey? It should only take about 10-15 minutes of your time Please select the link to take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7FR686Q

Thank you in advance for your help with our efforts to create a free After CARE program at our high school and meet the needs of community teens.

CAS Students Win 1st and 3rd Place in County Youth & Engineering Science Fair

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Winner Macayla Fetting displays her third place ribbon in front of her project board.

CAS is excited to announce that two CAS students have placed in the county’s annual Youth and Engineering Science Fair (YES Fair) for their science fair projects which were submitted for judging on Monday, March 23rd, 2015.

Ethan Johnson, 7th grade, was awarded first place in the category of  Energy and Engineering for his project “Get Wired” which analyzed alternative sources of electricity.  Macayla Fetting, 7th grade, earned third place in the category of Biological Science for her project “Toothbrush Invaders”  which answered a household dilemma of the best location to minimize bacterial growth.

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Ethan Johnson poses with his first place ribbon in front of his science fair board.

Community students grades 5-12 from Sierra Vista, Bisbee, Douglas, Nogales, and Tombstone are eligible to compete in the county’s annual YES fair. Approximately 500 students attended this year’s YES! Fair as applicants or spectators. Students in grades 5-8 may compete in the categories of Energy and Engineering, Technology, Physical Science, Earth & Space Science, and Biological Science while students in grades 9-12 compete in one division only. Those selected as winners are invited to a celebratory dinner. To learn more about the YES! Fair, please visit its website at:  http://www.yesfair.com/