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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 Douglas Students Attend Youth Leadership Conference March 13, 14

Group photo CAS Douglas school Center for Academic SuccessSeveral 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.”

Students and chaperones from CAS Douglas pose for a group photo at leadership conference.

Students and chaperones from CAS Douglas pose for a group photo at leadership conference.

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.

CAS Celebrates STEM Learning with Baseball Connection

CAS Students practice fielding and hitting after learning physics of baseball.

CAS Students practice fielding and hitting after learning physics of baseball.

The Center for Academic Success was excited to host the Arizona Diamondbacks street team on February 27th for its second-annual Science of Baseball spring training event.

Students in Kindergarten through eighth grades rotated through a series of teacher and baseball player led stations which combined the fun of America’s favorite pastime with hands-on physics and bio-mechanical study. Some stations included face painting, where students could get a baseball painted on their cheek, trajectory of flight, where students used blocks and rubber bands to send projectiles through the air with the goal of landing on paper plates worth varying amounts of points, and elasticity ball drop, where students predicted which of four different types of ball would bounce the highest based on its elasticity.

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Students launch small balls off wooden platforms cut a differing angles to envision trajectory.

Students also enjoyed testing trajectory of flight by launching rubber baseballs into the air with a large slingshot. This allowed students to field test how “pop-flies” and “line drives” result from a bat hitting a ball at differing angles. Further, they tested their base-running skills and the idea that a curved arch provides a faster route from home base to second than two straight lines would otherwise.

Earlier that week, students and teachers had reviewed the scientific topics of: trajectory of flight, elasticity, and angular momentum all within the context of baseball in motion. This culminating, hands-on activity provided a three-dimensional physics and mathematics lesson all while having a great time in the Arizona sunshine. The middle school dance team kicked-off the event with its first-ever performance to keep the mood celebratory.

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Face painting lends a fun atmosphere to the baseball-themed event.

The Science of Baseball is a year-long program for which CAS schools has partnered with the Arizona Diamondbacks to provide excellence in education coupled with fun, kinetic activities. Students in CAS middle school perform a series of baseball-related physics experiments as part of Friday electives to envision science and math learning in a new environment. For more information about this program, visit its website at: http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/ari/community/scienceofbaseball.jsp

CAS Douglas Students Raise Goods, Awareness for St. Vincent de Paul

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CAS students taped Mr. Hernandez (center) to the pole in celebration of their accomplishment fundraising for St. Vincent de Paul. Principal Mungia poses with him for a photo.

Students at CAS schools recently competed to see which class could donate the most cans to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, a national not for profit that seeks to “end poverty through systemic change.”

Each class competed against each other raising both awareness and donations for the charitable society. As an added incentive, the winning class was permitted to chose a teacher to duct-tape to a pole in the cafeteria.

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Ms. Hernandez poses with several students who taped her to the pole.

Students in the winning class voted for Mrs. Montano and Mr. Hernandez (a tie) and so they taped both to the pole today at lunch time.

For more information about St. Vincent de Paul, please visit the organization’s wesbite at http://www.svdpusa.org.