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High School Graduation to be Held on May 31st

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State Board of Education Announces Website for Feedback on K-12 Standards

Phoenix, Ariz. – September 17, 2015

The State Board of Education (SBE) has created a website for Arizonans to review and provide comment on Arizona’s Mathematics (math) and English language arts (ELA) Academic Standards.

The site, https://k12standards.az.gov, provides parents, teachers, community members, and others an easy way to review the current standards and provide their thoughts on how the standards can be improved. This information will be used to assist the state in the improvement of Arizona’s current academic standards.

In addition to the site, the SBE is working with county superintendents to host meetings around Arizona so people may provide their thoughts on the standards via a public meeting. Dates of the meetings will be released in the coming weeks.

Comments on the standards may also be mailed to:
State Board of Education
Attn: K12 Standards Public Input
1700 W. Washington
Executive Tower Suite 300
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

For information about the Arizona Standards Development Committee, click HERE.

Read the Chairman of the Arizona Standards Development Committee, Scott Leska’s, letter to the Charter Schools, HERE.

Links to the K-12 Math and English Language Arts Standards may also be found on The Center for Academic Success website under “Important Information.”

NED Show Promotes Positive Attitudes

NED's interactive program teaches positive life lessons with a fun twist.

NED’s interactive program teaches positive life lessons with a fun twist.

The NED Show came to perform for students at CAS Middle School in Douglas on August 18th.  NED is a character education program that promotes positive attitudes and encourages students to do their best every day.  Named after the show’s main character, NED is an acronym that stands for Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best.  This program has been performed all over the United States, including the White House.  They have also toured internationally in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.  Both the students and their teachers enjoyed plenty of laughs, and are looking forward to applying what they learned to prevent bullying, build relationships, and continue to keep the kindness going.

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.