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(Updated March 23)
Dear High School Families,
CAS is beginning its 4th quarter of instruction starting this week starting on Wednesday, March 25th. In response to schools having to be physically closed during this pandemic, CAS High School is continuing instruction online. For students who do not have access to online service or a computer, physical copies of each week’s assignments may be picked up at the school during limited hours to avoid unnecessary potential exposure to the virus. We know these are trying times and we are attempting to adapt as best as possible.
If your child’s teacher, instructor or someone else from the CAS staff has not reached out to you, please call and leave us a message as to whether or not your student will be able to access their education online or if we need to provide them with paper-based lessons. Please call and leave your message at 520-439-3500.
For physical copies of assignments (paper packets):
The CAS High School building will be open this Wednesday from 8:00am until noon. Parents and students can come in to pick up paper packets for each classes’ assignments for this week. There will be tables in the hallway with teachers’ names marked on them. Each teacher’s class will be labelled with the week’s assignments available to be picked up. Please limit the number of people coming into the building. It would be best if your child came in, since she or he knows which classes they need.
After this week, the CAS High School only will be open on Mondays from 8:00 am until noon for assignment pick up and drop off. Students can drop off the previous week’s assignments and pick up the current week’s assignments then.
We understand that this is a limited amount of time. Again, we are trying to limit the potential of exposure to the virus both for you and for our staff. These times coincide with our K-8 students/parents who will be picking up and dropping off assignments in the cafeteria on Wednesday’s weekly.
For Online instruction:
CAS High School has converted all of our classes into online Moodle classrooms. Each or your child’s classes has a separate Moodle class. All classes can be accessed through the school website at http://www.casschools.com. Your child will have the same CAS teachers. Click on the Information tab, scroll down to COVID-19 Updates and then MoodleCAS. This is where your student can log in.
Note: Teachers will provide your login information for MoodleCAS. If your child does not see all her/his class listed when they log in right away, please be patient. Their teachers are still rostering each class.
Once your child is logged in, she/he will see their classes. They can click on each class to access content, communicate with the teacher, and turn in assignments. Your child also can communicate directly with his/her teacher using e-mail. Your teacher’s e-mail should be on the Moodle site. All CAS teachers’ e-mails are listed on the casschools.com website.
For students using PLP (independent study) classes, they will access their classes through the same casschools.com, Information and COVID-19 tab. They already know their log in information for PLP and they will be working on their independent study through Mrs. Marshall. Mrs. Marshall will not have a Moodle class.
Students will continue using IXL for their math classes. They already should know what their log in information is for IXL.
We are asking parents to complete a very short survey to help us to better help your child. It is available at: bit.ly/cassurvey2020
We know there is going to be a learning curve in this process. We apologize for the limited hours of public access to the school. We are hoping that flexibility will be key for everyone’s success.
Center for Academic Success
For our K-8 families:
Online and paper-based education will begin on Wednesday, March 25. If your child’s teacher or someone else from the CAS staff has not reached out to you, please call and leave us a message as to whether or not your student will be able to access their education online or if we need to provide them with paper-based lessons. Please call and leave your message at 520-439-3518.
If we have already made contact with you, and your student will be paper-based, then those paper-based assignments will be available in our cafeteria on Wednesdays from 8am to noon. Please sign in next to your student’s name so that we know you have picked up your student’s packet. Then the next week you will return the packet to be graded and will pick up the next week of work.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we transition to this very different format of learning. Again, if you have questions, please call us and leave a message and we will return your call.
To the extent possible, teachers will begin offering online and paper education beginning Wednesday, March 25th. We will set up a limited window of time for pick up and drop off for those students in need of paper assignments.
Breakfast and lunch will be served on a to-go basis from 8:00-10:00 a.m., starting on Monday, March 22, 2020.
We encourage our students and families to make use of the online learning tools already available to them, such as IXL and Reading A-Z, during this extended break, and will be reaching out with additional materials beginning Wednesday, March 25th.
Governor Ducey has announced the closure of all schools from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, April 10, 2020.
Because of this, CAS will be extending its break through April 10th. We will continue to keep our families posted on any new developments.
Governor Ducey’s letter to Arizona schools is below:
- School administrators should make every effort to provide continued education learning opportunities through online resources or materials that can be sent home.
- School administrators should work with the Arizona Department of Education to provide breakfast and lunch services for Arizona students.
- As demand rises on healthcare professionals and first responders, schools should consider expanding child care programs currently available to ensure minimal disruption to these critical jobs as a result of the school closure.
- When school resumes, school administrators should develop and implement precautions to ensure schools are a safe learning environment, including social distancing measures, regular intervals for administrators to wash and sanitize their hands, and guidance on how to properly and frequently sanitize election equipment and common surfaces.
Governor Doug Ducey & Superintendent Kathy Hoffman
Before you dash to the store to pick out that perfect, new “back to school” outfit, please take a moment to read through our dress code policy below.
DRESS CODE (K-8)
A dress code creates an environment that is free of distractions and encourages appropriate behavior so that students may excel academically. Students at CAS will be expected to conform to a uniform dress code. This uniform shall consist of a solid red, white, or navy blue polo shirt, and khaki or denim pants, shorts, or skirts.
Tops: Red, White, or Navy Blue (solid colors only)
Short or long-sleeved collared polo shirt, with no pockets, in the approved uniform colors.
Plain, red, white, or navy blue long-sleeved shirts/t-shirts may be worn under the polo shirt during the winter months. The shirt/t-shirt must be appropriately sized and must not extend beyond the hem of the polo shirt.
Only one polo shirt at a time may be worn.
A light-weight, front-zippered jacket may be worn inside the buildings; however, the jacket must remain unzipped and open while inside. NO SWEATSHIRTS MAY BE WORN.
Bottoms: Blue jeans, Black, or Khaki/Tan:
Jeans, straight-legged trousers, shorts, and skirts in the approved colors are permitted.
All bottoms must be in good condition and hemmed (not frayed, ripped, cutoff, or containing holes). Pants/shorts must fit at the waist. Shorts, skorts, and skirts are to be no shorter than finger-tip length.
- Cargo pants/shorts
- Joggers (sweatpants), jeggings, leggings, yoga style pants
- Pullover sweat shirts
- Lace, see-through clothing
- Leather or leather type material
- Sagging or oversized pants
Heavy coats/jackets do not have to follow the uniform colors and are to be worn outside of the building. Heavy coats/jackets are not to be worn during classes.
Trench coats are not permitted.
Hats and Scarves:
Hats/head gear may be worn outside with the brim/beak facing forward. Scarves may not be worn due to safety.
Students may not wear open-toed shoes due to safety concerns. Shoes with laces must be fully laced up and tied. The same applies to Velcro strap fasteners.
- No sunglasses are to be worn inside the building unless medically prescribed.
- No bandanas or bandana print headgear, or du-rags of any kind may be worn on campus at any time or at any school sponsored activity.
- Any item of clothing that contains metal studs or simulated studs of any type is prohibited.
- Lanyards are to be worn around the neck or tucked entirely into a pocket.
Students appearing on school grounds in violation of the dress code policy will be counseled and may be asked to change into appropriate clothing. For the first offense, the parents will be notified and the student will remain in class so long as the clothing is not disruptive to class learning. On the occasion that the clothing is disruptive to class, the student will be removed from the classroom and the parents will be required to bring a change of clothes for the student. After the second offense, the parents and student will have a conference with the Administration. Following the third offense, the parents will be notified and the student will be given in-school suspension for multiple days or will be required to be picked up by the parent or guardian.
Since student attire trends change, the previous lists will be updated and communicated, as needed, in order to ensure an appropriate and safe school setting. Decisions regarding the appropriateness of clothing will be handled by the Administration.
DRESS CODE (High School)
A good school-learning environment is created when students have an appropriate, well-groomed appearance and conduct themselves properly. Anything that tends to detract from this environment is unacceptable. The following guidelines shall apply to all regular school activities:
- Sunglasses, hats, caps and other head coverings shall not be worn indoors. Only medically/religiously required headgear, approved by the principal, may be worn indoors. Sun-protective clothing must comply with District and school site dress and grooming standards.
- Clothes shall conceal undergarments at all times. See-through or fishnet fabrics, halter tops, off-the-shoulder or low-cut tops, and bare midriffs (showing the stomach) are prohibited. Skirts or shorts shorter than 4-inches above the top of the knee are prohibited. Swimwear, pajamas, nightgowns, and blankets are not appropriate school wear.
- Pants with holes, rips, or tears that are more than 4-inches above the top of the knee are prohibited.
- Clothing or accessories that advertise such substances as alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, or utilizes double play on words, obscenities, profanity, is gang-related, or is suggestive in any way are prohibited.
- Clothing or accessories that depict illegal actions or use of fire-arms may not be worn.
- Trench coats are prohibited.
- Jewelry which poses a threat to the health and safety of students or which by its size or appearance is distracting in the learning environment (i.e., jewelry with sharp edges or which is so long or dangling as to pose a safety hazard).
- Shoes must be worn at all times.
- All tops must have a minimum of two fingers-width of material over the shoulder and must conceal undergarments. Sleeve openings can hang no more than 2-inches below the armpit.
- Hooded sweatshirts and jackets must be worn with hoods down.
- Exposed lanyards and chains hanging from the waist area are prohibited.
Students appearing on school grounds in violation of the dress policy will be counseled and given a first warning. Repeat offenders will be sent home, as appropriate, in order to change clothes and dress properly for school. Students may initially be counseled by the teacher with a follow up referral. A student who willfully and continuously violates the policy may be subject to suspension.
Since student attire trends change, the previous lists will be updated and communicated as needed in order to ensure an appropriate and safe school setting.
Decisions regarding the appropriateness of clothing will be handled by the staff and/or administration.
Check out this behind the scenes look at our 2017-18 Solar Go Kart Team in action!
(Film credit goes to local business sponsor Arizona Electric Power Cooperative )
High School Science Teacher, Ms. Doran, and 2nd Grade Teacher, Ms. Engols, have put their heads together to create a special Friday program called STEAM Up! for 2nd graders who have completed all of their work for the week. The name of the program is a play on the acronym for “Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math” used in the education field. These 2nd graders are invited to the High School’s science classroom, where Ms. Doran and her high school student volunteers have a new science adventure ready every week.
The students listen as Ms. Doran tells them about a new scientific mission and the project that they must accomplish in order to complete the mission. For example, if the students are on a mission to Mars to learn about the planet, they will need to construct rocket ships in order to get there (paper towel roll and tin foil rocket ships, that is)! Another adventure might involve an Arctic expedition to study “core samples” and learn about polarity and the age of the Earth. STEAM Up! takes science and art and creatively blends them together for a fun twist on learning.