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Sierra Vista Community Chorus Performs at CAS Elementary

Costumed members of the SV Community Chorus perform their final number

Costumed members of the SV Community Chorus perform their final number

1 May 2015 – Students at CAS Elementary School in grades kindergarten through third attended a Sierra Vista Community Chorus production of Disney musical numbers held in the CAS cafeteria. Adult chorus members dressed in Disney character costumes throughout the performance to bring the spirit of fun alive for the kids. Selections included songs from: “Mary Poppins”, “Aladdin”, “The Lion King”, and “101 Dalmatians”. The chorus even brought a trained show dog who participated in the 101 Dalmatians song.

Chorus member Lindy Gilbert arranged for the production to perform as CAS as she felt students would enjoy the familiar songs and the colorful costumes. CAS administration and teachers agreed that not only would this provide some much needed fun, but that it would also function as an incentive and reward for positive behaviors. Second-grade student Lilly B. stated, “It was so cool…My favorite [part] was all the Disney music. I liked to sing along.” CAS Lead Teacher, Ms. Tomlinson added, “It was great…I loved that they had someone dressed as the Cheshire Cat. The whole thing was a lot of fun; the chorus did a phenomenal job.”

Students and parents can enjoy another chance to “sing along” at CAS’s final music performance at 4:00 6 May 2015. The high school and middle school choruses will be performing a variety show of musical numbers. Show will be held in the CAS cafeteria and is open to the public.

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.

Sierra Vista PD Brings Swift Close to Social Media Threats

CAS, Center for Academic Success, Sierra Vista AZOn Sunday, April 26th a sixteen year old male anonymously posted a message on social which included a threat of violence against Sierra Vista schools and the mall. The Sierra Vista Police Department as well as the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office immediately began investigating the threat and had apprehended the juvenile who allegedly posted the threats by approximately 8:30 Sunday evening. The threats are now considered to be a hoax with no credible evidence of planned attacks or accomplices coming to light.

In an official press release Sunday evening Sheriff Dannels stated, “the hard work and dedicated effort by both the Sierra Vista PD and Sheriff’s Office staff in this incident confirms that shared intelligence in a streamlined and collaborated effort brings greater efficiency to any criminal investigation. It is also with the invaluable input from the public that we were able to bring swift closure in such a serious incident. Our deepest appreciation to all of those who contributed to this success.”

In an exercise of an abundance of caution, local police also provided extra security at all Sierra Vista schools on Monday morning. CAS had a uniformed officer patrolling the campus and interacting with classes throughout the school day and into after care on Monday. Increased police presence will occur throughout the remainder of the week as the police continue their investigations.

By Monday April 27th at 12:30, law enforcement officials had confirmed that the 16-year-old acted alone with his hoax threats. However, many students and parents had elected not to attend school on Monday. CAS saw about a 25% absenteeism rate, significantly higher than other school days.

CAS treats these threats very seriously, and the safety of our students, faculty and staff is of the utmost importance. Further, CAS would like to thank the Sierra Vista police for its swift actions and constant communication bringing this emotional issue to a close.

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