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1st and 2nd Grade Fall Music Fest Draws Big Praise

Led by Ms. Dokken, 1st and 2nd graders perform for a full crowd.

Led by Ms. Dokken, 1st and 2nd graders perform for a full crowd.

1st and 2nd grade students watch Ms. Dokken intently as they sing.

1st and 2nd grade students watch Ms. Dokken intently as they sing.

Oct 7th 2014 — Ms. Meyer’s and Ms. Austin’s 1st and 2nd grade classes performed in CAS’s first-ever musical production garnering applause and appreciation from over 100 parents and family friends. The singers — led by CAS music teacher Ms. Rosemarie Dokken — shared eleven songs most of which had an autumnal theme while others centered on family, friends, and positive attitudes.

Dokken, who organized the entire event, stated that she wanted to create a fun atmosphere in which students could showcase their hard work and achievements in music class. She certainly achieved her goal as songs like “Autumnal Equinox,” “There Once Was a Witch,” and “Have you Seen the Ghost of John” all featured musical skills like rhythm and movement while maintaining the fun theme. Students even scarred the audience with a surprise “boo!” at the end of “I’m a little Ghost.”

Students scare audience with their surprise "boo!"

Students scare audience with their surprise “boo!”

Additionally, songs like “School is Back in Session,” “You’re My Bud,” and “We Love our Grandparents” all showcased a positive message about school, friends, and family. Ms. Dokken even called for all grandparents attending to stand so they could be honored preceding the song about their special relationship with the students.

Parents and family responded with praise stating on surveys following the show that they “love the music program!” and “Can’t believe how much she [Ms. Dokken] could accomplish in such a short period of time.”

CAS also provided refreshments following the show and held a raffle for an elaborately-carved pumpkin (carved by high school student Alyssa Stoddard).  The music program is a new addition to CAS schools this year and, along with the art program, provides students a creative outlet for their passions in addition to a well-rounded education.

CAS September Blood Drive Has Potential to Save 135 Lives

red crossNow that the school year is in full swing, CAS students are participating in a variety of enriching activities; the semiannual CAS blood drive which took place September 9th was a prime example of service learning to benefit the greater community. CAS had a total of 45 units donated which represent 135 potential saved lives through blood transfusions.

Four times a year, CAS partners with the American Red Cross to offer a community blood drive for staff, students, and Sierra Vista residents who are all invited to donate to this worthwhile cause. Additionally, high school students earn volunteer hours by helping to set up and supervise the blood drive while learning about the life-saving medical technology. Students and community members age sixteen or older are eligible to donate though they will be required to answer routine medical questions and present a photo ID. Minors (under age 18) also must have a signed parental consent form in order to donate. Thanks to the high school volunteers and our blood drive coordinator, Wendy Koop, for making this event such a success. Another big thank  you to all our our donors without whom none of this would be possible. Be sure to check for photos of the event coming soon to our Facebook page at

Dual Enrollment Student Receive Scholarship from Cochise Community College

Brandy S. enrolls at Cochise College, experiencing what it's like to be a college student for the first time.

Brandy S. enrolls at Cochise College, experiencing what it’s like to be a college student for the first time.

In addition to great high school electives like Engineering, Film Studies, Journalism, and Internet Technologies, CAS offers qualifying juniors and seniors a chance to take courses with Cochise County Community College for reverse and dual credit.

One course — CPD 150 — is offered right on CAS’s campus taught by Mr. Julian Barkley.  Thanks to a partnership between the two schools, students pay a reduced fee and are eligible for tuition reimbursement by maintaining an A or B average in the course.  Recently, several students received their Cochise College student identification cards and took a brief tour of the campus including the library, several academic buildings, instructors’ office locations, the college fitness center and the student union.

The students were accompanied by Mr. Barkley, Ms. McKay, and Mrs. Heather Skattebo, Brandy’s mother. Thanks to Cochise for partnering with CAS to offer the best in quality education for our Cochise County students.

Back to School Fun

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Winners of our Back to School Basket raffle held at Fort Huachuca smile with their prize.

CAS is excitedly planning for back to school as we prepare to welcome one of our largest ever enrollments for the 2014-15 school year. We’ve started off the summer right with fun back to school events at the local mall and at Fort Huachuca. Parents — please remember CAS supplies all required school items. Students grades K-5 may carry a backpack. Older students may carry a zip binder.

For all our families, our open house will be held Monday, August 4th from 2-6pm. This is a fun time to meet your teachers, see the classrooms, and get students ready for the new year. Parents and students are strongly encouraged to attend as class schedules, After CARE enrollment, and Parent Portal enrollment will be available.

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 6th. We can’t wait to see everyone again and start our best year ever.