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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.
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.
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.
We are very proud to announce that Dayra Nuno, an 11th grader at CAS High School Douglas Campus, has been accepted to the prestigious César E. Chávez Leadership Institute at Arizona State University in Phoenix this Summer! The Institute runs from June 7-13th, 2015. The César E. Chávez Leadership Institute is a week-long summer program filled with workshops, lectures and activities designed to build communication skills, develop critical thinking, and inspire a passion for community service. Students are selected for this institute based on a minimum criteria of a 3.0 GPA, demonstrated leadership capacity, community volunteerism, and a written essay submitted by the student.
Several 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.”
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.