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Earth Day took place on April 22 this year and did not go unnoticed at The Center for Academic Success Elementary School. Students in Romilly Gardner’s third grade class paid special attention to the holiday by learning all about environmental stewardship. Students had already been learning about climate and Gardner thought that Earth Day was the perfect excuse to tie in stewardship as well.
Students learned about endangered species, the greenhouse effect, global warming and how to reduce their carbon footprints. In addition students learned about the three R’s, reduce, reuse and recycle. Gardner focused specifically on the idea of reusing materials and even had students read a Scholastic article about a man in Asia who creates new items out of old flip flops. Gardner then tasked each student with creating an art project made of recycled materials to be brought in to school on Friday and shared with the class. She encouraged them to be as creative as possible.
The projects were then judged by Diana Santa Cruz, third grade teacher’s aide, Jessie Carmell, second grade teacher’s aide, Traci Tomlinson, lead teacher, and Sabine Marshall, art teacher. The judges took into account not just how creative the students were, but also how recyclable the materials that they had used were.
Wednesday Moore won first place for her tree, Yasmin Hernandez Acosta won second place for her alligator and Micah Olson won third place for his recycling factory.
Gardner was very happy with the results of the project and said, “I thought that a lot of them were really creative.”
January 21st marked the 100th day for students at the Center for Academic Success. As the school continues its excellence in meeting student needs, teachers and students celebrated the 100 day mark. Below is a photo of one of our 1st grade classes celebrating being “100 days smarter!” Keep up the hard work!
After two hours of spelling competition, Champion: Ethan Johnson, grade 6, emerged victorious as this year’s spelling bee champion. Close behind in second and third place respectively were Grace Kelly, 3rd grade, and Tyler Richards 3rd grade
About 50+ elementary and middle school students competed in the school-wide spelling bee held Friday, December 13, at 10 a.m. in the school cafeteria. Ethan Johnson will go on to compete in the county spelling bee to be held in February at Cochise College. Congratulations to all who placed and those who entered as well. Way to “bee”! To view more photos of our champions, please visit our CAS Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cassierravista
Each year, the Center for Academic Success holds a Halloween costume parade as part of the holiday celebration. Families, students, staff, siblings, and teachers all participate in this school-wide event. As CAS has a small, closed campus, students of all ages practice interacting with each other on festive occasions fostering a greater sense of community and brotherhood. The candy and other treats are an added bonus. Additional pictures can be found on our Facebook page and on individual school pages on the CAS website www.casschools.com