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The Center for Academic Success held a short flagpole memorial ceremony in honor of the American tragedy of September 11th. Middle and high school students with staff met Dean of Students Jarad Young at the CAS flag pole for a few words on the importance of honoring the fallen and remembering the anniversary each year of the attacks.
Students and staff had a somber raising of the flag to half-mast in silence followed by a salute and pledge. On this day, and all days, CAS is proud to serve our families who work to protect our freedoms in the armed forces and employ so many veterans on our staff. Students will continue to remember the day at CAS with moments of silence and readings about the 9/11 events which took 3,000 American lives 13 years ago.
Now 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 www.facebook.com/CASSierraVista.
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.
CAS High School’s 2014 commencement ceremony took place Tuesday, May 20th, 2014, at 6:00PM at the Bisbee High School Auditorium. Over forty graduates from both Sierra Vista and Bisbee campuses participated in the event with class speakers proudly representing excellence in both personal and academic achievement. To view more pictures and read more about our commencement, please click here for Sierra Vista and here for Douglas.