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On 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 believes that hands-on, active learning is often the best learning and CAS’s science classes are no exception. Environmental science classes at CAS High School provide a rich, interactive field of study. Recently, our high school environmental science students visited the San Pedro River Valley as part of a longitudinal water quality study.
Participants used computers, PH readers, and organic particulate spectrometers to evaluate water quality. Later, students will also journey to Parker Canyon Lake to conduct similar research. Students will then correlate data and revisit both bodies of water monthly analyzing data trends.
For more information about CAS Environmental Science classes contact Mr. Oh!, science department head.
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.
The Center for Academic Success will host its fourth blood drive this year on May 14th, 2014, from 10 am – 2 pm at the Sierra Vista campus. The event is open to the public. Partnering with the American Red Cross, CAS participates in blood drives as an important way to foster community involvement in our students and to raise awareness for diseases which can be cured or abated with blood transfusions. In the past, CAS has been recognized by the American Red Cross for its outstanding participation in this critical-need area. To participate, please contact the high school office at 520-439-3500 and sign up for your appointment time. Walk-ins will also be accepted during the event as space allows. Please bring photo ID, blood donor card (if applicable) and be prepared to answer some minor medical questions. Students ages 16-18 may participate only with parental consent. Please download the consent form here. For more information about how to volunteer with the American Red Cross or ways blood donations save lives, please visit the local chapter’s website, here.