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CAS Remembers 9/11 with Flag Ceremony

100_1671The 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. 100_1674Students 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.

May 14th, 2014 — CAS Semi-Annual Blood Drive

CAS Center for Academic Success, Blood Drive, SeniorsThe 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.

CAS Builder’s Club, Key Club Spend Saturday Giving Back

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Executive Director Jacob Carter shows students one of the therapy tortoises used for sensory therapy.

Volunteers from CAS Builders Club and Key Club (middle school and high school affiliates with Kiwanis Club) spent their Saturday, April 5th learning about the alternative therapies at TreeHouse Farm in Elgin, Arizona and assisting the facility with cleaning, maintenance, and yard work. The TreeHouse Farm provides sensory-relief therapies to children with serious chronic illnesses, wounded warriors, and their caretakers utilizing therapy animals, laughter yoga, and its serene setting. Students toured the facility with Executive Director Jacob Carter (pictured left) meeting many of the therapy animals. Later, students and Kiwanians split into groups which tackled different projects around the farm.

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TreeHouse Farm hosts a variety of animals (pig, pygmy goat, rabbits, ducks, turtles and tortoises, mules and horses) to provide a unique therapy experience.

Some weeded, while others cleaned. Additionally, members also worked with a companion charity — Beads of Courage — which provides commemorative beads to those reaching major medical milestones while battling illness. Volunteers packaged beads which will be later shipped globally to patients participating in the program. Thanks to all our student volunteers who joined in this activity, CAS Builders and Key Club directors, Ms. Garza and Mrs. Burton for organizing CAS’s participation and to TreeHouse Farm for hosting. To learn more about TreeHouse Farm or Beads of Courage, please visit their website http://treehousefarm.org. For more information about our parent organization, The Kiwanis Club, please visit: http://www.kiwanisclubofsierravista.com

6th Grader Wins School Spelling Bee

Overall spelling bee winners display their award certificates.

Overall spelling bee winners display their award certificates.

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