Ash Creek School will be closed today, September 18, due to the weather. Absences will be excused.
We are happy to announce that the Arizona Commission on the Arts has awarded Ash Creek School a grant that will help fund our Living History Project. During the project, storyteller Glenda Bonin will work with Ash Creek students of all ages to develop a storytelling performance that brings local history to life. Students will research local history through published sources and interviews with elders. Glenda will help students transform their research into a public performance to be given in mid-February.
It all started when Ms. Marvick found some colorful larva in her vegetable garden. She brought them to the classroom and put them in a mesh habitat with parsley to eat and a few dead branches. Her class fed the larva and observed them until they turned into pupa, hanging from the branches in the habitat. Butterfly emergence countdown began, and 14 days later–the same day that Arizona Republic reporters visited the school–beautiful blue and back swallowtail butterflies began to emerge from the pupas. Ms. Marvick’s class invited Ms. Corley’s students to join them, and kept watch on the habitat for much of the morning, oohing and ahhing over each new arrival. Even Ms. Lind’s students got into the act when they arrived for Writing class. Ms. Marvick’s class put what they had learned about metamorphosis to use later when they created their play with Mr. Paul Fisher, titled The Pollinators.
For more photos of butterfly emergence day, see Metamorphosis Mania! in the Slideshow section of the website.
In an award ceremony held at Sierra Vista Public Library, Ash Creek students Brandon Martinez, Ryann Marx, Sienna Martinez, Cyrrah Beaver, Samantha Toumey, and Lexie Simmons and teacher Vicki Marvick accepted a grant award from the Cochise Community Foundation. The grant will fund the expansion of a small experimental vegetable garden into a 280 square foot vegetable garden. The project, called the Ash Creek Victory Garden, is part of Ash Creek School’s hands-on approach to science learning. It is expected to provide a source of fresh organic produce for the school cafeteria as well as integrated science, math, and social studies lessons for students.
We are thrilled to host Mr. Paul Fisher of Thinking Theater for a month-long drama residency at Ash Creek. Mr. Fisher will be working with all our students from K – 8th grade. Join us for the drama culmination, a performance and potluck on October 3rd at 6:30 pm.
We are now accepting applications for Open-Enrollment for students outside of the district for the upcoming school year.
Ash Creek Elementary uses Arts Integration as an educational foundation, and teachers routinely integrate drama, music, dance and visual arts into academic units. We also host teaching artists throughout the year.
Ash Creek has small class sizes, and low teacher-student ratios.
We will be hosting a pre-registration event at the Quality Inn conference room in Willcox, 1100 W. Rex Allen Drive. Drop by any time between 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Thursday July 26, 2012 to talk to our staff and principal. For more information call 520-824-3340.