Metamorphosis Mania!

Daniel Simmons examines the larva of a white-lined sphinx moth.

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.

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Ash Creek Students Receive Victory Garden Grant Award

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.

Ash Creek students seated on the floor in front of other grantees accepting awards from Cochise Community Foundation.

(Left to Right) Lexie Simmons, Brandon Martinez, Ryann Marx, Ms. Marvick, Sienna Martinez, Cyrrah Beaver, and Samantha Toumey speaking as they accept the grant award from Cochise Community Foundation.

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Mr. Fisher Drama Residency

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.

Mr. Fisher with Ash Creek students

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Library Facebook Page

The Alice Woods-Sunizona Library housed on the Ash Creek campus has a new Facebook page! Visit the page at:

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Pre-Registration Event in Willcox


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.

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Open Enrollment

We are now accepting applications for Open Enrollment for students outside of the district for the 2012-2013 school year. Please stop by the office Monday-Thursday 9:00-1:00 to pick up an application, or call 520-824-3340 for more information.
School begins August 8, 2012.

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Looking Forward to 2012-13

We have a great school year planned for 2012-13.  Ms. Corley will now be teaching K-2nd Grade, while Ms. Marvick will continue to teach 3rd – 5th Grade, and Ms. Lind will continue to teach 6th – 8th Grade.

Ms. Lind is excited that she will be implementing the Singapore Math curriculum this fall for all grade levels at Ash Creek. The Singapore Math program is known world-wide for greatly improving students’ math skills. We are also looking forward to continuing some of our favorite visiting artist programs next year. We will once again be hosting drama teacher Paul Fisher, beginning September 10, 2012. We will also be hosting Odaiko Sonora Taiko drummers for another amazing residency and performance at the end of the school year. We are excited that Jen Score will continue to work with students weekly on visual art and music projects.

School will resume on August 8, 2012 at 8:10 a.m. Have a great summer!

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Summer 4-H Program

For the first time, Ash Creek School will be hosting a 4-H Club. Teachers Vicki Marvick and Jane Corley and will be co-leading the program, under the guidance of Darcy Tessman from the U of A Cooperative Extension Service. One of the program’s major goals is to expand the small straw bale garden that students began in the spring as an experimental hands-on science project. The 4-H Club may also focus on a variety of arts and crafts, needlework and sewing, and videography and photography experiences, depending on member interests. Ms. Jen Score will join us for at least one art camp during the summer. The program will begin on July 3rd from 1-3 pm, and will meet on Tuesdays afternoons until school begins on August 8th. For more information, call Vicki Marvick at 507-7770.

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ACS Achieves Top 3% in Nationwide Math Competition

On May 14th, Ash Creek 3rd – 8th grade students competed among 360 schools nationwide in the Sumdog National Math Competition. Our students came in 9th place, putting us in the top 3% nationwide. Well done, students!

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ACS Wins State Math Competition!

From April 30 – May 4th, Ash Creek 3rd-8th graders competed in a statewide math competition on Ash Creek won first place. Three students made it to the top ten: Elizabeth Hutson with 2nd place, Ryann Marx with 5th place, and Brandon Martinez with 6th place. Ash Creek School won a free subscription for 30 students for, and computer software.

Ash Creek has been invited to the Sumdog national contest beginning on May 14th, along with the other top 9 schools from the Arizona statewide contest. Congratulations Ash Creek! Good Luck!

Ash Creek Sumdog competitors

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