Cottonwood-Oak Creek campuses closed

The School Board recently voted to close district schools during school hours from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Parents and visitors are required to sign in and sign out at the school offices.

Gates will be locked and fencing that is open will be closed.

Cottonwood Elementary School Geography Bee winners were Zarchary Vankyke, first place and Alyssa Mahoney, runner up.

Dr. Daniel Bright School second graders have been telling some tall tales about the Wild West in their new English Language Arts common core units.

The students also learned what life was like in western schools in the 1800s. The students even got to see a horse at the district office following their trip to Clemenceau Museum.

Oak Creek School spelling bee winners are Jaimen Gonzales, first place; Christyana Fletcher, runner up. Jaimen will represent his school in the Yavapai County Spelling Bee Feb. 13 in Camp Verde.

Mountain View Preparatory @ Tavasci Geography Bee winners are Mackenzie King, first place; David Rutschow, second place; and Christopher Luna, third place.

The winning question was: What is the name of the large chain of volcanic islands that stretch about 1,200 miles westward from the Alaska Peninsula? The answer: Aleutian Islands.

Spelling Bee winners are Zachary Smith, first place; Angelica Rodriquez, second place: and Mackenzie King, third place.

Cottonwood Middle School Spelling Bee winners are Justin Stuart, first place; and Valerie Brenes, second place. CMS Geography Bee winners were Andrew Scott, first place; and Charles Hardy, second place.

Members of the CMS Genocide Prevention Squad traveled to Los Angeles Jan. 16-19 to visit the Museum of the Holocaust in Venice Beach and the Museum of Tolerance.

Sponsor Angie Hillman and chaperones Ms. Karrer and Mrs. Casson accompanied the students.

While there, the students were able to view primary source documents about the Holocaust.

They also met a Holocaust survivor, and they heard a former Nazi skinhead speak and then autograph copies of his book for each student.

-Philip Wright

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