Sat, April 04

Swiss teacher guest at Oak Creek School

Oak Creek School fifth grade students in Ms. Bingham's class have a guest teacher from Switzerland through the third week of October. Patricia Kauassi, a fourth and fifth grade teacher from a small village in Switzerland, is spending three weeks at Oak Creek School. She is here to immerse herself in English and the American school system.

In Switzerland, where the first language is German, English is taught as a third language behind French, which is the second language. While here, Ms. Kauassi will shadow and assist with classroom and after-school activities.

Mountain View Preparatory sixth and seventh graders visited the Grand Canyon on Oct. 3. The students in Mrs. Rhoda's and Ms. McFarland's classes participated in workshops. Seventh graders took part in a geology class called The Grand Canyon Rocks, which fits right in with their studies in science class. Sixth graders took a class called Rails and Tales, which taught them about the pioneers who shaped the park's history.

MVP second graders -- in a learning unit on the body, technology and the real world applications - took a virtual tour of an operating room at Verde Valley Medical Center. Jacob Schor used his laptop to connect with his father, a doctor at VVMC. Dr. Schor took the students on a virtual tour of the operating room, showing them surgical instruments and answering questions.

Board member earns masters. Janice Rollins a COCSD board member received her board training masters certificate for completing 60 hours of board membership training.

Solar installation begins at CMS. Arizona Public Service (APS) has started installing solar panels at Cottonwood Middle School. The Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District, with APS, has already installed solar panels at three other district campuses, Cottonwood Elementary, Dr. Daniel Bright and Oak Creek School.

The installation is done at no charge to the district. It also locks in the district's electricity rates for 20 years. APS will own the equipment and is responsible for maintaining it.

Annual technology survey is now open for input. To help the district learn about the technology needs of students and the community, go online to The password for the survey is su4az.

-Philip Wright

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