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SVUSD implements Creative Arts Learning Lab for elementary students

Sierra Vista Unified School District recently launched its Creative Arts Learning Lab as an initiative to integrate more instruction in the arts for elementary school students.

“We hope to create opportunities in the arts for our elementary kiddos,” said Carrie Duerk, Buena High School Theater Teacher. “It’s called the Creative Arts Learning Lab rather than one of our theater monikers because we’re really hoping to expand it to be other opportunities like elementary choir or a ceramics lab or all these things with that art brain-body connection. So, our kids can learn in these other ways beyond what they’re doing in their typical six-hour classroom day.”

Currently, the lab includes a theater program, in which elementary students will be learning the basics of acting and theater production in 10 rehearsals to deliver a performance of “Alice in Wonderland” on April 16 at the Rothery Educational Center.

More information below.

Colette Andrews
Data Specialist CLL at Cochise College
Good Morning, NABURs! Today at 12 p.m. we invite you to join our Cochise College Center for Lifelong Learning FREE Virtual Brown Bag Lecture titled "Congo" presented by David Tannenbaum. Here is the information:

with David Tannenbaum

The setting for Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, a jungle pulsing with the flow of Africa’s greatest river. Once the Kongo Kingdom, then the Belgian Congo, Zaire, and now The Democratic Republic of the Congo. This vast land of riches and diversity is better known for hardship: Colonization, dictatorship, war, AIDS, Ebola. Yet its people display such great resilience, creativity, and humor, such joie de vivre. And they make some of the best music and beer in Africa! Grab your lunch and get ready to explore the Congo's history and listen to a firsthand account of its situation today.

Today, April 14
12 - 1 p.m.

Here is the zoom link to use to enter the lecture:

The link won't work until 12 p.m. today. We hope you can join us!

SVUSD announces two-day outdoor graduation, provides COVID-19 updates

Sierra Vista Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Eric Holmes said more than 70% of Buena High School seniors and their parents voted in a survey to have a traditional graduation ceremony.

SVUSD Public Information Officer Valerie Weller said the graduation ceremony will be held at Buena’s Loveless Stadium football field, with one group of students walking on May 26 and the second on May 27 at 7 p.m. both nights. Social distancing and masks will be required throughout the ceremony.

Holmes also gave a COVID-19 update for the board. He reported that Cochise County was in “substantial transmission,” according to the Arizona Department of Health Services COVID-19 benchmarks, which defines an area that has 50-99 new cases per 100,000 individuals as "substantial."

Since Tuesday's board meeting, the ADHS has updated the number of cases and status of transmission in Cochise County. For the week of March 28, the department is reporting the county had 41 new cases per 100,000 individuals, a "moderate spread."

More information below.

Poppy Princess at the Rose Parade in Tombstone

Tombstone Rose Parade Poppy Princess Piper Leavere, 8, prepares to join in on Saturday’s annual event.
Tombstone Rose Parade Poppy Princess Piper Leavere, 8, prepares to join in on Saturday’s annual event.