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Grant Spotlight: Daughters of the American Revolution Helen Pouch Memorial Fund Classroom Grant

Academic All Stars and Golden Apple Award Nominations are Open until February 10th, 2023!

The 6th Annual Herald/Review Media Academic All Stars & Golden Apple Awards annual recognition program nominations are now open. All schools in Cochise County, including public, charter, parochial, and home schools, can nominate students and educators to be recognized not only for their academic excellence and contribution to the communities they serve.


Students from first grade through senior year can be nominated to be selected as an Academic All Star. High school seniors from Cochise County will be eligible to receive a one-time $500 scholarship.


Top educators from elementary through high school can be nominated and selected as Golden Apple Award recipients. Specialty categories include, but not limited to, are career/tech education, special education, and fine arts, along with paraprofessionals that dedicate themselves to supporting, developing, and educating area students for success.


If you have a student council you would like to nominate; please use the Academic All-Star nomination form.


A recognition awards banquet will be held Saturday, March 25th, at Cochise College and include a special section in the Herald/Review on Wednesday, March 29th featuring the honorees. 


To assist in getting the word out on the nomination period of now through February 10th.  I have provided the links below to the nomination forms. The forms can also be found on Please feel free to share in school newsletters, social media pages and any other platforms you use!


For more information, or questions please contact Jennifer Sorenson at or 515-4605.


Links below to nominate.

Click here to nominate an Academic All-Star today!


Click here to nominate a Golden Apple Honoree today!

For School Board Election Information 

A HUGE Thank You to the Tombstone JROTC, Just A Little Greener, Sherman Tractor Works, and all of the AMAZING volunteers to helped us take another step towards the Vision for our STEAM Garden space!

For more information about the amazing work and vision for the Foothills NCA STEAM Garden, click the image!

Congratulations Ty White - AEF 2023 Teacher of the Year!

Mr. White will be advancing to the National Teacher of the Year Selection, being held in Washington, DC in 2023!

My Future AZ - Students & Parents explore this amazing career and education planning platform!!

Click Here to Register and Explore the Platform!

Cochise County Schools AEL Effects

If you would like to know more about the Aggregate Expenditure Limit, and how it will impact the education of students in Cochise County, click the image to read or download the full paper.

An Opportunity for Cochise County Educators!

Attend a No Cost PAX Professional Development Training & Receive a $75 Gift Card 
from Lakeshore Learning!


Arizona PAX Educators can receive a $75 gift card toward classroom supplies from Lakeshore Learning!

Complete both PAX Next Steps (self paced option) & PAX Partner training and receive 2 gift cards!

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A great opportunity for our students age 16-22, who have dropped out of High School, but want to earn their diploma!

For More Information about eligibility or enrollment:
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PAX Next Steps training helps teachers who have already been trained in the PAX Good Behavior Game® further expand and integrate strategies.  Participants receive the PAX Good Behavior Game 5th Edition Manual which includes information on improving SEL outcomes, creating Trauma-informed Classrooms, and implementing PAX with different age groups.  
You must first attend a PAX GBG training before attending PAX Partner training. 


This training is now offered in a self-paced option!  

PAX Partner training provides coaching to internal and/or external professionals that will guide and support PAX GBG implementation, gather data, troubleshoot, expand implementation, and integrate PAX GBG with other school-wide initiatives. 

You must first attend a PAX GBG training before attending PAX Partner training. 

Congratulations Mr. Nino Casio!


We recently had the privilege of recognizing Mr. Nino Casio as an Outstanding Educator!

Mr. Casio's Principal had this to say about him:


In the classroom, Mr. Casio’s patience and personal connections with the students allow him to meet their needs academically and socially. He devotes an incredible amount of time and invests great care into his preparation and delivery of dynamic, engaging, tech-savvy lessons. He ensures that his is a classroom in which students are accepted and challenged. He is highly reflective of his teaching and continually searches for new ways to enhance his craft and grow professionally.

In addition to this, Mr. Casio is also our Student Council sponsor this year. Student Council and he have been busy all year working on creative and meaningful experiences for our staff and students. Everything from guest speakers, skits, and dances during Dr. Seuss Week to honoring his colleagues with an Oscars Ceremony for Teacher Appreciation Week. As an example of his creative and generous spirit, Academy awards with personal greetings from the students were presented to Joe Carlson's teachers honoring their collective contributions to our school—a truly touching and amazing way to have the students build up and celebrate their teachers.

Mr. Casio is well respected by parents, students, and colleagues. He balances high expectations for student performance while ensuring that his classroom is a safe and enjoyable learning environment. 

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School Board Elections

Interested in becoming a local School Board member? For Information on the Nonpartisan School Board Elections process and how to become a candidate, click below!

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NCA in the News!

Superintendent Clay and Principal Reyna were recently interviewed by KGUN9 news about New Crossroads Academy! Click the Button below to see the clip and read the story!

Check out these images from Superintendent Clay's visit to The Be Kind Project and the Center for Academic Success - Douglas!

"The Center For Academic Success (CAS) Douglas is another AWESOME "Be Kind" school in Cochise County. I had the pleasure of visiting Pueblo Del Sol of SVPS and CAS-Douglas to celebrate our Be Kind initiative with the Be Kind Crew. Cochise County is a "Be Kind" county and proud of it! <3

Students want and need genuine positivity, receiving the message of respectfulness within the classroom and through collaborative organizations is a plus. The Be Kind Project "sings the same positive song" that our educators sing while helping students to encourage each other by being supportive, considerate, and helpful. Watch The Be Kind Project crew was fun, interactive, and displayed the power of interdependency."

Check out this interview of Superintendent Clay by CoolFM! Congratulations on your appointment Mrs. Clay!

Congratulations to all of our AMAZING Spellers!

We can't wait to see you all again in 2023!

Check out these videos from the Be Kind People Project®!

New Podcast

Listen to Superintendent Clay in conversation with Larry Jacobs in this week's Education Talk Radio Podcast! This episode focuses on connecting the dots in K-12 education. Click the links below to listen on your preferred platform:

Here is a silent video of the slides: 


On your local school district governing board

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Skills = Love

Cochise County School Superintendent, Jacqui Clay pictured while visiting Skills Private Academy.  A place to grow and shine and learn to be your best self. Special Kids, Individualized Learning, Life Skills

Award Winning

"D" School to "B" School

Superintendent Wendy Conger, you are amazing! Because of your leadership and passion you and your staff were able to take a letter "D" school to a "B" school.
Bowie, Most Improved School in Cochise County!!
Way to Go!



Ray Borane Elementary School Students display a winning team spirit. By coming together to honor our Community and Nation's Veterans. 




We are all born with something in our DNA that promotes greatness.  Using a comprehensive systems-thinking approach, our educators, parents, and community members can work collaboratively to uncover the niche found in every student.  This information is powerful when it correlates with the needs of our society.  Education, when applied correctly, will provide economic independence for our students and economic success in our community, cities, states, and nation.

-Jacqui Clay
Cochise County School Superintendent

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