CRUHSD Academy News

CRUHSD Academy's Pre-Registration

posted Jul 18, 2018, 10:31 AM by Evelyn Coker   [ updated Nov 14, 2018, 1:58 PM by Sharon Rose ]

Pre registrations will be held:

When: Mon. December 17th & Thurs. December 21st
Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where: Room 501 - Ms. Oviatt's office

CRUHSD Academy Registration

posted Jul 18, 2018, 10:30 AM by Evelyn Coker   [ updated Jul 20, 2018, 12:53 PM ]

Registrations for CRUHSD Academy will be held:

When: Wed. July 18th - Fri. July 20th
Times: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Coyote Canyon's library

Please bring the following documents with you if you are coming from outside of our District:
* Birth Certificate
* Immunization Records
* Proof of Residency
* Transcripts & Withdrawal Records

CRUHSD Academy graduates overcome obstacles

posted Jul 18, 2018, 10:26 AM by Evelyn Coker

  • RODD CAYTON, The Daily News
  • May 19, 2018
  • Troy Heaton
  • BULLHEAD CITY — CRUHSD Academy Principal Troy Heaton made his graduating seniors two promises Friday evening.
  • “Nothing you do now will change the past,” Heaton said at the school’s graduation ceremony. “Everything you do now will determine your future.”

    The 32 graduates all have the potential for greatness in them, said Sean Hammond, general manager at the Aquarius Casino Resort, and a 1985 Mohave High School graduate.

    He spoke during the ceremony of his own story, from his determination to leave town as soon as he could to his start as a beverage server to running one of Laughlin’s major casinos.

    Hammond said that one of the keys to his success was his willingness to try new things.

    “I predict that the coming days, weeks, months and years will be an amazing journey,” he said. “Great opportunities will come. Grab all of them that you can.”

    The five student speakers spoke of the difficulties they have conquered to get to graduation.

    Alec Anzalone recalled winning an award for a fifth-grade speech about reaching for the stars. He said he later lost sight of those stars and was headed down a path on which incarceration seemed more likely than being at the podium in the MHS auditorium.

    He said his road back was at first marked by procrastination and doubt.

    “But once I came to grips with the fact that it had to be done, I began to make progress,” he said.

    Heavenly Gonzales urged her classmates to thank those whose support and inspiration got them to their diplomas, and make dedication and sedulousness permanent habits.

    “A whole new life is about to start,” Gonzales said. “Whatever you decide to do, make sure you put your whole heart into it, because hard work always pays off.”

    Maria Mendoza and Ketzally Mojica Bustamante encouraged their classmates to turn “I wish” into “I will,” and to think of possibilities as probabilities.

    Riley Frei, superintendent of the Colorado River Union High School District, noted that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. He also noted that CRUHSD Academy was created in recognition of the different ways and rates at which students learn.

    Frei said that the graduates have shown they can deal with difficulties, such as missing substantial amounts of class time and getting off to a slow start in accumulating needed credits.

    “I wish each of you more obstacles and challenges,” he said, “because you guys are fierce.”

    Nicholas Knowles said after the ceremony that his two-plus years at the academy were sometimes hard, but that the teachers were very helpful, keeping him on track to graduate and eligible to play basketball for River Valley High School.

    “I’m very proud of him,” said Knowles’ mother, Rhonda Hartsfield. “He needed to recover credits and he worked hard to do it.”

    Knowles said his goal now is to earn an associate degree and eventually work as an air traffic controller.

    Gonzales said she plans to look for a job now. She said she hasn’t decided yet about higher education.

    “I’m excited for all the new adventures to come,” she said. “I’m ready to see what life has in store now.”

    CRUHSD Academy bids farewell to it's largest graduating class

    posted May 21, 2017, 7:59 PM by Nadine Angulo-Hielscher   [ updated May 21, 2017, 8:06 PM ]\

    By RODD CAYTON The Daily News | Sunday, May 21, 2017

    The CRUHSD Academy Class of 2017 clutches diplomas Friday evening at the school’s fourth graduation ceremony, preparing to take a bow just before the traditional cap toss. The Academy is the fastest-growing of the nine schools in the Colorado River and Bullhead City districts, spokesman Lance Ross said. It uses a blended curriculum that includes both online and traditional classroom components.

    BULLHEAD CITY — There are a number of paths that this year’s CRUHSD Academy graduates can take toward success, Patrick Beck told them Friday evening.

    Beck, guest speaker at the school’s graduation ceremony, mentioned the lives of two men born in the Midwest in the early 20th century, either of whom might be termed a success.

    First, there was James Dean, an actor who gave three acclaimed performances before dying in a car crash at age 24.

    Next, Beck talked about Norman Borlaug, an agronomist the students had likely never heard of. Borlaug developed an interest in plant science and studied ways to create drought- and disease-resistant crops.

    In doing so, Beck said, he made profound changes in the food security of Mexico and India and prevented more than a billion people from starving.

    For his contributions to the world food supply, Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970.

    “I urge you not to find success in the stuff you can buy or in popularity,” Beck said. “Judge your success by the impact you can have on lives. That is how to find true success.”

    Academy director Troy Heaton opened the ceremony by talking about the “impatient age,” in which we live and the lure of quick satisfaction summed up in the phrases “video-on-demand” and “one-day delivery.”

    Heaton applauded the grads for putting in the effort to reach the stage in the Mohave High School auditorium.

    “This was not instant,” he said. “It took work, time and sacrifice.”

    Senior class president Brenda Robledo recalled her efforts to balance online courses with family and a full-time job.

    “Giving up came across my mind millions of times over the past three years,” she said. “But I made it.”

    She and student speakers Jasmine Gomez and Anthony Ortiz talked about the valuable assistance family members and school employees provided to help the graduates.

    Ortiz said that the taste of success should spur his classmates to never settle for less than their best and to not be daunted by obstacles.

    “‘No’ to us should be not a roadblock, but a vantage point,” he said.

    School Supt. Riley Frei asked the Class of 2017 to stay in touch with the community, so that it might celebrate graduates’ future successes.

    The school awarded diplomas to 27 students. Another six have already received their diplomas, but did not participate. By any count, it’s a record; last year there were 24 graduates. The first graduating class, in 2014, had nine students.

    Robledo received the Edward Cook Scholarship, the first to be awarded to a CRUHSD Academy graduate.

    Graduate Gloria Gonzalez said that she was upset at learning that none of her senior credits earned in California were transferable. She said that instructors believed she could make them up, and that she was determined to justify their confidence in her. She’s going to concentrate on working for a semester, then hopes to enroll at Mohave Community College in the spring and work toward a career in cosmetology or criminal psychology.

    Eugene Lyon called CRUHSD Academy “the best thing that ever happened to me,” based on the staff’s dedication to the success of every student. He is considering Full Sail University or DeVry University as he works toward a career in computer science, game design or computer engineering. 

    Gonzalez said her family was planning a graduation-night party for her; Lyon had more mellow plans.

    “Get plenty of sleep,” he said. “Then look towards the future.”

    Academy Students Take Different Paths to Graduation

    posted Aug 31, 2016, 3:00 PM by CRSK12 Admin   [ updated Aug 31, 2016, 3:01 PM ]

    By RODD CAYTON The Daily News | Sunday, May 22, 2016


    Members of the CRUHSD Academy Class of 2016 prepare to enter the Mohave High School auditorium for the school’s graduation ceremony Friday evening. The academy awarded 24 diplomas, director Yuri Buus said. 

    There’s more than one road to “Pomp and Circumstance,” and 24 students Friday evening arrived after taking their own routes, though they were not traditional.

    The graduates of CRUHSD Academy celebrated their triumph over obstacles that included credit shortages, disciplinary issues and a poor fit with traditional school models.

    At the ceremony, student speaker Rebecca Cuilty spoke of the Class of 2016’s hard work, but also of the effort put in by school staff to help the students on their journey into adulthood.

    She called enrolling at the academy “one of the best decisions I have ever made,” citing its self-paced curriculum and one-on-one attention from instructors.

    She said that school director Yuri Buus, in particular, deserved credit for helping the students move on.

    “Your tough love is the reason we are here today,” she said.

    Christine Seabury, delivering the teacher address, lauded the graduates, saying they earned their places on stage in the Mohave High School auditorium.

    “You have asked questions and sought answers,” she said. “You have discovered and learned new ideas and earned the respect of your parents, teacher and peers.”

    Then she challenged the graduates to search for their “ikigai,” a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being.”

    There are four components: social, structure, stimulation and a story, she said.

    Each student’s story, Seabury said, includes how that person relates to something bigger.

    “Just because you’re graduating doesn’t mean you’re no longer students,” she said.

    Colorado River Union High School District Supt. Riley Frei picked up the story theme, saying that each student’s story is different, and needs to be.

    “Not everybody likes to go to

    school the way I went to school 25 years ago,” he said, citing the need for an alternative school model as the reason the academy was created four years ago.

    He said that the graduates, by receiving their diplomas, have solidified their reputations, and that as they now go forward, they represent the community.

    “Doors will open and close in our lives because of our reputations,” Frei said. “We want you to go on to do bigger and better things.”

    The evening included a performance of “I Hope You Dance”  by teacher Jen Rhue and a special award for graduate Natasha Ferrian, who designed the school’s new Phoenix logo.

    After Frei completed the ceremony by conferring diplomas on the graduates, caps flew into the air, in twos and threes.

    “I think they’re a little shocked,” Buus joked.

    After the ceremony, Cuilty said she entered CRUHSD Academy two and a half years ago to try to recover credits. She said that she had planned on transferring to another school once she caught up, but changed her mind because she found the environment at the academy beneficial.

    Cuilty said she is probably now going to Mohave Community College to study psychology.

    Dakota Weightman said he got into trouble during his sophomore year at another school, and discovered that CRUHSD Academy was more suitable to his hands-on learning style. He said that Buus and Seabury are among the students who helped him reach the finish line.

    Weightman now plans to study diesel mechanics at WyoTech in Wyoming.

    “This school gave him a hope,” Weightman’s mother, Kimra Moore, said. “He had some complications, but he was a pretty good student.”

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