Beaver Creek at the NAAA Basketball Championship

The Ranch Campus Sun hoops team officially concluded its season Friday, losing, 70-25, to a much stronger squad from Tri-City Prep in the preliminary round of the NAAA Basketball Championship tournament; and then, with just twenty minutes' rest, the Sun pulled off an unlikely victory over Prescott Valley Charter School, winning the consolation game, 53-52, in overtime!

Current News & Upcoming Events

On February 16th, the girls basketball team played against the women faculty and staff. The faculty won 39-21 (although the refs were faculty, as well...) and it was a fun time for both sides.

The boys basketball team lost their first playoff game against Midland Oaks School, 76-34, ending the boys basketball season this year. Our team played well, and was tied in the first quarter, but then Midlands Oaks School got fired up and never lost their drive. Congratulations to all the boys for a season well played.

Upcoming Events

February 18th: 
Post-exam Break NO CLASSES
February 21st: President's Day NO CLASSES
February 22nd

  • 2nd Semester Begins
  • Practice starts for Baseball and Boys’ Volleyball 3:00 p.m.
February 23rd: African & African-American Show and Dinner
February 24th
  • Student / Teacher Reviews
  • School Dance
  • Four-way Speech Contest
  • International Club Foods
February 25th
  • Beaver Creek vs. San Marino Boys Basketball Game 3:30 p.m.
  • Report Cards Mailed Home
February 26th:
  • Boys' Basketball vs. Faculty Game 11:30 a.m.

Beaver Creek Basketball Season Ends

The Beaver Creek Sun basketball squad finished the regular season with a disappointing, 64-47 loss to Prescott Valley Charter School.  PVCS, with pressure defense and impressive shooting, surged to a 23-6 lead after one period.  The Sun played their fellow-playoff-bound rivals evenly (41-41) the rest of the way, but never got closer than thirteen points following the first quarter onslaught.

Leading the way for the Sun were senior forwards, Tony Zhu and Kevin Yu, with 14 and 11 points, respectively, and sophomore guard, Michael Du, with 10 points and a strong floor game.

Upcoming Events for Exam Week

February 14th:  Semester Exams (Period 1)
  • Valentines Day! <3
Decorations by Jenny Chen
February 15th: Semester Exams (Period 2 & 4)
February 16th: Semester Exams (Period 3)
  • Boys’ Basketball 1st Round Playoffs at Midland 7:00 p.m.
  • Girls' Basketball vs. Faculty Game 4:00 p.m.
February 17th: Semester Exams (Period 3 & 6)
  • Girls’ Basketball 1st Round CIF, TBA 
February 18thPost-exam Break NO CLASSES

Science Fair Winners Announced

We had 43 projects at the 2011 Science Fair which represented 86 students.  Of the 43 projects, 32 were Experiment Based while 11 were Rube Goldberg projects.  Everyone did a great job, but there were some projects that stood out among the rest.  Ultimately, it came down to the day of the fair and the interaction with the judges.

For Rube Goldberg, the students had to create a machine that would turn off an alarm clock using a series of 20 simple machines.  They were judged on how well they followed the rules, the types and number of machines used, their creativity and originality in the approach they took, their verbal presentation of their machine, their interview with the judges and most importantly, on whether or not the machine worked.

For the Experimental projects, the students were judged on scientific thought and the use of the scientific method, originality of their idea, creativity of their approach, development and practicality of the idea, their display, their presentation and the interview with the judges.

In the end, we hope the students learned from their projects, apply that knowledge, present it and understand it.  All of these things are what determined the winners.  And they are:

1st Place Rube Goldberg 
 Nicholas Broihier and Henry Lopez

2nd Place Rube Goldberg
 Annie Yang and Jenny Chen

    3rd Place Rube Goldberg
    Rainer Duve and Jim Kim

    1st Place Experimental - (Battle of the Bats)
    Jacob Orosco, Deborah Kaufeldt-Boardman, and Albert  Lopez 

    2nd Place Experimental - (Air Quality Testing)
     Annais Rojas and Alexandra Brouke 

    3rd Place Experimental - (Are You Smarter Than the Stroop Effect?)
    Amii Young and Chaya Stewart

      Congratulations to all the students for a job well done.

      Whale Watching and Aquarium Field Trip

      On January 28th, the students of Southwestern Academy went on a Whale Watching trip. We left in the morning and reached Long Beach at around 10 a.m. to leave for the trip. We spent a couple of hours cruising in search of whales, which unfortunately, we didn't see. However we did see many dolphins that followed the boat. Afterwards, we went to the Aquarium of the Pacific where the students got the opportunity to see different kinds of marine animals varying from jellyfish to sharks. Overall, the students seemed to be pleased with the trip.
      -Vlad Ibragimov
      Southwestern Environmental Associates Club President

      Beaver Creek Basketball Team Wins 41-33

      The Beaver Creek Sun hoops team won for the ninth time February 2nd, defeating a game squad from Rimrock High, 41-33.  Taking a 31-10 lead into the second half, the Sun relaxed a bit too much, allowing Rimrock to climb to within eight points with a couple minutes left in regulation.  Fortunately, with starters, Tony Zhu, Kevin Yu, Jay-Z An, Eric Huang, and Jimmy Mai reinserted following a time out, Rimrock was shut out the rest of the way!

      Jimmy led the team with twenty points -- the fourth consecutive game in which he'd scored twenty or more points. Tony, coming back from a badly sprained ankle, and Jay-Z pitched in with six points apiece.  The victory pushed our record to 9-4.

      Monday afternoon, Prescott Valley Charter School will visit us for a second time.  They beat us fairly easily in our first meeting, so we'll hope to pull an upset. 

      -Coach Bill Huber

      Upcoming Events

      February 3rd:
      • HOME Girls' Basketball vs. New Harvest at 3:30 p.m. This is their last HOME game of the season!
      • HOME Boys' Basketball vs. New Harvest at 5:oo p.m.
      • International Club Bake Sale at 4:oo p.m.
      February 4th: UCLA visits campus at 1:15 p.m. to speak with juniors interested in applying there next year.
        February 6th: Weekend Trip to the Pasadena City College Flea Market
        February 7-11th: REVIEW WEEK
        February 8th
        • Middle School "Amazing Animals" Show at 1-2pm
        • Boys’ Basketball at Delphi at 3:30 p.m.
        February 9th: "The Most Dangerous Game" Play in Chapel at 3:30 p.m.
        February 10th
        • Girls' Basketball at Calvary at 5:30 p.m.
        • Boys' Basketball at Calvary at 7:00 p.m.
        • Student Government Bake Sale
        February 11th:
        • BLAZER DAY
        • Candy Grams Sale