The Chandler Chamber of Commerce’s Ostrich Festival will be held March 10-12 at Tumbleweed Park. Attractions: Ostrich Races, Petting Zoo, High Dive Show, Pig Races, Camel & Pony Rides, Wild Science STEM Exhibit, I-Flip, Drone Zone, and other entertainment. Hear the Spin Doctors and The Gin Blossoms play live on Friday. Starship, featuring Mickey Thomas and Eddie Money, will perform on Saturday. Sunday will feature Forever in Your Mind and Los Lobos. For more information or to purchase tickets click here.
The Basha Bears captured their first-ever state boys basketball championship Tuesday night, defeating Corona del Sol, 75-65, at Grand Canyon University.
CUSD Student Council raised $11,4101.06 for St. Vincent de Paul.
Perry High recently was recognized as the five-time reigning state theatre champions.
Amy Drake, social studies teacher at Santan Junior High, won the Shofar Zachor Award, which signifies the calling out to recognize efforts to remember the Holocaust and to help guarantee it will never happen again. The Shofar is the horn of remembrance and a call to service. Zachor is the ethical duty to remember. Amy Drake has exemplified this in her years of sharing and teaching the Holocaust. She will be honored at a commemoration ceremony on April 23 at Temple Chai in Phoenix.
Grand Canyon University Strategic Educational Alliances recognized Perry High Principal Dan Serrano as the STEM principal of the month for February.
The CUSD Community Education department presents ““Toad”ally Awesome” as a spring break program. Register now for some fun and exciting camp activities during the upcoming spring intersession. For more information visit the website.
Camp Dates/Hours: March 13 - March 27
6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Knox, CTA Humphrey, Hull, Haley and Jacobson
Enrollment Fee: $70
(for first time attenders)
Daily Tuition: On-site days $27
Field trip and special attraction days $33
5% family discount on tuition balance
Trips and activities for students in 4-8 grades will be offered at Andersen Junior High. Some activities include art, cooking, team challenges, active games, sports and more!
Lil Explorers Camp
Lil’ Explorers spring camp “Road Trip Adventure” will be offered at Hamilton High and Perry High March 13-24, from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
CUSD had several winners throughout the district. The winners will be presented with an award and a cash prize for the school at a future city council meeting. Click here to see copies of the entries.
Writing Winners: K-4 Category: 3rd Place – Easton Anders (1st grade) – CTA Liberty; 5-8 Category: 1st Place – Jenna Materna (7th grade) – Payne Junior High; 2nd Place – Colleen Robinson (8th grade) – Payne Junior High; 3rd Place – Chase Taylor (7th grade) – Payne Junior High; 9-12 Category: 1st Place – Spencer Babyak (10th grade) – Hamilton High; 2nd Place – Chole Rapier (11th grade) – Hamilton High; 3rd Place – Minze Michael Wang (12th grade) – Hamilton High.
Performance Art Winners: K-4 Category: 3rd Place – Tarwater Elementary; 5-8 Category: 1st Place – Alessandra Isaacson (5th grade) – Knox Gifted Academy; 9-12 Category: 1st Place – Aarthi Ram – Hamilton High; 2nd Place – Anitha Ramadoss – Hamilton High; 3rd Place – Natalie Putnam, Sophia Franco, Eamlee Schneider – Hamilton High.
Visual Art Winners: K-4 Category: 2nd Place – Zoe Anders (4th grade) – CTA Liberty; 3rd Place – Liliana Isaacson (4th grade) – Knox Gifted Academy; 5-8 Category: 1st Place – Aurora Mena (7th grade) – Willis Junior High; 2nd Place – Isabella Sivigny (7th grade) – Willis Junior High; 3rd Place – Emma Hoverson (8th grade) – Payne Junior High; 9-12 Category: 1st Place – Ritika Ramesh and Karina Tang (12th grade) – Hamilton High; 2nd Place – Yiran Gong (12th grade) – Hamilton High; 3rd Place – Katrina Jia (11th grade) – Hamilton High.
Willis Junior High seventh grade science teacher Mark Drez earned the Mayor’s Choice Award at the 2017 Chandler Volunteer Recognition Event on Thursday. He volunteers with Boys & Girls Club, Chandler Wyldlife and Younglife. The Mayor Jay Tibshraeny’s office received 59 individual nominations for Mark.
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Principal Heather Anguiano, her husband John and their son Sam, a senior at Perry High, were honored Thursday with the “Multitasking Award.” They volunteer as a family at the Chandler CARE Center, ICAN, Salvation Army, Chandler Christian Community Center, United Food Bank and Si Se Puede, to name a few.
The top CUSD science projects for students in grades 5-12 will be on display at the annual Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair on Feb. 25. Exhibits, project viewing and special events will be held beginning at 11 a.m., with the awards ceremony set for 3 p.m.
Vendors will have interactive tables featuring STEM careers and opportunities.
Event sponsors include Intel, SRP, City of Chandler, Hamilton High School and CUSD. For more information about this year’s event click here.