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    The Chandler Unified School District is a premier district of choice. Academic achievement is a high priority in the district as evidenced by test scores which exceed state and national averages. We pride ourselves on providing outstanding educational programs at all grade levels.

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    Visit Basha Accelerated Middle School Website Report a Problem with Item A008399 Basha Accelerated Middle School (2019-2020)
    Skylar Kulas
    Basha Accelerated Middle School eighth grader Skylar Kulas was runner-up in the regional spelling bee competition on Thursday, February 20. She will head to the state competition on Saturday, March 21, at the Arizona PBS station.
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008397 Tarwater Elementary (2019-2020)
    Black History Month Celebration
    Tarwater celebrated Black History with their annual essay contest, classroom activities, and library selections highlighting a plethora of African American change-makers.
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    Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A008398 Chandler Unified School District (2019-2020)
    Chandler Innovation Fair 2020
    The 2nd annual Chandler Innovation Fair (CIF) was an incredible success. More than 4,000 students were represented and over 5,000 people attended. CIF featured student innovation as the cornerstone, including the Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair research and projects, student inventions, project based learning presentations, computer science projects, robotics showcases, and elementary and junior high robotics competitions in both FLL and VEX. The Junior High State VEX Robotics tournament (hosted by Willis Firebots) was held at the event, and the Firebots took home the state championship. Every CUSD school was represented alongside over 60 interactive vendors and CTE programs. The award ceremony will take place on March 2 at the Chandler Center for the Arts. The award ceremony will feature keynotes from Intel and Camille Casteel, as well as special awards from our community partners: Intel, Waymo, SRP, State Farm, Grand Canyon University, and the City of Chandler. Chandler Innovation Fair 2020 Video and Photo Album
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    Visit Basha Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008378 Basha Elementary (2019-2020)
    Bobcat Green Team
    The Bobcat Green Team recently spent time working with SRP Connect to become energy wise.
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    Visit Perry High Website Report a Problem with Item A008381 Perry High (2019-2020)
    Graphic Design Students
    Eight students from Caryn Butler's graphic design level 2 and 3 classes competed in an Advertising Design competition at the Region 3 conference of SkillsUSA. Approximately 60 students from various east valley schools competed. Four of the eight students scored in the top ten and qualified to attend the SkillsUSA State Championships in April: Holly Hames, Nicole White, Maria Durrans, and Abby Kozel. Holly took the silver medal, placing 2nd out of all of the participants. Congratulations to all of the Perry Pumas who participated in this challenging competition!
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    Visit Riggs Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008361 Riggs Elementary (2019-2020)
    Lilian Holt
    Congraulations to Lilian Holt, 5th grader in Becky From's class, who was named the Gilbert Citizen of the Month for February 2020.
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    Visit Basha Accelerated Middle School Website Report a Problem with Item A008338 Basha Accelerated Middle School (2019-2020)
    Skylar Kulas
    Congratulations to Skylar Kulas, the District Spelling Bee champion!
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    Visit Basha High Website Report a Problem with Item A008394 Basha High (2019-2020)
    California Aerospace Trip
    As part of the fifth annual California Aerospace trip, 11 Basha High AFJROTC cadet leaders spent four days visiting such locations as SpaceX, the Griffith Observatory, the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center, March Field and Palm Springs Air Museums and the Reagan Presidential Library. This exciting trip enabled cadets to greatly expand their knowledge and understanding of aviation as well as space exploration.
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    Visit Bologna Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008388 Bologna Elementary (2019-2020)
    Black History Month Celebration
    Bologna Elementary celebrates and honors the contribution of African American pioneers in space travel during Black History Month this year. Each morning on the announcement, the school highlights different contributions of African Americans figure in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
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    Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A008341 Chandler High (2019-2020)
    Katherine Chou
    Congratulations to Katherine Chou who was named a 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program Finalist. Of the 1.6 million entrants who took the 2018 PSAT/NMSQT, Katherine is now one of 15,000 finalists in the running for National Merit Scholarships.
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    Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A008389 Chandler Unified School District (2019-2020)
    Black History Month Celebration
    CUSD schools are reflecting on the 400-year history of African American contributions from August 20, 1619 to the present. This year, CUSD highlights Pioneers of Space Travel. Black History Month Celebration - February 2020 Photo Album
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    Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A008350 Hamilton High (2019-2020)
    Hamilton National Merit Finalists
    Congratulations to our 21 National Merit Finalists! Emily Abraham, Neya Balakrishna, Julia Fletcher, Margaret Han, Devrath Iyer, Nivea Krishnan, Jihyun Lee, Chloe Leff, Ashley Lepham, Rebecca Li, Elissa Matlock, Burke Peterson, Rohan Sathe, Dev Singhania, Kevin Tang, Antonio Valdez, Kevin Wang, Sherry Wang, Karina Yang, Sarah Zhang, and Vivian Zhao. These students took the PSAT/NMSQT their junior year, scored in the top 1%, and are recognized for their abilities, skills and accomplishments.
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    Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008391 Hull Elementary (2019-2020)
    Studying China
    Hull Elementary second graders in Heidi Raaf's class had a great time in the "rice fields," while visiting and studying about China.
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    Visit Knox Gifted Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A008356 Knox Gifted Academy (2019-2020)
    Golf Hole Designs
    Fifth grade was all abuzz the with designing, engineering, collaborating, and dreaming of possibilities for their golf hole designs for our Science and Engineering night. This year, students could choose between working on teams to create table top golf holes or fun size ones. We can't wait for construction to begin! Golf Hole Designs Photo Album
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    Visit Payne Junior High Website Report a Problem with Item A008360 Payne Junior High (2019-2020)

    Student comment: "Ms. (Cynthia) Bartlett plans amazing assignments for the kids, and she shows up everyday ready to teach!"
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008383 Tarwater Elementary (2019-2020)

    Tarwater Elementary was selected as only one of a few schools in the country to have contact with the International Space Station next August. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) selected 10 schools from around the country to participate. The primary goal of the ARISS program is to engage young people in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math activities and raise their awareness of space communications, radio communications, space exploration, and related areas of student and career possibilities. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station website
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    Visit Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008354 Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary (2019-2020)
    Biography Wax Museum
    Humphrey 4th Grade Students did a great job presenting their biography information for a wax museum on February 17.
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    Visit Auxier Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008401 Auxier Elementary (2019-2020)
    STEM Project
    Auxier Elementary fifth graders in Lindsay Leischner's class combined a valentine party with a STEM project. Students worked in groups using a rubber band and some ribbon in order to stack cups.
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    Visit Perry High Website Report a Problem with Item A008365 Perry High (2019-2020)
    Brandon Park
    Congratulations to Perry senior Brandon Park who advanced in the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) competition and will be up for a college scholarship ranging from $1,000 to a possible $125,000 full-ride Bachelor's degree. Brandon will compete on Saturday, March 28, 2020 and results will be announced April 21!
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    Visit Perry High Website Report a Problem with Item A008366 Perry High (2019-2020)
    Julia Allen and Aly Torres
    Congratulations to Perry High students Julia Allen and Aly Torres. Julia and Aly were 1st place winners at the HOSA (Future Health Professionals, formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America) Regional Competition in February .
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    Visit Bologna Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008340 Bologna Elementary (2019-2020)
    Wyatt
    Congratulations to Wyatt who is a leader in showing SPARK. Wyatt was selected as the Principal for a Day in February!
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    Visit Sanborn Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008363 Sanborn Elementary (2019-2020)
    Michelle Coffman
    Congratulations to Michelle Coffman, this year's Outstanding Volunteer Award winner for Sanborn! Michelle has volunteered in the classroom reading with students, in the workroom making copies and materials, at PTO events, as an Art Masterpiece instructor, and on our Site Council. We appreciate all the time and energy she devotes to our Sanborn students and community!
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    Visit Santan Junior High Website Report a Problem with Item A008375 Santan Junior High (2019-2020)
    Convection Currents
    Seventh grade students at Santan Junior High learned about convection currents, both in the earth and the atmosphere. To illustrate the concept, they built and launched hot air balloons to help students make connections with convection and the lift of the balloons into the sky. It was a fun day for all who participated.
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    Visit Frye Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008349 Frye Elementary (2019-2020)
    40th Anniversary Celebration
    Frye Elementary celebrates their 40th anniversary this year!
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    Samantha Oliden
    Congratulations to Samantha Oliden who was honored as the AAA Award recipient from Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary School!
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    Visit Payne Junior High Website Report a Problem with Item A008359 Payne Junior High (2019-2020)
    Daya Wilson and Aidan Doyle
    Daya Wilson and Aidan Doyle, VEX Robotics teammates and students from the House of Payne Robotics Team, traveled to Whiteriver, Arizona to compete in the Last Chance Qualifier Tournament. Team 1096D, the Techno-Panther, won both the tournament championship and the Excellence Award! The Excellence Award is presented to teams at or near the top of all tournament rankings in competition, skills, design and other judged awards. They exhibited a high-quality team interview with the judges, and a student-centered robotics program that demonstrates positive team conduct, sportsmanship, and professionalism. Congratulations, Daya and Aidan!
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    Visit Sanborn Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008362 Sanborn Elementary (2019-2020)
    Hermanas Conference
    Congratulations to Rowan Scott, Madison Price, Sophia Coria, Brooke Mehlberg, Ilse Lopez, Sofia Iglesias-Cortez, Mia Velasquez, Faith Bishop, Jessabel Fernandez, Abigail Soto, Jada Miller, Andrea Valdez, Marina Rodriguez, Emily Medina, Anaya Cortez, Makyha Bryant and Anahi Hernandez who were selected to attend Hermanas (Sisters): Diseña tu futuro (Design Your Future) . This one-day conference provides a supportive environment in which young women can interact with successful Latinas professionals in STEM careers, explore technological careers, receive encouragement to finish school, attend college, and to pursue their goals. Hermanas has partnered with the Intel Corporation since 2006 to plan and host a day of learning and fun activities to stimulate interest in STEM.
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    Visit Jacobson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008299 Jacobson Elementary (2019-2020)
    Colonizing Mars
    Students in sixth grade are colonizing MARS! Students are learning about farms and natural resources. These designers work collaboratively to read articles on how BEST to use natural resources and technology OR supplement when resources are not available. They listened to each other present their ideas and then had time to design their OWN Mars colony plans, and finally build models of their designs. JETS scientists fly with PRIDE!
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    Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A008282 Chandler High (2019-2020)
    Student Council Convention
    Chandler High hosted the 2020 CUSD Leadership Convention for all student councils throughout the district to celebrate leadership, spirit, and fundraising efforts. Thanks to CHS StuCo, Michael Gray, other high school student councils, their sponsors, and CUSD Nutrition for organizing and delivering an amazing day of "Exploring Leadership." As part of the agenda, CUSD schools presented a check for nearly $10,500 to the American Heart Association, and guest speaker Will Adams brought the house down with motivational speaking and dance. Student Council Convention Photo Album
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    Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A008284 Chandler High (2019-2020)
    Luke Air Force Base Field Trip
    Twenty-three Chandler High Air Force JROTC cadets visited Luke Air Force Base and had a mission briefing on the F35 Lightning 2 along with some up close and personal time with the aircraft. Cadets also viewed an Explosive Ordinance Disposal and a medical training center.
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    Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008289 Hull Elementary (2019-2020)
    AAA Pride Award Winners
    Student Tylie Johnson and teacher Jennie Carrillo were honored at the Chandler Center for the Arts at the AAA Pride Awards held on February 5.
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    Visit Ryan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008291 Ryan Elementary (2019-2020)
    Ryan Student Council
    Congratulations to our Ryan Student Council, awarded "Most Spirited" at the Student Leadership Conference at Chandler High on February 7!
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    Visit San Marcos Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008292 San Marcos Elementary (2019-2020)
    San Marcos Student Council
    San Marcos Student Council attended the Student Leadership Conference and showcased their leadership skills among peers in the district with their theme "Exploring BIG Ideas." Student council students loved this day of SPIRIT and leadership growth!
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    Visit Sanborn Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008296 Sanborn Elementary (2019-2020)
    Best Collage Award
    Congratulations to the Sanborn Student Council, winning the "Best Collage Award" at the CUSD Student Leadership Conference at Chandler High on February 7!
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008298 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
    Triple A Award Winners
    Congratulations to this years' Triple-A Award winners: student Emmie Conti; co-volunteers Bridget Arenson and Bekki Patzer; and teacher Danica Schroeder!
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    Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A008390 Chandler Unified School District (2019-2020)
    Chandler Science Spectacular
    Students from ACP Erie, Basha, Chandler and Hamilton high schools provided interactive exhibits at the Chandler Science Spectacular on February 8. Our STEM partners at Si Se Puede were also present. Chandler Science Spectacular Photo Album
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    Visit Andersen Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008269 Andersen Elementary (2019-2020)
    Family Math Night
    The Andersen Elementary Family Engagement Team put on a 4th Grade Family Math Night in February, bringing families together to teach them how to support their child at home while students did an escape room activity in the library. Family Math Night Photo Album
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    Visit Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A008270 Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus (2019-2020)
    Hiwot Endeshaw
    ACP Erie is very excited to announce that junior Hiwot Endeshaw has been selected to participate in the KEYS Research Internship Program at the University of Arizona. This bio-science program will give Hiwot the opportunity to work alongside top faculty in research labs at the University of Arizona. Congratulations!
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    Visit Auxier Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008333 Auxier Elementary (2019-2020)
    Green Team
    Auxier Elementary students "Green Team" action team created a recycling program and school garden. In January, they were honored to have Dave the Garden Guy out to the school to film a segment for the Channel 3 news. He helped the students learn more about gardening and plant a new crop.
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    Visit Basha Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008339 Basha Elementary (2019-2020)
    Student Council Convention
    The Basha Elementary Student Council attended the district wide Student Council Convention at the Chandler Center for the Arts in February.
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    Visit Chandler Online Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A008334 Chandler Online Academy (2019-2020)
    Devyn Faulkner
    Devyn Faulkner, a senior at Chandler Online Academy, was chosen to speak to teachers and other school personnel about living with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) at a National Conference being held at the Disneyland Californian Hotel. She reviewed a new guide that was created to help school staff work with students struggling with this debilitating syndrome.
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    Penguin Habitats
    First grade Spanish Dual Language Immersion (DLI) students had a blast creating penguin habitats. They were on display for our school's Celebration of Learning Night, where families came in to see amazing projects at every grade level.
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    Student Council Convention
    CUSD student councils convened on Friday, February 7 to show off their spirit and celebrate the hard work to benefit the American Heart Association. The schools collaborated to raise nearly $10,500. The theme this year was "Exploring Leadership." Shout out to the high school student councils and the advisors (Britni Michaelson - ACP Erie; Jamie Emerson - Basha High; Lynda Frederickson - Casteel High; Michael Gray -Chandler High; Violet Richard- Hamilton High; Lerina Johnson -Perry High; Shawn Mitchell- Chandler Early College) for organizing this event. Student Council Convention Photo Album
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    Visit Haley Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008304 Haley Elementary (2019-2020)
    Haley News Crew and Central Kitchen
    The Haley news crew spent time with the CUSD Central Kitchen staff learning about how they operate on a large scale to support the schools as they prepare breakfast and lunches each day. Haley News Crew and Central Kitchen Interview Photo Album
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    Most Spirited Award
    Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary Student Council won the award for Most Spirited at the 2020 CUSD Leadership Convention on February 7.
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    Mexican Fiesta
    Hull Elementary second grade students enjoyed a Mexican Fiesta while studying about Mexico.
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    Visit Riggs Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008336 Riggs Elementary (2019-2020)
    Jan Weyenberg
    Riggs Elementary principal Jan Weyenberg was the "Mystery Reader" for Dawnielle Edward's second grade class and read the book Dex, the Heart of a Hero.
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    Visit Sanborn Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008303 Sanborn Elementary (2019-2020)
    Internet Safety
    Leslie Russell, Community Outreach and Education Coordinator for the Attorney General's Office came to Sanborn Elementary to talk with students about Internet safety and how to best protect their personal information and identity while gaming or using social media. She presented this important information during two separate assemblies in an engaging, age-appropriate, and straightforward manner.
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    Visit Sanborn Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008295 Sanborn Elementary (2019-2020)
    Rosa Flores
    Congratulations to Rosa Flores who was honored with an Apple Achievement Award at the Chandler Center for the Arts on February 5.
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    Anahi Hernandez
    Congratulations to Anahi Hernandez, recipient of the 2020 Chandler Volunteer Youth Recognition Award! Chandler Volunteer Youth Recognition Awards Photo Album
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