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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Basha Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Debbie Fast of Basha Elementary who earned her National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) status for the second time. Thirty-eight teachers in CUSD have the NBCT status, and only three percent of certified K-12 teachers teaching in the United States have voluntarily worked towards and ultimately earned the rank of the NBCT title.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Sylvia Grace, Career and Technical Education teacher from Casteel High School, received the highest honor given to Project Lead the Way teachers, "PLTW Outstanding Teacher," at the Project Lead The Way national conference in San Antonio. Project Lead the Way recognized Sylvia in front of hundreds of attendees, including teachers from across the United States.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High science teacher Amy Andrews was named the Phoenix Suns NAU Educator of the Month and was recognized at a Suns game. Christian Harvey had this to say about his Human Bio Teacher in the nomination: "Ms. Andrews is a great role model. She wants all of her students to do well and makes sure they're consistent with their work and their grades are up to par."
Chandler Unified School District - (2019-2020) Debbie Fast of Basha Elementary (pictured left) and Kristine McGettigan (pictured right) of Hamilton High earned their National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) status for the second time. Thirty-eight teachers in CUSD have the NBCT status, and only three percent of certified K-12 teachers teaching in the United States have voluntarily worked towards and ultimately earned the rank of the NBCT title.
Fulton Elementary - (2019-2020) Fulton Vex Robotics is kicking off the season with a bang. In the first tournament of the season, judges called for a tiebreaker for "Teamwork Champions" and team 4750C was in it. The stress was off the charts but they handled it with grace. They came in second but only missed it by two points. Team G came in third while team A took fourth place in the tournament. Additionally, team B won the Judges Award. That is a first for Fulton.
Galveston Elementary - (2019-2020) The Family Engagement Team at Galveston Elementary School, held a Movin' On Up Data Night for all families of second graders. Twenty-three enthusiastic families learned and practiced a reading fluency strategy. This reading fluency skill equips families with a research-based strategy with which to assist their child to become a better reader. Childcare was provided, the families became eager, engaged learners, and several left with fun raffle prizes! Families committed to help their child reach a goal set by their family. They left Data Night equipped with support, materials and a better understanding of how to help their child be successful.
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Kristine McGettigan of Hamilton High who earned her National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) status for the second time. Thirty-eight teachers in CUSD have the NBCT status, and only three percent of certified K-12 teachers teaching in the United States have voluntarily worked towards and ultimately earned the rank of the NBCT title.
Knox Gifted Academy - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Knox Gifted Academy third grader Puranjay Madupu who took 1st place in the Math League Competition and pushed Knox into 4th place.
Tarwater Elementary - (2019-2020) Thirteen Tarwater Elementary sixth grade girls participated in the Hermanas Event held at Chandler-Gilbert Community college and hosted by Intel. The students participated in various activities to inspire them to go to college and consider a future career in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math). One sixth grader ended the event saying, "I want to go to college. I felt like I was sitting in a college class."
Willis Junior High - (2019-2020) Willis Junior High School hosted its annual showcase on November 7. There were displays of student work, hands-on activities for kids, live music, games, and much more. There was a tremendous community turnout and they were happy to host families from all feeder schools.
Chandler Unified School District - (2019-2020) Chandler Unified School District was ranked #2 in the 2019 100 Top City of Chandler Based Companies. Excerpt from Chandler Chamber Board Chair Lori Gallegos: "The 2019 edition of The Chandler 100 [...] recognizes the top companies in Chandler. Within these pages you'll find the businesses that inspire, innovate and as community stakeholders, lead us to a vibrant economy while strengthening Chandler's business impact." 2019 Chandler Chamber of Commerce: Chandler 100 Top Businesses booklet (PDF)
Weinberg Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Weinberg second grader Payton Kornos from Mrs. Cami Smith's class who was named an October 2019 Gilbert Town Council Student Citizenship honoree!
Chandler Unified School District - (2019-2020) The Arizona Department of Education released results of the recently completed Post School Outcome Survey of 2018 graduates, in which students who exit high school are contacted and administered a 14-question survey designed to capture student engagement in post-secondary education/training or employment. The results show that 87% of students with disabilities who graduated from CUSD high schools in 2018 were engaged in their Post Secondary Outcomes, meaning they were either attending college, trade school, military, working or combination of school and work. CUSD continues to improve outcomes for students with disabilities as our collaborations with outside agencies/schools foster independence in taking the next step once they graduate from high school. Thank you to CUSD transition specialists Sandy Craghead (Basha High), Shiela Popovich (Hamilton High), Beth Curry (Perry High) and Carol Howe (Chandler High) for their dedication and efforts. Arizona Department of Education: Post School Outcomes website
Navarrete Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Stella B., Navarrete 2nd grader, who achieved reading one million words -- and is the newest member of the Millionaire Club!
San Marcos Elementary - (2019-2020) Media Specialist Jolene Gallup hosted Arizona Cardinals quarterback (and Chandler High alumni) Brett Hundley for an afternoon of reading. Brett Hundley visited San Marcos for a "Cardinals Milk and Cookies" event. Students danced with Big Red, had story time with Brett Hundley, and enjoyed milk and cookies. San Marcos students left with SMILES, high fives and autographed backpacks. Thank you, Arizona Cardinals, for supporting San Marcos students and encouraging the LOVE of reading!
Basha High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Basha seniors Vennela Ambadipudi and Maxwell Turner who have been named National Merit Semifinalists based on last year's PSAT NMSQT scores. About 1.6 million students in some 22,000 high schools enter the National Merit Scholarship competition annually when they take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represent the top 0.5% of the state's senior students.
Basha High - (2019-2020) Basha High School students got CTA Freedom's fourth graders excited about science with their Science is Fun presentation.
Bologna Elementary - (2019-2020) The inaugural Red Ribbon Week Character Picnic at Bologna Elementary was a success. Pictured: Principal Thuy Padilla with a student on "The Day the Crayons Quit."
Casteel High - (2019-2020) The second annual diversity program was held November 1 at Casteel High. Under the direction of Bonnie McNamara, French Honors Society and French Club puts on the program for National French Week every year. This year, it was nicknamed the COLTure Day because they celebrated all the cultures of the Casteel Colts! They had Choir, Band, Project 15 dance, Asian K-Pop and Fan Dances, Folklórico and even a song in German. Exchange students from Norway, Denmark and Spain also shared their experiences.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) The 2019 World Language Expo was an awesome display of students' talent and hard work. Thanks to Gigi Clara-Martinez, Evelyn Avitia Valverde, and Breiddy Guerrero for organizing the event and to everyone who performed on stage, or offered cultural activities, food, and fun. This year's theme was "BE KIND. THE WORLD NEEDS YOU," and CHS's World Language students and teachers decorated the courtyard with posters and crafts.
Chandler Online Academy - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Sydney Chun who has been named a National Merit Semifinalist based on last year's PSAT NMSQT scores. About 1.6 million students in some 22,000 high schools enter the National Merit Scholarship competition annually when they take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represent the top 0.5% of the state's senior students.
Chandler Unified School District - (2019-2020) Thirty-five CUSD students have been named National Merit Semifinalists. We wish them luck in becoming National Merit Scholars. They are among 16,000 semifinalists nationwide out of more than 1.6 million students. In May, 7,500 finalists will be chosen to win a scholarship.
Galveston Elementary - (2019-2020) Galveston 4th graders enjoyed Water Festival stations at Tumbleweed Park, put on by the City of Chandler and University of Arizona! Students learned about watershed, water conservation, the water cycle, and ground water through hands-on exploration. Water Festival - Photo Album
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Hamilton seniors Emily Abraham, Neya Balakrishna, Julia Fletcher, Margaret Han, Devrath Iyer, Sung Won Kim, Nivea Krishnan, Jihyun Lee, Chloe Leff, Ashley Lepham, Rebecca Li, Elissa Matlock, Burke Peterson, Rohan Sathe, Dev Singhania, Vaishalini Sitaraman, Kevin Tang, Antonio Valdez, Kevin Wang, Sherry Wang, Karina Yang, Sarah Zhang and Vivian Zhao who have been named National Merit Semifinalists based on last year's PSAT NMSQT scores. About 1.6 million students in some 22,000 high schools enter the National Merit Scholarship competition annually when they take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represent the top 0.5% of the state's senior students.
Hancock Elementary - (2019-2020) Hancock Elementary sixth graders learned about electricity and natural resources from a special guest from SRP in science class.
Jacobson Elementary - (2019-2020) Jacobson JETS fly with pride! At the recent school-wide quarterly spotlight ceremony, all school specials instructors highlight students who thrive in specials area classes. Students this month were chosen because of being supportive and encouraging to others. Special area teachers see close to 950 students each week. They help guide and promote growth essentials every day.
Perry High - (2019-2020) For the second time in Perry High's history, The Precedent student newspaper, under the direction of Damien Tippett, won first place in Arizona for General Excellence. The award is journalism's version of a state championship, and was presented at the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association fall convention. The newspaper won 29 awards for writing, design, cartoons and photography; congratulations goes out to Vivian Duong, Anna Myers, Kenna Cassey, River Bradshaw, Nadine Loureiro, Isabel Behrendt, Grant Sands, Holly Olaszak, Aeneas Zobel, Rhaelyn Mehan and Mea Griffen! The Precedent - the online voice of Perry High
Perry High - (2019-2020) All nine Perry High Spanish teachers and their combined 1,200 students celebrated and learned about all the cultural components of Dia de los Muertos. The students rotated classes/teachers every 20 minutes into a new station to learn something different relating to Dia de los Muertos. The product can be seen on the two wall alters in the upstairs new C-wing. The Spanish teachers put in many hours to prepare for this event and the students enjoyed the cultural experience.
Perry High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Perry seniors Craig Cardon, Hester Charles and Alyssa Zhang who have been named National Merit Semifinalists based on last year's PSAT NMSQT scores. About 1.6 million students in some 22,000 high schools enter the National Merit Scholarship competition annually when they take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represent the top 0.5% of the state's senior students.
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to the Hamilton Chess Team for winning the AIA State Team Championship in November! They went with a perfect 5-0 to the tournament, completing their perfect 19-0 season -- the first in school history! As the top-seeded varsity team, Rick Sun, Kenneth Su, Joseph Wang, Michael Chen, and Vincent Sin defeated the second, third, and fourth seeds in three straight matches en route to their title. Their compilation of 54 wins, 2 losses, and 1 tie over the last three seasons has given them their second title in three years, only missing the title last year on tiebreaks. With the chess team only in their fourth season, they have truly accomplished a great feat. In addition, Aryan Eksambe took first in the JV section, and Harry Winsberg also took a top-10 finish. Anvi Joshi, Miro Vanek, and Andrew Quan rounded out yet another strong showing of Hamilton's depth in the JV section, scoring well above expectations.
Galveston Elementary - (2019-2020) Galveston is now a proud "B " school, as rated by the Arizona Department of Education for the 2018-19 school year.
Galveston Elementary - (2019-2020) Thank you to the Chandler Rotary Club for providing dictionaries for all of our 3rd graders!
Jacobson Elementary - (2019-2020) Sixth grade leaders work with kindergarten buddies for a sweet cause! Stacy Thompson's kindergarten and Kelly Murrieta's 6th grade buddy classes found a way to make leftover Halloween candy something to learn from. Teams of two worked together to sort, count and label the candy before it was all donated to the Chandler Care Center. (OK, maybe not ALL the candy...)
Riggs Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Riggs 5th grader Sailor Maher, the Gilbert Citizen of the Month for November 2019.
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to the Hamilton Math Team for their performance at the Carol Edwards Excellence in Mathematics Competition on Friday, Nov. 1 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College! They placed second overall as a team, and also earned individual awards in both divisions, with Michael Chen taking 6th in Division 1 and Richard Thor taking 2nd in Division 2. Other members of the team included Tristan Ma, James Lee, Sungmin Park, Xenia Zhao, Eddie Zhang, Rick Sun, Alec Gonzalez, Joshua Grumski, Ryan Gan, Feyi Adebekun, and Richard Cheng.
Jacobson Elementary - (2019-2020) Fourth through sixth grade Jacobson Gifted Program (JGP) students participate in "Design Squad" engineering projects weekly! This week, students are collaborating to design and build bridges able to support the weight of at least 2,000 grams of pennies! The JGP is designed to challenge the gifted student through a multi-dimensional teaching approach involving special curricula, enrich-ment and the acceleration of course content.
Chandler Unified School District - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Perry and Hamilton High DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) teams for taking home both the gold AND silver awards in the Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge, winning first and second places, respectively. Junior Achievement's Student Stock Market Challenge website
Galveston Elementary - (2019-2020) Galveston was lucky enough to receive a little free library from Southwest Human Development / Robson Communities, available to students, parents and staff. Take a book. Leave a book! We are so excited!
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Hamilton Business and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) students participated in the 2019 Stock Market Challenge sponsored by Junior Achievement. The JA Student Stock Market Challenge is a live stock market simulation, featuring teams of high school students who compete to see who can accumulate the highest possible net worth in their investment portfolio. The exciting, fast-paced event offers a taste of what it's like to build a portfolio, manage risk, and experience its performance in a compressed period of time. Approximately 430 students (86 teams, five students per team) from around 20 valley high schools experienced the thrill of the trading floor at Junior Achievement's 2019 Stock Market Challenge Event. Hamilton had eight teams (40 students) participate. Five Hamilton teams placed in the top 25. Junior Achievement's Student Stock Market Challenge website
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High's College Application Initiative was a huge success. Seniors met with counselors and college representatives to work on completing college/postsecondary applications, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and scholarships. Seniors who completed an application and/or the FAFSA were entered to win $1,000 scholarship and many other prizes.
Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence Campus - (2019-2020) Thirty-five sixth grade students from CTA Independence were inducted into the National Elementary Honor Society. These students were selected as they have maintained a GPA of 90% or better since second semester of fourth grade and have demonstrated good character through their learning behavior grades.
Haley Elementary - (2019-2020) Haley Elementary Student Council dressed for healthy food tasting put on by the Central Kitchen.
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Hamilton's AP Seminar with African Diaspora content class presented their current research projects for Dr. Lisa Aubrey, associate professor of African and African American Studies in the School of Social Transformation at ASU. Hamilton teacher Audra Johnson, Dr. Adama Sallu, and Dr. Lisa Aubrey have developed a partnership with the goal of enhancing students' academic and postsecondary success. The students will attend one of Dr. Aubrey's classes at ASU in December!
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) Our First Lego League Robotics team is underway. Thank you, Intel Mentors and the non-profit Education Empowers, for your support!
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) Hartford puchased a Little Library -- a library where students can take a book, return a book, borrow a book or share a book.
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) Principal Heather Anguiano received a grant for $2,500 from the ASU Sun Devil Club.
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) Technology teacher Kerry Kester received a $2,500 grant from APS and the Phoenix Suns. She will use the money to purchase coding robots.
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) A lot of students were recognized and celebrated for their first quarter attendance, leadership and grades!
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) Chandler Fire came out and taught our students about fire safety.