Honors, Awards and Special Programs
Honors, Awards and Special Programs
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Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel High teacher Christopher James was interviewed by his U.S. Military students (class) about his experiences serving in Iraq. The Veterans Heritage Project was on campus to record the interview and discuss the upcoming publication of the interview. Casteel sophomore, Sydnee Watkins will write the story to be published in the Library of Congress and the Veterans Heritage Project Book. Furthermore, James encouraged other students, including sophomore Hope Henry, to interview and write a story about a family member who served and can share their experiences as well. Hope is interviewing her grandfather about his experiences in the Vietnam War and will have the interview and story published.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High's Air Force JROTC visited iFLY indoor sky diving last Monday and engaged in lessons on physics and wind tunnels and how terminal velocity can be calculated using a Algebraic equation. Cadets then suited up, received flight lessons, and had two flights in the flight chamber. After their flights, the cadets calculated their terminal velocity and came up with figures very close to what their true number was. It was a very rewarding experience.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler Girls Volleyball was named the Bronze Bracket Champions at the Westwood Tournament of Champions.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler came away with a 56-0 win over Capital Christian on the first game of the 2019 Cali Football Classic played at Moorpark High School. Mikey Keene was 10-10 completing all passes for 261 yards, Jalen Richmond had two touchdowns and Gunner Maldonado had two punt returns for 126 yards. On the ground, Dae Dae Hunter had two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving, and ran for 69 yards. Nick Nesbitt ran for 77 yards and had a touchdown catch, and Rodney Clemente had a 43 yards rushing on five carries. The defense was led by Zion Magalei, Jeremiah Tyler, Anthony Hanger and Bryant Jackson. Strong defensive performances were also turned in by the linebackers Malik Reed, Tate Romney, and Kyler Orr.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) The Bring Change to Mind Club hosted an "I Care" table at lunch last week and encouraged students to write notes of encouragement and thanks to people they care about. Bring Change to Mind is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging dialogue about mental health, and to raising awareness, understanding, and empathy.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Mattie Shumaker and Isabel Honzay went undefeated in doubles 2 at the 2019 Forner Badminton Tournament and earned 1st place medals.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) The Lady Wolves Cross Country Team ran to a second place finish at the Ojo Rojo Invitational. Ava Potts, Brooke Eversden, Lauren Kazaroff, Daniela Montufar, Lauren Copeland, Alyssa Lewis and Cydney Maxson were the top seven scoring for the varsity team. In the freshman race, Destiny Hernandez ran strong for an 8th place finish.
Haley Elementary - (2019-2020) Haley first graders are working in their newly furnished collaborative technology lab. Haley Elementary was able to purchase the new furniture using results-based funding.
Haley Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to all the Haley Elementary September students of the month. These students were selected because they display kindness, are hardworking, are supportive of their peers, and are good citizens.
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Hamilton High School is currently piloting an AP course developed through a partnership between the CollegeBoard and the African Diaspora Consortium: AP Seminar with African Diaspora content. This is the first ever AP course with an African topic, and Hamilton is proud to be the first school in the western US to offer this course. The Senior Executive Director of the African Diaspora Consortium, Rhonesha Blaché, visited with the class and facilitated a lesson about changing perceptions of Africa. Hamilton students have also had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Adama Sallu as a guest speaker and attending a 1619 commemoration event during which Dr. Sallu was a panelist. A university partnership is also a part of this pilot program, so students will have opportunities for field trips to ASU and graduate student mentorship as they conduct research.
Patterson Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Mrs. Barz's 2nd graders who won the Pawsitively Clean Classroom trophy for cleaning up their classroom this week.
Patterson Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Mrs. Franzen's 3rd graders who won the Pawsitively Clean Classroom trophy for doing a great job cleaning up their classroom.
Perry High - (2019-2020) Tatum Stall was named the MVP of the Westwood Tournament of Champions Volleyball Tournament this weekend. Perry High won the tournament which featured 36 of the top teams in the state.
Patterson Elementary - (2019-2020) Thank you to teachers Daphne Medina and Vanessa LaRue who gave up their time on a Saturday to seal our kindness rocks in preparation for Patterson's first rock garden.
Basha Elementary - (2019-2020) Basha Bobcats enjoyed breakfast with their grandparents at the annual Grandparents' Breakfast. Muffins, coffee, juice and fruit were provided by Basha Elementary's PTO. Families also visited the Follett Book Fair in the Media Center.
Carlson Elementary - (2019-2020) Carlson Elementary held a special flag ceremony on 9/11 to commemmorate those who lost their lives, and to remember our living heroes.
Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey Campus - (2019-2020) Mrs. Bullock's 3rd grade students are working on a project with the story Bat Loves the Night from their Journey's Anthology.
Chandler Traditional Academy - Liberty Campus - (2019-2020) Kindness Is Awesome Club's Kind Letters Committee wrote their first letters of the year! The club's mission is to spread kindness across the community and make people feel more positive about the future (and today!). Through our kindness we can help renew the good simple acts in life that help people. Check out the club's activites and Public Service Announcements at the link below. Kindness Is Awesome Club website
Knox Gifted Academy - (2019-2020) What an amazing year of student council elections! We couldn't be more proud of this group and the bravery they showed by putting themselves out there. We are so impressed with their speeches and personal displays. Here are just a few of the things they had to say: "Everyone should be given an opportunity to speak up and advocate for themselves." "I am driven by a passion to give people opportunities." "I will roll up my sleeves and work for you." and "The magic of our school ripples across campus because we are allowed to flourish."
Knox Gifted Academy - (2019-2020) On Friday, September 13, Knox Gifted Academy held their annual Dot Day celebration. This is a day to showcase who each individual child is, what makes them special, and what his/her interests are. KGA's 7 Cs of creativity were showcased around every corner. Highlights from the day included walking the fence line to view the Ish Gallery (where we celebrated every student as an artist), exploring the dot garden (where each student created a dot that represents them), and experiencing the wide range of activities for the kids around campus. There was coding, art, problem solving, engineering, learning new languages, and -- most importantly -- connecting as a community.
Riggs Elementary - (2019-2020) In the recent Riggs PTO Read-a-Thon, students read a total of 196,585 minutes -- surpassing last year's total by 33,690 minutes! In addition, the total amount raised was $18,646.
Basha Elementary - (2019-2020) Basha Elementary student council representatives decorated the campus in remembrance of September 11, 2001. The main flag was flown at half mast, and smaller American flags lined the front of the school in observation of Patriot Day. Basha Student Council
Basha Elementary - (2019-2020) Sixth grader Kohen Johnson uses his personal savings at the Book Fair to donate a book to the Basha Elementary School Library! Kohen understands the importance of reading, and hopes Bobcats enjoy the book he selected, Who Is Michael Jordan?
Santan Elementary - (2019-2020) In honor of 9/11, Santan first graders thank local Chandler Police officers for their service. (Canines, too!)
Tarwater Elementary - (2019-2020) Tarwater second graders celebrated our country on September 11 by putting on a patriotic performance. Singing patriotic songs and teaching us about our American symbols, they truly turned a difficult day into a beautiful special celebration of the wonderful country we live in.
Andersen Elementary - (2019-2020) Andersen Elementary honored our first responders during our First Responders Assembly on 9/11. Patriot Day 2019 - Honoring First Responders Photo Album
Arizona College Prep - Oakland Campus - (2019-2020) A HUGE congratulations to J.T. Mulvihill! J.T. was named one of the Top 300 MASTERS (out of 2,348 nominees from across the U.S.) in the 2019 Broadcom MASTERS, a program of Society for Science & the Public. He and his science fair project, The Impact of Football Helmet Lining or Coating on Impact Force Reduction to the Head, will now compete to become one of 30 national finalists in the Broadcom competition. Press Release: Broadcom MASTERS Announces the Top 300 Middle School Innovators in National STEM Competition
Bogle Junior High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Leela Raj-Sankar who was named one of the Top 300 MASTERS (out of 2,348 nominees from across the U.S.) in the 2019 Broadcom MASTERS, a program of Society for Science & the Public. She and her science fair project, Shining a Light on Osmosis, will now compete to become one of 30 national finalists in the Broadcom competition. Press Release: Broadcom MASTERS Announces the Top 300 Middle School Innovators in National STEM Competition
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Ashlyn Drew who was named one of the Top 300 MASTERS (out of 2,348 nominees from across the U.S.) in the 2019 Broadcom MASTERS, a program of Society for Science & the Public. She and her science fair project, Heightened Hydroponics, will now compete to become one of 30 national finalists in the Broadcom competition. Press Release: Broadcom MASTERS Announces the Top 300 Middle School Innovators in National STEM Competition
Chandler Early College - (2019-2020) Chandler Early College celebrated Red, White and Blue Day and Spirit Day.
Chandler Unified School District - (2019-2020) Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public announced the Top 300 competitors in the 9th annual Broadcom MASTERS® -- the nation's premier Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students. Of the top 300 students from science fairs across the U.S., only five students are from Arizona -- and THREE of those hail from Chandler Unified School District! Congratulations to J.T. Mulvihill (ACP Oakland), Leela T. Raj-Sankar (Bogle Junior High) and Ashlyn Grace Drew (Casteel High). They now compete for the top 30 spots, to be announced on September 18. Top 300 MASTERS 2019
Hancock Elementary - (2019-2020) Hancock staff honors and remembers 9/11.
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) Hartford was selected for a $2,500 grant from the Extra Yard for the Teacher program through the Pac 12 Conference, Sun Devil Athletics and the Sun Devil Club. The grant award is in recognition for the hard work Hartford teachers do that "Extra Yard" for their students.
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) Hartford students all contributed to a poster to honor Patriot's Day. The Huskies were encouraged to find a service project that they can do for others.
Jacobson Elementary - (2019-2020) Kind kinder students show their patriotic colors on Patriots Day! Jacobson JETS fly with pride!
Perry High - (2019-2020) The Perry High Teenage Republican Club (TARs) organized the 9/11: Never Forget Project memorial on campus. They planted over 1,000 flags to commemorate the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and honor the American victims, first responders and families affected.
San Marcos Elementary - (2019-2020) San Marcos 3rd Grade Students in Carly Mahlmeister and Courtney Geil's classes explored scientific ideas, procedures and concepts while have a FUN time during a recent Legoland field trip. 3rd Grade Science Field Trip to Legoland Photo Album
Chandler Traditional Academy - Freedom Campus - (2019-2020) CTA Freedom 6th graders have started to research different companies that they would like to invest in during the Stock Market Game. Students are looking for trends in the market and researching companies to determine if stocks have been gaining or losing money over the last six months. Sixth graders will compete against 4th-6th graders statewide to make the best investments in the game.
Santan Elementary - (2019-2020) Santan Elementary students had the opportunity to explore in the zSpace bus before the new zSpaces arrive for the STEAM lab!
Santan Elementary - (2019-2020) Kennedy Hendley was named the first ever recipient of the Santan KIND KID AWARD, sponsored by Menchie's and the Santan PTO. This award is given to students who are nominated by their peers for showing acts of kindness. The winner receives a gift card to Menchie's Frozen Yogurt. Congratulations, Kennedy!
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Unified PE teacher Beth Krohmer who was honored by ABC 15 as Nick's Hero of the Month. ABC 15 - Nick's Heroes: Chandler teacher is champion for students with special needs
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High junior Andre Richardson has been selected to attend the Southwest Airlines 2019 Continuing the Legacy in Aviation (academy/program) at the Southwest HQ Campus in Dallas, Texas this October. In June, Andre was selected to attend a weeklong Aviation Career Education Academy and learned about the aviation field through tours and professional instructions. Andre received an award for outstanding graduate as well as the Top Flyer Award. Andre was recommended by his academy instructor to apply for the Southwest Airlines Continuing the Legacy in Aviation event that hosts students from all over the country. Andre's application was selected and he was awarded the all-expense paid trip for him and a parent to attend.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Holly Hoogstra, Chandler High senior, who was recognized with the IB Student of the Year Award at the quarterly meeting of the Arizona International Baccalaureate Schools.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) The Lady Wolves stepped up on a humid Saturday morning and defended their title against 32 other teams at the Chandler Invitational. Ava Potts won the sophomore race while posting the 3rd best overall time of the day. Lauren Kazaroff, in her first race as a Wolf, took home the honors, winning the freshman contest. Brooke Eversden placed 2nd in the senior run followed by Daniela Montufar, who was 10th. Sarah Plant kept things close in the junior competition with a ninth place finish.
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Hamilton Girls Golf on their 4th place finish at the Chappy Wheeler Tournament in Palm Desert, CA on September 6 and 7.
Navarrete Elementary - (2019-2020) Navarrete sixth graders had a special presentation from a community RN showing how germs really spread with poor handwashing. Students learned how to combat stubborn germs with good hygiene and how to stay healthy with smart choices in food and lifestyle.
Santan Elementary - (2019-2020) Santan Elementary won a $2,500 grant from the Sun Devil Athletics and the Sun Devil Club Extra Yard for Teachers program in recognition for the hard work the school and community does to go that "Extra Yard" for students.
Bologna Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Alanna who earned Principal of the Hour for showing SPARK!
Chandler Early College - (2019-2020) Lavender Hubbard excels at balancing school, a social life -- and improvisation! The Chandler Early College senior has been performing improv since middle school and is poised to make to the big time. Between taking classes at ImprovMANIA, dabbling in art, and excelling in her academic endeavors, Lavender also serves as a leader and mentor to her fellow students at CEC.