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    Jet Cars
    The 5th graders at Carlson Elementary worked all quarter long designing and engineering a jet toy car. They partnered with engineers from SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) and volunteers from the Sun Lakes Rotary on this program. This hands-on learning allowed students to learn many concepts about force and motion as they made adjustments in their car's design. The project culminated with a race to see whose design traveled the farthest.
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    Boo Bash
    We had a very successful Boo Bash, sponsored by our Carlson PTO. Students had a blast "trunk or treating" and playing games!
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    Fire Safety
    Chandler Fire Department came and set up a fire house for the 3rd graders to explore and learn about fire safety.
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    Kindergarten went on a field trip to Schnepf Farms and learned about harvests and life cycles while having a great day at the farm.
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    Flag Ceremony
    Carlson Elementary held a special flag ceremony on 9/11 to commemmorate those who lost their lives, and to remember our living heroes.
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    Kindness Club
    Our Kindness Club members served at Feed My Starving Children and packed enough food to feed 83 children for a year!
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    Ice Cream Sandwiches to celebrate
    The kindergarteners were the winning grade level for donating to Chandler Education Foundation (CEF) scholarships! Way to go Kinder parents! (They celebrated with ice cream sandwiches.)
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    Fire Department Visit
    Our 1st and 2nd graders were visited by the Chandler Fire Department to discuss the importance of fire safety.
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    Carlson Relay for Life
    Carlson Elementary Champions collaborated with the Chandler Police, Fire, and City to kick off the Relay for Life Fundraising. Carlson grade levels are collecting coins to help give the "boot" to Cancer. Mayor Kevin Hartke, Police Chief Sean Duggan and Fire Chief Tom Dwiggins all came out to talk to the kids about giving back. Additionally, Carlson Cancer survivors were honored. The Carlson Kindness Club, in conjunction with PTO and the Chandler Police are coordinating this great effort.
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    Kim Shuck
    The Sun Lakes Rotary last week honored Kim Shuck from Carlson Elementary as teacher of the month for March. She received a framed certificate, a $100 personal award from the Sun Lakes Rotary and an additional $100 from Trust Bank to be used in her classroom.
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    Carlson 6th grader Talynn Ellsworth competed recently in the regional MatchCounts competition and performed so well she was invited to compete in the State Competition in Mesa on March 30. Congratulations, Talynn! MATHCOUNTS Competition Series website
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    Leo Schlueter
    The Arizona Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), gave Carlson Elementary Principal Leo Schlueter the 2019 AZCASE Outstanding Leadership Award. This award is given to a person who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in supporting special education and/or inclusive programming. It is intended for an individual who has demonstrated leadership qualities and who has accomplished something of significance making a difference for students with disabilities. Congratulations Leo!
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    Community Service at Carlson Elementary
    Carlson Elementary fifth graders in Nicole Bruder's class and first graders in Michelle Lester's class collected pajamas for Scholastic's pajama drive. Additionally, the Carlson student council collected toys for the Hartford Sylvia Encinas Toy Drive.
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    Carlson 5th-6th grade Orchestra
    The Carlson Orchestra led by Mrs. Barney, along with other CUSD schools, marched in the Gilbert Days Parade showcasing their musical talents.
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    Silver Apple Award
    Carlson Elementary fourth grade teacher, Julie Malizia, was awarded the Silver Apple from Channel 3 for her outstanding teaching. She also received a $500 check from the Arizona Dairy Council. A student in her class, Ava Parks, nominated her. AZFamily.com Silver Apple Award website
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    CEF Woo Hoo Patrol
    Mrs. Lynch's and Ms. Denardis' kindergarten classes received a visit from the Chandler Education Foundation (CEF) Woo Hoo Patrol awarding them over $700.00 to purchase science station/kit supplies. Chandler Education Foundation - Cash for Classrooms website
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    Carlson Elementary fifth grade engineers
    Carlson Elementary fifth graders, under the guidance of volunteers from Sun Lakes Rotary Club and students from ASU, assembled a balloon motor and added to the chassis they built last week. Next, they will test their engines and make adjustments to see how far their car will go. (Materials donated by GM and SAE).
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    A World In Motion STEM Program
    A World In Motion STEM Program is pleased to partner with our 5th grade each Friday to plan, build, and test jet toy balloon cars. Volunteers from GM and ASU are on hand each Friday to assist and mentor our Carlson scientists. A World In Motion Website - SAE International
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    Parker Rahn and Ryan Sanchez
    Carlson 5th Graders Parker Rahn and Ryan Sanchez were part of the the Chandler Stars -- one of 32 teams that played in the 10U division of the Extreme Diamond Sports (XDS) World Series in San Diego from July 23rd-July 28th. The Chandler Stars battled against several of the top teams in the country, finished the tournament 7-0, and are the undefeated XDS World Series Champions! XDS Baseball World Series Results
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    Carlson Elementary, A+ School of Excellence
    On Wednesday April 18th, the Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF) announced that Carlson Elementary was selected to receive the coveted A+ School of Excellence ™ award for the 2017-2018 academic year. AEF has identified and honored exemplary pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public schools in Arizona since 1983. Congratulations, Carlson! A+ School of Excellence™ Program
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    Congratulations to 5th Grade award winners Barrett Becker, Nick Huff and Lauren Jack who won Honorable Mention in Physics & Astronomy at the 2018 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Speed of Catapults. HISEF 2018 Award Winners
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    Comment from former Carlson parent (Tara A.): "I just wanted to pass along a quick thank you! Around this time of year many of us begin to think about the things we are/were grateful for and Carlson was certainly one of them! I am not sure if you remember our family, but we moved last year in March back to PA. Our time at Carlson was short lived, approximately 2.5 years... [cont'd. below]
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    ...however, our kids talk about Carlson frequently and the friendships and teachers they met because it was such a great school. I honestly believe that an environment and atmosphere of a school (or any place for that matter), comes from the top down. Carlson was such a great school. From the communication, great teachers and curriculum, the open arms mentality with parent volunteers, and even the emphasis that was put on character development is something that I don't see often in schools."
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    Pajama Program
    The 5th grade at Carlson collected 70 sets of pajamas for the Pajama Program that provides pajamas to families in need.
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    Mrs. Bender, 6th Grade Teacher
    Congratulations to Carlson 6th grade teacher Mrs. Bender who was awarded a grant from the Chandler Education Foundation for the purchase of science materials to study water.
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    Ms. Denardis and Mrs. Lynch, Kindergarten Teachers
    Congratulations to Carlson kindergarten teachers Ms. Denardis and Mrs. Lynch who were awarded a grant of funds from the Chandler Education Foundation to purchase class sets of Ozobots (mini computers to teach coding skills).
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    Carlson Chorus
    Carlson Chorus was invited to perform for at the Chandler Veteran's Day Event at Veteran's Oasis Park.
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    Carlson Elementary Veterans Flag Raising Ceremony
    Carlson Elementary honored its veterans by having a flag raising ceremony on November 9th. Veterans were welcome to attend and partake in the ceremony followed by refreshments in the main hallway afterward.
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    Congratulations to Carlson 5th grader Dhane Meyers who made the All American 11U Baseball Team and has been selected to play at the ESPN World of Sports Complex to represent the Far West Region.
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    Leo Schlueter - Principal
    Principal Leo Schlueter was awarded Administrator of the Year from the Chandler Chamber of Commerce.
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    Taylor Drewry and Cody Kostoryz
    Congratulations to Carlson students Taylor Drewry who took 3rd place for third grade girls division and Cody Kostoryz who took 1st place for fifth grade boys division at the Running Club Cross Country Invitational at Casteel High School.
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    Carlson teacher Kathy Lynch was honored as the Teacher of the Month for January by the Sun Lakes Rotary Club.
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    Students from: Ryan (Maxwell Henry, Logan Kilber, Michael Strazz, Luke Witte), Hull (Frankie Mock), Santan (Chris Lavin), and Carlson (Matthew Wallace, Ryan Williams)
    Carlson students Matthew Wallace, Ryan Williams, together with students from Ryan, Hull and Santan Elementary schools, are representing the City of Chandler as members of a 10U baseball team hosting/playing against a visiting team from Tainan City, Taiwan. Some of the boys' families have been hosting two Taiwanese boys at their homes all week, as well. All of the boys were honored at the City Council meeting on 12/6.
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    Ruby Peterson and Haley Fichiera
    Congratulations to Carlson students Ruby Peterson and Haley Fichiera who medaled in the Arizona State Level 4 Gymnastics Meet. Haley took 3rd all around, and Ruby took 5th place all around.
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    Carlson teacher Christine Thornton was awarded Best Elementary School Teacher in the Best of Chandler 2016 issue of the East Valley Tribune. East Valley Tribune - Best of Chandler 2016
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    Malaq Ali, First Place winner in Basic Freeskate Level 4 at the annual Arizona Ice Classic Competition
    6th Grade Carlson student Malaq Ali won First Place in Basic Freeskate Level 4 at the annual Arizona Ice Classic Competition on August 6th, 2016.
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    Congratulations to Carlson's 3rd - 4th Grade CSL basketball team that won 1st place in their tournament.
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    Jack Bosch, a 5th grader in Mrs. Bruder's Class, ended the 2015-16 school year earning in excess of 8 million words read with the AR program.
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    Zero Fire Violations Recognition, 2nd Year in a Row
    The Carlson Elementary staff were once again recognized for having zero fire violations for the 2015-16 school year. This was their second year in a row for being recognized.
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    The Carlson First Lego League Robotics placed 3rd in the regional competition in November and moved onto the state competition at Arizona State University in December.
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    Carlson Students participated in the Boosterthon Fun Run raising in excess of $30K to be used for the purchase of wireless technology for classrooms.
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    Seven Carlson Elementary teachers and Principal Leo Schlueter were dumped with Ice Water as incentive for PTO exceeding their Check-A-Thon fundraiser; they collected more than $28,000.
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    Graham Fawson, a Navarrete sixth grader, played in a piano recital at Carnegie Hall on Saturday. Graham qualified through an international music competition called American Protege. In both of those he was a second-place winner. Arizona Department of Education
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    Carlson Elementary fourth grader Grace Stevenson placed third in the BMX World Championship in Rotterdam, Netherlands last week.
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    Carlson teacher Donna Strom was awarded the KNIX Teacher of the Week award for her excellent teaching in Preschool. KNIX and Fulton Homes present Teacher of the Week
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    Sarah Brown, Carlson Elementary 4th grade teacher, was awarded the Sun Lakes Rotary Teacher of the Month for January 2014.
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    The Carlson PTO is awesome in so many ways! Watching them give so much time to every aspect that goes on at Carlson is beyond words: fundraising, student of the month (lunch time ice cream treats) organized in shifts, teacher lunches, appreciation dinners, Running Club, Field Day, Jamba Juice, Birthday Club and many, many more! They make the teachers feel special and appreciated all year long!! "Thanks, Carlson PTO! You are AWESOME!" Carlson PTO Website
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    The Arizona Department of Education announced that Carlson Elementary received an A Grade for the 2012-13 school year -- their first year of receiving a letter grade. Arizona Department of Education
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    Jill Lewkowski, second grade teacher at Carlson Elementary, was recognized as the Sun Lakes Rotary Club 'Teacher of the Month' for March.
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    Carlson Elementary PTO decorated all staff doors for Teacher Appreciation Week. Staff came in on Monday to a decorated door and a Yogurt Parfait waiting for them on their desks.
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