• CUSD Summer Food Services

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 5/29/2020

    UPDATE: Curbside Meals will continue during the summer until school resumes.

    Starting 6/1 we will continue curbside meal service at six daytime sites from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and three evening sites from 4-6 p.m. Monday/Wednesday/ Friday.  Please see below for sites and times. Monday’s distribution will include meals for Tuesday, Wednesday’s distribution will contain meals for Wednesday and Thursday. Friday’s distribution will contain meals for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Curbside meal service will continue until school resumes. The menu can be found online here. 

    Chandler Unified Curbside Meal Service 

    • FREE meals for ANY CHILD 18 & under
    • No paperwork required
    • Children must be present
    • Meals are served Grab N’ Go style
    • Meals should be consumed offsite
    • Adult meals will not be available

    Breakfast and Lunch Sites:

    June 1, 2020 - until school resumes
    Available: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday

    CHANDLER HIGH
    350 N. Arizona Ave, Chandler
    distribution location may be temporarily moved due to parking lot construction for short periods

    HAMILTON HIGH
    3700 S. Arizona Ave, Chandler
    distribution location may be temporarily moved due to parking lot construction for short periods

    ANDERSEN JUNIOR HIGH
    1255 Dobson Rd, Chandler
    main entrance of school

    WILLIS JUNIOR HIGH
    401 S. McQueen Rd, Chandler
    main entrance of school

    PERRY HIGH
    1919 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert
    distribution location may be temporarily moved due to parking lot construction for short periods

    SANTAN JUNIOR HIGH
    1550 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler, AZ 85249
    South Entrance

     

    PM Snack/ Dinner Sites:

    March 30, 2020 - until school resumes
    Available: 4-6 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday

    FRYE ELEMENTARY
    801 E. Frye Road, Chandler, AZ 85225
    south end of main entrance parking lot

    HARTFORD SYLVIA ENCINAS ELEMENTARY
    700 N. Hartford, Chandler, AZ 85225
    main entrance of school

    BASHA HIGH
    5990 S. Val Vista Drive, Chandler, AZ 85249
    north end of main entrance parking lot

     

    Updates available on our social media:
    www.cusdnutrition.com
    facebook.com/cusdnutrition
    twitter.com/cusdnutrition

    For more information please contact: 480.812.7240 or email: bracamonte.jenny@cusd80.com

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  • Moby Max Access

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 5/27/2020

    District communication about how to access Moby Max during the summer months.

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  • KGA PTO End of Year Message

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 5/26/2020

    Dear KGA Families, 


    Thank you to each of our KGA families, students and staff for a great year!  Your generous support of KGA PTO enabled us to host numerous family events and generously support our KGA staff and campus.  We are thankful for the many hours you spent volunteering to help at our events as well as the overwhelming support of our Annual KGA Check-a-thon.  Please enjoy this video recap of our year!  


    As this school year is coming to a close we need your help on 2 items:  


    1. KGA 2020 / 2021 PTO Board Interest Form
    Our KGA PTO Board needs you! It is an exciting time of transition with 7 positions available on next year’s PTO Board.  As several of us prepare to step aside, we are excited to see other parents have the same opportunity to serve KGA that we have had.  We look forward to sharing this experience with new faces full of fresh ideas! If you are interested in joining our PTO Board for 2020/2021 please fill out this form and we will contact you with more information! 


    2. KGA PTO Budget Feedback Survey
    Due to the unforeseen changes COVID-19 brought to the end of our school year, KGA PTO had not completed the purchase of the playground equipment that was one of the items we raised money for during Check-a-thon.  The PTO Board would like your feedback on re-prioritizing the use of this money from playground equipment to any items needed to support KGA in preparing the campus for the safe return of staff and students in July.  KGA and the District are already proactively working together to determine the logistics and feasibility for a safe return. The PTO Board would like to be ready to assist KGA in purchasing any additional items that may be needed to supplement what the District will be providing.  Please complete this  survey


    On behalf of our current 2019/2020 KGA PTO board, it has been a privilege and a pleasure to serve our KGA Community!  Thank you for an amazing school year and we will see you in July!  


    Sincerely, 
    KGA PTO

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  • Mrs. Weed's Weekly Update

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 5/18/2020

    Dear Parents,


    Welcome to Week 8 of Distance Learning.  I hope you all enjoyed our Maker Faire “At-home Edition” last week. The students’ projects were amazing!  Please join us in our Virtual Field Days (flyer is attached) this week!  Thank you for participating as these are great ways for our students to stay connected to our school and to each other.  


    The yearbooks have shipped!  We are expecting them to be delivered to school today.  For those of you who purchased a yearbook, we will be mailing them this week.  We do have additional yearbooks for purchase through PTO PayPal.  


    Attention all 6th Grade Families:  The 6th Grade Team is having a special Pick-Up for you on Thursday, May 21st,from 8:00am - 10:00am and then again from 1:00pm - 3:00pm.  You will be able to pick-up your yearbook, 6th grade yard sign, Art Masterpiece projects, and any remaining items.  On Thursday, May 28th we are having the 6th Grade Drive-Out from 8:00am - 9:00am.  All Parade details will be sent to 6th grade families this week.  Special thanks to the Bagley Family for the discount on the 6th grade yard signs from Alphagraphics.  


    Reopening Schools:   The CUSD task-force is meeting to develop a plan to reopen schools for the 2020-2021 school year.  Task-force members represent a wide range of backgrounds and areas of expertise including parents, instruction, technology, health and safety, facilities and sanitation, and human resources.  The task-force will be reviewing CDC recommendations as well as guidance from the state and federal officials, Department of Health Services, and Department of Education.  This task-force is planning for four possible scenarios, and the district will communicate the plan with all CUSD families, likely in June.  


    Thank you, as always, for your continued support through the school closure.  We will continue to communicate any updates or decisions on the current year and plans for next school year.  

     

    Sincerely,

    Lynn Weed

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  • #KGAFieldWeek

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 5/13/2020

    Welcome to Our First Virtual Field Week!
    May18th-May22nd

     

    Field Day is one of KGA’s Spring events each year. Though we were not able to participate in Field Day on campus, your Culture Connectors have organized a special Field Week that you can do with your family at home!  While participating this week, use the hashtag# KGA Field Week to share what your family is doing and to connect with others! 

     

    Movement Monday

    Get moving with your family! You can go on a walk, run, or play a game, like the floor is lava. Use your imagination to move around the inside or outside of your house!

     

    Racing Through Tuesday

    If you enjoy racing games, this is your day to play one! Have a bike race, egg and spoon race, or create a scavenger hunt or obstacle course. Get creative with your family! 

     

    Water Workout Wednesday

    There’s no better way to beat the Arizona heat than with water! Play with a sprinkler,water balloons, or swim in a pool. 

     

    Dance Party Thursday

    Get together with your family or virtually with friends and have a dance party! You can play the limbo, use hula hoops, or just turn on some music and move!

     

    Stretch Into the Weekend 

    Let’s relax by stretching into the weekend! Do some yoga, meditate, or just stretch your muscles. After moving so much this week, you’ll need it!

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  • Mrs. Weed's Weekly Update

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 5/11/2020

    Dear Parents,


    Welcome to Week 7 in Distance Learning.  We are really excited to see all our Maker Faire projects being submitted this week.  Our Maker Faire “At-home Edition” on Friday, May 15th connects us together and allows us to celebrate all the amazing talents our KGA students possess.  A special shout-out to our Specials Team for monitoring the Padlet and Flipgrid posts to organize our Maker Faire submissions across the school.


    We want you to know that CUSD has formed a Task Force to discuss the re-opening of the 2020-2021 school year.  This Task Force is comprehensive and includes teachers, site administrators, district administrators, classified staff, Special Education, Preschool, District RN, Transportation, Technology, Curriculum/Instruction, Assessment, Athletics, CEA, CEF, Human Resources, Maintenance/Operations, Custodial, City Police and Fire Depts.  There are no definitive answers today, but we do want you to know that every consideration is being discussed for the re-opening of our schools.


    As we prepare for next year, please join me in welcoming our Dean of Students for next year, Mrs. Wendi Lyle!  Mrs. Lyle is currently teaching 4th grade at Tarwater Elementary, and serves as a teacher-leader for the school’s Professional Learning Communities, Multi-Tiered Student Support Team, Site Council and PTO.  She comes to us with over 30 years of experience as an educator including teaching Kdg, 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, gifted cluster, and Media Specialist.  Mrs. Lyle was also a STEM teacher and the STEM Network Coordinator for ASU Prep Stem Academy, Polytechnic for 3 years from 2015-2018.  Her references are outstanding, and we couldn’t be more excited to have her join our school.


    Congratulations to Sue Arnpriester, our current school psychologist, as she has been named the Lead Psychologist for the District.  This position will also allow her to support Weinberg Gifted Academy during the 2020-2021 school year.  Dr. Dayna Harris, currently the psychologist at Haley Elementary,  will be joining KGA next year as our school psychologist.  Dr. Harris served in our country’s armed forces and was an adjunct faculty member for the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  She holds an MBA, a Masters in Educational Psychology, a PhD in Organizational Leadership, and is soon to add an Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology from the UA.  

    Along with our new Dean of Students, we are forming new grade level teams and adding new staff.  Here is our 2020-2021 KGA Teaching Staff:


    Reggio Preschool:  Mrs. Cisneros

    Kindergarten:  Ms. Davis, Ms. Schuhrke, Mrs. Schuttenberg, Mrs. VanBuskirk

    1st Grade:  Mrs. Hermsen, Ms. Holbrook, Mrs. Kamper, Mr. Kilmer

    2nd Grade:  Mrs. Heitic, Ms. O’Hara, Ms. Roselius, Ms. Vogt

    3rd Grade:  Mrs. Barakart, Mrs. Beall, Ms. Parker, Mrs. Yockey

    4th Grade:  Mrs. Dalton, Mrs. Ranson, Ms. Wilkewitz, Dr. Zichichi

    5th Grade:  Ms. Canfield, Mrs. Hansen, Mr. Miller, Ms. Roberts, Mrs. Zitar

    6th Grade:  Mrs. Iyer, Mrs. Leahy, Mrs. (Thompson) Schlesak, Mrs. Stack

    Specials Team:  Mrs. Braaksma, Ms. Contreras, Mrs. Griffith, Ms. Johnson, Ms. Moran, Mrs. Manygoats

    Orchestra:  Mrs. Humbert-Hughes

    Band:  Dr. Lennex

    Resource:  Mrs. McClure

    Speech:  Mrs. Guerrero

    Psychologist:  Dr. Harris

    Counselor:  Mrs. DeSantis

    Dean:  Mrs. Lyle


    We will be providing several exciting opportunities for end-of-year activities for our 6th Grade students.  Their grade level team will be communicating with families to provide the details for a few wonderful celebrations!!  


    Thank you, as always, for your support.  We are working hard to have all our resources in place to support any and all CUSD plans as we move forward.  We will do our best to communicate the work from the CUSD Task Force to you and share any tentative plans as they develop.


    Sincerely,

    Lynn Weed

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  • Updated CUSD Meal Pick-up Times

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 5/8/2020

    UPDATE: Schedule changes

    Starting on Monday 5/11 -Due to the heat, we have decided to move our lunch services to 8:30-11:30 a.m. Monday/Wednesday/Friday. Monday’s distribution will include meals for Tuesday, Wednesday’s distribution will contain meals for Wednesday and Thursday. Friday’s distribution will contain meals for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 

    Chandler Unified Curbside Meal Service 

    • FREE meals for ANY CHILD 18 & under
    • No paperwork required
    • Children must be present
    • Meals are served Grab N’ Go style
    • Meals should be consumed offsite
    • Adult meals will not be available

    Breakfast and Lunch Sites:

    March 30, 2020 - until school resumes
    Available: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday

    CHANDLER HIGH
    350 N. Arizona Ave, Chandler
    main entrance of school

    HAMILTON HIGH
    3700 S. Arizona Ave, Chandler
    main entrance of school

    ANDERSEN JUNIOR HIGH
    1255 Dobson Rd, Chandler
    main entrance of school

    WILLIS JUNIOR HIGH
    401 S. McQueen Rd, Chandler
    main entrance of school

    PERRY HIGH
    1919 E. Queen Creek Rd., Gilbert
    North West Entrance

    SANBORN ELEMENTARY
    700 N. Superstition Blvd., Chandler, AZ 85225
    South Staff Parking Lot

    SANTAN JUNIOR HIGH
    1550 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler, AZ 85249
    South Entrance

    GALVESTON ELEMENTARY
    661 E. Galveston | Chandler, AZ 85225
     

    PM Snack/ Dinner Sites:

    March 30, 2020 - until school resumes
    Available: 4-6 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday

    FRYE ELEMENTARY
    801 E. Frye Road, Chandler, AZ 85225
    south end of main entrance parking lot

    HARTFORD SYLVIA ENCINAS ELEMENTARY
    700 N. Hartford, Chandler, AZ 85225
    main entrance of school

    BASHA HIGH
    5990 S. Val Vista Drive, Chandler, AZ 85249
    north end of main entrance parking lot

     

    Updates available on our social media:
    www.cusdnutrition.com
    facebook.com/cusdnutrition
    twitter.com/cusdnutrition

    For more information please contact: 480.812.7240 or email: bracamonte.jenny@cusd80.com

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  • Chandler Care Center Vaccines

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 5/7/2020

    Attached is information from our Chandler Care Center regarding vaccines.

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  • Mrs. Weed's Weekly Update

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 5/4/2020

    Dear Parents,  

                                                                 
    Welcome to Week 6 of Distance Learning.  I have heard and seen so many smiling faces from our staff as they have been able to utilize Google Meet with their students this last week.  We also had fun with our Virtual Spirit Week, and loved seeing all that talent in both our students and our staff.  We are gearing up for Maker Faire over the next few weeks, so don’t forget to capture those amazing moments that you are creating in your homes.  


    Staffing Updates - Let me introduce our newest members of the KGA Family for the 2020-2021 school year:


    • Joining us in kindergarten is Tiffany Schuttenberg.  She comes to us highly recommended from Sanborn Elementary with 16 years of experience in kindergarten and 1st grade.  Mrs. Schuttenberg also has 2 children that will be attending KGA next year.  


    • Next, let me introduce Bella O’Hare to our 2nd grade team.  She grew up in Australia and attended the University of Newcastle and came over to the United States to do her graduate work at ASU.  She recently started her teaching career at Great Hearts Archway Academy.  


    • Jill Beall is our next introduction to 3rd grade.  She will be moving back to AZ with her husband and 3 boys from IL where she has taught 4th and 5th grade for 7 years.  Her son will also be attending kindergarten at KGA.  


    • Denise Canfield will be joining us in 5th grade.  As a long-term substitute, Ms. Canfield has been a part of many of our KGA teams. Denise has over 12 years of experience in 3rd - 6th grades and we are delighted to welcome her permanently to our KGA family.  


    • Also joining us in 5th grade is Dana Hansen.  Mrs. Hansen was a parent at KGA for many years, where she and her husband were active volunteers.  Mrs. Hansen has been teaching 7th and 8th grade Gifted Science at Payne Junior High School for the last 5 years. 


    • We are interviewing for our Dean of Students position this week.  I hope to be able to announce this position soon.  


    Our staff will be delivering 400 meals from Greeks Grill to the Chandler Regional Medical Center nursing staff today, Monday, May 4th!  Thank you to our generous KGA families, and the teacher team that made this effort possible.  The staff also put together a video that the Nurses will be able to view during the week.  Please check our social media for opportunities to share and like the video Here is a quote from Peg Smith, Vice President of Nursing for Dignity Health, to Superintendent Casteel. “Oh My Goodness, I’m having a hard time writing this because I can’t see through the tears Camille please send my heartfelt gratitude to all of the teachers and students for doing this.  It is a blessing to see, hear and know of all the support we are getting from our community. This was awesome and I know it will mean sooooo much to our nurses!!”


    I know that times are very unsettling for us all right now especially when we think about the start of the next school year.  Many of you are already thinking about the changes that will need to be considered when schools are back in session.  Please know that your family’s health and safety is at the forefront of discussions in CUSD. Our district is having extensive conversations in regards to CDC regulations, best practices and specific considerations for schools.  I want to assure you that staff and administration will do everything possible to maintain the academic integrity for gifted students while ensuring we all stay safe and healthy.  Thank you for your patience as we wait to hear next steps from our Governor and Superintendency on guidelines that will be implemented at the site level.


    Thank you as always for your support through this time.  We miss our students and families more and more every day.  We are here for you, so please reach out if you need anything.


    Sincerely,

    Lynn Weed

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  • KGA Parent Support Systems

    Posted by Kristy Braaksma on 4/30/2020

    KGA Parent Support Systems

     

    Part of the success of Knox Gifted Academy is that we all recognize the importance of keeping our adult community connected as we raise gifted children and all that it means to our own social emotional well-being. In an effort to provide some opportunities for our parents to connect with the guidance of KGA administration and support team, let us know the degree to which you'd like to participate in virtual KGA parent support group.

     

    Your response to this survey indicates some level of interest in participating in a parent support group. These meetings will likely consist of 15 parents in addition to KGA administration and will meet as needed. Based on the responses to this survey, we'll plan enough sessions to include everyone that is interested. These support groups will always begin with a KGA administrator reviewing with the group the protocols and expectations.

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