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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Perry High - (2019-2020) The Social Studies department at Perry High School is inaugurating a chapter of the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society. Its namesake is John Prothro whose dedication to teaching social studies has impacted countless students over his 30+ years in the classroom. Advisors for the new honor society are Danielle Platt and Taryn Randall.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel High School DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Officers participated in the DECA Officer Leadership Camp at Lost Canyon in Williams, AZ in August.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High School DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Officers participated in the DECA Officer Leadership Camp at Lost Canyon in Williams, AZ in August.
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Hamilton High School DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Officers participated in the DECA Officer Leadership Camp at Lost Canyon in Williams, AZ in August.
Perry High - (2019-2020) Drawing and Painting 3 students Autumn Carrol and all students in Drawing 3 ( third semester of art class ) painted a mixed media project done in Mrs. DeCristofaro's class.
Perry High - (2019-2020) Perry Badminton competed in the 16-team Highland Flying Feathers Tournament over the 3-day Labor Day weekend. Perry Badminton won the tournament for the 4th time in a row, and Nikhita Jayaraj was voted to the All-Tournament Team.
Perry High - (2019-2020) Perry High School DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Officers participated in the DECA Officer Leadership Camp at Lost Canyon in Williams, AZ in August.
Basha High - (2019-2020) Basha High School Social Studies teacher Elizabeth Schley is a part of a podcast for teacher tips. She is also an an author for Stories From Schools AZ where she shares daily life in an Arizona classroom for the Northern Arizona University AZ K12 Center where she is on the Teacher Advisory Board. Apple Podcasts S6 Episode 1: 3Ps in a Pod Top 10 Tips for Back to School Stories from School AZ website
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel Colts students are multi-talented! Football center LeCharles Bentley Jr. also plays the violin in the orchestra program. Recently he and other orchestra students performed for the front office.
Chandler Early College - (2019-2020) From his first days as a CEC student, senior Cristian Valdez has continuously added to the spirit and vibe of Chandler Early College with his hand-drawn artwork. Valdez had the honor of drawing the cover photo of last year's yearbook, and has signed on to be a regular contributor to the artwork and design of the 2019-2020 yearbook.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) The Casteel Choir and our ASL (American Sign Language) Club sang and signed the national anthem at the Arizona Diamondbacks game on August 20 and did an outstanding job.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Casteel English teacher Taylor Kerby who participated in an impromptu Storytelling Night competition on August 23 -- "The Storyline Slam" at Changing Hands in Phoenix -- and won! Fellow teacher Sarah Frechette also participated. We are so proud of our English teachers for taking risks and practicing their craft. About The Storyline Slam
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High graduate Whitney Foster recently won third place in the world and first in the nation as a part of ASU's all-female robosub team at the Robonation International Competition in San Diego. The Si Se Puede Foundation, a valuable partner to CHS, was one of the founders of the WAVE Robotics Team. ABC Good Morning America: All-female robotics team wins major awards while slashing stereotypes of women, Latinos in STEM.
Perry High - (2019-2020) Staff comment: "I want to send a HUGE shoutout to the amazing counseling department! I have gained a whole new appreciation and respect for everything our counselors do. Thank you to every one of you for being so welcoming. You are an awesome team, and Perry is lucky to have such dedicated, hard working, and caring counselors!"
Perry High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Perry senior Amber Adams who was elected this summer as the Arizona DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) State President -- the first in Perry school history!
Perry High - (2019-2020) THANK YOU to the Perry Special Education Department. They do a great job of recycling, doing laundry, and keeping track of our garden outside by the pool.
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Hamilton girls varsity golf won first place at the Nighthawk Tournament on August 23 and 24, defeating Xavier and Cactus Shadows. Maddie Adam shot par for 36 holes!
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) The ACP Erie 2019-2020 Lemelson-MIT team met with Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke and presented their Hydro-hat proposal. This hat has temperature, humidity and pulse meters in the frame. The hat is made of a wicking material and communicates through the sensors via Bluetooth to an app on the users phone, reporting the level of heat stress the user is under. The aim of the project is to reduce heat stress and heat related illnesses in Arizona. It is so cool that even our district athletes can benefit from it.
Chandler Online Academy - (2019-2020) Chandler Online Academy hosted a successful Back to School Open House!
Chandler Online Academy - (2019-2020) Chandler Online Academy presents the branding on our new building.
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) Niche released their 2020 best schools school rankings, and Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus is the second best district school in the State of Arizona. Proud to be a Knight!
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High Student Council traveled to Payson for a leadership retreat. Students worked to plan activities for the school year, along with activities to improve and strengthen their leadership skills.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Mr. Sam Alexander, Chandler High Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher, is inspiring students and staff school-wide with signs of encouragement, kindness and caring. He welcomes his students with a sign each day as they enter his classroom, and he walks the halls inspiring others. One student shared that he walks his friend to class just to see the "sign guy."
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler FFA (Future Farmers of America) visited Knox Elementary School to teach Pre-Kindergartens about the letters C and D. Students were able to hold chicks, play chicken poop bingo, create a chicken while learning shapes, and read a book about cows.
Perry High - (2019-2020) Perry High math teacher Eric Rygiel organized a tutoring event for Algebra I students with the LINK Crew. The event was a huge success and had a turnout of more than 60 students.
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) ACP Erie student Hannah Tsay entered the National History Day (NHD), a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression for 6th to 12th grade students. By participating in NHD, students become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history. Motivated by Sea Stories, High-Schooler Enters National Competition
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) Positive Coaching Alliance is honored to annually award nearly 150 scholarships totaling nearly $150,000 across the US to student-athletes who strive to be a Triple-Impact Competitor, impacting sport on three levels by working to improve themselves, their teammates, and their sport as a whole. These finalists were selected from more than 3,500 applicants who received nearly 7,500 references in support of their application. It was a very competitive group and these finalists rose to the top! Of the 15 Arizona finalists, ACP Erie has 5! Congratulations to: Emma Byrd, Ahlias Jones, Krista Rowan, Owen Sullins, and Tendall Weigand. Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Finalists
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Holly Hoogstra, Chandler High senior, who was one of 32 students from around the country chosen to participate in the Economics for Leaders program conducted at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX in July. Holly was chosen for the program because of her excellent leadership potential.
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Karina Yang, Third Place and $3,500 Scholarship winner in the 2019 Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest (sponsored by the VFW Auxiliary 720 of Phoenix, Arizona) for her oil painting titled "What They Have Left Behind." Click link below to check out her artwork and accompanying essay. 2019 Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest website
Basha High - (2019-2020) Ten 2018-2019 Basha High FCCLA students (sponsored by Melanie Alexander) traveled to Anaheim, CA for the FCCLA National Competition, earning 3 GOLD medals and 7 SILVER medals! Congratulations to our FCCLA 2019 National Winners:
- Sara Alexander - GOLD medal in Environmental Ambassador
- Lewis Alexander and Tanner Parvin - GOLD medal in National Programs in Action
- Sebastian Dees - SILVER medal in Chapter Service Project
- Kristina DeSantiago - SILVER medal in Promote and Publicize
- Christina Jepsen and Lily Jensen - SILVER medal in Chapter in Review
- Ella Kattelman - SILVER medal in Focus on Children
- Rachel Colombo - SILVER medal in Environmental Ambassador
- Jared Alexander - SILVER medal in Interpersonal Communications
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel High's Michelle Capriotti was awarded the National Education Association: Global Learning Teaching Fellowship. She is one of 42 teachers from around the country who will travel to Washington D.C. this October and then to Peru next summer. They will be focusing on global learning and applying best practices to the classrooms and sharing with teachers from around the world their projects and research.