Honors, Awards and Special Programs
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Hancock Elementary fifth grader Sam Saliba was the winner in his division in this year's Drug Awareness Poster, "Drugs Take Away..." The judges chose his entry out of 48 essays received from students all over the city. Sam was honored Wednesday, May 15 at The Youth Awards Nights Banquet, held at the Chandler Elks Lodge.
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Ciara Hurtado from Patty Chambers' 4th grade class who was one among nineteen winners out of over 700 entries in the City of Chandler Environmental Art Contest. Ciara's work will be displayed in the City of Chandler calendar next year. The contest is designed to illustrate the importance of reducing waste, conserving water and preventing pollution. It is also an opportunity for students to learn more about environmental stewardship in their community and can become a catalyst for environmental education in the classroom. City of Chandler: Environmental Art Contest website
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Hancock 3rd graders programmed Ozbots with Ozo Blocky to go through an obstacle course they designed.
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Hancock fifth graders tried out the new field at Tonto Creek Camp during their Science Camp Trip.
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Our 6th grade students got a visit from Sun Lakes Rotarians to hear about the problems our neighbors on the Navajo Reservation have with access to clean water and about the global grant our school has been supporting to help bring the Navajo clean, running water. Authentic learning and real world connections are happening in 6th grade!
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Mrs. Hinojosa-Chun 1st and 2nd graders are learning about the life stages of a butterfly by experiencing it firsthand. They released their butterflies in our school garden.
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Hancock students participated in the Agriculture in the Classroom project and April presentation called "Compost Stew: An A-Z recipe for the Earth."
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Janella Flores Rodriguez, Kids Express worker at Hancock Elementary, who was named the Program Line Staff - Rookie of the Year by the Arizona Community Education Association.
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Patty Chambers' gardening club at Hancock Elementary is learning how to grow their own vegetables. Most recently, their crop consisted of radishes and lettuce.
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Hancock's student council enjoyed fun times learning about science and technology at the 2019 Student Council Convention. Student Council Convention 2019 Photo Album
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Hancock Elementary fifth grade students recently took a field trip to the Halle Heart Center. They are learning how to take care of their hearts with a healthy nutritional plan.
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Pauline Gray who was honored by the Sun Lakes Rotary as the Teacher of the Month for January. 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.
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) All Hancock students who participated in the recent Boosterthon fund raiser had their names entered in a drawing to conduct a STEM activity with Principal Connie Hull. This lucky group was the first to have the opportunity to use Hancock's new VEX Robotics kit.
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Ms. Ricklef's kindergarten class recently celebrated 100 Days of school.
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Hancock teachers enjoyed meeting the City of Chandler chief of police Sean Duggan on their scavenger hunt. They also enjoyed having some time getting to know other staff members better.
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Hancock Elementary teacher Juei Ping "Tina" Chiu who recently earned her National Board recertification, the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education. The process was rigorous, but worthwhile. National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. Created by teachers, for teachers, the National Board Standards represent a consensus among educators about what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. National Board for Professional Teaching Standards website
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) We're so proud of our Hancock 3rd and 4th grade basketball team. The team did well this year. They had a blast and learned so much about basketball. Thank you, Coach Hewitt!
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) How fast can you eat a piece of chocolate? In Kathleen Villaorduna's sixth grade class at Hancock Elementary, they used rates, times, and fractions to figure it out!
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Hancock Elementary kindergarten students in Laura Lopez' class celebrated being thankful and grateful!
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Hancock Elementary sixth graders tested the movement of thermal energy in models they built of residential homes by taking thermal images with an iPad and digital temperature readings of their homes when placed over a heat source. Now, they will be challenged to reduce the loss of energy by improving their models with insulation.
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Congratulation to Ms. Gray who received a grant for new library books from the Chandler Education Foundation. This diversity book project was titled, We are all Different We are all the Same. Chandler Education Foundation - Cash for Classrooms website
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Congratulation to our 5th grade team for being awarded a grant from the Chandler Education Foundation. The grant will provide STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) materials and activities for our students at Science Camp. Chandler Education Foundation - Cash for Classrooms website
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Third grade teacher Mrs. Meghan Bovard welcomed her father, Sergeant Gregg Girard, who spoke to students about his time in the Vietnam War. Students gained an appreciation and understanding of Veterans Day.
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Hancock's sixth graders in Hannah Burkardt's reading class became "doctors" for a day during text feature surgery. Luckily, every surgical team was successful! (Future doctors of America in training!)
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) The staff at Hancock Elementary School would like to thank Representative Weninger for participating in Take Your Legislator to School on Monday, September 17th 2018. Representative Weninger visited several classrooms. He hosted a mock House committee meeting with students in Mrs. Villaorduna's 6th grade class, read Career Day aloud to Mrs. Lopez's Kindergarten class and talked with students about their future plans. Student council's favorite question for Representative Weninger was, "What's the weirdest law you've heard of in Arizona?"
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Sixth graders in Mrs. Villaorduna's class are Space Farming! They are testing whether basil will grow without Earth's soil by growing a plant in a nutrient rich fluid - hydroponically - and with just water. The students used Perlite to stabilize the plants growing with just water as the material is lighter and could more easily be transported to outer space. They will compare their results to the basil they planted in a similar system with potting soil. Students were also challenged to calculate the amount of nutrient solution they needed to add to the water.
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Hancock Elementary students are flag duty trained and ready to go. Great job, Hancock!
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) First grade music students at Hancock enjoy conducting the class using their four voices.
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Hancock teachers Mrs. Mumme and Mrs. Haenchen learned about innovation and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) at the Chandler Innovation Fair. Ask your kids, "What problems do you want to solve when you grow up?!?"
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Students in our kindergarten classes celebrated "Color Days," practicing their colors and learning color words. Pictured: Ms. Cook's class (yellow day), Ms. Rickels' class (blue day) and Mrs. Lopez's class (red day).
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Principal Connie Hull and Dean Josh Cagle welcomed our 2018-2019 students at Meet the Teacher.
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Hancock Principal Connie Hull welcomes students on the first day of school! Students pictured: Addi and Sammy Hewitt.
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Mrs. Hull greets new students to Hancock, Brynn and Hannah Harris.
Hancock Elementary - (2017-2018) Hancock Elementary student council collected 324 non-perishable food items to donate to the Chandler Care Center. This time of the year is most difficult for the Care Center to come by donations, and they are grateful for the support! We are so proud of our students, and we want to thank our community for your generosity.
Hancock Elementary - (2017-2018) Mrs. Condos' Kindergarten class is celebrating the end of the year with an ABC countdown. Today, they are working on the letter Q for Queen and King Day.
Hancock Elementary - (2017-2018) Hancock Elementary's Garden Club worked hard nurturing the garden to produce its first sunflower of the season. Great job, Garden Club!
Hancock Elementary - (2017-2018) Hancock orchestra students did a great job at the last concert of the year.
Hancock Elementary - (2017-2018) Mrs. Hull read to our future Class of 2031 students during story time at Hancock Elementary.
Hancock Elementary - (2017-2018) Hancock Elementary celebrated their THIRD Arizona Education Foundations A+ School of Excellence Award at an all-school assembly. In attendance, we were honored to have Dr. Camille Casteel, Sandy Cooper, Matt Strom, Frank Fletcher, Steve Hewitt and Terry Locke of our District Office; Governing Board members Annette Auxier, Rob Rice and David Evans; Jen Hewitt of the Chandler Education Foundation; Hancock parents; CTA Freedom principal Abby Druck; and Lew Schroeder and his Support Staff. Hancock's PTO presented Mrs. Hull with a beautiful framed piece of art representative of every student and staff member's thumb print to celebrate our 3peat A+ award. Hancock Elementary is continuing to blaze a path to the future! Arizona Educational Foundation™ website: A+ School of Excellence Program
Hancock Elementary - (2017-2018) Mrs. Gritz 5th grade class at Hancock Elementary learned about Georgia O'Keeffe for Art Masterpiece! Our wonderful parent volunteers help students learn how to zoom in on a flower to create beautiful watercolor paintings!
Hancock Elementary - (2017-2018) Hancock students and staff enjoyed an afternoon at the Diamondbacks game as one of the winners of the Diamondbacks $100,000 School Challenge presented by the University of Phoenix. The Hancock library received a charitable contribution of $2,500, which was used to purchase 137 new chapter books. Way to go, Ms. Gray, for working so hard to make our library one of the best in the district! D-Backs $100,000 School Challenge website
Hancock Elementary - (2017-2018) Hancock Elementary had fun celebrating Principals Day. Students think Mrs. Hull is out of this world!
Hancock Elementary - (2017-2018) Students from Mrs. Katz's 6th grade classroom enjoyed the Artist in Residence project with the Great Arizona Puppet Theater.
Hancock Elementary - (2017-2018) Hancock 6th graders are turning their learning into a global citizenship project, "Dollars for the Dig." The students are working with the Sun Lakes Rotary club, who is partnering with clubs from around the world to put in solar powered cisterns on the Navajo Reservation as a sustainable solution to provide running water for generations to come. The students are giving multimedia presentations and hope to raise $4,500, which would be enough money to provide a family with running water. Rotary District 5495: Navajo Nation Water Project
Hancock Elementary - (2017-2018) Congratulations to Elliot Bivins from Hancock Elementary who was selected as one of 19 winners in the City of Chandler 2018 Environmental Art Contest. Out of over 600 pieces of art entered from all schools in Chandler, Elliot's drawing won in the category of Stormwater Pollution Prevention for his poster Only Rain in the Drain . Chandler Kids for Conservation 2018 Environmental Art Contest website
Hancock Elementary - (2017-2018) Thank you, Mr. Hartwig and Mrs. Gee, for writing a Chandler Education Foundation (CEF) grant for a super fun pickle ball set for our students to enjoy at PE.
Hancock Elementary - (2017-2018) On Wednesday April 18th, the Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF) announced that Hancock 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, Hancock! A+ School of Excellence™ Program
Hancock Elementary - (2017-2018) Hancock 6th grade students Milla Baldauf, Emma Nance and McKenzy Edwards represented Hancock in the semifinals Battle of the Books competition at the Chandler Library.
Hancock Elementary - (2017-2018) Desert Financial Credit Union recognized Hancock Elementary with a $1,000 check and lunch for the entire staff. They thanked Hancock staff for working tirelessly to give students the tools they need to build their dreams and by doing so, influencing our entire community for good. They recognized Hancock for our wonderful kindness program.
Hancock Elementary - (2017-2018) Our 3rd and 4th graders have started a bucket drumming unit thanks to a donation from our local Lowe's! Students are reinforcing rhythm skills, musicality, form, tempo, and ensemble skills in an exciting way while performing to pop songs. Thank you, Lowe's, and way to go, Ms. Fellner!