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Casteel High - (2019-2020) Sylvia Grace, Career and Technical Education teacher from Casteel High School, received the highest honor given to Project Lead the Way teachers, "PLTW Outstanding Teacher," at the Project Lead The Way national conference in San Antonio. Project Lead the Way recognized Sylvia in front of hundreds of attendees, including teachers from across the United States.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel High students made 3,660 "sweet rolls" and delivered them to various veterans organizations around the valley.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Fifteen Casteel High student volunteers assisted the Sun Lakes Rotary Club with their Walk with a Doc initiative. While members of the Sun Lakes Community walk at their own pace, they have the opportunity to choose from one of three walks with varying lengths on flat ground and to have questions answered by local physicians. Students assisted with registrations and participated in walking with Sun Lakes Residents and engaging in conversation along with encouragement. In addition, the Hamilton and Casteel Interact clubs assisted with the annual Sun Lakes Rotary Breakfast, which helps raise funds for the Sun Lakes Rotary club and all of their initiatives.
Payne Junior High - (2019-2020) Payne Junior High seventh graders Hannah Johnson, Alyssa Kuraoka, Sahasra Malepati, and Sabra Sanders made 425 friendship bracelets and took them to Phoenix Children's Hospital over Veterans Day weekend to let the patients there know they had friends thinking of them, even if they've never met.
Willis Junior High - (2019-2020) Willis Jazz Band was selected to perform at this year's Arizona Music Educators Conference in Mesa, Arizona during the weekend of January 31, 2020. In addition to performing, the Willis Band has been selected to present a clinic to state educators on: "What it Takes to Build a Successful Jazz Program." They will then perform for the music educators as an Honorary Ensemble representing the best of the state.
Willis Junior High - (2019-2020) Willis Junior High School hosted its annual showcase on November 7. There were displays of student work, hands-on activities for kids, live music, games, and much more. There was a tremendous community turnout and they were happy to host families from all feeder schools.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to lacrosse player Rylee Dockery (Casteel junior) who along with Kateri Hernandez (Hamilton senior), Reese Mastellon (Hamilton junior), and Gabriella Valadez (Perry junior) were chosen by the Women's National Lacrosse Team to represent Team Arizona and will be traveling to the President's Cup in West Palm Beach, Florida in November. The CUSD girls were selected based on skill, athleticism, and leadership and will join other lacrosse players from the state to compete on the national stage. This is the highest division in Arizona for girl's lacrosse, and we are thrilled to cheer them on! Pictured top, from left to right: Reese Mastellon, Kateri Hernandez, Rylee Dockery. Bottom: Gabriella Valadez.
Andersen Junior High - (2019-2020) Students in Carolyn Cofoid's class at Andersen Junior High took time to appreciate bus drivers and their Miles of sMiles!
Casteel High - (2019-2020) The second annual diversity program was held November 1 at Casteel High. Under the direction of Bonnie McNamara, French Honors Society and French Club puts on the program for National French Week every year. This year, it was nicknamed the COLTure Day because they celebrated all the cultures of the Casteel Colts! They had Choir, Band, Project 15 dance, Asian K-Pop and Fan Dances, Folklórico and even a song in German. Exchange students from Norway, Denmark and Spain also shared their experiences.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Counselor Rachel O'Brien and students from Casteel High School attended a Chandler City Council meeting Nov. 4 in association with a proclamation for Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life. Casteel students seek to bring awareness and spread the message that there is always someone who cares and who want to help students feel as if they have a safe place to go if they need help.
Willis Junior High - (2019-2020) Redemption Church in Gilbert donated several boxes of materials to the Willis Junior High community resource room, including more than $2,000 in giftcards (to purchase things like jackets, shoes, towels, etc.), and a check for $1,000. THANK YOU, Redemption Church!
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Casteel High teacher, Joshua Miller, who was one of five CUSD teachers surprised Thursday, October 31 with a 2019 Fiesta Bowl Wishes for Teachers grant.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Ms. Yard's AP Biology Students are playing "Cytosis," a biology board game where students model key cellular processes that keep each cell functioning properly within the body thanks to the Chandler Education Foundation Classroom Education Enrichment Grant.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Mrs. Alyssa Pitner and Mrs Jenny Olson and their talented theatre students put on a spectacular Halloweenpalooza for the community. Over 800 people went through the haunted house that the theatre students created in the science wing. A Kid Fun Zone was a hit with the elementary kids, where they painted pumpkins, colored drawings, and met famous characters.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) The digital photography students visited Tempe Camera on Wednesday, October 30. This industry visit allowed students a first hand look at the sales, rental and repair shop and also the printing area. The tour included a behind the scenes look into a dark room along with witnessing how slides are scanned.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel High School wrestling coaching staff recognized custodian Rosa Orellana for all her efforts in keeping the wrestling room in excellent condition. In appreciation of all her hard work, the wrestling program surprised her with a gift basket before one of their workouts.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel High School senior Sadie DeShon was named a Samsung American Legion Scholar national finalist from Girls State. She will receive a $10,000 award. Samsung American Legion Scholarship website
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel High early childhood education classes volunteered at Feed My Starving Children during October, packing nutritious meals for hungry children around the world. Feed My Starving Children website
Santan Junior High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Ana Abbott, Chicanos Por La Causa Esperanza Award Recipient and Teacher of the Year for 2019. The Esperanza award recognizes outstanding Latino teachers who have distinquished themselves through their extraordinary achievements. Chicanos Por La Causa website
Santan Junior High - (2019-2020) Santan Junior High Spanish teacher Ana Abbott was one of four educators across Arizona to be named by Chicanos Por La Causa as an Esperanza Latino Teacher of the Year. She will be recognized at an awards event at ASU Gammage Auditorium. Additionally, the Santan Junior High Jazz band will be performing that evening.
Santan Junior High - (2019-2020) STUCO (Student Council), under the leadership of Santan 8th grader Jacob Byars and STUCO sponsor Mrs. Gustafson, put on our inaugural Volunteer Fair on September 23 -- National Volunteer Day. Twenty-five vendors showed up to showcase their programs and recruit teen volunteers from Santan Junior High and other junior highs/high schools within CUSD. More than 200 students showed up to inquire about volunteering!
Santan Junior High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to our 7th grade girls volleyball team led by Coach Kerry Lantgen, winners of the East Valley Conference Championship against Queen Creek Middle School. Santan won in three very close sets.
Bogle Junior High - (2019-2020) Bogle Junior High students and staff collected over 1,300 toiletry items to donate to the Chandler Care Center.
Bogle Junior High - (2019-2020) Mrs. Redding's Better Bulldog WIN (What I Need) group created door signs for the first season coaches to show appreciation.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Casteel High School sophomore Trey (Henry) Telfer III (pictured far left) who was selected by Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, Kathy Hoffman, for her African American Advisory Council.
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.
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
Santan Junior High - (2019-2020) Through hard work and perseverance, Santan Junior High brought in more than $19,000 from a school fundraiser recently. Forty percent of those proceeds will go to students and activities for lunch time connections for all students. Lunches will include games such as massive CONNECT FOUR games, music at all lunches and support to our SJHS Lunch Bunch, where no student will ever sit alone.
Santan Junior High - (2019-2020) Our incredible Santan Junior High Booster's donated a brand new COW (computer "Cart On Wheels") to our school. The COW includes charging cart and 30 laptops for student use. These funds were collected by generous donations from our parents in 2018-19, and our incredible Boosters will continue the vision this year for another COW to serve our students!
Santan Junior High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Santan Junior High teacher Heather Yordy who won $250 dollars worth of Scholastic Books for her classroom recently. She was selected from more than 124,000 teachers in the James Patterson and Scholastic Book Clubs Giveaway!
Arizona College Prep - Oakland Campus - (2019-2020) Congratulations to ACP Oakland 7th grader Megan Williams who was awarded 6th place in the country at the summer 2019 American Harp Society's National competition.
Bogle Junior High - (2019-2020) Have you seen them? New Bulldog signs and graphics have been installed around our campus! "Respect. Persist. Triumph."
Bogle Junior High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Bogle choir students Baylie Soto, Nora Chase, Alina Nguyen and Aubree Buri who participated in the first ever Harmony Fusion Barbershop Festival at the Chandler Center for the Arts in August.
Bogle Junior High - (2019-2020) THANK YOU to Bogle families who supported the Bogle library by purchasing over 35 books from our Amazon wish list!
Andersen Junior High - (2019-2020) Andersen Junior High is focusing on equity with more inclusive activities for all students. Andersen all-stars participated with Heather Henrichs eighth grade science class to complete a dry ice experiment last week.
Arizona College Prep - Oakland Campus - (2019-2020) Congratulations to ACP Oakland student Jacob Paton-Lloyd who was selected for and attended Arizona State University's Barrett Summer Scholars Program. This residential progam selects academically talented students from across the state to engage in college-level coursework under the supervision of ASU professors. Jacob focussed his work on forensic entomology and critical thinking. ASU Barrett Summer Scholars
Payne Junior High - (2019-2020) Our original Payne Staff from 2005 recently celebrated their longevity and commitment! These are the people who are still at Payne Junior High since the school's inception in 2005. Dr. Craig Gilbert, who was the Principal at the time, made the trek out here for his shirt and this picture! Thank you Dr. Gilbert!
Santan Junior High - (2019-2020) WEB (Where Everyone Belongs - facilitated by Donna Gustufson) successfully welcomed students to Santan Junior High!
Santan Junior High - (2019-2020) Sports at Santan Junior High are full of passion, talent and championships. We are a school that participates in the National Program, Positive Coaching Alliance - promoting better people, better athletes.
Payne Junior High - (2019-2020) Parent comment: "My son took a pretest based on the ACT in his AP English class as a junior. He scored a 74 out of 75, which would have been a 34 on the ACT test. Kids in his class actually asked him if he cheated. He was worried his English teacher might think so too, but when she found out he had Mr. David Giaramita (Mr. G) for two years, she said she wasn't surprised. What she doesn't know is in 6th grade he barely scraped by with a D in English. Mr. G is an amazing teacher. He made my son work for every grade he received and taught him how to think critically about everything."
Payne Junior High - (2019-2020) Avery Koperniak, currently a Freshman at Basha High, spoke on Saturday to the Southwest Convention of Kiwanis Club. She represented the Payne Junior High School Builders Club extremely well. She was our PJHS Builders Club President the past two years. She spoke about the values and goals of Builders Club, her experiences in our club, and the service projects our club completed over the past 2 years. Avery received a standing ovation from the 200 Kiwanians attending the conference and received several compliments from individuals after the luncheon was over. We are very proud of her.
Arizona College Prep - Oakland Campus - (2019-2020) Students in Mrs. Filiere's Project Lead the Way classes worked together to create models of a foot orthosis for children with cerebral palsy. We have so many creative Knights!
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Alexis Ngo and Quincy Lee, upcoming seniors in our CTE Sports Medicine Program, competed at the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) International Leadership Conference (ILC) during the summer of 2019. This is the first time Casteel High has ever attended the highest competition for HOSA. Both ladies faced tough competition from around the country and world including China, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa. Quincy fell short to the fierce competitors in her event for Medical Terminology while Alexis place 2nd overall in her event, Extemporaneous Health Poster! We're SO PROUD! HOSA International Leadership Conference - Summer 2019, Photo Album
Santan Junior High - (2019-2020) Students and staff on our Multicultural Committee put on a Celebration of Diversity. Sophia Brantley sings "Lift Every Voice and Sing" at the Multicultural Day event.
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2018-2019) OUR GRADUATES:
We are proud to report that ACP Erie 2018-19 graduates earned:
- A whopping $20,177,868 in scholarships!
- 3,826 hours of college credit (Dual Credit), and
- 828 hours of service learning
Casteel High - (2018-2019) OUR GRADUATES:
We are proud to report that during the 2018-19 school year, Casteel High students earned:
- A whopping $11,320,621 in scholarships!
- 1,826 hours of college credit (Dual Credit), and
- 11,381 hours of service learning
Arizona College Prep - Oakland Campus - (2018-2019) Congratulations to ACP Oakland 6th, 7th and 8th grade winners in the Grand Canyon Essay Contest! We had winners in each grade and SWEPT the 7th/8th grade category winning Gold, Silver and Bronze! Winners were:
- Marissa Ruiz - 6th grade Silver medal
- Zachery Tullo - 6th grade Bronze medal
- Merissa Wongso - 6th grade Honorable Mention
- Alison Alfredo - 8th grade Gold medal
- Grace Burns - 7th grade Silver medal
- Faith Hsia - 7th grade Bronze medal
- Carter Smith - 8th grade Honorable mention