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    Kindness Club
    Over 100 students have signed up for CTA Freedom's newly-launched Kindness Club! The students created an act of kindness chain and displayed it for National Kindness Day, Nov. 13. Each link in the chain tells of a personal act of kindness that the students have experienced.
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    The Arizona Department of Education announced that CTA Freedom received an "A" grade for the 2018-19 school year.
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    Say No to Drugs Poster Winners
    CTA Freedom students participated in a "Say No to Drugs" poster contest. (Pictured are the sixth grade winners.)
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    BizTown
    CTA Freedom 5th grade students spent the day at BizTown®, an engaging, hands-on program from Junior Achievement that "introduces 4th, 5th, and 6th graders to economic concepts, workplace skills, and personal and business finances in a student-sized town built just for them." JA BIZTOWN® website
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    Stock Market Game
    CTA Freedom 6th graders have started to research different companies that they would like to invest in during the Stock Market Game. Students are looking for trends in the market and researching companies to determine if stocks have been gaining or losing money over the last six months. Sixth graders will compete against 4th-6th graders statewide to make the best investments in the game.
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    Letters of Literature Winners
    Congratulations to CTA Freedom Library of Congress Letters of Literature winners Katie Blickenderfer and Josephine Karoleski who won 3rd and 2nd place respectively.
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    Ricque Pekara
    Congratulations to CTA Freedom teacher Ricque Pekara who was honored by the Sun Lakes Rotary as the Teacher of the Month for May. 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. Ricque will also be honored May 31 as the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year.
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    Teacher Appreciation
    CTA Freedom principal Abby Druck presented each staff member with a little token of appreciation for all the amazing work they do!
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    Ricque Pekara
    The Chandler Chamber of Commerce surprised Ricque Pekara on Friday, May 10 with the 2019 Educator of the Year award. She will be recognized at an awards dinner on May 31 at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino.
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    Makenzie Gutierrez
    CTA Freedom 5th Grader Makenzie Gutierrez took 1st place at the state level in the Letters about Literature writing contest. Her writing will be advancing to the national level!
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    Student Council Pennies for Patients campaign run by Student Council brought in over $6,000 for cancer patients! Way to go, Falcons! Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Pennies for Patients program website
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    Dissecting Owl Pellets
    First graders in Tina Linder's class dissect owl pellets.
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    Mia Ferraro
    Congratulations to Mia Ferraro in Lori Woodman's class who was the third grader winner in this year's Chandler Elks Lodge #2429 Drug Awareness Poster Contest. The judges chose her entry out of 48 entries received from students all over the city.
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    Battle of the Books Winners
    CTA Freedom Elementary, represented by students AJ, Grey, and Malakai, won first place at the district semifinals Battle of the Books.
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    CTA Freedom, A Plus School
    A+ School of Excellence:  Congratulations to all of the students, faculty, and staff of CTA Freedom, which has been named an A+ School of Excellence™ by the Arizona Educational Foundation! A+ Schools of Excellence™ is a comprehensive school assessment program that challenges school teams to work together to identify areas of excellence in teaching, learning, climate, community building, and leadership. A+ Schools are celebrated and recognized as outstanding. Earning the highly prestigious A+ designation spotlights the positive successes happening in public schools every day! Arizona Educational Foundation A+ Schools of Excellence
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    Gianna Owens
    CTA Freedom 5th grader Gianna Owens sang the National Anthem at the teacher rally.
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    Performing Arts Club
    The CTA Freedom Performing Arts Club performed the musical "Bebop with Aesop" in February.
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    Student Council
    Congratulations to our student council, winning the Student Council Convention's Elementary Most Spirited award for the third year in a row!
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    The School Review, an organization that rates schools on several factors for parents moving to the area, awarded Freedom an A+ label. CTA Freedom is one of only eight schools state-wide to receive this label. The School Review: Chandler Traditional Academy-Freedom
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    HISEF 2019 Award Winners
    Congratulations to 5th Grade award winners Andrew Garcia, Brycen Conrad and Connor Weigele who won 1st Place in Earth & Planetary Science at the 2019 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Solar Powered Water Fountain Solution on the Rate of Osmosis in Chicken Skin. HISEF 2019 Award Winners
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    HISEF 2019 Award Winners
    Congratulations to 5th Grade award winners Delainey VanZuidam, Noah Thomas and Jaden Lau who won 1st Place in Physics & Astronomy at the 2019 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Epic Magnetic Levitation Solution on the Rate of Osmosis in Chicken Skin. HISEF 2019 Award Winners
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    HISEF 2019 Award Winners
    Congratulations to 5th Grade award winners Sawyer Hauk, Edgar Jimenez and Gianna Owens who won 2nd Place in Earth & Planetary Science at the 2019 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Color Coordination: Which Lens Works The Best?. HISEF 2019 Award Winners
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    HISEF 2019 Award Winners
    Congratulations to 5th Grade award winners Samantha Felix, Eleonora Warner and Addison Boysaw who won 2nd Place in Environmental Sciences at the 2019 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Underwater Volcano. HISEF 2019 Award Winners
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    6th grader Ava Herrera
    CTA Freedom 6th grader Ava Herrera was honored with the Gilbert Town Council's Citizenship award in December, presented to her by Mayor Jenn Daniels.
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    Orchestra
    CTA Freedom's orchestra provided some beautiful music for the entire student body to enjoy during morning recess.
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    The Freedom Performing Arts Club
    The Freedom Performing Arts Club were guest performers at Casteel High School's Winter Concert.
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    CTA Freedom is an A-rated school
    CTA Freedom is proud to be an A-rated school! The Falcon Family has worked hard to provide consistent intervention and appropriate academic challenges to maintain rigor and meet student needs. We appreciate the team effort of our staff, students, and families!
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    Music teacher, Mrs. Sejkora and CTA Freedom 3rd Graders
    CTA Freedom 3rd graders performed patriotic and American folk songs in the Veteran's Day concert on November 6th.
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    CTA Freedom's storybook pumpkin painting contest winners
    CTA Freedom held a storybook pumpkin painting contest. Winners: Best of fourth - Lexi Richtsteig and Makenzie Weatherford; Best of fifth - Sawyer Hauk; Best of sixth - Mia O'Campo; and Best Overall - Emma Kennedy. Great job, Falcons! Impressive creativity!
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    Megan, Student Council President at CTA Freedom
    Student council president, Megan, attended a meeting with Chandler Unified School District superintendent, Dr. Casteel, to represent CTA Freedom.
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    CTA Freedom's Red Ribbon Week
    CTA Freedom's student council organized Red Ribbon week spirit days to encourage students to make healthy, drug-free life choices. Students dressed in spirit wear while learning about making healthy choices at school and home. The theme pictured, "Travel Back in Time" was popular among both staff and students, who were seen around campus in their 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s wear.
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    Student Council
    Student Council raised money for WOW Dog Rescue through a dress down day. Pictured left to right: Megan Jardine, Layton Bluth, Roman Sanders, Hans Chapman, MiaLani Ocampo, Garrett Nielsen, Luke Rea and Jessica Gilbert -- CTA Freedom Student Council officers.
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    Music teacher, Mrs. Sejkora and CTA Freedom 4th Graders
    Music teacher, Mrs. Sejkora, led 4th graders in performances at the Patriot Day assemblies. 4th graders sang two patriotic songs, including our national anthem.
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    Principal Abby Druck, 6th graders Addison S. and Mia S.
    CTA Freedom Principal Abby Druck and 6th graders Addison S. and Mia S. deliver inspirational speeches at the Patriot Day assembly.
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    Capri H. Gianna O., Sawyer H.
    Fifth graders Capri H., Gianna O. and Sawyer H. present their poems as preschool audience members look on.
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    Freedom Falcon Flag Raisers
    Freedom Falcon Flag Raisers placed flags around campus for Patriot Day.
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    5th grader, Mia S.
    5th grader, Mia S. from Mrs. Mary Jo White's class won 2nd place for her age group in the Library of Congress Letters for Literature National Contest. Mia wrote about a book that has influenced her life.
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    Roman Sanders
    Congratulations to 5th Grade award winner Roman Sanders who won 1st Place in Behavioral & Social Sciences at the 2018 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Backwards Video Gaming- Testing Neuroplasticity. HISEF 2018 Award Winners
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    Tanner Cardon, Kael Slade and Jason Taing
    Congratulations to 6th Grade award winners Tanner Cardon, Kael Slade and Jason Taing who won Honorable Mention in Engineering at the 2018 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Bottle Car. HISEF 2018 Award Winners
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    6th graders, Connor G. & Camden S. received second place in Physics for Soccer Ball Sizes
    Congratulations to 6th Grade award winners Conner Golightly and Camden Skousen who won 2nd Place in Physics & Astronomy at the 2018 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Soccer Ball Sizes. HISEF 2018 Award Winners
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    Chloe Wood, Anna Gryzlo, Kailyn Figley
    Congratulations to 5th Grade award winners Kailyn Figley, Anna Gryzlo and Chloe Wood who won 3rd Place in Chemistry at the 2018 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Crystallization. HISEF 2018 Award Winners
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    Marissa Chavez, Anya Morman, Mia Smith
    Congratulations to 5th Grade award winners Mia Smith, Anya Morman and Marissa Chavez who won 1st Place in Earth & Planetary Science at the 2018 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Light Powered Solar. HISEF 2018 Award Winners
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    Kaelynne Braden, Mialani Ocampo, Nathan Judd
    Congratulations to 5th Grade award winners Mialani Ocampo, Kaelynne Braden and Nathan Judd who won Honorable Mention in Environmental Sciences at the 2018 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Solar Fountain. HISEF 2018 Award Winners
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    Student Council
    Congratulations to our CTA Freedom Student Council, awarded Most Spirited for elementary schools at the district Student Council Convention.
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    Alena A.
    Congratulations to Alena A. who placed in the top ten in the district spelling bee and will be moving on to the regional spelling bee in Queen Creek.
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    Addisyn Skousen
    Congratulations to Addisyn Skousen who received the Town of Gilbert's Student Citizenship award.
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    Math team at CTA Fredom, Math teacher and team coach, Melissa West
    A team of 6th graders at Freedom won 3rd place overall in the multi-district Mathleague.org's Math competition, led by coach math teacher Melissa West. Additionally, Cormac placed 8th and Chloe placed 3rd individually.
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    CTA Freedom 6th grade Arizona fall Stock Market Game competition student teams
    Congratulations to our CTA Freedom 6th grade student teams for their performance in the Arizona fall Stock Market Game competition, sponsored by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Foundation: Kylee and Elizabeth placed 2nd, and Rachel, Selah and Alena placed 3rd statewide!
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    Student Council and CTA Freedom students participated in a "dollar donation to dress down fundraiser" which raised $600 for Feed My Starving Children. Feed My Starving Children website
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    CTA Freedom's food drive
    CTA Freedom's food drive raised around 1,850 items which were handed out last Wednesday afternoon by Casteel High baseball players. Families also received turkeys, baked goods, eggs, and fresh vegetables from Bashas' which allowed each family to walk away with the makings for a complete Thanksgiving meal.
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