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    Character Counts Winners
    Character counts at Hancock. Congratulations to the K-3 kindness winners.
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    Cheer Champs
    Hancock cheerleaders in 2-6th grades won first place for their dance at the cheer competition held at Chandler High School. They won second place for their cheer.
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    Kathryn MacNabb
    Hancock teacher Kathryn MacNabb was honored December 5 as the grade 6-9 Teacher of the Year by the Chandler chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Post 7401. This award is given to teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism. Kathryn coordinates the school's flag detail program with Hancock 5th and 6th graders each year, and works to bring in members of the National Guard, local veterans, Boy Scouts and nearby ROTC groups to teach the team about flag history, etiquette and civic responsibility. She is a dedicated teacher who instills respect and love for the American flag. Thank you, Kathryn, for all you do for Hancock students!
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    Eyshann Espinosa
    Congratulations to Eyshann Espinosa whose Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest entry was selected as the school winner for Hancock Elementary. For over 30 years, Lions clubs around the globe have sponsored this international art contest to give children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity. Audrey was awarded a certificate and cash prize from the Sun Lakes Lion's Club, sponsored by Intel.
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    Cheer Coaches
    Hancock Cheerleaders won first place for their dance at the cheer competition held at Chandler High School, and won second place for their cheer. Thanks to coaches Ashley Haenchen, Ashley Lober, Hannah Burkardt, and Erin Schaul!
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    Hancock kindergarten enjoyed their trip to CUSD Busland! They learned about bus repairs and where the bus driver keys are located.
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    The Arizona Department of Education announced that Hancock Elementary received an "A" grade for the 2018-19 school year.
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    SRP Guest
    Hancock Elementary sixth graders learned about electricity and natural resources from a special guest from SRP in science class.
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    Art Masterpiece
    Hancock 3rd graders learn about how to create their own Picasso in Art Masterpiece.
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    Dictionaries from Sun Lake Rotary
    Hancock Elementary third graders were excited to receive a generous gift from Sun Lakes Rotary -- their own personal dictionary. Sun Lakes Rotary Club's Dictionary Project website
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    Kind is greater than Cool
    Hancock Kindness Club with their new shirts that encourage kindness, declaring that "Kind > Cool." (Kind is greater than cool.)
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    Pumpkin Storybook Characters
    Hancock 1st thru 6th graders create their favorite storybook characters using pumpkins.
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    Z-Space Lab
    Hancock fourth through sixth grade teachers enjoyed working together and learning new techniques in the brand new Z-Space Lab.
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    Pajama Party
    Hancock 2nd graders performed their Pajama Party play for Pre-K, kindergarten and 1st grade classes.
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    States of Matter
    Hancock 5th grade teachers Mr. Lee and Mrs. Mumme's classes participated in an "Escape the Room" activity to learn about the three states of matter. We love science!
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    Thanks to Staff
    Hancock celebrates our staff with an award thanking them for their hard work and dedication to our students!
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    Care for Water
    Hancock 2nd graders learn about how to care for Arizona's water.
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    Food Chain
    Mrs. Katz's 3rd grade class knows how to create their own food chain after learning about producers, consumers, and decomposers.
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    Mummifying Twinkies
    Ms. Hannah Burkhardt's Class is learning about the Ancient Egyptian's way of mummification by mummifying Twinkies.
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    Patriots Day Remembrance
    Hancock staff honors and remembers 9/11.
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    Decades Dance
    Hancock 5th grade teachers are ready for the Decades Dance!
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    Learning how to survive
    Hancock 6th graders play a game in gym class that requires teamwork and cooperation called "Learning how to survive."
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    Ratio and Proportion
    Who says ratio and proportion review can't be fun?! It's time for BINGO in 6th grade!
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    Arizona Project
    Mrs. Katz 3rd graders are working on an Arizona project. They learned about Arizona landforms, the 5 Cs, natural resources and important events in AZ history.
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    Learning Volume
    Hancock 6th grade students are learning to answer the question, "How would you use a graduated cylinder to find the volume of a rock?"
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    Observation vs. Inference Activity
    Mrs. Gritz 6th graders had fun practicing their inquiry skills with their Observation vs. Inference activity!
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    STEM Lessons
    Our students are enjoying their STEM lessons. They had a chance to build their own robots because of a grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation.
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    Students designed backpacks
    Students in Mrs. Gritz's science classes were challenged to design backpacks to help make their target audience's lives easier!
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    STEM Project
    What better way to get to know each other than through a back to school STEM project making aerodynamic amphibious cars in Ms. Burkhardt's class?!
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    Drug Awareness Poster
    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.
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    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
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    Ozobots
    Hancock 3rd graders programmed Ozbots with Ozo Blocky to go through an obstacle course they designed.
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    Science Camp Trip
    Hancock fifth graders tried out the new field at Tonto Creek Camp during their Science Camp Trip.
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    Visit from Sun Lakes Rotary
    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!
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    Butterflies
    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.
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    Agriculture in the Classroom
    Hancock students participated in the Agriculture in the Classroom project and April presentation called "Compost Stew: An A-Z recipe for the Earth."
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    Rookie of the Year
    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.
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    Patty Chambers� gardening club
    Patty Chambers' gardening club at Hancock Elementary is learning how to grow their own vegetables. Most recently, their crop consisted of radishes and lettuce.
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    Hancock Student Council
    Hancock's student council enjoyed fun times learning about science and technology at the 2019 Student Council Convention. Student Council Convention 2019 Photo Album
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    Field trip to the Halle Heart Center
    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.
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    Pauline Gray
    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.
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    STEM Activity with Principal Connie Hull
    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.
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    100th Day of School Celebration
    Ms. Ricklef's kindergarten class recently celebrated 100 Days of school.
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    Juei Ping Chiu
    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
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    Scavenger Hunt
    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.
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    Hancock Basketball
    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!
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    How fast can you eat a piece of chocolate
    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!
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    Kindergarten students in Laura Lopez' class
    Hancock Elementary kindergarten students in Laura Lopez' class celebrated being thankful and grateful!
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    Hancock Elementary sixth graders
    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.
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    Ms. Gray
    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
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