Honors, Awards and Special Programs
Santan Elementary - (2019-2020) In honor of 9/11, Santan first graders thank local Chandler Police officers for their service. (Canines, too!)
Santan Elementary - (2019-2020) Kennedy Hendley was named the first ever recipient of the Santan KIND KID AWARD, sponsored by Menchie's and the Santan PTO. This award is given to students who are nominated by their peers for showing acts of kindness. The winner receives a gift card to Menchie's Frozen Yogurt. Congratulations, Kennedy!
Santan Elementary - (2019-2020) Santan Elementary students had the opportunity to explore in the zSpace bus before the new zSpaces arrive for the STEAM lab!
Santan Elementary - (2019-2020) Santan Elementary won a $2,500 grant from the Sun Devil Athletics and the Sun Devil Club Extra Yard for Teachers program in recognition for the hard work the school and community does to go that "Extra Yard" for students.
Santan Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Santan music teacher Lisa Rittenhouse! She is thrilled to be in her first season with the Grammy award-winning Phoenix Chorale. Phoenix Chorale
Santan Elementary - (2018-2019) Santan Elementary students in Mary Logan's third grade class donated a total 1,530 pounds of food to Mathews Crossing Food bank in this years drive.
Santan Elementary - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Santan Elementary students Reeghan Arp and Cayden Heddleston who were selected to participate in the Chandler Unified School District 6th Grade Honor Band concert.
Santan Elementary - (2018-2019) Congratulations to 5th Grade award winners Adam Edwards, Kaleb Seow and Aharnish Tripathi who won 3rd Place in Physics & Astronomy at the 2019 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Spherical Forces. HISEF 2019 Award Winners
Santan Elementary - (2018-2019) Every December, Santan Elementary fifth grade gives back to the community through Project Cuddle-Up. Fifth grade students donate supplies to create tied fleece blankets to be donated to Paz de Cristo, an interfaith community outreach program. Approximately 100 students, 20 parents, and 4 teachers participated in this year's Project Cuddle-Up on November 30. The 71 blankets that this year's fifth-grade students created will be distributed by Paz de Cristo to individuals in need this winter season.
Santan Elementary - (2018-2019) Santan Elementary's Running Club members had more energy and inspiration at one of their practices... Coaches Brian Navarro and Aaron Sloan dressed up as a turkey and chicken for the occasion, "gobbling up" extra smiles and better running times!
Santan Elementary - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Santan Elementary PE teacher Kelly Saadi who was one of four CUSD teachers who presented at the Arizona Health and Physical Education State Convention during the week of October 22. Their session was titled "CUSD PE TEACHERS are OPEN to Fitness!"
Santan Elementary - (2018-2019) Chandler Mayor Tibshraeny paid a visit to the students in Ms. Logan's 3rd grade class. During his visit, students had the opportunity to ask questions about his career, government and Chandler. Chandler is very fortunate to have such a wonderful mayor!
Santan Elementary - (2018-2019) Santan Elementary students won a buddy bench from Arizona Recreation Design. Danica Schroeder's 4th grade class "stars" in the video submission.
Facebook: Santan Elementary Buddy Bench Contest Video Submission
Santan Elementary - (2017-2018) Our 5th and 6th grade Drama Club, under the direction of Music Teacher Lisa Rittenhouse, put on a performance of Disney's Little Mermaid, Jr. on May 7, 8, and 10th. Proceeds of tickets and canned goods went to Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation and the Chandler CARE Center. Santan Sun News Article, May 5, 2018 (page 33)
Santan Elementary - (2017-2018) Isaac Eskue and Jack Ross won 2nd place in Engineering: Elementary Division for the project titled How does the design of a windmill affect the amount of electricity produced? at the 2018 Arizona Science and Engineering Fair. Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AzSEF) website
Santan Elementary - (2017-2018) Congratulations to Zoey Hart who was selected to play in the CUSD Honor Orchestra. The Honor Orchestra concert will be held at the Chandler Center for the Arts on April 4th at 7 p.m.
Santan Elementary - (2017-2018) Congratulations to Paul Rittenhouse (trombone) and Daniel Schwartz (alto saxophone) who were selected to represent Santan Elementary in the CUSD Honor Band.
Santan Elementary - (2017-2018) Students Grant Moberg, Brent Robinson and Daphne Norman attended a workshop at ASU to work with educators and develop math puzzles for elementary students that incorporate math reasoning skills, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Their book was recently published and is available on Amazon. The students have been invited to a book signing party on March 31st at ASU where they will each receive three copies of their books, enjoy desserts, and network with other math authors. MATHadazzles Junior Volume 2: Reasoning with Numbers
Santan Elementary - (2017-2018) Congratulations to 5th Grade award winners Rowen Noreus and Ben Baldueza who won 2nd Place in Engineering at the 2018 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Let It Slow. HISEF 2018 Award Winners
Santan Elementary - (2017-2018) Congratulations to 6th Grade award winners Caelyn Bambanian, Chloe Boyd and Sophia Greifzu who won 1st Place in Medicine & Health Sciences at the 2018 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Heart Beat. HISEF 2018 Award Winners
Santan Elementary - (2017-2018) Congratulations to 6th Grade award winners Gabriela Alvarado and Lucinda Cook who won 2nd Place in Behavioral & Social Sciences at the 2018 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Ready, Set, Read. HISEF 2018 Award Winners
Santan Elementary - (2017-2018) Congratulations to 6th Grade award winner Maya Simmons who won Honorable Mention in Chemistry at the 2018 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Fizz, Bang, Boom. HISEF 2018 Award Winners
Santan Elementary - (2017-2018) Congratulations to 6th Grade award winners Natalie Cline and Julia Pitman who won 1st Place in Physics & Astronomy at the 2018 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled The Ripple in the Water. HISEF 2018 Award Winners
Santan Elementary - (2017-2018) Santan Elementary special education teacher Rachel Chiaramonte was recently featured in an article in the Santan Sun News (pages 43-44) for her work as a volunteer fire fighter.
Santan Elementary - (2017-2018) Santan Elementary alum and fourth grade teacher Danica Schroeder demonstrated her ice skating prowess in order to encourage her class in the schools "Chase Your Olympic Dreams" run-a-thon.
Santan Elementary - (2017-2018) Ms. Logan's class has harvested the last of their winter garden and are getting ready to plant their spring garden. Radishes were part of their harvest.
Santan Elementary - (2017-2018) Congratulations to Preston Bambanian, winner of Santan Elementary's spelling bee.
Santan Elementary - (2017-2018) Santan PTO sponsored a holiday toy drive. The new and unwrapped toys will be sent to support Chandler Care Center's December Family Assistance Day.
Santan Elementary - (2017-2018) Cody Bellinger, former student at Santan Elementary, was unanimously voted as 2017's Major League Baseball's Rookie of The Year.
Santan Elementary - (2017-2018) Congratulations to Santan Elementary for earning an "A" rating from the Arizona Department of Education for the 2017-18 school year.
Santan Elementary - (2016-2017) Congratulations to Santan Elementary students Michelle Hu, Lily Earl, Jubilee Lin, the Battle of the Books District Finale Winners 2017 and the Battle of the Books Regional Champions!
Santan Elementary - (2016-2017) Santan Elementary was honored with the coveted A+ School of Excellence™ award from the Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF) on April 13, 2017. From the AEF website: "The application and evaluation process for this program is comprehensive and rigorous. We applaud these schools for going above and beyond the norm to meet their students' needs and for achieving overall success despite the many challenges that face the education community statewide." Arizona Educational Foundation website: A+ School of Excellence Program™
Santan Elementary - (2015-2016) Congratulations to our custodians, Jim Snow, Oscar Chargualaf, Terry Rowlett and Gregoria (Goya) Mora. Thanks to your efforts, Santan Elementary was awarded the Clean School Award in May 2016.
Santan Elementary - (2015-2016) Congratulations to Santan Battle of the Books students, Audrey Brabson, Livia Helterbran, and Katie Leija who received 2nd place at the Regional Championship competition for Battle of the Books. Chandler Public Library - Battle of the Books Website
Santan Elementary - (2015-2016) The Battle of the Books Regionals were held at Stapley Junior High in Mesa on May 4th. CUSD sent teams from three schools who earned their way through district semi and final battles. The top three teams from CUSD, Knox, Shumway, and Santan Elementary (1st place in our District), move on to represent CUSD at the final Regional Battle. Santan's Battle of the Book leaders are Mary Cooper and Toni Lucas, and the WINNING students are Katie Leija, Audrey Brabson, Livia Helterbran.
Santan Elementary - (2015-2016) Congratulations to Kaitlyn Jackson, Nicole Lopez, Joy Xy, Ashlyn Wang, Sami Thompson, Franky McAllistair, Ben Landon and Theo Powers who were all selected to participate in CUSD's Honor Band.
Santan Elementary - (2015-2016) Congratulations to our Student Council. They were awarded Best Collage at the recent Student Council Convention. Thank you to our teacher advisors, Steven Madan, Rachel Chiaramonte and Kelly Saadi, for their dedication.
Santan Elementary - (2015-2016) Out of 30,000 nationwide applicants, Ms. Stephanie Lederman won a $7,500 lounge makeover from California Casualty Insurance Company for the staff of Santan Elementary School.
Santan Elementary - (2015-2016) Santan Elementary student Madison Gonsalves is a STATE winner in the nationwide Doodle 4 Google competition. Doodle 4 Google: Vote for your Favorite Doodles
Santan Elementary - (2015-2016) Congratulations to Santan Elementary student Joshua Ortega who won 4th place in the CUSD Spelling Bee.
Santan Elementary - (2014-2015) Santan Elementary teachers Kierstin Yamashita and Wendy Banas won a $2,500 Diamondbacks grant in order to create a Lego Robotics program on campus.
Santan Elementary - (2014-2015) The Arizona Department of Education announced that Santan Elementary earned an 'A' grade for the 2013-2014 school-year. Furthermore, Santan Elementary was ranked in the top 100 schools Arizona (out of 1,741 schools ranked). Arizona Department of Education
Santan Elementary - (2013-2014) Sixteen of the 19 winners in in the City of Chandler's tenth annual fourth grade environmental art contest were CUSD students. Santan Elementary had two student winners Joy Xu and Daniel Wong.
Santan Elementary - (2013-2014) Santan Elementary decorated and delivered 700 Earth Day grocery bags to Bashas' Grocery Store on Gilbert and Chandler Heights Rd. The grocery bags were decorated with Earth Day messages and illustrations to send Earth Day messages to Bashas's customers. Grocery bags were passed out to customers during Earth Day week. This is Santan Elementary's fifth year partnership with Bashas' under the leadership of teacher Mary Logan.
Santan Elementary - (2013-2014) CUSD had several Creative Expression Competition winners from Santan Elementary, Payne Junior High, Santan Junior High, Willis Junior High and Hamilton High. The winners were presented with an award and a cash prize for the school at a city council meeting. City of Chandler Creative Expression Winners
Santan Elementary - (2013-2014) The Arizona Department of Education announced that Santan Elementary received an A Grade for the 2012-13 school year. Arizona Department of Education
Santan Elementary - (2012-2013) Raegan Gonsalves, seven year old in the first grade at Santan Elementary, was the Arizona state winner selected from more than 130,000 students who submitted entries in the annual Doodle 4 Google competition.
Santan Elementary - (2012-2013) Creative Expression Competition Winners: Writing K - 4 category: 1st Place - Lauren Patrick (3rd Grade),3rd Place - Parker Guindon (3rd Grade). Visual Arts K - 4 category: 1st Place - Madison Lederman(3rd Grade),3rd Place - Gabriella Kostiew(3rd Grade).
Santan Junior High - (2012-2013) CUSD had three winners at the Veterans of Foreign Wars State level competition: Santan Junior High student Jane Wang won 1st in Patriot's Pen (6-8) contest and $500. She moves on to the national competition for a chance to win a trip to Washington DC and $5,000. Hamilton High student Zakary Ghali won 3rd in the Voice of Democracy (9-12) contest and $750. Hamilton High teacher Holly Kain was named the 9-12 state Teacher of the Year, winning $300 and also moving on to the national competition.
Santan Elementary - (2012-2013) Santan Elementary participated in the 2012 Kids Voting Arizona. Kids Voting is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots-driven voter education program committed to engaging young people in the activities of democracy and the voting process. Students were provided with Kids Voting activity booklets, voter ID's, ballots and 'I voted' stickers.