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    100th Day of School
    Ryan Elementary students and staff celebrated the 100th day of school!
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    Canine Companions for Independence
    Ryan Elementary students and staff welcome Jeremiah, a new Canine Companions for Independence puppy in training.
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    Sam and Sophia
    Congratulations to Ryan Elementary 6th graders Sam and Sophia, our school Spelling Bee champion and runner up!
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    Kevin Sylvester
    Ryan kindergarten through 3rd grades had a visit from author Kevin Sylvester in November.
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    Samantha Platt
    Congratulations to Samantha Platt whose Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest entry was selected as the school winner for Ryan 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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    Turkey Donation
    Ryan 6th grade classes raised funds to purchase 66 turkeys to donate to St. Vincent de Paul. Turkey Collection and Donation Photo Album
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    Book Donation
    Ryan Elementary students and staff donated over 800 books to the Chandler Care Center.
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    Nicole Witte
    Ryan 5th grade teacher Nicole Witte was honored by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Posts 7401 and 8053 as K-5 Teacher of the Year! She was recognized for her work over more than a decade organizing her team to create an annual Wall of Gratitude and Remembrance to honor American veterans, a project designed to align with Social Studies, Writing, and Speaking & Listening curriculum. Students create a poster for the Wall containing a narrative, photos, decorations and honors about a veteran -- often a family member or friend. They work with their teacher to prepare appropriate interview questions, set up a time and interview the honoree, and prepare a speech presented by each student during a Wall of Gratitude and Remembrance pie party -- a celebration attended by parents, veterans, and friends where many laughs, tears, and hugs are shared. Through her efforts, children gain a strong appreciation for sacrifices made by their parents, family members, friends and past US heroes.
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    Wall of Remembrance
    Ryan Elementary 5th grade classes held a Wall of Remembrance and Gratitude Day for Veterans on Nov 12th. Wall of Remembrance and Gratitude Photo Album
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    Gavin
    6th grade student Gavin T. competed in the Proof is in the Pudding Contest at the Mesa Arts Center.
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    The Arizona Department of Education announced that Ryan Elementary received an "A" grade for the 2018-19 school year.
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    Veterans Day Picnic
    Ryan Elementary held a Veterans Day Picnic with over 380 guests in attendance! Veterans Day Picnic - Photo Album
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    BMX Assembly
    Ryan Elementary hosted a Go Green, Live Clean BMX assembly in November. The message: to live clean, work hard, and follow your dreams! BMX Assembly - Photo Album
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    Assembly
    Ryan Elementary students and staff held a going-away assembly for Canine Companions for Independence dog Kai and his friends.
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    Paint Night
    Ryan Elementary paint night for girls and their favorite female adult had over 180 attendees!
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    Volunteers
    THANK YOU to volunteers from Compass Church who planted gardens, cleaned laptops, and tidied up around Ryan Elementary.
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    Cristy Wellik
    Congratulations to Cristy Wellik who was awarded a $500 grant from the Touchdowns for Teachers program, sponsored by Salt River Project and the Arizona Cardinals. Touchdown for Teachers website
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    Royals Flag Troop
    The Royals Flag Troop has a special job at Ryan Elementary. These students have volunteered to serve our school by performing the Reveille and Retreat ceremonies; the raising and lowering of the school's American and Arizona flags. In doing this, they practice traditions that have existed since the American Revolution. When our troop members perform their duties, they do so with pride and respect. They know our flags honor all those who served, those who continue to serve and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Not just in the military, but all those Americans who serve our nation, our state, our community and our Constitution of the United States. Royals Flag Troop 2019-2020 Campaign: "We few, we happy few, we band of Royals. For whoever runs with me today, shall be a Royal."
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    CEF Grant Winners
    Congratulations to Caroline Hall, Lisa Remsberg, and the 1st grade team (Kelly Giordano, Amber Testa, and Sarah Durel), our Chandler Education Foundation (CEF) grant award winners!
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    Canine Companions for Independence
    Principal Diane Wells and technology teacher Monikkah Heredia attended and presented a check to Canine Companions for Independence at their annual golf tournament in September.
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    Step up Stop Cancer Challenge
    Ryan Elementary students and staff raised $643.00 for the Phoenix Children's Hospital Step up, Stop Cancer Challenge!
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    Storybook Yoga
    Ryan Elementary K-4th graders unwind and practice yoga during their Storybook Yoga afterschool class.
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    Milton Sommerfeld
    Congratulations to our outstanding Ryan Elementary teacher Mr. Milton Sommerfeld who was chosen as a 12 News A+ Teacher of the Week! Click below to check out the video and story. Trisha Hendricks 12 News Facebook video: This week's 12 News A+ Teacher of the Week!
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    Team Building Workshop
    Ryan teachers and staff welcomed the new school year with a Team Building Workshop!
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    Art Contest Winners
    Congratulations to 4th graders Emma Robertson from Ashleigh Leigh class, Avery Lynn from Lisa Reynolds' classs, and Wynter Bowling and Vivian Sherman from Skip Neeley's class who were among nineteen winners out of over 700 entries in the City of Chandler Environmental Art Contest. Their 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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    Ryan Celebration
    The Arizona Educational Foundation honored Ryan Elementary Monday as an A+ School of Excellence for 2019. Photo Album: Ryan Celebrates A+ Status
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    Ryan Battle of the Books Team
    Congatulations to Ryan's Battle of the Books team who competed in the district semi-finals.
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    Avery, Emma, Vivian and Wynter
    Congratulations to Avery, Emma, Vivian and Wynter -- four of the 19 citywide winners in the Chandler Environmental Art Contest.
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    Ryan Elementary, A Plus School
    A+ School of Excellence:  Congratulations to all of the students, faculty, and staff of Ryan Elementary, 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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    Congratulations to Avery Lynn whose drawing was one of 19 winners in the Chandler Environmental Art Contest.
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    Senator Mesnard visited the campus
    Ryan Elementary students and staff hosted a visit from Arizona State Senator J.D. Mesnard in April.
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    Carly, Jordin and Helena
    Congratulations to Ryan students Carly, Jordin and Helena -- the Ryan Battle of the Books winning team!
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    Katherine Roman
    The Sun Lakes Rotary last week honored Katherine Roman from Ryan Elementary as teacher of the month for February. 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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    Congratulations to Ryan student Helena Sherman who was accepted into Showstoppers Show Choir as a future Payne Junior High 7th grader!
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    Project Linus
    All Ryan Elementary 6th grade classes teamed up and collected over $300 to buy fleece blanket kits. They made 62 blankets to donate to Project Linus. This organization gives new, homemade, blankets to children who are sick or who have experienced trauma. This is our 5th year doing the project. Project Linus website
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    Congratulations to the following Ryan Elementary students who were chosen to participate in the CUSD 6th grade honor band or orchestra. Band: Ashley Woodburn, Sarah McGowan and Helena Sherman. Orchestra: Hannah Johnson, Macey Johnson, Jordin Cowing, Jensen Holbrook and Kailani Higgins.
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    HISEF 2019 Award Winners
    Congratulations to 5th Grade award winners Kristy Nguyen, Tatum Hernandez and Eden Myers who won Honorable Mention in Physics & Astronomy at the 2019 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Levitating Magnets. HISEF 2019 Award Winners
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    HISEF 2019 Award Winners
    Congratulations to 6th Grade award winners Ashley Woodburn and Rylynn Kornegay who won Honorable Mention in Plant Sciences at the 2019 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled How Much Acid Can a Plant Take?. HISEF 2019 Award Winners
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    HISEF 2019 Award Winners
    Congratulations to 5th Grade award winners Ellie Wilde and Mckenna Jones who won 2nd Place in Physics & Astronomy at the 2019 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled The Trail of Footprints. HISEF 2019 Award Winners
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    HISEF 2019 Award Winners
    Congratulations to 5th Grade award winners Drew Martin and Logan Engelken who won Honorable Mention in Mathematical Sciences at the 2019 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Dice Probabilities. HISEF 2019 Award Winners
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    Alexandra Adams, Lions Peace Poster Contest State Winner
    On December 6, the Sun Lakes Lions Club hosted its Lions International Peace Poster awards ceremony. This program encourages young people ages 11-13 to create a poster on a different theme selected annually by Lions International. The theme for this year was "Kindness Matters." The Sun Lakes club selected the poster submitted by Alexandra Adams of Ryan Elementary forward for state judging. She won at the state level, and her poster has been sent to Lions International for further review. The International winner will receive a $5,000 award and a trip to New York. Good luck, Alexandra! Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest
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    Tower Garden
    Four classrooms at Ryan Elementary are participating in a Tower Garden STEM project. Erica Marsh's class was the first to start planting, and has already harvested lettuce and spinach twice.
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    Hygiene drive to benefit St. Vincent de Paul in Chandler
    Ryan Elementary students and staff sponsored a hygiene drive to benefit St. Vincent de Paul in Chandler.
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    Care packages to troops stationed in Afghanistan
    Ryan Elementary students and staff donated enough items to send 16 care packages to troops stationed in Afghanistan. Photo of: Ryan 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Golisch and the 16 care packages filled with items donated by Ryan students and staff. Mrs. Golisch's husband is currently stationed in Afghanistan.
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    42 turkeys donated to St. Vincent de Paul
    Ryan Elementary 6th grade students raised enough money to buy 42 turkeys to donate to St. Vincent de Paul.
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    Alex Adams
    Congratulations to Alex Adams, first place winner in the district Peace Poster Contest sponsored by the Sun Lakes Lion Club. Lions Club International - Peace Poster Contest
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    Veterans Day Picnic
    Ryan Elementary held a Veterans Day Picnic in November hosting over 350 guests.
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    Jump Rope for Heart Campaign Recognition
    At the Board meeting on Wednesday, September 12th, the American Heart Association (AHA) recognized Chandler Unified as the number one district in Arizona and the eighth in the Western States for the Jump Rope for Heart campaign. Additionally, top teachers were recognized: Jennifer Traficano (Tarwater), David Angell (Ryan) and Grace Alvarado (CTA Goodman) on 30 years of service to AHA. They also presented a CPR kit for a high school.
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    Ryan Book Fair
    Ryan Elementary parents, students and staff held a successful book fair, putting the equivalent of 2,700 books in our student's hands which will generate approximately 486,000 voluntary reading minutes!
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    Ryan Elementary Student Council
    The Ryan Elementary student council held a school supply drive to benefit Shumway Leadership Academy.
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