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    CARE Center Cereal Collection
    Santan Junior High Advancement Via Individual Determination students (AVID), collected hundreds of boxes of cereal to benefit the Chandler CARE Center. Shout out to teacher Wendy Umbrianna for organizing the effort. It was a wonderful act of love!
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    Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair
    Congratulations to Ryan Fisk and Meera Domadia who won 1st Place in Animal Sciences, Junior Division (7th - 8th Grade) at the 2020 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Oily Feathers. HISEF 2020 Award Winners
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    Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair
    Congratulations to Adelaide Howard, Sidney Weed and Jocelyn Dickey who won 2nd Place in Cellular & Molecular Biology, Junior Division (7th - 8th Grade) at the 2020 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Tomato DNA. HISEF 2020 Award Winners
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    Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair
    Congratulations to Alexis Taylor who won 1st Place in Cellular & Molecular Biology, Junior Division (7th - 8th Grade) at the 2020 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Germy Places. HISEF 2020 Award Winners
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    Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair
    Congratulations to Alexandra Longfellow who won 3rd Place in Chemistry, Junior Division (7th - 8th Grade) at the 2020 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Apple Browning. HISEF 2020 Award Winners
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    Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair
    Congratulations to Brian Chung and Alex Coles who won 3rd Place in Computer Science, Junior Division (7th - 8th Grade) at the 2020 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Insiteful Experiment. HISEF 2020 Award Winners
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    Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair
    Congratulations to Kole Fluckiger, Madison McPoland and Layla Hammad who won Honorable Mention in Earth & Planetary Science, Junior Division (7th - 8th Grade) at the 2020 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Soil Wars. HISEF 2020 Award Winners
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    Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair
    Congratulations to Joshua Sherman, Landyn Morgan and Niall Sphier who won Honorable Mention in Earth & Planetary Science, Junior Division (7th - 8th Grade) at the 2020 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Tsunami vs Structure. HISEF 2020 Award Winners
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    Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair
    Congratulations to Tyler Mesias, Ashton McClinton and Isaac Franco who won Water Wise Award in Environmental Sciences, Junior Division (7th - 8th Grade) at the 2020 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Water Vapor. HISEF 2020 Award Winners
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    Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair
    Congratulations to Collin Hale and Kallan Speider who won 1st Place in Physics & Astronomy, Junior Division (7th - 8th Grade) at the 2020 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Does Insulation Affect Sound?. HISEF 2020 Award Winners
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    Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair
    Congratulations to Sierra Powers and Nola Smith who won 2nd Place in Plant Sciences, Junior Division (7th - 8th Grade) at the 2020 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Cross Pollination. HISEF 2020 Award Winners
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    Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair
    Congratulations to Isabelle Stubbs who won 3rd Place in Plant Sciences, Junior Division (7th - 8th Grade) at the 2020 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Root to Success. HISEF 2020 Award Winners
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    Convection Currents
    Seventh grade students at Santan Junior High learned about convection currents, both in the earth and the atmosphere. To illustrate the concept, they built and launched hot air balloons to help students make connections with convection and the lift of the balloons into the sky. It was a fun day for all who participated.
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    Santan Junior High Cheer Team
    Santan Junior High won the state championship for the sixth year in a row in Junior High Show Cheer (Large) at the Arizona State Cheerleading/Pom Tournament held on February 7 and 8 in the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The team is coached by Heather Kochanski and Kailey Fisher.
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    Superintendent's Student Citizenship Award winner: Jake Byars excels in both academic and personal pursuits. He has a passion and desire to make change in the world. His planning and organization of first-ever school Volunteer Fair was particularly impressive. He contacted all the non-profit organizations, organized the event, contacted junior high and high schools to invite them, promoted and oversaw the event as it unfolded. More than 300 junior and high school students attended and will benefit from networking with volunteer organizations around the valley.
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    Team 7A
    Santan Junior High - team 7A went to Harkins to watch "The Outsiders" after reading the novel.
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    Bronson Gentner
    Congratulations to Bronson Gentner whose Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest entry was selected as the school winner for Santan Junior High. 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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    SJHS Cheer Champions
    Santan Junior High cheer placed first in the USA National Qualifier and will represent CUSD at the National Cheer Competition in Anaheim, California in February. They are defending last year's title.
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    Ana Abbott
    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
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    Ana Abbott
    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.
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    Volunteer Fair
    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!
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    East Valley Conference Champions
    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.
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    Fundraiser Results
    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.
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    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!
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    Heather Yordy
    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!
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    WEB Where Everyone Belongs
    WEB (Where Everyone Belongs - facilitated by Donna Gustufson) successfully welcomed students to Santan Junior High!
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    Santan Junior High Sports
    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.
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    Celebration of Diversity
    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.
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    Donna Gustafson
    Arizona Diamondbacks and Breyer Law Group awarded Santan Junior High and teacher Donna Gustafson a $2,500 "Game Changer" grant. Additionally, the school was provided 150 tickets to the game against the Pirates where they will be recognized in a pre-game ceremony.
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    Alysa Olson
    Santan Junior High teacher Alysa Olson is the recipient of another SRP Robotics Grant for $5,000. This is her fourth year in a row to earn this grant for a total of $20,000. Congratulations!
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    Santan Junior High's Indoor Percussion winterguard
    Congratulations to Santan Junior High's Indoor Percussion winterguard who won the state championship on March 29-30 at Arizona State University in the junior high division.
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    Kathleen Mejia
    The Sun Lakes Rotary last week honored Kathleen Mejia from Santan Junior High as teacher of the month for April. 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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    Alex Coles
    Santan Junior High seventh grader Alex Coles won the Phoenix Suns and Southwest "Heart of Freedom" Essay and Poster Contest. By winning this year's Phoenix Suns & Southwest Airlines "Heart of Freedom" Art and Essay contest, he and one parent won a trip to Houston, Texas, all-expense paid.
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    SJHS Indoor Drumline
    Congratulations to our Santan Junior High indoor drumline for capping off their undefeated season with a first place finish at WGAZ (Winter Guard Arizona) Championships at the end of March. This makes our Santan indoor drumline State Champs! YouTube: SJHS Indoor Drumline
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    Santan Junior High Cheer Teams
    Santan Junior High cheer teams won the U.S.A. Championship in Anaheim, California in the "Show Cheer Advanced" and the "All Girl Stunt" team categories. The girls set goals and made them happen through determination and hard work.
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    Megan Jeffers
    Santan Junior High eighth grade teacher Megan Jeffers was selected as a presenter at the National Excellence in Mathematics Conference at Chandler-Gilbert Community College on March 2. She is the only non-collegiate presenter selected. Megan will be presenting to at least 70 teachers in two different sessions on how to integrate tools/technology into lessons.
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    HISEF 2019 Award Winners
    Congratulations to 7th Grade award winner Aarush Murari who won 3rd Place in Earth & Planetary Science at the 2019 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Are our cities getting hotter?. HISEF 2019 Award Winners
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    HISEF 2019 Award Winners
    Congratulations to 7th Grade award winners Bryson Ring, Aidan Knight and Pierre Foster who won 3rd Place in Physics & Astronomy at the 2019 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Soaring High in the Sky with the K-9 Cannon. HISEF 2019 Award Winners
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    HISEF 2019 Award Winners
    Congratulations to 7th Grade award winners Claire Schwartz and Leah Goble who won Honorable Mention in Plant Sciences at the 2019 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled What is the effect of soil types on how tall a plant grows?. HISEF 2019 Award Winners
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    HISEF 2019 Award Winners
    Congratulations to 8th Grade award winners Sahir Jahan and Andrew Mickey who won 1st Place in Engineering at the 2019 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Water Desalination. HISEF 2019 Award Winners
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    HISEF 2019 Award Winners
    Congratulations to 8th Grade award winner Michelle Hu who won 1st Place in Plant Sciences at the 2019 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled The Silver Lining of Nanosilver. HISEF 2019 Award Winners
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    HISEF 2019 Award Winners
    Congratulations to 7th Grade award winners Laurence Nabboud, Stella Jones and Regan Acevedo who won 2nd Place in Behavioral & Social Sciences at the 2019 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Music Maddness. HISEF 2019 Award Winners
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    HISEF 2019 Award Winners
    Congratulations to 7th Grade award winners Taylor Steinhilber, Angela Chang and Tomiyah Shines who won 2nd Place in Plant Sciences at the 2019 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Battle of the plants. HISEF 2019 Award Winners
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    Santan Junior High Cheer Team
    Santan Junior High's Cheer team, coached by Chalene Baxter, Heather Kochanski and Dustin Santoni, had an exciting weekend, winning the State Championship again for the fifth time in a row. A 5-Man Stunt team was added this year, and they won State Championship, too! Santan Cheer is heading next to Nationals in California.
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    Nathan Groenwold
    Nathan Groenwold, seventh grader at Santan Junior High, won the runner-up prize for the National Plant Mash Up contest sponsored by Scholastic Books. He combined two plants into a hybrid, drew it, and explained the properties it has that will benefit others. Nathan won a $250 gift certificate to buy online Scholastic Books. Rhea Steyer, English Language Arts teacher, will also receive $500 to purchase Scholastic books for her language arts classroom thanks to Nathan.
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    Santan Junior High's Service Club
    Santan Junior High's Service Club partnered with the #LoveUp Foundation to collect hygiene supplies for foster children. They collected more than 2,000 donation items and were able to pack more than 150 bags to give to foster children. #LoveUp Foundation website
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    Santan Junior High Cheer Team
    Santan Junior High cheer earned first place both in Team Performance and Stunt Group at the USA Open recently.
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    Boosters, Nicole Pyle, Jodi Zvada, Mel Mesias, Kathy Cunningham and Kellie McClanahan
    Our amazing Boosters presented Principal Kowalinski with a check for $10,000 to go towards the purchase of a COW (Computer cart On Wheels). Our parents and community have supported Santan Junior High through a variety of fundraisers all year long!
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    Kim Welsh and Peggy Newendyke
    Peggy Newendyke recently wrote a grant to support our Unified Sports, allowing athletic equipment and uniforms to be a part of the ongoing athleticism in our year-round sports.
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    Stacey Celestino
    Santan Junior High art teacher Stacey Celestino has submitted her work to Disney and was accepted as a freelance artist. She is officially under contract and will begin creating paintings of their characters and stories. She will start with Ariel from The Little Mermaid and will create her interpretation of Ariel and her story.
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