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    Random Acts of Kindness
    San Marcos teacher Lauren Cundiff joined teachers Michelle Capriotti (Casteel High) and Melissa Lu (Perry High) to represent the district and their schools in the Desert Financial "Random Acts of Kindness" float in the Fiesta Bowl Parade. Pictured left to right: Lauren Cundiff, Michelle Capriotti and Melissa Lu.
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    Afternoon of Science Experiments
    Jennifer Holden's 5th Grade class partnered with their Kindergarten buddy class for an afternoon of science experiments. The Arizona Science Center came out to conduct experiments, including extracting DNA from a strawberry.
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    Best Part of Me Artwork
    Amy Nettles and Lauren Delfino-Karl's classes created beautiful "BEST PART OF ME" artwork for their classroom windows. Second graders created artwork depicting the BEST parts of themselves. Staff and students LOVE walking by the positive and thoughtful messaging of this second grade art project.
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    Spelling Bee Winner and Runner Up
    San Marcos 5th and 6th Graders competed in the 2019 Spelling Bee. Teachers were impressed by all students, but ultimately 6th grader Sayra took 1st place and 5th grader Derion took 2nd place. Congratulations to all who participated.
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    Snowmen
    Governing Board member Karen McGee has a talent for crafting. She recently made 14 snowmen and donated them to preschoolers at San Marcos Elementary. The children LOVE them -- and the snowmen are enjoying their new home, too!
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    Family Feast
    San Marcos held a "Family Feast" to celebrate all of our students and families. Students Dressed to Impress during our Spirit Day and Family Feast Event. We LOVED seeing so many families and friends enjoying lunch with our students. San Marcos Family Feast Photo Album
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    Cardinals Milk and Cookies Event
    Media Specialist Jolene Gallup hosted Arizona Cardinals quarterback (and Chandler High alumni) Brett Hundley for an afternoon of reading. Brett Hundley visited San Marcos for a "Cardinals Milk and Cookies" event. Students danced with Big Red, had story time with Brett Hundley, and enjoyed milk and cookies. San Marcos students left with SMILES, high fives and autographed backpacks. Thank you, Arizona Cardinals, for supporting San Marcos students and encouraging the LOVE of reading!
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    Battle of the Books
    San Marcos Battle of the Books team members, led by Jolene Gallup and Dolores Barcelo, competed in their first competition of the year!
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    Family Engagement Reading Night
    Select second grade families were invited to "Family Engagement Reading Night." Students were able to enjoy a movie and popcorn while parents worked with the Engagement Team -- Stephanie Clark, Jolene Gallup, Amy Nettles, Lauren Delfino-Karl, Jennine Ballew, Jennifer Davis and Debbie Vickma -- on strategies to help their children become better readers. Parents left equipped with support, materials and games to help their children succeed.
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    Field Trip
    San Marcos first graders in Joan Scharich's class took a field trip to visit the Soltera Senior Living Community. Students enjoyed reading books and sharing stories with their new friends at Soltera.
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    CEF Grant Winners
    The Chandler Education Foundation (CEF) Woo Hoo Patrol visited San Marcos to award three CEF Grants which will be put towards:
    • Classroom Peace Corners
    • a Campus Wide Sensory Path, and
    • Sensory integration tools to manage behaviors and maximize student engagement

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    Q-Tip Challenge
    Judy Thompson's pre-K class had fun creating shapes and artwork using just ten Q-tips (no more, no less) in their Q-tips challenge! Judy was so proud of their thoughtful creativity and taking on the challenge!
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    Feed My Starving Children project
    San Marcos fifth grade students in Gary Johnson, Jennifer Holden, and Ashly Raymond's classes visited Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) to help pack nutritious meals for hungry children around the world. In partnership with the San Marcos student council, they were able to raise $500 to donate to FMSC while also gaining hands-on experience.
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    Legoland Field Trip
    San Marcos 3rd Grade Students in Carly Mahlmeister and Courtney Geil's classes explored scientific ideas, procedures and concepts while have a FUN time during a recent Legoland field trip. 3rd Grade Science Field Trip to Legoland Photo Album
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    Density Experiments
    Got Layers? Mrs. Holden's 5th Graders are putting density to the test during a series of hands on experiments.
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    Book Fair
    Media Specialist Jolene Gallup organized a Scholastic Book Fair recently which was a hit with San Marcos students! Congratulations to Robert (Kindergarten) and Leslie (4th Grade) who each won Scholastic Door Prizes.
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    San Marcos Party Patrol
    The San Marcos Party Patrol (a spirited group of teachers and support staff) scheduled a mid-week pick-up for our campus. Teachers lined up early for "The Traveling Cup" who provided delicious coffee beverages to energize our teachers and staff for the day!
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    Band students using Math Manipulatives
    Mrs. Dziczek's 5th and 6th grade band students are using math manipulatives to reinforce rhythms while creating their own songs.
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    Creative Outdoor Sensory Lesson
    Ms. Pullen's AM Priority Preschool students loved exploring the water tables during a creative outdoor sensory lesson!
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    San Marcos KSMB News Crew
    San Marcos KSMB News Crew is made up of 5th and 6th grade students and led daily by our AMAZING Club Sponsors, Jolene Gallup and Scott Rothman. Our KSMB News team produces and delivers the morning news EVERY day! Daily production includes announcements, student highlights, lunch menu, "This Day in History," the pledge, and our WORD of the Day! Students are then challenged to get "caught" using the Word of the Day! Dr. Henderson loves hearing our vocabulary expanding!
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    All San Marcos Preschool and Pre-K Classrooms
    San Marcos preschool and pre-K classrooms received a visit from the Arizona Health Zone to learn about the benefits of eating healthy veggies. They had a chance to create art with the veggies and taste their veggie creations.
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    Family Feast at San Marcos
    We held a Family Feast to celebrate all the students and families at San Marcos. Parents, families, friends and community members were invited to join our students at lunchtime for a Fall/Winter feast.
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    San Marcos Counselor Jennine Ballew
    Congratulations to San Marcos Counselor Jennine Ballew who won a Chandler Education Foundation (CEF) Cash for Classrooms grant to help launch her Peace Corners at San Marcos to promote positive interactions among students.
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    4th Grader Isabella Minjarez Chacon and 6th Grader Julianna Ortiz
    Chandler High's Scruffy recognized two San Marcos students, 4th Grader Isabella Minjarez Chacon and 6th Grader Julianna Ortiz, for demonstrating the 6 pillars of Chandler High School: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibly, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.
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    San Marcos Bears with PERFECT attendance in Quarter 1
    Congratulations to San Marcos Bears with PERFECT attendance in Quarter 1. Our San Marcos Perfect Attendance students celebrated their achievement with Bahama Bucks and a dance party!
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    Student Council
    Thank you to Chandler High ROTC for working with our Student Council to teach us how to fold the US Flag.
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    Jolene Gallup
    Congratulations to San Marcos teacher Jolene Gallup, one of nine CUSD teachers who recently earned their National Board Certification (NBC). The process was rigorous but worthwhile for these teachers. National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education. National Board for Professional Teaching Standards website
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    Jolene Gallup
    Congratulations to Jolene Gallup, San Marcos teachers grant winner. Fiesta Bowl Wishes for Teachers website
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    Melissa O'Malley
    Congratulations to Melissa O'Malley who was honored as the KNIX Teacher of The Month!
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    Congratulations to Wendy Loera who was nominated for the Chicanos Por La Causa Esperanza Award. About Chicanos Por La Causa
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    Student comment: "Mary Eidson is nice and helps out the preschoolers so much. She spreads joy wherever she goes!"
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    San Marcos teachers Katie Shaffer and Sue Anderson were awarded Chandler Education Foundation (CEF) grants this year. One grant will provide a color printer in our reading room to print color reports for our students information -- easily and quickly accessible to students, parents, and teachers. The other was for a storage and display teaching cart to organize and display Fundations, Grammar and Math time materials.
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    Patrick Peterson Corner at San Marcos
    Patrick Peterson Reading Corner ribbon cutting took place in the Bears' Den. The dedication of the corner was made to San Marcos to inspire a lifelong love of Reading. Patrick Peterson, in conjunction with Scholastic Books, provided the materials for the corner.
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    Niurka Sandoval
    Niurka Sandoval was awarded the TODOS Student Recognition Award for Mathematics. TODOS: Mathematics for ALL is an international professional organization that advocates for equity and excellence in mathematics education for ALL students - in particular, Latina/o students. Four students in Arizona earned the recognition an will receive an award and calculator at a banquet in Paradise Valley. TODOS: Mathematics for ALL website
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    Three Chandler Unified schools have been named A+ Schools of Excellence! The Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF) announced that Andersen Junior High, Riggs Elementary and San Marcos Elementary have received the coveted A+ Schools of Excellence™ award for the 2015-2016 school year. Applicant schools are rigorously evaluated in the areas of student focus and support, school culture, active teaching and learning, curriculum, leadership, community and parent involvement, and assessment data. Arizona Educational Foundation
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    Congratulations to Tracy Tolstedt, recepient of the "Donors Choose Award for Curious Coders." Mrs. Tolstedt received four programmable robots from donors to help further her teaching of computer coding with students. She hopes to cultivate the curiosity of coding and help students control a robot -- and their future! DonorsChoose.org Donation Page and Project Description: Curious Coders
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    Lauren Delfino-Karl, second grade teacher at San Marcos Elementary School, was named a 2016 Rodel Exemplary Teacher. She is one of 15 educators across the state recognized by Rodel.
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    The Patrick Peterson Foundation for Success placed the "Patrick Peterson Reading Corner" at San Marcos, providing the students access to books and a fun environment to read with friends.
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    Arizona Cardinals player Patrick Peterson kicked off his own reading program at San Marcos Elementary. Several local media and even ESPN showed up to film the event.
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    The Arizona Department of Education announced that San Marcos Elementary earned a 'B' grade for the 2013-2014 school-year. Arizona Department of Education
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    Si Se Puede honored eight educators from CUSD at the 14th annual Cesar Chavez recognition and awards dinner April 5 at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort. Vidal Mejia, Chandler High School; Norma Meza, Galveston Elementary; Ascencion Alexander, San Marcos Elementary and Galveston Elementary; Kathy Mejia, Santan Junior High; Lourdes Galindo, Frye Elementary; Kim Bratcher, Galveston Elementary; Yvette Rosales, Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary; Frank Narducci, Chandler Unified School District
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    Students in San Marcos running club earned a shopping trip to Big 5 after running the equivalent of a half marathon to purchase new running shoes.
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    San Marcos teacher Emily Boland, was honored to be the vocal soloist who sang America the Beautiful at the Prescott firefighter's memorial ceremony.
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    ASU's Sparky visited San Marcos last week as part of the Sparky Tour. He brought ASU athletes with him representing the ASU football, basketball, track and volleyball teams. Together they taught the kids about good character using the SPARKY acronym: Self esteem, Positive, Active, Respect, Knowledge, Yourself.
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    The Chandler Chamber of Commerce has named Sarah Burgess of Hamilton High the Educator of the Year, Cathy Giza, director of nutrition and food services, the Administrator of the Year and San Marcos paraprofessional Betty Romero the Support Staff Employee of the Year. They will be honored at a recognition dinner May 30 at the Chandler Hilton.
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    The Alliance for a Healthier Generation announced in June that San Marcos Elementary School earned a 2012 Bronze national recognition award.
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    The Arizona Department of Education announced that San Marcos Elementary received a B Grade for the 2011-12 school year. Arizona Department of Education
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    San Marcos was selected to again participate in the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant for the 2012-2013 school year. The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program provides funds for schools to provide free servings of fresh fruits and fresh vegetables throughout the day to students. The FFVP shows children that fresh fruits and vegetables are healthy and tasty alternatives to snacks high in fat, sugar, or salt.
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    Reading for the Stars: San Marcos is one of five schools in the state chosen to partner with Angie Pogue and Dr. Donald Covey with the Maricopa Education Service Agency. Reading for the Stars is a research-based initiative presented by the Maricopa County Education Service Agency
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    21st Century School Grant Recipient. San Marcos is in its 4th year of the 21st Century Grant Program. This grant provides 5 years of after school continuing education and enrichment programs for students.
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