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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008494 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
    Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair
    Congratulations to Lexi Swint and Aracely Soto who won 1st Place in Engineering, Elementary Division (5th - 6th Grade) at the 2020 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Pool Surface Cleaner. HISEF 2020 Award Winners
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    Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair
    Congratulations to Lucy Wegener and Aline Moody who won 1st Place in Behavioral & Social Sciences, Elementary Division (5th - 6th Grade) at the 2020 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Memory Madness. HISEF 2020 Award Winners
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008501 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
    Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair
    Congratulations to Emmie Conti, Michael Nellis and Alexis Lawmaster who won 1st Place in Environmental Sciences, Elementary Division (5th - 6th Grade) at the 2020 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Worldwide Waters. HISEF 2020 Award Winners
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008502 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
    Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair
    Congratulations to Grant Moberg, Max Cain and Sophia Lyons who won 3rd Place in Environmental Sciences, Elementary Division (5th - 6th Grade) at the 2020 Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF) for the project titled Sea Savers. HISEF 2020 Award Winners
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008392 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
    Brynn Prince
    Santan Elementary first grader Brynn Prince was named "Kind Kid of The Month" for February. Recipients of this award are nominated for acts of kindness that are witnessed around the school. Brynn's nomination read: "Brynn comes to school each day with a smile on her face and a great attitude towards learning. She is always willing to help her classmates and her teacher."
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008298 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
    Triple A Award Winners
    Congratulations to this years' Triple-A Award winners: student Emmie Conti; co-volunteers Bridget Arenson and Bekki Patzer; and teacher Danica Schroeder!
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008337 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
    Phoenix Open Dream Day
    Santan Elementary was invited to the Waste Management Phoenix Open Dream Day sponsored by the First Tee. The fifth and sixth grade students had a lot of fun! Shane Doan, Archie Bradley, and Larry Fitzgerald showed up to talk about hard work and leadership.
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008380 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
    Student Council Convention
    Santan Elementary student council spent several weeks planning around the theme "Exploring Leadership." The students decided on a Magic School Bus theme and created a chant, banner, collage, costumes, and name tags. At the district Student Council Convention, Santan Stormers won Best Costume. Student Council Convention Photo Album
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008263 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)

    Superintendent's Student Citizenship Award winner: Emmie Conti has excellent character, she is positive and has an energy that is contagious to those around her. She is a genuine, humble and very kind young lady. She is involved in school clubs and also the Student Council president. She is always willing to go out of her way for her peers and her teachers. Congratulations, Emmie!
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008139 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
    Officer Fitch and K-9
    Third grade students at Santan Elementary were lucky enough to get a visit from Officer Fitch and his K-9 partner Duko in January. Students are currently working on a weekly Journeys story titled, Aero and Officer Mike. This story is an informational text about the everyday duties/life of a police officer and his K-9. Chandler Police Department was gracious enough to agree to come to Santan and offer insight on this topic, creating a "text to world" experience for all students involved! Officer Fitch and K-9 Visit Photo Album
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008103 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
    Kim Sanford
    Congratulations to Kim Sanford of Santan Elementary who achieved National Board Certification in December 2019. The process to earn this advanced certification beyond the Arizona state requirements is rigorous and long. Kim was required to write over 40 pages to show evidence of her teaching and take multiple assessments. She is one of four Chandler teachers to attain this certification this year. Thank you, Kim Sanford, for your dedication to your students and Santan!
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008105 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
    Cedrick Esguerra
    Congratulations to Cedrick Esguerra for being recognized as Santan Elementary's Kind Kid of the Month. This award is for students who are nominated by their peers for acts of kindness. Cedrick's nomination read: "Cedrick is so kind to people. He's a wonderful friend, a good influence and always very positive." Cedrick received a gift card for Menchie's yogurt and will have this same photo on our wall. This award is sponsored by the Santan Elementary PTO and Menchie's.
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008016 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
    Toy Drive
    Santan Elementary Student Council participated in the Chandler CARE Center's Toy Drive in December. Toy Drive Photo Album
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008156 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
    Spreading Cheer
    Santan Elementary student council spread holiday cheer at Clarendale Assisted Living in Chandler. They spent time caroling for the residents and chatting with them during their dinnertime. The STUCO students had a blast, and based on the smiles and cheers from the residents, they loved it too!
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008014 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
    Project Cuddle Up
    Every December, fifth grade students give back to the community through a project called Project Cuddle-Up. Students donate supplies to create tied fleece blankets to be donated to Paz de Cristo Community Center, an interfaith community outreach program. This years' 5th graders created 91 blankets that will be distributed by Paz de Cristo to individuals in need this winter season. This project means a lot to the students and their teachers because of the warmth that the blankets will provide and love that the blankets represent to those in need. Project Cuddle Up Photo Album
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008015 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
    Making Salad
    Ms. Logan's 3rd grade class celebrated their first vegetable garden harvest by making a green salad. Students prepared the salad from garden to table and discovered how rewarding growing vegetables can be. Garden Harvest and Making Salad Photo Album
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007993 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
    Feed My Starving Children
    Santan staff and their families participated in a social activity at Feed My Starving Children - Mesa. Together, they were able to pack 208 boxes of food for children in need!
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008078 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)

    The Arizona Department of Education announced that Santan Elementary received an "A" grade for the 2018-19 school year.
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007845 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
    Kind Kid of the Month
    Santan Elementary third grader Connor James was named "Kind Kid of the Month." Recipients of this award are nominated by their peers for acts of kindness that are witnessed around the school. Connor was nominated because he put a translation for ""Welcome to our school!" in Chinese up on the door for a new girl who doesn't speak English.
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007685 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
    Kids Heart Challenge
    Santan Elementary students raised $7,846 for the American Heart Association during their Kids Heart Challenge this year! Way to go, Stormers! Because they met their goal (in fact, they almost tripled it), Santan Elementary students got to watch Principal Amy O'Neal, Dean Bryon Houy, Counselor Vanessa Pepoon and PE teacher Kelly Saadi crack eggs on their heads... some of which were hard boiled, and some which were not!
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007686 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
    Cole Ortiz
    Cole Ortiz received the Santan Kind Kid Award for the month of September, sponsored by Menchie's Frozen Yogurt and the Santan PTO. Congratulations, Cole!
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007620 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
    Extra Yard for the Teacher
    Santan Elementary was recognized Saturday night at the Arizona State Sun Devils Football game by the College Football Playoff Foundation, Pac-12 Conference and Sun Devil Athletics with a grant from the Extra Yard for Teachers program!
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007586 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
    Thanking Police for their Service
    In honor of 9/11, Santan first graders thank local Chandler Police officers for their service. (Canines, too!)
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007584 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
    STEAM Lab Preparation
    Santan Elementary students had the opportunity to explore in the zSpace bus before the new zSpaces arrive for the STEAM lab!
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007585 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
    Kennedy Hendley
    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!
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007556 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
    Sun Devil Athletics
    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.
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007349 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
    Lisa Rittenhouse
    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
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007259 Santan Elementary (2018-2019)
    Food Bank Donation
    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.
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A006368 Santan Elementary (2018-2019)
    Reeghan Arp and Cayden Heddleston
    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.
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A006589 Santan Elementary (2018-2019)
    HISEF 2019 Award Winners
    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
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A006074 Santan Elementary (2018-2019)
    Project Cuddle-Up
    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.
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A006060 Santan Elementary (2018-2019)
    Santan Elementary's Running Club
    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!
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A005982 Santan Elementary (2018-2019)
    Kelly Saadi
    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!"
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    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
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    Chandler Mayor Tibshraeny
    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!
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A005343 Santan Elementary (2017-2018)
    Drama Club 2018 Little Mermaid Jr. Musical
    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)
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A005076 Santan Elementary (2017-2018)
    Isaac Eskue and Jack Ross
    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
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A005017 Santan Elementary (2017-2018)
    Zoey Hart
    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.
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    Paul Rittenhouse (left) and Daniel Schwartz (right)
    Congratulations to Paul Rittenhouse (trombone) and Daniel Schwartz (alto saxophone) who were selected to represent Santan Elementary in the CUSD Honor Band.
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    Grant Moberg, Brent Robinson and Daphne Norman
    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Santan Elementary special education teacher Rachel Chiaramonte
    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.
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    Santan Elementary alum and fourth grade teacher, Danica Schroeder
    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.
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    Ms. Logan's Class Garden
    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.
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    Spelling Bee
    Congratulations to Preston Bambanian, winner of Santan Elementary's spelling bee.
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    Santan PTO-sponsored Holiday Toy Drive
    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.
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