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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009322 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Sasha Gesner
Sasha Gesner participated in last week's Early Signing event and has committed to swim at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009323 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Lillie Fritz
Lillie Fritz participated in last week's Early Signing event and has committed to participating in acrobatics and tumbling at Gatton University.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009324 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Sarah Plant
Sarah Plant participated in last week's Early Signing event and has committed to compete in Triathlon at East Tennessee State University.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009325 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Kaylie Ray
Kaylie Ray participated in last week's Early Signing event and has committed to playing Volleyball at Utah State.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009326 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Monet Wittier
Monet Wittier participated in last week's Early Signing event and has committed to playing Volleyball at South Mountain Community College.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009327 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Makayla Hunter
Makayla Hunter participated in last week's Early Signing event and has committed to compete in Track and Field at Indiana University.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009328 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Math Team
Five members of the Chandler High Math Team, seniors Katarina Fenner and Chandler Ostroff, juniors Todd Applegate and Brandon Bowers, and sophomore, Alex Foster took part in an online qualifying round contest through Mathleague.org on Saturday, November 14. Congratulations to Katarina Fenner for a 3rd place finish among all the 12th graders, and to Katarina and Todd Applegate for qualifying to move on to the next State level contest!
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Visit Patterson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009329 Patterson Elementary (2020-2021)
Clean Classroom Award
Ms. Hough's 5th graders won the Clean Classroom Award this week for having a neat and organized classroom.
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Visit Basha Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009318 Basha Elementary (2020-2021)
Hope
What's your hope? Our students and staff thought about this question throughout the week. It was amazing and eye opening! Thank you, Mrs. Sherri Beck, for organizing this.
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Visit Bologna Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009320 Bologna Elementary (2020-2021)
STEM projects
Our fourth grade team creates STEM projects to keep students engaged.
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Visit Bologna Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009321 Bologna Elementary (2020-2021)
Learning About the Global Economy
For our 2nd grade social science unit, students learned how a global economy works and how they can contribute back to our community. Funds were raised for Alex's Lemonade Stand!
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Visit Jacobson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009332 Jacobson Elementary (2020-2021)
Honoring our Veterans
Jacobson Jets have displayed nearly 200 stars honoring specific veterans from across the United States. Students and families created stars to be hung in the glass office. This is such a wonderful project for our whole school, to remember to say "thank you."
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Visit Jacobson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009282 Jacobson Elementary (2020-2021)
Crossing Guard Norman
Jacobson staff and community celebrate their school crossing guard Norman, who is a military veteran.
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Visit Bologna Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009319 Bologna Elementary (2020-2021)
1st Grade Artists
Our first grade artists are learning about warm and cool colors! They were inspired by the art of Ted Harrison.
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Visit Jacobson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009281 Jacobson Elementary (2020-2021)
Chandler Care Center Food Drive
Congratulations to Mrs. Wright's sixth grade students! Students have collected nearly 200 items to support the Chandler Care Center's holiday food drive.
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Visit Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009228 Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus (2020-2021)
Yoojin Han and Sebastian Javadpoor
Congratulations to seniors Yoojin Han and Sebastian Javadpoor on earning the National Speech & Debate Association's Academic All American award! This coveted award recognizes academic rigor, competitive speech and debate success, and personal excellence. From more than 141,000 student members of the National Speech & Debate Association, fewer than 1% of students earn the Academic All American award every year. This tremendous achievement places Yoojin and Sebastian among the top one-percent of all student members across the country!
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Visit Patterson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009330 Patterson Elementary (2020-2021)
Clean Classroom Award
Miss Ackerman's 1st grade class won the Clean Classroom trophy for having a neat and organized classroom.
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Visit Basha Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009235 Basha Elementary (2020-2021)
Mirrors and Windows Classroom Library Project
Basha staff had a great time with our Mirrors and Windows Classroom Library project yesterday. Teachers are looking critically at our classroom libraries to make sure our students and the world around us are represented in the literature in our rooms. Photo Album
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Visit Basha Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009236 Basha Elementary (2020-2021)
Basha Bobcats and Playworks
Student leadership is critical at Basha Elementary. Our Junior Coaches are learning how to support their fellow Bobcats at recess.
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Visit Jacobson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009280 Jacobson Elementary (2020-2021)
School Shopping Showdown
Tough Competition - Bring It! Jacobson JETS are in a tough competition with the Tarwater Toros for the annual School Cents award, through the Chandler Mall. It's an easy way to support our PTO who directly supports our students with supplemental academic programs, playground equipment and so much more. Don't forget to shop, shop, shop till you drop and turn in your receipts in our front office OR send them in with your student! Take a look at the shopping-showdown that happened between Principal Wolf and Principal Hale! It might just make you laugh out loud... and we all need a little laughter these days. YouTube video: School Shopping Showdown
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Visit Bologna Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009237 Bologna Elementary (2020-2021)
Red Ribbon Week Door Decoration
In honor of Red Ribbon week, our teachers decorated their doors to celebrate one of their favorite children's books. Congratulations to our winners: Mrs. Silva (1st Place), Mrs. Becerra (2nd Place), and Ms. Hasan, Mr. Oshita, and Mrs. Vasquez (3rd Place)! Photo Album
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Visit Patterson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009265 Patterson Elementary (2020-2021)
Clean Classroom Award
Mrs. Carr's 3rd grade students earned the Clean Classroom trophy for keeping their classroom clean and organized. Congratulations!
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009253 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Riana Alexander
Riana Alexander won the Champion Angus in the beef cattle division at the Arizona Virtual State Fair and Livestock Show. Murphy is an Angus steer that weighs 800 lbs.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009254 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Annabelle Williams
Annabelle Williams won the Grand Champion Reserve Feeder in the beef cattle division at the Arizona Virtual State Fair and Livestock Show. Butterscotch is a crossbreed steer that weighs 700 lbs.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009255 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Chandra Andazola
Chandra Andazola placed third in the Prospect Beef Division at the Arizona Virtual State Fair and Livestock Show. Blanco is a Charolais steer that weighs 850 lbs.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009256 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Ian Hirota
Ian Hirota broke the Chandler High school record (previously set by Mark Jurek in 2014) in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 58.89.
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Visit Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009227 Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus (2020-2021)

ACP Erie Knights Innovators' Hydro-Heat project has been nominated for the 2020 Maricopa County Climate and Health Champion Award recognition program by Maricopa County. The Maricopa County Climate and Health Champions Recognition Program was established in 2017 as part of the Bridging Climate Change and Public Health (BCCPH) Strategic Plan to build community awareness and knowledge about climate health and share information about successful interventions. This program celebrates those in our community that are working to improve health and quality of life through efforts that counter the health impacts of climate change. ACP students involved in this project are: Omina Nematova, Kailtyn Lai, Sohani Sandhu, Abraham Troop, Alex Kroumov, Jacob Kaufman-Warner Diya Nath, Nealin Banerjee and Daniel Wu.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009252 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Sara Wyffels
The Arizona Educational Foundation named Sra. Sara Wyffels, Chandler High School Spanish Teacher, the Arizona 2021 Teacher of the Year. Sra. Wyffels was selected from the five 2021 Ambassadors for Excellence that were identified by the foundation last month as finalists. The award was announced during the Arizona Educational Foundation's virtual awards ceremony on Friday, October 23rd. Sara will go on to represent Arizona in the National Teacher of the Year, travel to Washington, D.C (pending), travel to the International Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama and collect $15,000. Congratulations, Sara!
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Visit Jacobson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009278 Jacobson Elementary (2020-2021)
Using Thinking Maps
Jacobson English Language Learner students are PROUD! Here they use thinking maps to help them organize their thoughts and ideas about Fall break experiences.
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Visit Jacobson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009279 Jacobson Elementary (2020-2021)
Using Thinking Maps
Jacobson students play it safe and FLY with PRIDE! Fourth grade students from Mrs. Estevez's class created stay-safe posters for the entire school. Students used thinking maps to capture their ideas about helpful reminder posters: One student's poster said, "STAY-SAFE so we can STAY-TOGETHER!" Photo Album
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Visit Patterson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009264 Patterson Elementary (2020-2021)
Clean Classroom Award
Mrs. Barz's 2nd graders earned the Clean Classroom Award this week for having a neat and tidy classroom to work. Congratulations!
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Visit Patterson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009263 Patterson Elementary (2020-2021)
Pennies for Patients Program
Mrs. Sterling and our student council officers helped our community raise $10,318 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Pennies for Patients program. We were a top raising school, earning 3rd place overall.
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Visit Rice Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009267 Rice Elementary (2020-2021)
Donation of Paper Microscopes
Moira MacCatherine, President of Perry High's Women In STEM Club and our former student along with Club Officers delivered 180 paper microscopes for our students. The gift was received by Rice Student Council President, Greyson Spragg. We are so grateful!
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009248 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Eli Sanders
Eli Sanders has been named the Arizona Cardinals High School Player of the Week for his tremendous game against Pinnacle. Sanders, a Boise State commit, rushed for 213 yards and four touchdowns in just the first half of the Wolves' 64-0 win over the Pioneers. Congratulations, Eli!
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009249 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Christy Herndon
Congratulations to Christy Herndon, Chandler High Family and Consumer Science Teacher, who won a $5,000 Fiesta Bowl "Wishes for Teachers" grant for her program last year. The grant is especially beneficial for her students who do not have access to technology at home. With the new equipment in the classroom, her students now have the opportunity to complete their resumes and work portfolios to prepare for their Child Development Associate degree before they graduate. Fiesta Bowl Wishes for Teachers - Teacher Feature: Christy Herndon
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Cess Ibarra
Offensive Lineman Cess Ibarra has been selected as a 2020 Great American Rivalry Series Scholar Athlete. This award is presented by the US Marine Corps in partnership with the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009251 Chandler High (2020-2021)
DeCarlos Brooks
DeCarlos Brooks, Chandler High alumnus and current Cal Berkeley student and football player, has been named Cal's Scholar-Athlete of the Week.
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Visit Patterson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009262 Patterson Elementary (2020-2021)
Clean Classroom Trophy
Mrs. Lutz's 6th grade students earned the Clean Classroom trophy for keeping their classroom neat and tidy. Congratulations!
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Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A009239 Casteel High (2020-2021)

Note of appreciation: "I was privileged to work with the janitorial group at Casteel High this summer. They are amazing, efficient, caring, thrifty and very resourceful! Martha excels in managing her staff, Melissa taught me how to be a GREAT janitor! Of course, this past summer was the summer of cleanliness and I worked at a few different schools, but Casteel High School's motivated, efficient caring group stands out! The honor was all mine just to be able to work with these people. They truly deserve recognition!"
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Visit Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009226 Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus (2020-2021)

Sixteen ACP seniors have been named Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations Knights! About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. These Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2021 competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
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Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A009343 Hamilton High (2020-2021)

Hamilton High was recognized nationally with two winners in the SIFMA (Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association) InvestWrite essay competition. Judges from the financial industry judge thousands of essays, and the competition is tough. The winning essays from Hamilton High School were submitted by Economics teacher Mike Lisi and were written by brothers Maxwell Bergman and Samuel Bergman. Maxwell earned a 4th place national finish, while Samuel earned a 7th place finish. The InvestWrite Financial Literacy Competition is sponsored by the Arizona Council on Economic Education (ACEE) and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). Arizona Council on Economic Education press release: Arizona students take honors in national investment essay contest
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Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A009238 Casteel High (2020-2021)

Congratulations, Paula Hortig! You are the 10th grade winner in this year's Honor Our Heroes Veterans Day Essay Competition and have earned a cash prize of $200 courtesy of Durant's Restaurant in Phoenix.
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Visit Jacobson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009259 Jacobson Elementary (2020-2021)

Comment from a substitute teacher: "Dear Staff/Teachers: As a substitute teacher, I was made to feel like a part of the regular teaching staff. The front office managers and the Principal, Liz Wolf, are amazing people. Everyone is so kind and friendly."
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Visit Jacobson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009277 Jacobson Elementary (2020-2021)
Attendance Award Winners
We celebrate some of our superstars this week! Three Jacobson staff members won a district award for attendance. Congratulations to Miss Aubry, Miss Shannon, and Miss Trisha! We could not service our amazing students and community without their help each day. It takes a VILLAGE!
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Visit Basha High Website Report a Problem with Item A009342 Basha High (2020-2021)

Congratulations to Basha's early childhood education (ECE) program, one of only two Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs from across the state highlighted in this year's Arizona CTE Fact Sheet. Recognition of Basha High's ECE program is also posted on the national Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) website. 2020 Arizona CTE Fact Sheet
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Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A009345 Chandler Unified School District (2020-2021)

CUSD has a record 66 National Merit semifinalists this year, including 45 from Hamilton High. We wish them luck in becoming National Merit Scholars. They are among 16,000 semifinalists nationwide out of more than 1.6 million students. In May, 7,500 finalists will be chosen to win the scholarship.
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Phoenix Fire Department Batallion Chief Danny Gile
Phoenix Fire Department Batallion Chief Danny Gile came to Basha's 5th Grade classes to discuss fire prevention, fires and the chemical reaction of them, and fire safety. Because it is part of the new Social Science Integration curriculum for 5th grade, the students were engaged in great conversations with Chief Gile. At the end, the students timed him as he put his turn out gear on in less than one minute. Liam Acklam, Grace Gile and Sophia Schultz were dressed up in his gear to show students how it all worked! Photo Album
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Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A009258 Hamilton High (2020-2021)
Hamilton Theatre
Hamilton Theatre received several nominations and three National Youth Arts wins.
Awards:
  • Lead Performance in a Musical: Kristiana Corona as Anna in Frozen Jr.
  • Lead Performance in a Musical: Jessica Wastchak as Elsa in Frozen Jr.
  • Featured Performance in a Play: Riley Van Cleve as Teacher in The Butterfly Queen

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First Grade Authors
First graders in all four classes were excited this week! They read a story with Mrs. Wolf and wrote about how they are blooming already this year. Hooray for first grade AUTHORS!
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Homemade Mask Donation
Ms. Laticia Mehta graciously donated 20 homemade masks to be given out to any student who forgets theirs or if one breaks. THANK YOU for the kind, thoughtful, and generous donation!
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