Honors, Awards and Special Programs
Honors, Awards and Special Programs
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Chandler High - (2019-2020) Mr. Sam Alexander, Chandler High Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher, is inspiring students and staff school-wide with signs of encouragement, kindness and caring. He welcomes his students with a sign each day as they enter his classroom, and he walks the halls inspiring others. One student shared that he walks his friend to class just to see the "sign guy."
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler FFA (Future Farmers of America) visited Knox Elementary School to teach Pre-Kindergartens about the letters C and D. Students were able to hold chicks, play chicken poop bingo, create a chicken while learning shapes, and read a book about cows.
Hull Elementary - (2019-2020) The Be Kind Crew came to Hull on Friday, August 16 to share the Be Kind message and have kids understand through music and dance what it means to Be Kind People!
Bologna Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Viana, Gabriel, Kenya, Shukuru, Ariza, Esperanza, Deja, Nadine, Hamisi, Tristan, Jordan, Rylee and Jackson on your Destination College Graduation this summer! Chandler Education Foundation: Destination College website
Bologna Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Damien, Mayra, Anthony, Katerina, Polo, Audrina and Caden on your Destination College Graduation this summer! Chandler Education Foundation: Destination College website
Hancock Elementary - (2019-2020) Our students are enjoying their STEM lessons. They had a chance to build their own robots because of a grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation.
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) ACP Erie student Hannah Tsay entered the National History Day (NHD), a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression for 6th to 12th grade students. By participating in NHD, students become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history. Motivated by Sea Stories, High-Schooler Enters National Competition
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) Positive Coaching Alliance is honored to annually award nearly 150 scholarships totaling nearly $150,000 across the US to student-athletes who strive to be a Triple-Impact Competitor, impacting sport on three levels by working to improve themselves, their teammates, and their sport as a whole. These finalists were selected from more than 3,500 applicants who received nearly 7,500 references in support of their application. It was a very competitive group and these finalists rose to the top! Of the 15 Arizona finalists, ACP Erie has 5! Congratulations to: Emma Byrd, Ahlias Jones, Krista Rowan, Owen Sullins, and Tendall Weigand. Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Finalists
Arizona College Prep - Oakland Campus - (2019-2020) Congratulations to ACP Oakland student Jacob Paton-Lloyd who was selected for and attended Arizona State University's Barrett Summer Scholars Program. This residential progam selects academically talented students from across the state to engage in college-level coursework under the supervision of ASU professors. Jacob focussed his work on forensic entomology and critical thinking. ASU Barrett Summer Scholars
Frye Elementary - (2019-2020) Our Frye second graders learn about American Symbols: the Statue of Liberty!
Frye Elementary - (2019-2020) All Frye Staff participated Tourniquet Training in partnership with Chandler Regional Hospital.
Frye Elementary - (2019-2020) Frye teachers came in on a Saturday to learn and enhance their writing instruction.
Frye Elementary - (2019-2020) Miss Abigail Bligh and her 5th and 6th Grade CASE students implemented a Coffee Cart on Fridays for the staff at Frye. The students work on life skills and social skills by preparing the orders and delivering the coffee to staff members. This program empowers the students and has added a new and fun aspect to the amazing community the staff and students have created at Frye Elementary.
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) Thank you to the Elks Lodge of Chandler who gave every Hartford Sylvia Encinas third grade student a bilingual dictionary.
Hull Elementary - (2019-2020) Channel 3 featured our Mindfulness room at Hull on Good Morning Arizona!
Knox Gifted Academy - (2019-2020) Knox Gifted Academy third grader Daniel Yan is competing in the World Youth Chess Championship. The 2019 World Youth Chess Championship is the world's top-level youth chess event. The main competition venue is located in Weifang International Leisure Sports Town (Shandong, China).
San Marcos Elementary - (2019-2020) Ms. Pullen's AM Priority Preschool students loved exploring the water tables during a creative outdoor sensory lesson!
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) Mrs. Hickey's kindergarten class kicked off the year learning about friendships and working well with others.
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) Miss Roberts' fifth grade class began the year by setting personal and learning goals.
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) The Hartford adults came out in full force for the first principal coffee of the year. The adults are invited to a monthly coffee where they can receive updates about the school and share information from the community.
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) Our families had great attendance at our annual curriculum and Title I meeting.
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) Mr. Plitz and his third grade advanced TOP (Talent + Opportunity = Promise) class created a school mascot with their new 3-D printer.
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) A group of 30 fifth graders had the opportunity to attend Destination College with Mr. Morales Ruan. Thank you to Chandler Education Foundation (CEF) for sponsoring this amazing opportunity! Chandler Education Foundation: Destination College website
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to our amazing custodial team, who were recognized for keeping our school clean!
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) Hartford had a large group of staff members who attended the inaugural Deep Equity Symposium.
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) The hardworking and dedicated staff committed two days to learning more about Thinking Maps and Writing... always striving to learn more!
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) A group of Hartford students was recognized for completing SEVEN years at Hartford! They entered as preschoolers and left as amazing sixth graders.
Hull Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Logan Boyer, past Hull Elementary student, who has made it to pro-baseball with the Los Angeles Dodgers! San Diego Union-Tribune - MLB Draft: SDSU's Boyer ready to begin pro career with Dodgers organization
Payne Junior High - (2019-2020) Our original Payne Staff from 2005 recently celebrated their longevity and commitment! These are the people who are still at Payne Junior High since the school's inception in 2005. Dr. Craig Gilbert, who was the Principal at the time, made the trek out here for his shirt and this picture! Thank you Dr. Gilbert!
Riggs Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations (and thank you) to our outstanding custodial staff! Riggs Elementary was presented the Clean school award for the 12th year in a row!
Hancock Elementary - (2019-2020) Students in Mrs. Gritz's science classes were challenged to design backpacks to help make their target audience's lives easier!
Santan Junior High - (2019-2020) 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.
Santan Junior High - (2019-2020) WEB (Where Everyone Belongs - facilitated by Donna Gustufson) successfully welcomed students to Santan Junior High!
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Holly Hoogstra, Chandler High senior, who was one of 32 students from around the country chosen to participate in the Economics for Leaders program conducted at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX in July. Holly was chosen for the program because of her excellent leadership potential.
San Marcos Elementary - (2019-2020) 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!
Payne Junior High - (2019-2020) Parent comment: "My son took a pretest based on the ACT in his AP English class as a junior. He scored a 74 out of 75, which would have been a 34 on the ACT test. Kids in his class actually asked him if he cheated. He was worried his English teacher might think so too, but when she found out he had Mr. David Giaramita (Mr. G) for two years, she said she wasn't surprised. What she doesn't know is in 6th grade he barely scraped by with a D in English. Mr. G is an amazing teacher. He made my son work for every grade he received and taught him how to think critically about everything."
Bologna Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Bologna student Jordan G. who was featured in the front cover photo on the City of Chandler September, October, November 2019 Breaktime Magazine. September, October and November Breaktime Magazine
Chandler Unified School District - (2019-2020) Niche.com announced on August 8 that CUSD is the top-ranked school district in the metropolitan Phoenix area. The 2020 Best School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more. All 43 CUSD schools graded by Niche.com earned either an "A" or "B" grade, and 79% of those earned an A+, A or A-. Wow! The Chandler Unified School District was also graded an "A." Certificate from Niche.com
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Karina Yang, Third Place and $3,500 Scholarship winner in the 2019 Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest (sponsored by the VFW Auxiliary 720 of Phoenix, Arizona) for her oil painting titled "What They Have Left Behind." Click link below to check out her artwork and accompanying essay. 2019 Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest website
Hancock Elementary - (2019-2020) What better way to get to know each other than through a back to school STEM project making aerodynamic amphibious cars in Ms. Burkhardt's class?!
Basha High - (2019-2020) Ten 2018-2019 Basha High FCCLA students (sponsored by Melanie Alexander) traveled to Anaheim, CA for the FCCLA National Competition, earning 3 GOLD medals and 7 SILVER medals! Congratulations to our FCCLA 2019 National Winners:
- Sara Alexander - GOLD medal in Environmental Ambassador
- Lewis Alexander and Tanner Parvin - GOLD medal in National Programs in Action
- Sebastian Dees - SILVER medal in Chapter Service Project
- Kristina DeSantiago - SILVER medal in Promote and Publicize
- Christina Jepsen and Lily Jensen - SILVER medal in Chapter in Review
- Ella Kattelman - SILVER medal in Focus on Children
- Rachel Colombo - SILVER medal in Environmental Ambassador
- Jared Alexander - SILVER medal in Interpersonal Communications
Payne Junior High - (2019-2020) Avery Koperniak, currently a Freshman at Basha High, spoke on Saturday to the Southwest Convention of Kiwanis Club. She represented the Payne Junior High School Builders Club extremely well. She was our PJHS Builders Club President the past two years. She spoke about the values and goals of Builders Club, her experiences in our club, and the service projects our club completed over the past 2 years. Avery received a standing ovation from the 200 Kiwanians attending the conference and received several compliments from individuals after the luncheon was over. We are very proud of her.
Ryan Elementary - (2019-2020) 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!
Weinberg Elementary - (2019-2020) Weinberg first graders in Mrs. Shannon Van De Beuken's class have a class motto for the school year: The more we read, the smarter we get!
Arizona College Prep - Oakland Campus - (2019-2020) Students in Mrs. Filiere's Project Lead the Way classes worked together to create models of a foot orthosis for children with cerebral palsy. We have so many creative Knights!
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel High's Michelle Capriotti was awarded the National Education Association: Global Learning Teaching Fellowship. She is one of 42 teachers from around the country who will travel to Washington D.C. this October and then to Peru next summer. They will be focusing on global learning and applying best practices to the classrooms and sharing with teachers from around the world their projects and research.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler Spanish teacher Sara Wyffels has been working with the Arizona K12 Center at Northern Arizona University as a member of the "Teacher Solutions Team." She has been a part of facilitating the Teacher Leadership Institute and this summer, they featured her as one of their 6 Teacher Spotlights for her work on "Excellence and Equity for All." Arizona K12 Center: Excellence and Equity for All: Sara Wyffels video
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Casey Likes, Chandler High/Chandler Online Academy Senior, will be starring in a new musical based on the 2000 movie Almost Famous that is slated for Broadway in 2020. He is currently in rehearsals in New York for a run at the Old Globe in San Diego in October before they move to Broadway!
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Daniel Pacheco and Aleksandra Rosten received Exceptional Achievement Awards for their artwork at the Mesa Community College Spectrum Student Art Exhibition. Additionally, fifteen other students had work on display, and Lila Patel, part of Chandler High's AP Photo program, had her Hawaii image broadcast on all of Mesa Community College's web and print advertising.