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Visit Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009450 Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus (2020-2021)
ACP Erie Innovators
Congratulations to the ACP Hydrohat team of ACP Innovators Sohani Sandhu, Abraham Troop, Kaitlyn Lai, Omina Nematova, Diya Nath, Ivan Alexander Kroumov, Jacob Kaufman-Warner, Nealin Banerjee and Daniel Wu on winning this year's Maricopa County Department of Public Health Climate and Health Champion Award 2020 in the Youth category! Their project in developing a hydrothermal-hat with sensors to monitor vital signs will play a vital role in helping to reduce heat illnesses in Maricopa County. Along with developing the Hydrothermal-Hat, their goal is to donate some of the hats to individuals and will most certainly help those most at risk of heat illness. The Maricopa County community is honored to have this team as part of our community.
Check out their Photo Album.
Check out their website at:
SenseHydro, LLC
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Visit Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009447 Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus (2020-2021)
Rachna Nath
Congratulations to ACP Erie teacher Rachna Nath who in November was named 2020 Teacher of the Year by the Arizona Technology Council and Arizona Commerce Authority at the 17th annual Governor's Celebration of Innovation (GCOI) Awards! Mrs. Nath received a plaque and a $1,500 award. The GCOI Awards honor the technology leaders and visionaries who are making critical contributions to technology, bioscience and education throughout the state of Arizona. 2020 Governor's Celebration of Innovation Awards
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Visit Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009448 Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus (2020-2021)
JT Mulvhill
Arizona College Prep freshman JT Mulvihill designed a tougher football helmet and won a national prize for his invention! Congratulations, JT! AZCentral.com website: A Chandler student designed a tougher football helmet and won a national prize for it
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Visit Arizona College Prep - Oakland Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009449 Arizona College Prep - Oakland Campus (2020-2021)
Broadcom MASTERS Certificate
Congratulations to former Oakland student JT Mulvihill who was selected as a BROADCOM MASTERS 2020 National Finalist -- one of the top 30 finalists in the country! Congratulations also to his Investigative Science teacher, Larissa Brown. Science for Society & the Public website: 2020 Broadcom MASTERS Winners and Finalists
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009395 Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence Campus (2020-2021)
National Elementary Honor Society Inductees
We are proud to announce that 20 new members were inducted virtually into the National Elementary Honor Society. Congratulations!
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Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A009397 Hamilton High (2020-2021)
Make-A-Wish
During Rivalry Week, Hamilton and Chandler High Schools worked together to raise donations for the Arizona Make-A-Wish Foundation. Make-A-Wish provides critically ill children a once in a lifetime experience with their family members. Both student councils are proud of their school communities and their participation for raising $3,896 for the foundation.
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Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A009392 Hamilton High (2020-2021)
Thanksgiving Assistance
Hamilton's social worker team works hard to support families in need by providing daily food, hygiene, school supplies, clothing, gift cards, cleaning supplies and other basic necessities. They also assist other CUSD schools with supplies and gift cards by collaborating with staff and programs across the district. In November, they gave 80 Thanksgiving meals to Hamilton families at Sun Lakes Methodist Church and $2,280 in Fry's gift cards. This was made possible through community partnerships with local churches, the Sun Lakes community, neighborhood businesses and parents who support them every day, making sure students are taken care of and are able to focus on learning. Additionally, for the past six years, the Safeway store on Alma School and Chandler Heights has provided 40 Thanksgiving meals to underprivileged families at Hamilton. Partners at the Sun Lakes Methodist Church also donated 80 turkey meals. Together, we make a difference in our school and community.
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Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009394 Hull Elementary (2020-2021)
Native American Shelters
Third graders in Cara Fenton's class made Native American shelters using natural resources.
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Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009398 Hull Elementary (2020-2021)
If They Were President
Hull Elementary second graders shared what they would do if they were President of the United States.
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Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009396 Hull Elementary (2020-2021)
Dictionaries
Hull Elementary third graders are so grateful for their new dictionaries. Thank you, Sun Lakes Rotary Club!
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Visit Knox Gifted Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A009393 Knox Gifted Academy (2020-2021)
Giving Thanks Parade
Knox Gifted Academy's ninth annual "Giving Thanks Parade" went virtual this year. Like the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade it was inspired by, students at KGA had to find another way to bring their community together with their annual parade. The parade was watched in classes and sent home to parents. Kinder students made balloons. Fifth grade made floats and students in 4th-6th grade were in the recorder band. This year's parade looked different, but still brought joy to the school community.
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Visit Rice Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009372 Rice Elementary (2020-2021)
Food Drive
Rice Elementary's student council food drive was a huge success! They collected over 6,000 canned goods which were donated to United Food Bank and Chandler CARE Center. Four watermelon bins were overflowing -- as well as 20 paper boxes, and several bags. AMAZING JOB!
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Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A009400 Chandler Unified School District (2020-2021)
Popcorn Chicken Salad
Food Management Magazine has recognized Chandler Unified School District for a "Best K-12 Meals" in the country. The food and nutrition department won the "Best Salad" for the popcorn chicken salad entry. This is a great accomplishment and highlights the food innovations happening in the field. Photo credit comes from Casteel High School. Meal description: Crispy romaine lettuce, diced cabbage, julienned carrots, shredded cheddar cheese and a hard-boiled egg topped with crispy popcorn chicken, served with housemade dinner roll, milk and juice on the side, it's easily a fan favorite at CUSD! Food Management Magazine: Popcorn Chicken Salad
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Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A009405 Chandler Unified School District (2020-2021)
Hope Week
Counselors and social workers across the district celebrated Hope Week November 9-13. The Chandler Education Foundation created videos for Perry High and Galveston Elementary to highlight their social emotional learning campaign. Additionally, the CUSD CARES activity book (also available digitally on the website link) was provided to every Title I elementary student with colored pencils and a sharpener. CUSD CARES Activity Book
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Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A009399 Hamilton High (2020-2021)
Hamilton Girls Win Volleyball Title
Hamilton High defeated rival Perry 3-1 Saturday night at Mesquite High to win the state girls volleyball title. The Pumas, playing in their second straight 6A state championship game, won the opener 25-19 before the Huskies prevailed in the next three, 25-12, 25-22 and 25-18 to win their first state title. Congratulations to Huskies coach Sharon Vanis and Pumas coach Fred Mann on great seasons.
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Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009401 Hull Elementary (2020-2021)
Giving Drigs the Boot
Hull Elementary students and staff "give drugs the boot" during spirit week on Western Day.
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Visit Payne Junior High Website Report a Problem with Item A009404 Payne Junior High (2020-2021)
Holiday Decor
Payne Junior High builders club students, under the direction of Rosemary Schlechty, made holiday decor for nursing home residents to brighten their holidays.
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Visit Santan Junior High Website Report a Problem with Item A009403 Santan Junior High (2020-2021)
Thanksgiving Assistance
Santan Junior High student council (STUCO) collected Fry's Gift Cards to help support Chandler Care Center's Thanksgiving distribution. By collecting gift cards, they were able to successfully and safely help families in need. Students brought in gift cards they purchased from Fry's Marketplace and donated them to student council. From there, Santan's STUCO was able to buy from the list of supplies and package a great Thanksgiving dinner for the families who needed it the most. Thanks to Santan's generous students and staff, they were able to raise a total of $1,435! Santan was able to package and donate 122 Thanksgiving meals for the Chandler Care Center.
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Visit Shumway Leadership Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A009402 Shumway Leadership Academy (2020-2021)
Pumpkin Life Cycles
Danielle Gilbert's community preschool classroom at Shumway Leadership Academy investigated pumpkins and learned all about their lifecycle.
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Visit Jacobson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009374 Jacobson Elementary (2020-2021)
Fun Fridays
At Jacobson, we are working hard on academics, but we also remember to have fun! Even though our Fun Fridays look different this year, students are still enjoying special individual activities to celebrate all their hard work each week.
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Visit Jacobson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009373 Jacobson Elementary (2020-2021)
Masks Awarded
Hip-Hip-Hooray! Mrs. Crow entered a contest to receive and was awarded 50 reusable masks for our staff. Thank you, Mrs. Crow!
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Visit Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009378 Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus (2020-2021)

We are extremely proud of our Knights, Nevan Hanford, Blake Entwiller and Aahana Dugar, for their impressive presentation at a panel discussion at 2020 Arizona Recycling Coalition annual conference about their styrofoam recycling project. They have been using mealworms to reduce our contribution to styrofoam wastes at our school.
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Visit Auxier Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009410 Auxier Elementary (2020-2021)
Maureen Alger
Auxier Elementary third grade teacher Maureen Alger was named the Sun Lakes Rotary November 2020 Rotarian of the Month. She joined the club in October 2018. She served on the education committee, stepped up and led the September and October 2020 Teachers of the Month selections, and helped present the awards to the teachers.
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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 Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A009408 Chandler Unified School District (2020-2021)
Thanksgiving Assistance
The Chandler CARE Center on Saturday served about 500 families in partnership with AZCEND. Volunteers from Chandler High women's basketball, Chandler High student council, Willis Junior High, Chandler Service Club, and National Guard helped.
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Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A009409 Chandler Unified School District (2020-2021)
Sun Lakes Rotary Third Grade Dictionary Project
The Sun Lakes Rotary third grade dictionary project continued this year to distribute nearly 3,000 dictionaries to all CUSD third graders. This is the seventeenth year that the Sun Lakes Rotary has sponsored this event. Pictured: CTA Goodman distributing the dictionaries in November.
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Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A009407 Hamilton High (2020-2021)

Congratulations to Hamilton's Neha Shakir who won the single AIA Division I Badminton state championship on November 12.
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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 Perry High Website Report a Problem with Item A009406 Perry High (2020-2021)
Pumas Win 4th Straight Badminton Title
Perry High captured its fourth consecutive AIA Division I Badminton state championship with a 5-2 win over Sunnyslope Thursday night (November 12) at Mesquite High. The Pumas are 56-0 during the four-year reign. In addition, the Pumas team of Nikhita Jataraj and Ashley Rodarte won the double state title.
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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 Chandler Traditional Academy - Freedom Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009413 Chandler Traditional Academy - Freedom Campus (2020-2021)
Pumpkin Life Cycles
CTA Freedom first graders learned about the lifecycle of a pumpkin seed.
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Freedom Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009414 Chandler Traditional Academy - Freedom Campus (2020-2021)
Red Ribbon Week
CTA Freedom fourth grade is leaving drugs in the past, by participating in Red Ribbon Week.
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009412 Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey Campus (2020-2021)
Voting
CTA Humphrey learned about the voting process by casting votes for their favorite Arizona sports team!
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Visit Elite Performance Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A009416 Elite Performance Academy (2020-2021)

Elite Performance Academy eighth grader Ashley Nevison, was recognized by Points of Light for creating a non-profit to benefit animals and people. "Launching Sargeant's Army in 2018, the 8th-grade she has focused on offering hope to those in need, whether it's through her homemade cat toys and blankets which go to foster homes for cats and kittens who are waiting for their forever home, essentials for the homeless or most recently, masks for hospital personnel and essential workers. Connecting with more than 1,000 people across greater Phoenix and beyond she is acting as a service role model to others."
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Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A009417 Hamilton High (2020-2021)
State Golf Championship
Hamilton High School rallied from a six-shot deficit to win the AIA boys golf state championship in November at the Tucson National Sonoran Course. Junior Mahanth Chirravuri won the individual title with a spectacular 64 in the second round in windy conditions. Anawin Pikulthong finished third, Johnny Walker sixth for the Huskies, who finished 12 shots ahead of Brophy Prep.
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Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009415 Hull Elementary (2020-2021)
STEM and Informational Text
Second graders at Hull Elementary went batty! They have been reading informational text and using information to demonstrate what they have learned. Students researched, wrote, drew, and had a STEM project to create their favorite type of bat!
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Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009411 Hull Elementary (2020-2021)
Voting
Hull Elementary second graders from Heidi Raaf's classroom went to the polls and voted! They spent the past couple of weeks learning about voting and the process, and then voted for the best candidate -- Duck vs. Grace!
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