Honors, Awards and Special Programs
Honors, Awards and Special Programs
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Frye Elementary - (2019-2020) Frye Music teacher Diana Clark took a group of 4th graders to the Diamondbacks game to sing the National Anthem.
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) The following 12 Knights have earned the title of Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship program, based on their 2018 PSAT/NMSQT scores: Parsa Amini, Ian Booth, Angelina Brasen, Jon-Luc Bryant, Junyi Gao, Mia Gomez, Matthew Kearney, Dawson Moulesong, Ivy Nguyen, Thomas Obrenovich, Michelle Yao, and Natasha Zimmerman. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scores out of 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2018 exam.
Galveston Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to our Perfect Attendance students who enjoyed ice cream with the principal and the dean!
Galveston Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to the outstanding Galveston Students of the Quarter chosen by their teacher, who celebrated at the Lion's Pride Breakfast.
Galveston Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Gracie Orozco, an outstanding Galveston student, who was nominated for Scruffy's Tuffy's and will represent Galveston at an upcoming Chandler High football game. Gracie consistently exhibits the six pillars of Chandler High School: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.
Hancock Elementary - (2019-2020) Hancock 5th grade teachers Mr. Lee and Mrs. Mumme's classes participated in an "Escape the Room" activity to learn about the three states of matter. We love science!
Hancock Elementary - (2019-2020) Hancock celebrates our staff with an award thanking them for their hard work and dedication to our students!
Hancock Elementary - (2019-2020) Hancock 2nd graders performed their Pajama Party play for Pre-K, kindergarten and 1st grade classes.
Hancock Elementary - (2019-2020) Hancock 2nd graders learn about how to care for Arizona's water.
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) Publishers of "The American Srbobran," the longest-running, continually published Serbian newspaper worldwide, selected an article by ACP's Katarina Marceta to publish. Her article highlighted another ACP Erie student, Adriana Kangrga, who spent the summer performing traditional Serbian dances across southeastern Europe. Katarina is the Editor-in-Chief of ACP Erie's "Knight Times" student-led newspaper and loves bringing words to life through journalism. Knight Times article: Katarina Marceta's National Newspaper Publication
Haley Elementary - (2019-2020) Students enjoyed a bingo night in September put on by the Haley Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Our wonderful PTO sponsors fun community events on a regular basis at Haley Elementary. Thank you, PTO!
Haley Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to our September Students of the Month who celebrated with a root beer float lunch with the principal!
Hancock Elementary - (2019-2020) Mrs. Katz's 3rd grade class knows how to create their own food chain after learning about producers, consumers, and decomposers.
Frye Elementary - (2019-2020) Chandler High students in the Theater Bookends show came to Frye Elementary and put on an amazing performance for the kindergarten through 3rd grades. Student actors acted out scenes from several popular children's books.
Frye Elementary - (2019-2020) Frye Elementary had a special guest appearance for their weekly Frye-day Recess Dance Party. Third grader DJ Dayne Marshmello took the stage and entertained the audience full of students and staff!
Galveston Elementary - (2019-2020) THANK YOU to Tomasa Cisneros, our lead custodian, for taking the time to beautify our campus with new plants!
Galveston Elementary - (2019-2020) Galveston welcomed the City of Chandler who put on a Water Conservation Assembly / Magic Show for our 3rd graders.
Patterson Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Mrs. Sterling's 5th graders who won the Clean Classroom Award for cleaning up their classroom every day.
Santan Junior High - (2019-2020) STUCO (Student Council), under the leadership of Santan 8th grader Jacob Byars and STUCO sponsor Mrs. Gustafson, put on our inaugural Volunteer Fair on September 23 -- National Volunteer Day. Twenty-five vendors showed up to showcase their programs and recruit teen volunteers from Santan Junior High and other junior highs/high schools within CUSD. More than 200 students showed up to inquire about volunteering!
Santan Junior High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to our 7th grade girls volleyball team led by Coach Kerry Lantgen, winners of the East Valley Conference Championship against Queen Creek Middle School. Santan won in three very close sets.
Tarwater Elementary - (2019-2020) This week in STEM, Mrs. Nowotarski's kindergartners participated in the Engineering Academy with Mrs. Limjoco, discovering mechanical engineering and simple machines. Students were able to make the connection that the conveyer belts they see at stores, malls (escalators), and airports are based on the simple machine called a pulley. While demonstrating the Toro Targets, these inquisitive students successfully completed the challenge of making a conveyor belt using limited supplies. Way to go, Toros!
Bologna Elementary - (2019-2020) Bologna Fourth graders attended the Arizona Diamondbacks Science of Baseball Show and STEM Fair. Students learned about probability, fractions and the number nine during the show. Then, they traveled through the stadium to visit all of the STEM fair participants. Each group experienced something different: some pet alligators, visited fire trucks, and controlled robots; others played laser tag, hit baseballs, and built epic structures taller than their chaperones! There were so many experiences to learn from! Plus, the seats were great, and students got to appear on the jumbotron!
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Katherine Chou and Sydney Chun (Chandler High/Chandler Online Academy) who have been named National Merit Semifinalists based on last year's PSAT NMSQT scores. About 1.6 million students in some 22,000 high schools enter the National Merit Scholarship competition annually when they take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represent the top 0.5% of the state's senior students.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) CHS Theatre's production of The Great Gatsby was superb! The play, directed by Ms. Stephanie Likes and Ms. Katie Kolacki, featured Elijah Newton, Charlize Cornejo, Ryan Cogley, Drew Sedgley, Liz Del Vecchio, Izzy Stephens, Zac Denny, Luke Waxman and an awesome ensemble cast. Without the outstanding stage management and other crews, this production would not have been possible. Congratulations on a great show!
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High's DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Marketing program and Student Council teamed up to sponsor CHS's 2019 Fall Fest, a community festival including rides, games, a petting zoo and food.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High's Symphonic Band, under the direction of Mr. Carlos Aguero, has been invited to perform at the ASU School of Music's Band and Orchestra Invitational in the spring. The band received the selective invitation by earning a Superior rating at the 2019 ABODA (Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association) State Concert Festival.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Ciana Reynoso, Chandler High varsity golfer, earned an individual top ten finish in the Aguila Open Golf Tournament.
Frye Elementary - (2019-2020) Frye Elementary received a visit from State Representative Jennifer Pawlik. Our students enjoyed interacting with her and showing her our great school!
Frye Elementary - (2019-2020) Frye Student Council members sharpened their leadership skills creating a bulletin board display for their peers!
Knox Gifted Academy - (2019-2020) Knox fourth graders did an amazing job with their musical, "ARF!" -- the first musical of the year for our campus.
Ryan Elementary - (2019-2020) Principal Diane Wells and technology teacher Monikkah Heredia attended and presented a check to Canine Companions for Independence at their annual golf tournament in September.
Ryan Elementary - (2019-2020) Ryan Elementary students and staff raised $643.00 for the Phoenix Children's Hospital Step up, Stop Cancer Challenge!
Santan Elementary - (2019-2020) 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!
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) STYROFOAM BUSTERS! A group of eight students are looking at innovative ways to get rid of styrofoam pollution at ACP Erie. They are creating awareness among students to drop their used lunch plates in special containers, and then these students are collecting them everyday. The aim is to compress the styrofoam, hence reducing the volume and treat it with materials that will dissolve them. Creativity and innovativeness comes from critical thinking and problem solving. GO KNIGHTS!
Knox Gifted Academy - (2019-2020) The entire Knox Gifted Academy campus is carefully calculating their design ideas in order to communicate their creative journey with cardboard during our annual Cardboard Challenge! We can't wait for their audiences to see their end products as well as hear about their process. Cardboard Challenge Photo Album
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) ACP Erie's Lemelson-MIT team, the KNIGHTS INNOVATORS, presented their Hydrothermal Hat/Headband to the CEO of Chandler Innovations, Mrs. Daina White. Mrs. White invited the team to attend the Track 1 program that the City of Chandler sponsors in collaboration with NACET (Northern Arizona Center for Emerging Technologies) for starting their own entrepreneurship. These ACP students will now be able to access technical support, marketing support, patent support and meet with some of the top businessmen in Arizona to support their cause. The Knights Innovators started their track last Tuesday at Chandler Innovations in Downtown Chandler. This group consists primarily of freshman and sophomores. We are proud of them for mastering public speaking and reaching out to Mayor Kevin Hartke, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, and many IT companies around Chandler. VIDEO: Hydro-Thermal Hat
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) ACP Erie is proud to have FOUR National Merit Scholar Semifinalists: Jayden Chen, Kazushi Iwamoto, Sharmila Nimbkar, and Orchee Syed. About 1.6 million students in some 22,000 high schools enter the National Merit Scholarship competition annually when they take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represent the top 0.5% of the state's senior students. Way to go, Knights!
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) Halloween is definitely near -- but students had so much fun assembling the skeleton in Rachna Nath's Human Bio class.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Dalton Card, the first ever defensive player to be nominated for the Ed Daugherty - Arizona Athletic Excellence Award.
Frye Elementary - (2019-2020) Actress Busy Philips started a campaign to fulfill Amazon classroom wish list requests from ten teachers across the nation. Frye 6th grade teacher Angelica Abbey was the tenth teacher selected! She was featured on Philips' social media in addition to receiving $300 in Amazon gift cards and having her Amazon wish list filled. Katie Couric Media: Busy Philipps Is Using Instagram to Help Teachers
Jacobson Elementary - (2019-2020) Mrs. Murrieta celebrated with pies in the face from her students for being a top earning class for school fundraisers! Thank you to all who contributed! Jacobson is grateful for their giving, supportive public school community. This year, PTO's fundraising committee raised over $52,000. Funds go to support over 18 student clubs, additional books and current event magazines in the classroom, new playground equipment and so much more.
Navarrete Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Landrey Meskill, our first Nighthawk to reach 1 million words read for the 2019-2020 school year!
Chandler Traditional Academy - Freedom Campus - (2019-2020) CTA Freedom 5th grade students spent the day at BizTown®, an engaging, hands-on program from Junior Achievement that "introduces 4th, 5th, and 6th graders to economic concepts, workplace skills, and personal and business finances in a student-sized town built just for them." JA BIZTOWN® website
Chandler Unified School District - (2019-2020) Chandler Educational Television staff were awarded three Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Saturday night at the Omni Montelucia in Scottsdale for their work related to a 2018 marketing video titled Choose Your Dream. Gabriel Contreras won in the category of "Editor: Short Form (Promos, Public Service Announcements, Commercials, Opens)", Nicole Richardson for "Commercial: Single Spot" and Michael Holland, Earnest Robinson, Gabriel and Nicole in the category of "Graphic Arts: Graphics/Animation". The Chandler Educational Television staff, housed at Chandler High, have won Emmy's in eight categories over the four years.
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) During an afternoon ceremony, Hamilton High students Zana Ryan, editor; and Nolen Coley, cinematographer; earned a student production Rocky Mountain Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences from their work in the category of "High School Student Craft Editor" for their Hamilton High track promotional video.
Haley Elementary - (2019-2020) On Constitution Day (September 17), Hamilton High School students from Brianna Willits' class who participate in the We The People program visited Haley Elementary and taught our fourth grade students a lesson about the Constitution. These seniors talked about what government is and what the preamble of the Constitution means. The fourth graders worked together to complete pictures of what each phrase of the preamble meant to them -- such a fun way to celebrate Constitution Day! Constitution Day at Haley Photo Album
Basha High - (2019-2020) Keith Tomaszewicz's engineering classes took a field trip in September to Grand Canyon University to participate in Engineering GCU DAY. Students were exposed to different engineering programs and career options, and got to do a hands-on workshop with breadboards and electronic circuits to operate autonomous robots and a laser beam. Additionally, they went on a tour of the engineering labs and reviewed the engineering curriculum that GCU offers. Actual GCU engineering students also took Mr. Tomaszewicz's 2nd and 3rd year students around the campus to show them what campus life is like. GCU Engineering Day Photo Album
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel High students attended the National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Arizona State Summit at ASU on September 12 to elevate our school's commitment to scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship.
Hancock Elementary - (2019-2020) Ms. Hannah Burkhardt's Class is learning about the Ancient Egyptian's way of mummification by mummifying Twinkies.