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Visit Basha Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009565 Basha Elementary (2020-2021)
Lunch
Our awesome PTO treated the entire Basha staff to a delicious lunch by the Burgers Amore food truck. Thank you!
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Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A009588 Casteel High (2020-2021)
Sun Lakes Rotary Teacher of the Month
The Sun Lakes Rotary honored Jamie Cordova from Casteel High as teacher of the month for January 2021. She received a framed certificate and $500 from the Sun Lakes Rotary, sponsored by Trust Bank and Earnhardt Auto Centers.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009596 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Top Football Teams in State
During a Council Study Session, Mayor Kevin Hartke and the City Council recognized Chandler High School and Hamilton High School football teams for having top football programs in the state. Chandler won the Arizona State Championship football game, and Hamilton was the runner up in the Championship.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009576 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Katarina Fenner and Aryan Mathur
Katarina Fenner and Aryan Mathur have been named National Merit Finalists and continue to be in the running to receive Merit Scholarship awards. Katarina and Aryan were named finalists based on their academic record, recommendations, a student essay, involvement in extracurricular activities, and scores on the PSAT/NMSQT.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009577 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Ethan Wolford
Ethan Wolford, CHS Sophomore and AF JROTC member, has been selected to attend the Aim High Flight Academy in Florida this summer. He is one of 72 students selected nationwide to participate in this 3-week, all expenses paid flight-training program. This was a very challenging selection process, and CHS is proud of Ethan's success.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009578 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Virtual Spring Leadership Conference
Chandler Future Business Leaders of American (FBLA) competed in the virtual Spring Leadership Conference in everything from Business Ethics to Computer Programming. Congratulations to Aryan Mathur and Ivan Miller for taking 1st in Computer Problem Solving and Management Information Systems. Claire Adams took 3rd in Political Science.
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009599 Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey Campus (2020-2021)
Gabriels Angels
Happy Hank from Gabriel's Angels teaches CTA Humphrey students to believe in themselves and know they can be whatever they want to be. Self-confidence was the theme of this week, and students left knowing they can be successful if they put their mind to it.
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009595 Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey Campus (2020-2021)
Henry and Mudge and the Long Weekend
CTA Humphrey first graders worked with media specialist Karen Strong to recreate the story Henry and Mudge and the Long Weekend. Using iPads, they make their own castles.
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Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A009590 Chandler Unified School District (2020-2021)
Black History Month
CUSD celebrated Black history on Wednesday, February 10 at the Governing Board meeting. African American school administrators read the Black History Proclamation and Heather Tawney, sixth grade teacher from Ryan Elementary School, shared a Black History lesson taught to her class that highlighted other "change makers" from the Civil Rights movement.
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Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A009594 Hamilton High (2020-2021)
Academic Decathlon team
Hamilton High Academic Decathlon team competed virtually and once again finished top in the region. Hamilton is very proud of the decathletes for adapting to an entirely different way of competing, proving that the kids are intelligent, resilient, and driven to remain the top program in the state. A very special congratulations to the incredible freshman, Chloe Zhan, who placed first overall, not only in the region, but in the entire state. A freshman has never done this before! In addition, every single student on the team earned at least one individual medal.
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Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A009592 Hamilton High (2020-2021)
Ariz Zhu
Hamilton High School senior Ariz Zhu has been named a Coca Cola Scholarship Regional Finalist!
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Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A009597 Hamilton High (2020-2021)
Top Football Teams in State
During a Council Study Session, Mayor Kevin Hartke and the City Council recognized Chandler High School and Hamilton High School football teams for having top football programs in the state. Chandler won the Arizona State Championship football game, and Hamilton was the runner up in the Championship.
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Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009598 Hull Elementary (2020-2021)
Founding Fathers
Hull Elementary first graders in Jaime Breedlove's classroom learned about the Founding Fathers ahead of Presidents Day.
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Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009593 Hull Elementary (2020-2021)
Valentine Day Project
Hull Elementary students made Valentines for Congressman Greg Stanton's Valentine's Day Project.
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Visit Navarrete Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009589 Navarrete Elementary (2020-2021)
Sun Lakes Rotary Teacher of the Month
The Sun Lakes Rotary honored Lisette Bingold from Navarrete Elementary as teacher of the month for February 2021. She received a framed certificate and $500 from the Sun Lakes Rotary, sponsored by Trust Bank and Earnhardt Auto Centers.
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Visit Patterson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009580 Patterson Elementary (2020-2021)
Clean Classroom Award
Ms. Sterling's 5th graders won the Clean Classroom Award this week for having a neat and organized classroom.
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Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009591 Santan Elementary (2020-2021)
Maryann Eberhart
Maryann Eberhart, Santan Elementary sixth grade teacher, was nominated by one of her student's parents for the KTAR / Valley Toyota Dealers Pay Tribute to a Teacher Award on the Gaydos and Chad show. When Maryann received the call Monday afternoon, she thought she was being interviewed, along with multiple other nominees, to see who would win. Instead, she learned she had been selected and will be the recipient of $2,500. Congratulations, Maryann! KTAR / Valley Toyota Dealers Tribute to a Teacher nomination website
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Visit Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009562 Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus (2020-2021)
Making Valentines
Project Impact Club and all levels of ACP Erie Spanish students from level 1 through level 4/5 helped to make over 200 valentines in Spanish for UMOM (United Methodist Outreach Ministries), a local charity in Phoenix. The valentines were given to families working with the charity.
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Visit Basha Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009564 Basha Elementary (2020-2021)
Super Bowl Collection for FANS Across America
Our student council collected socks, hand and body soap, deodorant, hand sanitizer, feminine needs, tissues, shaving cream, dental hygiene products, shampoo and conditioner. Each donation cast a vote to predict the Super Bowl winner. The donations went to benefit the Chandler Branch of FANS Across America, who provide daily living necessities to homeless families in transition, and domestic violence victims. Not only did this help our Basha Elementary student body pick a Super Bowl winner, but it helped us score a Touchdown for our community!
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Visit Bologna Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009566 Bologna Elementary (2020-2021)
Maddie
Maddie got the medal for being an awesome student and friend. She is always following class rules, doing her work and being kind to others. Maddie is a great example of a student that shows SPARK.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009567 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Gunner Rodarte
Gunner Rodarte has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in volleyball at Aurora University.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009568 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Zachary Espalin
Zachary Espalin has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in wrestling at the Naval Academy.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009569 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Volleyball National Letters of Intent
Taylor Aguano and Reece Denney have signed National Letters of Intent to compete in volleyball at Chaminade University and Northwest University.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009570 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Football National Letters of Intent
Anthony Hanger, Ali'i Kai Ormita, Nick Nesbitt, Eli Sanders, Daniel Fulton, Jeremiah Tyler, Cess Ibarra, and Hank Pepper | have signed National Letters of Intent to compete in football at Augustana University, Rocky Mountain College, Columbia University, Iowa State, Rhodes College, Western New Mexico, Rocky Mountain College, and Michigan State University.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009571 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Anisa Reynolds and Brianna Williams
Anisa Reynolds and Brianna Williams have signed National Letters of Intent to compete in softball at North Carolina Central University and Vanguard University.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009572 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Kennedy Chambers
Kennedy Chambers has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in soccer at Texas Tech University.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009573 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Nina Baldenegro
Nina Baldenegro, with Chandler FFA (Future Farmers of America), won the Sherry Cervi Youth Championship Rodeo, earning $5,000 in cash and prizes. She won the Barrel Racing Competition and won a $4,000 saddle and $1,000 in cash and prizes with her 14-year-old gelding horse, appropriately named Cash.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009574 Chandler High (2020-2021)
Katarina Fenner and Chandler Ostroff
Katarina Fenner and Chandler Ostroff represented the CHS Math Team in a MathLeague.org regional qualifying competition. Katarina finished in first place and Chandler took third place among the 12th grade competitors.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A009575 Chandler High (2020-2021)

The Chandler Dance Department had three dances selected to appear in the Arizona Department of Education 2021 ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Conference on February 23 and 24! Thinking, choreographed by Makenna Lombardi (Modazz), Battles, choreographed by Katarina Fenner (Intermediate), and Chaos at the Holidays, choreographed and performed by members of the Intermediate Dance class, will be shown to conference attendees across the state in a virtual format!
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Visit Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009586 Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary (2020-2021)
Garden Club Harvest
Students in Luanne Foster's garden club celebrate their first harvest of the year: radishes and romaine lettuce!
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Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009587 Hull Elementary (2020-2021)
Traveling the World
Hull second graders are off "traveling the world!" They will be visiting several countries, learning all about their culture and traditions. Students in Debbie Chamberlain and Jessalyn Muraco's classes held a fashion show after learning about France. Students in Dana Bond's classroom just returned from Mexico.
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Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009585 Hull Elementary (2020-2021)
Mindfulness Team
Second grade teacher Debbie Chamberlain is a part of Hull Elementary's amazing mindfulness team. She works with different classroom teachers to support and teach students about mindfulness.
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Visit Jacobson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009583 Jacobson Elementary (2020-2021)
Typing Challenge
Technology teacher, Michelle Merillat challenged her students in 3rd-6th grades to a typing challenge. The theme was "Are You Ready for Some Typing?" after the famous football theme song, "Are You Ready for Some Football?" When classes would enter Technology, she got them amped up with football themed music as they took their challenge typing tests and finished the excitment up with a football-themed bracket to showcase classes with the highest averages in typing fluency and accuracy as well as showcasing the two top typers in each class who will now move on to the grade level championships.
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Visit Jacobson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009584 Jacobson Elementary (2020-2021)
AAA Winners
Jacobson knows the importance of recognizing some of our hardest working, student-focused, KIND students and staff members! Pictured are this year's AAA award winners: 6th grade teacher Ashleigh Gahn, volunteer Aubrie Krausman, and 6th grade student Allorah Zarnick. Congratulations!
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Visit Patterson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009582 Patterson Elementary (2020-2021)
Clean Classroom Award
Mr. Kaesler's 4th 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 A009563 Basha Elementary (2020-2021)
Vaccination Event Volunteers
Mrs. Chismar, Mrs. Bongard, Mrs. Wingate, and Mrs. Stark from the Basha Elementary office staff volunteered during the recent CUSD vaccination event at Hamilton and Perry High Schools.
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Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A009579 Hamilton High (2020-2021)
Boyoung Cynthia Min and Brian Yong
Two of our HHS Orchestra students, Boyoung Cynthia Min and Brian Yong, are winners in the American Proté gé International Piano and Strings Competition 2021, which is open to students and adults of all nationalities and countries. In the Intermediate Division, age 15-18, Boyoung won second place for her performance on the Walton Viola Concerto, and Brian took third place for his performance of the Barber Violin Concerto. Both winners have been invited to perform in a recital at Carnegie Hall in 2022!
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Visit Patterson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009581 Patterson Elementary (2020-2021)
2020-2021 AAA winners
Technology teacher Jason Hoppal, 5th grader Peyton Y. and Patterson parent Melissa Hunt are our AAA winners for 2020-2021. We appreciate everything they do for Patterson!
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Visit Bogle Junior High Website Report a Problem with Item A009485 Bogle Junior High (2020-2021)
Spelling Bee
Congratulations to Kenny Wei of Bogle Junior High who won 9th place at the 2021 Chandler Unified School District Spelling Bee on February 2. Kenny will advance with the other top 10 spellers to the Maricopa Region 6 Virtual Spelling Bee to be held on Tuesday, February 16. Good luck!
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Visit Chandler Online Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A009500 Chandler Online Academy (2020-2021)
Spelling Bee
Congratulations to Farhan Tahsin of Chandler Online Academy who tied for 6th place at the 2021 Chandler Unified School District Spelling Bee on February 2. Farhan will advance with the other top 10 spellers to the Maricopa Region 6 Virtual Spelling Bee to be held on Tuesday, February 16. Good luck!
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Visit Chandler Online Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A009501 Chandler Online Academy (2020-2021)
Krishanng Waghela
Congratulations to Krishanng Waghela of Elementary Connect who was the 1st place champion of the 2021 Chandler Unified School District Spelling Bee on February 2! Krishanng will advance with the other top 10 spellers to the Maricopa Region 6 Virtual Spelling Bee to be held on Tuesday, February 16. Good luck!
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Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009534 Hull Elementary (2020-2021)
Leo Caruso
Congratulations to Leo Caruso of Hull Elementary who won 3rd place at the 2021 Chandler Unified School District Spelling Bee on February 2. Leo will advance with the other top 10 spellers to the Maricopa Region 6 Virtual Spelling Bee to be held on Tuesday, February 16. Good luck!
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Visit Jacobson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009539 Jacobson Elementary (2020-2021)
Spelling Bee
Congratulations to Cayden Brenes of Jacobson Elementary who won 5th place at the 2021 Chandler Unified School District Spelling Bee on February 2. Cayden will advance with the other top 10 spellers to the Maricopa Region 6 Virtual Spelling Bee to be held on Tuesday, February 16. Good luck!
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Visit Patterson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009544 Patterson Elementary (2020-2021)
Nixon Dayao
Congratulations to Nixon Dayao of Mrs. Chase's 5th grade class who won 4th place at the 2021 Chandler Unified School District Spelling Bee on February 2. We are so proud of his hard work and achievement. Nixon will advance with the other top 10 spellers to the Maricopa Region 6 Virtual Spelling Bee to be held on Tuesday, February 16. Good luck!
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Visit Payne Junior High Website Report a Problem with Item A009546 Payne Junior High (2020-2021)
Spelling Bee
Congratulations to Sophia Harris of Payne Junior High who tied for 6th place at the 2021 Chandler Unified School District Spelling Bee on February 2. Sophia will advance with the other top 10 spellers to the Maricopa Region 6 Virtual Spelling Bee to be held on Tuesday, February 16. Good luck!
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Visit Riggs Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009555 Riggs Elementary (2020-2021)
Spelling Bee
Congratulations to Kathleen Murphy of Riggs Elementary who won 10th place at the 2021 Chandler Unified School District Spelling Bee on February 2. Kathleen will advance with the other top 10 spellers to the Maricopa Region 6 Virtual Spelling Bee to be held on Tuesday, February 16. Good luck!
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Visit Santan Junior High Website Report a Problem with Item A009559 Santan Junior High (2020-2021)
Amandeep Pruthi
Congratulations to Amandeep Pruthi of Santan Junior High who won 2nd place at the 2021 Chandler Unified School District Spelling Bee on February 2. Amandeep will advance with the other top 10 spellers to the Maricopa Region 6 Virtual Spelling Bee to be held on Tuesday, February 16. Good luck!
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Visit Willis Junior High Website Report a Problem with Item A009498 Willis Junior High (2020-2021)
Spelling Bee
Congratulations to Emma Weiss of Willis Junior High who tied for 6th place at the 2021 Chandler Unified School District Spelling Bee on February 2. Emma will advance with the other top 10 spellers to the Maricopa Region 6 Virtual Spelling Bee to be held on Tuesday, February 16. Good luck!
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Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A009489 Casteel High (2020-2021)

Brianna Willits (of Hamilton High) and Renee Howell (of Casteel High) recently completed the Harvard Business School (virtual) certification. They are the 5th and 6th teachers in the state trained to use the HBS cases in classes. Congratulations!
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Liberty Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A009510 Chandler Traditional Academy - Liberty Campus (2020-2021)
Ava Wright
Ava Wright, former CTA Liberty Eagle, entered the School Salute From Home 94.5 KOOL FM contest thinking it would be fun to sing the Star Spangled Banner. Ava won the contest and was awarded $250. Her song was played on 94.5 Kool FM! 94.5 KOOL FM / CONTESTS - Fulton Homes School Salute From Home
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