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Visit Andersen Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A010417 Andersen Elementary (2021-2022)

Teachers Jennifer Chastain (Andersen Elementary), Katie Nash (Chandler High), and Michelle Capriotti (Casteel High) are three of the 32 Arizona Leading for Change Leaders Fellows for the 2021-2022 year. This year they will work as fellows to enhance their leadership and advocacy skills as they work alongside civic leaders to enhance the lives and opportunities for Arizona students and families.
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Visit Arizona College Prep Middle School Website Report a Problem with Item A010424 Arizona College Prep Middle School (2021-2022)
Dig Pink event
Arizona College Prep Middle School's seventh and eighth grade girls volleyball teams held a Dig Pink event on September 7 and raised nearly $3,000 in support of the Side-Out Foundation. ACPVB has held Dig Pink events since 2015 and has donated over $20,000 towards breast cancer research. Go, Knights!
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Visit Basha High Website Report a Problem with Item A010414 Basha High (2021-2022)
Tunnel to Towers Foundation
As part of this year's 9/11 Remembrance events, Basha High School junior ROTC cadets raised $2,470 in just 11 days (1-11 Sep) for the 9/11 charity "Tunnel to Towers Foundation."
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Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A010421 Casteel High (2021-2022)
Joshua Corbin
Casteel High School sophomore Joshua Corbin represented Arizona at the 2021 USA Karate National Championships and Team Trials over Labor Day weekend. Joshua brought home a Bronze medal in Kumite to Chandler Martial Arts Center and the USA Karate Arizona ASO team!
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Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A010418 Casteel High (2021-2022)

Teachers Michelle Capriotti (Casteel High), Jennifer Chastain (Andersen Elementary), and Katie Nash (Chandler High) are three of the 32 Arizona Leading for Change Leaders Fellows for the 2021-2022 year. This year they will work as fellows to enhance their leadership and advocacy skills as they work alongside civic leaders to enhance the lives and opportunities for Arizona students and families.
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Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A010423 Casteel High (2021-2022)
Sam Derivan
Casteel High senior on the Unified cheer team, Sam Derivan, was featured in Times Square over the weekend. ABC15.com article and video: Two Valley girls featured in Times Square presentation
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A010415 Chandler High (2021-2022)
Kerry Croswhite Invitational swim meet
Chandler High ROTC helped kick off the inaugural Kerry Croswhite Invitational swim meet on September 11-12.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A010416 Chandler High (2021-2022)

Teachers Katie Nash (Chandler High), Jennifer Chastain (Andersen Elementary), and Michelle Capriotti (Casteel High) are three of the 32 Arizona Leading for Change Leaders Fellows for the 2021-2022 year. This year they will work as fellows to enhance their leadership and advocacy skills as they work alongside civic leaders to enhance the lives and opportunities for Arizona students and families.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A010408 Chandler High (2021-2022)
Arthur Argueta
Arthur Argueta won the San Tan District Agriculture Teachers Association (AATA) Teacher of the Year award. Mr. Argueta was recognized for his hard work at Chandler High as an Agriculture Teacher. Mr. Argueta manages the CHS FFA Farm, organizes the broiler chicken production and harvesting, and manages student projects within agricultural engineering and small stock animals. Mr. Argueta will compete for the State AATA Teacher of the Year.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A010409 Chandler High (2021-2022)
Chandler FFA Lamb Auction
Chandler Future Farmers of America (FFA) students hosted a lamb auction. FFA students Jayda Schmerfeld won her bid on a black faced wether lamb. Raynele Harrington and Ricardo Tapia are inspecting lambs to bid on. Four Chandler FFA students recently purchased lambs for the Maricopa County Fair. Congratulations to Adrianna Erwin, Jayda Schmerfeld, Ricardo Tapia, and Raynele Harrington.
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Goodman Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A010410 Chandler Traditional Academy - Goodman Campus (2021-2022)
Tarun Sankar
CTA Goodman 3rd grader Tarun Sankar participated in the Las Vegas Open Chess Tournament Under 1300 USCF (United States Chess Federation) section and scored 5 our of 7 points. He came in the top five (third place was shared by three candidates) Congratulations, Tarun!
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Goodman Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A010411 Chandler Traditional Academy - Goodman Campus (2021-2022)
Katherine Griffin and Stacey Taylor
Kindergarten Teacher Katherine Griffin (left) and 1st Grade Teacher Stacey Taylor (right) both received a Certificate for Excellence in Attendance for 2020-2021. Congratulations!
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Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A010394 Chandler Unified School District (2021-2022)
CUSD Schools Nationally Recognized
CUSD BRAGS:  Chandler Unified School District boasts 94 A+ Schools of Excellence or National Blue Ribbon Award schools. Chandler Unified School District - The Choice is Yours
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Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A010395 Chandler Unified School District (2021-2022)
CUSD Flinn Scholars
CUSD BRAGS:  Chandler Unified School District boasts 10 Flinn Scholars in the last 5 years -- 10% of the Arizona total. Chandler Unified School District - The Choice is Yours
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Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A010396 Chandler Unified School District (2021-2022)
CUSD National Merit Finalists
CUSD BRAGS:  Chandler Unified School District boasts 208 National Merit Finalists in the last 5 years. Chandler Unified School District - The Choice is Yours
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Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A010397 Chandler Unified School District (2021-2022)
CUSD Offerings
CUSD BRAGS:  Chandler Unified School District boasts:
  • 98 Dual Course offerings
  • 43 Language offerings
  • 27 Athletic offerings
  • 81 Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate offerings
Chandler Unified School District - The Choice is Yours
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Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A010398 Chandler Unified School District (2021-2022)
CUSD Athletic Champions
CUSD BRAGS:  Chandler Unified School District boasts 224 athletic state championships in the last 5 years. Chandler Unified School District - The Choice is Yours
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Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A010399 Chandler Unified School District (2021-2022)
CUSD Top Ranked
CUSD BRAGS:  Chandler Unified School District has been ranked the #1 district in the Phoenix area by Niche.com. Chandler Unified School District - The Choice is Yours
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Visit Conley Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A010422 Conley Elementary (2021-2022)
Preschool Practice
Conley Elementary preschoolers practiced following directions, cutting, gluing, writing, counting, letter building, name recognition and more.
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Visit Elementary Connect Website Report a Problem with Item A010413 Elementary Connect (2021-2022)
Winter at Valley Forge Project
Chandler Online Academy Elementary Connect students in Ricque Pekara's class did a culminating activity called a "One Pager" to capture all they learned about Winter at Valley Forge during the American Revolutionary War.
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Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A010400 Hamilton High (2021-2022)
Hamilton Boys Golf Team Champs
The Hamilton Boys Golf team travelled to Fort Worth, Texas this past weekend and competed in the prestigious Bart Granger Memorial Tournament. The team took home the first-place trophy, beating 52 of the best teams from Texas and Arizona. Congratulations to the following team members for their outstanding performance:
  • Nick Lippe
  • Vincent Cervantes
  • Mahanth Chirravuri
  • Kush Shah
  • Wyatt Chapman
  • Anawin Pickulthong

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Visit Jacobson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A010419 Jacobson Elementary (2021-2022)
Thinking Maps
Jacobson Elementary students in Lauren Sullivan's third grade class are proud of their classroom shared-writing practice assignment! Third graders are reviewing Thinking Maps to help organize their ideas to write. This particular map is called the FLEE map which is a hybrid of the Flow map and Flee map. Students enjoy contributing to ideas about why Jacobson is the BEST! Now they will create their own stories as well.
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Visit Shumway Leadership Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A010420 Shumway Leadership Academy (2021-2022)
Competitions
The Shumway Stars in Tracy Corbin's English Language Development classroom are shining bright as they demonstrate their English skills! They had a competition to challenge each other in writing plural nouns using suffixes, spelling rules, and irregular plurals that they have learned to use in their speaking and writing. These students excel at having fun while testing their knowledge!
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Visit Basha High Website Report a Problem with Item A010407 Basha High (2021-2022)
Gabriella Garcia
Gabbie Garcia was invited to the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation (NSAF) High School Outdoor National Championships, Presented by Nike, at the University of Oregon. Gabbie finished 5th in America (#1 freshmen) with a would be Arizona State Record javelin throw of 152 feet 8 inches! VIDEO: Jade Kwinn and Gabriella Garcia 4th and 5th Place Girls Javelin Championship - The Outdoor Nationals, Presented by Nike 2021
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Visit Perry High Website Report a Problem with Item A010412 Perry High (2021-2022)
Jen Burks
Congratulations to Jen Burks from Perry High school who was named the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) 6A Athletic Director of the Year. Former CUSD athletic director Marcus Williams was also an AIA Meritorious Award winner.
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A010343 Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence Campus (2021-2022)
CEF Fundraising Campaign
Thank you to CTA Independence Staff and Families who raised over $15,000 in online and cash donations during our Cash for Classrooms Campaign (CEF)!
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Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A010331 Casteel High (2021-2022)
Unified Sports Opening Game
Casteel High School's Unified football team, coached by Beth Krohmer, brought home a win for their opening game of the season. The cheer team, coached by Michelle Capriotti, kept the crowd on their feet!
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Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A010327 Casteel High (2021-2022)
Lance Corporal Ian Nieder
Casteel High School 2020 graduate Lance Corporal Ian Nieder completed United States Marine basic training camp and finished #1 in his class of 430 enlistees.
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Freedom Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A010328 Chandler Traditional Academy - Freedom Campus (2021-2022)
Drive-By ABC Parade
CTA Freedom's kindergarten students celebrated learning all their letters with a drive-by ABC parade! Students chose a letter and decorated their vest with items that began with that letter. Parents drove through the parade to see their hard work and celebrate our kindergarteners for learning their ABCs!
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Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A010329 Hamilton High (2021-2022)
Kyle Dumont
Hamilton High school junior Kyle Dumont participated in the Westminster Kennel Club dog show over the summer. He qualified as a Junior Handler by winning a total of 9 best juniors last year and went up against very tough competition successfully.
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Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A010330 Hull Elementary (2021-2022)
Favorite Community Helpers Dress-Up
Hull Elementary first graders dressed up as their favorite community helpers last week! Sebastian Pagano dressed up as principal Josh Cagle. Look out, CUSD! We've got a great future ahead!
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Visit Andersen Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A010357 Andersen Elementary (2021-2022)
Commemorating Patriot Day
Pictured from Andersen Elementary's commemoration of Patriot Day 2021. Patriot Day at Andersen Elementary photo album
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Visit Basha Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A010358 Basha Elementary (2021-2022)
Commemorating Patriot Day
Pictured from Basha Elementary's commemoration of Patriot Day 2021.
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Visit Basha High Website Report a Problem with Item A010349 Basha High (2021-2022)
Patriot Day Commemoration
Basha High School commemorated Patriot Day September 2021. Commemorating Patriot Day at Basha High - September 2021 Photo Album
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Visit Bologna Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A010359 Bologna Elementary (2021-2022)
Commemorating Patriot Day
Pictured from Bologna Elementary's commemoration of Patriot Day 2021.
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Visit Carlson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A010350 Carlson Elementary (2021-2022)
Patriot Day Commemoration
Carlson Elementary held a vigil/ceremony on the basketball courts to honor the fallen on 9/11 and our first responders. Mayor Hartke, Chandler Fire and Police were represented at the event. Students had flags and sang songs, and a poem was read by a 6th grader. Commemorating Patriot Day at Carlson - September 2021 Photo Album
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Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A010360 Casteel High (2021-2022)
Commemorating Patriot Day
Pictured from Casteel High's commemoration of Patriot Day 2021.
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Visit Chandler Learning Center Website Report a Problem with Item A010403 Chandler Learning Center (2021-2022)
Phoenix Fire Rescue Visit
Students and staff from the Chandler Learning Center Public Day Program were treated to a visit from the Phoenix Fire Department Rescue 28. In honor of 9/11, students learned about first response and medical awareness.
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A010351 Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey Campus (2021-2022)
Patriot Day Commemoration
CTA Humphrey 2nd graders wore ribbons in honor of Patriot Day, September 2021.
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Liberty Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A010355 Chandler Traditional Academy - Liberty Campus (2021-2022)
Commemorating Patriot Day
Pictured is CTA Liberty's commemoration of Patriot Day 2021. Commemorating Patriot Day at CTA Liberty photo ablum
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Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A010364 Chandler Unified School District (2021-2022)
CUSD Commemorates Patriot Day
CUSD schools commemorated Patriot Day September 2021 with a variety of activities to help students learn about one of our country's worst tragedies. Many schools welcomed and recognized first responders to be a part of the events. More pictures are also featured on the CUSD Facebook page or here:  CUSD Commemorates Patriot Day 2021 photo album
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Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A010361 Hull Elementary (2021-2022)
Commemorating Patriot Day
Pictured from Hull Elementary's commemoration of Patriot Day 2021.
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Visit Perry High Website Report a Problem with Item A010362 Perry High (2021-2022)
Commemorating Patriot Day
Pictured from Perry High's commemoration of Patriot Day 2021.
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Visit Rice Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A010354 Rice Elementary (2021-2022)
Commemorating Patriot Day
As part of Rice Elementary's commemoration of Patriot Day, Mr. and Mrs. Partridge, grandparents of 6th grade student Katie Andersen, shared their personal experiences as they helped with the rescue operations after 9/11. Also pictured is our 9/11 Wall of Honor recognizing family members who are first responders or serve in the military. Commemorating Patriot Day at Rice Elementary photo ablum
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Visit Ryan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A010363 Ryan Elementary (2021-2022)
Commemorating Patriot Day
Pictured from Ryan Elementary's commemoration of Patriot Day 2021.
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Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A010356 Tarwater Elementary (2021-2022)
Commemorating Patriot Day
At Tarwater's commemoration of Patriot Day 2021, 2nd graders sang patriotic songs and led our school in the Pledge of Allegiance. Commemorating Patriot Day at Tarwater Elementary photo ablum
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Visit Weinberg Gifted Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A010348 Weinberg Gifted Academy (2021-2022)
WGA's Patriot Day Commemoration
Gilbert Fire, PD, and Mayor Brigette Peterson accepted our invitation to attend WGA's Patriot Day Commemoration, a student-driven event featuring students raising then lowering the flags to half-mast, the student body president leading the Pledge of Allegiance and moment of silence, a 5th grader playing the National Anthem on his electric guitar, Mrs. Nusbaum introducing dignitaries including our own Mr. Reed (32 years a first responder), Mr. Frye (32 years active in the US Marine Corps), and Mr. McCarrell (11 years with the US Air Force), followed by a 1st grade student reading a picture book about 9/11 that he wrote, a 6th grade student reading an original poem, and concluding with God Bless America. Students in grades 4-6 were present, and grades K-3 watched in their classrooms via a Google Meet. The campus is adorned with student-created work thanking our first responders, considering how America has thrived since 9/11/2001, and honoring those who lost their lives that day. WGA's Patriot Day Commemoration Photo Album
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Visit Bologna Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A010336 Bologna Elementary (2021-2022)
Student Council
Bologna Elementary held our student council elections this past week and the winners were chosen. Congratulations to President Noella, Vice-President Jazlyn, Secretary Sukaina, Historians Erika and Isabela, and Treasurers Allisson and Luana.
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Visit Conley Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A010401 Conley Elementary (2021-2022)
Science Observations
Conley student scientists in room 10 are making observations and predictions with salt dough.
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Visit Conley Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A010402 Conley Elementary (2021-2022)
Creating an Air Purifier
Conley 6th graders engineered their own class air purifier during STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math).
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