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Visit Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008307 Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary (2019-2020)
Samantha Oliden
Congratulations to Samantha Oliden who was honored as the AAA Award recipient from Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary School!
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Gaga Pit
Pictured here, CTA Humphrey fourth graders learn to play Gaga Ball in our brand new Gaga pit -- and have a blast!
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Colonizing Mars
Students in sixth grade are colonizing MARS! Students are learning about farms and natural resources. These designers work collaboratively to read articles on how BEST to use natural resources and technology OR supplement when resources are not available. They listened to each other present their ideas and then had time to design their OWN Mars colony plans, and finally build models of their designs. JETS scientists fly with PRIDE!
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Clean Classroom Award
Ashleigh Hollaar's first graders won the Clean Classroom Award for having a neat and tidy classroom this week.
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Lance Thonvold
Lance Thonvold, former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Seattle Mariners spoke to Darren Johnson's Sports Medicine students on February 11 about athletes, the dangers of performance enhancing drugs, illegal substances, and how they have ruined many athletic careers.
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Omar was honored with Chandler High School's Scruffy Tuffy Award because he showed courage in making the right decision even when his peers were pressuring him to decide differently. He demonstrated responsibility, trustworthiness, caring, and citizenship in this situation making him very deserving of this recognition.
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Savannah Romero
Savannah Romero was honored with Chandler High School's Scruffy Tuffy Award because she helped out a staff member with a medical issue demonstrating the character traits of responsibility, citizenship, and a very caring heart.
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Visit Basha Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008271 Basha Elementary (2019-2020)
AAA Pride Award Winners
Basha Elementary was proudly represented at the CUSD AAA Pride Awards by technology teacher Jessica Pfau, student Annemarie Beach and parent volunteer Sarah Fanning. These three individuals were honored at the Chandler Center for the Arts at the AAA Pride Awards held on February 5.
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Night of Recognition Honorees
Teacher Kari Williams, Volunteer Tressa Hanger, and student Tessa Cowell were recognized for all they do to make a difference at Chandler High during the CUSD Night of Recognition on February 5.
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Swim Letters of Intent
Kaley Bigley, Ashlyn Reidhead, Lucas Kelly, Monica Lomeli, Sarah Quintana, and Charlotte Stenmark signed letters of intent to swim at the collegiate level.
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Volleyball Letters of Intent
Nikole Lunsford and Cierra Bevilockway signed letters of intent to play volleyball at the collegiate level.
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Cross Country Letters of Intent
Gunner Garcia and Gabriel Garcia signed letters of intent to run cross country track at the collegiate level.
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Softball Letters of Intent
Sydney Babik, Andrea Santillan, and Kami Anson signed letters of intent to play softball at the collegiate level.
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Baseball Letters of Intent
Joseph DiCarlo, Efrain Manzo, and Luke Bass signed letters of intent to play baseball at the collegiate level.
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Football Letters of Intent
Dae Dae Hunter, Riley Barton, Gunner Maldonado, Nehemiah Magalei, Malik Reed, and Tate Romney signed letters of intent to play football at the collegiate level.
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Basketball Letters of Intent
Victoria Mason, Amara Wilson, and Mykah Anderson signed letters of intent to play basketball at the collegiate level.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A008281 Chandler High (2019-2020)
Stefana Jelacic
Chandler High senior Stefana Jelacic became the second female in Arizona history to qualify for the boys championship wrestling tournament by finishing second place at sectionals. Jelacic is the reigning 118-pound girls state champion and chose to wrestle against boys this year. She will compete at the state tournament beginning this Friday in Prescott Valley.
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Student Council Convention
Chandler High hosted the 2020 CUSD Leadership Convention for all student councils throughout the district to celebrate leadership, spirit, and fundraising efforts. Thanks to CHS StuCo, Michael Gray, other high school student councils, their sponsors, and CUSD Nutrition for organizing and delivering an amazing day of "Exploring Leadership." As part of the agenda, CUSD schools presented a check for nearly $10,500 to the American Heart Association, and guest speaker Will Adams brought the house down with motivational speaking and dance. Student Council Convention Photo Album
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Chandler High Chamber Choir
The Chandler High Chamber Choir earned two Superior ratings at the Jazz Madrigal Festival in Flagstaff.
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Luke Air Force Base Field Trip
Twenty-three Chandler High Air Force JROTC cadets visited Luke Air Force Base and had a mission briefing on the F35 Lightning 2 along with some up close and personal time with the aircraft. Cadets also viewed an Explosive Ordinance Disposal and a medical training center.
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AAA Pride Award Winners
Student Tylie Johnson and teacher Jennie Carrillo were honored at the Chandler Center for the Arts at the AAA Pride Awards held on February 5.
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Ryan Student Council
Congratulations to our Ryan Student Council, awarded "Most Spirited" at the Student Leadership Conference at Chandler High on February 7!
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San Marcos Student Council
San Marcos Student Council attended the Student Leadership Conference and showcased their leadership skills among peers in the district with their theme "Exploring BIG Ideas." Student council students loved this day of SPIRIT and leadership growth!
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Visit Sanborn Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008296 Sanborn Elementary (2019-2020)
Best Collage Award
Congratulations to the Sanborn Student Council, winning the "Best Collage Award" at the CUSD Student Leadership Conference at Chandler High on February 7!
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Santan Elementary Student Council
The Santan Elementary Student Council spent several weeks planning around the theme "Exploring Leadership" for this year's CUSD Student Leadership Conference. The students decided on a "Magic School Bus" theme, and created a chant, banner, collage, costumes and name tags. At the district Student Council Convention, Santan Stormers won "Best Costume." Way to go, Stormers!
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Triple A Award Winners
Congratulations to this years' Triple-A Award winners: student Emmie Conti; co-volunteers Bridget Arenson and Bekki Patzer; and teacher Danica Schroeder!
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Family Math Night
The Andersen Elementary Family Engagement Team put on a 4th Grade Family Math Night in February, bringing families together to teach them how to support their child at home while students did an escape room activity in the library. Family Math Night Photo Album
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Julie Oxley
Andersen Junior High eighth grader Julie Oxley in Vidya Balasubramaniam's class won the Chandler Innovation Fair t-shirt design competition.
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Hiwot Endeshaw
ACP Erie is very excited to announce that junior Hiwot Endeshaw has been selected to participate in the KEYS Research Internship Program at the University of Arizona. This bio-science program will give Hiwot the opportunity to work alongside top faculty in research labs at the University of Arizona. Congratulations!
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Visit Auxier Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008333 Auxier Elementary (2019-2020)
Green Team
Auxier Elementary students "Green Team" action team created a recycling program and school garden. In January, they were honored to have Dave the Garden Guy out to the school to film a segment for the Channel 3 news. He helped the students learn more about gardening and plant a new crop.
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Congratulations to Michael Benjamin, Jr. (Basha High, Arizona State, professional baseball player) who was inducted into the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Saturday, February 7.
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Former Chandler High teacher and swim coach Steve Schultz was recognized at the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, February 7. The 2020 Hall of Fame inductees also included Max Mejia (Chandler High, Harvard, Augsburg wrestler), Ky Westbrook (Chandler High, USC and Team USA track and field), and Katy Herbert (Chandler High, Stanford, Gymnastics).
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Devyn Faulkner
Devyn Faulkner, a senior at Chandler Online Academy, was chosen to speak to teachers and other school personnel about living with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) at a National Conference being held at the Disneyland Californian Hotel. She reviewed a new guide that was created to help school staff work with students struggling with this debilitating syndrome.
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Penguin Habitats
First grade Spanish Dual Language Immersion (DLI) students had a blast creating penguin habitats. They were on display for our school's Celebration of Learning Night, where families came in to see amazing projects at every grade level.
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Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A008331 Chandler Unified School District (2019-2020)

CUSD staff raised more than $85,000 for the Valley of the Sun United Way last fall through contributions and payroll deductions pledges. Additionally, Valley of the Sun United Way pledges from CUSD employees to the Chandler CARE Center was a total of $34,253, a 47% increase from last year.
  • ACP Oakland raised the most per capita among schools, contributing an average of $116.58 per employee. Thank you is in order to Tami Kaiser for coordinating the ACP Oakland campaign.
  • The Chandler CARE Center was the support site winner raising an average of $66.67 per person. Congratulations to Katie Kahle, who spearheaded those efforts.
  • Also notable, Payne Junior High raised on average $63.38 per capita, the District Office and the IRC tied raising an average of $53.61 per person. Thank you to Jackie Tambone (Payne), Terry Locke (District) and Crystal Towery (IRC) for coordinating those campaigns.

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Scott Reed
Scott Reed, who has been the public address announcer at Hamilton High since the school's inception, was honored with special recognition at the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, February 7. Former Chandler High teacher and swim coach Steve Schultz was also recognized. The 2020 Hall of Fame inductees were:
  • Jordan Howard (Perry High, Central Arkansas, professional basketball player)
  • Max Mejia (Chandler High, Harvard, Augsburg wrestler)
  • Ky Westbrook (Chandler High, USC and Team USA track and field)
  • Christian Westerman (Hamilton High, Arizona State and Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Michael Benjamin, Jr., (Basha High, Arizona State, professional baseball player)
  • Katy Herbert (Chandler High, Stanford, Gymnastics)
  • Meghan Mullin (Seton Catholic, Nebraska, Softball)

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Student Council Convention
CUSD student councils convened on Friday, February 7 to show off their spirit and celebrate the hard work to benefit the American Heart Association. The schools collaborated to raise nearly $10,500. The theme this year was "Exploring Leadership." Shout out to the high school student councils and the advisors (Britni Michaelson - ACP Erie; Jamie Emerson - Basha High; Lynda Frederickson - Casteel High; Michael Gray -Chandler High; Violet Richard- Hamilton High; Lerina Johnson -Perry High; Shawn Mitchell- Chandler Early College) for organizing this event. Student Council Convention Photo Album
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Visit Haley Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008304 Haley Elementary (2019-2020)
Haley News Crew and Central Kitchen
The Haley news crew spent time with the CUSD Central Kitchen staff learning about how they operate on a large scale to support the schools as they prepare breakfast and lunches each day. Haley News Crew and Central Kitchen Interview Photo Album
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Scott Reed
Scott Reed, who has been the public address announcer at Hamilton High since the school's inception, was honored with special recognition at the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, February 7. The 2020 Hall of Fame inductees also included Christian Westerman (Hamilton High, Arizona State and Cincinnati Bengals).
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Mexican Fiesta
Hull Elementary second grade students enjoyed a Mexican Fiesta while studying about Mexico.
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Congratulations to Jordan Howard (Perry High, Central Arkansas, professional basketball player) who was inducted into the Chandler Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Saturday, February 7.
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Jennifer Burks
Congratulations to Perry High School athletic director Jennifer Burks who was selected by the Arizona Interscholastic Associaation as the Premier Region Athletic Director of the Year.
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Jan Weyenberg
Riggs Elementary principal Jan Weyenberg was the "Mystery Reader" for Dawnielle Edward's second grade class and read the book Dex, the Heart of a Hero.
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Internet Safety
Leslie Russell, Community Outreach and Education Coordinator for the Attorney General's Office came to Sanborn Elementary to talk with students about Internet safety and how to best protect their personal information and identity while gaming or using social media. She presented this important information during two separate assemblies in an engaging, age-appropriate, and straightforward manner.
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Rosa Flores
Congratulations to Rosa Flores who was honored with an Apple Achievement Award at the Chandler Center for the Arts on February 5.
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Anahi Hernandez
Congratulations to Anahi Hernandez, recipient of the 2020 Chandler Volunteer Youth Recognition Award! Chandler Volunteer Youth Recognition Awards Photo Album
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Phoenix Open Dream Day
Santan Elementary was invited to the Waste Management Phoenix Open Dream Day sponsored by the First Tee. The fifth and sixth grade students had a lot of fun! Shane Doan, Archie Bradley, and Larry Fitzgerald showed up to talk about hard work and leadership.
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Shark Tank
After completing their Invention Convention projects, the students in Megan Bonin's 6th grade class participated in a mock Shark Tank! Ms. Bonin invited parent volunteers to make up the panel of "sharks," and students presented their inventions.
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100th Day of School
Robin Horn's first grade class had a fun time taking part in the 100th day of school activities.
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Digging for Dinosaur Eggs
Stephanie Casoli's third grade class is learning about dinosaurs and fossils. They had a great time digging for dinosaur eggs -- just like archeologists! Digging for Dinosaur Eggs Photo Album
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