Honors, Awards and Special Programs
Honors, Awards and Special Programs
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Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Hamilton Business and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) students participated in the 2019 Stock Market Challenge sponsored by Junior Achievement. The JA Student Stock Market Challenge is a live stock market simulation, featuring teams of high school students who compete to see who can accumulate the highest possible net worth in their investment portfolio. The exciting, fast-paced event offers a taste of what it's like to build a portfolio, manage risk, and experience its performance in a compressed period of time. Approximately 430 students (86 teams, five students per team) from around 20 valley high schools experienced the thrill of the trading floor at Junior Achievement's 2019 Stock Market Challenge Event. Hamilton had eight teams (40 students) participate. Five Hamilton teams placed in the top 25. Junior Achievement's Student Stock Market Challenge website
Basha Elementary - (2019-2020) Basha Elementary's Technology Department is proud to implement zSpace, an AR/VR (Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality) learning experience to increase engagement and meet educational standards in science, math, reading, technology and MORE! Begining in October 2019, students in kindergarten through 6th grade will learn the basics of using the zSpace hardware. SanTan Sun News article: VR takes Chandler students to another dimension
Sanborn Elementary - (2019-2020) Anahi Hernandez was honored by Chandler High School with the Scruffy's Tuffys Achievement Award. Anahi has demonstrated exceptional character in her academics as well as social interactions with students and staff. She is a shining leader here at Sanborn and is so very deserving of this award.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Ms. Yard's AP Biology Students are playing "Cytosis," a biology board game where students model key cellular processes that keep each cell functioning properly within the body thanks to the Chandler Education Foundation Classroom Education Enrichment Grant.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Mrs. Alyssa Pitner and Mrs Jenny Olson and their talented theatre students put on a spectacular Halloweenpalooza for the community. Over 800 people went through the haunted house that the theatre students created in the science wing. A Kid Fun Zone was a hit with the elementary kids, where they painted pumpkins, colored drawings, and met famous characters.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) The digital photography students visited Tempe Camera on Wednesday, October 30. This industry visit allowed students a first hand look at the sales, rental and repair shop and also the printing area. The tour included a behind the scenes look into a dark room along with witnessing how slides are scanned.
Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey Campus - (2019-2020) Ms. Cindy looks on as Santiago reads books to Yankee Doodle, our reading buddy dog.
Frye Elementary - (2019-2020) Angelica Abbey's 6th graders went "Math or Treating" today! Kids got to choose the review math problem, and earn whichever prize it corresponded with!
Frye Elementary - (2019-2020) Emilirose Robinson's second graders learn a poem every week and present it to the other students!
Perry High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Perry High DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) for winning first place in the Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge! The JA Student Stock Market Challenge is a live stock market simulation, featuring teams of high school students who compete to see who can accumulate the highest possible net worth in their investment portfolio. The exciting, fast-paced event offers a taste of what it's like to build a portfolio, manage risk, and experience its performance in a compressed period of time. Approximately 430 students (86 teams, five students per team) from around 20 valley high schools experienced the thrill of the trading floor at Junior Achievement's 2019 Stock Market Challenge Event. Chris Atwood, Hunter Quick, Sammie Baldwin and Bryce Lynch beat out 86 teams from around the state to bring home the trophy to PHS! Junior Achievement's Student Stock Market Challenge website
Perry High - (2019-2020) Perry's Concolor Yearbook staff won First Place in General Excellence at the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association's Fall Convention for their 2019 book But Who's Counting? Individual staffers also won awards for their photography and writing. Sydney Carlson & Layla Mushtaq, Sydnee Milkovic & Lauryn Terry, and Sophia Vojacek & Amanda Romano won Honorable Mention for Clubs, Academics and Sports, respectively. Abby Kozel & Alexa Guy won Excellent in Sidebar Writing for their Student Life Stats. Ashley Johnston & Layla Mushtaq won Superior for Student Life. And Sydnee Milkovic won Superior in Featured Photo for Combustion Experiment.
Riggs Elementary - (2019-2020) Riggs 3rd graders started a gardening project to promote healthy choices. Research shows school gardens have a positive impact on student learning, health, and nutrition. They teach good eating habits, science, math, and business skills. They also introduce students to new and healthy foods -- and get students moving and outside. A hydroponic garden tower was donated by Benita Riesgraf, a Chandler mom, thanks to a grant she received from Changex.org and the Arizona Sustainability Alliance. The program, "Sow It Forward," empowers teachers and students to learn about food growth and the importance of having access to fresh fruits and vegetables. We will have the tower until Thanksgiving, at which time the seedlings will be transplanted into our community garden. Students planted the following plants in the Tower Garden: Sweet Basil, Arugula, Bib Lettuce, Gourmet Lettuce, Black Magic Dino Kale.
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) The ACP Erie volleyball team recently held its sixth annual Dig Pink event and raised more than $7,500 for the Side-Out Foundation for breast cancer research. Side-Out Foundation website
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel High School wrestling coaching staff recognized custodian Rosa Orellana for all her efforts in keeping the wrestling room in excellent condition. In appreciation of all her hard work, the wrestling program surprised her with a gift basket before one of their workouts.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel High School senior Sadie DeShon was named a Samsung American Legion Scholar national finalist from Girls State. She will receive a $10,000 award. Samsung American Legion Scholarship website
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel High early childhood education classes volunteered at Feed My Starving Children during October, packing nutritious meals for hungry children around the world. Feed My Starving Children website
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Nina Anguis, Luke Bass, Melody Colucci, Esme Crawford-Paz Soldan, Alexis Gonzalez, Miranda Gonzalez, Jacob Pisors, and Jose Segovia who have been named National Hispanic Scholars for scoring within the top 2.5% on the PSAT/NMSQT amongst Hispanic and Latino testers during their junior year.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High staff and students celebrated Red Ribbon Week last week. 275 students stopped by and filled out pledges saying why drugs have no place in their future.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High Theatre and Student Council hosted its 5th annual haunted house on Saturday, and this year the theme was Twisted. The CHS Haunted House has built quite a spooky reputation, and over 1,000 chill seekers went through. The event is also a service project for Matthew's Crossing Food Bank.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High FFA (Future Farmers of America) recently visited 50 elementary school classrooms and taught approximately 1,150 students about the life cycle of a pumpkin. CHS FFA partners with the Arizona Farm Bureau with the Ag in the Classroom Program. CHS FFA was announced as the "2019 Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Outstanding Program" and will receive their award on November 16.
Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence Campus - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Chiara Banda who won the 6th grade Peace Poster Contest for CTA Independence.
Chandler Unified School District - (2019-2020) Superintendent Dr. Camille Casteel meets with student leaders throughout the school year to develop their leadership skills. Last week, the Student Advisory Council discussed how to market their schools.
Conley Elementary - (2019-2020) Conley Elementary teacher Christina Bergstrom won the KTAR News 92.3 FM's "Pay Tribute to a Teacher" award for September. KTAR News host Larry Gaydos surprised Bergstrom in her classroom with a $2,500 check, courtesy of Valley Toyota Dealers. Her kindergarten buddy class came to join her students and her team in the celebration! KTAR News article and video: Bighearted Chandler teacher wins KTAR's Pay Tribute to a Teacher award
Galveston Elementary - (2019-2020) Galveston Elementary students celebrated Unity Day on Wednesday, Oct. 23. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and Unity Day is a day in which students unite and wear orange to stand up against bullying and unite in kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. Students helped paint rocks orange and signed a big banner pledging to be kind to others. Unity Day Photo Album
Galveston Elementary - (2019-2020) Tana Miller's third grade class read a story about bats and then used animal research to create these awesome bat habitats!
Hancock Elementary - (2019-2020) Hancock Elementary third graders were excited to receive a generous gift from Sun Lakes Rotary -- their own personal dictionary. Sun Lakes Rotary Club's Dictionary Project website
Hull Elementary - (2019-2020) The sixth grade team won a $750 grade level Chandler Education Foundation grant this year! This award will be utilized to provide scholarships for students with financial hardships, and to assist with the chaperone fees associated with camp. We are so grateful for this gift. Thank you! Chandler Education Foundation Cash for Classrooms Campaign
Hull Elementary - (2019-2020) The Hull first grade team won a CEF (Chandler Education Foundation) grant to bring life cycle science into classrooms. Students will be able to watch butterflies, ladybugs, praying mantis and even ants travel through their life cycle from egg to adult before their very eyes. Students love researching and presenting on insects after having them in the classroom! The life cycle unit will culminate with a production of "BUGZ! The Musical" for the school and parents!
Hull Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to all of our first, second and sixth grade Chandler Education Foundation (CEF) grant winners!
Hull Elementary - (2019-2020) Our bus drivers were presented with treats to celebrate Bus Driver Appreciation week!
Patterson Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Mrs. Chavez's first graders who won the Pawsitively Clean Classroom Trophy for doing an amazing job cleaning their classroom this week.
Ryan Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Cristy Wellik who was awarded a $500 grant from the Touchdowns for Teachers program, sponsored by Salt River Project and the Arizona Cardinals. Touchdown for Teachers website
Ryan Elementary - (2019-2020) The Royals Flag Troop has a special job at Ryan Elementary. These students have volunteered to serve our school by performing the Reveille and Retreat ceremonies; the raising and lowering of the school's American and Arizona flags. In doing this, they practice traditions that have existed since the American Revolution. When our troop members perform their duties, they do so with pride and respect. They know our flags honor all those who served, those who continue to serve and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Not just in the military, but all those Americans who serve our nation, our state, our community and our Constitution of the United States. Royals Flag Troop 2019-2020 Campaign: "We few, we happy few, we band of Royals. For whoever runs with me today, shall be a Royal."
Ryan Elementary - (2019-2020) Ryan Elementary students and staff held a going-away assembly for Canine Companions for Independence dog Kai and his friends.
Ryan Elementary - (2019-2020) Ryan Elementary paint night for girls and their favorite female adult had over 180 attendees!
Ryan Elementary - (2019-2020) THANK YOU to volunteers from Compass Church who planted gardens, cleaned laptops, and tidied up around Ryan Elementary.
Knox Gifted Academy - (2019-2020) Knox Gifted Academy fifth graders did an amazing job last week with their student written plays. Thank you to Kristin Moran and our performing arts program for making their ideas and stories come to life!
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) WASTECON 2019 showcased different types of sustainability methods being implementing all over the U.S. at the Phoenix Convention Center on Wednesday, Oct. 23. As part of the event, the Arizona Recycling Coalition announced their six $5,000 grant awardees... and we are proud to announce that three ACP Knights were granted a $5,000 award to start sytrofoam recycling in our own school cafeteria using Tenebrio beetles! The grant will fund an effort to manage styrofoam within the schools cafeteria, reduce ACP Erie's ecological footprint, and aim for a sustainable school. The president of the organization also mentioned that though there was a record number of applications this year, ACP Erie was on top of the list! Arizona Department of Environment Quality is looking forward to our project as a pilot program for other organizations, too. Way to go, Aahana Dugar, Blake Entwiller and Nevan Hanford. GO KNIGHTS! Arizona Recycling Coalition Grants website
Carlson Elementary - (2019-2020) We had a very successful Boo Bash, sponsored by our Carlson PTO. Students had a blast "trunk or treating" and playing games!
Carlson Elementary - (2019-2020) Chandler Fire Department came and set up a fire house for the 3rd graders to explore and learn about fire safety.
Carlson Elementary - (2019-2020) Kindergarten went on a field trip to Schnepf Farms and learned about harvests and life cycles while having a great day at the farm.
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) James Flannery's architectural drafting students took a tour of new construction in downtown Chandler and asked many questions. Thanks to Layton Construction, Whitneybell Perry Inc., and especially project manager Lisa Shea, Hamilton architecture students were able to tour a four-story office building, one-story commercial space, outdoor recreation plaza and hotel, and the new parking garage site. Architecture Field Trip Downtown Chandler Photo Album
San Marcos Elementary - (2019-2020) San Marcos Battle of the Books team members, led by Jolene Gallup and Dolores Barcelo, competed in their first competition of the year!
San Marcos Elementary - (2019-2020) Select second grade families were invited to "Family Engagement Reading Night." Students were able to enjoy a movie and popcorn while parents worked with the Engagement Team -- Stephanie Clark, Jolene Gallup, Amy Nettles, Lauren Delfino-Karl, Jennine Ballew, Jennifer Davis and Debbie Vickma -- on strategies to help their children become better readers. Parents left equipped with support, materials and games to help their children succeed.
Hancock Elementary - (2019-2020) Hancock Kindness Club with their new shirts that encourage kindness, declaring that "Kind > Cool." (Kind is greater than cool.)
Hancock Elementary - (2019-2020) Hancock 1st thru 6th graders create their favorite storybook characters using pumpkins.
Jacobson Elementary - (2019-2020) Jacobson JETS fifth graders are studying human rights. All students analyze authentic text and critically think/discuss what it means to have human rights for all. Here students are working in pairs to create a Universal Declaration of Human Rights poster to present to classmates. They are becoming experts and excited to showcase their creations with each other. Jets Fly With Pride!
Riggs Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Preston Brooke who was honored as Gilbert Citizen of the Month for September 2019.
Riggs Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Mrs. Wendy Dafoe, 1st Grade Teacher at Riggs Elementary. She was selected as one of the winners of an SRP Touchdowns for Teachers Grant, in partnership with the Arizona Cardinals. She received $500 to be used to benefit her classroom, to purchase hands-on materials to improve lessons and class engagement. Way to go, Mrs. Dafoe! SRP Touchdowns for Teachers website