Honors, Awards and Special Programs
Honors, Awards and Special Programs
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Chandler Unified School District - (2018-2019) Chandler Unified School District was recently named the top overall school district for raising $78,000 for the American Heart Association. Students from CTA Goodman and CTA Independence were also recognized for their fundraising efforts.
Jacobson Elementary - (2018-2019) Jacobson sixth graders worked during fourth quarter on their Genius Hour Projects. The students learned how to sew sling backpacks and worked to fill them with toiletries. These were donated to Hamilton High School to help CUSD students in need. Rajani Rastogi, a social worker for the district, was a guest speaker in one class and invited students to Hamilton High to see how the district manages supplies for underprivileged families. While at Hamilton, Mrs. Wright's class packed 90 supply bags for families, toured the high school and spoke with National Honor Society and Huskies Helping Huskies students, as well as attending a mindfulness session. Photo Album: Genius Hour Projects - May 2019
Perry High - (2018-2019) Perry High junior Austin Woodman coordinated an Eagle Scout project with Troup 886 to refill the emergency buckets at CTA Freedom. Forty-five buckets were replenished with fresh supplies in case of emergency.
Santan Elementary - (2018-2019) Santan Elementary students in Mary Logan's third grade class donated a total 1,530 pounds of food to Mathews Crossing Food bank in this years drive.
Chandler Traditional Academy - Freedom Campus - (2018-2019) Student Council Pennies for Patients campaign run by Student Council brought in over $6,000 for cancer patients! Way to go, Falcons! Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Pennies for Patients program website
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Chandler Wolves and Hamilton Huskies students worked together with CTA/EPA Humphrey sixth graders in a "Courage Retreat." Students learned to follow their hearts and not the crowd.
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Chandler Wolves and Hamilton Huskies students worked together with CTA/EPA Humphrey sixth graders in a "Courage Retreat." Students learned to follow their hearts and not the crowd.
Chandler Unified School District - (2018-2019) Several CUSD teams participated in the Relay for Life of Chandler to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Overall, CUSD teams raised more than $33,000. Notably, the two Payne Junior High students and alumni, with the help of Big-O Tire, were able to raise more than $16,000! (That's the 3rd highest amount raised out of 40 teams.) Additionally, Carlson Elementary raised $7,829, Riggs Roadrunners raised $4,171 and Casteel High school staff raised $2,255. Chandler - Relay for Life website
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Newly selected Link Leaders had their "Spring Training" day to prepare for the 2019-2020 school year. They participated in leadership discussions, played team-building games and started making plans to make next year's Freshman Orientation Day AMAZING!
Riggs Elementary - (2018-2019) The Riggs Relay for Life team was able to fundraise all year with all their donations going toward the American Cancer Society.
Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) The Payne National Junior Honor Society and CATS team joined forces to represent Chandler Unified School District at the Chandler Relay for Life. Over 85 past and present students raised over $3,800 in the fight against cancer! Dana Hansen, the Payne CATS Science teacher and childhood bone cancer survivor of 45 years, spoke at the Opening Ceremony/Survivor Lap. She wrote an essay that won for "Women's Voice." With the help of Big-O Tire, Payne teams raised a total of SIXTEEN THOUSAND, FOUR HUNDRED AND TWENTY DOLLARS for the American Cancer Society! Photo Album: Payne Relay for Life
Carlson Elementary - (2018-2019) Carlson Elementary Champions collaborated with the Chandler Police, Fire, and City to kick off the Relay for Life Fundraising. Carlson grade levels are collecting coins to help give the "boot" to Cancer. Mayor Kevin Hartke, Police Chief Sean Duggan and Fire Chief Tom Dwiggins all came out to talk to the kids about giving back. Additionally, Carlson Cancer survivors were honored. The Carlson Kindness Club, in conjunction with PTO and the Chandler Police are coordinating this great effort.
Chandler Unified School District - (2018-2019) Terry Locke, director of CUSD Community Relations, recently traveled to ejidos (communal farming land) outside of Caborca, Mexico with Rotarians from five states to provide polio plus vaccinations to children under the age of 5.
Conley Elementary - (2018-2019) A mobilize group from Central Christian Church served a number of schools, including Conley Elementary in April. A team of more than 50 volunteers cleaned all the classrooms and campus, spruced up the staff lounge and bathroom, and left inspirational quotes on the whiteboards for students to see on Monday. Thank you, Central Christian Church!
Tarwater Elementary - (2018-2019) Sixth grader John Davis received the 2019 Youth Echo Award presented by DMB Community Life and Eastmark Subdivision. This award is given to outstanding youth that have dedicated their life to helping others. In addition to receiving a certificate, John received donations (lemon juice, cups and sugar) towards his annual lemonade stand. Profits from the stand will be donated to a local non-profit organization. Thank you, John, for your dedication to helping others in our community!
Jacobson Elementary - (2018-2019) Students from Mrs. Gahn's 6th Grade class participated in a "Walk for Wells" event! Each student walked three miles while carrying a gallon of water. After a semester long unit about learning about the impact of water on the lives of all people and the effects that culture and social norms can play in the shaping of one's identity, the students were inspired to create a fundraiser. The students wanted to raise enough money to help provide access to wells and clean water for the people of South Sudan. So far, Gahn's Gorillas have raised over $500!
Basha High - (2018-2019) In March 2019, 38 middle and high school teams from across the nation were selected as winners of the seventh annual Lead2Feed Challenge earning grants for their team's nonprofit of choice. Through the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program, students develop 21st century leadership skills and project based learning standards. Basha High Early Childhood Education students developed and implemented a service learning project to bring art lessons to over 400 students at Bologna Elementary every quarter during the 2018-2019 school year. The Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program awarded a $500 charitable grant based on the outstanding work of the Basha High students. Last week Basha High teacher Mrs. Alexander and her students presented the check to the principal, Dr. Padilla, and students at Bologna Elementary.
Navarrete Elementary - (2018-2019) Navarrete teachers and students wore royal blue on April 2 to show love and support of World Autism Awareness day.
Bologna Elementary - (2018-2019) Thank you to the Basha High School Early Childhood Education Department! They applied for and were awarded a $500 grant from Lead2Feed for our school! They have also been amazing Art Masterpiece partners for us! Thanks so much, Basha High!
Bologna Elementary - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Bologna student Lafayette who was "Caught" Being a Leader: He was helping to stop his two friends from pushing each other!
Bologna Elementary - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Bologna student Anisa who was "Caught" Being a Leader: She gave up recess to do table duty in cafeteria without being asked.
Bologna Elementary - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Bologna student Damarion who was "Caught" Being a Leader: While playing basketball, Damarion was working to make sure everyone on his team was included.
Bologna Elementary - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Bologna student Dylan who was "Caught" Being a Leader: Dylan helped a friend to safety.
Bologna Elementary - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Bologna student Estevan who was "Caught" Being a Leader: Estevan helped two students solve a conflict with Rock, Paper, Scissors.
Bologna Elementary - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Bologna student Kalionna who was "Caught" Being a Leader!
Riggs Elementary - (2018-2019) Riggs Elementary staff recently participated in the "I Ran 4 Ira" event at Seville Country Club. This fun 5K walk/run and pancake breakfast event supports 3rd grade Riggs' student Ira Hamilton. The funds help to pay for Ira's intense 3-4 week therapy camp at the VIP Neurorehabilitation Center in California. The Riggs community is "Ira Strong."
UPDATE: The Ira Run this year raised over $20,000! We were able to raise enough funds for Ira to attend her specialized therapy AND have enough funds to fulfill special grant requests to help other kids as well!
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Chandler High FCCLA-ECE (Early Childhood Education) had two teams win $500 grants as part of the seventh annual Lead2Feed Challenge. The Chandler Crusaders (Early Childhood Ed classes) won $500 for the Chandler CARE Center. The Chandler Education Bandits (Paloma Ramirez, Victoria Seeman, and Lisette Meza) won $500 for Yuda Bands. CTE Programs
Galveston Elementary - (2018-2019) Galveston Kiwanis Kids met in February to plan and prepare for upcoming community service projects. Pictured are the club officers.
Ryan Elementary - (2018-2019) All Ryan Elementary 6th grade classes teamed up and collected over $300 to buy fleece blanket kits. They made 62 blankets to donate to Project Linus. This organization gives new, homemade, blankets to children who are sick or who have experienced trauma. This is our 5th year doing the project. Project Linus website
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Chandler High AVID students worked with Frye Elementary students in February and urged 4th graders to take action to be kind on their campus as part of the Youth Frontiers program.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Twenty Chandler IB Diploma candidates and AP Spanish students served the children of our community and made great connections at the Knox Gifted Academy 5th grade Kindness Retreat.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Chandler High's Link Crew helped Ryan Elementary students learn leadership skills last week through Youth Frontiers.
Chandler Traditional Academy - Goodman Campus - (2018-2019) CTA Goodman is so proud of the Slyter kids raising $250 from their fruit stand for One Dog Arizona Rescue. One Dog Arizona Rescue
Chandler Unified School District - (2018-2019) Tonya Lawson, CUSD bus driver, recently collected books from the community to have for all the kids on her bus route. Her original intent was to motivate the kids to behave, but it has turned into a huge gift for the kids, encouragement and recognition to them all. She stated the rewards are working well, it is especially heartwarming to see the older kids read to the younger kids.
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Hamilton High's one-in-four benefit gala on February 8 had approximately 120 attendees from Hamilton, local businesses and the Chandler community. The gala was held at a private residence and raised funds for the Hamilton High homeless fund, which exists to provide students and their families with financial and crisis support intervention and resources.
Basha Elementary - (2018-2019) Fifth grade teacher Mr. Soto and the Basha Elementary staff is participating in ColorCycle through Crayola. All used and unwanted markers are being collected in each classroom. The program has been a huge success so far with over 1,000 markers in less than a month! Once the markers are collected, they are shipped to Crayola where they get recycled. Any type of marker can be recycled, no matter the brand or type. We have collected highlighters, Expos, Sharpies, fat and skinny markers of all kind. We are throwing away less plastic in our landfills and protecting our environment. Way to go, Basha Bobcats! Crayola ColorCycle: Four Easy Steps to an Eco-Cool School!
Chandler Unified School District - (2018-2019) Chandler Unified School District student councils convened in February to show off their spirit and celebrate the hard work to benefit the Chandler Family Advocacy Center. The schools collaborated to raise nearly $13,000. The theme this year was "Leaders Tell a Tale." Student Council Convention 2019 Photo Album
Santan Junior High - (2018-2019) Santan Junior High's Service Club partnered with the #LoveUp Foundation to collect hygiene supplies for foster children. They collected more than 2,000 donation items and were able to pack more than 150 bags to give to foster children. #LoveUp Foundation website
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Chandler High FFA (Future Farmers of America) students hosted Knox Gifted Academy's 3rd graders at the Ag facility and taught hydroponics, aquaponics, anatomy of chickens, capillary action in carnations, and more.
Perry High - (2018-2019) Perry High SkillsUSA students and other volunteers packed 153 boxes of meals at Feed My Starving Children recently. This will feed 91 children for one year!
Riggs Elementary - (2018-2019) A Riggs Elementary parent anonymously donates 40 gift cards just before winter break every year. Principal Jan Weyenberg places staff members' names into a hat and pulls out a name every day in December. Winners are given two gift cards, one to keep and one to pay forward. Corey Swint was one of the recipients and was recently at ASU on a sixth grade field trip. She decided to pay it forward to an officer covering the game to thank him for his service. He was touched and shocked, to say the least!
Basha Elementary - (2018-2019) Students brought in 100 cents (or more) to celebrate the 100th day of school. Altogether, they raised $104.46. Students voted to donate the money to Arizona Friends for Life, a nearby no-kill animal shelter. The money will be used to purchase needed items for dogs and cats, such as food, leashes and collars. 100 Day Cent was part of our Kindness Quarter here at Basha Elementary.
Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence Campus - (2018-2019) CTA Independence National Elementary Honor Society raised more than $3,000 in gift cards toward school supplies, clothing, gas, and groceries for the Hamilton High school homeless.
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Hamilton High's social work team worked countless hours to assist students and families in need over the holiday season. They distributed 110 Thanksgiving meals to families at Hamilton and CUSD Title I schools. They also distributed approximately 110 adopt-a-family gifts to underprivileged families and held an amazing holiday event that included dinner, a visit from Santa, a raffle, family portraits and gifts for families. More than 1,800 students have visited the supply room since beginning of the year for food and other basic needs. The social work team has assisted Hamilton and other CUSD families on a regular basis with food, clothing, toiletries, gift cards and/or rent/utility assistance.
Bogle Junior High - (2018-2019) Bogle Junior High families donated $1,560 in Target and Walmart gift cards for our monthly community service project to benefit Bogle families in need.
Bogle Junior High - (2018-2019) Student Council and the Bogle Junior High community collected 932 packages of instant mashed potatoes and $770 towards frozen turkeys for the Chandler Care Center's annual Family Holiday Assistance Day. Way to go, Bulldogs!
Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey Campus - (2018-2019) Our student government sold Duck tape to raise money for Humphrey's Multicultural Event. Students used the it to tape Principal Hickey to a pole!
Carlson Elementary - (2018-2019) Carlson Elementary fifth graders in Nicole Bruder's class and first graders in Michelle Lester's class collected pajamas for Scholastic's pajama drive. Additionally, the Carlson student council collected toys for the Hartford Sylvia Encinas Toy Drive.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Chandler High basketball and softball teams helped to make the holidays brighter for many families by volunteering at the Chandler CARE Center and Ronald McDonald House.