Honors, Awards and Special Programs
Honors, Awards and Special Programs
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Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High School's "Step Up" choir concert, under the direction of Lori Lyford, with neighboring junior high and elementary schools (Andersen Junior High, Willis Junior High, Andersen Elementary, Conley Elementary, CTA Goodman, CTA Liberty, Hartford, Knox Gifted Academy, Sanborn Elementary, and San Marcos Elementary) was a wonderful experience for all the students.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) The Chandler High Dance Club performed at the City of Chandler's Woofstock Festival. The students did a great job, and many family members came with their furry friends to support our students.
Basha High - (2019-2020) Basha High hosted the third annual Show Choir Live festival. They had more than 150 students participate from Santan Junior High, Payne Junior High and Basha Accelerated Middle School.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) The second annual diversity program was held November 1 at Casteel High. Under the direction of Bonnie McNamara, French Honors Society and French Club puts on the program for National French Week every year. This year, it was nicknamed the COLTure Day because they celebrated all the cultures of the Casteel Colts! They had Choir, Band, Project 15 dance, Asian K-Pop and Fan Dances, Folklórico and even a song in German. Exchange students from Norway, Denmark and Spain also shared their experiences.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) The Chandler High Air Force JROTC presented the nation's colors during a Veterans Day assembly at Valley Christian High School. They have been honored to present colors at the Veterans Day event for the last eight years.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) The 2019 World Language Expo was an awesome display of students' talent and hard work. Thanks to Gigi Clara-Martinez, Evelyn Avitia Valverde, and Breiddy Guerrero for organizing the event and to everyone who performed on stage, or offered cultural activities, food, and fun. This year's theme was "BE KIND. THE WORLD NEEDS YOU," and CHS's World Language students and teachers decorated the courtyard with posters and crafts.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) The Chandler High Link Crew hosted a lunchtime activity to reconnect with the freshman class and have some fun! The freshmen were asked, "What would you do for an ice cream bar?" and were challenged to choose a fun activity to do with their Link Leader to earn a treat. The freshmen, along with their Link Leaders, did things like give high fives to five people, give piggyback rides, or do the chicken dance. The freshmen enjoyed a sweet ice cream treat for their participation. Link Crew - Photo Album
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High School opened a Mindfulness Room in September. Prevention Coach Sarah Hunter runs the room for students and staff. Teachers can bring their students down for a mindfulness lesson during class time and students can come in before or after school and during lunch.
Perry High - (2019-2020) All nine Perry High Spanish teachers and their combined 1,200 students celebrated and learned about all the cultural components of Dia de los Muertos. The students rotated classes/teachers every 20 minutes into a new station to learn something different relating to Dia de los Muertos. The product can be seen on the two wall alters in the upstairs new C-wing. The Spanish teachers put in many hours to prepare for this event and the students enjoyed the cultural experience.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High students and staff participated in Rivalry Spirit Week leading up to the Chandler vs. Hamilton football game. Throughout the week, students participated in themed "VS" days where we had mathletes squaring up against athletes, elders vs. toddlers, cowboys vs. aliens, and more. Friday morning's pep rally kicked off game day, and the celebration continued through lunchtime. As part of Rivalry Week, StuCo worked collectively with Hamilton High to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Chandler High collected $1,627.51 Rivalry Spirit Week 2019 - Photo Album
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High's College Application Initiative was a huge success. Seniors met with counselors and college representatives to work on completing college/postsecondary applications, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and scholarships. Seniors who completed an application and/or the FAFSA were entered to win $1,000 scholarship and many other prizes.
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Hamilton's AP Seminar with African Diaspora content class presented their current research projects for Dr. Lisa Aubrey, associate professor of African and African American Studies in the School of Social Transformation at ASU. Hamilton teacher Audra Johnson, Dr. Adama Sallu, and Dr. Lisa Aubrey have developed a partnership with the goal of enhancing students' academic and postsecondary success. The students will attend one of Dr. Aubrey's classes at ASU in December!
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 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.
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
Perry High - (2019-2020) Perry High School "Puma Diner" is up and running. It was created and run by Perry students to work on a variety of job skills while feeding the Puma Nation.
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Hamilton High Assistant Principal Dick Baniszewski spent fall break in China. He was part of a delegation that visited Duhiangyan High School as part of an educational trip. He represented CUSD, Chandler, Arizona and the country admirably. American Educational Delegation in Dujiangyan
Chandler High - (2019-2020) CHS Theatre's production of The Great Gatsby was superb! The play, directed by Ms. Stephanie Likes and Ms. Katie Kolacki, featured Elijah Newton, Charlize Cornejo, Ryan Cogley, Drew Sedgley, Liz Del Vecchio, Izzy Stephens, Zac Denny, Luke Waxman and an awesome ensemble cast. Without the outstanding stage management and other crews, this production would not have been possible. Congratulations on a great show!
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High's DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Marketing program and Student Council teamed up to sponsor CHS's 2019 Fall Fest, a community festival including rides, games, a petting zoo and food.
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) STYROFOAM BUSTERS! A group of eight students are looking at innovative ways to get rid of styrofoam pollution at ACP Erie. They are creating awareness among students to drop their used lunch plates in special containers, and then these students are collecting them everyday. The aim is to compress the styrofoam, hence reducing the volume and treat it with materials that will dissolve them. Creativity and innovativeness comes from critical thinking and problem solving. GO KNIGHTS!
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) ACP Erie's Lemelson-MIT team, the KNIGHTS INNOVATORS, presented their Hydrothermal Hat/Headband to the CEO of Chandler Innovations, Mrs. Daina White. Mrs. White invited the team to attend the Track 1 program that the City of Chandler sponsors in collaboration with NACET (Northern Arizona Center for Emerging Technologies) for starting their own entrepreneurship. These ACP students will now be able to access technical support, marketing support, patent support and meet with some of the top businessmen in Arizona to support their cause. The Knights Innovators started their track last Tuesday at Chandler Innovations in Downtown Chandler. This group consists primarily of freshman and sophomores. We are proud of them for mastering public speaking and reaching out to Mayor Kevin Hartke, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, and many IT companies around Chandler. VIDEO: Hydro-Thermal Hat
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) Halloween is definitely near -- but students had so much fun assembling the skeleton in Rachna Nath's Human Bio class.
Basha High - (2019-2020) Keith Tomaszewicz's engineering classes took a field trip in September to Grand Canyon University to participate in Engineering GCU DAY. Students were exposed to different engineering programs and career options, and got to do a hands-on workshop with breadboards and electronic circuits to operate autonomous robots and a laser beam. Additionally, they went on a tour of the engineering labs and reviewed the engineering curriculum that GCU offers. Actual GCU engineering students also took Mr. Tomaszewicz's 2nd and 3rd year students around the campus to show them what campus life is like. GCU Engineering Day Photo Album
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel High students attended the National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Arizona State Summit at ASU on September 12 to elevate our school's commitment to scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel High teacher Christopher James was interviewed by his U.S. Military students (class) about his experiences serving in Iraq. The Veterans Heritage Project was on campus to record the interview and discuss the upcoming publication of the interview. Casteel sophomore, Sydnee Watkins will write the story to be published in the Library of Congress and the Veterans Heritage Project Book. Furthermore, James encouraged other students, including sophomore Hope Henry, to interview and write a story about a family member who served and can share their experiences as well. Hope is interviewing her grandfather about his experiences in the Vietnam War and will have the interview and story published.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High's Air Force JROTC visited iFLY indoor sky diving last Monday and engaged in lessons on physics and wind tunnels and how terminal velocity can be calculated using a Algebraic equation. Cadets then suited up, received flight lessons, and had two flights in the flight chamber. After their flights, the cadets calculated their terminal velocity and came up with figures very close to what their true number was. It was a very rewarding experience.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) The Bring Change to Mind Club hosted an "I Care" table at lunch last week and encouraged students to write notes of encouragement and thanks to people they care about. Bring Change to Mind is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging dialogue about mental health, and to raising awareness, understanding, and empathy.
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Hamilton High School is currently piloting an AP course developed through a partnership between the CollegeBoard and the African Diaspora Consortium: AP Seminar with African Diaspora content. This is the first ever AP course with an African topic, and Hamilton is proud to be the first school in the western US to offer this course. The Senior Executive Director of the African Diaspora Consortium, Rhonesha Blaché, visited with the class and facilitated a lesson about changing perceptions of Africa. Hamilton students have also had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Adama Sallu as a guest speaker and attending a 1619 commemoration event during which Dr. Sallu was a panelist. A university partnership is also a part of this pilot program, so students will have opportunities for field trips to ASU and graduate student mentorship as they conduct research.
Perry High - (2019-2020) Dr. Darren Johnson's Sports Medicine students participated in a program called "Stop the Bleed" in partnership with Dignity Health. The program teaches students to tie a tourniquet, recognize arterial bleeds and other lacerations, stuff deep puncture wounds, and apply direct pressure to any bleeding. It includes vocabulary, explanation of wounds, pictures, and then a hands-on session. Congratulations to all students who completed the training and earned "Stop the Bleed" certification.
Perry High - (2019-2020) Dr. Darren Johnson's and Rebecca Goetz's Sports Medicine students recently participated in CPR training in partnership with Dignity Health and earned their CPR certification.
Chandler Early College - (2019-2020) Chandler Early College celebrated Red, White and Blue Day and Spirit Day.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel High School DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Officers participated in the DECA Officer Leadership Camp at Lost Canyon in Williams, AZ in August.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High School DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Officers participated in the DECA Officer Leadership Camp at Lost Canyon in Williams, AZ in August.
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Hamilton High School DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Officers participated in the DECA Officer Leadership Camp at Lost Canyon in Williams, AZ in August.
Perry High - (2019-2020) Perry High School DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Officers participated in the DECA Officer Leadership Camp at Lost Canyon in Williams, AZ in August.
Perry High - (2019-2020) Drawing and Painting 3 students Autumn Carrol and all students in Drawing 3 ( third semester of art class ) painted a mixed media project done in Mrs. DeCristofaro's class.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel Colts students are multi-talented! Football center LeCharles Bentley Jr. also plays the violin in the orchestra program. Recently he and other orchestra students performed for the front office.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) The Casteel Choir and our ASL (American Sign Language) Club sang and signed the national anthem at the Arizona Diamondbacks game on August 20 and did an outstanding job.
Perry High - (2019-2020) Staff comment: "I want to send a HUGE shoutout to the amazing counseling department! I have gained a whole new appreciation and respect for everything our counselors do. Thank you to every one of you for being so welcoming. You are an awesome team, and Perry is lucky to have such dedicated, hard working, and caring counselors!"
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) The ACP Erie 2019-2020 Lemelson-MIT team met with Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke and presented their Hydro-hat proposal. This hat has temperature, humidity and pulse meters in the frame. The hat is made of a wicking material and communicates through the sensors via Bluetooth to an app on the users phone, reporting the level of heat stress the user is under. The aim of the project is to reduce heat stress and heat related illnesses in Arizona. It is so cool that even our district athletes can benefit from it. VIDEO: Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke on Meeting with the ACP Erie InventTeam
Chandler Online Academy - (2019-2020) Chandler Online Academy hosted a successful Back to School Open House!
Chandler Online Academy - (2019-2020) Chandler Online Academy presents the branding on our new building.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High Student Council traveled to Payson for a leadership retreat. Students worked to plan activities for the school year, along with activities to improve and strengthen their leadership skills.
Perry High - (2019-2020) Perry High math teacher Eric Rygiel organized a tutoring event for Algebra I students with the LINK Crew. The event was a huge success and had a turnout of more than 60 students.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High Juniors participated in Camp IB (International Baccalaureate) events and had a great time getting to know one another while receiving valuable information from Senior Diploma Candidates on topics related to negotiating the Creativity, Activity, Service Project (CAS Project) and IB Program survival skills.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Over 350 German language and science students, teachers, and experts on the matter of sustainability from Germany and the U.S. had the opportunity to come together in Chicago to attend the Goethe Institut's Sustainability Summit at Loyola University over Memorial Day weekend. Six Chandler High School German and Environmental Science students and their teachers, Melanie Mello and Russell Davis, were lucky recipients of a grant to participate in this summit.
Casteel High - (2018-2019) Ms. Bandin's 10th grade geometry students went to I-Fly for their STEM field trip, which included a hands-on lesson in terminal velocity and indoor skydiving.