Honors, Awards and Special Programs
Honors, Awards and Special Programs
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Chandler High - (2018-2019) The International Baccalaureate (IB) Boosters held a banquet last week to celebrate the accomplishments of the IB Diploma and Career Program candidates. This is the largest IB graduating class at CHS with 48 Diploma candidates and 18 Career Program candidates. The theme of the banquet was "The World Awaits" with a message to the students and parents to be proud of what they've accomplished and to keep striving to make a difference in the world.
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Students Jerry Sun (Cornell-bound senior), Travis Zhang (Junior), and Daniel Hsu (ASU-bound senior) are playing a pivotal role as CUSD prepares for the inaugural Summer Equity Symposium - Breaking Barriers for Excellence. The students utilized their coding and tech skills to create an app for symposium attendees. The Breaking Barriers for Excellence app will help the event run smoothly by providing easy access to information about schedules, speakers, and sessions.
Basha High - (2018-2019) Basha High marketing students got a lesson from Intel employees on Supply Chain Management. The students participated in a hands-on activity in which they simulated how engineers and logistics specialists work together in teams to determine the skills necessary to run a successful supply chain.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Ten International Baccalaureate (IB) juniors attended the Arizona IB Student Leadership Conference at Grand Canyon University on April 6. They heard keynote speaker Dr. Heather Cruz, Arizona Associate Superintendent for High Academic Standards, and participated in breakout sessions about mindful learning and having a shared vision. The conference concluded with an IB graduate panel featuring IB alumni from around the state.
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Hamilton High Career and Technical Education teacher Kristine McGettigan took her students from the Early Childhood Education and FCCLA Club to Shamrock Farms recently.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Chandler High Theatre and Dance students traveled to New York City for five days where they saw three Broadway shows and took workshops with Broadway professionals. Additionally, the group toured the city including the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, Freedom Tower, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station, exclusive backstage tours of Radio City and the Lincoln Center, and so much more!
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2018-2019) Two Biophysics Club students from ACP Erie, Sejal Jain and Michelle Sheikh, presented their work at Biophest 2019 at ASU on March 30 in ACP Erie and ASU's first collaboration to develop a biophysics pipeline. Sejal and Michelle were the only two high school students in attendance, making their presentation in front of over 300 ASU graduate students. Biophysics is an integration of biology concepts using mathematics, physics and chemistry. GO KNIGHTS! Biophest 2019 website
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Chandler High Theatre performed Les Miserables and wowed Chandler Center for the Arts audiences for three nights. Congratulations to the cast, directors, and stage crew for a terrific production.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) The Chandler Rotary and CHS's Interact Club, a service club involved in numerous community projects throughout the year, hosted a Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony Friday, February 22 in the courtyard. The ceremony included a history of the project, "Let Peace Prevail on Earth" sung by the Advanced Women's Choir, student definitions of Peace, and "May Peace Prevail on Earth" communicated in nine languages.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Twenty-five Chandler High students had the opportunity to hear astronaut Scott Kelly speak at Comerica Theater in downtown Phoenix in February. He was part of the Arizona Speakers Series. Other notable speakers throughout the year included Sanjay Gupta, Condoleezza Rice, and Joe Biden. Arizona Speaker Series website
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Chandler High students attended the 10th annual Teen Town Hall hosted by the Chandler Mayor's Youth Commission. Students attended workshops on three trending topics that affect youth and teens in today's society: Mental Health and Wellness, Teen Dating Violence, and Life Skills. They also participated in team-building activities and heard from the City of Chandler's Mayor, Kevin Hartke.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Chandler High's band, orchestra and choir students performed recently at the Southwest Region Music Festival.
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2018-2019) FLINN foundation has provided ACP Erie and ASU a grant of $5,000 to fund a collaborative effort to create a pipeline for biophysics students from K-12 schools to ASU, the first program of its kind. Mrs. Rachna Nath is working with Dr. Abhishek Singharoy at ASU to create a biophysics chapter at ACP Erie. Students in the program will be able to access ASU computers remotely and work on designing computer models of molecules.
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2018-2019) The ACP Erie Mobius E-waste club was invited by the Arizona Recycling Coalition to attend their annual meeting and gala. Though they were the youngest members in attendance, two club members, Nicole Carmiol and Elias Hernandez, interacted with many stakeholders and gained a lot of attention for their idea of e-waste collection. Pictured from top left to right: Elias Hernandez, Nicole Carmiol, Alana Lee Levine (Director of the Arizona Recycling Coalition); and bottom, from left to right: Rachna Nath, Jill Bernstein (Director, Keep Arizona Beautiful) and JB Shaw (Recycling Coordinator at Arizona Department of Environment Quality).
Basha High - (2018-2019) Basha High FFA (Future Farmers of America) students recently had the opportunity to visit the Clydesdale Preservation Foundation. Students received hands on learning experiences with the endangered, beautiful horses. Students learned about their overall care as well as their history and conservation.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Chandler High School's Academic Decathlon regional team competed at Red Mountain High School. The nine selected students took tests in the seven subject areas of art, music, literature, science, social science, economics, and mathematics. They also wrote essays, gave speeches, and participated in interviews.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) The German teacher at Chandler High (Melanie Mello) invited German schools all over the state to Chandler High to take part in a German travelling exhibition, Land der Erfindungen (Land of Inventors) sponsored by the Goethe Institut (an institute that promotes the German language across the world). Perry German students as well as Hamilton German students took part in the exhibition that was run by German IB students from Chandler High. It was presented all in German and very informative about German inventors of 7 different themes (Optik, Kommunikation, Medizin, Mobilität, Informatik, Material, und Energie).
Casteel High - (2018-2019) Jocelyn Dolan's AP Psychology class at Casteel High is working on childhood developments and philosophies in class. They recently visited Perry Lil' Explorers to see the applications of developmental theory in action. Babies were held, books were read, pictures were colored and the games of chase on the playground were endless. Both groups of kids came away with much more than just observing or being observed.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Chandler High students attended the Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life conference that focused on suicide awareness and prevention. The team will plan activities on our campus that promote suicide awareness/prevention in the future.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Chandler High Model United Nations took part in the Harvard Model United Nations during the week of January 21. Students had the opportunity to not only take part in the conference but also visit the many historic sites in Boston and surrounding vicinity.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Chandler High students celebrated what makes CHS culturally unique and unified at the same time through this year's Unity Assembly. Chandler High Unity Assembly photo album
Perry High - (2018-2019) Chandler Unified junior high students toured the Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at Perry High, allowing student to explore career options and classes. Photo Album - Junior Highs Tour Perry CTE Programs
Perry High - (2018-2019) Perry High competitive Special Olympics basketball team recently went 2-1 in a tournamnent. The team, coached by Rose Escalante and Lani Redmond, is the only competitive Special Olympics team CUSD.
Basha High - (2018-2019) Under the direction of Sharon LaVoy, a group of Basha High juniors and seniors visited the IMR Lab at Intel, one of only three in the world, to learn more about careers in Engineering and Information Technology. The students met with engineers and technicians in areas including testing, quality control, manufacturing, shipping and receiving and 3D printing. Those interested in information technology were able to see the computer programming side of the lab where code is analyzed to determine the cause of part failures, presenting a new perspective of programming and problem solving. The group went on to tour Able Aerospace in Mesa where they met with program managers, engineers and technicians as they toured the plant, helicopter hangar and tarmac. Students were impressed with the advanced robotic cold spray area, the soundproof testing room and especially with the government and military aspect of the business.
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2018-2019) ACP Erie's "Mobius Sustainability" team is a group of seniors committed to finding solutions for proper disposal of e-wastes. The team recently met with the Chandler Vice Mayor, Rene Lopez, and Chandler Public Works and Utility Director, Mr. John Knudson to work out ways to assist the City of Chandler with e-waste collection and proper recycling. They also plan to collect e-waste from different locations around Chandler, so that the public won't have to go far to dispose of their e-waste. This is just another way that ACP Erie Knights are making a difference in the City of Chandler.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) One hundred Chandler High dancers and 10 backstage crew performed for 180 San Marcos and Hartford Sylvia Encinas kindergarten students in at the Chandler Center for the Arts last week. All involved had a great time!
Basha High - (2018-2019) Gila River Native American students from Basha High attended a campus tour and a cultural speaker series hosted by the American Indian Student Support Services at Arizona State University for Native American Heritage month. Students were also able to tour the School of Earth and Space Exploration which included a private tour of the meteorite vault in the Center of Meteorite Studies.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Gila River Native American students from Chandler High attended a campus tour and a cultural speaker series hosted by the American Indian Student Support Services at Arizona State University for Native American Heritage month. Students were also able to tour the School of Earth and Space Exploration which included a private tour of the meteorite vault in the Center of Meteorite Studies.
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Gila River Native American students from Hamilton High attended a campus tour and a cultural speaker series hosted by the American Indian Student Support Services at Arizona State University for Native American Heritage month. Students were also able to tour the School of Earth and Space Exploration which included a private tour of the meteorite vault in the Center of Meteorite Studies.
Perry High - (2018-2019) Perry High gives every student who registers for an AP test a hydro flask sticker. Strive for a 5!
Perry High - (2018-2019) Gila River Native American students from Perry High attended a campus tour and a cultural speaker series hosted by the American Indian Student Support Services at Arizona State University for Native American Heritage month. Students were also able to tour the School of Earth and Space Exploration which included a private tour of the meteorite vault in the Center of Meteorite Studies.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Chandler High Student Council hosted a pep rally and lunchtime tailgate parties to hype students up for the State Championship game.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) The Chandler High Academic Decathlon team competed at the Hamilton Invitational tournament. Students gave speeches, were interviewed, wrote essays, and took tests in seven subject areas relating to our theme of the 1960s. They did a great job representing CHS!
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Hamilton hosted 204 students from 12 East Valley schools at our 6th Annual Invitational Tournament. Results: 1st place - Hamilton. Individual medalists: Nidhi Athreya, Jake Nance, Archana Ram, Megan Ridgway, Jasmine Sun, Sarah Zhang, Aris Zhu, Benjamin Tung, Jennalynn Fung, Emma Keegan, Nikki Lajom, Zuzia Stechly, Navaneeth Unnikrishnan, Melina Chabolla, Emily Jefferson and Tyler Thornton. All told, 102 adult volunteers came together to provide these kids with a fantastic experience.
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Esther Bateson, Chris Chew, Dee Ladd, and Julianne Haddad at Hamilton High sponsor a club called We Dine Together. The club aims to make sure no Hamilton High student eats alone. So far this year, more than 60 freshman were approached eating alone, and the vast majority now have friends, are involved in school clubs and activities, and feel welcomed. Hamilton High We Dine Together Club website
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2018-2019) The Erie Alchemists is a new, innovative group at ACP Erie. These freshman students are working to create awareness about the problem of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) in the environment and creating reusable organic air fresheners as a potential solution. They completed their first test by making pumpkin-scented air fresheners for Halloween and distributing them to all the ACP Erie teachers and staff. They presented their idea to Vice Mayor Rene Lopez and City of Chandler Public Works and Utilities Director John Knudson to spread their cause.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Members of Chander High's Student Council attended the Arizona Association of Student Councils (AASC) President and Advisor Luncheon last Thursday, November 8. Students were able to network with other student councils and be inspired to be leaders on their campus.
Chief Hill Academy - (2018-2019) Alma Bonillo, Dave Constance, Jen Chandler, Michelle Swope, and Kelly Castillo promote College Day at the Hill ICAN campus. Every other Thursday, they promote colleges and talk about the opportunities out there for students.
Chief Hill Academy - (2018-2019) Our staff and students worked so hard 1st quarter, and the students earned 607 1/2 credits toward graduation!
Casteel High - (2018-2019) The first Annual Diversity Day at Casteel High, sponsored by the Casteel French Honors Society, was a huge success. The day included foreign exchange students from Germany/Norway, Spain, Chile, and Switzerland dispelling myths and stereotypes about their country. They also discussed the stereotypes they had about the U.S. prior to coming here and what they found that was different. Casteel choirs performed multicultural songs in Spanish, Latin, African, and Japanese to name a few. The importance of diversity in today's culture and the importance of voting was also highlighted. Casteel High Diversity Day Photo Album
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Isha Paode, Andres Gonzalez-Bonillas and Dennis Velasco organized Chandler High's 11th annual World Language Expo, a celebration of cultures, as part of their IB CAS (International Baccalaureate - Creatvity, Action, Service) project. Chandler High World Language Expo photo album
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Scruffy the Wolf recognized Isabella and Julianna, student leaders from San Marcos Elementary and future Wolves, to be part of his Scruffy's Tuffys.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Chandler High AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students hosted Parent Night and gave their families a taste of what the college prep program is all about through modeling college projects, tutorials, scholarship and FAFSA information, and more.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Homecoming 2018 was a great success! Dave Shapiro was named the 2018 Hall of Fame Inductee, and Deneen Rogers and Lyn Stinnett, Class of 1958, were introduced as our Homecoming Parade Grand Marshals.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) The CHS Drama Department performed Alice this fall and did an exceptional job.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Chandler High's Student Council attended last week's Arizona Association of Student Councils (AASC) Spirit Conference at Mountain View High School as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for this year's theme Team up for Leadership. StuCo kicked off the year with other Arizona groups and learn new leadership techniques to bring back to CHS.
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Hamilton High English teacher Steve Munczek runs an after-school tutoring study room for all students, five days a week guaranteed, from 2:20-3:20. There is no cost, students can receive tutoring in English, Spanish, history, and some French, study, or take tests in a quiet educational environment. Click to find out more information: The Husky Room webpage
Chandler Online Academy - (2018-2019) Chandler Online Academy had its first-ever back-to-school night for their fulltime online students. The event was held at Chief Hill Learning Academy and nearly 100 students attended. Everyone participated in a trivia competition, learned valuable information regarding online enrollment, met COA teachers, office staff, and received a student ID. Papa John's supported COA by donating pizza for the event. Chandler Online Academy has almost 150 full-time students and is currently providing online courses for more than 1,000 students within the district.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Chandler High Link Crew hosted an awesome Back to School Pool Party for freshmen.