Honors, Awards and Special Programs
Honors, Awards and Special Programs
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Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) Open letter from self-contained Special Education teacher to Payne staff, teachers and students: "Panther Pride, Words can't express the overwhelming pride that Amber and I have in the Payne Staff and students! What an memorable experience you gave the Unified BASKETBALL team today! Payne has truly shown what it means to embrace inclusion and celebrate everyone's successes. Please take a moment and tell your students how proud we are of them! The energy in the gym was UNBELIEVEABLE!!! Payne ROCKS! Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who come out and watched the Unified Basketball game today vs. Santan. Can't wait for our next year's basketball game!"
Andersen Junior High - (2018-2019) Andersen Junior High ThinSat Rocket Launches into Space! Northrop Grumman (previously Orbital) launched the Antares rocket last week. Andersen Junior High was the only school in Arizona selected to participate in the ThinSat Program, guaranteeing them a spot on this rocket launch. The rocket will release the satellite to orbit Earth for five to ten days, collecting data on atmospheric pressure, temperature, velocity, altitude, and UV light. Students in Joe Badala's class launched prototypes on a helium balloon on campus to collect low atmospheric data. Gearing up for this rocket launch, students conducted a series of these launches, tethering some balloons and releasing others. They also sent a prototype on a weather balloon. NASA-TV Wallops video website: Antares Launch, April 17, 2019
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
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).
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.
Bogle Junior High - (2018-2019) Bogle Unified Sports hosted a basketball game against the Unified team from Willis Junior High in December.
Arizona College Prep - Oakland Campus - (2018-2019) All four ACP Oakland VEX robotics teams participated in the first annual Chandler Invitational VEX Tournament on Friday and Saturday, December 14 and 15 at Payne Junior High. Eighteen teams competed from Willis, Payne, ACP Erie, Casteel, Knox, and Bogle junior highs. Students spent two hours on Friday night at Payne so that all teams could engage in skills (driving and programming tests). These skill activities accumulate points that are added to their overall performance stats and compared to other teams around the world. They did great, and their confidence in their driving and programming skills increased. Saturday went well with teams 7830A and 7830K staying 1st and 2nd for the first half of the tournament. Our team 7830P won the Sportsmanship award for helping the Payne team with their robot. Team 7830A won the Design award for their robot design and engineering notebook.
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
Bogle Junior High - (2018-2019) Bogle Junior High choir students participated in the Diamondbacks Choir Night and sang the National Anthem at the game.
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.
Santan Junior High - (2017-2018) Peggy Newendyke recently wrote a grant to support our Unified Sports, allowing athletic equipment and uniforms to be a part of the ongoing athleticism in our year-round sports.
Casteel High - (2017-2018) Congratulations to Casteel's Jr. High Science Olympiad Team, placing 4th place at the State Tournament.
Payne Junior High - (2017-2018) The 8th grade students at Payne Junior High School were honored to hear Holocaust survivor Oskar Knoblauch tell his story about how respect for others saved his life during the Nazi Occupation of Poland.
Casteel High - (2017-2018) Casteel High School created an African American History display in the library.
Andersen Junior High - (2017-2018) The Andersen Junior High Choir, led by Verónica Morales, put on a wonderful holiday choir concert in December.
Andersen Junior High - (2017-2018) Thank you to Orbital for sponsoring the ThinSat Program! Andersen Junior High will be launching a satellite into space to collect and analyze data. This project begins in January 2018, and there are three phases to be completed before our satellite is launched into space in January of 2019.
Andersen Junior High - (2017-2018) AJHS Booster Club sponsored a movie and paint night at Andersen Junior High. Andersen students and families came to watch Elf on the big screen and paint pottery from As You Wish.
Bogle Junior High - (2017-2018) Mr. Cory's Robotics class invited the Chandler Police Department to demonstrate how they use robots and cameras in police work.
Casteel High - (2017-2018) Casteel students made sweet treats for Veterans Day.
Willis Junior High - (2017-2018) Willis AVID students reflect each day for positivity, and the students say they are now more positive in their daily experiences. Each student also completes Cornell Notes and tutorials for all core classes every week, and collaborates with peers to assist them in classes. AVID at Willis
Willis Junior High - (2017-2018) Culinary Club at Willis has learned to make salsa, spinach/artichoke dip, and spaghetti and meatballs this year!
Willis Junior High - (2017-2018) Students from several clubs on campus did an excellent job of interacting with potential future Firebirds and others at the Willis Showcase! They are a positive example of our campus and student body!
Payne Junior High - (2017-2018) Teacher comment: "As a teacher, I love seeing our students flock to chat with Mr. Bollard at lunch. His connectivity and presence with our student population is inspiring."
Chief Hill Academy - (2016-2017) Community comments: Chief Hill Academy has great kids that really shine. Thanks for being friendly and welcoming.
Andersen Junior High - (2016-2017) Thank you to the Chandler fire fighters who came to visit AJHS on April 18th and did a mini-CPR lesson with our students. They have been coming to AJHS for years to give our students some valuable experience with CPR.
Payne Junior High - (2016-2017) Payne was honored to have Oskar Knablauch come to our school to speak about his experience as a Holocaust Survivor. Mr. Knablauch is also a speaker and author of A Boy's Story - A Man's Memory.
Willis Junior High - (2016-2017) We are proud to offer the "Fellowship of the Readers" book club at Willis. Out of the 100 members in our club, 41 students have read over 1 million words or more, and our top reader has read 11 million words so far this school year!
Payne Junior High - (2016-2017) Payne Junior High had a great season of Unified Football with student volunteers from Panther Pals club!
Basha Accelerated Middle School - (2016-2017) Basha High School's Accelerated Middle School (AMS) program grades 6-8 has exceeded growth expectations, growing by approximately 90 students! The department head, Amanda Cook, states "Our new students are raving about their specialized teachers at AMS, being challenged, and how easy it is to make friends that make them feel like they belong." We are excited to see these junior high kids grow and continue to succeed on the Basha High campus until they graduate as Basha Bears! Basha Accelerate Middle School Program Website
Payne Junior High - (2016-2017) PJHS Media Staff, Shannon Jacques and Malinda Weister worked to make Payne's media center genre-fied! The fiction section of the PJHS Media Center is now organized by genre to help students more easily find the books they enjoy reading.
Bogle Junior High - (2015-2016) Through the Accelerated Reader program, we recorded that Bogle students read 1,279,763,989 words -- that's 16 million more words than last year! We had 453 millionaires and 109 multimillionaires -- almost 47% of our students!
Payne Junior High - (2015-2016) Payne Junior High 8th grader Isabella Moya won 1st place in the State InvestWrite Fall 2015 Competition. InvestWrite is an innovative national writing competition that adds a critical thinking component to help reinforce concepts learned in the classroom. The 8th grade CATS students participate in the Stock Market Game program which sponsors this competition.
Payne Junior High - (2015-2016) A huge thank you to Ashley, Alex, and Soon from ASU who are promoting physical activity during the A, B, & C lunch periods. The PAWS program is designed to help students stay physically active!
Andersen Junior High - (2015-2016) Our new six period day schedule, allowing students to have up to four elective classes, is working GREAT. Students are loving having more elective classes!
Arizona College Prep - Oakland Campus - (2015-2016) Last year 66 students at ACP-Oakland took the Spanish National Exam; which is a nation wide competition at the high school level. Of the 66 students who participated, 3 students scored in the top 1% of the nation and 61 students scored in the top 15% of the nation or higher. We are excited to announce that most of our students will be competing again this year and look forward to sharing those results with the community.
Willis Junior High - (2015-2016) On January 30th, the Willis Orchestra held an invitational Orchestra Extravaganza concert that included over 200 Orchestra students from Willis JHS, Chandler High School, Shumway El., Sanborn El., Frye El., Bologna El., Humphrey CTA, Liberty CTA, and Knox Gifted Academy. Parents were treated to enthusiastic performances of students from varying ability level from 2nd year players to High School level.
Santan Junior High - (2015-2016) SJHS Parents and Boosters Support High Five for Technology! Boosters and our fabulous parents afforded SJHS more Chromebooks with their generous donations. Chromebooks have the capability to be Internet-ready and mobile throughout our classrooms. There is a lot of exciting learning going on at Santan Junior High!
Santan Junior High - (2015-2016) The Santan Junior High AVID site team has established a community relationship with the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU to provide qualified college students as AVID tutor interns for the Spring of 2016. This community partnership exists through the ASU service learning program. We are excited for this partnership and look forward to a promising community connection.
Andersen Junior High - (2015-2016) Extensive elective classes offered: Mandarin, Spanish, French, Band, Orchestra, Choir, Beginning Guitar, Athletic and Traditional Physical Education, Yearbook, Family and Consumer Science.
Willis Junior High - (2014-2015) Willis Junior High seventh grade teachers host an interdisciplinary activity to recreate the 'Ellis Island Experience' for their students. The students fill out passports, dress as immigrants, learn about ship conditions, and practice phrases from their native countries. In the 'Ellis Island Great Hall' (the gym) students visit a variety of stations similar to those visited by real immigrants, including the 'Mental Examination' and 'Legal Examination.'
Bogle Junior High - (2014-2015) Student shout-out: 'This school has great teachers! They respect their students and they teach us very well.'
Santan Junior High - (2013-2014) Santan Junior High hosted a spring fling dance on April 22 for students in self-contained programs at both the junior high and high school levels. Over 200 students danced, enjoyed snacks, face painting, crafts and a photo booth.
Santan Junior High - (2013-2014) Congratulations to the cast and crew of '15 Reasons Not to be in a Play!' The kids and crew in this play were FANTASTIC! They did such an amazing job, it was hard to believe they were only in junior high! I laughed the entire time. Way to go Santan Drama!
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2013-2014) Mrs. Lowe started a lecture series in Honors Physics. The students have been able to listen to Dr. Iliescu, a forensic pathologist, Dr. Horn, a neuroscientist, and Dr. Taheri, Vice President of Freescale. They were also able to tour Grand Canyon University's cadaver lab and hear presentations from ASU, CBS-Radio, Embry-Riddle, Intel, and Microchip. The students have had their horizons expanded as they have been introduced to a variety of experts in their respective fields.
Payne Junior High - (2013-2014) The Panther Girls Physical Education classes ran their first mile recently. 97% of the girls ran under 10:30 minutes which is the girls health standard. 51% of the girls ran under 8:30 for the mile which is the boys health standard Our Panther girls proved they have a high level of fitness!
Andersen Junior High - (2012-2013) Andersen Jr. High School is now an credited International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program World School. AJHS is one of only three junior high schools in Arizona to be recognized as a Middle Years Program World School.
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2012-2013) Robotics Club: ACP - Erie developed a robotics club this year due to the support of Microchip for sponsoring the Vex Robotics Club. They were able to compete as a first year program and look forward to building it up every year.
Santan Junior High - (2012-2013) SJHS showcased two classes this year that captivated the minds of 25 7th and 8th grade students. Students at SJHS were able to concurrently take two accelerated math classes during the course of one day by attending Geometry during 0 hour and Algebra 2 during 5th hour. Students were taught Geometry by Ms. Winzeler, CATS Math, and Ms. Butler, HHS Math teacher. Students have been very successful and motivated to soar high in mathematics this year!