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Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008400 Hull Elementary (2019-2020)
Sistine Chapel
Hull Elementary second graders in Heidi Raaf's class had to endure tough working conditions creating art while in Italy learning about Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel.
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Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008406 Hull Elementary (2019-2020)
Mindful Parent Night
Hull Elementary held "Mindful Parent Night" to share strategies with families on mindfulness, and they also made calming jars! Thank you to all our families who attended. It was an amazing night.
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Visit Sanborn Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008403 Sanborn Elementary (2019-2020)
Patriotic Picnic
Sanborn Elementary held their fifth annual Patriotic Picnic to kick off the Presidents Day weekend and spend some quality time together as a school community. Families enjoyed lunch together, a photo booth, 9-square, fabulous weather, and some patriotic music performed by second graders.
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Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008397 Tarwater Elementary (2019-2020)
Black History Month Celebration
Tarwater celebrated Black History with their annual essay contest, classroom activities, and library selections highlighting a plethora of African American change-makers.
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Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A008398 Chandler Unified School District (2019-2020)
Chandler Innovation Fair 2020
The 2nd annual Chandler Innovation Fair (CIF) was an incredible success. More than 4,000 students were represented and over 5,000 people attended. CIF featured student innovation as the cornerstone, including the Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair research and projects, student inventions, project based learning presentations, computer science projects, robotics showcases, and elementary and junior high robotics competitions in both FLL and VEX. The Junior High State VEX Robotics tournament (hosted by Willis Firebots) was held at the event, and the Firebots took home the state championship. Every CUSD school was represented alongside over 60 interactive vendors and CTE programs. The award ceremony will take place on March 2 at the Chandler Center for the Arts. The award ceremony will feature keynotes from Intel and Camille Casteel, as well as special awards from our community partners: Intel, Waymo, SRP, State Farm, Grand Canyon University, and the City of Chandler. Chandler Innovation Fair 2020 Video and Photo Album
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Visit Basha Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008378 Basha Elementary (2019-2020)
Bobcat Green Team
The Bobcat Green Team recently spent time working with SRP Connect to become energy wise.
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Visit Basha Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008379 Basha Elementary (2019-2020)
Jump Rope for Heart
Principal Stephanie Reeves joined the Basha student body in participating in the Jump Rope for Heart. The annual event sponsored the by the American Heart Association celebrated healthy hearts with the Bobcats.
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Visit Basha High Website Report a Problem with Item A008394 Basha High (2019-2020)
California Aerospace Trip
As part of the fifth annual California Aerospace trip, 11 Basha High AFJROTC cadet leaders spent four days visiting such locations as SpaceX, the Griffith Observatory, the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center, March Field and Palm Springs Air Museums and the Reagan Presidential Library. This exciting trip enabled cadets to greatly expand their knowledge and understanding of aviation as well as space exploration.
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Visit Bologna Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008388 Bologna Elementary (2019-2020)
Black History Month Celebration
Bologna Elementary celebrates and honors the contribution of African American pioneers in space travel during Black History Month this year. Each morning on the announcement, the school highlights different contributions of African Americans figure in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
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Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A008389 Chandler Unified School District (2019-2020)
Black History Month Celebration
CUSD schools are reflecting on the 400-year history of African American contributions from August 20, 1619 to the present. This year, CUSD highlights Pioneers of Space Travel. Black History Month Celebration - February 2020 Photo Album
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Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008391 Hull Elementary (2019-2020)
Studying China
Hull Elementary second graders in Heidi Raaf's class had a great time in the "rice fields," while visiting and studying about China.
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Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008393 Hull Elementary (2019-2020)
Daddy Daughter Dance
Everyone had a great time at the Hull Elementary annual "Daddy Daughter Dance."
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Visit Jacobson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008395 Jacobson Elementary (2019-2020)
Model Railroad Builders Club
Jacobson Elementary students in the Model Railroad Builders Club are involved in designing, building and testing of individual railroad cars and town design sets. Then team members work together, to combine their individual pieces of tracks and towns to create a one of a kind mini-railroad town.
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Visit Knox Gifted Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A008355 Knox Gifted Academy (2019-2020)
Billy Williams
Knox Gifted Academy noon aide and resident artist Billy Williams is exhibiting his artwork around the school in celebration of Black History Month. His artwork features Jimmy Hendrix, Malcolm X/Rosa Parks/MLK, Sade, Bob Marley, Prince and Muhammad Ali. He not only makes the kids so happy at recess every day, but he also runs clubs, helps our VEX teams create unique shirts -- and now has transformed our campus with a special art gallery! Thanks for all you do, Mr. Williams! Mr. Billy Williams and Art Gallery Photo Album
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Visit Knox Gifted Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A008356 Knox Gifted Academy (2019-2020)
Golf Hole Designs
Fifth grade was all abuzz the with designing, engineering, collaborating, and dreaming of possibilities for their golf hole designs for our Science and Engineering night. This year, students could choose between working on teams to create table top golf holes or fun size ones. We can't wait for construction to begin! Golf Hole Designs Photo Album
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Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A008396 Chandler Unified School District (2019-2020)
CUSD Elementary Choral Festival
The CUSD elementary choral festival took place at the Chandler Center for the Arts in February with the theme of "Songs of Africa." Twenty-four elementary schools participated over the course of two days. All students worked with Wendy Umbrianna from Santan Junior High on choral singing techniques. Melissa Trafficante and Liana Clareson taught choreography over the course of the two days to close to 1,400 students. The amazing choirs from Chandler High School performed both days at the festival under the direction of Lori Lyford and delighted the elementary students with their musical abilities. Megan Vogus and Katie Landon hosted the festival and were awestruck by the talented groups that performed each day. Elementary Choral Festival Photo Album
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Visit Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008352 Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary (2019-2020)
Saturday Games
Cheers to our 3rd/4th grade basketball team, working hard at their Saturday games!
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Visit Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008353 Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary (2019-2020)
Hartford Huskies Choir
The Hartford Huskies Choir performed at CUSD Elementary Choral Festival in February.
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Visit Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008354 Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary (2019-2020)
Biography Wax Museum
Humphrey 4th Grade Students did a great job presenting their biography information for a wax museum on February 17.
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Visit Auxier Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008401 Auxier Elementary (2019-2020)
STEM Project
Auxier Elementary fifth graders in Lindsay Leischner's class combined a valentine party with a STEM project. Students worked in groups using a rubber band and some ribbon in order to stack cups.
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Visit Santan Junior High Website Report a Problem with Item A008375 Santan Junior High (2019-2020)
Convection Currents
Seventh grade students at Santan Junior High learned about convection currents, both in the earth and the atmosphere. To illustrate the concept, they built and launched hot air balloons to help students make connections with convection and the lift of the balloons into the sky. It was a fun day for all who participated.
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A008305 Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey Campus (2019-2020)
Gaga Pit
Pictured here, CTA Humphrey fourth graders learn to play Gaga Ball in our brand new Gaga pit -- and have a blast!
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Visit Jacobson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008299 Jacobson Elementary (2019-2020)
Colonizing Mars
Students in sixth grade are colonizing MARS! Students are learning about farms and natural resources. These designers work collaboratively to read articles on how BEST to use natural resources and technology OR supplement when resources are not available. They listened to each other present their ideas and then had time to design their OWN Mars colony plans, and finally build models of their designs. JETS scientists fly with PRIDE!
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Visit Perry High Website Report a Problem with Item A008300 Perry High (2019-2020)
Lance Thonvold
Lance Thonvold, former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Seattle Mariners spoke to Darren Johnson's Sports Medicine students on February 11 about athletes, the dangers of performance enhancing drugs, illegal substances, and how they have ruined many athletic careers.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A008282 Chandler High (2019-2020)
Student Council Convention
Chandler High hosted the 2020 CUSD Leadership Convention for all student councils throughout the district to celebrate leadership, spirit, and fundraising efforts. Thanks to CHS StuCo, Michael Gray, other high school student councils, their sponsors, and CUSD Nutrition for organizing and delivering an amazing day of "Exploring Leadership." As part of the agenda, CUSD schools presented a check for nearly $10,500 to the American Heart Association, and guest speaker Will Adams brought the house down with motivational speaking and dance. Student Council Convention Photo Album
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A008284 Chandler High (2019-2020)
Luke Air Force Base Field Trip
Twenty-three Chandler High Air Force JROTC cadets visited Luke Air Force Base and had a mission briefing on the F35 Lightning 2 along with some up close and personal time with the aircraft. Cadets also viewed an Explosive Ordinance Disposal and a medical training center.
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Visit San Marcos Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008292 San Marcos Elementary (2019-2020)
San Marcos Student Council
San Marcos Student Council attended the Student Leadership Conference and showcased their leadership skills among peers in the district with their theme "Exploring BIG Ideas." Student council students loved this day of SPIRIT and leadership growth!
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Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A008390 Chandler Unified School District (2019-2020)
Chandler Science Spectacular
Students from ACP Erie, Basha, Chandler and Hamilton high schools provided interactive exhibits at the Chandler Science Spectacular on February 8. Our STEM partners at Si Se Puede were also present. Chandler Science Spectacular Photo Album
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Visit Andersen Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008269 Andersen Elementary (2019-2020)
Family Math Night
The Andersen Elementary Family Engagement Team put on a 4th Grade Family Math Night in February, bringing families together to teach them how to support their child at home while students did an escape room activity in the library. Family Math Night Photo Album
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Visit Auxier Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008333 Auxier Elementary (2019-2020)
Green Team
Auxier Elementary students "Green Team" action team created a recycling program and school garden. In January, they were honored to have Dave the Garden Guy out to the school to film a segment for the Channel 3 news. He helped the students learn more about gardening and plant a new crop.
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Visit Basha Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008339 Basha Elementary (2019-2020)
Student Council Convention
The Basha Elementary Student Council attended the district wide Student Council Convention at the Chandler Center for the Arts in February.
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Liberty Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A008285 Chandler Traditional Academy - Liberty Campus (2019-2020)
Penguin Habitats
First grade Spanish Dual Language Immersion (DLI) students had a blast creating penguin habitats. They were on display for our school's Celebration of Learning Night, where families came in to see amazing projects at every grade level.
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Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A008324 Chandler Unified School District (2019-2020)
Student Council Convention
CUSD student councils convened on Friday, February 7 to show off their spirit and celebrate the hard work to benefit the American Heart Association. The schools collaborated to raise nearly $10,500. The theme this year was "Exploring Leadership." Shout out to the high school student councils and the advisors (Britni Michaelson - ACP Erie; Jamie Emerson - Basha High; Lynda Frederickson - Casteel High; Michael Gray -Chandler High; Violet Richard- Hamilton High; Lerina Johnson -Perry High; Shawn Mitchell- Chandler Early College) for organizing this event. Student Council Convention Photo Album
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Visit Haley Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008304 Haley Elementary (2019-2020)
Haley News Crew and Central Kitchen
The Haley news crew spent time with the CUSD Central Kitchen staff learning about how they operate on a large scale to support the schools as they prepare breakfast and lunches each day. Haley News Crew and Central Kitchen Interview Photo Album
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Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008332 Hull Elementary (2019-2020)
Mexican Fiesta
Hull Elementary second grade students enjoyed a Mexican Fiesta while studying about Mexico.
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Visit Riggs Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008336 Riggs Elementary (2019-2020)
Jan Weyenberg
Riggs Elementary principal Jan Weyenberg was the "Mystery Reader" for Dawnielle Edward's second grade class and read the book Dex, the Heart of a Hero.
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Visit Sanborn Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008303 Sanborn Elementary (2019-2020)
Internet Safety
Leslie Russell, Community Outreach and Education Coordinator for the Attorney General's Office came to Sanborn Elementary to talk with students about Internet safety and how to best protect their personal information and identity while gaming or using social media. She presented this important information during two separate assemblies in an engaging, age-appropriate, and straightforward manner.
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Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008337 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
Phoenix Open Dream Day
Santan Elementary was invited to the Waste Management Phoenix Open Dream Day sponsored by the First Tee. The fifth and sixth grade students had a lot of fun! Shane Doan, Archie Bradley, and Larry Fitzgerald showed up to talk about hard work and leadership.
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Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008380 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
Student Council Convention
Santan Elementary student council spent several weeks planning around the theme "Exploring Leadership." The students decided on a Magic School Bus theme and created a chant, banner, collage, costumes, and name tags. At the district Student Council Convention, Santan Stormers won Best Costume. Student Council Convention Photo Album
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Visit Weinberg Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008294 Weinberg Elementary (2019-2020)
Shark Tank
After completing their Invention Convention projects, the students in Megan Bonin's 6th grade class participated in a mock Shark Tank! Ms. Bonin invited parent volunteers to make up the panel of "sharks," and students presented their inventions.
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Visit Galveston Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008286 Galveston Elementary (2019-2020)
100th Day of School
Robin Horn's first grade class had a fun time taking part in the 100th day of school activities.
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Visit Galveston Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008287 Galveston Elementary (2019-2020)
Digging for Dinosaur Eggs
Stephanie Casoli's third grade class is learning about dinosaurs and fossils. They had a great time digging for dinosaur eggs -- just like archeologists! Digging for Dinosaur Eggs Photo Album
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Visit Galveston Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008288 Galveston Elementary (2019-2020)
Saturday School
Galveston offers Saturday school for third through sixth graders. Saturday School Photo Album
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Visit Chandler Unified School District Website Report a Problem with Item A008323 Chandler Unified School District (2019-2020)
CUSD Night of Recognition
The Governing Board, Superintendent Dr. Camille Casteel, the City of Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke and councilmembers honored students, staff, and volunteers at the District Night of Recognition on February 5 at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Isaac Knox of Hill Learning Academy-ICAN, provided entertainment on the piano and Olyvia Lara of Chandler High performed a vocal. Basha/Perry/Casteel High Air Force ROTC presented the colors, while Allie Tam of CTA-Independence sang the National Anthem. CUSD Night of Recognition Photo Album
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Visit Hancock Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008188 Hancock Elementary (2019-2020)
Field Trip to Bogle
Hancock sixth graders got a glimpse into their future. They were excited to visited Bogle Junior High to check out some classrooms, eat lunch, and play musical chairs in the gym. Field Trip to Bogle Photo Album
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Visit Knox Gifted Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A008198 Knox Gifted Academy (2019-2020)
Drone Club Guests
Thank you to our special guests Todd Mowen and Sula Aerials who came in and shared their talents and knowledge with the Knox Gifted Academy Drone Club!
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Visit Frye Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008203 Frye Elementary (2019-2020)
Alexander
Frye Elementary teacher Angelica Abbey has challenged her sixth graders to read 40 books of different genres this school year. Alexander is at 37! She has many students who have read at least 20 and many that have read ten more books then they did last year!
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Visit Auxier Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008321 Auxier Elementary (2019-2020)
American Revolution
Auxier Elementary fifth grade went back in time to 1777 and experienced the harsh winter at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, for a lesson on "American Revolution-Valley Forge.�" Groups of students wrote and performed skits based on actual events that occurred. Thanks to the great leadership of George Washington, they survived Valley Forge.
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A008207 Chandler High (2019-2020)
Model UN
Thirty Chandler High Model United Nations students traveled to Boston to participate in the Harvard Model United Nations. The international event brought together over 3,000 students from all over the world to take part in a series of international simulations mirroring the workings of the United Nations. Model UN at Harvard Photo Album
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Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A008206 Chandler High (2019-2020)
AVID at GCU
Forty members of Chandler High's AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program visited the campus of Grand Canyon University. Students were given a tour of the campus, treated to lunch, participated in a college interest survey, and were able to ask questions of current GCU students in a student panel.
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