Honors, Awards and Special Programs
Honors, Awards and Special Programs
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Jacobson Elementary - (2018-2019) Kindergarten hard work pays off! Kindergarten students and teachers participated in a project-based learning activity where they discussed WHY they need a new, better-designed playground and HOW it should look. Students and staff used thinking maps to process their ideas and create ideas for a new, safe playground. Students wrote letters and created videos that went to district office officials and school principal, Ms. Wolf. These kindergarten leaders found out this month the project was a success! Jacobson will get a new north-side playground this summer!
Bologna Elementary - (2018-2019) Leader in Me Friday Clubs at Bologna Elementary promote leadership and fun. Every teacher and student on campus gets to enjoy one another, form bonds and relationships across grade levels, and hone their skills in various areas (including, but definitely not limited to: Lego STEM, yoga, origami, literature with crafting, crochet, and more).
Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence Campus - (2018-2019) CTA Independence National Elementary Honor Society students toured and visited with Hamilton High social worker Rajani Rastogi. She took them into the Mindfulness room for a session. The students also met with NHS (National Honor Society) students and Husky Helpers. For the past two years, CTA Independence National Elementary Honor Society students have donated gift cards to help homeless and underprivileged students and families at Hamilton.
Jacobson Elementary - (2018-2019) Jacobson Elementary students in Shannan Wright's class had the opportunity to work with Earnest Robinson of the CUSD videography crew and record their "I AM" poems, which highlight their cultural diversity, for the upcoming Equity Symposium, which will reach CUSD teachers and staff as well as surrounding districts.
Knox Gifted Academy - (2018-2019) Knox Gifted Academy held its annual Maker Faire on Friday, May 17. Students in grades kindergarten through sixth shared their design process and innovative ideas from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with lunch on the lawn with their families. There were 200 indoor and outdoor booths, showcasing students' talents.
Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) Payne Junior High loves bus drivers rocking their attire! They are a great group of people who keep kids safe and are always working to make connections with students.
Tarwater Elementary - (2018-2019) In appreciation for all the love and support they offer all year, we recently honored our amazing parent volunteers with an assembly filled with music, chants -- and even a little magic! Thank you for all you do!
Elite Performance Academy - (2018-2019) EPA students learned about Arizona geography and maps by creating and painting 3D topographical maps of Arizona. Photo Album: Making Topographical Maps of Arizona
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!"
Weinberg Elementary - (2018-2019) Weinberg held our first Literacy Day on Monday, May 13. Families and the community were invited to enjoy a variety of literacy based activities.
Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey Campus - (2018-2019) In appreciation for all they do, volunteers were honored at the annual CTA Humphrey Volunteer Tea Celebration in May. Our volunteers are TEA-rrific! Photo Album: Volunteer Tea - May 2019
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.
Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey Campus - (2018-2019) Gabriels Angels Reading Buddies hosted a visit from our old friend "Yankee Doodle."
Jacobson Elementary - (2018-2019) Jacobson Elementary first grade students' culminating activity project and oral presentation for animal habitats was a huge success.
Chandler Traditional Academy - Freedom Campus - (2018-2019) CTA Freedom principal Abby Druck presented each staff member with a little token of appreciation for all the amazing work they do!
Hull Elementary - (2018-2019) Hull 3rd graders put on "Tweet Play" in May.
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Hancock 3rd graders programmed Ozbots with Ozo Blocky to go through an obstacle course they designed.
Basha Elementary - (2018-2019) Thanks to the Basha PTO who celebrated our teachers by organizing Teacher Appreciation Week activities on a Wizard of Oz theme!
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.
Jacobson Elementary - (2018-2019) Parent volunteer Laura Taylortaft got Jacobson fourth graders excited about bugs with a metamorphosis investigation activity. The students noted the differences in metamorphosis between butterflies, ladybugs and milkweed bugs and had fun in the process!
Weinberg Elementary - (2018-2019) Weinberg 4th graders visited the State Capitol and had the honor of meeting Representative Jennifer Pawlik.
Weinberg Elementary - (2018-2019) Weinberg 5th graders in Miss Christina Muller's class modeled the eight phases of the moon with Oreo cookies.
Andersen Elementary - (2018-2019) Kindergarten students in Angie Wagner's class were captivated with watching their baby chicks hatch.
Basha Elementary - (2018-2019) Our media specialist invited Obert Skye to visit Basha Elementary and do a presentation for our 3rd- 6th graders. Skye is a bestselling American children's writer known for the Leven Thumps series, the Pillage trilogy, and The Creature from My Closet series. He is also the author of Witherwood Reform School and Beyond Foo. Obert Skye - Official Publisher Page
Chandler Traditional Academy - Freedom Campus - (2018-2019) First graders in Tina Linder's class dissect owl pellets.
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Hancock fifth graders tried out the new field at Tonto Creek Camp during their Science Camp Trip.
Shumway Leadership Academy - (2018-2019) Kindergartener's in Susan Murphy's class held a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) activity building airplanes for the ABC 26 day count down. First, they made a plan for the designs and discussed thrust and lift. Next, they tested the airplanes. Some students were disappointed with their product so they redesigned keeping in mind lift. Finally, they tested again and had success.
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Our 6th grade students got a visit from Sun Lakes Rotarians to hear about the problems our neighbors on the Navajo Reservation have with access to clean water and about the global grant our school has been supporting to help bring the Navajo clean, running water. Authentic learning and real world connections are happening in 6th grade!
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Mrs. Hinojosa-Chun 1st and 2nd graders are learning about the life stages of a butterfly by experiencing it firsthand. They released their butterflies in our school garden.
Andersen Elementary - (2018-2019) Kindergarten students enjoy the flowers in the Andersen Elementary school garden.
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
Basha Elementary - (2018-2019) The Media Club of Basha Elementary visited the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.
Chandler Unified School District - (2018-2019) The Governing Board recognized state and national champions at the District Night of Special Recognition at the Chandler Center for the Arts on Wednesday. Santan Junior High's jazz band provided entertainment, Hamilton High's Air Force Jr. ROTC presented the colors and Maggie Nicoll from Riggs Elementary sang the National Anthem. YouTube video: CUSD Night of Recognition - April 17, 2019
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Hancock students participated in the Agriculture in the Classroom project and April presentation called "Compost Stew: An A-Z recipe for the Earth."
Tarwater Elementary - (2018-2019) Tarwater Elementary held its annual Art Masterpiece night on April 9. Families enjoyed viewing a variety of works by student artists and students collaborated on the beautiful cherry blossom tree on the outside stage.
Basha Elementary - (2018-2019) Basha Elementary 2nd grade classes hosted a visit from Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke on April 15.
Tarwater Elementary - (2018-2019) Tarwater Elementary held an annual spring barbeque on April 5 to celebate its 20-year anniversary. Bogle Junior High band was on hand to play and families enjoyed the beautiful weather with the school's namesakes, Robert and Danell Tarwater.
Weinberg Elementary - (2018-2019) Weinberg Elementary third graders in Juli Harpole's class were "Secret Agent Detectives" for testing. They created "clue" briefcases to help them remember how to find the clues in the AzMERIT test!
Jacobson Elementary - (2018-2019) Thank you to our Jacobson PTO who put on our annual spring carnival on April 5th. A fun time was had by all!
Ryan Elementary - (2018-2019) Ryan Elementary students and staff hosted a visit from Arizona State Senator J.D. Mesnard in April.
Basha Elementary - (2018-2019) Technology teacher (and certified MakerBot specialist) Jessica Pfau teaches students in her STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) class how to select and create objects in CAD. Students in 3rd through 6th grade have successfully printed creative designs, and are pleased with their final projects.
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.
Chandler Unified School District - (2018-2019) Approximately 600 student-athletes turned out Monday night for the third annual Chandler Unified School District Elementary Track and Field meet at Perry High's John Wrenn Stadium. Students advanced to the finals by competing in qualifying meets at local junior high schools. Parents and students arrived proudly wearing their school attire. Riggs Elementary captured the girls and boys team titles. Thank you to Boosterthon and the Chandler Education Foundation for sponsoring the event. Photo Album: CUSD Elementary Track and Field Meet
Conley Elementary - (2018-2019) Conley Elementary hosted its first International Day on March 28. Students performed song and dance, created artwork inspired from around the world, and researched and presented different nationalities. Conley families proudly displayed their cultures and stamped student passports. The richness of Conley's diversity brought students, staff, and the community together!
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.
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Patty Chambers' gardening club at Hancock Elementary is learning how to grow their own vegetables. Most recently, their crop consisted of radishes and lettuce.
Jacobson Elementary - (2018-2019) Jacobson Elementary first graders in Valerie Nikolaus' class recently visited Shamrock Farms.