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Alyssa Vesco
Congratulations to Alyssa Vesco, 6th grader in Corey Swint's class, who was named Gilbert Citizen of the Month for January 2020.
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Buddy Classes
Samantha Bagley's fourth graders enjoyed meeting their kindergarten buddies in Shannon Fritz' class. The fourth graders each chose a book to read to them. Buddy Classes Photo Album
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100th Day of School
Riggs first grade teachers aged overnight to celebrate the 100th day of school with their students. Special activities also took place in the classroom. In language arts, students wrote about how they will look and what they will be doing in 100 years and in math they had to work on how they would spend $100.
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Sarah Hutchins
Sarah Hutchins, Shumway's reading specialist, has obtained Wilson Level 1 Certification. This was a yearlong extensive training in the Wilson Reading System. Her commitment to learning how to give intense, systematic, and explicit reading instruction is a gift she will be giving to her students.
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Hudson Hayes and Brielle Lauritzen
This month, two Weinberg students were honored as Town of Gilbert's January Students of the Month! Pictured left to right are Hudson Hayes from Miss Lexi Colaianne's class, and Brielle Lauritzen from Mrs. Kim Jan's class. Congratulations!
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Zhaid Diaz
Fifth grade Conley Elementary student Zhaid Diaz was highlighted as the "Junior Coach of the Month" in the Playworks Arizona newsletter.
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VEX Robotics Club Champs
Congratulations to Stavros Tsangaris, Trower Parker and Jason Luo of Fulton's Phantom Phoenix VEX Robotics Club who triumphed at the robotics tournament at the Maricopa Institute of Technology on January 11. They emerged as the Teamwork Champions! Their success has qualified them to compete at the 2020 Arizona VEX IQ Elementary School State Championship in February. VEX Robotics Club Photo Album
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Touchdown for Teachers
Congratulations to CTA Liberty teacher Carlie Ramirez who was awarded a $500 grant from SRP and the Arizona Cardinals Touchdown for Teachers program. Ms. Ramirez has a diverse classroom where she gets to work with students from kindergarten to sixth grade. She plans to use the funds to improve her classroom with more hands-on material. This will create a unique learning environment Ms. Ramirez' students. Website: Touchdowns for Teachers brought to you by SRP and the Arizona Cardinals
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3rd Grade Geologists
Third graders at Frye became geologist and studied minerals. They had to do a streak test to find the hardness of each mineral.
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Kerry Kester
Congratulations to Hartford Sylvia Encinas Technology Teacher Kerry Kester who recieved a $2,500 STEM grant from the Phoenix Suns and APS. She was honored during a Phoenix Suns game and has already used the grant money to purchase Bee Bots to use with her kindergarten and 1st grade students. APS/Phoenix Suns Stem Grant - Photo Album
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Hartford TOP Classes Family Showcase
Families were invited to the Hartford TOP (Talent + Opportunity = Promise) classes' showcase in December to see some of the Project Based Learning taking place in our TOP classes. Hartford TOP Classes Family Showcase - Photo Album
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Building Robots
Sanborn 5th graders worked collaboratively in small teams to build robots and design them to master a course involving several turns and maneuvers. They even taught Principal Caryn Cole how to drive one of them.
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Officer Fitch and K-9
Third grade students at Santan Elementary were lucky enough to get a visit from Officer Fitch and his K-9 partner Duko in January. Students are currently working on a weekly Journeys story titled, Aero and Officer Mike. This story is an informational text about the everyday duties/life of a police officer and his K-9. Chandler Police Department was gracious enough to agree to come to Santan and offer insight on this topic, creating a "text to world" experience for all students involved! Officer Fitch and K-9 Visit Photo Album
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Stephanie Moore
Congratulations to Auxier teacher Stephanie Moore who recently earned National Board Certification. The process was rigorous, but worthwhile. National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education. Created by teachers, for teachers, the National Board Standards represent a consensus among educators about what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. Board certification is available in 25 certificate areas spanning 16 disciplines from Pre-K through 12th grade. National Board for Professional Teaching Standards website
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Spencer Emmons
Congratulations to Haley teacher Spencer Emmons who recently earned National Board Certification. The process was rigorous, but worthwhile. National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education. Created by teachers, for teachers, the National Board Standards represent a consensus among educators about what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. Board certification is available in 25 certificate areas spanning 16 disciplines from Pre-K through 12th grade. National Board for Professional Teaching Standards website
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Kim Sanford
Congratulations to Kim Sanford of Santan Elementary who achieved National Board Certification in December 2019. The process to earn this advanced certification beyond the Arizona state requirements is rigorous and long. Kim was required to write over 40 pages to show evidence of her teaching and take multiple assessments. She is one of four Chandler teachers to attain this certification this year. Thank you, Kim Sanford, for your dedication to your students and Santan!
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Back to School
Basha staff jumped into 3rd quarter learning about how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) affect the brain, and how we can help support our students. Back to School for 3rd Quarter Photo Album
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Sebastian Williams and Alexis Muro
Congratulations to our Sanborn school spelling bee top spellers: Sebastian Williams (champion) and Alexis Muro (runner-up).
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Danielle Harris and Torie Brown
Congratulations to Sanborn Special Education Department Chair Danielle Harris and Dean of Students Torie Brown who graduated in December from NAU and ASU respectively with masters degrees in Educational Leadership.
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Characters with Moving Parts
End of the quarter means 6th grade challenge presentations! Their task in December was to create a character and give it three moving parts. 6th Grade Challenge Photo Album
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Jet Cars
The 5th graders at Carlson Elementary worked all quarter long designing and engineering a jet toy car. They partnered with engineers from SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) and volunteers from the Sun Lakes Rotary on this program. This hands-on learning allowed students to learn many concepts about force and motion as they made adjustments in their car's design. The project culminated with a race to see whose design traveled the farthest.
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Ellie Villalpando
Congratulations to Riggs 3rd grader Ellie Villalpando who was named Gilbert Citizen of the Month for December 2019!
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Congratulations to Allison B., Kevin S., Aileth P. and Gabriel C., our kindergarten SPARK Students of the 2nd quarter!
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Congratulations to Edgar H., Cati B. and Iker T.,our 1st grade SPARK Students of the 2nd quarter!
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Congratulations to Jaxon B., Sabrina G. and Kayla F., our 2nd grade SPARK Students of the 2nd quarter!
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Congratulations to Ava P., Nyah T., Janina W. and Chrisopher R., our 3rd grade SPARK Students of the 2nd quarter!
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Congratulations to Rance S., Noella H., Joshua F., Douglas B. and Carel G., our 4th grade SPARK Students of the 2nd quarter!
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Congratulations to Jaxon G., Sergio C., Chloe S. and Angie F., our 5th grade SPARK Students of the 2nd quarter!
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Congratulations to Minelva M., Naydean G. and Kydel S., our 6th grade SPARK Students of the 2nd quarter!
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Principal of the Day
Congratulations to Shakuru who was the Principal of the day in December! He did a great job doing classroom observations!
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Tower Garden
EPA science students are excited about the new Tower Garden! Thank you, Mrs. Barker, for helping to set it up!
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Jessica Pfau
Congratulations to Jessica Pfau, Technology Integration Specialist at Basha Elementary, who was recognized by the Sun Lakes Rotary as their November Teacher Of the Month! Thank you, Jessica, for all you do for staff and students!
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Character Counts Winners
Congratulations to our K-6 Character Counts winners who were recognized in December.
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4th Grade Team
Hull Elementary fourth grade team of Natalie Viera, Jennifer Benzer, Wendy Banas and Amy Frechette won a Target $700 grant for students to go to the Scottsdale Arabian horse show.
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JETS Spotlight Recipients
Congratulations to our JETS Spotlight recipients: students who are positive, honest and helpful! JETS Spotlight Recipients - Photo Album
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Matt Pitts
Congratulations to Matt Pitts, K-6 Music teacher at Weinberg Elementary, who was recognized by the Sun Lakes Rotary as their December Teacher Of the Month! Thank you, Matt, for all you do for Weinberg staff and students!
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Hour of Code
Our Hour of Code Week has come to an end! This time spent on coding, playing with new tools, and collaborating across grade levels has creating a spark of interest in many of our students that will last a lifetime. We can't wait to see what they do next with all of their new knowledge! Hour of Code Photo Album
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Mentors
Our amazing fifth graders acted as mentors all week for their second grade buddy class.
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Making Salad
Ms. Logan's 3rd grade class celebrated their first vegetable garden harvest by making a green salad. Students prepared the salad from garden to table and discovered how rewarding growing vegetables can be. Garden Harvest and Making Salad Photo Album
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Anthony
Congratulations to Anthony for showing SPARK and earning Principal of the Day!
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Mia
Our STUCO President, Mia, ready for the Advisory Meeting with Dr. Casteel at Central Kitchen!
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Cristian and Dylan
Congratulations to our 2019 schoool Spelling Bee Winner, Cristian and our runner up, Dylan!
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Barnes and Noble Book Fair
CTA Independence held its inaugural Barnes and Noble Book Fair. Hawk Harmony (choir) sang beautiful songs and student council members wrapped presents for donations. The evening concluded with the reading of The Polar Express by Principal Dr. Frank Hendricsen.
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Crayola Experience
Second grade students from Hull Elementary had a great time at the Crayola Experience at Chandler Mall. It provided a culminating activity to their lessons in solids and liquids.
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Native American tribe homes
Hull Elementary students in Natalie Viera's fourth grade classrooms took their knowledge on various Native American tribes and create homes that would be appropriate for each taking into account climate and natural resources from their assigned U.S. region.
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Robotics Club
Our Lego Lions Robotics Club competed in the First Lego League Robotics Competition at ASU Polytechnic campus in December.
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Afternoon of Science Experiments
Jennifer Holden's 5th Grade class partnered with their Kindergarten buddy class for an afternoon of science experiments. The Arizona Science Center came out to conduct experiments, including extracting DNA from a strawberry.
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Spelling Bee Winner and Runner Up
San Marcos 5th and 6th Graders competed in the 2019 Spelling Bee. Teachers were impressed by all students, but ultimately 6th grader Sayra took 1st place and 5th grader Derion took 2nd place. Congratulations to all who participated.
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Biosphere 2 Field Trip
Every year the 6th graders take a yearly trip to Biosphere 2. Part of what they learn about is the integration of various earth systems and how changes to these systems cause widespread changes to the planet as a whole because of their interconnectedness. 6th graders spend the three days as citizen scientists and learning about being stewards of the earth and making decisions that are environmentally conscious.
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Class Pangolin
This impactful 5th grader decided to adopt a class pangolin for her birthday this year -- another great example of thinking of our global community and being an empathetic role model.
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