Honors, Awards and Special Programs
Honors, Awards and Special Programs
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Knox Gifted Academy - (2019-2020) The entire Knox Gifted Academy campus is carefully calculating their design ideas in order to communicate their creative journey with cardboard during our annual Cardboard Challenge! We can't wait for their audiences to see their end products as well as hear about their process. Cardboard Challenge Photo Album
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) Halloween is definitely near -- but students had so much fun assembling the skeleton in Rachna Nath's Human Bio class.
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) ACP Erie's Lemelson-MIT team, the KNIGHTS INNOVATORS, presented their Hydrothermal Hat/Headband to the CEO of Chandler Innovations, Mrs. Daina White. Mrs. White invited the team to attend the Track 1 program that the City of Chandler sponsors in collaboration with NACET (Northern Arizona Center for Emerging Technologies) for starting their own entrepreneurship. These ACP students will now be able to access technical support, marketing support, patent support and meet with some of the top businessmen in Arizona to support their cause. The Knights Innovators started their track last Tuesday at Chandler Innovations in Downtown Chandler. This group consists primarily of freshman and sophomores. We are proud of them for mastering public speaking and reaching out to Mayor Kevin Hartke, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, and many IT companies around Chandler. VIDEO: Hydro-Thermal Hat
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) ACP Erie is proud to have FOUR National Merit Scholar Semifinalists: Jayden Chen, Kazushi Iwamoto, Sharmila Nimbkar, and Orchee Syed. About 1.6 million students in some 22,000 high schools enter the National Merit Scholarship competition annually when they take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represent the top 0.5% of the state's senior students. Way to go, Knights!
Frye Elementary - (2019-2020) Actress Busy Philips started a campaign to fulfill Amazon classroom wish list requests from ten teachers across the nation. Frye 6th grade teacher Angelica Abbey was the tenth teacher selected! She was featured on Philips' social media in addition to receiving $300 in Amazon gift cards and having her Amazon wish list filled. Katie Couric Media: Busy Philipps Is Using Instagram to Help Teachers
Navarrete Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Landrey Meskill, our first Nighthawk to reach 1 million words read for the 2019-2020 school year!
Chandler Traditional Academy - Freedom Campus - (2019-2020) CTA Freedom 5th grade students spent the day at BizTown®, an engaging, hands-on program from Junior Achievement that "introduces 4th, 5th, and 6th graders to economic concepts, workplace skills, and personal and business finances in a student-sized town built just for them." JA BIZTOWN® website
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) During an afternoon ceremony, Hamilton High students Zana Ryan, editor; and Nolen Coley, cinematographer; earned a student production Rocky Mountain Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences from their work in the category of "High School Student Craft Editor" for their Hamilton High track promotional video.
Haley Elementary - (2019-2020) On Constitution Day (September 17), Hamilton High School students from Brianna Willits' class who participate in the We The People program visited Haley Elementary and taught our fourth grade students a lesson about the Constitution. These seniors talked about what government is and what the preamble of the Constitution means. The fourth graders worked together to complete pictures of what each phrase of the preamble meant to them -- such a fun way to celebrate Constitution Day! Constitution Day at Haley Photo Album
Basha High - (2019-2020) Keith Tomaszewicz's engineering classes took a field trip in September to Grand Canyon University to participate in Engineering GCU DAY. Students were exposed to different engineering programs and career options, and got to do a hands-on workshop with breadboards and electronic circuits to operate autonomous robots and a laser beam. Additionally, they went on a tour of the engineering labs and reviewed the engineering curriculum that GCU offers. Actual GCU engineering students also took Mr. Tomaszewicz's 2nd and 3rd year students around the campus to show them what campus life is like. GCU Engineering Day Photo Album
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel High students attended the National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Arizona State Summit at ASU on September 12 to elevate our school's commitment to scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship.
Hancock Elementary - (2019-2020) Ms. Hannah Burkhardt's Class is learning about the Ancient Egyptian's way of mummification by mummifying Twinkies.
Bologna Elementary - (2019-2020) Bravo to the Bologna Community Collaboration Committee, teachers and families who came out to learn how to help their child practice reading fluency with a hands-on approach!
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel High teacher Christopher James was interviewed by his U.S. Military students (class) about his experiences serving in Iraq. The Veterans Heritage Project was on campus to record the interview and discuss the upcoming publication of the interview. Casteel sophomore, Sydnee Watkins will write the story to be published in the Library of Congress and the Veterans Heritage Project Book. Furthermore, James encouraged other students, including sophomore Hope Henry, to interview and write a story about a family member who served and can share their experiences as well. Hope is interviewing her grandfather about his experiences in the Vietnam War and will have the interview and story published.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High's Air Force JROTC visited iFLY indoor sky diving last Monday and engaged in lessons on physics and wind tunnels and how terminal velocity can be calculated using a Algebraic equation. Cadets then suited up, received flight lessons, and had two flights in the flight chamber. After their flights, the cadets calculated their terminal velocity and came up with figures very close to what their true number was. It was a very rewarding experience.
Haley Elementary - (2019-2020) Haley first graders are working in their newly furnished collaborative technology lab. Haley Elementary was able to purchase the new furniture using results-based funding.
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Hamilton High School is currently piloting an AP course developed through a partnership between the CollegeBoard and the African Diaspora Consortium: AP Seminar with African Diaspora content. This is the first ever AP course with an African topic, and Hamilton is proud to be the first school in the western US to offer this course. The Senior Executive Director of the African Diaspora Consortium, Rhonesha Blaché, visited with the class and facilitated a lesson about changing perceptions of Africa. Hamilton students have also had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Adama Sallu as a guest speaker and attending a 1619 commemoration event during which Dr. Sallu was a panelist. A university partnership is also a part of this pilot program, so students will have opportunities for field trips to ASU and graduate student mentorship as they conduct research.
Weinberg Elementary - (2019-2020) Weinberg first graders from Shannon Van De Beuken's class experienced what happens when music and reading collide. The story they read this week was all about music, and Mr. Pitts joined them to help teach the high frequency words while keeping the beat on their student-created drums.
Weinberg Elementary - (2019-2020) Weinberg 3rd grade teachers attended a STEM training hosted by Salt River Project last Saturday. They built the winning sail for a boat! Pictured are David Cox and Robyn Bills.
Basha Elementary - (2019-2020) Basha Bobcats enjoyed breakfast with their grandparents at the annual Grandparents' Breakfast. Muffins, coffee, juice and fruit were provided by Basha Elementary's PTO. Families also visited the Follett Book Fair in the Media Center.
Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey Campus - (2019-2020) Mrs. Bullock's 3rd grade students are working on a project with the story Bat Loves the Night from their Journey's Anthology.
Conley Elementary - (2019-2020) Mr. Flores's 5th grade homeroom class completed a robotic class challenge after extending their Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Robotics and Automation Module. All students were successful and had a blast participating while learning new skills and strategies to help them succeed in future technology.
Riggs Elementary - (2019-2020) In the recent Riggs PTO Read-a-Thon, students read a total of 196,585 minutes -- surpassing last year's total by 33,690 minutes! In addition, the total amount raised was $18,646.
Basha Elementary - (2019-2020) Sixth grader Kohen Johnson uses his personal savings at the Book Fair to donate a book to the Basha Elementary School Library! Kohen understands the importance of reading, and hopes Bobcats enjoy the book he selected, Who Is Michael Jordan?
Arizona College Prep - Oakland Campus - (2019-2020) A HUGE congratulations to J.T. Mulvihill! J.T. was named one of the Top 300 MASTERS (out of 2,348 nominees from across the U.S.) in the 2019 Broadcom MASTERS, a program of Society for Science & the Public. He and his science fair project, The Impact of Football Helmet Lining or Coating on Impact Force Reduction to the Head, will now compete to become one of 30 national finalists in the Broadcom competition. Press Release: Broadcom MASTERS Announces the Top 300 Middle School Innovators in National STEM Competition
Bogle Junior High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Leela Raj-Sankar who was named one of the Top 300 MASTERS (out of 2,348 nominees from across the U.S.) in the 2019 Broadcom MASTERS, a program of Society for Science & the Public. She and her science fair project, Shining a Light on Osmosis, will now compete to become one of 30 national finalists in the Broadcom competition. Press Release: Broadcom MASTERS Announces the Top 300 Middle School Innovators in National STEM Competition
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Ashlyn Drew who was named one of the Top 300 MASTERS (out of 2,348 nominees from across the U.S.) in the 2019 Broadcom MASTERS, a program of Society for Science & the Public. She and her science fair project, Heightened Hydroponics, will now compete to become one of 30 national finalists in the Broadcom competition. Press Release: Broadcom MASTERS Announces the Top 300 Middle School Innovators in National STEM Competition
Chandler Unified School District - (2019-2020) Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public announced the Top 300 competitors in the 9th annual Broadcom MASTERS® -- the nation's premier Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students. Of the top 300 students from science fairs across the U.S., only five students are from Arizona -- and THREE of those hail from Chandler Unified School District! Congratulations to J.T. Mulvihill (ACP Oakland), Leela T. Raj-Sankar (Bogle Junior High) and Ashlyn Grace Drew (Casteel High). They now compete for the top 30 spots, to be announced on September 18. Top 300 MASTERS 2019
Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary - (2019-2020) Hartford was selected for a $2,500 grant from the Extra Yard for the Teacher program through the Pac 12 Conference, Sun Devil Athletics and the Sun Devil Club. The grant award is in recognition for the hard work Hartford teachers do that "Extra Yard" for their students.
San Marcos Elementary - (2019-2020) San Marcos 3rd Grade Students in Carly Mahlmeister and Courtney Geil's classes explored scientific ideas, procedures and concepts while have a FUN time during a recent Legoland field trip. 3rd Grade Science Field Trip to Legoland Photo Album
Chandler Traditional Academy - Freedom Campus - (2019-2020) CTA Freedom 6th graders have started to research different companies that they would like to invest in during the Stock Market Game. Students are looking for trends in the market and researching companies to determine if stocks have been gaining or losing money over the last six months. Sixth graders will compete against 4th-6th graders statewide to make the best investments in the game.
Santan Elementary - (2019-2020) Santan Elementary students had the opportunity to explore in the zSpace bus before the new zSpaces arrive for the STEAM lab!
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Unified PE teacher Beth Krohmer who was honored by ABC 15 as Nick's Hero of the Month. ABC 15 - Nick's Heroes: Chandler teacher is champion for students with special needs
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High junior Andre Richardson has been selected to attend the Southwest Airlines 2019 Continuing the Legacy in Aviation (academy/program) at the Southwest HQ Campus in Dallas, Texas this October. In June, Andre was selected to attend a weeklong Aviation Career Education Academy and learned about the aviation field through tours and professional instructions. Andre received an award for outstanding graduate as well as the Top Flyer Award. Andre was recommended by his academy instructor to apply for the Southwest Airlines Continuing the Legacy in Aviation event that hosts students from all over the country. Andre's application was selected and he was awarded the all-expense paid trip for him and a parent to attend.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Holly Hoogstra, Chandler High senior, who was recognized with the IB Student of the Year Award at the quarterly meeting of the Arizona International Baccalaureate Schools.
Navarrete Elementary - (2019-2020) Navarrete sixth graders had a special presentation from a community RN showing how germs really spread with poor handwashing. Students learned how to combat stubborn germs with good hygiene and how to stay healthy with smart choices in food and lifestyle.
Santan Elementary - (2019-2020) Santan Elementary won a $2,500 grant from the Sun Devil Athletics and the Sun Devil Club Extra Yard for Teachers program in recognition for the hard work the school and community does to go that "Extra Yard" for students.
Bologna Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Alanna who earned Principal of the Hour for showing SPARK!
Galveston Elementary - (2019-2020) Cassie, our Fire Pal from the Chandler Fire Department, recently presented to 1st and 2nd graders on Fire safety.
Knox Gifted Academy - (2019-2020) Fifth grade worked on their craft while using appropriate tools strategically and attending to precision in order to create a 10 cm perfect cube out of cardboard with a lid that is able to open. This was a challenging task in preparation for our schoolwide Cardboard Challenge at the end of the quarter.
Perry High - (2019-2020) The Social Studies department at Perry High School is inaugurating a chapter of the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society. Its namesake is John Prothro whose dedication to teaching social studies has impacted countless students over his 30+ years in the classroom. Advisors for the new honor society are Danielle Platt and Taryn Randall.
Santan Junior High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Santan Junior High teacher Heather Yordy who won $250 dollars worth of Scholastic Books for her classroom recently. She was selected from more than 124,000 teachers in the James Patterson and Scholastic Book Clubs Giveaway!
Santan Junior High - (2019-2020) Our incredible Santan Junior High Booster's donated a brand new COW (computer "Cart On Wheels") to our school. The COW includes charging cart and 30 laptops for student use. These funds were collected by generous donations from our parents in 2018-19, and our incredible Boosters will continue the vision this year for another COW to serve our students!
Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey Campus - (2019-2020) CTA Humphrey is proud to participate in Gabriel's Angels Pets Helping Kids program. Students love reading to Yankee Doodle (our reading buddy dog) -- and Yankee "reads" back! (And that is a true story! Here, Santiago asks Yankee, "Which one is the cat?" and Yankee uses his nose to point to the cat in the book they are reading.) Gabriel's Angels website
Frye Elementary - (2019-2020) Frye Kindergartners worked hard on learning mouse skills in preparation for using laptops.
Galveston Elementary - (2019-2020) Students from Ms. Fritz Kindergarten class love to read with Ms. Addair, our principal, in her office!
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel High School DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Officers participated in the DECA Officer Leadership Camp at Lost Canyon in Williams, AZ in August.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High School DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Officers participated in the DECA Officer Leadership Camp at Lost Canyon in Williams, AZ in August.
Frye Elementary - (2019-2020) The City of Chandler presented a water conservation assembly for Frye's 2nd-4th grade students. Students learned the importance of conserving water, especially because we live in a desert.