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Horton Hatches an Egg
Thank you to the Sun Lakes Theater Group who entertained our kindergarten and first grade students with "Horton Hatches an Egg" in January. (Students learned that it is important to keep your word!)
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Treblemakers and CHS Choir
The Chandler High Treblemakers and Men's Choir traveled to Jacksonville, FL in January to compete at the 2020 Midwinter Youth Chorus Festival. Both choirs, directed by Ms. Lori Lyford, won their divisions! Midwinter is a prestigious event that brings thousands of Barbershoppers together from around the world.
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Miles Fawson
Miles Fawson, a sophomore and member of the Casteel Chamber Orchestra, earned first place in the Senior Division of the Phoenix Youth Symphony Young Musician's Competition. His award is a trip and participation in the Tanglewood Music Festival.
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Wolfpack Marching Band
The Wolfpack Marching Band performed in the Fiesta Bowl Parade.
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Musical
Students in Megan DeFrancesco, Caroline Coking and Susana Clapham's 5th grade classes wrapped up the quarter by performing a musical -- Revivor Philadelphia! Not only was it highly entertaining, but the content was all based on social studies standards. The play helped to reinforce students' understanding of the writing of the constitution and all that our Founding Fathers accomplished in establishing our country. Great job, 5th graders!
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Kiley Park
Congratulations to Kiley Park, AP 3D Art student, who won first place in the town of Gilbert's Sustainability Art Contest. Her sculpture (see photo) addresses issues surrounding recycling and the detrimental effects of garbage on wildlife. She won an Amazon gift card, and an image of her artwork will be displayed on Gilbert recycling trucks with her name and "Perry High School!"
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Connor Adams
Out of almost 80 entries, ALL first place winners in the Town of Gilbert 2019 High School Sustainability Artwork Contest were from Perry High School! Winners received recognition from the Town of Gilbert and an Amazon gift card. Be sure to watch for the first place winners' artwork along with their names and school displayed on the solid-waste trucks used by the town. Congratulations to all of our incredibly talented students:
  • AP 3D Art senior Kiley Park - first place
  • Environmental Systems Science junior Connor Adams (pictured) - first place
  • Graphic Design II sophomore Jill Syphus - first place
  • Graphic Design II junior Caitlin Salanga - first place
  • Graphic Design II sophomore Brooklyn Braaten - third place
Town of Gilbert 2019 High School Sustainability Artwork and Video Contest website
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Melanie Lin and Nancy Beckley
Melanie Lin, Chandler High freshman, and Nancy Beckley, Chandler High sophomore, have recently earned music accolades. Melanie was selected to perform in the East Valley Jazz Orchestra, earning second chair over all. Nancy was chosen to perform with the metro-wide Phoenix Youth Symphony Program.
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Chandler High School APAC (Advanced Pantomime and Characterization)/Company Theatre competed at the Hamilton/CUSD Invitational Theatre Competition against all CUSD high schools. Congratulations to the following students:
  • 5th Place Group Musical - Hannah Ngov, Amelia Oliver, Lily Deliman
  • 5th Place Solo Musical - Amelia Oliver
  • 4th Place Group Acting - Theo McEntire, Cassandra Garcia, Lynee Castillo
  • 4th Place Monologue - EJ Newton
  • 3rd Place Monologue - Kaley Garcia
  • 2nd Place Duet Musical - Nainoa Aguano, Amelia Oliver
  • 1st Place Duo Scene - Ever Ruiz, Nainoa Aguano
  • 1st Place Make-Up Design - Chasidy Gill

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CHS Dancers
Chandler High Intermediate and Beginning Dancers performed for 340 CUSD kindergartners from around the district at the Chandler Center for the Arts.
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MIM Field Trip
Our Basha sixth graders explored the Phoenix Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in December. What a wonderful way for students to learn more about the artistry and science behind making music! MIM Field Trip Photo Album
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Winter Concert
The Bologna 5th and 6th grade band, directed by Susan Mallek, put on a wonderful Winter Concert in December.
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Concert
Congratulations to Monica Kennedy for her first concert here at Bologna! The 5th and 6th grade Orchestra students did a great job!
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Concerts
Hull Elementary's fifth and sixth grade band concert, under the direction of Kathy Baldwin, and the orchestra concert under the direction of Monica Kennedy were amazing!
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Best Part of Me Artwork
Amy Nettles and Lauren Delfino-Karl's classes created beautiful "BEST PART OF ME" artwork for their classroom windows. Second graders created artwork depicting the BEST parts of themselves. Staff and students LOVE walking by the positive and thoughtful messaging of this second grade art project.
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Symphonic Band
Chandler High's Symphonic Band, under the direction of Mr. Carlos Aguero, earned Superior with Distinction during the ABODA Fall Concert Band Festival.
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Audrey Hepworth
Congratulations to Audrey Hepworth whose Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest entry was selected as the school winner for Casteel High. For over 30 years, Lions clubs around the globe have sponsored this international art contest to give children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity. Audrey was awarded a certificate and cash prize from the Sun Lakes Lion's Club, sponsored by Intel.
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Lillian Serrano
Congratulations to Lillian Serrano whose Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest entry was selected as the school winner for CTA Humphrey. For over 30 years, Lions clubs around the globe have sponsored this international art contest to give children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity. Audrey was awarded a certificate and cash prize from the Sun Lakes Lion's Club, sponsored by Intel.
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Chiara Banda
Congratulations to Chiara Banda whose Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest entry was selected as the school winner for CTA Independence. For over 30 years, Lions clubs around the globe have sponsored this international art contest to give children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity. Audrey was awarded a certificate and cash prize from the Sun Lakes Lion's Club, sponsored by Intel.
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Paeton Farr
Congratulations to Paeton Farr whose Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest entry was selected as the school winner for CTA Liberty. For over 30 years, Lions clubs around the globe have sponsored this international art contest to give children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity. Audrey was awarded a certificate and cash prize from the Sun Lakes Lion's Club, sponsored by Intel.
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Jose Molina
Congratulations to Jose Molina whose Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest entry was selected as the school winner for Frye Elementary. For over 30 years, Lions clubs around the globe have sponsored this international art contest to give children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity. Audrey was awarded a certificate and cash prize from the Sun Lakes Lion's Club, sponsored by Intel.
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Eyshann Espinosa
Congratulations to Eyshann Espinosa whose Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest entry was selected as the school winner for Hancock Elementary. For over 30 years, Lions clubs around the globe have sponsored this international art contest to give children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity. Audrey was awarded a certificate and cash prize from the Sun Lakes Lion's Club, sponsored by Intel.
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Hasan Cecunjani
Congratulations to Hasan Cecunjanin whose Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest entry was selected as the school winner for Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary. For over 30 years, Lions clubs around the globe have sponsored this international art contest to give children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity. Audrey was awarded a certificate and cash prize from the Sun Lakes Lion's Club, sponsored by Intel.
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Esther Kim
Congratulations to Esther Kim whose Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest entry was selected as the school winner for Jacobson Elementary. For over 30 years, Lions clubs around the globe have sponsored this international art contest to give children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity. Audrey was awarded a certificate and cash prize from the Sun Lakes Lion's Club, sponsored by Intel.
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Makena Burton
Congratulations to Makena Burton whose Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest entry was selected as the school winner for Navarrete Elementary. For over 30 years, Lions clubs around the globe have sponsored this international art contest to give children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity. Audrey was awarded a certificate and cash prize from the Sun Lakes Lion's Club, sponsored by Intel.
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Audree Davis
Congratulations to Audree Davis whose Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest entry was selected as the school winner for Payne Junior High. For over 30 years, Lions clubs around the globe have sponsored this international art contest to give children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity. Audrey was awarded a certificate and cash prize from the Sun Lakes Lion's Club, sponsored by Intel.
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Eliza Schwitzer
Congratulations to Eliza Schwitzer of Riggs Elementary whose Peace Poster Contest entry was selected as the club level winner by the Sun Lakes Lions Club. Her poster now proceeds to the state level. For over 30 years, Lions clubs around the globe have sponsored this international art contest to give children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity. Eliza was also awarded a certificate and cash prize from the Sun Lakes Lion's Club, sponsored by Intel.
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Samantha Platt
Congratulations to Samantha Platt whose Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest entry was selected as the school winner for Ryan Elementary. For over 30 years, Lions clubs around the globe have sponsored this international art contest to give children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity. Audrey was awarded a certificate and cash prize from the Sun Lakes Lion's Club, sponsored by Intel.
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Bronson Gentner
Congratulations to Bronson Gentner whose Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest entry was selected as the school winner for Santan Junior High. For over 30 years, Lions clubs around the globe have sponsored this international art contest to give children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity. Audrey was awarded a certificate and cash prize from the Sun Lakes Lion's Club, sponsored by Intel.
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Isabella Dangelo
Congratulations to Isabella Dangelo whose Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest entry was selected as the school winner for Tarwater Elementary. For over 30 years, Lions clubs around the globe have sponsored this international art contest to give children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity. Audrey was awarded a certificate and cash prize from the Sun Lakes Lion's Club, sponsored by Intel.
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ACP Erie's newly formed Troupe 8909 attended their first ever Arizona State Thespian Conference in downtown Phoenix. The troupe attended various workshops and competed in the one-act competition. Their showing of the one-act Pressure by Lindsey Price earned the troupe a superior rating. Not bad for their first year!
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Giving Thanks Parade
The Knox campus put on our 8th annual Giving Thanks Parade. Students created displays to be seen in the parade as well as entertain our community guests with music. Giving Thanks Parade Photo Album
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Humphrey Band
Humphrey Band plays to pump up the crowd as they play for the annual Turkey Bowl.
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Beautiful Madness Concert
Chandler High Modazz, Advanced, and Improv dancers performed beautifully in the the Beautiful Madness Concert, featuring 16 pieces of student-choreographed work. Beautiful Madness Concert Photo Album
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Turkey Donation
Modazz and the Chandler High Dance Department donated $750.00 in turkeys to the Chandler CARE Center for the holidays. The students and their dance teacher, Mrs. Kathie Buren, have been donating to the CARE center for nearly 30 years and have donated close to $13,000 in turkeys since 1991! Way to go!
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Step Up Choir Concert
CTA Goodman music instructor Liana Clareson and 6th grade students attended the Chandler High Step Up choir concert in November. Under the direction of Chandler High music teacher Lori Lyford, and with neighboring junior high and elementary schools (Andersen and Willis junior highs, plus Andersen, Conley, CTA Goodman, CTA Liberty, Hartford, Knox Gifted Academy, Sanborn and San Marcos elementary schools), the Step Up concert was a wonderful experience for all students.
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Adelina Cetaj
Congratulations to Adelina Cetaj who won the state playwriting competition in November. She had her play directed by a professional director and performed for the 90 other schools present at the competition. In addition, Hamilton Theatre seniors Raven Harris, Reily Neimyer, and Xavier Valdez auditioned and received offers from colleges and universities across the nation.
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CHS Dance Club
The Chandler High Dance Club performed at the City of Chandler's Woofstock Festival. The students did a great job, and many family members came with their furry friends to support our students.
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State Thespian Conference
Chandler High's Theatre Troupe attended the two-day Arizona State Thespian Conference in downtown Phoenix featuring a main stage production, dozens of one-act performances, and attend workshops geared toward honing their craft. Students were able to meet and collaborate with students from all over the state. CHS's APAC (Advanced Pantomime and Characterization) students took home a Superior Rating for their One Act titled, "Hammered: A Thor and Loki Play," one of our tech teams came home with 2nd place in one of the Tech Challenges, and 2 of our seniors took home 2 of 6 available scholarships. Nainoa Aguano won a $1,500 scholarship for his monologue/song audition, and Theo McEntire won a $1,500 scholarship for an essay he wrote about why he wants to be a theatre teacher. Additionally, EJ Newton, along with Nainoa Aguano and Theo McEntire, auditioned for college scholarships and were called back by several colleges who are interested in having them attend their schools.
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Choir Concert
Chandler High School's "Step Up" choir concert, under the direction of Lori Lyford, with neighboring junior high and elementary schools (Andersen Junior High, Willis Junior High, Andersen Elementary, Conley Elementary, CTA Goodman, CTA Liberty, Hartford, Knox Gifted Academy, Sanborn Elementary, and San Marcos Elementary) was a wonderful experience for all the students.
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Willis Jazz Band
Willis Jazz Band was selected to perform at this year's Arizona Music Educators Conference in Mesa, Arizona during the weekend of January 31, 2020. In addition to performing, the Willis Band has been selected to present a clinic to state educators on: "What it Takes to Build a Successful Jazz Program." They will then perform for the music educators as an Honorary Ensemble representing the best of the state.
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Show Choir Live Festival
Basha High hosted the third annual Show Choir Live festival. They had more than 150 students participate from Santan Junior High, Payne Junior High and Basha Accelerated Middle School.
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Say No to Drugs Poster Winners
CTA Freedom students participated in a "Say No to Drugs" poster contest. (Pictured are the sixth grade winners.)
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Peace Poster Contest
Jacobson Elementary had a record number of students apply for the peace poster contest sponsored by the Sun Lakes Lions Club and Intel. Five students turned in posters depicting their concept of what peace looks like in the world today. One was selected and turned in for the district competition: Esther Kim's depiction of Mother Earth embracing us all. Dr. Adama Sallu helped the school choose from the magnificent entries! All entries will be showcased at the fourth annual English language learners diversity picnic.
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State Playworks Competition
Please congratulate Adelina Cetaj who won a "Top 3 in the State" slot for the State Playworks Competition for the second year in a row! She will have her play directed by a professional director and presented at our State Festival.
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Art Masterpiece
Hancock 3rd graders learn about how to create their own Picasso in Art Masterpiece.
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Matt Pitts
Weinberg music teacher Matt Pitts was selected to present at the 2020 Arizona Music Educators Association Annual In-Service Conference to be held in January 2020. He will present on "Popular Media With Orff Schulwerk." Orff Schulwerk music and movement pedagogy contributes to development of the individual far beyond specific skills and understandings in the arts. These skills and procedures have a wider application and value in several areas: Intellectual, Social, Emotional, and Aesthetic. Pictured: Mr. Pitts serenades the students at dismissal as they walk to the buses.
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Elite Eight
The Chandler High Wolfpack Marching Band is part of the Elite Eight and have qualified for Superstate.
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Art Club
Our students in Art Club learned about oil pastels and created their own masterpieces.
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Artist In Residence
The kindergarten classes are learning about music and movement from our Artist in Residence, Mr. Jeffrey.
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