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Visit Sanborn Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009120 Sanborn Elementary (2019-2020)
PLTW Distinguished School
Sanborn is proud to be recognized as a Project Lead the Way Distinguished School (PLTW) again this year! We are committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in our PLTW program.
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Visit Knox Gifted Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A009204 Knox Gifted Academy (2019-2020)
AAGT Presenters
Rebecca Coplan and Tara Zichichi were honored to present at the 2020 Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented (AAGT) Annual Conference in Phoenix.
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Visit Knox Gifted Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A009205 Knox Gifted Academy (2019-2020)
California Association for the Gifted Presenters
Lynn Weed, Jennifer Nusbaum, Lynn Barakat, Allison Davis, and Monica Dalton presented at the 2020 California Association for the Gifted in Palm Springs, California on February 21-23.
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Visit Fulton Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A009169 Fulton Elementary (2019-2020)
Fultons Phantom Phoenix VEX Robotics Club
On February 29, Cayden Thompson, Grant Dietrich, Gavin Oplinger and Ryan Brown of the Fulton's Phantom Phoenix VEX Robotics Club came in first in Teamwork at the Arizona State VEX IQ Elementary Robotics Competition. This win qualified them to compete in the 2019-2020 VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky! They are currently in the top 3% of all VEX IQ Elementary School teams in the World! Fultons Phantom Phoenix VEX Robotics Club Competition Photo Album
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Visit Knox Gifted Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A009202 Knox Gifted Academy (2019-2020)
Tara Nair
Congratulations to 5th Grader Tara Nair who won 1st place in the 8th Grade Level Writing Category for this year's Creative Expression Competition.
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Visit Conley Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008461 Conley Elementary (2019-2020)
Chandler Innovation Fair
Congratulations to Decepticons team, 1st place winner in the Vex IQ Squared Away Robotics Competition at the 2020 Chandler Innovation Fair. CIF 2020 Award Winners
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Visit Galveston Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008463 Galveston Elementary (2019-2020)
Chandler Innovation Fair
Congratulations to Lego Lions team, winner of the First Lego League Robotics Competition at the 2020 Chandler Innovation Fair. CIF 2020 Award Winners
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Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008383 Tarwater Elementary (2019-2020)

Tarwater Elementary was selected as only one of a few schools in the country to have contact with the International Space Station next August. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) selected 10 schools from around the country to participate. The primary goal of the ARISS program is to engage young people in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math activities and raise their awareness of space communications, radio communications, space exploration, and related areas of student and career possibilities. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station website
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Visit Knox Gifted Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A008200 Knox Gifted Academy (2019-2020)
Ananya Lakkaraju
Fifth grader Ananya Lakkaraju was the winner in the "Kids Safe Online Cyber Security Awareness Calendar Contest." With hundreds of students from all around Arizona submitting art work, it is truly an honor to be chosen. Her family is invited to an award ceremony over spring break at the Arizona State Department of Administration in Phoenix. 7th Annual Cybersecurity Awareness Kids Safe Online Calendar Contest
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Visit Conley Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008135 Conley Elementary (2019-2020)
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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Visit Hancock Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008154 Hancock Elementary (2019-2020)
Cheer Champs
Hancock cheerleaders in 2-6th grades won first place for their dance at the cheer competition held at Chandler High School. They won second place for their cheer.
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Visit Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008101 Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary (2019-2020)
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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Visit Auxier Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008128 Auxier Elementary (2019-2020)
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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Visit Haley Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008127 Haley Elementary (2019-2020)
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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Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008103 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
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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Visit San Marcos Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008159 San Marcos Elementary (2019-2020)
Random Acts of Kindness
San Marcos teacher Lauren Cundiff joined teachers Michelle Capriotti (Casteel High) and Melissa Lu (Perry High) to represent the district and their schools in the Desert Financial "Random Acts of Kindness" float in the Fiesta Bowl Parade. Pictured left to right: Lauren Cundiff, Michelle Capriotti and Melissa Lu.
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Visit Hancock Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007955 Hancock Elementary (2019-2020)
Kathryn MacNabb
Hancock teacher Kathryn MacNabb was honored December 5 as the grade 6-9 Teacher of the Year by the Chandler chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Post 7401. This award is given to teachers who promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette and patriotism. Kathryn coordinates the school's flag detail program with Hancock 5th and 6th graders each year, and works to bring in members of the National Guard, local veterans, Boy Scouts and nearby ROTC groups to teach the team about flag history, etiquette and civic responsibility. She is a dedicated teacher who instills respect and love for the American flag. Thank you, Kathryn, for all you do for Hancock students!
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Visit Riggs Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007980 Riggs Elementary (2019-2020)
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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Visit Ryan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007984 Ryan Elementary (2019-2020)
Nicole Witte
Ryan 5th grade teacher Nicole Witte was honored by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Posts 7401 and 8053 as K-5 Teacher of the Year! She was recognized for her work over more than a decade organizing her team to create an annual Wall of Gratitude and Remembrance to honor American veterans, a project designed to align with Social Studies, Writing, and Speaking & Listening curriculum. Students create a poster for the Wall containing a narrative, photos, decorations and honors about a veteran #NAME?
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Visit Basha Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007881 Basha Elementary (2019-2020)
Debbie Fast
Congratulations to Debbie Fast of Basha Elementary who earned her National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) status for the second time. Thirty-eight teachers in CUSD have the NBCT status, and only three percent of certified K-12 teachers teaching in the United States have voluntarily worked towards and ultimately earned the rank of the NBCT title.
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Freedom Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A008072 Chandler Traditional Academy - Freedom Campus (2019-2020)

The Arizona Department of Education announced that CTA Freedom received an "A" grade for the 2018-19 school year.
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Goodman Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A008069 Chandler Traditional Academy - Goodman Campus (2019-2020)

The Arizona Department of Education announced that CTA Goodman received an "A" grade for the 2018-19 school year.
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A008058 Chandler Traditional Academy - Humphrey Campus (2019-2020)
A School
The Arizona Department of Education announced that CTA Humphrey received an "A" grade for the 2018-19 school year.
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A008070 Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence Campus (2019-2020)

The Arizona Department of Education announced that CTA Independence received an "A" grade for the 2018-19 school year.
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Liberty Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A008071 Chandler Traditional Academy - Liberty Campus (2019-2020)

The Arizona Department of Education announced that CTA Liberty Campus received an "A" grade for the 2018-19 school year.
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Visit Haley Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008075 Haley Elementary (2019-2020)

The Arizona Department of Education announced that Haley Elementary received an "A" grade for the 2018-19 school year.
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Visit Hancock Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008079 Hancock Elementary (2019-2020)

The Arizona Department of Education announced that Hancock Elementary received an "A" grade for the 2018-19 school year.
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Visit Jacobson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008065 Jacobson Elementary (2019-2020)

The Arizona Department of Education announced that Jacobson Elementary received an "A" grade for the 2018-19 school year.
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Visit Knox Gifted Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A008076 Knox Gifted Academy (2019-2020)

The Arizona Department of Education announced that Knox Gifted Academy received an "A" grade for the 2018-19 school year.
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Visit Patterson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008074 Patterson Elementary (2019-2020)

The Arizona Department of Education announced that Patterson Elementary received an "A" grade for the 2018-19 school year.
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Visit Riggs Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008077 Riggs Elementary (2019-2020)

The Arizona Department of Education announced that Riggs Elementary received an "A" grade for the 2018-19 school year.
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Visit Ryan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008068 Ryan Elementary (2019-2020)

The Arizona Department of Education announced that Ryan Elementary received an "A" grade for the 2018-19 school year.
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Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008078 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)

The Arizona Department of Education announced that Santan Elementary received an "A" grade for the 2018-19 school year.
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Visit Weinberg Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A008080 Weinberg Elementary (2019-2020)

The Arizona Department of Education announced that Weinberg Elementary received an "A" grade for the 2018-19 school year.
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Visit Basha Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007736 Basha Elementary (2019-2020)
SanTan Sun News
Basha Elementary's Technology Department is proud to implement zSpace, an AR/VR (Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality) learning experience to increase engagement and meet educational standards in science, math, reading, technology and MORE! Beginning in October 2019, students in kindergarten through 6th grade will learn the basics of using the zSpace hardware. SanTan Sun News article: VR takes Chandler students to another dimension
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Goodman Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A007665 Chandler Traditional Academy - Goodman Campus (2019-2020)

CTA Goodman student Jax Burton celebrated his birthday by asking people to give donations to the San Antonio Amputee Foundation. Raising more than $1,400, Jax will make at least two people regain their mobility and walk again. His first recipient received her leg in October, and both she and Jax were featured on the local San Antonio TV news.
Spectrum News: 8-Year-Old Skips Birthday Gifts, Raises Funds for Prosthetics for San Antonio Amputees
News 4 San Antonio video: 8-year old Arizona boy makes a donation to help San Antonio amputees
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Visit Knox Gifted Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A007668 Knox Gifted Academy (2019-2020)

The students of Knox Gifted Academy ranked 2nd in the state in the AzMerit test.
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Visit Riggs Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007582 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.
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Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007556 Santan Elementary (2019-2020)
Sun Devil Athletics
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.
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Visit Conley Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007464 Conley Elementary (2019-2020)
Playworks at Conley
Conley was granted $15,000 from the Chandler Education Foundation (CEF) to have Playworks on our site! We are so excited to take on this venture promoting safe play and developing problem solving skills, while also providing opportunities for our students to participate in Junior Coach leadership on campus! The entire staff is on board, and we have our lunch staff trained to provide an environment of structured play for students. Thank you, CEF! And thank you to Playworks for donating 80 backpacks with school supplies to our students in need!
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Visit Conley Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007466 Conley Elementary (2019-2020)
Donations for Families
A special thanks to the Chandler district, our Conley team and one of our very own teachers for supporting the families who faced the tragic loss of their homes burning down. One of our teachers, Mrs. Amanda Serchen supported her son on a project to reach a goal of raising $1,000 to support these families! Not only did they reach that goal, but our great community members donated household supplies, clothing, and furniture to Conley families affected by this loss. Our parents were very grateful and said they truly feel a part of the Conley family.
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Visit Knox Gifted Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A007377 Knox Gifted Academy (2019-2020)

Knox Gifted Academy third grader Daniel Yan is competing in the World Youth Chess Championship. The 2019 World Youth Chess Championship is the world's top-level youth chess event. The main competition venue is located in Weifang International Leisure Sports Town (Shandong, China).
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Visit Hull Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007375 Hull Elementary (2019-2020)

Congratulations to Logan Boyer, past Hull Elementary student, who has made it to pro-baseball with the Los Angeles Dodgers! San Diego Union-Tribune - MLB Draft: SDSU's Boyer ready to begin pro career with Dodgers organization
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Goodman Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A007341 Chandler Traditional Academy - Goodman Campus (2019-2020)
Kianna Noyd
Congratulations to CTA Goodman student Kianna Noyd for her performance at the 2019 USA Track & Field (USATF) Junior Olympics in July. She placed 18th in the Junior Olympics Girls Javelin Throw (11-12 Division), competing against girls from all across the country. USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championship Results, July 22-28, 2019
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Visit Knox Gifted Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A007435 Knox Gifted Academy (2018-2019)
1st place chess team
Congratulations to Knox Gifted Academy chess students who won 1st place (K-3) in the 2019 Govenor's Cup.
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Visit Basha Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007264 Basha Elementary (2018-2019)
Kaden Brimhall
Chandler Fire Department presented a Heroism Award to Basha sixth grader Kaden Brimhall. Due to his quick actions, Kaden was able to pull the granddaughter of Patterson Elementary first grade teacher Heather Ackerman from a pool and saved her life. Additionally, $1,000 worth of swim lessons are being offered for free and a pool fence is being installed at someone's house, both in his honor. He was also given the "Golden Rule Student of the Month" award by Agree.
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A007213 Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence Campus (2018-2019)
Alexander Zhu
Congratulations to 3rd grader Alexander Zhu who took first place in his division at the 2019 Governor's Cup chess tournament. Alex was undefeated in the tournament.
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Visit Weinberg Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007199 Weinberg Elementary (2018-2019)
Mathleague Team
Congratulations to Weinberg students Sawyer Alvarado, Gabe Pusz, and Connor Leavy who participated in Mathleague's state level competition and did a remarkable job. Sawyer and Gabe will be representing Chandler Unified at the national competition on June 15th at Texas A & M. Go, Wranglers!
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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Freedom Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A007192 Chandler Traditional Academy - Freedom Campus (2018-2019)
Makenzie Gutierrez
CTA Freedom 5th Grader Makenzie Gutierrez took 1st place at the state level in the Letters about Literature writing contest. Her writing will be advancing to the national level!
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Visit Auxier Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A007150 Auxier Elementary (2018-2019)
Tony Smith
Exemplary Principal:  Congratulations to Principal Tony Smith who was surprised on May 2 with the news that he was named a 2019 Exemplary Principal by the Maricopa County School Superintendent's office. His staff pulled him outside with the ruse that there was snake needing to be chased away. Click here to watch the Facebook video.
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