FIVE FUN FACTS about our achievements, schools, district, students and staff
CUSD has a record 30 National Merit Scholars for 2017. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recognizes and honors the top academically talented students of the United States. They shine a spotlight on brilliant students and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence at all levels of education. Earning this distinction puts these students in the top 2% of students in the nation.
Hamilton wins not one, but TWO state championships last week! Hamilton High captured its second straight Division I softball title, defeating Pinnacle, 7-2, at Arizona State’s Farrington Stadium Monday night. Congratulations to coach Rocky Parra and the Huskies!
Hamilton High's baseball team on Tuesday night won its sixth state championship since 2003 by defeating Pinnacle in the Division I title game at Tempe's Diablo Stadium. Hamilton previously won championships in 2003, 2004, 2008, 2014, and 2016 and were state runner-up in 2005, 2009 and 2011.Congratulations to coach Mike Woods and the Huskies!
Santan Junior High on Friday celebrated its status as an A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation for 2017. The Arizona Educational Foundation also named Andersen Elementary, Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary, Santan Elementary, Payne Junior High and Perry High A+ Schools of Excellence for 2017. Hartford, Santan El and Payne Junior celebrated during the first two weeks of May. Andersen Elementary and Perry High will celebrate this week.
Four Payne Junior High Relay for Life teams raised nearly $5,000 for the American Cancer Society. Dana Hansen, Lacey Mattison and Chris Heady organized the Relay for Life fundraiser.
Andersen Junior High eighth grader Natalie Cowell is one of nine Read 180 Awards winners nationwide. Natalie’s determination to raise achievement, exceptional performance in READ 180 Stage B, and growth outside of the classroom showed that she deserved to be honored as an all-star student.
The CUSD administration and Governing Board presented the annual “state of the district” message to community leaders on January 25 in the Governing Board Room. The annual report provides an overview of the district, academic performance, recognition of students and staff, budget information and an update on expenditures from bond elections. Learn more at www.cusd80.com/annualreport.
Proactive statewide public school drinking water screening program
Chandler Unified School District is participating in a proactive statewide public school drinking water lead screening program sponsored by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). ADEQ is coordinating this screening program with multiple state and local agencies, public water systems, public schools and other parties. While drinking water is not considered to be a common source of lead in Arizona, eliminating lead in drinking water is an important step to reducing your child’s overall exposure to lead.
Please visit the ADEQ website for detailed information about the statewide public school drinking water screening program for lead.
As part of our continuing commitment to provide a safe environment for both students and staff, please be assured that we will provide you with timely updates.
San Marcos Teacher Named Exemplary
Lauren Delfino-Karl, second grade teacher at San Marcos Elementary School, was named a 2016 Rodel Exemplary Teacher over the Thanksgiving weekend. She is one of 15 educators across the state recognized by Rodel.
CUSD Community Relations Department has been nominated for six Emmy Awards. The honor comes after the district's media production department, under the direction of Michael Holland, entered a documentary video about district history into the Rocky Mountain Southwest Regional Emmy Awards competition. The program, called The History of Chandler Schools, Part 3: Summary of a Century, was judged by members of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and deemed worthy of nominations for the coveted award. Emmy trophies will be handed out to selected recipients at an awards event on October 17.
The program is narrated by John Prothro, teacher at Perry High.
The nominated video is the last of a three-part series on the history of the district. The CUSD production team took home three awards for part 2 of the series in 2014. All three parts can be seen on the CET99.org Youtube channel.
In light of recent reports of encounters with suspicious vehicles in neighboring communities, this is a good time for us to review with our children practices to help keep them safe.