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    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.

     

     

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    Honors, Awards and Special Programs
     
     

    Visit Hamilton High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003506Hamilton High - (2016-2017) Hamilton students won 49 awards at HISEF (the Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair), including Best of Fair in Biological Sciences in the Senior Division for Vedik Navale's project "Combination Treatment of Polymer-Mediated Transgene Delivery and HDAC Inhibitors for Improved Targeted Cancer Therapy" and Best of Fair in Physical Sciences in the Senior Division for Kaitlyn Luo's project "Using Linear Generators to Charge a Cellular Device. "  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    CHS DECAVisit Chandler High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003498Chandler High - (2016-2017) Chandler High DECA earned 12 medals, and eight Top 5 winners will move on to International Competition in Anaheim, CA in April.  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    CHS Boys VolleyballVisit Chandler High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003499Chandler High - (2016-2017) Chandler High Boys Volleyball defeated the Highland Hawks 16-14 in the 3rd set of the tournament finals to become the 2017 Wolf Howl Champions.  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    Hamilton Dance Company, Jazz and Hip Hop State ChampionsVisit Hamilton High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003508Hamilton High - (2016-2017) Hamilton Dance Company successfully defended their title as Jazz and Hip Hop State Champions! Our Huskies won the 1st place trophy at the Arizona state competition held at the Coliseum in Phoenix.  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    Justin Zhu and Dhruv Iyer, Coca Cola Scholars for 2017Visit Hamilton High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003507Hamilton High - (2016-2017) Congratulations to Justin Zhu and Dhruv Iyer, Coca Cola Scholars for 2017! This achievement-based scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. Justin and Dhruv are among the 150 winning seniors in the US. This prestigious scholarship carries a $20,000 scholarship toward any college of their choice and an all-expense paid trip to the Coke Headquarters in Atlanta.  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    Basha High 6A Boys Basketball State ChampionsVisit Basha High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003537Basha High - (2016-2017) The Basha Bears captured their first-ever state boys basketball state championship, defeating Corona del Sol, 75-65, at Grand Canyon University. AZCentral.com article Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    CHS Varsity Softball TeamVisit Chandler High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003463Chandler High - (2016-2017) Chandler High Varsity Softball Team took 1st place in the Agua Fria Tournament.  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    CHS TreblemakersVisit Chandler High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003412Chandler High - (2016-2017) Chandler High Treblemakers won 1st place and Audience Favorite in San Antonio at the Barbershop Harmony Society Competition.  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    HHS Boys SoccerVisit Hamilton High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003417Hamilton High - (2016-2017) Hamilton Boys Soccer team won the Arizona Soccer Showcase for their third year in a row in dramatic fashion defeating Corona Del Sol High School in the final by way of penalty kicks. The Arizona Soccer Showcase is viewed as the top high school soccer event in Arizona, and one of the top high school soccer events in the country.  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    Hamilton Academic Decathlon TeamVisit Hamilton High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003401Hamilton High - (2016-2017) Hamilton's Academic Decathlon team competed against 10 east valley schools at the Williams Field Invitational and took 1st place. Our students also won 45 individual awards (almost HALF the total possible), smashing our school record. Congratulations to Carla Turner, Beth Trotti and the Championship team: Lena Han, Jane Wang, Feona Dong, Isaac Moeckly, Tatum Zsorey, Emily Jefferson, Alex Liu, Jennalynn Fung, Sarah Kim, Jaxson Adams, Oliver Lynch, Madisyn Goodballet, and Zuzia Stechly!  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    Hamilton We the PeopleVisit Hamilton High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003402Hamilton High - (2016-2017) Hamilton's We the People won the state competition for the second time in Hamilton history. They will compete at the national competition and represent the state of Arizona. Congratulations to Mr. Jake Harvey and the entire We The People team! Best of luck for the Nationals!  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    CHS Wolves, 2016 Geico Bowl ChampsVisit Chandler High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003363Chandler High - (2016-2017) CHS Wolves defeated the Valdosta Wildcats (GA) 44-24 in the GEICO High School Bowl Series on 12/23/17 in Frisco, TX.  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    Jacob Conover, CHS Sophomore and Wolves Quarterback, Geico Bowl MVPVisit Chandler High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003364Chandler High - (2016-2017) Jacob Conover, CHS Sophomore and Wolves Quarterback, was named the GEICO High School Bowl Game's MVP.  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    T.J. Green, CHS Running Back, Arizona Cardinals High School Player of the Year.Visit Chandler High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003365Chandler High - (2016-2017) T.J. Green, CHS Running Back and Oregon State commit, was named the Arizona Cardinals High School Player of the Year.  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    CHS Wolves, 2016 State Football ChampsVisit Chandler High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003362Chandler High - (2016-2017) Chandler High Wolves, 2016 State Football Champs, were invited to play in the Geico High School Bowl Series on December 23rd in Frisco, TX.  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    Hamilton CheerVisit Hamilton High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003371Hamilton High - (2016-2017) Hamilton High School Cheer Freshmen and JV did very well, and we are so proud of all their hard work: 1st Place Champions! Go Huskies!  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    Visit Knox Gifted Academy WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003377Knox Gifted Academy - (2016-2017) Congratulations to Knox Gifted Academy second grader Baobao Xia who will be traveling to Nashville, TN to compete in the National K-12 Chess Grade Championship.  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    Bryson Gregory, 2016-2017 AIA State Chess ChampionVisit Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003443Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2016-2017) Congratulations to ACP Erie student Bryson Gregory, 2016-2017 AIA State Chess Champion.  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    Bryson Gregory, 2016-2017 AIA State Chess ChampionVisit Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003443Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2016-2017) Congratulations to ACP Erie student Bryson Gregory, 2016-2017 AIA State Chess Champion.  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    Hamilton Dance CompanyVisit Hamilton High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003338Hamilton High - (2016-2017) Hamilton Dance Company competed at the Universal Dance Association (UDA) Desert Southwest Regional and won 1st in Jazz and Hip Hop. They also received the Best Choreography Award for the Jazz routine. Congratulations to the team and the dance director, Mr. Danny Milbauer!  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    Ashby Gentry, Heba Shiban and Chloe WongVisit Chandler High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003318Chandler High - (2016-2017) Ashby Gentry, Heba Shiban and Chloe Wong were selected by QuestBridge to be part of its National College Match program, a highly regarded scholarship program which helps gain admission and full 4-year scholarships to the nation's most selective colleges.  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    CHS Varsity CheerVisit Chandler High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003319Chandler High - (2016-2017) CHS Varsity Cheer won their division in the 2016 Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) Desert Southwest Regional Competition and qualified for UCA Nationals in Florida.  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    The Chandler Varsity Football Team, 2016 State ChampionsVisit Chandler High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003320Chandler High - (2016-2017) The Chandler Varsity Football Team, 2016 State Champions, have been invited to play in the GEICO High School Bowl Series in Dallas, TX on December 23, 2016.  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    The Chandler Wolves win the 6A State Football ChampionshipVisit Chandler High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003310Chandler High - (2016-2017) The Chandler Wolves earned the 6A State Football Championship by defeating Mountain Pointe, 36-17, at the University of Phoenix Stadium. This is CHS's second State Championship in three years.  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    Jordan Gonzalez, Nicole Amparan, Haydon Bergren, and Alexis MeeVisit Chandler High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003315Chandler High - (2016-2017) Jordan Gonzalez, Nicole Amparan, Haydon Bergren, and Alexis Mee were chosen to participate in the National Hispanic Recognition Program through the CollegeBoard. They scored in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test takers in our region.  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    CHS Social Studies Teacher Brianna LoganVisit Chandler High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003316Chandler High - (2016-2017) Brianna Logan, CHS Social Studies Teacher, was one of 21 teachers from the U.S. chosen to attend a weekend seminar on Andrew Jackson and Presidential Legacy.  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    Christina VailVisit Hamilton High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003329Hamilton High - (2016-2017) Christina Vail, Hamilton theatre department teacher, was awarded the Theatre Teacher of the Year in the State! The fall play, Hamlet-ma-Geddon, which she directed, was declared top of the state in many categories. Congratulations, Christina Vail, for all your hard work and dedication!  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    Visit Chandler High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003305Chandler High - (2016-2017) Defensive Back Bryce Jackson, Defensive Linemen Sam Pepper and Chris Manoa, Linebackers Parker Hensley and Zack Bowers, Offensive Linemen Caleb Medina and Harold Colbert, Receiver/Tight End Johnny Johnson, and Running Back TJ Green were named to the 2016-2017 6A Premier Football 1st Team.  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    Visit Chandler High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003306Chandler High - (2016-2017) Coach Shaun Aguano was named Region Coach of the Year.  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    Visit Hamilton High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003327Hamilton High - (2016-2017) Hamilton Theatre Department fall play, Hamlet Thrill-ma-Geddon, competed against all schools in Arizona for the state competition. Hamilton was declared the top school in the state in many categories with our students receiving many college offers from schools across the nation. Congratulations to the entire team for the incredible amount of hard work and dedication.  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    Chandler High PomVisit Chandler High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003220Chandler High - (2016-2017) Chandler High Pom qualified for Nationals.  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    Visit Perry High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003301Perry High - (2016-2017) Congratulations to Badminton Coach Lerina Johnson who was named AIA Division 1 Badminton Coach of the Year! This is the 3rd time that she has won this award. We are very lucky to have her here at Perry!  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    Visit Perry High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003302Perry High - (2016-2017) The doubles badminton team of Jillian Lagasca and Katie Cross were named AIA Division 1 Badminton Doubles Team of the Year!  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    Michael KlaussVisit Chandler High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003215Chandler High - (2016-2017) Three CHS swimmers were named Individual State Champions at the 2016 AIA Division I State Swimming & Diving Championships in Mesa on November 4th. Michael Klauss won the 100 Fly and earned NISCA All-America consideration. Congratulations, Wolves!  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    Hamilton Varsity CheerleadersVisit Hamilton High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003238Hamilton High - (2016-2017) The Hamilton varsity cheerleaders finished 1st in their division of seven teams at the USA Regional Competition. Their score also earned them a bid to USA Nationals in March. Congratulations to the varsity cheer team!  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    Kara LinderVisit Hamilton High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003233Hamilton High - (2016-2017) HHS Junior, Kara Linder, received the Grand Canyon State Games Athlete of The Year Award at the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Kara's currently ranks: #1 Cadet National Team Women's Sabre, #1 Junior National Team Women's Sabre, #13 on the senior national rolling points; and #5 in the world for Junior Women's Sabre fencers! Kara balances classes at Hamilton and COA, fencing, international travel, NHS, and is an FFA Officer. She is an accomplished fencer at a very young age. Grand Canyon State Games website Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    Justin Zhu, Arizona State AP Scholar for 2016Visit Hamilton High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003184Hamilton High - (2016-2017) Please help us congratulate our 12th Grader Justin Zhu... he is the State AP Scholar for 2016! This award is granted to one male and one female student in each U.S. state and the District of Columbia with scores of 3 or higher on the greatest number of AP Exams, and then the highest average score (at least 3.5) on all AP Exams taken. Justin has an average score of 4.92 and has taken 25 AP exams! This is a huge honor, Congratulations, Justin!  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    Hamilton Junior Husky Kara Linder and Freshman Luke LinderVisit Hamilton High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003166Hamilton High - (2016-2017) Hamilton Junior Husky Kara Linder and Freshman Luke Linder have recently represented USA at the Konin Cadet European Cup. Kara claimed her 3rd straight Gold Title in the Konin's Women Cadet European Cup! Luke's first appearance at the European cup placed him 24th! Kara also won 2nd place in the Jr Woman's Sabre World Cup Costa Rica! Hamilton is proud of both Huskies!  Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook
    Michael McKelvey, recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science TeachingVisit Basha High WebsiteReport a Problem with Item A003099Basha High - (2016-2017) President Obama named Basha High Teacher, Dr. Michael McKelvy, as a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), the highest recognition that a K-12 mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. President Obama Honors Outstanding Mathematics and Science Teachers - Whitehouse.gov website Open just this item Email this item to a friend Share on Facebook

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    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. 

    For more information about the Rodel Exemplary Teacher Initiative, please visit www.rodelaz.org. Click here to read Lauren’s bio.

     

     

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    CUSD Nominated for Six Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards

     

    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

     

     

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  • Kids School Safety Tips:

     

    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.  

     

     
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  • CUSD Graduates Graphic     
    Did you know? The CUSD graduating class of 2015 earned more than $92 million in scholarship offers.  Congratulations, graduates!
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  • CUSD excelled at the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AzSEF) 72 students earned 106 awards.
     
    Also, notably Hamilton High School was named the Outstanding Senior High Division School of the Year for the second year in a row. Furthermore, eight CUSD high school students qualified for the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in May. The Arizona Science and Engineering Fair is able to send 15 projects on to ISEF. This year, nine of the 15 projects advancing to ISEF are from CUSD. ISEF is the premier global science competition with approximately 1,600 high school students from 70 countries showcasing their talent.
     
    The projects advancing to ISEF are listed below.
    • Kaitlyn Loop and McKenna Loop, Arizona College Preparatory – Erie, “The Effect of the Type of Harvesting Method on the Amount of Algal Mass Recovered for Economically Feasible Biofuel Production”
    • Farah Eltohamy, Arizona College Preparatory – Erie, “Nanotech Fungi”
    • Hal Carrigan, Basha High School, “Can Bacteria Effectively Reduce the Toxicity of Mine Drainage”
    • Samantha Bouchal, Basha High School, “Can Caspase 3 Inhibitors Improve Cornea Storage for Transplant?”
    • Mani Kandan, Hamilton High School, “A Novel Solution for the Visually Impaired Utilizing Computer Vision and Vibrohaptics”
    • Shona Das and Lisa Zou, Hamilton High School, “The Effect of Silicon and Boron on Arsenite Uptake by Maize” 
    • Aryasp Nejat, Hamilton High School, “Developing an Effective Phage Therapy for Treatment of Staphylococcus aureas: The Effect of Bacteriophage K Solutions on Methicillin-resistant s-aureas bacteria (MRSA)”
    • Rebecca Jernigan, Hamilton High School, “The Innovative use of Proteolytic Enzymes as a Specific Targeting Antiviral”
    • Rikita Bharati, Hamilton High School, “Observations of Phytosterol: A Novel Method of Cancer Treatment Using Plant Based Steroid Compounds”

     
     
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    The Governing Board recognized staff, students, volunteers and state or national champions Thursday at the District Night of Recognition at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Click here to view the program and see the list of winners.
     
     
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  • Si Se Puede honored seven educators from CUSD at the 15th annual Cesar Chavez recognition and awards dinner Saturday at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino. Here are the CUSD recipients of this year’s awards: Anne Bender, Chandler High school counselor; Lisa Shore, Frye Elementary principal; Jennifer Duffy, Galveston Elementary teacher; Elizabeth Leon, Galveston Elementary parent liaison; Becky Henderson San Marcos Elementary principal; Debbie Limano, Willis Junior High teacher; David Evans, CUSD Governing Board Member.
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  • Marcus Behling with Trophy
    (Photo: Arizona Educational Foundation) 
     
    ACP-Erie Student Wins State Spelling Bee

    Marcus Behling, an eighth grader at ACP-Erie, will represent Arizona in the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. May 24-29. Marcus won the state spelling bee on March 21, correctly spelling the word "frankincense” (which had been incorrectly spelled by the other finalist) and then correctly spelling “barometer" to take home the win.

    Marcus follows in his brother’s footsteps. Mitchell Behling won the state bee in 2011. Mitchell is currently a senior at Chandler High.
     
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  • Leticia Velarde Santan Elementary Teacher Wins Raffle 
     
    Leticia Velarde, priority preschool teacher at Santan Elementary, won the 2015 Chandler Education Foundation vehicle raffle. She had a choice between a 2015 Toyota vehicle ($27,000 MSRP) or $20,000 in cash, she chose the latter.

    Proceeds from the drawing help the Foundation fund school and classroom projects and scholarships for graduating seniors. A big thank you is in order to Big Two Toyota of Chandler and Toyota Financial Services for sponsoring the raffle.
     
     
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    Chandler Unified Improves Credit Rating:

    The Chandler Unified School District’s credit rating has been upgraded from Aa2 to Aa1. Moody’s Investors Service credited “the district’s strong financial position, favorable operational standing, rapid retirement of debt and stable tax base.”

    Moody’s went on to say, “The district demonstrated strong management during the tax-based declines and state funding cuts of recent years, emerging with reserves at healthy levels and no major backlog of labor or maintenance costs. With recessionary pressures easing, state funding beginning to stabilize and enrollment continuing to grow, the district is well positioned to maintain it strong financial flexibility.”
     
     
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  • CUSD Governing Board
     
    Letter from the CUSD Governing Board to our Governor and Legislators 
     
    After careful review the Chandler Unified School District governing board resolves that the proposed gubernatorial budget, if enacted, continues to degrade the ability of Arizona school districts to provide an excellent education for all students. The proposed state budget will cut $6 million from Chandler Unified 
    School district funding. This is in addition to the already enacted district cuts of over $36 million the past five years. At the same time, proposals to arbitrarily cut essential "outside the classroom" funding jeopardizes support functions required to maintain a safe, healthy and effective school environment.  

    The Chandler Unified School District governing board also resolves that proposed measures, such as HB2303, constitute micro management by state government that removes local community control of school operations contrary to the wishes of local citizens. For example, over 94 percent of the 50,000+ parents in the district support the current school start schedule, which would be radically changed by HB2303 with no justification, producing significant disruption to parents and staff members. 

    The Chandler Unified School District governing board opposes the proposed budget legislation. We urge the Governor and the Arizona legislature to reconsider these proposals, which we strongly believe will be harmful to our education system, students, parents and district staff. We request that our schools be properly funded and we reject any measures that reduce local community control of our schools.
     
    The Chandler Unified School District governing board also urges district parents, staff and community members to contact their Legislators and the Governor and ask them to properly fund the district and to reject measures that reduce local community control of their school district.
      
    As discussed, approved and signed this 25th day of February 2015.
     
    Karen M. McGee, President
    David Evans, Vice President
    Annette Auxier, Member
    Barb Mozdzen, Member
    Robert J.C. Rice, Member
     
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  • Annette and Dr. Gary Auxier
     
    Board to Vote on School Name
     
    The Governing Board is scheduled Wednesday night to vote to name the district’s newest elementary school in honor of Dr. Gary and Annette Auxier, Governing Board member. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

    Annette and Gary are the embodiment of civic mindedness. Gary is a highly respected pediatrician. He has provided service and care for our uninsured and underinsured students at the Chandler CARE Center since 1999. In addition to sick visits, he provides sports physicals for CUSD student athletes and well-child preventive care.

    Annette was appointed to the Chandler School District Governing Board in 1998. The first time the public voted her into office was in November 1998 and, in an affirmation of their approval of the work she has done, Annette has been re-elected four additional times. She is the longest tenured board member in Chandler Unified history, now serving her 17th year. Her leadership has helped assure that CUSD prospered through a decade of hyper growth, but more importantly, was well positioned to sustain the massive budget cuts that marred public school districts in Arizona.

    Pictured on the cover Dr. Gary and Annette Auxier at the CARE Center groundbreaking in 2009. Click here to read the resolution.
     
     
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  • Two CUSD Students Advance to the State Spelling Bee
     
    Marcus Behling Marcus Behling, an eighth grader at ACP-Erie, won the Regional Spelling Bee last week, besting 35 competitors from Chandler, Gilbert, Higley and Queen Creek. He advances to the State Spelling Bee to be held and televised live on PBS at 1 p.m. March 21. The winning word was “frigorific.”

    Isha Paode
    Isha Paode, an eighth grader at Willis Junior High was runner up. She also advances to the State Spelling Bee.
     
     
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  • Proposed legislation causes concern
     
    Dr. Casteel's Letter There are two issues we want you to be aware of that could be critically important to the families of 43,000 CUSD students.
      
    First: Budget - Governor Ducey’s proposed budget purports to increase funding to the classroom by five percent. Many have naturally assumed he was increasing the funds available for teachers and classrooms. Does that mean more funds will go to classrooms? No, it does not.  The proposed budget does not add funding. Instead, it actually cuts $113 million across the state from what is called “district additional assistance” funds. These funds pay for school nurses, bus drivers, mechanics, principals, cafeteria workers, crossing guards, secretaries, air conditioning/heating technicians and custodians.
      
    If the Governor’s proposed budget is approved, Chandler will have to cut approximately $6 million.
     
    Second: Calendar - In addition, there is an Arizona House Bill (HB 2303) that would mandate the school year could not start prior to September 2 and must end before June 30.  CUSD surveyed our community in 2013 and found that 94% of our parents like our year-round calendar. Our calendar also enables us to complete a semester of high school prior to the winter break, instead of students returning after two weeks off to resume the semester.
      
    We believe that cost savings related to starting school after Labor Day are overestimated. The days of closing schools for the summer are long over. We run programs year-round and execute our heavy maintenance during the summer. Plus, with technology investment, we can’t shut off or turn up temperatures to extreme heats. Most importantly, our calendar is reflective of our community’s collective input. We believe that these types of decisions are best made at the local level. 

    We encourage you to contact your state lawmakers and ask them to support our students. Make your voice heard on these important issues. Their contact information can be found at www.cusd80.com/budget. 

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  • Chandler High Boys Soccer Team
    Chandler High Wins State Soccer Title
     
    Chandler High won its first-ever Division I boys soccer state championship Saturday night at Campo Verde High, defeating Sandra Day O’Connor, 3-2. The Wolves entered the tournament as the No. 7 seed and beat four opponents, including an upset win over Brophy Thursday night in the semifinals.
     
     
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  • Dr. Camille Casteel
    Message from the Superintendent Regarding Measles:
     
    As you may have heard, measles has been reported in Maricopa County. Superintendent Dr. Camille Casteel takes an opportunity to provide families with some helpful information in hopes of limiting its spread in our community. To read Camille’s full letter click here.
     
     
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  • Eighth Grader Wins Spelling Bee
     
    Marcus Behling, an eighth grader at ACP-Erie, on Friday outlasted 35 competitors to win the Chandler Unified School District spelling bee at Perry High School. Behling correctly spelled the word “Pronounceable” in the 13th round to win for the second year in a row. Behling, Andrew Trias of Santan Elementary and Isha Paode of Willis Junior High battled for two rounds before Behling correctly spelled “monologist” in the 12th round to separate himself and go on to spell the winning word.

    Behling, Trias and Paode advance to the Maricopa County Region 6 spelling bee to be held at 9:30 a.m. February 19 in Higley. Also qualifying for the regional bee, in order of finish: Pricilla Rios, Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary; Vinayak Athavale, Jacobson Elementary; Gavin Vogt, Bogle Junior High; Blake Enwiller, Hancock Elementary; Kristin Myer, CTA Goodman; and Julia Shumway, Haley Elementary.
     
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  • The CUSD administration and Governing Board presented the annual “state of the district” message to community leaders on January 28 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. To see the video presentation visit www.cusd80.com/annualreport.

    Contact Community Relations at 812-7650 or by email for a copy of the printed annual report.
     
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    The Governing Board voted unanimously on Wednesday night to dedicate its newest secondary school in honor of Camille, officially welcoming the Dr. Camille Casteel High Colts to the CUSD family.
     
     
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  •  Governing Board
     
    Board Elects New Officers
     
    The Governing Board on Wednesday elected Karen McGee (upper middle) president and David Evans (lower left) vice president for 2015.

    Karen was appointed to the Governing Board in July 2010, elected to a two-year term in November 2010 and re-elected to a four-year term in 2012. David was originally elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2008 and 2012. Both of their terms expire December 2016.
     
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  • New Schools
     
    CUSD will be opening two new schools on Power Road in Queen Creek in July 2015. An elementary school will open at Power and Brooks Farm, while a 7-12 secondary school on the northeast corner of Power and Riggs Roads. More information about these schools can be found on the website.
     
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