Chandler High Wolf Bytes
School of Champions
Stephanie Likes, Chandler High School’s Theater Teacher, was honored by the Disney Performing Arts Department at An Educators Summit--Inspiring Brilliance last week. Ms. Likes was recognized in part because of her past professional experience as a lead performer over five years at Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland and on the Disney Magic Cruise Ship. After that she spent two years performing in Les Miserables on tour and on Broadway. She continues to perform in television, commercials, film, voice over and stage. In her first year as theater teacher/director at CHS, her students won acting awards from National Youth Arts for actors in The Crucible and Seussical the Musical. Last spring NYA also awarded the cast of Seussical the Musical the “Outstanding Ensemble” award. Congratulations, Ms. Likes!
chs foreign language department
Mrs. Sara Wyffels, CHS Spanish Teacher, has been selected by the AZ-IB Schools organization (AZIBS) as the 2015 Arizona IB Diploma Teacher of the Year! She will receive her award at the quarterly AZIBS meeting in September. AZIBS considers several criteria when choosing a teacher for this reward such as distinguished teacher performance, fidelity to IB principles and practices and serving as a mentor and supporter to other IB teachers. Congratulations to Sra. Wyffels!
CHS Club Fair
Students participated in the 2015 Club Fair last Thursday. Over 35 clubs were represented and had info to share with prospective members. Clubs ranged from Robotics, Digital Printing, Habitat for Humanity, CHS Buddies, Scholarship, DECA, Teen Court, Chess, Hip Hop, Step Team and more. CHS has a club for everybody!
LINK CREW @ SAN MARCOS ELEMENTARY
On Wednesday, August 12th, eight Link Crew Leaders and their sponsor, Mr. Gray, trained San Marcos Elementary’s 2nd-6th grade student Ambassadors. These Ambassadors will be implementing a program at San Marcos to help welcome new students to their school. San Marcos students enjoyed working with the older students and received lots of great tips from CHS Link Leaders.
DECA HOSTS LUNCHTIME TAILGATE
DECA, a club that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for college and careers, encouraged Wolf spirit by hosting a lunchtime tailgate party last Friday. Students enjoyed an awesome meal, great music, basketball, and VIP seats in the shade.
CUSD BOND FACTS: DID YOU KNOW?
1 - Why does the district sell bonds to to meet its capital needs?
During the great recession, the State cut virtually all capital funds provided to build/renovate schools. In 2008 the district received $25,000,000 in capital funding. Effective in 2009 to present, the district has received no funding to build/renovate schools.
2 - Why does the District sell bonds to renovate facilities?
We have an obligation to maintain the community’s investments in our buildings and grounds. Wear and tear is extraordinary; imagine 500 students using your bathroom, once a day or more, 180 days a school year for 20 years. We try to renovate restrooms every 20 years!
For additional information, visit the district website.
Following the 2012 elections, Arizona ranked 45th in the nation for voter turnout. To combat this startling statistic, O’Connor House, the legacy project of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, has launched a new voter engagement initiative, The Great Voter Challenge. Register to vote here.
“Roughly half of Arizona voters actually vote and that’s frightening. I hope that we can encourage every citizen to register and vote. It’s so important, and Arizona can do better on that score.” - Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
In order to vote in the November election, you must register by October 5, 2015. Ballots will be mailed on October 8, 2015. Election Day is November 3, 2015.
career center news
COLLEGE PRESENTATIONS: Sign up in the Career Center
· Grand Canyon University- Wednesday, 8/26 @ 8:30am
· Savannah College of Art and Design- Thursday, 8/27 @ 10:00am
· Arizona State University- Wednesday, 9/2 @ 8:30am
· Duke University- Tuesday, 9/15 @ 7:00pm (Regional Presentation at Desert Vista H.S.)
· Northern Arizona University- Wednesday, 9/16 @ 8:30am
· Vanderbilt University- Monday, 9/21 @ 10:00am
New presentations are added daily. Visit the Career Center website to access the Career Center Calendar and other valuable info.
COLLEGE FAIRS AND SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATIONS: See the Career Center Calendar or Mrs. Thoren for additional info.
· CUSD College Fair- Monday, 9/21 from 5:45pm-8:00pm at the CCA
· National College Fair- Sunday, 9/27 @11:00am at the Phoenix Convention Center