Santan Quarterly Report

Q4 2019

Keep Calm & Storm On!


Dear Santan Junior High Families,

As the year comes to a close, I would like to express my gratitude to all the Santan families for a wonderful year. It has been an honor and pleasure to work with your children and the staff here each day. The Santan community is a special group of families, staff members and children who truly make it a joy to come to work each and every day. I wish for you a safe and fun-loving summer.

May brought us many exciting events! This newsletter will showcase some of the exciting events that took place over our fourth quarter. Students celebrated their two years at Santan, they were involved in plays, sports, performances, and dances. Academics are paramount at Santan, but having fun at school is important, too!

On behalf of the staff and administration at SJHS, enjoy your summer! We will see our new 7th and new 8th graders on July 18th for Stormin’ Day to pick up your schedules and other important information.

Educationally yours,

Barbara J. Kowalinski, Principal



Our incredible Boosters raised $12,000 towards a COW and will present a check to Mrs. Kowalinski on Thursday, May 30. YA HOO! Go Boosters, they have been fabulous! Because of our generous parent donations and the hard work of our Boosters we are able to buy another COW for our school.



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Student of the Month

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Congratulations to April's Student of the Month winners!

Brady Ballou

Aaron Clark

Melanie Huffman

Jordan Payne

Garrett Spalding

Jules Thompson

Cooper Somora


Santan Junior High - CONGRATULATIONS to all 4th quarter teams for a great season!

The Santan 7th grade girls' soccer team played in the EVC Championship game Monday, May 20th at Casteel HS. Entering the game, our Storm had a record of 10-2, having already lost to Sossoman MS and to Casteel. This time, to get to this title game, the Storm defeated a tough Sossoman team last Wednesday, May 15th on double OT and Penalty Kicks, 4-3!

Our girls lost to a very physically demanding Casteel team earlier in the year 0-3 and this time we gave everything only to lose the title game; this time 0-2, including a controversial penalty kick. We are all VERY proud of our girls who outscored our opponents 74-12! We wish everyone all the best in 8th grade and high school. Go Storm!!

Congratulations to all of our athletes and Coach Coombs for a season well played!



4th Place 4x100 Meter Relay Winners

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Track and Field

EVC Track and Field Championships were held at Basha High School on May 16th.


Individual EVC winners:

Josh Shunk 5th in 200m

Riley Williams 6th in 200m

Pranav Velu 5th in 400m

Sage Patzer 6th in 1600m

Jaiah Marley 4th in 75m Hurdles

Ella Adams 6th in High Jump

Brock Ford 6th in Shot Put

Laurence Nabboud, Riley Williams, Josh Shunk and Brock Ford 5th 4x400m Relay

Isabella Clapp, Mackenna Schultz, Makayla Scruggs and Sage Patzer 4th 4X400m Relay

Presley Masters, Makayla Scruggs, Ellie Barker and Alex Kessler 4th 4x100m Relay -

Their 4th place time ran at EVC Championships 53.66 makes them second best of all-time at SJHS!

Character Count Recipients

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The Character Counts breakfast was on Wed. May 22nd. One boy and one girl were selected from each team. These students were selected based on the following character traits: Citizenship, Fairness and Trustworthiness. Congratulations to our Character Award Recipients!

  • 7A Isabella Clapp and Logan Sherman
  • 7B Ella Fry and Michael Hogan
  • 7C Axl Lossing and Julia Poates
  • 7D Michael Catone and Jacquelyn Conover
  • 7/8A Larry Smith (8th) and Maya Simmons (7th)
  • 7/8E Chloe Wood (8th) and Brandon Crites (7th)
  • 8A Dalton Yu and Sage Peregrin
  • 8B Phoenix Wells and Vanessa Navarette
  • 8C Addison Hart and Hayden Darst
  • 8D Hallie Trias and Lucas Vachek


  • Alvi Mendez


  • Kristina Sullivan
  • Hayden Darst


  • Aaron Clark
  • Cooper Somora
  • Vanessa Navarrete


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Mrs. Olson's class designed plaques for staff members. We are so proud of how they turned out! SO AMAZING!

Unified Basketball Team

Unified Basketball Tournament May 8th

So proud of this Unified Team!! They displayed great sportsmanship, worked hard, never gave up and played as a TEAM, helping each other succeed and score several baskets each. Go Storm!!

Congratulations to Ms. Alysa Olson!

Grant Recipient

Alysa Olson is the recipient of another SRP Robotics Grant for $5000.00. This is her 4th year in a row to earn this grant for a total of $20,000! We are so proud of her. Way to go, Alysa!

Alysa Olson … you are on a roll! She wrote a district restorative grant for a complete make over for her lab and guess what? SHE GOT IT!


Congratulations to Ms. Donna Gustafson!

Grant Winner

CONGRATULATIONS to Donna Gustafson …. For winning the following grant! PLUS 150 tickets to the Dback game!

"I want to personally congratulate you, on behalf of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Breyer Law Group, and your school program for being a winning recipient of a $2,500 grant for your amazing idea submitted in the Game Changers application program! Congratulations! You were selected among many applicants as one of the best, and we cannot wait to see how these funds help in completing these great initiatives."

WAY to go Donna Gustafson!! So proud of you!

Congratulations to Ms. Kathy Mejia!

Sun Lakes Rotary's Teacher of the Month for April

Congratulations Kathy Mejia!!

The Sun Lakes Rotary last week honored Kathleen Mejia from Santan Junior High as teacher of the month for April. She received a framed certificate, a $100 personal award from the Sun Lakes Rotary and an additional $100 from Trust Bank to be used in her classroom.

We are so proud of you plus you are so deserving of this honor. Congratulations!!

NJHS Volunteers at Feed My Starving Children

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Thank you NJHS for all your volunteer hours this year!


Spring Fling

Friday, May 3rd, 2019, saw Santan Junior High ADPTS host its annual Spring Fling Dance for all the junior high and high school self contained classrooms in the district. Guests were welcomed by our cheer team and led into a springtime utopia in our beautifully decorated gymnasium. It was an amazing event, complete with jammin' tunes, a photo booth, face painting, an art and craft table, and tons of goodies and treats for all the attendees! Students were able to dance to their favorite music and show off their moves while joining in dance classics such as conga lines, the limbo, and the electric slide!

Thanks go to everyone who worked so hard to make this event the best one yet. Special mention goes out to Venezia's Pizzeria, who donated delicious pizza to all of the students, teachers, and staff that helped transform the gym into spring time bliss, Goof Booth for their generosity of the photo booth, Ms Celestino and her talented artists for face painting and Mr. Anderson for being the best DJ ever. Finally, a special thank you to SJH's principal, Mrs. Kowalinski, all of the teachers and admin that volunteered their time and materials, and also to all of the amazing students and Storming Buddies that donated items, their time, and their enthusiasm to help make this year's Spring Fling Dance a success!!!


Our Math Club had a great time at the EVC Mathletic Competition in April. Our 8th grade team placed second on the collaborative project, and Nolan placed third individually in the Buccaneer round.


Santan Jr High Talent Show

Talent Show April 24th

Santan Talent show was a success! So many excellent singers, actors, dancers, gymnasts, and musicians! Thank you to the wonderful crowd who came out to support our talented students.

We have some truly gifted students led by the most amazing fine arts staff in the world! Thank you Mrs. Zimpfer, Umbrianna, and Jones for all your hard work to coordinate such an entertaining evening. There were so many smiles and proud parents. Everyone was just in awe in how successful this night was.

Santan Jr High Drumline

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Santan Jr High is pleased to announce that our indoor drumline capped off their undefeated season with a first place finish at WGAZ championships on March 30. This makes our Santan Indoor Drumline State Champions!

Congratulations to our drumline students and Mr Hancock!

2019-2020 AVID

In looking to the next school year, please know we will be downsizing our AVID program to include just the 8th grade. The following year we will not be offering AVID at Santan Junior. Our two main feeder high schools (Basha and Perry), no longer have an AVID program to offer students. We will however continue to teach and support all of our students school wide using proven AVID teaching and Executive Function strategies in our content classes. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our AVID Administrator, Assistant Principal Mary Ann Rezzonico 480-883-4616


Tryouts for Girls Volleyball, Boys Baseball and Flag Football start July 29.

For updated tryout times and dates, see the calendar on the Santan website.

Athletic Requirements for TRYOUTS:

  1. Athletes must have a sports physical from a physician on the correct AIA forms dated after March 1, 2019.
  2. Register your Athlete on and sign up for a sport. Once this process is complete, your Athlete will be placed on the Tryout Roster.

REGISTER MY ATHLETE (Athletic Clearance)

In an effort to streamline the Athletic Clearance process, Chandler Unified School District is going paperless. Please follow the link to the Santan Athletic website for details on how to Register your Athlete for a sport for the 2019/2020 school year.

You can also go directly onto the website to register your Athlete.

Upcoming Dates to remember...

  • July 18 - STORMIN' DAY - 7th grade - 1 to 3 pm/8th grade - 3 to 5 pm
  • July 23 - First Day of School
  • July 24-26 Cheer Tryouts
  • July 24 - Welcome Assembly
  • July 26 - Welcome Dance
  • July 29 - Sports tryouts begin
  • July 30 - Fall Picture Day
  • Aug. 6 - Curriculum Night (5:30 to 7:00 pm)
  • Aug. 20 - Early Release 10:40 am for At Risk Conferences
  • Sept. 4 - Picture Retakes
  • Sept. 27 - Spirit Assembly/Last day of 1st quarter
  • FALL INTERCESSION Sept. 30-Oct.14
  • 2nd Quarter begins/Students return Oct. 15


The Stormin’ Scholar award is the highest academic award that a

student at Santan Junior High can receive. In order to qualify as a

Stormin’ Scholar, a student must receive “A’s” in every class for the

first three quarters of the school year. These students are honored

at a special banquet in April. Work hard and set your goals high

and you, too, can become a Stormin’ Scholar!

Health Office News

All medications must be brought in by the parents directly to a school official.

Acetaminophen (non-aspirin) is stocked by the health office. All medications must be

in the original containers with all warnings and directions intact.

No medication in envelopes, foil or baggies will be administered. Medications will not

be sent home with a student.

In order to minimize the possibility of an accidental drug overdose, non-prescription

medications will not be dispensed during the first and last hours of the school day.

If a child participates in after school sports or other after school activity, the parent will

be called before administering the medication.

Non-prescription medication will be given in a dosage weight and/or age appropriate

as indicated on medication packaging.

Tylenol can not be given out before 10:00 a.m. and after 3:00 p.m.

Please remember to turn in your students EMERGENCY CARD


The dress code is actively enforced at Santan Junior High School. Throughout the year, teachers will be reviewing appropriate dress with all students.


Attendance Line

Please call the attendance line directly to excuse your students absence/tardy. (480) 883-4603 This line is available 24 hrs a day!
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Santan Junior High School Phone Contacts

Attendance Line 480-883-4603 (use this # to call in your student's absence or tardy)

Office 480-883-4600

Registrar 480-883-4631

Student Services 480-883-4610

Café 480-883-4604

Santan Junior High School

Barbara Kowalinski - Principal

Mary Ann Rezzonico - Assistant Principal

Hugo Garcia - Assistant Principal/Athletic Director