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July 16 - August 5, 2011 www.SanTanSun.com CUSD ready to welcome back students by Ann N. Videan, APR


Families jump back in the swing of school schedules once more starting July 25. To help the SanTan Sun community study up on school updates before that fi rst bell rings, Chandler Unifi ed School District Public Information Offi cer Terry Locke covers some homeroom notes, setting expectations for the 2011-12 school year.


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BACK TO SCHOOL: A number of changes are in store for Chandler Unified School District schools as the session begins July 25.


Enrollment


“Chandler schools are approaching build out,” Locke says. “We may grow by a few hundred students, depending on walk-up enrollment at the start of school year, but gone are the days of annual growth of 1,000 to 1,500 students.” Enrollment was approximately 39,000 students in 2010-11, according to Locke.


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Back to school is in the air, and while most parents are focused on their children’s academic progress, attention should also be paid to the health of returning students, says Dr. Sonal Shah of Sunrise Pediatrics. “Arizona heat can be dangerous,” says the Chandler resident, explaining that sending children to school in triple-digit temperatures requires care on the part of parents.


“Outdoor activity in the hot sun should be interrupted by frequent breaks in a shaded area. Make sure you provide enough drinking water to your child, and let coaches know that you expect your child to have easy access to water. If outdoor activity is planned, sunscreen is a must, and it’s best to put it on before the child leaves home.”


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KID DOC: Dr. Sonal Shah of Sunrise Pediatrics encourages parents to pay attention to their children’s health as school goes back into session.


High temperatures, intense activity and limited access to water are the biggest risk factors for heat injury, says Shah, and symptoms include muscle cramps, fainting spells, tingling and spasms in the


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His comments provide insight into district enrollment, budget management, staffing, technology updates and administrative and school reallocations.


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WET ‘N WILD: Weekday swimming at Chandler’s Hamilton Aquatic Center, shown, and Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center ends July 24, with free swimming at Hamilton from 6 to 8 p.m. Tue., July 19 and Family Night for $1 from 6 to 8 p.m. Thu., July 21. Post-season hours go back to weekends only starting July 30. Swim from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday at West Chandler Aquatic Center through Aug. 7, when post-season hours kick in. For details, go to www.chandleraz.gov, click on Residents, Park & Recreation and Aquatics.


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Family fuels race car driver’s engine


by Alison Stanton


When it comes time for 9-year-old Connor and 4-year-old Aubrey Robison’s career day at school, dad Austin Robison may just win the prize for coolest parent. For nearly 20 years, Robison, who lives in Sun Groves with his kids and wife, Tasha, has been a successful racecar driver and instructor.


As a child Robison enjoyed competitive


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FAST: Racecar driver Austin Robison of Sun Groves has been driving fast cars for about 18 years.


skiing, then switched to his “second dream” in his late teens and started racing cars.


“It is really the competitive part of both sports that I love,” he says. “One neat thing in the racing environment is that you are driving at the limit of the vehicle, and you are almost controlling something that is out of control. I like that feeling.”


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