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34 June 2 - 15, 2012


BASIS Schools come out on top


In two different national high school


rankings, BASIS Schools, with a location in Chandler, have come out on top. BASIS Tucson has been named the


most challenging high school in the country in The Washington Post’s second annual ranking of America’s high schools. Eligible for ranking for the first time this year, BASIS Scottsdale debuted fifth on the same list. The ranking is based on the newspaper’s “Challenge Index,” which measures the number of college-level tests given at a school in 2011 divided by the number of graduates that year. Additionally, BASIS Tucson and BASIS


Scottsdale earned positions in the top five of Newsweek’s list of America’s best high schools. In that list, BASIS Scottsdale ranked third and BASIS Tucson ranked fifth. Newsweek’s rankings are based on a combination of factors, including graduation rates, college matriculation rates, college-level exams taken per student, average college- entrance exam scores and more. BASIS currently operates six open-


enrollment, tuition-free public charter schools in Arizona, with plans to open two additional Arizona schools and a Washington, DC, school in 2012. BASIS Chandler is at 1800 E. Chandler


Blvd. in Chandler. For more information, visit www.basisschools.org.


Youth SERVING UP VICTORY


www.SanTanSun.com


CHANDLER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT July 23: First day of school


Save the dates – Meet Basha’s new principal, Joel Knorr, at Meet the Teacher Night from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thu., July 19. —Kevin Rolfe


Basha Bobcats


What’s happening – Carlson’s administrative team is hoping to move in to the new building by Fri., June 15. All incoming kindergartners should be scheduled for KIST testing by now. If not, contact Marianne Fairchild at fairchild.marianne@chandler.k12.az.us. Help wanted – Parents interested


Carlson Champions


in volunteering to lead committees, or just help out, are encouraged to contact Carlson’s PTO at CarlsonPTO@yahoo. com for opportunities and information. The school is looking for help with everything from a pancake breakfast and back-to-school bash to spring carnival and student read-a-thon, among other student activities and events. Find us – Carlson PTO’s Facebook


PLAY BALL: The Mustangs are champions of the Chandler YMCA girls’


volleyball competitive league fourth- to sixth-grade division, completing an undefeated championship spring season by winning the recent year-end tournament in a dramatic turnaround from their fall season, in which they won just one game. The Mustangs are sponsored by Dungy Orthopedic Center of Chandler. Left to right, front row: Tea Suan, Amanda Allen, Cameron Harris, Madison Williams and Addison Harris. Left to right, back row: Assistant Coach Jill Pitre, Kiran Chand, Niyanna Pitre, Kaylee Mae Rowlett, Kate Pletka and Head Coach Temple Harris. Submitted photo


page is up and running. Carlson’s website can also be accessed through the CUSD website to find answers to frequently asked questions, see updated photos and get information on volunteering. Fundraiser fun – Carlson’s first


fundraiser is already in full swing. Visit http://givebacktoschools.avery.com, register and vote every day for Carlson Elementary. Top vote-getting schools get 25,000 Box Tops for Education,


New Vistas School


Arizona Top 10


www.NewVistasAZ.com 480-963-2313


670 N. Arizona Ave., Suite 35 Chandler, AZ 85225


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