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We have a long tradition of outstanding students and staff. Here are the district's previous outstanding achievements.

6-11-19 Outstanding Achievements: Ventana Vista's Odyssey of the Mind Team took 6th place at the World Finals' competition at Michigan State University; Orange Grove science teacher, was recently honored by Tucson Electric Power with a certificate and gift basket for her success at helping students learn about energy and energy conservation

5-14-19 Outstanding Achievements: Both our high school girls and boys tennis teams won state this past weekend; Five CFHS athletes signed a college Letter of Intent as scholar athletes; CFHS sophomore was selected to play on the Maccabi USA Youth Men's Basketball Team for the 14th Pan American Maccabi Games; Canyon View Teacher was recognized on May 8 with the Teacher Excellence Award;

Teams from Orange Grove Middle School and Catalina Foothills High School placed at the Science Olympiad State Championship competition; CFSD string teacher was named the Arizona String Teacher Association's Teacher of the Year; Two CFHS students performed with the Tucson Jazz Institute's Concord Combo at the Monterey Jazz Festival's 49th Next Generation Jazz Festival; CFHS senior and graphic design student won the silver medal at the Skills Advertising Design State Championship; Two CFSD Community Schools staff members were award winners in the category of Community Education Office Staff of the Year at the Arizona Community Education Association's annual conference in April; CFHS classical guitarist, was one of 5 instrumental soloists to perform in the opening concert of the 2019 Arizona All-State Honors Festival of Performance at Northern Arizona University; The Orange Grove chess team took 2nd place in the grades K-6 competition at the Arizona Chess Championship; The district poetry contest award winners for this year's competition were announced.

4-9-19 Outstanding Achievements: The CFHS Chess Team finished 11th in national competition in Illinois; Six CFHS athletes were named 4A All-Conference; Community Schools' Outdoors Program was awarded Program of the Year in the state.

3-12-19 Outstanding Achievements: CVES students were winners at the Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF) competition; Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick awarded CFHS freshman teen who discovered Apple's FaceTime glitch, with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition; CFHS freshman on the high school's varsity chess team, traveled to Cuba as a chess ambassador over Winter Break; The CFHS Change of Pace and Women's Silver Choirs competed at the Jazz/Madrigal Festival at NAU; CFHS wrestler took 3rd place at the State Wrestling Tournament; CFHS student performed with the Tucson Philharmonic Youth Orchestra on February 10. He is the first guitar soloist in the 65-year history of the Orchestra; Pioneer 327, the CFHS FIRST Tech Challenge team, went undefeated in the Duel in the Desert in Glendale, Arizona; The CFHS Pomline earned 2nd place at Pink State in Division 1-3 Varsity Jazz; CFHS Senior was one of 26 winners in the Tucson Festival of Books Young Authors contest; The Arizona Interscholastic Association named several CFHS athletes to the 4A Kino All-Region Teams; Three CFHS musical groups performed at the Southeast Region Music Festival; Three CFHS graphic design students competed in the 11th Annual Tucson Area High School Graphic Design Regional Championships; The CFHS DECA team competed in state competition; Several CFHS Speech and Debate team members competed well at the Southwest Speech and Debate Institute Tournament; The CFHS band program placed the largest number of students of any high school in the all-state band; CFHS Coach and son were named Boys Soccer Coach of the Year and Boys Soccer Player of the Year by All Sports Tucson; The CFHS DECA team members earned several awards in state competition; ECMS 6th grader was one of 24 winners in the Tucson Festival of Books Young Artists contest; CFSD Middle School Orchestra received a Superior with Distinction at the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association's Elementary/Middle School Festival; Several ECMS students were winners at the SARSEF competition; MZES 4th grader was one of 24 winners in the Tucson Festival of Books Young Artists contest; Two MZES Odyssey of the Mind Teams competed in the Southern Regional Odyssey of the Mind Tournament; Several MZES 5th graders were winners at the SARSEF competition; MZES students competed in the South Regional Chess Championships; OGMS 8th grader won several regional awards from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Alliance for Young Artists & Writers; Several SDES students were winners at the SARSEF competition; VVES 3rd grader was one of 26 winners in the Tucson Festival of Books Young Authors contest; Two VVES Odyssey of the Mind teams competed in the Southern Regional Odyssey of the Mind Tournament; Several VVES students were winners at the SARSEF competition.

2-12-19 Outstanding Achievements: CFHS theatre teacher was named Pima JTED's Satellite Legendary Teacher; CFHS Director of Bands was named the 2018 Music Educator of the Year; Sunrise Drive teacher is a newly renewed National Board Certified (NBC) Teacher; The CFSD Foundation has announced their 2018-2019 Teachers of the Year and Distinguished Educators; The 2019 CFSD top speller is Esperero sixth grader; CFHS theatre students earned Superior ratings at the Southern Arizona Festival of Theatre; CFHS technical theatre students won awards at the SAFT Regional Technical Theatre Challenge event; CFHS's First Tech Challenge (FTC) team, Foothills Pioneer 327, participated in the Queen Creek Qualifying tournament; CFSD middle school team excelled at the Arizona FIRST Lego Championships at Arizona State University; The CFHS Academic Decathlon team competed in regionals last month and will advance to state competition; CFHS Soccer team won the regional championship; Two CFHS students, performed in the All-State Jazz Band on January 31; Several CFHS speech and debate students placed at the Wildcat Cup tournament held at the University of Arizona; Four CFHS students have been selected for the University of Arizona's KEYS Internship Program for summer 2019;

1-8-19 Outstanding Achievements: Esperero Canyon Middle School 8th Grade Band was selected to play at the Arizona Music Educators Conference in Mesa, Arizona; Canyon View 5th graders raised and donated 1,440 books to Literacy Connects; Canyon View SAB partnered with CODAC to donate hundreds of gifts, including books, toys and household items, for Tucson families in need through the Adopt-A-Family program; Manzanita packed and donated 440 food totes to families of a local school; Sunrise Drive CARE students made 30 gingerbread houses for children at TMC; The Ventana Vista Student Council led a toy drive to brighten the holidays for patients at Banner Children’s Hospital. Students in Girls on the Run led a pet food drive. VVES Students also partnered with CODAC to support the Adopt-a-Family program; Esperero's National Junior Honor Society collected paper supplies for the Sister Jose Women's Center pantry. Items were collected as a tribute to Hedwig Dennis, CFSD teacher and wife of Bill Dennis, ECMS teacher. The ECMS Student Council collected items for several organizations...The 6th grade collected diapers and baby toiletries for the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona. The 7th grade collected for homeless veterans and the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System, including Harkins Theatre gift cards for patients in the Community Living Center. The 8th grade collected clothing and toys for Casa de los Ninos; Orange Grove's Student Council and SAC led a holiday drive for Youth On Their Own; The High School FFO solicited clothing donations to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. CFHS National Honor Society members donated over 500 hours of work to community service projects during the first semester.

12-11-18 Outstanding Achievements: Five CFSD First Lego League teams will advance to state competition; CFHS sophomore won honorable mention in the Gun Safety Art Competition; CFHS Special Olympians earned medals in recent Special Olympics Bowling competition; CFHS Fall Sports All-Stars have been named; CFHS Boys varsity basketball team won the Dick McConnell Thanksgiving Classic Tournament; CFHS Astronomy Club's Falcon-2 Near Space Probe was successfully launched and recovered on November 14; CFHS Theatre Arts Students won awards at the Technical Challenge;

11-13-18 Outstanding Achievements: Manzanita teacher named Bear Essential News November Teacher of the Month; CFHS Speech & Debate team earned membership into the National
Speech & Debate Association's 100 Club; CFHS Senior had a winning entry in the Economic Concepts Poster Contest; CFHS Boys Cross Country team won first place in Division 1 and 2 at the Titan Invitational in Phoenix; CFHS marching band placed first in each of their two final competitions of the season; CFHS student finished in 2nd Place at the Girls Golf State Championship; CFHS Pomline won first place in Varsity Jazz at the Wild West Classic; CFHS Chess Team won the state champsionship on November 3; CFHS Girls Swim/Dive Team placed second in state competition; CFHS Boys Swim/Dive Team placed 5th overall in state competition; Catalina Foothills High School, Esperero Canyon Middle School, and Canyon View Elementary School choir students were selected by audition and performed in the American Choral Directors Association State Cantaremos Honor Choirs.

10-9-18 Outstanding Achievements: Two CFSD Governing Board members have earned the Arizona School Boards Association's (ASBA) Associate of Boardsmanship Award; Six CFHS seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists; 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP) commended 12 CFHS students; The National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) recognized 6 CFHS students; CFHS 9th grader was the grand prize winner of the 11th Annual Tucson Birthday Stamp Design Contest; Two CFHS seniors have authored and illustrated the book, India: Faith, Facts, and Festivals; CFHS Girls Cross Country Team took 1st place in the Eye of the Tiger Invitational Tournament; Two CFHS students qualified for the Arizona All State Show Choir; CFHS Freshman was awarded a Ben's Bell for his work to create FreshSole; Sunrise Drive students participated in the academic competition sponsored by the University of Arizona Confucius Institute Chinese Language and Culture Day.

06-12-18 Outstanding Achievements: CFHS English teacher receives Teacher Excellence Award; Ventana Vista Odyssey of the Mind team places 19th at the World Finals.

05-08-18 Outstanding Achievements: Several CFSD students won awards at the Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering (SARSEF) Fair 2018; MZES Chess team excelled at the Scholastic State Championships; CFHS Chess Team placed 15th overall in National competition; VVES Odyssey of the Mind team won 2nd place at State and will move onto the World Finals; MZES students who are part of the Tucson Children's Museum OM team, finished 1st place in regional competition and will go to the World Finals; CFHS student, placed as a semifinalist at the 35th Annual National Shakespeare Competition.

04-10-18 Outstanding Achievements: CVES Spelling Bee and Poetry Contest winners; VVES Odyssey of the Mind team won second place in regional competition; OGMS "mathletes" team won the Southern Arizona MATHCOUNTS competition and two students were selected for the All-State Honor Band; CFHS Winterguard came in 1st place at the Mt. View Winterguard Show and CFHS Choir students qualified for the Arizona All State Choir; CFHS Concert Chorale earned "Superior with Distinction"; CFHS DECA team competed at Nationals; CFHS junior, won the Southern Arizona Shakespeare Competition; CFHS Speech & Debate team competed in the state tournament; CFHS student named Region Player of the Year for boys basketball; CFHS student earned First Team All-Region for girls basketball; CFHS's National Signing Day will be April 11; Winners of the CFSD 2018 Poetry Contest announced.

03-13-18 Outstanding Achievements: OGMS sixth grader qualified to compete in 2018 Arizona National Geographic State Bee; ECMS eighth grade basketball team won the state championship; CFHS junior selected for Music for All's 2018 Honor Band of America; CFHS sophomore accepted to National Youth Orchestra of America; CFHS Falcon Band wins Paul Grimes Performance Award; CFHS junior won silver in Math at the Academic Decathlon regional competition; CFHS SkillsUSA Graphics Team took 2nd Place Overall Team Award at the graphic design regional competition; CFHS sophomore took 3rd place in annual Arizona Regional Brain Bee; Two CFHS Girls Soccer team members recognized by the Arizona Interscholastic Association and their coach was named Regional Coach of the Year; CFHS boys soccer player named Regional Offensive Player of the Year; Seventeen CFHS musicians selected to the Arizona All-State Band; Our CFSD Spelling Be winner took second place at the 2018 Pima County Spelling Bee.

02-14-18 Outstanding Achievements: CFSD Spelling Bee Winners; CFHS Tennis coach receives national award; CFHS Pomline competes for charity; CFHS DECA students earned several awards; FIRST Lego League compete in state championship; Two CVES students win music composition award.

12-12-17 Outstanding Achievements: Elementary and Middle School students auditioned and were selected to performed in the American Choral Directors Association State Cantaremos Honor Choirs;

High school coaches and athletes honored for their performance; CFHS Falcons participated in Special Olympics Bowling; Eight CFSD First Lego League teams excel at the First Lego League regional competition.

11-14-17 Outstanding Achievements; CFSD Governing Board members were recently honored for their commitment; Esperero girls cross country team won the Northwest League championship; CFHS student's poster was selected for the cover of the Arizona Council of Economic Education's printed calendar; CFHS's Marching Band was awarded a "Superior" rating; CFHS student placed 2nd at the Division II State Boys Golf Championship; CFHS girls golf team took 5th place at the Division II State Golf Championship; Both the CFHS boys and girls cross country teams finished 6th in state competition; Both the CFHS girls and boys swim and dive teams finished in 2nd place in state competition; CFHS student won first place in both 200 and 500 freestyle.

10-10-17 Outstanding Achievements: CFHS seniors named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists; Several CFHS students earned the Seal of Biliteracy; CFHS graphic design students participated in Memory Project; Sunrise Drive was awarded "Great Team" award at the University of Arizona.

08-08-17 Outstanding Achievements: CFHS Junior was selected as a member of the Governor's Youth Council.

06-13-17 Outstanding Achievements: CFHS Boys tennis team earn fourth straight state Championship; CFHS Girls tennis finished in the top 4 in state; Two CFHS students award Tucson Mensa Society scholarship; Robotics team was named Champion Runner-up at the Legoland FIRST Lego League North American Open; Two Manzanita teams competed in the Odyssey of the Mind World Competition.

5-09-17 Outstanding Achievements: CFSD Poetry Contest Winners Named; CFSD Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting; Program Leader of the Year Named; CFSD Chess Team Wins the Arizona USCF Championship; Special Olympics Track and Field Winners; CFSD Students Collected over 600 Pairs of Shoes for #Kicks4Kids; Freshman Places in World Dancing Championship in Dublin, Ireland; Freshman Selected to Perform at the Arizona All-State Solo/Ensemble Festival; CFSD Student Wins Award from Tucson Chapter of National Charity League; Students Earn Coveted Spot on the 2017 Arizona Intel International Science & Engineering Team; Senior Named Finalist in the National Honor Society Scholarship Program; Student Named a Corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship Winner; Manzanita Math Team Wins Big at the Mathleague.org State Competition

4-11-17 Outstanding Achievements: CFHS Speech & Debate Team Excels at Southwest Tournament; CFHS Model United Nations Club Wins Awards; CFHS Chorus Vocal Musicians Named to Arizona All State Chorus; CFHS Juniors Chosen as Delegates to the American Legion Auxiliary's Boys and Girls State; CFHS Sophomore Nominated to Attend HOBY State Leadership Seminar; CFHS Sophomore Hailed as a Future Entrepreneur; Two CFHS Athletes Win Scholar-Athlete Award; Four Odyssey of the Mind Teams Shine at State Tournament; Two OGMS Teams Earn Spot at the Mayors' Challenge for Economic Education Competition; Several CFSD Students Had Winning 2017 SARSEF Projects; Two CFSD Students Were Published in the Young Author's Competition Anthology of Winners; CFHS and ECMS Science Olympiad Teams Win at State

3-14-17 Outstanding Achievements: CFHS Students Placed in the Top 10 at Photography Competition; CFHS Graphic Design Team Wins 2nd Place Against 6 Other Schools; CFHS Seniors Create The Outpatient Project; The CFHS Change of Pace Choir Received the Highest Rating of "Superior with Distinction" at the NAU Madrigal Jazz Festival; The CFHS Falcon Band was the Winner of the Paul Grimes Music Award; Esperero's Science Olympiad Team Won 1st Place at the Southern Regional Tournament; Orange Grove's Math Counts Team Placed 2nd at the Southern Arizona Chapter Competition; Jillian Smith is the Pima County Spelling Bee Champion

2-14-17 Outstanding Achievements: Announcing Teachers of the Year Kathleen Bowman and Megan Kirts; CFSD Spelling Bee winner is Jillian Smith; FIRST Lego League State Competition yields 3 trophies; Shay Mac Ban elected as the next Arizona Association of Student Councils president; CFSD Student Council earns 3 Awards; Scholars program semifinalists announced; Speech and Debate winners announced; DECA brought home 12 medals at Region 3 DECA Competition

1-10-17 Outstanding Achievements: Math League Team Wins; Two CFHS Students Selected for 55th Annual United States Senate Youth Program; CFHS Speech & Debate Team Defends Title; Governing Board Recognized with the Total Boardsmanship Award.

12-13-16 Outstanding Achievements: CFHS Special Olympics Winners; Successful Fall Sports Season; CFHS Speech and Debate Medalists; FIRST Lego League Move onto State Competition

11-08-16 Outstanding Achievements: High School Swimmer Sets Record; CFHS Speech & Debate Team Excels; National Merit Scholarship Corporation Names Winners; CFHS Band Received the of "Superior with Distinction"

09-13-16 Outstanding Achievements: High School Yearbook Editors Win Three Awards

08-09-16 Outstanding Achievements: 2016 High School Spring Sports All-Stars

06-14-16 Outstanding Achievements: State Math League Competition; Choral Festival; National Merit Scholars; Girls Tennis Champ; Boy's Tennis Team State Champs; Girls Softball State Champs; Youth Leadership Program Participants

05-10-16 Outstanding Achievements: Financial reporting award; Youth Science Camp; National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; CFSD Poetry Contest; Chess Champs; Speech & Debate; Special Olympics; Young Author; Future Health Professionals; Winter Sports; Community Schools

05-06-16 Outstanding Achievements: CFSD Congratulates the 2015-2016 Poetry Contest Winners

04-12-16 Outstanding Achievements: Science Olympiad State Champions; Science and Engineering Project Awards; CFHS Choir Superior Rating; AZ All-Section Athletic Teams; CFHS Speech and Debate Team Wins Trophy; Odyssey of the Mind Competition; Teacher Author Published

03-08-16 Outstanding Achievements: National Merit Scholarship Finalists; CFHS Social Studies Teacher Honor

02-09-16 Outstanding Achievements: Teachers of the Year Named; CFSD Spelling Bee and OG Geography Bee Winners; CFHS Scholars Announced; CFHS Band Selections; CFHS Robotics Award; CFHS Speech and Debate Awards; CFHS DECA Wins Medals

01-12-16 Outstanding Achievements: Teacher of the Month; Lego League Awards; CFHS Chess Champions; CFHS Choir Score Excellent with Distinction and Superior; CFHS Junior Named High Achiever; CFHS All-Stars Announced

12-08-15 Outstanding Achievements: Middle School Teacher Honored; Math Students Win Big; High School Band is Superior; Collegiate Athletics; Special Olympics Winners; Gold Medals in World Tae Kwon Do

11-10-15 Outstanding Achievements: CFHS Speech & Debate team shines; State Fall Athletic Competition Results

10-13-15 Outstanding Achievements: 8 CFHS seniors named 2016 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists; CFHS students win Pima County Vimeo Contest; CFHS student recognized by Ben's Bells; OG cross country team earns 1st place; ECMS teacher recipient of Athletic Hall of Fame

09-08-15 Outstanding Achievements: 177 AP Scholars Named at CFHS; Seven CFHS Students Earn Top CTE Scores

8-11-15 Outstanding Achievements: National Merit Scholarship Winner Announced; AZ Daily Star Names 29 Falcons to All-Star Teams

6-9-15 Outstanding Achievements: SDES Student Wins Tucson Music Teachers Assn. Scholarship Audition; SDES Chess Team Scores Third at State

5-12-15 Outstanding Achievements: CFSD Teacher Wins Coaching Award at FIRST World Championship; Olmsted Selected for ADE World Language Committee

4-14-15 Outstanding Achievements: SARSEF Winners Announced; CFHS Students Qualify for State History Day Competition

3-10-15 Outstanding Achievements: CFHS Students Win Awards in Graphic Design, FFA, Speech & Debate, Soccer; ECMS Students Wins Pima County Spelling Bee

2-10-15 Outstanding Achievements: CFHS Wrestling Team Garners Awards at Sectionals; VEX Robotics team Advances to State

1-13-15 Outstanding Achievements: Community Schools FLL Teams Win State Championship, Innovation & Coach/Mentor Awards; OGMS Musicians Selected for Top Bands

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