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Phone: 480-484-6500 | Fax: 480-484-6501
Office Hours: 7:30am - 3:30pm | School Hours: 7:45am - 2:20pm
Gayle Holland, Principal
Amanda Logan, Katie O'Boyle, Clint Bushbaum, & Tom Eubanks, Assistant Principals

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Chaparral Celebrations




Scottsdale Mayor’s Constitution Day Contest

Five SUSD students were recently named grand prize winners in the Scottsdale Mayor’s Constitution Day Contest.  Students from 1st grade through high school compete in 3 divisions by grade level and submit either art or essay entries.

Jeannie Ko from Chaparral High School was the 9th – 12th grade art winner.  Jeannie submitted a piece of art that presented her thoughts on how the Constitution provides safeguards for a democratic republic. 


Honor Health/SUSD/SUSD Foundation/Farley Foundation Biosciences Teacher Initiative

During fall break last week, 10 Scottsdale District teachers took part in an innovative new program designed to support excellence in bioscience education in our classrooms.  The program’s goal is to increase teacher and student motivation for bioscience education, to enhance instructional practice with real-world medical research applications and to increase teacher and student awareness of bioscience education, possible career paths and resources to support their future development.

Chaparral Teachers: Steve Geislinger


Chaparral High School 2016 Rio Olympics swimmer

Chaparral High School junior Taylor Ruck represented the nation of her birth, Canada, in the Olympic Games held last month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Taylor was part of Canada’s bronze medal-winning 4 by 100 women’s freestyle relay team, comprised entirely of first-time Olympians, as well as its 4 by 200 freestyle relay team, which not only set a Canadian national record with a time of 7:45:39, but also won her teammates and her a second bronze medal. 


2016 A+ AEF School of Excellence
Chaparral High School was awarded the A+ AEF School of Excellence in 2016. Read more about the A+ School of Excellence Program, click here.


Top 50 Phoenix Career & Technical Education Programs
In 2016, Chaparral High School EVIT students ranked #25 in the Phoenix Business Journal's top 50 career and technical education programs in the metro Phoenix area, based on 2014 SAT test scores.


FIRST Robotics Competition Success

The Chaparral High School robotics team, team #3019, also competed at the Arizona West Regional Tournament.  The team was awarded the Regional Engineering Inspiration Award.  Besides earning this award at the West Regional Tournament, the Chaparral High School Firebirds received an invitation to compete in the FIRST Robotics Championships in St. Louis, MO April 27-30, 2016.  Congratulations students!



Olympic Swim Team

Taylor Ruck is a sophomore student at Chaparral and a member of the Chaparral Swim Team.  Recently, Taylor became the youngest Arizona Olympian since 1992 when she was named to the Canadian swim team for the Rio Olympics.

Taylor finished second in the 400-meter freestyle and fifth in the 200 free during the Olympic Trials in Toronto.  She competed despite illness during the event.

Taylor was born in Canada, but has lived almost all of her life here in Arizona. 

Success is no stranger to Taylor.  She was part of the Chaparral Girls Swim & Dive Team that won their 2nd Straight Swim & Dive State Championship this fall.  She was voted Swimmer of the Meet winning both her individual events.  Additionally, Taylor broke her own state record at the meet.

We wish Taylor success in the Olympics!


U.S. News World Report Top High Schools - Top 50
In 2016, Chaparral High School was ranked #20 in U.S. News and World Reports Top High Schools in Arizona rankings. Chaparral also earned a silver badge. View the rankings here.


2016 Polly Rosenbaum Writing Contest
Three Chaparral High School students were named winners in the Arizona Educational Foundation’s 2016 Polly Rosenbaum Writing Contest. In the ninth and 10th grade category, Kylie Sherby, took first place and Camden Beal took second.  In the 11th & 12th grade category, Daniel Stenberg,  took second place. For this year’s contest theme, the students were asked to write a creative piece answering the prompt, “What Does it Mean to be Civically Engaged?” Congratulations to Kylie, Camden and Daniel!


2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

  • Shoshana Dubnow, Christina Wang, and Andrea Yang

Since 1923, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards have recognized and celebrated the talent of our nation’s youth.  Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program.  Through the awards, students in grades 7 – 12 receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships. 

The SUSD students standing before you received regional Gold Keys in the 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.  Regional Gold Key work is currently being considered for national recognition in New York.  National Medalists will be announced in mid-March.


Chaparral JV Poms Wins Award

The JV poms team won a national championship over the weekend of January 29th

The 2016 National Dance Team Championship took place January 29th through January 31st at the Walt Disney World Resort® in Orlando, Florida. The NDTC is administered by Universal Dance Association, a division of Varsity Spirit. The NDTC is the only national-level dance team championship that is endorsed by the National Federation of State High School Associations, the national service and administrative organization for high school athletics and fine arts programs in speech, debate, theater and music. Congratulations girls!


Chaparral Spirit Line Wins Award

Over the weekend of January 22nd, the Chaparral Cheer and Poms teams competed in the AIA State Championships. The Chaparral 5 man stunt team came in third, the poms team came in second and the show cheer team came in first. The AIA then combined the scores for the three events to name the state champion. The Chaparral Lady Birds came in on top and are the AIA State Champions. Great job girls!


Arizona State Thespian Festival
The Chaparral High School Theatre attended the Arizona State Thespian Festival and repeated as tech challenge champions for a third year in a row, beating out 43 other teams. The team of Colton Denton, Garret Driscoll, Sara Harpenau and Dakota Oliveira were the students who brought home the “Golden Fresnel,” the event’s traveling trophy.  Chaparral entered four technical events and received superior ratings for each.

Mack Woods earned a superior rating and was selected as critic’s choice for lighting design.  This is the fourth year that a Chaparral technical theatre student has earned this distinction.  Additionally, Jordan Rowley earned a superior rating for sound design. Alex Copp earned a superior rating for stage management and Sara Harpenau earned a superior rating for costume design.

Chaparral also received a superior rating for group musical.  Natalie Karl, Abigail Runyon and Rebecca Steiner were also selected as critic’s choice for their performance.  

The theatre troupe as a whole earned gold honor troupe again this year.


Chaparral Girls Swim and Dive Team
The Chaparral Girls won their 2nd straight Swim and Dive State Championship over second place finisher Desert Vista. The team scored 359 points.  The Firebirds set a meet record for the number of points. Taylor Ruck was voted Swimmer of the Meet for the Girls winning both of her individual events the 200 Free and 500 Free breaking her own State Records from last year and was a part of the 200 Medley Relay State Championship Team swimming Freestyle, and anchoring the winning 400 Free Relay with a new State Record! Currently, Chaparral holds all 3 Relay State Records in the 200 Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay, and 400 Free Relay. Great job girls!


Outstanding Social Studies Teacher 
Chaparral teacher, Twyla Preising, was recognized by the Grand Canyon chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) as Outstanding American History teacher for 2015 - 2016.  This is the second time that Preising was chosen for the award.  Preising has also won the award in Florida from the Jacksonville chapter.  She will now compete in the state competition.  

Additionally, Preising's former students have won the national DAR Christopher Columbus writing contest before.  This year, Preising anticipates that additional students will compete for the award.  Congratulations Twyla!


Arizona Teacher of the Year
Christine Marsh of Chaparral High School was chosen by the Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF) as the 2016 AEF Arizona Teacher of the year.  Christine is an 11th and 12th grade Advanced Placement (AP) English teacher is in her 24th year of teaching at Chaparral High School.  Much of her success can be attributed to her belief in helping students feel valued both inside and outside the classroom.

Marsh received the recognition on November 19, 2015 at the annual Teacher of the Year Awards Luncheon held at the Arizona Biltmore.  More than 600 attendees including Arizona educators, elected officials and business leaders were present.  It was the 33rd consecutive year that the award was presented.

As the AEF Teacher of the Year, Marsh will have the opportunity to meet President Obama, compete for the title of National Teacher of the Year, and attend international space camp in Huntsville, Alabama.  



Perfect SAT Score Earned
Scott Mionis, a Chaparral senior, earned a perfect score of 2400 on his SAT test.  To put the scores in context, recent data from College Board, which administers the SAT, shows that among the Arizona class of 2014, there were 22,624 students who took the SAT.  Of those, 10 students achieved the highest possible score of 2400.

chaparral_bestbuddies.jpg Chaparral High School’s Best Buddies program Recently named the Most Amazing Chapter in Arizona by Best Buddies Arizona. The program aims to foster relationships between students with and without disabilities. Congratulations Chaparral Best Buddies!



Sister Cities Art Contest
The reason for having sister cities is to develop international friendships and understanding with the citizens of other nations. This mission is accomplished by people-to-people interactions which are managed by the Scottsdale Sister Cities Association (SSCA). A heavy focus of SSCA is on the youth of Scottsdale, their education and their increased international “know how”. SUSD and SSCA have a long history of cooperation in this joint student education effort. With the encouragement and active support of SSCA, there exists an International Club at each of our five high schools. Two Chaparral students placed first and second in the Scottsdale Sister Cities Association 27th Annual Young Artists competition. A 16-year-old Chaparral High School junior, Ainsley Holbura, is winner of the Scottsdale Sister Cities Association 27th Annual Young Artists competition with her mixed media piece, "Making Connections." Kate Beeh, also a Chaparral student, was awarded second place for her collage "My World," depicting a honey jar and bees superimposed on a newsprint background.


Chaparral Students Win Ethics Essay Contest
Chaparral High School students Connor Tummond and Aviona Conti received awards from the Better Business Bureau for essays about ethics they each wrote for the Laws of Life Essay Contest. Connor, a junior, wrote “Don’t Take Your Parents for Granted” and sophomore Aviona won for the essay titled “The Importance of Love and Care.”



Four Chaparral Art Students to Have Work Displayed at State Department of Education
The artwork of four Chaparral High School students will be displayed June 23 through 25 at the Arizona State Department of Education during the 2015 Leading Change Conference:  “Lead the Change, Unleash the Greatness.” The artwork of Shayne Meyer, Lauren Edmundson, Hannah Cooper and Abby Akin will be on display during the conference for educators from across Arizona to see. Congratulations, and thank you for representing SUSD well!

chaparral-swim-state-champs.png Chaparral Girls Swim Team State Championship/ Ryan Hoffer/Nate Moore
Congratulations to the Chaparral Girl’s Swimming and Diving team for winning the State Championship. The women went a perfect 7-0 in the regular season. The Girls Swim/Divers also competed in Invitationals during the regular season. They finished placing 1st at the PCDS Eagle Invite, as well as winning the Scottsdale City Meet, which included SUSD schools. At the State Meet, Chaparral produced many State Champions, State Records, and All-American Swimmers and Divers. Many of these fine athletes are here today. On the boys’ side, Ryan Hoffer was also named Swimmer of the Year for his many accomplishments, including his record breaking achievements. Lastly, Coach Nate Moore took home Girls’ Coach of the Year. Congratulations Nate Moore for a fantastic season!

SUSD Celebrates its Newest National Board Certified Teachers
National Board Certification is one of the highest achievements in the teaching profession. Recently, 15 Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) teachers earned this credential by completing the rigorous National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) process and two teachers renewed their credentials. SUSD now has 89 board certified teachers.

The newly certified teachers are: Jackie Switalski Oates, Kiva; Darci Aronson, Redfield; Judy Droz, Cherokee; Jessica Valencia, Hohokam; Robin Wynne, Laguna; Amy Johnson, Saguaro; Casey Boerner, Chaparral; Joe Olney, Chaparral; Ted Anderson, Chaparral; Tom Roxborough, Coronado; Linda Graham, Laguna; Emily Cochran, Hopi; Diana Bode, Hopi; Debbie Hawkins, Laguna; and Jill Schadt, Cherokee. Nancy Rose, Arcadia, and Malcolm Leinwohl, Chaparral, renewed their credentials. They will be recognized at the February 10, 2015 Governing Board meeting.

chaparral uofa.jpg UofA Selects Chaparral for Celebrate Yes Event, Receives Arizona Cup 
The University of Arizona (UofA) selected Chaparral as the only high school in Arizona to host its Celebrate Yes event on November 3rd. At the surprise event, UofA Dean of Students, Dean of Admission, Vice President Dr. Melissa Vito, admissions staff, cheerleaders and UofA mascot Wilbur presented 145 seniors with letters of acceptance. Chaparral students had the highest GPA of all the high school applications. In addition, Principal Gayle Holland was presented with the Arizona Cup. The Arizona Cup was established in 1978 and is awarded annually to the Arizona high school with 30 or more students in the UA’s freshman class who earned the highest GPA at the UA. This year, Chaparral had 75 students and a 3.271 average GPA.
chap theater.png Chaparral Theater Program Named Winner of the 2014 Stage Directions High School Theater Honors Program 
Chaparral High School’s Theater Program was recently the winner of the 2014 Stage Directions High School Theater Honors Program – Best of the Best. Chaparral was one of five high schools nationwide to win this title. According to Stage Directions, Chaparral was chosen because of its dynamic production values, innovative material tackled by fearless young artists and forward-thinking, artistically committed instructors. To read the entire article, please visit http://digitaleditiononline.com/publication/?i=230872 and scroll to page 22. Congratulations to Sandy Flayton, Ed Como and their students!
chap newsweek.png Newsweek Names Chaparral as Top High School 
Newsweek Magazine recently published its 2014 America’s Top High School List. Scottsdale Unified School District is pleased to announce that Chaparral High School is ranked 22nd on the list. According to newsweek.com, Newsweek’s 2014 Rankings highlights schools that do the absolute best job of preparing students for college. This year’s methodology is more stringent than ever with new measures of quality and a higher standard for data. Additionally, low-income students at Chaparral are scoring at or above average on state assessments. To view a complete list of schools that made the list, please visit http://www.newsweek.com/high-schools/americas-top-schools-2014. Congratulations, Chaparral!
Bizjournals.jpg 3 SUSD High Schools Named Among Arizona’s Top 50 High Schools by SAT Score 
Chaparral, Desert Mountain and Saguaro High Schools were named among Arizona’s Top 50 High Schools by SAT scores. According to the Phoenix Business Journal, the statewide ranking is based on 2013 SAT test scores from The College Board, which administers the test nationwide. Chaparral was ranked #17, Desert Mountain #18 and Saguaro #42.

Three SUSD Schools Receive Recognition from US News & World Report 
US World Report & News evaluated more than 19,400 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver, or bronze medals based on state proficiency standards, how well they prepare students for college and other factors. Once again, Arcadia, Chaparral and Desert Mountain high schools earned the Silver Award. The Arizona High School list ranked Chaparral 11th, Desert Mountain 22nd and Arcadia 29th. Nationally, Chaparral ranked #826, Desert Mountain #1,348 and Arcadia #1641. To view the complete Arizona list, please visit http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools.