Growing up Combs: 51 seniors receive unique distinction on graduation day

Among the 341 beaming seniors walking the stage at Combs High School’s graduation ceremony on May 21 were 51 students who also celebrated another unique accomplishment. These 51 high school seniors are the latest to join a special group of alumni who “Grew Up Combs,” meaning they attended J.O. Combs Unified School District institutions since […]

Dawn Kennaugh new principal at Jack Barnes Elementary

Dawn Kennaugh is the new principal of Jack Barnes Elementary School in the Queen Creek Unified School District. Mrs. Kennaugh’s hiring was approved at the May 14 QCUSD Governing Board meeting. She will take over for Laura Valenciano who is retiring after this school year, according to a release. “Dawn comes highly recommended and has […]

Queen Creek teacher wins Zero Gravity Corp.’s national science competition with help from her students

When Zero Gravity Corp. announced its nationwide “Mission: Microgravity” competition for educators, one Arizona teacher dared to go where few have gone before. With a little ingenuity and assistance from her eighth-grade students, Nancy Foote, Sossaman Middle School’s conceptual physics teacher, was awarded the winner’s title and will be testing a variety of experiments on […]

Free breakfast, lunch for all under 18 offered by Queen Creek school district

The Queen Creek Unified School District’s child nutrition department is offering a summer feeding program starting May 28. All children 18 and under are welcome to eat breakfast and lunch at no charge. The meals will be offered at the Queen Creek Boys and Girls Club, 22557 S. Ellsworth Road. Breakfast will be 7:30-8:30 a.m. […]

Star Students recognized by Queen Creek Town Council

Six local middle and high school students were recognized by the Queen Creek Town Council at the May 15 Star Students ceremony. The Star Students program recognizes students who are helpful and considerate of others while demonstrating good citizenship. Teachers at participating schools nominate students to be recognized during the ceremony, according to a release. […]

Central Arizona College plans live new-student orientations via Blackboard

Central Arizona College students now have a new way to complete new-student orientation via a live session in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. The new online orientations are designed for anyone with questions about navigating the college experience. An orientation team will answer student questions in a live format from multiple campus locations, according to a release. […]

Leading Edge Academy Mountain View Principal Steve Butcher retiring

Steve Butcher, principal at Leading Edge Academy Mountain View, is set to retire at the end of this school year. Mr. Butcher has been the principal at Leading Edge Academy Mountain View, 4815 W. Hunt Highway in Queen Creek, since 2011. Leading Edge Academy will honor Mr. Butcher and thank him for all his years […]

Central Arizona College to host advanced technology academy

Central Arizona College will host the Third Annual Young Advanced Technology Academy for students entering seventh through 10th grades at the Signal Peak Campus, 8470 N. Overfield Road in Coolidge, in June. The academy will engage students in advanced technology such as robotics, manufacturing, welding, hydraulics and construction. Hands on, project-based learning in these areas […]

ALA Queen Creek boys track team wins state, girls finish second

The American Leadership Academy Queen Creek junior high track and field made an impact at the Canyon Athletic Association Division II state championships with the boys team finishing first. Along with the boys team’s state championship, the girls team finished second, finishing nine points behind winner Champion School out of Chandler. The event took place […]

U.S. News & World Report names Higley, Williams Field to 2019 Best Schools list

Both Higley Unified School District high schools — Higley and Williams Field — are in the top 100 of the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools list for Arizona. Each year, U.S. News examines more than 23,000 public high schools in the U.S. and District of Columbia, ranking those based on a […]