USDA selects Central Arizona College’s Crystal McKenna for fellowship program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently selected Dr. Crystal McKenna, professor of biology at Central Arizona College, to participate in its E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program. The program offers faculty and staff from Hispanic-Serving Institutions the opportunity to work collaboratively with the USDA to gain insight and understanding of the federal government, according […]

Combs Middle School band students win big in Anaheim

Combs Middle School band students won a number of honors, including the Sweepstakes Award, at the Heritage Festival, which took place recently in Anaheim, Calif. Besides the big prize, the students also brought home three first-place awards for band, jazz band and symphony; three Gold Ratings for jazz, band and choir; and four trophies for […]

Summer provides perfect prep time for kindergartners

Jessica Heartz, who teaches at Ellsworth Elementary School in San Tan Valley, knows that beginning kindergarten is an exciting time for students and parents. She also knows “there is a wide range of academic and social emotional levels we see when students enter kindergarten.” Ms. Heartz recommends introduction to concepts such as counting objects to […]

Queen Creek student-athletes earn all-region recognitions

Azpreps365.com released its all-region recognitions and several Queen Creek High School student-athletes made the cut. Queen Creek plays in 5A’s San Tan Region and had student-athletes from baseball, softball and boys volleyball earn a spot on the list. Senior Kevon Jackson and sophomore Jacob Berry earned first-team all-region honors while senior Colton Cassinelli earned second-team […]

Combs district students prove character counts

The J.O. Combs Unified School District and Banner Ironwood honored students this month as part of the Character Counts Program. The program recognizes one student every month from district schools. “There is a selection process in place where students are recognized for the various pillars of the Character Counts Program, which include responsibility, trustworthiness, citizenship, […]

QCUSD honors longtime employees, retirees at May meeting

The Queen Creek Unified School District Governing Board honored longtime district employees and retirees on Tuesday, May 8. Honored for 15 years of service are: Pilar Crewse Molly Jacobs Catherine Miller Beverly Nichols Marchand Passerby Maria Pinedo Rebecca Thuer Honored for 20 years of service are: Eileen Beverage Carrie Lalama Graciela Perez de Jacquez Christine […]

Meet the Teacher: Newell Barney Middle School’s Kyle Olson

Name: Kyle Olson Age: 37 School: Newell Barney Middle School. Why you chose to work in the district: I love the Queen Creek area and the people I work with. Queen Creek is a great place to live and work as there are so many opportunities in a growing community. What I like most about […]

Simonton students study Grand Canyon up close

Simonton Elementary School fourth-grade students had a grand time earlier this month, according to Chasity Cruz, the school’s principal. The students from the J.O. Combs Unified School District traveled to the Grand Canyon Thursday, May 3. They spent the day working in modules, receiving lessons from park rangers and touring the Grand Canyon. “What a […]

Meet the Teacher: Queen Creek Elementary School’s Heather Raymond

Name: Heather Raymond Age: 46 School: Queen Creek Elementary School. Why you chose to work in the district: I had a great interview with Steven Ray (director of special education) and felt Queen Creek Unified School District was part of a welcoming community that supported and valued its teachers. What I like most about what […]

38 students earn Queen Creek council recognition

The Queen Creek Town Council honored 38 students Wednesday, May 2, at the Star Students ceremony. The event recognized elementary school students who go above and beyond, obey rules and demonstrate good citizenship. Teachers at participating schools nominated students to be recognized during the ceremony. The Town Council recognized the following students: American Leadership Academy […]