Meet the Teacher: Ellie Hardt loves kids, has 6 of her own

Name: Ellie Hardt School: Queen Creek Unified School District Community Education Coordinator Why you chose to work in the district: I chose to work for QCUSD because I have seen what great opportunities the district provides not only for their students but for their staff as well. There is room to grow and learn within […]

First senior class takes field for Casteel, jumps to 5A

While there wasn’t much change concerning the team’s roster, the Casteel High School football team still went through a summer of change. Casteel is a 7-12 grade school that opened in 2015 and until this year, had not had a senior class. As a result, the school didn’t play varsity until 2016 where a group […]

Queen Creek library gives teens chances to help others, earn service hours

Area youths eager to give back to the community, earn hours toward scholarship requirements or shape the future of programs offered locally can look no further than Queen Creek Library. The local branch of Maricopa County Library District provides younger residents — those ages 12-18 — a wealth of free opportunities such as membership in […]

Meet the Vice Principal: Scott Sheldon sees caring JO Combs community

Name: Scott Sheldon School: J.O. Combs High School Why you chose to work in the district: I wanted to be part of a school district that works to provide for the needs of their students and staff. The district has demonstrated time and again the personal touch of caring about the school community. What I […]

New Queen Creek high school at Ellsworth and Ray to be named Eastmark

Queen Creek Unified School District now has a second high school, which is to be named Eastmark High School. Per QCUSD policy, a committee made up of district staff, students, parents and community members provided name options to the governing board. Board members approved the name during the Aug. 7 school board meeting, according to […]

QC Cambridge Academy has small classes to focus on each student

The Cambridge Academy, Queen Creek campus that opened in 2011 offers small classes to focus on each student. The charter school has grades PreK-8, according to a press release, describing the school’s atmosphere. In addition to small class sizes, five “specials” a week are designed for grades PreK-4 and a number of electives for middle […]

Meet the new principal: Chris Farabee joins Combs High

Name: Chris Farabee School: Combs HS Why you chose to work in the district: I wanted to work at an A+ school in a growing and supportive community. What I like most about what I do: I love providing a comprehensive school environment for all students to find an area to be successful in and […]

First Things First suggests ways to link technology and toddlers

For families of babies, toddlers and preschoolers, saying no screen time is easier said than done. Technology isn’t going away, and neither is the desire to make sure that kids are prepared for a world filled with computers at every turn. “A great alternative to media use that is non-engaging, such as a child sitting […]

Queen Creek district approves purchase of land for seventh elementary school

A 15-acre site in Cadence at Gateway phases 2-3 in Mesa is to be purchased for a new Queen Creek Unified School District elementary school, the governing board decided recently. The property for the district’s seventh elementary school is generally southeast of Ray and Ellsworth roads. “The district is paying nothing for the land for […]

Slow down while driving, avoid distractions as school starts, MCSO says

Many schools start next week and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office District 6 – Queen Creek reminds residents to slow down, avoid distractions and obey posted signage. “Everyone has a role to play in keeping Queen Creek safe, whether you have a child returning to school or you drive in the area of a school,” […]