Meet the teacher: Corey Rislund finds QCUSD through job fair

Name: Corey Rislund School: Francis Brandon Pickett Elementary Why you chose to work in the district: Funny story, I never thought of working in Queen Creek until I randomly saw something about the job fair during my last semester of student teaching. I decided to go and as soon as I walked in to the […]

Combs Middle School students take top spot in aerospace challenge

Combs Middle School students tied for first in the Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge, earning them a spot in another competition. Team Black Holes competed in the Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge, an extracurricular STEM program for junior high school students in Arizona, according to a press release. Students are challenged to create a scale […]

Silver Valley Elementary selected as name of Cadence at Gateway school

Silver Valley Elementary has been selected as the official name of Elementary School No. 7  in the Cadence at Gateway community near Ellsworth and Ray roads. The Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics-focused pre-Kindergarten through sixth-grade school in the Queen Creek Unified School District opens in July. Students for Silver Valley Elementary can be registered […]

Ranch Elementary students learn by practicing how to count money

Second-grade students at Ranch Elementary School, 43521 N. Kenworthy Road in San Tan Valley, have been learning about money, including its value and how to count it. “School is super engaging for our second-grade students at Ranch Elementary,” Principal Sue Kruse said in a release. “Presently, they are learning real-life applications of counting money, spending […]

Nelson, Glonek, Aguirre top Queen Creek school district spellers

More than 20 Queen Creek Unified School District students competed Jan. 17 in the district spelling bee at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center. The winners are: Claire Nelson, fifth grade (Gateway Polytechnic Academy). Sage Glonek, seventh grade (Queen Creek Middle School). Elijah Aguirre, eighth grade (Newell Barney Middle School). Each school held individual spelling […]

Ellsworth Elementary students tour ABC15 studios

The Ellsworth Elementary School Video Club toured ABC15 Tuesday, Jan. 15 in Phoenix. The video club consists of 17 students with Ms. Lora Rael the librarian and Mrs. Suzana Battaglia, a technology teacher, facilitating the event, according to a press release. Ray Telles, a photojournalist, took students to the set of “Sonoran Living Live,” where […]

Newell Barney Middle School named AVID national demonstration school

Newell Barney Middle School in the Queen Creek Unified School District on Jan. 22 was named an AVID national demonstration school. Advancement via Individual Determination is a college-readiness system that aims to incorporate best-practice teaching strategies for teachers and students. Of the 180 AVID sites in Arizona, Newell Barney is one of just three middle […]

U.S. Air Force veteran, 98, visits American Leadership Academy Queen Creek High School

“Attitude, gratitude and service before self.” That was the message that Col. Gail Halvorsen, 98, gave to students of American Leadership Academy Queen Creek High School on Jan. 18. The 32-year U.S. Air Force veteran, who got his “Berlin Candy Bomber” nickname by dropping candy from his plane to children during the 1948-49 Berlin Airlift, […]

Combs Traditional Academy to participate in Biztown in Tempe

Fifth grade students at Combs Traditional Academy, 37327 N. Gantzel Road in San Tan Valley, will be participating in the Junior Achievement’s BizTown in Tempe on March 29. BizTown curriculum provides students with both class learning, as well as a visit to the BizTown simulation, according to a press release. Students will be learning about […]

Phi Theta Kappa to conduct blood drive at CAC Signal Peak campus

Central Arizona College will have a blood drive Thursday, Jan.31, at the Signal Peak campus, 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge. The event, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, will begin at 10 a.m. and run until 2 p.m. A bloodmobile will be located in the visitor lot. As a thank you for giving blood, a voucher […]