Queen Creek Middle School student Dillon National Geographic Society state competition semifinalist

Queen Creek Middle School seventh-grader Matthew Dillon has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of 100 semifinalists eligible to compete in the Arizona State GeoBee. The contest will be held March 29 in Tucson. At the State GeoBee, he will have the opportunity to compete for a spot at the […]

Ranch Elementary students learning to improve reading comprehension

Fifth- and sixth grade-students at Ranch Elementary School in the J.O. Combs School District have been working on improving their reading comprehension while learning about the 12 different types of rainbows. Students used several strategies and techniques to filter and organize information from a nonfiction passage in order to understand and remember what they read, […]

‘Free Little Library’ Eagle Scout project completed by Combs Middle School student Clare

Combs Middle School student Hunter Clare collected more than 1,800 books for his Eagle Scout project, “Free Little Library,” to serve his school community. “The Free Little Library belongs to everyone and the books are always free. The library has been dedicated to honor Hunter’s neighbor who passed away last year,” according to a release. […]

Central Arizona College offers workshop series

Central Arizona College’s Social and Behavioral Science division is presenting a workshop series this spring. Each workshop is free and community members are invited to participate. Following is a listing of all workshops being offered: San Tan Campus “Love and Plato’s Allegory of the Cave: Embracing Rational Self-Interest in Hopes of Healing Racial Divisions in […]

Full-day preschool OK’d for Queen Creek school district

A full-day preschool option has been approved for the 2019-20 school year in the Queen Creek Unified School District. The QCUSD Governing Board voted 4-0 Feb. 5 in a consent agenda to approve the change from part- to also flexible full-day. Results from a preschool parent survey showed the community is asking for a full-day […]

Harmon Elementary holding Differences Week Feb. 19-22

Jack W. Harmon Elementary School, 39315 N. Cortona Drive in San Tan Valley, is hosting Differences Week Feb. 19-22. “Harmon students and staff will celebrate that we are more alike than we are different as we ‘share our similarities and celebrate our differences,’” Principal Angie Beauchene said in a release. Harmon Elementary is in the J.O. […]

Legacy Traditional Schools expanding Queen Creek campus to meet growing demand

Legacy Traditional Schools is expanding its Maricopa and Queen Creek campuses, which will add a combined 10,320 square feet of classroom space and accommodate approximately 300 additional students in those communities. Construction on the campus expansions is slated for early March and is expected to be completed in early July, according to a release. Both […]

Queen Creek ‘Tommy Two Shoes’ literacy nonprofit partners businesses with schools

The Tommy Two Shoes Literacy Project for Children Inc. launched Dec. 3 in Queen Creek. It is named after “Tommy Two Shoes,” a book by Rowena Womack, according to rowenawomack.com/books.html. Ms. Womack serves on the nonprofit’s board of directors, according to her amazon.com profile. The 501(c)3 nonprofit literacy program is focused on putting sponsored books […]

Paper of record: The stories that defined Queen Creek in 2018

In 2018 the Queen Creek Independent covered the ins and outs of the community, offering reporting of local issues. Issues like what was new with Johnson Utilities, preparing for what’s next after a 21-year drought, preventing suicides, planning for the 70-square-mile San Tan Valley, the latest on annexations and the boundaries of new schools. The […]

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 […]