Swaninger new Gateway Polytechnic Academy principal

Thomas Swaninger is the new principal of Gateway Polytechnic Academy. Mr. Swaninger’s hiring was approved at the March 5 Queen Creek Unified School District Governing Board meeting. He will take over for Allison Carmichael as she takes on her new role as principal of QCUSD’s newest school, Silver Valley Elementary, starting in the 2019-20 school […]

Queen Creek teacher job fair slated for Feb. 27

The Queen Creek Unified School District is looking for new team members to join its teaching team. QCUSD is hosting a teacher job fair 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the district office, 20217 Chandler Heights Road. According to a flyer for the fair, starting salary for teachers with a Bachelor’s degree is $44,000, and […]

Calling all kindergartners: QCUSD student round-up Feb. 12

The Queen Creek Unified School District is hosting a Kindergarten Round-Up at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at all elementary schools in the district. This event is an opportunity for families to learn about the high-achieving QCUSD kindergarten program and class expectations, as well as ask questions of teachers and staff, according to a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Queen Creek Unified District participating in national school lunch program

Queen Creek Unified District will be participating in the national school lunch program and the school breakfast program. As part of this program, all QCUSD sites will offer healthy meals every school day, according to a release. Breakfast is free to all students who qualify for free/reduced meals; and $1.25 for paid students. Lunch is […]

Ruhser: Queen Creek district preschool programs preparing little learners for the future

Queen Creek Unified School District is proud to provide a variety of preschool options to engage preschool students, ages 3-5, in social and emotional learning and pre-academics. Recent research shows that students who attend public preschool programs enter kindergarten better prepared than students who don’t. The overarching goal of our program is to provide students […]

Queen Creek reaffirms support for quality education

At the Dec. 11 Queen Creek Unified School District Governing Board meeting, governing board members and district leaders in partnership with the Town of Queen Creek joined to announce their support of the Arizona Education Progress Meter, along with the statewide goal to boost post-secondary attainment to 60 percent by the year 2030. Launched in early […]