Meet the Teacher: Rauen loves aha moments when students realize they understand a concept

Name: Shelli Rauen, second grade teacher   School:  Gateway Polytechnic Academy What I like most about what I do:  Hands down, I love what I do for those aha moments the kids have when they realize they understand the concept.  The smiles that come with that moment are heartwarming.  Where did you come from:  I […]

Dawn Kennaugh new principal at Jack Barnes Elementary

Dawn Kennaugh is the new principal of Jack Barnes Elementary School in the Queen Creek Unified School District. Mrs. Kennaugh’s hiring was approved at the May 14 QCUSD Governing Board meeting. She will take over for Laura Valenciano who is retiring after this school year, according to a release. “Dawn comes highly recommended and has […]

Dr. Berry: Growth, opportunity at Queen Creek Unified School District

Two words have become synonymous with Queen Creek Unified School District. Those words are growth and opportunity. We started as a K-8 district housed at one site. We became a K-12 unified district in 1985 and in 1988, the first class graduated from Queen Creek High School. Over the past 34 years we have worked […]

Leuschner named athletic director for Eastmark High School

Kraig Leuschner has been hired as the athletic director of Eastmark High School, the newest school in the Queen Creek Unified School District. Eastmark HS is to open in July in the Eastmark community near Ellsworth and Ray. The QCUSD Governing Board approved the hiring of Mr. Leuschner at the April 2 board meeting, according […]

Narancic appointed to Queen Creek Unified School District Governing Board

Courtney Narancic is the newest member of the Queen Creek Unified School District Governing Board. She joins fellow board members Ken Brague, Jennifer Revolt, Samantha Davis and Bill Schultz. Mrs. Narancic replaces Susan Leonard who stepped down in February. Mrs. Narancic’s first official governing board meeting will be May 14, according to a release. Mrs. […]

Queen Creek fifth grade field trip to California includes floating-lab tour, dissection lab

An overnight field trip to California for fifth-grade students was recently approved by the Queen Creek Unified School District Governing Board. The March 28-29 trip to San Diego is for Enhanced Learning Program students, according to the March 5 Governing Board agenda item from Desert Mountain Elementary School Principal Jim Richardson. The trip price is […]

Fashion Club students traveling to Los Angeles for field trip

Queen Creek High School Fashion Club students are traveling to Los Angeles April 5-6 for a field trip. The trip was approved as part of a consent agenda March 5 by the Queen Creek Unified School District Governing Board. The students are to travel by two vehicles to visit the Fashion Institute of Design and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]