QCUSD breaks ground on new elementary school in Mesa

Community members were invited to join Queen Creek Unified School District officials on Sept. 10 to celebrate the groundbreaking of QCUSD elementary school No. 7. The new school, which is not yet named, is in the Cadence at Gateway community located in the northern part of the district’s boundaries. QCUSD has hired DLR Group to […]

Queen Creek district names principal for new elementary school

Allison Carmichael has been named the principal of the district’s newest elementary school, which is scheduled to open in July in Mesa’s Cadence at Gateway subdivision. The announcement was made at the Sept. 4 governing board meeting. Mrs. Carmichael is part of the district administration team and has been the principal of Gateway Polytechnic Academy […]

Queen Creek teacher LaFawn Berry awarded $2,000 for her innovative program

LaFawn Berry, a teacher at Gateway Polytechnic Academy in Queen Creek, has received a $2,000 grant as part of Voya Financial Inc.’s unsung heroes awards competition. The school at 5149 S. Signal Butte Road in Mesa is in the Queen Creek Unified School District. Through the Voya Unsung Heroes program, Voya Financial awards grants to K-12 educators […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Queen Creek Unified School District hosts event for Faith Mather Sossaman Elementary

The Queen Creek Unified School District, in collaboration with McCarthy Construction and The ADM Group, hosted a ribbon-cutting event Tuesday, July 10 for Faith Mather Sossaman Elementary School; QCUSD’s newest STEAM-focused neighborhood school at 22801 E Via Del Jardin. In attendance were Faith Mather Sossaman’s son Jamie and his wife Sue and their adult children: […]

Queen Creek pension costs continue to increase as town grows

The Arizona state program that provides lifelong monthly retirement income to town and school district employees is requiring additional funding from both employers and employees. Beginning in July, town and school district budgets are increasing funding set aside for pensions. State retirement system The Arizona State Retirement Systems retirement pension provides a lifetime guaranteed benefit […]

Meet the Bus Driver: Riders on this bus learn rules about safety, respect ‘and no food’

Name: Nikki Metcalf Position: Queen Creek Unified School District bus driver Why I chose to work in the district: I chose to work in the district so that I would be on the same schedule as my kids. What I like most about what I do: What I enjoy the most about my job is […]

Queen Creek school resource officer agreements approved for 2 districts

Agreements with two school districts for school resource officers were approved June 20 by the Queen Creek Town Council. They are with the Queen Creek and Chandler unified school districts. School resource officer programs across the nation are founded as collaborative efforts by police agencies, law enforcement officers, educators, students, parents and communities, according to […]