Police: Slow down while driving, avoid distractions as school starts

As the new school year approaches, the Apache Junction Police Department encourages all motorists, parents and students to take extra care adjusting to schools being open for business. “The police department will aggressively enforce school zone areas to ensure the safest possible passage for children returning to school,” Rob McDaniel, AJPD’s community resource coordinator, said […]

Nearly $37 million budget OK’d for Apache Junction school district

The Apache Junction Unified School District has approved a nearly $37 million budget for fiscal year 2018-19 that includes a 12 percent increase in average annual pay for its teachers. An average salary of $44,430 will be offered for teachers. Last year the average was $39,750, according to budget documents prepared by AJUSD Finance Director […]

July 24 first day of school for Apache Junction school district

Apache Junction Unified School District wants to remind parents that the first day of school for the 2018-19 school year is July 24. This is a change from the previous year. The district returns to a five-day school week, but with a modified calendar that includes an earlier start date, longer breaks in October, December/January […]

Sonoran Desert School hosting open house Aug. 8 in Gold Canyon

Sonoran Desert School, 6724 S. Kings Ranch Suite No. 102 in Gold Canyon, is hosting an open house 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8. Parents can meet the teachers. Students in fifth-12th grades can check out a golf simulator with members of the golf team, challenge one of the school’s ping-pong players to a match, explore […]

Apache Junction school district accepting supplies donations for students, teachers

Due to multiple requests, the Apache Junction Unified School District office, 1575 W. Southern Ave in Apache Junction, will be accepting donations of new school supplies for teachers and students 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday through July 5. “Generosity is not in short supply in the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon area,” Sally Marks, AJUSD public information officer, […]

Central Arizona College accepting applications for Summer Bridge program

Central Arizona College’s 2018 Summer Bridge program is still accepting applications from recent high school graduates, beginning with the class of 2016, and GED recipients are invited to experience life as a college student this summer. Summer Bridge will take place Sunday, Aug. 12 through Thursday, Aug. 16 at the CAC Signal Peak Campus, 8470 […]

Registration under way for Apache Junction Unified School District

Registration has begun for new and returning students who will be attending Apache Junction Unified School District during the 2018-19 school year. Parents and guardians are encouraged to register their student as soon as possible to help ensure smaller class sizes, according to a release. The first day of school is July 24 and all […]

Sons of the American Legion donate $4,267 to Desert Vista Elementary School

The Sons of the American Legion Post 27 came to the rescue of Desert Vista Elementary School, 3701 E. Broadway in Apache Junction, by donating the $4,267.18 needed to complete inclusive playground equipment on the west side of the campus. Playground equipment was recently installed following  an intensive two-year fundraising campaign that included efforts from […]

Replacement required before teachers can resign in June, July, AJUSD board decides

Apache Junction Unified School District teachers who resign in June and July after signing contracts to work the next fiscal year will not be released unless a replacement employee is found, the governing board decided Tuesday. “If there’s an individual who comes in tomorrow and says that they would like to resign for the ‘18-19 […]

Students in Apache Junction gifted/talented program show projects

Students in Apache Junction Unified School District’s gifted/talented program recently showed an array of student projects before taking off for summer break. Linda Gering and Robyn Gonzales from the Educational Services Department visited the students at Desert Vista Elementary School, 3701 E. Broadway Ave. in Apache Junction, to view and evaluate the projects. Both women […]