Arizona school tax credit donations can be made to AJUSD

Area residents who are interested in making an Arizona school tax credit donation to Apache Junction Unified School District can do so with their 2018 tax return. Arizona allows an individual taxpayer to contribute up to $200 — or a married couple filing jointly up to $400 — to a public school of their choice […]

Desert Vista Elementary cheese team wins AJUSD tournament

The Desert Vista Elementary School Mustangs made all the right moves and handily won the Second Annual Apache Junction Unified School District Elementary School Chess Tournament with the DVES team winning all but four matches during the season. In a final competition Wednesday, March 6, Four Peaks Elementary School came in second and Peralta Trail […]

Apache Junction High School NJROTC students to compete in Brain Brawl Championships

Five Apache Junction High School students in the Navy Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps will travel to Garden Grove, California, March 22-23 to compete in the Area 11 Academic (Brain Brawl) Championships. The Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board at a work session Feb. 26 voted unanimously to approve the trip as part of […]

Apache Junction High School to host fundraiser for basketball team

Apache Junction High School is hosting a running/walking event with the hope of benefiting the school’s boys basketball team. The event is slated to run from 9-11 a.m. and will offer distances of two to four miles in the downtown area, starting and finishing at Flatiron Park, 100 W. Apache Trail. All participants will receive […]

Music student, composer Swigert scores scholarship from Roadhaven Resort

Apache Junction High School student Matthew Swigert recently received a $1,000 scholarship from the Rhythm in Blues Community Choir at Roadhaven Resort, 1000 S. Idaho Road in Apache Junction. He plans on going to Arizona State University to major in music after he graduates from AJHS this spring. Mike Radniecki from Roadhaven inquired about potential […]

Apache Junction school district assistant superintendent Cruz takes job in Phoenix

Dr. Jennifer Cruz, Apache Junction Unified School District assistant superintendent, will be leaving the district in mid-June. She has accepted a position as the chief academic officer in Pendergast Elementary School District in Phoenix. “I have mixed emotions about this change because I have truly enjoyed serving the AJUSD community,” Dr. Cruz says in the […]

Central Arizona College students earn all-Arizona academic honors

Five of Central Arizona College’s outstanding students have been selected to the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society All-Arizona Academic Team. All-Arizona students demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends beyond the classroom to benefit society. Phi Theta Kappa, the American Association of Community Colleges, Arizona Community Colleges, the […]

Desert Vista Elementary teacher Crago uses gymnastics to keep students engaged

Claire Crago may be in her first year of teaching, but she knows how to draw from experience to keep students engaged at Desert Vista Elementary School, 3701 E. Broadway Ave. in Apache Junction. When asked to do a special part in an assembly, the second-grade teacher incorporated a few gymnastics moves into her routine. […]

Local Baptist church to offer free lunch during Spring Break

Superstition Foothills Baptist Church, 6338 S. Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon, will offer free lunches to local children during Spring Break. The lunches will be available from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from March 11-15. All meals will be kid-friendly and will not contain any tree nuts, to avoid allergy concerns, according to a […]

Waldron sworn in to Pinal County Community College District Governing Board

The Pinal County Community College District Governing Board conducted a swearing-in ceremony of new Governing Board Member Dave Waldron and re-elected board members Debra Banks and Gladys Christensen during the recent board meeting at the Central Arizona College San Tan Campus. Pinal County School Superintendent Jill Broussard appointed Mr. Waldron to fill the District 5 […]