1 adult dead, trapped under Apache Junction school bus, official says

A man found trapped under an Apache Junction Unified School District bus died from his injuries from an early-morning accident in the 400 block of South Phelps Drive, a fire official said. None of the 10 children on the bus or the driver were injured, Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal Richard Ochs, of the Superstition Fire and […]

Second annual ‘AJ Kids Idol’ auditions begin in October

Do you have a talent you want to share with the world? Do you have what it takes to become the next AJ Kids Idol? The second-annual AJ Kids Idol talent program is open to school-aged children in kindergarten-12th grades. The event is hosted by Kiwanis International of Apache Junction. Proceeds are to benefit the […]

Thayil: Some school board candidates know little about educational processes

Thursday, Sept. 13, I was fortunate to be able to attend a school board forum sponsored by the Apache Junction Republican Club. The purpose of this meeting was to allow citizens to meet and question those running for our school board. Having been involved in education and administration for years, I welcomed this opportunity to […]

Employees, volunteer of the month thanked at Apache Junction schools

Employees and a volunteer at Peralta Trail Elementary School, 10965 E. Peralta Road in Gold Canyon, were honored as the best of the month at the Sept. 11 Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board meeting. They were Diana Grubb, volunteer of the month; Elizabeth Liversedge, certified employee of the month; and Herminio Nazario, classified […]

Apache Junction students of the month for August

The following students were recognized as student of the month at the Sept. 11 Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board meeting: Summer Mittendorf and Payton Elizondo of Desert Vista Elementary Schoo. Daniel Andres Esmeralda Cortez of Four Peaks Elementary School. Joshua Heatley and Sophia Smith of Peralta Trail Elementary School. Kendall Powell and Casey […]

Cactus Canyon Junior High inducts 60 delegates into National Junior Honor Society

Sixty young women and men from Cactus Canyon Junior High School took steps toward meeting the noble goals of scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship when they were recently inducted into CCJH’s National Junior Honor Society for the 2018-19 school year. The ceremony at the school, 801 W. Southern Ave. in Apache Junction, was an […]

Apache Junction High School homecoming parade Sept. 22

Alumni will not be the only ones returning to Apache Junction High School for homecoming festivities. The homecoming parade, a long-standing tradition that was phased out more than a decade ago, will march again 9-10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. The parade route will take place on an off-street course through the AJHS site, 2525 S. […]

Cornelius Turner new Apache Junction High School head varsity boys basketball coach

Cornelius Turner is the new head varsity boys basketball coach at Apache Junction High School. Coach Turner is a graduate of Dobson High School in Mesa and of Tuskegee University where he played collegiate basketball from 1998 to 2000. Prior to receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Tuskegee, Coach Turner played basketball at Scottsdale […]

Sam Valencia new Apache Junction High School head varsity girls basketball coach

Sam Valenica is the new head varsity girls basketball coach at Apache Junction High School. Coach Valencia has been involved with coaching basketball at the high school level for the last 10 years. He is also the head JV girls volleyball coach. “Coach Valencia’s coaching philosophy centers around a well-rounded athlete,” Sally Marks, public information […]

Fire, school district candidates to be at Sept. 13 Republican club forum

The Superstition Mountain Republican Club has invited the candidates running for the Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board and Superstition Fire and Medical District board to attend a forum 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. There will be a brief statement from each candidate and then they will have their own space for a meet-and-talk […]