Students of the year named at Apache Junction Unified School District

The students of the year were honored at the May 8 Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board meeting. The awards are sponsored by Apache Junction Elks Lodge No. 2349. The students are: Ciara Anderson and Jagger Shields, of Desert Vista Elementary School; Cynthia Marcos and Daniel Urias, of Four Peaks Elementary School; Benjamin Martinez […]

Dr. Chomokos new Apache Junction High School principal

Dr. Angela Chomokos has been hired to be Apache Junction High School’s principal for the 2018-19 school year. She is presently the principal at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale. “I’m extremely excited to join this community and to be part of AJ High School,” Dr. Chomokos said at the May 8 meeting of the Apache […]

47 resignations to be considered at April 24 Apache Junction school board meeting

The resignations of 47 people as employees from Apache Junction Unified School District are to be considered at the governing board’s April 24 meeting. The resignations of 17 other employees from the district were approved in a split 3-2 vote by the governing board at the last meeting, April 10. Resignations, retirements and hires are […]

Letter on possible teacher walk-out sent home with students of Apache Junction schools

The Apache Junction Unified School District is warning parents of a potential teacher walk-out in Arizona by sending a letter home with students. “Reports about a potential teacher walk-out have been widely reported in the news and social media. This walk-out across Arizona is a call to action to receive increased funding for education and […]

Speak Out: AJUSD ‘a depressing environment to be in’

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Nicholas McCracken wins Apache Junction USD annual spelling bee

What does the word “ventilate” mean? To Nicholas McCracken, a fifth grader from Desert Vista Elementary School, “ventilate” spelled victory at the Apache Junction Unified School District Spelling Bee on Wednesday, Jan. 24, in the Performing Arts Center, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive in Apache Junction. Nicholas competed with fellow students from DVES, as well as […]

Online applications available for Apache Junction school district calendar advisory committee

Dr. Krista Anderson, superintendent for the Apache Junction Unified School District, is looking for volunteers to serve on the calendar advisory committee. The purpose of this committee is to review and analyze AJUSD’s school calendar to determine the impact of a four-day and five-day school week and its impact on student learning. The findings, research […]

Apache Junction Unified School District online programs described

Heather Wallace, right, educational services director for the Apache Junction Unified School District, gave a slide-show presentation at the Aug. 8 governing board meeting on the online learning opportunities available at Apache Junction High School and Cactus Canyon Junior High School. The governing board meeting was held in the in the board room, 1575 W. […]

Apache Junction schools superintendent provides draft goals to governing board

Dr. Krista Anderson, Apache Junction Unified School District superintendent, has a four-pronged draft proposal for goals for the next couple years. She distributed copies of the draft goals to governing board members at the July 11 AJUSD meeting and asked them to provide comments. The four primary sections are for education, management, governing board and […]

Running is a tradition for the Harshman family

  Running is a family activity for the Harshman family. Tina, the mom, is coach of girls cross country and track, her husband, Marty, is the coach of the boys cross country and three of their six children have participated in cross country and track at Apache Junction High School. Mrs. Harshman, an alum of […]