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 […]

AJUSD Student Showcase to debut April 13 at Apache Junction High School

The campus of Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive, will transform into a showcase of music, dance, comedy acts, dramatic vignettes, visual arts and more for the AJUSD Student Showcase 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 13. The public is invited to attend this free event and show their support for budding K-12 student […]

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 […]

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. […]

Apache Junction district has 2 new free school buses, with 3 more coming

Fortune seems to be rolling into the Apache Junction Unified School District bus barn with the addition of two new buses and three more on the way. The windfall was a combination of hard work and hard times.  The buses are part of a settlement plan from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. Qualifying districts were […]

Apache Junction High School teacher to visit California for new program, course training

Terry Hendron, a math teacher at Apache Junction High School, is traveling March 3-6 to Temecula, California, to attend The Boomerang Project Link Crew Program. The Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board voted 5-0 Feb. 12 on a consent agenda that included approving Mr. Hendron being away from work for three days and using […]

3 Apache Junction students in top 10 at Pinal County Spelling Bee

Three Apache Junction Unified School District students traveled to Casa Grande to compete in the 56th Annual Pinal County Spelling Bee and all three earned a spot in the Top 10. Nearly 70 students throughout the county participated, according to a release. Hailey Adams, a fifth-grade student from Peralta Trail Elementary School, placed fourth; Susana […]

AVID update, executive session on employee at Feb. 26 Apache Junction school board work session

The Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board is to be updated on Advancement Via Individual Determination efforts at a Feb. 26 work session. It starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Board Room, 1575 W. Southern Ave. Members of the Governing board are to attend in person or by telephone, video or Internet conference. […]

Cactus Canyon Junior High students to attend journalism convention in California

Five Cactus Canyon Junior High School students who work on the yearbook and two chaperones can travel by plane to the April 25-27 Spring National Journalism Convention at the Anaheim, California, Hilton, the Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board decided recently. “The convention offers practical learning sessions that build on the skills they’ve learned […]