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 […]

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 […]

Rehm-Bowler: It’s peanut butter and jelly time in Apache Junction

United Way of Pinal County, the city of Apache Junction, Superstition Fire and Medical District, The Salvation Army and Empowerment Systems Inc. partnered to collect 300 jars of peanut butter and jelly. The goal of this drive was to help the families in our community who may not qualify for enough social service aid and are […]

Apache Junction High School history teacher McDaniel receives national educator award

Instead of merely teaching history, Alec McDaniel is making some history of his own. The Apache Junction High School teacher was recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars. Mr. McDaniel was nominated by a student for showing outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the […]

Jioras new transportation director at Apache Junction school district

Lori Jioras is Apache Junction Unified School District’s new transportation director. She has 13 years of experience in transportation and most recently served as transportation supervisor for the largest school district in Missouri, according to a release. “She began her career in transportation as a bus driver and then moved her way through a variety […]

Barwick: Why don’t teachers do more about student achievement?

The discussion about the teacher walkout tells us all we need to know about the state of education in Arizona. What did we hear for several weeks leading up to the “walkout”? Let me recap for you. Teachers are helping our kids by asking for higher salaries, lower class size, more supplies, lower insurance cost, […]

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 […]

Chappel receives Lead Guitar’s teaching excellence award

Jaclyn Chappel, band director and music teacher at Apache Junction High School, is one of four music teachers in Arizona to receive Lead Guitar’s teaching excellence award. Lead Guitar is an organization that establishes permanent classical-guitar classes in public schools that have low access to the arts, according to a release. “The Lead Guitar instructors […]