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 […]

Marks: Take advantage of Arizona tax credit before the end of 2018

Did you know 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 and get a dollar-for-dollar credit against your tax liability? That means you can direct some of the money you would normally pay in state taxes can […]

Marks: Funds raised to purchase 45 football helmets for junior high school

It is with great appreciation that we thank the community of Apache Junction for the assistance in raising funds that were needed to purchase football helmets for Cactus Canyon Junior High School. With the funds that we collected we are able to purchase approximately 45 new helmets for the winter season that will begin in […]

Gold Canyon students mix fun, learning at egg-drop challenge

Students scrambled across the campus on Aug. 24 during STEAM Night at Peralta Trail Elementary School, 10965 E. Peralta Road in Gold Canyon, with one question in mind, “Did it crack?” Dozens of eggs packaged in a variety of ways were tossed from the bucket of a 50-foot crane. Students were tasked with designing a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rutkowski twins compete, motivate each other toward success

Hollywood has actresses Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen and Property Brothers stars Jonathan and Drew Scott. NASA has intergalactic twins Scott and Mark Kelly. Not to be outdone, Apache Junction Unified School District boasts talented twin stars of its own, Emily and Faith Rutkowski. The fraternal twin sisters are juniors at Apache Junction High School. […]

AJHS Navy ROTC sets course for victory at recent inspection

It’s Anchors Aweigh toward success for the Apache Junction High School Navy ROTC Program. The program placed in the top 1 percent in the nation at a recent Area Managers Inspection. The program is judged on: Compliance with federal contract provisions and the support of the program Student leadership Federal curriculum standards Instructor performance Drill […]

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 […]

Catherine McAllister interim assistant principal at Cactus Canyon Junior High

Catherine McAllister was a seasoned educator and administrator – with more than 28 years as an educator – before joining Apache Junction Unified School District in October.  She could have enjoyed a gratifying retirement filled with gardening, reading, interior decorating and spending time with her eight grandchildren, but something else beckoned to her after she […]