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 […]

Apache Junction students delve into topics for gifted/enrichment program presentations

What do a catapult, fountain drink dispenser, skyscraper models, the Twin Towers and glass window manufacturing have in common? All are examples of topics completed by Apache Junction Unified School District students in the gifted/enrichment program. Students from Desert Vista and Four Peaks elementary schools presented projects to Robyn Gonzales, program coordinator; Bethany Ligon, technology […]

“Kids Deserve It!” author visits Cactus Canyon Junior High in Apache Junction

“Kids Deserve It!” author Adam Welcome decided that teachers deserve a little appreciation too and stopped by the Cactus Canyon Junior High School campus, 801 W. Southern Ave. in Apache Junction, to meet with faculty, staff and students. “Kids Deserve It! Pushing Boundaries and Challenging Conventional Thinking,” is part of a book study by CCJHS […]

Volunteers helping with Apache Junction Unified School District ‘Feed the Children Program’

Community organizations such as the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie and Ladies’ Auxiliary, Project Help, the American Legion, the Gold Canyon United Methodist Church and other individuals and companies are stepping up in a big way to help Apache Junction Unified School District’s Feed the Children Program. The program provides food to needy families in […]