There's a lot happening in our vibrant and growing school district! From events taking place at school, to public information notices we may send out to families, we’ve included all the latest events here on one page. Make it your first stop when you visit our website to ensure you are always aware of what is going on.
Field Day at QCE
On Friday, May 10, 2013, students and staff at Queen Creek Elementary school kept the tradition of Field Day alive. Students competed for ribbons in sprinting and distance running races. Jump roping, hula hooping, and tug of war contests rounded out the Field Events portion of the day.
Then the focus shifted from competition to fun for the next half of the day. The water slides quickly cooled their competitive fire, as students and teachers enjoyed the refreshing fun.
The Queen Creek Fire Department was kind enough to make sure students were at their "maximum wetness." However, even a fire engine's hose couldn't dampen their enthusiasm. Students screamed with delight and cheered for more water, demonstrating a resiliency stronger than the most stubborn fire.
ELP Students Present Trophy to Mr. Schultz
Desert Mountain Elementary School's 4th grade ELP students present Mr. Schultz with the highest achieving trophy for the math olympiad. Congratulations Mr. Schultz!
Queen Creek High School Academic Success
Congratulations to Queen Creek High School and their fantastic academic success this year. Please view the flier that shows many of their accomplishments. We are so proud!
Notice is hereby given that three or more members of the Queen Creek Unified School District #95 Governing Board may attend the community meeting concerning the November 2013 override election on Thursday, May 30, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For details, please view the official notice.
You Are Invited!
We invite you to attend our Queen Creek Adult Education ceremony. We are celebrating the 2013 ELAA student promotion and GED student graduation. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center. Please view this invitation for additional information and plan to join us.
QCSEF Presents Scholarships to QCHS Students
Queen Creek High School's annual scholarship awards assembly was on May 14, 2013. All the awards totaled a record setting $3M+, following a record total last year of $1.7M. 35 scholarship providers gave out scholarship awards to 96 high school students.
The Queen Creek Education Foundation provided $9,000 in scholarships to four 2013 graduating students. The foundation raises funds at the annual golf outing each September and the Zombie Run at the Trunk or Treat event sponsored by the Town of Queen Creek in October. The Foundation's goal is to help provide funding for continued education for Queen Creek students.
Shown in the photo are: Tom Lindsey, QCUSD Superintendent, Hagi Ruiz Lopez, Nicole Speeding, Kayla Payne, and Karlene Williams.
2013 Summer Food Program
Queen Creek USD will be providing free meals to children 18 years and younger throughout the summer months. Please view this flier for detailed information on locations, dates, and times.
Maria Abrams Receives Rising Star Award
Maria Abrams, QCHS marketing teacher and DECA advisor, received the 2013 Rising Star Advisor Award at the state DECA conference in March. At the May 7, 2013, school board meeting, Laurie Roland, board member, recognized Ms. Abrams for this honor. Congratulations!
Students Of The Month
The QCUSD Governing Board proudly recognized the following students as the April 2013 Students of the Month during the regular board meeting held on May 7, 2013. Ken Brague, board Vice President, made the presentations to the following students.
QCE 3rd Grade Performs at the PAC
On Monday, April 29, 2013, the 3rd grade students of Queen Creek Elementary School held a patriotic program at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center. Thank you, 3rd graders for your energy, enthusiasm, and patriotic spirit!
Summer Enrichment and Sports Camps
Are you looking for summer activities for your children? Are they interested in learning new skills or just wanting to have fun with their friends? Look no further than Queen Creek USD. The following sports and enrichment camps are available this summer in addition to the all day Discovery Kids program! The fliers below include all the camp information for your convenience.
Queen Creek High School Summer School
Queen Creek High School will offer two sessions of summer school this summer. Queen Creek High School summer school is open to any high school student. Courses are self-paced using a computer-based program. A certified teacher is present for support. English, math, and science are available for credit recovery only.
2013 Summer School Dates and Times:
Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will receive one-half credit for the successful completion of each session.
Tuition and Refunds:
QCE Glee Performance of Annie Jr.
American Icons Brought To Life by QCE Eagles
On Friday, May 3, 2013, the QCE 4th graders put on their Wax Museum. Each student researched an important figure in American history, created a timeline of events, and a tri-fold brochure with key facts and photos. Dressed up as their subject, they then stood in the hallowed halls of Queen Creek Elementary regaling visitors with tales about the lives of the likes of Benjamin Franklin and Amelia Earhart.
EVIT Rotary Student of the Month
Queen Creek High School student, Heather Walters, is the EVIT Rotary Student of the Month for May. Check out the Rotary letter for more information on Heather!
A Successful Special Olympics State Meet
This year's Queen Creek USD Special Olympics athletes were outstanding at the state track meet on April 25-27 at Mesa Community College. It could not have run so smoothly this year without the leadership of Karen Frawley, Meredith Alaniz, and Liz Johnson.
Here are our results! Mariana Cazares from FBPE won three gold medals in her events: 10M and 25M wheelchair races, and tennis ball throw. QCMS athletes included Victoria Day winning 5th in the 50M dash, Kaitlynn Norlin winning the gold in the 50M dash, and Gus Mueller winning a gold in the 25M and bronze in the 50M dash! Chylene Johnson proudly represented QCHS and took the podium with a silver medal in standing long jump, 4th in softball throw, and 7th in the 100M dash. Chy was at opening ceremonies with her famous high school supporters, football players, and friends. They had a ball!
FBPE Celebrates Earth Day
To recognize Earth Day, students in kindergarten through 4th grade participated in a project to promote environmental awareness in our community. With the help of Fry’s Marketplace in Queen Creek, students decorated brown paper grocery bags with positive messages to promote and inspire awareness of and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. Fry’s then used the decorated bags to bag customers’ groceries on Earth Day.
QCHS DECA Attends DECA International Conference
What happens when over 16,000 students from around the world come together in Anaheim, CA for the largest marketing, business, finance, and entrepreneurship competition in the world? Queen Creek wins, that's what! Kelly Bitler was the top finalist in the area of Retail Merchandising, London Hanson was a top performer in the written exam event, and Allie Jorde received a state award for her exam score. Kudos to everyone that competed. It's a rigorous, intense competition, and we are proud of all of them!
QCHS Anatomy in Clay
Last week we completed our final anatomy in clay lab. The students built the very small and specific muscles of the wrist and hand. Congratulations to Harleyann Fones and Ashley Richmond on their victory!
April Technology Newsletter
The April technology newsletter is now available. Read more>>>
Heart of the Program Award Winner
Gale Swinford has won the School Nutrition Association Heart of the Program Award for the state of Arizona. She now moves onto the regional portion of the awards so she has the chance to win the west region as well.
The Heart of the Program is:
The School Nutrition Association sponsors a Heart of the Program Award. We designed this award to recognize the valuable program contribution of school nutrition employees who work with their manager in daily operations in preparing and serving appetizing meals to children. These employees can make the difference between an outstanding program or an average program.
The Heart of the Program Award initially began as a program on the state level. We created this award to recognize outstanding school nutrition employees who exhibit an extraordinary commitment to the nutrition program. The popularity of state award programs prompted the creation of the national Heart of the Program Award.
Employees influence the quality of school nutrition programs by customer service, interest in young people, cooperation, work attendance, creativity, participation in professional growth and training, and their willingness to "Go the Extra Mile" when necessary. We use these qualities to evaluate the Heart of the Program Award entries. Employees who are preparing and serving food are the Heart of the Program. The states are implementing the Heart of the Program Award, so they will use the same criteria for the national award.
Kudos to Gale!
Pickett Students Celebrate Earth Day
To recognize Earth Day day, students at Frances Brandon-Pickett Elementary participated in a project promoting environmental awareness in our community. With the help of Fry’s Marketplace in Queen Creek, students in kindergarten through 4th grade decorated brown paper grocery bags with positive messages designed to promote awareness of and appreciation for the earth’s environment. Fry's treated its customers with these specially decorated bags to bring their groceries home in.
Discovery Kids 2013 Summer Camps
Join us for our Summer Camp 2013 at Desert Mountain Elementary where we combine summer fun and learning in an engaging camp environment. Please check out our Communty Education page for more information.
Brandon Jonaitis Attended Inaugural Conference
Brandon Jonaitis, Newell Barney Junior High School student, attended the 2013 Middle School Presidential Inaugural Conference in Washington D.C. The trip consisted of four days of activities that included an orientation as well as a visit to the Tomb of the Unknowns and the Kennedy Family gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery. There were many learning activity opportunities, which included exploring the world of presidential campaign advertising and working to create a campaign slogan. You may find more details of Brandon’s exciting experience in our official press release.
QCUSD AIMS Breakfast Partnership - DME PTO
For the past four years, the Child Nutrition Department of the Queen Creek Unified School District has partnered with the Desert Mountain PTO to provide breakfast to all of their students during AIMS (Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards in writing, reading, mathematics, and science) Testing Week. The PTO pays for all paid students. (All free and reduced status students always eat for free.) In addition, the Child Nutrition Department discounts the paid breakfast price in this win-win partnership.
For more information, please feel free to read our press release.
QCUSD Home Bound Preschool Students
Queen Unified’s Family Resource Center provides in-home instruction for home-bound preschoolers to help prepare them for kindergarten. For more information on how we are helping the Queen Creek area, check out this press release.
ELP Student Projects
Our 3rd and 4th grade ELP students have been working hard on their research projects on islands and countries, national parks, and rovers. Check out this press release to find out more about these exciting projects!
Sydney Kimball: Second in State!
Sixth grade student, Sydney Kimball, entered in the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair and won second place in the state. There were almost 300 entries in the 5th-6th grade division from all over the state, including homeschool and charter kids. For all the details, please view our press release.
QCUSD Employee of the Month Presentations
Laura Valenciano, JBE principal, expressed her gratitude for all their hard work to make JBE such a wonderful place to work and to attend school.
Congratulations to both staff members!
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NBJH Principal Recognized
Staff and students at Newell Barney Junior High School were able to pull off a big surprise, and recognize their principal, Ms. Denise Johnson, for being selected the 2013 NASSP Middle Level Principal of the Year.
Students presented Ms. Johnson roses and puzzle pieces made from a special banner they made. She'll have to put the puzzle pieces all together to see the special message.
Tom Lindsey, superintendent, was proud to be part of the presentation. Carl Holgerson, assistant principal, gave Ms. Johnson a certificate of appreciation from the NBJH staff members as the students looked on.
Congratulations from everyone to Ms. Denise Johnson for being recognized for her wonderful leadership abilities!
QCHS Students Read to Elementary Students
Thank you to QCHS athletes Luis, Dean, Sarah, Kayla, Travis, Mike, Tesia, Jacob, Ana, and Nick for coming over to FBPE to read to the students during young authors week. Students and teachers enjoyed hearing the athletes read their favorite childhood books. The athletes also answered many questions from both students and teachers. It was a fun week for all!
HS Students Take Second in Skills USA Competition
The Queen Creek High School team took second place at the the State Skills USA competition in the Broadcast/News/Anchor category held on March 26 in Phoenix, AZ. Each team is supposed to consist of four members, however, due to unforeseen circumstances, one team member could not attend. The Queen Creek students did a great job with one less team member. Congratulations to Mr. Franco and students Cody Roberson, Courtney Coppell, and Jack Morici!
Arizona's Common Core Standards
Arizona was actively engaged in the process of developing the common core standards in both English language arts and mathematics, in partnership with a significant number of states across the country. Learn more >>>
QCHS Sports Information
Be sure to keep up with the latest happenings with Queen Creek High School athletics by viewing the website.
Proposed 2012-2013 Queen Creek Budget
The proposed budget can be viewed on the Arizona Department of Education website.