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Watch and Read News Stories about QCUSD

Take a moment to watch or read stories about Queen Creek Unified School District in the news. You will find various news stories from throughout the school year posted on this page. Enjoy! 

QCUSD News Clips and Stories

February 2019

Full-Day Preschool OK’d for Queen Creek School District
A full-day preschool option has been approved for the 2019–20 school year in the Queen Creek Unified School District.

New High School Featuring Career Path Academies Opens in Queen Creek
Eastmark High School, a comprehensive school featuring Career Path Academies, will open this July for students in seventh through tenth grades and registration for students has begun.

Silver Valley Elementary Selected as Name of Cadence at Gateway School
Silver Valley Elementary was the selection as the official name of Elementary School No. 7 in the Cadence at Gateway community near Ellsworth and Ray roads.

Meet the Teacher: Corey Rislund Finds QCUSD through Job Fair
Article on Corey Rislund, Frances Brandon Pickett Elementary Teacher.

January 2019

Meet the Teacher: QCHS’s Gabriel Gahn Follows Father into Teaching
Article on Gabriel Gahn, QCHS

Nelson, Glonek, Aguirre Top Queen Creek School District Spellers
More than 20 Queen Creek Unified School District students competed on January 17 in the district spelling bee at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center. And the winners are...

December 2018

After a year away from high school football, former Brophy Prep coach Scooter Molander has been hired to build the football program at Eastmark High, a new school in the Queen Creek Unified School District.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation to be Taught in Arizona High Schools
Starting next school year, a 2016 Senate bill will require all public and charter school districts in Arizona to teach students CPR at least once during their high school career. Additionally, the Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department and Superstition fire and medical district are dedicated to teaching students the lifesaving effort.

Queen Creek Reaffirms Support for Quality Education
At the December 11 Queen Creek Unified School District Governing Board meeting, governing board members and district leaders in partnership with the Town of Queen Creek joined to announce their support of the Arizona Education Progress Meter.

Queen Creek School District Preschool Programs Preparing Little Learners for the Future
Queen Creek Unified School District is proud to provide a variety of preschool options to engage preschool students, ages three to five, in social and emotional learning and pre-academics.

Queen Creek Middle School HOSA Students Give Back to Community
As a way to give back to the Queen Creek community, the Queen Creek Middle School (QCMS) student HOSA club held a canned food drive in November to help the Queen Creek Family Resource Center (FRC).

Video: Queen Creek is Home to Free Preschool for Migrant Children
The Queen Creek Unified School District is offering free preschool to migrant families. These are families who work on dairy farms.

Dr. Matt Strom New Associate Superintendent at Queen Creek Unified School District
Dr. Perry Berry, superintendent of Queen Creek Unified School District, has announced the hiring of Dr. Matt Strom as QCUSD associate superintendent of business and operations.

Ken Brague Enters Tenth Year on Queen Creek Unified School District Governing Board
Ken Brague on Dec. 11 took the oath of office for another term as a governing board member in the Queen Creek Unified School District.

QCUSD Board Member Samantha Davis Sworn-in at East Valley Ceremony
Newly elected Queen Creek Unified School District Governing Board member Samantha Davis, was sworn in during an Oath of Office ceremony for East Valley school districts.

November 2018

Queen Creek Students Learn CPR from Local Firefighters
Queen Creek High School students learned CPR on Wednesday, November 21 thanks to local firefighters. More than 2,000 students practiced hands-only CPR under the guidance of firefighters from the Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department.

The Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department donated 300 feet of old hose. The district cut the material into 600 roughly six-inch sleeves that, when slipped over the arm of a door closer, help prevent it from opening.

Queen Creek School District Parent Institute Courses Slated
QCUSD is hosting free classes focused on issues affecting families at home and at school.

Arizona School Administrators Association Names Its Superintendents of the Year
Queen Creek superintendent Perry Berry named All-Arizona Superintendent of the Year for Large Districts for 2018–19.

Mark Underwood - QCHS Sports Announcer
Video blog on QCHS sports announcer.

Arizona Education Department Gives As and Bs Grades for Queen Creek Schools
Queen Creek Unified School District received A and B grades for academic growth; proficiency on English language arts, math and science; and other measurements.

QCUSD Defines Boundaries for New Schools
Eastmark High School and Elementary #7 have boundaries after the Queen Creek Unified School District Governing Board approved them at its Tuesday, Oct. 16 meeting.

Queen Creek School District Board Updated on Override Bonds
The Queen Creek Unified School District may go out for a maintenance and operations override in November 2019, according to a recent presentation made to the governing board.

Gateway Polytechnic Fills School Bus with Donations for Food Bank
GPA fills school bus with donations for food bank. Additionally, all other QCUSD schools are collecting food donations for food boxes to be given to community members.

Fox10 News Visits Faith Mather Sossaman Elementary
Fox10 Video: Cory visits Sossaman Elementary.

October 2018

November Brings Two New Events to Queen Creek High School
Queen Creek High School will celebrate two firsts next month. A fall festival will take place Saturday, Nov. 3, and the JROTC will conduct its initial rummage sale Saturday, Nov. 17.

Fox10 News visits Frances-Brandon Pickett Elementary
Fox10 News visits Frances-Brandon Pickett Elementary for boo bubbles event.

Queen Creek High School College & Career Specialist, Shelli Boggs, Is a Salon Owner and Nonprofit Founder
Mrs. Boggs, previously known for her nationally recognized nonprofit Happy Hair Bands, is in her first year as the college and career specialist at Queen Creek High School.

QCUSD Superintendent Meets with Fifth Grade Student to Discuss Recycling
One Queen Creek Unified School District student, Jack S., who attends Gateway Polytechnic Academy, had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with QCUSD Superintendent Dr. Perry Berry.

Queen Creek School District to Host Suicide Prevention Discussion
The Queen Creek Unified School District is hosting the More than Sad: Suicide Prevention for Parents program to teach parents about the signs of suicide and how to get their children help.

Meet the Teacher: Stephanie Mejia Teaches, Coaches Students to Success
Article on Stephanie Mejia, QCHS.

Chemistry, Speed, and Strength: Queen Creek High School Defense Shines through Recent Success
QCHS Bulldogs describe the necessity of a football team’s defense and teamwork on and off the field.

A New 'Escape the Room' Experience
At Queen Creek High School, students are trading their typical study sessions in the library for a timed challenge to solve puzzles and riddles using logic and reasoning skills.

Former Board Member Shares Thoughts on Past and Future of QCUSD
Former board member shares thoughts on past and future of QCUSD.

QCUSD Teacher Surprised on Radio
QCUSD Teacher surprised on the JohnJay and Rich show for the LoveUp movement.

September 2018

QCUSD Breaks Ground on New Elementary School in Mesa
Queen Creek Unified School District officials invited community members to join them on September 10 to celebrate the groundbreaking of QCUSD elementary school No. 7.

2018–19 Queen Creek School District Parent Institute Courses Announced
The Queen Creek Unified School District is expanding its Parent Institute offerings for the 2018–19 school year, hosting free classes focused on issues affecting families at home and at school.

Queen Creek School District Names Principal for New Elementary School
Allison Carmichael has been named the principal of the district’s newest elementary school, which is scheduled to open in July in Mesa’s Cadence at Gateway subdivision.

9/11 School Assembly Focuses on First Responders
The third grade class at Desert Mountain Elementary School in Queen Creek, born nine years after 9/11, is learning about that fateful day.

Meet the Teacher: Hunsaker
Meet the Teacher: Hunsaker strives to be a positive influence at QCHS

Queen Creek Teacher Lafawn Berry Awarded $2,000 for Her Innovative Program
LaFawn Berry, a teacher at Gateway Polytechnic Academy in Queen Creek, has received a $2,000 grant as part of Voya Financial Inc.’s unsung heroes awards competition.

ABC Channel 3 Visits Newell Barney Middle School
ABC Channel 3 visits Newell Barney Middle School for Veterans Day memorial.

Queen Creek School District Building New School in Fast-Growing Area
Queen Creek Unified School District's new elementary school will be built on 15 acres. It will serve up to 950 students in pre-k through fifth grade.

East Valley School District to Build $28.8M School in Rapidly Growing Area
East Valley school district to build $28.8M school in rapidly growing area. This will be the district's seventh elementary school in Queen Creek.

Students at Queen Creek High School Remember Mccain
John McCain was a senator for Arizona the whole time students at Queen Creek High School have been alive. This past week they have been learning about The Maverick and they reflect on the lessons his legacy leaves behind.

Tale of Family Separation Captures Attention of Queen Creek Students
Book captured the attention of Ms. Thompson’s fifth-grade class at Queen Creek Unified School District’s Desert Mountain Elementary. They got to Skype with the author.

Information on QCUSD’s Discovery Kids Fall Camp 2018 and Youth Athletic Program
Check out our flyers for upcoming winter events with our Kids Camp and Youth Athletics program.

Queen Creek Unified School District Breaks Ground on Elementary #7
Community members joined Queen Creek Unified School District officials on September 10, 2018, to celebrate the groundbreaking of QCUSD elementary school #7.

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    Queen Creek Unified School District
    20217 East Chandler Heights Road 
    Queen Creek, AZ  85142
    Phone:  (480) 987-5935
    Fax:  (480) 987-9714