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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

June

Dawn Kennaugh New Principal at Jack Barnes Elementary
Dawn Kennaugh is the new principal of Jack Barnes Elementary School in the Queen Creek Unified School District. Mrs. Kennaugh’s hiring approval happened at the May 14 QCUSD Governing Board meeting. She will take over for Laura Valenciano who is retiring after this school year, according to a release.

Summer Camps Offered at Three Queen Creek Schools
We will offer Discovery Kids Break Camps at three locations in the Queen Creek Unified School District. The summer camps are at 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday through July 19 (not July 4).

Bus Driver Shortage Hurts AZ Schools: What's Working to Recruit & Retain
School bus drivers are critically important to getting students to and from school safely, but many districts are having difficulty recruiting and retaining them due to low unemployment and the strong economy.

May

Queen Creek High School Nursing Students Take Top Honors at State
Queen Creek High School nursing students are heading to a national nursing competition. The students are in the QCHS Medical Professions class and are a part of the Queen Creek HOSA Club.

Free Breakfast, Lunch for All Under 18 Offered by Queen Creek School District
The Queen Creek Unified School District’s Child Nutrition department is offering a summer feeding program starting May 28. All children 18 and under are welcome to eat breakfast and lunch at no charge.

Queen Creek Students present Capstone Projects
Queen Creek Unified School District fifth grade ELP gifted students presented their capstone projects on May 16 to a panel of judges, including district leaders, board members, and parents.

April

Narancic appointed to Queen Creek Unified School District Governing Board
Courtney Narancic is the newest member of the Queen Creek Unified School District Governing Board.

Enrollment, Incoming-Athletes Events Planned at Eastmark High School
Two events are planned in April for Eastmark High School in the Queen Creek Unified School District. 

Queen Creek Unified School District Middle School Bands Achieve Superior with Distinction Ratings
Newell Barney and Queen Creek Middle Schools, the two middle schools of the Queen Creek Unified School District, scored Superior with Distinction ratings at this year’s Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association Festival.

Dr. Berry: Growth, Opportunity at Queen Creek Unified School District
Two words have become synonymous with Queen Creek Unified School District. Those words are growth and opportunity.

Leuschner Named Athletics Director for Eastmark High School
Kraig Leuschner has been hired as the athletics director of Eastmark High School, the newest school in the Queen Creek Unified School District. Eastmark High School is to open in July in the Eastmark community near Ellsworth and Ray.

Diab Scott New Director of CTE and Curriculum at Queen Creek Unified School District
Nancy Diab Scott has been hired as the new director of career and technical education and curriculum for Queen Creek Unified School District.

Community Takes Part in Queen Creek Unified Engagement Event
Queen Creek Unified School District’s mission is to empower each student to achieve excellence in all pursuits and lead with integrity. Effective partnerships are imperative when it comes to achieving this mission.

Meet the Principal: Allison Carmichael to Make Jump to Silver Valley Elementary
Article about Principal Allison Carmichael

Your Family Recipe Could Be Featured on QCUSD School Menu
The Queen Creek Unified School District’s Child Nutrition Department is seeking a family recipe to be featured on the school menu for the 2019–20 school year.

Queen Creek Unified School District Middle School Bands Achieve Superior with Distinction Ratings
Newell Barney and Queen Creek Middle Schools, the two middle schools of the Queen Creek Unified School District, scored Superior with Distinction ratings at this year’s Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association festival.

March 2019

QCUSD Student Named State Competition Semifinalist 
Queen Creek Middle School seventh grader, Matthew Dillon, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of 100 semifinalists eligible to compete in the Arizona State GeoBee.

Queen Creek School Receives National AVID Recognition
Newell Barney Middle School (NBMS) in the Queen Creek Unified School District was named an AVID National Demonstration School on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

Meet the Principal: Chasity Cruz of Queen Creek Elementary
Article about QCE Principal Chasity Cruz

Meet the Principal: Jim Richardson of Desert Mountain Elementary School
Article about DME Principal Jim Richardson

Valley Construction Company Using Virtual Reality Goggles to Unveil New Project
A Valley construction project is using virtual reality goggles as a way to show off its vision to the community.

TI's Chloe Smarter Than A 7th Grader?
Queen Creek student wins Geography Bee

Queen Creek Middle School Student Dillon National Geographic Society State Competition Semi-Finalist
Queen Creek Middle School seventh-grader Matthew Dillon has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of 100 semifinalists eligible to compete in the Arizona State GeoBee.

Swaninger New Gateway Polytechnic Academy Principal
Thomas Swaninger is the new principal of Gateway Polytechnic Academy. Mr. Swaninger’s hiring was approved at the March 5 Queen Creek Unified School District Governing Board meeting.

Pugh New Principal for Newell Barney Middle School
Luke Pugh is the new principal of Newell Barney Middle School, a National AVID Demonstration School. The hiring of Mr. Pugh was approved at the March 5 Queen Creek Unified School District Governing Board meeting.

Fashion-Club Students Traveling to Los Angeles for Field Trip
Queen Creek High School Fashion Club students are traveling to Los Angeles April 5 through April 6 for a field trip. The trip was approved as part of a consent agenda March 5 by the Queen Creek Unified School District Governing Board.

Queen Creek Team to Attend U.S. Open Robotics Championship
Robotics students at a Queen Creek middle school are to travel out of state April 3 through April 7 for a field trip. The trip for Newell Barney Middle School national robotics students was approved as part of a consent agenda March 5 by the Queen Creek Unified School District Governing Board.

Meet the Teacher: Tammy Dolence Values Strong Relationships
Article about QCE teacher Tammy Dolence

Meet the Teacher: Kelli Gordon Loves to See Student Growth
Article about GPA teacher Kelli Gordon

Meet the Teacher: Monica Mesman Wants Strong Community at Sossaman Elementary
Article about FMSE teacher Monica Mesman

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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