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The Latest News

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.

QCUSD Superintendent Named ASA Superintendent of the Year

QCUSD Superintendent Dr. Perry Berry - the ASA Superintendent of the Year for large school districtsArizona School Administrators (ASA) association has named QCUSD Superintendent Dr. Perry Berry as the ASA Superintendent of the Year for large school districts. The mission of ASA is to promote and support excellence in educational leadership. Superintendent Berry is a visionary and innovative leader who is dedicated to serving our QCUSD family. He works tirelessly to create the solid foundation upon which our students and staff can learn and grow. Please help us congratulate Dr. Berry!

Queen Creek High School Bulldog Marching Band Makes History

Congratulations to the Queen Creek High School (QCHS) Bulldog marching band for earning fifth place in the Arizona State Marching Band Championships (Division II) at Sun Devil Stadium on November 17, 2018.

The marching band season began with 32 bands in Division II. Only the top 20 bands qualified for state. The Bulldogs were seeded in tenth place. The band then jumped over three bands to qualify for the final championship competition. Only the top eight groups make it to the championships, and the Bulldogs were seeded seventh. 

In the end, Queen Creek High jumped over two more to finish fifth in the state. This is the highest placement of any marching band in QCHS history! Queen Creek Unified School District is very proud of these kids for such an amazing ending to a fantastic season! 

Here are the results from the final state championship competition:

Division II Results:

  1. Gilbert High School
  2. Mesa High School
  3. Peoria High School
  4. Chandler High School
  5. Queen Creek High School
  6. Red Mountain High School
  7. Basha High School
  8. Dobson High School

Project Lead The Way

Project Lead the Way as curriculum for biomedical science, computer science, and engineering is up for supplementary materials adoption. This is for the high schools. Per regulation IJJR, we will place textbooks and supplementary books for common schools recommended by textbook selection committees on display in the district office for a period of at least sixty (60) days prior to the meeting at which the board will consider its adoption.

Please contact the Queen Creek Unified School District office at (480) 987-5935 with any questions, comments, or concerns.

School Climate Student Survey

Beginning on Monday, November 19, we will be doing a school climate survey for all Queen Creek Unified School District students in grades 4-12. 

We want to know what students think about their specific school so we can continue to improve the climate at all our sites. This is not a test. All answers are private, and we will not collect any identifying information on any student. Please take a moment to view a sample of the survey questions.

If you do not wish for your child to participate in the survey, please simply contact your school.

Discovery Kids Winter Break Camp

Make plans to join us for our Discovery Kids Winter Break Camp! We will have the camp December 27-28, 2018, and January 2-4, 2019. Please see our winter break camp flyer for more information about registration, locations, and daily activities. You may register for our winter break camp online. For information about all of our community education enrichment classes and camps, please visit our Community Education page.

Your Voice Can Make a Difference

A planning team consisting of students, parents, teachers, administrators, and staff members as well as business and faith community leaders will be working to revitalize the district strategic plan. The team will work together to compile and synthesize the data collected from stakeholder groups in order to determine broad district priorities. Please take a moment to take our survey online and share your thoughts.

Boundaries Approved for New QCUSD Schools

For the 2019-2020 school year, QCUSD will add two more schools: Eastmark High School and elementary #7, which we have not yet named. The location for both schools will be in Mesa in the northern part of our district boundaries. At the board meeting on October 16, 2018, the QCUSD Governing Board approved the school boundaries for these new sites. Committees comprised of parents, community members, staff, and district leaders developed and proposed the boundary options for each school. 

Please see the maps for the new elementary school boundary and for the new high school boundary. These boundary changes will impact Gateway Polytechnic Academy and Queen Creek High School. There are no other boundary impacts to other QCUSD schools. If you have questions regarding the new boundary alignment, please send us an email. You may also visit our District Boundaries page. Thank you for your support and understanding as the QCUSD family continues to grow!

School Calendars for the Next Three Years

The QCUSD Governing Board has approved school calendars for the next three school years (2019–20, 2020–21, and 2021–22). The board approved the calendars at the board meeting on October 16.

Important Dates

The 2018-2019 school year is underway! We hope that you are aware of these important dates!

  • November 21 - Early release - All schools
  • November 22-23 - No school - Thanksgiving break
  • November 27 - Parent Institute - "More than Sad"
  • November 29 - Parent Institute - Math strategies for grades 3-5
  • December 5 - Early release - All schools
  • December 11 - Board meeting
School Letter Grades Are Announced

School letter grades were released on October 5, 2018, and are available to the public on the state board of education’s website. The school letter grade reflects student performance on the statewide assessment, AzMERIT. This grade system measures student proficiency and annual growth in key areas as well as readiness to take the next step in their education or career. 

  • Desert Mountain Elementary: A - Excellent
  • Frances Brandon-Pickett Elementary: A - Excellent
  • Gateway Polytechnic Academy: B - Highly Performing
  • Jack Barnes Elementary: A - Excellent
  • Queen Creek Elementary: A - Excellent
  • Newell Barney Middle School: A - Excellent
  • Queen Creek Middle School: B - Highly Performing
  • Queen Creek High School: A - Excellent

Did you know?

  • Queen Creek Unified School District (QCUSD) proficiency rates for all levels of math has had a 62% increase from 2015, outperforming 82% of Arizona district and charter schools with reportable data on math proficiency.
  • The district proficiency rate for all levels of English language arts has had a 44% increase from 2015, outperforming 76% of Arizona district and charter schools with reportable data on ELA proficiency.
  • 97% of QCUSD 8th grade Algebra 1 students passed the AzMERIT end of course assessment.

Queen Creek Unified School District Parent Institute Series

The Queen Creek Unified School District (QCUSD) is proud to expand our Parent Institute offerings for the 2018-2019 school year. Classes focus on issues that affect families both at school and at home and are for QCUSD parents and guardians. Below are the dates and times for upcoming classes. We will add additional classes throughout the year. All Parent Institute sessions will take pace at the QCUSD district office at 20217 East Chandler Heights Road, Queen Creek, Arizona 85142.

  • "More than Sad" Presentation
    Tuesday, November 27 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Math Strategies for Grades 3-5 
    Thursday, November 29 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Early Literacy/Young Readers (K-1)
    Tuesday, January 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Gateway Polytechnic Academy
  • Early Literacy/Young Readers (K-1)
    Wednesday, January 16 at 5:00 p.m. at Frances Brandon-Pickett Elementary
  • Early Literacy/Young Readers (K-1)
    Thursday, January 17 at 6:00 p.m. at Queen Creek Elementary
  • Early Literacy/Young Readers (K-1)
    Tuesday, January 22 at 6:00 p.m. at Desert Mountain Elementary
  • Organizational Tools for Your Student
    Wednesday, January 23 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Early Literacy/Young Readers (K-1)
    Thursday, January 24 at 6:00 p.m. at Jack Barnes Elementary
  • Financial Literacy 
    Tuesday, January 29 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Early Literacy/Young Readers (K-1)
    Tuesday, February 12 at 6:00 p.m. at Faith Mather Sossaman Elementary
  • Anti-Bullying for Parents
    Thursday, February 21 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

What is ALICE?

Student and staff safety is paramount in the Queen Creek Unified School District. To ensure everyone’s security, QCUSD has adopted a pro-active strategy for lockdown procedures known as ALICE: Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. 

The ALICE plan offers a different philosophy in response to school violence. ALICE encourages the use of technology and information so that life-saving decisions can be made during a time of crisis. The ALICE strategy also includes ways for those involved in a crisis to remove themselves as much as possible from the danger zone. Additionally, ALICE provides realistic ongoing training so that students and staff have a better chance of surviving. 

Learn more about ALICE in the presentations below.

Queen Creek Unified School District Cares about Students!

In an effort to continue to educate our adolescent students regarding peer harassment, substance abuse, depression, suicide, and bullying, each 8th, 9th, and the 12th-grade student will be participating in a free program offered at your child’s school this year. The Signs of Suicide Program was also offered last year and is a part of the QCUSD outreach to help students understand depression and impress upon them how they can help themselves by taking the simple step of talking to a responsible adult. If you do not want your child to participate in the Signs of Suicide screening and training, please fill out the form that the school will be sending you. For more information, please contact your school’s counselor. 

Upcoming EMPACT S.O.S school schedule presentations for all 8th, 9th, and 12th-grade students:

  • November 26–30 - 12th grade at Queen Creek High School
  • December 10–14 - 8th grade at Newell Barney Middle School and Queen Creek Middle School

Budget And Finances

The district budget and current financial reports are now available for your review. Please visit our Business Services page for access to all reports.

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