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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.

New Principals Named

Dr. Perry Berry, superintendent of Queen Creek Unified School District (QCUSD), and the QCUSD Governing Board have named Mr. Luke Pugh as the new principal of Newell Barney Middle School (NBMS), a National AVID Demonstration School. The hiring of Mr. Pugh was approved at the March 5, 2019, governing board meeting. Luke will take on the role of NBMS principal starting in the 2019-2020 school year. He is taking over for Mrs. Denise Johnson who is retiring at the end of the current school year.

Also approved at the board meeting, Dr. Perry Berry and the QCUSD Governing Board named Mr. Thomas Swaninger as the new principal of Gateway Polytechnic Academy (GPA). He will take over for Mrs. Allison Carmichael as she takes on her new role as principal of QCUSD's newest school, Silver Valley Elementary (SVE), starting in the 2019-2020 school year.

Congratulations to our new principals!

Upcoming State Assessment Window

Below is the window for AzMERIT and AIMS Science assessments. Specific assessment dates will be made available soon by your child's teacher. This is an opportunity for our students to "show what they know!"

  • AIMS Science: March 25-April 19 for 4th, 8th, 9th grades and any 10th grader that has not taken the assessment
  • AzMERIT Math & ELA: April 1-26 for 3-8 grade students
  • AzMERIT End-of-Course Exams - Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II, ELA 9, ELA 10 and ELA 11: April 1-26

Please visit our AzMERIT page for more information on testing.

Supplementary Materials Adoption

The enVisionmath 2.0 Grades 6-8 (middle schools) and enVision AGA (algebra 1, geometry, and algebra 2, high schools) materials are up for supplementary materials adoption. 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 60 days prior to the meeting at which the board will consider its adoption.

The materials will be on display from Friday, February 22, 2019, to Wednesday April 24, 2019. Please contact Erika Copeland with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Important Dates

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

  • March 11–22 - Spring break
  • March 25 - School resumes
Queen Creek Unified School District
20217 East Chandler Heights Road 
Queen Creek, AZ  85142
Phone:  (480) 987-5935
Fax:  (480) 987-9714