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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.

Important Dates

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

  • September 28 - All Schools Early Release
  • September 28 - QC Education Foundation Golf Tournament
  • October 1-12 - No School Due to Fall Break
  • October 15 - School Resumes
  • October 20 - Love Our Schools Day
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.

  • Opioid Epidemic
    Tuesday, September 25 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Focused Note-Taking Process 
    Wednesday, September 26 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Math Strategies for Grades K -2
    Thursday, October 25 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Internet Safety for Parents
    Thursday, November 1 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • "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.
  • Organizational Tools for Your Student
    Wednesday, January 23 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Financial Literacy 
    Tuesday, January 29 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Anti-Bullying for Parents
    Thursday, February 21 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
  • Early Literacy/Young Readers (K-1)
    TBD

Queen Creek Unified School District Breaks Ground On New Elementary School

Students dig in the dirtCommunity members were invited to join Queen Creek Unified School District (QCUSD) officials on September 10, 2018, to celebrate the groundbreaking of QCUSD elementary school #7. The new school, which is not yet named, is in the Cadence at Gateway community located in the northern part of the district’s boundaries. QCUSD has hired DLR Group to design the district’s seventh elementary school. Chasse Building Team is serving as general contractor.

“This school will be a great addition to our high-achieving district, especially for the families in the northern part of our boundaries,” said QCUSD Superintendent Perry Berry. “It will be a state-of-the-art facility that offers many amenities including a mastery learning model, leadership opportunities, and a STEAM focus.”

The new school, which serves students in pre-k through fifth grade, consists of two single-story buildings and two two-story buildings. The buildings frame a central courtyard, extending learning and gathering opportunities to the outdoors. Large garage doors open to make room for large group activities, dining, assemblies, and events in the courtyard. Shared specialty and breakout spaces, including the smart lab for technology-based, hands-on programs and the wet lab maker space counterpart enhance STEAM curriculum and encourage collaborative teaching across the campus.

“The district’s number one goal was to uphold and grow their high educational standards in both program and facility. As a result, DLR Group proposed a site adapt design to save time and money, while customizing the facility to meet the community’s specific educational needs,” said Pam Loeffelman, FAIA, DLR Group k-12 education leader.

“For this project, Chasse Building Team used the LEAN construction process which is aimed at reducing costs, material, and time. This will allow us to maintain our construction schedule, which is critical in order for the campus to be ready for new students in 2019,” said Andy Gooding, superintendent at Chasse Building Team.

In addition to classrooms and labs, the school includes a multi-purpose gym and performance space, a commons area that doubles as the cafeteria, two music rooms, a media center, administrative offices, playgrounds, and athletics fields.

Funding for the new school comes from the Arizona school facilities board and a voter-approved bond.

Boundary Update Proposal

We need your input! Next school year (2019–2020), there will be a boundary update to accommodate our new schools. This update will be for Eastmark High School in Mesa and elementary school #7 located in Cadence at Gateway also in Mesa.

You can share your thoughts/opinions on proposed boundary changes by emailing any comments/input to the boundary realignment committee. The committee will review these. You can also give feedback during public comment meetings for each school.

The public comment meeting on Eastmark High School (QCUSD HS#2) boundaries is September 19 at 6:00 p.m. at the QCUSD District Office. The public comment meeting on elementary #7 boundaries is September 18 at 6:00 p.m. at Gateway Polytechnic Academy in the library.

There will also be time for public comment on proposed boundaries for the new schools at the October 16 school board study session, which starts at 4:30 p.m.

Queen Creek Unified School District High School Boundary Map Option 1 Queen Creek Unified School District High School Boundary Map Option 2
Lead Out Loud Conference

view more photos from the Lead Out Loud ConferenceOn Wednesday, September 5, Superintendent Dr. Perry Berry greeted more than 400 Queen Creek Unified students as they entered the Performing Arts Center for the 3rd Annual Lead Out Loud conference. Leadership is a key component of the QCUSD Strategic Plan. 

“Leadership is not a position. Leadership is an action, it’s an attitude. It’s a behavior,” said Dr. Berry.

Using input from the Queen Creek community, district and school administrators developed the conference as a unique way to foster a passion for leadership among students. During the fun-filled day, students learned about gratitude, teambuilding, and collaboration.

The students will take what they learned from the conference and use it to complete the C.A.R.E challenge. C.A.R.E stands for Champion in your Community, Be all In, Raise School Spirit, and Emphasize Your Leadership Activities. 

In the next few months, students will present their school leadership plans to the QCUSD Governing Board and then put their plans into action on campus.

QCUSD is Growing: Eastmark High School

Eastmark High School, QCUSD’s newest school, is one step closer to being finished. On August 29, QCUSD Board members, district administrators, the Mayor of Mesa, the school facilities board, Core Construction, and the Orcutt Winslow design team signed a beam that will be installed in the new high school. Eastmark High is set to open July 2019. The school is located in the northern part of our district boundaries, which extend into Mesa. This is in the Eastmark Community near Ellsworth and Ray. Learn more about the school at Eastmark High School's Informational website.

Queen Creek Unified School District Is Growing

Queen Creek Unified School District (QCUSD) now has a second high school. The new high school will be named Eastmark High School. Per district policy, a committee made up of district staff, students, parents, and community members provided name options to the governing board. Board members approved the name, Eastmark High School, during the August 7 school board meeting.

Eastmark High School has a master-planned campus of over 60 acres providing ample space to grow with the community. The school will feature technology-rich, collaborative learning spaces as well as comprehensive academics, athletics, and arts programs. There will be spaces dedicated to STEM, fine arts, health and human services, business and leadership, as well as athletics fields.

“The goal of the school is to allow students to take classes that will directly relate to their chosen career fields. While in these classes on campus, our hope is to provide students at this school and the current Queen Creek High School with the right exposure that they’ll see in college and their future career paths.” said Principal Paul Gagnon.

Eastmark High School is located in the Eastmark community near the northeast corner of Ellsworth and Ray in Mesa. Completion of the school is slated for July 2019 in time for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. The initial opening of Eastmark High School will be for grades nine and ten. The addition of Eastmark High brings the total number of schools in QCUSD to ten (six elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools).

Eastmark High School under construction
Community Education

Discovery Kids Fall Camp 2018 will be Monday, October 1 through Friday, October 5 and Monday, October 8 through Friday, October 12. The camp will run from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Desert Mountain Elementary and Gateway Polytechnic Academy. We will be offering daily activities that include arts and crafts, team building activities, gym games, computer lab, food fun, and science. Field trips and onsite vendors will also be joining us throughout the camp. More information will be out during the first week of September!

You can find YAP camps, clinics, and out-of-season training on our Community Education website. If you have any questions, please call Ellie Hardt at 987.3169.