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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.

Queen Creek Unified School District Spelling Bee

On Thursday, January 17, more than 20 QCUSD students competed in the district spelling bee at the newly renovated Queen Creek Performing Arts Center. Each school held individual spelling bees in the months leading up to the District event. The top three spellers from each school participated in the district spelling bee.

The winners are: 

  • Claire Nelson, 5th grade (Gateway Polytechnic Academy)
  • Sage Glonek, 7th grade (Queen Creek Middle School)
  • Elijah Aguirre, 8th grade (Newell Barney Middle School)

The top two district spellers advance to the regional spelling bee.

Congratulations to all the spellers who made it to the district competition. You make the QCUSD family very proud!

Participating students in the district spelling beeTop three student winners in the spelling bee
Queen Creek Unified School District Open House

The Queen Creek Unified School District (QCUSD) invites you to attend an open house for the 2019-2020 school year. During the open house, you will have the opportunity to learn about QCUSD schools, departments, and programs. The new district STEM trailer will also be on display. We will have enrollment forms available for families to begin the registration process. You will then be able to set up a time to finish the enrollment process at a later date.

The first-ever QCUSD open house is Wednesday, January 23 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the QCUSD district office located at 20217 East Chandler Heights Road, Queen Creek, Arizona 85142. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via email.

QCUSD Names New School

We would like to welcome Silver Valley Elementary to our growing QCUSD family! The QCUSD Governing Board just approved Silver Valley as the official name of Elementary School #7. A naming committee for Silver Valley Elementary consisted of teachers, students, administrators, parents, and community members who brought three recommendations to the governing board for consideration. 

The inspiration for Silver Valley Elementary comes from the Silver Queen Mine, which used to be part of the Mesa/Superstition area. Many people worked in the mine but lived in what is now Queen Creek. The bottom of the mountain where this mine was located was a creek named Pickett Post Creek. Later, it was renamed Queen Creek. The committee also noted that they appreciated the fact that the school sits in the valley between the Superstition and San Tan mountains. 

Silver Valley Elementary is located in the Cadence at Gateway community near Ellsworth and Ray in the northern part of our boundaries. Learn more about our new STEAM-focused (PreK-6) school

Silver Valley Elementary School under construction
Queen Creek Unified School District Names New Associate Superintendent of Business and Operations

Dr. Matt Strom - QCUSD's new associate superintendent of business and operationsDr. Perry Berry, superintendent of Queen Creek Unified School District (QCUSD), has announced the hiring of Dr. Matt Strom as QCUSD associate superintendent of business and operations. The QCUSD Governing Board approved Dr. Strom’s hiring at the December 11 board meeting. He assumes the new role effective on February 1, 2019.

Dr. Strom has more than 20 years of experience in education. The last seventeen years he has been in the Chandler Unified School District with his most recent role being the assistant superintendent of k-12 educational services. The primary function of his role for the executive team and governing board included data analytics to ensure the strategic plan was measurable with key performance indicators, demography, and policy analysis for his departments. 

Dr. Strom has also led several departments through facilitative leadership. These departments included exceptional student services, entitlement grants, professional development, preschool education, curriculum, educational technology, assessment, research, and business analytics. During his doctoral studies, Dr. Strom analyzed achievement gaps in urban school districts. For his work, he received the "Higher Education Outstanding Dissertation Student Award” from Arizona School Administrators. 

“With Queen Creek experiencing such tremendous growth, Dr. Strom’s experience will be extremely beneficial to the district, said Superintendent Berry. “We are excited to add Dr. Strom to the QCUSD team.”

Dr. Strom has been a member of many local, state, and national-level committees. He is currently the Arizona LEA representative for the National Forum on Education Statistics (NCES/USDOE) and serves on the Arizona Technical Advisory Committee for the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). Previously he has served on the City of Chandler General Plan Committee, the ADE Accountability Advisory Group, and he was the member of the 2016 Arizona Standards Development Committee for ELA and mathematics. 

"It is a distinct privilege and honor to join an exemplary team of educators in Queen Creek Unified School District. The Queen Creek School Board, Dr. Berry, and the executive team have clearly communicated their high expectations for the district, and I am excited to be a part of ensuring that our goals for student outcomes are delivered. My family and I are blessed to join such a wonderful community and eagerly anticipate being humble servants to support the efforts of both the school district and the town of Queen Creek."

Dr. Strom has been married to his wife, Marcia, for 18 years. And, in his most important leadership role, he is the father of three wonderful young men: Zavian (15), Quentin (13), and Elijah (12).

Important Dates

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

  • January 21 - Civil Rights Day - No school
  • January 22 - Parent Institute: Early Literacy/Young Readers (K-1) at 6:00 p.m. at Desert Mountain Elementary
  • January 22 - Incoming Eastmark High School Parent and Student Night at Gateway Polytechnic Academy from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • January 23 - QCUSD Open House - 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the district office
  • January 24 - Parent Institute: Early Literacy/Young Readers (K-1) at 6:00 p.m. at Jack Barnes Elementary
  • January 29 - Parent Institute: Understanding Financial Literacy from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the district office
  • January 31 - Incoming Eastmark High School Parent and Student Night at Gateway Polytechnic Academy from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
  • February 5 - Board meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the district office
  • February 6 - Early Literacy/Young Readers (K-1) TBD at Faith Mather Sossaman Elementary
  • February 12 - Business partner breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center
  • February 12 - Kindergarten round-up starts for all elementary schools
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.

  • Early Literacy/Young Readers (K-1)
    Tuesday, January 22 at 6:00 p.m. at Desert Mountain Elementary
  • Organizational Tools for Your Student
    TBD
  • 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)
    Wednesday, February 6 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.

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