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On November 16, 2019, AJ Mounted Rangers Peter Heck, Lori Zeman and Renee Shutts met with Natalie Clement, principal at Peralta Trail Elementary, and presented her a check for $1500.00 for curb and woodchips for the new special needs park. It looked so beautiful. Earlier in the day, the park…

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Second grade students in Ginger Bailey’s class and third graders in Mike Brown’s classroom at Desert Vista Elementary School, 3701 E. Broadway Ave. in Apache Junction, worked with professional artist, Mary Stokrocki, to create shadow puppets as part of the Leland Wilson School Art Project: A…

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Central Arizona College’s Business Division Management Certificate qualifies for the Western Association of Food Chains (WAFC) National Retail Management credential. The WAFC recently announced that 3,000 graduates have received this credential, showing the commitment of the food industry to…

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Central Arizona College inducted 41 students into Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the largest international honor society of two-year colleges, during a special induction and honors recognition ceremony. Students being inducted to PTK have earned a 3.5 GPA or higher.

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Apache Junction Unified School District will not receive either Bond or Override funds in the near future. The results of the all mail-in ballot, with 11,554 voters responding on Proposition 432 (bond), showed 54.98% voting no. With 10,982 voters casting ballots on Proposition 433 (override)…

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Students in three classrooms (and grade levels) at Desert Vista Elementary School, 3701 E. Broadway Ave. in Apache Junction had a bone to pick with each other, but the “joint” project was a cooperative learning experience about anatomy, not a quarrel.

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AVID may be an acronym for the student program “Advancement Via Individual Determination,“ but a recent AVID training session held at the Multi-Generational Center in Apache Junction was a collaboration of 50 students, two counties, three schools, a city agency, local business and community …

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Chad Cantrell, principal at Cactus Canyon Jr. High, 801 W. Southern Ave. in Apache Junction, was recently recognized by Kathy Hoffman, superintendent of public instruction for the state of Arizona, during National Principals Month in October.

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The Central Arizona College (CAC) chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) has more than 270 student members this fall. The group has been engaged in various activities and will be sponsoring a national broadcast event in early November.

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On Friday, October 18, The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) presented the 2019 ACCT Association Awards during the 50th Annual ACCT Leadership Congress in San Francisco, California. The awards recognize contributions made by community colleges and their leaders to meet the nee…

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The Apache Junction High School Marching Band literally “beat” the competition and captured first place at the Arizona Marching Band Association (AZMBA) “Rock the Ridge” competition, Class 1A Division at Mountain Ridge School in Glendale on Oct. 12th.

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Project HELP, 195 E. Superstition Blvd. in Apache Junction (located in the Pinal County complex) will soon be accepting holiday donations on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Thanksgiving donations will be accepted Nov. 1 through Nov. 22, and Christmas donations will be accepted…

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On Monday, Oct. 14, a ribbon cutting was held at Apache Junction High School, signifying the official launch of CAC Connect, an Apache Junction Educational Partnership.

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Approximately 30 people attended a community forum focused on the AJUSD Capital Bond and DAA (capital) Override at the Gold Canyon Community Church on Thursday, Sept. 26. Glenn Walp, president of ADOBE, opened, discussing the many ways that schools have changed since he was young. Changes in…

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Past Exalted Ruler Dennis Mack hosted a “Meet and Greet” at the Apache Junction Elks Lodge #2349 last week to offer support to AJUSD teachers and students. The evening’s goal was to get to know each other.

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Apache Junction High School students in Sheryl Anderson’s Government class will get hands-on experience on how the democratic process works by registering eligible citizens to vote Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Apache Junction Unified School District Office, 1575 W. South…

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Today’s global community challenges each of us to engage with people and cultures we might not fully understand. The more we travel, the more likely we are to connect local issues to global ones—and the more culturally aware we become in an increasingly interdependent world.

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Apache Junction Unified School District’s Food Services Department has partnered with the United Food Bank and will provide a Mobile School Market at the Apache Junction High School Cafeteria, 2525 S. Ironwood Road in Apache Junction.

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The Apache Junction Unified School District Student of the Month for August are (L-R) Front Row: Annabell Mickelson, Jacob Adams, Alyssa Quill, Emilia Rhinehart, Daniel Espinoza, Nadine Owen, Logan Gonzalez, Helen Bricker . Back Row: Superintendent Dr. Krista Anderson, Governing Board Presid…

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The Introduction to Engineering students at Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood in Apache Junction, are making the community a better place using cardboard, construction paper and a little ingenuity.

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In a press release dated Tuesday, September 10, Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced that a State Grand Jury has indicted the former superintendent of Apache Junction Unified School District for one charge of theft and three charges of misuse of public monies, all of which are felonies. …

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In her 13 years at the Apache Junction Unified School District Office (DO) Roxann Leavitt has maintained a calm, almost Zen-like demeanor while responding to inquiries about paychecks and health insurance benefits. However, a quick glance around the office she shares with fellow payroll and …

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In an effort to provide a safe and drug-free environment at our junior high and high school, AJUSD will be working jointly with the Pinal County K-9 Unit to pilot a new program to help deter drugs and drug use at our campuses.

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One of the best things about the school year getting underway is that a whole new set of kids in Apache Junction will be going through the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. D.A.R.E. was established in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department, and it was so popular that it …

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It was Aug. 28, 1989. Cher was crooning, “If I could turn back time,” the B52s were grooving to “Love Shack,” a gallon of gas cost 97 cents and Ronald Reagan was the Commander in Chief. On that special day in 1989, Desert Vista Elementary School, 3701 E. Broadway Ave., in Apache Junction ope…

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It was like Christmas in August when Caleb Smith, supervisor, and Delina Henrie, store manager of Bealls Outlet, 725 W. Apache Trail in Apache Junction brought in a large box of supplies for students of Apache Junction Unified School District.

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Central Arizona College student, Tegan Homol, was recently named a 2019 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar. She was one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members selected based on scholastic achievement, community service and leadership potential. Nearly 900 applications were received.

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Central Arizona College Governing Board Member Gladys Christensen has been chosen as the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) 2019 Pacific Regional Trustee Leadership Award recipient.

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Apache Junction High School’s new principal, Dr. Chris Lineberry, left a little something behind at his former school, Stanfield Elementary in Stanfield, AZ. He recently learned a program he implemented is the recipient of the American School Health Association’s Whole School, Whole Communit…

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In a unanimous vote with all members present, the Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board approved the sale of the Gold Canyon Elementary School building, 5810 S. Alameda Road, to the current tenants, Gold Canyon Community Church. A deed restriction included in the agreement …

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When Central Arizona College students begin the fall semester on August 19, they will have access to 24/7 telemedicine and counseling/therapy services for themselves and up to four household dependents, including a spouse and/or children.

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Parents who foster positive, nurturing relationships with their baby, toddler or preschooler will help the healthy development of their child’s social-emotional skills that will serve the child later in life.

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At the July 23, 2019, Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board meeting, Director of Finance Cindy Reichert presented the Board with an overview of the proposed 2019-20 Maintenance & Operation (M&O) budget. Members of the public can access the “Proposed Budget” document…

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Walmart and The Salvation Army are joining forces to provide new school supplies to local children in need during the “Stuff the Bus” campaign event at the following Walmart locations in the greater metro Phoenix area on Saturday, Aug. 3 (East Valley locations only shown here):

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Do you ever feel like your kids know more than you do about how to navigate around on Smart devices? We can’t monitor our children’s every move online, but Internet parental controls are an easy way for parents to make sure their kids stay safe while they’re streaming, gaming, scrolling or c…

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Head Start is a family centered school readiness program providing services nationally for 54 years. We provide ½ day classroom services Monday through Thursday for children ages 3-5 (not going into kindergarten) and full day for children services for children 18 months to 3 years. We also p…

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The Apache Junction High School Cheerleading team is looking for sponsors in hopes of replacing their worn out and stained uniforms. It has been four years since the team had new uniforms, and they will need to raise $2500 by early August for the girls to have the uniforms in time for the fi…