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During the months leading up to the November 2019 election, Apache Junction Unified School District came under fire for requesting a capital override and bond without, some said, due diligence toward obtaining grant funding from the Arizona School Facilities Board (SFB: the state agency put …

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The EVIT Governing Board voted unanimously Monday to reinstate Dr. Chad Wilson as Superintendent of the East Valley Institute of Technology after the state Attorney General's office dismissed charges against Dr. Wilson and the state fingerprint board reinstated his fingerprint clearance card.

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Apache Junction Unified School District will conduct kindergarten registration and host a fun kick-off event for incoming kindergarteners and their parents, Monday Feb. 10 at all three AJUSD elementary school sites.

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Avery Fisher, a sophomore at Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive in Apache Junction, won first place in the 7-12 grade level category in the recent AJ Kid’s Idol talent competition.

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Apache Junction High School students Michael Jada and Jaden Erschen and their U.S. Government Teacher Sheryl Anderson received an unusual opportunity to hear from two political experts when they attended the Arizona Speaker Series at Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington St. in Phoenix …

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Apache Junction Unified School District students from the AVID program (Advancement Via Individual Determination) traveled to Northern Arizona University on Wednesday, Jan. 29 and visited the NAU campus, learned about admissions requirements and asked NAU representatives college-related questions.

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Haley Butel, a sixth grader from Desert Vista Elementary School proved she was an orthographer (good speller) by taking first place in the Apache Junction Unified School District Spelling Bee. Haley competed against students from Four Peaks Elementary, Desert Vista Elementary, Peralta Trail …

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This January, hundreds of teachers from across Maricopa, Gila and Pinal County submitted their classroom wish lists for a chance to take part in Desert Financial Credit Union’s Adopt-A-Teacher program.

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The “Sound of Kindness” in the form of a wind chime from Bens Bells was discovered hanging from the gate early Tuesday morning at Desert Vista Elementary School, 3701 E. Broadway Ave. in Apache Junction and included a message to spread kindness.

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What happens when you put 12 eighth grade junior high students in a crowded arena to listen to an aging, skinny guy dressed in a bow tie, talk about science? When the speaker is Bill Nye the Science Guy, the students are from Cactus Canyon Junior High, and the event is part of the Arizona Sp…

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East Valley families will have the opportunity to explore over 40 different career training programs available to high school students and adults during EVIT Expo, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25 at the East Valley Institute of Technology, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa.

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ASSE Student Exchange Program, a highly respected, non-profit, public-benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school boys and girls from Scandinavia, France, Germany, Italy, Thailand, China, South Korea and the former Soviet Republics. Students are already awaiting word…

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On April 30, 2020, Imagine Prep Superstition is hosting their 3rd Annual College and Career Expo. Last year over 45 universities, schools and companies participated in this celebration for the future. The expo included all grades’ (6th-12th) chance to participate. While the main focus is for…

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Hollywood’s coolest sisters, Elsa and Anna, as well as the magical land of Arendele will come to the stage when the Apache Junction High School Drama Department and Desert Vista Elementary School’s Glee Club present Disney’s Frozen Jr. Feb. 6-7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at A…

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Front Row, L-R: Carlos Keeme, Ragan Stoltz, Alexxx Rodriguez, Benjamin Cardenas Rodriguez, Yaxairi Campos Gurrola, Julia Mills, Tiffany Hutcheson, Jimmy Hodge. Back Row, L-R: AJUSD Superintendent Dr. Krista Anderson, Board Members Christa Rizzi and Chelsea Connolly, Board Vice-President Cami…

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On January 17, the AJ Mounted Rangers met with Pinal Gila Community Child Services, also known as Head Start, to donate $2000.00. They will be using some of the money to purchase tennis shoes, hoodie jackets and sweat pants to have on hand to give to children when needed.

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The Central Arizona College Foundation will host the annual Night of Stars event on Friday, February 7, 2020, at the Windmill Winery Lake House, 1140 W. Butte Avenue, Florence, AZ. The event begins at 6 p.m. and will feature a silent auction, delectable dinner served by Kiss the Chef and ent…

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The only thing worse than missing the bus is when the bus never shows up. This is especially sad for students in grades 7-12 who want to participate in after-school activities such as sports, clubs and extra tutoring assistance, but do not have transportation to get home from these after-sch…

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Fifth grade students at Desert Vista Elementary School, 3701 E. Broadway Ave. in Apache Junction, wrapped up 2019 sharing their Gifted Projects with Robyn Gonzales, educational services curriculum manager.

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The Anchor Club, parent organization for the Apache Junction High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, will host the 22nd Annual Navy JROTC Benefit Car and Motorcycle Show Saturday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive in Apache J…

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The public is invited to see how the cadets at Apache Junction High School’s Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) measure up at its Annual Military Inspection on Thursday, Jan. 16.

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Central Arizona College recognized nineteen radiologic technology students during a pinning ceremony at its Superstition Mountain Campus on Sat., December 14. This special ceremony signifies the completion of an associate of applied science degree in radiologic technology.

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Apache Junction Unified School District is seeking sponsors for their second annual Teacher of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year celebration. Three veteran teachers and one teacher in his or her first year of teaching will be recognized at a special celebration May 4, 2020.

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Five cadets from Apache Junction High School’s Navy JROTC Program were recently selected to attend an Armed Forces Officers Day Luncheon at Scottsdale’s McCormick Ranch.

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First Things First recently launched a new resource page designed to get parents reading and talking with their child at an early age.

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Give the ultimate gift of cultural understanding by hosting a foreign exchange student this upcoming year! ASSE International Student Exchange, a public benefit organization, is seeking local host families for high school students from over 30 countries: Spain, Germany, Thailand, Denmark, Po…

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Central Arizona College has been selected as a 2020 Workforce Development category finalist for the highly coveted Bellwether Award.

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For anyone who’s ever seen a baby, toddler or preschooler open a gift and then toss aside the shiny new toy to instead play with the box, the American Academy of Pediatrics says kids may know what’s best for them.

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Sixth grade students at Four Peaks Elementary School, 1785 N. Idaho Road in Apache Junction, combined science, history and social studies when they learned about trade routes of the Silk Road and created mini catapults.

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The sixth grade students at Four Peaks Elementary School, 1785 N. Idaho Road in Apache Junction recently studied ancient Egypt. In addition to traditional instruction about the building of the pyramids, geography and commerce, the students had the opportunity to mummify apples and create a r…

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Members from the Arizona Humane Society and Phoenix Zoo recently visited Caerensa Klauss’ fifth grade classroom at Desert Vista Elementary School, 3701 E. Broadway Ave. in Apache Junction.

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Five cadets from Apache Junction High School’s Navy JROTC Program were recently selected to attend an Armed Forces Officers Day Luncheon at Scottsdale’s McCormick Ranch.

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The nation’s top scholastic yearbooks were recognized Dec. 19 by the National Scholastic Press Association, and the 2019 Cactus Canyon yearbook has been named one of 12 finalists in the middle school/high school division.

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Apache Junction Unified School District is seeking sponsors for their second annual Teacher of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year celebration. Three veteran teachers and one teacher in his or her first year of teaching will be recognized at a special celebration May 4, 2020 in the Perfo…