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Whether it’s with online options such as Google Classroom via Chromebooks or printing the alphabet with chalk on a sidewalk, students, parents and teachers from pre-K to grade 12 are using a variety of tools to connect, teach and continue classroom learning during the state-wide school closu…

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The Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board room, 1575 W. Southern in Apache Junction, may have been empty due to the school closure from COVID-19, but the 10 AJUSD students of the month were not forgotten.

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Four employees from Apache Junction Unified School District, Rosie Portugal-Brastad, Angelica Duarte, Julia Flor and Cathy Nazario, were recently named Classified (non-teaching) /Employees of the Month at the AJUSD Governing Board Meeting on April 14.

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The graduating class of Apache Junction High School: the Class of 2020 will shine in a way like no other class in the school’s history.

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The AJUSD Mobile Food Pantry, originally scheduled for May 20, has been cancelled. Those in need of food services are encouraged to visit www.unitedfoodbank.org or local food pantries, https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/az-apache_junction for assistance.

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These are challenging times for families, especially those with young children, who are especially sensitive to situations causing stress in their environments and among their adult caregivers.

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Rosie Portual-Brastad is used to coming to the aid of Apache Junction Unified School District families. Rosie heads Project Help, a program that is exclusive to Apache Junction Unified School District and provides families in need with help with financial assistance, food, new and gently-use…

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PINAL COUNTY, AZ – The Central Arizona College Career & Transfer Center will host a virtual ASU/CAC Day through Zoom on Wednesday, April 15 from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

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Hannah O’Toole, a choir student at AJHS, 2525 W. Ironwood Dr. in Apache Junction, has even more to sing about now. The high school freshman was nominated in the “Best in Class” category by the Arizona Music Educators Association, Solo and Ensemble Tier 2. Only one male vocal solo and one fem…

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The yearbook staff at Cactus Canyon Jr. High School, 801 W. Southern Ave. in Apache Junction, received a Silver Crown for their yearbook, Oro.

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Imagine Prep Superstition’s head wrestling coach was named the 2019-2020 Canyon Athletic Association (CAA) wrestling coach of the year for the second year in a row. The CAA wanted to recognize this momentous achievement, as well as his inspirational work as a coach.

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Megan Nealy was named as the 2019-2020 Imagine Prep Superstition Teacher of the Year. Ms. Nealy has been teaching for 14 years, and this is her 4th year at Imagine Prep Superstition.

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Apache Junction Unified School District’s Food Services Department has expanded its curbside meal service to two locations, beginning Monday, March 30. The locations include Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood Dr. and Four Peaks Elementary School, 1785 N. Idaho Road in Apache Junction.

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As a destination campus, we recognize that the current school location for meal pickup isn't accessible to all of our families. In an effort to connect more of our families with meals during the school closures, we are launching a "Meals on Wheels" program, beginning Monday, March 23.

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The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is pleased to announce Casseus Rhodes, a home schooled sixth grade student from Apache Junction, Arizona, has been named the second place national winner and recipient of a $4,000 award in its 2019-20 Patriot’s Pen essay contest. Casseus, who was sponsored …

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The Kiwanis Club of Apache Junction donated Title 1 curriculum to Four Peaks Elementary School. It is an on-going Kiwanis of Apache Junction program that provides material each year to an elementary school in our community.

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Never been to a comic con? Well, this is your chance! The Apache Junction Public Library has an exciting day of free events for the whole family! Meet your favorites, such as Star Wars, superheroes, Ghostbusters and princesses. Experience the United Zombies of America’s Zombie Attack Game, i…

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The students in Steven Bussell’s Intro to Engineering class at Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive, Apache Junction, are building bridges of their own design using uncooked spaghetti as the construction material.

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As Company Commander of the NJROTC Unit at Apache Junction High School and on behalf of the program, I would like to thank the entire community for its support in the last few months as we have worked feverishly on recruiting in both the Apache Junction and J.O. Combs school districts to ens…

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Parents! Spring break is going to be here before you know it, and it is time to start planning activities for your children. Apache Junction Parks and Recreation is once again offering its Spring Break Open Gym program.

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When Apache Junction Unified School District, 1575 W. Southern Ave. in Apache Junction, sent out a request for sponsors to underwrite a recognition event for classified (non-teaching) employees, AJ Moose Lodge #2039 quickly jumped into action and agreed to completely fund the Classified Empl…

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Students and staff at Apache Junction High School (AJHS) will be seeing more police officers in the days and weeks to come. Apache Junction High School has generously set aside office space to be used by Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) as a satellite substation. AJPD officers will b…

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Parents! Spring break is going to be here before you know it, and it is time to start planning activities for your children. Apache Junction Parks and Recreation is once again offering its Spring Break Open Gym program.

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On Friday, February 14, 2020, the AJHS Physics Club joined over a thousand physics students at Castles N’ Coasters for the Twenty-third Annual Physics Day. With events such as the Hurricane Paper Tower, Egg Drop and Bernoulli Ball, the physics students challenged their creative problem-solvi…

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Artwork submitted by Hailey Webb, an eighth grade student at Cactus Canyon Junior High, 801 W. Southern Ave. in Apache Junction, won at the state and southwest regional competition and is now being considered for a national honor by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Central Arizona College support staff at the Superstition Mountain Campus recently awarded two, $100 book scholarships and donated $250 to the CAC Foundation for Promise for the Future.

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Central Arizona College was recently named the 2020 Workforce Development winner for the prestigious Bellwether Award at the Community College Futures Assembly (CCFA) held in San Antonio, TX.

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They say a penny saved is a penny earned, but student council members from Desert Vista Elementary School, 3701 E. Broadway Ave. in Apache Junction, discovered that a collection of pennies can also be used as a great fundraiser.

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Front row, L-R: Ava Martin, James Hutcheson, Nevaeh Urquijo, Madison Arthur, Eli Gutierrez, Dominic Lemmons and Julian Allison II. 

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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…