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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…

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As part of a regional consortium of community colleges and industry partners, Central Arizona College will receive $1.2 million in federal funding to develop industry-recognized apprenticeships in manufacturing. Pima Community College will lead the $4.23 million federal grant to develop Ariz…

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Introducing math and science to young children doesn’t have to be complicated. Parents and caregivers don’t have to wait until a child can solve written math problems or conduct complex science experiments. Activities such as finger painting, building blocks and baking are fun and interactiv…

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There is a new technology available to the school district of Imagine Prep High School and Middle School that allows parents to conveniently apply for free and reduced meal benefits for their children.

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At the July 9 Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board meeting, the Board approved Dr. Patricia Goolsby and Bill Hazell as assistant principals at Apache Junction High School, 2525 S. Ironwood Drive in Apache Junction. They will be joining Principal Dr. Christopher Lineberry t…

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Prospector Days are fast approaching for students at Apache Junction High School! This is an opportunity for students to come in and deal with scheduling issues, pay fees and outstanding fines, buy parking passes, etc. Freshman Boot Camp (July 17) will also include a Q & A time for parents.

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Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggested doctors start prescribing play for young children. “Play supports the formation of the safe, stable and nurturing relationships with all caregivers that children need to thrive,” the report said.

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Apache Junction Unified School District will be participating in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. As part of this program, Four Peaks Elementary School will offer healthy meals every school day at NO COST to the students due to the implementation of Provision 2…

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Susan M. Doyle has been named Director of Human Resources for Apache Junction Unified School District. She will be responsible for providing leadership and technical expertise to recruit, retain and maximize the potential of AJUSD employees, as well as developing short and long-range goals t…

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Central Arizona College will offer Student Success Workshops in a LIVE online webinar format during the months of July and August. These free informational sessions will focus on topics that are important to students and their families. They can be accessed from any computer or mobile device…

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Central Arizona College was recently named a 2019 Gold Circle of Excellence award winner by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for their entry, “Central Arizona College & Sundt Construction: Education at the Speed of Industry.”

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The Office of the Governor, Helios Education Foundation, Pima Community College Foundation, and the Arizona Community Foundation have jointly awarded a $1,350,000 grant to create the Arizona Center for Student Success at the ten community colleges in the state. This newly created center will…

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Dr. Chris Lineberry is an educator, author, professional speaker/trainer and an education advocate who has testified in AZ Senate hearings. His last school was selected as one of three schools nationally to be featured in a series of documentaries for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) tha…

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On Tuesday, June 11, the Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board unanimously approved the call to election for a $60 million capital bond and a $2 million capital override. They also approved the suggestion of the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee to install a community ove…

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On Saturday, May 11, the Apache Junction High School prom was cut short when it was discovered that multiple cars in the venue parking lot at Schnepf Farms had one or more tires slashed. Several cars were also keyed.

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One of the problems faced by finance managers in school districts is the requirement that they must formulate and submit their budget to the county for the coming fiscal year by a specific date. The state legislature; however, is not required to abide by the same deadlines and often does not…

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Cactus Canyon Junior High Principal Courtney Castelhano was recently named Apache Junction Unified School District’s new manager of curriculum. She will begin her new position July 1, joining the Educational Services department. Her focus will be on improving systems and supports for distric…

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On April 9, the Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board approved a new salary schedule investing $900,000 to raise employee compensation from the 25th percentile to a median wage falling in the 40th percentile as compared to 25 similar and/or neighboring districts. The measur…

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Apache Junction Unified School District celebrated the Students of the Month for March at the April 9 Governing Board Meeting. Front Row, L-R: Jimena Albarran Arrollo, Melanie Spafford, Sage Miguel Gaspar, Charles Richie, Lincoln Rumney, Jason Stone, Anna Brownlee, Yadir Galvan Cruz – Back R…

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At the April 9 Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board Meeting, Daughters of the American Revolution, Apache Trail Chapter representative Bonnie Williams presented Summer Mittendorf with a certificate and bronze medal for “Excellence in History.”

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Over the course of the last few months, representative employees from all Apache Junction Unified School District schools and departments have met to research, discuss and rebuild the district’s salary structure. The efforts of this salary committee, working with consultant Vance Jacobson, J…

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The Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board added an extra work session to their schedule this month, meeting Tuesday, March 12, to discuss three key topics: the formation of an election advisory committee to study the possibility of a capital bond election for November 2019;…

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Apache Junction High School student Matthew Swigert knows how to score. The high school senior recently received a $1,000 scholarship from the Rhythm in Blues Community Choir at Roadhaven Resort, 1000 S. Idaho Road in Apache Junction.

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Salt River Project (SRP) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) are honoring nine Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) students as part of the inaugural BBB Ethical Cadet Scholarship program. Cadet Brady Williams, from Apache Junction High School is one of them. The AJHS Navy JROTC …

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Board members at the December 11 Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board meeting addressed the topic of updating and diversifying course curriculum throughout the district. The presentation documented efforts to improve the quality of education available to Apache Junction/Go…

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The award-winning Apache Junction High School Navy Junior ROTC is under new “management” this year, as Major William Parker and Senior Chief Dave Patti retired at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Stepping into the big boots are LCDR Gary Lock and Senior Chief Kendra Welchert, who have alr…

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Tacked on to the end of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors’ (BOS) November 28 agenda, with Chairman Todd House reminding Bob Harris, Treasurer of A.D.O.B.E., “We’re trying to get out of here; you have 3 minutes to speak,” the supervisors approved an Intergovernmental Agreement with Apache…

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Da Un “Andie” Chung, an educator at Apache Junction High School in Apache Junction, AZ, was recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). A role model to pupils, Chung was nominated by sophomore Makayla Montoya for outstan…

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With all city positions decided in the primary election on August 28, the lone event remaining in the local race is between the four candidates vying for two open seats on the Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board.

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On Saturday, September 22, Apache Junction High School hosted the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) Prospector Brain Brawl. Out of 16 teams participating in the event, Apache Junction took the first place win, which earned them an automatic qualification for the Western Reg…