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City looks to alleviate school traffic on Porter

The City of Maricopa is working with public and charter schools to develop plans to alleviate traffic congestion and the blocking of roadways during...

Poll: Teachers should be able to carry a gun

In the wake of the recent mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, in which 19 grade-school children and two teachers were murdered by a gunman,...

MHS grad’s bright star grows even brighter

Haley Raffaele, a newly-minted graduate of Maricopa High and veteran of theater at the school, stole the spotlight on Saturday night. She became the first...

Desert Sunrise JV football to debut at cross-town foe

The Desert Sunrise High School junior varsity football team will open its inaugural season at cross-town opponent Sequoia Pathway on Sept. 1. And the regular...

Homeschoolers earn CAC degrees before high school diplomas

Carlee Vidolin is one of four Maricopa homeschooled students who received an associate degree from Central Arizona College before graduating high school. Vidolin received an...

MHS salutatorian’s address to the Class of 2022

Lexie Nordhoff delivered the salutatory address at Thursday night's graduation at Maricopa High School. Here is the full text of her speech: I HAVE SPENT...

Sequoia Pathway celebrates 2022 graduates

Fifty-six seniors graduated Friday night from Sequoia Pathway Academy in Maricopa. The graduates heard addresses from valedictorian Skyler King and salutatorian Freddy Rivera before accepting...

Another huge gallery of MHS graduation photos

The Class of 2022 graduated from Maricopa High School Class of 2022 during commencement ceremonies Thursday night in Ram Stadium. PHOTOS: More Victor Moreno shots...

MHS valedictorian’s speech to her fellow graduates

Justine Sanchez Mora delivered the valedictory address at Thursday night's graduation at Maricopa High School. Here is the full text of her speech: WELCOME, Maricopa...

170 photos of MHS graduation by Victor Moreno

Members of the Maricopa High School Class of 2022 accepted their diplomas Thursday night during commencement ceremonies in Ram Stadium. Teachers, administrators, friends and family...

Class of 2022 graduates from Maricopa High School

As the sun set on their high school years, the Maricopa High School Class of 2022 graduated Thursday night. Family and friends gathered to watch...

After 17 years, Rick Abel retires from Maricopa schools

The Maricopa Unified School District is losing a tremendous resource as the school year winds down. Teacher Rick Abel, who has spent 45 years in...

Seniors prepare for rest of their lives

For local high school seniors, graduation represents a key turning point in their lives. While it will signify the end of their high school careers,...

MUSD fetes new high school with soft opening

The atmosphere was festive Tuesday morning at Desert Sunrise High School as Maricopa Unified School District leaders celebrated the soft opening of the city’s...

Class of 2022 leaders look ahead

Following the challenges brought on by the pandemic, the 2021-22 school year saw a return to normalcy. The Class of 2022 at area schools, which...

CTE graduation rates exceed those of traditional track

With Maricopa High seniors receiving diplomas this week, an interesting statistic came to light at a recent Maricopa Unified School District Governing Board meeting...

Seniors graduate from Maricopa Virtual Academy (Photos)

Seniors in the Maricopa Virtual Academy graduated on Thursday night. Family and friends watched 38 students receive their diplomas on a festively-decorated stage in the...

Maricopa Wells Middle School wins girls’ track title

Yet another Maricopa middle school athletic team has brought home a conference title. The Maricopa Wells girls’ track team narrowly edged Casa Grande’s Villago Middle...
Sequoia Pathway Girls Golf state champs

Sequoia Pathway girls win junior high state golf title

The Sequoia Pathway Junior High girls’ golf team captured the Canyon Athletic Association Division I-II state championship Saturday, winning the title in the program’s...

Heritage Academy wins state softball championship

The varsity softball team from Heritage Academy has won the AZCAA Division 2 State Championship. The Heroes defeated a talented Imagine Prep Storm team of Surprise...

MUSD adopts new social studies curriculum

The Maricopa Unified School District has adopted new social studies curriculum for its K-12 classrooms at a cost of $935,000 over six years. The MUSD...

Rockets launch at Desert Wind Middle School

Students from Desert Wind Middle School took to the skies Wednesday in the annual display of rocketry skills. The event was created to give students...

MHS students win medals at SkillsUSA state championships

Ten Maricopa High School students earned gold medals at the recent 2022 Arizona SkillsUSA State Championships. They were among 35 students who represented the high...
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Desert Sunrise construction nears completion

They’re down to the details. Construction on the city’s second high school, Desert Sunrise, is nearing completion, according to Tim Goyette of CHASSE Building Team. “The...

MHS student lands spot at Air Force Academy prep school

A Maricopa High School senior’s lifetime dream of an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy has taken a big leap forward. Charles Liermann received...
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New principal at Desert Wind Middle School

A new principal will take over at Desert Wind Middle School for the 2022-23 school year. Aidan Balt will succeed Carlos Alvarado, who will retire...
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MUSD welcomes new governing board member

Dr. Gary Miller was sworn in Wednesday evening as the newest member of the Maricopa Unified School District Governing Board. He was appointed to succeed...
Heritage Jr High flag football champs

Heritage Academy captures state flag football title

A Maricopa school has brought home a state championship on the gridiron. Heritage Academy recently won the Canyon Athletic Association middle school Division 2 flag...

Special needs school continues to grow

Stepping Stones Learning Center has a new home. But, as Anna Hart, the school's founder and executive director pointed out, it is not her home,...

MUSD governing board tabs Owens as VP

The Maricopa Unified School District governing board selected former president Ben Owens as its new vice president Wednesday evening, replacing Jim Jordan. Jordan passed...