Peoria Unified School District

Every Student, Every Day, Prepared to Shape Tomorrow. Welcome to the official page for the Peoria Unified School District.

It is our goal is to become the nation's leader in preparing every student, every day to shape tomorrow. The Peoria Unified page is provided as a service for the district's parents, students, staff, community members and other stakeholders. The Public Relations and Communications Department maintains and updates this page to share student and staff achievements, upcoming events, emergenc

Operating as usual


🙌 “I love being a bus driver as a retired teacher because this gets to be my classroom. Yes, it is a classroom on wheels, but I can still impact the lives of students.” - Pedro Price Dimond, school bus driver and trainer.

Learn more at our Support Staff Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 3 at the District Administration Center! Register now!


In honor of Memorial Day all schools and office sites are closed today. 🇺🇸


🙌 And that's a wrap, Peoria Unified! We're so glad to have been able to celebrate another school year with you all and we look forward to the start of next school year! In the meantime, please refer to our summer hours should you need any assistance throughout the break:

🍎 District Administration Center | Monday - Thursday, 6 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
🍎 Elementary School Offices | 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. through June 6 (they will re-open July 22)
🍎 High School Offices | Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. all summer
🍎 Transportation Services | Monday - Thursday, 6 a.m. - 4 p.m.

💫Additionally, all district school sites and offices will be closed Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day and Thursday, July 4 for Independence Day.


⭐ Congratulations AnnMarie Sweetsir from Raymond S. Kellis High School! AnnMarie is a recent RSK graduate and earned the Dean's Scholarship from Northern Arizona University. She will attend NAU this fall on her journey to become a doctor. AnnMarie deeply enjoyed her time at Raymond S. Kellis High participating in theater. Best of luck in your endeavors, AnnMarie! 💙💛


👏 Let's congratulate Jackson Nevarez, graduate from Cactus High School! Jackson excelled at Cactus under the guidance of Ret. Colonel Zamora and Ret. Chief Nelson in their AFJROTC program. It is because of his time in this program that he has decided to join the Navy and serve our country. Jackson will ship out to boot camp in less than a month. Best of luck to you Jackson and thank you for your service! 🫡


🥳 Congratulations Graduating Class of 2024! One post isn’t enough to sum up the legacy your class has had on this district but we want to thank you for making Peoria Unified what it is - a great place to learn. Congratulations on all you’ve achieved in your time in Peoria Unified and on behalf of all staff here, we wish you the absolute best in your future endeavors. Congrats! 🎉


👏 “I love everyone I work with; they are all supportive and caring. I love coming to work every day because of the kids and being able to help them learn. I enjoy seeing all the smiling faces. Working at Peoria Elementary has made me the person I am today, and I will always go above and beyond to help all my co-workers and students whenever they need my support and help,” Christina Garcia, Peoria Elementary School Instructional Assistant.

⭐ Learn more at Support Staff Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 3 at the District Administration Center! Register Now!

Photos from Peoria Unified School District's post 05/21/2024

🎉 Congratulations to graduating seniors Ethan and Aidan Jones from Ironwood High School! Ethan and Aidan will both be attending trade school after graduation. Congrats to these two Ironwood Eagles, we are so proud of you! 🦅


🤩 Peoria Unified is proud to announce that the Class of 2024 has broken the district record for scholarship dollars earned. The Class of 2024 has brought in over $98 million in scholarships - the most our district's history has ever seen. This is more than $20 million than the district's previous record from last year.

Congratulations to this incredible class of seniors who have labored tirelessly to achieve this incredible feat and to all those who have supported them along the way; families, teachers, guidance counselors, coaches and countless other role models within the district and community. Get the full story on our seniors' scholarships here: 🎉👏


🎉 Introducing Madeline Hershey from Cactus High School's graduating Class of 2024! Madeline's passion for the arts and care for children inspired her to initiate the first-ever ceramic class for COOP (Peoria Unified preschool) students, which she taught herself! Madeline finished her high school career as an honor student will be attending Northern Arizona University in the fall. Way to go Madeline! 🥳


🌴 Park West is hosting Bubbles & Bass in honor of our last day of school from 6 - 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23.

This free event will feature a Family Dance Party at the Splash Pad including a Live DJ/Funergy Show, bubble machines, complimentary photos with The Little Mermaid and a free Bubble Blaster to the first 200 guests.

Park West businesses will join the fun by offering BOGOS during the event. Don't miss out on this fun summer kick-off! 🥳

Bubbles and Bass is THIS THURSDAY, May 23 from 6-7:30 pm! 🫧 🎶 Kick off the start of summer with Park West during this FREE, high-energy bubble dance party featuring a live DJ, entertainment by Funergy- Events, Promotions, and Entertainment for your business, and complimentary photos with The Little Mermaid. Plus, enjoy BOGO deals from select Park West stores like Handel's Ice Cream Park West, F45 Training Park West AZ, Jalapeno Inferno Park West, Paramount Hair Extensions, and Tiki Star.
Arrive early because the first 200 guests snag a FREE Bubble Blaster while supplies last! Don't miss out on the event of the summer! 🎉 ☀️

Photos from Peoria Unified School District's post 05/20/2024

🎉 Introducing Tanner Strunk from Peoria High School's Class of 2024! Tanner has been heavily involved with Peoria High's Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter, receiving the FFA scholarship as well as the Against All Odds scholarship from the Peoria Education Foundation. Tanner spent his high school years playing hockey, working at feed and tack stores, helping maintain his family's home farm and even raising a cow on his own income! Tanner hopes to be a ranch/land manager one day after attending New Mexico State University. Congratulations on all you have achieved, Tanner! 🐮


🥳 Meet Matthew Black, graduating senior from Cactus High School ()! After graduation, Matthew plans to serve on a mission in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico, and then attend Utah Valley University, pursuing a degree in architecture. Congratulations Matthew, way to go! ⭐

Photos from Peoria Unified School District's post 05/20/2024

🎉 Peoria Unified is proud to be home to two outstanding individuals, Coach Lisa Lopez and Eric Gardner! Coach Lopez from Ironwood High School has just been named the AIA Unified Coach of the Year for all her efforts with her Unified athletes. Liberty High School is the 2024 recipient of the AIA Director's Cup for excellence in athletics, arts and academics. Eric Gardner, athletic director at Liberty, was also a finalist for Administrator of the Year. Congratulations Ironwood & Liberty on these incredible achievements! 👏


🎉 Meet Gianna Frisella, graduating senior from Sunrise Mountain High School! Gianna has balanced volleyball, work and honors classes throughout high school, and her efforts did not go unrewarded. She has earned her academic letter and was inducted into NHS during her time at Sunrise Mountain. Gianna will be pursuing a B.A. in Business Communications at the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU Tempe. Way to go Gianna! ⭐


🌳 A big thank you to all who attended the 94th Annual Peoria Future Farmers of America (FFA) Banquet. Over 250 community members, Peoria High School staff, alumni and students were in attendance. Over $39,000 worth of awards were presented to students and 22 community members were installed as honorary members. The 1994 Peoria FFA Chapter Officer team was also in attendance and presented the newly refurbished, 4-foot FFA emblem, originally constructed in 1994. Congratulations to all students recognized and all honorary members! 💚💛


⭐ Congratulations to Gabriel Sanders, graduating senior from Ironwood High School! Gabriel has worked incredibly hard to overcome personal and academic challenges to make it to graduation and we couldn't be more proud of him! He plans to attend Glendale Community College this fall to study Film and Editing. Congrats Gabriel! 👏

Photos from Peoria Unified School District's post 05/16/2024

🎨This week, the Sunrise Mountain Art Center (SMart Center) was officially dedicated by the 2020 Governing Board and superintendent to which it was commissioned under. This space on Sunrise Mountain High School's campus shines as a beacon of creativity, innovation and constant self-improvement for art students. Peoria Unified recognizes and thanks Governing Board president David Sandoval, clerk Cory Underhill, member Judy Doane, member Monica Ceja Martinez, member Beverly Pingerelli, and superintendent Linda Palles-Thompson, as well as architect Orcutt | Winslow and Sun Valley Builders for making this building a reality for students. 😁

Photos from Peoria Unified School District's post 05/16/2024

🎉 Yesterday, City of Peoria Councilmember Edwards delivered the proclamation that May 15 will formally be recognized as Rae Conelley Day! This was announced at Mrs. Conelley's retirement celebration and Peoria Unified could not be more grateful for her 29 years of service to the district's students and families. Rae Conelley is the only principal to have served at Sunset Heights Elementary School since the school's opening in 2014. During her tenure, she received the coveted Raymond S. Kellis Leadership Award during the 2013-14 school year. This is intended for Peoria Unified employees who exemplify strong leadership qualities and recipients are nominated by their peers for their exceptional service. Mrs. Conelley has served at a number or Peoria Unified schools including Alta Loma Elementary School, Ira A. Murphy Elementary and Frontier Elementary School. 😁

Congratulations Mrs. Conelley and thank you for your service to Peoria Unified. 💙🧡

Photos from Peoria Unified School District's post 05/14/2024

📋 Honeywell visited engineering students at the Peoria Unified MET Professional Academy yesterday, showcasing real pieces created in their shop to be used in aircrafts. Students got to analyze parts and have meaningful discussions with multiple Honeywell engineers and inspectors on what their profession holds. This is in preparation for the summer, as Honeywell will be offering three internships to Peoria Unified seniors interested in aerospace engineering. We can't wait to see what the next generation of engineers will accomplish! 😁


🎉 Graduation is nearly here and to help celebrate, we want to spotlight our seniors! Join us as we recognize the Class of 2024 up until graduation!

⭐ Kicking off our first senior spotlight is Jordan Bennett from Liberty High School! Jordan has earned the Provost Scholarship from ASU and plans to attend the Barrett Honors College majoring in Elementary Education. Her passion for elementary education is already shining brightly as she volunteers at Vistancia Elementary School multiple times a week, helping out with the Bus Safety Team at dismissal time and tutoring middle school athletes to help them stay on top of their academics. Way to go Jordan and congratulations! 👏


💙 Join us tomorrow evening for Peoria Unified's final Virtual Parent Presentation of the school year! "Healthy Relationships" presented by notMYkid will take place online from 6 - 7 p.m., tomorrow, Tuesday, May 14. Register for this free, informative presentation today:

Photos from Sahuaro Ranch Elementary School's post 05/13/2024

🍏 Congratulations to Mrs. Wilson from Sahuaro Ranch Elementary School on earning the coveted Silver Apple Award from Channel 3 News! We could not be more proud of you for all your hard work and dedication to Sahuaro Ranch's ABLE program students. You truly make a difference in their lives each and every day. We are to call you one of our own! 🤩

Photos from Monica Ceja Martinez's post 05/13/2024

🤗 Thanks Centennial High School Football and everyone involved for teaming up to help those in need! What a way to spend the weekend - doing good in the community!🙌


🎉 Congratulations to all our incredible young artists from the across the district! 🎨

Peoria Mayor and City Council celebrated 25 young artists from 12 schools in the Peoria Unified School District spanning kindergarten to eighth grade who participated in the 14th exhibition of the City of Peoria’s Young Artists Program.

The young artists program was created in 2016 as a bi-annual opportunity to engage students interested in the arts, while bringing attention to the value that art brings to a community. The latest exhibition was on display in Peoria City Hall from April 22, 2024, through May 7, 2024. Students were honored with the framing of their personal artwork, and a certificate of recognition for their creative contributions by the Peoria City Council in the Pine Room at City Hall during the May 7 meeting. PUSD Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Christopher (KC) Somers participated in the ceremony to celebrate the talent of these young artists.

The City of Peoria is proud to offer a variety of art experiences for residents and visitors to enjoy. To learn more about upcoming arts events, visit

Students photographed:
Back Row (L-R):
Carlos Luna-Salas, Sundance Elementary
Diego Verdun Rios, Sundance Elementary
Adan Hines, Kachina Elementary

Front Row (L-R):
Sawyer Lewis, Desert Valley Elementary
Piper Anderson, Oasis Elementary
Ken Hoac, Oasis Elementary
Emma Rosa, Parkridge Elementary
Adriel Madera, Santa Fe Elementary
Isabella Bajo Guerrero, Sun Valley Elementary
Marlley Pridgen, Sun Valley Elementary
Max Mackey, Sunset Height Elementary
Jacob MacLean, Peoria Traditional
Carly Flores, Zuni Hills Elementary
Samuel Rodriguez, Sahuaro Ranch Elementary
Samantha Camacho, Peoria Elementary


💛 Happy Mother’s Day! We celebrate and thank all mothers and mother-figures in our lives
who care for us. Thank you!

2024 Pride of Peoria Prize Patrol: Dianne Huot, Marshall Ranch Elementary 05/10/2024

🤩 As we conclude teacher appreciation week allow us to introduce our final Pride of Peoria recipient, Ms. Dianne Huot! Ms. Huot is the Pride of Peoria because of her unwavering dedication to the students of Peoria Unified for the past 30 years Ms. Dianne Huot is the person the district calls when a student is desperately in need of help because they know she will step up whenever she can. Congratulations, Dianne!

2024 Pride of Peoria Prize Patrol: Dianne Huot, Marshall Ranch Elementary

Photos from Peoria High School's post 05/10/2024

🏆Congratulations to the Peoria High School MESA team! This group of students has just earned their 15th state championship title at the 2024 Arizona MESA Day Competition hosted by the University of Arizona. Additionally, four students from the MESA team who competed in the National Engineering Design Competition also received first place and landed a spot at the MESA USA National Competition in San Diego. We wish them the best of luck as they represent Arizona at nationals this summer! Way to go PHS! 🤩


🎉 Happy School Communicators Day! We are grateful for all our communication and public relations professionals who work to maintain clear communication between our schools, families and students!

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