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Welcome to the home of the Bucaneers
Barney Jr. High

Welcome to Newell Barney Junior High, located northeast of Sossaman and Riggs Road in the beautiful San Tan Valley, just an hour away from metropolitan Phoenix. We are a 7th and 8th grade school in the Queen Creek School District. We are dedicated to providing a quality education to all students. Our community is extremely supportive of our efforts here on campus, which directly translates into student success.

Students on our campus have many activities to choose from, and we encourage them to get involved in extracurricular events. From clubs to athletics, performing arts groups and technology, we know every student can find something to interest him or her.

If you ever have a question for us or would like to tour our campus, don’t hesitate to let us know. Working with our community is always a pleasure here at Newell Barney. Welcome Home!


A Message from the Helm

Parents, Faculty and Staff, and Community Members,

Thank you for choosing Newell Barney Junior High School!

Welcome to Newell Barney Junior High School (NBJHS) - the home of the Buccaneers! Our school motto is: Believe, Succeed, Achieve. This motto is applied every day of the year as our staff and community believe that each student can achieve academically and establish social goals that will help them succeed in life! Our goal is to encourage and nurture each student to reach or exceed his or her potential. We accomplish our goal through high expectations for our students, providing structure and help when things get tough, and accepting no excuses.

NBJHS is proud to have advanced from a “B” rated school last year to an “A” rated school this year. The improvement is due to our dedicated faculty and our students’ performance on the Arizona AIMS test. Queen Creek Unified School District is an “A” rated district for the third year in a row. Additionally, we are the number one rated district in Maricopa County and ranked fourth among the public school districts in the state of Arizona. This year I was honored by being selected as the Metlife/NASSP Middle Level Principal of the Year for the state of Arizona. Again, this award reflects the hard work by the teachers, staff, and students. Furthermore, I could not have received this award without the support of the Queen Creek School Board and superintendent throughout my time in the Queen Creek Unified School District.

NBJHS is a backpack free “Character Counts” campus. Students are exposed to and participate in activities that relate to the six pillars of Character Counts: Trustworthiness, Respect, Citizenship, Responsibility, Fairness, and Caring. Character Counts and anti-bullying lessons are woven into instruction throughout the year.

We take safety for the students and staff seriously. We have aggressively implemented procedures and practices to assure the campus is safe.

NBJHS has something for every student from athletics to arts to various clubs. We feel all students need to have an opportunity to be involved with groups outside the classroom where they learn to function in a team environment as well as grow as individuals.

I encourage parents to get involved in their children’s education by checking the individual student planners and inquiring what their child learned that day at school. As I am sure you have heard, all Arizona schools, as well as NBJHS, are transitioning from Arizona state standards to common core. Parents can become involved in NBJHS by volunteering on campus or joining Site Council. The purpose of Site Council is to represent and inform the community about what is happening at school. Members meet monthly to discuss activities, events, as well as ways to raise money. It’s a great way to be involved!

Denise JohnsonPlease take some time to browse through our website. We’ve tried to include all the information you may need to know about our school. We want the website to be the first place parents turn to for information. We know you’ll like what you find!

Most Sincerely,

Denise Johnson
Principal