CCUSD Celebrates its Outstanding Educators


Eric DeVore named 2019 Teacher of Year At the conclusion of the 2018–19 school year, Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) celebrated great teaching with its annual Teacher of the Year celebration. Eric DeVore, a Spanish teacher at Sonoran Trails Middle School was named CCUSD Teacher of the Year 2019. DeVore was awarded $3,000 and […]

Cactus Shadows High School Students Sweep ASU’s 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Contest


Cactus Shadows High School announced that Sarah Weiss, Angela Khammo and Mikaela Morris were the first, second and third place winners, respectively, of Arizona State University’s 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration contest. This year, students were encouraged to participate in the “Find Your Voice” campaign and asked to submit essays based on their own […]

Cactus Shadows Boys Basketball Heads to State


In mid-January, Cactus Shadows High School (CSHS) Basketball head coach Zach Washut, who is a Cave Creek resident, shared that CSHS Falcons Boys Basketball is having a great season. The team was tied for first in the Region, No. 6 overall in the State, and headed to the State tournament. “We are currently 15–2 and […]

Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation “Grants the District”


The Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation (CCUEF) is best known for its yearly showcasing of musical talent, Rock the District, which not only grows, presents and applauds our students’ musical talents, but raises much needed dollars for our classrooms. Last semester, CCUEF celebrated the Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) teachers whose grants were funded […]

Cave Creek Unified Superintendent’s Student Cadre Holds Blanket Drive


The Cactus Shadows High School (CSHS) Superintendent’s Student Cadre meets monthly with Superintendent Debbi Burdick and is no stranger to service projects. For two years in a row, the students have conducted a sock drive for homeless senior citizens who frequent the Justa Center in Phoenix. A Cadre member makes the flyer and monitors collection […]

Carefree Hosts ‘Art In The Garden’ In April


Education and Community Services (ECS), a department of the Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) will host Art in the Garden Saturday, April 8, 8-11am. The morning of free family art activities, literary and art contest, art exhibitions and entertainment by local school groups, takes place in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Carefree at […]

Back To The School Year


By Kathryn M. Miller ~ It’s back-to-school time in the Valley, and once the supplies have been purchased, the new threads picked out and the perfect backpack chosen, reality sets in…and maybe some first-day nerves. Whether it is the first day of kindergarten, high school, at a new school, or just the unknowns of a […]

Back To The School Year


By Kathryn M. Miller ~ It’s back-to-school time in the Valley, and once the supplies have been purchased, the new threads picked out and the perfect backpack chosen, reality sets in…and maybe some first-day nerves. Whether it is the first day of kindergarten, high school, at a new school, or just the unknowns of a […]

Nancy Pratt Receives International “Making IT Happen” Award


On June 9, Nancy Pratt, Director of Instructional Technology for the Cave Creek Unified School District, was honored with the Making IT Happen award for her contributions to the successful integration of technology in education.  Pratt joins a prestigious group of Making IT Happen honorees, including classroom teachers, school principals, superintendents, corporate executives, legislators, governors […]

CCUSD Receives Magna Award


The Cave Creek Unified School District has received a first place Magna Award, which recognizes school districts and their leaders taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of students and communities. The winners of the 21st annual Magna Awards were honored at National School Boards Association’s 75th Annual Conference, held March 21-23 in […]