Nancy Pratt Receives International “Making IT Happen” Award

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Pictured, L-R: Cathy Poplin, Nancy Pratt, Judith Romero and Dr Helen Padgett.

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 and others.
Founded in 1995, the Making IT Happen program highlights the dramatic role educators have on the learning process by using technology and rewards those individuals for their commitment and innovation. The Making IT Happen award is provided by the International Society for Technology in Education, of which Arizona Technology in Education Association is an affiliate.
The International Society for Technology in Education ( is the premier nonprofit organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world.

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CCUSD Receives Magna Award


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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 Nashville, Tennessee.

“In a time when public schools are under attack, we are pleased to showcase schools and their leaders who are dedicated to innovation and excellence,” says Thomas J. Gentzel, executive director of NSBA. “The winning programs are proof that public education is leading the way to advance student achievement.”

A panel of judges selected Cactus Shadows High School’s program, Team Falcon – Vocational Success for Students with Disabilities, as one of five 2015 Magna Awards first place winners in the 5,000 to 20,000 enrollment category. Cactus Shadows High School students with disabilities have been working in innovative training sites throughout the district. These jobs afford students a chance to experience career options and an opportunity to work alongside District staff to foster mentorship and skill training. Team Falcon students work in the Copy Center, Nutritional Services, Transportation, Facilities, Preschool, Landscaping and Technology. Team Falcon has supported students in acquiring 21st century skills – particularly communication and collaboration. Most importantly, their work experience in the District translates to success in employment after high school.

District Superintendent Dr. Debbi Burdick congratulated directors, Janet Holt, John Muir and Bruce McWhorter for their national recognition of the 2015 Magna Award.

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CCUSD All-Day Kindergarten Registration

All of the Cave Creek Unified School District’s “A” designated elementary schools are accepting enrollment for the 2014-15 school year. Free all-day kindergarten is offered at all schools.

Black Mountain, located at 33606 North 60th Street in Scottsdale, and Desert Sun Academy, located at 27880 North 64th Street in Scottsdale, are designated Friend of Core Knowledge schools, and offer Spanish in their World Language classes. The respective principals are Matt Owsley (480.575.2100) and Don Wood (480.575.2900).

Desert Willow, located at 4322 East Desert Willow Parkway in Cave Creek (Mark Culbertson, principal; 480.575.8500), offers Spanish Immersion, and Horseshoe Trails (Janiene Marlow, principal; 480.272.8500), located at 5405 East Pinnacle Vista Drive in Phoenix, offers Chinese in its World Language classes, as well as the TRRFCC Horsemanship Program.

Lone Mountain is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) school. Its World Language class offering is Chinese. Located at 5250 East Montgomery Road in Cave Creek, Nancy Shaver, principal, can be reached at 480.437.3000.

Schools will reopen on Monday, July 21. Hours are 8am-4pm. Enrollment packets are available at the District office, 7am-5pm Monday-Thursday, 33016 North 60th Street, Scottsdale. For more information or for a tour, please call the principal or visit

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