Dear CCUSD Staff, Parents and Community,
On May 22nd, Cactus Shadows High School graduated 419 fine young men and women. These outstanding graduates are Generation Z or Millennials, born after 1990, and our most wired generation in history. These digital natives are constantly connected and always multitasking- never knowing a world without the Internet, cell phones or iPods. They crave constant and immediate feedback and appear to prefer texting to talking. They have also grown up in a world shaped by 9-11, Columbine and the War on Terror. Subsequently, they have a strong sense of social justice, philanthropy and maturity, having experienced one of the worst recessions in our history.
To personalize our 2014 graduating Falcons, By the Numbers:
• The Class of 2014 had 419 graduates- 14 of them were from our CS eLearning
Program--with 210 female grads and 209 males
• 147 of those graduates had been with us from kindergarten.
• Their combined GPA was 3.29 on a weighted scale.
• Zero had perfect attendance in high school with one graduate, Jason Behymer, coming closest with only one absence.
• They had 12,063 days absent as a group-averaging 3.3 days absent per student per year over the four years.
• They were a well-behaved group with 691 discipline referrals over 4 years, averaging only 1.6 per student. 205 students never had a referral in the four years.
• 17 seniors participated in the Superintendent's Challenge and accrued 3053.75 hours of community service between them over the past two years.
• Their average AIMS scores were 92% in reading; 88% in writing and 80% in math.
• 324 students in this class-77%--passed AIMS the first time as sophomores.
• 358 are going onto college-33 out of state--and 21 to the military to serve our country. Two are onto apprentice programs and 14 move onto other career paths such as culinary and cosmetology or design.
• They have been awarded $8,800,000 in scholarships with 437 total scholarships. This averages $19,093 per graduate.
• 8 of our student athletes have signed letters of intent.
• This class had 385 parking passes.
• And on average, they spent $1139 on Prom (up $39 from last year).
CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST OF LUCK, CACTUS SHADOWS CLASS OF 2014!
Debbi Burdick, Ed.D.