Superintendent's Monthly Letters



Superintendent's Message
Dr. Debbi C. Burdick
June, 2017

Dear Parents, Community and CCUSD Staff,

Back by popular demand, here are our 2017 CSHS Falcons, by the numbers:
•   The Falcon Class of 2017 has 403 graduates.  1 is from our CS eLearning Program and 2 were early graduates.

•   One hundred seventy-seven of our graduates have been with us from kindergarten-28 more than last year.

•   We have 206 female graduates and 197 males. 

•   Their combined GPA is a 3.3 on a weighted scale (and up a tenth of a point from last year) and the highest is at 4.870--Congratulations Valedictorian Kameron Moore!

•   Forty-one seniors participated in the Superintendent's Challenge over the 4 years accruing 8812 hours of community service.  Of those, 23 seniors completed the Challenge-200 hours over four years-- with 7044 hours of community service.

•   Twelve seniors received a varsity letter or pin for completing over 200 hours of community service this school year-so proud of you!

•   Miss Gabby Gianni-the senior with the most hours over her 4 years-accrued 922.9 hours of community service. She earned a Varsity letter her sophomore year and a pin her junior and senior years for 200 plus hours in each of those school years.

•   On AzMERIT, our state exam and compared to other public school district high schools, the Class of 2017 ranked in the top 5 on Algebra II and Geometry for the last two years and ranked #4 last year in their English-Language Arts exam.  The AIMS Science scores for Cactus Shadows High School were 20% higher than the state average for ALL high schools-charters and districts.

•   Three hundred and sixty-five graduates are going onto college and 13 to the military to serve our country. Five are going to an apprenticeship and 4 move onto Career Education. Nine students will move onto the world of work and 6 are taking a gap year.

•   Our graduates have been awarded $13,217,176 in scholarships to date with 481 total scholarships. This averages $32,797 per graduate. 

•   Nineteen of our student athletes have signed athletic letters of intent.

•   And as far as programs, the Class of 2017 should be very ready for college and actually starting with college credits already:

o   22 seniors were in the IB program;
o   19 seniors were in the Puma College Connection or Early College;
o   221 seniors took Paradise Valley Community College Dual Enrollment courses;
o   199 seniors took AP classes this year and over their 4 years, they took 738 AP courses.
o   57 took Honors classes, taking 1717 honors courses over the four years.
o   72 seniors were enrolled in a CTE or Career and Technical Education Class, taking 499 CTE courses over four years
o   12 were in the Certified Nursing Assistant Program through Paradise Valley Community College.

Congratulations to the Cactus Shadows High School Class of 2017!