The Superintendent's Challenge 2018-2019

  • Are you up for it?

    The superintendent, Dr. Debbi Burdick, issued a challenge for CSHS students beginning July 1, 2012:  earn 50 hours or more per year in Community Service (200 hours total 4 years) by your senior year and receive a Superintendent's Challenge honor cord and certificate.

    Falcons:  Earn a Varsity letter for completing 200 hours of community service in one school year.  Hours start accruing for the Varsity letter June 1st until the deadline.

  • Photo of Dr. Burdick awarding certificates to students who have completed the Superintendent's Challenge

  • Frequently Asked Questions:

    Q: I am a senior this year (CSHS Class of 2019) - how many hours do I need?
    A: If you've been enrolled at CSHS since freshman year, you'll need 200 hours by April 8, 2019.*

    *Class of 2019 deadline is April 8, 2019 so that student will be recognized at Senior Awards Ceremony and in the graduation booklet.

    Q: I'm a sophomore/junior at CSHS and have attended CSHS since my freshman year - how many hours do I need to meet the Superintendent's Challenge by my senior year?|

    Q: I'm a junior and I just started attending CSHS this year (18-19) - how many hours do I need to meet the Superintendent's Challenge?
    100 - New students 50 hours per year from the enrollment date.

    Q: I'm an incoming freshman - when do I start accruing hours for the Superintendent's Challenge and how many hours will I need by April of my senior year?
    June 1 of your freshman year and 200 hours by your senior year.

    Q: What paperwork do I need?
    You'll need to fill out an application (one time) and community service logs (as needed).  All paperwork is on the Superintendent's Challenge web page.

    Q: Who is my advisor?
    An advisor is any adult (teacher, principal, counselor, coach) at your school.

    Q: Can I start accruing hours without my advisor?
    Yes - please find your advisor as soon as school starts so they can sign off on your application and community service log.

    Q: What are the submission deadlines and who do I turn my paperwork in to?
    Deadlines are noted on the application and the community service logs.  After your advisor signs off on your application and/or community service logs, please send them to Julia Scotto ( in the District Office.


    Beginning July 1, 2013, Dr. Burdick opened up this challenge to Sonoran Trails Middle School Students.  STMS students may begin logging their community service hours June 1st  for the 2018-19 school year.  7th graders who accumulate 25 hours by May 6, 2019 will receive a certificate of achievement and a pin; 8th graders who accumulate 25 hours by April 22, 2019* will receive a certificate of achievement and a community service ribbon.

    *8th grade deadline is April 22  so that student will be recognized at the 8th grade promotion and in the promotion booklet.


    Beginning July 1, 2014, Dr. Burdick opened up the Superintendent's Challenge to all 5th and 6th grade elementary school students.  Elementary students may begin logging their community service hours June 1st for the 2018-19 school year.  Accumulate 15 hours by May 6, 2019 and receive your Superintendent's Challenge Certificate of Achievement.

    Do you have additional questions?  Contact Julia Scotto at or 480-575-2016

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Arizona Musicfest
    Desert Foothills YMCA
    Foothills Caring Corps.
    Carefree*Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce: Email the Carefree*Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce for opportunities
    Cave Creek Museum
    A Peek at the Peak (The Peak) online magazine: Email the Peak magazine for opportunities
    Hoof and Paw Rescue    
    Relay for Life   
    HandsOn Greater Phoenix 
    Tempe Municipal Volunteer Program 
    Arizona Humane Society 
    St. Vincent de Paul 
    Valley of the Sun United Way 
    United Food Bank 
    Keep America Beautiful: Keep Phoenix Beautiful or Keep Phoenix Beautiful Events
    Child Crisis Arizona 
    St. Mary's Food Bank 
    Families Giving Back 
    Arizona Helping Hands, Inc.   
    Kiwanis Marketplace:  The Marketplace is looking for volunteers Tuesday through Saturday 8:30am to 3pm.  Email the Marketplace for further information. 
    Desert Foothills Library - Contact Erin Meadows at or call 480-488-2286
    STMS Snack Shack:  Volunteers would open/close Snack Shack - arrive 2-2:10pm for setup and leave by 3pm.  Contact Jacqueline Olmert or Brian Bunkers for more information.