Superintendent's Current Letter to the Community

  • August 1, 2019

    Dear Parents, Community and CCUSD Staff,

    Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. I hope you spent the summer relaxing, finding time for yourself as well as enjoying family time. 

    As we begin another school year, we look forward to you being a part of our Cave Creek family and hope you become involved in our schools and community. The Cave Creek Unified School District is known for its incredible staff with their commitment to excellence. To those new to our school community, we are looking forward to your contributions to our students and team. We are so fortunate to have a school district for which we can be proud of--with students, staff, families and the community coming together to support our mission to Inspire Excellence. This is the reason why CCUSD has been the #1 School District in Maricopa County for student achievement as evidenced by the AzMERIT exam, and all CCUSD schools have achieved A+ Schools of Excellence status by the Arizona Educational Foundation.

    I would like to take a minute and update the administrative changes for the new school year. I am very excited about our dedicated team of professionals who are here to ensure that our staff and students have exceptional educational experiences in our student-centered school district:

    • Dr. Patty Jensen - Lone Mountain Elementary School Principal.  Dr. Jensen has served as an elementary school principal for the past seven years. She earned a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Foundations in 2011 from Illinois State University. Her research focuses on how to implement successful two-way dual language programs at the elementary school level. She has received a number of awards throughout her career, including a six-star distinction for her school by the State of Texas in 2017-2018. As flattering as these honors have been, she believes that the purpose of elementary education is to ensure all students have access to an exceptional learning environment that recognizes their strengths, builds on them, and, thus, prepares them for the future.

    • Ms. Staci Wiese, Desert Willow Elementary School Principal.  Ms. Wiese joins our Elementary Principal Team from Kent School District in Kent, Washington.  Staci is a graduate of Saint Martin’s College and the American College of Education with highest honors. Staci has been in education for 16 years, including an elementary principal, assistant principal, and instructional facilitator/coach.  She is very comfortable leading breakout groups for differentiated professional development with offerings in educational technology, classroom management, curricular resources and building teacher leadership. Staci is passionate about helping students become the citizens they can be.  Staci is known for moving things forward with grace.

    • Mr. Doug King, Director of Transportation.  Mr. King has over 30 years of experience in Transportation and Logistics, with the past 14 years in Peoria Unified School District as Transportation Director.  He prides himself on exercising communication and leadership skills to surpass goals in safety and cost reduction. Doug is an Arizona native and attended Thunderbird High School and Glendale Community College.  He has served for 28 years as an AIA and NCAA game official for football, basketball and volleyball.

    As announced in the spring, Mr. Jim Swetter, Interim Principal of Cactus Shadows High School, former Athletic Director and Social Studies teacher has moved into the position of Principal at Cactus Shadows High School.  Also announced in the spring, Mr. Aaron Pettinato, Interim Principal of Horseshoe Trails Elementary School and former Dean at Cactus Shadows High School, has moved into the position of Principal at Horseshoe Trails Elementary School.

    This year, as every year, we commit ourselves to providing the very best educational experience possible. Our focus is on continuous improvement and communication. We will update you often through our newsletters, social media, out dials and text messages, as well as in school and community meetings. Please take a moment to visit our district and school websites. Have a meaningful and productive 2019-20 school year. I will see you in our schools! 

    Respectfully,

    Dr. Burdick Signature

    Debbi C. Burdick, Ed.D.
    Superintendent

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