Blanch, The Rodeo Queen
Apr30

Blanch, The Rodeo Queen

By J. Douglas Hinds   Jack and I were buddies ‘Bout as close as friends can be I hardly spoke to him He rarely spoke to me   We was ridin’ herd together On the old Conejos Spread And though we rode in silence There was plenty being said   I guess you’d call it instinct When there’s something needin’ done Like the job of cuttin’ cattle When a man and horse are one   We worked that well...

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CCUSD – Preparing AZ’s Future Multilingual Workforce
Apr03

CCUSD – Preparing AZ’s Future Multilingual Workforce

April 3, 2017 Courtesy of the Cave Creek Unified School District   One hundred-fifteen AZ language educators, from elementary through university levels, came together to learn strategies that get students talking and using  the new language they are learning. They all belong to the AZ Language Association, a group committed to preparing our future AZ multilingual workforce. These educators represented teaching AZ students Chinese,...

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Excelsior!
Mar31

Excelsior!

March 27, 2017 Courtesy of Dick and Les Conklin   A poem and a laugh from long ago. The shades of night were falling fast When through an Alpine village passed A youth who bore, mid snow and ice, A banner with this strange device: – Excelsior! He stopped offered hard-earn’d tin For first-class lodgings at an inn, They said he had a feather bed, But he found it contained, instead, – Excelsior! An age of substitution...

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The Last Supper
Mar16

The Last Supper

Friday, March 10, 2017  By Marilyn Burnett      My family plays a game called The Last Supper, which goes like this: If you knew you were about to eat your last meal in this dimension, what would it be?  Here’s the fun part:  There are no rules and no limit to the number of courses or plates involved, and there’s no Jiminy Cricket sitting on your shoulder reminding you to include a green vegetable.  Just list your favorite...

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National Geographic Society Names CCUSD Student as State Bee Finalist
Mar01

National Geographic Society Names CCUSD Student as State Bee Finalist

Second Cave Creek Unified School District Student Named 2017 AZ National Geographic State Bee Semifinalist by National Geographic Society Courtesy of Cave Creek Unified School District Kevan Ata-Abadi, 7th grade student who attends Sonoran Trails Middle School, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2017 Arizona National Geographic State Bee. The contest will...

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Teachers Honored at CCUSD Hall of Fame Luncheon
Feb23

Teachers Honored at CCUSD Hall of Fame Luncheon

February 23, 2017 Courtesy of Cave Creek Unified School District Eighteen Cave Creek Unified Teachers Honored at Inaugural Hall of Fame Luncheon  CCUSD held their inaugural Hall of Fame Luncheon during teacher professional development on February 21, 2017.  This luncheon honored current CCUSD teachers who are graduates of Cactus Shadows High School or went to school in CCUSD during their elementary, middle or high school years.   The...

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CCUSD Welcomes World Language Teachers
Feb21

CCUSD Welcomes World Language Teachers

February 21, 2017 Courtesy of the Cave Creek Unified School District Cave Creek Unified School District’s PreK-12 World Language Program Teachers and Assistants Introduced At the February 13, 2017, CCUSD Governing Board Meeting, Cristina Ladas, World Language Coordinator, introduced the World Language Guest teachers and assistants for CCUSD. Each year, CCUSD receives guest teachers and assistants from other countries.  Ms. Ladas...

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Book Review: A Life Before … Thrills Here and Now!
Feb19

Book Review: A Life Before … Thrills Here and Now!

By Les Conklin  “What to read next?” was the question that I was asking myself.  I was between books, feeling it was time for a change of pace.   I remembered an article that I had written for The Peak about  Julien Ayotte. After retiring from a successful business career, Ayotte had written three novels that had received a number of awards.  I searched The Peak  and found the article, “VIP Dr. Julien ‘Butch’ Ayotte...

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Sonoran Trails Middle School Robotics Team Wins Award
Feb17

Sonoran Trails Middle School Robotics Team Wins Award

February 17, 2017 Courtesy of Cave Creek Unified School District Team wins Innovate Award! The Sonoran Trails Middle School Robotics Club, located in the Cave Creek Unified School District, competed in the Good Year Qualifying Tournament this past weekend.  Although they faced some mechanical difficulties and a broken fuse, the team had an awesome time and gained great experience at the qualifying tournament. On Monday, February 13,...

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Reminiscing: The Character on the Corner by Liz Stapleton
Feb14

Reminiscing: The Character on the Corner by Liz Stapleton

From A Peek at the Peak, June 1989 By Liz Stapleton Ogden Years ago, when Pinnacle Peak Road an unmarked, dusty road leading east up to Pinnacle Peak Patio and Reata Pass and then down the long hill to the Verde River, a very colorful and rare character resided at what is now the intersection of Scottsdale and Pinnacle Peak Roads. The lone, faded sign at that corner read “Curry’s Corner,” after one of the old...

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