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CCUSD schools, administrator receive accolades

Staff Report~ 4/30/2014

An administrator in the Cave Creek Unified School District, along with three of its schools, recently received recognition for excellence in academics.
Jana Miller, associate superintendent of teaching and learning, has been named the “Arizona School Administrators Distinguished Administrator for the Educational Services Division.” Miller will receive her award at the ASA summer conference in June.
Her accomplishments include brining world languages to all elementary sites and first making them a core class at Sonoran Trails Middle School, “Flipped Classroom,” online learning, K-12 implementation of AZ College Career Ready Standards, coordination and implementation of the new teacher-evaluation system and more.
Miller was the first principal of Desert Willow Elementary School and worked toward implementing DWES’ Spanish Immersion program. Desert Willow is the first public Spanish Immersion School in Arizona, and many other school districts have used Desert Willow’s model.
In the award letter, ASA Executive Director Debra Duvall, Executive Director, congratulated Miller.
“This recognition is indicative of the quality of leadership you provide in your district, as well as the overall respect and professional appreciation given you by our peers,” according to Duvall’s letter.
Additionally, Black Mountain Elementary School, Desert Sun Academy and Sonoran Trails Middle School have been named A+ Schools of Excellence by the Arizona Education Foundation.
The three CCUSD sites were among 34 Arizona public schools recognized with this award for the 2013-2014 school year.
The A+ School of Excellence award recognizes outstanding pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public schools that demonstrate a comprehensive framework of successful programs and practices.
Black Mountain Elementary, Desert Sun Academy and Sonoran Trails Middle School now join Desert Willow Elementary School (A+ School of Excellence 2007); Horseshoe Trails Elementary School (A+ School of Excellence 2012); Lone Mountain Elementary School (A+ School of Excellence 2005, 2013) and Cactus Shadows High School (A+ School of Excellence 2011). A+ Schools of Excellence go through a renewal process every 3 years.
All seven schools in the Cave Creek Unified School District have received the Arizona Department of Education designation as being “A” schools. They are ranked No. 1 in the northeast Valley and No. 2 in Maricopa County.